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May 15, 2019
Orange snowballs from Not Afraid of Color

The color for May at Rainbow Scrap Challenge is orange, so here are my orangecicle snowballs. Like a snowcone, or some people call them shaved ice, with orange syrup.

I love the color orange for it's warmth and sparkle, and the smell of orange blossoms, the taste of a really juicy orange. Sweet and tart.

I have a small but mighty stash of little orange scraps, and since they are a bit small for my template, I had to use many of the same fabrics in both snowball blocks and chandelier blocks.
I made 12, to be combined with ...

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April 18, 2018
Vintage Lily from Quilty Folk

It was rainy, gray day when I tried to take these pictures. Really a shame, because this {now finished} quilt top looks much more vibrant than the pictures might indicate. Vintage Lily was started sometime in the fall of last year. Kaja got me started on this particular color palette with two different quilts of hers that just sorta pulled me in and made me long to play.

Vintage Lily is a finished quilt top!
At first there was a fabric stack {probably started much earlier in the year?} pulled directly from my stash of course. That simmered for a ...

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March 24, 2018
The Vintage Lily Quilt is Coming Right Along..... from Quilty Folk

I've been pretty dedicated to making serious progress on the Vintage Lily quilt this week. For starters, there was eons of trimming to do.*uggh
Too much trimming
Crossing my fingers that I will never try to do it all at once again. That just doesn't work for me anymore {wrist & finger cramps, blurry/bored vision from entering zombie state of mind, abdomen soreness from letting the mat get too far away from me.. etc., etc.} There are 233 blocks after all. What was I thinking?

At first I attempted to iron all the corner pieces to the ...

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February 28, 2018
February Adhoc. Improv. Play from Quilty Folk

The next AHIQ challenge is an interesting one. It's all about playing with scale--in whatever manner we'd like to interpret. I've been contemplating the idea of making a quilt with rows of simple blocks and/or shapes. Something in subdued colors and just playing with value changes to see if I could make something with an antique 'utility' look.

Playing with Scale--The start
It was an obvious choice for incorporating scale changes as I already had the fabric pull and rows can be easily tweaked for size. As I went digging for inspiration, I kept coming back ...

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January 5, 2018
Snowballs! from Pinkadot Quilts


It is snowing and freezing here today. I love scrap quilts and have lots of scraps so I have decided to work on using some of them up.


So in honor of all the snow today I made some snowballs. They really are cute and will be a fun and easy project to make here and there.


I struggle with contrast. I have had this Color Tool for a long time. The red thing is called a Ruby Beholder. You look through it to see if you have enough contrast and it will jump out at you or blend in ...

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