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July 26, 2019
Dog Days of Summer - Misc from Sew Sunshine

Dog Days - from = 

plural noun

the sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star,rises at the same time as the sun: now often reckoned from July 3 to August 11.
period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.

Bits from my dog days: 

BeeUtifully Modern Bee mate Liz picked an open theme for her Bee blocks. Sort of "a day in the life" or "inspired by Gwen Marsten-ish" or "whatever makes you happy" combo. The fabric colors she picked were way cool. I put off doing mine for a ...

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July 25, 2019
Sparkle Jane Finish from Wedding Dress Blue

It is good that this quilt didn’t end up as an eternal UFO or in a scrap bag.


It was worth the finish.


Funny thing is that Daughter (Sparkle Jane) sort of planned on donating the quilt, but now that it is finished…


You know how that can happen.


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July 23, 2019
Playing outside in the nice weather............. from Exuberant Color

The weather was so beautiful yesterday that I mowed the front yard and did lots of weeding in the back garden.

I did get one postage stamp block sewn in one direction, cut a lot more little squares and laid out the next block ready to sew.
Then I started looking for more suitable small print scraps.  I tend to keep one project's scraps together in a plastic bag and found these Liberty prints that were colored by Kaffe.  They are the end pieces from cutting equilateral triangles.  I can get one square out of each.
The Tiger Lilies ...

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July 22, 2019
A Little Jingle-Jangling {Scrappy Sewing} from Little Bunny Quilts

Back in April, I had gotten to a stopping point with my scrappy Jingle Bell Square blocks since I had exhausted my stash of neutral fabrics. Since then, I made and completed my Christmas Churns quilt for Moda Bake Shop using the Little Tree line -- now I have new piles of scraps to work with for this project.

I made a batch of five blocks that used the Little Tree fabrics exclusively, with the exception of the black and cream dot fabric in the bottom row of blocks.

Before I started working on these blocks again this week, I took ...

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July 21, 2019
Spun Sugar from TheEclecticAbuela

My pink scrap bins were overflowing!

Spun Sugar 70" x 78"

Spun Sugar (backing and binding detail)

Spun Sugar (detail)

Lots and lots of pinks--yet I still have more! Look closely and you might find Waldo.

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Quick Strip Piecing from Heart Desire Creations

Have you ever just wanted to sew, sew, sew?! No complex cutting, no pinning, and especially no thinking! That’s exactly how I felt a few days ago.  I dug through my charity quilt bin and pulled out pretty strips that a reader donated last year. They were not full strips, some really short, some half strips and the full length ones I cut so I would have all varying sizes.  I wanted some sort of accent in there so I cut 2 x 2 1/2″ black and white blocks to put between each strip.


And next?  I sewed ...

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July 17, 2019
Fresh new oranges from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone! When I went out walking this morning at 6:30, it was already 74 degrees.  I know it's July, but holy cow, that was unusual.  And icky, too!

I just wanted to drop in with a short post today because I've started something new.  I can hear you now--what? Don't you have enough stress?  Yes, but this is not stressful.  This is making me feel really good and giving me a small challenge and something to do.  Because I don't have enough to do, you know?  We're kind of in a holding ...

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July 13, 2019
wiggle finish from Making A Lather

I have a finish for the rainbow scrap challenge this week. I found the pattern in a magazine, and it was called rainbow baby, but, I recognized the name of the designer of one of my favorite bloggers, Cynthia Brunz. She has the pattern called wiggle time, and can be found here at quilting is more fun than housework. I really like it in rainbow colors. This was my first machine only binding. I could use more practice, but it will be fine for a baby. This is my 9th finish for the year.

I started it here and here ...

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July 11, 2019
Time to Catch Up! from TheEclecticAbuela

I finally got some photos of the work I've been doing.


Donation Quilts

I cut flannel scraps to make donation quilts. You can see the first batch HERE. They were kid size and made with kids' prints. The next ones were for adults.

Two with many florals

Three with plaids, stripes, and more

I layered them on the fence to take photos. They aren't identical, but they are made with the same mix of fabrics. All five are 60" x 72" and are backed with flannel.


I've been using my 3.5" squares as Leaders/Enders this ...

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July 5, 2019
A Very Scrappy Scrap Finish from Heart Desire Creations

Sometime ago I emptied my fabric scrap bin and had cut everything into various sizes (posted here).  I took all the 2 1/2″ squares and started putting them together as a leader/ender project. After putting together 24 sixteen patches, I bordered each with 1 1/2 inch strips. It was all finished off with two rows of the 2 1/2 inch squares for a border. I loved all the crazy mixed up color and patterns! The scrap squares were now just about gone!

