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March 5, 2015
BE EPIC! from Sew Psyched

Here's a message we don't hear often enough: BE EPIC! As women, we hear all sorts of messages; Have straight hair, Have long lashes, Have no wrinkles, Have big boobs, Have this and that thing that will MAKE you what you need to be in order to be fabulous.  But I am here to tell you that what you need in order to be fabulous is... YOU You, just as you are. You with messy hair and no

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March 4, 2015
Prepping for more scrappy goodness from Podunk Pretties


In between quilting and the ho-hum chores of daily life I've been cutting scraps for the next easy scrap quilt.  The Podunk Posy I designed a few days ago will be the hardest part, and she's not hard at all!  Just to prove it to everyone, I'll be posting a tutorial for my Podunk Posy next week.  And there's more....I'll also post tutorials for the rest of the quilt as I make it, sorry no PDF pattern this time.  The quilt is so simple I think most of you could make it without instructions ...

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March 2, 2015
March's beginnings...... from Stitchin' Therapy


  This is the beginning of the new Let's Book It project that I shared a hint about.
  The book is an older one....Awash with Color by Judy Turner.  On the left you can see my foundation pieces that I cut for the string piecing.   I am using some very old, very thin men's shirting fabric I was "gifted" with a while back.  I figured there was no reason to let it go to waste.  



  Taking a break from the feather quilting, I used some string piecing as a little therapy. I am using a 6 1/2 ...

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Getting back to the basics from Podunk Pretties

Happy Snowy Monday!  We're setting snow accumulation records here in Podunk for the month of March.  In our little spot of the woods the snow piled up to about 8 inches on top of the 5 inches already on the ground.  But it's still not warm enough for a snowman.  The snow is like powder.  I think by this afternoon that should change.  Anyone else playing in the snow today?
Since I couldn't build a snowman(boohoo) most of the weekend was spent quilting.  I managed to get all the applique machine stitched in place.  Now for ...

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Sew My Stash 2015 March Challenge. It's on!! from Sew Psyched

Woo!!! It's March, the heat's back on (after three weeks, brrr!), and the Sun is shinin'! Now what could be better than that?? I know what!! Another Sew My Stash 2015 Throwdown!! You haven't seen me here for awhile, 'cause it was too cold to sit next to the window, without heat, and type. But that doesn't mean that I didn't accomplish anything during February! No, I and my handy dandy sit-upon

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February 28, 2015
Dancing Wings and the end of the month from Stitchin' Therapy

   A quick glance at this quilt tossed over the chair this morning, and I realized the "wings" seemed to be dancing.....twisting, turning, and spinning around.  That settled the name.....Dancing Wings.
 





  Colorful wings in blue, pink, rose, purple, turquoise, and yellow  are made with strings of fabric blended by value. Here is the post where I discussed the blending.








 
   The triangular wings are different sizes,too.  The purple one is my favorite one......or maybe the  turquoise?
   I finished off a couple of mini-bolts to complete this one.  A darker green backing, the lighter green for the border and ...

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Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilt and Tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress.

Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilt + Tutorial | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Another scrappy quilt. About 12 months ago I decided to start cutting and collecting 1 1/2 inch wide strips of fabric for a String Quilt of a yet to be determined design/layout. The idea was that whenever I pulled fabric from stash I would cut an extra strip to add to my shoebox of strings. Unfortunately I wasn't very diligent (nor organized enough) to continuously add to my collection of fabric strips but this week I decided to put the strips that were there to good use, albeit not for a traditional String Quilt ...

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February 27, 2015
Flimsy Friday from Podunk Pretties

 I'm loving the snow!  My studio gets brighter earlier in the day due to the sun reflecting off the snow.  This is how I started my day.   So bright and happy, it  washes away any gloomy and glum cabin fever blues that might be lurking about.  


 When I started making strings last week I didn't plan on making a Wedding Ring quilt, but...failure on Plan A.  Onto Plan B which I pulled out of thin cold air.   My attempts at piecing the blocks ended in disaster.  Good thing there's always a Plan C that doesn't ...

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February 25, 2015
Stash Control from Quilting by the River

Cleaned up stash
Last weekend I took a little time to straighten up my fabrics......you never know when you'll find something you forgot you had. I also have a small basket that I keep scraps in and it was time to cut them into different sizes that I keep. The smallest is a 1 ½" square (crazy......I know). All the fabrics on the right side are batiks!

After doing all that my bin that I keep the 2 ½" squares in was overflowing so I decided to spend a little time sewing some of them together.
Too many scrap squares
There is nothing more ...

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Podunk Posy from Podunk Pretties

 After running into a couple of design snags in my string quilt  I decided to take a short break from it this morning and do a quick Studio clean up.  As I was putting away some scraps I ran across the sweetest little scrap of pink posy fabric.  The little posies jump started an idea....  That's all it took to side track my mind and whip up a quilt block design on some graph paper.   Well what the heck let's go ahead and make a test block.  I need several more of these!


The adorable Podunk Posy block ...

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February 23, 2015
A Crowd-Sourced Decision and Small Batik Scrap Weavings - Hallelujah! from Gefilte Quilt

We have a winner! When last we met (last week) I was deciding whether and where to put two verticle magenta strips that punched up one of my weavings. Without the magenta strips, it looked like this: 
I decided to crowdsource the decision. Thanks to all who voted in the comments and via email!Most people liked the additional magenta strips - some suggested I add horizontals, too, maybe in a different color. Or shorter strips. Or converging strips. I tried it all! My dear quilt friend Lindi suggested I offset the strips - make one higher than the other. Lindi, you ...

