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December 9, 2016
When is "googling" like quilting? from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Who doesn't love FINISHING a project?  But there is one piece of it that I struggle with -- the "aftermath" -- that moment when I have to make a decision about what to do next?!?
It shouldn't really be that difficult for a person with a dozen or more projects in flux most of the time but that "which" question is often the beginning of a spasm of "proquiltination"
(it's a form of being distracted, but in a productive way!?!).
I think I first saw that word on Instagram and it describes perfectly what has been happening here for ...

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December 8, 2016
En Provence Clue #2 from Lily Patch Quilts

Yesterday I finished the En Provence mystery quilt clue #1. That was such a long process but I kept on going little by little it got done. Last night I started cutting for the second clue.. This is a breeze compared to first clue. I have a bunch of fabrics leftover from a project I did for Art Gallery Fabrics so I am using this pretty print for the background this time around.

The whole reason why I started this project was to us up small pieces and scraps so I pulled out the pink scrap bag that I have ...

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December 6, 2016
En Provence Clue 1 Complete from Lily Patch Quilts

Last night I sat down to sew the scrap pieces together to complete the 4-patch blocks called for in the En Provence mystery clue #1. I finally took a break and this mini munny figure was sitting out so I drew on him. My daughter gave it to me last year for my birthday just for something fun to do. I drew him how I felt at the time and hubby started laughing when he looked at the face. 

This morning I finally finished the blocks and pressed them. I did a final count and I made twenty extra blocks ...

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A Finish with an Easy Quilting Design from Fret Not Yourself

I finished the blue string quilt. These certainly are quick, easy quilts for toddlers. Not much to them; perfect for playtime, games, and spills.

Paper pieced string quilt in all shades of blue
Blue string toddler quilt
The binding is the light green I planned {and then discarded} for the green string quilt. It complements the bits of green in the strings.

Simple back of blue string quilt
A simple back. Of course, there wasn't enough of the larger piece but I had this eighth-yard remnant to finish it off.

Quilting and binding details of Blue String toddler quilt
Finally, a close up of the quilting and binding ...

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December 5, 2016
Rectangle Checkerboard Quilt 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress

Rectangle Checkerboard Quilt 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Back to basics. Simple patchwork, easy sewing, and busting both scraps and stash. I love working with fabrics from my stash and this week I have spent a considerable amount of time digging deep into my fabric stash in search of the "favorites". I have many fabric favorites and I have no problem jumbling all of these different prints and colors together. It's bright and colorful, but most of all pulling together a quilt like this makes me ridiculously happy. 

Rectangle Checkerboard Quilt 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Rectangle Checkerboard Quilt 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Rectangle Checkerboard Quilt 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

As with all of my Checkerboard Quilts I have contrasted a light, or low volume, fabric ...

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Flowering Snowball Quilt 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

A Finished Quilt (and lots of photos!)

Flowering Snowball Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Today - this last day of November - I am sharing with you the finished Flowering Snowball 2 quilt. November has been exceptionally good to me. I have spent the last few weeks travelling with my husband; a trip to the United States that involved the running of a marathon (my husband!), endlessly wandering the streets of New York City and of course yarn and fabric shopping at fabulous stores like Purl Soho, The Brooklyn General Store and Knitty City. It was a wonderful trip but as always there is no place quite like home ...

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December 3, 2016
En Provence Clue 1 from Lily Patch Quilts

Happy Weekend! Did you all get your Christmas decorations up? We're still working on ours but in the meantime I decided to jump in and join Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt along. These were the fabrics I shared on IG. I took out the purples and added blues instead.
 As I was cutting the neutral fabrics into manageable strips I was starting to feel a tinge of regret because it takes a lot of time to cut scraps. After I finished cutting what I had I started to feel like it wasn't enough.

I just pressed on and ...

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En Provence Mystery Quilt from Lily Patch Quilts

I don't usually do mystery quilts but this time Bonnie's colors and the chance to use up scraps got me. 

Below were her color choices. I replaced the purples with blues. I don't have many purples in my scrap bags but have a lot of blues so it was the obvious choice for me.

These are just some of my scraps. I really hope to use up a lot of it for this quilt. This week the participants are to make the four patch blocks in the neutral colors. I haven't even begun to cut my ...

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December 1, 2016
Vacation, Strings, and Kaleidoscope of Butterflies Dec 2016 from Fret Not Yourself

I didn't expect to find any butterflies this month but QS (QuiltingSister) sent this adorable pin from her vacation through Utah. These represent some of the same butterflies that make it to the California coast in January.

In the meanwhile, our family celebrated four birthdays and one wedding anniversary with a long-planned trip. The perfect {temporary} escape from political turmoil.

Disney's Animal Kingdom has an African bird habitat chock full of colorful species like this purple starling. He has one bright yellow eye while the other is black.

Purple Starling, Disney Animal Kingdom
The Golden Weaver entertained us ...

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November 30, 2016
Scrappy Projects from Lily Patch Quilts

 Recently I won this amazing prize package from the scrap quilt challenge hosted by Persimon Dreams. I thought I was only receiving the scrap package from Maddie Kertay but she included everything you see in the photo. This was such a generous package I couldn't believe it when I opened it. Thank you Maddie!

