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January 5, 2020
Choosing a backing........... from Exuberant Color

I decided my next quilt backing was going to be a combination of several long strips from this box.  The label has slipped down but it says long strips leftover from backings.  It is so full I pulled the batiks out and will start a second box.
Here are the 3 strips I chose for this quilt.  I put a note on each strip with approximate measurements and whether it needs to be trimmed to straighten it.  These 3 are longer than I need but the best match for colors in the front of the quilt.
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December 28, 2019
Something new............ from Exuberant Color

That was fun yesterday reading all of the comments about me being the queen of procrastination.  I don't know for sure if I have been de-throned or just joined in my reign!  We all are good at procrastination, that is for sure.  So instead of getting backings pieced I played with an idea for a new quilt.  I am pulling the background fabrics.  This is the first batch.
I kept looking and came up with all of these, 29 in total so far.  I know I will add to them.







I don't think my orange/peach cactus has ...

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December 27, 2019
Everything Old is New Again! from HummingBird Quilter

I decided to get a jump on New Year’s resolutions and began organizing my fabric stash. Since I haven’t done much garment sewing since I started quilting (nearly 20 years ago) I decided to start with the fabric normally used for that purpose ie. non-cotton fabrics. I came across a pattern         that I had cut out and embroidered when I found out that I would become a grandmother for the first time (More than 28 years ago!!).

My daughter had decided on a carousel theme for the nursery. I embroidered a carousal horse and when we learned that ...

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December 23, 2019
Future project........ from Exuberant Color

Two in my art quilters group are going to make a Blooming 9 patch quilt.  I want to make another one too so I chose some fabrics and started cutting while they were here a couple weeks ago.  The rust is the center and the dark green will be the outside edge.  The fabrics above the group were in consideration for the back.  I don't have enough of the zebra print for the whole back but I do have enough of the floral fabric.  This will be a project for night sewing, no hurry on it.  For anyone who ...

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December 16, 2019
Nine More Days! from Heart Desire Creations

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It’s been a fun and busy week.  A friend has a family farm and invited two of us for a 3 day sew-in.  All that time concentrated on sewing and friends (and food) was such a treat! I put the main body of this batik and black & white quilt together.  I cut the squares after I reorganized my batiks a while back.  Now I’m working on the borders.  I need to cut a little more and look forward to a finish before the end of the year.

Yard/house chores have taken some of my time.  We mainly ...

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Fabric Shopping from Becca's Crazy Projects

Disclaimer: This post was prepared for publication on Friday the 13th. It seems I failed to actually set it to post. Therefore, this year I'm short a post and this one is a little late. Hopefully I'll do better in the new year.

Every year I vow to buy less fabric than I use. This might be the first year I accomplished that lofty goal.

The day after Thanksgiving, I ventured out to Spring Water Designs to shop their sale. I picked up some great fabrics. A couple were in the holiday prints (on sale) and the others ...

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December 15, 2019
Hong Kong Nights Quilt & Donation Quilts (2019 personal challenge) from caledonia quilter

This quilt is realllly big.  I had to tip the tablet cattywampus to get a pic.

The maker used a beautiful collection of Asian prints for the blocks.

And I absolutely love the corner triangle she added.  That provides such an interesting touch.

Oddly enough, those print blocks are all cut on the bias.  I was really impressed that they were not stretched out of square when the 3-d flange was added to them, and then additional sashing too.  She's a really, really good piecer. ⭐
The setting triangles were a design challenge for me.  When you actually LOOK at ...

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December 8, 2019
A Few Finishes! from Heart Desire Creations

Oh how I like to say “finished!”  Two of these are little, one bigger, but all make me happy.

First, for a couple of little Christmas time gifts, I embellished these towels.  From my stash, I made prairie points and cut strips.  These make great hostess gifts and guild gift exchanges.  They’re also pretty quick!

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These next are, as my hubby declared, “Cute, Cute, Cute!”  I found these little dishes at our local Habitat Store.  Buttons added around the rim and magnets on the bottom and voila! Pin dishes.  I am struggling though, I want to keep one.  I ...

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November 22, 2019
RU Ready4Winter? from Sew Fresh Quilts

Fall has pretty much....
Left the building.




HELLO WINTER!!!





RU Ready4Winter?

All I know is winter is windy and a Flimsy Photo Shoot is NUTS!!!




The RU Ready4Winter Full Pattern provides instructions for two sizes - 38” x 45” or 76" x 90"








The RU Nuts? Single Block pattern is also listed in my shop. 




The RU Nuts? Single Block pattern provides instructions for one size of the Squirrel and Nut Stash blocks and finishes at 12” x 27”

You can find the RU Nuts? Single Block pattern HERE.







MEANWHILE....

In the Sew Fresh Quilts' Santa Shop....


It's beginning to ...

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November 15, 2019
Stash assessment from Gayle Bong Quilts Too

I thought I better write before I forget everything I did. I've been pretty busy in my sewing rooms.
To finish where I left off in the last post, here is one more top that I put together this summer from a layer cake. I added a few more fabrics to the mix to reach this size. I like it. Even these huge 16" stars. I think I'll do it again someday but with smaller pieces.  I'm still trying to decide if I want to add a border.



