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January 21, 2018
Saturday is Scrap Happy Day! from Life in the Scrapatch



I am always happy getting scrappy on Saturday ... :-)

Here is what I sewing for the 


Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018


It started an image from my quilty muse,  drawing a  rough sketch,
cutting some 2.5" strips and sewing them in pairs.


Then I cut some 2.5" squares of background gray
and cut and sewed.


This is the Main Block 
and the little cutaway triangles sewn into a mini 2" block.
My quilty muse called me to use these cut offs in ...


the Alternate Block.



Here is the cutting to make two blocks:


Cut four 2.5" by 4.5 ...

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January 20, 2018
True Confessions: Cacophony/Euphony from Tales of a Stitcher

THE STORY
I had a wonderful time teaching at Quilter’s Affair  in 2017. My students were brave fun souls.

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I know it is difficult to create in an environment that is not your own.

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Many of the students had limited fabric selections, borrowed tools, and new neighbors. (If you want the full story including awesome quilts in progress, you can do that here.)

I tell my students that claiming you don’t have the right fabrics, tools, space is a form of procrastination. 

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Working with limited resources can be a great way to challenge yourself. What can you make ...

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January 19, 2018
Sewing up the Old Stash from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Today I have another finished quilt to share made from my older stash.  I used up all of the leftover scraps from a bunch of brown and blue fabric so now it is gone - gone - gone!  WooHoo!!



I couldn't take any outdoor photos because it has been raining so much there is water standing everywhere.  So you get to see this finished quilt draped over my longarm frame.



I used my favorite "hashtag" inner border in a chocolate brown solid.  The great thing about this method is you can use any width of inner border and it doesn't ...

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I Absolutely LOVE Scraps!!!! from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I love scraps!  I enjoy working with scraps more than a controlled set of fabrics.  I'm always afraid that I am going to mess up and not have enough of what I need.  I don't think I could ever get enough scraps!  For the couple of you that have sent me scraps, please know that I enjoy them more than anything.  I get so excited when digging through them. 

 I did get a little bit of sewing done yesterday.  Not a whole lot but a little.  :)  First, I straightened up my sewing room and then I hated to ...

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Somewhere on the interwebs… from Gray Barn Designs

Somewhere on the interwebs, I read a gofundme-type page or blog from a quilter who wants to take her evangelical message about quilting labels across country. As I recall, this quilter wanted donations to assist with her self-appointed mission to persuade quilters that their love and labor should be documented for all time through appropriate labeling. If this quilter was thinking about issuing fines for chronic offenders, I would need a gofundme page for bail money and attorney’s fees.

But, before you shake out your pockets and toss the sofa pillows looking for loose change to spring me from ...

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January 18, 2018
Dove Gray! from Life in the Scrapatch


Here are my first two blocks for the 


After auditioning both fabrics, 
I have decided to go with the
Timeless Treasures Sketch in Dove
for the background fabric.

I am designing this quilt to use up 2.5" strips
and to also use the cutaways from the main block in the alternate block.

Tutorial coming soon!

Thanks to all who helped me decide 
on the background fabric ... :-) 


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January 16, 2018
Which Gray? from Life in the Scrapatch


Time to choose a background fabric for my 


I have decided to go with a single background fabric for this year's quilt. 

The one on the right is Kaufman's Architextures Grid in Gray.

The one on the left is a Timeless Treasures Sketch in Dove.

These are only block units.

There is a block sketch in the next photo ... 



There will actually be a lot of background fabric in this quilt.

The quilt will be multicolored, from blue to red to yellow to green to purple, etc.

Which would you choose?




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January 15, 2018
I got so much done!!!! from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Yesterday was the most productive day that I've had in a very long time!  I got oodles done!!!   Do you remember the string strips that I pieced a few weeks ago?  Well...they are now a completed quilt top. 
 I cut all of the purple and sewed it all together.  This quilt measures 54x74 so it's not a bad size. 
 The binding is cut and ready to go on after quilting.  I also found the perfect purple Glide thread to quilt her with.  :)
 This is actually the first quilt that I worked on for the day.  I loaded ...

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January 13, 2018
Something Blue from Life in the Scrapatch


A lot of blue
scraps and such

January is medium blues month
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2.5" strips are being sorted and used for this year's project.

I have sketched a plan for a new scrap quilt.

I need to find some grey to sew these units into blocks.


I am still slowly sewing my 1.5" scrap squares into 
these Postage Stamp blocks
that I started for the 
Not enough blocks fro a quilt yet.
This is a leaders and enders project 
and I have a basket full of pairs to sew into more blocks ...

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January 10, 2018
Midweek: it's a flimsy! from With Strings Attached

 I assembled On Ringo Lake on Tuesday afternoon.  I calculated the fabric required in each unit and from that arrived at 10 yards for the entire flimsy (unquilted top). Hooray!













I got the leftover fabric reshelved.










Last evening we watched Into the Amazon, the new episode of The American Experience on PBS.  (Until the promotion of this feature I'd forgotten that in 1993 Auburn PL had hosted a program by Charles Haskell who led an expedition to retrace T.R.'s route.)    My TV-time sewing resulted in six NYB blocks for the guild challenge quilt. I decided that split ...

