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January 17, 2019
down the homestretch rug hooking from Making A Lather

I am down the home stretch for my Cleveland rug. The left is the top of the rug and the right is the bottom of the rug and is already hooked. I hooked the year I started the rug and my initials in odd places as a way of marking time.

While resting ( aka watching TV) last night, I cut 2 1/2 inch tumblers out of a tub of scraps. Why? I ask myself. Because, I had a bunch of leftover tumblers from a tumbler quilt in 2017. And I couldn't decide what to do with them. I ...

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January 16, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... No Shame Here! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I love when I can combine two goals into one project - don't you?  I needed a quilt design for the Rockin' Rectangles series that starts on January 27th, and the String Hamper of Shame started calling my name.  Remember this?  

Well, many hours of work ended up putting a small dent in that hamper, and creating this box full of strings cut into 8.5" lengths.

After lots and lots and LOTS of chain piecing, I ended up with a tub that looked like this...

...which, when put back into neat little stacks, looked like this.  Not ...

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January 15, 2019
Neutral Swap Blocks from The Cozy Quilter

Back in the summer/early fall, I made four months worth of swap blocks for the Elgin Piecemakers Guild swap which I am organizing.  The first four months of swapping have flown by and so I had to dig out my bin of strips and squares and scraps of fabric that I had set aside for this project and get sewing again!

The square in the middle is 2.5" x 2.5".  The next strip is 1" wide and the next one is cut 1.5".   

Then, I trim each block down to 5" square.  There are 10 of ...

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January 13, 2019
Scrap Madness from From My Carolina Home

Scraps, scraps and more scraps!  Every project means more and more, bits and pieces, and what is it about quilters that we cannot throw anything out?  Well, for a confirmed recycler like me, it is just not possible to send something to a landfill that I can use somehow.  But this is getting out of hand.  I have made dog beds before with the leftovers and batting scraps, but the shelter now won’t take them.  Seems that there is some new rule that says the beds mustn’t be anything that a dog could chew or choke on.  So ...

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January 11, 2019
Tiny foursomes from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone, and thank goodness it's Friday!  I could not wait for this week to be over.  I spent a good bit of it with a really terrible migraine, the kind where all you can really do is lie down in a dark room and whimper.  Sadly, few people can take that option for very long, so I actually had to try to *do things.*  I was unsuccessful at most of it.

Thankfully, my head is mostly better now, and it's the weekend, so I can just kind of rest and try to catch up.  Obviously I got ...

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January 10, 2019
Stringy Lanes from TheEclecticAbuela

I decided to make another traditional pattern but with the addition of string blocks.

I made a Sunny Lanes pattern in the past using calico in place of the usually solid "lane" fabric. My post about that quilt can be found HERE.

Calico Sunny Lanes

This time, I replaced the four-patch blocks with string blocks.

Stringy Lanes 74" x 94"

This is a larger quilt than the first, and I'm not really happy with how the lanes at the edges worked. Next time, I need to take a bit more time in the planning stage, to create a more ...

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Good Fortune Clue 7 from TheEclecticAbuela

And the mystery continues...

I'm glad for a bit of assembly. Oftentimes, the reveal of a mystery includes extra units and an overwhelming number of things to do--it's nice to do a bit at time.

I updated my quilt journal yesterday. I like to keep track of what I've accomplished. I found that in the past five years I have finished 125 quilts--some big, some small, some gifts, some donations, and a few for me!

I wish you a very Happy New Year!

I'm linking with Quiltville's Mystery Monday.

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January 9, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... New Year, New Goals! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

2019 has arrived in all its glory, and with it a clean slate and a million opportunities!  I love the feel of new beginnings, don't you?  But before I jump into the new, I want to look back at the year gone by...

With the exception of the bottom left picture (and of course our little scrap monster in the center), these are just a few of the scrappy projects I finished this year, using scraps I gleaned out of the Tubs of Shame under my long arm machine.  And you know what?  I discovered that I ...

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January 7, 2019
I've Made It Complicated String from Ravelly1

I mentioned yesterday that I'm using Bea Ogesby's book on birds and Flowers. Well things have gotten a bit complicated.  Mr. Cowboy walked by, took a look and said, "The birds look naked!"
Sometimes I could just box his ears but I knew he was right.....SIGH!!!!!!!!  And I had made tentative plans to do just that.
So back to the drawing board. I decided to add a few branches and leaves.

I'll do some hand embroidery on this one which is the Northern Cardinal.

On the Cedar Waxwing, I've added a winding branch and leaves ...

