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Month: December 2020

ARE YOU DROWNING IN SCRAPS TOO??

ARE YOU DROWNING IN SCRAPS TOO??

Are you drowning in scraps too?? My 2020 goal was to use as many of my scraps as possible. I made the “executive” decision that any fabric a quarter yard or smaller went from the shelves into the scrap bin back in March when I did a total cleaning of the sewing room. I took every single piece of fabric off the shelves, went through every drawer, looked in every project box….scary stuff. Some of those things I hadn’t seen…

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I Spy Log Cabin Quilt

I Spy Log Cabin Quilt

I pieced the 36 blocks for this “I Spy” Log Cabin Quilt while in Maine during September 2017. The scraps are bright, cheerful and fun. The variety of novelty fabrics make it even more interesting – there are all kinds of things to “spy” including: corn on the cob, Snoopy, Minions, cats, rocks, cars, planets, etc. All the fabrics in these blocks came from my scrap bin. Each center block was a 3″ square sewn into a half square triangle…

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KID PROJECT – BUTTON QUILT

KID PROJECT – BUTTON QUILT

Kid Project: Button Quilt – We all know children who like to “help” us as we quilt, or want to do something like we are doing. This is a super easy and non-threatening way to teach basic sewing skills, cutting/dexterity, hand and eye coordination, multiplication, and measuring. Squares, borders, and final size can be adjusted for your child and project. Daughter (H) was 9 when we did this project – button quilt. I used the rotary cutter to cut 64…

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COLLECTING TOILE FABRIC & HOW I USE THEM IN QUILTS?

COLLECTING TOILE FABRIC & HOW I USE THEM IN QUILTS?

COLLECTING TOILE FABRIC & HOW I USE THEM IN QUILTS? I am that odd person who collects toile fabrics. Yes, the weird prints that involve people, scenery, or animals that are two colors. They look like something your grandma may have used. I admit it – I am obsessed with collecting toile fabrics.  All colors and designs.  According to Masterclass ( https://www.masterclass.com/articles/toile-de-jouy-what-is-toile-a-brief-history-and-toile-fabric-care-guide#what-is-the-history-of-toile ) “Toile comes from a French word meaning linen cloth….originally produced in Ireland in the 18th century….became known…

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