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June 13, 2018
Of knots and strings from Stitchin' Therapy

Spider web by Duane Walker
  Once again I got inspired to do something with my over abundant strings.    This quilt was made by Daune Walker  who was our featured speaker at guild this month.  It has a very vintage feel, in part due to the black and white prints, I think.   It has been ages since I did a spiderweb quilt, so I wanted to test her technique.

  I did a quick search on Pinterest for spider web blocks and quilts.  At  Quilterscache  I found the style block she used....in a different size.    And at Quiltville,  I found Bonnie ...

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I May Have A Scrap Problem... Strings, Strings Everywhere! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Well, despite all efforts to avoid it, Tuesday snuck up on me, and I almost forgot to write a scrappy blogpost for Wednesday!  But here I am, with a little bit of a fun quilt to share!  Here's the story...


It all started with this picture that I found on Pinterest.  Suddenly the huge pile of strings we have at church took on a different glamour!  And so, using a 5" square for the center, I started going around the square with those strings.  My only requirement was that they be straight and even.  Round and round ...

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May 18, 2018
From roses to coasters from Stitchin' Therapy

   A week of rain brought the blooms out.  This is one...just one...cluster of blooms on the small heirloom rose shrub by the back porch.  There are probably 200 buds/blooms on it right now.  Very lightly scented and just perfect to enjoy inside. 

   With all the rain, I have not gotten a lot done....rain equals pain.  So I have worked in spurts and short bits to get anything accomplished. 

  Sir Old Man took me to quilt guild this week.  We had a great program by Joyce Walton and her quilting journey.  She does some traditional work, and ...

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May 8, 2018
Variety and options from Stitchin' Therapy

  Time just gets away from me and blogging takes a hit it seems.  I did not realize it had been a week since I posted.  I was able to get thru most of the items I put on my list to accomplish last week. 

 
    I had the floral log cabin up on the design wall, and in need of squaring up the edges.  Got that taken care of and decided I needed a small border at least.  So I added that.  Now, she needs pinning and quilting.  I ordered batting and it arrived yesterday, so I am putting that onto ...

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May 7, 2018
Caribbean Strings from Elaine Adair Pieces

I need 120 (10 x 12) - no border, but might come up with a border-like color placement.  It's astonishing how much fabric a person can have in just a few colorways.  If remembering correctly I purchased 2 FQs to add to the mix.  The plan is to make 2 halves, quilt them, then put them together.  It's too unwieldy to handle MQ'ing 86" x over 100".   Blocks go fast - this is 2-3 days of sewing, doing just 4 at a time, so I don't sit too long in one position.   These are on foundation paper.  I ...

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April 8, 2018
Oh Scrap! : More Scrappy Strings from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I decided to start something new!

I have been wanting to continue to use up more of my scraps with black backgrounds.  They rarely get used in my RCS quilts so I decided to just make a quilt that featured them.



Many of these fabrics are old, old, old!  I chopped up my strings into about 6" lengths.  I tried to keep the width under 2.5".



 I am now busy sewing them into strips that I am trimming down to 5.5" by 10.5".  This quilt will be similar to my Licorice Allsorts quilt.  But I haven't ...

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March 16, 2018
Friday Finishes - Scrappy Strip quilt! from Pamela Quilts

I spent this weekend working on quilting up this fun scrappy quilt.

On a whim, I used a vintage pieced top that I was given on the back of it.  The vintage top was pretty badly stained, but just the right size for the back of this.  I had hoped that the stains might wash out, but they didn't.

It still makes a lovely, cuddly and colorful quilt, so I am offering it in my Etsy shop at a good price!

So many fun print!  I bound it with dark green - and quilted it with a nice neutral.  It ...

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February 27, 2018
Make-A-List Monday - Time For Some Fun! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I do love a fresh, new week - all kinds of possibilities stretch out in front of you! I finished up some projects last week, so now I get to start some fun stuff!  Let's see how last week's list went first, though...

1.  Quilt the vintage lozenge quilt top for a friend.
Done!  This  came out so much better than I thought it would!


2.  Quilt another vintage top (I'm sensing a trend here...)
Done!  This is the best picture I've got for now - this quilt is huge (it's folded in quarters here ...

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February 23, 2018
Looking Back and Looking Forward #5 from Quilting Nonnie


This is a quilt I made out of strings. It was my very first string quilt and it started my thrilling addiction to string quilts. I named this one "Sting Obsession." You can read the story behind the quilt by clicking on the Provenances tab above, then just scroll down until you see the title of this quilt.

Provenances are a very important step in quilt making. I know we mostly put a label on the back of the quilt; hopefully with the date made along with any other information you want. But a provenance provides the background on the ...

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February 17, 2018
purple birch trees from Making A Lather

I've added purple birch trees to my rainbow scrap challenges. I made 4 of them this month. I started this quilt as a rainbow project in January.



oops - I need to pay more attention to the up and down of each piece....


