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July 27, 2017
Why Kaffe? from Wedding Dress Blue

I have never sewn with Kaffe before.  Those who read my blog often are possibly wondering what happened.

Well, remember that we are redecorating.

Husband picked out throw rugs, curtains and a duvet set for winter.  This is not a picture of the actual rugs, but a similar one–ours have a strong chevron pattern, but close to the same color scheme.  “I like color,” he said.  Who knew?  After all, I have only been married to the man for 22 years.

My mother believes that my quilting has had an influence on him and slowly but surely drawn/pushed ...

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July 26, 2017
Workshop Wednesday: Selecting Fabric for Scrap Quilts from McCall's Quilting

In a recent Workshop Wednesday post, I wrote about the basics of selecting fabric for a quilt. This week, let’s take things up a notch and talk about selecting the right fabrics specifically for a scrap quilt.

I can hear some of you saying, “But if it’s a scrap quilt, then why do I need to worry about how to select fabric? Anything goes when you’re making a scrap quilt, right?”
In theory, yes, you’re right. In practice, however, there are a few things to keep in mind.
You may have heard the quilters’ maxim, “Color ...

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July 25, 2017
Santa's Trip Around the World from Lily Patch Quilts

What a Monday this has been. All of my plans for today went out the window due to unforeseen things happening. I think I can sew after I finish this post. I have been trying to get Maker's Monday going but it'll have to take a short break until I get my stuff together. 
Anywho, I have been following along with Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict with her Christmas blog hop and Santa's Trip Around the World Quilt Along. As you know in my previous post that I was wanting to make mine ...

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July 21, 2017
Laundry Day from Quilt Doodle Doodles

 
I love this quilt, I call it Laundry Day because for one reason or another it reminds me of grandma and fresh laundry. There is nothing better then the fresh smell of clothes just in from the clothesline. Oh that fresh, crisp smell. It's snuggly and wonderful....

I gave the original quilt to my sister for her birthday a few years ago. It dawned on me I need to make another one for my trunk show. I also need one just for myself too! It's a quick and easy weekend quilt. It's a lovely lap quilt size ...

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Laundry Day from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

 
I love this quilt, I call it Laundry Day because for one reason or another it reminds me of grandma and fresh laundry. There is nothing better then the fresh smell of clothes just in from the clothesline. Oh that fresh, crisp smell. It's snuggly and wonderful....

I gave the original quilt to my sister for her birthday a few years ago. It dawned on me I need to make another one for my trunk show. I also need one just for myself too! It's a quick and easy weekend quilt. It's a lovely lap quilt size ...

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Santa's Trip Around the World Quilt from Lily Patch Quilts


I have been plugging away working on three projects at once. I've been taking a break here and there to make sure my back doesn't act up too much. This one is the one Sarah, over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict have been providing the tutorials for. I thought I had it all figured out until I accidentally cut up the fabrics I need to work on this quilt.


Since that happened, I went ahead and just cut my sections into 2 1/2" strips instead of the 4" strips I was planning on cutting. My quilt ...

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July 20, 2017
The Same But Different from Fret Not Yourself

Although I was initially hesitant to post any of our passage quilts, QS convinced me our experiences might help others. The situation is universal, after all. Before you start using your irreplaceable family clothing, consider reading the previous post and insightful comments.

Here's the final arrangement for Bro1's Broken Dishes. Blocks were moved, of course. It's about 50 by 60" and used 120 six-inch squares that finished about five-inches.

Broken Dishes memory quilt

Our second passage quilt is slightly larger because I put some squares in the wrong stack. Oops. Channeling Jacob's Ladder (a nine-patch) this ...

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July 19, 2017
Irish Star Quilt Along Part 3: Triple Irish Chain Block TUTORIAL from Wedding Dress Blue

Welcome to The Irish Stars Quilt Along Part 3:  Triple Irish Chain Block.  If you are new or nearly new, you might want to check out the IRISH STARS QUILT ALONG tab for more information.  Don’t worry.  You aren’t late.  You got here right on time.  It is THAT kind of quilt along.

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The Triple Irish Chain block is just a  lot of squares.  It is the arrangement that makes all the difference.  Remember that this tutorial is for a single block.  Refer to Irish Star Quilt Along Part 2: Size and Scale to decide how many blocks ...

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July 18, 2017
Pinwheel Ducks from Quilt Fabrication

Pinwheel Ducks is a finish!


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For a scrap quilt, I really love how this turned out! Notice in the design, there is a square on point of dark teal pinwheels, with an inner ring of pale aqua pinwheels. And the very center - a square of that cute duck fabric!

Remember the numerous sizes of pinwheels to start with?


different sized pinwheels

A little bit of the scrap duck fabric used as sashing helped to bring them up to size. Here's a pic of several different widths of sashing.


sashing to bring up the size of blocks

The pinwheel quilting is an easy arc in all the aqua areas, with seeds ...

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July 17, 2017
Christmas in July Blog Hop from Lily Patch Quilts

I have a couple of projects I am working on, one of which is the Christmas quilt that Confessions of a Fabric Addict is sharing the tutorial to during her 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. The tutorial is for a Trip Around the World quilt which she shares in steps through the blog hop.


I pulled out my really really old Christmas fabrics to use. I just need to use these up and it will more than likely be scrappy since I am cutting my strips 4" wide and not the 2.5" Sarah calls for in her tutorial ...

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July 12, 2017
Free motion quilting my scrappy HST quilt from Northern Deb Quilts

My HST quilt top is basted. Time to get it quilted.