I laughingly said that there were just enough left to make a potholder

Voila ...

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July 4, 2019
End of June & a Winner from Heart Desire Creations

Industrious wouldn’t exactly describe my quilting progress this past month. There have been some big house chores, like power washing, and truthfully, I have been in a relaxed mode with my sewing this past month.  There’s surprisingly has been quite a bit of progress, though.  I got a quilt back from the long armer and did get it bound.  I’ve been working on a quilt for our bed – bigger than I usually do and although I love it and it’s exactly what I’ve wanted, it’s a bit boring (all 3 1/2″ squares). I ...

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June 30, 2019
Little Improv Thank You’s from Heart Desire Creations

Recently I wanted to send thank you notes and somehow a store purchased card fell short of how I wanted to express my gratefulness. I was also feeling a bit restless about my sewing – time to break out the scraps and do some improve! I chose various brights and just had to add some black and white and just began to piece.


The heart shape on this one below was a happy  accident! There was a fair amount of sewing with those narrow strips, but it was fun.


Basically a wonky log cabin, the one below is my favorite.


Each ...

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June 29, 2019
Christmas Tea from Road Home Quilting

July is almost here! Time to start the holiday projects, right?
This is a raffle block for my neighborhood quilt club.

I changed the bottom border so it would look more like a tablecloth;);) 
Or maybe I just ran out of red background fabric….because I was using up scraps from a leftover holiday strip set.

This cute mug and saucer is a free mug-rug pattern at
Here, I simplified the cutting instructions:  Every cut is 1-1/2" wide.

(8) squares
(2) 2-1/2"
(1) 5-1/2"
(2) 8-1/2 side borders
(2) 10-1/2 top ...

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Summer florals from The Academic Quilter

Hi all!  Is it unbearably hot at your house? Right now my handy dandy weather station says that it's 96 degrees. That's a bit extreme, don't you think? It's supposed to rain tomorrow and break the heat, and for once I'll be thrilled to see rain around here.  In our ongoing housing saga, we think we've found another house. Hurray! Send all your good thoughts that they accept our offer.  Every finger I have is crossed!

So, if you remember, I somehow packed my favorite quarter inch foot when I was packing up the ...

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June 27, 2019
I'm Still Here! from TheEclecticAbuela

I've been quiet, but I'm still here. I need to take a bunch of pictures to show you what I've been up to, but for today, I thought I'd show you what is under the needle right now.

I've been intimidated by Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay quilt, but I finally decided that I could do it. Here are some of the friends who are helping me:

Waldo (Just in case you have been looking for him.)

Napping Santa and Napping Santa Flamingo

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

As you can see ...

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June 26, 2019
Scrap Challenge and more from Grandma's Red Needle

Midsummer came and went, can you believe we are heading towards Christmas and New Year again?! 

I've been super busy and I'm not sure where to start. Quite a lot to share, I may share it into two posts. Why don't I post more often?! :) 
OK, let's start with the Advent Calendars.

 When I wrote the previous post, four Calendars were already quilted and the binding thread basted. A little progress; the 24 felt bags and a lined drawstring bag (to keep the felt bags) are completed. Next step is to add 'gold' metal rings (to ...

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June 24, 2019
My Pot of Gold & A Giveaway! from Heart Desire Creations


img_1371Several years ago, more like many years ago, I started collecting metallic fabrics. Many had an Asian theme and I loved them.  It took me a couple of years to decide, but finally I decided to do a hexagon star pattern.  I cut the hexagons on my Sizzix – I cut, and cut, and cut.  Rather than cut the individual triangles, I sewed the hexies to strips of fabric and then trimmed.


I found this black with gold dots fabric and a friend suggested that I scatter a few black stars about. Had to admit – a good idea.  It also meant ...

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June 23, 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 19, 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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I May Have A Scrap Problem... Some Inspiration! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Not much scrap sewing has been happening around here this week - I've been working on the prototype for the 12 Days of Christmas in July quilt-along quilt - so I've gathered up some pretty inspiration for you!

Amanda Jean Nyburg may very well be the queen of the tiny scrap!  I love this pretty pillow top made with the tiniest of strips - isn't it amazing?  I do miss her blog but hold out hope that she will continue writing books to share her wonderful creativity.

I seem to be on a triangle kick lately - and these ...

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