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August 3, 2015
August ALYOF Goal - It's About Time! from Mountain Quiltworks

It's about time is right.  I put this great table runner together last fall and had every intention of getting the leaves machine appliqued so I could get it quilted and bound.  But did that happen? Nope. But I'd really like to use it this year so I know if I make it my August goal, I'm more likely to get it done.  I toyed with the idea of stitching the leaves down with my long arm.  Has

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treat yourself {coupon code} from Charm About You

A while ago I did just that and got myself some sweet earrings with a very unique back, it's been a couple of months and I can tell you I only love them more! 

JewelleryBox carry these fabulous studs that have an Andralok closure. It's so ingenious, making it incredible easy to put the earrings in and they stay put. I find the normal butterfly backs fiddly but the thing that annoys me most is I always seem to catch them and pull them out. The Andralok fastening makes the earrings so comfortable, I even sleep with them ...

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Monday Morning Star Count, August 3, 2015 from Life under quilts

Ooh, I didn't schedule this post ahead of time and now it's Monday afternoon.  No worries though, I have done MORE than enough piecing this week to make up for it.
Just look at these...

These are all the hexies I have freed by joining more units and more sashing strips.  BTW, next time I say, "Oh, I'll just add sashing to my EPP project" someone shake some sense into me.  The progress here is sooo deceiving.  The units get done, but the assembly just takes forever.  I am absolutely loving the look though.

In other news ...

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A Sneak Peek at my GRAVITY Quilt Top! from Busy Hands Quilts

Okay, y'all know what the GRAVITY quilt looks like, but for a moment or two, let's pretend you don't.  This week's finish is my GRAVITY quilt top!  Being the quilt along host, my quilt needs done ahead of schedule and is being mailed to Cotton Berry Quilts for quilting today!  Please, refrain yourself from hijacking mail carriers over the weekend in search for it!

I thought you'd like to see the many things you can do with a GRAVITY quilt!

Here she is in a rain storm without the windshield wipers on.

Uh oh, your ...

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Cute Back to School Sewing and Craft Projects from Jacquelynne Steves

Fabric Covered Note book- Jacquelynne Steves

Where I live, we have another month until school starts, but I heard that some places start next week! I can’t believe we are talking Back-to-School already! But, whether you are a little sad, or super relieved (LOL!), the school year must start soon. I’ve rounded up some quick, easy and cute back to school sewing and craft projects for you to sew- hopefully, they will make the first day of school a little more fun, AND they will give you a chance to dig into your stash and use up some fabric (so you can go buy ...

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What's New @Quilters Depot! from Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog

We have some great fabrics for you this week!

This is the panel I showed you I had done in yesterday's blog.  The fabrics that go with you is the third picture down!

 I also have some of these fat quarters separated out if you only want one or two!

remember the one with the most stash wins!


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DIY Gray Kitchen Reveal - An 80's Kitchen Goes Cottage Style from Pieced Pastimes

Our kitchen has served us well over the years. We built our home in the 80's and the kitchen reflected the style of that period. The space was filled with warm wood tones and had a rustic charm that we enjoyed, but the time had come for an update. We have a lot of stained wood throughout our home, as this was the popular choice of the time....stained wood floors, cabinets, wainscoting, trim

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Christmas in August from Pieced Brain

How about a fast table runner for Christmas? One long rectangle of your favorite print, with Snow Buddies appliqued on both ends? I quilted organic lines on the applique area and lots of rectangles elsewhere. I used Aurifil 50wt thread for the blanket stitching of the appliqued shapes and for the quilting.

The backing was pieced and it all come together very quickly. The facial features were drawn with fabric marker giving the snowmen a happy, chubby look. I like to hand stitch the binding so that is what I did on this table runner.

The pattern will be coming ...

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History Comes to Life on a Quilt - Part 3 from Ann Quilts

Part 3.  Three Intertwined Families

(Part 1 tells the background of a quilt inscribed with many names, and how I started my search for the details of its history.  Part 2 details some of the interesting family stories.)

Here's the most complex and hard to research story I've found so far.  Eunice B. Phinney nee Dyer had married Erastus Phinney in 1876 in Boston.  At that time, Erastus was 66.  This was his second marriage.  Eunice was 42, her first marriage.  By the time the quilt was made, Eunice was a widow and living in Melrose with Mary ...

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History Comes to Life on a Quilt - Part 4 from Ann Quilts

Part 4.  A Window on Life in 1897

(Part 1 tells the background of a quilt inscribed with many names, and how I started my search for the details of its history.  Part 2 details some of the interesting family stories.  Part 3 tells a long story about three intertwined families.)

In general, I'm noticing that many households included more than our typical nuclear families.  It becomes clear pretty quickly that most families took in extended family members when the need arose, single or widowed aunts and uncles and parents, for example.  Many households took in boarders, and many ...

