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February 13, 2019
Moving Right Along and NTT from My Quilt Infatuation

Oh, this color wheel project is so much fun!  In the past week, I've finished two more minis, and pulled scraps for the next color. I have some secret sewing with deadlines fast approaching, so I've had to take a little break from these, but I can't wait to get back to them.

This orange quilt is called Ember.  The colors dance like glimmering fire, or more specifically, like the glowing wood below the flames, and even though it moves from light to dark like the others, it is slightly different.  Since I almost never use the ...

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February 11, 2019
Cutting fabric scraps for 9-patch blocks from Cut Stitch and Piece

A year ago, I posted a tutorial for sorting fabric scraps. I decided to supplement that post with a quick tutorial for cutting fabric scrap squares for 9-patch blocks. Because of their versatility, 9-patch blocks are great for making scrap quilts.  Below are only a few 9-patch blocks you can make with scraps.  INSTRUCTIONS FOR CUTTING 9-PATCH SQUARES FROM SCRAPS YOU WILL NEED A good

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February 10, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Yellow from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

A new month means a new Rainbow Scrap Challenge color.
February is the color Yellow!

First up, I made two quarter log cabin blocks.  I decided to use mostly golds as they looked best with the more muted blocks I have finished to date.

And I also sewed up two of my zigzag blocks - one in golds and one in bright yellow.
I need only six more blocks to have enough for this donation quilt.  I have identified which colors I still need so its completion just depends on the when the appropriate colors are called. (Or I may just ...

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February 3, 2019
Oh Scrap! - Kaffe Quilt Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have been using my Kaffe Fassett scrap project (my initial post was here) as a Leader/Ender project and I have reached the next step of putting this quilt top together.

I started with these scrap pieces that had been cut to 2.5" x 4.5" and 4.5" squares.

I have been sewing the bits into long strips and placing them up on one of my design walls.  Just using my eye to come up with appealing lengths.  My next step will be to start cutting the background into long sashing strips and wider strips to even ...

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January 27, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Strings from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

If you have been following this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love playing around with string quilts.  So when I saw that both Moda and Humble Quilts were hosting Quilt Alongs that involved strings, I was all in.

A fun design has been tucked away in my brain for a while now.  It involves narrow strips of strings.  I will need a left and a right configuration and I am making them 5.5" wide.  I am going with three lengths - 10.5, 15.5 and 20.5" long.  I started with red because I ...

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January 20, 2019
Oh Scrap! : More RSC Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I was so happy to read that Red was the RSC color for January.  I also couldn't wait to get back to making blocks for my Garden Sampler quilt.

Last year, I had already made a juicy red strawberry.  It was the first block I made for this quilt - just to try the concept out.

This last week, I added in a squat tomato.  I used 2.5" squares on this one.

I also made three little apples out of 1.5" squares.  I had seen this "eaten" apple somewhere and tucked away in my brain.  I thought it ...

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January 13, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Red from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I can't tell you how much I have been looking forward to having Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks to sew again.  It was great to get my red scraps (January's color) out and start sewing.

I haven't had a lot of time to sew this last week but I did get out all of my RSC blocks and see what I had left over from last year.  I still have about 11 blocks to make for my zig zag quilt.  I have a bright red from last year so I thought I would pull out some dark burgundy ...

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January 11, 2019
It's a Flimsy! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Yippee!  I finally sewed my Splendid Sampler blocks into a quilt top!

I started making these blocks the first part of 2016 as part of a quilt-a-long.  There were a total of 100 block designs but many were applique - which I skipped.

I used my Kaffe Fassett scraps.

There are a number of blocks that I really loved.  And many, I will probably go back and remake someday.  However, I am just not one who loves to make small blocks. 

I wasn't sure if I was going to have enough of the blue background fabric for the entire quilt ...

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December 30, 2018
Oh Scrap! : Goodbye 2018 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Here we are at the last Oh Scrap! link up for 2018.  I want to thank all of you who show up every week to either link up your scrappy projects or to explore all the scrappy inspiration that gets shared.

I love our little scrappy community!

I have been working on setting these scrappy Splendid Sampler blocks I finished back in 2017.

I have finalized the setting and have been busy with quilt math and sewing all the bits together.  I was worried I would not have enough of the blue for the entire background so I pulled a ...

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December 18, 2018
Decisions, Decisions... from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have almost finished all of the brown and green 16 patch scraps and I need to make some layout decisions.  This is one of my favorite steps to quilting.

As I was making the blocks, I have been sticking them on my design wall in a horizontal staggered design.

I have since decided that I like this vertical layout a bit better.  Now to go to my stash and decided what to use in the alternate blocks.  And when I go to my stash for a scrappy quilt, I am usually looking for those opportunities where I can get ...

