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For Judy’s Quiltathon this week, I’m working on a UFO project of 4-inch squares in cheerful sunflower prints.   I can’t remember what these squares were for, but they’re cute.

Today I have sewn them into 4-patch blocks and arranged them in sewing order on my design wall.

This is going to be a small quilt, maybe 40 inches square when finished, but it will make a good table covering or picnic rug.   Just in time for the end of summer!

Happy Quilting!

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Bonnie Hunter wrote in her “Scrap User’s System” article that our scraps are worth just as much as new yardage from the quilt shop.  For me in England, that’s £9.60 per metre, or approximately $14.25 per yard in US dollars.  That’s way too much value to toss into the waste basket, and it really gave me pause to think.  That is when I started to respect my scraps.

I’ve been saving all my small pieces of good quilting cotton for years but didn’t really know what to do with them until I found some fantastic inspiration from three sources:

Last week, in between other sewing projects, I started making some crumb blocks of my own.

Here are some blue blocks showing their stages of evolution:

And some scrappy multi-colour blocks:

Eventually all the blocks will be trimmed to 8.5 inches square to finish up at 8 inches.

I’ve heard several people describe the making of these blocks as “therapeutic,” and I have to agree wholeheartedly.  This kind of sewing doesn’t require a lot of concentration, and after about two hours, I felt very happy and productive to have created these little cuties!

Happy Quilting!

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Good progress this week on my pink and green Summer Holiday Quilt!  I’ve made all 48 quarter blocks and have started assembling the large blocks.  Five big blocks are now finished.

My design wall is only tiny, so I have to lay out larger projects on my “design floor.”  And of course, Nigel the quilting dog is helping me by inspecting my work.  😉

My other block sets are lined up and waiting to be assembled.

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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We had a fantastic holiday in Northumberland.  We went to the beach, explored castles and took long walks every day.

I took my Featherweight (Singer 221K) with me for a little relaxation sewing in the evenings, along with a box of pink and green strings that I’ve been saving for a travel project.

I like string blocks because they are so easy and stress-free when I am sewing in less-than-ideal conditions.  There are no instructions to follow, and the seam allowances don’t have to be a perfect 1/4 inch.  I was sewing on the dining table, so I used thick bath towels folded over as an ironing pad for my travel iron.

Here are the first four blocks where the pattern is beginning to emerge.

I finished three more blocks this morning, and this is what I have so far.

We didn’t find any quilt shops in our travels, but I did buy a lovely bar of soap that was wrapped in nice quilting cotton.

And that little piece of fabric wrapping has found its way into my quilt!  🙂

It’s going to be a very nice memento of a beautiful summer getaway.

Happy Quilting!

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This week, my step-daughter came over for dinner and told me about a quilt she has started making.  It’s her first large project, and I am really excited for her! This is the young woman who received the turquoise quilt for her birthday in March.

She prefers hand-sewing to using a sewing machine, so she is making a Grandmother’s Flower Garden by the English paper piecing method.  She found free hexagon templates and illustrated instructions at Cia’s Palette.

She wants to use all-plaid focus fabrics and asked me where she could find some.  We talked about recycling clothing, and then she chose 9 fat quarters out of my stash to take home with her.  That’s quick and easy stash-busting!  😉

I decided to keep the grey corduroy gift fabric in my Stash Report totals, as I’ve thought of a project for my personal use, as well as making donation gifts.   If I count gift fabric received, then surely I can count gift fabric given?  If so, that’s 2.25 yards out this week!  Here are my totals:

Fabric in this week:  0
Fabric in year-to-date:  46 yards
Fabric out this week:  2.25 yards
Fabric out year-to-date:  26.75 yards
Used (net):  -19.25 yards

To see how other quilters are getting along with their stash busting this week, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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I have a zillion projects in the works right now, but as soon as I saw Judy Laquidara’s new pattern, Paint Stix, I loved it and knew I had to try it right away!

I’m using some fabric from stash that I have always liked but found difficult to use before.  This pattern seems just right for it.

Here are the first six blocks:

I am sewing on “Ethne” today, which is my Singer 319K from 1960.  She uses special 206×13 needles, which are difficult to find these days.  Just last week I was lucky enough to find some more needles for her, so now we are off and running again.  She has many amazing features for a 50-year-old sewing machine, including some incredible embroidery patterns.

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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It seems like ages since I last worked on this quilt.

We had a two-week family holiday at Easter-time, and last week I had to catch up on real life.  This week I’ve been in a baking frenzy because I found this wonderful blog, Confections of a (Closet) Master Baker, and I just had to try out some of the gorgeous free recipes.   Yum!

Anyway — back to quilting!  It’s time to get serious about this baby.  I’ve laid out all the pieces, trying to remember where I was when I stopped.

Thank goodness I have a print-out of the instructions so I can mark off the steps I have completed.  I should have thought of this the first time around, but — live and learn.  Someday I will be truly organised.

Next week I’ll have something worthwhile to show for my efforts!  🙂

Happy Quilting!

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We had a lovely holiday with our family, lots of beautiful sunny weather and fun activities.  Since we were in the area, I went to The Quilt Room, which is a lovely quilt shop in Dorking, Surrey, and bought some fabrics to continue with my purple-orange-green UFO.  I had got to the point where I couldn’t proceed any further because I didn’t have any more of these colours in my stash.

This is the original project, which was on my Design Wall a few months ago.

I bought 4.5 metres of these fabrics, which is about 5 yards.  I also bought a fat quarter of another fabric, but I used that to make cushion ties for my father-in-law’s conservatory chairs.

So, my totals for the week are:

  • Bought this week:  5.25 yards
  • Bought year-to-date:  16 yards
  • Used this week:  .25 yards
  • Used year-to-date:  24.5 yards
  • Used (net):  8.5 yards

To see how others are getting along with their Stashbusting, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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With the Easter holidays, my young child out of school for a two-week Spring break, and plans to visit with various family members, I’m not going to have very much time for sewing in the next couple of weeks.

It seems like a good time to take a little break from the “Too Good to Cut” challenge and updates.  Probably everyone else would like a little rest, too!

Don’t worry — I will be back, and then we’ll all finish our challenge quilts together!  In the meantime, Happy Easter, Happy Spring, and Happy Quilting!

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I’m still working on my ancient pink UFO which is getting a total makeover, and I’m having so much fun with it!  There is no formal pattern — it’s just 12 salvaged sampler blocks, and I’m making it up as I go along.

The cornerstones and sashings are finished.

And now I’m making 9-patch blocks for the borders.

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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