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October 18, 2017
Rustic Reindeer from Romany Quilting

I’m a bit late with my “Roll of the Dice” this week with one thing and another, to see which UFO will be chosen for me to work on.  And it’s Number Six, a new project on my List of Six, which is Belvedere, the Rustic Reindeer.  To be honest, this is not technically a UFO as it has not yet been started.  But I’d gathered up the pattern and the fabrics, and listed it, to start “one day”.  And now that day has arrived.


I found the pattern on an old Homespun (Australian) magazine, No 18 ...

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Bloggers You Follow Post 7 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Most bloggers have followers that they can write about. That's what we discussed in Post 4 (here). Yet, bloggers are also followers ...and we all have favorite blogs that we return to again and again. There are a couple of good posts right there on your sidebar. 

The reasoning behind the idea is pretty straight-forward: as a long-time reader, you have had the opportunity to get to know the blogger, having interacted with her blog, emailing her on occasion, and maybe even meeting her in person. Conventions and shows provide a wonderful opportunity to match a person to the ...

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I made another Retreat Bag.  You may remember last week I posted about the first Retreat Bag I made when I took a class with Marilyn at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.
Above you can see the lining and the wide open mouth.  I call it a Dopp Kit and made it for my son to put his shaving gear in when he travels to the cottage or to my house.  You can find the free pattern on the internet and the wire frames can be purchased at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

  • Sampler ...

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2018 Block of the Month {Star Spangled} from Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Hi there!  I am super excited to announce our Block of the Month for 2018!! 

I really loved designing this block of the month!  I put a little bit of everything that I love in this quilt design.  Star blocks, chains, and there's a pinwheel in there too! :) 

Quilt is 60" x 60"
Purchase KIT HERE

  • This will be a 5 month long BOM - starting January and ending in May.  Schedule is below:
    • January 9 
    • January 30
    • February 13
    • February 27
    • March 13
    • April 10
    • May 8
    • May 29
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Aurifil Block Challenge, Block 10 by Helen Stubbings - Enter your block! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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This month you will have fun exploring English Paper piecing and embroidery techniques with my wonderful Friend Helen Stubbings. Our Aurifiil Designer challenge theme this year is the rainbow of colors found in the color wheel. Each designer is assigned a color going around the wheel and October is Green/Yellow.

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I'm so excited about Helen's gorgeous block!

 DOWNLOAD the pattern at the end of the interview and come right back!.

Read on to enter your block for a chance to win! >>> 

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Pat sloan aurifil blocks 1 to 9

I need to get October ...

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Michael Ball from Thankfullga447

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New! Lagom in Simply Moderne Magazine from Fabrics 'n Flowers

I have been so anxious to share a new quilt with you! The latest issue of Simply Moderne magazine is

The post New! Lagom in Simply Moderne Magazine appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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The EPP WIP is no longer a UFO! So many letters! from Quilting Makes My Heart Sing

I honestly don't know how long I have been working on this quilt, but several months at least.  This is my first attempt at EPP, and I have to say I enjoyed it.

I had purchased several packs of Kaffe Fassett hexie charms to practice on.  The hexies were precut, but the triangles I used to fill in were homemade.  After piecing it all, I think it would have been better to purchase both shapes precut.  It's so much easier.  

Once all of the hexies were laid out I decided to use some reads-as-solid colors to make a ...

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Block 1 - Year of Scrappy Triangles from Sewn

Today is the first day of the Year of Scrappy Triangles! It is going to be awesome. Before we get started, let's go over a few things.

The basics
The scrappy triangles finish at 6" square and I will post a link to a new foundation template on this blog every Tuesday morning for at least a year. Please, share a link to my blog if you have any friends who would like to participate, but don't email or mass print the templates for others.

Where can I learn to foundation paper piece?
For a quick "how to ...

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Think Pink!! from JulieKQuilts

 This pink quilt was pieced in 2014, quilted soon thereafter, bound in 2017, and gifted today!!  For my friend at work with breast cancer; she asked me for a pink quilt, and I am so glad I had this one all ready to give.
 Hurrah!!  I bet I have a few pink strings to make another...Whoop!  Giving sparks my creativity and feels so good.
 How about some pink birds?  This is Pink month, for So Scrappy...Angela selected pink for October, and since pink is my favorite color, it was super fun to play in these scraps!!

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Miss Matatabi and a Giveaway! from Red Pepper Quilts

A sponsored giveaway.

Miss Matatabi is a family owned online fabric store specializing in modern Japanese fabrics, shipped directly from Japan. The store is run by husband and wife, Frances and Yoshihiro. Frances and Yoshihiro have carefully handpicked a selection of gorgeous Japanese textiles and they take joy in being able to share not only the most popular Japanese textile brands such as nani IRO, Kokka, and Cotton + Steel, and popular Japanese designers including Suzuko Koseki and Atsuko Matsuyama, but also unique and hard to find fabrics of the highest quality.

