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July 7, 2020
Stringing Along from Fret Not Yourself

We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

The introduction of a story by Donald Hall relates an old New England tale: 'A man was cleaning an old house in New England and he found a box which was full of tiny pieces of string. On the lid of the box there was an inscription in an old hand: "String too short to be saved".'

My mother loved quoting the punch line whenever something foolish appeared in our cabinets. We deny packrat tendencies but truth will out. What crazy stuff we save because ...

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June 30, 2020
String Star Finished from Fret Not Yourself

When presidents lose the trust of the public, I think it's very difficult 
if not impossible for them to govern this country.
~Robert Dallek


Just a matter of curiosity, but do you realize all these string sections are 45 degree isosceles triangles or 45 degree diamonds {which are really two of those isosceles triangles?} It's another way to make a string quilt besides square and rectangular blocks.

Once each larger section was sewn I made four right triangles for the corners. You can see I'm running out of lights. These are getting into the mediums. At ...

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June 23, 2020
More String Diamonds from Fret Not Yourself

When men fear the loss of what they know, 
they will follow any tyrant who promises to restore the old order.
~Barbara Kingsolver in Unsheltered


The scrap bag still looks as full as when I started. More diamonds in the making but this time simply divided into either light or dark. A speaker at our guild showed her elegant Feathered Stars. Some were traditionally set while others were rotated 45 degrees so the points lined up with the cardinal directions.

Twenty-four paper-pieced string diamonds of dark values of blue, black, brown, green, red, and purple surround eight more string diamonds of very light fabrics.
Diamond strings made into a star

With this layout, the backgrounds are just more 45 degree isosceles triangles. Half ...

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June 12, 2020
A Very Colorful Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I think for a lot of quilters, the quilting and the sewing on of the binding slows down the completion of a quilt.  Once I get a project to that stage, I see a finish in my sights and I become a bit obsessive about crossing it off my to-do list.

I was able to sneak my colorful string quilt onto my longarm frame between some client quilts this week.  A couple evenings of hand sewing and the binding was also quickly added.  

I think hand sewing a binding is my second favorite step of the process - choosing fabrics is ...

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June 5, 2020
A Rainbow of Colors from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Once pink was announced for the June Rainbow Scrap Challenge color, I decided to just finish up one of my 2019 RSC quilts that was continued on into this year.

This quilt just needed some pink and purple 6.5" string blocks.  Making the string blocks kept my hands busy while my mind was able to process the pain in America and to reflect on my actions (or inaction) that contributes to it.

In no time at all I had all the blocks sewn, the quilt top finished and some goals to be a better person.

  The center is made ...

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May 15, 2020
birch trees finish from Making A Lather

I started this quilt as part of the rainbow scrap challenge in 2018. I made blocks according to the rainbow color of the month. By year end, I had all the blocks finished. I made string blocks, and, sliced them for the "tree" part of the block. By following the scrap challenge, it was never overwhelming to work on it.

It is about 68 x 80. I used a green sheet for the backing.

I have this quilt on my May one monthly goal and my PHD 2020.

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April 19, 2020
Hands2Help 2020 - With Susan and her Scrappy Strippy Chevron Quilt! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Welcome back!  I hope everyone is staying healthy and busy - there's certainly plenty to do these days, even if you are stuck at home.  I know I've discovered hidden treasures in my own stash AND it seems like lots of folks have been cleaning and organizing, which means that I'm getting calls about t-shirt quilts more and more lately!  

Today we've got another great guest blogger joining us - Susan of Stitched by Susan!  I do hope you'll check out her blog - just a quick glance through her posts and you'll find so ...

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April 5, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Strings from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

It is a new month so that means a new color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  
The color for April is Blue.

The color for the month is actually bright blue but I treat all blues the same.  I do sort out turquoise but we sewed that color last month.  I decided to sew up some strings first and made these three 12.5" blocks.

And speaking of turquoise, I finished up some 8.5" string blocks I started last month.  Then I made four 6.5" darker blue ones.   This RSC quilt only needs pink and purple blocks to ...

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March 28, 2020
Finding some sanity from Stitchin' Therapy

  I try to avoid the fear and panic from the pandemic.  I limit the articles I read and such.  Yet, still that swirling vortex of calamity creeps in the cracks of my mind.  I realized that the normal routine of life has changed, been altered by circumstances I can not control in the least. 

  So beyond the usual household chores and meals....Sir Old Man is home more, so I cook more....I need to create something routine and daily.   I have been sewing about an hour a day usually, and this week I came upon an idea that has ...

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March 22, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Crazy Times from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I hope all of you are staying home and keeping safe and healthy.  For years now, I have worked out of my home and it is not uncommon for me to not leave the house for days.  So the sheltering at home has been easy for me.  I hope all of you are adapting well.

