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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 26, 2021
Another Bloom Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I hope all of you who celebrated, had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I enjoyed a day off with few work responsibilities.  I am not a fan of the traditional turkey dinner so I like to stay home and eat foods I only allow myself a couple times a year.  It was so nice to just relax!

Today I wanted to share yet another quilt I made using the Scrap Mixology Bloom pattern.  This layout can be centered on the quilt or done asymmetrically like the quilt I made.

For this quilt, I used one of the block modifications included in the ...

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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!


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

  • This linky party is ...

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November 17, 2021
Midweek: a finish! from With Strings Attached


Finish #4 for November, quilted and bound.  54" x 61".

I made the flimsy earlier this year to use up some of the scraps I created during the CWRSRP (Civil War Repro Scrap Reduction Project).   I'm sure you understand that I still have yards of CW Repros and many scraps. 

The back uses up nearly all of these two prints.

Linking up with Susan and other quiltmakers at Midweek Makers 

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November 12, 2021
Friday check in: goal accomplished and a new project from With Strings Attached


I first read "In Flanders Fields" in junior high. The powerful image has stayed with me all these years.  Take a couple of minutes to read about the inspiration  in this story

Our Rotary program (Zoom) on Thursdas was about Quilts of Valor. The presenter is a quilting friend who is an active QOV volunteer (and a veteran herself).  Rotary members were impressed.  I learned a lot more, too. 

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My OMG for November is to quilt three flimsies.  I've done that!  I showed  photo of the first on Monday.  Here are the other two.  The backings for both are ...

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Another Bloom Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Boy, do I love today's quilt!

Remember this basket quilt I shared a couple weeks ago?  It was made using the 4th Scrap Mixology pattern module called Bloom.

Today I am sharing this lovely quilt made using one of the other layout options shown in the pattern

 I really do love how this one turned out!

The scraps I used are very muted.  The colors were pulled from the dotted dark fabric.

I don't know why I love this quilt so much.  It is actually going to reside in my personal quilt collection.  This quilt isn't going ...

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November 5, 2021
Another RSC Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Usually in my quilt making process, the sewing together of blocks is my bottleneck.  But lately, the biggest stack has been those projects waiting for their bindings!

Today I am ready to share another Rainbow Scrap Challenge finish.  This one was made using 2" strips of varying lengths.  I trimmed up each block to 12" square.

When I placed the blocks, I turned them 90 degrees from the last so that I didn't have to match many seams.  I really love the look.

When I pulled the scraps for each block, I also tried to group color hues to ...

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October 16, 2021
My Happy Little Village from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I continue to make great progress whittling down my UFO list.  I have finally dropped below 20 projects and I have a number of quilts that are entering the final stages.

Today I get to share my Happy Village quilt.

I started this quilt almost a decade ago.  I hade made all the string blocks and then set everything aside.  This has always been a quilt I either wanted to write a pattern or structure a class for.

I used the sew, flip and trim method for my flying geese roofs.  Then I kept all those trimmed triangles to use ...

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September 30, 2021
On My Design Wall from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I found some time this morning to sew the blocks that have been taking up space on my design wall for a couple of months into a quilt top.  That means I can start working on something new!

I decided to work on the string blocks I shared Sunday.  I am making some fun scrappy houses out of them.  I haven't decided if I am going to run the stripes vertically or horizontal.  
But I kind of like them vertically!

On the "flying geese" roofs, I am using the bonus triangles to create a bunch of HSTs - which I ...

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September 27, 2021
Weekly update: shoes, quilt projects, OMG and reading from With Strings Attached

 I was beginning to despair that I would not find suitable shoes for our granddaughter's October 23 wedding.  I didn't want black.  I didn't want too-strappy (partly October and partly that I have bad feet). I can't wear pointy toes or high heels.  The dress (see it here) is silver-blue, further limiting the color. Why, oh why didn't I start shopping two months ago?  Anything possible on online sites was not in my size.   No luck at two DSWs (but I found a pair of navy casual shoes which will be great for fall). No ...

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September 25, 2021
Ziggity Zaggity Baby Quilt from Modern Sunbonnet Sue

I started another baby quilt. I love when new babies are born because it gives me a chance to make another baby quilt. One of my nieces, I have several, had a baby in July. I plan to gift a baby quilt at Christmas. I’m using a pattern from a 2008 baby Quilts magazine by […]

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September 24, 2021
What's YOUR Scrap-a-licious status? from Pat Sloan's Blog

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*** Scrap-a-licious Friday! *** 

What are you doing with your scraps right now? this year? Long term? 

