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January 19, 2021
To-Do is Done Plus from Melva Loves Scraps

Last week's list is complete and done!  I do love a productive week, though getting through it can sometimes be difficult with distractions all along the way. 

✔Complete the quilting on the poppies table runner

This was FUN!  The matchstick quilting offers texture and I had fun using a variety of colors from my Aurifil thread collection.  

Using more scraps from the improv poppies I made the binding and did big-stitches with orange embroidery floss to add to the modern look of the table runner.

Choose a quilt pattern for a giraffe quilt for the new grand-daughter that is ...

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January 13, 2021
DrEAMIs and To-Dos from Melva Loves Scraps

It has been weeks since I have spent any significant amount of time in my studio... not that I haven't been doing plenty with quilty projects.  The bulk of my time has been on the computer writing and researching for the last few stories for the Pieces From The Past Sew Along.

I had been stalled for three or four days and then last Tuesday the floodgates opened and my fingers flew over the keyboard.  The ideas flowed and I felt good about it... I hope that all of you will feel the same about what is to come ...

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December 18, 2020
Mini Corner Star Ornament - Pieces From the Past Bonus from Melva Loves Scraps


As I wrote the first Corner Star post I kept looking at the pattern and I knew that I wanted to use 1/4 of the block at a reduced size to make an ornament.  There were many other tasks that needed to be addressed before I could sit and play.  When I finally did, it took a couple of tries, but finally found the proper sizes.  And I have to say that I am pleased beyond measure with the finished block.  

As I read the accounting of a Christmas celebration at Camp Trinidad for the German POWs and how ...

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December 10, 2020
Best Laid Plans... from Melva Loves Scraps

Sometimes we make plans and everything falls into place... and sometimes... we are taken for an unexpected ride.

We went for a detour ride (again) this week.

✔  Playmat quilt for our Great-nephew.

I had great fun creating the various buildings, landscape items and  more for this playmat.  

The hot air balloons that help to form the mountain range is one of my favorite features.  

I quilted waves into the water and added some loops to be like grass in the light greed and some rolling hills in the dark green.

Remember the pattern was free over on the JoAnn Fabrics ...

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December 1, 2020
New To-Do from Melva Loves Scraps

 As the calendar page turns, it seems that all thoughts turn toward Christmas.  I know that 2020 has been a different and challenging year for so many.  One comfort is knowing that despite all that has transpired, there is One that has been, is and always will be the same - My Lord and Savior - the center of the Christmas Season for so many.

My faith is what has sustained me throughout the year... and we are smack dab in the middle of Advent - a season of preparation.  Trees go up, decorations come out, manger scenes get unwrapped and gifts get ...

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November 27, 2020
To Do... #1 Give Thanks from Melva Loves Scraps

 Last week's list...

✔  Sew on a label - it still needs a name, but I will wait for the little guy to arrive for that. 

✔  Postcard blocks - As I had anticipated, I didn't get very far with this one while we were away... but I took the time to finish it yesterday as I recouped from our time away and a busy weekend.  

This little hummingbird still needs an eye embroidered, but I think he turned out pretty cute!

Our time away was fun, wild and crazy and boy do we have stories to tell!  lol.

In the Purgatoire ...

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November 22, 2020
Ta-Dah! Tuesday from Melva Loves Scraps

 I set forth my list of To Do's and they all became Ta-Dah's!  I love a productive week...

I'll be wrapping up the table topper with our business logo

I love the way it looks! And the win-win is that when Dave wants to do photos of the the guns he builds or restores there is no need for watermarking the photos.

He did tell me that it is too nice to be left on the table between shoots so it will be protected from grease and oil stains.  

Just look at all that texture!  Though it ...

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November 11, 2020
All A "To-do" Over What To Do from Melva Loves Scraps

 The past week has been tumultuous for a deeply divided America... I know many people that enjoy the "adult coloring books" and many of my friends would think that I, as a quilter and quasi-artist, would enjoy them as well.  Truth be told... they sTrEsS me OUT!  and this is exactly what I would have done to a page this week had I been given one...

And just this morning I sent this to a friend... 

I retreated to my studio for some "therapy" on Friday to applique our business logo onto a quilt and again Saturday afternoon to begin ...

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November 7, 2020
OCC Sewing & 500th Post Celebration/Give Away from Melva Loves Scraps

 As I had planned last week I have been a busy little elf in the studio creating some special WOW gifts for our church's Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. 

✔  I will be making items for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes...  I have fabric pulled to make shorts for little boys and skirts for the girls.

 As it turned out, I have had extra time... let me explain.

On Thursday we received a message stating that our son-in-law had reported for his mandatory bi-weekly covid test on Monday.  The results revealed a positive.  Ummm... we had just delivered the kiddos ...

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November 1, 2020
Words of Life - Postcard Swap II from Melva Loves Scraps

 I recently spent an afternoon doing "playing" as I waited for the delivery of the flannel backing I had ordered for the latest commissioned t-shirt quilt.  

My friend, Mark Montano, had announced a second postcard swap since his first was a resounding success and there were many that had missed it and wanted a second chance.

I had a new idea for postcards... quilted, of course!  I wanted to create some in the likes of the hand-sewn hello card I made in the World full of hearts post in April.

I chose some "words of wisdom" fabric.  Now, I'm ...

