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July 23, 2021
A Parade of Quilts from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I was all prepared to share my Bee Grateful quilt from a shortcut pattern through the Fat Quarter Shop.  But the fabric for the kit still has not arrive for them to sell so they are holding off on sharing all the quilts.  So I thought I would take this opportunity to share a few photos sent to me by quilters who have used my patterns.

Above are a couple of quilt photos that were included with pattern reviews from Etsy buyers.  These quilts were made using my Wiggle Time pattern.  I always enjoy seeing what colors and fabrics are ...

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July 22, 2021
Adventures in Africa Quilt from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Ever since we came back from our trip to Africa, I've been wanting to make a Safari quilt. Hard to believe it's been 6 years since we visited Zimbabwe. I made this one a few years ago, but donated it as part of a fundraiser: And I still had a collection of fat quarters destined for another quilt. DH isn't as obsessed with the quilt making process as I am...imagine that- LOL - but I still wanted

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July 16, 2021
All That Jazz Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 For the past few years, I have really been focusing on my scraps to make all of my quilts.

When  a friend shared some beautiful leftover prints with me, I went to my stash and pulled some coordinating fabrics to make myself a quilt.  

I decided to use my All That Jazz pattern - I really didn't want to cut these fabrics up into tiny pieces.  I love the bold geometric feel this pattern has.

I am really smitten with the orchid and gold color combination with the berry colors.  I hope to remodel my living room one of these ...

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July 9, 2021
Butterfly Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Not too long ago, I shared I had helped myself to some intriguing scraps I found in some bins at a friend's house.  They were bright and seemingly already cut to size to make some log cabin blocks.

Using all the scraps, I was able to finish up a total of nine blocks like the one above.  
Just enough for a baby quilt.

I dug around in my stash and found this low volume print for a background.  I wanted about a 40" square quilt so after a bit of math, I decided on a 3.5" sashing around ...

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July 2, 2021
Pretty Positivity from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 When I start a new scrap quilt, I never quite know how quickly they are going to progress.  A lot depends on the pattern and the availability of the appropriate scraps.

Even I am surprised at how quickly I finished my Positivity quilt!

I decided to go with gray, orange and turquoise for this quilt.  I had a large chunk of a gray that was gifted to me by one of my clients.  It was leftover from a backing.  When I get those generous gifts, I try and pay it forward and use those in my donation quilts.

The other ...

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June 25, 2021
It's A Flimsy from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Even though I don't have a complete finish, I thought I would share my recent flimsy to prove I have been sewing a bit.

TA DA!  I love the color purple and all of the berry shades in this quilt top make me so happy.  

Most of the floral fabrics were a generous gift from a friend.  I had said how I loved these prints and she shared some leftovers with me once she finished her quilt.  I really didn't want to cut them up small, so I used my All That Jazz pattern.

I love it!

My ...

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June 18, 2021
Playing with Scraps First from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Earlier this month I posted that I was working on a quilt using some precuts for the Fat Quarter Shop.

Once I finished up the cutting and pieced the top together for the shortcut pattern, I immediately had to play with the scraps!  Of course I did!!

I used all the leftover "strings" to make some striped blocks and alternated them with some trimmed extra squares and made a sweet little baby quilt.

It isn't very big - I think it measures about 36" square.

When I have a bunch of scraps like this from the same fabric collection, I ...

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June 17, 2021
Fractured All About Angles Mini Quilt from Goer

My passion is planned improv piecing. I enjoy giving myself a set of rules to follow (or break!) as create.

While demoing my technique in my All About Angles classes, I always cut up some fabric to show how I create my starting pieces. Sometimes these are part of a work in progress, but sometimes I just start with a new pile of fabric I'm excited to work with. In this case it was the latter. I started with five Alison Glass Kaleidoscope solids: Tomato, Sunflower, Raisin, Cherry, Goldenrod.

I was drawn to this autumn palette. As I put ...

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June 11, 2021
A Wiggle Time Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework


A few weeks ago I came across some coordinating fat quarters and some matching background fabrics in my stash and decided to make a quilt using my Wiggle Time pattern.

I was able to not only get it quilted this week but I also attached the binding.
Hurray for a finish!

I really like how the printed background fabric looks with the focus prints.  It looks like it came from the same collection! (but it didn't - I recently ordered the background fabric from Connecting Threads. Sadly I don't think it is available anymore.)

I did struggle finding a ...

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June 4, 2021
Look What I Found from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Being an introvert, I have to admit I have kind of enjoyed not having guests in my home for over a year.  The downside is I haven't spent much time keeping things neat and organized.  So lately I have been slowly working my way through my house making sure everything is where it belongs and tidy.

One of my recent projects was to go through all of the quilts I currently have and decide which ones I am keeping, which I am donating and which I am going to list in my Etsy shop.

Way in the bottom of ...

