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February 1, 2015
Attaching Stuff to Quilts, and Vice Versa from Gefilte Quilt

Do you put unusual stuff on your quilts? I've been embellishing in earnest lately. A few weeks ago, I wrote about stripping this 8" x 8" quilt from scraps. The key and the hawk charm came with holes, making stitching easy. The yellow fish, from a vintage necklace, had a broken hole, so I glued a brooch finding to his back (he can be unpinned from the quilt and worn, a bonus!)

I wanted to put two polished rocks, a piece of beach glass, and a tiny shell to the lower pebble stripe.
How to attach rocks, shells, and ...

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January 29, 2015
Quick Picnic Quilt from Sew Psyched

It's Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts, and boy, do I have a finish for you! This was originally a Quilt for Sarah. Sarah passed away this last Memorial Day. She is sorely missed! But this isn't a post about missing and sadness. This is a post about celebration and remembrance. A sharing among friends. Friends near and far, here and gone, but never absent. This last week, I

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One Patch – 1960s from Lotus Cove Quilting

Here is a sample of the simple, utilitarian quilts my grandmother, Mary Hamrick Tague, made for her family. She used her foot-pedal Minnesota sewing machine to piece squares from our old clothes, remnants from sewing projects, any leftover fabric she could find. It’s a time capsule of patterns and colors from the 1940s through 1960s.

One Patch - Mary Hamrick Tague - 1960s

One Patch – Mary Hamrick Tague – 1960s

One Patch - Mary Hamrick Tague - Detail with Back and Binding

One Patch – Mary Hamrick Tague – Detail with Back and Binding

Machine pieced, machine quilted. Previously owned by Joy Tague Bower.

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Turquoise Random Railfence Blocks Done from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

 So, the 30 blocks I need are done.  Here they are on the "design wall" (less elegantly known as piece-of-batting-thumbtacked-to-the-wall).  The blocks aren't ironed or arranged.  That is for another day.
I like them though.  A lot.  There is one fabric that doesn't photograph well as I mentioned last time (the darker-looking one) but it looks nice "in person."
And if anyone could use a little pick-me-up by thinking "Wow -- glad I don't live there!" ;-), here is the view out my window yesterday.  School was cancelled the last two days due to a blizzard.  Ahhhhhhh, winter. 
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January 27, 2015
Women of the Bible Block 1 from Patchwork Sampler Blog

I’ve been collecting the block patterns for the Women of the Bible quilt for awhile.  I really like these patterns because they offer a little Bible lesson in addition to the block instructions.  There is also space for personal reflection so you end up with a journal to document your quilt.

As I was digging through my scrap bin the other day I had this block in the back of my mind and found three fabrics that would work for the first block, appropriately named Eve. It finishes 15” square so it took some searching to find scraps large ...

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January 26, 2015
Addressing Wrinkles, in Fabric from Gefilte Quilt

As you may recall from a recent post, I spent Christmas stripping and cheating, in a moralistic sort of way. One of the things I made from leftovers was this:

What does this quilt mean? Maybe nothing, or maybe it had something to do with wrinkles and aging. It's easy to get this far on a quilt. But if you're experiencing adult-onset hyperembellishment disorder, as I am, you need to go further. The next phase took a lot longer:
Vintage pink buttons went in the four corners of the top rectangle. I couched Valdani variegated pearl cotton in ...

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January 25, 2015
English Garden--ready for the fun part from Stitchin' Therapy

   On Friday all the rows for the English Garden pattern were joined.  The center was fully assembled and the inner strip border was added.
   While I was adding the final vertical  row, I found a block up side down.  Out came the ripper and luckily it was an easy fix.  But I made sure all the other blocks were in the correct position.  Thank goodness, it was only one block.

  Right now it is a good size throw, about 50 inches by 72 inches.  Yet there is more to come.  The watercolor border  is next, what I consider to be ...

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January 23, 2015
{One Block at a Time} Tic Tac Toe from Quilty Joyjoy

Today’s block is Tic Tac Toe.  This block is the first block in the Blossom Heart Quilt’s Bee Hive Quilting Bee series.

You can find the tutorial for Tic Tac Toe at Blossom Heart Quilts.  Alyce has made a great block that pieces together quickly and is a lot of fun.

I know that this is one block at a time…but here are some samples that I’ve made:

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I am also working on an entire quilt top of this block.  It is going to be a surprise gift for someone special!!


I am way too much ...

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Friday Finish from Love Laugh Quilt

I was able to sew this week!
Digging through scraps and sewing little strips together
suits me JUST fine.

This little vintage strip here is really the inspiration for the whole quilt.
That  ONE little tiny, PRECIOUS scrap
DROVE this quilt.
LOVE all that color.

Mid week....when I was working away at sewing strips together
I recieved another LITTLE bunch of vintage fabric
and it contained JUST the RIGHT blue
to fill this quilt out.

BELIEVE it or NOT...
I have PLENTY of fabric here...
but cutting into yardage kind of defeats the purpose
in a little scrap quilt ...

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January 21, 2015
Strip piecing from Tink Squared

Strip piecing

I’ve had several people ask if I’m foundation piecing the hundred square blocks. Nope, just strip piecing them, then turning them and sub-cutting into more strips.

I am loving making these as much as the granny square blocks.  Fourteen hundred patches so far!

It’s mindless activity, totally relaxing and so easy to make them perfect. It’s also a great way to use up some outdated fabrics that I no longer care for. Cut this small, the prints are negligible and I love the dark, homey feel of these colors.

