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April 1, 2020
Elvira Quarantine Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

I loaded up the finished Elvira Quarantine Quilt Along by GE Designs and got quilting. Yellow thread is one of my favorites for long arm quilting and it was perfect for this quilt. It blends in while lending texture. 
The pieced back worked out perfectly. This will make some little person so happy. Great for tummy-time when tiny and play when older. 
I can imagine little cars driving around those city streets. 
Polka-dot binding might be my favorite. A fun little pop of color. The best part about this project is that purchased no fabric or batting. This entire project ...

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March 30, 2020
Elvira Quarantine Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

I stumbled across the Elvira Quarantine Along by GE Designs last weekend. I didn't need another quilt project, but I decided to join in. I've had this collection of fat quarters since 2013 and never settled on a project. This project makes great use of larger scale prints, so I it was the perfect candidate. I bought this bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop during a sale in July 2013. I also had a couple of one-yard coordinating prints and about a half yard in my collection.
These blocks are really easy to cut and piece. I used ...

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March 17, 2020
Cross Play Quilt test complete! from Sew Sunshine

CrossPlay Quilt test 
Pattern by Simone Quilts 
check for her new release soon.

I tested the baby size CrossPlay and chose mostly ZenChic Spotted fabrics.
I wanted bold colors and a rainbow feel. 
Quilting is a serpentine stitch
40.5" x 40.5"




Luckily I have a park near by. 
Added a bit of color to this blah landscape don't you think??

I have been working on an old scrap project and made a tutorial for inset scrap circles. Check it out Here




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March 13, 2020
Making it in shades of black and white from Sew Sunshine

So far this has been a kind of a rough year for me health-wise and now it seems it will be so much more than rough for everyone. I am going to choose to keep working on my projects when I have good days because it really does make me feel better. 
I started sewing some of my black and white prints together back in Jan. I wanted mindless sewing so I made 4 big squares. 

I kind of think this would have made a fun quilt as is but I decided to cut them up and sew them back ...

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March 8, 2020
PQ 11.5 Give it Away from Sew Sunshine



Project Quilting 11.5  is Give it Away! I 
dug out the super easy and modern go to tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew Stack and Whack blocks Click on the link for how to. 

I cut out 42 squares and then went to town. You can do several blocks at a time so this goes very quickly. 
The block size I chose makes my quilt finish at about 42 x 48
All fabric was in my stash and have already been made into other quilts. 
I finished with some organic crossed lines which added to the window look of the ...

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March 4, 2020
Fabric Acquisition 2020 from Becca's Crazy Projects

As part of my own quilter accountability I've been keeping track of how much fabric I buy during the year. Last year I did a pretty good job and totaled 24 yards.

My first purchase of the year was to buy backing for both of these finished quilt tops. Quilt backing is one thing I almost don't count. I wouldn't be able to finish quilts without it so I consider it a necessary cost. Handy tip: when you finish the quilt top, measure it and write down the measurements. Then, calculate how much backing fabric you need ...

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Playing with stash.......... from Exuberant Color

I sewed more triangles last night but didn't take a photo.  I have laid out the last combinations to sew tonight.

One of the groups of fabrics I was going through was my kid prints/conversation prints.  When I worked at the quilt shop in the 1990s we carried a lot of that type print because the I Spy quilts were really popular then.  I always bought a yard of fabric at that time because I had an income and a big discount.  I can see now that I did NOT need that much of each print.  The pile ...

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March 2, 2020
Mountain High, Valley Low - The improv triangle QAL from Sew Sunshine



"Mountain High, Valley Low" 
48" x 38"
improv from scraps
line quilting in diamond pattern


The improv triangle QAL with Nicholas Ball on IG was so much fun. It was just the most glorious distraction for me. I was able to sit down and make a few blocks at a time and didn't have to worry about measurements and sizes. It was just what I needed during my waiting game with my health issues. 


The back piece was something I hand dyed a while back. I think it worked pretty great for this back with a few leftover blocks ...

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February 24, 2020
Using up a few Fabric Stashes from Grandma's Red Needle

It's already Monday and the last week in February, how did that happen?! 
Last week we took advantage of the nice weather and spent almost every day doing some long overdue yard work. 
Not much time for sewing, but I'm happy to say the scrappy log cabin UFO is FINISHED! I've also made a couple of Easter Table Toppers, just have to take photos. 

We all have fabric stash, don't we? I have fabric I bought long time ago - I won't say 'years ago', that doesn't sound good, does it? lol. You know, this ...

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February 22, 2020
Still hand stitching........... from Exuberant Color

I'm a little past the half way mark on my hand stitched binding but nothing to take a picture of.  Instead I'll show you the new Kaffe fabrics that I had to have.  There really weren't a lot this season that I cared for.

I think you can probably guess which print was my favorite....that I had to have 5 of the colors.