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At some point I am going to have to stop... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Are you tired of seeing these blocks?  LOL!  I didn't think I was going to get to sew yesterday but at the last minute I did piece 10 more blocks. 
 Here they all are.  I now have 82 of them.  I'm thinking at this point that I am going to shoot for 120 and do a 10x12 setting.  Maybe...lol.  These blocks will finish at 7".
 Here's a pic of the clock as I was leaving out of the studio last night.  Actually, I didn't get in bed until 2am and then I got back up ...

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January 9, 2018
Sewing and Sorting... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I added one more Green Apple Star yesterday.  I need to take a pic of these in better lighting because they are brighter than this. 
 I hope you are not tired of looking at these string blocks yet.  LOL!  I am trying to get it pieced and moved out.  :)  I was able to get 7 more blocks and that brings my total to 72.  Not sure how many that I want yet but I just know that I want it larger than this.  LOL!
 I have been digging through my string tub to make sure I have a good variety ...

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January 8, 2018
On Ringo Lake {Clues #5 and #6} from Little Bunny Quilts

While the big reveal has taken place, I'm still trudging along with the clues for On Ringo Lake!

With our holiday travels, we were already in Ohio when Clue #5 was released on the 22nd and I didn't take any of my fabrics or tools with me. I did however dig through my mom's scrap bins once we were in Michigan and find some fabrics to add to my On Ringo Lake fabrics.



I did all of the orange and black cutting for Clue #5 on Christmas Day, and did the cutting for Clue #6 on December ...

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Green Apple Stars... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 As you can see I have started a new quilt!  LOL!  You know me....I just bounce around but in my defense I have been good for the past few weeks about finishing some quilt tops....well...maybe not borders...
 The lighting is not that good in the pics but they are more of a brighter apple green.  Not at all my usual colors but sometimes a change is nice.  

I was looking through my tubs of fat quarters and opened this one.  I thought...hmmm...those would make a pretty quilt.  So I decided on a simple pattern. 
 So ...

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January 7, 2018
It's G-R-O-W-I-N-G!!!! from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~


 It's growing!!!!  Yesterday I pieced 21 blocks!!!!  That brings me to a total of 56!
 I am really enjoying working on these blocks.  I'm sure you are already tired of seeing them.  Don't worry I hope to have this finished soon.  :) 
 As I am pulling these out of the tub I am also sorting out some "crumbs"  The crumbs are too small to fit in these blocks and they are really tiny.  I had forgot that I those mixed in.  So I am sorting those out as I go and who knows maybe someday I will do ...

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January 5, 2018
Depression Quilt... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Yesterday didn't go exactly as planned but I will fill you in on that in a few minutes.  First off...I pieced a few string blocks!  :)  I'm not sure if this is a project that I will work on constantly or just in between other projects.  This is an "anything goes" quilt. 
 Here is my big string tub that I posted a pic of yesterday.  It is up past my knees.  Just whatever that I pull out goes in the blocks.  I was discussing this with one of the boys and they said, "so it's kind of ...

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January 4, 2018
Now or Later....quilt top from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Yay!!!  Another quilt top ready for borders!  This is my Now or Later quilt!  This is another one of those UFO's that just needed a little more piecing. 
 I know it's a little busy but I still like it.  :)  After borders it will measure something like 80x96.  I don't remember exactly.
 All made from scraps...
 I'm thinking that I will use this fabric for the borders.  There is also some of the border fabric used in the quilt center.
 This the pattern that I used.  It was just an insert from one of those subscription packets ...

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January 3, 2018
One and 150 Canadian Women from MMM Quilts

I joined the 150 Canadian Women QAL at Next Step Quilting Designs shortly after she'd started, I think the third week in, so October, 2016. I stuck with this, at times being nine blocks behind (maybe more), and I am just so very very glad I did. I learned so much about these a-MAZING women, felt so in awe of their fortitude, intelligence, bravery, and both fearsome and fearless attitudes. I do not have the flimsy done quite yet, but here are the final six blocks.


Wait what? Yeah, I had the same thought when I read that. I ...

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One and 150 Canadian Women from MMM Quilts

I joined the 150 Canadian Women QAL at Next Step Quilting Designs shortly after she'd started, I think the third week in, so October, 2016. I stuck with this, at times being nine blocks behind (maybe more), and I am just so very very glad I did. I learned so much about these a-MAZING women, felt so in awe of their fortitude, intelligence, bravery, and both fearsome and fearless attitudes. I do not have the flimsy done quite yet, but here are the final six blocks.


Wait what? Yeah, I had the same thought when I read that. I ...

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Churn Dash from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Most of the day yesterday I watched my little 2 yr old niece, Addison.  Boy does she have a lot of energy.  LOL!  I enjoyed ever minute of it.  

After she left, I went upstairs and sewed these Churn Dash blocks together that I found while cleaning my sewing room a few days ago.  I probably should have used some sashings but I just wanted it finished so that I can move on to something else and get this in the "to be quilted" pile. 
 This will make a good lap quilt as it measures 60x72.  Not all of the ...

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