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February 23, 2017
WIP Wednesday: Another Rainbow Scrappy Project from Patchwork Sampler Blog

For quite some time I’ve had in the back of my mind that I would like to make this quilt:

It is Tula Pink’s Bird Seed Quilt and the free pattern is available here.  It is worth taking a look at the pattern just to see her adorable kitten helpers.

Once I had that lovely stack of purples out last month, I took the plunge and made 48 flying geese units and 24 orange peel appliques in all shades of purple.  Here are just a few of my blocks.  Now I’m really excited about this project and ...

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February 21, 2017
Polka Dot Quilt for a Great Debater from Fret Not Yourself

Sidetracked again... by another finish! Finishing quilts is a great way to clear out my sewing room and reduce my stash. It takes as much material as the front. At this rate there won't be many UFOs around here AND I'll have room for a few new purchases. {Nothing humble about this outright bragging.}

In case you hadn't noticed, boys are different than girls. :-) High drama always surrounded my daughter and her friends while the boys took most things in stride... until I made a fatal error.

As my offspring graduated high school and college I always ...

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En Provence Progress from Lily Patch Quilts

I am still plugging away at the En Provence mystery quilt. I finished all sixteen blocks late last night and started on the sashing pieces. The sashing went together pretty quick. I was able to finish all of them.

Starts 3/6 while supplies last

This is me working on the blocks, sewing one block at a time so I don't mess up and have to rip out the stitches. That is my least favorite thing to do. I didn't iron the blocks as I went along because I was wanting to speed things up a bit and iron everything all at once. My ...

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February 20, 2017
Early sewing on a Scrappy Saturday from Northern Deb Quilts

Got up early to sew a bit before work. Working on more Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks in aqua. When I figured out how many blocks I would need for this quilt I figured about 64. So if I have 10 colors that's about 6 each...maybe 7 or another color. I have 5 purples...and pieces to make one more. Same with my aqua/sea green. I really like the blues...any blues ...might do one or two extra aqua.

I put a pattern for this block on my February 18th blog entry... scrappy block tutorial

As I was ...

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Scrappy block tutorial from Northern Deb Quilts

These are more Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks that I made for one of my rainbow quilts. I've a feeling there are going to be quite a few quilts coming out of this SCRAP CHALLENGE! My scraps are overflowing so I'm happy to be working on them but my UFO list is growing and that's not good! It's probably up to 38 or 39...I KNOW, shocking! But when you consider that I've been quilting since the 80's (and collecting fabric since the 60's), I have a HUGE pile of scraps.

And another good ...

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February 14, 2017
A Valentine’s Day Finish from Patchwork Sampler Blog

A couple of years ago I bought a fat quarter pack of Valentine’s Day fabric.  I’m not sure how many pieces were in the group, maybe 15-20, but it’s taken me forever to use them up.  I think 3 quilts came out of that pack and this is the last of it.  Just a simple sashed checkerboard strippie.

checkerboard valentine

It was a beautiful day here yesterday and as you can see, our snow is almost gone.  Very unusual for February, but I’ll gladly take it.  It was so nice to take a walk outside and get some ...

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February 11, 2017
Kaleidoscope of Generations Quilt from Material Girl Quilts

A month or two ago, my amazing Mother gave me a bag of scrap fabrics that had pieces in it from

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February 10, 2017
Quilting Up My Scraps from Mulberry Patch Quilts

Do you, like me, have tons of scrap fabric you’ve been saving to use…someday?  I’m embarrassed (or proud?) to tell you that my stash of scraps takes up two bookshelves in my sewing studio.  They’re nicely sorted by color, and look very pretty, but one of my New Year’s Resolutions this year is to start using up my scraps.  Not that I won’t create more scraps that’ll grow yet again—but I need to use them up before they take over my studio!

I was watching a TV program on Sewing with Nancy ...

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February 9, 2017
Good Quilt for a Snow Day from Selvage Blog

Upcycle is perfect to make during a blizzard because you already have all the supplies: fabric scraps, background fabric, glue stick, and basic sewing supplies.  It's fast and fun to make. And it's a sturdy machine washable quilt too. Get the pattern. If you don't love it, let me know and I'll issue you a full refund. Enjoy the day!

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February 7, 2017
Busting the Cat Nap’n Stash from Patchwork Sampler Blog

In my stash there is a LOT of this fabric called Cat Nap’n—we’re talking probably 50 yards or more. It’s kind of goofy looking, but the colors are bright and cheerful.

catnapn fabric

As I found out with my 40 yard dash project a couple of years ago, it takes a lot of sewing to use up that much fabric.  I acquired all of this in a round about way and am sick of it taking up shelf space.  I haven’t been inspired to use it, but in my quest to reduce my stash by half, it ...

