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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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August 29, 2017
Rainbow Scrap Challenge--August--Neutral from TheEclecticAbuela

Since I've been using neutral strings in my monthly rainbow blocks, I'm using this month for neutral scraps in other projects.

My Leader & Ender project this year is a two rail fence--I want to make an Attic Stairs quilt (or five!).
Attic Stairs--Click Image for Link

I've got LOTS of blocks already, so I'm thinking I'll just keep making them and see how many donation quilts I wind up with. I'm using scrappy color/scrappy neutral pairs.

One of a gazillion!

I've also been working on a "What if I...?" quilt. When I ...

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August 9, 2017
Feeling Grateful from TheEclecticAbuela

Cheryl at Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting is making quilts from the pattern I created! 

String Crossroads
String Crossroads

I feel like a proud mama--Thanks, Cheryl!

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August 5, 2017
OMG for August + polka dot flimsy from With Strings Attached

I was going to make the polka-dot circles my OMG for August but look what I did this week!  The flimsy is 57 x 66-1/2 and used 3-1/2 yards.

I made six circles too many.  The black circles are the part cut behind the applique. (I appliqued before I cut away.)  

My quilting to-do list is short. Mind you, these are projects I need to make.  If I attempted to write down all the projects I'd like to make I would still be writing.

Looking at the list: I haven't heard from Mrs. McElmurry who was ...

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July 8, 2017
Rainbow Scrap Challenge--July--Blue from TheEclecticAbuela

I'm continuing the Rainbow Scrap Challenge--I have really enjoyed making these blocks each month (though my scrap collection is no smaller than when I began!).

My July blocks are blue--not my favorite color, but I do have quite a bit of blue variety.

I'm looking forward to assembling this quilt--it is the first rainbow-themed one I have done.

In other news--I finished the quilt from the April multi-colored blocks. I didn't want to use them in my rainbow quilt, so I invented a way to use them on their own.

This is Stringing Beads, a quilt of ...

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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


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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.


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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