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September 21, 2018
Jewel Box Star Table Runner {Finished Scrap Project} from Little Bunny Quilts

This post could also be titled "I am bad at leaders and enders."

I absolutely LOVE the idea of leaders and enders -- a side project that you have going in an effort to save thread and use scraps. Bonnie Hunter is a leader and ender pioneer and I decided that I wanted to join in on her "leader and ender challenge" for this year making Jewel Box Star blocks.

Instead of pure scrappy-ness, I decided to do a controlled scrappy color scheme for my blocks. I picked out reds and greens for my four patches and a fat quarter of ...

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September 18, 2018
A quick finish! from With Strings Attached

It was 88 degrees yesterday. That  was the warmest September 17 in 63 years, according to the Tribune's weather archivist. (He's Frank Wachkowski and he's been keeping the records for years. Here is a story about him.)  I ran a couple of errands and then gave myself permission to stay inside and sew.

I listen to audiobooks when I sew (unless my husband is with me, in which case we watch TV). I finished listening to Mercy Falls, #5 in the Cork Corcoran series by William Kent Krueger. This summer I've been listening to the series ...

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September 14, 2018
Welcome to my House - my QuiltBlog and my day at the Blog Hop from I like to Quiltblog

In fact I was able to finsh an old UFO from 2012
 under voluntary pressure for this Blog Hop.

Scrappy 5" (I spy with my little eyes) Houses

Quilt size 42½ x 49½ inch 
I had 14 houses sewn -
not enough for anything so after signing up for this hop
 I got busy building houses from scraps

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September 12, 2018
Welcome To My House - Blog Hop from I like to Quiltblog


 
 Ich war schon am Strand und habe schöne Fotos gemacht,
die zeige ich am Freitag doch voher gibt es jede Menge Häuser
zu sehen, ich bin sehr gespannt!

September 10

*Cynthia'sCreating Ark 
 *Link not safe
Quilting Quietly **
 **My Favorite Day One!

September 11

MooseStash Quilting **
**My Favorite Day Two!
Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

September 12

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The Border Quilt QAL {Quilt Center} from Little Bunny Quilts

After a momentary delay, the start of the Border Quilt QAL is here! If you haven't joined in yet, there is still plenty of time to do so -- check out all of the information on Jen's blog and see Jen's first post about her flannel version of the quilt here!


To refresh your memories, I'm making my quilt from scraps in more traditional colors with a Kona Champagne background. The paisley print in the bottom center is my "inspiration fabric" for this quilt. There are batiks, traditional prints, and more modern prints mixed in with this ...

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September 8, 2018
MY HOURGLASS QUILT PROJECT from The Proficient Needle

This quilt has been on the back burner for quite a while.  I only worked on it as a "leader and ender" project, only at my northern home, and only when I had leftover 2 1/2 inch strips in the right colours!

As you can see, by the picture of the finished quilt "with feet", DH held the quilt so I could get a picture of the completed project.

I made a narrow binding for this quilt, that matches the backing fabric, and I managed to use all but a few inches.  It feels good when I use fabric ...

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September 6, 2018
Progress for 6and6in2018 and all that... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

has happened in the last six weeks has halted some progress, but I'm quite pleased at what I did manage to achieve.  After the medical hassles mentioned last I managed to get a bladder infection and then react afterwards to the antibiotics.  Ho hum, it goes like that sometimes.  Now it's onward and upwards I reckon.

So I have managed to make some progress on Danielle's quilt which only needs the 5.5 inch and 3.5 inch HST's made.  Unfortunately, because I have changed the initial direction for the fabrics in this quilt I felt ...

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September 5, 2018
MORE MACHINE QUILTING from The Proficient Needle

For the past couple of years, I've been making scrap hourglass blocks.  I finally decided that I had enough fun, and called the top complete!  I  found a large enough piece of fabric to make the quilt back and binding, so spent part of a day pin-basting.
 
It is now under my needle, being machine quilted!  I am using an all over design, just to make this quilt comfortable for snuggling.

Tonight is my guild's first meeting of the season. I have several quilts to take along, as well as goodies for the snack table, and the remaining ...

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September 4, 2018
STASH REPORT AND QUILT PICTURE from The Proficient Needle

Fabric used this week  7.875 yards
Fabric used year to date  83.5 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  62.125 yards
Net used 2018  21.375 yards

I seem to making headway - keeping the fabric used from my stash!
This is my version of Bonnie Hunter's Diamond Tiles block.  Block pattern was available in the May/June 2018 edition of Quiltmaker magazine.
All the blocks were made from leftover strips and squares.  Some of them should have had better contrast in the colours, but I used what was already cut - no ...

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Drowning in Koolaid! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Did you see that Julie (Of JulieKQuilts) is hosting her Log Cabin Loonies again this year?  I follow her blog and I saw the announcement a few weeks ago but my sense of responsibility told me that I needed to work on the 24 UFOs I listed last month.  

I have no business starting something new.

Then a week went by and I saw all the fun little log cabin blocks that were being made.

Still, I was able to hold out!

