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June 15, 2019
Quiltsy Team Scrappy Spring Challenge and more from Grandma's Red Needle

'Winter' is definitely here to stay. Cooler days and nights, which I love, but still.... BRRRR! The change in weather has caused my sinus infection to flare up again; blocked nose, sinus headache and not feeling well enough to do much. I'm one of those who can't sit still, I have kept myself busy sewing, which include rests on the couch and hot chocolate to drink. Good thing I'm feeling better today.

The best way to keep my fingers warm is to get busy and sew. A couple of items make me sew excited and I wish ...

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June 14, 2019
Scrap Challenge: Just let the words fall out... from Sew Sunshine

"From the Cutting Room Floor II - Edit" 
42" w x 34" h
local quilt guild Oh Scrap Challenge entry

Earlier in the year our lcq had a scrap swap. We did it musical chair style sort of. I was MC for a while then jumped in to grab some scraps. Well I ended with a few more of my own scraps back and not enough of new to me scraps. I decided since this was my challenge for the guild I would just use some of what I got from the swap and use the buckets of black and white ...

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The Ultimate Orphan Block Quilting Challenge from A Quilting Life

The Ultimate Orphan Block Quilting Challenge

Hello and happy Friday! On Fridays I post around the “Sew Your Stash” theme and try to share tips and ideas to help quilters get organized and sewing with the fabrics they have and love. So I’ve been thinking about this idea for a little while and finally came up with “The Ultimate Orphan Block […]

The post The Ultimate Orphan Block Quilting Challenge appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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June 8, 2019
blue scraps from Making A Lather

My blue drawer hasn't been loved on in a long time. The color drawers we have already had for the rainbow scrap challenge are tidy, except green. I don't know what happened, but I didn't sort through the drawer.

I am glad it is time to sort through blue. I have noticed that even if I have an organizational plan in my color drawers, the minute I need something, it is toss and tumble.

first up for the rainbow scrap challenge and the dark blue month of June, is my flying home blocks. I had enough of ...

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June 7, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... And a Time Problem! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

May is over.  Where did it go?  Unfortunately, I didn't get anything done on my list of scrappy goals from May (a record-breaking Hands2Help Challenge may have had a little bit to do with that!) but it was still a good month!  June may not be much better, but I'll try just jumping the May goals up to June and see if I can get them done before the end of the month!

In the meantime, this probably doesn't quite count as scrappy sewing, but I did make a quilt top last week using some ...

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Sew Your Stash: How to Create Quilt Projects from Scraps from A Quilting Life

Sew Your Stash: How to Create Quilt Projects from Scraps

Hello and happy Friday! I hope your week has gone well and that your weekend is off to a terrific start. I ended up doing some cleaning and sorting in the sewing room that really wasn’t on my schedule. Chelsi and I decided to get some new photos taken and in the end decided to […]

The post Sew Your Stash: How to Create Quilt Projects from Scraps appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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June 6, 2019
tiny tuesday progress from Making A Lather

I have to catch up with all the blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge. Angie at Quilting on the Crescent. shared a tiny tuesday block last month that I have finished. I made a mistake with it, but it stays this way. It was supposed to have the orange print in all four corners.

Sally at The Objects of Design shared this cute block last month. It's called bear bowtie.

I was intimidated by this one. I am not very skilled at applique, and the reverse applique was scarey. But, once I made the decision to do it, it ...

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May 31, 2019
Sew Your Stash: Making Scrap Quilt Projects from A Quilting Life

Sew Your Stash: Making Scrap Quilt Projects

Happy Friday! Yesterday I finished up a good portion of a big project I’ve been working on for several months, and I’m feeling ready for weekend sewing! It’s funny because the first thing I want to do is sew something scrappy–and I certainly have lots of scrap quilt projects on my to do list! So […]

The post Sew Your Stash: Making Scrap Quilt Projects appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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May 29, 2019
Last bit to do .... from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I'm trying to get this last section of embroidery done for this top and it is slowly getting there.

Here is a better look at that last section.
The photos don't do my work justice .... because it is absolutely beautiful in person.  Soon, my lovely, soon you will be done and then hand quilting can start.
Not much has been happening lately in my studio.  Too busy with other things.  It is nearly the end of May and cottage time will take me away from my studio.  Hand work will come with me and slowly over the summer ...

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May 28, 2019
A TINY SCRAP FINISH from The Proficient Needle

During the winter, a former member of my southern quilting group called to ask if I would like some of her quilting scraps.  She and her husband were selling their home, and returning north permanently.  Of course, I said yes!

She loved making flannel quilts, so there were lots of various size strips and pieces in lots of different colours and prints.  There were also some cotton scraps.  I found some odd shaped triangles in gold and burgundy, along with some dark print pieces.   I decided the largest cut I could make from all the pieces, and ended up with ...

