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November 26, 2023
Stitching Stuff: Week 46 of 2023 from Life In Pieces

Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is over and we are into the Christmas season already. With it being a holiday week, I tempered my expectations of getting in much stitching time. However, Grad Girl and I did manage a few sitting and stitching sessions over the holiday weekend. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 4/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Nov = 20/25 days
  • 15 minute days/2023 = 278/329 days
  • Success rate = 84.5%

At least I stitched more days than I didn't this week.  I'm still over my 75% stitching goal for the year, so I'm going ...

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November 19, 2023
Stitching Stuff: Week 45 of 2023 from Life In Pieces

Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday.  At this point I'm not ready. Lots to do between now and then.  Likely my stitching time will suffer a bit this week. It's a good thing this last week was really good. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Nov = 16/18 days
  • 15 minute days/2023 = 274/322 days
  • Success reate = 85.09%

My goal for this year is to stitch 15 minutes at least 75% of the days.  Thankfully I'm well over that so have some room if stitching just doesn't work ...

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November 12, 2023
Stitching Stuff: Week 44 of 2023 from Life In Pieces


Almost halfway through November?  I'm definitely not ready for that, but as I can't change anything about that, I'm just hoping to keep going with the flow.  That was pretty much what happened with my stitching time this week. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 6/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Nov = 9/11 days
  • 15 minute days/2023 = 267/315 days
  • Success rate = 84.76%

I missed one day last week. That was my travel day back from Texas. I got in so late and was just too tired to stitch on anything.  But otherwise it was a ...

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November 9, 2023
The Sewing Room November 9, 2023 from Quilt Paint Create

A lot has happened in the sewing room.

The green background for the challenge piece went back in the drawer. I decided I couldn’t finish the design the way I planned it before the deadline.

I revised the design to something I could finish, using hexagons as blocks. I made two blocks and realized I made octagons when they didn’t fit together .

I took time out to think about another redesign. In the end I put the whole project in a box and started over. I will finish it one day, probably using something close to the original ...

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Progress with pinwheels from Art In Search

      It has been very satisfying sewing the Kindred Pinwheels blocks with the Tilda triangles Maureen sent me. In fact, I have so many blocks that I think they are too much for one quilt and will split them into 2 comfort quilts, 4 by 5 blocks each with lattice and borders.

Rosie's inspection looking for imperfections and stray threads

Figuring out lattice and cornerstones

I will make the second quilt with darker lattice and then light cornerstones, so I am just testing the idea with a few greens. Not sure if these are the lattice fabrics yet.

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Stitching Stuff: Week 43 of 2023 from Life In Pieces


I'm sorry this post is just a little late.  I spent the day in Houston with Grad Girl and we didn't get back till late, so I slept in a bit today.  Thankfully with time change it's not up as late as it would have been.  

My stitching time has been a bit curtailed since I've been traveling, but I've had some hand stitching to work on in the evenings.  I did well at working that in up until yesterday. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 6/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Oct = 23/31 days
  • 15 ...

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November 6, 2023
SECOND CHANCES QUILT: Go For The Gold from Wedding Dress Blue

There were around 200 4-patch blocks, most alternating background/print, and some, what I would call, mixed patches. All came together in a box.

They had issues–mostly inconsistent seam allowance. And some people might have considered them dated.

But there was something interesting about them. So, first things first–Square Up. I chose 3-1/2″.

Alone they weren’t enough to make a sizable quilt, so I explored a number of different options for the alternating squares–too light, too dark, too dull, too print-y. None were quite right. Then, I remembered, when struggling with colors, there are a ...

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October 12, 2023
Panic at the grocery store from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Someone commented on the blog yesterday about the reason I went on the Camino. That was learning to slow down and live here and now. I can't do that 100%, but that's partially why it's taking me so long to get back into the swing of things. 

I do NOT want to be crazy busy - I want to be active but not go insane. Elle -- thank you for that reminder. It will take me some time to be comfortable with that concept, and I'm already looking forward to reducing more things in the new year. 

On ...

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October 7, 2023
Another Scrap Quilt from Quilting Studio Adventures

I am overwhelmed by my scraps.  No matter how many scrap quilts I make,  I still have more.  And more. I joke that my scrap baskets have scraps baskets.  But that's not far from the truth.  Fellow MQCG Jane Shapiro spearheaded a community quilt project using the above design. She supplied us with the background fabric and directions, and then several of us made 4 blocks.  Those 4 blocks?  I really enjoyed making!  So I enlarged her pattern from an 8" block to a 12" block.  Scraps?  No problem.  Background?  For some reason I have two hunks of grey ...

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October 4, 2023
A Quilt For Dad from Wedding Dress Blue

While rummaging through my “possible projects,” I found these Pendleton Wool shirt scraps. They were the last of a pile I held on to for years until Sparkle Jane claimed (most of) it to make a quilt for her now-husband.

Through the years I have made a number of quilts that ended up at my parent’s house, but never a quilt specifically for my father.

I guess it was time, because that was all I could think about. The denim is from his old jeans that my mother saved for years. Much ended up in quilts for each of ...

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October 2, 2023
Pink And Navy Baby COMPLETE from Wedding Dress Blue

The Half Square Triangles were cutoffs from a quilt I built several years ago.

