Minding the Gap

So when I first read Sunday Morning Quilts, I became very interested in the Original Ticker Tape quilt. But you know I can't do anything randomly. I made a plan to save scraps from all my projects in 2014 and use this quilt as a kind of scrapbook for the year. All year long, I put my small scraps in a zip bag in my larger scrap basket. And since this was such a busy year for me sewing-wise, I had a TON of scraps.

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Disappearing Nine-Patch

So I've been intrigued with the disappearing 9-patch and disappearing 4-patch blocks ever since I first saw them. There are some really cool tutorials out there taking it a step further by cutting on the diagonal, but I wanted to start simple, which SO isn't me.

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Sneaking a peek

Here's a stack of lovely pink and gray squares hot off the rotary cutter.

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Creating order from chaos

This quilt has been hanging around my sewing studio for months! It's been up on the design wall. It's been on the floor in hundreds of triangles after I left the window open on a windy day. It's been stacked neatly on my ironing board while I cut and designed something else. With the longarm machine out of the way, there really is no excuse for it not being finished.

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Getting back in the saddle

I've recently moved my longarm quilting machine into a new location! That one small move has generated so much creativity! Since moving it over there just over a month ago, I have completed quilting on two quilts that had been hanging around in my sewing studio for just too long. Below are some pics of the red, white and blue Streak of Lightning. I'm calling it Stars and Stripes Forever because it took so long to finish.

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