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March 22, 2020
Adventures of a SAHASQ ~ Stay-At-Home-and Sew-Quilter from Life in the Scrapatch


I am a SAHASQ  - Stay-At-Home-and-Sew-Quilter.
I live in a Scrapatch.

Yesterday, National Quilting Day here was a stay at home and  sew day,
which is a typical day for me.

It was also a stay at home and search my stash day
to find just the right fabrics for a new quilty project.


After auditioning several different colors and backgrounds ... 


all of which Quilty Kitty Maestro did not approve ... 

I decided it had to be yellow.


Maestro must have agreed because she decided to go watch birdievision 
at the feeders outside the open south facing window.

The Clothworks Sunflowers fabrics ...

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March 6, 2020
Baby Heart Log Cabin Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

Our family will be welcoming baby twin girls in just a few weeks and I couldn't be more excited!

When I asked my daughter-in-law which colours she'll be using in the nursery, she said white, gold and pink. I had the perfect stack of fat quarters in my stash and decided to pair that with some pink scraps. I found a scrappy log cabin pattern from Sew Can She a little while ago and went with that!



I love the gold in the background fabrics. This was a really easy and fun quilt top to put together - just ...

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January 24, 2020
Jelly Lanterns - A Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

The fabrics that went into making this quilt had probably been in my stash for 6 or 7 years. I'm pretty sure I got the Jelly Roll as part of the "Jelly Roll Club" subscription from Fat Quarter Shop back in 2013! Which would explain why it had been in my stash for so long - not exactly my style. But as I've said before, I'm determined to use up what I have - fabrics and patterns so when looking for a quick and easy quilt to make over the holidays, I decided to finally use my Field Notes ...

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January 17, 2020
Portales Mini: Small Wall Hanging Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I'm back with another finished quilt from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder. This is my fifth quilt from the book: Rustic, Marfa Lights, Dunes and Cielo were the other four. I think this is probably going to be my last though - a few of the other quilts in the book are paper-pieced and I'm not a huge fan.

Portales Mini was a very quick finish and exactly what I needed. But it was also my first try at half-rectangle triangles which was kind of fun!


I used fat quarters in Kona Celestial, Kona Bahama Blue along ...

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January 10, 2020
Handmade Gifts from Dizzy Quilts

I didn't make many gifts this year - I was a little short on time unfortunately, but I did manage to get small things done.

First was a secret Santa gift for the office exchange. The person I was matched with really likes pink, candles and tea. So I decided to buy her a scented candle, a tea cup and I made a pink one-hour basket to put them in!


I used fat quarters I had in my stash and some By Annie's Soft & Stable to give the basket some structure and make sure it wouldn't collapse with ...

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January 3, 2020
A New Grey Seamwork Clarke from Dizzy Quilts

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new Elliot Tee I had made with a grey jersey I purchased from Fabric.com which unfortunately is no longer available. Well, when I finished cutting that Elliot Tee, I noticed my Seamwork Clarke pattern still on my cutting table (I made my first Clarke back in November). I had more than enough of that grey jersey so I decided to cut myself a new Clarke!


This new version was a definite success! The fabric is much more fluid than my last one so I don't have that tent look. But ...

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December 20, 2019
A New Zipper Pouch for a Friend from Dizzy Quilts

As some of you know, I'm step-mom to three amazing children. When their dad and I got together, he had been separated from his children's mom for a long time. I'm a firm believer that for blended families to be successful, all parents must be able to get along so the kids' mom and I became friends. She's a really great person and she's basically part of the family.

I know that she's always liked the stuff I make for the kids and for the grand-kids, so when her birthday came around this last ...

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December 18, 2019
Star Bright Christmas Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

For some strange reason, the small Christmas quilt I made a few years ago and which we have always used as a tree skirt was not in our Christmas box when I took it upstairs this year. So we decorated the tree at the beginning of December, but I had to put a small "Christmasy" quilt under it this year. Until now!

I took a few days off after a work trip to Denver this month and decided to make another quilt for the tree. I really wanted to use a pattern and fabric I already had so went searching ...

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December 13, 2019
My Grey Elliot Tee by Helen's Closet from Dizzy Quilts

One of the very first garments I made for myself was a Helen's Closet pattern - the York Pinafore. You can read all about it here. Since that first pinafore, I purchased many of Helen's patterns. They are extremely well drafted, well written and they are classic, basic pieces we all need in our closets.

In addition to the York Pinafore, I also made a Blackwood Cardigan (blogged here) and a practice Elliot Tee.

