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December 24, 2014
Holiday Survival Essentials from TwynMawrMom

Well Hell-OOOO my friends! It's been a busy December so far, yah? [read in hopped-up mommy-Midwest accent]

I know you are missing my posts about the Elf, family fun, and training, but honestly, so far, this month has been about ETSY for me. The holiday. orders. are INSANE. Thanks for keeping mama busy ;)

If you aren't already following me on Facebook, keep track of me there when I'm quiet here. I've been able to share a few fun custom requests and mind-blowing space-time-continuum phenomena. Truly.

Anywho in the middle of this craziness I'm inspired to ...

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Hola a todas/os:

El pasado mes de Agosto QUILTJOIA tuvo el placer de asistir al
"Festival of Quilts de Birmingham 2013" los dias 8-9-10 y 11.
De dicha visita surgieron una serie de proyectos muy interesantes
que os iremos anunciando. En uno de estos proyectos nos gustaría
vuestra opinión y colaboración.
Colgaremos una serie de imágenes de Quilts del Festival de Birmingham, cada imagen irá numerada y esta será anónima,
vosotras seréis las encargadas de votar la imagen del Quilt que más
os ha gustado.Todas las participantes entraréis en el sorteo de un 
Colgante-Broche  en Plata de Ley ...

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Magnolia II from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

… as a Quilter

It’s time to begin my “real” Magnolia for our PTQ Ultimate Guild Challenge. You can see my first sample HERE.

Can you see a very faint sketch of the magnolia through the background fabric?

I cut out oblong shapes to fill the petals and now that I’ve placed them on the background fabric I think something needs to change.

The small oblong pieces were cut from the bottom fabric. It seems I need more contrast to make a distinction with the light and dark on the petals. Should I choose another fabric for the petals ...

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Merry - A Curvy Quilt with Color Problems from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I showed you the quilting on my curvy quilt I named Merry.  As I've said before, I no longer pre-wash my quilting cottons.  I do pre-wash flannel, but that is to ensure the top and batting do as much or more shrinking than the flannel that I'm using as a backing.  I usually wash quilts after they are finished to make sure anything that has been picked up by the fabrics during the construction and quilting processes is removed before gifting.  I occasionally use spray starch.  Sometimes sewing machine oil gets onto the quilt from the ...

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Sunday Stash #257 Doe by Carolyn Friedlander from Red Pepper Quilts

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Introducing Doe by Carolyn Friedlander 
due to arrive in stores in December. Soon!

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
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Doe is Carolyn Friedlander's third fabric collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and follows the popular Architextures and Botanics collections. Carolyn's design style is unique and distinctive ~ modern, hand drawn lines inspired by pattern, texture, and elements of art and architecture ~ features of which are represented in all three of Carolyn's collections.

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

The Doe collection in particular is inspired by Carolyn's love for mixing, rather than matching, print ...

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December 23, 2014
FAL Q4 Goals from Lily Patch Quilts

I don't have much time these days so in order to squeeze in some quilting time, it's nice to have a FAL to help me stay motivated to get my UFOs done. This is the last FAL with Katy at The Littlest Thistle for the year. I am going to try and get a lot done before the end of December. Hopefully between the holiday breaks for school I can accomplish all that I would like done on this list.

My goal is to get all of these quilted and bound.

First up a mystery quilt. I can ...

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What a week from Sewing & Quilt Gallery

Its been a heck of a week.   I just spent the last 30 minutes driving around, and emailing my 12 yr old, wondering where in the world he was.  He was over 30 minutes late getting home, which isn't normal, since he walks.   It's cold outside and the big buffoon refuses to wear a coat.  Nobody would answer at the school so I finally I called the superintendent's office.  After tracking down my kid, he matter-of-factly tells me he is at steel drum practice (as he should be on a Thursday afternoon!).  A huge sigh of relief ...

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Barn Cabins - Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts from Piece N Quilt

I'm so excited today to share another one of the quilts from our upcoming book; Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts.

This quilt is Barn Cabins. I really love this quilt. It goes together pretty quickly, it's super cool how the blocks are put together and then rotated to create a cool illusion. The quilt shown here is 96"x96", but like all of the patterns in Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts, the pattern is also available in baby and throw sizes.
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Thermofax Screen Printing Class... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

The Permission 2 Play Group

is printing with

Thermofax Screens

Instructor: LuAnn Kessi

Birds of a Feather…..Class Sample

Thermofax Screens

Jacquard Versatex Ink

Fabrics for Screen Printing

Clean Up Station…

Let's get this party started!

Thermofax Screen Printing Demonstration

Using a foam brush to draw the ink across the screen

Using a key card to draw the ink across the screen…

After the demo...

