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February 11, 2016
Scrap Strings Request from Mama Spark's World

I saw an amazing quilt made by my friend, Carin, and would love to make one myself.  I first met Carin and her mom at a retreat for Margaret's Hope Chest.   If you want to see some folks making a difference, please check out their site.   Maybe you are looking for a charity to become involved with?  This one is fantastic.   Check out their website and read about their mission. So PSA

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February 10, 2016
Hugs and Kisses Crib Quilt from Ann Quilts

One of my best friends just became a Grandma!  I've known her son, the new papa, since before he was born, as the saying goes.  So a crib quilt was in order.

I saw this quilt on Pinterest.  Such a cute idea for a baby quilt, and also fun with lots of scraps, which I have aplenty.  The pattern and instructions can be found at Moda Bake Shop. 

These are 4 16" blocks plus sashing and borders, ending up with a 40" square quilt.

And here's the handsome little fellow at a week and a half old, already ...

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February 9, 2016
Giant No-Waste Flying Geese with Layer Cakes from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Huge Giant Mega Flying Geese Quilt Block Tutorial What if a person werta make the mega flying geese block using the No-Waste Flying Geese method (which is found all over the internet) and precut...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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February 6, 2016
The Scrappy Day Trip Quilt and Quilt Pattern from Red Pepper Quilts

Scrappy Day Trip Quilt 58 inches x 70 inches After having spent the better part of two days writing the instructions for my strip pieced Scrappy Trip Quilt I came to the conclusion that this really this needs to be a proper detailed pattern. I am sorry to disappoint anyone that may have been looking for a free tutorial but a tutorial just wasn't going to cut it. I like my instructions to be

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February 4, 2016
Strip Pieced Trip Quilt ~ Work in Progress from Red Pepper Quilts

A Scrap Quilt. I am back in my comfort zone this week, doing what makes me happy - simple patchwork + pretty fabrics - and working my way through my fabric stash and even using up odd-sized scrap pieces from my scrap bin. This quilt is an extension of my Single Irish Chain Quilt (the same, but different) and after some thought I worked out a way to make piecing this quilt less

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February 2, 2016
It's a Wallhanging! It's a Dish! It's Color Therapy! from Gefilte Quilt

I made quite a few of these jewel box wallhangings last year. Composing and stitching the little squares is pure, joyous, non-toxic color therapy.

Each square takes on a personality of its own.
But I have to say I was getting bored of making them into wallhangings. How about doing something different? How about making them like Transformers, so that they CAN be wallhangings, but they can also be, say, DISHES! That, to me, is profoundly exciting. (My life is trés dull).  So on my most recent hostess gift, I stitched pairs of snaps on either side. 
Snap shut one ...

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January 29, 2016
Scrappy Strip Quilt Making Progress from Studio Dragonfly Quilts

Wow, the last time I posted about this quilt was last July. It was time to pull it out and make some progress. There were four finished blocks in the bin. The blocks go together quickly once the layout is set. I remember worrying a lot when I was working on this before about not putting too many like squares together.

If a big block is made from squares that all came from the same strip set, the block can start to lose some of its scrappy look. I decided to relax and just go with it this time. They ...

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January 28, 2016
The Tarot of Fabric Selection: Six Games for Ultra-Serendipity Quilts: from Gefilte Quilt

There are a lot of quilters out there who talk about serendipity, but really, they have elaborate plans.

For example, Susan Carlson, one of my quilt idols, wrote two fantastic books called Freestyle Quilts and Serendipity Quilts. But her projects start with a beautiful, intricate sketch (she has a degree in illustration). Here's a part of one of her drawings:

I made several complex fish from her patterns, and anyone who knows Carlson's work would immediately recognize my guys as her offspring:
There were many serendipitous moments - choosing fabrics was a gas - but I was definitely following ...

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January 16, 2016
A New Kaleidoscope from Fret Not Yourself

Three of us decided to have a quilting day and we chose to play with kaleidoscopes: sophisticated fabrics for Gayle, whimsical for Joni, and a bright mix for me. Each of us brought a good selection then spent the day laughing, sewing and discussing. Gayle made a delicious bean soup for lunch. Joni brought a wonderful salad. I brought my appetite. Oops.

Kaleidoscope wedges by Gayle, Joni, and me.
This is some of what we finished by day's end. The biggest surprise was how much better all of our blocks looked together than individually. It emphasized the need to ...

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January 15, 2016
Super Scrappy Close Ups from Curlicue Creations

Good morning!  Just a few close ups of my nearly finished Super Scrappy Double Irish Chain today.  

I finished weaving in all the loose threads during my last session with this quilt.

I'm ready to cut and sew some binding!

Have a lovely day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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January 14, 2016
Waste not 3 from Stitchin' Therapy

  A little sewing time yielded a finish!

  Bands of stacked coins and a few strings make a great use it up or waste not style quilt.   Perfect to have on hand for a donation quilt, too.   I used mixed black strings as separator bands for the stacked coins.

  That is one thing Bonnie Hunter mentioned about her scrap quilts......she usually uses one consistent color  in the block/ in the border / or  in the sashing  to bring some unity to all the chaos.  It may not be the same fabric, but the color will be close.    Take a second look ...

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January 11, 2016
Snippets and Scrappy X Plus Method from My Quilt Infatuation

I am overjoyed to finally get to share this finished X Plus quilt with you!  I feel like I worked on this quilt forever.  I actually started the process of sorting through all of my scraps right before Christmas, but with holiday travel, the daunting task of reclaiming the house from Christmas decor, and working on my Balloon Festival quilt, it has just taken me this long to get this one completely finished and photographed; and let me tell you- I could not love it more!

On the back of my quilt, I pulled a rainbow of colors from my ...

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January 5, 2016
Vintage Kaleidoscope and End of Year Sorting from Fret Not Yourself

I intended to write about cleaning up my sewing room but Julie wrote everything last week. We must be related: there are millions of shiny, new objects (quilts) in my mind but I couldn't get started until I'd cleared out the scrap bag, sorted the storage and vacuumed, dusted and polished. As Julie said, it's so refreshing to take the time to regroup.

As part of the general cleaning, I pulled out this top. Some kaleidoscope blocks have been around since 1997. About five years ago, I made more blocks, tossed some older ones and sewed the ...

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January 4, 2016
Scraps, Scraps, and More Scraps from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy 2016, y'all!  I don't know if it's because I have been a little bit lazier with using up my scraps in my quilt backs, an increase in productivity, or a combination of the two, but my scrap jars were overflowing once again.  If you remember, I completely emptied them this summer with Shattered Rainbow Encore and The Kitchen Sink. At any rate, since returning from our Christmas travels, I got to work to combat the ever-increasing mountain of scrap fabric that I seem to accumulate.

Improv piecing has always been my go-to method for busting through ...

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December 29, 2015
Tucking in Some Odds and Ends from Curlicue Creations

The year 2015 is drawing to a close and I'm evaluating my UFO list.  This quilt, the Super Scrappy Double Irish Chain is nearly complete.  I just need to tuck in some thread ends and sew on a binding.  Perhaps it will be my first finish in 2016.

Here's a little close up of my work.  How do you organize your WIP's? (work in progress)  I keep each project in a box, marked with the project's name on the outside.  I also write lists.  I have a list of quilts that need binding, a list of ...

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