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May 18, 2021
March till now sewing from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

 Not nearly enough sewing has been going on since I posted in March.  Here is a quick catch-up.

I've had reproduction (Chinese) hand cranks to use on my sewing machines for many years. I found an original hand crank at a quilt store that was going out of business, several years ago, but the handle doesn't lock in place, so I haven't used it. I've been wanting an original hand crank, but hadn't come across another one.  Well, I ordered 2 of them from Helen Howes in England.  Helen is a parts supplier for vintage ...

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May 1, 2021
Color chains from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! The wind is about to blow me off my chair today. How about you? Holy cow, the wind is really strong out there. On the upside, the temperature got over 80 degrees one day this week, but then it fell back to a more normal temperature. I can feel the summer coming on already, can't you?

Today I am showing off my new RSC project. I know what you're thinking-- do you really *need* a new project, Mari? Well, yes, yes I do! I have sooo many scraps. Sometimes they make me tense because they seem ...

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April 24, 2021
Scrappy blue hexies (RSC21) from Samelia's Mum

As April draws to an end, my scrappy light and bright blue blocks are finished. Yay!

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Still behind, but catching up from The Academic Quilter

 Hello everyone, and happy weekend! It seems to me that these weekends are coming closer together than they used to, though this was a long week. I think that means that we're heading towards summer. Seems like it has been a long time coming, doesn't it?
In my few spare moments this week (ha, ha!) I finally started getting caught up on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for this year. I have done very little for it since January, when the color was pink. I know, you thought I gave up! I had my doubts, too, but I ...

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April 6, 2021
Blues with some purple too from Samelia's Mum

With the new colour announced in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I dug out my bag of blue scraps and made a start on my quarter log cabin blocks.

I made these ones in a couple of hours, ducking in and out of the sewing room while I was cooking dinner. Other than the scrappiness, I love that these blocks don't require a lot of brain power.

My (OMG) goal with Elm Street Quilts for this month is to finish a few more quarter log cabin blocks as well as the hexagon blocks as I've made for previous months ...

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March 22, 2021
A Little Bit of Progress from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

 I'm running behind this year.  It's been a busy year, and I'm not getting as much done as I expected to.  I spent hours cleaning the machine in the last post, and I wasn't expecting that.  Today the machine went to it's new home.  It's always sad when I sell a machine, but I think this machine will be well loved.

I finally finished my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks for February.  I'm making these blocks as my leaders/enders while I sew the Harry Potter blocks for the Castle quilt(s).  

February RSC ...

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March 18, 2021
Making lots of hexies from Samelia's Mum

I've spent the past couple of days going through my scrap bags and preparing hexies. CONTINUED (Keep Reading) »

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March 3, 2021
Green Scraps from Samelia's Mum

After spending time organising my scrap tub last month, I was quite excited to start working with my green scraps as I knew they were all there in one place and easy to access.

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February 21, 2021
Scrappy Saturday from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

grab button for SoScrappy

 Last couple of years I hadn't participated in Rainbow Scrap Challenge also known as RSC. To think the first year I did was in 2013 and went on thru to 2018, so this year I'm back in but this year I'll be putting a twist on it. Instead of using my scraps on quilts I'll be making bags. 

I will be making a variety of different types and styles.

My thoughts are to make ones mainly for holding my knitting or crocheting projects.

Seeing how I just didn't have my sewing Mojo last month I ...

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February 19, 2021
Some brightness in the gray from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! I sincerely hope that all of you are warm and have running water. I know that a lot of the country is quite cold right now, and many of you in Texas are in real crisis. Know that I feel for you, truly. I went to college in Ft. Worth, and I can only imagine the situation. We have been really cold for Maryland, but thankfully we are all good here. I hope things are getting better where you are, too.

On to something happier and much, much lighter-- I finished another quilt. Yay me! Here she is ...

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February 18, 2021
Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilt {Pink Progress} from Samelia's Mum

A couple of weeks ago, I made a scrappy quarter log cabin cushion for the couch. It's quite heavily quilted and sturdy for the amount of sitting and leaning and cuddling that will be required of it. Since then, I haven't been able to get out of my head the idea that I'd like to make a quilt out of scrappy quarter log cabin blocks... so I set about doing that.

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February 13, 2021
Stars in snow from The Academic Quilter

 Hello everyone! A new blog post-- what a surprise! Life has been happening around here. Oh, well. The good news is that I have *one* working light in my sewing room now, and I have a new floor in the living area, which was a real adventure. A good story for another time! It does involve a mini jackhammer, though.

Anyway, in these weird circumstances, I finished my Ohio Stars quilt top! Here she is:

It's winter, it's pretty cold, and there is a lot of snow (for Maryland) on the ground, but she still shines, right? 
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January 27, 2021
40 Paper Pieced Blocks Done from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

I'm working on making 4 different Harry Potter quilts.  You've seen the blocks for the full Harry Potter: Project of Doom bookcase quilts that I've been working on.  I just finished paper piecing the last 4 blocks for the bookcase portion of those quilts.  Woohoo!  I do still have LOTS of embroidery left to do on those quilt blocks (lots of book titles).  

Week #27  Teacup

both blocks

Week # 28  Trevor the Toad

both blocks

Week #29  Cauldron

both blocks

Week #30  Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans

both blocks

I've been asked why I'm ...

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January 23, 2021
Patches of pink from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! How are things down your way, as they say? (They do say that, don't they?) Things here are going well enough. It's been a bit chillier and more seasonal for January, which is fine because it hasn't snowed. Last Wednesday I binge-watched the inauguration and all the events, so that was a fun day. I did not get my steps in that day. In the sewing room, I'm working on something I've started calling "the thousand hour project." It's darned cute, but it's taking forever!

Today I just have a few ...

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