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April 9, 2020
Quaran"stitching" and other Stay at Home Activities from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

No matter where we are in the world, "Stay at Home" has become the new normal. Six months ago, we had no idea that this pandemic would change our lives so dramatically. Many of us are making the best of it, with activities that we might not have had time for before. Teri and I (Kara) thought we would share some of the things we are doing to stay at home and out of trouble.

My quilt guild, The Black Forest Quilters, began a mystery quilt a few months ago. I decided that I would take a break from hand-stitching ...

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April 8, 2020
this and that from Making A Lather

I am working on a customer quilt to pass the time. I really like her colors.

I have the border pieces done for frolic mystery quilt. I just have to get brave enough to cut/trim the edges to add the borders

And I have made more shoofly blocks. Working with tiny scraps has been therapeutic, but I also realize, I don't need any "real" fabric. I could make a million quilts with just tiny little scraps and never see the end of them.

I am linking:

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April 6, 2020
Design Wall Monday and other stuff from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Still making masks using scraps and quilting.  This leader and ender top is done - coming off my design wall and headed for the to be sandwiched pile. I also made three blocks for Covered in Love: Covered in Love makes quilts to support grieving families when relatives pass away in a hospital. They are sorely needed during this pandemic.  You can read her latest post here. Sewed

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Design Wall Monday and other stuff from Quilting Reader's Garden

Still making masks using scraps and quilting.  This leader and ender top is done - coming off my design wall and headed for the to be sandwiched pile. I also made three blocks for Covered in Love: Covered in Love makes quilts to support grieving families when relatives pass away in a hospital. They are sorely needed during this pandemic.  You can read her latest post here. Sewed

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wonky blocks from Making A Lather

I started these blocks in January from a scrap bundle and an idea I saw on the internet. I worked on them for awhile and then, it came time to decide on a setting and how many I would need. This is where it stalled. At first, I thought I would just make as many blocks as I had scraps, but it is impossible to ever use all the scraps. They just kept reproducing. I stopped at 40, and, tried a few arrangements.

I liked on point the best, but, needed one more block for 41.
Now to sew them ...

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Managing a Quilt Fabric Stash from A Quilting Life

10 Tips for a Great Year of Quilting featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of Summer Sweet fabrics

Hello, friends. I hope you were able to enjoy your weekend and that you’re staying home and safe and healthy. Since most of us have a little extra time available these days, it’s a good time to clean and organize…and manage our fabric stash. Today I’m stopping in to share a new video on Managing […]

The post Managing a Quilt Fabric Stash appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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Lots Going On from Heart Desire Creations

Like everyone else, I have extra time at home because we are truly isolating.  This has led to accomplishments! First, I cut ALL my scraps.  Yowza! It was a lot!! Below are just the 1 1/2″ strips.


Then, I completed ten face masks. There’s a thread out there that we may be required to wear them out soon, so I made one for each of my family.  I plan to make more for family, friends and neighbors. Honestly, I found these somewhat tedious to make, but also important to do. I did have a couple of 1,000 ...

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April 3, 2020
Fireside Retreat - Day Two from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Wow -- I'm shocked at how much I can get done when I'm at a retreat. I'm focused and there are ZERO distractions. I'm thinking this is going to be the new norm at my house. Have everything super prepped and then isolate yourself with no distractions. It's great!!!

Just so that no one thinks I've snuck off into the dark and am at the retreat house, I'm NOT. I should be there - I want to be there, but I can't. We have a Messenger group chat going so we can always chat ...

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Grand Bazaar - A Scrappy Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I mentioned it here a few times already so you already know that I've been trying to work my way through my huge mountain of scraps. So when I was planning my next make, I took out the Stash Statement book I own - the designs in that book are gorgeous and fun to make (I already made two of the designs: Precarious and Regatta).

I had planned on making Grand Bazaar with blue scraps only but after making one panel, I decided that piecing all those panels before piecing each block was going to take way more time than ...

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Scraps Along April Challenge & March Winners from A Quilting Life

Scraps Along April Challenge & March Winners featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of Scraps Along logo.

Hello friends! Welcome to the Scraps Along April Challenge and March Winners post. When I started this monthly challenge for the year I had no idea that so many of us would end up with lots of time to work on it in just a few short months. I’m hoping this is another way we […]

The post Scraps Along April Challenge & March Winners appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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March 29, 2020
Stars for Baby from Heart Desire Creations


When at my fall retreat in November, a lovely young woman who worked at the Inn shared that she was expecting her first child. After seeing all the quilters’ work, she asked me about having a quilt made for her baby.  No need to ask me twice! She wanted stars and the colors red, black and gray.  Hmmm.  At first I thought those colors would be challenging, but instead they were a joy!

