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August 2, 2015
Sewing Therapy: Can This Scrap Project Be Saved? from Gefilte Quilt

Warning: This post contains the opposite of eye candy. Eye-liverwurst? Eye-Cheez Whiz?

Like most quilters, I quilt as much for the process as outcome. I have a great time making it, but the results, ugh. C'est la vie. It was still deeply therapeutic. This is especially likely with scrap projects. I hate to say it but sometimes: Garbage in, garbage out.

Lately, I've been playing with silk dupioni, the fabric I hate to love, and vice versa. On the down side, dupioni frays like mad, and some colors run. (Long story here). On the upside, the shine! the ...

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August 1, 2015
July wrap-up from Stitchin' Therapy

  July is a wrap......with some finishes!  That's a good thing.

   The small block Carolina Chain was done in floral fabrics with batik accent squares.  The border was any leftover small pieces framed with a dark batik.  I love the striking effect it created along with the center shimmer.

  The rail fence variation was pieced and bordered...finally.  It's up for quilting next month.

  The other finish is on the bottom row in the center.  This is a bargello done in floral fabrics.  It was a Let's Book It project that has been hanging around for a ...

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July 31, 2015
Picking binding from Stitchin' Therapy

   I had a question about how I chose fabrics to bind a quilt from Linda. And what was I going to use on the latest scrappy quilt.   A flood of things came to mind.  Along the way I have  learned a few things....mainly to follow my instinct at the end.     I know some quilters plan ahead and cut binding strips as they cut pieces and borders.  I don't always think about binding fabrics until I get to that stage.   It is just a matter of preference and what effect you want.

   So I will share my thought process ...

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July 28, 2015
Scrappy Fall Leaves Table Runner from Sew Simple Life

I finished my table runner! I can't remember the last time I finished something so quickly. I just finished binding it. All it needs now is to be washed. But here it is before washing (pattern can be found here)

I realize I am not the greatest free motion quilter... but oh well. It's mine... actually I was thinking I would give it to the wife of someone my husband works with since my husband has taken over their garage while building me a rocking chair.

I'm just glad to finally be using up my scraps.

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Scraptastic {a finished quilt!} from Material Girl Quilts

If you recall, at the beginning of the month I shared my scrap vortex quilt top with you and said that I was planning to use more scraps on the back…well, here is the finished quilt!

Scraptastic Quilt

This is certainly the most colorful quilt that I’ve EVER made, and I LOVE IT!!  Everything except the binding in this quilt is from the scrap bin (even the batting!).  I thought about using scraps for the binding as well, but I think the black and white Cotton & Steel print finishes off the busy quilt very nicely.

Scraptastic side 1

The “scrap vortex” side is ...

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July 27, 2015
Rail Fence flimsy surprise from Stitchin' Therapy

  The leader/ender project that had been on the design wall gave me a little surprise.  Hanging on the design wall, it was colorful, and a little bit plain.  So I knew a border of some sort was required.

  Shopping in the stash closet----- I was looking for something to bring it all together.   I had enough of the cream rail fabric for the outer border...which would help float the design.  Yet I wanted a narrower inner border to frame it.   A large print just made it busier.  A small  print looked alike dots and was distracting to me ...

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Strings Finally Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

The last time I have a record of working on this quilt was August 2013.   I know it set around for quite a while.  (The nice thing about re-reading that post is that all three projects are now complete!) Obviously, I worked on it again later because it started this year as a finished top.


Now it is a finished quilt.


Yay me!


I quilted it myself on my faithful Pfaff 130.  You can’t really see it in these pictures, but I just did a giant spiral starting at the point of the square and then working out around ...

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July 26, 2015
Clementine Baby Quilt from My Quilt Infatuation

My wild thing spent the week at my parents' house last week, so they brought him back to us and visited this weekend.  After making my Posy quilt, I had several bits of fabric left over and I decided to turn them into a little baby quilt, and this project was the perfect thing to squeeze in before hosting out of town company.

I just love this fabric line, and since I had enough left over for another project, I just couldn't bear to put them into my scrap jars.  Besides, when I have lots of coordinating scraps at ...

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July 25, 2015
More Leftovers from Wedding Dress Blue

This is the end, I think, of the leftover 2-1/2″ squares that were sewn into groups of various sizes and then not used in a quilt.



At least they are now two more quilts that ARE finished and they add to the 52 in 2015 inventory.  We’re getting there.



I can be happy about that.  Another quilt is at the binding stage  which means there is only one quilt left from that pile of lost motivation that I shared a few weeks ago.  Not too bad.  Thanks for all the encouragement you sent me.  It really helped.

And ...

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July 22, 2015
Scrappy design wall from Stitchin' Therapy

   Cutting and piecing small projects has filled the design wall.....a watercolor banner, large table runner from the Hot Dish pattern, a table runner using the Piano Keys pattern, and a scrappy rail fence using the 2+4 rail block variation.

  The Hot Dish runner is large it is ready to be pinned and quilted.  The Piano Keys runner is going to get a border this time around before it gets finished.

