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July 25, 2016
Scraps Springs Eternal from Blueberry Patch

    Name: Scraps Springs Eternal
Design: Inspired by a quilt found on Pinterest by Kati Spencer and published in Scraps INc.
Size: 67" by 67"
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt ilight grey, irregular grid
Fabric:  Various prints in orange, nayvy, aqua, red, grey and white and sashed with Kona Ash
Binding and Backing: Kona Navy binding and backed with a thrifted sheet.

So I noticed a picture of a quilt on Pinterest by Kati Spencer and I was quite taken with it.  I wanted to use up a lot of my scrap strings.  That was the hope.  The hope ...

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Design wall 7/25/16 leftover squares from Always Quilts

I’m working on a new string quilt design and ended up having some leftover 3 1/2″ squares. I sewed the squares together into blocks and now I need to decide on a layout for them. I’ve laid the blocks out several ways and This is  what I’m thinking…….now.

I took some small pieces of black fabric and filled in the background areas to get a better idea of the finished look.

I like it and this is probably the layout  I’ll go with…..but then you never know…..I could change my mind again.

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July 21, 2016
Cynthia's Sunshine Quilt from Selvage Blog

This beautiful Sunshine quilt was made by Cynthia Meredith in Texas. Great fabrics and lots of Baptist Fan quilting. The backing, shown below, is a soft and quiet Amy Butler print. Great job!
Cynthia used the Sunshine pattern

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July 20, 2016
A Color Splash Quilt - The Finished Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

A Color Splash Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I am so in love with these bright colors! This quilt has turned out great and it has made my day to be able to share a whole lot of photos with you here. I so wish you could see (and touch) the actual quilt for when you reduce the a quilt to a 10 inch square - or smaller still when viewing on a device - I do think that the impact is not the same, and I repeatedly hear from my customers that the actual quilt is even better than the photos! That's always nice to hear.

A Color Splash Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
A Color Splash Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
A Color Splash Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I think ...

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July 18, 2016
Quilt Repair and An Intentional Break from Studio Dragonfly Quilts

Recently, I took an intentional break from this space to focus on other, more important things. My family. They needed me. I needed them. It was a much needed deep breath of family time. Balance in all things is important, and I had gotten a little off kilter. I continued to sew and create. Not sewing would be a very ugly off kilter that no one wants to experience. Trust me on that one.

One small project I tackled was some quilt repair. I have several of my grandmother's quilts and they are used everyday, just as she used ...

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July 14, 2016
A Color Splash Quilt - Work in Progress from Red Pepper Quilts

Color Splash Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

It is Winter down under and it has been cold in Melbourne for the last few weeks! We even had a small chance of light snow earlier this week (which is most unusual), but I am thankful that snow did not eventuate. Dark and gloomy days however do call for an injection of color, and that is what this week's project has been all about. Color. Color. Color. And of course simple patchwork.

Color Splash Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Color Splash Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Color Splash Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

It is no secret that I have a decent size fabric stash - although I suspect I am not alone in this - and a significant part of ...

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July 5, 2016
Those darn scraps from Blueberry Patch

I have to do something with all my scraps.  They are breeding like bunnies.  I saw a picture of a quilt on Pinterest and I used it as inspiration for these blocks.  Supersized at 18" square, these are put together with string scraps of different widths.  Going just from a picture, I did not have an idea how big to make the blocks but big seemed to be the answer!  I am using a controlled scrappy colour palette and I will sash the blocks in grey.  I am aiming to make this a big block big quilt because I want ...

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July 4, 2016
Design wall 7/4/16 from Always Quilts

I have my latest string quilt still hanging on the wall. I got the last border put on and it’s ready to be quilted.

My next project has star blocks in it, so I have some of it cut out.

I had a couple of my quilts that needed the binding finished, so I got them done last week. The first one, I used one of the patterns from my book Sew,Slice, Spin and Sash.

This is the one made from Barb Eikmieir’s fabric line from Paintbrush studio. Here’s the link for the block. https://alwaysquilts ...

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June 27, 2016
Table Scraps Star from Tim Quilts

I got the star finished.     Every month at my local quilt guild meeting there is a table for members  to give away their unwanted scraps and leftovers.   I made this top with fabrics from that table.

Last time I posted about making the diamonds … see that here

Here it is with the setting pieces ready for stitching.


I sewed it together in 4 sections


here it is finished


My original plan was to do a scrappy border with the same fabrics……I have to think about that.  I never use a pattern, I ...

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June 25, 2016
Table Scraps from Tim Quilts

Every month at my local quilt guild meeting there is a table set up for members to bring in their scraps of unwanted fabric….I simply can not resist looking through it all and this week I decided I might have enough to make a quilt out of just scraps from that table.

