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February 8, 2021
This Week At Five Oaks from Quiltnotes All Blogs

This weekend I started cutting my next scrap quilt I'm calling Scrap Garden. I've never been good at coming up with clever names for quilts but it's a scrap quilt and I'm making plans for a garden so Scrap Garden works for me.

The quilt is made from two classic blocks: 

Shoo Fly
Consists of half square triangles and squares.

Fifty Four Forty Or Fight
Consists of a square, 4-patches and tri-rec units.

NOTE: The name of this block comes from a political campaign in the mid 1800's and it refers to a latitude coordinate ...

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Finished Top: Crackle Candy from Wedding Dress Blue

I am calling it Crackle Candy for now.

The top was made from a pile of miscellaneous scraps received in hand-me-down bags over several years. I was certain there was a quilt in there somewhere, but how to efficiently use so many different bits and pieces?

The answer was to incorporate a variety of block styles. There are six in all…can you find them?

HINT: One block only appears one time. I would change that if I did it again.

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The BIG sort from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 What a totally crazy day! But it was a good day! I did two things - and I know I'm not going to have time to tell you about both - so do we talk about decluttering, or do we talk about sewing? Let's see how much time I have. 

By the way, someone suggested that I could use the scrappy strips for a log cabin quilt. The narrow ones would work! I'm going to tuck that in the back of my mind. Thanks for the suggestion. 

Oh - let's talk about sewing!

I have a couple of guild ...

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February 7, 2021
Just keep walking from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I'm feeling pretty accomplished these days. I still have a lot to do, but I'm making progress in all areas, which feels good. I have the time to work on things that are not urgent, and well, things are under control. However, I did forget that I had a meeting yesterday. Oh - it was in my calendar, and well, I was so focused sewing in the afternoon that POOF - the thought never occurred to me. 

I must get better about reviewing the day's events in the morning so that the items stick in my head!!

The good ...

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February 6, 2021
A needle in the haystack from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 So one of the things I love about audiobooks is that when you read a really good one, you don't really care what you do, as long as you're doing something when you listen. That's my case! I had a couple of Zoom calls and the audiobook, and well, I got stuff done that I would have put aside for another day. The book I'm reading is called Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. I LOVE his books. I've got ONE hour to finish reading, and the book will go back today. Yes - I'm a ...

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February 5, 2021
Friday Finish: The Neighborhood Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

This week’s Friday Finish is The Neighborhood Quilt. This was a quick and easy quilt and I just love how it turned out. The pattern is “The Neighborhood” (of course!) by Villa Rosa Designs. You can find the pattern here and it is available as a pdf download or a little “Rose Card.”

The Neighborhood quilt

This pattern uses two charm packs plus background, border and binding fabrics. All of my fabric is from Moda’s Quotation line by Zen Chic. The fabrics I used are in my little Etsy shop here. The background, an off-white with gray and black dots is ...

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Starting To Take Shape from Wedding Dress Blue

The blocks are finished and it is moving towards layout.

It is an experiment. I have yet to determine if it is a successful experiment.

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Corner 4-Patch - One Block Many Quilts from Quiltnotes All Blogs

The Corner 4-Patch block finishes at 8" and is easy and fun to make. There is a 4-patch unit in the corner. The rest of the block consists of a 4″ square and a 4″ x 8″ rectangle. Use scraps, fat quarters, yardage or a combination of all three. Use strip piecing, patchwork piecing or both to construct this unit. 

4-Patch: Finished size is 4". Made with 2-1/2" strips cut from width of fabric (WOF) of one dark and one light fabric. To really make the 4-patch pop, choose light and dark fabrics that contrast with the field fabrics ...

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February 3, 2021
Current WIP: Violet Quilt A Long from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Oh, how I love a quilt-a-long. Maybe it’s because I want to make every quilt in the world, maybe I need the motivation of a schedule or maybe it’s just FOMO, I have a hard time scrolling past a QAL. A few weeks ago, Erica Jackman of Kitchen Table Quilting announced the Violet Quilt as her next QAL. I wasn’t going to join, but remembered a bag of scraps that would be perfect for this quilt.

Scraps from Blush line of fabric

These fabrics are from the Basic Grey’s Blush line by Moda. The original quilt I made from this line was ...

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Project In Process from Wedding Dress Blue

In a sudden burst of energy I started several project about Christmas time.

And this one is well in progress.

