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November 20, 2014
Throwing out some inspiration. from Stitchin' Therapy

The scrappy top is assembled.    I couldn't find a movie to watch, so I enlisted the aid of the Property Brothers.  Three episodes later, all the scrappy blocks were stitched into a top!  I gave it a good press today and waited for the afternoon shadows to take a photo.   I began this back in August---here is the post----  as a Let's Book It project.  Once quilted, this little throw at 60" will go on the donation stack.

  That meant I could play this afternoon........wonder what she had waiting to try?


I wanted to try stitching ...

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November 18, 2014
What to do with strings from Stitchin' Therapy

   I ended up with only 4 string blocks from the weekend play time.  The rest of the time was spent hemming slacks, but that is another story.  So only 4 string blocks, and a little imagination, some fusible pieces and  you get......


A small table topper hanging!  Ready to be quilted and displayed next month.

   A small project always motivates me to tackle what needs to be worked on....so  next up are the scrappy blocks on the design wall.    I have 3 rows sewn.....and it really looks much better than this photo shows.
   I get to the assembly ...

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November 17, 2014
Strings in Action from Kat & Cat Quilts

If you remember last post I had sorted my overflowing string scraps by color. I decided to start tackling them by taking the two largest piles and making a traditional style string quilt.


I am foundation piecing on top of phone book pages to make 6.5" blocks of my true-blue (not teal) and brown scraps.  I had really hope for bigger blocks, more like 8.5", but I live in a rather rural area and even by bumming a phone book from the nearest city I was only able to get a book just under 7" wide. So far ...

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November 11, 2014
One of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects from Field Trips in Fiber

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I've been using the Rainbow Scrap Challenge prject to empty 2 bins of charm squares that I collected a long time ago. One set was 30's, the other batik. They are the 2 projects that I've worked on at my quilt club sewing weekend each month.


I got this top put together this weekend. It used up the 30's charms and a set of fat eighths that were soft plaids and stripes. This is also a block that was on my "list" for a long time. Now that it's done I admit that I do ...

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November 9, 2014
Great Expectations from D is for Dovey




I never for around to sharing this quilt top which is next in the pipeline to be quilted.  Sorry about the poor picture quality.  It's rainy and cool here in my part of Florida.  I always find these type of days especially dismal since moving in Florida.  Something to do with expectations, I think.  Akin to maybe a dessert that just doesn't hit the right amount of sweetness.  I have gotten sidetracked, back to the top.
I had been collecting 2.5 inch squares leftover from a variety of projects (which I am sure are still unfinished also ...

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Fandango Quilt Pattern is Available! from Selvage Blog


This is "Fandango," one of my all time favorite quilts! I've had so much fun exhibiting it. And now I finally finished the pattern. It's easier than it looks! Fortunately. This pattern will not drive you crazy; I promise. If you don't like it, I'll refund the $5. Eleven pages, instant download, clear how-to photos. Quilt measures 66" x 66." Good winter blizzard project.





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November 6, 2014
June Calender's New Quilt! from Selvage Blog




June Calender from Cape Cod, Massachusetts finished her "Whirligig"quilt and it's a beauty. She wrote about this quilt on her blog: Calender Pages.
 June enjoys taking a liberated approach to both fabric selection and piecing. Nice job!

If this fan block looks familiar, it's from my Ferris Wheel pattern. It's fun; take a look.


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November 3, 2014
Cute String Quilt from Selvage Blog


Cute retro style string quilt with lots of "I Spy" fun. See more photos here.
You could easily whip up one of these for a Christmas gift. The light brown sashing was cut 1.25" wide.  Scrap quilts are so much fun to make. The quilt measures 60" x 66." 
So twentieth century!


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October 31, 2014
Happy Halloween! Random Railfence Halloween Style Quilt Finished! from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

 Finished just in time for Halloween, here is my latest Random Railfence quilt done with Halloween fabric scraps -- and a little spooktacular variation  (see the Jack O'Lantern square?)  A tutorial to make the blocks like these is here.
 I started this summer making the squares.  I only used orange, black and white Halloween fabrics even though I had other colours I could have used as well.  I liked sticking to the three traditional colours.
The Jack O'Lantern square was free-pieced and then trimmed back to 12.5 inches square, the same as the other blocks.
There is Halloween ...

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October 25, 2014
Charming Scrap Quilt from Selvage Blog


What a pretty scrap quilt. Just a simple log cabin block, but so artistically done. Nice colors, good variety of fabrics, especially the one in the center. I like the soft puckery look. Looks like it's been machine washed and dried.

I found this photo on Pinterest, attributed to Etsy. Link goes to a dead end. Too bad. Does anyone know who made this?

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October 19, 2014
Marshmallows and Solid Fabrics Cure Lots of Things from Gefilte Quilt

In our last several installments, in a daringly unoriginal yet effective attempt to have fun, I cut out squares and rectangles, centered them on other squares and rectangles, and zig-zag stitched them down.

