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January 20, 2020
Improv Tumbler Wall Quilt from African Wax Prints from Selvage Blog


This is one of my recent quilts in a series made with African wax prints, an improv tumbler design with a solid khaki (Kona) background. I source the fabrics on Etsy.com from sellers in Africa, the US and the UK. Buying a scrap bundle now and then adds even more variety to my collection.  Wax prints are a little bit shiny and stiff, but soften with washing. The fabrics come with large stickers attached. Sometimes it's hard to get the stickers off, and then there's the adhesive to deal with. So I just cut around the sticker ...

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January 18, 2020
A scrap happy day! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

What a fun day! Well, most days are fun, but yesterday was an exception and something very good came out at the end.

It was a community project quilt sewing day in Studio B. There were six of us in total and the plan was to work on string quilts. For some reason, I've acquired a huge amount of 2" fabric strips. I'm not even sure what I was going to do with them. Most of them were crammed into this wire basket. I think I bought a bunch of ugly fat quarters and was going to make ...

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January 16, 2020
The Passenger Project from Samelia's Mum

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It started out as a project for when we travelled to the US, the year before last. A big tin filled with prepared 1" hexagons to create hexie flowers, which I ended up using to make my Kingfisher Quilt. It's still one of my most favourite quilt finishes to date.
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January 14, 2020
Wednesday from Samelia's Mum


For some crazy unknown reason, I was up at 5:30 this morning. While the rest of the household slumbered, I traipsed downstairs to my sewing room to play with fabric. I figured a little bit of productivity in the studio was a better use of my time than laying in the dark, swiping through IG and Pinterest. Aren't these apps a completely wonderful waste of time?
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Working the Border from Fret Not Yourself

"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard a work worth doing."
~Theodore Roosevelt

Last week the black border didn't add anything to the conversation but the quilt still needed more contrast. I pieced more hourglasses with some black added to the pink and blues for the border then spent a while laying them out. This arrangement makes a striking zig zag but is much too strong for the weak center. {I'll have to remember it for another time.}

Zig zag border arrangement

Black to the outside and pink ...

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Make It Monday from Samelia's Mum

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I had a bright and happy stack of 30 X Plus Quilt blocks, all ready to sew together to make a nice comfy size quilt.



I laid them all out on the floor to get an idea of colours and placement. Then I thought, gee this looks smaller than I had imagined it would. So I got my smallest child to come over and lay down beside the laid out blocks to see how big it actually was (not counting the 1/4" seams).

Hmmm... not quite big enough for keeping those toes all cozy when it cools down ...

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January 13, 2020
Quiltalong Alert: Star Kissed from Wedding Dress Blue

Your response to Star Kissed was so kind!  Thank you!

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I am still sewing along on blocks.  There are 8 of them now.  And I still like them a lot.

 

So, here’s the deal:  If you find this project interesting, start gathering squares–1-1/2″ or 2″ or 2-1/2″.  Whatever makes you happy.  I will shortly produce a quiltalong that will make a quilt using that size.  It has been a while.

Come, sew along!

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January 7, 2020
Happy New Decade! from Mama Love Quilts

Hello dear reader,

How is the new decade treating you?!? Well, I hope.

I am so thankful to have made it through 2019. As you may have noticed, I haven’t blogged in quite a while. Well, I have a very good reason for that: Life!

It all began near the end of 2018 when I resigned from my job. I spent the latter part of 2018 sending out job applications. That carried me in to early 2019, which I spent traveling for job interviews. To make a long story very short, I got a job offer in Michigan that ...

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January 6, 2020
A New Idea: Star Kissed from Wedding Dress Blue

Years ago Sparkle Jane took a notion and decided to cut 1-1/4″ squares.  1-1/4″?!?  That is REALLY small.  But, they sat in this box and after a while started to hum at me.  Do projects ever do that to you?  Just sort of seem to hum in the back of your mind, “I could be beautiful.  Give me a chance.”

So, I started to piece, a little aimlessly at first.  Just as a leader-ender project.  Before I knew it, I was making 25-patches.  Then, there were 25 of them.

By then there was too much invested to stop ...

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January 4, 2020
Wonky Courthouse Steps from Stitchin' Therapy

 
  Off and on during the last two weeks I worked on joining the multitude of wonky courthouse step  blocks.  From my stack of 80 completed blocks came a top. 
  These wonky blocks  are from Bonnie Hunter's tutorial and I sure enjoyed building them.  The strip widths vary and not all seams are straight like the strings, but they all came together.  . 





   And anything goes here.  Close up you can see the odd mix of fabrics. But the above full view just shows a dancing top full of color.   

I really thought I would eat thru the scraps and strings ...

