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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 28, 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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September 26, 2014
From a Quilting Sister, With Love from Fabrics 'n Flowers

I got a very interesting package in the mail the other day. It was from FabricWorm, but I hadn’t ordered anything….Of course, I opened it and was thrilled to find a copy of Elizabeth Hartman’s Aviatrix Medallion pattern! I have wanted to make this quilt since last spring when Elizabeth started a quilt-along with it, […]

The post From a Quilting Sister, With Love appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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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 22, 2014
DWM: Little Trips from the Scrap Bag from Patchwork Sampler Blog

One thing is for sure; once you start digging through the scrap bag, it’s hard to stop.  The Little Trips pattern from Glad Creations is perfect for 2” strips. 


I love their designs and patterns.  The quilts always look more complicated than they really are and most of them have a pieced border.  The patterns are well written and include pressing directions so all the seams nest.  In this particular pattern, the blocks are strip pieced.  Since I’m using lots of scraps, I’m piecing the blocks one by one.  I thought it would take longer but once ...

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More Blocks from the Scrap Bag from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Today I spent a little more time cutting scraps and ended up with so many 2-1/2” squares that I decided to start another nine patch quilt.  Here is an EQ7 drawing of the one I like to make.  It is a simple nine patch set on point and finishes about 61” x 87” so it’s a good donation size for the local emergency shelter.  They like twin-sized quilts since all the beds at the shelter are twins.

9 Patch on Point

To make the quilt it takes 270 assorted dark 2-1/2” squares and 216 light 2-1/2” squares for the nine ...

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September 21, 2014
From the Scrap Bag from Patchwork Sampler Blog

My scrap bins are overflowing so I decided to start cutting them in useful sizes.  Scraps that are 11” long or longer I cut into strips. I have drawers for 5”, 3-1/2”, 2-1/2”, 2” and 1-1/2” strips. Smaller scraps are cut into squares and I have boxes for squares in the same sizes as the strips.  The box of scraps I was going through this morning has several stacks of rectangles, including these:

scrumptious scraps

At one time I didn’t save small scraps, but now I save everything–these are only 1-1/2” x 2-1/2”.  I hated ...

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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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Spools and Nine-Patches ~ A Quilt in Progress from Red Pepper Quilts

Spools and 9 Patches - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts

A change of direction. My Spool Blocks were looking great and I was pleased with the ease with which they were coming together, but whilst procrastinating (over having to make another 50 Spool Blocks) I started to play around with a block which I could alternate the Spool Blocks with in the quilt layout.

Nine-Patch Blocks | Red Pepper Quilts

And so that is how these nine-patch blocks came about. Now if only I had planned this from the start for then I would have made 6" finished Spool Blocks rather than 5" finished Spool Blocks, and I then therefore would not have needed to make ...

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September 17, 2014
15 Minutes of Play – Quilted from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Free Motion Quilting | Scrap Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

Oh my gosh.  I love quilting.

Hum… I guess after the 6th year of running a sewing/quilting blog, that might be a bit redundant.

But seriously.  I was lucky enough to get to quilt my 15 Minutes of Play scrap quilt on my mom’s longarm Handi Quilter.   If you haven’t flipped through the book, 15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, I highly recommend it.

Free Motion Quilting | Scrap Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

This is the largest quilt I have ever quilted for myself.  It took about 3 hours or so.  I went with an edge-to-edge swirly design.  That is a free motion quilting ...

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September 15, 2014
Scrap Jar Star Block Tutorial from On The Go Quilting

When making my Scrap Jar block for the swap, I followed the directions the Queen for September wanted.  However, I have seen another tutorial that was almost exactly the same HERE.

I think the tutorial at A Little Bit Biased is very good and she does have photos so if you need detailed steps beyond what I’m showing here,  I’m going to leave it to you to jump over there and follow her tutorial.  What I will show you is the three different blocks you need that make up the Scrap Jar Block.  If you don’t want ...

