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September 15, 2019
Oh Scrap! : More Orphan Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Speaking of Orphan Blocks, the Orphan Adoption Event is going on so if you want to play with someone's orphaned project, you can maybe adopt some here!



I finished up the last little quilt I made from some orphan blocks and will probably share that finish later this week.  So I decided to move onto the next stack of blocks.  I thought this time I would take photos of the process in case you were interested.

This block pull started with the orphaned hexagon blocks .  To that stack, I added any orphans that were orange.



My piecing process is ...

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September 8, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Simple and Quick from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Due to some unplanned obligations, I didn't find too much time to sew this week.  And what time I did have, I spent sewing the binding on my Donuts quilt and preparing my outdoor gardens for fall.  I am hoping this week will allow me more time for sewing!



I did find time to dig through my 2.5" purple squares and put together three more blocks for one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.  
It is simple but I think it will be a favorite scrap quilt for the year.



I am up to 18 finished blocks and ...

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September 1, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Finally Purple! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Even though today is the first day of September, I already have some of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks finished for the month.  I was pretty confident that this month was going to be purple so I started working on some blocks last week.

It has been a LONG time since we have broken out our purple bins!


This block is called the Bright Hope block and many of you have asked me for a tutorial.  There is already one at Red Pepper Quilts that you can find here.

I did cut my pieces a little larger.  The square is ...

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August 25, 2019
Oh Scrap! : More Orphan Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Last week, I shared my first steps on making quilts from saved orphan blocks.  I started that quilt from leftover strip sets.  The quilt is almost finished so I hope to finish up the binding and share it later this week. 

Now it is time to dive into a second orphan block quilt.



For this one, I pulled all the bits that had a red, white and blue theme.  I think many of these came from 4 older quilts I finished long ago and the star was a sample for a paper piece class I taught.

My aim is to ...

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August 20, 2019
Flag pillow from Northern Deb Quilts

Labor Day will be here before you know it and since I love to decorate for all the holidays, I made a scrappy American flag pillow.
 When I was getting prepped for my collage class, I wanted to included a simple pillow pattern ...this gave me the perfect project to use as a sample.
But I prefer my pillows to have more body...to be quilted. So I took the class sample apart, quilted it then added a back zipper. This pic below is it before:

I added the off center zip then cut binding to finish off the pillow ...

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August 18, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Slow Scrap Week from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Most of my week was spent finishing up my Improv Garden quilt so I didn't make much progress on other scrap quilts.




I did pull some purple scraps and work on another "donut" for the quilt I am making from the book "No Scrap Left Behind".  In fact, I think this is the last color I need for that quilt so you just might see a finish in a few weeks.  I just need to decide on a background color and sew all the blocks together.



Some of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects already have enough blue blocks so ...

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August 15, 2019
Orphan Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I was doing a bit of clean up in my sewing room - and when I went to stuff a few more orphan blocks into my little storage suitcase, I found there was NO MORE ROOM!




So that means it is time for me to design a few quilt tops so I can make some space!

Stay tuned to see what I find!!


Quilting is more fun than Housework

Looking at my orphan blocks and spare parts, reminded me that September is the month I usually host a Quilty Orphan Adoption Event.  And it is coming up fast!  I am planning on the link up going live ...

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August 4, 2019
Oh Scrap! : A New Color from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I was so hoping that the new RSC color for August was going to be purple.  But the color for this month is another shade of blue.  Many of my projects have more than enough blue blocks but thankfully I recently started some new RSC quilts so I do have a few blocks to make this month.



I made ten of my Bright Hopes blocks.  These are very quick to make because they are made with 2.5" strips - which I usually have in my scrap bins so all I need to do is cut the pieces to length.



I ...

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July 24, 2019
Finally Giving In from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

In the past, I have only kept scraps that had at least one side that was 2.5".  Thanks to some of the scrappy bloggers I follow, their inspiration has now caused me to change my ways.

But I am not quite ready to put those tiny scraps in my color bins.  Instead I set up another scrappy system to use these small bits.



I used a couple plastic containers that previously held cookies to put together a scrappy storage system.  I dug out a small mat, a 2.5" square ruler and an extra rotary cutter from my tools ...

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July 21, 2019
Oh Scrap! : It Has Been A While from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

One of the downfalls of working on a Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt across two years, is there are months where you have already made your blocks in the chosen color.  And sometimes your quilts go untouched for months.



This is what happened to my RSC garden quilt project.  I don't think I have made any blocks since March.  But I did need some pink blocks so I made a juicy plum and a pretty flower (downsizing a block from my Summertime Blossom pattern).




I put them up on my design wall with all of the blocks I have completed ...

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July 19, 2019
The Log Cabin Scrap Buster from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

It must just be the way I cut my fabric, but my scrap bins are always full of strings.  So I am constantly trying to find quilt designs that will accommodate these strips.  One such design is the good old log cabin block!




