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February 19, 2020

Good morning quilters!  Since I haven't gotten up to the Attic Window Quilt Shop in a few days, I thought I'd show you what I've been up to.  I saw an excellent video by Sewn Up about making fabric from your scraps.  I don't know about you but I have a ton of fabric scraps that I cannot throw away.  When I saw TeresaDownUnder's video I decided to try it.  
At first I thought I would make a pinwheel quilt out of all those scraps, but when I saw another post on Sewn Up about ...

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I May Have A Scrap Problem... Reorganizing! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's been a busy week around here, and I'm  happy to say my sewing studio is finally starting to shape up!  My long arm machine is back up...

...and hooray, I managed to get my IKEA wire drawers underneath it!  At the other house I had plastic storage tubs full of scraps under the front of the machine, but I really don't think I want to do that here.  And that means it's time for a little reorganization!  

I think I'm going to use the wire drawers to sort and store my scraps ...

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February 17, 2020
Star Kissed Quiltalong: Block Sizes from Wedding Dress Blue

A few more thoughts on scale.  It is remarkable how different blocks look made in different sizes.


I have tried the Star Kissed block in four sizes now.  Here they are based on 1-1/4″ squares, 1-1/2″, 2″ and 2-1/2″.


The blocks finish at 10″, 14″, 21″ and 28″.  WOW!  There’s something to think about!

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String Flying Geese from Heart Desire Creations

Although it’s not yet quilted, my Tula Strings is a flimsy that I am SO happy with! However, there were over 200 cuts leftover which I have now turned into triangles.


Lots of solid shot cottons have been cut into more triangles to turn the strings into flying geese.  About half are even pinned! These will be going to a sew-in with me next month where I will be joining two friends for two evenings.


Why such ahead of time prep?  I’ve been in the midst of a massive cleanout of our home – closets, storage, and workrooms.  The ...

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February 16, 2020
woven finish from Making A Lather

We had the prettiest, fluffy snowfall, and, I was anxious to get a photo of this recent finish. What a fun combination. I started this quilt last year, as part of the rainbow scrap challenge. Every month I made the 4 patches in the color of the month from 2 1/2 inch squares. Otherwise, it would have been a quick and easy quilt to make.

I used a variegated thread and a free motion swirl pattern. It finished at 54 x 60 inches, and has 429 pieces, and used 7 1/4  yards of fabric ( mostly scraps ). I used ...

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February 14, 2020
A Precarious Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

Like many quilters, my sewing room is in danger of being overtaken by scraps! I have a shoebox-size plastic bin full of scraps for every colour of the rainbow and in some cases, a couple of bins for the same colour. So at the start of this year, I knew I really needed to get these scraps under control. For 2020, I want to make AT LEAST five scrappy quilts and Precarious is the first one.

The pattern is from the book Stash Statement by Kelly Young. I purchased this book a while ago (because I've been trying to ...

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February 12, 2020
courthouse steps quilt from Making A Lather

Slowly, I have been making Bonnie Hunter's wonky log cabin quilt using my strings and crumbs bins. Her pattern calls for 120 blocks and I have one done already that size, but this one, I have started putting it together with 72 blocks. I want to see if 8 x 9 looks like a decent size. I am sewing into blocks of 4.

I have decided to throw the frolic mystery quilt border pieces in as leader and enders along with my other projects. That way, before I know it, I will have the borders pieced and ready to ...

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I May Have A Scrap Problem... But I'm Working On It! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I am excited to tell you that I finished my first quilt top in the new house (with a LOT of help from my friends!) and it is a scrappy beauty!

It's a traditional signature block (5" squares with 2.5" snowball corners on the diagonals) and isn't that border great?  It's amazing what you can find when you dig through stash!  This quilt came together last Saturday morning when the quilt ministry ladies met as we cranked out the signature blocks right and left.  I drew the task of assembling the blocks into a ...

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February 11, 2020
tiny triangles and wonky stars from Making A Lather

My friend Judy gave me this little pint size bag of triangle cut offs from a project she was making. I saw orange in there, so I dumped the bag. Orange is the color of the month for the rainbow scrap challenge, and I have a few blocks that need orange. I was specifically looking for pieces for a small wonky star block. Well that started me down a rabbit hole, again. Judy has the best scraps.

The triangles were all different sizes, since, she had just cut these with scissors from the back of a flip corner. I picked ...

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February 7, 2020
Block Progress {Frolic Mystery Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

I am so excited today to show some real, tangible progress on my blocks for Frolic!