In Frances ...

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TNT Log Jam 71, 72, 73, 74, 75 from Virtual Quilter

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I am learning that weeks move more quickly when you retire.

TNT Log Jam 72

I have a large backlog of designs to share, and just as well … I have barely spent ten minutes just playing with design in Electric Quilt since shifting house.

TNT Log Jam 73

The design above is a good reason to try to find time to play, but maybe next week may be a good time to find some time.

TNT Log Jam 74

Another design I love above!

TNT Log Jam 75

Well, that is your lot for this week’s virtual mid week retreat … and even if I don’t get time to play for a while, it is ...

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An elegant Halloween quilt from The Crafty Quilter

I call this quilt my Elegant Halloween quilt, and I actually finished it before Halloween.


The fabric is from Verna Mosquera’s Candelabra line for Free Spirit Fabrics.  These fat quarters have been sitting pretty in my basket until now.  The pattern is from 12-Pack Quilts: Simple Quilts that Start with 12 Fat Quarters.


Someone called it an “adult-style” Halloween quilt and I quite agree!  I love how all of the fabrics mix together in the diamond shapes.  It was quick to make, but there was a learning curve in matching seams which are at a 60° angle.  I found ...

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Starfecta from Keep me in Quilts

Gyleen Fitzgerald has a new pattern/class that she has offered online as a QAL (Quilt Along).  Each week a new part (clue?) is released.  It's not a mystery ... we know what the quilt will look like when it's finished. At least we know what HER quilt looks like.

And yes ... I have to make this quilt. 

This is the fabric that probably won't make the cut.

This is the fabric I have been auditioning.

These are the 3 rulers that are needed to make this quilt.

This is what I cut and should NOT have cut ...

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October 17, 2017
Creating a Sewing Room - Cabinets from All Things Crafty

I really don't have a decorator bone in my body.  I'm OKwith leaving my furniture in the same location for years.  When we bought our recent home near a lake, I earmarked a girls bedroom downstairs to be my sewing room.  Keep in mind that I have not sewed for a while.  However, that does not mean that I got rid of all of my stash or craft items.  No, I packed it all up and moved it to our current home.

Here is how the room looked on the realtor listing.  Not my favorite colors but I ...

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Behind the Scenes... from Butterfly Threads

If you ever wondered what 'writing a quilting book' looks like behind the scenes, here's a sneak peek at what's going on around here.

 After the book is proposed, with all the paperwork and information that goes along with the it, the wait begins. Once the go ahead from the publisher is received, then the real work starts!

 First, I get a binder to collect all of the paper and supplies that will be my constant companion for the next few months, then I print off the quilt spreadsheet that has boxes for each stage of completion, so ...

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Finding my creative outlet from All Things Crafty

It's been too long since I've crafted or even had a blog entry for that matter.  I've made cards here and there but nothing on fabric like a quilt or wall-hanging.  It always seemed that we were either packing up the old home, remodeling the old home, selling the old home, unpacking, etc.  Then I started dealing with difficult items.  Both my dogs passed this year in March and September.  They were 15 year old yorkies and were the apple of our eyes.  Mindy and Mandy.

As I finally come to terms with losing them, I was ...

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A Craftsy peek... from A Few Scraps

I am having a hard time being patient waiting for my new Craftsy class to come out!! But happily for me, the Craftsy team just sent me these photos they took when I was out shooting the class, and told me I could share them. Sneak peek time!

Are you noticing a pattern.... like there's some straight lines and FMQ in each piece? What if.... you used both your walking foot and your free-motion foot for what they are each best at? What if you quilted something low stress that was also totally lovely? 

It can be dense or ...

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Leo’s Mane back in production again from Eagle's Wings Quilts

I’ve gotten as far as I can get in my version of Creme Brûlée without rethreading the sewing machine with dark thread. I have to sew up the corners of the borders before I can sew down the last of the outside diamonds. So, I am back to working on Leo’s Mane, the third border. I’m taking these stars and am adding on the outer triangles to turn them into finished blocks, which I am then stitching together to make the borders. Here’s how it looks so far, with that third border laid beside what is ...

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Myrtle's broken dishes quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

This is one of the quilts that I made to showcase the prints in my Emma & Myrtle fabric line. I finished the quilt back in May, so that's why there is green grass and green leaves in my photos! :)
This quilt is based on the traditional broken dishes block pattern. I even added borders to this one....something that I don't do very often! It's good to change it up once in awhile.
The background fabric in this quilt is a solid Ivory by Connecting Threads. For a few of the blocks I used a light print ...

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