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October 9, 2019
Elizabeth Park Block-of-the-Month from Selvage Blog



Visit The Quilt BOM to see the free pattern for this Elizabeth Park quilt block.
Each month there will be a new block that we are using at the Hearthside Quilters guild in Harwinton, CT. If any of these ideas inspire you, help yourself. 


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October 3, 2019
Another Something New from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Somehow, as I allowed myself to start a new scrap quilt in pinks, oranges and yellows, I slipped some other scraps under my needle and started a second project.

This idea is another one that has been in my head for quite some time.  I have been just waiting for the right fabrics to come along.


As I was cleaning up some of my fabric, I came across this lovely Kaffe Fassett Collective fabric.  I had four wide strips that came off the backing trimmings from a previous quilt.



As I was standing in front of my stash pondering this ...

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September 6, 2019
Donuts (The Size of your Head) from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Funny title, huh!  But that is the real name of the pattern for today's finished quilt.

Each donut measures 18" across so my quilt ended up at 66" square.  The pattern in the book adds two more rows - that was just too big for my liking.


This pattern is found in Amanda Jean Nyberg's book "No Scrap Left Behind".  It is filled with wonderful ideas for scraps.



I thought it would be fitting to use Amanda Jean's Asterisk fabric in red for the background.  I picked this up at Connecting Threads during one of their sales and ...

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September 5, 2019
Enchanted Lake from Sew Preeti Quilts

One of the quilter-bloggers I admire is Saija. Her work is bright, modern and spectacular. She also takes excellent pictures. Her Topaz captured my heart from the moment I laid eyes on it. Oh, someday I would make a quilt inspired by it.

And I did. Meet Enchanted Lake.

Enchanted Lake
Here is the story.
This is Lisa. We work together and sometimes even party together :-)

with Lisa

When Lisa mentioned that her mum was not doing well and that she was going to visit her in London, I had a thought.

Me: I want to make a quilt for ...

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September 1, 2019
QAYG in Blue, DONE from Elaine Adair Pieces

Finished this morning - yeahhhh!  Front and back.  The consistent center strips are a handkerchief blue and white.  I've been trying to use up that handkerchief blue for years, never finding a good spot.  However, cut it narrow enough it looks great as a sashing on the back and binding.  Finished size is about 42" x 56".  This will be a donated Hugs and Stitches quilt, after a Guild Show and Tell.
Hah, you might notice the remains of a NUT on the quilt, dropped from a squirrel who was watching what I was doing!  (No, it's not a ...

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August 18, 2019
Oh Scrap! : Slow Scrap Week from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Most of my week was spent finishing up my Improv Garden quilt so I didn't make much progress on other scrap quilts.




I did pull some purple scraps and work on another "donut" for the quilt I am making from the book "No Scrap Left Behind".  In fact, I think this is the last color I need for that quilt so you just might see a finish in a few weeks.  I just need to decide on a background color and sew all the blocks together.



Some of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects already have enough blue blocks so ...

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June 26, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Konmari, Don't Come Near My Fabric! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Since I'm on vacation, I haven't been sewing this week - but I have been reading Marie Kondo's book about tidying and purging.  It's eye-opening - she has some very good and sound ideas (and also some totally whack-a-doodle ones!).  But the one room I am declaring a Konmari-free zone?  My sewing room!  


If your curiosity has been piqued by the idea of only keeping things that bring you joy, I do recommend reading the book - it's an engaging read (I read over 60% of it yesterday afternoon while sitting by the pool) and you ...

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June 13, 2019
lightening and liberty from Making A Lather

I have finished a few more blocks for my string block that I am calling lightening. I think I need 4 more blocks and then I will make it a quilt.... or not. But, I have cleaned up the area and even vacuumed, so I am hesitant to start the mess. I swear, the strings just go flying.


My women's group at church had a patriotic themed crafty evening. They said bring your own project if you want. Why not a quilt that I have started and need to finish. Other than my daughter's quilt, this is probably ...

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June 7, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... And a Time Problem! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

May is over.  Where did it go?  Unfortunately, I didn't get anything done on my list of scrappy goals from May (a record-breaking Hands2Help Challenge may have had a little bit to do with that!) but it was still a good month!  June may not be much better, but I'll try just jumping the May goals up to June and see if I can get them done before the end of the month!

In the meantime, this probably doesn't quite count as scrappy sewing, but I did make a quilt top last week using some ...

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Quilt Number Three from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

How many quilts can be made from some scraps and leftover fabric in a 12" x 14" tub?  I now know the answer is three!



I made this lovely string quilt from the last bits of the fabric.  You can see the first quilt here.  And learn about the second quilt here.



Here is a reminder of the tub of fabric I received from a friend.  It didn't look like there was that much fabric in there!



When I made the string blocks, I placed two black strings about midway on each side of the diagonal.