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February 5, 2017
February One Monthly Goal from Lily Patch Quilts

I have been working on my En Provence quilt and so far I've only finished nine blocks. This quilt takes a bit more time than I had planned but I love how it's turning out. This month's OMG would be to finish the blocks and put the quilt top together.

I have not pressed these blocks. As I finished sewing them together I laid them all on top of each other. I figured it would be easier to iron them all at once instead of going back and forth to iron them. It does save a bit ...

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February 4, 2017
Sea Glass Stripes {a finished quilt!} from Material Girl Quilts

This quilt was a long time in the making.  If you recall, I started planning and cut my first fabrics

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January 30, 2017
AHIQ 2017 Invitational Begins and Linkup 17 from Fret Not Yourself

Kaja and I plan some changes to AHIQ this year to help newer quilters embrace this movement. Even experienced quilters have written of their diffidence with improvisation so we hope you'll enjoy our Invitational, too.

We invite you join us as we start a new quilt idea {or kernel} each quarter. The first month will introduce our quarterly theme. We'll share our progress the second month as well as our improvisational ideas. There could be finished tops to share by the third month. We hope you will write and link posts on your progress monthly.

Participation in our ...

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January 27, 2017
Scrap Quilting and Knitting from Lily Patch Quilts

Happy Friday! This is going to be a very long post. I've been trying to get as much sewing and knitting time in as I can to use my stash up a bit. I buy a ball or two of yarn here and there for certain projects but didn't get to them so now to use it up I started making small projects. I knit whenever I sit down at night to watch one of my favorite shows that we DVR. This ball of yarn is supposed to be variegated but it wasn't like other variegated yarns ...

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January 25, 2017
Design Wall Monday from Quilting Reader's Garden

Got my second quilt top for St. Anne's done.  There are 6 tube quilt leftovers in this top - all were in the scrap bag I brought home to work on.  What's a tube quilt?  You take 6 strips of fabric wof and sew them together and sew the last to the first one to make a tube. You then cut this tube into tube strips - usually the size of the width of your strip.  Turn them right side out and pick a

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Design Wall Monday from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Got my second quilt top for St. Anne's done.  There are 6 tube quilt leftovers in this top - all were in the scrap bag I brought home to work on.  What's a tube quilt?  You take 6 strips of fabric wof and sew them together and sew the last to the first one to make a tube. You then cut this tube into tube strips - usually the size of the width of your strip.  Turn them right side out and pick a

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January 21, 2017
En Provence Quilt Progress from Lily Patch Quilts

I have been trying to finish all the components for the En Provence quilt. I was able to figure out a shortcut for the hourglass blocks and that saved some time, but still required a lot of sewing. I then didn't realize that I miscalculated how much fabric I needed to cut so I have a ton of leftover blocks. Looks like there's going to be another scrappy quilt coming after this one is done.

These hourglass blocks took me forever to trim. I also decided to change out the solid yellow square
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Improvisational Sawtooth Border from Fret Not Yourself

While I like the vine border, the quilt doesn't seem finished. There is no more of the star background, the light blue gingham, or the bird toile. What to do? Try a contrasting color.

About a month ago, Nana suggested adding yellow, {a color she seems to love as much as Monica.} Yellow perks up against the aqua so I cut a bunch of improv triangles about 4.5" by  2-4", When sewed they trimmed to rectangles 4" long by a variety of widths.

Spiderwebs with second border layout

I'm not feeling the love. There are too many ...

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January 20, 2017
A Joyful Noise...Finished! from All Things Quilty

Still working on projects from the UFO basket...and finished the binding on another little quilt last night!

A Joyful Noise, by Jeanne Turner McBrayer, 2017
 This one has been "cooking" for quite some time.  It of course is made of scrap fabrics, mostly from baby quilts that I have made.  I followed directions from the blog Del Quilts, who learned this technique at a workshop with Rachel Maus called "It Doesn't Matter."  Basically, you sew lots of scraps and strips together, cut them into triangles, sew together into squares, and then arrange your squares in a pleasing manner ...

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January 16, 2017
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Are you ready for Christmas??

I just finished the second quilt I am giving this Christmas.  Several years ago I put together a quilt from the Jewel Box traditional pattern.  Here is a picture of it then.  I had about 2 yards of the watercolor native american yardage.  I used thea prominent colors of that to choose other pieces to go with it.  One piece was used for all the diagonal squares.  It was a tie die pattern that contained the red/orange, green/aqua colors.  I used a grey for the background and orange for the borders and center ...

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