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June 29, 2022
Basting and sorting............ from Exuberant Color


I finished basting the African colorwash wallhanging but didn't start the ditch quilting yet.  I have to clean off the top of my cabinet so I can quilt it with my Pfaff.

I'm back to finish sorting the light batik fabrics that were on 2 shelves that I showed a few days ago.  Most of these are quite large prints or multicolor or dark cream background colors.


Here is a look farther down this stack.  I need to pull out any I think I will never use and restack ones that can be used together.

I cut straggly ...

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June 27, 2022
Scrappy Batik from Heart Desire Creations

There are seven bins full of batiks in my studio, one of which is scraps. From the book “Scrap=Basket Bounty”, I chose the Snippets pattern to make use of the scraps. The cuts are 1 1/2″ squares and 1 1/2″ by varying lengths. There are 80 blocks with 16 pieces in each – in all 1,280 pieces! Here is the first round of piecing:

Then another. Chain sewing makes for quick work, but I’ll admit to getting bored part way through and switched to another project.

Finally, there were blocks to put on the design wall ...

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June 25, 2022
Between projects............. from Exuberant Color


Even though I have a long list of quilts I want to start, and an equally long list of tops that need quilting, I always have this lull after I finish a project, or in this case 2 quilt tops.

So what do I do?  Look through some Kaffe books that I have bookmarks in to see what I can add to the list.  This one is my favorite in the Quilts in America book.  But then I looked at the cutting directions and it requires 1296 light triangles and 1296 dark triangles.  I think I'll pass on this ...

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June 19, 2022
Cleaning up........... from Exuberant Color


When cutting quarter square triangles on my die cutter it leaves a triangle at each end large enough to cut a 3" finished half square triangle.  I was able to cut 149 triangles yesterday as I cleaned up the table.  The little metal bin has all of the tiny scraps for the whole quilt plus these triangles.


I sorted the triangles into stacks of like fabrics.  I have some long strips wide enough to cut more triangles so I may do that today.  I'm thinking about making a zig zag baby quilt with these triangles.  I need to cut ...

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June 13, 2022
Continuing to search for yellow........ from Exuberant Color


Yesterday I looked through my Kaffe fabrics for yellows.  Some of them have green in them and may get pulled out.  Also the top left one has a lot of pink but I could fussy cut the yellow areas.

I need to look through my Philip Jacobs fabrics next and maybe Brandon Mably's fabric too.


I have made 2 yellow quilts in the past.  The one on the left has a lot of apricot and pink in it too and is all Kaffe collective fabrics.  I started out with a pattern in a Kaffe book but then added more ...

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June 12, 2022
Another Group Effort from Heart Desire Creations

At the April retreat, participants put together this simple block.

One of the retreaters suggested I put the blocks together this way so as to not have to match seams. Great idea!

I found this layout boring, so I decided to have some fun with slashing the blocks.

Four of the slashed blocks made this cool design:

Here are all the blocks put together. Note that there is a secondary design.

It now needed something more and it wasn’t wide enough. Back into my bin of donated fabrics to add two side borders.

A Hospice flimsy – yeah! It is ...

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Lots of yellow............. from Exuberant Color


I searched through my yellow fabrics for the most likely ones to play nicely with each other.  I eliminated the ones that leaned off off to green or orange.  I still don't have any idea what pattern I will use but I hope I figure it out today.

As a reminder this is the fabric I have purchased for the backing and I'll use some of it in the front too.

I still have to go through my 2 boxes of floral fabrics and my Kaffe fabrics so some more prints may be added.
 
 

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June 11, 2022
A little retail therapy.......... from Exuberant Color


I really don't "need" any more fabric but my next quilt is planned to be all yellow.......so when this appeared at $5.99 a yard I had to order enough for a quilt back.  Today I will pull all of my yellow fabrics and hopefully a pattern will jump into my mind and I could start cutting for it.  I plan on using regular printed quilting fabric, not batiks, but I do have a couple really light with yellow batiks so I won't say positively no.


But wait....there is more.  You know the drill, add a ...

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May 16, 2022
Make May Modern from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last Saturday the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild held their Make May Modern one day retreat. I didn't attend in person but they encouraged everyone to make a tote using the Ruby Star Society Reusable Shopping Tote pattern (free). Since I didn't attend I decided to at least sew along with part of my day and make the tote. This fabric has been in my collection for more than five years. I'm pretty sure it came to me as a mystery box of quilting cottons from Craftsy. Large prints almost always become totes or bags because I don ...

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April 22, 2022
Downstairs, upstairs............. from Exuberant Color


I was determined to find at least one backing for a finished quilt top yesterday.  I ended up with this Martha Negley print for the back of the Economy block quilt.  I have 2 large pieces of it so there will be some left to use in another quilt.



Then it was back upstairs (main level of the house) to work on triangles.  I sewed a batch of 3" triangle squares and then created 4 columns with them.  They aren't sewn to each other or to the panel of 2" squares yet.  I need to press them first.  When ...

