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April 23, 2021
Leaders and Enders for Donation Quilts from TheEclecticAbuela

 I'm chain piecing miles and miles of  Leader and Ender (L & E) blocks for donation quilts.

For the past few years, I've been using 3.5" squares for L & E. Each year, I piece them together to make simple patchwork quilts for donation.

Because these are amenable to straight-line quilting, I am able to use the white-on-white (or natural) fabrics that have the thicker paint on them. These tend to shred my thread with FMQ, but quilting with my walking foot works well. Each year, I gather the blocks and assemble the quilts--it's fun to see the ...

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March 20, 2021
Grassy Creek [AKA October Picnic] is Complete! from TheEclecticAbuela

 Every year, I enjoy creating a version of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt. This year, her quilt was called Grassy Creek.

Grassy Creek [AKA October Picnic]  (98" x 98")

I used Bonnie's colors of red, orange, gold, and grey; however, I substituted blue for her green. I call this October Picnic because this was my color inspiration photo and the palette I created.

The quilt went together well, thanks to Bonnie's excellent writing of instructions. You can see some of the steps I took by clicking on the "Grassy Creek" label on the right pane of this blog ...

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February 22, 2021
A Sneak Peek at Grassy Creek from TheEclecticAbuela

 I'm still working on the Quiltville mystery, Grassy Creek. A few more days, and I should have the top completed.

Grassy Creek (in progress)

I'm ready to build the borders, so it is nearly finished.

Happy Quilting! 

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January 30, 2021
Tom's Big-Boy Quilt from TheEclecticAbuela

 I like to make a flannel baby quilt for additions to the family.

Here is my grand-nephew's baby quilt.

Safari Baby

Once kids get big enough for a bed (rather than a crib), I like to make them a big-boy or big-girl quilt.

This big-boy quilt started with the backing--I wanted to use this Thomas (as in Tank Engine) fabric since my grand-nephew's name is Thomas.


I didn't know how I wanted to do the front, but the RR crossing sign gave me the idea to use Xs.

Tom's Big-Boy Quilt   64" x 84"

I used ...

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January 4, 2021
Grassy Creek--Part 6 from TheEclecticAbuela

This week, Bonnie Hunter's Grassy Creek mystery included string blocks--YAY! Those of you who read this blog know how much I love doing these.


Grassy Creek Mystery

Here are a few of mine. SO MUCH FUN!

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December 27, 2020
Grassy Creek--Part 5 from TheEclecticAbuela

I finished the units for clue 5!  Here are a few of them.


Grassy Creek--Clue 5

Included my buddy, Waldo, this week.

Waldo is easy to find here, but when the quilt is together, he will be a challenge!

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Grassy Creek--Part 4 from TheEclecticAbuela

 Still keeping up! Clue 4 did some combining of parts to make a new unit.

I'm working on Part 5 today, and I'm really enjoying this mystery!

Happy Holidays!

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December 14, 2020
Grassy Creek--Part 3 from TheEclecticAbuela

 So far, I'm keeping up with the clues in Bonnie Hunter's Grassy Creek mystery.

Haven't trimmed the dog ears yet!

It is a lot of fun, and it is not too late to start!

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November 28, 2020
Grassy Creek--Part 1 from TheEclecticAbuela

 Once again, I am doing the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt; this year it is entitled Grassy Creek. The first clue was given on the day after Thanksgiving.

These are just a few of my units. Much more to come . . .

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September 21, 2020
And Another! from TheEclecticAbuela

 This is another quilt I made with the scrap QST blocks.

QST Quilt--78" x 78"

QST Quilt (backing and binding detail)

You can see the previous quilt I made with these blocks HERE.

I used a straight setting, neutral sashing, and charcoal grey cornerstones with this one (the first one was on-point).

Sometimes, simple blocks are the best.

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September 6, 2020
Very Traditional from TheEclecticAbuela

 This is a very traditional quilt.

Traditional QST on Point (64" x 72")

Traditional QST on Point (detail)

Traditional QST on Point (back and binding detail)  

I had a bunch of scrap squares and decided to make QST (Quarter-square Triangles) blocks with them. I knew that somewhere down the road, I would find a home for them. This is one of two tops in which I used them (the other still needs to be basted and quilted). I set them on point and used alternate neutral QST squares to add depth.

Nothing fancy here--just a very traditional quilt.

Enjoy your ...

