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January 16, 2017
» SueLynn Designs

Are you ready for Christmas??

I just finished the second quilt I am giving this Christmas.  Several years ago I put together a quilt from the Jewel Box traditional pattern.  Here is a picture of it then.  I had about 2 yards of the watercolor native american yardage.  I used thea prominent colors of that to choose other pieces to go with it.  One piece was used for all the diagonal squares.  It was a tie die pattern that contained the red/orange, green/aqua colors.  I used a grey for the background and orange for the borders and center ...

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January 14, 2017
En Provence Progress a Sew Along Plus Free Classes from Lily Patch Quilts

Happy Friday! I am going to lump a bunch of things into this one post today because there's a lot going on especially with free classes and buy one get one offers. Up first are my progress with the En Provence mystery quilt along. I managed to finish cutting and marking all of my fabrics to make half square triangles and quarter triangles

I do have the Angler 2 but it just never seems to work right for me. I'll have to look at the instructions again to make sure for next time when I have to make ...

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January 10, 2017
153 More Backwards Scraps on the Wall from Gefilte Quilt

Happy 2017! Here's a New Year's diversion, explaining how I went from here... here: just a few steps, and it was more logical than you might think!

It all started when a challenge in Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine set me on a path of cutting out and arranging hundreds of 1.5" squares. My first experiment was with batik scraps, and I wound up displaying the seamed side. It's in my post from two weeks ago

Now I was completely hooked on squares, especially the 1.5 inchers. The first photo below is a trial ...

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January 9, 2017
En Provence Mystery Quilt Progress from Lily Patch Quilts

Since most of my family is on a long college semester break, I've been trying to get squeeze in some sewing time to get things finished before school starts next month. One of the things on my list is to finish the En Provence mystery quilt. I realized that I don't have a lot of dark shades of blues so I've been breaking into my stash to try and find some. 

I found some navy polka dots and a Denyse Schmidt print that  I will incorporate into the quilt.

This is what I came up with for ...

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January 6, 2017
Last Finish of 2016 from Patchwork Sampler Blog

The year started well, but predictably quilt finishes really dropped off in the last couple of months.  This was my December finish, the last one of the year. 

golden memories finish

The pattern is Golden Memories by Lori Smith of from my heart to your hands.  Over the years, I’ve made a number of Lori’s patterns and I just love all of them.  She has a great sense of design and scale and each of her quilts are gorgeous.

This quilt has a LOT of seams and I didn’t want the quilting to detract from the billion hours of piecing ...

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December 25, 2016
Quick Quilted Holiday Haikus from Gefilte Quilt

Merry Christmas! Happy Chanukkah! Happy Kwanza! Happy Winter! Whatever you celebrate (or not), I hope you will have time to do some creative sewing over the vacation. Here's my idea du jour, and the results can serve as last-minute holiday gifts: Cut out 16 to 25 tiny scrap squares and make art.

As noted last week, I'm on a ferocious square kick. That blog post showed a 100-square creation that I displayed backwards. Here are 150 more squares, sorted into six separate pieces:

Each tiny small square is cut to 1.5", and finishes at 1". So each ...

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December 23, 2016
En Provence Quilt Blocks from Lily Patch Quilts

I have been trying to squeeze in some sewing time to work on the En Provence mystery quilt. So far I've only been able to work on the third clue. I have also been sewing Christmas items and will share  
that after Christmas :)

I was able to get these four patches done today. As I am cutting and sorting the blue fabrics I kept thinking that I might not have enough. Lets hope I can use up all of the scraps. I am going to keep working on these four patches and catch up with everyone so this quilt ...

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December 12, 2016
En Provence Clue #2 from Lily Patch Quilts

Yesterday I finished the En Provence mystery quilt clue #1. That was such a long process but I kept on going little by little it got done. Last night I started cutting for the second clue.. This is a breeze compared to first clue. I have a bunch of fabrics leftover from a project I did for Art Gallery Fabrics so I am using this pretty print for the background this time around.

The whole reason why I started this project was to us up small pieces and scraps so I pulled out the pink scrap bag that I have ...

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DWM: Trail Mix from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Last week my quilting group met for our Christmas party and I had really hoped to have this quilt finished for show and tell.  Unfortunately I just didn’t have enough sewing time in November to make the progress needed to finish.  There are 180 blocks in the quilt and even though they were all pretty simple to piece, it still took a lot of time to make them.  It also took a lot of time to cut them since I went super scrappy and sometimes only cut a 1-1/2” square out of a fabric.  Happily, though, the blocks ...

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December 9, 2016
When is "googling" like quilting? from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Who doesn't love FINISHING a project?  But there is one piece of it that I struggle with -- the "aftermath" -- that moment when I have to make a decision about what to do next?!?
It shouldn't really be that difficult for a person with a dozen or more projects in flux most of the time but that "which" question is often the beginning of a spasm of "proquiltination"
(it's a form of being distracted, but in a productive way!?!).
I think I first saw that word on Instagram and it describes perfectly what has been happening here for ...

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December 6, 2016
En Provence Clue 1 Complete from Lily Patch Quilts

Last night I sat down to sew the scrap pieces together to complete the 4-patch blocks called for in the En Provence mystery clue #1. I finally took a break and this mini munny figure was sitting out so I drew on him. My daughter gave it to me last year for my birthday just for something fun to do. I drew him how I felt at the time and hubby started laughing when he looked at the face. 

