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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 19, 2019
The Mystery Grows and Organizing Continues from Quilts....etc.

Yesterday was a busy day and a very tiring day as I had slept very poorly Thursday night – just one of those nights were I woke a couple hours after I went to bed and ended up for hours before I fell back to sleep for a couple more hours at 5:30 AM – […]

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January 18, 2019
Postage Stamp Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I admit, when I start a quilt I never quite know where it will end up.  
Today's Friday finish is a good one!


This quilt started out with these boring little blocks using some low volume and some gray scraps.  I think they measure about 5" square and used up some fabric that was sitting on my cutting table.

Not knowing what to do with these, I became inspired when I saw the Postage Stamp quilt made by Sally over at The Object of Design.


Rather than making each block in a rainbow color, I decided to try and ...

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January 16, 2019
Midweek: EQTAS, Rockin' Robin, and a flimsy from With Strings Attached

Yesterday I presented Every Quilt Tells a Story, my quilt history program, for another P.E.O.  chapter. I knew several of the members from our county round table (and one is an AAUW friend).  I give a trunk show of quilts I've made and quilts I've collected. I ask people to share quilts they've inherited, received as gifts, or made themselves.

Jody's grandmother made this.  Isn't it super?


Donna remembers that this was always on her grandparents' bed. Her grandfather was a draftsman and created the templates for the appliques that her grandmother sewed ...

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January Start Update-Upcycling and Scraps! from Blended Fabric Quilts | Good Earth Quilting | Organic Quilting Cotton

On Boxing day of 2018, I was at London Drugs and low and behold, here was this lovely size 6 mannequin.


This little mannaquin helps me "see" the article as it changes as you upcycle the whole thing.


And a wee bit of progress has been made for the Maps Challenge over at AHIQ:improvisational Utility Quilts.


And before Christmas I needed a warmer housecoat and the upcycled housecoat as seen below is the ONE I love.

 And hand piecing has been going on whenever I get a minute to sit and stitch as seen below. For the full post ...

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January Start Update-Upcycling and Scraps! from Good Earth Quilting

On Boxing day of 2018, I was at London Drugs and low and behold, here was this lovely size 6 mannequin.


This little mannaquin helps me "see" the article as it changes as you upcycle the whole thing.


And a wee bit of progress has been made for the Maps Challenge over at AHIQ:improvisational Utility Quilts.


And before Christmas I needed a warmer housecoat and the upcycled housecoat as seen below is the ONE I love.

 And hand piecing has been going on whenever I get a minute to sit and stitch as seen below. For the full post ...

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January 13, 2019
Sunday Stash January 13, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

My stats remain all zeros.
I got the first border on the 9 patch top this week and accomplished nothing else in the sewing room.
9patch1borderI’ve felt more drawn to hand work lately. I find I don’t enjoy working in my over-cluttered sewing room. I’m considering my options for sewing elsewhere in the house, or maybe rearranging things in the sewing room. I’m not sure about either.
What I do know is that I have a lot of unfinished projects and projects I want to do that will never get done if I don’t spend ...

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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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January 9, 2019
Day 6 of the Strip Quilt Secrets Blog Hop. You Could Win a Copy of This Book! from Quilty Folk

Woot! Woot! Diane Knott has a brand new book out and I think you're gonna want this one too! In her introductory she says, 'I want to make quilts that are comforting to look at as they are to use'. Oh yes, she's definitely speaking my language.

Reading through the book, I came upon several interesting tips on dealing with strip sets. Things that I always have problems with, like sub cutting the long strip sets. You know how they tend to get this slanted thing going on, and you always have to trim a little bit more ...

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January 6, 2019
The OHIO Principle from Heartspun Quilts ~ Pam Buda

Many, many years ago, while watching a TV news magazine program about organization tips from organizing pros, one of them talked about The OHIO Principal and I've never forgotten it.  It has been very good advice that I've used in every area of my life but never more so as when making scrap quilts.  

What is The OHIO Principle?

It simply means.....Only Handle It Once

It is a way of thinking that makes the best use of your time where applicable.  Here's an example.  You go grocery shopping and buy four boxes ...

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Oh Scrap! : Something New from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have been putting a lot of thought on how I want to use my scraps this year.  As I was perusing my Scrap-A-Palooza gallery to come up with a new quilt design, I became side-tracked by my vertical pieced strip quilt.  Hmmm...I have a pile of leftover Kaffe scraps I would love to use up.  
This quilt will be perfect!