To refresh, I am planning to make all of the block sets into full blocks to make a bigger quilt and not make the half blocks. I have all of the units made for over half of the full blocks (these are featuring my navy fabrics) but I will need to go back and make flying geese and HSTs for my dark teal fabric blocks.

I now have 9 blocks completed! And of course, now that I am posting this picture, I am realizing ...

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Scraps Along February Challenge and January Winners from A Quilting Life

Scraps Along February featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of Scraps Along Logo

Hello and happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the Scraps Along February Challenge and the January Winners. This year I’m hosting a monthly scrappy challenge along with an organizational challenge to help everyone get and stay motivated to use their scraps and get a little more organized. I think this will be a great series we […]

The post Scraps Along February Challenge and January Winners appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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February 5, 2020
shoofly from Making A Lather

Yesterday, I shared about digging through triangles, to find candidates for the shoofly block. It has helped increase my shoofly blocks in number. So has making blocks for frolic mystery quilt. While I am piecing a frolic block, I can get 3 shoofly blocks finished.

I have decided I am not spending a lot of time on pressing these until, I know how they will join together. That way I can be sure seams will nest. Shoofly is a free pattern at for this year's leader/ ender challenge. They finish at 4 inches, I think ...

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February 4, 2020
triangles from Making A Lather

I have been digging through scraps to find triangles for wonky stars and shoofly. I found this bag of triangles, and, decided to sort through it, and, decide if they were worth keeping. Silly thought, I think every piece of fabric is worth keeping, that is why my sewing room is always a mess. These triangles were left overs from quilt wild and goosey.

I discovered that most of the triangles are at least 4 1/2 inches with some 3 1/3 inch, and a few 2 1/2 inch. I don't recognize the fabric from anything I ...

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February 3, 2020
Twenty Five Blocks Later from Wedding Dress Blue

The Star Kissed Quiltalong has not vanished.  Life has been unusually busy and I haven’t had the brain space for multi-size block design.  But, I could keep sewing.


The 25 blocks (based on 1-1/4″ squares) are now complete.  I am still contemplating sashing and borders but hope to have answers and models (and measurements) soon.


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Cutting Quilt Blocks from Heart Desire Creations

Spring Quilt & Sew-In has 2 spots available! Please come join in the fun & creativity!

April being not too far away, and the Spring Quilt & Sew-In Retreat, I prepped blocks for the charity quilts that the attendees will be sewing. The first block is for a quilt called Mid-Century Quilt. There’s a variety of blues and tans for the blocks and enough blocks to build a twin size quilt.


Thank you Pineapple Fabrics for donating the fabrics used in these blocks.


The next two sets of blocks are for nine-patch quilts. One will have various light neutral squares in the ...

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February 2, 2020
stash report Feb 2, 2020 from Making A Lather

I am thinking I will do a stash report monthly instead of weekly.
Every time I try to use a coupon at Joann fabrics, I don't find anything not on sale, but, I come home with remnants. My rule for remnants is that the fabric has to be on sale in the first place, so that it is half off the sale price for the remnant. The better the sale on the fabric, the more tempting the remnant. My favorite thread was on sale, too. I really like the coats and clarks for paper piecing. It is 50 weight ...

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February 1, 2020
stars and one monthly goal from Making A Lather

My 2 1/2 inch square bin in green has been depleted. yay. I was left with  just a bit of olive green or lighter green. I decided I would cut more squares in the olive green category for last month's rainbow challenge scraptastic stars. I completely forgot this block for my rainbow scrap quilts.

I used that as an excuse to dig out another green scrap bucket and sort and cut. I think there is only one more green bucket left hiding somewhere.

And on to orange for February. I don't have any extra scrap buckets with ...

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January 29, 2020
OMG January 2020 Finish from Urban Quilter

72 log cabin blocks (some in a pile)
I completed my #onemonthlygoal for January. I finished the 72 blocks I wanted to make and got a good start on the final 72 I will need to make the quilt. I'm linking up with One Monthly Goal

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Well, January was a bust, sort of. . . . . from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

So, here goes, I did NOTHING on my January OMG project, you remember, the crocheted tote bag. . . .

BUT, I did get quite a bit of sewing done in January. As well as a bit of downsizing from my craft supplies.

I completed a pattern test quilt top. . . but I can't show that yet since the pattern has not yet been released.  It is from Patterns by Jen and I hope to be able to show it shortly.

I am working on sewing up from my scrap basket. . . I am doing framed squares, Square Dance blocks, and another block that ...

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January 27, 2020
adding scraps and little bits of stitch from Karen Ann Ruane

piecing paper, piecing cloth,

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