DawnMarie

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  1. Borders are not treating me well today...

    by , 11-23-2011 at 05:23 PM
    I'm working on my borders for the scrappy quilt I've been working on. There are three borders. I needed 2/3 yd. for the innermost border, and I had a piece of light green fabric that was 25". Yay! Then, I needed 13" of light purple fabric for the second border. I had 14.5" of another piece. I later found out that it wasn't full WOF, but 37". Lucky I had that extra 1 1/2". (That's the width of the border.) Yay, again! Then, I bought 2 yds. of a dark purple batik ...
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  2. Progress on Scrappy Quilt

    by , 11-20-2011 at 04:00 PM
    I still have 3 borders left to put on this. I've been using the Scrap Therapy program to make this quilt. The pattern is called "Minnow Brook."
    It has a very interesting way of piecing that yields practically no waste. I'm very impressed with that part of it.
    It took a lot of patience to square everything up the way it was supposed to be. I don't care for doing that, but the results are worth it.
    I have enough scraps of purple and green to do the first two ...
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  3. Big Mistake!!

    by , 11-17-2011 at 10:37 AM
    I was so excited to have enough scrappy blocks cut to start my new quilt. I sewed 40 blocks together last night, and I was very happy with my progress. This morning, I noticed I had a huge brain fart last night, and I squared up all 40 blocks incorrectly. I must have been either too tired or too antsy last night.
    Now, to start all over....
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  4. Finally cut enough!

    by , 11-16-2011 at 03:37 PM
    I've finally cut enough scraps to start making my quilt top for Scrap Therapy. I can't wait to see how it turns out. You just never know when you're dealing with scraps. Right?
    Time to start sewing 4-patches...right after I put the kids to bed.
    Happy Scrappy Sewing!
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  5. So Thankful Tonight

    by , 11-15-2011 at 07:44 PM
    My husband and I keep an old apple cider jar that we throw spare change in. Once it's full, we promise to take a vacation with the money. Sounds wonderful, doesn't it?
    Tonight, I put my little boy to bed. He was so sleepy, so I had a feeling he'd go right to sleep. Boy was I wrong.
    I didn't hear him get up, but I did hear the horrible noise: a big crash followed by breaking glass and screaming. It all happened so fast. I threw the computer on the floor and ran upstairs. Here ...
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  6. Scraps

    by , 11-13-2011 at 11:44 AM
    I'm working on reducing my scrap mess. If you are anything like me, it's hard to throw away any little piece of scrap fabric. I get to thinking that I could use that small piece for an applique project or for paper piecing. But, really, how many small scraps from my two laundry baskets full am I going to use like that? It's time to organize and get rid of some of these. So, I'm starting the "Scrap Therapy" program.
    There are various patterns available for Scrap Therapy ranging ...
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  7. Paper Piecing

    by , 11-10-2011 at 06:50 PM
    I have done a few paper piecing projects. Not too many mind you, but enough to know that it's not something I love to do. I do love the results though.
    I worked on some angel blocks today. It took about 45 minutes to do each block which ended up being 3 inches finished size. Is it worth it. I think so. I have a few more to do tomorrow. Bring it on! Let's use up some scraps and get my reversed mentality for PP perfected.
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  8. Newspaper - Humane Society

    by , 11-08-2011 at 05:48 PM
    My kids and I were in a 'full color' photo in our local newspaper today. How exciting! They want to expand our local animal shelter, and the city council was going to discuss the funding at the meeting last night.
    The project is going to more than double the size of our shelter. I think it will be a great improvement for the animals, employees, volunteers, and visitors.
    The three of us volunteer there once or twice a week. It's a great way to teach my little ones responsibility ...
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  9. Charity Workshop

    by , 11-05-2011 at 09:19 PM
    Today was great! Some of the members of our guild got together to specifically work on Charity Projects. We usually work independently to get our projects done, but it sure was fun to work together.
    We made touchy-feely quilts for the blind, autistic, and those with Alzheimer's.
    We made some pillowcases and bags for our Hospice House. The pillowcases seem to cheer up the rooms a little, and they use the bags to put coloring books and crayons in for children who are visiting. ...
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