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linda@surroundedbyscraps.com
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Handmade quilts and home accessories by fiber artist Linda Nussbaum. See samples of past projects as well as pieces available for sale and inspirations for custom orders. To see what is currently available for sale, please visit my Etsy Shop.

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Surrounded by Scraps

Some personal projects

Linda Nussbaum

I found out this past week that I did not get into the craft fair I had applied for. It may be a blessing in disguise. A new project has cropped up unexpectedly - a memory quilt for my aunt and her step-kids (who aren't kids anymore, of course). Possibly even two quilts. 

only a portion of the shirts my aunt sent me...

only a portion of the shirts my aunt sent me...

My uncle passed away unexpectedly after complications from a surgery. My aunt seems to be keeping it together much better than I could imagine, but thankfully has a great support system too. She asked me if I'd be up for making a memory quilt from his ties and shirts that she can give his kids for Chanukkah. Of course I said, "yes" though that was before I learned of the proposed deadline ;-) So I reiterate, it may be a good thing that I don't have the craft fair to worry about finishing all of that holiday inventory I have been spending my time on. 

After looking through the box of clothing she sent, I wasn't sure what approach I would take for this. Then I was browsing Pinterest over my morning coffee just today and saw a picture that I had seen months ago on Debbie's blog, A Quilter's Table.  The first photo, the Hugs and Kisses block, on her 2nd quarter Finish-A-Long post inspired me even before having this project.

Low-Volume Hugs & Kisses block

But when I saw it in the context of this memory quilt, something just clicked. Debbie linked to the tutorial she used, written up by Little Miss Shabby.

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Can't you just picture a quilt with these great prints on the blocks?? And those accent strips are perfect for the ties! 

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This is a new venture for me, but one I am glad to be able to take. However, I will admit, taking the first cut will be the hardest.