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February 19, 2018
Roman Stripe Improv Art Quilt Finish from Pink Doxies

Roman Stripe: Variation I

I laughed a little when I typed the name above. Variation I. I wrote I because there is already a II in the works. I need this kind of work in my life to balance me. It makes me whole. This play on a traditional pattern that I would call an art quilt. Very traditional scraps spun into something that begged for stitching. Stitching that took on a life of its own. My fingers knew. My head did not. 

If you missed the two posts that dealt with the creation and progress of this small quilt ...

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Motivational Monday - progress report from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

There is NOTHING like a sewing day with friends to get you motivated!  Yesterday, there were five of us. Remember we had to cancel the sewing day last weekend and I offered up TWO alternate days instead of one, so the numbers got split up and a few took advantage and are coming to both Sunday sewing days. They are very clever!!! 

I was in slow motion mode, but I was determined to get that flannel quilt done. And it's done!  I didn't take a picture of the top with the borders on, but you can see that ...

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February 17, 2018
Progress report from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I heard last night on the John Tesh radio show that journaling is a good thing. Why? Because it makes us accountable for what we say and what we do! That statement is so right on the money and it's for that reason that I'm as productive as I am. I need to have things to write about and if I don't sew, I've not much to talk about. Hence I'm more productive because I journal (write the blog). I love it and it's one of my favorite times of the day. Mostly I ...

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February 13, 2018
James' quilt from miss erin crafts

Good morning!

On misserincrafts today, I'm sharing James' quilt; a very special boy who is so tender and yet all boy!  If this quilt looks familiar, you'd be correct.  This is the "brother" quilt to his big sister: see this post to read about Francie's quilt.  And if you missed James' little brother's quilt, take a peek here.

Mac was gifted a quilt for his first birthday and Francie wanted to learn how to improve her sewing skills, so naturally, I couldn't leave out the middle child #middlechildsydrome.  I culled through all my presewn blocks ...

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February 12, 2018
Sewing Olympics from Lily Patch Quilts

Happy Monday! When Shelly Denton came out with her new line of fabric called The Garden Club for Benartex Fabrics, I bought a small amount of yardage thinking I was going to make a bag out of those prints. I kept it in a ziplock bag forever.

This week with the Olympics going on, I decided to pull out the fabrics I had and join in Benartex's Sewing Olympics to make a small baby quilt. The pattern on the Sew in Love with Fabric blog makes a table topper, but the fabrics are so pretty and bright I thought ...

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Give Me a New Name for Hurricane Stars from Pink Doxies

 Hurricane Stars a.k.a. Insomnia Block

This top is done. I worked steadily on the sashing and connecting 9 patches Wednesday afternoon, and started back early Thursday a.m. Around 2 p.m. I had sewn on the last corner. Big quilts can take a long time to sew together. This was the first time my design wall had been empty since October, and I was reluctant to put it back up even for pictures. 

Design Elements

You will notice that the corners are a darker value than the setting triangles on each side. It wasn't a design ...

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It's MONDAY!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It's my favorite day of the week - Monday! And I love it even better now that I'm not working!

If you've been following me for a bit, you might have noticed that I did NOT report what I accomplished at last Monday's sewing day. Let's just say that I didn't get as much done as I would have liked. It started out with the very first block I touched - one wrong cut and I couldn't finish the block. And the day went downhill from there!

Actually, it's not that bad, but it ...

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February 11, 2018
On a roll... from Northern Deb Quilts

 It's quilted!! I'm so glad to be done with the quilting on this one. Theres a few days left before we head out of town, so enough time to cut and bind this one.
The binding decision is up to Jenn since it'll be in her house. I kind of like this small plaid but she really wanted red or blue. Maybe she has something in her stash.

Today Al is sick...a cold I hope, not the FLU. Good thing about that is I'm getting plenty done. My neice-in-law is expecting a girl in May ...

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February 8, 2018
Scrap quilting from Northern Deb Quilts

Sixteen blocks are done on the scrappy bow tie quilt. I just finished cutting a bunch of purple scraps for more bow ties. 
Purple is the scrappy color for February. I don't have much purple left after making a whole quilt top with my purple scraps last year. I've cut up what was left.

The UFO of the month is #1 (below). It's Elizabeth Hartman's Dogs in Sweaters quilt.

I'm making progress on it. The dog quilt is pinned and I've started quilting it. Today, after I scrub a couple of bathrooms, I'll ...

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February 6, 2018
Hometown Mini Quilt from Lily Patch Quilts

Happy Monday! I decided to join in this month's Minis and More Parade with Sherri and Michelle. This month's pattern is from A Quilting Life called Hometown. I love making star blocks and this was really quick to put together.

I decided to go for somewhat of a scrappy look so I chose all different fabrics for the star blocks. I was able to use a majority of the fabrics from the Creekside collection that  I had leftover from my tote project last year. I substituted a fabric from another Moda collection for the quarter triangle pieces and ...

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February 3, 2018
Florals and scraps from Stitchin' Therapy

  I started making Boxed Squares  from Mary Quilts last side-tracked to finish up the bed runners, and finally got back to them.  Now they are filling up the design wall.    I haven't decided how big I want to go. 