This morning I finally finished the blocks and pressed them. I did a final count and I made twenty extra blocks ...

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A Finish with an Easy Quilting Design from Fret Not Yourself

I finished the blue string quilt. These certainly are quick, easy quilts for toddlers. Not much to them; perfect for playtime, games, and spills.

Paper pieced string quilt in all shades of blue
Blue string toddler quilt
The binding is the light green I planned {and then discarded} for the green string quilt. It complements the bits of green in the strings.

Simple back of blue string quilt
A simple back. Of course, there wasn't enough of the larger piece but I had this eighth-yard remnant to finish it off.

Quilting and binding details of Blue String toddler quilt
Finally, a close up of the quilting and binding ...

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December 5, 2016
Rectangle Checkerboard Quilt 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress

Rectangle Checkerboard Quilt 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Back to basics. Simple patchwork, easy sewing, and busting both scraps and stash. I love working with fabrics from my stash and this week I have spent a considerable amount of time digging deep into my fabric stash in search of the "favorites". I have many fabric favorites and I have no problem jumbling all of these different prints and colors together. It's bright and colorful, but most of all pulling together a quilt like this makes me ridiculously happy. 

Rectangle Checkerboard Quilt 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Rectangle Checkerboard Quilt 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Rectangle Checkerboard Quilt 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

As with all of my Checkerboard Quilts I have contrasted a light, or low volume, fabric ...

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Flowering Snowball Quilt 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

A Finished Quilt (and lots of photos!)

Flowering Snowball Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Today - this last day of November - I am sharing with you the finished Flowering Snowball 2 quilt. November has been exceptionally good to me. I have spent the last few weeks travelling with my husband; a trip to the United States that involved the running of a marathon (my husband!), endlessly wandering the streets of New York City and of course yarn and fabric shopping at fabulous stores like Purl Soho, The Brooklyn General Store and Knitty City. It was a wonderful trip but as always there is no place quite like home ...

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December 3, 2016
En Provence Clue 1 from Lily Patch Quilts

Happy Weekend! Did you all get your Christmas decorations up? We're still working on ours but in the meantime I decided to jump in and join Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt along. These were the fabrics I shared on IG. I took out the purples and added blues instead.
 As I was cutting the neutral fabrics into manageable strips I was starting to feel a tinge of regret because it takes a lot of time to cut scraps. After I finished cutting what I had I started to feel like it wasn't enough.

I just pressed on and ...

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En Provence Mystery Quilt from Lily Patch Quilts

I don't usually do mystery quilts but this time Bonnie's colors and the chance to use up scraps got me. 

Below were her color choices. I replaced the purples with blues. I don't have many purples in my scrap bags but have a lot of blues so it was the obvious choice for me.

These are just some of my scraps. I really hope to use up a lot of it for this quilt. This week the participants are to make the four patch blocks in the neutral colors. I haven't even begun to cut my ...

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December 1, 2016
Vacation, Strings, and Kaleidoscope of Butterflies Dec 2016 from Fret Not Yourself

I didn't expect to find any butterflies this month but QS (QuiltingSister) sent this adorable pin from her vacation through Utah. These represent some of the same butterflies that make it to the California coast in January.

In the meanwhile, our family celebrated four birthdays and one wedding anniversary with a long-planned trip. The perfect {temporary} escape from political turmoil.

Disney's Animal Kingdom has an African bird habitat chock full of colorful species like this purple starling. He has one bright yellow eye while the other is black.

Purple Starling, Disney Animal Kingdom
The Golden Weaver entertained us ...

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November 30, 2016
Scrappy Projects from Lily Patch Quilts

 Recently I won this amazing prize package from the scrap quilt challenge hosted by Persimon Dreams. I thought I was only receiving the scrap package from Maddie Kertay but she included everything you see in the photo. This was such a generous package I couldn't believe it when I opened it. Thank you Maddie!

I trimmed the Cotton and Steel strips straight and ended with a bunch of tiny triangles leftover. I couldn't throw them away so I paired them up to make the scrappy pinwheel blocks. They are not that big but I am going to make ...

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November 28, 2016
DWM: Four Patch Fun from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Sometimes when I want to push myself to make a particular quilt I will suggest a challenge to my small quilting group.  Such was the case with Trail Mix which is (in my opinion) the ultimate scrap quilt.  It was designed by Mabeth Oxenreider and  I first saw the pattern in an American Patchwork and Quilting magazine many years ago. Then it showed up again in the book Better Homes and Gardens Quilt-Lovers Favorites, Volume 8 and now it is a free pattern on the All People Quilt website.  Third time’s a charm so I am finally working on ...

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November 25, 2016
Summer Solstice Quilt Complete from Lily Patch Quilts

I was able to finish the quilting on my Summer Solstice quilt but getting the photos done took a bit of time. I took advantage of this week's Thanksgiving break and went out to get some photos. 

This quilt was so big that it was a challenge to find a place I could drape it over. We finally found a balcony at a park nearby the local zoo and took the photos before it got dark. Daylight savings time has made our days so short that we had to get things done earlier than normal.

Anywho, I chose to ...

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