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October 25, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Some New Projects from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I am always kind of sad when the end of October gets here.  That means that there are no more Rainbow Scrap Challenge colors until January.  I know many use the last two months of the year to finish their quilts, but I rarely follow that schedule and never seem to have enough blocks to finish up into quilts.  What else can I do except start some new projects!

 I decided to dig through my scraps and see what inspires me.  

Often, when I am looking for inspiration, I rarely choose fabrics I love.  I am usually trying to focus ...

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October 18, 2020
Oh Scrap! : More Scrap Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Winterizing my gardens have taken most of my time this week, but I did get a few more scrappy blocks finished.  I am still working through my yellow scraps for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects.

I finished up my 14 yellow HRT blocks.  These measure 4 x  8".  I did decide to make all the blocks go the same direction so no diamond shapes on this quilt..

I added the yellow blocks to my design wall.  

I am running out of room!  I need to move some of them around so I can add in new colors in 2021.

I ...

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October 16, 2020
Secret Sewing Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 As I was preparing for my book submission, I was also secretly sewing a number of quilts.  I have over 30 (!) projects either finished or in the works.  Now I can finally start sharing them with you.

I had a huge amount of black and white scraps.  I decided to get out my AccuQuilt fabric cutter and cut them up into 2.5" squares.  I then turned them into scrappy nine patches.

After looking through my scrap bins, I chose to go with primary colored blocks placing them in a diagonal layout.  I thought the colors would be great for ...

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October 11, 2020
Oh Scrap! : More Yellow from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 It is hard to believe that it is almost time to stat thinking about what Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks I am going to work on in 2021.  I have two designs that will carry over into the next year - but I always like to have 3-4 in the works.

As I was sewing up a few other yellow blocks, I decided to start some blocks using my Well-Suited Scrap Mixology pattern.  This time I went with the geese variation.  I am excited about this one - there are a ton of layouts I can play with by just rotating the blocks ...

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October 7, 2020
Next Step : Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework


Remember these little blocks I created by slicing up some old orphan blocks?

(You can read about them here.)

Well, I pulled a bunch of scrappy strings in soft blues and greens and browns.  I didn't think I had many colors in these shades but was surprised once I began sorting.  I added in some cream and got to work making some of these 12" quarter log blocks.

I think I will end up with 15 blocks so it won't be a big quilt.  

As I write this post, most of the blocks are almost finished - I am ...

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October 4, 2020
Oh Scrap! : A Need for Yellow from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I haven't had a chance to see if Angela has announced the color for October but for some reason I believe it is yellow - so that is what I decided to sew.

I only had three shades of solid yellow in my scraps so again this month I didn't make the four blocks I had planned for each month.  I will just wait for another big yellow scrap to show itself and I will make another block.  

I put them up on the RSC design wall with the other finished postage stamp blocks finished to date.  These blocks ...

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October 2, 2020
Scrap Mixology : Well Suited from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Back in late 2019, I started working on my goal of writing a book.  I decided to spend tons of hours secretly sewing and putting together ten block designs for a book proposal.  I held myself to the goal of sending it off for review by the end of March.


So much for well laid plans.  I still sent it off even though businesses were not sure what the future would look like and I waited for over 5 long months for them to make a final decision on it.  It was not the best book to release ...

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September 20, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Bit by Bit from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 As I was digging through all the bags and tubs of partially finished projects to see if there were any items I wanted to adopt out in the Quilty Orphan Adoption event, I came across a bag of a partially started scrap vortex project I adopted from a friend.  

I had stuffed it in a bag and have been adding to it as I came across sewed pieces in the correct color combinations.  I decided to raid my orphan block stash to see what else I could contribute...

The colors are mostly purples and turquoise.  I added all sorts of ...

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September 13, 2020
Oh Scrap! : More RSC Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 While my red scrap bin was out, I also finished more Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks
for my second scrap project.

Fourteen more half rectangles (HRTs) are finished.  I think they measure 4 x 8".

I added them to the puprle blocks I made last month.  I still can't decide if I want to create some diamonds by making some mirrored image blocks or simply lay them out like above.  

Guess I have to think about that some more....

I also want to remind everyone that starting Thursday, the Quilty Orphan Adoption Event link-up will be live.  Time to find ...

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August 30, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Orphan Blocks...Again! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 As I was straightening up my sewing table, I came across some sewn bits I needed to put in my orphan block storage.  My single suitcase of leftovers has turned into so much more!

On the left is my little suitcase that has always contained my extra blocks.  When that became full, I started throwing them in another box.  Now that one is overflowing!

So I decided to do a quick sort and pull out some bits to play with.  I am sewing on another project so I have been sewing on this at the same time.  I started with ...

