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January 16, 2022
Oh Scrap! : Scrappy Letters from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 For a long time now, I have been wanting to make a small banner with my business name on it for various events.  I don't want it to be too big and of course I want it scrappy.




When I was digging through my gray scraps for my placemats, I kept out some various shades of solids and decided to tackle some paper piecing.  I am using Quiet Plays Geo Letters pattern.  Once they are framed, I think they will measure about 6" square.

For gray, I just need these two letters.




Next up are three letters in shades ...

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January 9, 2022
Oh Scrap! : Nothing Much to Share from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Most of this week's sewing was spent on finishing the blue scrappy quilt I shared Friday.  Other than that, there really hasn't been much progress made on anything else.




I did decide what to do with the stack of older fabrics I found.

I am going to make these blocks - alternating two different fabrics.  The strips are all varying sizes to the lengths of the blocks will all be different.  We shall see how they all work together.

I have cut all the pieces for a number of blocks, and I just need to find some time to ...

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January 2, 2022
Oh Scrap! : Happy 2022 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I don't know about everyone else, but I am so happy to put 2021 in the rearview mirror.

Let's all have hope that this new year is a better one.




A new year also means the Rainbow Scrap Challenge starts back up again.  I read through the lines on Angela's Instagram account and figured out early that red was going to be the color for January.  So I got an early start and already have some blocks to share.

Here are my Two Bits blocks in red.  I had made some in 2021 so I didn't ...

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December 19, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Back on Track from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 First of all, sorry I missed the link up last week.  It was a first in the nine years I have been hosting this weekly event.  I totally lost track of time and before I knew it, Sunday was half over.  So, feel free to link up your older post if you like.



I have been busy sewing these scrappy bits together.



Originally my plan was to sew them in horizontal strips like this.

I really do like how this looks...




But as I continued to work on them, the thought of matching all those points was very unappealing to ...

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December 5, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Cutting and Sewing from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I have been able to find quite a bit of time to sew this week but my newest scrap quilt sure is slow in progress.  I feel like all I do is cut-cut-cut and then sew-sew-sew and only a few blocks go up on the wall.



Here is where I am right now.  I have finished three rows about 48" wide.  I have now started sewing the next pieces for the next three rows.



I am just sticking them up on the wall as I get each one completed.  I will have to work on the final placement later to ...

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November 28, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Too Many Blues from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Not too recently, I had my blue scrap bin out.  After sorting out some pieces I wanted, I realized the bin was still so stuffed and overflowing, I could not slide it back into its home.

It has sat in the middle of my sewing room floor waiting for me to do something about it.



After much thinking, I finally came up with an idea. Most of my darker blue scraps are wider strings.  I also have a lot of dark blue leftover bindings already cut at 2.5" wide.  So, I decided to cut them to 8.5" lengths ...

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November 21, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Not Much Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Unfortunately, I don't have a lot to share this week.  I just haven't had much time to sew this week.




I did get a chance to finish sewing the last of the blocks needed for this top.  I even sewed the blocks up into rows.  I was really hoping to finish the quilt top but I guess that will have to wait for next week.

So I hope you guys have lots to share!


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It is now your turn to share what you are making with scraps.  Here are the details for linking up: 

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November 14, 2021
Oh Scrap! : A Goal for December from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I am still working away on a number of scrap quilts I started making in 2021.




I made a few more of these Two Bit blocks in purple.  This was a Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt I started about mid year and have missed making blocks a couple of months.

I had the pieces for one of these already cut.  I found it recently when straightening up.




I also cut and sewed this one.  Once it was finished, I really didn't like the gray I used.  I am a bit afraid it is going to stand out a bit too ...

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November 7, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Not Always Perfect from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Last Sunday I shared some scrappy nine patches made from some low volume scraps.




I have quite a few prints in my scrap bins that have a white background that never seem to have a home.  So I decided to come up with a simple design to use some of them up.

One block is a simple nine patch made with all 3.5" squares in a low volume.




This week I sewed some blocks with black/white squares.





Together they look like this.  

I tried to use up the scraps I have and when I picked my black and ...

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November 3, 2021
Bee Prepared! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 One of my neighbors came over the other day to buy one of my quilts and she asked me if I could custom make her a wallhanging for a Beekeeper friend.

I disappeared for a minute and quickly came back to show her a Bee panel I had stashed away.

She loved it!




Once she picked which of the little panels she liked, I had to frame them to bring them up to a useable size.  They never seem to be standard.




The plan is to stack the framed pieces and surround them with scrappy 3.5" squares out of ...

