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October 31, 2014
Bee My Honey Table Runners or Window Valances { x Two } from Busy Hands Quilts

I love to collect odd works of art for the shelves above my windows in the living room.  The weirder the better!  The tall chicken in the red skirt, bowtie and hat was a gift from one of my sisters!  
Oh, yes, we're here to talk about quilts!

Two matching Bee My Honey table runners or window valances.   
 They coordinate with the Twisted Irish Chain Lap Quilt I recently made.
Isn't Mrs.Owl so happy?! 
 The HUGE red B no longer resides on the shelf.  She recently jumped off in the middle of the night, scaring the dog ...

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Trick or Treat! from Bunbear Quilts

Happy Halloween!  I failed to get a picture of the pumpkins and gourds I have on my front porch, so this little piece of artwork will have to do... 

We had a couple dozen trick or treater's last night and hope to see more tonight.  It was a bit rainy last night and tonight it's supposed to be much colder, so I don't know what the final tally will be. 

Trick or treat hours ended at 8 p.m. so at 8:01 I put Addy out in the back yard and I went upstairs to sew ...

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Halloween! Eeeek! from 44th Street Fabric

It's already Halloween! The only frightening thing around here is when I look in the mirror and see that old woman....YIKES! Just about the only thing I've ever made for Halloween is a quilt that I stitched up to sell Halloween fabrics from the shop. Almost all of it sold before I got the quilt done (shocker). Here are some blocks:

And, here's the finished quilt:
Yes, I did get it done and I did quilt it! It lives with Gina now. I'm working on several projects right now that I can't wait to ...

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Favorites from A Quilting Life

 One of my favorites this week is actually a book I am honored to present: it's a compilation of fifteen different scrap quilts by a great group. I'm honored to have been asked to contribute a quilt for the book. Scraps, Inc.Vol.1: 15 Block-Based designs for the Modern Quilter was introduced at Quilt Market in Houston, and so I can finally share my quilt.

My friend Natalia of Piece 'N Quilt did the amazing quilting. My challenge was to quilt with scraps, and I ended up being rather successful until I had to buy a quarter ...

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October sewing with Sandy from Cottons 'n Wool


Can you believe we are into month 10 of our little projects?   Seems like just yesterday that we started working on all these fun little goodies.   

A big thanks to all of you who have commented how much you enjoy seeing what we’re working on.  We are having a great time making them, so we’re glad you are with us on this journey.  

First up is a leftover project from last month.    It’s the “Tumbling Leaves” quilt from the book 101 Fabulous Small Quilts.

First up is Sandy’s version. 


And mine.  We both used wool for ...

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My Quilt Care Book - Update from Ann Quilts

Hey, hey!  I am sooooo excited!!!  My book on caring for antique quilts is having just kind of success I hoped for!  

I heard recently from a quilt restorer who has been using the info in my book, and having great results.  She wrote, "I've consulted your book many times, so thanks again for the great advice."  

Here are her before and after photos, and comments.  I am extremely grateful for her permission to share them with you.  Just look at her beautiful work!

"The red, black and white quilt was used and much loved by the owner and ...

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12 Trees in Oakshotts: A Finish from Blueberry Patch

  Name:  12 Trees In Oakshots
Design:  12 Trees by Helen Howes
Size:  36" by 64"
Fabric: Oakshotts, colour shot bundle
Quilted: by me with Aurifil  40 and 50 wt in many colours

I finished 12 Trees on the weekend.  On Monday after school, I rushed outside in between rain and before darkness hit.  I just made it.  The light was fading but the colours of the Oakshotts are so vibrant that the lower light levels didn't seem to matter.  So... what can I tell you?  I used so many colours of Aurifil in the quilting.  A mix of 40 ...

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Friday's Frequently Asked Quilting Questions --- FFAQQs from Crafty Sewing and Quilting

What do you do with your thread scraps? Save them or throw them away?

I belong to several facebook quilting groups from Fabric Crafters U-Bid Fabric Destash to Quilting and Sewing Enthusiasts  to  Professional Long Arm Quilters and Long Arm Quilters Groups.  In one of the Long Arm Groups one of the members shared her empty spools and a container of all her worn out needles.  

Well....I saved all my thread scraps from the past 11 years years of long arm quilting!  I started saving them, because I did not have a wastepaper basket next to my long arm ...

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Happy Halloween! from Amy Made That

Halloween is here!
I've made some new mug rugs to celebrate.

Both patterns are from The Patchsmith.
The first one is the Primitive Pumpkin Mug Rug.
This pattern is available individually,

I had the most fun creating the pumpkin
from a variety of orange fabrics in my stash.
The Patchsmith method was so innovative and easy...
as are all of her designs!