I was hoing ...

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June 4, 2019
Irish Wedding Quilt from Selvage Blog


We are attending the wedding of Colin and Colleen this weekend. Colin is my "almost nephew." I've been friends with his Mom since she was born. She's only three years younger than me, but I have a good memory. And she had red hair which I had never seen before, so there's that. 

I just finished this quilt for them today. It measures 72" square. A classic string quilt design, it has lots of hidden treasures such as peanuts, goldfish, a sock monkey, an owl, and lots more. Over the years maybe family members will have fun ...

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June 3, 2019
strings and organization from Making A Lather

This is the first time in a long time that I could see this much floor in my sewing room. I am pretty excited. On the other hand, the reason I can see it, is because the flat surfaces are now covered again. And when I want to sew, I will move everything to the floor, and the cycle will continue. Hopefully, every time it goes back and forth, the mess will shrink, as I figure out what I am going to do with odds and ends of stuff.  Do you have little bits of this and that with no ...

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May 29, 2019
I May Have a Scrap Problem... Is Taking A Very Short Break! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Well, I may have a scrap problem, but this week I've got an even bigger problem - about 100 prizes that need to be packaged up and put in the mail!  I haven't touched my sewing machine OR my scraps in two weeks, and until I get those packages in the mail, I won't be sewing at all!  So I'm taking a very short blog break (basically this post) so I can concentrate on that task, and be back in time for Whoop Whoop Friday!

But of course we need a little bit of eye ...

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May 28, 2019
borders and strings from Making A Lather

I have the borders on smith mountain morning and it is a race to see if I can finish it before the end of the month. I have the backing material and a just emptied longarm. It could happen. It's a pretty quilt, and I hesitate, thinking I should do something special in the quilting. But, I know I prefer a more simple pattern, and I don't have to do what everyone else is doing. I love the piecing of a quilt, and I certainly wouldn't pay a longarmer to do the fancy stuff, so why would ...

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May 24, 2019
Spring Equals Birthdays & Proms from Needle and Foot

May has been such a busy month! School is winding down – senior year is coming to a close for Julia. Plus we have celebrated her 18th birthday and she went to her Senior Prom. Crazy to see this girl finishing up high school because it was only a few weeks ago that I felt like such an awful mother as I left her crying on the first day of Kindergarten. Such is life, right?

A few weeks ago, I posted this desperate plea on Instagram and Facebook. Julia’s prom dress didn’t really fit well and she asked if ...

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May 12, 2019
Oh Scrap! : The Clean-up Quilt from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

First off, I want to wish all of you Mom's a very special Mother's Day.  



I would love to give each of you flowers but this digital bloom will have to do.  My peonies are just starting to bloom and the color show is simply amazing!




This past week I have been sewing up the last of the Australian fabric into quilt number three.  I pretty much only had strips and bits left so I thought I would make some simple string blocks.  Are you surprised?!  I wanted each block to have two thin black strings as shown ...

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May 2, 2019
sand castles strings from Making A Lather

I have finally finished all the string blocks for quiltville pattern sand castles. Next is a gazilllion 4 patches from 1 1/2 in strips. And if only this made a dent in the scrap buckets. Still, it is nice to move this project along to the next step.


While I was working on the string blocks, I made a few slab pieces, just for fun. It would break the monotony of the sand colored fabric. I have a BIG bucket of strings in different sizes and shapes that I used to make these. No plans for these, yet.




And ...

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April 26, 2019
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Feeling a Little Hygge..... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Once again, Friday has rolled around and that means one thing - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  After putting my nose to the grindstone on Thursday, I'm ready - are you?  Let's get started!

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First of all, I need to share my internet research with you.  Maybe you've heard the word "hygge" but don't know quite what it means. Here's what I found out...

hyg·ge
/ˈh(y)o͞oɡə,ˈho͝oɡə/
noun

A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.


When ...

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April 15, 2019
sand castles from Making A Lather

I had the string piecing bug last week, and when it hits, it's best to go with it. I think I was primarily anxious to clean up the mess. I worked on sand castles. I am half way through the blocks I need, with most of them trimmed and depapered.


While I was cleaning I would pick up any stray small pieces, and add them to a strip of adding machine tape. I had found a bag of adding machine tape at goodwill recently, and thought I would try using them for string piecing. It was fun. It's ...

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April 12, 2019
Little Updates from Needle and Foot

Hurray – It’s Friday!! When you work at home, it doesn’t really matter as much that Friday rolls around, does it? But I still love that feeing of heading into the weekend. It is probably just ingrained in me from the years of being in school, working, having kids in school – Fridays are a great day!

I am popping in with just a few things to tell you. Before we get started, you may have noticed the incredibly beautiful hatching chick in the picture above. Julia made it in first grade and it makes me smile to remember those ...

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