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I'm currently working on a cut down plan to tame the hoard.  I check my fabric to my list of quilts and cut it into widths suitable for my accuquilt dies for the various quilts on the plan.

All completions are flimsies.

18 yds I used up a pile of rust/tans/browns and made a disappearing hourglass and a pieced back.

9 yds. I used up a pile of blues and blacks I was tired of coming across and made a kite quilt, with the kites & borders being red calico.

10 yds I used up a pile of blues and some red fat quarters I wasnt really happy with and made a red spinner on blue background.  Used up some very dated country red & navy plaid and some navy plaid for borders.

9 yds  I used a up a pile of brights and made a kite quilt.  Purchased navy dot fabric 6.5 yds for the kites and borders.

Currently sewing

13 yds Judy Hopkins 2009 Mystery quilt.  I got tired of making the 12 piece 6" blocks, and stopped at 140 10x14 and planned borders to fill it out to queen.  Today, I pressed the center & sewed the two inside long borders on.  Use up darks, mediums, lights.  Used up the rest of the navy plaid for inner & outer borders.  Middle border (not started) will be checkerboard in red/yellow floral with yellow blender.

6" square in a square, 15 x 18 blocks, 270 blocks with two fabrics, a charm quilt, so will need 540 fabrics.  I sewed some squares today.  Total squares sewed, about 31.

Bonnie Hunter's scrappy trip around the world quilt http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/scrappy-trips-around-world.html

13 yds Mine is 8x8 64 patch, cut 2", finished 1-1/2, for a 12" block.  will be 8x9 for a total of 4608 pieces.  Today, I pressed 8 blocks seams alternating directions, and sewed them into a row #6.  Rows 1-5 are attached.  I have a shoebox of 24 sets of 8 stripsets of 8 for the last 3 rows to do.  Used up Dark blue, med blue, lt blue, green, yellow, white/beige, pink, red.

Not currently sewing, but almost done

10 yards. Birch Branches, use up the yellows & pinks.  I have a very small (like under 20) handful of blocks to cut out, then I need to finish up the piecing.

Used up to date 92 1/4 yds, purchased/used 16 3/4 yds.

What are you working on?

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You've been very busy! I'm not very prolific and buy for the project. I'm in the middle of a duvet with a pieced top in batiks. I'm hoping to finish before Bonnie Hunter gives out the first clues to En Provence mystery quilt. After watching the last two, I decided to join in this year. I picked up enough fabric to do a 1/4 size quilt.
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Sounds like a good idea! How much more hoard do you have to tame? I've been picking up lots of free fabric at my Linus Project meetings (for about 5 years now!) and really need to unload some of it. Meanwhile I can't even remember all the beautiful fabric I've bought to make personal quilts. So, whenever I come across something I don't love or that isn't neutral enough for a backing, I pop it into my Linus bag(s) and take it into the next meeting. Heaven knows there are much faster quilters than me! But I still don't have enough room to put everything out on shelves.

I never plan as far in advance as you do, Julie, but I do have a few quilts I want to make. The most pressing is a king-sized black, white, and gray, with focus blocks of a purple Asian print. Not a hard pattern, but I'm intimidated by the thought of quilting it so haven't made much progress. Supposed to be a Christmas present for my DD and her husband. Maybe next Christmas! Then, I have some beautiful Laurel Burch horse fabric in teal, charcoal, and gold (metallic) to make a quilt for myself. 6 years of quilting now, and all I have made for myself is a throw. I also have been collecting 30's prints and I'd like to do the quilt Tom calls "Double Diamond" (in his recent post about making a lap quilt).

I get really caught up in my charity quilts, and tend to put them first because I feel they are so needed. Also I mostly make small ones so they go fast.

Julie, I hope you will show us some pictures!

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I set out this summer to make 16 of these, one for each grandchild, offspring, and their spouses, plus one each for me and DH.  So far I've pieced, quilted, and bound 9.  I keep coming up short on black and green fabric but the local Hobby Lobby doesn't keep enough on hand IMHO.  Three are waiting for more black to set the blocks together.  I did order some black online but it turned out to be somewhat faded next to the Kona cottons.




