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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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a work in progress

Linda Beth

One of my Flickr friends, Jennifer, is in the process of putting together an auction quilt to benefit the LA Revlon Run/Walk, raising funds for cancer research. The request came through one of the online bees she has organized, Seams Perfect - a Modern Scrap Bee, and given my new(ish) ample time to play in the sewing room and my even newer fascination with the online bees, I was more than happy to answer the call (as was most everyone else participating in our bee, I might add!) Not to mention any desire to contribute to such a worthy cause...

Anyhow, the timing of her request was just so that this seemed a great opportunity to test my newly learned ability to print a paper-piecing template from my EQ7 program. I had been playing with a spiderweb quilt on EQ7

and thought I would test my skills on this one block... Oh, and for you Seams Perfect gals - you'll likely be seeing this illustration again in the future, but that's a topic for another time. Anyhow, eventually I managed to get the pieces printed, then had to cut and tape the separate pages together like a puzzle until I had (4) 45-45-90 triangles. Next time I do this, I'll try running legal-sized paper through the printer and see if that helps.

Then on to the fun part - fabric selection and the actual paper-piecing! The scrappier the better, I say, so I went rummaging through my blue and white scraps to see what I had to work with, within Jennifer's parameters. I had forgotten about this excellent Amy Butler Love fabric until just recently, and it's doing well for me!

Then came some adventures in paper piecing...


... until I ended up with 4 pieced triangles...

... and finally a finished block!

I look forward to my next attempt, which will hopefully go smoother than the first, but I certainly cannot complain about what it yielded!