  The watercolor banner needs an applique....possibly the butterfly, if I can find the fabric I want to use.  Then a border is needed too.

  I ...

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Quarter Log Cabin Scrap Quilt ~ A Finished Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

QUILT STATS Quilt measures 46 inches x 60 inches. 100% cotton fabrics all from stash. 111 Quarter Log Cabin blocks alternated with 110 squares. Each finished unit measures 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches. I do love my scrappy quilts! The fabrics used for this quilt range from small scale 30's prints to modern large scale designs, Japanese imports, designer quilting cottons and stash

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July 21, 2015
Quarter Log Cabin Scrap Quilt ~ Work in Progress from Red Pepper Quilts

For this week's project I once again turned to my fabric stash. Working from stash makes so very happy. I like to use my fabrics, even the rare and sought after ones that I know I won't be able to replace. I know, I have enough fabric to last this life time, and with new fabrics coming in all the time, it is definitely a use it, or lose it situation. It's a matter of keeping on going and

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July 20, 2015
Quilting the Super Scrappy Double Irish Chain from Curlicue Creations

Today I returned to quilting my Super Scrappy Double Irish Chain quilt, mostly because I need to get it off the frame and work on quilting another quilt - one that has a deadline.  It's just been sitting on the frame, half-quilted for a while, so my first step was the trusty lint roller.  I love my lint roller.  I use it every day - on my ironing board, on my cutting mat, on my design wall.  It's just amazing what it picks up.  My house is dusty!

I continued on with my quilting plan, stitching smoky swirls in the ...

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July 16, 2015
Snowball Wall Hanging from Colleen's Quilting Journey

 This is a wall hanging made from scraps.
 I did the quilting on my Tiara.
 Someone suggested putting a stick on the top and the bottom to help it hang straight.  It really works.
 The back looks good too.
After all is said and done, a label finishes it off.  

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July 15, 2015
A leader/ender project from Stitchin' Therapy

 I know I said I would go for the tumbler project.....but after cutting a few of them, I knew it was a mistake.  I was quickly losing interest.  I will sew up the few I cut and make a snack mat and say done.   I figure it is better to  stop than end up with a permanent UFO.

  I ran across this saved magazine pattern from McCall's Quilting 2003, last week.  It is made with a majority of vintage fabrics and has a vertical setting of bricks.   Vintage fabric from the 80s and 90s old enough ...

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July 14, 2015
Orange Peel Quilt from Tea Rose Home

The busyness of summer is a bit different than the busyness of the school year. I still drive my kids to activities and to play dates all on top of the places I want to take them. Sometimes it crosses my mind "How many more summers do I have where I have all my kids with me?". Therefore I have been out a lot or even when I am home, my time is consisting of activities with kids. I manage to squeeze some time to sew still, and I just finished with this orange peel quilt I started last fall ...

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July 12, 2015
From Shredded to Wedded: A Silk Scrap Quilt for Oldish Newlyweds from Gefilte Quilt

Normally I wouldn't think of making a scrap quilt for a wedding - the newlyweds should get something shiny and, well, new, right? Certainly not some old selvage-ridden crumpled unravellings from the scrap bin?

But what if it's a second wedding? And what if both lost their beloved first spouses to long illnesses? And what if both are beaming with joy? And what if they specified "no gifts," instead suggesting people donate money to cancer research, and we did that, too?

All those reasons, plus the fact that my previous highly disciplined dupioni silk project left me with a ...

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July 11, 2015
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt - Part 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

The Irish Chain Quilt is coming along nicely, and is now a complete quilt top. This quilt top has been so fun to piece, it's up there with my top 5 favorite projects. The design is traditional but the fabrics are modern and feature many "i-spy" elements from animals, birds, and bees, to accessories, tools of the sewing trade, flowers, faces, and more.  QUILT STATS Quilt top measures

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July 10, 2015
Update – Without a Sewing Machine from Lotus Cove Quilting

My hand piecing is coming along.

Six stitches loaded on the needle

Six stitches loaded on the needle

Seven Stitches Loaded on the Needle

Seven Stitches Loaded on the Needle

Loading the needle really speeds up the process. I’m taking a back stitch half way along each square to anchor the stitches. I have five blocks done and am looking at fabrics for alternate blocks.

Sixteen Patch with Auditioned Background Fabrics

Sixteen Patch with Auditioned Background Fabrics

A nice, relaxing project for TV time.

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CALICO ROSE QUILTALONG: Top Assembly And Borders from Wedding Dress Blue

Wow!  This has gone so quickly!  If you have been with us from the beginning, I hope you are pleased with your progress so far.  If you are new, welcome.  You can find all past posts and information HERE.

Remember that this quiltalong is offered in three sizes. SMALL–a throw that uses 5 stars and four alternating blocks. Finished size about 48″ square; MEDIUM–This is the size I am making this time. It uses 13 stars and 12 alternating blocks. Finished size about 72″ square; LARGE: This is the size of the original Calico Rose. It uses 25 ...

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