Another Half Panel And Let The Sashing Begin


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As you know, I bounce around a lot!! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I get bored FAST and like to move from project to project. It takes longer to finish up but being able to revisit a project with fresh eyes seems to help me creatively.

That said…

Today, I bounced back to my Stairsteps quilt. Last time you saw it, I had three panels completed.

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Now there are four and one half. With one half to go and then I will begin sashing with my avocado fabric. Only have about two yards of it but that should be aplenty for sashing. 3-4″ between each panel and on the sides. I have been building these strips for a time now and am really excited to finally see the panels sewn together. If I don’t “bounce” around for the next two days, I just might get this quilt top finished this month.

The burgundy fabric I am using is just about used up. I am having to be very protective of it and carefully cut the sashing strips. No room for error. I already checked the web and wasn’t able to find it anywhere. I guess it is out of print. I am hoping I have enough for the border. A long and narrow pillow with the same strips and burgundy sashing would be pretty. But don’t think that is in the cards. I have my fingers and toes crossed that I have enough burgundy for my quilt.

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You can see how long the panels are (77″) in this photo. I am thinking with the sashing and borders, this is going to be a big’in. 😀

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Wish me luck!!

I Need 22 More Wonky HST Blocks


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Each block takes 24 half-square triangles. 624 used.

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Hopefully I will have enough HST’s to finish. I am guessing I had about 1000 created from my Hugs and Kisses blocks. They are different sizes and I didn’t want to trim each one. So I am using them as is. In all their wonky gloriousness.

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I am so glad I took the extra time to sew the seam across the “dog ear” triangle before trimming. Otherwise I would have been left holding the bag. The bag full of individual triangles.

OK… back to sewing.

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Did you have a great Memorial Day? What did you cook? Send me some. 😀


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http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/05/linky-tuesday_28.html

And Now I Have Stars


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A bit of surgery and look what I ended up with.

STARS. Two giant stars. They aren’t sewn together yet but you can see somewhat how they are going to look.

I took one of my 25 patch blocks from each color set and sliced it diagonally down the center.

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I like the color arrangement of the star on the left. Not so much the one on the right. I think the green looks dull. Could use a sprinkling of some “pop.” I think I am going to redo the entire block. I have some more interesting green fabrics in my stash. Or I could use the yellow ones. Though I wasn’t happy with the color arrangement.

Now, I have to decide what to use to fill in the open spaces. I have a few ideas. We shall see where those ideas take me.

Stay tuned…


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http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/05/pin-cushions.html

Getting The Pillow Fever Again


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I have always loved making pillows. They are just so fun and relaxing to make. Especially when just piecing little squares. But be warned. They can be addicting.

This is my latest one. I spent a week on it. 😀 (I hear you. Stop laughing.)

Here’s what happened… Two weeks ago, I made a table runner from some of my leftover Hugs and Kisses blocks. The blocks were collecting dust in a pile in a corner. I always feel bad when I start a new project without finishing sewing some of the UFO’s. So I gave the X and O blocks a bit of my attention.

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Making the runner did not take long since the blocks were already made. Just needed stitching together, borders added and quilted. Simple quilting. Straight lines. Plus a bit of stippling. And done.

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Then I decided a pillow was needed to go with the table runner. But had to search high and low for the fabrics used in the X & O blocks. That took a day and ended up with me dismantling one leftover Scrappy Trip block for the exact peach fabric I needed. And then, wouldn’t you know it. I got some sort of stomach bug and ended up being all queasy-stomach sick for five days. Didn’t feel like doing much of anything. Certainly not sewing. At least not for long stretches. I would sew a border and then take a nap. That was my routine for days.

Finally yesterday, I was able to sit in the sewing machine chair longer than the loo chair and managed to work on my pillow. It is made with 2 1/2″ squares and several borders. One border is a strip of squares cut in half. Quilting is diagonal lines.

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I put binding all around the sides just as I would a quilt.

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My machine sewn binding is getting SO GOOD, don’t you think? I may never go back to hand sewing.

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Before I got sick, I had finished another doll quilt with matching pillow and a little handbag. Never got to show them to you.

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All inspired by one of my leftover Scrappy Trip blocks. I have so many of them left that I could turn each one into a doll quilt. One for each day of the month. But I won’t do that. I have other ideas for them. (Or I could send them to you if anyone wants them.)

I also finished sewing together ten Wonky HST blocks. They sit waiting for their polka dot corners.

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None of my other on-going scrap projects got worked on. Need to do that before month’s end. Got to show some progress, right?

Well, that is it for me. That’s all of my Show and Tell.

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What have you been working on? Do tell….


