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March 27, 2015
It's Spring Finally from Ravelly1

Enjoy these pretty flowers & plants with me.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!










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Stay-cation Day 7: My Rainbow Pinwheel Quilt is FINISHED! from Val's Quilting Studio

My Rainbow Pinwheel Quilt is done!! YAH!!!!! There is so much I like about this quilt...yet, with that said, it's one I admittably wish I had a little girl to gift it to. As I finished the binding and flowers I found myself daydreaming of a future grand-daughter falling in love with it, begging me to take it home. (And of course, I'd say: " absolutely!") Until then, this quilt filled my love of polka-dots! It was so much fun to create....
This quilt measures 52"x72".

Like one reader previously commented, this quilt is like a bowl ...

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Charm Box Quilt from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

The Fat Quarter Shop have designed another pre-cut friendly quick quilt pattern called Charm Box. Remember the Fat Quarter Fizz and the Fat Eighth Frenzy? This quilt is just as fast and easy to make using 60 charms or 2 charm packs and some yardage. The quilt finishes at 36 1/2" x 45 1/2".


The leftover charms can be used on the backing.


 Visit the FatQuarterShop youtube for a great video tutorial filled with hints and tips.

Charm Box Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/SOwRl2pdClA

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Verwarrend...(met dank aan de hond) from Quilts Van Kippetje en Meer

Zo trof ik vorig jaar mijn "bol" wol aan....






Door ons toen nog jonge hondje Öcsi, uit mijn tas geroofd, en zorgvuldig door elkaar gehusseld en in de war gemaakt. 

Ik had de bol, of moet ik zeggen warboel, in eerste instantie niet nodig dus borg ik hem ditmaal, buiten het zicht van de hond, op. In precies de zelfde staat als waarin ik het aangetroffen had.

Maar nu had ik de bol nodig en begon ik optimistisch aan het ontwarren van de bol....





2,5 uur later ( echt waar!) en mét hulp werd het deze bol!!


Maar zeg nou ...

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Electric Quilt - Sale on Quilting Designs from Fingertip Shopping

Quilting Stencils are great to mark your quilts for free-motion quilting perfect designs.  They can also be used to mark stencils on fabric for fabric painting, and much, much more!

I love the Quilting Stencils, by Quiltmaker, from the Electric Quilt Company.  They are a standalone software program, but EQ6/EQ7 users can also pull these designs into their quilt design programs.  And you can size the designs in just about any size you want.


Eight amazing Quilting Stencil design collections are on sale thru Sunday, March 29th. Buy two and get 25% off. Use code QUILTING25 at checkout.


Here ...

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Diane's quilt and Windmill class at Burkholders from The Root Connection

Last night I received a lovely email from Diane Fulton from Wisconsin. She used the silk solids and pieces of Indian prints from her stash.
She writes, ''It was definitely a departure for me, but I sure had fun!  I'm not done with the book yet, I have a few other things in mind.''

Thank you, Diane for sharing your quilt!

I love her color choices. I think the bright solids and dark backgrounds play well together, don't you? Diane did quite the fusion with Indian prints and African colors.
''Triangles'' Quilt made by Diane Fulton inspired from ...

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Spring Petals QAL coming soon from The Crafty Quilter

Are you guys ready for a Spring Petals Quilt Along?  I know I am, so ready or not, here we go!

Spring Petals Quilt Along @ The Crafty Quilter, April/May 2015

I’ve been loving the spring weather here in Northern California.  Even though we desperately need the rain, spring has erupted with sunny skies and warm temperatures. Last weekend, my daughter, Nicole, went hiking in the foothills near our home and she took a picture of these wildflowers:

Northern California Spring flowers

Photo courtesy of Nicole Cefalu

California poppy and wild lupine are a pretty combo.  It makes me want to create something “springy”, and I had a fabulous idea!  My Winter Seeds ...

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Still plugging away! from The Painted Quilt

I finished piecing the nine blocks for my Down in the Garden quilt.

  
I'm going to stay the course until I can officially call it a flimsy.  I still have to stitch the appliqued elements to some of the blocks and I want to change and add a few more things that are different from the original design.

This is a photo of Leanne Beasley's original design.  By the time I am finished mine, it will look entirely different from hers.


"Down in the Garden" by Leanne Beasley
I'm absolutely thrilled with the fabrics I used from ...

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Creative Road Block from Quilty Therapy

My creative juices have hit a wall with one specific project.  The wonderful Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness send out fat quarter bundles of her new gorgeous Fantasia line earlier this month.  I was very elated to receive it in the mail.

I had an idea to remake a quilt that I had done and had someone in mind to be the recipient.  The fabric is playful, wonderful, whimsical, and very springy.  Have you seen it yet?

fantasia

It has unicorns too.  The 10 year old Lisa Frank lover in me is dying.  Lisa Frank is/was awesome!!!!!!!!!

fantasia unicorn fabric

 

fantasia unicorn fabric

The original idea ...