I quickly dug through the bin and pulled all the larger chunks in golds, oranges, browns, green, reds and purples.  I cut them up into 2.5 x 4.5" rectangles and 4.5" squares.  (I have ...

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January 4, 2019
Here Fishy! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Here it is...the first quilt finish of 2019!



It is the (infamous) scrappy fish quilt I started late last year.
(In person, this quilt doesn't look quite so chaotic.  For some reason, it was really hard to photograph.)



This quilt started out as a way to use up some brown scraps.  I decided to add in some greens and make some sixteen patches.  The original plan was to stagger the blocks but that just turned into a disaster once the fishing fabrics were added.



Once I framed all the fishing themed fabrics with a tan and used them ...

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December 31, 2018
Good Fortune {Clues #5 and #6} from Little Bunny Quilts

Despite the fact that I was out of state away from my sewing machine for nearly 5 days, I did manage to complete Clue #5 before Clue #6 came out last week.

On the Friday Clue #5 was released, I got home from work early and managed to get the clue nearly completed in fits and bursts throughout the evening that day. By the time we left for Ohio for Christmas, I had all of the units sewn and ready for their final pressing and trimming.


The day we got back, after unpacking and a quick trip to the grocery ...

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The end of 2018 from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Thought I had better try and catch up with you all before the year is gone.  November/December have been hard months for me health wise and I got back home for Christmas on Christmas Eve Day.  Yay, thank you Lord.  Spent Christmas with some of our family.  Photos coming.
Might not be a lot more posts in 2019, we will see what progress I can make.  However, there is still a strong urge to kill that stash, so I'm hoping to do a little more stitching yet.  Hoping to infect (lol) one of my granddaughters with the bug ...

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December 28, 2018
Quilting Up A Storm from Wedding Dress Blue

Three quilts stand (in various stages of completion) between me and a goal date of January 1.

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This one needs binding stitched down on two sides.

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This one needs binding made, attached and stitched down all around. It was quilted yesterday (Thursday).

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This one needs a back, quilting, binding made, attached and stitched down.  Scheduled for quilting today).

Racing for the finish and quilting up a storm!

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The Border Quilt {Finished Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

In November, I sent off my Border Quilt top with my mom for her to quilt. My intention was always for this to be a gift for my mother-in-law (as these colors are right up her alley!) and having my mom quilt it was really the only way it was going to get done for Christmas.

For the backing, we picked out this gold dot extra wide print. My mom tells me that the bolt says that it is "tan" but it is most certainly a gold toned fabric. Getting the first shot of a quilt on my mom's ...

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A fun FREE small quilt to make! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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I'm the last month of the Fat Quarter shops year of color bundles, and my bundle is, I'm sure you know.... 

Pat Sloan FQS red banner

Red!! I was so excited when the color choices came out and I was able to select the red month, yeah! I have a project you can do super fast to enjoy the bundle. Also it's fabulous to add to your collection to enhance your red stack. Mine seems get used up so quickly. Red Fat Quarter Bundle

Pat Sloan FQS red 1

Here they are .... so yummy!

Pat Sloan FQS red 3

For my project I'm pairing the red with ...

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String Quilting, WIP’s & More from A Quilting Life

Strips in Swell Christmas

Hello and happy Friday! Today I’m sharing some string quilting, WIP’s & more. First, today is our first check-in day for the string along! And I decided to begin by sewing some string blocks with some of my Swell Christmas fabric left-overs. I’m not sure if I’ll make a whole quilt with these or if […]

The post String Quilting, WIP’s & More appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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December OMG Plus from Quilt Paint Create

My OMG for December was to prep the last dresden block for applique. I ended up hand piecing the spokes, which I enjoyed.
dresden 15Not only is the block prepped, I’m making good progress on the applique.
I’m linking to the Elm Street Quilts Finish Party.

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December 21, 2018
Rethinking my Design from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Sometimes, it just takes stepping away from a project and a willingness to change directions.



I decided to give up my staggered block design and just alternate my 16-patch blocks with a framed fishing themed block.  I wasn't sure I was going to have enough of the tan solid but after a considerable amount of math and a bit of extra piecing, I made it all work.




 I am fairly pleased with how it turned out.  It definitely burned through a lot of unloved scraps and fabric.  And I know some fisherman will love it!

I have already finished ...

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