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August 27, 2021
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Let's Hear It For Emily's New Book! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

 

Hi, all!

Can you believe it's the last Friday in August already?  This year is just flying by - but Friday means that it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on, so I hope you're ready!  Let's go!

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As you all know, I may have a slight scrap problem.  After all, fabric is expensive, so we don't really want to throw even the leftovers away!  But mine are starting take over the studio...

...and I really need to find a way to use them - because they aren't doing anyone any good just stacked ...

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August 25, 2021
NTT- The Official Release! from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I'm almost finished with the Halloween Spiderweb quilt I shared last week.  I just need to finish up the binding and get some great photos, but today, I have bigger news!  The official release of my new book, Scrappy Improv Quilting, happened on Monday.  YAY!

The official blog hop to celebrate the book release begins next week, but today I want to give you a quick overview of everything the book has to offer.  Scrappy Improv Quilting is the perfect way to dip your toes into improv if it's new to you ...

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Seeds for a Scrap Quilt from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I am always on the lookout for what I call "seeds" for a scrap quilt.  I think of seeds as the inspiration that sets me off on my next scrap quilt.  While I was digging through a bag of scraps, I found a tiny seed for a baby quilt.




I found this cute little piece that measures about 9" x 10".




I got lucky and found this weird dark taupe solid that I can use to frame the piece and bring it out to 12 1/2" square.



Then I plan on floating that panel in some 3.5" squares ...

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August 22, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Look at me Go from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 After being in a heat induced funk for a couple weeks, I have finally found my found my mojo and started sewing again.




I finished three of these scrappy blue and turquoise blocks for one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.  These blocks are made using my Two Bits Scrap Mixology pattern module.  I think these blocks bring the total completed up to 23 - which is about half of what I need for the quilt.



I also finished up two more of these color blocks in turquoise.  I am making mine with 2" strips and trimming them to 12" square ...

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August 11, 2021
Taming those Scraps - Part 3 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 For the past couple of weeks, I have been sharing some of my methods of storing and using my scraps.  Today I thought I would share another of my secret weapons and that is my "specialty bins"

As I shared in my first post, I sort my scraps by color.  I do this immediately as I make them right at my cutting table.  And because I have a lot of scraps, sorting through big piles to find certain fabrics can take a lot of time.  So a couple years ago, I started creating what I call my "specialty bins" that ...

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August 8, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Hot and Grumpy from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I really dislike summer!  August is always a difficult month for me and I find myself hot and grumpy most of the time.

So I haven't felt like sewing much...




I did decide to get out some soft teal scraps for the August RSC color.  I didn't really feel like making any of my existing RSC blocks so I made a couple basket blocks.




And those did lead to some green and orange basket blocks.
But then I quickly lost interest...

Hopefully next week will be a scrappier week!



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August 4, 2021
Taming Those Scraps - Part 2 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Last week, I shared the first steps I take at taming my scraps.  For many quilters, setting up an initial scrap system will be all that is needed.  I think just being disciplined to organize scraps as they are made and having them as accessible as possible will help to ensure you use them and that they don't become a chore.

But I have a LOT of scraps.

So I have some additional storage areas that I keep my scraps organized in.




I was lucky enough to come across some old locker baskets from a local pool.  I snagged ...

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August 1, 2021
Oh Scrap! : A Scrappy Flimsy from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I realized on Saturday morning that I had not spent any time in my sewing room the whole week.  Determined to change that, I left the vacuum in the middle of the living room and decided to spend a few hours sewing instead.




I spent that time sewing together the blocks in this quilt.  It is a scrap riot!




Here is a closer view.  You can see it is just a bunch of 2.5" squares.  Some blocks are framed with 1.5" solids and others are simply squares.

The quilt measures 70" x 90".  I am sure I have ...

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July 25, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Little Progress on Scraps from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework



 This week seemed to whiz by again.



I did get all sixty some blocks sewn for this crazy quilt this week.  Now I am working on sewing up the quilt top.  Who knew I had so many scraps in these colors?!




I also made a final decision on my background fabric and pulled my scrap bins for a new project.  I will be participating in Kelly Young's Scrappy Improv Quilting book release tour.




I just received my electronic copy and I have to say I love so many of the mini projects in this book.
I am not going ...

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July 18, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Still on Purple from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 The new color for July is actually supposed to be blue or neutral.  But I am still working on the color purple.  I continue to fall behind this year!




I didn't have a lot of time to sew with this scraps this week but I did get these three pretty purple blocks completed.




I put them up on the design wall with the other completed blocks.  I have decided to go with a 5 x 6 block layout so I need to make 11 more.  I know I need some orange blocks and probably some brown.  I think I ...