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February 2, 2021
Scrappy Quarter Log Cabins from Samelia's Mum

Yesterday was a good day. My kids went back to their first day back at school after the longggggg summer holidays. They finished school at the start of December 2020 and only went back at the start of February. I don't remember school holidays being that long in my day.CONTINUED (Keep Reading) »

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February 1, 2021
Babies On Quilts from Wedding Dress Blue

Hard to believe Finja Sofia is already two months old.

It does a quilter’s heart good to see a quilt used and loved.

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Mini Trunk Show - Four Scrap Quilts from Quiltnotes All Blogs

These four scrap quilts were all made using the same process of cutting scraps as I finish projects. Sometimes I just cut scraps for the fun of it. Most of the quilts I make are about 60" x 80".

This 60 second video shows the process I used for all these quilts.

Just Squares

The first quilt is made entirely of 2" finished squares. Over the years I have made about 4 or 5 of these quilts. They were either Quilts of Valor or just given to family or friends. I might keep this one...

The quilting pattern is called ...

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January 29, 2021
Growing Up Odd II from Night Owl Quilting

Do you love scrap quilts?  I don't usually have the urge to make a scrap quilt, but this pattern does draw me in.  This is the second "Growing Up Odd" quilt that Reneta has made.  You can see the first one here.  There is a free tutorial for this pattern from the Wedding Dress Blue blog 

Reneta selected the "Lilac"  pantograph this time around.  This is a newer pantograph in my collection and I am really liking the look it provides.

And nothing like a shot of the full quilt to realize just how much sewing and pressing was ...

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January 25, 2021
Scrappy Rescue: Coin Quilts from Wedding Dress Blue

Next, arrange the 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangles (or groups of rectangles) into sets of 15. This will create a larger strip 4-1/2″ x 30-1/2″.

Then stitch them together.

Only a few steps to go.

Using all possible previously sewn seams makes a difference. Each of those seams feels like a gift from another quilter. Quilts like this stitch us together as much as we stitch them together.

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January 21, 2021
Scrappy Rescue: Coin Quilt(s) from Wedding Dress Blue

Once I started working on the jelly roll leftovers, I realized there was enough to make TWO coin style baby quilts, plus some leftover for another idea.

So, I cut all the pieces I could into strips 4-1/2″ wide.

And set the leftovers aside to be cut into 2-1/2″ squares, or sets, where possible. Smaller pieces will be cut into 2″ and 1-1/2″ squares.

Using every bit practical (NOTE: I didn’t say “every bit possible” because I have my limit, and that limit, most of the time, is 1-1/2″. Everyone needs to choose their own ...

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January 18, 2021
Tuffets and Things from Quiltnotes All Blogs

This past Saturday we had a tuffet class at Five Oaks. Four ladies started piecing the tuffet cover. The picture below was taken from a very large class I taught in 2019. I love all the colors.

Here is my own tuffet. This cover is actually cover #2 for this tuffet.

 I used the first one almost daily and it was faded and dingy. I took the old cover off and recovered it with the new one pictured here.

The cover is pieced using the same method as paper piecing. Instead of paper, the foundation is a printed interfacing that ...

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January 17, 2021
Two Simple Scrap Quilts from Quiltnotes All Blogs

 I'm working on two scrap quilts using the same block... a 2" x 4" finished rectangle. I ran out of enough variety so I'm cutting more from the mountain of scraps I have.

I used my AccuQuilt 8" Qube rectangle die to cut the 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles. I have been cutting these from scraps off and on for about a year. After cutting, I put them in a little container from the dollar store.

I waited until I had a good amount and variety before starting. I want both quilts to be 60" x 80 ...

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January 12, 2021
Leaders and Enders Design Ideas from Podunk Pretties

 Okay I'll admit it, I jumped into this leaders and enders thing with absolutely no idea what I was going to make with them.  The fabrics were already cut so I just started sewing them together.  Making the process a habit was my only concern.  Now that I'm nearing the end of my little stash of blue and yellow squares I need a plan before going any further.  And that plan needs to fit into what I've already haphazardly sewn together.

These squares were leftover from a simple charm quilt I made last year. 

The thought has ...

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January 8, 2021
New Quilt Pattern: Adirondack from Selvage Blog

"Adirondack" is a quilt that would be right at home on the porch of a grand old camp in upstate New York. Add a some red and black buffalo plaid, and you can almost smell a wood fire. What a perfect time to be making scrap quilts, staying home in the winter.  :)

This quilt measures 60" wide x 80" long.

No seam-matching. Anywhere. 


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