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January 2, 2022
Oh Scrap! : Happy 2022 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I don't know about everyone else, but I am so happy to put 2021 in the rearview mirror.

Let's all have hope that this new year is a better one.




A new year also means the Rainbow Scrap Challenge starts back up again.  I read through the lines on Angela's Instagram account and figured out early that red was going to be the color for January.  So I got an early start and already have some blocks to share.

Here are my Two Bits blocks in red.  I had made some in 2021 so I didn't ...

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December 29, 2021
The Best of 2021 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Every year, Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs, hosts her "Best of " linky party.  I have joined in the fun for quite a few years now. 

 I like that it makes me look back on the year and enjoy the quilts I finished.  



This year was all about scrap quilts.  An early quilt I made was this blue and brown courthouse steps quilt.  I was initially thinking my sister might want it once she finishes building her new house.  But one day my neighbor came over and wanted it for her newly refurbished livingroom.  I couldn't argue - it looks ...

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December 26, 2021
Oh Scrap! : RSC2022 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 With only a few more days left in 2021, I thought I had better make a final decision on what Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks I am going to make for 2022.

I am keeping it simple this year!


This one is a carryover from last year.  I still need about 11 more blocks in lots of different colors.  I was hoping to just finish it up this year but I think at this point we can agree that is not going to happen.

These blocks are used using the Two Bits Scrap Mixology pattern.




Last year I made a few ...

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November 26, 2021
Another Bloom Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I hope all of you who celebrated, had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I enjoyed a day off with few work responsibilities.  I am not a fan of the traditional turkey dinner so I like to stay home and eat foods I only allow myself a couple times a year.  It was so nice to just relax!




Today I wanted to share yet another quilt I made using the Scrap Mixology Bloom pattern.  This layout can be centered on the quilt or done asymmetrically like the quilt I made.

For this quilt, I used one of the block modifications included in the ...

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November 17, 2021
Class Samples from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Just popping in today to share a quick little finish.



I recently taught one of my Scrap Mixology workshops and we were talking out making holiday gifts.  We decided the Two Bit block would make a fun potholder.  So when I got a chance, I made a couple to toss in my training bin to share at future workshops.



I pulled the mini 9 patch out of my spare parts and the rest of the fabric came out of the scrap bins.  I think they turned out kind of cute.  They are purple...what is not to love!




Here are ...

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November 14, 2021
Oh Scrap! : A Goal for December from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I am still working away on a number of scrap quilts I started making in 2021.




I made a few more of these Two Bit blocks in purple.  This was a Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt I started about mid year and have missed making blocks a couple of months.

I had the pieces for one of these already cut.  I found it recently when straightening up.




I also cut and sewed this one.  Once it was finished, I really didn't like the gray I used.  I am a bit afraid it is going to stand out a bit too ...

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November 12, 2021
Another Bloom Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Boy, do I love today's quilt!



Remember this basket quilt I shared a couple weeks ago?  It was made using the 4th Scrap Mixology pattern module called Bloom.



Today I am sharing this lovely quilt made using one of the other layout options shown in the pattern

 I really do love how this one turned out!



The scraps I used are very muted.  The colors were pulled from the dotted dark fabric.



I don't know why I love this quilt so much.  It is actually going to reside in my personal quilt collection.  This quilt isn't going ...

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October 29, 2021
Bloom : Scrap Mixology Module #4 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 For a few months now, I have been sharing a number of scrappy basket blocks that I have been making.  Today I am ready to start sharing the finished quilts.  The blocks were for my fourth module of my Scrap Mixology Series.  This one I am calling Bloom.




For the first quilt I made, I used a bunch of Kaffe Fassett scraps.  I loved how the bright vibrant colors looked in the blocks.  When the blocks are placed on point, they look like baskets full of blooms.




So that is how I laid them out for this first quilt design ...

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October 27, 2021
Upcoming Scrap Workshops from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 One of the things I have missed the most with the pandemic is in-person teaching.  I love interacting with other quilters and inspiring them to be creative with their scraps. I am pleased to say I am starting to see some in-person workshop bookings so I thought I would let you know of a few in November.




.I will be teaching my Two Bits Scrap Mixology block on Saturday November 6th to the Willamette Valley Quilters in Dayton Oregon.  You can contact them through their website to sign up if you are interested.  It is going to be a super ...

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October 8, 2021
First 2021 RSC Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I love this time of year.  Not only is it my favorite season, it is also the time of year when quilters wrap up their Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.  They are always so exciting to see.




I have finished my scrappy Well Suited quilt.  When I started this quilt, I wanted to work on cleaning out some of the "unwanted" big chunks of scraps clogging up my scrap bins.




