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September 22, 2018
Half Square Triangles and Scraps from Fret Not Yourself

"But wait. There's still more." My quilting sounds like those late night TV commercials!

Although I repurposed the narrow columns from the last attempt at Chinese Coins, the wider columns remain. Those encased columns work better when they are very narrow so the wide ones need a different plan. Taking 6-8" wide columns, I sub-cut them into six-inch squares and got busy combining them with new solids.

Six-inch squares of Chinese Coins

Orange, red, and pink also were cut into squares. Mixing them up made this.

HST scrap block of warm solids and Chinese Coins

I'm very excited ...

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September 18, 2018
Still Clearing the Scrap Bag from Fret Not Yourself

I've said it before but it's still true. My tiny scrap bag holds an endless amount of scraps and strings. Even though Chinese Coins XI was intended to empty it, the bag looked just as full as always. More sewing was required.

Extra Coin columns

Arranged in columns, these do nothing for me. Not good or bad, just very boring. What else could they become?

They'd make good borders for a medallion but I finished several recently. However, I keep considering sashing. Now would be a good time to actually try that. Since solids are the largest ...

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Learning to make do from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


When I first started to quilt, my local quilt shop was a 40-minute drive away. I'd think nothing of hopping in the car to find the perfect fabric for whatever project I was about to embark on. Then I was even luckier when another shop opened up a mere 5 minutes away. Well, it was nothing for me to hop in the car or sometimes my bike and go check out the latest and greatest of whatever I needed. I was spoiled, to say the least.

Last year, the shop that was 5 minutes away closed. The owner wanted ...

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September 16, 2018
The Beauty of a Scrap Quilt from Quilting Studio Adventures


 I love this quilt.  (Don't worry if you don't ...)  And I want to tell you why I love it so much.  A lot of it has to do with how it feels.  Trust me - it's going to be a great quilt for a chilly day.  This is 60" x 75" - perfect for napping or reading.

The big reason I love this quilt is that I have used some of my scraps.  I joke about my scraps having scraps, but it's true.  So to make something useful out of little bits is satisfying.

I love this quilt ...

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September 15, 2018
Chinese Coins XI Top from Fret Not Yourself

What a fun day! Deep thinking about different prints and how to arrange them to tell the maker's story. I forgot to take photos though but hope to get some as the quilts are finished. That's an advantage of working with your own guild. :-)

This top was sewed just in time for the class. I guess I haven't changed that much: still working to the deadline.

Chinese Coins XI quilt top
Since a collage worked so well last time, I made another with the original grouping next to the finished top. They are both diffuse, fairly random ...

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September 11, 2018
Off the grid from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Have you ever walked out of the house without your cell phone? And how long afterward did you realize that you were OFF THE GRID? I'll tell you my story later.

First - it was Monday sewing and yes - I had my cell phone with me. We were a small, but mighty group. It was great fun and a perfect way to spend a rainy day.

As usual, I was working on The Farmer's Wife blocks. Soon - I'll be done soon or so I hope. It seems that those 111 blocks will never end. Then I have the ...

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Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

A Finished Quilt.

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt
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My Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt is finished! I have thoroughly enjoyed making this quilt and I am pleased to have added another traditional patchwork block to my sewing repertoire. This quilt was inspired by the Rummage Quilt Pattern by Stephanie Dunphy, but I have made a number of changes, including reducing the block size, and alternating the Delectable Mountains quilt block with a Half Square Triangle unit. 

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Most fabrics were pulled from stash, others have only just arrived and were yet to find their way ...

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September 10, 2018
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress.

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt

Scrap quilts and simple patchwork piecing are my absolute favorite and I do like to try my hand at different traditional blocks. I have loved working on this Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt top.  With its numerous patchwork pieces the Delectable Mountains block - a traditional quilt block - isn't exactly a quick patchwork fix, but it also is not as difficult or as intimidating as it may appear to be.

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt

This quilt top is inspired by the Rummage Quilt Pattern by Stephanie Dunphy (which I purchased way by in 2016 and has been on my "to make" list ...

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September 9, 2018
Some of This; Some of That from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Destashing - 2 yds for an envelope quilt,  1 yd for a backing, .25 yd for a crumb block and its backing (I can't show yet as it's part of a swap), 2.33 yds of flannel for a rag quilt, 3 yds for fat quarter games, .06 yd for my twinkle star block, .12 yd for some book marks, and 1 yd for the St. Anne's quilt top for a 9.76 yds used: This was another scrap bag quilts - all scraps except border.

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Some of This; Some of That from Quilting Reader's Garden

Destashing - 2 yds for an envelope quilt,  1 yd for a backing, .25 yd for a crumb block and its backing (I can't show yet as it's part of a swap), 2.33 yds of flannel for a rag quilt, 3 yds for fat quarter games, .06 yd for my twinkle star block, .12 yd for some book marks, and 1 yd for the St. Anne's quilt top for a 9.76 yds used: This was another scrap bag quilts - all scraps except border.