I’m rather hoping the fabric I ...

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January 20, 2015
Grad Quilt Block Milestone from Collector with a Needle

The Graduation Quilt
So happy to have all of the blocks finished for 'The Graduation Quilt'

The blocks are hardly sticking to the design wall - Velma (my cat) has figured out how get between the foam board and top.

Yes, one morning most of the blocks were on the floor...

The light center color placement is growing on me.  I am planning on quilting some names and dates in the center.

I was able to work in many special fabrics and have purchased the backing. I changed my mind on binding - plenty of time to figure that out.
I just ...

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January 19, 2015
A Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

A finished quilt.

Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

The Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt is finished! Like I said in my previous blog post, I have loved making this quilt. Everything seemed to flow seamlessly - I won't say effortlessly - from fabric selection to process piecing, to basting (not so fun), to finally quilting and binding.

Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

90 Bear Paw Blocks
90 plain squares
12 rows each of 15 blocks
360 Half Square Triangles
990 Patchwork Pieces
Quilt top measures 54 inches x 67.5 inches.

Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

It seemed obvious (to me) to quilt this quilt with an all over grid of straight lines (1.5 ...

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100 block quilt from Tink Squared

100 block quilt

I’m flaking out again on the 2009 Designer Mystery BOM. I’m ready to set it aside again and work on something else!

As a matter of fact, I’ve already begun working on something else, although I haven’t packed the BOM up yet, I probably will. I love the fabrics, love the blocks, but for some reason I have a hard time sticking with that quilt. It will get done eventually.

I saw this quilt a few weeks ago in a Keepsake Quilting magazine. It’s just a scrappy quilt made of nothing but one inch squares ...

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January 16, 2015
Batik Crossroads from Field Trips in Fiber

 When I finished quilting Fractured Fragments I said I was going to do some fast projects next .

Jan 20 Batik Crossroads

The Batik Crossroads quilt is now quilted and bound and read for one of the twin beds in the guest house.

Jan 20 Batik Crossroads quilting 1

I freemotion quilted this one fast. Very fast. I did this 3-legged zig zag in each block and oriented it with the strip in each block.

This is where I distinguish blankets from quilts. I know that a lot of people get upset when someone calls a quilt a blanket. I take the word blanket as a compliment. To me it means ...

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A Scrap Quilt and Bear Paw Block Tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts

A Scrap Quilt and Bear Paw Block Tutorial | Red Pepper Quilts

Scrap quilts. My quilting heart belongs with scrap quilts! There is no denying that I have a lot of fabric scraps (and fabric) and I love every single scrappy piece, no matter how small. My scraps are unfortunately not well organized; they are not sorted, not pressed, nor neatly folded. Instead they are stored in two large plastic tubs which I scrounge through regularly in search of "that one piece ..." which has to be in there. In other words, my scraps are out of control.

A Scrap Quilt and Bear Paw Block Tutorial | Red Pepper Quilts

And so it began. Time to tame the scrap bins.This quilt design is a ...

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January 11, 2015
Two New Scrap Projects from Quilting by the River

Yesterday I did a review on the book Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts  and I couldn't resist starting a couple new quilts. There was so many neat designs in the book but these two quilts looked perfect for my scraps. Do I need more quilts.....more, but that has never stopped me before! These may take some time to make as they will be my "in-betweeners". Both quilts are in their own box so I can pull one of them out at a moments notice whenever I want a break from my current quilt.

The first one is ...

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January 10, 2015
Scrappy Blocks and A Cheddar Version from Collector with a Needle

Santa put some block sets under the tree for me this year.

What do you notice in this one?

Direction of the stripes?
Would you place the stripes on only one direction?

How about the piecing?
Would you put it in a quilt and cut off all of the outer corners?

See the make-do piece?

How about the bias corners?

Here's a detail photo.

See the corner piece - would you piece this way today?  This was probably from a garment.

Note how small the anchors are in the conversational print.

This one has a nice red ground equine conversational ...

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January 9, 2015
String Braid (Scrappy String Quilt #2) from Kat & Cat Quilts

My string braid quilt is done! I talked about this quilt and shared a tutorial for making the blocks back in this post.  I have been working on string quilts ever since I sorted my strings back in November. This first finish was the brown and blue traditional quilt, and this is the second.

This quilt finished at 56"x70".  I still have a stack of these spring colored 60 degree triangles left, so there will be another similar quilt to come. The satisfaction of reducing a pile of string scraps into useful quilts is right up there for my ...

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January 8, 2015
Sew My Stash 2015 Throwdown!! from Sew Psyched

A New Year and new beginnings!  I'm gonna list my goals for 2015, and you can help me stick to them!  For the blog, I want to up the friendly and helpful factor. Make a menu bar, make pages for Tutorials and have more links to fun stuff for you and the fam.  For me, I want to take more walks just to explore. Walks in moonlight, walks with the Dawg, and The Hubster,  Wee

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January 5, 2015
I Spent Christmas Stripping and Cheating from Gefilte Quilt

I spent Christmas Day (and the following two days) plunging into my scrap stash, stripping and cheating.

Strip piecing, that is. And also, cheating by turning old leftover strip sets into something new.

The first step was to unlatch the Suitcase of Terror, which holds my scraps. The pile immediately sproinged upwards, like an ambitious vampire emerging from its coffin:

I pulled out a bunch of long strips, and sewed them together.

This creation did not inspire me. In fact, it bummed me out. So I continued digging through the ever-growing pile. (Scrap stashes are like egg whites - the more ...

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