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October 31, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Some New Starts from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Even though the end of the year is still a couple months away, I am starting to evaluate my scraps to determine what type of scraps I want to focus on next year.  My biggest scrap peeve right now is my bins are full of tiny bits (or crumbs).

So 2022 is going to be all about purging those from my scrap bins.

I decided to go ahead and start this month with my gray scraps.




Once I pulled all the small bits from my scrap bin, I realized that a few crumb blocks a month were not going to ...

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October 29, 2021
Bloom : Scrap Mixology Module #4 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 For a few months now, I have been sharing a number of scrappy basket blocks that I have been making.  Today I am ready to start sharing the finished quilts.  The blocks were for my fourth module of my Scrap Mixology Series.  This one I am calling Bloom.




For the first quilt I made, I used a bunch of Kaffe Fassett scraps.  I loved how the bright vibrant colors looked in the blocks.  When the blocks are placed on point, they look like baskets full of blooms.




So that is how I laid them out for this first quilt design ...

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October 24, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Finishing the Last Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I always find the last few blocks of a quilt top take the most amount of time to make.

Once I get about 80% of the blocks completed, I will put them all up on a design wall and identify what other blocks are needed to even out the color placement.  Then I start to pull scraps to make the necessary blocks.




I needed just three more blocks and there really needed to be a few more bright blocks.  So I made one in turquoise and one in lime.




And finally I made another gray one.  My gray bin no ...

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October 22, 2021
Pretty Pinwheels from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Another week - Another finish!

I love when you find yourself in a finishing mode.  Some months you feel like you are making no progress and then all of a sudden, blocks are going together into quilt tops and you have a stack of quilts to sew the binding on.



This week I finished up my RSC pinwheel quilt. These pinwheels were all made using the trimmed triangles from two of my RSC Well Suited quilts I made this year. 




The sashing and cornerstones all came out of the scrap bin too.  I used a narrow sashing in the blocks and ...

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October 3, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I knew my little scrappy house project would be a fairly fast finish.  I already have the center of the quilt top all sewn up.



I decide to keep the strips vertical and stagger the houses.




Now it is time to decide how to use the HSTs for a border.  I have enough to create this pattern on two sides to make an asymmetrical design.





Or I could add this sawtooth design to two corners.




To make the quilt more of a rectangular shape, I could add this design to the top and bottom of the quilt.





Pinwheels are always ...

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September 19, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Still Making Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 This last week I continued to work on finishing blocks for a few of my scrappy projects.



Look what I found!  I knew I had made four of these Chaser blocks last week.  I found this missing one in a wrong stack of blocks.




I finished five more of my Well Suited blocks.  I think I now have just two more blocks to complete and I can start sewing the quilt top together.  I have to admit, I am getting pretty bored of this project so I am super happy to winding it up soon.




I also used some of ...

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September 12, 2021
Seasonals and Standards from My Quilt Infatuation

Hey there, friends!  I am so happy that today I get to give you a little overview of the final sections of my new book, Scrappy Improv Quilting.  The third section of the book is titled Seasonal Sensations and contains six adorable little seasonal quilts.


Every year, I go all out decorating for Christmas (I put up four trees!), but I don't have that same stamina when it comes to the other holidays and seasons.  Even though I don't decorate my entire house during the rest of the year, it is nice to have a little holiday touch ...

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Oh Scrap! : Various Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I have a large pile of various cut blocks sitting next to my sewing machine so that when I get a moment, I can go in there and sew a few seams.  I never quite know what blocks are going to end up being completed.  But I seem to have made some more progress this week.



I finished up six more RSC Well Suited blocks.  I think I just need to sew the pieces next to my machine and I will have enough for my quilt.  This quilt is really scrappy and will probably end up being a donation quilt ...

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September 5, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Scrappy Block Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have been spending quite a bit of time lately in my sewing room.




I finished up nine more of my Well Suited blocks.  I have been working on this RSC quilt all year and have decided I just want to get it done.




I think I want a 7 x 9 layout so that means I need 22 more blocks.  I think I have 13 blocks cut and waiting to sew.  I might have to raid some stash pieces to find some solid colors (for the geese) that I haven't used yet.  So far all of these have ...

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August 29, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Focussing on some Finishes from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I feel like I haven't had a finish in a really long time.  I find myself juggling a number of projects each month and don't feel like I am making much progress.  So I feel think it is time to focus on a few and get a few projects to the finish line.




A quick and easy finish is the baby quilt I just started.  This week I finished cutting all the scrappy squares and put it up on my design wall.  Now all I have to do is start sewing!




I also decided to direct some attention ...

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