I trimmed the Cotton and Steel strips straight and ended with a bunch of tiny triangles leftover. I couldn't throw them away so I paired them up to make the scrappy pinwheel blocks. They are not that big but I am going to make ...

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November 28, 2016
DWM: Four Patch Fun from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Sometimes when I want to push myself to make a particular quilt I will suggest a challenge to my small quilting group.  Such was the case with Trail Mix which is (in my opinion) the ultimate scrap quilt.  It was designed by Mabeth Oxenreider and  I first saw the pattern in an American Patchwork and Quilting magazine many years ago. Then it showed up again in the book Better Homes and Gardens Quilt-Lovers Favorites, Volume 8 and now it is a free pattern on the All People Quilt website.  Third time’s a charm so I am finally working on ...

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November 25, 2016
Summer Solstice Quilt Complete from Lily Patch Quilts

I was able to finish the quilting on my Summer Solstice quilt but getting the photos done took a bit of time. I took advantage of this week's Thanksgiving break and went out to get some photos. 

This quilt was so big that it was a challenge to find a place I could drape it over. We finally found a balcony at a park nearby the local zoo and took the photos before it got dark. Daylight savings time has made our days so short that we had to get things done earlier than normal.

Anywho, I chose to ...

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November 22, 2016
Red String Blocks and AHIQ Linkup from Fret Not Yourself

What improvising or utility quilting have you done this month? I'm still working on the string blocks.

The red set was difficult for me to lay out. First, there weren't enough to complete a toddler quilt so I added the remaining yellow blocks. I'd previously used many of the yellows so these are gold to brown.

Quilt blocks composed of strips of red fabric or yellow fabric.
Red and yellow string quilt
Here are four possible layouts I considered. They all use the exact same blocks. No leftovers. I find it particularly interesting how block placement affects the vibrancy of the quilt.
Possible layouts for the red/yellow ...

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November 20, 2016
Charm Stars Bed Quilt Top from Monas Creativity

The quilt top is now on the way to the US to the owners (my sister in law and her husband). A friend will do the quilting on a long-arm machine.

Pattern: Quick and Easy Scrap Quilts, Compiled and Edited by Patricia Wilens, Oxmore House and Leisure Arts 1995.
Size approx. 260 * 220 cm.

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November 18, 2016
Scrappy Quilting from Lily Patch Quilts

There's been a lot of scrapbusting going on around here lately. As much as we've been using up scraps, it seems there's more coming out of the woodwork. My daughter had a 3-D stuffy that had to be done for her school project with a minimum 36" tall requirement. She decided to go with a Coke theme. At first she pulled out all of my red and white scraps and put this top together.

After she had it all pieced she was supposed to lay the pattern her professor helped her drew up. She couldn't get ...

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November 15, 2016
Modern Solid Sampler quilt ready to baste from Northern Deb Quilts

I've been working on my civil war quilt a lot lately and needed some COLOR! This scrappy solid quilt is ready for quilting so I'm taking a break from dark colors to do this. 
Originally I planned to add a border but I've changed my's big enough for a lap quilt and that's all it was meant to be. This was just a way to use up blocks that I auditioned... If I wanted to try a block or quilt pattern, many times I make one block. If I like the process or ...

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Remember Those String Blocks? from Fret Not Yourself

At the end of last year I sewed all my scrap strips into string blocks by color. Later a few {the softest and sweetest} went into this yellow and white baby quilt. The others gathered dust until this week. I'm on a recurring binge to clear out my sewing room so they definitely needed to be moved along.

Not only that but I've been informed the darling grandson needs "lots of quilts." A couple of months ago I was not to send any. My, how things change. Not that I'm complaining.

To keep it simple I laid ...

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November 13, 2016
More Things to Do with Improvisational Scrap Blocks from Gefilte Quilt

When we met last week, I'd stitched and quilted a whole bunch of improvisational batik blocks, like these:

Each is a mini-quilt, complete with backing and batting, about 3"-5" on a side. The post, which includes a tutorial, is here. As shown there, I'd stitched some into a box; a coaster chain/accidental Christmas tree coverage device; and, interspersed with NASA space photography, a cosmic quilt

Here are some more experiments with these tiny quilts. First, they have wreath potential:

 A different configuration; 9 blocks create a cool 9-pointed star in the middle:
Or just layer ...

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November 11, 2016
Scrappy Log Cabins from Kat & Cat Quilts

Awhile back I made another attempt to get my string box under control. Previously I've gone on string quilt binges, like the one two years ago that resulted in these four quilts: one two three four.  Every time I knock the strings back down so I can close the box they slowly creep back until they're spilling out everywhere again.

This time I cut strings down to 2.5" widths for binding and 1.5" widths for making string blocks.  First up with the narrower strings is this wild, scrappy log cabin with the strings built up around ...

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Next on my Scrappy Civil War quilt from Northern Deb Quilts

Finished up the border finally and now I just need to add something to finish the quilt off. It seems like it needs another burst of the red and grayish I think I'll repeat the inner HSTs ...the ones that surround the spools. I won't think I have anymore of that particular red but I'm sure I can find something close. It's 72" sq right now and adding the next border will bring it to about 80" sq. That should be a nice size to end up with.

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