I mailed the quilt off to her last week. Sadly, I could not gift it to her in person as the Quilt & Sew-In had to be cancelled ...

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March 28, 2020
irish chain quilt from Making A Lather

This week I worked on the rainbow irish chain blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge. I have been able to stay current with this quilt.

I found some little bits of teal/ aqua that I made into more of my little blocks.

I think I have everything done for March in teal /aqua, and I am ready for a new color.

My rainbow projects for 2020 with links:
 Irish chain
row by row
scraptastic star
country road

I am linking to:

rsc20 super saturday

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March 27, 2020
Frolic Friday {Frolic Mystery Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

Just a quick post with a teeny tiny update on my Frolic mystery quilt.

Since last I posted, I finished two blocks. For these dark teal blocks, I have been doing them in smaller batches broken up by which fabric they feature for the aqua secondary background. These two blocks used some leftover Bonnie and Camille April Showers fabric.

I also have all of the block parts ready to go for the next five blocks.

These should zip together relatively quickly when and if I find time at my sewing machine this week or weekend.

I hope that you are ...

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blossom time from Making A Lather

I find it difficult to blog these days. Not because I don't have the time, but, because there is nothing remotely interesting to share. I have a project shelf loaded with ufos, And way too much fabric to ever use in a lifetime. But, I am fiddling with cutting little pieces of scrap fabrics into useable pieces, a handful at a time. These are a few blocks that are the results of that. These are blossom time from Bonnie Hunter and quiltmaker.

We are spending too much time watching TV. We found mentalist on prime and have been watching ...

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March 25, 2020
rug finish from Making A Lather

It's bad enough as a home body, with everything cancelled, I have no frame of reference.

I finished this little rug hooking wall hanging. It needed pressed and blocked. And I needed a little finish.

I used a piece of the background wool to make the back.

I finished the customer quilt I was working on last week and it was delivered.

and I am cutting scraps a little at a time. I seem to be wanting triangles.

I am linking:

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I May Have A Scrap Problem... Help Out With Your Scraps! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Wow - what a difference a week makes!  One week ago, I was enjoying using my orphan blocks to make quilts - and I still have one up on the design wall in progress...

But then I started getting phone calls and messages from medical personnel who needed face masks, and wondered if I or some of my quilting buddies could make some for them.  And how could I say no?  So I started researching patterns, found one that seemed to fit the bill (after consultation with the medical professionals) and went on a face mask making binge!

And the ...

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Curfew UFO Sewing from Grandma's Red Needle

Hello everyone! 
I hope you all are safe and staying at home sewing in this crazy CoVid-19 times. Mauritius has been on lock-down for some days (except grocery stores, supermarkets, bakeries etc), then curfew and from today there's a 7 days complete lock-down (curfew) all over the island. 

I've been stuck at home since last Thursday (when I had to get some groceries). I've been busy with this and that, finished a few items for my shop (no photos yet). 

As most of you know, I love log cabin quilts. Recently I have finished two scrappy log ...

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March 22, 2020
At Home Retreat from Heart Desire Creations

The Spring Quilt & Sew-In has been cancelled.  Although it was definitely necessary to cancel this event, it has made me somewhat sad as I so enjoy all the amazing creative souls that come to the retreats.  We laugh, we sew, we share, we laugh, we shop and yes, we sew! Some I only see at retreat. Hopefully there will be a rescheduling at a later date, but more likely it will all need to wait until next year.


My last social sewing for some time took place last week at the home of a friend for 3 days. There ...

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Sidetracked again......... from Exuberant Color

I intended to work on the sashing on the Spring Star project.  I started out the day yesterday looking for something and opened my dad's briefcase.  He passed away in Aug. 2013 and I just put everything pertaining to him and my mother in that briefcase.  2 hours later I had cleaned out and recycled or shredded about half of the contents.  Didn't find what I was looking for. One thing I did find was my paternal grandmother's obituary.   She died at the end of the Spanish flu pandemic 1918-1920.  All 5 of her children were sick ...

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March 20, 2020
I Heart You Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

I'm back with another pink heart quilt! I couple of weeks ago, I blogged about a heart quilt I made for a set of twin girls my son and his wife are expecting in April. This is the quilt for twin number 2.

I used the I Heart You quilt pattern by Then Came June. But instead of using the same fabric for the hearts, I decided to use scraps and I'm absolutely in love with the results. The other fabrics I used were Kona White for the speech bubbles and Kona Peony for the background.

Like I ...

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