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October 25, 2020
Sewing round up for the week from Not Afraid of Color


another week has gone by, the elephants have been playing in the pumpkin patch, and I've been sewing a little! 

I did a post yesterday on this year's Halloween quilt finish... see that **HERE**

Now for the Rainbow Scrap challenge party... remember the little cut away half square triangle blocks from the lozenge blocks? I made them into leaves this time, showed them last week? 

I've been trying to finish the borders on them... The yellow one I think of as Art Deco is ready to quilt

I used madeira sparkly gold thread and went around all ...

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October 19, 2020
sewing Saturday options and choices Two designs from one block from Not Afraid of Color

Welcome to this week's sewing round up!  let's start the show, shall we?

Remember last week I made the lozenge blocks in RSC color of yellow for October! When I make those I sew the cutaway half square triangles and use them in a bonus quilt every month.
 They are 1.5" before finishing
                                         ... I made some leaf blocks which finish at 3" then started to play...
cute and graphic

also nice

I kind of like these flashes of color too!


love this!

the final design with 10 blocks

But then I wondered what they would be like ...

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October 14, 2020
sewing saturday from Not Afraid of Color

For my sewing round-up this week I have some yellow blocks to show for RSC's color of the month. We are encouraged to use our yellow scraps so...

into the yellow bin I went and found some pretties! I remember many years ago a friend of mine gave me the face fabric scraps after she made  nurse's scrubs for her brother. 

of course there were bonus HST blocks to be used next week...I have an idea of how to use the 64 1.5" bits...

I got the idea to use hair clips to hold the Halloween ...

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September 28, 2020
sewing red one more week from Not Afraid of Color

For this week's sewing round up... I did my improv log cabins in red for RSC, two hand pieced stars from Deb, and finished my Fall Home quilt for the online fall hop! 

That post is HERE and has two tutorials in it

blocks on the design wall

I got out my small red scraps and small white strips... lo and behold I have very few light scraps left after the last spate of sewing... and had to actually (horrors!) go to my yardage drawer of white. 

I was surprised to see a lot of light fabrics but very ...

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September 21, 2020
sewing Saturday... where we talk about creating with fabric from Not Afraid of Color


I've been sewing a lot this week... for the first time in a long time I made a commitment and have a deadline. More about that in a minute... the above image is of my cut off half square triangle blocks in red, finished! 

To remind you, these were the throwaways when I made my lozenge blocks in Red for the RSC last week


 I moved them around til I created a new block, then found fun border fabrics... black with red circles, multi color circles, black and white stars... all favorites of mine over the years, all in ...

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September 12, 2020
The sewing this week is RED but my mind is on Fall from Not Afraid of Color


Welcome to my weekly sewing round up... the color of the month at RSC is red... angela encourages us to use our red scraps. I cut out the base to my lozenge blocks, 3.5" X 6.5" and got organized

with the 2" squares in black and white. Ready to sew on all corners, then sew a second seam to make tiny 1.5" bonus hst's to play with creatively

The first shot was the sewn lozenge blocks. Time to play with the little cut offs!

I had an idea in my mind to mix little 1.5 ...

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August 31, 2020
sewing saturday... purple impro log cabins and two finishes! from Not Afraid of Color


Welcome to this week's sewing round up! Starting with my two little friends. 
I LOVE elephants and watch videos to calm myself... so when I saw someone made an elephant applique quilt I began searching the internet for patterns. 
I decided to download two free coloring book pages to make a pattern, and then thought, how about a felt stuffie? I have some cute felt scraps in dots, and pink with white dots...and found a free pattern which I put on word to enlarge a bit. I cannot find the pattern online again, and the maker did not ...

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August 26, 2020
sewing Saturday Two finishes and two starts! from Not Afraid of Color


LOTS of pretty fabric work done this week... maybe the smoke from 4 wildfires kept me inside?
This is #6 in my pink flower series of 12" challenge quilts. The final stitches went on this week while listening to the audio book by Ellery Adams (secret book and scone society series)
When you see a finished quilt, you don't always realize all the hundreds of decisions made while constructing it... 

It started with my tiny 2" watercolor squares on the design wall...then sewing those together matching corners and keeping them oriented correctly

how to quilt it and finish ...

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August 19, 2020
Sewing Saturday purple lozenges from Not Afraid of Color

 It was a busy week of sewing and creative pursuits here at Chez LeeAnna's!

I did the purple lozenge blocks for the RSC this month... 

which means, I also had a lot of little 1 1/2" HST's left over... I started playing with those...

the paper on the right is some google images I printed out to start my engines running

I really like this arrangement but would want more hst units so maybe in future...

then this caught my eye...

sewn together it's 7" X 10"
More on this one next week... it's now ...

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June 22, 2020
Sewing Saturday from Not Afraid of Color

Isn't she lovely? Welcome to this week's sewing round up!
(Listen to Stevie sing while you read

This week I finished the binding, and the beading on her.
It's all scraps, laid over each other with no fusible. Raw edged applique, machine stitched, hand painted face with prisma pencils.

the flowers are paper with rhinestones. 
 The color of the month at Rainbow Scrap Challenge is pink, and it's a happy color to me. 
The design wall is pretty
 This week I sewed the lozenge blocks I've done in each color of ...