I wasn’t sure what to do with them, until the perfect backing showed up in a thrift store haul. Yep, I’ll pay $2.99 for that!

I wanted to connect the mostly navy front with the back–putting a few squares of the backing in the front helped.

Also, intentionally visible, bright pink quilting. It isn’t my usual look, but it really ties the quilt together.

The quilt finished at 34″ x 38″. It is planned as a donation quilt. It will find ...

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September 27, 2023
New Pillow Cover for Me from Alamosa Quilter

 I shared this idea with you previously in July. Click here to read that post. I finally got it finished!

Here is what it looks like all stitched but not sewn into a pillow cover yet.

Finished Pillow Front

For those of you who are curious, here is what the back looks like before I sewed it up into a pillow cover.

Back of stitched pillow

I cut a piece of batting the finished size I needed the pillow to be. Next time I would cut the batting about an inch larger than the finished size. I added the fabric directly on top of the batting and ...

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September 20, 2023
Wild Potato Chip from Wedding Dress Blue

I love anything goes scrappy quilts for donation projects. You never know exactly how they will turn out.

A great pattern for this sort of quilt is the Potato Chip block. All you need is a big pile of scraps cut into 2-1/2″x4-1/2″ rectangles.

You can even use scrappy binding scraps to finish.

My husband has said that my quilts are energy efficient. I assumed he was referring to my use of scraps. Nope! He says they are energy efficient because no one needs a night light since they practically glow in the dark. I’m taking ...

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September 18, 2023
Jelly Roll Christmas from Wedding Dress Blue

Not sure where the Christmas jelly roll came from, but it made for a relatively quick quilt when cut into squares and matched with alternating background squares.

I typically choose bolder colors and more fabric variety–this particular jelly roll had only about 15 different fabrics in it.

That said, I like the unexpected black accents. Maybe a more sophisticated look?

And I love me a finish!

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September 9, 2023
Scrappy Yellow Placemat on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week 446 of Free Motion Mavericks. I published this a little early so that I can make the September 6th deadline for the Joyful Quilter's August Table Scraps Challenge. Nothing like racing the clock to publish. Thanks again Joyful for this great challenge.

Scrappy Yellow Placemat

August's colour is yellow which is perfect for the second placemat that I will make. This one is for my daughter, who requested yellow. The letters are X and O, which I will add to the free motion quilting (FMQ). If the verb tenses are a little wonky in this ...

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September 6, 2023
Second Chance Quilt: Orphan Applique to Shout Hooray! from Wedding Dress Blue

It started as a block. A LARGE block–25″. It was beautiful, and someone worked very hard on it. And abandoned it. And it was lonely.

What to do…

Well, I also “happened” to have (if you believe in coincidence) these leftovers someone shared with me. The colors worked. The strips weren’t very big and about 3/4″ across, finished. I cut them into 2″ wide sections and pieced those together.

Also, found this lovely yellow in my stash with just the right print on it. I love being lucky, don’t you?!

Around and around until there were ...

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September 4, 2023
Quick Quilt–Georgia Style from Wedding Dress Blue

If you have followed me for a while, you know that Husband is a life-long (born in Athens, Georgia) fan of the University of Georgia, particularly the football team.

Because of this I have made a number of Georgia themed quilts over the years. You can see some of them HERE, HERE, and HERE.

The latest is a Quick Quilt for the baby of a near neighbor with Georgia ties.

It was such fun to surprise them with an unexpected gift.

PS–I haven’t forgotten the tutorial. Coming soon!

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August 27, 2023
Two Quilts Pin Basted, Navy Scrappy Blocks, Sunflowers and Visitors from The Cozy Quilter

 It is so much easier on the knees and the back to pin baste quilts on a table rather than the floor.  I took advantage of the tables at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre this past week to get two quilts ready for quilting.  The first one is a pattern by Christine at Tesselate Quilts.  I pieced the top over a year ago and it has been hanging out in the pile of completed tops for too long!   

My Kaffe Fassett Overlapping Tiles quilt was also pin basted this week. I have a quilting plan for both of these quilts--using ...

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August 25, 2023
Projects - Past, Present, and Future from Quilting Studio Adventures


This is an organizational post.  I’m losing track of what I’ve done, what I’m working on, and what I want to do. I loved so much how the small backpack - Sew Sweetness Park Sloan pattern - turned out that I made the bigger version.  What I’ve discovered is that this bag is not cross body for me - instead it is over one shoulder, which works fine. The  other discovery is that unlike other back packs, this one is not meant to carry heavy books.  It can.  But my great niece is using hers as a dance bag ...

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August 21, 2023
(Mad) Churn Dash–Tutorial Coming Soon from Wedding Dress Blue

Sometimes we just go mad with quilting.

There is the inspiration, which leads to an idea, which leads to all current projects being pushed to the side and…

Ta-dah! A quilt.

The beauty of it (in this case) is that, not including the sashing and borders, all pieces for the blocks start as a single size square. And it doesn’t matter what size that square is (as long as they are all the same size).

So, you might want to dash about your sewing room and gather up those stashed squares that you have been wanting to make something ...

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