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May 30, 2021
Sunset All About Angles Mini Quilt from Goer

I've been teaching All About Angles workshops since 2019. This project is actually the first quilt top that I pieced for myself in this style, way back before that time. I had selected the color palette, because these sunset colors called out to me and the pile of fabric hung out together on my shelf for quite some time before I cut into it to create this small quilt top.

Like many quilters, I've been wanting to finish up some of my WIPs. I participated in a 100 Day Project January 30 - May 10, free motion quilting for ...

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May 21, 2021
I told you it is a Fast Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Wednesday morning I shared how my recent fabric pull came together.

If you missed it, here are the fabrics that I put together from my stash.  They were the perfect size cuts for me to make my Wiggle Time quilt pattern.

I said in my post that it is a quick and easy pattern. 
 I cut and sewed my quilt top Thursday afternoon!  

I admit, I have this pattern memorized so I can speed through it really quickly.  I am excited by how it turned out so I wanted to share it today.

  It started raining here and I live ...

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May 14, 2021
More Scrappy Love from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I decided to donate one more quilt from the stack of finished quilts to Covered in Love.

Remember this RSC quilt I finished last year?  Well it has been kicking around the house just waiting for a new home.  As I was sending off a box to Covered In Love for the Hands2Help quilt challenge, I decided to stuff this one in as well.

The blocks for this quilt were super simple and all of the fabric for the quilt top came out of the scrap bins.  Turning my scraps into donation quilts just seems to make sense to me ...

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May 7, 2021
HRT Quilt for Hands2Help from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Hurray!  I was able to get my Half Rectangular Triangle (HRT) Quilt onto my quilt frame and get it finished this week.

I started making these blocks clear back in August on 2020 as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project.  For each color, I made about 14 blocks that measure about 4 x 8".  I used the Creative Grids Perfect Rectangle Ruler to make them.  No trimming required!

(Rulers are available at Fat Quarter Shop or Pineapple Fabrics)

You can also use half of the Tri-Rec ruler but you will need to make smaller blocks.

(This ruler set is currently on ...

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April 30, 2021
Donating One from the Stash from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I usually try and donate about 4 quilts to various organizations as part of the Hands2Help  quilt drive.  Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict hosts this event.  Every spring I find myself frantically  finishing up a number of projects for donation quilts.

With so many finished quilts around my house, I decided to do things a bit differently this year.

What a relief it has been!

Remember this lovely scrap quilt I finished last year?

Well, it had not found a home yet so I decided to send it off to Covered in Love.

There are very few ...

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April 23, 2021
PSP20 and Hands2Help from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I can't remember who started the Postage Stamp Pandemic (PSP20) but I was quick to hop on board.   Having finished a postage stamp quilt not too long ago, I decided to bump up the size of my cut squares to 2".  The memory of sewing up all those smaller sizes was still very fresh in my mind!

All of the fabric for the top of this quilt all came out of scrap bins.  Every time I would come across a chunk of solid fabric in a shade I had not used before, I would make a block

For the ...

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April 16, 2021
A Halloween Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework


Remember these orphan blocks I found in a bag of scraps dropped off by a good friend?  Well, I am ready to share the quilt I finished using them.

I know many of you asked me how to make these blocks.  Well, the truth is I could never quite figure it out.  I think they were strip pieced using two fabrics.  Cut and then sewn back together again.  I believe they are one of those designs that when you sew them back together, you get a positive and a negative block.  You can see what I am talking about in ...

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April 9, 2021
The Last CIL Finishes from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Today I will be sharing the last of the Covered In Love quilts I finished up for Kat.  It is always fun to see all the great fabrics others use.  

The last two quilts I finished up came from the sunflower blocks that were part of the Nov/Dec block drive.  I think Kat sent me the last of the blocks that had not been turned into quilts.  The initial plan was to turn these blocks into two quilts - but I decided with some careful planning, I could make three.

I dug through my stash and found a brown and ...

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April 2, 2021
The First Sunflower Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I am almost finished with all of the quilts I am working on for Kat over at Covered In Love.

The last blocks I tackled were the Sunflower blocks.  These were from the Nov/Dec block drive.  I think Kat sent me all of the blocks that were donated.  For this first quilt, I decided to piece them together so they form a bunch of sunflowers.

No borders - just 30 blocks sewn together to make a 60 x 72" quilt.

For the quilting, I decided to continue with the sunflower design and quilted chains of flowers at the block intersections ...

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April 1, 2021
Helix: a DNA paper piecing pattern! from Flying Parrot Quilts

I am, of course, fond of all of my quilts and quilt patterns, but you guys, I am really especially pleased with this one. Introducing Helix, a paper piecing pattern for wallhangings in two sizes featuring DNA, the fundamental molecule of life on Earth!

Helix DNA quilt by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

I have been thinking about a DNA quilt for a very long time—not long after I started thinking a lot about science quilts, which was not long after I started thinking a lot about quilts in general, but somehow it never got made. I got hung up on the curves and the thought that I ...

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