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December 9, 2016
Have you met..... from Nestlings By Robin

CHERYL SLEBODA! (click on her name for a fun bio)
Comic book industry mogul by day and award winning fiber artist by night!  She is the catalyst behind this #31dayblogchallenge too!

 
Cheryl has creative and different classes to take and a fun view of the world in general as shown in the cute way she selfies:)
 
Have fun getting to know Cheryl!
 
 

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Friday Finish: Christmas Quilts from Live a Colorful Life

My grandchildren love having Christmas blankets through the holidays. Years ago I made several out of the same pattern, Just Can't Cut It (available here). It's a super easy pattern, goes together quickly and is perfect for those larger scale prints that you don't want to chop into tiny pieces.

Charlotte and Levi each already have a Christmas quilt, so this was the year to get Gabe and Ella covered up.

I had started the blocks for Gabe's quilt last year, and then time got away from me. This year I was able to finish his ...

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Friday Finish: Christmas Quilts from Live a Colorful Life

My grandchildren love having Christmas blankets through the holidays. Years ago I made several out of the same pattern, Just Can't Cut It (available here). It's a super easy pattern, goes together quickly and is perfect for those larger scale prints that you don't want to chop into tiny pieces.

Charlotte and Levi each already have a Christmas quilt, so this was the year to get Gabe and Ella covered up.

I had started the blocks for Gabe's quilt last year, and then time got away from me. This year I was able to finish his ...

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In the mail........... from Exuberant Color

I was so excited to receive a Christmas postcard from Vicki Welsh again this year.  The one in the center is the new one with previous years' cards surrounding it.  She uses her hand dyed fabrics to make them with an occasional commercial print on them.  I have these on display in my studio.
My waxed Amaryllis bulb that doesn't need watering is growing nicely.  Last week's photo is here


















Last night I sewed another batch of 16 blocks.  One of the 8' fluorescent bulbs is burning out by my best design wall.  I need to decide where ...

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From fail to finish from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone!  Are you ready for the new and improved polar vortex?  I hear that it's coming and there is no escape.  The temps were dropping Thursday afternoon, and several people I saw were already shivery.  It would probably help if they wore coats, but hey, that's not my business.  I finally did pull out my winter coat, too.  I didn't think it had been cold enough for a "real" coat, but that wind will just go right through you.

This week I have an actual finish, one that I've salvaged from a failed attempt a ...

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Tutorial: How to accurately trim an applique or stitchery block to an unusual size from Bizarre Quilter

I've been using my own technique - The Lorraine Lowe technique - for trimming applique and stitchery blocks for years now. It probably goes back to my first time using Lori Smith's quilt patterns as they often end up at odd sizes such as 7 7/8 inch finished blocks.

What do you do when nobody makes a square ruler in the right size?

For this tutorial I will show how I trimmed down oversized applique blocks  (There always appears to be a bit of shrinkage in background fabric during the applique or stitchery. It is wise to start with ...

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A bit of deliciousness from Bizarre Quilter

Ooh! What do we have in this bag?

It all started this morning when I met my best local quilty gf for coffee before she goes away over Christmas. I was gathering my show and tell, and came across some blocks I made some time ago. I guess I have been making them for a couple of years now. I started them in 2013 when I was living in a caravan and storage space was short.

 The applique blocks were prepared from Lori Smith patterns and Kaffe and friends fabrics in my stash, and they came along for the ride ...

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Blocks for ST2 are home.. from Elfin Patch

Where does the time go? November has gone and lots of blocks have come in for this months 
Siblings Together 2 Quilt.


It is not sewn together as yet, just laid on the guest-room bed and every time I go in there I change them around. Looking at this picture that blue one with the bulls eye will have to move.. :0)

Christmas is just around the corner, so I have been having a little play at making just a few homemade cards.


Fabric ironed on card with Bondaweb and a few buttons stuck on. Fun to make.

My good ...

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a gift from Siobhan from Wonkyworld


This beautiful little quilt, made by Siobhan Furgurson in April 2013, has been in a short stack of small quilts waiting to be photographed. I'm glad to finally be working on that pile, and Siobhan's quilt was right on top. The quilt is called "Open Fields" and it is 10" x 8 & 1/2" - roughly the same size as quilts made for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. She surprised me one day by sending it to me, along with a few other goodies. Of course, I was speechless, and now I feel bad about taking so long ...

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12 Days Of Christmas Day 07 from Seams To Be Sew

And here we are on Day 07 of 12 Days of Christmas, now half way thru this really fun event. Janeen’s village has been such a fun and wonderful way to build a cool Christmas village along with the added … Continue reading

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Niin toisin... - Against all odds... from Tikkutaiwas

... menevät asiat joskus, ihan toisin kuin on itse suunnitellut. Kaikki oli valmiina tilkkutöiden opetusta varten perjantaina 30.9., kun ajelin illalla Raumalle. Siellä ehdin olla tuskin puoli tuntia, kun tunsin yhtäkkiä päätäni alkavan särkeä, ja särky voimistui ajoittain lähes sietämättömäksi. Helena-emäntä lähti ostamaan lääkitystä, mutta takaisin tullessaan huomasi oveni olevan kiinni ja ilmeisesti oletti minun jo nukahtaneen - en tiedä, emme ole Helenan kanssa sen jälkeen vielä tavanneet.