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It's amazing how many quilts you gals are turning out!  I'm a slow poke, but enjoying the process.  I've fallen into the habit of buying more fabric than I can get turned into quilts (I'm a sucker for MSQ's daily deal), but don't usually have a clear idea of what pattern, how many coordinating fabrics, and yardage needs there'll be when it's time to make it into a quilt.  So far, it's always worked out pretty good.   I'm learning to keep on hand extra neutrals, tone on tone, and a fair amount of what I know I like for the "filler" (borders, sashing, etc.)
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Wow! Wish I were that organized! I seem to be a sucker for small project kits such as totes and wall hangings. I guess I think they are small and I will be able to complete them quickly. But then I get distracted by a quilt pattern I love and the kits never get finished... I am now in the process of taking one kit at a time, cutting all the pieces for that kit and putting it in a project bag (large Baggie). I have cut 6 already, got distracted and actually finished the Thanksgiving wall hanging, and now have four more kits to cut. Then, this winter when the snow is flying I can close my eyes, reach in and grab a pre-cut project and just start sewing.
At least that is the plan....

I also have two large lap quilts pieced and ready to quilt. I want to have all this done before Christmas. Ha! I just made myself laugh!

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Hmm. I didn't give a timeline. Sorry.

I work full time. 60, kidlet grown w/ family, divorced. So no one but myself to keep happy. Quilting is my joy.

Rust disappearing hourglass flimsy was finished 2 yrs ago.

Red kite, 2 yrs ago.

I've been working on birch branches and 64 patch for a year or so.

I started judy hopkins mystery 2009 sometime in the last three years as a leader ended.

About a yr ago I bought someone's complete accuquilt go big setup, incl 19 dies. She was moving then switching to studio. Ive since bought several more dies.

That really put the pedal to the metal on my quilting.

I accelerated cutting for birch branches and judy 2009.

This fall, I finished flimsies red spinner and blue kite.

64 patch-all strip sets for remaining 3 rows have been cut for over a year. I hope to complete this flimsy this weekend.

Penny, buying only fir current project is so practical. Yay for doing the BH mystery.

Margaret, more? Umm. 500 yds would be conservative. *hangs head* Linus is a wonderful way to spend your quilting time. The gift for yr DD sounds beautiful. I'll have to relook at toms double diamond. I'll do pix as soon as I can.

...intimidated by quilting. Part of my purpose in making these flimsies is as practice pieces for the mid arm I am planning to buy as soon as I have made room for it in my sewing room.

Redmadder your sampler quilts are gorgeous. 16, wow!

Mavis, I think we're similar. Over my fabric accumulating years, I bought what I thought was pretty, with no quilt in mind. I ended up with massive yards of mid tones. With no darks blenders or neutrals.

LindaL, your quilts by Christmas sounds ambitious, with just weeks left to go.

"Quilting distracted" that's me to a T. I design and start one, then work on another in my head while my hands go thru the motions of the first. Then my head takes over and I start the 2nd. Pretty soon I am in the middle of 20 quilts.

Rather than being impatient with myself about it, I've embraced it and am right now actively working on several and cutting for another 10-15.

It's how my mind likes to work.

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Today I pressed 64 strip sets in alternate directions and sewed 8 blocks for the 64 patch. Broke a needle, ran out of bobbin thread, finished a spool of thread.

Cut a handful of block sets for the plus quilt. Sewed 2 rows, attached 3 rows, total 5 rows done. I had no trouble matching seams, but the top and bottom if the plusses aren't lining up. Sigh. Got out a small carpenter's square. Marginally helpful. Oh well 10:30 pm is too late for fixing.

Put the short inner borders on Judy 2009.

Went through a dishpan of scraps to make sure all the charm quilts used the fabrics where there was enough to do so.

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Cut 22" of two checkerboard fabrics. Pressed, starched together. Cut 18 sets 2" wise. Cut binding.

Sewed two rows 64 patch to each other, then to quilt. Total 7 rows attached. Planned, sewed 8 64 patch blocks.

Took most of row seams out of the 5 rows of plus quilt. Made a marking template to line up the two side pieces of the plusses. Sewed the 5 rows back together, aligning the pieces, pressed. Looks much better.

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Judy 2009:  One long side checkerboard border finished & attached-87 inches, or 232 blocks.  I've made 10 more 6" checkerboards, not quite enough for my next side, a short side.  I need to cut more strips.  The patterned fabric is really red & pale yellow & the blender is also pale yellow.  I'm also using the patterned fabric as outside borders.  I think I need to cut those before I cut any more strips from the fabric.  I THINK I'm down to 4-1/2 yds, so there should be plenty, but I'm not entirely certain & it's always better to check before chopping!

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Here's the 5 rows of the plus quilt.  Looking much better.