  The blocks I am making are small...5'' unfinshed.  My strips are 2'' rather than 2 1/2''---because that is what I have a lot of!   So right now this would sew up to about 31'' by 36''. 
  Yes, more, I need to cut more parts.    I am using floral strips for this one, and just playing ...

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February 2, 2018
Sew My Stash 2 from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am committed to Sew My Stash 2018!

Here’s the latest sew my stash finish in my trio of quilts for a niece and her family who recently bought their first house.

For a tutorial on how I made this quilt, go HERE.

Finish #3 in this trio of gifts.  It’s a very large lap quilt–finished at 68 x 80–so it’s big enough for 2 to snuggle under. I’ll be washing it this weekend and mailing it off on Monday.

I pieced a binding from leftover fabric. I attached it with the machine binding ...

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January 29, 2018
First finish of 2018! A Valentine pillow from miss erin crafts

I had quite a few 2017 finishes to share, so we are almost done with January and I'm finally sharing my first 2018 finish!!

In last week's post, I share the other two blocks similar to this that were made into a baby quilt.

For the last block, I decided to make it into a pillow and send it to a dear friend of mine.  I went ahead and followed the tutorial from crazy mom quilts.  This was such an easy tutorial for remembering how to make envelope backs.

My sweet Lady, decided she needed to check this ...

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January 28, 2018
Sunday Morning Sewing from Northern Deb Quilts

The dogs in sweaters quilt is a top!! I'm adding some large borders to the top and bottom because we need more length for Henry's bed. The sides will get a minimal 2" seems plenty wide. 
I finished up a few more of the #rainbowscrapchallenge2018 blocks. I have 11 done...each block is 96 pieces so over 1000 pieces so far!
Once I've added the borders to Henry's dog quilt I'll start quilting Al's southwest quilt. That's the UFO of the month and we both want it done!

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January 27, 2018
Scrappy Pineapple Quilt Finish from Studio Dragonfly Quilts

This quilt originally started out as a gift for my mom. She wanted a quilt. I wanted to make a pineapple block. Perfect match, right? Well, no. This crazy, bright, bold quilt is very much my style but not so much hers. I set this aside to make a quilt she would love. You can read about that one here. I knew when I got back to working on this one, it would be for me.

I had never made a pineapple block before and I used the tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilts. It was a little slow going at ...

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January 24, 2018
Amelia's quilt from miss erin crafts

I just love how this quilt turned out; the last for 2017.

My girlfriend had a little girl in Sept and I've been wracking my brain for her quilt.  I originally made her one, but ended up gifting it to another baby and was back at square one.

I've had this entire quilt in my stash for quite some time.  The blocks were leftover from a previous baby quilt and the pink and red striped was also part of the line.

I was originally going to make each block into a pillow and went so far as to ...

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January 23, 2018
Quilt Show Rejection? Win Your Own Awards! from Gefilte Quilt

I love other people's quilts, but can be very hard on my own. I haven't made many quilts that I look back on and think,  "Dang, I like it!"

This one, finished last year, comes close. I call it "Eyeshadow," because the blocks look like eyes wide open, with rainbow mascara, an invention which, now that I think about it, could earn someone much more money than making quilts and submitting them to juried shows.

It's just been rejected by QuiltCon 2018, and I was sad until I perused the hashtag "#QuiltConreject" on Instagram, here.  OMG, I ...

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More QuiltCon Rejects, and One that Squeaked In! from Gefilte Quilt

I am still excited about being a QuiltCon reject! Last week, I showed one of my favorite quilts (that I  made) which was turned down by QuiltCon, the country's preeminent modern quilt show, which will be held in Pasadena (the city next to me) in late February.

I was, of course, sad, until I found all the other fabulous losers on Instagram, using the search term #QuiltConReject. If you were turned down too, head over there and you'll feel mostly much better (you're in great company!), and maybe only a teensy bit worse on one count ("if ...

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January 22, 2018
Jennifer's quilt from miss erin crafts

I loved making and finishing this quilt for my dear friend Jennifer.

While I was engaged, I had decided to make each person in my wedding party a quilt.  Well, I started in on this quilt and never got it finished.  Jen ended up with another equally wonderful quilt, but I still wanted to finish this and gift it.

Jennifer loves grey.  As a matter of fact, she might not enjoy the back as much as I did-I put the colors there!  Lots of yellow, red, greens, blues on the back.

I ended up quilting this with both wavy and ...

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January 16, 2018
Has It Really Been 52 Weeks Since Jan. 2? from Sew Karen-ly Created...

The scrappy 5-patch and snowball blocks are all sewn.  I have failed the 52 week challenge miserably, as I knew I would (and apparently others have too - right, Jeanne Kaye? :))  These blocks are a sew-along with A Needle Pulling Thread quilt shop in Digby, and the challenge was to sew one block a week for 52 weeks, using scraps from your stash.
The blocks went together quickly and easily, barely making a dent in the scraps.  I did have to purchase 3 Fat Quarters of cream as I didn't have enough 8" squares for the snowball centres. 
I drew ...

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