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December 30, 2019
Oh, THAT Old Thing?! from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!


Perhaps the first quilt top of 2020?

I thought I had this top nailed down. 

I mean, I had it sashed and everything – but it was “barely” couch sized.  What good would that do for anything?  My sons are 6’ 3’’ and 6’ 4’’ respectively, and The Hubster is also 6’ 3’’. A wall hanging or table topper can be fairly small and still serve a purpose.  But a quilt that is too small to cover a person, but too big to hang on the wall – what’s the point?

I had planned to add another row in width, and ...

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December 27, 2019
One more bites the dust from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!



I didn't get nearly as much completed as I would have liked, but we had company for a good part of the day so it was all for a good reason!

I did manage to get that Redwork Embroidery UFO - DONE!!!  It's now sitting in the "to be quilted" pile and I'm thrilled to death about that. There remain three items on the 2017 list, five on the 2018 list, and nine still on the list for 2019. As I mentioned, I am being very optimistic and putting 12 new items on the list for 2020. I ...

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December 16, 2019
~ Border, Backing and Binding ~ from Podunk Pretties

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December 10, 2019
Froggy Went a' Courting from Fret Not Yourself

"Quilts leave messages in signs and symbols."
~Kathy Doughty

This is absolutely the end of the stripe now sewn as the border. The top is quilted and bound. {No more sticking it back in the stash to age some more.} Instead of salamanders, this one features frogs. I finished the other first because it attracted me a bit more but I've changed my mind. This is my new favorite of the pair. Ha. How's that for fickle affection?

Lone Star quilt 8 with frog border

For the back there wasn't enough of any fabric that worked with ...

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December 9, 2019
It’s Mini from Wedding Dress Blue

Using the cut-offs from the Hundred Hugs quilt made a while back, this Mini Quilt came about.

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It finishes at 10-1/2″ square.  So fun!

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I thought about making it into a potholder, but decided on a mini quilt instead.  It is hanging on the bulletin board in my sewing room for now.

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December 5, 2019
African Wax Print Quilt from Selvage Blog



This quilt is the first in a series made from African wax prints. I love the African vibe that comes from using these bold colorful prints with solid black. The triangles are pieced, but the prints provide most of the design punch. I like that eye-catching sunflower in the middle.

This quilt is available for purchase on Etsy. Four are listed now, and more coming soon.

African wax prints are available online from Africa and the US. Etsy is a good place to start collecting wax prints. Most of these fabrics are offered for sale in 1 yard and 6 ...

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December 3, 2019
Reprise and Somebody Had Her Face Washed from Fret Not Yourself

This is the other baby-size top from that old nine-patch exchange. The tan is the same fabric as the center of the previous quilt but the blue and red are different. And all of these blues and red were used up making these two quilts. Yea!

It seemed like a good idea to practice my new FMQ skills again. I used the same design on the nine patches as the first quilt. The outer tans have a new-to-me dot-to-dot from Angela's video. The middle one had the same problem as the previous quilt - it needed a "centered" design. This ...

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November 30, 2019
Charleston Pavement Quilt Top Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

I was put on “house arrest” last week as weeks of messing around with a cold-sinus infection-laryngitis-cough evolved into pneumonia.  Again.  Sometimes it is hard to be grateful for circumstances.

But, on the bright side, between resting and napping and doing nothing, I did get a lot of sewing time.  I tidied my sewing room and evaluated projects.

Over a year ago, I won the Charleston Pavement pattern from Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts.  (She is the same one who sponsors the 350 block project.) There was a handy pile of inherited scraps as a starting point.  There WERE a ...

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November 26, 2019
Free Motion Quilting Practice from Fret Not Yourself

"The American people must understand that as soon as America doesn't stand for something in the world, there is going to be a tremendous erosion of freedom. It is true. And yet, it is awful hard to convince people of it at home."
~George H.W. Bush

From time to time I remember to check my YouTube subscriptions. Recently Angela Walters started a new series called, Help! How Do I Quilt It? which I've found helpful. She is extremely organized yet friendly and funny. She created a panel printed with all the blocks she discusses quilting over the ...

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November 25, 2019
Roundabout Baby COMPLETE from Wedding Dress Blue

This little top has waited more than a year to be finished.  But, at least it is.  I am not sure I love the binding…feels a little light, even though the colors match.

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More information on the process and pattern can be found here: https://weddingdressblue.wordpress.com/2018/12/06/roundabout-baby-flimsy/

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Yes, it is quite bright, but babies don’t like to be bored.  Having something bright and interesting helps their brain development.

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At least that is my excuse for making quilts that “don’t require a night light,” as Husband puts it.

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