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a chain of Irish Chain quilts from Fabric Fulfilling Its Destiny

Upon seeing (on fb) the cute nursery decorations a young mom had made for her soon-to-be-born daughter, I called and asked her if she had any scraps leftover from her decor projects.
Then I inquired, 
"May I make a crib quilt for your daughter using those scraps?"
"I don't think there is enough but I would love one of your quilts!"
I added in some Wallflower fabrics and some Kona White.
Et Voila!

A few extra 4 Patches create the darling back.

 You might wonder why I felt an affinity for this young mom?  Because she shared her husband ...

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Hearts and 9 patch Quilt and Cushion. from The Nifty Stitcher

I finsihed this little set the other day.  I had already made the heart blocks ( I'm on a mission to use things up this year, scraps, orphan blocks, you name it) and made some 9 patches to go with it.

 The quilt measures 39" x 41" and i used one layer of Soft & Bright wadding.

A small stipple makes the hearts pop.  I used Bondaweb for the applique and no other padding (trapunto)

The back.......

I had one heart block left over so thought a little cushion would be cute.  It measures 18" excluding the ruffle.

This set ...

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I Finally Tackled Y-Seams! from Eric the Quilter

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For the longest time I had this UFO sitting in my closet. I designed it when I first started quilting as a wedding present to my cousin and his wife. However, it was a tad bit beyond my skill set two and a half years ago, and it got shelved. I was not good at y-seams. Now 30 months later I was rifling around in my closet looking for some red fat quarters for the Red blooming 9 patch I’m working on, and I found the box with the quilt contents. I popped it open and though… “Well, I ...

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MAGAZINE PHOTO SHOOT from Heirlooms by Ashton House

Well, I survived the magazine photo shoot at my house! With the help of my hubby, we got the house in about as picture-perfect shape as we could get it. The house interior is not photo worthy, so I asked that the magazine team—which consisted of the magazine editor, designer, photographer, and two photo assistants—to stick with tighter shots instead of ones that showed any substantial part of the house. The focus was supposed to be on my collections anyway. In preparation for the shoot, we gave all the china in the dining room a gentle wash so ...

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A Quilt of My Parents - Ruthie and Ned McKenna from kathleen murphy designs

My quilt guild, Thimble Pleasures in Mendon, MA, holds a challenge every year with the reveal in July. This year the theme was Heritage, which was perfect for I had been wanting to make this quilt for about 5 years. 

Ruthie and Ned

I printed the heads on fabric first, I just knew I couldn't replicate them well enough.

My parents had a bad marriage and it ended in 1970. They both suffer(ed) from mental illness and it was tough growing up in it. My father was an alcoholic, he  left when I was 5 and my ...

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Fancy Finishes: Odd Angles - the Ins and Outs! from quiltscapes

A few good tricks to remember for those quilts with a little something extra!

Have I told you that I love binding a quilt?  I do!  I usually stitch my double-fold binding to the front of the quilt, then hand-stitch to the back.  One of my favorite things about quilting is to sit with my feet propped,   put on a good movie as I hand-stitch, think about the recipient of the quilt, infuse a little more of myself into the quilt (sometimes blood, sweat and tears), and then it's done!  I've finished my creation and it can go ...

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DIY Scissors Keeper – Video Tutorial from Crafty Gemini

DIT Scissors Keeper Video Tutorial by Crafty Gemini

This week’s tutorial is super quick and easy! I came up with this little scissors keeper/case/shield project to help label and distinguish between my paper and fabric scissors. They are especially handy when I travel with my supplies.

Have you ever had someone grab your fabric cutting shears and use them to cut paper, open a package of batteries or something else?! I’m sure you can relate! So…… this is a great way to label your scissors so everyone knows which is which. This also helps protect your clothes, projects, and anything else you put in ...

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It's Tulip Time | Quilt Kit from The Shabby

Are you on the lookout for your next quilting project to start when the kids go back to school? Look no further! Get back into the swing of things with It's Tulip Time!

This adorable quilt finishes at 40" x 44" and is perfect for quilters of any skill level! The kits include the pattern, all top fabrics, borders, and binding- the backing is not included but can be added to your purchase!

The fun collection featured in the quilt is called Intrigue by Nancy Rink for Marcus Fabrics. This bold, modern line is sure to be one of ...

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Hello August from Keep me in Quilts

Holy Moly!  This summer is flying.  It been busy and there's still more to come.

Eating vacations

Kite festival

Quilt show

Hospital visit ... with a view

AND - I'm still quilting!


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J'Egg and MISA from Bumble Beans Inc.

Remembering Christmas Past Quilt, In Double Wedding Rings, Traditions Made Modern Book.  Acrylic templates available at and in the book... in paper pattern
It's nice to know something never change... Jenny Egg is so happy I am home, she won't leave my side, or my face... LOL

She may be saddened then, when Saturday rolls around, as I head out for a week of teaching Double Wedding Rings at Madeline Island School of Art, in Wisconsin, on Lake Superior...

Saturday I fly to Duluth, MN, Where I used to live before moving to NYC! I will ...

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