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September 18, 2018
Learning to make do from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


When I first started to quilt, my local quilt shop was a 40-minute drive away. I'd think nothing of hopping in the car to find the perfect fabric for whatever project I was about to embark on. Then I was even luckier when another shop opened up a mere 5 minutes away. Well, it was nothing for me to hop in the car or sometimes my bike and go check out the latest and greatest of whatever I needed. I was spoiled, to say the least.

Last year, the shop that was 5 minutes away closed. The owner wanted ...

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September 17, 2018
Added fabrics........... from Exuberant Color

I dug a little deeper and found some more light fabrics to use with the other Marcia Derse fabrics that I showed yesterday. I also added a few more medium value blues.



Then I looked a little deeper into a cabinet and found more medium purples, corals and pinks.







I added those in and this will probably be the final group.  I have started cutting some of the shapes needed for my block.






The 2 pots by the garage got a little reprieve for a few weeks this summer and were over at the side of the driveway in the ...

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Fabric selection......... from Exuberant Color

I am thinking about using this assortment of Marcia Derse fabrics in my next quilt.  There aren't very many light colored prints in her collections.  The 3 beige ones shown here the best choices that I have.  The purples are kind of hidden in this photo but they will be very prominent in the quilt.


I have been spending hours sorting squares of fabric into kits.  Here are 2 cuts from the same fabric.  One person gets a lavender flower and the other person gets a pink flower.
The end of season plants in the pots have lots of ...

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September 14, 2018
Need to organize........... from Exuberant Color

I really should organize this pile of African fabrics.  I was thinking that the large prints in them might work well in a half hexagon quilt.  The die is 9" long.  I like to always have a cutting project going while I'm working on something else.

When I was in the backyard yesterday I was reminded I need to dig up this Pulmonaria/Lungwort that has hopped out of the garden and into the grass.  There is another smaller one about 3 feet from this one.

Another shape that can be cut from the 6" squares offered in the ...

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September 8, 2018
MY HOURGLASS QUILT PROJECT from The Proficient Needle

This quilt has been on the back burner for quite a while.  I only worked on it as a "leader and ender" project, only at my northern home, and only when I had leftover 2 1/2 inch strips in the right colours!

As you can see, by the picture of the finished quilt "with feet", DH held the quilt so I could get a picture of the completed project.

I made a narrow binding for this quilt, that matches the backing fabric, and I managed to use all but a few inches.  It feels good when I use fabric ...

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August 30, 2018
broken dishes-a work in progress from Crazy Mom Quilts

Today I finished the last of my broken dishes blocks, bringing my total to 20 completed blocks. I thought it would be fun to photograph them on my clothesline for a change of pace. Aren't they soooo pretty hanging out there? I'm making another version of this quilt, except this time I'm making more blocks (20 instead of 12) and skipping the borders. I think it's going to be fabulous!
I'm using two bundles from the "I Want Her Stash" club from Westwood Acres, which were curated by Amy Smart and Denyse Schmidt. They have ...

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August 26, 2018
Section 3 and stash enhancement................ from Exuberant Color

I got all of section 3 sewn but I didn't want to turn on the iron so it is not pressed.  The more I get done on this Kaffe fabric Trip Around the World the better I like it.













While travelling through Tennessee we stopped at a quilt shop in Jonesborough, Tennessee Quilts.

My daughter fell in love with the large butterfly fabric and wanted it for the back of a quilt.  I'm not sure what the front of the quilt will be yet.  I also bought 4 of the companion prints that I think will work in ...

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August 22, 2018
A Block by Block from Sew........This Is My Blog

Our local quilt shop, Patches and Stitches, is celebrating their 40th Anniversary. One of their celebration activities is a Block by Block sew-along.  (Oh, yeah, and a 40% discount on a different item or category every week.  But we won't talk about that.)  The owner of the shop designed a quilt using forty different block designs.  Customers received block patterns two at a time as well as directions for the quilt layout.   The first forty customers to return to the shop with a completed quilt, having used all forty blocks in it, received a $40 gift certificate from Patches ...

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August 3, 2018
A few things still available......... from Exuberant Color

As my pop-up-shop nears its closing time (Sunday at midnight EST) there are still a few nice things left.  I wanted to share this photo with you of Daisy Burst 2 in my garden.  What perfect timing it was to photograph the quilts in the garden in full bloom.
Square Dance 2 looks great out there too.  The geometric blocks look great with nature's beauty.


The orange Tiger Lilies are starting to drop petals now so it will soon be only pinks and yellows in the garden.

Only one fabric pack remains and it is 7 one yard pieces ...

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August 1, 2018
Getting Back on Track from Needle and Foot

July was one of those non-stop months. We were on vacation from the 1st to the 12th. Came home and got caught up on household and gardening chores and then hosted a bridal shower last weekend. Of course amidst all of this there was the usual number of migraines. Because of all of this, I did very little sewing and not a whole lot of blogging.

Yesterday I found a little bit of time and did the July piecing for Tish’s Fireburst Mystery Quilt. Fortunately, the piecing for July consisted of a number of flying geese blocks in different ...