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August 29, 2020
ยป Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

 Machine quilting and finishing some projects has carried me through the past couple weeks!  That is all good for sure!!  Last week, I finished my youngest grandson's "big bed" quilt -- major goal reached!! 

 I made this quilt during the #littlemisssawtoothquiltqal led by Melanie at @southerncharmquilts via Instagram.  I used a layer cake I had stashed with 1 1/2 yards of background fabric for the blocks.  I moved through this project pretty quickly, starting the blocks last September and finishing the quilting this week -- not even a year!?!

So this week, I've been working on a small charity ...

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August 23, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Log Cabin Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I have been making slow progress on my log cabin quilt.  Not because I haven't been actively working on it every week - but because the process of cutting and sewing all the small pieces takes a lot of time!

I did finish these two green circles this week.  They are composed of 1" and 1.5" strips.  The four log cabin blocks go together to make an 11" circle component.

A lot of time is spent digging through my scrap bins for the smallest of scraps that will work.

These two green circles meant I could finish up one ...

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August 21, 2020
A Summer Treat from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 August is probably my least favorite month - it is just too hot!

So when I saw chunks of this fabric in a big bag of scraps from a friend, all I could think about was keeping cool with ice cream.

For the last few weeks, I have been making yummy cones and an alternating quarter log cabin block from the various scraps.

Truthfully, I can't really decide if these are ice cream cones (like the chocolate chip one) or snow cones (I always wanted all the flavors).  I don't think I really need to make a decision - I ...

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August 16, 2020
Oh Scrap! : A Few More Purple from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Now that I have started two new Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts, I was able to make some more purple blocks for August.

I finished up four purple Postage Stamp blocks.  Because I am using 2" squares, my blocks will finish at 9".  I was only able to find 4 shades of purple solids in my entire fabric stash...including scraps.  I certainly need to fix this!

I also finished up these 14 QSR (quarter square rectangle) blocks.  You start with a large rectangle and end up with two blocks - I will need to pick seven prints each month.  So I ...

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August 9, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Something New from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 A few weeks back, I shared that a friend of mine gifted me two large bags of scraps.  I tried to get them quickly sorted and put away so I could focus on other things.  But I did get sucked in by a couple scrap piles and started some new quilts.

One of the scraps I started to play with was this colorful fabric with some flavors written on it.  There were a number of larger scrap pieces - I am thinking they were leftover from some bag making.

I decided it needed to be made into these fun ice cream ...

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August 4, 2020
Christmas Quiltings ~ Summer 2020 from Life in the Scrapatch

Christmas in July has spilled into Christmas in August.
I is hot and humid outside again and I am staying cool inside
in my happy sewing place. 
The hurricane off the east coast may meander this way in a few days
but it is already feeling tropical here.
It has been a long, hot and sometimes stormy summer.

Here are the backs of my Christmas Cushion Covers.
I like to make seasonal covers for my favorite sofa toss cushions
so I only have to store the flat covers and use the pillows I have.
If you are interested in how ...

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August 2, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Rail Fence Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

We all knew purple was going to be the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for August - simply because I made purple blocks last month!  Ha!!

But that is okay with me - when I had my browns out for my recent brown scrap quilt, I went ahead and cut the strips for a couple rail fence blocks.

Then I went ahead and made some yellow blocks.

A quick count of my blocks revealed I needed just two more blocks for my quilt so I snuck in a few black scraps.

One thing I have learned from the RSC is that these rainbow ...

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July 29, 2020
Waiting from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

I'm struggling a bit right now -- lots of yawning these days.
And the temptation to sit down and "wait" seem to be becoming too familiar a state of mind?
At this moment, I'm waiting for some rain to arrive.
I'm waiting for the kettle to boil.
I'm waiting for the storm to cool off the air so I can open the house back up.
I'm waiting for inspiration for this blogpost and what to make for supper and how to quilt my grandson's quilt?

Of course, I know how this works -- inspiration doesn't ...

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July 26, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Selvage Progess from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I found another scrappy project that needed some blue blocks made July.

I am still working on sewing up all of my saved selvages.  This last week, I worked on completing the teal/turquoise and blue strips.

I decided to put them all up on the wall.  I still have to trim them to length, finish the two purple strips and then add the background fabric.  I am so close to a finish on this one.

...and done with saving selvages in the future!

What scrappy goodness have you been working on!

It is now your turn to share what ...

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July 24, 2020
A Scrappy Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have a lot of scraps....A LOT!  I finish a lot of quilts each year and I have been quilting for decades.  And when you don't throw away much, you end up with lots of little leftovers.

But I don't love all of my scraps.  There are some unloved colors, or fabrics I am really tired of seeing.  So when I see a design that will help me to focus on some of these unloved bits and make something that I think someone will like, I am super happy.

Such was the case when I spied a ...

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