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June 2, 2021
The Last Blue Squares from Fret Not Yourself

I will continue to entertain the hope that there has emerged a cadre of leaders in my own country and region, on my continent and in the world, which will not allow that any should be denied their freedom as we were; that any should be turned into refugees as we were; that any should be condemned to go hungry as we were; that any should be stripped of their human dignity as we were.
~Nelson Mandela


Of course, once I started cutting these scraps of blue and green and lavender, there were many more than expected. I thought ...

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May 27, 2021
A Pair of Cross Baby Quilts in Blue from Fret Not Yourself

Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I'm taking with me when I go.
~Erma Bombeck


I spend a lot of time using up my scraps. My small scrap bag is the first place I go when making blocks. I almost have to force myself to get into the stash. This past year I made a determined effort to draw down the boxes and now have five large shallow ones left: three for quilting fabric, one for ...

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May 26, 2021
And Now to Use the Blue and Green Squares from Fret Not Yourself

True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it's thinking of yourself less.
~Rick Warren


With a new set of cool colors, mainly blues and soft greens but also a few lavenders, it's time for a new block idea, too. Many versions of plus blocks caught my eye online last year so I decided to make my own version. Lucky for me, Nann sent me a surprise package of black, white and grey strips cut 1.5" wide when she gifted me a spare copy of Donald Hall's essays. And we're off.

Cutting the six-inch ...

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