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October 13, 2020
Check-in of Tuesday's Two from Melva Loves Scraps

 Has it really been only a week since I last posted???  It flew by!  Yet there was so much that went on...

My To-Do List consisted of...

❧ Piecing the top for the third memory quilt in a month. 

❧ Write the last Kansas City Star quilt block pattern.

Did I meet those two goals?  I can answer with a resounding "Yes!"

Though there were plenty of distractions along the way, I completed both tasks just yesterday... well, last night.  For me to continue working of "quilty" projects into the evening is unusual, but the daunting task of that last block pattern ...

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October 6, 2020
Letters - Present and Past from Melva Loves Scraps


A few weeks ago I received a "soft package" in the mail, unexpectedly.  It was from our friend Susan.  Dave and I were honored to be able to assist her last summer when her husband, Dave's college roomie, passed away suddenly.  She was left with a basement full of tools and equipment that she didn't know what to do with or what their value was.  

We made a quick trip to Lincoln, Nebraska to create an inventory list with actual values as well as realistic re-sale values.  But while there, Susan, who is also a quilter, and I ...

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September 24, 2020
Gone Quilting! & A No Guilt::Go Quilt Jamaican Jerk Chicken from Melva Loves Scraps

 Last week FLEW by!  I didn't complete each of the items on last week's Tuesday To-Do list, but I did make progress.

  Finish "Papa's T-shirts" baby quilt - I will be sandwiching and quilting tomorrow

❧ Apply fusible stabilizer to the t-shirts for the graduation gift and begin the layout of the quilt top.  I have a story about the stabilizer...

  Oh, and I have a pattern test  Still testing, but I should have the top pieced by the end of today

  If I have time... I would like to "harvest" the graphics of the third set of t-shirts ...

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September 20, 2020
Feeling Ambitious! from Melva Loves Scraps

 The week flew by!  But I had a productive week!  And this week will probably fly by quickly as well since we are planning a camping trip.  Our original plan was to go to Red River, NM with some friends, rent an ATV and go exploring some of the mountain trails.  

Since their plans and schedule changed, we are still going (we NEED to for our sanity), but we will instead head just 80 north to Pueblo so that we can combine running errands, visiting the girls and grands and having some time away.  Taking a long ride on the ...

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September 9, 2020
Tuesday's To-Do Musings from Melva Loves Scraps

It has been several weeks since I linked with Home Sewn By Us for their Tuesday To-Do planning party...  Life was really busy, and suddenly all of the deadlines have passed and I have time to relax and take time to smell the roses.

Well, sort of... While I don't have any quilt projects waiting in line and screaming for attention, I DO have a need to begin writing out the patterns for the final six blocks of the Pieces From The Past Sew Along, along with gathering more family photos, stories and research dates and events... oh and ...

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August 14, 2020
Pause Button from Melva Loves Scraps

Sometimes life get so busy all you want to do is press the pause button.  That is where I am at right now.  

I don't have any big quilt projects going on, yet there is so much other "stuff" going on around us that it is a good thing, because I am not sure I would be able to focus much.  

Nothing too serious, just out of town doctor appointments, learning details of international wire transfers, figuring out tips and tricks to make the computer side of worship leadership less stressful, Dave monitoring the local water association water tank ...

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August 8, 2020
Turning To-Do In To Done from Melva Loves Scraps

Last week was rough!  It seemed as though I faced a new challenge each day, though none of the obstacles were quilting related.  You know, just life stuff.  Issues with a major credit card company, technology issues that affected the latest release of the Pieces From The Past Pattern - Russian Sunflower, an update that were required on the church computer before being able to create the Sunday worship slides, and notifications that recent medical bills are not "covered" by our "non-insurance" provider.

Even with all that happened, I was still productive in the studio.  Woohoo!  The silver lining of the ...

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July 29, 2020
Tuesday To Do's from Melva Loves Scraps

Somehow another week has passed and it is time to set up my list of my quilty priorities...

Last week, my unofficial list - because I only linked up my previous week's accomplishments...

❧ I was asked for a few more masks - Colorado sports team themed.

 I did not include a plan for the week, but my unofficial list included pulling fabric for a pattern test and to make more "sign" blocks for my Camping Journal Quilt...  neither were completed but there was a very, very good reason for it.

You see there was ...

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July 16, 2020
New Week, New Tuesday To Do from Melva Loves Scraps

Last week was a whirlwind!  Did anyone else experience the same???  It was as if I blinked and a new week started... yet with all that took place last week, it was as if time stood still.

There were memories made, conversations over breakfasts, late night chats, fellowship with some of the bestest of friends, pedicures, snuggles with grand-daughters, giggles and squeals of laughter, legos, video games and Barbies, worship and stories about Jesus, water fights, desserts, hot days that didn't ever want to cool off.

I finished the commissioned quilt on Monday and sewed a label on it ...

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July 5, 2020
Tuesday To-Do and Brainstorming from Melva Loves Scraps

As I worked on meeting last week's Tuesday's Two Goals I was pondering...

I pondered life in general, but more specifically I was pondering the digital quilting community.  Through this blog, as well as social media (fb, instagram and bloglovin') I have met so many wonderful and talented quilters.

And with my current Pieces From The Past Sew Along that community has grown even more.  If you are not familiar with the sew along, it features vintage Kansas City Star patterns that my Grandma had collected and letters that were written to my Grandparents from former German Prisoners ...

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