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December 16, 2018
Oh Scrap! : Bouncing Around from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

My busy longarm quilting season is finally winding down and I am able to take a breather for about a month as my clients focus on the holidays and not quilting.  

I always look forward to this time of year!

What little time I have spent in my sewing room, has been spread over a number of projects.  I am still working on the green/brown 16 patch blocks.  I have not landed on a final layout but I seem to be continuing on with this staggered look as I put them on the design wall.

As I was cutting ...

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December 9, 2018
Oh Scrap! : Always an Open Mind from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

This has been a bit of a rough year for me and I didn't always feel in control.  As the year is coming to an end, I find myself starting to focus on getting a few things back under my control.  And it seems like this also includes my scraps.

I have one bin in my sewing room that is full of what I think are hard to use fabrics.  I throw in my novelty (including holiday) scraps, bits that don't really fall into any specific color, and brown.  I don't really like to quilt using brown ...

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December 7, 2018
A Scrappy Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

For some reason, the condition of my scraps have been really bothering me lately.  My bins are littered with a lot of tiny pieces and none of my drawers will close without a lot of force.

So I am finding myself focusing on making quilts that resolve some of those issues.

This is the first quilt I finished.  It is made 100% from the scrap bin.  I pulled a lot of my smaller red, orange and pink scraps to make some slab blocks.  I also pulled crumbs from my low volumes scraps.

I still have a lot of scraps in ...

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December 2, 2018
Oh Scrap! : Postage Stamp Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

While I still try and decided what to put up on my empty design wall, I am keeping busy working away on cutting the pieces for my postage stamp quilt.

I am down to only needing three more blocks!

I have been using my 18" design boards to lay the parts out for each blocks.  
Here is the next one all ready to sew up!

Yellow, Green and Turquoise...My favorite block so far!

Happy Scrappy Sunday!


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

  • This linky party ...

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November 25, 2018
Oh Scrap! : Next Steps from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Last night, I finally found some time to sew a few more scraps.

I have been using scraps to make 6.5 x 9.5" slab blocks in red, pink and orange.

I am now making a scrappy slab of low volume prints (3.5 x 9.5") to sew to one side of the slabs.
I love it when my quilts end up being made from 100% scraps!


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

  • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be ...

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November 18, 2018
Oh Scrap! : The Battle is Real from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I am really making a concerted effort to work down my scraps so that I can at least close all of the bins.  I realized this weekend that all of my design walls are filled with scrappy goodness.

All of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks are up on the design walls in my studio behind my longarm.  I will continue to work on them into 2019.  I think I need 12 more blocks for the quarter log, 13 blocks for the zig zag and who knows how many for the center garden quilt.

I love seeing all that color as ...

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November 11, 2018
Oh Scrap! : Slab Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I am still slowly working on my postage stamp quilt, but while I have my scrap color bins out, I decided I needed to start another scrap project.

I found I had a number of 1.5" squares left over in red (from my postage stamp) and I still had a lot of small bits still in the red bin.

I decided to make some slab blocks that measure 6.5" x 9.5".
I don't really have a firm plan on how I am going to use these but I thought a rectangular shape would give me more ...

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November 4, 2018
Oh Scrap! : Slow Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I did not get a lot of time to sew with my scraps this week.  But I did carve out enough time to make a little bit of progress on my postage stamp quilt.

I have finished 12 blocks out of the 20 I have planned for the quilt.  This late night photo really doesn't do the blocks any justice.  I am really pleased with how they are turning out.  
I am finally into some new colors and can put my red, pink and orange bins away.

I am looking forward to sewing with purple - it is my favorite ...

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October 31, 2018
Quiltopia 2018 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I am just popping  in between a long list of preparation tasks to let those of you who will be in the Salem Oregon area this weekend, that I will be the featured speaker at the Quiltopia Quilt Show.
(located at the Willamette Heritage Center)

My presentation will be on using scraps in your quilting.
A topic near and dear to my heart!

I will have lots of my scrap quilts there to share as examples and discussing scrap storage, my design  inspiration and thought processes. 
 I hope to inspire every one to get out their scraps!

And if you ...

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October 28, 2018
Oh Scrap! : My Trip to Crazy Town from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I am beginning to think I have taken a trip to Crazy Town.
...and I like it!

Last Sunday I shared some scrap blocks I was making.  I simply framed some low volume slabs with various shades of grays from my scrap bins.

Well, all this week I have been working on the next step.

After a lot of cutting and a whole bunch of sewing, I am finishing up some 12" postage stamp blocks.  After a couple blocks, I began to think this was the craziest idea I have had to date. 

But I kept cutting and sewing and ...

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