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August 1, 2021
The Foundling Quilt & Update from Heart Desire Creations

Early July, I pulled my orphan blocks out and began playing with them on the design wall. I found a few more and there has been SO much rearranging. I’m thinking this is going to be the final layout – maybe. Every so often when i walk by it, I change something. I know that has to stop so I finally committed and sewed a few blocks together. Now all I need do is decide how to tie it all together. I’m in the process of pulling filler fabrics. This, my Foundling quilt, is definitely a challenge and that ...

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July 25, 2021
Another, then Another from Heart Desire Creations

Woo Hoo! Two more Hospice finishes. The first one was made with some orphan blocks I found from another Hospice quilt finished last year. There was just enough to make a wheelchair quilt. I really like these little quilts. They’re small so they go quickly, and they’re very practical for those in wheelchairs. As you can see, the corners are cut to avoid getting caught in the wheels. On this one I had enough to add a pocket. It’s lined with the same fleece I used for the backing. The pocket can hold tissues, cell phone, etc ...

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July 21, 2021
Another New Start from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Recently I finished a quilt made entirely from my stash.  It had been a long time since I have made anything from something other than scraps.  I enjoyed the process so much, I decided to see what else I had in my stash to play with.

I came across this selection of fabrics.  I also dug out a really old pattern that I have made numerous time.  It is called Studio Chic by Artichoke Collections.  I think the pattern is out of print but you can still buy used online.

I like it because the pieces are large. (Ha!)

Large ...

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July 2, 2021
Bee Break - Exercise from Sew Sunshine

Gung Fu or the Study of F
37"x 24"
Flexible Patterning Score by Sherri Lynn Wood

My Bee mates and I had a slow year last year. We decided to start this year off with a bit of a prompt for ourselves and totally optional. I got out SLW's book of scores and chose 'flexible patterning'. I picked a shape to work with that I thought would be fun to build on. The letter F. I chose a teal blue on blue color palette added in a fun Marcia Derse print and black and started the process. 

What ...

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June 24, 2021
Revisiting stickiness and stashes from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Oh my -- I just had a peek at my phone bill online. There's so much to see and do! I'm going to go back and have a better look later. It's always a good idea to check that bill regularly as the rate plans change. And while I'm more than 100% satisfied with my Samsung Galaxy S10, I will be able to look at a new phone at the end of August. Will I upgrade? Not sure - I'm going to check it out. 

A note that we are no longer buying (or renting) cell phones ...

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June 20, 2021
“Snuggle” from Heart Desire Creations

Finished the baby rag quilt I started here. It was a quick sew, but the clipping took a while. I’d clip, rest, clip some more, do something else, then clip, clip, clip! The quilt has been washed and dried twice to get it fluffed up. Each washing & dry will make it more snuggly.

I secured the outside of the quilt with an extra strip doubled over instead of binding. It too is clipped. The stripe brightens the quilt and pulls it all together.

For the backing I used a bright directional print, but altered direction of the design. SNUGGLE ...

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June 17, 2021
A little fabric fix........... from Exuberant Color

I "needed" some new Charley Harper fabric, even though I haven't made a quilt with any of it yet.  I did start cutting some pieces in early spring and they are waiting on a design wall in the basement for me to come back to it.

I pieced a backing for one of my larger quilts next in line for quilting.  I need to press it and then I'll start loading the quilt on the longarm.

In the early evening I planted the Peonies that I dug out of the front flower bed on Tuesday night.  I doubt ...

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June 7, 2021
Best Friends QAL, the first one is complete from Jan's Quilts

Boy, photographing a queen-size quilt is a challenge.  I finally hung it from the rain gutter, above the garage door.  I really love how this turned out.  It's a housewarming gift for a great couple.

I had 6 quilts to put the binding on and this is #5, only one more to go, and it's another Best Friends quilt.


May your bobbins always be full,

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Molas from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I get so much good advice from you!!!  Order ONE pair of shoes and if they fit, buy two more instead of buying three at once. OK -- I NEED to order that first pair today. My current shoes are way past the expiry date. I won't lose the extra pairs - they go in the hall closet. Ordering those shoes HAS to be on the list of things to do today. I see my Windows Explorer windows all shut down last night, so I need to find the shoes again.

I am terrible about closing the windows at the end ...

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June 6, 2021
Two More!! from Heart Desire Creations

So happy to have completed two more quilts for Hospice. These will be the last of my finishes for a while as I will be concentrating on a few of my personal quilts.

The first is a quilt with triangle blocks that were cut on the Sizzix and sewn together by attendees at a retreat in 2019. Seems forever ago, especially since there weren’t any retreats in 2020. I’ve been going through my donation bin lately and pulled these out – put them together – quilted – sewed the binding and done!!

Next was a quilt that was donated quite some ...