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January 5, 2019
Red cut glass from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone, and happy weekend! The first week of the year is always so weird, isn't it?  I always feel disoriented.  I usually go to a conference in early January, but this year the conference fell this weekend, and I knew there was no way that I could get myself together enough to go, so I didn't.  I feel kind of bad about it, but not bad enough to get on an airplane.  There's always next year!

Since I stayed home, I went ahead and started one of this year's rainbow scrap challenge projects.  Yay me ...

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January 3, 2019
One Monthly Goal from Urban Quilter

Pieces for North Carolina Hurricane Quilt
I cut all the pieces to make a Streak of Lightning quilt from Pat Speth's Big Book of Nickel Quilts. I am making this quilt to donate to the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project. My #onemonthlygoal for January 2019 is to make the 270 small 2-patch units I will need and add the extra piece to each to make all the light and dark units I will need to assemble the 30 blocks it will take to make the quilt.
This is definitely a scrappy project as there are at most 6 squares ...

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January 2, 2019
Crackers from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I'm a little late posting this morning but I will tell you all about that after I show you some quilty stuff.  :)

I was digging around yesterday and ran on to a plastic shoebox of come Cracker blocks that I had started several years back.  I know that I had a few pieced but they were not in the box.  I played around and pieced a few of them. 
 These little 4" blocks are paper pieced.  Not sure if this is a project that I will continue to work on or if I will just play around with them ...

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January 1, 2019
Looking back and looking forward from Urban Quilter

Over the past 2 years I have made quite a bit of forward progress on my huge pile of ongoing projects. The Making Forward Progress Challenge was productive for me, and at various points for some of my friends, but I have decided that it is not going to continue after it wraps up the current year at the end of January 2019.
In 2016 I did an inventory of unfinished projects and identified 30 of what my Mom called "pigs" (projects in grocery sacks).  Looking back at the list there are only 7 left unfinished and significant progress has ...

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December 31, 2018
lizzie's quilt, a 40 year finish and farewell from Crazy Mom Quilts

On Sunday night, about a week before Christmas Eve, I decided that I should make my sweet neighbor girl a quilt for her 18th birthday. It was a crazy idea, no doubt, but I forged ahead anyway. I'm not sure that I would recommend making a quilt in such a hurry the week before Christmas ever again, but I'm glad that I managed to pull it off. A deadline is a good thing! I gifted it to her on her birthday, which is on Christmas Eve. She was very surprised and loved it, which made it all worth ...

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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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Good Fortune Clue 6 from TheEclecticAbuela

Yay! More string piecing! :)

This clue went quickly--I have such fun string piecing that time seems to fly. Narrow strips like this can stretch, so I'll leave them on the paper foundation for now and take them off as I use them.

On another note, I got this great picture of my granddaughter in the nightgown I made for her for Christmas. I love pictures that show things I've made actually being used!

Happy New Year--I hope it is a joyous and prosperous one for you.

I'll be linking with Quiltville's Mystery Monday.

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December 26, 2018
template fun from Making A Lather

scrap crazy 6 template fun again. I had a scrap bag from guild, and all the pieces looked like this. My original thought was to throw the bag into the string bucket, but all the fabrics were floral. I have been saving floral fabrics for a project.

I decided I could work at finding enough fabric to make something.
I cut 3 inch strips of white with black fabric and 3 inch strips of florals

I sewed them together in pairs

And I used the A template from scrap crazy 6 templates to cut triangles. There is a bit of ...

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December 24, 2018
Good Fortune Clue 5 from TheEclecticAbuela

Another clue done for Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery--this year entitled Good Fortune.

Three-Triangle Squares

A little pirate and his ship (with a side of giraffes)


Cattle and ruby slippers

It was a fairly easy clue this Christmas week. I'm looking forward to the next.

Happy Holidays!

I'll be linking to Quiltville's Mystery Monday.

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Progress report from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm feeling so much better today! The fuzzy head seems to have cleared up and that's a good thing. I didn't get much done yesterday and I'm OK with that. Yes - I have a sinus issue but will head to the drug store this morning to get something.

The big news of yesterday - we have company. The little man is back and he brought his handler this time. The handler is off to the airport right now to pick up the boyfriend. Oh yes - it's going to be a fun Christmas. It sure feels weird ...

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December 21, 2018
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? 2018 Annual Quilts Are A Wrap! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Oh my!  It's Friday, and not just any Friday, but the last one before Christmas!  I hope you've been making great headway on all your Christmas goody making, and have plenty to whoop about this week.  So let's get started!


As I've share previously, I make each one of my grandchildren a quilt each year at Christmastime, said quilt representing something about their life during the previous year.  I've already shared Nathanael's and Emmy's, so this week it's Lilliana's turn!

Meet my beautiful granddaughter Lilliana!  She just turned eleven ...

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