I made my blocks starting with a 2.5" square center in black and using 1.5" wide strips for the logs.  I focused on my blue and green scraps because the bins were overflowing!



I laid them out in this barn raising design.  

As I was laying out the blocks on my design wall, I realized ...

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July 17, 2019
No Scrap Left Behind - A Book Review from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I was recently contacted by CT Publishing with the offer of a free electronic copy of Amanda Jean Nyberg's No Scrap Left Behind book in return for a review of the book.  They noted my blog was all about scraps - imagine that!





I quickly took them up on their offer as this book has been on my wishlist since it was released.

I was really pleased with how the book is organized.  It walks you through all the steps of using your scraps to create beautiful quilts - from scrap management to color selections.

I also like that the quilt ...

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July 15, 2019
On to another project from Northern Deb Quilts

It has been raining since 7am and it hasn't let up...probably won't stop at all today if the weather app is correct. SO, it's a sew day. Al and I had plans to build the second window well on the new house...aww shucks...guess I'm stuck in the sewing room today. (Can't you just FEEL my disappointment?)
So here's todays project...

While making my Sister's Quilt, I made a pile of "leaders & enders".
My scrap bin is huge and almost overflowing...it was time to slice and dice.

 I cut a ...

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July 14, 2019
A New Start to a RSC Quilt from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

For a couple of months now, I have been trying to land on a block design for my next Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt.  There were some types of fabric scraps I really wanted to focus on so I needed a block that had spaces for them.  I wanted to clean out some scraps with multiple colors and low volumes that had a lot of color in them.

I finally found a block that was going to work perfectly for what I wanted (thanks to Cathy and Diann).


My blocks look very different than theirs because they are using all low ...

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July 7, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Pink Scraps from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework


The pink scraps are coming out in July!




I had already started pulling some pink scraps for my improv garden quilt.  This time I paired the various shades of pink with some emerald green scraps.

I am really worried this quilt will not turn out as I envision but I am determined to follow it to see where it leads me!




I also whipped up some of my 2.5" color blocks in pink. 
My pink scraps are still a bit depleted so I just used what I had. 



I tucked the blocks in with all of the ones I ...

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June 23, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Wanna Join Me? from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Happy Sunday Everyone!

It is my favorite day of the week because I get to see what all of you have been up to with your scraps.

I am also excited today because I can announce that I am going to be an instructor on a scrap retreat  Yes, you can grab a friend and a pile of scraps and spend three days with me turning those scraps into some lovely quilts.



The venue is at the Stars Aligned Quilting Retreat.  It is located here in Eugene Oregon.  There are two lovely houses with wonderful room choices.  And a really ...

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June 16, 2019
Oh Scrap! : More Log Cabin Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Due to my hay fever and the hot weather, I spent quite a bit of time in my sewing room this week.  Scraps of various colors were piled everywhere!



I mostly worked on sewing up more scrappy log cabin blocks.
I finished up a total of 20 green blocks to add to the blue blocks I completed previously.

They are made with 1.5" strips and measure 8.5".


Right now I have enough blocks for this layout.  I think I am going to go back to making blue blocks for the corners.  I don't know if this will ...

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June 11, 2019
Tiny Tuesday in Blue from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

This week I designed another fun block for the Tiny Tuesday RSC sampler.
This one you can really play around with color placement.




This block requires three fabrics.  The cut sizes are as follows:

Fabric A     Four 2.5" squares   (I used a dark navy)
Fabric B     Four 1" x 2.5" rectangles   (I used a stripe)
Fabric C     Four 1.5" squares    (I used a light blue)
Fabric C     One 1" square  (I used a light blue)



Draw a diagonal line on the back side of the four Fabric C 1.5" squares.  This will be a sew line ...

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June 9, 2019
Oh Scrap! : More RSC Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Even though I was out of town for most of last week, I was able to get the last of the required blocks finished for one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.




I needed just five more blocks to finish my quarter log design.  I had started this quilt back in 2018 and needed blocks in the color purple.  I also thought it needed one more red block.



Here are all twenty five blocks up on the wall in no particular order.  I am pretty sure I will be setting them on point but I have no plans yet on ...

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May 13, 2019
Walking Foot Quilting on a Scrappy Pinwheel Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Welcome back to another home machine quilting video for the Scrappy Pinwheel Quilt Block! We’re walking foot quilting this month’s Friendship Quilt Along block. If you missed last week’s post, click here to watch how we pieced this month’s pinwheel block.

For walking foot quilting, I set my stitch length to 1.5 mm and place my Queen Supreme Slider to the left side of my machine. You have to position the slider OFF the feed dogs because for walking foot quilting you need those feed dogs to work!

After toggling with the settings to get ...

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