I am trying to be random with the slicing, but it seems that they are all the same anyway. One a little straighter, one leaning left, one leaning right. I guess there are only so many options.
I am making them about 12 inches for now, and will wait to trim them down when I am ready ...

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January 26, 2018
A Rainbow of Strings from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Last year, for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I made string blocks.  Some months I made a few and other months I made more than enough for an entire quilt with some left over.  The width of the strings in each color bin, helped determine the size blocks I made so some months I made 6" and others I made giant 12" blocks. 

All of the blocks I didn't make quilts out of, went into a project box.




Recently I put those blocks to use and made this fun quilt.  I needed a few more blue blocks so it was ...

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January 24, 2018
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Let's Talk Strings! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Oh, it has been a scrappy week at my place!  I've been keeping up with my daily scraps - they are all neatly cut and in a box - and we even did some major cleaning and sorting at church!  I wish I had taken a "before" pic of the pile of scraps we are sorting right here...


...but it filled up the empty spot on this floor - I'm guessing about 64 cubic feet of scraps!  The photo above is just at the beginning of the  scrap sorting - we well and truly covered about 14 feet of table ...

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January 19, 2018
Sewing up the Old Stash from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Today I have another finished quilt to share made from my older stash.  I used up all of the leftover scraps from a bunch of brown and blue fabric so now it is gone - gone - gone!  WooHoo!!



I couldn't take any outdoor photos because it has been raining so much there is water standing everywhere.  So you get to see this finished quilt draped over my longarm frame.



I used my favorite "hashtag" inner border in a chocolate brown solid.  The great thing about this method is you can use any width of inner border and it doesn't ...

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January 7, 2018
Oh Scrap! : Great Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have been finding myself with some big blocks of time to sew and I have been taking full advantage of it!  Not only have I been focusing on some scrap blocks, but I have TWO quilt tops sewn up and just waiting for quilting.  It is amazing what you can get done in a couple of hours.


You will have to wait to see the quilt tops - but I will share my blue "ladder" blocks.  I have decided to just make 7 blocks each month in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color.  In about 8 or 9 months, I should ...

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Fifth Chinese Coins Quilt Sewn and an Annual Review from Fret Not Yourself

Fifth Chinese Coins appeared to be finished until I found several more coin strips - enough for a couple of rows. A bit of hesitation. Should I add them in or not? Yes. With extra rows the quilt fits a double bed {if I use pillow shams.} So one wide row on the left and a skinny row to the right. Now the columns are sewn and I'm considering sashing strips.

Fifth Chinese Coins quilt with possible sashing

I'm not sure why I keep trying to add sashing to this quilt or why it's always dark sashing. Once ...

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December 31, 2017
Oh Scrap! : Happy New Year! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Can you believe it is already the last day of 2017?

Before we get into what I have been working on, I want to thank all of you for stopping in and reading my blog.  I so enjoy the support and encouragement you provide.  All of you mean so much to me and I really do wish you and your families the absolute best in 2018!

You know there will be lots of scrappy goodness in the new year!!



I haven't been working on anything new.  When I had time to sew last week, I worked on these scrappy ...

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December 24, 2017
Oh Scrap! : String Cleaning from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

On the night before Christmas....
I hope to be doing a little more string cleaning!



When I do find time around the holiday bustle to sew, I have been working on piecing the rows on this triangle quilt.  Four rows are completed with six more to go.



And because I can't seem to work on just one project at a time, I am also sewing the leftover fabrics into a stack of these blocks.  A little bit of "String Cleaning" you could say!

I hope all of you are celebrating the holidays with lots of family and friends and ...

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December 18, 2017
Stash report and mysteries from Making A Lather


 I finished with clue # 3 of On ringo Lake mystery quilt. I just used the sew and flip method, But I made sure to count and keep the right and left pieces separate. Knowing me, I would have just kept going past the number I needed. This helped me make sure I made the change. There is a link up on Bonnie Hunter's quiltville blog to see everyone's progress.


I bought these fat quarters during a sale on craftsy. They are aged muslin. They look almost brushed. I don't have a plan for them, I just loved ...

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October 30, 2017
Red White Blue Lightning from Art In Search

     I made this string quilt a while ago, but it has been sitting on a hanger waiting to be quilted. My grandson asked me for a quilt for his uncle Greg who is a veteran and coming to a Veteran Day Assembly at his grade school. Ethan chose this one and I quilted it in sort of a no nonsense, not fussy patterns. 
     The backing needed piecing because I wanted to stay with the RWB theme. I tried a bunch of layouts on my kitchen floor and sewed it up. I could not get any glamour shots because of the ...

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October 27, 2017
Pretty in Pink from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

All of  my quilting projects seem to follow one of two paths.  Either they speed through the process or languish away half way completed for years.



Lucky for me, this pink string quilt chose the first path and is already quilted, bound and ready for a home!




I decided just to keep the quilting simple with some unevenly spaced horizontal lines in a soft pink thread.


I didn't have a lot of larger pink yardage in my stash so I had to piece it a bit.



I have been hoarding this cute scooter print for years but decided it ...

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