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March 27, 2015
Diana and the Girl Scout Gold Award! from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!

This is Diana!   A while back Diana emailed me, introducing herself and telling me about her Girl Scout project.   She asked if she could use the Scrappy Trips tutorial to make quilts, and then in turn give a presentation on quilting, and what she intends to do with these quilts for her Girl Scout Gold award.   Not only is she great at digital communication, coming across as to the point,

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Designing and Making the Indigo Orchid Quilt from Heather's Sewing Room

One of the flowers I enjoy the most with living in Singapore is the Orchid. Singapore is also famous for its orchid garden which is situated inside the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Last year while taking a friend through the gardens I enjoyed taking photos of the orchids. There is so much beauty in these flowers so I decided to design an abstract quilt using an orchid. I was keen to use the indigo fabrics that originate from Japan. I went to the Singapore Fabric Market and picked out a selection of fabrics to use in the flower.

I drew the ...

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Project Progress from The Snarky Quilter

Despite the continuing cold weather that belies the calendar, March will end soon. My quilting endeavors have focused on getting projects done, though a small new project assembled itself on my design wall. The quilting on Curves Ahead is done, … Continue reading

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I’m a Cover Girl! Quiltmaker May/June ‘15 Give-Away! from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!

I was feeling really tired and a bit down in the dumps when I opened this large white envelope on Tuesday morning to find… My QUILT is on the COVER of the May/June 2015 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine, soon to be found at a newsstand, shop or bookstore near you! I have had to keep this quilt under wraps for so long that I really did forget about it. If you remember back in December ((Oh wow,

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Moccasin Quilt Kits featured at Missouri Star Quilt Co. from Gen X Quilters

Moccasin Sampler Kits are being featured on the front page slideshow banner over at Missouri Star Quilt Co.  If you've been thinking about joining in the fun for this year's BOM, take a look at these kits.

The kit includes all the fabric to make the quilt top, binding yardage and all 12 printed patterns in the Moccasin set.  The fabrics in the kit are the same RJR Cotton Supreme Solids I used to make my sample.  If you've never worked with RJR Solids before, you should give it a try.  They were a dream to piece ...

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Progress on two............ from Exuberant Color

The Hunter Star quilt top is finally sewn together.  I put the last 4 blocks up on the wall and then spent a half hour moving blocks around until they were pleasing to my eye.  It ended up 47" x 71".

When 4 blocks come together it makes multicolor stars.
This also shows the true colors in the quilt better than the whole quilt photo.

Our twice monthly sewing group met yesterday and I paper pieced flannel arcs to use in the next flannel quilt.

I had only printed 6 arcs so I need to decide how I am going ...

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Flowers on Friday from Daphne Greig

I love SPRING! The greens are so amazing during this season. Bulbs are bursting out and flowering shrubs are putting on a great show too.

This is Pieris Japonica, also known as Japanese Andromeda. It is a plant in the heather family. Another name for this shrub is 'Lily of the Valley'. This makes sense when you see the spring flowers.

This is right near my front door; it is getting very large. Time to take some cuttings and I am considering moving this plant to another place in our garden.

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A Quilty Kind of Day from Quilts....etc.

Yesterday I continued getting back into my routine and it was strictly a not housekeeping kind of day.  I did take time in the afternoon to go exercise but that was it.  On Wednesday evening we had storms come through but we didn’t get the bad stuff – the town close to us (about 15 […]

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Zany ZebraZ quilt block tutorial from Sew Fresh Quilts

Today I am happy to share with you a tutorial for the Zany ZebraZ quilt block!

It is my hope that you will enjoy the use of this free tutorial for making these crazy zebra blocks.  Make one for a mini or a cushion or tote bag.  Or make a few and you have a cute baby quilt.

Completed block will measure 14.5" tall by 12.5" wide including seam allowances.
The finished size is 14" x 12".

To make each Zany ZebraZ block, you will need....

From black and white prints:

Body – 4.5” x 6.5”
Legs ...

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Free Motion Mavericks - Week 37 - Making a Start from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

This is the sum total of my free motion quilting this week - one leaf and a few swirls.  I am making version 2 of the red and cream crib quilt I made a couple of weeks ago, but this time in shades of pink.

The pink is in shades reminiscent of raspberry ice cream, and this print has little curled leaves similar to the swirls I like quilting to fill in empty space between stems.  Before starting the free motion work, I quilted straight lines down the strip of squares to batten down the seam allowances, which have a habit ...

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A Little Hope from Chezzetcook Modern Quilts

It's Friday. This week has been full of serious highs and serious lows. I will not bore you with the details but lets just say that I am stoked that the week is nearly over!