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April 20, 2022
A Start from the Stash from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Even though 2022 is the year I am focusing on my UFO list, it is still important that I make a few quilts from my stash.  I have a lot of fabrics I need to use before I leave this life! 




I decided to play with some of my Kaffe Fassett stash.  I used my Hex N More Ruler to cut a bunch of 8.5" Hexagons and some 4.5" triangles.  I think this is my favorite specialty ruler of all time.




The pieces will fit together like this.  Some of the hexagons will have the same color triangles ...

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April 6, 2022
Still sewing............. from Exuberant Color


I'm taking my time sewing this quilt top together.  I got 5 rows sewn Monday night and 7 more rows sewn last night, 2 more rows to add and then the cross row seams.  For all of you who were going to ask, the fabric line is Robert Kaufman Wishwell Weather Report.  I used one layer cake and then bought a few yardage pieces of light colors from the line so I could make it a little larger.


If you have been reading my blog the last 2 days you saw the black and white fabrics that I showed ...

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April 3, 2022
Squirrels, Squirrels, Squirrels from Heart Desire Creations

Everywhere! Last week I wasn’t much in the mood to sew. When I went into my sewing closet, I followed a squirrel and emptied most of the fabric and some other goodies out! Sorting and folding for several hours. I now have this basket of goodies to cut into scraps. Some day soon I’ll get out my studio cutter and reduce the pile to squares and strips.

The closet looks so good now. I could not bring myself to take a before pick. Such a coward!

Not all my fabric, just yardage and batting scraps.
Packaged batting and ...

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April 1, 2022
A small beginning from Quilt in Progress

I’m calling this a stringy baby quilt. I chose the “Trash to Treasure” quilt block from my last post. I’m making it on a smaller scale of course. I decided not to cut the block into quarters and sew them back together, because I’m sewing it with backing and batting together to make a prequilted block.

I began with a square of white fabric, 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches. I cut a piece of batting and a piece of fabric for backing at 5 by 5 inches. I centered the small square over the ...

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March 27, 2022
Hands2Help -22 from Sew Sunshine

I am once again participating in Hands2Help comfort quilt challenge. This year Mari @ Academic Quilter is hosting. You can find out more information by clicking on the link above.  

I chose the Little Lambs Foundation for Kids again. 
I am also working on several comfort quilts for my local Quilts for Kids
So far I am working on an idea for a scrappy quilt.


I am using bright or solid 6.5" squares I cut out of a box of scrapped FQ's. I have just enough to make the quilt using my randomly sewn together scrap strips. 






I think ...

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March 21, 2022
A Fingerpaints finish-tada! from Sew Sunshine


This is the Fingerpaints quilt by Quiltfortco from last summers qal.
I used her pattern but made it improv style. I used a ton of scrappy solids and tone on tone pieces from my stash along with tons of strips in my scrap bins.
I finished it out a little bigger by using a few more strips. 
74" x 79"


I grabbed a few photos but it has been super windy the last couple of days. 






This was truly a fun quilt to make. I love the play on light with the fabrics and I ...

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March 18, 2022
P.Q. 13. 6 is a flying geese challenge from Sew Sunshine


This weeks Project Quilting Challenge 13.6 is Flying Geese.  This is an easy block to incorporate into a challenge quilt. I am still trying to use my stash and patterns and rulers and oh.....flying geese temperature quilt sitting and waiting on the corner of my ironing board...Yes please. 
You see I made myself a birthday month quilt top back in 2019. I had big plans of making a bigger quilt with my birthday month, my husbands and our wedding anniversary month. 
Then I made my birthday month using a book by Carl Hentsch published by C ...

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Playing with strips......... from Exuberant Color


I really didn't get anything accomplished on the sewing front yesterday.  It was another warm day and the Sedum plants in the front garden are starting to grow so I cut down the old flower stalks on the 3 biggest plants.

I was going to drive down to the post office late in the afternoon and my van battery was dead.  I just bought it in January last year.  I had time to walk to the post office and mail my letters before closing time.  When I got home I called AAA and they sent a guy that just ...

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March 9, 2022
Half of the blocks............ from Exuberant Color


This is one half of the blocks I have made for the spring pastel 16 patch quilt.  I'm pretty sure I'm pulling out the bottom right block and it and its duplicate will go in the orphan block box.  The bottom of the  design wall has the shadow from my cabinet on it.  I'm going to try to rearrange things in the room so I have better well lit photos in the future.







Awhile back on this post I showed this new fabric I had purchased in 10" squares.  Actually it was such a good sale I ...

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March 7, 2022
Effortless Twin Pouch from Becca's Crazy Projects

Spencer Ogg recently posted a free tutorial to make the Effortless Twin Pouch. A friend of mine is a big fan of their patterns. I learned about this tutorial through the Facebook Spencer Ogg Bag Sewing Group. I popped over to the site and checked it out. 
These are my fabrics for the two pouches I made. 
Zippers are from ZipIt on Etsy. Excellent selection and service. My favorite source for zippers in an amazing array of colors and sizes. 
This is a great little project that uses about one fat quarter worth of fabric and a coordinating zipper. I ...

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