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http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/05/pin-cushions.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2013/05/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-lots-of-quilting.html

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com/2013/05/link-finish-friday-68.html

http://aroundtheblockdesigns.blogspot.com/2013/05/really-random-52313-portlandia.html

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2013/05/we-did-it-wednesday_21.html

Doll Pillows and Purses…+ New Polka Dots


While I was waiting for my new polka dot fabric to arrive, I took a break from my wonky HST’s and worked on some doll pillows and little girl purses. I am making two pillows and two purses. They will go with the doll quilts I made.

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Want to see my new polka dot fabrics. Pretty, huh!! They arrived yesterday. Now I think I am all set to continue with the corners of my wonky half-square triangle blocks.

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Well, back to the grind. Just wanted to show you what I was working on.

Hope you are doing something you love.

Decision Made On My Wonky HST’s


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OK.

I have decided.

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This is how I will proceed with my Wonky Half-Square Triangle blocks.

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I thought I had enough polka dots. I have purple, hot pink, navy, orange, red, royal, kelly green, yellow, black, baby blue, gray and avocado. But now I am thinking I need a few more. Turquoise and white. Or aqua and white would be pretty. Baby pink. Maybe…

Seven more blocks are pinned and ready to sew.

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I have to use my walking foot to sew these. To get up and over the beginning “hump”. Otherwise I am sewing in place and making a thread ball.

How do you sew over bulky seams? Do tell.

It’s SPRING And Everything Is Growing


The month of April was all about digging, cutting and trimming. Nope, not outside. Inside. In my sewing room. Having a love affair with my scraps. Oh how I love thee.

It is so satisfying working with scraps, even the teeny tiny pieces. If you have worked with them, then you know how time consuming the process can be. It takes weeks, even months to “grow” them into a piece large enough for a quilt. I even have names for my latest scrap projects. Hot Pockets. Stairsteps. Wonky HST’s.

Want to see?

This is HOT POCKETS.

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At first I was just piecing together scraps. Mixing up the fabrics and colors. Then to make it more interesting, I decided to add a square of polka dots here and there. Little pockets.

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So far, I have orange, lime and pink sections. Lots more colors to add. Except for the pocket square, it is 100% scraps. Probably a few more months of piecing.


STAIRSTEPS is next. Last month I showed you the beginnings of this project. It looked like this.

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It was made with cut off ends from my Scrappy Trip Around The World blocks. Didn’t have many so I created strips from scraps.

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At first I named this project Dominoes. But after taking about 30 photos, I started seeing little burgundy steps. Stepping down row by row.

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So calling it Stairsteps just made more sense. I LOVE creating these strips. I have pulled from everywhere. Charm packs, scraps purchased on Ebay, fabric from friends, stash. But mostly my scraps. Sashing is 1 1/8″ wide and I get three strips per WOF.

Three panels are completed. They are hanging on my design wall with avocado fabric in the background. I plan to use it for sashing.

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This photo shows how I want it to look when finished.

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WONKY HALF-SQUARE TRIANGLES (HST’s). Except for the white filler triangles along the outsides, this project is 100% scraps.

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If you remember my Hugs and Kisses quilt, all those snowball-type corners created a ton of cut off ears.

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I wasn’t sure what I would do with them but saved them anyway. There are hundreds of them. So far, I have made 20 of these wonky blocks. The HST’s are different sizes, hence the wonkiness of the blocks.

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I haven’t completed the design yet. Working on how I want to connect the blocks. I am thinking 50 blocks should make a nice sized quilt. More details coming. More photos to follow.


You may remember me showing you my 5 by 5 blocks last month.

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Well, they grew too!! From 8 blocks to 18. I added aqua/turquoise (love them!!), red, blue, mauve and pink.

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I will probably do a couple blocks in black/white and maybe gray. Still thinking on this one. The final design hasn’t popped into my head just yet. Maybe add a HUGE border to make it lap size.


Even my Block of the Month quilt from my quilt group grew since the last time you saw it. This is April’s block.

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I now have six blocks completed. Half way there.

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Won’t have the quilt top finished until around the end of November. One block per month. But I have been auditioning fabrics for sashing and borders. Leaning toward more of the purple for the final border and maybe the back.


Not too many finishes for April. Just a few. I will post photos on my sidebar. The little doll quilt I showed you a couple days ago is finished. I ended up using the mauve fabric for the binding.

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Binding machine stitched front and back.

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And the doll pillow I was making turned out human sized so now I have to start over and piece more squares to make a much smaller one.

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Just one of these should do it. Squares are 1 1/2″.

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Well… that does it for me. I had one Heck Of A Scrappy Month. Happy. Happy. Happy. 😀

What all have you been creating? Do tell.