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April 21, 2021
Hearts Desire(d) Assembly: Step 1–What Do We Have Here? from Wedding Dress Blue

Step One: What do we have here?

With a group project and multi-sized blocks, the first thing that needs to be done is to figure out what we have here–both size and colors. How it is going to balance out?

The good news is that you all did an amazing job. A total of 175 blocks are here and ready to be used.

More 4″ blocks will be needed, so I am going to add a few of those. In some sizes I have an abundance of certain colors and some blocks will be added to the back to ...

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April 19, 2021
FNSI Report from Wedding Dress Blue

Between Friday morning, Friday night and a bit of a push Saturday morning, I got the quilt cut out.

And about 30 blocks finished.

It sounds more impressive than it is, only 5 pieces per block.

But they are cute and will make an interesting black-and-white quilt.

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April 16, 2021
My Newest City Quilt, a Triumph (for the Cat) from Gefilte Quilt

Fresh from the photographer! My newest quilt - it's about 70" high. I should have blocked it, look at that top edge, curved like an archery bow, oy!

This quilt started out with a pile of buildings from my earlier city quilts. Playing with leftovers is SO much more fun than starting from scratch. Along with not having to face a blank design wall, trying to redeem flawed fragments makes me feel environmentally noble - like I'm keeping them out of landfill and thereby saving the world! 

The biggest decision I had to make was whether to turn my leftovers ...

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The Last Thing I Needed from Wedding Dress Blue

It was the last thing I needed, so, naturally, it was the first thing I did.

Start a new quilt!

I have four that I am actively working on right now. This makes five.

One for each finger on my left hand? One for each working day of the week?

Oh well…the black and white scrap bin was overflowing.

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April 14, 2021
Scrappy Hexagon quilt progress from Northern Deb Quilts

The Scrappy Hexagon quilt is progressing. HOW-TO post is the one before this.
 I'm digging through the final 1-1/2" scrap strips to make enough triangles to complete the top.

I took a little time away from the quilt to make a mug rug. Ever feel the need to just have a finish? Me too. 

I had a pile of little short scraps collecting on the cutting table. I was ready to toss them in the garbage when it occured to me they might make a scrappy block. I don't need just one odd scrappy block so I ...

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April 10, 2021
Crackle Candy Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

I call it Crackle Candy, but don’t really know why. Except that it has a sort of ring to it and the quilt is definitely made up of bits and pieces.

It is made from 6″ blocks made in a variety of ways. It seemed to fit the scraps I had, which were a variety of shapes and sizes.

The finish is 54″ square and makes a lovely lap quilt for my neighbor down the road. “My favorite colors!” she said. It is now on the back of her couch and ready for use during uncertain spring weather.

That ...

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April 9, 2021
The Salvaged Quilt from Samelia's Mum

A couple of years ago, I joined a blog hop and made a quilt top.

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Star Kissed 2″ Version from Wedding Dress Blue

It is amazing what a difference scale and setting options can make.

Here is the latest size version of the Star Kissed Quilt: 2″. The top finishes at 75″ square.

Here are all 4 together: 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, 2″, and 2-1/2″.

There are certainly more ways to set and finish them, but hopefully you find these options inspiring.

It is SO much fun to play with tiny squares, and there are SO many ways to use them.

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April 6, 2021
Economy Block Baby Quilt from Wedding Dress Blue

Using THIS TUTORIAL and the the last of the leftover jelly roll scraps that created the coin quilts, I made this baby quilt top.

It was fun to add scraps to make it work. The light blue solid doesn’t show quite the right color here. It looks better in person.

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April 5, 2021
Scrap Happy Quilt Tutorial from Northern Deb Quilts

Scrap Happy Hexagon Quilt

I had a pile of 1-1/2" scrap strips and needed a quilt to use up some (so that I could close the box

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April 1, 2021
Covid Quilt Top Complete from Wedding Dress Blue

I finished assembling the 360 blocks in to a top this past weekend.

It got a little tedious sewing the long strips together and matching all those seams (One. Inch. At. A. Time.)