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June 3, 2020
Sewing Saturday and just for fun.... from Not Afraid of Color

not a lot of sewing done this week... a lot of painting happened, a lot of online watching of classes happened, knitting of socks happened, some writing happened but at least I finished up the RSC dark green scrap blocks for May. They should look good with the other colors.
 Improv log cabins
Surprisingly I enjoyed all the things I made, and the one still in progress, ready to be quilted.
The design wall was homey and nature-like all month.

paintings were shown yesterday, scroll down to see them, here's one

Now for a bit of fun...
https://www ...

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May 13, 2020
sewing Saturday it's greening up around here from Not Afraid of Color

I've spent time in the studio this week, painting and sewing both equally.

I enjoy following along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge each year because it
1. encourages us to use scraps and I love scraps
2. gives us a focus color to explore for a month
3. provides a ready made menu for the year, once you choose your patterns then it's just sew those blocks each month in the chosen color, then see what everyone else is making in same color

I admit, I'd have liked not to do turquoise, then light blue, then dark ...

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March 11, 2020
sewing saturday teal tumbling blocks from Not Afraid of Color

see the little sets I make clipped together?
welcome to sewing saturday round-up !
Those are hand pieced, EPP tumbling blocks made with 1 1/2" diamonds.
The color of the month at RSC is teal, so out came the teal scrap box

 While listening to TV, I sorted through and found sets of light, medium and dark turquoise to teal fabrics to trim into diamond shapes and made sets to work on (see top picture for a little set. Three diamond fabrics, three papers to baste around clipped together)

I don't baste through the paper, just along the back ...

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March 2, 2020
sewing Saturday... last of the orange blocks from Not Afraid of Color

the cut away bits
Welcome to sewing round up for the week. I've had an eye condition but was able to sew the last of the orange blocks for RSC. I've been doing lozenges (by Bonnie Hunter) using  color rectangles with dark and light corner triangles
see the pretty fabrics?
see them with the green ones from last month?
and then mixed up
When I sew the squares to the corners, I sew another seam inside the cutaway part, cut the extra tiny block out, and use them in some mini project
I wasn't crazy about ...

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March 1, 2020
To Australia, with love from Sew Preeti Quilts

A mediocre songstress was surprised when someone in the crowd yelled ENCORE following her ho-hum performance.

Twin Tree Block (falling short)

As she performed a second time, the same person yelled out - "and again, till you get it right"

Twin Tree Block (compensating)

That song is the twin tree block and that songstress is me!
By the time I got it right there were over 25 blocks. I figured I should make a few more.  I could definitely use the practice.


In process


And forty blocks later, we have two lovely flimsies.  I hope they will only see ...

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February 12, 2020
sewing Saturday improv log cabins from Not Afraid of Color

Welcome to this week's sewing round-up

These are some cool log cabins done in an improvisational way.

When looking through my orange scrap bin to keep with the color of the month at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, "Orange" , I noted a lot of strings.

thin small or long, strips, often ragged often fraying and uneven.


Off to the white and beige bin for similar strips, sit at the machine and piece the puzzle pieces together
don't overworry size of blocks, keep pressing between strips, let the centers vary, allow for it to be perfectly imperfect because the ...

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January 13, 2020
sewing saturday from Not Afraid of Color

at least I'm sewing again. It was really hard to find my sewing mojo after the holidays and being sick.

I decided to try Bonnie Hunter's lozenges pattern for the rainbow scrap challenge this year. Free on her blog, I printed it out.
decided to make them bigger at 3.5" X 6.5"  scrap color, and 2" squares.

The color this month is light or bright green... most of my numerous green scraps are dark or muddly. Hmmmm... it occurs to me I have not been replenishing the scraps for a while.
To transfer the bits to ...

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November 6, 2019
sewing saturday from Not Afraid of Color

snowball blocks in different configurations

This week with it's snowstorms, was distracting for sewing. I have only three things to show...

I finished up some already cut snowball sections, and if you'll notice they are not all like the others!
Some have color in the corners, some have color in the center sections. I kind of like them together, especially in black and white. I might even have to do a little study of just black and white ones like this.

I got distracted by putting scraps away and sewed the smallest ones into this red piece... very ...

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October 28, 2019
sewing Saturday...snowballs in brown and Halloween from Not Afraid of Color

Welcome to the sewing round-up for this week!
I've had a grand time in the studio sewing on my rainbow scrap challenge snowball blocks and this year's Halloween quilt.
Hey! Stop looking at that wall and look at me!
First the snowball blocks... in brown not my favorite color but they are really attractive together, no?
 I included some multi-color on black background fabrics as neutrals.
I have making them down to a science! I wonder if there will be any more colors suggested this year? This is only 10.
The Halloween quilt was so much fun to ...

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October 23, 2019
sewing Saturday chandeliers and halloween from Not Afraid of Color

hand sewing these hexie stars!
welcome to Sewing Saturdays.... I guess I divide my creative time between sewing, painting and writing with a bit of beading thrown in for measure. The above hexie star represents the hand work I do in the car or watching tv.
The Rainbow scrap challenge color of the month is brown/black, so here's some chandelier blocks in both. For black I used my black with multi colors scraps.
See the gray? it's my design wall, back in use since I got the lattice blocks all sewn together into three big sections, and ...

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