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May 4, 2015
Design Wall Monday from Podunk Pretties

Here we are again, it's Monday and I've very little progress to share.  Excuse?   Oh you bet ya!  Tons of them, none of them really good but I'm a master at giving them.  The Posy's are all together, all that's needed is three more corner blocks we'll have a flimsy.   That is if I don't get distracted by other things.


Like this little stack of cuteness.  I also made my own 2.5 template for cutting scrap patches.  Quicker and cheaper than running into town to buy one.  I won't be using ...

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May 2, 2015
The Posy's are Blooming from Podunk Pretties

 It took awhile for all my posy blocks to bloom, but they're all ready to be planted in place.  Since this is a scrappy quilt with repeats in prints and color, I thought it would be best to leave the Posy heads and stems separate, this allows me to adjust the arrangement if needed.


Now that the Posy's are in place I can work on the corner blocks.    The pink butterfly will need to flutter to another corner.


The Tutorials for this quilt can be found in the TUTORIALS tab at the top of the blog.  The final ...

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My New Favourite Scrappy Rainbow Quilt from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

 So I believe it was last year sometime that I made the red, blue, yellow and orange blocks, then stopped.  I didn't really know what to do with them other than I figured I'd probably make a whole bunch of different colours and put them in a quilt.
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I also don't know what this block is called although I'm sure it must have some traditional name.  I just made a bunch of HSTs and experimented until I got an arrangement I liked.
 But after making those first four blocks last year, I moved on to something ...

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May 1, 2015
Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

A Finished Quilt.

Scrappy Color Wheel Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.
QUICK QUILT STATS:
12 Color Wheel Blocks.
48 Foundation paper pieced arcs.
384 patchwork pieces.
Each finished Color Wheel Block measures 17" x 17".
The finished quilt measures 51 inches x 68 inches.

Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.
Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.
Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.

Home! Sweet Home! April has been such a crazy busy month with travel, TEACHING CLASSES AT SEWTOPIA, CHICAGO! (the most amazing experience yet in my quilting journey, and I hope to have some photos to share with you soon), long haul flights and now a lingering dose of jet lag.  

Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.

It does feel good to be back in my "normal" work space, playing with ...

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April 29, 2015
40 Yard Dash from Patchwork Sampler Blog

It was so fun owning a quilt shop.  Like most shop owners I got into it because I love fabric and every day the UPS man would deliver boxes and boxes of beautiful fabric. In all those years I think we only ordered about 5 ugly bolts which meant I did some serious stash enhancement!  I still really like buying fabric but my newer purchases don’t play very well with the older stuff so I’ve been making a concentrated effort to turn over my inventory a little quicker.

Recently I pulled 40 yards of older fabric off the ...

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April 27, 2015
My indoor garden from Podunk Pretties

Hey quilty friends!  Top of the morning to everyone!  Did everyone work in the yard or stitch up a storm this weekend?  Me? a little of both.  I'm so excited to get this week started.  There's tons of things on the to-do list.  Mowing, weeding and planting are at the top of the list.  This time of year sewing Posy's takes a backseat to the real ones.  And just like my real flower garden these Podunk Posy are slow to bloom.  Slowly but surely I'm making progress with hopes of a Friday Flimsy.  
All 36 are ...

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April 26, 2015
New Scrap Quilt Started ... from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

 My scraps called to me and I answered.  These squares will finish at 4.5".  Each one is made of 3 strips.  I love a nice rail fence block.
 I didn't count, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are over 100 different fabrics in this.  For some fabrics, I used the very last little piece I had.
 I started sewing the rows together yesterday.
Hopefully it will be a completed quilt top soon! 
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Cheers! Posted by Riel Nason

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April 22, 2015
Wordless Wednesday from Love Laugh Quilt



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April 20, 2015
Monday Making from Love Laugh Quilt

It's almost Monday where I am.
This little linky party is a fun way to share about 
what we're all in the MIDDLE of!
;)

I KNOW we have lots of MIDDLEs going on....
don't we?

Wonder if "being in the MIDDLE of" something
has a better ring to it than
calling our little ongoing projects UFOs?????

Thoughts???

I pulled out an "OLD friend" this week.
Another UN-UFO term.
:)

Ms. JUKI (quilting machine)
has been HIGHjacked to the sewing repair man
and I'm a teeny bit frustrated at the back and forth nature of this particular ...

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April 19, 2015
Modern Batik Scrap Wreath Tutorial 2: Embrace Your Inner Awkward Freemotion Quilting from Gefilte Quilt

Last week I showed you how to piece a wreath/ring/thing with batik scraps, and a fusible fleece backing for dimension. I decided it looked like a ring flying through the sky, so I decided to call it "Ring Toss." 

This week: Freemotion quilting the ten background motifs. 
After stitching down the ring and the grey motion-marks (or alien quarter-moons), I added batting and backing, and stitched 9 double diagonal lines separating the background into 10 sections. So I needed 10 different sky motifs to fill them.  Below left is one, star/suns that's not original to me ...