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September 2, 2020
Multi-Color Stars from TheEclecticAbuela

 Another string quilt!

Multi-Colored Stars 78" x 78"


Multi-Colored Stars (detail)


Multi-Colored Stars (back and binding detail)


 It's a little crazy--I have another in the works that I think will show the secondary pattern to better effect.


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August 22, 2020
RSC: Playing Catch Up from The Cozy Quilter

 After toying with the idea of participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for months, maybe years, I decided to jump in with both feet this month and catch up with all the colours for 2020.

I showed my red and purple blocks on my last blogpost...

This week, I made my pink, light/bright green and orange blocks.

The fabric in the upper left corner is a scrap from my "going away" dress from our wedding day, almost 31 years ago.  I'm not sure if I will keep the square in the upper left...the green circle is attention ...

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July 28, 2020
Working Through the Steps from Quilty Folk

It was great to see Antique Crows finally come together for a true blue finish! The hand quilting wasn't always the most fun as I was stitching on the inside of each of the 'points'. That's what I wanted for the look and texture though, so just kept slogging along regardless of extra layers of fabric. 

Antique Crows for the finish!

The backing is a bought-on-clearance, Kaffe, woven, stripe fabric. Makes for a great drape and feel and especially wonderful for summer! I'm already using this on our bed although it's a bit girly compared to ...

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July 23, 2020
A Couple of Summer Finishes from TheEclecticAbuela

Summer is here--the heat is ON!

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June 20, 2020
I Love Scrappy Quilts! from TheEclecticAbuela

My title will come as no surprise if you have seen any of my quilts!

This first one is made of HSTs that I created from a batch of "creatively-cut" (AKA wonky) squares that I got from a friend (Thanks, Leesa). This is the second quilt from the batch of squares--you can find the first HERE.

Scrappy HSTs--64" x 76"

This photo is of three quilts (overlapped) made of 3.5" squares. I cut these from scraps and combine them with neutrals to use as leaders and enders.

Leaders & Enders Quilts (each is 64" x 76")

These also have backs ...

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June 2, 2020
Finally--Some Photos! from TheEclecticAbuela

I am bad about putting off the photography of my quilts--and a blog post without pictures is a bit boring. I finally got some taken today--yay me!

Here is my version of Frolic--the Bonnie Hunter Mystery.

Frolic 88" x 88"

Frolic (detail)--I wanted to add Kermit the Frog because of a funny segment on Sesame Street that ended, "Everybody Frolic!"

Frolic (detail)--What's a busy scrap quilt without a Waldo to Find?

Frolic (border and backing detail)--Excuse the chalk lines; they will wash out.

Frolic (detail)--Cats, elephants, funny faces, and the Eiffel Tower

Frolic (detail)--Mary ...

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May 13, 2020
Rock That Quilt Block – Hourglass from Quiltwoman Blog

A couple weeks ago designers Linda J. Hahn and Deborah G. Stanley had us ROCKING the Country Crown Block. (In case you missed is the link). Today we will be ROCKING the Hourglass block!

Rock That Quilt Block: Hourglass by Linda J. Hahn

By putting a twist on a traditional quilt block you can create an unlimited amount of fun, possibilities, and creative quilt designs. See how simply changing or adding a color can give your quilts a completely different flavor!!

This book features 72 pages, three bonus designs, and a resource guide. Linda provides cutting calculations to ...

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March 22, 2020
National Quilting Day, plus some Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

To celebrate National Quilting Day, I started a new quilt!  The London Modern Guild Sewing day was cancelled today, for obvious reasons, but we were all encouraged to #sewcialdistance and work on our projects at home.  I have had my eye on this pattern for several months now and finally bought the Snowflake pattern online last week.  I was not sure which colour I would use for the scrappy background and after surveying my stash, decided on red.  Here are my first three blocks, completed on Friday. 

On Saturday, I made 4 more blocks, but only got a picture when ...

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January 16, 2020
Stitching Up A Storm from From the Strawberry Patch...

Scrappy Shining Stars 65" X 83" Remember all those piles of scraps that I have cut? Well, they're being used. I am holding fast to my guiding word for the year: VISION. I have a goal of making up stacks of scrap quilts in 2020 using what is right under my nose. Here's my first idea. This one will utilize 3.5" squares  in  9" 9-patches combining with 4-patches (2" UF squares for a 3" finished

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