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February 13, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Progress and Inspiration! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Scraps just keep multiplying, don't they?  But I am making some progress - I got all my solid squares cut for QuiltCon (next week - hooray!!) and yesterday I put my scrappy string quilt on the frame!

I experimented with a new quilting design - sort of like a freeform freehand Baptist Fan.  It used a lot of bobbin thread, but it was fun to do and I think it's going to look wonderful when it's washed and dried! Binding will be done today - it's the first sunny day we've had in a week and the ...

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February 1, 2019
We’re Thawing Out – Join Us for a Class on Saturday! from Cultured Expressions

I hope everyone is coming thru the Big Freeze safely.  Once you get over tihe initial shock to the body, the cold air is rather invigorating, no? It’s said that tomorrow we’ll begin warming up, so consider joining us for one or two workshops tomorrow 9Saturday, February 2, 2019) here at the Studio:

12Noon – 2:30pm – Make an African Mosaic Zippered Pouch, learning not only the African Mosaic patchwork technique using 2″ squares of prints and batiks, but also my easy method for putting in a zipper!


3:00 – 6:00pm – The String Quilt was wildly popular on ...

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January 31, 2019
string puzzle from Making A Lather

Admittedly, it has been awhile since I sat at the treadle to make string blocks. But, when I did, I found a small pile of shirt string blocks that I don't remember. Did I just decide to make them for the parts department or were they intentional. There were paper foundations cut to a specific size and stacked in sets of 10. and there were at least 50. That means they were intentional but for what?  I just don't remember. I have looked through my pinterest boards and my in process lists, and I can't seem to ...

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January 27, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Strings from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

If you have been following this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love playing around with string quilts.  So when I saw that both Moda and Humble Quilts were hosting Quilt Alongs that involved strings, I was all in.

A fun design has been tucked away in my brain for a while now.  It involves narrow strips of strings.  I will need a left and a right configuration and I am making them 5.5" wide.  I am going with three lengths - 10.5, 15.5 and 20.5" long.  I started with red because I ...

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January 24, 2019
Covered Bridge Quilt Blocks, and a String Quilt for Kids from Elaine Adair Pieces

DH didn't have any more boats to make so he made a covered bridge.  During the process he totally surprised me by asking me to make 2 Bridge Quilt Blocks (one on each side).  I don't know where he learned to build a bridge -- he didn't have any drawings or plans.  The "Bridge Quilt block" is 1 inch.  Try painting one of those!  Those are lightning rods on the top, and each end  of the bridge are built in hitching posts.  It's right out of "Bridges of Madison County"!  

Here is my wild finished string quilt ...

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January 16, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... No Shame Here! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I love when I can combine two goals into one project - don't you?  I needed a quilt design for the Rockin' Rectangles series that starts on January 27th, and the String Hamper of Shame started calling my name.  Remember this?  

Well, many hours of work ended up putting a small dent in that hamper, and creating this box full of strings cut into 8.5" lengths.

After lots and lots and LOTS of chain piecing, I ended up with a tub that looked like this...

...which, when put back into neat little stacks, looked like this.  Not ...

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January 7, 2019
good fortune - grandchildren from Making A Lather

Since the last linky Monday at quiltville for the mystery quilt, I finished the neutral string piecing,

made the red blocks,
 sewed the 12 triangle sets

and made a dent in the remaining triangle units.

I missed the reveal. In my mind, it didn't seem time for another clue. Imagine my surprise at Friday group when they all asked if I liked the quilt. They aren't even making the quilt and they knew. I think it will be a great quilt. This is the point with all the mysteries that I quit for awhile, but, I think I ...

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January 1, 2019
Stringing in the New Year from Ravelly1

I finally got some time to myself & decided to sew.

I'm sure you remember this beginning from the other day.
I decided to use gray on the one side & included a strip of black to accent those colors.

On the other side I'm using a pale green, another black strip & a large black floral.
Here's what the blocks look when turned with the florals in the center.
Here's what it looks like wth the black in the center.
Stay tuned for more later.
What are you doing this week? I'd love to hear from you.

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December 31, 2018
good fortune - a new die from Making A Lather

The last day of  2018. Happy New year!
I have all of clue 5 finished for Good fortune mystery quilt. I had just received my 3 1/2 hst accuquilt die as part of my Christmas. I was excited it was the right one. Although, it was nearly the last one on my wish list.

For clue 6, I had these pieces of junk paper leftover from the Christmas snowflake quilt. so those are the size I am using for the string piecing. most of them are 4 inches wide x 9  so I will cut them in half for ...

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December 29, 2018
Stringing With Some Friends from Ravelly1

Gene & a couple of other blogging friends prodding me into the string fever so I got into the sewing room, pulled out some tissue like paper for foundation, decided on a center & got that glued in place. Like Gene, I'm a bit OCD, which means for me, I can't just go with totally pulling random strips from a bag. I had to at least have a center in one fabric all the way through.