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May 16, 2021
Two More Quilt “Kits” to go from Heart Desire Creations

Last week I shared the flannel rag quilt kit I prepared for a week long retreat I’ll be attending. Of course one isn’t enough, so I now have two more ready to go!

First up is a string block kit. I pulled from some beloved batik greens and blues and one almost white and cut into varying strip widths. The plan is to sew them onto paper piecing paper doing a diamond design. I love to do string quilts! For me its both fun and therapeutic sewing. Sewing this quilt will also be perfect for a retreat as ...

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April 25, 2021
Choosing pieces........... from Exuberant Color

I went through all of my small pieces of Marcia Derse fabric for candidates to cut the chisel shape from. Did I ever tell you how much I love my stash?  I have a lot of things to press so I'll turn the iron on today and these will get pressed and cut.

I cut the flannel backings for 2 of the pink quilts.  I looked through my other fabrics for the back of the largest pink quilt and I have 2 chosen and will make my decision when I'm ready to quilt it in May.

Then I ...

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April 21, 2021
Pink again............. from Exuberant Color

When I cleaned off my sewing table I saw the pile of pink squares leftover from the second pink quilt.  I counted and there were 65 sewn plus 40 light triangles.  I decided to cut more pink prints to match up with the 40 triangles and got them sewn last night.

Here is another fabric from the purple shelf.  I have a half yard of it and think I need to use it this year. 

My Hostas are still at several different stages of growth.  This one is just barely up.

This one is right next to the one in ...

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April 20, 2021
Colorwash sewn........... from Exuberant Color

I finished sewing the floral colorwash last night.  It is 30" square.  I had the iron on beside me and pressed after I sewed each row and that worked so much better than pressing after it is all sewn.

I wanted to show you some of the fabrics that were on the purple shelf.  The leaves on the one on the right are more of a periwinkle lean toward purple than they show here.  It is from the 1990s.

The one on the left only has a little purple in it but it ended up on that shelf.  The one ...

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April 12, 2021
Play day......... from Exuberant Color

 I was working in the basement and the Kaffe orphan block box was sitting on one of my tables.  I just had to play with the left over blocks and see how many are the same size.  Five of the blocks are 14" square.  The sixth would be made of the 3 small 7" Bear Paw blocks and the H block needs to be trimmed 1/2" to fill in the last spot.

This was pure play.  This could be the start of an orphan block quilt, or......I could make some more 14" Bear Paws and more of the ...

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April 8, 2021
Looking for a fabric............. from Exuberant Color

For a couple months I have been sewing triangle squares for a friendship star quilt.  On the last one I made I used the same fabric for all of the center squares of the blocks.  

I looked through the box that has a lot of the 1990s and very early 2000s fabric in it and chose this one for the center squares in these blocks.  It is a fabric that I have never been able to figure out how to use so it will just get chopped into 4.5" squares. 

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March 21, 2021
PQ 12. 6 Ab Intra challenge from Sew Sunshine

So Project Quilting 12.6 challenge is Ab Intra -Latin for 'from within'.  Once again I wanted to combine scraps for #nationalquiltingmonth #sewthescrapoutofmarch all month long. I thought of a couple things I could do but came back to starting with my favorite color combo black and white...and use prints I had in my scrap pile. The center sort of represents me and then building bits around is kind of like building on experiences. Using scraps was perfect for that because you never know what you will run into. 

I got out some cardboard and did some measurements to ...

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March 19, 2021
Baby Paw from Sew Sunshine

This week was either wind and rain, or wind and cold or just wind. I have been chomping at the bit to get out and get some photos. Today it was sun and wind so I went out. I had moments when the quilt almost went into orbit but caught a few to share at least. 

This is a Baby Paw. I have a great nephew that this is going to even though he just turned one already. ( I actually have his big brothers quilt even though he will turn 4) I digress.... ha

I had a bunch of solid ...

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March 12, 2021
Pool of Stars... from Sew Sunshine

"Pool of stars" updated
washed and crinkly 

"Pool of Stars"  Kona pool that is...get it?  and the big corner bits from my jar of scraps. Kona pool is one of my favorite colors on the Kona card. Just working with all the multi colored bits proves that pool goes with everything.  I just love it. 

45" x 50" approx 
Stash fabrics
Machine straightline quilting

All the larger bits from my jar after I sorted them. I used 110 pool 5" squares and  needed 220 bits. Not a problem. 

Any size and any shape works

A few bigger scraps on ...

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March 8, 2021
Playing with fabric............ from Exuberant Color

I was looking for possible border fabric for my Hattie's choice quilt.  I want to cut them lengthwise so I don't have to have a seam in them.  I think the seam would be so obvious in this type of fabric.  I think these 2 are possibilities.  The blue one has sections that look like a huge hibiscus bloom.

This is another one that I had larger yardage of but I haven't put it up against the quilt blocks yet.  I think it might be too distracting.  I still have one more block to make so I ...

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