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November 27, 2020
Strawberry Lemonade from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Or, it can be called Kissing Pinwheels.  I think of both when I think of this quilt.



I had a bunch of trimmed or "bonus" triangles in blacks and whites so I decided to turn them into tiny pinwheels.  I knew they would be perfect for one of my Scrap Mixology designs.  Then I pulled one of my favorite color combinations of scraps.





There are so many ways to lay out these blocks - but I loved this one where the pinwheels "kiss".




Now this quilt just needs a sweet little girl to gift it too!




Even though I have been ...

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November 22, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Let the Scraps Lead from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I still have been busy sewing up blocks for a number of scrap quilts that are in the works.





The main project I have been working on is my blue Well Suited blocks.




As I make the flying geese components for the center, I have been using those bonus triangles to make a bunch of cute pinwheel blocks.  They look so cute all stacked up!  



I only have about 6 more blocks to finish and then I can play a bit more with the layout and sew up the blocks.  But I kept thinking about those cute little pinwheels....




Then ...

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November 15, 2020
Oh Scrap! : So Many Projects from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 The last few days have been filled with lots of scraps!



I cut and sewed two more of my postage stamp "pixel" blocks.  I now have four done so that leaves 11 more to do.  This is definitely a project where I am now asking myself...
"What was I thinking!"




I added some low volume pieces to the red and blue scraps I cut last week.  I have been mindlessly sewing them into blocks.  They go together quickly so I already have enough to make a quilt top.




I have also been sewing away on my blue version of my ...

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November 8, 2020
Oh Scrap! : I Couldn't Resist from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Last month, I shared my newest Rainbow Scrap Challenge block.  These are the first test blocks I have made using this design and I will work on this quilt in 2021. 

The blocks are one of the block options contained in my Well Suited pattern.




When I shared the photo, Diann (of Little Penguin Quilts) asked me if I was going to make any of these geese blocks to create the "woven" quilt design.  (You can see her version of this block here.)  
I told her "sorry but no".



Well, skip ahead two weeks and as I was staring at ...

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November 5, 2020
Scrap Mixology : Two Bits from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Behind the scenes, I have been working diligently to complete more of my newest pattern series and their supporting quilts.  

Today I am ready to announce my second Scrap Mixology module - Two Bits.



This module is to help you turn some of your scrappy strings into some fun and colorful quilts.  
You might remember this RSC quilt I finished in 2019.  
This quilt was the inspiration for this pattern sheet.




The Scrap Mixology pattern series all follow the same format.  They are designed to help you sew up your scraps so don't expect to find yardage requirements (not that ...

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November 3, 2020
Soothing the Anxiety from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Once I finished my client longarm quilting today, I found myself a little lost and feeling a little stressed.  So where did I turn?  To my scraps of course!



I sort all my scraps by color in rainbow order - so I just grabbed the first bin.  Looks Like I am starting a quilt with red.




Cutting is probably my least favorite of all the quilting stages, so I decided to use my AccuQuilt fabric cutter to speed up the process so I can get to the sewing quickly.

I looked through my dies and decided to get out my 2 ...

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October 29, 2020
Orphan Block Inspiration from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Remember these orphan blocks I decided to build a quilt around?



I had a total of 15 blocks that measured abut 6" square.  I modified the blocks a bit and then pulled scraps in these muted shades to make a quilt.



Here is the quilt I ended up making.  I wasn't sure I would have enough scraps in these colors but I ended up having plenty.  I also had to make one more "orphan" so I could go with a 16 block layout.



These are not colors I use very often so it was nice to clean these odd ...

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October 21, 2020
Pattern Listing Dilemma Solved from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 First, I appreciate all of the support I have received on my Well Suited scrap pattern release.  I have been busy working on finishing up the second module - which uses scrappy strips.  

So stay tuned!



When I originally listed my pattern, I only did so in my Payhip pattern shop.  The fees are minimal on this platform so I could keep the price of the modules down. 

Unfortunately, to purchase and download, you need to have a PayPal account.  I did have requests from a few readers to list my patterns somewhere where this is not necessary.
 



So I am ...

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October 16, 2020
Secret Sewing Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 As I was preparing for my book submission, I was also secretly sewing a number of quilts.  I have over 30 (!) projects either finished or in the works.  Now I can finally start sharing them with you.




I had a huge amount of black and white scraps.  I decided to get out my AccuQuilt fabric cutter and cut them up into 2.5" squares.  I then turned them into scrappy nine patches.



After looking through my scrap bins, I chose to go with primary colored blocks placing them in a diagonal layout.  I thought the colors would be great for ...

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October 11, 2020
Oh Scrap! : More Yellow from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 It is hard to believe that it is almost time to stat thinking about what Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks I am going to work on in 2021.  I have two designs that will carry over into the next year - but I always like to have 3-4 in the works.



As I was sewing up a few other yellow blocks, I decided to start some blocks using my Well-Suited Scrap Mixology pattern.  This time I went with the geese variation.  I am excited about this one - there are a ton of layouts I can play with by just rotating the blocks ...

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October 7, 2020
Next Step : Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 


Remember these little blocks I created by slicing up some old orphan blocks?

(You can read about them here.)



Well, I pulled a bunch of scrappy strings in soft blues and greens and browns.  I didn't think I had many colors in these shades but was surprised once I began sorting.  I added in some cream and got to work making some of these 12" quarter log blocks.

I think I will end up with 15 blocks so it won't be a big quilt.  

As I write this post, most of the blocks are almost finished - I am ...

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October 2, 2020
Scrap Mixology : Well Suited from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Back in late 2019, I started working on my goal of writing a book.  I decided to spend tons of hours secretly sewing and putting together ten block designs for a book proposal.  I held myself to the goal of sending it off for review by the end of March.

Well....crap!

So much for well laid plans.  I still sent it off even though businesses were not sure what the future would look like and I waited for over 5 long months for them to make a final decision on it.  It was not the best book to release ...

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September 30, 2020
Distracted from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Every time I start playing in my orphan block suitcase, I end up starting a lot of new projects.



I don't often have a large number of any one block but I did find 15 of these gay toned blocks.  They measure (clos to) 6" square.  I find them kind of boring as they are and I think that is why I haven't used them yet.




So today I was inspired to cut them all in half.



I them gave the pieces a flip and sewed them back together again.  The next step was to trim them all ...

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September 11, 2020
Another Scrappy Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I finished this quilt top quite a while ago.  It has been just sitting around waiting for me to quilt it up.  I had some time on my frame this week so I snuck it in between some client quilts.




I have made this design a few times in the past.  This time I narrowed the colors down to just red, orange and yellow.

(Due to all the fires and smoke in our area, everything has a very orange cast to it.  And the smoke is so bad, I don't stay outside long!)




I had a whole bunch of ...

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