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July 11, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Keeping the Options Open from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Last Sunday I shared a few block photos of a new scrap project I had started.



I was making some 16 patches from 2.5" squares and framing them in some 1.5" solid strips.  The initial plan was to make the entire quilt from these framed blocks.



As I started sewing blocks and realizing just how many scraps in these colors I really had, I decided to modify my plans and make some of these 5 x 5 blocks to use up even more scraps.




Now I can alternate the framed blocks with these 25-patch blocks.  I was worried ...

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July 4, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Seeing a Trend from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Happy Fourth to all of those in the US.  It was nice that our weather cooled somewhat so many can get out and enjoy the holiday weekend.  I still decided to stay home close to the AC and sew.



I am finding myself excited about a new project I started.  I am always on the lookout for scrap quilt inspiration and recently I have been noticing I have a lot of turquoise, lime and black/gray fabric.

Like...A LOT.

So I started pulling them and cutting them into 2.5" squares.  I found quite a bit of my fabric ...

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June 27, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Under the Needle from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 This last week, I spent one whole day sewing with a friend.  It has been well over a year since we have gotten together and it was such an enjoyable time.

I didn't realize how much I had missed my quilty friends.

We sewed at her house...which means I had access to her scrap baskets.  I was looking through one and saw a bunch of bright colored strings all clipped toegether.  I asked her if they had a home.  I also grabbed some squares that had been stacked together.



I needed a leader/ender project to work on ...

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June 20, 2021
Oh Scrap! : More Plus Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 This week was a busy one!  So there was not a lot of time available to sew.



But I did get nine more of my Positivity blocks completed.  These blocks used up the last of my gray background fabric so I also spent some time this week digging through my gray scraps so find some other fabrics to use for the last few blocks I need.  I have decided to make some blocks that will stand out much more than the rest and my plan is to scatter them about.  

Maybe next week I will be ready to start laying ...

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June 13, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Finally some time to Sew from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 We have had a beautiful Spring here in Oregon.  That means I have been spending lots of time outside digging in the dirt.  Last week, the weather cooled and the intermittent rain kept me indoors.  That means I finally had some time to sew!




First thing I accomplished was to turn some purple and blue pinwheel blocks into these cute blocks.





Here are what I have finished so far.  All of these pinwheels have been made from bonus triangles trimmed from making some flying geese blocks.  I think when I go to sew all the blocks together, I will use ...

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May 30, 2021
Oh Scrap! : A Bit of Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 First, I apologize for not sharing any finishes this last Friday but Blogger decided to not allow any uploading of photos Thursday night when I went to write my post.  Then the weekend just got away from me...So I guess I will share my finish next week.




Today I want to share the progress I have made on my scrappy projects.  
I was able to finish one more blue color block that I cut the pieces back in April.  I think this last block catches up all of my RSC projects just in time to switch to purple for ...

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May 23, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Baskets from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I have been dealing with baskets this week!




I made ten more scrappy basket blocks from my Kaffe Fassett scraps.  I think that brings the total finished up to fourteen.  So that means I am almost halfway finished.

To make my HSTs, I love using my Bloc-Loc ruler.  But I know many scrap quilters are a fan of the Easy Angle ruler.  I am curious what method do you like using?




The other basket I had to deal with was this giant one filled with radishes from my garden.  I had well over five pounds!  I love planting radishes because ...

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May 16, 2021
Oh Scrap! : A Little of Everything from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 The Spring weather has been absolutely lovely here in Oregon so I haven't been in my sewing room very much.  When I do go in there, I find myself not very focused on anything specific.




With all of my red RSC blocks completed for May, I went back and sewed a couple blocks in blue that I didn't get completed in April.  I think I want to make two more blocks in some different shades.




And I completed another log cabin block in blue to go with the green one I completed last month.  These take FOREVER to ...

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May 9, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Playing with the Red Scraps from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 First, I want to wish all the moms out there a Happy Mother's Day!




I was finally able to get out my red scraps and work a bit on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.  First up were some Two Bit blocks (the pattern is one of my Scrap Mixology modules).



I am challenging myself to get a bit bold with the low volume prints I am using in my blocks.
We will see how it looks when it is all finished!


                              


I also finished some red Well Suited blocks.





And then turned the bonus triangles from the flying geese ...

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May 2, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Already May from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework



Last Sunday I shared the single green color block that I had made for MARCH.  Now we are at the first of May and I am so far behind!

 



I did finish the other three green blocks I had cut out.  I am making these with 2" cut strips so I square them up to 12".

I still have to make about 4 blue blocks for April.  I don't even have those cut yet!



But the good news is I made the test blocks for this quilt in Red so the month of May is done.  Hopefully now I ...

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