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I'm impressed with all the progress. I have tried to only buy for new projects and forget about shopping stash. Need to do that more. Congrats to getting so much done.
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Judy 2009: I did have 4-1/2 yards left.  I cut two units out for my borders.  I have the other short checkerboard border & a long border on, 184 & 248 blocks.  I have five 6" checkerboard units ready, and some strips ready to press, sew, subcut & sew.  I do need to cut at least 3 more sets of strips.

64 Patch:  I worked on it.  I pressed those 8 blocks & made them into a row, then discovered a couple of serious layout errors.  I took those two blocks out & am still contemplating what I will do.  I must have been really tired when I planned those blocks.  But, I am NOT unsewing 14 seams.

Visited DD & family over the long weekend.  DD always sits on her phone, reading, scrolling, facebooking, watching vids.  Not ON the phone, just playing with it.  So, I took sewing.  I didn't have any quilts at a grab & take stage, that I could do piecing.  I took a cardtable, my babylock grace (don't laugh at me, I bought it for the automatic buttonholes) and my serger, oodles of precut garmet sewing projects, thread, needles, my tool tacklebox.  I sewed replacement pearl buttons on a sweater, sewed buttons on shirt sleeves that I had shortened, mended a couple of camisoles with split seams, made a long sleeved t-shirt, made the cardigan that matches it.  I got significant work done on a jacket, cut out what? four or more years ago.  Somewhere there are pants bits & I've worn the skirt for years already.  



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Julie, I think you got a lot of good stuff done! I was thinking of mending all my hubby's shirts and pants for a Christmas present-kind of boring to do otherwise.

As far as a buttonhole machine-the newer ones are much easier. Nice to do everything vintage, but sometimes you just need things done fast!

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Julie, I'm tired just thinking about all you've done. You need to bottle what ever it is that gives you all that energy and sell it as an tonic.  I on the other hand am stalled on my batik duvet. I have a couple of rows sewn together and almost 2 more rows up on my design wall. It's a random scrappy and I'm stuck on which block to put next.

I am up to date on finished clues for En Provence. Didn't think I'd ever be able to make clue 2 blocks but finally had success when I oversized them and cut them to size. Still need to wash and starch two of the colors and I should get that done today.

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penny, thanks.  Funny about our time impressions, isn't it?

I don't feel like I get all that much done.  I do make "sacrifices" [rolleyes]  I eat very simple meals, like crackers cheese lunchmeat milk, or cottage cheese, or cereal.  If I'd rather sew than do housework, I sew.

Yesterday's post covered about 2 weeks of gitRdones.  I don't know how many hours I garment sewed over the holiday weekend.  Pretty sure it wasn't more than 15 hours.  I asked my son in law (I set up the cardtable in corner of their living room) if the sewing noises were bothering him-he was watching tv.  (We watched the parade twice.)  He said no, the more noise the better he was able to focus.  Go figure.  If I was on anyone's nerves I am positive they would have said so.

Your batik duvet cover sounds so pretty.  I have bits & pieces of batiks I am collecting.  I want to do a crackers quilt in bright batiks w/ black/white.

I've never followed a mystery quilt as it was revealed.  I've done some after the fact.  Most of Bonnie Hunter's are designed to teach a skill.  I have a love hate relationship with one of hers that I have been working on for a few years.  I cannot remember the name. 

Part of my problem with Bonnie's quilts is, although I have a huge stash of fabric, it is random stuff that I saw & loved, but not a practical mix.  Like, her pattern will say:  grab 3 yds worth of bits of neutral shirtings.  Don't have it.  What's the point of a "stash buster" quilt that means you buy more fabric?  ha.

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The batik duvet is now being referred to as the  muppet vomit quilt. It's totally batiks with no solids or blenders, very wild. I like it but I think I prefer the stained glass version that has narrow strips of black solid between each piece.  The crackers quilt really pops with bright colors.

This is my first Bonnie mystery. I followed the last two and taking a leap of faith on this one. I am hoping it isn't as busy as Grand Illusion that was difficult for me to look at. I only buy for the project and my stash is scraps that  fit in two grocery bags. My scraps haven't been the correct colors either which means I need to buy if I want to join.  
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penny,  Yours is a good way to go, with quilting.  It cuts way down on fabric maintenance (folding/fondling/stacking/ shuffling/restacking) and storage space.

hahhahahahah muppet vomit.  I bet it works just fine, all brights.