Another week went by and I held strong.....




And then this weekend, three things happened.  

1) I unburied ...

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September 2, 2018
ANOTHER FINISH! from The Proficient Needle

I just put the last stitch in my Diamond Tile quilt.  The block pattern was found in the May/June edition of Quiltmaker magazine.
This has been a very popular pattern, by Bonnie Hunter, in her Addicted to Scraps column.  There have been many variations shared on the internet!

I decided to set mine on point, and used sashing between the blocks.

I quilted with Monopoly by Superior thread, stitching in the ditch for the sashing and also in the blocks.

I stitched a flower in the centre square of each block, using Rainbows by Superior thread, colour 801 - it ...

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August 31, 2018
Moovin' On Up from MMM Quilts

This is the second quilt I made for Sarah's Hands2Help charity quilt drive at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. It's also my finished quilt for Roseanne's No Stress Sew Along at Home Sewn By Us. It's also on my Q3FAL list which is here!


The pattern is a free one off Sew Mama Sew and was one of Roseanne's three choices you could do for her SAL. It's designed by Alyssa of Pile o' Fabric. I had the flimsy done back in July, and the quilt in the first few days of August during ...

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Moovin' On Up from MMM Quilts

This is the second quilt I made for Sarah's Hands2Help charity quilt drive at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. It's also my finished quilt for Roseanne's No Stress Sew Along at Home Sewn By Us. It's also on my Q3FAL list which is here!


The pattern is a free one off Sew Mama Sew and was one of Roseanne's three choices you could do for her SAL. It's designed by Alyssa of Pile o' Fabric. I had the flimsy done back in July, and the quilt in the first few days of August during ...

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Baby Bowtie Quilt from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I knew this quilt was going to be a quick finish!




Last weekend I pulled some pink scraps and started making these 8" pink bowtie blocks.




And I am already sharing my fun finish!
The sweet quilt measures 40" square.




I used the same white solid for all of the blocks.  I had a leftover piece that was about the correct size from who knows what older project.  It was slightly different than the Kona White I keep on hand so I wanted to use it up.

I went with swirl quilting in white thread - my favorite go to quilting ...

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August 19, 2018
Sunday Stash August 19, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

No money spent or fabric added this week. I finished the runner for some usage.
runner front
This project went way outside my comfort zone. There was no pattern or plan. Most the fabric came out of a scrap bag I bought at the thrift a couple years ago. I think it was leftovers from a Connecting Threads kit.
I constructed it using quilt-as-you-go. It saved so much time to have the runner quilted and pieced at the same time. I need to start doing charity quilts this way.
Since I made it reversible I can flip it over if all that ...

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August 18, 2018
Clementine from MMM Quilts

Orange is the colour of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge with Angela at soscrappy. One of the things I did over the past couple of weeks of blogging vacation was sew up my orange blocks.


Orange is not one of my go-to colours (sorry Anja) but man I do love it here! From the peach to the fiery intense oranges, I am happy with this block. Orange adds a little 'je ne sais quoi' to a quilt. Spice. Warmth. Mmmm! Smell! I will never forget the smell of a Florida orange grove in bloom, ahhh. We have a ...

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Clementine from MMM Quilts

Orange is the colour of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge with Angela at soscrappy. One of the things I did over the past couple of weeks of blogging vacation was sew up my orange blocks.


Orange is not one of my go-to colours (sorry Anja) but man I do love it here! From the peach to the fiery intense oranges, I am happy with this block. Orange adds a little 'je ne sais quoi' to a quilt. Spice. Warmth. Mmmm! Smell! I will never forget the smell of a Florida orange grove in bloom, ahhh. We have a ...

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August 17, 2018
Filler Sewing from Quilt Paint Create

Between projects I’ve sewn some leader and ender blocks.
floral 9PI haven’t decided if these will go in one big quilt or two smaller quilts. It depends on how they look together when they are all done.
I plan to sew blocks until I use up all my small floral scraps.

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August 13, 2018
Weekly update: batik week from With Strings Attached

We had free tickets for a concert at Ravinia on Tuesday, but free means lawn seating and it poured. The Zion Park District's weekly concert on Thursday was also free, also outside, and it poured.   That meant two evenings to sew!

I finished the maple leaf wall hanging. It's my OMG for August. I will donate it to the quilt guild for the silent auction at Sept. 29-30 quilt show.   24 x 36, 1-1/2 yards.


Though the maple leaves were finished I didn't put the batik FQ boxes back on the shelf.  Here's what happened ...

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Sea Glass Donuts {Finished Quilt Top} from Little Bunny Quilts

I finally got back to work on my Donuts quilt! This pattern is from Amanda Jean's book No Scrap Left Behind. (not an affiliate link)


I had finished up all of the block sections quite a bit ago and just had dawdled about getting the grey solid for the background. When I needed black for my Breezy Blooms quilt, I also told my mom to send me some yardage of whatever shade of light grey she had on hand in the Etsy shop. She sent me three pieces of Kona Shadow that totaled the yardage that I needed.


This ...

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