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June 21, 2017
Stringing Beads--An Original Design from TheEclecticAbuela

I love making string quilts. When I came up with this design, I decided to combine it with the April Multicolor Rainbow Scrap Challenge from soscrappy.


You can find previous posts about this quilt HERE (Part 1) and HERE (Part 2).



Without further ado, here is Stringing Beads:

Stringing Beads 68" x 75"





Stringing Beads (detail)




Stringing Beads (quilting detail)




Stringing Beads (backing detail)

I have no idea why the color went wonky in the last photo!


This is the most densely quilted piece I have ever made, but I like the effect. I am glad to have this one ...

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June 12, 2017
Rainbow Scrap Challenge--June--Yellow & May--Green from TheEclecticAbuela

With the flooding cleanup in May, I fell behind in my photography of my RSC blocks. This month (June) is yellow and last month was green. I decided to wait to photograph and post them both at the same time.

Here is a sample of my sunny June blocks:


While yellow is not my favorite color, these make me smile. (Of course, Big Bird, ruby slippers, and a French hen help!)




Here is a sample of my May blocks:







I love all the shades of green included here. I've used a lot of green this year, so the scraps ...

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May 1, 2017
Design wall 5/1/17 string quilt blocks from Always Quilts

I see I didn’t post any design wall updates the whole month of April. I’ll start May off sharing my current design wall project. It’s another string quilt. I am having way too much fun making string quilts!

That’s it for today, to see more design walls check out www.patchworktimes.com

Theresa


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April 26, 2017
Rainbow Scrap Challenge--April--Multicolor--Part 2 from TheEclecticAbuela

I'm putting together the multicolor blocks. You can read about them HERE.





There are lots of places to match, but I am making progress. I'm calling this one "Stringing Beads." It reminds me of the beaded curtains that people hang in doorways.





Beaded Doorway Curtain


I'll finish assembling the center of the top, then wait until it tells me what type of borders it needs.

I'm linking to Scrap Happy Saturday at soscrappy, Fiber Tuesday 108 at The Quilting Room with Mel, and Jo's Country Junction UFO Challenge.





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April 25, 2017
Rainbow Scrap Challenge--April--Multicolor from TheEclecticAbuela

April's rainbow scrap challenge is to use  multicolored scraps.


Because I've been sticking to one color during previous months, and I am planning to use the blocks in a rainbow-type quilt, I decided to do the multicolor blocks for a separate project.






I'd been designing a block in my head, so I tried it out.  I plotted it on EQ7 and then started sewing. While there are lots of multicolor strings in the blocks, I used a constant dark red for the centers, and I added some strings in solids and blenders to tame the confusion!


I ...

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March 29, 2017
Friendship Strings from TheEclecticAbuela

This quilt is the result of a failed experiment.

You can read about it HERE.


The lesson here is not to give up, but to think of new ways to use what you already have. I am happy with the final design.

Friendship Strings





Fun fabrics--corn, cows, and candy corn...




More fun--sock monkeys and pickles




Friendship Strings (backing and binding detail)

This was a long time in the making, but YAY! for the finish.


I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 104 at The Quilting Room with Mel  and Jo's Country Junction UFO Progress.


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March 4, 2017
Rainbow Scrap Challenge--March--Red from TheEclecticAbuela

I'm participating in  the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year. You can find out about it at soscrappy. The March color is red. 
 

Red is my favorite color, so I have plenty of scraps to choose from.


Here are some of my string blocks. I was just playing around with a layout here; I've no idea how it will end up! Some are full string blocks, and some are half neutral/half color.

 

RED! Yay!



Pinwheel and X block



February's Aquamarine blocks





January's Purple blocks



I look forward to this challenge each month; it gives me a ...

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February 28, 2017
Teal Update (Alright......Purple, Too) from Sew........This Is My Blog

I may have bitten off more than I can chew with this Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Well, that's only because (as with all things quilty) I have to do it my own way.  The challenge is to make one or more blocks of the color chosen for each month then put all of them together into one big rainbow quilt.  The goal I have set for myself is to make an entire charity quilt each month using that month's color.  That's a big challenge, but I'm excited about it.

Last month's teal blocks are now in ...

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February 4, 2017
Rainbow Scrap Challenge--February--Aquamarine from TheEclecticAbuela

I'm participating in  the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year. You can find out about it at soscrappy. The February color is aquamarine.

This is not a favorite color for me, but even so, I found lots of scraps to use!


Here are some of my string blocks. I was just playing around with a layout here; I've no idea how it will end up! Some are full string blocks, and some are half neutral/half color.









Add these to last month's purple. Though they aren't pictured, I did some of the half neutral/half color blocks ...

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January 31, 2017
Rainbow Scrap Challenge--January--Purple from TheEclecticAbuela

I'm trying the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year. You can find out about it at soscrappy. The January color is purple.

As I cut for Bonnie Hunter's En Provence mystery, I set aside purple strings for later use. Little did I know I would dive into them so quickly!






I'm going to make string blocks of each color for an as yet undetermined project (maybe another String Crossroads). I love string blocks (and lovelovelove making them), so putting them together at the end of the year should be a lot of fun.

Thanks so much to soscrappy ...

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January 25, 2017
Revisiting an Experiment from TheEclecticAbuela

About a year and a half ago, I made a bunch of string blocks for an experiment. I wasn't thrilled with the result, so I put the remaining blocks away to use later. I decided that this week was "later" enough!

The posts about these blocks are entitled Playtime at the Hacienda (Part 1) and Playtime at the Hacienda (Part 2). The finished experiment can be found HERE.



I simply wasn't happy with the broad white stripe down the center of each block, so I decided to cut them up.

Original




Cut in half down the length of ...

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December 19, 2016
Weekly update: En Provence, string setting, and another scrappy start from With Strings Attached



I got caught up on all the parts for En Provence, the Quiltville mystery.  The V-block ruler is a great tool to make the isosceles triangles.

   I have two more Snapware boxes in this size to hold the next units.


 I alternated the  En Provence units with the Block Lotto pieced strings blocks.  Which were the leaders and which were the enders?   When I had about 36 string blocks on the wall I auditioned a skinny black sashing strip. Nope. I surveyed my stash and a bright Australian print (bought at the Madison show in September) popped to the top ...

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December 13, 2016
Weekly update: the social whirl, string piecing, and that mystery from With Strings Attached

We went to the podiatrist on Tuesday. He pronounced the second procedure successful and scheduled the next appointment for December 20.  I'm *trying* to favor my foot.

The first week of December is when many of the organizations I'm in have their holiday parties. I had to skip two of them (Monday evening and Tuesday noon) but I went to three others.

FQ exchange and scrap bags 
 The quilt guild dinner was Wednesday evening.  We have a fat quarter exchange -- package four FQs any way you'd like. Draw a number and take your pick of someone else ...

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November 22, 2016
Pfeffernüsse is Pfinished! from TheEclecticAbuela

I've made several Bonnie Hunter quilts this year: Allietare, Jamestown Landing, Carolina Chain (haven't shown that one yet; it's a secret!), Old Tobacco Road, and I've just finished Pfeffernüsse. Can you tell I'm clearing the decks for this year's mystery En Provence?

My first post about Pfeffernüsse is HERE.

This was a fun quilt to make--I love string blocks; I love pinwheels; I love multi-pattern neutrals; I love red. (Okay, I don't love making QSTs so much, but they were worth it in this case!)  This pattern can be found in Bonnie Hunter ...

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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 AmysCreativeSide.com 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 AmysCreativeSide.com 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.


Pinwheel!


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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