Hand Pieced Tumbling Blocks

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I cut these diamond pieces at the same time I cut out the pieces for the Scrappy Star Quilt.  Each ‘cube’ is being hand pieced and is made of three diamonds.

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It’s counter-intuitive to hand piece, yet I find I really like piecing fabric with my hands. I enjoy hand piecing, because it feels like I am putting a puzzle together.

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I am working on the lay out arrangement and adding at least three more rows. I’ve been repainting a bathroom, and in the evening it has been relaxing to put these ‘cubes’ together.

Hope the pieces of your life are coming together!

Happy Tuesday!

~Molly

Working on the Scrappy Star Quilt

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The Scrappy Star Quilt is marked, basted, and ready to be quilted. I’m using a 23″ wooden hoop to hand quilt this little wall hanging.

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Where do you find a 23″ hoop?  I found this one a few years ago at a garage sale.

Hope the pieces of your life are coming together!

~Molly

2 New Quilts For Sale at The Bottle Works

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The Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center in Cambria City, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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There is nothing as satisfying as seeing something you made on display and for sale!

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This completed “Leaves” lap quilt  68″ x 49.5″ is for sale for $210.00 at The Bottle Works!

The hand quilted blanket is out of the frame.  The dark design lines have been washed out, and the binding is in place.

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This hand pieced and hand quilted antique Grandmother’s Flower Garden 43″ x 41″ is for sale for $135.00.

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It has been great partnering with Angela Rizzo and The Bottle Works.

If you’re in the area, I encourage you to stop in and visit The Bottle Works for the Ethnic Festival over Labor Day Weekend!

Have a great day!

~Molly

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Scrappy Star Quilt

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This is the next little quilt I will be quilting.  The pattern comes from the book, Remembering Adelia:  Quilts Inspired by Her Diary by Kathleen Tracy produced by That Patchwork Place.

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I thought I would hate it…but then I tried it.  What did I try?

Hand Piecing.

With all of the modern tools I have, why do hand piecing?  When I was traveling, I didn’t have a sewing machine, and I still wanted to put a project together. That’s when I discovered I really like piecing  by hand. I cut this project out over a year ago; so when I came home, I pulled it out of a drawer. While watching the Rio Olympics, I’ve been hand piecing the blocks of this Scrappy Star Quilt.

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After each square was pieced together, I used my sewing machine to sew a row together.

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I’ll keep you posted on the progress of this little quilt.

Happy Monday!

~Molly

Upcycling

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I carried my camera and the Traveling Doll Quilt in this tote bag on the trip across the United States. The tote came stamped with white printing from a Metal Injection Molding (MIM) Conference a relative attended.

I liked the size of the black canvas bag, and so sad to say…I didn’t want to rep (represent) the MIM Industry.  I found a fabric store in Reading, Pennsylvania and picked out several Bali fat quarters, a hexagon pattern, a glue stick, hand quilting thread, and embroidery floss. I washed the fabric in the hotel tub and let it dry over night (my family was so happy to have fabric hanging all around the bathroom…Ha…not).  Then, I cut the pieces out and hand pieced these blocks together.

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Once the hexagon patches were together, I used the water soluble glue stick to hold the fabric in place and tacked the hexagons down with a buttonhole stitch.

Yep, that’s upcycling in the craft world.

Have a good day!

~Molly

The Little Traveling Doll Quilt

is home! 

My daughter’s doll and dresses from when she was young…started out looking like this…

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began to take shape…

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and has criss-crossed across the United States…

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from Portland, Oregon…

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to The Statue of Liberty…

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to the Inclined Plane in Johnstown, PA…

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to Cupertino, California…

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 and is finally home in Marion County, Oregon.

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Cheddar is checking out the baby doll and the new quilt!

The Doll Quilt finished size is 19.5″ x 17.5″.

This has been a fun project!

Thanks for making the journey with me!

~Molly