I used solid scraps for the center flying scraps and then paired them with a coordinating print.  This quilt was all about making space in the scrap bins!




I could have ...

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September 26, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Closer to some Finishes from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I am still working hard on finishing up some of the projects I have around here.  I have one set of blocks I am currently sewing up into a quilt top.  I hope to share that finish soon.




I turned a few HSTs into another pinwheel blocks.  This is one of my RSC quilts for 2021.




This finishes up the quantity need to make this quilt.  Now I just need to add the wider sashing and cornerstones and this quilt top will be done.  I still have about a dozen pinwheels left but I tossed them into the spare parts ...

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September 19, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Still Making Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 This last week I continued to work on finishing blocks for a few of my scrappy projects.



Look what I found!  I knew I had made four of these Chaser blocks last week.  I found this missing one in a wrong stack of blocks.




I finished five more of my Well Suited blocks.  I think I now have just two more blocks to complete and I can start sewing the quilt top together.  I have to admit, I am getting pretty bored of this project so I am super happy to winding it up soon.




I also used some of ...

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September 12, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Various Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I have a large pile of various cut blocks sitting next to my sewing machine so that when I get a moment, I can go in there and sew a few seams.  I never quite know what blocks are going to end up being completed.  But I seem to have made some more progress this week.



I finished up six more RSC Well Suited blocks.  I think I just need to sew the pieces next to my machine and I will have enough for my quilt.  This quilt is really scrappy and will probably end up being a donation quilt ...

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September 5, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Scrappy Block Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have been spending quite a bit of time lately in my sewing room.




I finished up nine more of my Well Suited blocks.  I have been working on this RSC quilt all year and have decided I just want to get it done.




I think I want a 7 x 9 layout so that means I need 22 more blocks.  I think I have 13 blocks cut and waiting to sew.  I might have to raid some stash pieces to find some solid colors (for the geese) that I haven't used yet.  So far all of these have ...

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August 29, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Focussing on some Finishes from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I feel like I haven't had a finish in a really long time.  I find myself juggling a number of projects each month and don't feel like I am making much progress.  So I feel think it is time to focus on a few and get a few projects to the finish line.




A quick and easy finish is the baby quilt I just started.  This week I finished cutting all the scrappy squares and put it up on my design wall.  Now all I have to do is start sewing!




I also decided to direct some attention ...

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August 22, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Look at me Go from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 After being in a heat induced funk for a couple weeks, I have finally found my found my mojo and started sewing again.




I finished three of these scrappy blue and turquoise blocks for one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.  These blocks are made using my Two Bits Scrap Mixology pattern module.  I think these blocks bring the total completed up to 23 - which is about half of what I need for the quilt.



I also finished up two more of these color blocks in turquoise.  I am making mine with 2" strips and trimming them to 12" square ...

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August 15, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Turquoise Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 The month of August is Teal/Turquoise/Aqua for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at So Scrappy.




So I dug through my turquoise color bin and found two solid shades that I haven't used in my Well Suited RSC project.

(Well Suited is the first module of my Scrap Mixology series patterns.  
A total of three have been released so far.)




I put them up on my design wall with the other blocks I have completed so far.  I definitely need to do a deep dive into all of my color bins to find more solid shades.  I think ...

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August 11, 2021
Taming those Scraps - Part 3 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 For the past couple of weeks, I have been sharing some of my methods of storing and using my scraps.  Today I thought I would share another of my secret weapons and that is my "specialty bins"

As I shared in my first post, I sort my scraps by color.  I do this immediately as I make them right at my cutting table.  And because I have a lot of scraps, sorting through big piles to find certain fabrics can take a lot of time.  So a couple years ago, I started creating what I call my "specialty bins" that ...

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August 8, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Hot and Grumpy from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I really dislike summer!  August is always a difficult month for me and I find myself hot and grumpy most of the time.

So I haven't felt like sewing much...




I did decide to get out some soft teal scraps for the August RSC color.  I didn't really feel like making any of my existing RSC blocks so I made a couple basket blocks.




And those did lead to some green and orange basket blocks.
But then I quickly lost interest...

Hopefully next week will be a scrappier week!



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June 13, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Finally some time to Sew from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 We have had a beautiful Spring here in Oregon.  That means I have been spending lots of time outside digging in the dirt.  Last week, the weather cooled and the intermittent rain kept me indoors.  That means I finally had some time to sew!




First thing I accomplished was to turn some purple and blue pinwheel blocks into these cute blocks.





Here are what I have finished so far.  All of these pinwheels have been made from bonus triangles trimmed from making some flying geese blocks.  I think when I go to sew all the blocks together, I will use ...

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