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August 3, 2021
Tuesday To-Do Linky Party from Melva Loves Scraps

If you are looking for the Tuesday To-Do Linky Party, you are in the right place!  Chris Knits is off enjoying vacation and has temporarily passed the torch to me...

As Roseanne says over at Home Sewn By Us, Gladys Taber wrote, “Contentment is a list with half of it crossed off.”

So here's where I am with my to-do list...

✔  Memory quilt...  

✔  Cake Walk quilt... this was the Dresden/Sun Bonnet Sue quilt for a customer.  

I bounced back and forth so many times between these two quilts I feel like a pinball!  It all depended on how ...

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August 1, 2021
Small Things Done from Melva Loves Scraps

My To-Do list didn't see as much get done as I had hoped, but you cannot say that I didn't try...

❧ I need to get borders on the Memory quilt.  

This could get a 1/2 check mark since I have fabric for the final border, backing and binding on order (and fingers crossed) it will be here in time for me to get this quilt done before the close of the month since it was my One Month Goal that I linked up at Elm Street Quilts

 Dresden/Sunbonnet Sue top quilted for my customer.  

I ...

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July 27, 2021
To-Do Tuesday ~ Another Week Done; Another Begun from Life in the Scrapatch

 Here is my Week 6 ~ Weathervane Block for the

Summer in the Garden Quilt Along

This was a fun and easy block to sew.  

The instructions were for making this block with hour glass units.  I cut the squares oversize and trimmed and squared my hourglass block to 6.5" before sewing them into the 12.5" block.

The free pattern for this block my be found here: 

Summer in the Garden ~ Weathervane Block 


This was my Monday Goal for my Weekly Sewing To-Do List.

Let me check how I did working on my Goals for Last Week:

1) Make ...

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July 21, 2021
Tired Tuesday from Melva Loves Scraps

It's Tuesday and our vacation time is over.  As so many others have stated... "I need a vacation to recover from our vacation!"

Early morning visitors to our camper

The Nolan Family Camp Weekend was filled with so much joy, love, laughter, crafts, activities and food... and only one small melt-down from one of the little ones.  

In the midst of the chaos on the picnic table

Sweet Hanna was a little fussy on day 2, but there were enough adults around that we took turns soothing, walking and talking to her.  She really was happiest when she was ...

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July 20, 2021
To-Do Tuesday ~ All is Well in My Quilty Garden from Life in the Scrapatch


Here is my new block for the

 Summer in the Garden Quilt Along

Free Honeybee Quilt Block Pattern Here

This was a fun block to sew.

I am really enjoying my fabric play with these block designs. 

I am Linking Up with 

To-Do Tuesday @ chrisknits

Last Week's List:

1) Make more Kinship Fusion Sampler Blocks ... yes ... 60 blocks done; 40 blocks to do

2) Make the Weekly Summer in the Garden  ... yes ... see above

3) Sew More Blue/Gray/White Log Cabin Blocks ... yes, but need to make more progress.  I will post about this quilt in the making ...

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June 30, 2021
Tuesday's To-Do Check-in from Melva Loves Scraps

Last week seemed to have flown by!  Is it just me???  Or is time speeding up for everyone?

While time zipped right on by, I did manage to meet my goals... mostly

✔  I drew out the block, and tested the block for my customer's memory quilt... I have started cutting fabric.  These blocks are 14-1/2" and will have sashing strips with cornerstones, creating a 9-patch look when joined together.

✔  I cleaned an organized the studio.... sorta. I did get all of the fabric that had been piling up put away in the proper place and I cleaned the ...

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June 24, 2021
Monday's Finish from Melva Loves Scraps

✔Finally!  The Paper Doll quilts are done.  Both have had the binding sewn down and they are ready to be dressed... and re-dressed!  You may have noticed  that I opted out of putting faces on the dolls.  I don't think that will take away any of the fun and joy the girls will have while playing with them.

All I need now are the clothes.  Most of the clothing for the larger dolls were made by me and embellished and dolled up by my Mom.  She has several outfits for the smaller dolls ready for the iron-on velcro to ...

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June 20, 2021
Summer Camp from Melva Loves Scraps

Summer took long enough to get here!  Okay, okay, so it isn't officially "summer" on the calendar yet, and "summer" may have started for others with the end of a school year or Memorial Day Weekend, but for me summer starts when our camping season starts.  And it was late this year for us... 

Last week we (finally) found our way with friends to the Conejos Camp Ground located in the Rio Grande National Forest.  It took us a little over 3 hours to drive to our destination.  It is remote and there is absolutely no connection to the ...

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June 9, 2021
Indian Stars, Trail's End and Playing with Dolls from Melva Loves Scraps

✔  With my finish of the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail Quilt I did a mini photo shoot on Saturday morning.  I still want to get some shots on the actual Trail, but for now, here is one of the first pictures of the finished quilt, in its entirety...

Just this morning as I was typing up some additional excerpts for future stories of the sew along I came across this...

Our trail often led among herds of buffalo so numerous that at time we were half afraid.  The vast open country that is gone from us forever rippled like ...

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June 8, 2021
To-Do Tuesday # 3 ~ Re-Evaluating from Life in the Scrapatch


I have been sewing.

Linking up today with

To-Do Tuesday @ Chrisknits

Much of it has been hand sewing and stitching as my knee is still tweaking

and I have been sitting.