Oma aikansa meni, ennen kuin puolen yön aikoihin sain avun, ja minua lähdettiin viemään majapaikastani ensin Poriin ja sitten pääni kuvaamisen jälkeen edelleen Helsingin Meilahteen. Kuvaamisen tuloksena oli havaittu "akuutti ICH 95 x ...

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My Special Delivery from Smiles From Kate

First of all thank you everyone for your so lovely comments last week.  To be honest I was moved to tears by some of them and they evoked such poignant memories.  The first time I found out I was having a baby was early December,too many years ago, my beautiful daughter was born the following July, then three years later I had a Christmas baby born December 18th.   My third baby was an Easter present born a few years later on Easter Monday.  But I was a little confused by some of your comments.

Second, I have to tell ...

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Half Log Cabin Block Tutorial from Quilt Fabrication

How about a tutorial today? Get your 2 1/2" strips of lights and darks and let's make some half log cabin blocks!


Traditionally, log cabin blocks start with a red square in the center, but here I changed it up and made it green. You can use any color you'd like, just make sure you have lights and darks for the entire block.

From green 2 1/2" strips, cut to make 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares. Do the same with the light strips. Sew them together like this:


From both light and dark ...

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Finished or Not Friday {a Linky Party!} + Boundless Beauty Pillow Sham from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My Finish is a pillow sham to match the cover quilt for my new pattern - Boundless Beauty!  It's super sweet in Flower Sugar!  I used leftover bricks from the quilt, a splash of white, and added a matching red/white check binding.


Here's the quilt again, just for fun!  The pattern is jelly roll friendly for traditional piecing and scraps or yardage friendly for strip piecing.  This quilt is the twin size.  The instructions include 5 sizes from baby to king, with traditional ...

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How Many More Sleeps? from Angie Quilts

Most of us are finishing off projects and winding down in readiness for sewing prevention season.... including me!! ... though I fully intend to 'gear up' rather than 'wind down'!
My lovely fabric shop will be closing soon for two weeks... 

That's from
Wednesday 21st December, opening again on Thursday January 5th.

It might be worth mentioning this to your 'last minute gift buyers'... 
You know who they are don't you?.. I name no-one!!!

As always though... if you need anything... whilst we are closed, you could call me or email and we could make a date. I could ...

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Cookies and Quilts from Quilts....etc.

More cookies then quilting yesterday.  Wow a little girl can tire a person out when you are not around children all the time.  Our son-in-law had a funeral on his side of the family so we had Aniya (his great-niece) over for the afternoon to help the family out – Sugar Cookies were made. This […]

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When is "googling" like quilting? from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Who doesn't love FINISHING a project?  But there is one piece of it that I struggle with -- the "aftermath" -- that moment when I have to make a decision about what to do next?!?
It shouldn't really be that difficult for a person with a dozen or more projects in flux most of the time but that "which" question is often the beginning of a spasm of "proquiltination"
(it's a form of being distracted, but in a productive way!?!).
I think I first saw that word on Instagram and it describes perfectly what has been happening here for ...

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Winter Wandering (5)... from Ellie's Quilt Place


Sinds enkele maanden geleden het idee ontstond en we de voorbereidingen deden keken we er al naar uit. Op 11 november gingen we aan de slag met het eerste blok en intussen zijn alle blokken te downloaden. We hebben genoten en we hopen dat jij ook met plezier aan de slag bent met onze Winter Wandering quilt!

Since we came up with the idea and made the preparations we looked forward to it. November 11 we started with the first block and in the meantime all blocks can be downloaded. We have enjoyed it a lot and we hope you ...

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Survey time! Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi from The Village Haberdashery

A cross country adventure landed Amy Sinibaldi in a city filled with pastel painted homes, quaint cobblestone streets and lush flower boxes. In her new collection for Art Gallery, Amy translates this Southern charm with shades of cherry red, navy and rose as she welcomes you to Charleston! Charleston is due in May 2017 and features prints on quilting weight cotton, cotton/spandex knit and cotton canvas.

Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi

Complete our survey by 11 December and you’ll receive 25 Stash Points to spend at The Village Haberdashery! Please sign up for an account if you don’t already have one to ...

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Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Mission Accomplished!! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's Friday again!  And we all know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!  I hope you've got some things you can share this close to Christmas - I know it's always hard to show things that may be secret - but share what you can so we can cheer you on!!  Let's get started!

I am lucky that, at least for this year, my grandkids don't read my blog, so I can share their annual quilts before they open them Christmas morning.  This week I finished Nathanael's quilt ...

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