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April 3, 2020
Scraps and other notes ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings









It was a fine morning to work in scraps to make great progress in Leila Gardunia's year of scrappy triangles.  Not a 2020 year, but one in my past that I copied Leila's  52 paper piecing patterns, each one different from the other,   and baby, would you look at them now.  They look fabulous all lined up in no particular order or design layout and with only 8 more to go......









It's too late to turn back now.  What a great time to paper piece while alone without distractions.





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March 21, 2020
Two quilt tops finished from Luna Lovequilts

The result of being confined at home ...
Le résultat du confinement à la maison ...



I finished the piecing step of two current projects over the week. And they are both basted !
J'ai terminé l'étape d'assemblage de deux projets en cours pendant la semaine. Et ils sont tous les deux faufilés !


I have to share my working space with my husband who has been working from home since last Tuesday. And since he requisitioned our computer, there are less distractions for me and then more sewing done ;-)

Je dois partager mon espace de travail avec mon mari qui ...

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National Quilting Day 2020 from Wedding Dress Blue

Quilting is both a social and a solitary hobby.  I am mostly a solitary quilter who socializes primarily through this blog.

But, for those of you who socialize more in person, while stores and guilds and shows and stitching groups might be closed, the sewing machine is definitely open.  And this is a great day to celebrate the obsession hobby we share.

I hope to have a few hours of piecing time today in between cleaning and serving others in my home and neighborhood.

Soon I will share what is accomplished.  I have been working on a leader-ender in the ...

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March 20, 2020
Star Kissed Quiltalong: A First Finished Top from Wedding Dress Blue

If you are new to the Star Kissed Quiltalong, Welcome!  You are right on time.  You can get all previous posts and information by clicking the Quiltalong Button to the right (Thank you, Susan) or by going HERE.

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In the meantime, I have finished a Star Kissed flimsy.

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This is the original idea, based on 1-1/4″ squares.  But remember, you do not need to do that size.  There is also 1-1/2″, 2″ and 2-1/2″ to choose from.

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I like the super scrappy look, both in the colors and the backgrounds.  I even made each star point a ...

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Dog's Breakfast? from Elsie Quilts

I know -- it looks like a dog's breakfast. These are what I have so far from my scrap bin of mostly browns and oranges. There is enough for 80 blocks. They will be all the same (8" finished) and the only thing consistent is the horizontal rows have the largest piece all in the same value and nearly the same color. 

I will likely flip every other row so I don't have to worry about matching seams, and of course rearrange the blocks in the rows until they look better. I've also considered a narrow sashing but ...

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March 18, 2020
Friendship: Pass it on from Marty's Fiber Musings



At the end of each guild president's tenure, guild members are invited to make a 'friendship block' to  show their appreciation for her dedication and to honor the time put into doing this important job.  Not having a firm commitment from the group, I decided to hell with all your animosity.....this will be done.  Whoever wants to be a friend will sign on the designated fabric!   I committed to putting it all together into a true friends' quilt. 

You are either in this circle of friends or out.  The choice was yours.  Hopefully, when you signed your name ...

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Seeing Spots. from Sunburnt Quilts

When I had completed my clam shell wall hanging, I had quite a few left over circles. I decided to applique them to a variety of black and white background fabrics and turn them into a mini quilt.

A little bit of quilting was done and then a spotted binding was added. It measures about 22 inches square. I am not sure yet if I should hang it or leave it as a table centre. Maybe both.

I have also managed to get back to my Dancing Chickens, Flying Pigs blocks and have finished number 5.

Number 6 is now ...

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March 15, 2020
I'm Staying In ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings



I'll stay in today because staying in is being nice to self.  No hurry, no worry - just staying. 

Diary of recently finished quilts and a little bit of a work-in-progress. 

One started at the last Five O'Clock Quilters' retreat....completed here at home with big stitch hand quilting.  Calling this one On The Wings Of A Dove .....and that's a wrap.










Since my fabric shelves are filled to the brim, there was not much fabric purchased at QuiltCon 2020....except some from Beyond The Reef that could not be denied!   Cut and sewn into a lot of ...

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March 11, 2020
A March Mixture. from Sunburnt Quilts

There are a lot of bits and pieces that still need finishing, so I will try to keep on top of those UFOs in March.

Knowing that Easter is around the corner, I managed to find a frame for this little rabbit. I think it is a Bonnie Sullivan design (All Through The Night)

I had a pin cushion that had the stitching done from a long time ago. I finally stitched a backing on and stuffed it. It’s a Hatched and Patched design. (Annie Downs)

I managed to finish one hedgehog in time to give as a Christmas ...

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March 2, 2020
Star Kissed Quiltalong: Patch Pieces–Centers And Corners from Wedding Dress Blue

If you are new to the Star Kissed Quiltalong, welcome!  No, you are not late.  Today is the perfect day for a new idea. You can find all you might want to know about the quiltalong HERE, or you can link from the button to the right or the menu above.

It’s finally time to get sewing! YAY!