A couple of weeks ago, I thought it was time to make my "real" Elliot Tee. I've had 3 yards of a stretchy fabric ...

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December 6, 2019
Waves (or Dunes) Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I've been really productive in the sewing room lately. Things are still pretty busy at work as well, but I'm very determined to spend as much time as I can sewing in the evenings and on weekends.

Today, I am happy to share a new quilt from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder. This is my 3rd quilt from the book and I have more planned! I already shared and blogged all about Rustic and Marfa Lights.


The pattern is Dunes, but because I used blue fabrics for my version, I decided to call this one Waves ...

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November 29, 2019
The Seamwork Clarke - Another Finished Top from Dizzy Quilts

I'm back with another garment! The Seamwork Clarke is a tank top you can make with either woven or knit fabric. I chose an ITY print from Fabric.com for mine (no longer available).


The Good:

This is a very easy pattern to put together. There are only a few pieces - 2 front pieces, 2 back pieces and then the facing pieces.

Per my measurements, I should have made a size 16, but because I chose a knit fabric, I went down a size and made a straight size 14. And the fit is pretty good.


The Not so ...

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November 22, 2019
Marfa Lights Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I'm back with another quilt finish entirely made from stash and from a pattern I already own! Marfa Lights is from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder. I made another quilt from the book a while ago: Rustic.


I chose two shades of blue for my version of Marfa Lights: Kona Celestial for the background and Kona Bahama Blue for the "lights". I didn't have quite enough of the Celestial to make the full 60 1/2" x 64 1/2" quilt so I made the top and bottom borders a bit smaller. The finished size is ...

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November 15, 2019
The Cielo Top - Practice Version from Dizzy Quilts

When I signed-up for Closet Case Patterns' Learn How to Sew Clothing online class, I also got access to three of their latest patterns. I already made the Pietra pants and blogged about them here and now I've made a practice version of the Cielo Top and Dress.


The good:

I really love how easy this top came together and the pattern instructions are simply fabulous. I like the fit at the shoulders and the length is good (I added 3 inches at the shorten/lengthen line).

I also absolutely love the crazy big sleeves!


The bad:

Because this ...

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November 8, 2019
Big Blue Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I'm a huge fan of big quilt blocks. I mean, what's not to love - you only a few to make a fairly large quilt. So when Kitchen Table Quilting came out with their Giant Block Series in 2018, I made the first blocks as soon as they came out. But then work and life got crazy and sewing wasn't a big priority anymore so although I continued to download the instructions for each block, they never got pieced.

Then a few weeks ago, I was scrolling through my pattern library looking for something quick for a baby ...

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November 1, 2019
A coin purse for my sister from Dizzy Quilts

A little while ago, my sister asked me if I could make a coin purse for her. I had to travel to Denver for work last week so didn't have a whole lot of time to sew, but a coin purse is really quick and easy so I decided to get it done!



A simple Google search resulted in me finding this tutorial. I then found some Rifle Paper Co scraps and the perfectly matching zipper right there in my stash! This pattern is perfect for some gorgeous prints because except for the zipper on the front, the design ...

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October 18, 2019
Orange Zola Quilt - Another Baby Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

I have another baby quilt finish to share with you today! I purchased the Zola Quilt pattern from Erica Jackman on a whim a little while ago and when my daughter asked me for a baby quilt for her cousin, I immediately thought of this one.


This is a fat quarter friendly pattern and I had loads of orange fat quarters in my stash. I paired the orange with a Kona White solid and I'm really liking the look. This is a pattern that looks complicated, but it's, in fact, pretty easy to put together.



I quilted it ...

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October 11, 2019
Wonky Plus Signs Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I'm back with another plus sign quilt! This time however, I decided not to follow a pattern and use a bit of improv piecing to make wonky plus signs. These are so much fun because there are no seams to match up - they are perfect when you're tired and need a more relaxed, less precise kind of piecing.


I used black, white and grey scraps for the background squares and pink and purple scraps for the plus signs. I didn't have quite enough scraps for all the plus signs so decided to leave some of the background ...

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October 4, 2019
My New Blackwood Cardigan from Dizzy Quilts

I purchased and downloaded the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet months ago, but haven't had time to sew it up until now. I even had my fabric washed and ready to go for months so when I finally found the time to work on it this week, I took my time to make sure it would be as close to perfect as possible.


The fabric is a cotton jersey designed by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman. The fabric is medium weight with a good amount of stretch and is sooooooo soft! It would be perfect for T-shirts, camis ...

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