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November 14, 2018
Scrap Control Update from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


With Thanksgiving around the corner, I'm sharing my little turkey (still needs feet).  A tiny dent in the scraps.


A "Quilt for Kids" start - rainbow colors of 6 1/2" squares.  A couple of borders and then done.


Another "Quilts for Kids"  using blocks left over from a Family Quilt made in 2015 -- just enough for a small quilt and reduction of orphan blocks.  My goal for "Quilts for Kids" (Baton Rouge Chapter) is almost done - most are quilted, bound and ready for delivery.  Pictures as soon as the last binding goes on.  

Next goal .... Our guild was introduced ...

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October 17, 2018
Scrap Control - Quick projects from B'Box from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


After finishing Kitchen Sink #2, I had several of the wedges left over.  I finished a little table topper and will quilt it later.  


Kitchen Sink #2 is complete except for one side of the binding -- hoping to share a picture on Friday.


Then, I dug a little deeper in my B'Box (Box of Blocks) and found 6 1/2" nine patches left over from a Southern Sky quilt made a few years ago. Alternated the nine patches with bright squares from backing left overs --- I'm sure there is another piece in my stash that will work for ...

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October 13, 2018
Fall Table Runner and Rainbow Blocks from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


"Glittered" Nine Patch in dark/sage greens are done -- Fall colors are my favorite, so I had several greens to choose from.  Looking forward to putting  the rainbow quilts together.


Also finished a small table runner for my daughter in law, Rachel, who just received a promotion at work.  I am so blessed to have this young lady in my life -- and she loves Fall colors too.


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October 4, 2018
Love Handles - Top ready for quilting! from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


The "Love Handles" top is complete - I even weighed it....almost 2 pounds before batting/quilting!     The designer, Judy Dohrman (Black Cat Creations), used one fabric for her sashing and large border, however I made a  piano key border to use as much of the scraps as possible.    All of the dimensions are the same as the pattern - except I have gone totally scrappy.  


I am so happy with this colorful project -- Judy's blocks were so much fun to make.  Each block had its own unique personality.   My long arm has been busy lately with charity quilts, which means ...

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September 26, 2018
Love Handles - Scrap Attack Update from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


The blocks are sewn together and the first border is added.   The designer, Judy Dohrman (Black Cat Creations), used one fabric for her large border, however I'm choosing  to go with a piano key border.  The border will be the same size as the pattern.  All of the strip sets are done, so by next week, the top will be done.



While sewing the miles of strip sets, I pieced together "Quilts for Kids" using 6 1/2" squares.  I had enough fabric to make two of the colors above and a third is almost done.   This project has ...

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September 19, 2018
Love Handles - Scrap Control Update from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee





Keep reading to the end -- there is a giveaway alert!  The Blocks and sashings are done.    The designer, Judy Dohrman (Black Cat Creations), used one fabric for her sashing, however I still needed to use up a box of strips, so I went very scrappy while maintaining Judy's size of sashing. 
Next Wednesday's goal is to have the top sewn with borders.  Do I go scrappy???? --- maybe a piano key border.  We shall see.....  either way, I can't wait to have the top sewn for an OUTSIDE picture.  The indoor lighting just does not do the colors ...

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September 12, 2018
Love Handles - Scrap Control Update from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Almost done with the blocks...just four left of the total 24 needed.    The designer, Judy Dohrman, used one fabric for her sashing.  Since I have gone scrappier with the backgrounds of each block, I am heading in the direction of scrappy sashing.  


Next Wednesday's goal is to have all the blocks and sashing together.  Then comes the auditioning of the borders.   Is it too soon to start thinking about my next scrappy project?  Maybe not, but I have just enough time to make one more before Bonnie Hunter's Mystery, which is always the ultimate scrap buster.

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

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September 5, 2018
Love Handles - Scrap Control Update from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Making progress on my "Love Handles" ... twelve done.  I like the way they look butted up against each other on the design wall; however the pattern has sashing that I like too.  I have some of the sashing pre-cut (scrappier version) and will wait until more blocks are done before adding them.



See you next Wednesday for an update to my endless supply of scraps.

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

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August 29, 2018
Working on those Love Handles - Scrap Control Update from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


I have several large bins of different sized strips that have taken over my sewing room and closet.  I have used up some of the  2 1/2", 1 1/2" and 3 1/2" strips for the Kitchen Sinks #1 & #2 (Kaleidoscopes).  Has there been a noticeable reduction????  Well .... the lids to the bins close now, BUT THOSE LOVE HANDLES ARE STILL BULGING!   

It's time to get serious and start a major reduction of those bulging bins - what better way than to use this cute little pattern called LOVE HANDLES, designed by Judy Dohrman, published by Black Cat ...

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August 22, 2018
Scrap Control Update and Charity Quilting from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Off the design wall and on the long arm, this charity quilt is almost done and ready for delivery to our  Helping Hands Program.   Our local guild, Cane Cutters,  has a large membership who make quilts for local children's homes, women's shelters and  Quilts for Kids.  