I picked a soft pink/peach fabric for the backing...it's quiet enough that it won't fight with all the design on the front.



The white thread and swirls aren't very visible on the front....
But they show up on the back.


It's about 3/4 of the way done...probably going to take a few day to complete. My back gets really tired if I try to do too much in one day. AND it's hot out...not the time of year to ...

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July 11, 2017
99 Squircles Quilt - A Finished Quilt and Squircle Block Templates from Red Pepper Quilts

Neither a Square nor a Circle ~

Squircles Quilt ~ Templates available ~ © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I do love a good scrap quilt and this quilt is certainly all that and more. Scrap, scrap, scrap. It certainly is a feast for the eyes and I have loved making it. I especially enjoyed the challenge of machine piecing a small block with a relatively tight curve, and troubleshooting the problems encountered in doing so.

Squircles Quilt ~ Templates available ~ © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Squircles Quilt ~ Templates available ~ © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Squircles Quilt ~ Templates available ~ © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I finished this quilt by first ditch-stitching all vertical and horizontal seam lines, and then adding additional vertical lines spaced just 1 inch apart. The quilting is functional rather than decorative, adding texture which gives the quilt ...

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Scrappy Long Time Gone Piecing Progress from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

I'm  looking back at my Instagram posts to see when I began to piece this quilt -- looks like I posted my first finished block on March 19.  Here I am, almost 4 months down the calendar and still on schedule!?!  I sorted out all the blocks by "sections" to be sure I had everything finished.  I didn't even need the "amnesty" week the organizers allowed for catching up with the block piecing!!
Once I was sure I had everything, I began organizing the checkerboard fill-ins sections and assembling the six sections of the top.  Sorting through the leftovers ...

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Penultimate Great Debater Quilt from Fret Not Yourself

Simple quilting with the walking foot on the diagonals. There are two ways to do this: sew each diagonal alone or turn at the edge. Guess which one I chose? The quilt turned time and again as long as the "lesser" amount was to the right. Like my grandson I've turned in circles until I'm about to fall down. Now that the quilting is done I'm dizzy.

Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt
Yellow binding kept it from competing with the multicolored top. All the yellow bits in the leftover binding bin were used.

Scrappy yellow binding ...

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Kona Cotton Solid Scrap Quilt Progress from Lily Patch Quilts

I thought I would get more sewing done during the Summer but my back says otherwise. I was supposed to get this scrap quilt put together already but it didn't work out as planned. I have other sewing and crafty obligations so I've only been working in twenty minute increments.


I'm hoping shorter periods of working would not aggravate what's going on with my back. The uncomfortable pain only happens when I sit. Odd, but this has happened before and it's making me very unhappy because I can't sew away like I want. This ...

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July 10, 2017
Irish Stars Quilt Along Part 1: Basics and Preparation from Wedding Dress Blue

Welcome to the Irish Stars Quilt Along!

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So many of you responded positively to the invitation to leader-ender-along with me that we are going to go ahead with it.  This will NOT be a traditional quilt along where we issue a specific step on a specific date.  Rather, we will all be producing blocks at a rate that suits our sewing style and our goal.  We’ll do it together for a while (time undetermined) until we have completed some quilts and it has served its purpose.

In order to prepare for this quilt along you should:

  1. Study up (or ...

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July 8, 2017
Sampler Assembled from Wedding Dress Blue

The sort-of-Splendid Sampler is assembled.

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Fifty pieced blocks–2 each of 25 different designs–and 49 alternating blocks.

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How can I choose a favorite?

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Right now it is 54″ x 66″, but all of your input on borders has been very helpful and that is next.  Hopefully a finished top some time next week.

 


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July 2, 2017
Tartan Diamond in a Square and AHIQ 22 from Fret Not Yourself

Today is the third month of Kaja's #AHIQtwoblocks invitation. I'm on pins and needles to see what everyone has done even if, like me, you're not finished. CCII: Stacked Bricks is going to be my two block quilt; the second block forms a border. The background squares created by the Coins reminded me of a quilt I made years ago.

Tartan Diamond in a Square began with leftover Half Log Cabins/Housetop blocks. The bright, colorful ones quickly went into a simpler scrap quilt. These remaining blocks were so dull I almost donated them until... That plaid ...

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July 1, 2017
Kaleidoscope of Butterflies 18 from Fret Not Yourself

Finally. A quilt that includes butterflies... on the red fabric. This top has been queued for quilting for several years. Like fifteen.

Strippy Nine-Patch partial view

See those butterflies? See that deep fold from storing it so many years? {BTW, these colors are off; way too strong. The border in the photo above is much closer.}

Strippy Nine-Patch top detail
 QS traded some of the nine-patches with me. I thought about making them into other blocks  but finally decided a simple strippy quilt would work best. And then it got complicated because I wanted a larger quilt. Of course.

I ...

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June 30, 2017
A New Leader-Ender from Wedding Dress Blue

Since finishing the Sweet Sixteen top, I have been contemplating my next leader-ender idea. To qualify (for me) it needs to use small squares (mostly), use a lot of pieces, and be mostly repetitive.

Well, I believe I have found the idea.  I call it Irish Stars.

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It is a triple Irish chain alternating with a sort of floating star block.  You can’t see the pattern very well yet, but with a few more blocks the “chain” effect should show up more strongly.

Maybe I have found two ideas.  Is anyone interested in leader-ender-ing along with me?  I don ...

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