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August 20, 2016
It's been a very Gray week! from Sew Enjoyable

I have been very busy stitching up my GRAY blocks for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

I made 28 blocks this week and only have 3 more to get done before the end of the month! I think that is very doable!!

I started the week off with 6 Pinwheels. I had to really rummage thru my fat quarters for these. I don't have a lot of GRAY in my stash, but I did manage to find an assortment of lights and darks.

Next are the 10 Centennial Stars.

And "That Thirties Thing" Blocks. I really like how ...

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August 13, 2016
It's Been Awhile! from Sew Enjoyable

We have been back from our 3 week vacation for 2 weeks now, so I guess it's time to get back on track! What a great time we had, one week on the road, one week with our daughter and son-in-law, then another week back on the road. We left Texas and headed to Hamilton, Missouri. Does that town ring a bell to you? It should, if you are a big Jenny Doan fan! It's the home of Missouri Star Quilt Company! What a great place. So unique. And everyone was so friendly. She has trained her employees ...

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August 9, 2016
String Crossroads Instructions from TheEclecticAbuela

For those who were interested, here are the instructions of making the String Crossroads quilt that I designed.

The instructions are not an exhaustive pattern; they are more about the numbers and sizes of blocks needed for the quilt.

There is also a link to the instructions in the right-hand sidebar of the main blog page.

Thanks for your interest. If you make this, I'd love to see your version.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 71 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction UFO Challenge.

 The Quilting Room with Mel

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August 2, 2016
Jekyll and Hyde from TheEclecticAbuela

This quilt can't decide who it is--calm, sedate Dr. Jekyll (churn dash blocks) or wild, crazy Mr. Hyde (string blocks). 

Jekyll and Hyde 64" x 86"

Jekyll and Hyde (detail)

Jekyll and Hyde (detail)

Jekyll and Hyde (pieced backing)


Quilting it was also a Jekyll and Hyde experience--smooth, problem-free quilting, until I would run into a fabric that shredded my thread! As befits the name, I'm of two minds about it--I can't decide if I like it or not!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 70 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction ...

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July 20, 2016
String Workshop Sample X from Sew Karen-ly Created...

I have been working steadily on samples for two new fall workshops. Earlier, I showed you these blue and white string blocks in progress.  I decided 48 of these 8" blocks would be enough for a lap quilt.
Polly and I pondered how to set them together, and it suddenly struck us that using the same layout as for my son's Log Cabin "X" quilt would be perfect. String blocks are SO much less work than log cabins, with no seam matching or need to keep the block true; the foundation paper does that for you.
When I opened ...

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June 29, 2016
THIS is Why I Quilt from TheEclecticAbuela

I sent "String Crossroads" to my granddaughter. This was the first quilt I designed from scratch, and I wanted her to have it to remember me (not that I'm going anywhere for a LONGLONGLONG time!) .

She loved looking at all the different fabrics that I included. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree--I remember spending hours looking at my maternal grandmother's and great-grandmother's quilts wondering "Who wore this fabric?" or "Where did this material come from?" Their work was an inspiration to me, though I didn't quite realize it at the time.

We never ...

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June 26, 2016
Teal is Coming to an End from Sew Enjoyable

I actually made a big dent in my TEAL Selvedge bin! There wasn't much in it before, now it is really bare! But, that's a good thing, right? RIGHT!!

I used the Selvedge bin for these 5 "That Thirties Thing" blocks.

And then I dug in the bin again to make these 12 String Blocks. I didn't think I had enough variety, but I think they came out just fine. I felt like I was using the same fabrics over and over and over again! It kinda got boring!!

I haven't started on my Flower Blocks ...

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June 21, 2016
String Crossroads from TheEclecticAbuela

I designed a quilt.

I always feel presumptuous when I think or say that, since this quilt is made of very traditional elements. However, I looked around online for quite a while, and I didn't see another just like it, so there it is--I designed a quilt.

This quilt takes elements of the traditional Arkansas Crossroads and combines it with my love of string blocks.

As you can see, I replaced the sixteen patch blocks with string blocks arranged in an X to mimic the shape in the crossroads blocks.

Here are some closer pictures (and you can see ...

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June 20, 2016
Scrappy Strings Baby Quilt from The Nifty Stitcher

My mission this year to use up as many scraps as I can continues with this baby quilt.

I used scraps from previous baby quilts to make the string blocks and kept the colours fairly pastel.

Under construction.....

.....onto the frame.....

....and my favourite part, the quilting!

I decided to jazz up the quilt a little with these padded
3D flowers.
 They are very securely sewn down. For this though I used my small Janome 601 in FMQ mode.

I'm very pleased with how this little quilt turned out. Small projects are fun and quick and usually, like this ...

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June 10, 2016
A week in which much progress was made, but nothing got finished from Cats in the Quiltoriium

With my hexie map in hand, I have made some good progress on that project. Photo will follow in another post.

Today I spent the day here.

Made lots of these:
started with 3.5" square foundation papers.

