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July 11, 2022
Scrappy Trips Finally from Art In Search

     Another long years marinating WIP sewn. Scrappy Trips, Bonnie Hunter's pattern, has been languishing in a bag for a while. I finally webbed it and noticed a problem. I put it on the wall to study it and see where it was messed up. One block was turned the wrong way. I started this before A Left Handed Quilter showed me how to sew Upstairs, Downstairs her way, which is much superior to how Bonnie does it. I had to finish it the harder way since it was started already.

    Had to rip it out and turn, but here ...

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January 9, 2022
Scrappy Trips layout emerges from Art In Search

      A couple of years ago, I cut the strips for Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy Trips. Somehow, I thought it would be a quick quilt. I kept the strips in the block bundles and from time to time, I sewed a couple of blocks. There are only 30 blocks (made 32), but it seemed an eternity to sew them. In fact, The Left-handed quilter showed how to make the Upstairs, Downstairs pattern (I have had trouble typing in her search bar) and I made two of those in the meantime. I like the controlled palette of jelly rolls, but they are ...

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November 25, 2020
Scrappy Trips Finish from Wedding Dress Blue

The box of solids was starting to hum. Yes, I finished a wedding quilt of solids earlier in the year, but there was more fabric and a new idea.

It is made of 2″ squares in a 36-patch. Husband pointed out that it would have hurt no one to use 2-1/2″ pieces and get done a bit faster. But, anyway, pieces became blocks and finally a top. And then a quick, all over quilt panto for the finish. 72″ square.

I really like it.

While the back might seem unlikely, it works (at least for me).

And it is ...

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August 5, 2020
I May Have A Scrap Problem... But Here's Some Inspiration! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Last Thursday I received an email from one of you wonderful readers, checking to see if I was okay because I hadn't posted on Wednesday!  With that in mind, how could I miss another week just because I didn't do any scrappy sewing this week?  But, while I didn't get to do any scrap-busting, I did spend some time on Instagram and found some totally amazing inspiration.  So now I'm going to live up to my title of The Great Enabler and share with you!

This is a simple quilt, but so cute!  
And ...

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July 19, 2020
Taming the UFO Pile from The Cozy Quilter

My goal for the next little while is to tame the UFO pile.  I have made lots of quilts during this COVID-19 pandemic but most of them have been gifts for friends and family.  Now that all those gifts are done, it is time to tackle the UFO's.  First up this week, was borders and backing for the batik Scrappy Trips quilt that I started earlier this year.  I had to purchase the fabrics and then wash them before ironing, cutting and sewing. 

The backing was done with one seam and then I took it to the long arm ...

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July 12, 2020
Barn Raising! from The Cozy Quilter

Over the course of 16 months in 2018-2019, 10 quilting friends and I made and exchanged 20 neutral blocks each month.  We could use any neutral colours including cream, beige, brown, white, gray and black and each block was to be made using two lights and a dark or two darks and a light. This way, each of us ended up with 320 neutral blocks at the end of the swap.  I divided mine into two piles--1:  white, gray and black and 2: cream, beige and brown, and decided to make two different projects with my blocks.   

I found some ...

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July 5, 2020
This Week's Projects from The Cozy Quilter

The neighbourhood is expanding!  I have 20 houses made now and lots of fabric set aside for more of them.  This will be an ongoing project for a few weeks.  

I also made the June and July blocks for the London Modern Quilt Guild HST block of the month mystery quilt.  There was one block for June and two for July so now I am all caught up until the next block pattern comes out in August.  Each month, we learn how to make HST's in a different way for our block that month. 

I started another knitted facecloth ...

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May 27, 2020
I May Have A Scrap Problem...So Many Quilts, So Little Time! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Seems like every time I open up Instagram these days, I see more and more gorgeous scrappy quilts!  I'm busy working on another commission t-shirt quilt right now.... I haven't had any time to indulge in scrappy sewing - boo hoo! You can see the start I made on the quilt today - just cutting out blocks and putting them on the design wall for storage.  It does give me a good idea of the color spread, though.  Once I have all the blocks cut out I'll lay it all out on the floor to check ...

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May 17, 2020
Sunday Philosopher: What to Do When You Just Can’t Concentrate from Patchwork Sampler Blog

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Does anyone else have squirrel syndrome right now? Squirrel syndrome was introduced back in 2009 in the movie “Up.” Experts say it is the inability to concentrate on a task and chasing one shiny thing after another. This results in tasks delayed or abandoned. I don’t know ...

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March 19, 2020
Keeping Busy from The Cozy Quilter

So, how is everyone doing with their social distancing?  I am trying to stay in the loop with what is happening but I am not watching or listening to the news constantly...too stress inducing!  We have our grand-dog, Finn, with us right now so we have been going for a long walk every morning.  We meet others along the way and everyone stays to their own side of the wide sidewalk and nods as they walk past.  For the rest of the day, I have been reading or knitting or cross stitching or sewing or doing odd jobs around ...

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March 13, 2020
Weekly Sewing Report from The Cozy Quilter

True Confessions:  I started a new project this week.  As I have been cleaning out my sewing storage area, I discovered that I have a large collection of batiks.  They had not all been stored together so I put them in their own (large) bin as I found them here and there around the room.  I decided that I needed to make a batik quilt or two in an effort to use them up.  Pulling out an assortment of blues, greens, golds, oranges, reds and purples, I decided to make Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy Trips pattern.  Here is one of ...

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