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December 19, 2018
string along from Making A Lather

Moda is having a string along December 28, 2018, and I thought I would participate providing I can keep up  with good fortune mystery.
Here is the intro post
Here is where I saw it
I really enjoy string piecing on my treadle. It is in my living room, and I can watch tv with or without my husband. It doesn't make too much noise to hear the tv.

And I have no shortage of strings.

I have this string spider web that I work on from time to time. I am using a 1 1/2 inch moda ...

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November 20, 2018
The Square Deal and the Venice Canals from Fret Not Yourself

While the outer border is not as blue as I want, it seems to be done. There are enough extra blocks to make one or two toddler quilts. It seems silly to continue making "slightly better" blocks and I'm out of that light blue that looks so good to me. Time to sew it up.

The Square Deal quilt in progress: working on the outer border

Before the wildfires, business took DH to LA and I tagged along for fun. The first day was spent wandering through the Venice Canal neighborhood. Built in 1905 to mimic the waterways of ...

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November 8, 2018
Nancy Sonneborn's Fabulous Fandango Quilt! from Selvage Blog

This stunning Fandango quilt is a recent finish by Nancy Sonneborn. What a beauty! Her blocks have a lot more pieces than mine. I love it! See the pattern for Fandango in the sidebar on the right.

This is what Nancy had to say about her quilt:
My fans started out a little wonky but improved as I kept at it.  They are all in the quilt and now,  I cannot tell which ones I questioned the execution of.  All the blocks are from multiple scraps I cut before beginning.  No blocks are identical but because I only used the ...

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October 28, 2018
Here’s the New Workshop Schedule!! ; ) from Cultured Expressions

Hey everyone!  Check out all of the Fabrigasmic African fabric and beads featured in our just-published  Nov/Dec/Jan workshop schedule!  Your favorite classes are joined by three new ones:  we’ve added String Quilts, Bordered Batik Panels, and Waistbeads, all inspired by our recent buying trip to Ghana!

Have you been to the Cultured Expressions studio yet?  Be sure to visit as we celebrate our 1st Anniversary, which is officially December 1 but will last all season long ; ).  If you’re traveling some distance, we can help you put together a complete overnight trip, including hotel choices, restaurants, and ...

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October 11, 2018
This week and another hurricane from Stitchin' Therapy

   Not a lot of sewing done as I have been waiting to get my eye exam done.  My old glasses were just not helping and quilting is made difficult when you can't focus :)   So the exam went doctor because my very reliable doctor has retired....sure am missing him.  And new glasses are ordered for reading.  At the optometry section, Scott suggested low mag generic readers for watching TV or driving......tada!  They work great and saved me money.  Just waiting on the close work reading glasses to come in. 

 In compensation, I pulled out a small ...

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October 3, 2018
One thing leads to another from Stitchin' Therapy

   It's been slow around here....or I have been moving slow.  We are still having summer temps, as the predicted front never made it this far south and moved north of us.  So no fall inspiration has appeared on my porch yet :)     
  I am still getting thru and sorting strips and strings.  I found another bin tucked under something else.   I decided to just piece up some colorway units.  I cut up some  4'' by 8 1/2'' foundations to cover.  Only one orange unit out of the whole bunch.....guess you can guess I don't use that ...

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September 24, 2018
roll roll from Making A Lather

As part of my mystery quilt challenge, I have finished roll roll cotton boll, Bonnie Hunter's mystery from 2010, and her 7th mystery, and my 11th finish.
I want to have it in the guild show this  October, even if I did lose most of the points on the border, so I still need a sleeve and label, but I count it finished. I really like the neutral string background. And the colors are great, very traditional and cozy.

Jo of Jo's country junction is trying to finish all the quilts in quiltville's string fling book ...

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September 17, 2018
piecing orca bay from Making A Lather

The string blocks are finished for Quiltville mystery quilt Orca Bay, so it is time to move on to the pieced blocks. It looks like they are mostly ohio star blocks with alternating black and white corners and a red center. I have an accuquilt die for the quarter square triangles which makes it easier to cut. I need a massive amount. No matter how hard I tried, the little pieces just wouldn't come out in an orderly way.

They are only 1 1/2 inch and fiddley.

The hourglass block is 2 1/2 inches and, oh, so ...

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September 10, 2018
orca bay strings from Making A Lather

I worked on my red string blocks for Orca bay quiltville mystery quilt. Jo of Jo's country junction is trying to finish all the quilts in quiltville's string fling book before the new book is published. I am trying to finish all the mystery quilts as part of that challenge before the new mystery in November.

I had a nice pile of red strings, but I used up most of them rather early in the process, so I took some bigger scraps and cut strips with my rotary cutter.

Then, I just grabbed something and tried to make ...

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September 3, 2018
strings from Making A Lather

More work on my string/mystery quilt challenge as part of what Jo is challenging us to do.
The blue string blocks for orca bay mystery quilt are finished, so I have started to work on the red. I have several pieced and a few trimmed. It is taking a long time, because I don't like string piecing, but I think, it will speed up soon, because I am tired of the mess.

For my one monthly goal this month, I want to finish the strings for orca bay, finish roll roll cotton boll, and I want ...

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