Hopefully you have decided what size squares you are going to use and how many blocks you are going to make.  If you need more thinking time, feel free to stop by the QUILT SIZE CONSIDERATIONS post for information and suggestions ...

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February 24, 2020
Star Kissed Quiltalong: Quilt Size Considerations from Wedding Dress Blue

It is time to decide what size quilt you might want to make.  There are so many options!  Aren’t choices fun?

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You will notice that I show “base square” sizes, then the block size those will create.  Then, a variety of size quilts you might want to make along with the number of blocks that will require.

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NOTE:  The finished quilt sizes assume a single sashing between blocks and a single border the same width as the base block size.  I do plan to share a few other options later, but this is enough complexity for now, I think ...

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February 17, 2020
Star Kissed Quiltalong: Block Sizes from Wedding Dress Blue

A few more thoughts on scale.  It is remarkable how different blocks look made in different sizes.

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I have tried the Star Kissed block in four sizes now.  Here they are based on 1-1/4″ squares, 1-1/2″, 2″ and 2-1/2″.

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The blocks finish at 10″, 14″, 21″ and 28″.  WOW!  There’s something to think about!

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February 6, 2020
Work in progress from Luna Lovequilts

I was sick for a few days last week and stayed warm, under a quilt. I was able to hand stitch meanwhile anyway ...

J'ai été malade quelques jours la semaine dernière et je suis restée au chaud, sous un quilt. J'ai quand même été capable de coudre à la main pendant ce temps ...

Luna Lovequilts - Hand applique circles

A lot of circles were appliqued those few days and I could join the units together over weekend. I have now finished two out of the four parts of this top. You can read more about the techniques used and the source of inspiration in ...

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February 3, 2020
Twenty Five Blocks Later from Wedding Dress Blue

The Star Kissed Quiltalong has not vanished.  Life has been unusually busy and I haven’t had the brain space for multi-size block design.  But, I could keep sewing.

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The 25 blocks (based on 1-1/4″ squares) are now complete.  I am still contemplating sashing and borders but hope to have answers and models (and measurements) soon.

 

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January 22, 2020
Nuts and Bolts ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings



improv patchwork  quilt in the making with silk and other remnants - marty mason




It's still on the improv design wall, but already this little gem is dubbed "Nuts and Bolts".  The nuts and bolts of it is because while happily practicing my curved piecing,  I'm loving the improvisational-ness of this piece with no rhyme nor reason to its progression.  Accepting each add-on that's fitting together like a nut to the bolt. 

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January 21, 2020
New project - Inspired by a mural from Luna Lovequilts

When I posted my list of projects last week, I put first a new project inspired by a mural I saw in Nashville. I made a lot of progress over the weekend and here is what it looks like now !

Quand j'ai publié ma liste de projets la semaine dernière, j'ai mis en priorité un nouveau projet inspiré par une murale que j'ai vue à Nashville. J'ai beaucoup avancé pendant le week-end et voilà à quoi il ressemble maintenant !

Luna Lovequilts - A new quilting project - Inspired by a mural in Nashville

For the first time I decided to draw the whole design to its actual size on paper ...

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January 17, 2020
2020 Finish-A-Long Q1 from Luna Lovequilts

The Finish-A-Long continues this year though a few changes has been made. The main difference is that Instagram will be the only way to post lists and report finishes. I decided to continue to write a blog post for each quarter anyway. If you would like to join in, you can find all details here on Sarah's website.

Le Finish-A-Long continue cette année mais cependant quelques modifications ont été apportées. La différence principale étant que Instagram sera le seul moyen de publier les listes et annoncer les projets terminés. J'ai décidé de quand même continuer à écrire un ...

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January 8, 2020
Happy 2020. from Sunburnt Quilts

Time to get back into sewing and blogging for 2020. Decorations are packed away for another year. And I have scared the daylights out of myself by collecting together all the projects needing a finish.

I have returned to working on Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs. I looked back at my posts and realised I have not touched it since March last year. That was around the time the building started here. Lots was put aside around then. So here are blocks 3 and 4.

Glad to be back to it and seeing progress.

This is the centre of a ...

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January 7, 2020
Happy New Decade! from Mama Love Quilts

Hello dear reader,

How is the new decade treating you?!? Well, I hope.

I am so thankful to have made it through 2019. As you may have noticed, I haven’t blogged in quite a while. Well, I have a very good reason for that: Life!

It all began near the end of 2018 when I resigned from my job. I spent the latter part of 2018 sending out job applications. That carried me in to early 2019, which I spent traveling for job interviews. To make a long story very short, I got a job offer in Michigan that ...

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January 6, 2020
A New Idea: Star Kissed from Wedding Dress Blue

Years ago Sparkle Jane took a notion and decided to cut 1-1/4″ squares.  1-1/4″?!?  That is REALLY small.  But, they sat in this box and after a while started to hum at me.  Do projects ever do that to you?  Just sort of seem to hum in the back of your mind, “I could be beautiful.  Give me a chance.”

So, I started to piece, a little aimlessly at first.  Just as a leader-ender project.  Before I knew it, I was making 25-patches.  Then, there were 25 of them.

By then there was too much invested to stop ...

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