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June 23, 2021
Welcome Home Again from Wedding Dress Blue

This is the third Welcome Home top finished for donation.

They are quick and each–all 2-1/2″ strips and only 48 blocks. You can get all the details HERE: TUTORIAL: Welcome Home Quilt Block – Wedding Dress Blue (

I like the scrappy happy look, but it is easy to see a more controlled color scheme could be used for wedding quilts, quilts of valor or just about any occasion.

Pushing towards a finish soon.

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June 21, 2021
Piecing a Scrappy Quilt Backing from Podunk Pretties

 Back in my earlier years of quilting most of my quilt backs were made from a flat sheet or scraps of fabric from the quilt top and smaller pieces of yardage.  These days most of my quilt backings are pieced from one fabric or a wide quilt backing.  Wide quilt backings are great when quilting on a longarm.  It makes the loading of the quilt to the frame a breeze.  They are also convenient, expensive and in my opinion boring.  I love a pieced quilt backing.  It adds a little whimsy and character to the quilt.  Sure it takes a ...

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June 16, 2021
Scrappy Quilts, Scrappy Life from Humble Quilts

I mentioned to Lizzy that I should do an outdoor post about what is growing in my garden. Late spring is peak because the long hot days haven't arrived yet and plants are enjoying lovely days sprinkled with bouts of rain.
I realized my garden style mimics my quilts! Free flowing, humble and scrappy! 
Feel free to scroll past all the flowers to the video at the end of this post. 

Instead of dirt or weeds we planted wildflowers. Flax is always dependable. 

And yarrow, which is natural to this area. 

These lupine are natural to the area as ...

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June 12, 2021
Moving Forward from Wedding Dress Blue

The half square triangles are turning (at least some of them) into a quilt.

The blocks are ready. And assembly is started.

I hope to have a finished throw by the end of the weekend.

ps–My blocks finish at 8″. The throw will be 56″ x 72″.

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June 3, 2021
Hands2Help, 2021 Comfort Quilts from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


It's that time of the year again .... sewing machines are busy completing comfort quilts for the 2021 Hands2Help Quilt Challenge, hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  This is my 11th year participating and I couldn't be prouder.  

With the Pandemic, I have a feeling this will be the largest collection yet.   Visit the Hands2Help 2021 page on Confessions of a Fabric Addict for a parade of beautiful quilts.


The six (6) quilts I donated this year, went to Emily, with Aunt Ems Quilts; for her charity Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo.  A side note, Emily ...

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May 29, 2021
Green Scrap Quilt...Adding Brown? from Podunk Pretties

Over the last week I've managed to find little bits of time to work in the studio.  Usually about an hour or two but there has been a couple of days I never even stepped foot in here.  Working out of my color pallet normally is a chore but when you all you have time for is working out of you comfort zone it's much easier.  I didn't care about the colors as much as did about just getting some time to play with fabric.  Lessoned learned, no more whining about color pallet, just enjoy that you ...

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Black And White Finished (With Mini-Tutorial) from Wedding Dress Blue

When I found out that my best-friend-since-4th-grade’s daughter was getting married, there had to be a quilt.

And the daughter likes black and white.

And I had scraps.

The blocks came together very quickly: 2 2-1/2″ squares, 2 2-1/2 x 4-1/2″ strips, 1 2-1/2 x 6-1/2″ strip. Ta-dah! This quilt used 108 blocks and finishes at 54″ x 72″.

It will be mailed next week.

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May 27, 2021
Three At A Time from Wedding Dress Blue

Sometimes people will ask how I get so much done. Until recently I would have answered that I just work on a quilt until it’s done.

But, as I have paid attention to the question and my work habits, it turns out that I almost never work on one quilt at a time. The truth is more like THREE (or–shhhh–even FOUR).

Each project is in a different phase, allowing me to work everyday on SOMETHING, depending on my mood.

Some cutting…

Some piecing…

Some binding…

Some dreaming.