Last Friday I brought home from Studio 3 a ...

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November 13, 2019
Still Quilting.......... from Sew Sunshine



I have been doing a few quilts in a QAL hosted by Homemade Emily Jane. It has been really fun to dig into my stash and see what I can come up with. 
My first one was inspired by this great rainbow gradation fabric. 
You can see some of the fabric here. 

and here!!! so fun. I used a very light celery green thread for most of the straight line quilting. 


Next up I was trying to think more baby boyish. 
 Okay ...pretty cool if you see that beam of light slanting down right to my quilt!!! Here is my ...

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November 6, 2019
Next quilt on the list please.... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I'm trying to keep this roll going after the Sunflower quilt.  I managed to put two baby quilts together for Shala's newest grandchildren and enjoyed making something that was small and simple. The little pink quilt has an embroidered centre that I did while re-familiarising myself with the Janome MC500e Embroidery machine.  It was totally from my stash.  The boy's quilt is a little range of fabric I fell in love with in a quilt shop after Lucas was born.  Couldn't resist of course.

Now I have Kea's Star Wars quilt up on my design ...

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October 31, 2019
Prep & Progress from Heart Desire Creations

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Lots of prep has been going on here.  Saturday I leave for the mountains for the Fall Quilt & Sew-In! Even though I’ve been doing retreats for thirteen years, I still get a little antsy and anxious a few days before it begins.

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Blocks have been prepped for the charity quilts from the bin of precut scraps above. There are a couple of layout possibilities for one:

And here is the layout for another quilt:

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A bucket of blocks with instructions are available for anyone who chooses to complete one or more blocks. They then put their name in for ...

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October 20, 2019
Well that was fun............ from Exuberant Color














Anytime I can did through my stash is a fun day!  This is what I came up with for possibilities for 8" fill in blocks with the 16 patch blocks.  

The big pieces of floral fabric on the left and the right are in the 16 patch blocks and I have enough of both of them for serious backing fabric.  

The lower fabric on the left is a green print and might be too plain (click on photo for a larger view).  

I only have enough of the scenery one on the bottom right for about 8 blocks.  The 2 ...

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October 18, 2019
Black and white......... from Exuberant Color

I purchased a new batik, black on a white background.  The gray design is the black showing through from another layer.  I want to use a fairly large shape to show off the design better and think maybe my half hexagon die would be a good choice.
My older black and white batiks are on a shelf but I know there are more in a box a few shelves lower.  A lot of them are larger designs too.

Have you seen this quilt that Victoria Findlay Wolfe made?  It is in her "Modern Quilt Magic" book published by C&T ...

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October 14, 2019
Let the Sunflowers shine... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Way back in September 2011, I visited my online quilting friend in small town Kansas - Parsons to be exact.  It was a very special time for me and I so enjoyed meeting Barbara and her daughter Jackie.  Because of Parsons geographical position, it was easy to visit four states within a couple of hours - it sits near the crossroads of Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas.  Such fun!
While I was there, Barbara asked me to give a talk to her local guild, then it became a few of the little outlying guilds until we ended up with 70 plus people ...

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October 13, 2019
Baking and cleaning......... from Exuberant Color

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I finished baking the goodies for my granddaughter who just had her baby 9 days ago.  Someone is making the drive west to her town so I sent the goodies along.  I finished cleaning the basement for my art quilters group who are coming tomorrow.  

The photo is several of the Scrap bags for Crazies that Cherrywood Fabrics sells.  I worked for an aunt of the founder of Cherrywood and I started buying the packs when they first offered them many years ago so I have a great selection of colors.  As much as I ...

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October 12, 2019
Two Weeks – Week One! from Heart Desire Creations

Whew! I’ve been gone for the last two weeks.  The first week I went to a sew-in with some great gals, came home on a Saturday, and left on Sunday for a week vacation with hubby! Some careful planning made it doable and it was all totally worth it!

First, the Sew-In.  A good friend planned this time for us at the same place where I have the Quilt & Sew-Ins – at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock.  This place is like a second home to me so I was thrilled that we gathered there.  How convenient it was that ...

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October 10, 2019
Cutting little squares........... from Exuberant Color

 A few people have asked if I got tired of working on my postage stamp blocks.  The truth is I needed to cut some more 1.5" print squares, 32 for each block and that takes a lot of time.  I have repeated some fabrics as many as 5 times through the 40+ blocks I have already made but I needed some new variety.  I have solid color squares cut for 10 more blocks so that is 320 squares I need just for those.  And then there are the next 20 or so blocks that I will need another 640 ...

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May 6, 2019
Scrap Happy from Hills Creek Quilter

A couple of posts ago, I wrote about cutting my scrap fabrics into usable pieces like strips and squares. I cut up enough of them (100 different fabrics) to make this quick and easy scrap quilt. There are 99 blocks on the front and one on the back that became the label.

The pattern is "Boxed Squares" from maryquilts.com. Click here for the free pattern. Mary's site is filled with lots of free patterns.

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I don't have much yardage left in my stash (or what I do have didn't ...

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