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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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February 6, 2016
New Month, New Color from Sew Enjoyable

This months color on the RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) at SoScrappy is BROWN. I have quite a bit of brown and it was fun to open the Selvedge container and rummage thru it and get a few blocks madethis past week.

The first block I made was Rainbow Twist. I am only making one this month. It will take 20 (16") blocks to make a nice size quilt so I will decide how many I want to make as the months come up. So far I have a total of 4.

I really like this block. I am using the ...

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February 3, 2016
Stringing Along from TheEclecticAbuela

This has been a physically challenging week, so I haven't done too much sewing.

I did, however, work on a few 4.5" string blocks. I don't have a specific plan for them, but they are very versatile--plus, they are fun!

Hope to get a bit more done this week--I need to border Allietare and continue assembly of Jamestown Landing. Here's hoping for a productive week!

I'm linking with Monday Making and Oh Scrap! 

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January 30, 2016
The End of the Blues! from Sew Enjoyable

Well, this is the last link up for January to the RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) hosted by Angela at soscrappy. I thought I was done last week with all my blocks, BUT I found another one that I added to the list! I made a total of 29 blocks for the month!


This is the new block- Rainbow Twist. It is a 16" finished block. I will be using the same black/white print for the background in all of the blocks.

So here is a review of this months blocks:

12 String blocks

3 That Thirties Thing Blocks

4 ...

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January 27, 2016
Jamestown Landing--Part 3 from TheEclecticAbuela

I finally completed all the units for my Jamestown Landing quilt. Now I'm starting the assembly.

It is a complicated layout, so I'm going very slowly and comparing each piece with the instructions in the book, String Fling by Bonnie Hunter.

Up close, I didn't feel like the overall pattern was showing up, but when I took photographs, I saw it clearly. Sometimes you have to step back to see it better!

Lots (and lots!) of pieces to go, but so far, I am very pleased with it.

Previous posts about this quilt can be found HERE ...

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January 25, 2016
From Limbo to Finished! from TheEclecticAbuela

Last post, I told you about the quilt in limbo--this week, I finished it!

It is a simple string quilt with a scrappy patchwork back--not fancy, but colorful!

2.5" white strips in center of blocks and 2.5" white sashing and border

7" Squares for a patchwork back

With the trimmings from the back, I made scrappy binding.

A close-up of some of the fun fabrics I used.

Very glad to have this one done--it is too pretty to remain unfinished!

Stash report:

In this month--0 yards
Out this month--16 yards

I'm linking with Patchwork Times for ...

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January 23, 2016
Blue Scrappy Saturday from Loose Threads

It's Scrappy Saturday over at Angela's blog, So Scrappy.  This month she's chosen blue scraps for us to work with so I pulled just some of my blue scraps and made some more of these 3 1/2 (unfinished) string blocks.

I'm not sure what I will do with these blocks, but a couple of years ago I made these other color blocks as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  

I also made these blue Dresden blades out of some of my 2 1/2" strips.  You can find my tutorial on how I cut these ...

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Blue Scrappy Saturday from Luann's Loose Threads

It's Scrappy Saturday over at Angela's blog, So Scrappy.  This month she's chosen blue scraps for us to work with so I pulled just some of my blue scraps and made some more of these 3 1/2 (unfinished) string blocks.

I'm not sure what I will do with these blocks, but a couple of years ago I made these other color blocks as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  

I also made these blue Dresden blades out of some of my 2 1/2" strips.  You can find my tutorial on how I cut these ...

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A very productive week from Sew Enjoyable

I hope I can keep this momentum all year!! I have so many things on my to-do list and I feel I'm off to a great start!!

I will be linking to SoScrappy for the RSC today, so be sure to check out all the blogs posted there, as well as Angela's, to see everyone's progress this past week. I am done with my blues for the month. Not to say I DON'T have any more blues, just that after making my 26 blocks, I have to move on to other projects!!

I made the Blue ...

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January 22, 2016
Fibre Arts Festival 2016 Workshops from Sew Karen-ly Created...

The fabrics from my last post were sewn into this cushion, as sample for a class on Curved Strip-Piecing which I will be teaching during the 2016 Fibre Arts Festival.
In this class, we will take strip-piecing to a whole new level by adding free-form curves to the patchwork. We will cut the curves in the fabric free hand with a rotary cutter – no templates or rulers required – and then easily stitch the pieces together using cues from the fabric. Thread embellishment will be added after stitching. This technique can be used in a variety of projects, such as a ...

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January 21, 2016
Revisiting the Quilt in Limbo from TheEclecticAbuela

I pieced a string quilt way back in June (HERE) and July (HERE), but never got it finished. I couldn't decide how I wanted to do the back, and time got away from me. Now it is time to get back to it!

I decided to piece the back from 7 inch squares I had cut from scraps. I realize that a pieced back on a string quilt may lead to some thickness because of all the seams, but my machine has never yet balked at sewing thick areas, so I'm going to try it.

 The scraps are ...

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