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February 1, 2023
Sew & Tell ~ 3-4/52 #52MiniQuilts from Melva Loves Scraps

Last week I had an email stating that the author of the message had several quilt tops that had been pieced together by her Mom who recently passed away.  I calculated the estimates to finish them for her... she was accepted the quotes and shipped off two boxes.  

As I wrote up my quotes, I was researching the cost of batting and backing fabrics.  Happily, I discovered that Connecting Threads was having a "Finishing Sale." This meant that I was able to get the fusible batting I prefer at a 20% discount and 108" wide backing fabric for 25% off ...

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January 25, 2023
Sew & Tell ~ #52miniquilts from Melva Loves Scraps

I've been enjoying making some mini quilts - postcard size... either 4"x6" or 5"x7".  They are quick projects that help to use up a small amount (a very small amount) of scraps, get my creative juices flowing and have the opportunity to brighten up the day of a friend or loved one.  

This one was an idea that I shared in my 2023 Planning Party story... 

The next one I made is for a friend that is in the midst of a battle of breast cancer...  You can't see it very well because of the color of ...

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January 18, 2023
Sew & Tell ~ 1/16/2023 ~ Paper Lanterns from Melva Loves Scraps

 January is half gone!  Am I the only one to think that time is passing by too quickly?  I know we were traveling for a full week and that ate up much of that time... I am making a concerted effort to make sure I am living in the present without worry about meeting goals or missing out on something.

How am I doing this??? I have started (along with our youngest daughter) a Daily Bible Reading plan so that when we reach the end of the year, we will have made our way through the entire Bible.  I am ...

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January 11, 2023
Sew & Tell ~ January 9, 2023 from Melva Loves Scraps

It's been a week!  We have been to Dallas and will be headed home Monday morning.  The trip has been bookended with stops in Seymour, TX to visit our friends at the Lazy J Goat Farm.   

We listened to the first Harry Potter book as we made our way TO Seymour.  Our youngest daughter grew up on them... literally, grew up on them!  She started reading the series as they came out at age 11.  I've heard her talk about them for years.  And we HAD to go see the movies as they were released.  That was when ...

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January 3, 2023
Sew & Tell ~ Happy New Year! from Melva Loves Scraps

It's a new year... a year full of new opportunities, new experiences and 365 chances to start new each day!

I wrapped up 2022 with calm and quiet... rest and renewal of health.  I didn't step foot into my studio for a full 7 days once the Dresden Quilt was completed and delivered.  I slowly found my way back there as I picked up and organized all that had been left in the wake of that finish.  I cleaned and polished the wood floor that had been long neglected and ignored.  I collected all of the dust bunnies ...

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December 26, 2022
Sew & Tell ~ Christmas Style! from Melva Loves Scraps

Merry Christmas!  Happy Boxing Day! Or any other holiday celebration that you may be in the midst of celebrating!  

Short and sweet here... I have done NOTHING in my studio or in the quilty realm since last week.  It has been a refreshing break and I will be back at it soon with plans to return to my retreat quilt.

Did you get all of your gifts done?  
Did you receive any great quilty gifts?

Leave a comment, or leave a link (fb or instagram works too).  I'd love to hear from you.

Merry Christmas!


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December 21, 2022
Sew & Tell ~ December 19, 2022 from Melva Loves Scraps

It is done!  The dresden plate quilt is finished and on its way to the recipient!  Inside I'm doing a little happy dance but am honestly sooooo exhausted I don't have the energy for it.

I'll be resting up after my final push to get this out the door... so now it is your turn to show & tell all of us of your last-minute Christmas projects and gifts.

Keep piecing,


Linking with:

Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

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December 13, 2022
Sew & Tell ~ Christmas Prep Delay from Melva Loves Scraps

I should be able to show the progress I made this week... and I have made some, though not what I had hoped for.  I sandwiched and (lightly) pinned (thanks to the fusible batting that is my go to) the dresden quilt.  I have done stitch in the ditch to secure the center of the quilt and am ready to tackle the outlining of the plates.  

I really need to get this done and to my customer so that they can ship it off so that it is received before Christmas.  As I feel extra energized, I will be at ...

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December 7, 2022
December 5, 2022 Sew & Tell and Weekly To-Do from Melva Loves Scraps

I have plenty to show this week... Last week's To-Do list seemed like a lofty goal, but thanks to fewer interruptions, appointments and illness I had plenty of time in the studio...

✔ Dresden Quilt is together and has one border on it.  Woohoo!  I am waiting on an order of fabric for a second border and the binding to arrive and will be picking up the backing fabric Wednesday while at the final Pieces From the Past class.

BTW, Patchwork Phoenix is having a year-end blow out sale... check them out!  50% off most fabrics.

Here's a closer ...

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November 29, 2022
Sew & Tell ~ 11/28/2022 & To-Do List from Melva Loves Scraps

It's time for Sew & Tell again!  I am anticipating that you may have had some extra time for sewing or quilting (since it has been a long weekend for some of us as we celebrated Thanksgiving in the US).  And perhaps, like me, have turned your attention to Christmas gifts.

