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March 11, 2018
Boxes Of Strings: An Original Design from TheEclecticAbuela

Update: I have added the basic instructions for this quilt to my sidebar. Click on "Boxes of Strings Instructions."

When I was designing and making Stringing Beads, I thought "what if?"--always a dangerous thought for a quiltmaker!

The centerpiece of the Stringing Beads block is a trapezoid shape.

Stringing Beads trapezoid

What if I made it a triangle?

Boxes of Strings triangle

I used the same size paper foundation (4.5" x 8.5"), and I arranged the strings with medium/dark tone on one side and light on the other.

All blocks have the same color orientation.

It ...

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January 22, 2018
Strings Galore from Sew........This Is My Blog

Another one of my goals for 2018 is to set aside a week out of each month to work on donation quilts.  Kat's Covered in Love project provides comfort quilts to the families of East Texas hospital patients who have passed away.  For this year's block drive they are asking for 10.5" string blocks with no restrictions on colors or prints.  (If you're interested in sending a few blocks their way check out the details HERE.)

For the foundations I'm using up some fabrics I doubt I will ever use for anything else.  You know ...

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January 16, 2018
Philippians 4:12 - 13. Covered In Love Blocks. Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 4:12

Verse 11 stated that Paul learned to be content whatever his circumstances.  He goes onto to say in this verse that he 
- knows what it is to be in need and to have plenty; 
- he learned the secret of being content in any and every situation
- whether he is fed/hungry or living in plenty/in want.  

Regardless of his circumstances, he has learned the secret of being content.  

Who of us can say that regardless of our circumstances, we have learned the secret of being content.  What is that secret? 
My heart ...

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January 15, 2018
Philippians 4:11. Covered In Love. 2018 Library Love Challenge. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 4:11

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  

To be content whatever the circumstances?  Think of Paul's life:  
lost at sea
under constant threat
(2 Cor. 11:16-30)
Yet, he learned to be content in 
As we journey into 2018, can we 
seek at least 30 seconds of contentment every day?
Sometimes, even this can be so difficult to do as we are buffeted by life.
Maybe, just maybe, if we can achieve this goal every day for ...

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December 16, 2017
A day for cutting from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Cutting cutting and more cutting.

I got off to a great start today, did my strength workout, vacuumed up and downstairs, then began cutting for Clue 4. Got the aqua squares done before lunch. I had precut some two inch aqua strips while making Clue 1. Did not precut the brown though, so I had to rotary cut and accuquilt cut some strips before making the huge stack of triangle pairs required for this clue. But, I am happy to say I am all done.

I had to take a detour from Ringo Lake to complete some quick Christmas ornaments ...

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October 17, 2017
Rainbow Scrap Challenge--October--Pink from TheEclecticAbuela

This month's challenge color is pink.

Once again, I made some diagonal blocks all pink and others half pink/half neutral. I also made some all pink straight-set blocks.

I've been thinking of how I will put this year's blocks together. I worked up a couple of ideas on EQ7 which I am still refining.

This one has arcs (like a rainbow!) of colors. I like it, but I'm not sure about it.

This one is straight-set--I'm thinking I like is better than the first. I would need to add a border to the top ...

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September 18, 2017
Blogger's Quilt Festival--Stringing Beads from TheEclecticAbuela

I'm excited to be a part of the Blogger's Quilt Festival (Fall 2017) at Amy's Creative Side.

Stringing Beads is an original design. I love string quilts, and I tried to think of a new way to make one. This is the result.

Instructions for this quilt can be found HERE.

Thanks to Amy for hosting the Festival!

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September 12, 2017
Rainbow Scrap Challenge--September--Orange from TheEclecticAbuela

A new month--a new color. I enjoyed the neutral month; I used neutrals in several different projects. Now--on to orange (Just about the exact opposite of neutral!).

I'm continuing with the string blocks using the month's color. Here is a sampling of the orange blocks.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this quilt comes together!

I'm linking with Scrap Happy Saturday--Hurricane EditionOh Scrap!, and Fiber Tuesday 126 at the Quilting Room with Mel. Stay safe, everyone.

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September 17, 2016
I'm Done With Red! from Sew Enjoyable

And that's a good thing! That means that I have made all my RED blocks for this month's RSC! All 40 blocks are done, done and DONE! Now I can concentrate on other projects that really need my attention.

I only had to make 2 flower blocks this month and they went fast. I'm hoping I didn't make a mistake when I put this list together at the beginning of the year, and I will have enough blocks for a complete top at the end of the year!! Some months I have had to make at ...

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September 10, 2016
I've Been Waiting for Red!! from Sew Enjoyable

Our color for Sept. is Rose Red for the RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge). I have made a lot of headway on my blocks so far.

I seem to always start off the month with the Jacob's Ladder Blocks. I have all the scrappy 4 patches and the background triangles done, so these get whipped up pretty fast.

I still love doing these pinwheels! I can't wait to get them made into a top at the end of the year!

In case you are thinking that these Centennial Stars look a little odd, it's because I hadn't ...

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