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April 18, 2015
What?????????????? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


So the day isn't starting off well.  I came downstairs - got some stuff prepped for my class, then it was time to walk the dogs. Hmmmmm - where have I put my glasses? Not that I need them to walk the dogs, but I see long distances better with them and I like to observe what is happening in the forest. And this time of year is cool as it comes alive for spring! the trilliums are just peeking through the ground.  I could not find the darn things so I went with the back up pair which is similiar ...

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April 16, 2015
Hello from Sew Simple Life

So I wanted to make a quilt for the front door. And I had this idea in my head. But.... not everything turns out the way I hope it's going to turn out. It took me three days but I finished the little quilt and it's now hanging on the front door. While everyone else seems to like it, I'm still not sure I like it myself.

I knew as soon as I finished piecing it that I had messed it up. I realized I should have made either the blues lighter or used darker greens. But ...

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April 15, 2015
Random Rail Fence in Green from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

 Okay, I hope no one is tired of these Random Rail Fence quilts yet as there are more to come.  As mentioned before, I'm making a series for an exhibit this summer.  It will be called Modern Rainbow: Partially Planned Patchworks.  So far I have tops done in yellow, turquoise and red.  I have all the blocks done for a pink one and the green one is in progress.  Each quilt uses the Random Rail Fence blocks (tutorial under the blog tab above if you'd like to try making some).  But each quilt also has its own twist ...

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Two Finishes! from Humble Quilts

I finally got back to a few quilts that needed binding.  Here's a little log cabin table topper.
Simple primitive quilting to match the simple quilt.
This backing came from my friend Jill's sewing room after she passed away last year. It reminds me of the cute little things we collect and cherish.
Here's the Love More I made with the P&B fabric. After my trip to Guatemala I think it means more to me now than when I made it.
Here's a close up you can see the fabric. I'm going to give ...

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April 14, 2015
Podunk Posy quilt, Butterfly corner block tutorial from Podunk Pretties



The butterfly corners was the most requested of all the options given in the original post about the Podunk Posy quilt.  I must admit it's my favorite option also.   The first two tutorials for the Podunk Posy quilt shown below can be found


What you will need for one butterfly block

White
(2) 8.75" squares
(2) 2" squares
(6) 1.5" squares
(1) 1" x 1.75"
(1) 1" x 1.25"

Top wings (pink gingham)
(2) 3.25" x 4"

Bottom wings (yellow print)
(2) 3.25" x 3"

Body (brown)
(1) 1" x ...

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Modern Batik Scrap Wreath Tutorial, Part 1: Piecing and Appliqué from Gefilte Quilt

Here's my latest. I call it Ring Toss.
It sits on a yard of fabric. I'm not yet sure which way is up. What do you think?
It grew out of three of my most recent obsessions: wreaths; batik strips (in January 123); and coming to terms with my hopelessly awkward freemotion machine quilting  (1: Spock2: Mammography: and 3: Sound of Music.  

So I'll break this blog post into two parts. This is Part I: How to make a batik scrap wreath, suitable for all occasions, or, as in this case, non-occasions. Part 2 ...

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April 10, 2015
Friday from Love Laugh Quilt

It's so nice to finish a quilt top!
Little projects are fun...
but the BIG ones really make me HAPPY!

This quilt has been my camping project.
Every trip I did a few blocks....
or maybe only ONE.
;)
After spring break last week
I knew I was CLOSE enough to finish!!!

I brought it home and got to work!

Scraps for this one include some oldies but goodies....

AND....
some strange creatures.
Hah!

2" squares are so FUN!
I will say though....they ARE a challenge to put together.
They need to be CUT exactly
and that 1/4 ...

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Friday finds April 10 from Stitchin' Therapy

Did ya miss me?  I missed last week, so I will try to make this one good.


Vintage View: FREE For the Cause Bed Quilt Pattern  A full size quilt pattern.....free from McCall's Quilting.  It is called For the Cause and here is the link for the free download.   It is based on an Amish 1820 quilt.  See the link for details.  Such a perfect scrap quilt, and I can think of a lot of color ways that this would be good in.







  I fell in love with this one immediately!  It is done in blues, it blends, and it is soothing, and it is called Watercolors ...

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April 9, 2015
Home Ties from Stitchin' Therapy

 
   Spring is here in full force. Flowers in bloom, warm temps---84 degrees today---with cool mornings.   So this quilt is just what is needed for early mornings on the porch...along with a nice cup of coffee.

   I finished up the scrappy binding yesterday, for a finish this month.  Yay!  I had debated on a border for this one, but instead I opted for just a nice snuggle size of 50" by 60".  

  Simple straight line quilting on this one.  I almost used an all over swirl, and then decided to keep it clean and simple.  I just wanted to accent ...

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April 8, 2015
An Old WIP Completed: Scrappy Trips Around the World Quilt from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

 This quilt has been about 99% done, with honestly only the last few feet of binding left to be sewn down, for what seems like forever.  Anyhow, last night was the night to finish the binding, so here's the finished quilt. 
 It's a Scrappy Trips Around the World Quilt which was a blogland darling for a while with lots of people making their own versions.  It is an old traditional block that really looks good with modern fabrics!
 It was quite a bit of extra work, but I put a scrappy inset border on mine which really sets ...

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