I have made more blocks and more hexagons for my 

Kingfisher Quilt

I have started a new large scale project 

to use up my 30's Reproduction Fabric scraps. 

This was my Scrappy Saturday Sewing.

This will be ongoing and it will pop up in my posts regularly.


Hmmm ... none of these projects were on my 

Last Week's Goals ...

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June 2, 2021
Back on the Trail from Melva Loves Scraps

With the completion of the Brand quilt last week my attention has been on the Santa Fe Trail Quilt.  I spent much of the weekend marking and quilting.  I chose a "hanging diamond" quilt design after doing some searching through some of my books for vintage quilts and heirloom quilts.  

As my reference book stated, "Often a quilt needs straight-line quilting, but stitching in the ditch alone will not add any surface texture.  Therefore, an old, traditional way to achieve a heavy amount of quilting using straight lines - yet adding diagonal lines for interest - is stitching "hanging diamonds".  This technique ...

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May 25, 2021
Tuesday's Check-in from Melva Loves Scraps

 I knew it had to happen eventually.  I had been on a good roll with a good attitude, and things going better than planned... and then today came.  

Last week I had hoped that I would have a Friday finish with the brand quilt...  I realize that was wishful thinking, but, hey, a girl can dream. Right?

After sending off the Cowboy quilt I pulled out the Brand quilt.  After outlining the appliqued brands I framed each block and then had the crazy idea that I should learn to quilt in a rope design in the borders.  I found a ...

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May 19, 2021
Checking the List and Checking Items Off from Melva Loves Scraps

Another quilt DONE!  Again, the week went so smoothly, that I was able to out do my To-Do List.  The Papa Ray quilt has been mailed (not in the original plans, but sometimes life happens), the TOPS quilt has been labeled, washed and photographed, and as I type this, the Cowboy quilt has been washed and photo shoot done.  We walked up the lane in our little neighborhood to a semi-abandoned corral area.  A storm is moving in, so it was a little windy, but I have a few shots I am pleased with.

❧  This means that I will be ...

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May 13, 2021
There's a New Kid in Town from Melva Loves Scraps

You may recall that I have been waiting somewhat patiently for our sweet Hanna to arrive.  Her projected date of arrival was May 6th.  Her Daddy's birthday is May 8th and he had hoped that she might be willing to share his day.  I had secretly hoped that she might arrive a little early... like April 29th to share the day with MY Dad, even though he has been celebrating his birthday in heaven for the past 8 years.

Well... Hanna, I believe, is going to be the child that will keep Heather (and the rest of the family ...

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May 8, 2021
Inspiration and Creativity from Melva Loves Scraps

Just this morning I saw something about how taking a break from your normal quilting practices can actually spur on creativity and new inspiration and ideas.

I have experienced this very thing!  I have also found that by doing quilting for others and trying to incorporate their "thing" into a quilt or quilting expands my comfort zone.  Blocks of the Month and Sew Alongs are also a good way to stretch your inspiration as well as try new techniques on for size.

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April 28, 2021
Checking Off the To-Do's from Melva Loves Scraps

One by one the quilts that I felt so overwhelmed with a few weeks ago are getting done.  Two down (basically)!  Two to go...

I say basically because the baby quilt ~ Remembering Grandpa Ray ~ while done, still needs a label.  In fact, after the shower for my daughter, I was informed that the pink and grey giraffe quilt did not have a label on it.  WHAT?!?  How did that happen.  Heather figured that I was waiting for Hanna's arrival so that I could include the date and other vitals on it.  Um, yeah!  That's it!  LOL.  

When I ...

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April 22, 2021
Cowboy Bill Finished from Melva Loves Scraps

You may remember that I had four quilts in the que...Last week I had a a crazy week!  

It involved travel on Thursday and again on Saturday.  The weather and road conditions were less than favorable, but I survived the long day... including the grueling 5 hour drive home when, with ideal driving conditions, the trip takes only (haha!  only) 3-1/2 hours.  But I don't want to dwell on that...

Saturday's weather wasn't ideal either but the trip was a short 90 miles to get to the baby shower for our soon-to-arrive grand-daughter.  Just three ...

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April 14, 2021
Sew Much To Do! from Melva Loves Scraps

My time away last week was wonderful!  We laughed, we talked, we ate, we walked, we cried, we caught up and we supported each other. 

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April 9, 2021
Time With Andy And Jack from Melva Loves Scraps

Last week my time in "The Garden" with "Andy" was quality time.  (remember the joke about what God's name is? Andy walks with.  Andy talks with me...)
The vintage Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt is complete!  Woohoo!

I hand-stitched the binding on Friday as I pondered the significance of what the Last Supper and Good Friday meant to me as a Christian... They, along with Christ's Resurrection, are the Cornerstone of my belief.  Am I perfect?  Far from it!  I am a work in progress, and each day I strive to be better.  Some days are better than ...

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March 17, 2021
Productivity Level at an All-time High from Melva Loves Scraps

After a week away with our friends my productivity level upon my return was astonishing!  And I didn't even work hard at it.  I had planned on doing a Friday Finish post, but I was on such a roll I didn't want to stop.

✔Hanna's name bunting is adorable, if I must say so myself... and will be a perfect addition to the shower decorations and the nursery.

The labels for the two commissioned t-shirt quilts were added to the quilts and shipped off.  This is the message I received from my customer...

"They are beautiful!!!      I ...

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