I rarely name a quilt unless it is going into a show (they require a title) but this one will be called “Table Scraps”

Here it is so far


I have a lot more to do, and a lot of different fabrics yet to use , but I ...

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June 23, 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - Work in Progress from Red Pepper Quilts

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

This is what has been keeping me busy this last week or so: cutting squares and stitch, stitch, stitching. There was a lot of stash and scrap busting going on but I also selected some beautiful fabric that just needed to be featured.

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I recently discovered the Memoire A Paris fabric collection by Lecien Fabrics at my local fabric store. This fabric is a lightweight lawn fabric and is it finely woven with a high thread count. It is very soft and has a smooth hand, similar to Liberty of London Tana Lawn. The stunning teal blue floral print immediately ...

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June 22, 2016
Found and lost and found................... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Back to the studio last night for a bit more work. I'm really anxious to get something FINISHED. Technically I shouldn't complain because I have finished quite a few things lately, but I want to get a big project done.

Let's start with my latest string quilt project.  I'm going in a completely different direction by doing 60 degree triangles.  At the beginning of the year, I took my green scrap boxes. I basically separated them into two groups. One that read as green and that is being used for the 365 day quilt of which ...

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June 20, 2016
Design wall 6/20/16 another string quilt from Always Quilts

Last week was a busy week quilting, so I didn’t work on this until last night. Since I had the squares all ready all I had to do was sew and cut them, which took maybe an hour. Now they are on the wall and ready to be sewn into rows. Quick and easy….so far.

Anyway, that’s my wall this week. Check out more walls  at


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June 17, 2016
Scrap Quilt Finish from Lily Patch Quilts

Hello! It seems I only have time to post one quilt project a month. I will have to change that and get busy knocking off UFOs and using up scrap fabrics since Summer is here and I don't have to do as much driving until school starts again.

I was working on this scrap quilt 3 months ago. I had the binding sewn on and was waiting to go outside to take some photos, well, it didn't happen as planned. Yesterday, on the way to take my daughter to work I suggested we stop somewhere close by her ...

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June 14, 2016
Bow Tie Baby Quilt from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

Last month I decided to do a really good clean up of my sewing room. I went through every bin and box and found all sorts of things that I had forgotten about.
One of the work in progress projects I found was an art quilt my son had started about 10 years ago. He was going to make a quilt based on a photo of the Charles Bridge in Prague. He had gotten as far as making the sky and then lost interest in making the project.
Fast forward ten years when I found the wavy pieced sky of ...

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The Scrap Box from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

My 2 - 1/2" scrap box was was getting out of hand and it was high time I whipped it back into shape. Choosing a pattern is often the hardest past for me, but I've had this one on my list for a long time:

This is Color Box by Carla over at Lollyquiltz and I dove into my overflowing box at 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning with gusto.

Lots of mindless chain piecing while listening to an audio book That's about all I'm capable of at 3 a.m, but I sneaked in and out ...

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June 13, 2016
Design wall 6/13/16 string quilts from Always Quilts

I worked over the weekend getting the borders put on the string quilt that was on my wall last week.  My first plan was to only put a string border on the right side and bottom then put the shadow behind them. As I looked at the quilt, I decided that maybe putting a string border all the way around the quilt would look better, although I’m still thinking about that partial string border idea…..

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June 10, 2016
One More Old Favorite Finished from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Blue and yellow quilts are always a favorite.  Combine that with a traditional nine-patch and you get a classic beauty.  This is one I’ve had in the binding pile for awhile and finally finished it on the drive home from Kansas City. 

blue yellow nines

The quilting is simply straight lines through the yellow blocks and continuous curves in the blue squares.

blue yellow nines close up

I don’t remember whether or not this was a published pattern.  When I had the quilt shop we ran a series of classes based on Marti Michell’s book 101 Nine Patch Quilts.  I suspect this quilt is from ...

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June 6, 2016
Design wall 6/6/16 from Always Quilts

Here’s a quick show of what’s on my wall today. It’s another string quilt that I’ve been playing around with.

All the blocks are sewn into rows and ready for the sashing strips. I’m tinkering around with adding a shadowed border on part of the quilt but haven’t quite decided if I will do that or not. For now it will have to wait on the wall until I get time to get back to it.

That’s it for my wall this week.


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A good day! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I had a blast this weekend.  No commitments which allowed me to have some flexibility in my schedule. Not only did I get to the quilt show on Saturday, but I had a long leisurely coffee with Diane on Sunday and we got caught up on all the latest news. It was great and she had the most amazing present for me EVER!!!  I didn't have time to take a picture of it, but you will not believe it when you see it.  That's for tomorrow.

Then I was back to working on my urgent quilt.  Can't ...

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