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Free Motion Quilted Wedding Monogram from Free Motion Quilting Adventures

Here's a project I quilted up for my sister. She's getting married this weekend. I can't believe it! We're 22 years apart and she seems like just a little kid to me. I will be making her something bigger and more elaborate, but she had a very short engagement and there just wasn't time.

free motion quilting with rulers on a sewing machine

 I've been needing to do a review of the Westalee Ruler Feet but again, not much time. I put one on my Janome 8200 for this project and it worked great once I set the height just the way I ...

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Annie Downs Bag from MY NEEDLE AND THREAD BY MARY

I picked this up at the Quilt Festival yesterday, it's a shopping bag but I thought it was really cute and I forgot to share yesterday on my post:

Isn't it the cutest??? Hugs and Happy Friday, Mary

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Annie Downs Bag from MY NEEDLE AND THREAD BY MARY

I picked this up at the Quilt Festival yesterday, it's a shopping bag but I thought it was really cute and I forgot to share yesterday on my post:

Isn't it the cutest??? Hugs and Happy Friday, Mary

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Expo et ateliers à Dieppe from Patchworkrama

 

Ça y est tout est prêt pour l'ouverture de demain matin (10h-18h) Salle Paul Eluard à Dieppe. Une très belle exposition avec une petite centaine de quilts magnifiques et 4 ateliers que j'aimerai durant la journée. 

Un petit aperçu...

 

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mastering & innovating patchwork techniques from Okan Arts

By guest blogger Sherri Lynn Wood, quilt artist and author

Artwork by Virginia Echeverria WhippleOAKLAND CA  One day I saw the paper collage above on flickr, by artist Virginia Echeverria Whipple (I  love her work!) and wondered how I could create the effect of concentric rings in patchwork. Perhaps with bias cut strips? I had never seen anyone strip piece on the curve before. Could it be done?

Improv Patchwork by Sherri Lynn Woood

Without any tutorials to refer to and with only my skills at hand, I jumped in and figured out a way to do it. There were lots of pitfalls requiring innovative solutions, but eventually I invented ...

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Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation from Red Pepper Quilts

The week in stitches.

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

I have had a big week behind the sewing machine with some last minute stitching before I take a break from my sewing machine, and my sewing machine takes a break from me. I am heading to the USA for a holiday and to teach at Sewtopia, and my sewing machine is spending some quality time with a technician. I am sure we will both come back refreshed, inspired, and eager to sew.
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
In the meantime, and in preparation for this break, I have a number of new projects, including several quilts that I have worked ...

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WIPs Be Gone Week 13 from The Quilting Reader's Garden

A strange week - think depression is getting to me. Not very productive. The two below are not going on my WIP list because I have a long way to go with them. As to the list, I"m auditioning various fabrics for the floater border between the Bird of Paradise background and the last border.  I finished prepping  the main part of BBWQ Block 5. I think I mislead a few of you when you looked at the

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8 Weeks Free Quilting Tutorials for Beginners from Craft Gossip

Rashida Khanbhai Learn to Quilt Tutorial SeriesRashida of No 3 Quilt Studio Blog admits she came to quilting after a move to Australia. She wants to share her new-found passion with others so is generously offering 8 weeks of FREE online quilting lessons.

Here’s her impressive lineup.

Getting ready – Tools and Fabric etc
Lesson 1 – How to construct a four patch block
Lesson 2 – How to construct a pinwheel block
Lesson 3 – How to construct a half pinwheel block
Lesson 4 – How to construct a log cabin block
Lesson 5 – How to construct a log cabin variation
Lesson 6 – How to construct a foundation block ...

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ALL I WANT TO DO IS SEW TODAY from Sew Pokey

Today I am getting the urge to just sew and sew...So do I give in and retreat to the sewing room and stay till I cant move or....

Do I get out and run errands and enjoy the weather even though its cold....Any day the sun shines is a good day in my book....

I have been working steadily on quilting the small quilt I showed the other day....I am on the last corner hand quilting and should be done with it sometime this weekend depending on how much I watch tv lol....been thinking about what ...

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It's almost a fix from Quilts and More - Home Made Creations

I decided to add sashing to my quilt, to fix the alignment issues I had when I went to sew together my strippy blocks.  Unfortunately, I should have thought about the size of that sashing just a little bit longer. I made it based on the ideal cutting of those blocks, but life is never ideal and my strips are a bit more out of alignment than I accounted for.  But this will have to do, because I'm not taking it apart again :)  The edges of my squares are going to be a bit wobbly, but I think the ...

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Paper Piecing Using Freezer Paper Templates from CaliQuilter

Woven Star1Woven Star Block photo

I love paper-piecing. I like the precise points and seams that align. What I hate about paper-piecing is tearing the paper foundation off the back of the block when it is finished…pulling tiny bits of paper out of stitches, hoping the seams will hold.

A couple of years ago, I learned how to use freezer paper as a foundation for paper-piecing and it revolutionized this technique for me. It is fast, does not require removal of the paper foundation, and the foundation can be reused at least a dozen times, saving time and paper.

I have provided a PDF ...

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