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Shopping Totes from Becca's Crazy Projects

On a rainy afternoon I dropped by Spring Water Designs to share my Get It Done UFO Challenge Quilt and to do a little shopping. I do try not to buy a bunch of fabric throughout the year because I really do have enough fabric. But... I've been wanting to try out one of the Dream Big panels by Hoffman Fabric. So I picked on out. Then, of course I needed some backing fabric.
And, this fun cat print on black was back with the sale fabrics so I had to buy the almost 2 yards they had left ...

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July 26, 2018
Purple Pansies Table Runner from Needle and Foot

When I was in Vermont at the beginning of the month, I noticed the table runner on my daughter-in-law’s dining table.  It was really simple and didn’t have any batting in it.  I liked the flexible, casual look of it.  I decided to give it a try and grabbed my stack of charm squares.

I have a rather large collection of Benartex charms. Have you heard of the Fabric Club at Benartex?  (No affiliation – I just think it is kind of a fun subscription.). For $25 per year, Benartex sends the subscriber a newsletter and a set of ...

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July 17, 2018
Coming soon........... from Exuberant Color

Wanda S. Hanson Exuberant Color Pop-Up Shop Coming Soon

I have been working hard in the background getting ready for another pop-up shop that will be coming soon, but real life got in the way.  I'm headed for major surgery tomorrow morning so I will be away from the internet for a few days.  I'm sure you have questions, so do I, and I won't know the answers until a week or more after surgery so no details here today.  My daughter Vicki is an administrator on my blog too and will post a surprise for you while I'm away from the computer.  I probably ...

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July 6, 2018
Making Room – Giveaway! from Heart Desire Creations

Twice a year the Island Batik Ambassadors receive a big box from Island Batiks jam packed with goodies.  July is when we receive our second box and mine is due to arrive tomorrow! Yikes, my two bins of Island Batiks are full and needed a clean-out.  I separated out pieces of varying sizes, strips and squares. There are bigger pieces too!

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Scrappy projects are one of my favorites, but I just finished a scrappy top and have another in the works.  I would rather have someone else who does scrappy, improve, art quilts or who can incorporate into a project ...

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July 3, 2018
Some Stash Additions from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

It has been so long since I purchased any fabric!
But it seems I went a little crazy last week and bought quite a few items to add to my stash.


My favorite store in Corvallis Oregon will be closing this summer.  I am really bummed about it.  The ladies who run it are retiring so I really do wish them the best.  I thought I would give them a good send off by stocking my stash with a few items one can always use.  I bought some large cuts of these lovely crossweaves.  I always have lots of uses ...

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June 26, 2018
New goodies acquired from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

Since there hasn't been as much sewing going on here in recent months, I've had no reason to buy a lot of fabric or other quilting goodies but I did snag a few things that I'm excited about.

I attended MQX East again this year (I love that the show is only 3 hours from me) and although I was only there for a couple of days it was enough to see all the pretty quilts and to take some great lecture classes.  One of those classes was Margaret Solomon Gunn's Dense and Dainty and I ...

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June 25, 2018
Three Point Stash Score! from Gray Barn Designs

Last Friday night, my guild had a dinner meeting and did I ever score big!  In basketball terms, it was a three pointer from half court!

A fellow guild member was cutting down on her stash inventory.  What choice did I have but to help her out??!!   Pinks and purples…count me in!

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I needed a few more greens, these will do just fine!

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Below are some Christmas shirtings that will make a nice table runner or topper.

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Bold and bright florals…I can work with these!

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These teals will go well with some neutrals I have on hand.

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Sandy ...

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June 20, 2018
June Blogger Bundle with Paige Alexander from Needle and Foot

Here we are in the last half of June – this means it is time for the blogger bundle of the month! If you are reading about these bundles for the first time, I started this project in January.  Read about them here and here. The previous blogger bundles will be available in my shop through the end of 2018 – it is really fun to look at the variety of fabrics others have curated into collections.  Click here to see all of them!

The bundle for June was curated by Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms.  I cannot remember exactly how I ...

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June 12, 2018
Another Something New from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

After finishing my little Bunny Quilt top, I thought I would continue working on projects that I have held in my head using some of my older stash pieces.



I have had a one yard piece of an old Laurel Burch border fabric languishing in my stash.  It was time to get it cut up and made into a quilt.  I added a bunch of bright colored scraps cut to 2.5" square and set everything next to my machine.



The border fabric required some thinking on my part - I needed to get the best yield I could with some ...

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June 10, 2018
Change of Plans from Gayle Bong Quilts Too

Yes, believe it or not I am still doing some quilting. At the beginning of the year I had big plans to quilt through the winter and post about all the stitching  I was planning to do. The plans did not include being ill and when I am sick I don't feel like doing much of anything. It started with gallstones on New Years eve and finally after lots of tests, surgery and procedures and more illness, I am feeling more like my self. And though I feel like sewing again it is also gardening season. I did however ...

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