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January 28, 2015
Shark Fins from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Images courtesy of © Copyright 2015 Jennifer Reynolds 
Jenny of Elefantz asked me to design a new style block from a traditional block. I chose the simple diamond in the square block and made it into a 5-patch block, utilising the versatility of the four framing triangles and the centre diamond to make Shark Fins.

I sent Jenny the pattern instructions and watched closely the IG feed of @jennyofelefantz to see it all come together.

Images courtesy of © Copyright 2015 Jennifer Reynolds 

Images courtesy of © Copyright 2015 Jennifer Reynolds 
The 15" x ...

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Nebraska State Quilt Guild 2015 Challenge–My Block from Nebraska Views

Three friends and I decided to participate in the Nebraska State Quilt Guild quilt challenge for 2015.  The rules go like this…..It is a round robin challenge with a team of 4-5 quilters of your choice.  Each quilt will start with a 9” finished center block.  You will build around the center block using borders with the following shapes—pinwheels, circles, diamonds, applique, and some embellishment.  The front of the quilt must have at least one of each shape listed but you may use more of these shapes if you wish.  Each quilt cannot exceed 120 total inches around ...

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Sometimes It Just Flows.... from Quilty Folk

So cares about square? I decided to sew the log cabin blocks together into rows, just centering the seams block to block as I went.
Sewing the log cabin blocks together
As I sewed each row of blocks, I would add an extra fabric strip either at the front or the back of the row to help match the rows up in length. Then when it was time to sew the rows together, I smoothed out the extra bits of fabric overlap {in areas where blocks were longer than others} by cutting a very slight curve in the row where ...

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Where's the Snow? from Quilting Artist

That's not a complaint, mind you.  Thankfully here in western New Jersey we escaped the 'epic' snow storm that was predicted.  While we did get some snow.. 5 or 6 inches.. it was no where near the 18" they predicted.  (However, my brother got 22" in Connecticut!!) But what the no-snow storm did was give me two days at home.  And while I still needed to work, it afforded me the luxury of doing some extra stitching time that I normally wouldn't get with my commute, etc.
Now... what's this pile of wool about?
A few months ...

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Connecting Threads Sale from Fingertip Shopping

You can get 25% off all Quilter's Candy Fabric, 40% off all books in stock, 30% off all Hobbs batting in stock and 40% off select new tools at Connecting Threads.  Sale prices good thru February lst, 2015 11:59pm.

Plus, you can enjoy free shipping to Canada and the non-contiguous United States on all web orders over $100 through February 9th.

You can find Connecting Threads at: 

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made in America quilt top from Crazy Mom Quilts

My intention with this project, besides making a quilt for Quilts of Valor, was to make a block a day for the month of January. Or, a block a day for 30 days, I should say. In reality, I ended up making 2-3 blocks every 2-3 days, which was perfectly fine by me. The work was still getting done!
Today, though, I realized I only had 5 blocks to make, so I made all 5, and proceeded to sew the whole thing together. Instead of going with a completely random layout, I chose to work in columns of color, then ...

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Stacked Pyramids Quilt from sewbittersweetdesigns

Many of you may be familiar with my quilt block pattern, Stacked Pyramids – currently for sale in my Craftsy Shop.

It is a fun and versatile block. Back in November, I was the quilter for Do. Good Stitches and I sent everyone in my circle a free copy of my pattern and asked them to please create two blocks using aqua, raspberry and Kona Ash for the background. Can I just say that these ladies sure do know how to deliver!

Close Up - Stacked Pyramids Quilt - I have to admit that I love this quilt and it will be hard to let go of, but ...

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting March/April 2015! from McCall's Quilting

The 16 fresh-as-spring quilt patterns in the March/April 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine are ready and waiting for you! Grab your favorite beverage, put up those feet, and let’s dive right in…

Cover 500px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting March/April 2015!

Traditional quilters will recognize the classic Cross & Crown design of this lovely quilt, and modernists will embrace the contemporary fabrics by Denyse Schmidt and fresh aesthetic of Sandra Clemons’ version of the pattern. We liked this quilt so much we even downsized it for a FREE baby quilt pattern! Kits are available for the large lap size version featured in the magazine.

Cross Crown 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting March/April 2015!

The finished ...

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new patterns from My Quilter

New patterns available:

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Last Chance to Register for the Quilters Depot Spring 2015 Retreat! from Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog

Last Chance to Register for Quilters Depot Spring 2015 Retreat!

We only have a few more rooms (2 singles and 1 double) and a few more UFO spots left!  It's a total of 8 spots.  First come first serve.  I sent this email out on Monday so they might be gone.  Have you been wanting to come to our retreat?  Now is the time!  All the information is below!

remember what happens at Quilt Retreat stays at Quilt Retreat!