Any progress is progress, right? And it adds up to ...

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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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May 23, 2021
The Queen Heart Quilt from Monas Creativity

A huge quilt is finished, measuring approx 2,7* 2,3 m.
The heart block pattern you can find here on my blog.
The quilt is quilted on a long-arm machine by Merete E at Beautiful work.
The binding is done all by machine. A nice way to use a decorative stitch on your machine!
Due to my painful finger joints, hand sewing is not possible at the moment. 
The quilt will be gifted to family in the US, for welcoming us when we visit. Hope to see them soon! 

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May 22, 2021
May FNSI Report from Wedding Dress Blue

I would really like a marathon Friday Night Sew In, but even with only one or two hours Friday night and a little on Saturday morning, things do get done.

Some cutting and stitching on my version of North Star State Quilt.

And the binding finished on a small donation quilt. The top is made from a charm pack that came in a hand-me-down bag a while back.

Looking forward to June already.

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May 15, 2021
Hearts Desire(d): Back From The Quilter from Wedding Dress Blue

The quilt has returned from the quilter.

Time to make and attach binding.

The suspense builds…

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A Four-Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt - Part 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

 A Finished Quilt

A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

At last an update! I finished this quilt late last year however the process of taking photos has eluded me until very recently. A week or two ago I got my dusty camera out and photographed the four quilts that I have made - or at least finished - so far this year. It's then taken longer still to edit and upload photos but here we are today with a blog post!

A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

This quilt was inspired by a vintage quilt. It is a simple four-patch set in a square and the perfect scrap buster project as you only ...

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May 14, 2021
North Star State Beginning from Wedding Dress Blue

I started my version of North Star State.

There are so many small pieces of 1930s reproductions in my stash and I had been looking for just the right project.

Because much of my fabric is small scraps, I am making the blocks 1/2 size. It will take a lot of them, but I am not in a hurry.

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May 13, 2021
Star Kissed 2″ Complete from Wedding Dress Blue

Star Kissed 2″ quilt is complete!

I love everything about it: It is large (about 80″ square). The colors are just right. The muslin background gives a different look than the bright white I often use. The quilting is customized to the quilt and adds a dimension all its own.

Yep, it makes me happy.

Soon the 1-1/4″ version will be complete and I will have the entire happy family together to admire. What fun that will be!

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May 8, 2021
The Utility Quilt from Podunk Pretties

 Yesterday I pulled out the green scraps cut and pieced back in February and March.   The original plan was to start a scrap saver system sorta like Bonnie Hunters of Quiltville or Lori Holts of Beeinmybonnet.  Well old habits are hard to break.  My quilting style is cut it and sew it.  So that's what I ended up doing.  I just couldn't help myself.

When sewing these together there was no plan.  I just needed some sew time.  It was a grab and sew kind of method.  This quilt does not need to pretty, only functional.  But after ...

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May 4, 2021
Back To Black And White from Wedding Dress Blue

I have settled on a layout for the scrappy black and white blocks made a couple of weeks ago.

It will be throw sized, about 54″ x 72″.

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May 1, 2021
Economy Block Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

It was fun to turn the scraps into a top.

But even more fun to turn the top into a finish. And use more of the prepared scrappy bindings Sparkle Jane and I created and set aside.

Even small finishes are so satisfying. This adds to my growing stack of baby quilts to be gifted or donated by the end of the year.

More babies needed!

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April 30, 2021
A Crumb Cushion from Samelia's Mum

My crumb cushion is finished and I'm really pleased with how it's turned out. It's bright, happy and has a home right there on my couch.

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April 29, 2021
The Covid Quilt Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

In March of 2020 I started mindless piecing a leader-ender 16 patch using 1-1/2″ squares. The pieces became blocks and the blocks became piles.

The first week of April, those piles became a quilt.

A total of 360 blocks, or 5760 pieces.

The finish isn’t large, but I love it. It now occupies the bed in Sparkle Jane’s former room.

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