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February 22, 2015
A little thawing please from Stitchin' Therapy

  After 4 days of temperatures not reaching the 32 degree mark, I was ready for some "warmer" temps!  It was too cold to even stick your nose outside and so the result is a little cabin fever here.
  I managed to stay busy.....taxes are done, and helped  Sir Old Man with the final paper work for his Dad, which has gone surprisingly smooth.  I also spent a long day re-vamping supply lists, and handouts for a watercolor workshop I will be doing.  

   Quilting and binding on a Habitat for Humanity quilt is done!    I mentioned this earlier I know ...

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February 21, 2015
Got strings? from Podunk Pretties

The last scrap quilt was so much fun why not make another out of the growing pile of strings.  The inspiration for a string quilt struck when I saw Emily's quilt over at Em's Scrapbag.  


We've seen a gazillion string quilts of every shape and size.  How can I make this one my own, make it different, original, a one of a kind?  Nothing lubricates the creative quilty gears like some mindless speed piecing strips of technicolor  fabric.  


Once the sewing began the ideas flowed out of my brain like the curse words out of my mouth ...

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February 20, 2015
Turquoise Random Rail Fence Quilt Top Done from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

 After the yellow version of this quilt (previous post) was done, I knew I had to sew this one together next.
 It also has a focal square to add a little flair.  The blocks are all 12" finished.  The quilt is 60" by 72".
 There are two fabrics in this quilt that don't photograph well -- the ones that look dark.  One has orange dots on it and one has little life preservers on it.  They look great in the quilt "in person" but I find they look weird in the pics.  Oh well.
A tutorial to make the blocks ...

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Flit and Flutter Friday from Podunk Pretties


This has been finished for a couple of days, waiting to be photographed.  Our  weather had other plans.  With temperatures in the negative digits my photo shoot took place indoors.  Don't get me wrong I love snow but I don't like freezing my patootie off in order to get a good picture.  It's a pretty good bet that those temps wouldn't be good for my camera or phone camera. 
Anyway...this was a quick and fun way to use up some scraps.  The four patches are 2.5" squares and the the solid blocks are 4 ...

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February 18, 2015
A Calico Rose Quilt Along! from Wedding Dress Blue

The votes are overwhelmingly in favor of a tutorial for the Calico Rose quilt.  And, as this blog is about to pass the milestone of  five years of existence, a quilt along might be a good way to celebrate!

Let’s do this!

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First, I have a few more questions–would you like to create a full bed quilt or a throw?  The Calico Rose pictured here is 49 blocks and finishes at 96″ square.  That is a big quilt.  And a lot of pieces–about 2500 of them.  Trust me.  I know this is a lot.  However, we could ...

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February 16, 2015
Winter Sunshine! Yellow Random Rail Fence Patchwork Quilt Top from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

 Not a lot to say other than it's done and I'm really happy with it.  Hopefully the cheerful, bright yellows will show nicely on the computer.  It looks great "in person" and all the different yellows work well together. 
 I added a focal square this time.  I also added a single unique square when I made a Halloween version of a quilt like this and I think it really adds to it.
 The blocks finish at 12".  The quilt is 60" by 72" which is a perfect size for the couch.
If you'd like to try making ...

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2 patch + 4 patch from Stitchin' Therapy


   I am not starting this project right away....but thought I would share my sleuthing on this.
  This pin is all over Pinterest....with no info or original source.  It is bright and colorful, yet the photo is sort of misleading.  It's a zig-zag pattern, but exactly what block was used?   I had to figure out the pattern.
  So the detective in me emerged and I  began to use my special  quilt block vision........
2+4=6.......that is what I needed!    A six patch unit to turn into a rail fence variation.






Rail Fence variation using EQ7

  Next ...

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February 15, 2015
I Hated It When I Went to Sleep: Weaving Batiks Into Darkness with Cumberbatch from Gefilte Quilt

This is one of those 'What-to-make-when-you-can't-think-of-what-to-make' quilts. It will take a long afternoon/evening. You'll need batik fabric scraps, thread, and a campy Star Trek movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch.


Step 1. Go through your batik scrap stash, which I keep seperate from my main scrap stash, because of my pet theory that all batiks look great together (Except sometimes brown.)

Step 2: Extract random long strips, at least 12 of them. 1-2" wide is good. A few additional short strips are okay, too.
 
Step 3. At an ironing board or a wider surface, with a non-stick appliqué sheet ...

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More Batik Scrap Weaving Adventures, and Mazel Tov, Cumberbatches from Gefilte Quilt

In our last post, we wove batik scrap strips into a fun and fast quilt, with the help of a hokey Star Trek movie (redundant) starring Benedict Cumberbatch, or BC as we call him to save bytes. Yesterday, on Valentine's Day, my Facebook feed informed me that BC wed, so we send him and Mrs. C congratulations, if not the actual quilt.

Like BC, weaving is highly addictive, and I had more batik strips in my scrap pile, so I started another one. Using the approach in the last post, I wove and lightly glued the strips at intersections ...

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