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I did a Bonnie Hunter mystery a few years ago. Orca Bay. At the time I didn't have much in the way of scraps that were the right colors so I went around everywhere buying 1/4yd cuts. A whole lot of 1/4yd cuts. Lots of variety that way.

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Judy 2009:  All checkerboard borders are finished and attached to quilt.   The two inch "stop" navy borders are on.  The two long outer borders are on.  I have the two short to cut, press, accuquilt die cut and sew on, and it's a flimsy.

Wedding 12/31:  Quilt drawn up, fabric & backing purchased.  Fabric laundered, purple yet to dry.  Feel free to "snerk" if you want, I found out about the wedding in late November.  It's a very simple pattern, 8-1/2" squares, 6" squares, 3" HST.

The cold winter has hit me hard (17-24* days here).  I did alter a straight skirt pattern to approximate my body, and cut out some 2nd hand wool gray on blue plaid fabric.  It's still pinned to the pattern.

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Finished the wedding throw quilt 1/1/2017, left it with my DD to give to the newlyweds.

The back is flannel.  The pattern is Art Square from quilter's cache, modified a bit in size, etc.

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I love it, Julie! The colors go together beautifully and I love the floral backing. You do such nice work!
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Great job on the quilt.  I agree with what the other comments have been - great choice in backing fabric.  Makes me think I need to give a little more thought about choosing my backings.  Usually I just use what I have.  This one just looks well thought out.
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Really lovely!  I love the backing.
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Julie,

Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous!  Love it!

I really need to get to work on my Red and White Log Cabin.  It's just so darn big -- it's got me a little intimidated!

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Here are some of my blocks from my cut down plan.  Sq N Sq, Brick Chevron, Divided Sq, Striped Chisel

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Nice blocks! I need to work on my square in squares.
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Love that last pic. Is that the one you called striped chisel?
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Tom W, coopah, Cari-in-Oly, WI Lori, Margaret, Mavis, PatriciaPf, Jeannette, LindaL, thank you all so much for your kind comments! Kudos online are pretty much all I get.

Cari-in-Oly, I'd love to see your orca bay if you have pix. I get you on buying 1/4 yd bits for Bonnie pattern, but, my goal is to use up the massive stash I already have.

LindaL, yes. there is a pattern similar to that that I copied. I believe the original pattern uses four sets 2-1/2" strips attached on the diagonal at the mid point for an 8" block.

Accuquilt die called "chisel" finished dimensions 3" wide, long side 6", short side 3". Each brick is one each color & neutral, 3 bricks per block, finished block size 9". My block, using the chisel die copies the effect of the orig pattern.

I love planned quilts, but I love scrappies, too. I'm having fun with my fabric hoard AND using it up.

Cut down plan update:

5 yds stash

Total stash cut down 95-1/4 yd

2-1/2 yds purchased

Total purchased cut down 19-1/4 yd

Total cut down 114-1/2 yds

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Agreed.  I love scrappy quilts and that one is very striking.
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My friend saw this and to my shock, she loved it.  She's the last person on earth who I would have suspected of liking it.  She's paying for the materials and my labor is a present for her birthday.  

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Oh, so many lovely quilts in here! 

I've been struggling with baby bibs for my nephew-to-be.  I bought a "Dude Babies" pattern for these really cute bibs that are made to look like little business man shirt fronts, a formal suit, and a cowboy shirt...but I am not a garment maker or a skilled pattern-follower so it's all giving me fits.  I've done the collar inside-out twice on one of them...urgh.  I have one finished and it IS really really cute (if a bit lopsided, but we won't talk about that) and I think my BIL will love it, but gah.  I really need to take a class or something, this should NOT be this hard!  I know I'm not stupid, but I ALWAYS have trouble understanding patterns and I don't know why.

Every time I sew something besides a quilt, I am reminded about why I love sewing quilts so much.  LOL!


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Sewnoma,

I'm still a straight line stitcher too.   So far I havent branched off into clothes or things with round seams.
Just keep trying and hopefully it will cometo ypu.

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Sewnoma, the only time babies aren't wiggling is when tthey're asleep and they don't wear bibs then. No one will notice it isn't perfect.

Redmadder it is very pretty!

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Partially it's lack of sewing skills, but mostly I just fail to understand what the pattern is trying to tell me to do.  I have to read, re-read, re-re-read, study the diagram, play with the fabric, read it again, stare at the diagram some more...and then I still end up doing something backwards because I failed to understand something along the way.  

