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September 19, 2016
Original Design Quilt Entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival from TheEclecticAbuela

I'm excited to enter Amy Ellis's 2016 Blogger's Quilt Festival at again this year. Amy puts on a great Festival--so many beautiful things to look at--thanks so much, Amy, for organizing it.

My entry in the Original Design Quilt category is a quilt I call String Crossroads. It is an original design combining traditional elements.

String Crossroads

String Crossroads (detail)

String Crossroads (detail)

String Crossroads (backing and binding detail)

I used a huge variety of fabrics in this one--traditional, modern, and novelty. The crossroads blocks were made with a constant cream-colored fabric. The quilt measures ...

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Scrappy Quilt Entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival from TheEclecticAbuela

I'm excited to enter Amy Ellis's 2016 Blogger's Quilt Festival at again this year. Amy puts on a great Festival--so many beautiful things to look at--thanks so much, Amy, for organizing it.

My entry in the Scrappy Quilt category is a Bonnie Hunter design; Jamestown Landing.  The original pattern was done in blues, but since I don't love blue, I went with my favorite--RED!

Jamestown Landing

Jamestown Landing (detail)

Jamestown Landing (detail)

The quilt size is 90" x 104". I quilted it on my Domestic Sewing Machine.

Thanks for looking at my entry.

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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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September 7, 2016
Pfeffernüsse from TheEclecticAbuela

I'm still working on several gifts I can't show, but I've also continued building Pfeffernüsse--a Bonnie Hunter pattern.

This quilt uses both QSTs and string blocks.

QST 4-patches and combined string blocks

Pfeffernüsse Block

I think the magic of this pattern is in the arrangement.


I love the way the string blocks come together to form pinwheels. I still have lots of blocks to make for the full effect, but you can see a hint of it from these four blocks.

Thanks for visiting.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday ...

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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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