But I will admit, I don't do well without a plan.  And right now, the future is anyone's guess. So I find myself without a lot of desire to sew.  I did manage to sew up a couple turquoise string blocks before I ...

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February 28, 2020
sand castle finish from Making A Lather

I am not getting the comments in my email. I wonder if blogger is having a problem. I am sorry if I am not responding to comments. I think I may have fixed it.

I started sand castles early last year and have tried to stick to it until it is finished. It was a massive project to cut and sew 3648 pieces and a bunch of strings together, and, more importantly, to keep me on the same project.

It finishes at 80 x 80 and used 20 1/4 yards of fabric.

Funny story: Cleaning up around my treadle ...

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February 19, 2020
Low Volume Strings and NTT from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I've been working on putting together a string quilt with lots of my low volume fabrics, and though I'm not done playing around with the block layout just yet, so far I love how it's coming together.

Mixed into the low volume strings are some of my favorite spring greens, just for a few pops of color scattered here and there.  These blocks are only six inches, and the strips finish at just one inch wide, so that means that every block has nine different strips in it.  The narrow strips ...

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Scrap Project from The Quilt Yarn

Well, it's finally happened...I ran out of room!

Went to Ikea and bought a chest of draws to house most of my 'good' stash.  This was a bit handy as it also serves as a place for the little TV that I have in the sewing room.

As one does, I started to go through some of the other stuff that I seem to have stashed away in all sorts of containers in various places. Found an entire project from leftover blocks from a quilt made some years ago. This could be handy as a practice piece to ...

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February 12, 2020
courthouse steps quilt from Making A Lather

Slowly, I have been making Bonnie Hunter's wonky log cabin quilt using my strings and crumbs bins. Her pattern calls for 120 blocks and I have one done already that size, but this one, I have started putting it together with 72 blocks. I want to see if 8 x 9 looks like a decent size. I am sewing into blocks of 4.

I have decided to throw the frolic mystery quilt border pieces in as leader and enders along with my other projects. That way, before I know it, I will have the borders pieced and ready to ...

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January 31, 2020
sand castle top from Making A Lather

I have sewn the last seam on the sand castle quilt.

And, now, it is a top.

The pattern for sand castles is from quiltville and does not call for borders. So, I don't think I will add them either.
It is 82 x 82 right now. I am planning on continuing on this one, until it is finished, instead of just adding it to the list of tops that need quilted.

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January 30, 2020
sand castle webbing from Making A Lather

After laying all the blocks out on the library floor, I started stacking and webbing the sand castle top together. It is getting there. I decided to do two columns of four blocks each. Then, I will just need to sew the two halves together.

It is hard to believe the month is nearly over, and time to think about February.

I am linking to:
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January 12, 2020
Oh Scrap! : Green Strings from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

The color green was assigned to the month of January for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, so I have been working through the scraps in that color.

Thanks to a number of recent quilts that used gren, my scraps are pretty slim for green.  I did have a bunch of strings in green and teal so I thought I would make some quick 12" string blocks.

Here is one of my little secrets, I use fabric foundations for my string blocks.  There seems to be no shortage of thin, very vintage fabrics in people's stash that can be found on ...

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December 23, 2019
weekend strings from Making A Lather

I have this pile of scraps, on the floor, near the treadle sewing machine, again. I wanted to get it sewn up and gone before the end of the weekend. I don't think it will make the room feel Christmasy at all.
I have started another wonky courthouse steps from Bonnie Hunter. I think I could make 10 with my collection of strings and crumbs. My first one isn't quilted yet.

Even after a sewing spree, the pile didn't go away until I threw what is left in a bag and hid it in a basket. sigh ...

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December 22, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Mindless Sewing from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I am happy to report that all of my holiday sewing is completed and my clients have picked up all of their quilts that they needed this year.  I am ready for a much needed break!

I celebrated a bit by putting away the MANY stacks of fabric cluttering every surface in my sewing room.  It felt good to get everything tucked away.

I had a few minutes to sew so I decided to make a eight 10" string blocks in orange.  It was therapeutic to spend some time doing a bit of mindless sewing.

As I was cleaning I ...

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December 9, 2019
instagram frolic from Making A Lather

I don't like instagram, but everyone else does. The new quiltville mystery quilt, frolic, will be linking up on instagram instead of blog today. When I look at instagram, I feel like I am looking at someone's vacation slides - boring. There is no substance or information to make it interesting.
I did find myself unmotivated to even start this mystery. This will be my 19th quiltville mystery quilt. I have a page of all of them here. I am glad I broke into it.  I have clue one finished. I had all the blue strips already in the ...

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