After completing the six free-motion feathered wreaths on my retreat quilt, I decided that I really needed to set it aside and turn my attention to a commissioned Dresden Plate Quilt.   

I am happy to say that the tension issue was corrected with a change of thread and slowing ...

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November 23, 2022
Sew & Tell ~ November 21, 2022 from Melva Loves Scraps

I have spent the past few days convalescing in front of the television again... partially because I fell victim to a chest cold and just as I was improving Dave joined me.  He did a beautiful job caring for me and insisting that he prepare our meals, allowing me to rest and heal.  What a sweet guy!  I just love him so much!  So much so... that I passed the germs to him.  Ooops... 

Our vows did say "in sickness and in health, for better or for worse" after all.

But because I was essentially not allowed to spend any ...

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November 16, 2022
Sew & Tell ~ 11/14/2022 from Melva Loves Scraps

Welcome back to Sew & Tell... the place where you share your recently completed works of art or progress on a project.

I finally had a more normal routine of time at home and in the studio!  YAY!  It always does my heart good to have some good therapy sessions as I pet the fabric...  And I had plenty of time with my honey... (which also does my heart good!) venison bratwurst has been processed/mixed and made and currently reside in the freezer ready for our enjoyment over the next year.  

During one of my therapy sessions, I made myself ...

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November 8, 2022
Sew & Tell ~ November 7, 2022 from Melva Loves Scraps

Welcome to Sew & Tell!  I have been at a quilt retreat all weekend...  I'll share more details later this week, but for now here is what I made!

The lighting was terrible for this photo... the colors are more like what is shown at the top right of the quilt than the lower section.  I really like the off-set piano key border.  It adds such a different look to it. 

I had a great time and made many new friends.  I would definitely do another one in the future...

Did you see all of the eye candy from last ...

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November 2, 2022
Sew & Tell ~ 10/31/2022 from Melva Loves Scraps

What???  Here we are ready to turn the page of the calendar to a new month... Time marches on and waits for nobody!

Last week everyone entertained me quite well as I limited the use of my right arm...

Kim at the Purring Cottage shared that she was making two quilts that she was using as a leader/ender project.  

Frederique at The Quilting Patch showed us her collection of International Sisters blocks.

And last, but not least... Brenda at Songbird Designs announced her Monday Musings Linky Party.  Feel free to jump over there and link up... and spread the ...

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October 25, 2022
Sew & Tell ~ October 24, 2022 ~the shingles edition :'( from Melva Loves Scraps

I don't really have much to show this week since I, sadly, have been knocked on my hiney by a case of shingles... 

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October 17, 2022
Fun Finishes from Melva Loves Scraps

Welcome to Sew & Tell!

I have two finishes to share...  Funfetti was finished on Friday.  If you want details, follow the highlighted link.

Here is a quick, informal shot of my second! it still needs to be washed and dried to get the comfortable, well-loved look that comes with using Hobbs Heirloom Fusible batting.  It needs to be named!  Do you have a suggestion?  Leave a comment. :)

Vivian had a bunch of great suggestions for the quilting of this one... I settled with a double line grid which created a sort of a plaid look.  I'll share more details ...

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October 10, 2022
Sew & Tell ~ October 10, 2022 from Melva Loves Scraps

What a week!!!  While life's challenges continued to fly at me, I did accomplish a few things... the issues of my Mom's have been resolved.  I wish I could say the same for my personal ones.  *Sigh*  I feel like a poor cat who fell into a bucket of water... dripping wet and hanging onto the edge of the bucket hoping someone will step up and pull me out.  I'm actually laughing at this... because if I don't laugh... I'd be crying.

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October 3, 2022
Sew & Tell ~ Halloween Finish from Melva Loves Scraps

I have been enjoying all of the show & tell links!  You all are some pretty spectacular participants!

Sara at My Sewing Room showed us a fun Halloween wall hanging in progress...

Maggie at Making a Lather showed the progress on a Rainbow heart that is part of a group project...

With my finish of the Halloween quilt for my customer it was time for a photo shoot!  With the autumn colors ramping up I took full advantage of our maple trees "showing their true colors."  

The backing is pieced... thanks to the fact that the local walmart has reduced their ...

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September 26, 2022
Sew & Tell ~ September 26, 2022 from Melva Loves Scraps

It's a short one today... 

I got the Halloween quilt top ready on Friday... just before we left and unplugged. 

Here's what we did and looked at all weekend.

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September 19, 2022
Rows of the Garden and Sew & Tell ~ Sept 16, 2022 from Melva Loves Scraps


I feel like time is moving at break-neck speed, but at the same time I am enjoying all that is taking place.  I feel excitement and joy when I consider the prospects of a new week.  I have loved seeing all of the links from last week...  

Jocelyn told us about how she makes pillowcases when she is lacking inspiration for anything else...  Sounds like a productive time and a good cause!

And Deb shared two finishes.  Here's her zipper quilt...

I've spent more time in my sewing room a little more than the previous week (wow! that ...

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