My son came over and worked on my lighting problem.  We finally decided there has to be a new fixture to replace the problem one.  It will be in Tuesday.  He fixed the ...

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February 19, 2020
Scrap Project from The Quilt Yarn

Well, it's finally happened...I ran out of room!

Went to Ikea and bought a chest of draws to house most of my 'good' stash.  This was a bit handy as it also serves as a place for the little TV that I have in the sewing room.

As one does, I started to go through some of the other stuff that I seem to have stashed away in all sorts of containers in various places. Found an entire project from leftover blocks from a quilt made some years ago. This could be handy as a practice piece to ...

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February 4, 2020
Fabric and Friends from Sew Fresh Quilts



Got to admit....

I have been really, really good, using up fabrics from my stache during the past two years. But every once in a while you need to freshen things up and acquire something new.

Back in January....

Christmas fabrics were on sale at Ye Olde Fabric Shoppe in Stratford, Ontario.





Finish the bolt for an additional 10% off?

OKAY!







And then my sister and I recently went for a drive to nearby London, Ontario.
Picked up these sweet pieces of yardage at the Grand Re-Opening of Stache Fabrics & Notions.









Thank you for being such wonderful, amazing, generous, beautiful ...

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February 2, 2020
Counting........... from Exuberant Color

I decided to count the squares I have cut for the new project to see if I need more.  I actually have more than I need right now but I would still like a little more variety.  In the white with black I also have cream with black but want to add some in that have white or cream with a color too.  So more cutting and then I'll start the sewing....




I knew I had a bud on one of my red plants so I decided to look at the other 14 cactus plants and see if there ...

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January 28, 2020
Favorites and solids............ from Exuberant Color

Yesterday I went through my pink/coral/azalea print fabrics and pulled my favorites in the value range I need for the new project.  I cut off a strip to die cut triangles and squares and another strip of some for one of my solid and print series quilts.
Then I sorted my postage stamp blocks into piles of color to see which I needed to add more to and also some more neutrals.  If you wonder why I have so many solid color fabrics I explained when I was starting the series with solids and prints that I thought ...

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January 13, 2020
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 5, the finale.

I used the trimmings from the backing to make the binding. I did have to add a short strip to make it work. 
I always accordion fold my binding. This makes it easy to store and easy to use without getting twisted like it does if it is coiled. 
Bound and hanging sleeve attached. It might be overly big as a wall hanging but that's what I intend on doing with it.

Read more about this quilt and the techniques used in these previous posts:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Tools and ...

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January 12, 2020
Progress on 2................ from Exuberant Color

Here is the photo I promised yesterday with the half triangles in the end positions of the rows.  I still only have half of my lights in this studio so the photo is a little dark.  I still need to add 2 rows to the bottom but there isn't any room so I'll start sewing the top section and then design the bottom 2 rows.
I found some backing fabrics for my pastel 16 patch top that I finished late last year.  The 2 pieces on the left are from my "long strips" box and the one on ...

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January 10, 2020
A little more playing........ from Exuberant Color

I have an 8' bulb burnt out in my main floor studio so I took the yellow blocks to the basement to play on a design wall.  I had one smaller block that just needed one more strip so I added that and trimmed it.  I pulled that black with white print that looks like it would be a good addition to the mix.  I'll continue playing.
I sewed the table runner top that I showed in pieces about 2 weeks ago.  I think I have about 5 or 6 table runners waiting to be quilted.  I know I ...

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January 9, 2020
Temperature quilt from Always Quilts

Have you heard of a temperature quilt? I hadn’t until I was over at my friend Barbs house and she had one on her design wall. She explained what they are and told me to check them out online. Wow! I found all kinds of different ways that people are making them. Basically what you do is have a color assigned to different temps and then you sew your pieces together according to what the temp is for that day. Some do high temps while others do low temps and some do both. Barb is doing low temps and ...

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January 8, 2020
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 4 - Quilting

It has been a while since I updated you on this fun quilt. This post will have loads of photos as I tried to capture the quilting as I went. I pieced the backing for this quilt. The backing doesn't even really matter since my plan is to hang this quilt once it is done.
I used a matching pale blue for the background quilting. I tried to capture shapes you might see underwater. Waves. 
Seaweed and underwater currents. 
Green to accentuate the tail fin. 
Echoes and echoes. 
Fish scales. 
I try to match my top ...

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January 6, 2020
A New Year of ? . . . from Heart Desire Creations

Quilting, creating, travel and fun with friends! A two night sew-in with friends in March, three retreats in April and one in November. No firm travel plans yet, but I’m working on it!

First up is prepping to make a quilt for a baby girl due this spring.  The requested colors are red, gray and black. Here are the reds I’ve chosen:

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And here are the grays and blacks:

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My plan is to make a scrappy sawtooth star, with four patches between each star block. The fabrics are all prewashed and pressed. I’d like to get them ...

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