Also put inner borders on a long forgotten ufo--photo when the final border is done.

With the leftovers from that project, I made this:

and will make this.
Not sure what I will do with either of them though.

Decided that this looks better without the greenish blues. not sure what these want to be yet.
Also added three rows to the ...

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May 28, 2016
Jamestown Landing--FINISHED! from TheEclecticAbuela

I started this in early December and just got it finished today.

Jamestown Landing is a design from Bonnie Hunter's book, String Fling. Her quilt was done in blues, but I don't love blue--I do love red, though. Hence, the change.

Thanks for the great design, Bonnie!

I'm linking with Jo's Country Junction--UFO Progress

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May 15, 2016
String Tote from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Instead of being home quilting this month, I have donned another hat which, for the most part, keeps me AFK (away from keyboard)...and AFSM (away from sewing machine!). I've been given the opportunity to act as photographer on a project that involves travelling around our province, visiting somewhat remote areas that I feel privileged to spots accessible sometimes only in a big 4 x 4 "dualy" truck. My rubber boots are getting lots of miles on them.
Since sewing time is sporadic and interrupted, it's a perfect time for working on string blocks. I had ...

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May 14, 2016
A Wild Goose Chase, and then some progress from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Today was the first day in weeks that I actually accomplished even a few things on my various task lists. First a long walk where we saw the lame doe and the little lame deer. They always seem to be together. We wonder if they are mother and child or just companions who can't quite keep up with the rest of the herd. It is amazing to see how fast they can move when they need to, though.

Then a few household chores actually were completed.  After lunch I fired up the serger and converted a dress whose bodice ...

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April 16, 2016
I'm Rollin' Out the Orange Blocks from Sew Enjoyable

It wasn't all Orange blocks for the RSC this week, BUT that's the only pictures I can share for now. Let's just say that I am making great progress on the 'mystery' quilt I am working on. I hope to have all the quilting done by the end of the weekend.

Now for the RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) blocks. I made 10 Centennial Stars. I am still using the 5 1/8” strips that I cut from fat quarters for the Pinwheel Blocks. I should be able to use the rest up for the Flower Blocks that ...

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April 7, 2016
Old Tobacco Road--Ready for Final Border from TheEclecticAbuela

I've been working steadily on this quilt (Old Tobacco Road--A Bonnie Hunter quilt), and I'm ready for the outside border.

I auditioned two types: straight strings like I did for Jamestown Landing and string squares, which would produce a zigzag effect. I liked the zigzag, but in the end, I thought it was too busy. I have started stitching the borders. Here is one, placed at the edge of the top to check its effect:

Stay tuned! I'll show the finished quilt as soon as I get it done.

 I am linking with Fiber Tuesday 54 at ...

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April 4, 2016
Jamestown Landing--Part 6 from TheEclecticAbuela

I got the borders on, and I think they work well.

All that I need to do now is baste and quilt it. I'll post when it is completely finished.

I'm linking with Patchwork Times.

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March 22, 2016
Jamestown Landing--Part 5 from TheEclecticAbuela

I have been piecing the string borders for Jamestown Landing.

I usually use telephone book pages, but since I need long strips of strings, I decided to buy a ream of newsprint paper (12" x 18").

I split it lengthwise and had two long strips for foundation piecing. The paper was inexpensive, and it has saved me a lot of time. It peels off easily as well.

I marked the top and bottom edges to help with the straight placement of my first strip.

String piece as normal. For a tutorial see THIS POST . Here is a quick recap:

Secure ...

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March 12, 2016
More Purple This Week from Sew Enjoyable

Well, to start off, my jury duty was all of 60 minutes! Didn't get picked, so I was released and I went home and sewed for the rest of the day. I was glad I didn't have to go back because the weather turned out really nasty. We ended up losing electricity for 6 hrs on Wednesday. I was by myself, so it was really boring. It was too dark to do any kind of handwork, so I felt it was a wasted 6 hrs. But I did make a little progress on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC ...

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February 28, 2016
Changed Things a Bit from Sew Enjoyable

Well, on Monday, I came up with a plan that I hope is set in stone!! I am making 6 different blocks, for 6 different quilts, every month for the RSC 2016 (Rainbow Scrap Challenge). I want to have enough blocks to have 4 quilt tops at the end of the year. I didn't want to make the same blocks for years, that would not be fun for me!! I found out that I am not making enough of some blocks and too many of another!! Go figure!


Anyhoo, I have an updated list AND I made all the ...

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February 27, 2016
Jamestown Landing--Part 4 from TheEclecticAbuela

Back to the landing--Jamestown Landing, that is.

I've got the top together now, but I haven't yet decided how I want to do the borders. Bonnie Hunter's has a narrow cream then a wider string-pieced border. I'm not sure if a red string-pieced border will overwhelm the top, so I'll do a bit of thinking and experimenting with it.

This has been a fun project so far, and I'm looking forward to the next step!

I'm linking to A Quilted Passion's "Whoomp, There It Is!" Linky Party.

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