But, the effect is worth it. I hope to quilt it next week.

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March 27, 2021
Slow Assembly from Wedding Dress Blue

While it takes a long time to build the blocks for a quilt made out of 1-1/2″ squares, it also takes a long time to assemble those blocks.

There are 360 blocks. The final layout will finish at 80″ x 72″ and contain 5760 pieces. One. Block. At. A. Time.

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March 24, 2021
360 Of 360: A Covid Year In The Making from Wedding Dress Blue

March of 2020 I started a mindless leader-ender using 1-1/2″ squares. I wasn’t sure where it was going. No one guessed where we were going.

On Sunday, March 21, 2021, I finished the 360th block. And have declared that that is enough.

It is quite a pile.

This is the last block. Such a place of honor.

And now to sew them together. Bits and pieces…kind of like this past year.

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March 23, 2021
Reprise with Blue from Fret Not Yourself

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, 
and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
~Marilyn Monroe


It felt good to clear out some of the older yellows and greens. Now another baby quilt will be needed and the blues could use a combing through. Except for the clear blue with swans, these are all soft blues with a grey undertone. The swan fabric is also light blue although much more clear but the swans and their white shape relate to the cranes on the left and the white leaves on the right. Plus, they fill out ...

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March 22, 2021
FNSI/National Quilting Day Report from Wedding Dress Blue

Because life is life, I didn’t get to sew as much as I hoped for either the Friday Night Sew In (FNSI) or National Quilting Day.

At first, probably because, again, life is life, I couldn’t even settle in. I cleaned. I sorted. I moved fabric around.

Finally, I decided to choose backs for a few charity baby quilt tops recently finished.

Then I worked for a while on a new baby quilt project, also for charity.

And that was about it.

But, any sewing is better than no sewing, and my room is in better shape.

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March 18, 2021

 Stripy String Quilt

A little while ago Carla from Creatin in the Sticks put a call out to those of us that love stripes - any size any way, striped fabric, striped binding, strips of fabric to make stripes (here's where I come in) literally anything goes! 

There are so many fantastic bloggers taking part over the week(schedule at the bottom) and a whole host of different projects, ideas and inspirations that you can read about and try out - I hope you will join in and show me your stripes!

If you have read by blog for a while ...

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March 17, 2021
Fading Charms from Night Owl Quilting


Reneta has been scrap busting again.  She made this pair of Fading Charm Quilts with the tutorial from Wedding Dress Blue.  We decided to quilt them with two different pantographs that had a similar feel.


The one with the grey background received an oldie but a goodie - the Popcorn pantograph.

The blue background received a pantograph that I haven't used all that much yet called Balcony.



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March 14, 2021
Sunday Meditation: Romans 15:13 from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Hope in a Season of Waiting 

What have you waited for this past year? For most of us, we have probably waited for more things in the last 12 months than we have the rest of our lives. We have waited for celebrations: births, weddings, birthdays, graduations, and even celebrations of life. Jobs and school have transformed into at-home activities. We have postponed events, concerts, movies, and theater. We have longed for travel and restaurants and backyard barbecues. We have even waited for groceries, haircuts, gym workouts, and library books. So much waiting for so many things, yet we have ...

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March 9, 2021
#IGQuiltFest2021 ~ Day 9 ~ Heirlooms from Life in the Scrapatch

#IGQuiltFest2021 ~ Day 9 ~ Heirlooms

This is the closest I can come to a family "Heirloom" quilt.

Firstly, I sew humble quilts that are meant to be loved and used and used up.

Secondly, I am a self taught quilter and never saw my mother sew.

I never saw a quilt made by a grandmother or great grandmother, so I do not know if they ever existed.  I remember being surprised at about 11 years old to find that the "telephone table" in the dining room in my mother's house when the top was folded ...

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Have You Heard? from Wedding Dress Blue

There are a lot of quiltalongs going on out there, but this one caught my eye: North Star State.

Consider joining us.

And now you can can you have heard.

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