I couldn't resist making a Jack-O-Lantern mug rug, too!

For this mug rug,
Once the basic mug rug was ...

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finish it up Friday from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Just a few things to share today....

I made a pair of pincushions (for gifts) using the tiniest of feed sack scraps. No fabric, especially feed sacks, should go to waste!!! :) The smaller pin cushion finishes at a touch over 3". These were made using a "quilt-as-you-go" technique and then I filled them with crushed walnut shells. They have a nice weight/feel to them and they could double as bean bags if you were in a pinch. (Because that happens every day, right?) They are scrap project #93/101.
My trees! pattern got ...

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Goodies! from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

I took pictures of the goodies I got at the quilt show.
vintage needle threader and Hosiery mending kits

ceramic Elephant pincushion and tape measure

lots of fun fabrics

pin cushions and decorative pins
I also got a few things in the mail this week.  I got more canning jar blocks from Missy.
tomatoes, peanuts, Brussels sprouts and lemons
And last, but not least, a lovely sewing machine teapot from Kevin.
sewing machine teapot

I have been busy sewing, but, no pictures yet.  I'll post my NewFO's and my finishes in a day or two.

Oh yea, it ...

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Easy Bat Decoration for Halloween from Quilting on the Edge

Image I was so impressed with these bat cutouts made by my daughter-in-law Prachi that I decided to share them here. She told me she had an old black felt blanket from which she cut out these bat shapes and stuck them to the brick wall on their porch area. Don't they look great there? And it makes a nice contrast with the bright orange pumpkin. I know today is Halloween so maybe next year?

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The Merchant Mall at Festival from Melody Crust - Fiber Artist

 I started visiting the merchant mall yesterday. It's so large I wonder if I'll get to see it all. So far the most interesting booth was Country Stitchin. Dusty was sitting at his mid-arm just stitchin' away. Watching him use his tools was amazing.

Dusty Farrell

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Removing Plastic From the Bottom of your Iron from Alamosa Quilter

My mom called me recently having just accidentally ironed a plastic bag. She immediately turned off her iron, but the damage had already been done. The plastic bag had melted to the bottom of her iron. So now what?

I googled "how do you clean melted plastic off an iron?" and found several solutions. This is the one she followed.

She emptied all the water out of the iron and let it cool, then put it in the freezer. After a couple of hours she took the iron out of the freezer and the melted plastic bag peeled right off ...

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31 october, 2014 – HASENBACH CHALLENGE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN from Patchwork Atelier

"Flower Power" Block für den Hasenbach Challenge und Herbst- Halloween- Dekos..

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On the Needles – October 31, 2014 from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Hay Cove, the test knit for Laura Aylor, is off the needles! Last night I got most of the tail weaving done but still have part of one sleeve left to do. The pattern is not yet available but I will let you know when Laura releases it.  My sweater has not been blocked yet. […]

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Happy Halloween! Random Railfence Halloween Style Quilt Finished! from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

 Finished just in time for Halloween, here is my latest Random Railfence quilt done with Halloween fabric scraps -- and a little spooktacular variation  (see the Jack O'Lantern square?)  A tutorial to make the blocks like these is here.
 I started this summer making the squares.  I only used orange, black and white Halloween fabrics even though I had other colours I could have used as well.  I liked sticking to the three traditional colours.
The Jack O'Lantern square was free-pieced and then trimmed back to 12.5 inches square, the same as the other blocks.
There is Halloween ...

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feira da estrela | workshops from Ritacor

este fim de semana, dias 1 e 2 de novembro, há mais uma edição da Crafts & Design no Jardim da Estrela. eu lá estarei e conto com a vossa visita! aproveito também para informar tod@s @s interessad@s que estão … Continuar a ler

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The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop Day Seven from Lily's Quilts

Today is day seven in the Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop.  On each of the seven days of the schedule (see below) we have one of seven talented quilt-bloggers showcasing projects using the new Autumn fat eighth packs from Oakshott.  Grab the button below and follow along the seven stops along the blog hop to find lots of new ideas and inspiration for what to make with these beautiful fabrics.  Today it is the turn of Wynn Tan from so hop on over to her blog to see what she has made.  

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

21 October     Sonia Spence               fabricandflowersuk.blogspot ...

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Halloween Mini from Swink Girl Quilts

I don't really do much holiday crafting. I'm not that girl on your IG feed who has made 6 pillows, 4 bags, a throw blanket, 2 baskets and some bunting out of her never ending supply of 'Boo Crew' fabric. I mean, it's one day, people. If you want to make and post something cool; make your kid a costume! Anyway, a few weeks ago Kimberly gave me this skeleton fabric scrap, so I gave in and decided to make one Halloween mini quilt. Especially after I realized the fabric glows in the dark!!

I drew the ...

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