Tell me in the comments below

*** Video today is my scrap status & Happy Everything fabrics *** 

Let me know what you think I should do with that thhose 2 odd scraps I created

Pat sloan happy everything sew along

*** Happy Everything Sew Along *** 

  • DATE: October 4 2021 to Feb 21 2022 - a few weeks we will do catch up weeks for the holidays. See the schedule at the end.

Project details at https ...

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September 22, 2021
Midweek: quilt mailed off and a new scrappy project from With Strings Attached


Welcome autumn!  A cold front came through on Tuesday and the temperature dropped 10+ degrees. Our afternoon outing to Lyons Woods was very comfortable both for me to walk and for Stevens as he sat in the car.  (He's unable to walk long distances -- especially at the pace I've developed over this past year of near-daily walks!)

Oriental bittersweet or spindleberry.  The vine grew across a 2" gap (right photo) to wind around the tree trunk (left photo).  I've only seen bittersweet at Lyons Woods.

Left: the rose hips from Japanese or Seven Sisters roses look more ...

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September 20, 2021
Weekly update: quilt rescue and reading from With Strings Attached


Be sure to read the previous post to see the week's wildflowers and other activities.

On the way back from a lake shore walk we saw two cranes at the edge of a pond in the park.  I was able to get pretty close to them.

This weekend there was an estate sale about three blocks away.   I had walked past the house often but I didn't know the people who lived there.  (I looked them up: he died in 2012 and she died earlier this year.) I went on Saturday when  everything was 50% off.

There were ...

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September 17, 2021
Happy Little Quilt Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Happy Friday!

I get to cross another finished quilt off my list.  Yahoo!! This one isn't very big but I think it turned out pretty darn adorable!

The inspiration for this project was the little moon/star panel bit that came in a bag of scraps.  I came across it when I was digging through my gray scraps.  It is a funny shade of gray and coral so I wasn't sure I would have the proper shades of scraps.  Ha!

I was able to quickly confirm I had plenty.

I dug though my scraps and cut everything into ...

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September 4, 2021
A Friday Almost Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I was worried I wouldn't have a finish again this week.  And even though it is late Friday, I did get the flimsy finished for my baby quilt.

This quilt was started using this little panel piece.  It came in a scrap bag from a friend years ago. I simply pulled a bunch of scraps to make an easy patchwork.  

The colors in this are actually more of a coral and the gray has a lot of brown in it.  I struggled a bit to find the right colors of scraps.  The grays I had were too blue and ...

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September 3, 2021
How Many Crumb Blocks do I have? from Pat Sloan's Blog

  • How Many Crumb blocks do I have?
  • Video  with the answer and some uses for the blocks
  • Are you in?  All the Trimmings!
  • Unboxing of the Sew Sampler box!
  • Did you check the AccuQuilt Deal of the Day? Using my links helps my small family business.. thank you!! 💕
  • Share your blocks & Finishes  at the end

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Pat sloan how many crumb blocks

***  Scrap-a-licious Day *** 

I have been dying to count these.. watch my video below!

*** Video with some ideas!*** 

Such fun to chat how to use these crumb blocks AND I found my list of UFOs.. oh my!

Goodies mentioned 

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September 1, 2021
Welcome September: stash report, Bitcoin, and OMG from With Strings Attached


Rabbit, rabbit goes back to school.  

(Here is an explanation of this folklore.)

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Stash report, August: 

Fabric IN:  38-1/2 yards, $195

Fabric OUT: 45-7/8

YTD fabric IN:  271-5/8 yards,, $1046, average $3.85

YTD fabric OUT:  340 yards

NET:  68 yards USED (yay!)

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I finished piecing my version of Bonnie Hunter's Bitcoin.  It is trickier to line up the columns than it appears. 4-5/8 yards used. 

I need to trim the top.  I'm not 100% wild about this but I can imagine using the 1.5 x 2.5 column idea in alternate settings ...

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August 30, 2021
Weekly update: turkeys, flowers, scraps, OMG, and reading from With Strings Attached

It's been too hot and too humid for energetic explorations.  I stayed closer to home today with a walk in the ravine at the end of our block.   

Jewel weed, lobelia, elderberries, and an aster. 

On the street on the other side of the ravine I saw a car come forward, back up, come forward, back up, and come forward again.  It was Glenn and Patty. She rolled down the passenger window and said, "Wild turkeys behind the red house!" and they drove on.    

This is as close as I could get -- I don't know the people who ...

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August 27, 2021
Sending Out An SOS from The Snarky Quilter

Last week I noted in passing that I was working on an improv quilt. This week I’m surprised to report that I’ve finished the design part of said quilt. The lengths I’ll go to avoid difficult projects never cease to … Continue reading

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