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While waiting for fabric... from Grandma's Red Needle

... to finish some summer table runners and toppers, 
I'm working on Christmas items. 

Yep, another Advent Calendar
After the photos were taken, I added all the pockets, sleeve and binding on one calendar (I have three in all). 

Update: They are done! 

The calendar will be available in our shop in a couple of days, need to take a few more photos. 

Remember the Christmas Stockings from my previous post

I spent the entire last weekend to finish them all! It took some brain work to get the lining/toes the right way, but when I got the hang ...

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May 23, 2019
Carolina Hurricane Quilt from Urban Quilter

Finished Streak of Lightning Quilt
I started working on a full size streak-of-lightning quilt for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project back in January. Today the finished quilt went into the mail so it can be given to someone in North Carolina who needs it.
I did all the piecing from my scraps and my friend Mary Kate quilted it on her long-arm with a beautiful curving pattern. I always like the quilting to contrast the piecing. I hadn't made this pattern before, but it went together very nicely and I would consider making it again. I wasn't sure ...

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May 22, 2019
A New Scrap Busting Project. from Quilt Routes

Deborah O'Hare

Back in 2012 I set myself a task to use up all the scraps that I had collected into one smallish brown paper bag. Little did I know then that it would be the start of something quite big for me in that not long after completing the project I was was asked to give a talk about it at my local branch of the Quilters Guild. I have since given that talk 'Tales From My Scrap Bag' to many guilds and groups around the country. It is a talk that has grown over the years, with other scrap busting ...

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I May Have A Scrap Problem.... A Little Progress, Etc.... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Well, it has been a week around here!  With Hands2Help drawing to a close, there's tons of administrative work I have to do and very little time for sewing - but I did manage to go through one of those big scrap tubs...

...reducing it from that behemoth on the left to the much smaller container on the right.  It now contains my flannel scraps, which are neatly folded.  Since I'm not sewing with flannel right now, I'll save cutting them up until later when I need them.

Tuesday I also managed to assemble my husband ...

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May 20, 2019
Stars Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

The green binding seemed a unlikely choice, but I LOVE it.


White is never a binding option in my book, black was too black, either red or blue would disappear…yellow also oddly didn’t really do it for me.  Then the thought of GREEN….YAY!


So, the quilt is complete and delivered to its forever home.


It is such a happy quilt.  And I am happy it is finished.

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May 18, 2019
rainbow scrap progress from Making A Lather

Orange is such a great color. It can look great hiding among other colors (fall colors ) or jump right out at you. Still, I don't have that much of it in my stash. hmmmmm
I did make 2 flying home blocks.

And, 5 woven checkerboard blocks

and an orange crayon.

Notice the green grass that I can use as a background for photos. I couldn't do that at the beginning of this year's rainbow challenge.

I am linking:

lots of orange inspiration at:
rsc19 super saturday

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May 16, 2019
swap blocks from Making A Lather

I had a chance to work on my swap blocks for May. I am swapping with 4 other quilters to make our own version of circa 1880. Every month I make 30 blocks to swap, and I receive 30 blocks. It is like Christmas looking at what others have made. I haven't trimmed these yet.

I played a game with myself that for every block I finished, I could iron a languishing hst. I make them from leftover triangles but, I don't always get them ironed. This way I can do the boring part while making my blocks ...

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May 15, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Playing With Triangles! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I've been spending a lot of time recently starting new projects, and most of them with new fabric - but I have been working on a collaborative project over the last few days...

...which is a scrappy project!  A simple signature quilt, made using black and red corners.  And of course, making those corners left me with some bonus HSTs - so today I decided to play with some arrangements to make a matching pillow cover.  

There's this basic layout...

Or this one, made a little punchier by alternating the red and black in the colored bands.

Then ...

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May 14, 2019
pineapple round 2 from Making A Lather

As a way to chain piece my pineapple blocks, I used a  long strip of color for round 2. I could lay the pineapple centers on the strip and just sew. Then I cut them apart and did another side, and so on.

I have had an obsession with making these little 4 1/2 inch string blocks and creating larger blocks. It uses small bits and goes very fast. And you can't make just one. I did not enjoy making the larger
 6 1/2 inch blocks for sand castles. I took forever and it was more difficult ...

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May 11, 2019
A Finish and a Ton of Scraps! from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

I've not had much time for sewing this month.  I've been going thru stuff, trying to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of.  I came across a project that I found on the freebie table at my large quilt guild earlier this year.  It is a purse.  Whoever  gave it up, had already cut out all the pieces except the pockets of the purse, and even had the fusible interfacing in the kit.  All I had to supply was the fusible fleece.  Easy for me, and as a bonus, I used scraps of fusible ...

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