Quilters Depot Spring 2015 Retreat
March 20th - March 22nd
Crowne Plaza Hotel (Fort Couch Rd, across from South Hills ...

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Warm and Soft from Bunbear Quilts

Here's Sandy with her latest finish!  Isn't this the prettiest flannel quilt?  She started out just making it all the big squares, but then had leftover pieces so thought, why not make them into blocks too?  Sandy quilts on a frame with a domestic machine and does a wonderful job.

This quilt is all flannel.  Top, backing, and even the batting layer is just a piece of flannel.  It's so soft and has a wonderful feel and weight to it.  It makes me want to run home and cut up squares of flannel and make a quick ...

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A Finish and a Start from ... Cat Patches

Late yesterday afternoon, I finished stitching the binding onto the Shoot for the Moon quilt. It's completely finished now.

Hey Thanks! Don't mind if I do!

As anyone knows, no quilt is complete without a full complement of cat fuzz. Especially the black ones.

Here's the quilt, completely finished.

Just for grins, here are some details of my favorite blocks.

This morning I added some tiny crystals for windows on the rocket ship in the block below.

And I put some crystals for the cat's face on "Meow Minor" below.

They're all the same color ...

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Foggy Wednesday.... from Sunflower Fields Pattern CO.

Last little bunny is 
Quilt is done..
well ready for the quilter,
measures 40 x 40
perfect for a little wallhanging....
On to the next project.....
It will be a bright little happy quilt
At least we didn't get any
snow but we have had 
our share of foggy days this year..
Happy Wednesday to you all!
Elizabeth Ann

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GROW YOUR BLOG from Sew........This Is My Blog

This is my introduction for the "Grow Your Blog" 2015 Party. 

I grew up in a quilting household.  There was always a quilt in the frame in my house.  My mom's parents were both quilters.  My Gramma quilted with the church ladies at Zion Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO regularly.  This is a photo taken of that group of ladies around 1960.   Gramma is second from the left.  

I don't have any photos of my Grampa actually quilting, but this is one of the quilts (in the Hearts and Gizzards pattern) which he hand-pieced and left for ...

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January Goal -- Done! from Sew........This Is My Blog

This is my first official finish of the year -- I completed a quilt that I started in 2011.  At the beginning of the year it was a flimsy.....

.....and now it is a quilt.

Some time ago I had set aside this great fabric for the backing.  It has all the colors from the front on it.  It's "Chasing Butterflies" by RJR Fabrics. 

I machine quilted it using a medium/large  stipple with yellow thread.

I know a lot of quilters hate binding, but it's my favorite part.  

The name of the pattern is Root Beer Float by ...

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Happy Monday! from A Quilting Chick

I had such a busy weekend and don't feel like I have anything to show for it.  But I did get two of my five quilt shops done for the Quilter's Garden Swap.  Here's my first block that I named Creations after a wonderful quilt shop in the Texas Hill Country.

Everything for these blocks came out of my scrap box.  Do you see the little cats in the door?  Next up is Valli and Kim, after my favorite quilt shop in Dripping Springs, Texas...

I love the colors in these blocks.  The quilts in the windows ...

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One Sock At A Time from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Oh, my . . why did I think things would be different this time? I got as far as the heel and in three rows, I had screwed up twice. It was totally from not paying attention to what I was doing but, on the other hand, with double points, I don’t have to pay […]

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Let the Travel begin from Terificreations's Weblog


Debby Brown and Jerry Granata at the teachers meeting Road to CA, Jan 2015

While I was at Road I stopped by The Quilt Show booth. Mary Kay took a 10 Questions With video on her phone. It was fun to do.

I fly out early this afternoon from California time and get home late tonight. I’ve done a little writing, a little blogging and had some fun with friends.

When I get home the writing and projects for the book will go full tilt. The ideas have been solidifying in my head this week. Now to get what ...

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Beautiful Birds! from Life in the Scrapatch

Freshly washed and ready to press and cut and sew!

These pretty fabrics are from

Beautiful Birds from Elizabeth's Studio
for the 

Sign ups are still open!

Read all the about it HERE

Sew We Quilt

and sign up with

Any pretty birdie fabrics may play!

These lovely fabrics look like spring ...

and I sure need a little spring in my snowy world right now.

My quilty muse and I are enjoying these fabrics as

I quilt little monkeys and

we dream of spring quilty projects.


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Supernova Contest: Deadline Extended to February 14, 2015! from Late Night Quilter

We’re announcing a new deadline for the Supernova Swap Contest!

If you’re feeling bogged down by January and had given up on the idea of finishing your Supernova Quilt in time to enter the contest, think again!

The new deadline to enter is Saturday, February 14th, 2015.

After talking to so many of the Supernova Swap participants, we realized many of you would appreciate another two weeks to finish things up.

As you can see from the picture below, I’m not quite done either.  I still owe Sandra from One Million Stitches a couple of blocks. We ...

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