Quilts for Kids, Baton Rouge Chapter, transforms donated, discontinued and unwanted fabrics into patchwork quilts that comfort children with life threatening illness and children of abuse. Volunteers in Baton Rouge kit the quilts (except for batting) and distribute them for completion.  

Because I have a long arm, I am able to sew ...

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August 8, 2018
Scrap Control Update from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


A little detour -- I need a QUICK charity quilt with blues and green.  Time is short, so I pulled out my blues, greens and lights from the pre-cut 4 1/2" and 2 1/2" strips in the scrap bins.  The block is a variation of an oldie, "Prairie Queen" without any HSTs and finishes at 12".  I have them all cut out (a total of 30 are needed; 5 across, 6 down to finish at 60" X 72) -- it really pays to have bins of strips already cut.

And....if you notice what is on the long arm frame ...

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August 1, 2018
Scrap Control Update - Kitchen Sink #1! from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Kitchen Sink #1 (i.e. I used about everything but the kitchen sink from the 3 1/2" scrap bin) is ready for the long arm except for joining one seam down the middle.  There is another quilt loaded on the long arm underneath, so it won't be long -- and I found the perfect striped binding.  The blocks are 6" finished, 9 blocks across and 13 down, for a total of 117 blocks.  If I don't add a little border, then it will finish at 54" X 78".  I had a little of the light pink left, but ...

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July 25, 2018
Last Call - 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway and Scrap Control from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee





Today is the last day of the, "12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop" - and the last day to add your name for my giveaway --  The prize (pictured above):  The Christmas Themed Quilted Barn Quilt that I made and a couple of my latest patterns, published by Black Cat Creations.    Follow this link and leave a comment.  If you are a "no-reply", please leave an email address (example:  name at yahoo dot com).  I will take names until midnight, July 25, 2018 CST.  Watch for the winner before noon CST, July 26, 2018.

AND .... don't forget to visit ...

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July 11, 2018
Scrap Control - Corners Added from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Winding down after a crazy few weeks...so I am surprised I have this many done with the corners.  But...they are not trimmed yet and there are still several on the table needing corners.  For those interested, I wrote a brief tutorial for these blocks.


I follow along with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, who helps us stay accountable to the growing scrap bins. Check with her often for more ideas on how she tames her stash. 



Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

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July 4, 2018
Freedom Star and Scrap Control Update from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

Happy Fourth of July!!!

A little detour from my regular scrappy projects, although they are coming along.  In South Louisiana, it's hot and rainy.  Not much "outside" weather - oh shoot - I'll have to stay inside and just sew. 

What better way to celebrate our Freedom, than making a Red/White/Blue Block - scrappy version of my free pattern offered on Black Cat Creations Face Book Page.  How fun is that!!!!  I have a good idea of turning this into a Quilt of Valor -  I'll share the progress - but it will be a while (as usual, I have ...

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June 27, 2018
Scrap Control Update - with instructions from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


First, I made my own template to make the kaleidoscope blocks.  There are  many 45 degree rulers available (which I have ordered for future), but while waiting, I made mine for strips 5 1/2" tall.  As you can see below, I taped it to the back of my ruler for easy rotary cutting.  I also made smaller blocks using 3 1/2" strips -- link to the completed blocks.


Make a strip set from (2) 2 1/2" X 23" strips and (1) 1 1/2" X 23" strip.  The 1 1/2" strip is in the middle.  Press all ...

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June 20, 2018
Scrap Attack Update from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Twenty-Three and Counting!  The 2 1/2" strips in the scrap bin are just not going down.  As I dig for more colors, the pile looks bigger .... just like eating a salad .... as you dig and move around the lettuce, it looks huge!   It's just plain crazy, but I am already thinking about the next scrap attack.

And....the spares for the backing!



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June 13, 2018
Scrap Control Update from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Fifteen done!  Although I am usually working on several projects at once, there always seems to be something popping up.  These little blocks (finishes at 10"), are such a nice diversion.    

I also ended up with a few spares, so I decided to sew them together below -- maybe a few for the backing?
 

I follow along with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, who helps us stay accountable to the growing scrap bins. Check with her often for ideas on how to tame the stash. 


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June 6, 2018
Scrap Control Update from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


And then there were NINE!  However, I have now pulled several long 2 1/2" strips from the scrap bin and cut coordinating 1 1/2" strips (LOL, that bin has a low inventory).

I follow along with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, who helps us stay accountable to the growing scrap bins. Check with her often for ideas on how to tame the stash. 

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict



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May 30, 2018
Scrap Control Update and Quilt of Valor from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


The 2 1/2" strip scrap bin is still full .... as I have only added 3 more blocks. As soon as possible, I will pull out all of the long strips (brights only) and start matching them up into strip sets. 

The Quilt Of Valor below that has taken over the sewing room, was loaded on the long arm, basted, then quilted.  I used my pattern "Stars Over Scott", for a quick finish. Once the binding and label is done, it will be off to California for a young veteran, whose service we are so thankful for. 


The "Stars Over ...

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