As you can well imagine, after three weeks of this,  (123) I became flippin' sick of squares. So I decided to cut corners, make freeform ovals, gluestick and zig-zag stitch those down, arranging them in a linear rather than a centered fashion, overlapping as I moved up. Here's where that got me:

Cute, no? At first I titled it Cairns. But these are hardly ...

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October 17, 2014
Baby Blue Two from Blueberry Patch

 Name:  Baby Blue Two
Design:  4" squares
Size:  36" by 42"
Fabric: Stash/scrap fabrics including some prints from backed in  flannelette and cotton
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in grey



This quilt was like dealing with sourdough starter because I used a bunch of leftover 4" squares from a baby quilt made last year.  I just had to add a few more squares.  I guess I got a little square crazy when I made the last one.  As it turns out, I even used the leftover backing from the first quilt for the back of this one ...

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October 16, 2014
HST UFO from Quilting by the River

This morning I was doing a little cleaning in my quilt room and found a box of blocks. I really love working with half square triangles (HSTs). These are all cut with my AccuQuilt die and some of the fabrics are good old oldies.

Blocks from last year
Here is the note that was pinned to the blocks, looks like the last time I worked on this UFO was in May of 2013. I decided to go ahead and make the 3 blocks.
Note - need 3 more blocks
Once I finished the 3 blocks I took them outside and laid them out.......hmmmmm looks like I really needed 4 ...

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October 3, 2014
Worth repeating....archived post from Stitchin' Therapy

From January 2010.....This post is worth repeating, and a little extra update.

Borders..how wide do I go?

This year I have had emails asking  how to determine the size or width of the border on a quilt.  I have researched it over the years and even have a couple of books on borders.  A lot of inspiration and how to info, but not a lot of help in planning the width or how to decide.   Finally I researched  the principals of design in art, since quilting is my visual art form.   There are 6 main topics here:  unity ...

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September 30, 2014
September is a wrap from Stitchin' Therapy

   September felt very busy, but looking back I did not have finishes.   We were gone for the first couple of weeks, so......progress counts, doesn't it?

Two scrap projects underway are still in progress.    The scrappy project for Let's Book it from August has grown and looks so much better because of the extra variety of fabrics.  I assembled the completed blocks into 4 patches, using 2 dark paired with 2 light or medium blocks.   That will keep the values scattered and running on the diagonal line.  I probably need about 24 more blocks before putting this one ...

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September 26, 2014
Autumn, Eventually {a scrappy batik quilt} from Kat & Cat Quilts

I was being rather optimistic when I made this fall-colored quilt.  A couple weeks ago we were still in the depths of 98 degrees every day, drought, dusty, dripping sweaty summer!  I named the quilt "Autumn, Eventually" because autumn will come, eventually, we hope!


Well, here we are at the end of September and the days are finally turning cool and breezy! Not all of them, mind you, but more and more.  Maybe we won't have too many more sweltering days til summer comes again next year.


This quilt was made from some of the scraps Judy sent me ...

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September 19, 2014
Catching up from Stitchin' Therapy

  Here is hoping I am back on the roll again.  I have done a few things, in between fighting a stomach bug that just put me down a bit.  And I am hoping my Wonder Geek is available this weekend to recover my "lost/disappeared/vanished" photos and files!   I sure do want them back.

    I set the scrap project for Let's Book It aside.....I have depleted my 5" square stash.   And got to work on what I thought would be a demo project for the quilt show coming up in a couple of weeks.  These are blocks ...

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September 12, 2014
Scrappy Crumb Paint Box from Kat & Cat Quilts

Well, this one took waaay too long to finish, but finally the scrappy crumb jar paint box quilt is done! What got me motivated? Starting my next crumb project, of course! I only wanted to have one going at a time :)


All these little scraps measured 2" x less than 2" to start. I grouped them by color and sewed them in to long chains which I turned in to blocks.


The blocks are sashed in half an inch of white fabric and set in a black and white crossweave that reads as a grey. For me that cross weave ...

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July 21, 2014
Design wall 7/21/14 basket weave quilt from Always Quilts

I had time last night to work on getting some of the rows made on the basket weave quilt. I decided to make the rows and sew them together as I get them made instead of making all the rows and then sewing them together. Here’s what I have so far.

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I have almost half of the rows completed. Depending on what size I make the borders, it will end up being approximately 100″ square.

I’m also playing around with a piece if Florida fabric. Not to sure about this…….not exactly coming out like I planned, but ...

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July 20, 2014
Blue scrap quilt from Always Quilts

Sharon and I were in Ark City, Kansas last week (Sunday and Monday) for a program and workshop. We had a great time with wonderful ladies! I took my blue scrap quilt along and worked on the binding in the car and
whenever I could find a few minutes here and there. I finally finished it after getting home.

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Another quilt made from my stash! Yea! I have several more ready to cut and I came up with a few more ideas today. My stash is dwindling and I am happy!!! I hope I can continue. :) This is fun seeing ...

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