With all the hoopla I have not had much time to get to the machine, but I did finish this little flimsy off...

If you remember, Hope is from the improv piecing class that I took earlier this month. I had a house and some trees too, but when I tried to put them all together it just did not "work". But Hope was ...

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Fat Quarter Shop's Charm Box Quilt from Piece N Quilt

Doesn't everyone love a quick finish! A quilt that you can completely piece and quilt in just one day? I do! I love the gratification of a completed project.
Kimberly and the girls over at Fat Quarter Shop have once again created a fun, fast, free and adorable quilt pattern.
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Déjà fini ! from Patchworkrama

Fabienne n'a pas attendu bien longtemps pour aller au bout de son "improvisation" d'hier.  Voici le top fini :



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A Change of Pace. Or Not. from Quilty Folk

Things have been busy lately. I've been putting what little bit of time I have for quilting into applique or hand quilting work. Then I found myself in the quilting room digging through fabrics for no particular reason--just because it feels good. 

Little scrappy corners...
A project caught my eye and made me feel sorta guilty about the lack of attention. Then it kind of beckoned.
Chain piecing love.
Come work with me and things will move quickly.
A whole pile of quilty goodness!
Almost anything moves more quickly than needleturn applique...
Nicely ironed and ready for sizing...
It ...

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Next Stop, Nantes! from Wonkyworld

It's been a great year, so far. I have done two web seminars, special exhibits and lectures at QuiltCon and Airing of the Quilts, and published an article about the 1970s quilts in Quilters Newsletter Magazine. But I am especially thrilled about the next stop on the Magical Mystery Tour-- Nantes, France. In just a few weeks I will be at Pour l'Amour du Fil with my mother and my best friend from high school, exhibiting 50 quilts from my New York Beauty Collection and launching my new book, "New York Beauty, Quilts from the Volckening Collection" (Quiltmania ...

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Is It Too Early To Start? from Angie Quilts

Evidently not!!!
I have just taken delivery of box after box of Christmas themed fabrics to help get your Christmas crafting started... the boxes contained
The Makower revamped and adorable Angel Advent Calendar

 Super stocking panels...

 The new and luscious Scandi range which includes an extremely cute and want-able Advent Stocking panel...

 And some totally traditional prints with good old Santa Claus featuring on them...

 Lovely label panels... the are multiple uses for these so they are usually very popular, not just for quilters... Christmas Greeting cards, festive sofa cushions, bunting, gift bags...

Is it too early to start?
Of ...

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Two Truths and a Lie with Sarah Watts from The Village Haberdashery

It’s time for another edition of Two Truths and a Lie! Sarah Watts is an artist specialising in surface and textile design, book illustration and hand-lettering. She’s worked with loads of big brands, but you’ll probably know her best as one of the founding designers for Cotton + Steel Fabrics! Her collections include Tokyo Train Ride and August and many of the designs in the upcoming Spellbound collection.

Sarah Watts

Do you remember how to play? Let’s refresh, just in case! Sarah will tell us three things about herself. Two are true and one is a lie. If you ...

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Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt {Top Finished!} from Busy Hands Quilts

My Grand Illusion Mystery quilt top is assembled!  I am so happy to have this off my sewing table!  It has been a long time coming with several projects jumping ahead of this one in priority.  

Being a mystery quilt, I had no idea what I was making when the block patterns were released each week back in November and December 2014.  One always hopes it turns out well.  It is a delightful quilt, but if I had known the pattern, I probably would not have used these fabrics; I'd have chosen solids or fabrics that read as solids ...

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Sewing Into The Weekend from Esther's Blog

This is how my family sees me most evenings at the moment; hunched in the corner with my 'daylight' lamp, sewing the night away. As you can see, I have set up a little sewing bar stool 'station' of my essentials.

The nights are getting cooler and usually at this time of year, I think about my yearly winter knitting or crochet project. This year I won't be making anything up with wonderfully warm wool as I am having one of my busiest years yet - volunteering, teaching and a revival in stencil workshops has seen me so busy that ...

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Bedroom Curtains from Jo's Country Junction


One of the things on my to do list was to fix the bedroom curtains.  I’ve been trying to not spend a lot of extra money and make do with what I have so I took our old living room curtains and rods from the farm and decided somehow they’d have to work for our bedroom.

I hung them second day we were at the house….UGH. …too long.

I wasn’t especially happy with the tab feature either.  Being our house has lots of antiques, the tabs just didn’t seem to fit.


My other problem was ...

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