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September 14, 2014
Working On My Latest Crazy Quilt from Eric the Quilter

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I finally got back to work on this beautiful piece of color atrocity! I just love it! It is just so bright and annoying! I’m not sure how large I am going to make it, but I’m thinking I’ll make it a larger size throw quilt. Maybe 70″ by 70″. Just a thought! I’ve still got to add a few more embellishments to it. Any idea what else I can add to it?

Tagged: crazy quilts, fabric scraps, modern quilt, scrap, scrap quilt, Yarn

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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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September 9, 2014
Spring into Spring ~ An Hourglass Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

A finished quilt and a picture post.

Spring into Spring ~ An Hourglass Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

My Spring Hourglass Quilt is finished! I have really enjoyed making this quilt and it I feels like I have found my sewing groove again. Or maybe it is just that I have stayed with what I know I enjoy doing ~ choosing fabrics, color play and patchwork piecing. 

Spring into Spring ~ An Hourglass Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Spring into Spring ~ An Hourglass Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

I am really pleased with how the quilt turned out. I especially like the addition of the plain squares which introduces a new color - orange - and adds another point of interest to keep the eye wandering. I also like the occasional "I Spy" fabric featuring ...

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September 5, 2014
Spring into Spring - A Quilt in Progress from Red Pepper Quilts

I have a lot of fabric. There, I said it, but I bet you already knew that. I do use a lot of fabric and love that I have such a great variety of fabric on hand, but I do need to focus on working from stash, and using up all those odd pieces that end up tumbling out of my otherwise tidy piles of fabric ~ the scraps. Much too good to discard.

Spring into Spring - A Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts
Note: Cute fox fabric is:
  Dress Me in White by Dear Stella 
For this quilt I have worked predominantly with a yellow, green, and blue color palette ...

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August 22, 2014
Kristy's Ferris Wheel Quilt from Selvage Blog

Dianne made this Ferris Wheel quilt for her daughter's friend Kristy. It's a gift in memory of Kristy's mother. 
Dianne's husband drafted the pattern for the quilting. Beautiful job, Dianne!

Dianne's blog is EatPlayQuilt.

See the pattern here. The fans are made by eye, no foundations or fancy cutting needed.

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August 21, 2014
One Measly Block from Patchwork Sampler Blog

As far as sewing, that is pretty much what I’ve accomplished the past month.  This is the block and it took over an hour to make it but still…


The block is called Modern Star and Pinwheel and is a FREE pattern right now on Judy Martin’s website.  Check it out here.

My small quilting group is doing a 12” block challenge for next summer’s Backyard Quilt Show and this block may or may not be used in a quilt for that challenge. So far, I don’t have a plan but the quilt show will be ...

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August 19, 2014
Pine Burr Quilt and Pattern are Finished! from Selvage Blog

Now I can cross this off my Bucket List! It really is an amazing quilt with so much texture that you can't help but pet it. It's fun to make too. See the pattern here.

See my Pine Burr pattern. Please Pin this for me. Thanks! 

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August 14, 2014
Stash busting from Stitchin' Therapy

  I decided to start this next project as a "leader/ender" while I am finishing off the Scrappy Trips blocks.  Originally, I thought it would be my Let's Book It project for next I am jumping ahead I guess.
   I am sure you have seen or made this one.....published in McCall's Quilting in 2007 by the Gingham Girls.   I waded through my bin of pre-cuts and decided to make a few adjustments to their original pattern.

   I chose to use 5" squares with a 1 1/2" inset strip.  My unfinished square when trimmed is ...

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August 8, 2014
Vintage Friday from Stitchin' Therapy

   Not mine, but DD's find!  She has been searching for an older machine that has a good straight stitch and that would sew through multiple layers of heavier fabrics like denim.  She was over the top when she ran across this older New Home---with the running greyhound logo---in almost like new condition.  It also does a zig-zag stitch, and we think it is from the early 1950's.  I believe it is a 3/4 size machine.  Hopefully, she will get a chance to stitch on it and give me a full report.
   I went to lunch ...

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