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FOUNDING FATHER WALL HANGING

FOUNDING FATHER WALL HANGING

The Founding Father wall hanging was fun and easy to make. I love Americana and have all kinds of it throughout the main living areas of my home. The log cabin blocks are made from a 4″ center block and 2.5″ strips.  The George blocks had to have a “frame” around them because they did not match the size of the log cabin blocks.  There is always a way to creatively make quilt blocks fit. I pieced this quilt top…

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SUPER EASY RAIL FENCE QUILTS

SUPER EASY RAIL FENCE QUILTS

Are you looking for another way to use up those strips you have pre-cut or leftover? These super easy rail fence quilts are another quick solution for using those fabric strips. It is usually made of strips in three colors or patterns. I made these three back in the 1990’s after seeing a completed rail fence quilt at a guild meeting. By this point in my quilting journey, I had already figured out I liked working with fabric strips that…

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HOT CHOCOLATE AND PEPPERMINT QUILT

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PEPPERMINT QUILT

On that winter day, Hot Chocolate and Peppermint just sound so good. I can almost smell them both. There are two really great things about this quilt – it used a lot of scraps, and there are no calories involved. I have to admit that it took a long time for me to warm up to log cabin quilts. I didn’t like how they looked, and I really didn’t like all the seams. The first one I can remember making…

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WINDMILL BLADES QUILT

WINDMILL BLADES QUILT

This scrap quilt is an easy one patch pattern. However, this Windmill Blades Quilt is also the story of what happens when the quilter does not pay attention to the directions and ends up with enough cut for two quilts. Ugh…the “mistake” The pattern and lay out were simple. I saw it and thought it was a great way to use up more of those pesky scraps that continue to multiply in the scrap bins. After choosing the scraps and…

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HOW TO MAKE EASY PLACEMATS

HOW TO MAKE EASY PLACEMATS

Back in October, I posted about the overwhelming list of UFOs I needed to work on. One of those projects was some Christmas placemats. So…here is how to make easy placemats. These directions could easily apply to any holiday or theme you would like to make for placemats. Have fun and enjoy the process. Supplies: 2.5″ strips of fabric to make “patchwork” front of placemat (I pulled several out of my precut box of this size strips in “Christmasy” colors)….

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PRAYERFUL LEADER (a George Washington Quilt)

PRAYERFUL LEADER (a George Washington Quilt)

Prayerful Leader (a George Washington Quilt) started with a single leftover print block from another quilt. I built out from that block by framing the center block with borders until it was the size I wanted for a large wall hanging. It can easily be adjusted to fit any size desired by simply shrinking or enlarging the border sizes. Super easy quilt to piece – I pieced it in a long day of sorting, cutting, and piecing. The center block…

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THE SAME BUT DIFFERENT

THE SAME BUT DIFFERENT

I made a batch of scrap nine patch blocks while on vacation this year. Instead of one quilt, I decided to make two the same but different. One of the great things about quilting is that changes can be made. Those changes can be done even after the sewing has started. This stack of nine patch blocks finished at 7.5 inches. The alternate blocks are done from a soft looking small floral print on white background. I love chain sewing…

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MY BLUEBERRY DAYS QUILT

MY BLUEBERRY DAYS QUILT

In August 2020 I gathered together all kinds of blue and white scraps. I wanted to make a blue and white “snowball” quilt. I just put the last stitch into the binding. My blueberry days quilt is complete! Prepping The pieces I used this pattern for size and cutting instructions. I put my top together in rows instead of blocks of four snowballs. According to my notes, I cut 224 (6.5″) blue blocks, and 896 (2.5″) white squares for a…

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THE FUSSY CUT BARNYARD QUILT

THE FUSSY CUT BARNYARD QUILT

Sometimes it is fun to walk through the memory lane of quilts and old projects. I recently found my photos of this one, “The Fussy Cut Barnyard Quilt” and thought I would share. Can you say baa, oink, or moo? When I made this quilt back in 1996-97, I still had a small child at home who thought making animal sounds was great fun. Some day I will show off my quilt scrapbooks here, but for now let me just…

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THANKFUL FOR ALREADY CUT STRIPS

THANKFUL FOR ALREADY CUT STRIPS

I try to keep several containers of already cut pieces in various sizes on hand that I use a lot. Cutting as I have time keeps the scrap bins somewhat under control. And recently I have been so very thankful for already cut strips. Why I am thankful for already cut strips today My shoulder caused problems during the first part of the year and was finally starting to heal and feel much better. On July 17 I was out…

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