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Witches, demons and goblins - oh my! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

ACK -- I'm late this morning. I had to help Miss Lexi with her blog and she's not feeling well so she was grumpy. Then we went to the dog park and I had some e-mails to answer and so here I am - LATE!

Lots of stuff happened yesterday and I can't wait to share it with you!

Here's the update on the UFO situation. I got the THIRD scrappy quilt top sewn together. While it's still on the design wall, trust me - it's completely sewn together. I love how the value of the squares ...

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September 8, 2018
Clearing the Scrap Bag from Fret Not Yourself

It's too much effort to go through the stash although it desperately needs straightening. Clearing the scrap bag is easier. There are lots of whites, lights, and clear colors that remind me of spring or early summer.

And I figured another way to sort the scraps for a Coin quilt. First I separated them by color then assigned each fabric to one of three groups. Each has the same number of fabrics in each color but they are different fabrics. Does that make sense?

Here's what I have so far. It's only two of the three groups ...

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Minnesota Winter Wonderland QAL - September from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


I know, I know, it's another tree, an 'Evergreen Tree'. I hope you don't mind another tree but I can't have a forest unless there are a few trees. I hope to someday have a cabin in the woods next to a lake, doesn't that sound wonderful. A quiet place to go with no traffic noise. A place to listen to the birds sing... Belvedere would love a place to run and chase balls. This month's block is the final block for the center section. It's a cabin in the woods.  I hope that ...

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Minnesota Winter Wonderland QAL - September from Quilt Doodle Doodles


I know, I know, it's another tree, an 'Evergreen Tree'. I hope you don't mind another tree but I can't have a forest unless there are a few trees. I hope to someday have a cabin in the woods next to a lake, doesn't that sound wonderful. A quiet place to go with no traffic noise. A place to listen to the birds sing... Belvedere would love a place to run and chase balls. This month's block is the final block for the center section. It's a cabin in the woods.  I hope that ...

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September 7, 2018
Routine! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

As much as I like to shake things up, there's something to be said for getting back to the routine!


My early mornings are VERY regimented unless there's some crisis that needs attending to and you know what? I like that. The rest of the day can go crazy, but I like the calm, quiet early morning routine. 

And I was thinking about the blog. I hear so often from bloggers who struggle to think of things to write. I don't think I've ever had a problem with that. I have way too many ideas! But ...

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August 31, 2018
La Conner Tote from Lily Patch Quilts

You know those charm packs that you keep hoarding? Well, it's time to break them out and use them. Today I am sharing my bag that I made using the La Conner Tote pattern from Jeri Brandvig. You can find the free tutorial on YouTube. The pattern calls for 4" squares, but I just didn't want to cut down all the charm squares plus I need a new beach bag.


I started out by laying out the charm squares and seeing if I need to change out the placement on some of them. When I was happy with ...

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August 29, 2018
There's nothing like being prepped............. from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I did a stupid thing yesterday. I was walking Miss Lexi in the forest and I see that some enterprising kids are building themselves a mountain bike trail. Not cool. So I dismantled their handiwork and in doing so, I picked up a big log or something that hit me right in the lower back. I paid for that move all day. Even painkillers didn't kill the pain. GRR!  Much better today, but stupid, stupid, stupid!!!

Anyway - enough about that - let's see what I got done at Monday sewing. Remember - my focus is on those UFOs. There is ...

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August 27, 2018
Motivational Monday - checking in from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It's a super day today. It's Monday. That means Monday sewing and time to check in for an update on what I've been doing and how my projects are coming along.

I set a goal last year to complete 12 (plus one bonus) UFO projects. Sadly there are still 7 UNFINISHED items on that list. Then I decided to forge ahead and put another 12 projects on the UFO list for 2018.

So how am I doing? Not so good it would appear. There are still SEVENTEEN projects not completed between the two lists. OH - that is ...

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August 25, 2018
Back on track? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I should be very careful about what I say - I don't want to jinx anything. While I'm back to work, I'm NOT on track - not yet!

But yesterday was a good day. Heck - there aren't many days that aren't good. You know how it is - there are those half full people like myself. Even if something is wrong, I try to find the silver lining. I just suck it up (OK - so I do vent from time to time!) but for the most part, I try to be positive. But boy oh boy - there are ...

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August 24, 2018
Growing Up Odd from Night Owl Quilting


This quilt was made by Reneta, and it is yet another example how a pile of seemily worthless scraps can become something pretty amazing.


The quilt is called "Growing Up Odd" and you can find the free tutorial on the Wedding Dress Blues Blog here.


Reneta chose one of my newer pantographs called Curly Q. 






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