I doubt it's this pattern, I have this problem with EVERY pattern I try to read. I have a trail of failed projects behind me to prove it!  I can follow food recipes no problem, I can even assemble IKEA furniture flawlessly on the first try...but following a basic sewing pattern?  Nope.  Definitely not my strength!

I'm actually sort of proud of the single, lopsided bib I've produced - it's really not great but it's my best result from a pattern so far, I think.  I hope I can pull off the other two OK, but if not, at least this one is cute!  I still have to attach the plastic snaps, but I've never done that before so I need to practice on some scraps first.  No way I'm going to ruin it now, I worked so hard to get it done!  [smile]

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I've just finished this using the !941 15.  She has developed a problem with the upper tension.  I've got to find an exploded view of the tension so as to diagnose this.  The dial doesn't have numbers, just a plus and negative sign.

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These are all so beautiful! I feel like a slowpoke compared to you all! I take vacation time every year at Christmas to quilt.

I've only made about 11 so far, mostly oversized toddler quilts that can later be used as lap quilts when they're teens, I owe my DH one soon, the very next one actually, because he just bought me a crinkle finish singer 66 and he's not-so-secretly looking for a treadle to suprise me with.

Even though I don't get a lot of time to do it, I really love turning out something beautiful and handmade to gift to the people I love.

Happy quilting!
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redmadder, your sunflowers are so cheerful!

Sewnoma, send me your pattern.  After tax season is over, I will co-sew with you.  If you want.

(this isn't about copyright, it's about a sewing lesson...I'll send it back to you.)

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These are all so beautiful! I feel like a slowpoke compared to you all! I take vacation time every year at Christmas to quilt.

I've only made about 11 so far, mostly oversized toddler quilts that can later be used as lap quilts when they're teens, I owe my DH one soon, the very next one actually, because he just bought me a crinkle finish singer 66 and he's not-so-secretly looking for a treadle to suprise me with.

Even though I don't get a lot of time to do it, I really love turning out something beautiful and handmade to gift to the people I love.

Happy quilting!
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Redmadder, I'm enjoying your sunflower quilt.  Had not seen that pattern before.  
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JulieQ:  I'm admiring your planned stash slashing and sort of working on that too.  I haven't kept track of the amount of yardage I've used up, but have tried to make things from that overflowing cabinet of fabric!  After I finish a binding, I'll post my latest stash buster.  It's great just shopping at home for the color or certain fabric I need, but having too much fabric gets to be a nightmare for organizing.  
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Thanks, Mavis!  Overflowing cabinet?  Oh, if only that were all it were...box after box, after bin, after basket, after drawer, after shelf.  sheesh.

Here's an update

Stash busted 14-3/4  Total Stash Cut Down 110 yds

Counting the 15 yds in the January gift quilt, purchased, total purchased 34-1/4

Total Yards 144-1/4

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My goodness you are all so busy!
I hate to admit to buying 47 yards of fabric a month ago because 1 it was on sale, and 2 it was pretty!
Then I bought 4 - 6 yard pieces of potential backing for my husbands grandaughters quilt. I always kick myself when I do a 3 color quilt, and then can't find backing I like for it!
Here it is with the 1st border on it. There will be another 6" of kitties, and another 3" pieced border just like the 1st one, then probably a 2 1/2 strip of white to stablise the edges for quilting.

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PC, nice quilt!
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PrettyCurious, that is really cute.  I like your diamond border.

I updated my striped chisel count, and I was so close to the needed 120 blocks that I got in a toot last weekend, and made all the blocks I need.  I planned the quilt top yesterday morning, and I have rows 2 & 3 sewed to each other, and rows 1, 4, 5, 6 made.  It will be a flimsy soon.

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I'm currently working on a challenge quilt for one of my quilt guilds.  It's an elephant (elephant shaped quilt with elephants walking on it).  I'm down to adding the details now.

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I've been trying to get a handle on my scraps -  been taking all the little pieces and sorting them by color and putting into bags.   I've found I can usually get two 8" scrap blocks from each bag, and I've got 38 different bags.   I've already made up 14 blocks,  so I figure I should be able to get the 100 that is my target.  I'm going to add 1" sashing in a coordinating color on each block to end up with 10" blocks finished.

this will help use up the bits and pieces,  I've been cutting the larger stuff into 1.5" and 2.5" scraps,  and then set aside those that could be used for a string quilt.  Anything closer to a fat quarter is getting folded and put on a shelf.  

These scrappy blocks take a half hour to sew up,  so it's going to take a while to get all of them done. 


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