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January 25, 2021
The Blues from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this one for a while but picked it back up this month. 
I'm almost ready to join the rows and add a couple borders. This part of the quilt is about 72" by 72". Stay tuned to see how this one finishes up. 

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January 19, 2021
Best Friends Quilt Along from Jan's Quilts

I decided to do the Best Friends Quilt Along, sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop.  I did a fabric pull from my stash, including 2 different quilt kits that I decided not to make.


Then I got busy.  I decided to make 2 sets of everything, so I will end up with two Queen-size Quilts.  The blocks are all paper-pieced, the first block was a Log Cabin.  Here are my 24 Log Cabin Blocks.


I just laid them out willy-nilly!  They turned out to be Improv Log Cabin blocks because I made an error and didn't want to use ...

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January 17, 2021
A finished quilt top................ from Exuberant Color

This is the cool color Kaffe collective quilt top that I started piecing in December last year.  All I had left to do was the inserted strip on both sides.  It is 60.5" x 80".


Now I'm trying to decide on the backing.  The Martha Negley large floral piece is long enough for part of the back.  Both other pieces are only 2 yards each and I need 84".  I need a piece 27.5" wide so I would have leftover that I could piece to fill in the needed 12".  Indecision........


I was trying to find a ...

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January 15, 2021
2 candidates.................. from Exuberant Color

I tried 2 fabrics for the setting triangles.  The top one is orange Shaggy and the bottom one is red Cactus Flower.  I'm wondering if I can use both of them.








It's really hard to tell how they will work with just one of each folded into triangles.  I just couldn't get motivated to cut them so I worked on something else.










I sliced one of the stratas for the Kaffe throw size Trip Around the World quilt.







I started unpicking one seam on each to make the sequence for 1/4 of the quilt.  There are ...

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January 10, 2021
Searching through the stash.......... from Exuberant Color

This is is the first selection for more 16 patch blocks after going through the Kaffe, Philip, and Brandon fabrics, all part of the Kaffe Collective.  I might go ahead and cut a strip of each and make the blocks and if they don't work I will put them in the Kaffe orphan block box.

I also cut a backing for the Jewel tone 16 patch quilt top that I made near the end of last year.  Today I will get the fabric pressed and seamed and loaded on the longarm.

The rest of the day yesterday was spent ...

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January 8, 2021
Die cutting day................. from Exuberant Color

I am setting aside one day each week for just clean up and cutting.  I had a lot of Marcia Derse scraps already cut into 2" finished triangles so I decided to gather all of the rest of the MD scraps and cut all of the smaller pieces into more triangles.  Last night I sorted them into piles of like fabric.  I'm not sure if I'll sew them into squares yet or wait until I have a firm idea of their use.  I have found that some of the lighter colors of Grunge fabric look nice with the ...

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January 6, 2021
Clearing Out, My Dirty Little Secret, and Correcting a Big Mistake from From My Carolina Home

Every January, I choose an area of the house for extensive scrutiny. Everything is pulled out, looked over, and reorganized. In 2017, I did my fabric stash closet, and it remains close to this organized fashion today. A few of the bags are gone now as I did use up some stash for projects over the past couple of years. But, the bolts have increased in number, LOL!! See my post January Scraps Clean Out from 2019, and Clearing Away from just this past year. Some years, doing these projects is easy, but there are other times when the emotional ...

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Picking Up the Pieces from Becca's Crazy Projects

Sometimes a project will get set aside. 
I'm not even sure when I stopped working on this quilt. It must have been at least a year ago. It was time to pull it out and make some more blocks. 
So much fabric and so many more blocks to go. I don't know if I'll finish it this time around but it is nice to pick up the pieces and keep moving. 

Like batiks? Want to see another of my quilts made with batik fabrics? Check out this post from 2018. My Jewel Box Stars was made using ...

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January 1, 2021
Moving on to….? from Heart Desire Creations

More sewing? Organization? Purging? Yes on all three! In this new year, I will definitely be sewing, because that’s what I do! Organization is a continuing process with me. Some things in the studio are somewhat difficult to keep tidy and organized, especially when I’m in “creative mode.” Purging? Oh yes. My goal is to reduce my fabric inventory significantly. There are several places on Facebook marketplace where I can sell fabric. I’ve done a fair amount of that this year and plan to continue. And some fabrics will be donated.

Sewing: As of this writing, I ...

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November 25, 2020
Stash additions........... from Exuberant Color


 I hadn't purchased any Charley Harper fabric for quite a while so I played catch up and got some of the ones I missed the last few years.  I have been trying to figure out what shape to cut them to capture the whole design.  I think maybe my large hexagon shape and equilateral triangles that work with it might be the one.  They are GO! dies and the half hexagon works with them too for the edge fill in.  I made one Kaffe quilt top with the shapes 4 1/2 years ago.


Yesterday afternoon I baked pumpkin ...

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November 17, 2020
Searching through neutrals............ from Exuberant Color


 I feel like I am working in slow motion.  It must be all of that sugar in the dark chocolate and birthday cake.  The only fabric fun was going through my neutral batiks to choose more for the triangles, long rectangles and corner squares for the Bear Paw blocks.  I will be repeating all of them through all three shapes.


I put the last 3 pieces of birthday cake in the freezer so I can enjoy it later this month.

I did my grocery shopping yesterday afternoon because it is supposed to be considerably colder and windy today.  I think ...

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November 7, 2020
Taking inventory.......... from Exuberant Color

 

I have been taking advantage of our week of 70 degree days to get some outside work done.  I have raked and hauled a lot of leaves to the edge of my yard for the Monday morning leaf vacuum that is provided by the city.  If I can keep at it I'll have one more batch to pile out there by the weekend.   While inside I'm just picking at little jobs, one being making a list of all of the cut sizes I have and types of fabric so if I come up with a project needing that ...

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November 5, 2020
A bonanza in the mailbox.......... from Exuberant Color


 I pre-ordered the new Marcia Derse Line, The blue one.  I don't think she has ever done a line in all one color before.





Here is a better look at the prints.  I wonder if her next lines will be the same prints in other individual colors.








The other package was a surprise, and early birthday present from a friend (thanks Sharon!).  It is more of the prints in the new Tula Pink line including the zebras.



Maybe the Lemur print would be a good alternate block fabric with the 8" pinwheels that I made last night.







Or maybe ...

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November 2, 2020
I had to have it.......... from Exuberant Color


What a neat new zebra fabric by Tula Pink!!  Of course I had to have some of it.  I love the little colored pencils on the selvage instead of color dots.




Here is more of the neat selvage.  Click on photo to enlarge.







I decided I needed the skunk too.  It is 5" long from nose to tail so it would fit in a fussy cut 6" finished square.

Yesterday I attempted to start cleaning off table tops again.  I didn't get very far but any little bit is better than none.






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October 28, 2020
Small Accomplishments from Needle and Foot

Thanks to the horrible utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric, much of Northern CA was without power for a couple of days. We had some wind which makes PG&E nervous because of their antiquated equipment (which was deemed responsible for several of the disastrous fires we have recently experienced.) So when a bit of wind is expected, they shut down the power in case a tree or limb should fall on a line and start a fire. That means no power for the duration of the wind – usually a day or so. Then the next day PG&E flies ...

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Scrappy Christmas quilt - progress from Grandma's Red Needle

 Thank you everyone for your comments on my previous post!

It has been some busy few weeks. I decided to paint one of the bathrooms and the top floor porch. It has been 13 years since the interior of our house was painted, I think it's high time to repaint! (It took time to convince DH! LOL). Going from yellow to light grey with a touch of lime green in the bath/wash room, it looks so much better! We are almost there, left to do some drilling - (do I need to say I hate concrete walls?!) - and getting ...

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October 26, 2020
A Favorite Pattern from Hills Creek Quilter

This is the umpteenth quilt I've made using the fun Quick Strippie pattern from maryquilts.com. It makes a wonderful quilt for a child. This one was finished in May 2020, and I have another identical top waiting to be quilted...hopefully soon.

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backing and binding

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October 23, 2020
COVID-19 Batik Scrap Quilt #3 from Hills Creek Quilter

 More pandemic sewing -- and more batik scraps. No pattern; I just did my own math. Finished in early May 2020.

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backing and binding


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October 21, 2020
COVID-19 Batik Scrap Quilt #2 from Hills Creek Quilter

 It's amazing how much one can accomplish when sitting at home for days on end. I finished this quilt in April of this year. Another one from my batik scraps. It's based on this quilt that I saw on maryquilts.com. I didn't use charm packs, just five-inch squares that I cut from my batiks.

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It has a very scrappy backing...



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October 19, 2020
Working Through My Batik Scraps -- COVID-19 Batik Scrap Quilt #1 from Hills Creek Quilter

Another quilt finished in March of this year, at the start of staying home with not much of anything else to do. It's amazing how quickly a quilt can be put together when all one does is stay home and away from people.

This is based on a quilt I saw online somewhere. I made up my own measurements and then went through my batik scraps. There were plenty to choose from (and some left for even more quilts). I liked this one a lot, so it spent the last six months on one of our sofas.

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