The students jumped right in choosing a screen to print…

Versatex Inks

Marion printed a…..Tote Bag

Dr. Norek printed an….. Apron

Vanessa printed an…….. Apron


Nancy, Joann and LuAnn

We are ...

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December 22, 2014
Southern Fabric Gift Certificate Giveaway! from Diary of a Quilter

Today we have an awesome giveaway from sponsor, Southern Fabrics. Southern Fabrics is an online fabric shop located in Georgia and happy to ship all over the world. They specialize in the latest from Free Spirit, Moda, Riley Blake, Cotton + Steel, Dear Stella, and Art Gallery.  Fabrics are searchable by Collection, Designer, by Color and Theme. In other words, there are lots of ways to

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Too much fruit! from Elvispeth

I've finished off another cosy. This one is number four for my mother in law's church stall? Two more are in progress.

No such thing as too much fruit?  This is my original design fruit basket tea cosy.


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Snapshots QAL with Fat Quarter Shop from Piece N Quilt

Have you heard about the new Snapshots Quilt-Along with Fat Quarter Shop? Kimberly is awesome and has created this adorable new free pattern, she's simply asking that you donate $5 per pattern download to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. You can donate here. Fat Quarter Shop & Moda Fabrics will each match up to $10,000 as well. How awesome is that!
On the 15th of each month Kimberly will release a new pattern and how-to video, you can watch the introductory video below.
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Sparkle - A Christmas Sew Along - The Quilt from Piece N Quilt

Now that you've got your Sparkle quilt all complete it's time for machine quilting  and attaching the binding.
I've had so much fun making this quilt I hope you have too!
When it came time to machine quilt my quilt I decided to go with an all over, edge-to-edge pattern. I want this quilt to be used and loved in my home each Christmas so something all over will be perfect!
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DWM: sewing amid the social whirl from With Strings Attached

Another finish!  This week I quilted the black/white/bright Heartstrings flimsy.  3-1/8 yards for the back and binding.

Grand Illusion continues. Here's Step 3:

The leftovers from the strip panels yielded these twosies (1.5"):

I am no longer as enamored of 30's prints as I once was.  I have too many to just toss out.  I am joining two long-time participants on the Stashbusters Yahoo Group who are  having  a 30's Bin Bust.  Their stashes are down to bins, while mine is still two shelves....but I'll get there!  Here are strips cut ...

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Blue skies from Stephanie Newman- A Quiltmaker's Quarters

Last weekend was huge. On Saturday I was teaching beginner free motion machine quilting students at Addicted to Fabric, in Canberra.  Every now and then, you meet a bunch of lovely people who just click together.  It was great seeing new friendships beginning and some great work achieved.  Always puts a huge smile on my face. I love sharing with others something I love so much myself.

After work, I whizzed home for  a quick change of clothes, then whipping across the city to a  terrific birthday party at the National Dinosaur Museum. For adults. With children permitted.  Friends hired ...

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December 21, 2014
What are you going to make with that fabric? from Not Afraid of Color

What should I do with this fabric and my other precious (It's quite a collection!) Christmas fabrics?

Well, I made these little
 6 inch Friendship exchange squares!
Click on the image to see details...
 Our sewing group makes 6 inch quilts with a theme about twice a year. This time it was Winter/Christmas

I knew I wanted to do snowglobes this year, and got the idea from SewMamaSew. I didn't use her pattern but she has one.

I started with fabric motifs, and cut them with this circle template and my new fave turning cutting mat, and ...

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Merry Christmas Giveaway Sponsored by FQS from In the Boondocks

The Giveaway is closed!

Please see this post
For Winners

Merry Christmas Giveaway Winners

Merry Christmas Giveaway

I wanted to do something for all of you
and the
Fat Quarter Shop has come through for me
and "In The Boon Docks" once again. I love the
monthly clubs they add variety to my stash
- which is very helpful when making gifts for others.

After several years in the
Fat Quarter Shop&aposs Moda Mini Charm Pack Club ,
I have decided to change to the

Fat Quarter Shop&aposs Moda Charm Pack Club.
The wonderful folks at the FQS have agreed ...

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Moda FQ Bundle giveaway from Green Fairy Quilts from Diary of a Quilter

Today I am have a pretty amazing giveaway from one of my sponsors, Green Fairy Quilts, owned by the incredibly talented quilter, Judi Madsen and her husband Clint.  They specialize in Moda and Riley Blake precuts: Fat Quarter Bundles, Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs, Layer Cakes, etc. as well as patterns, notions, and thread. They always have the latest collections at great prices not to mention

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December 20, 2014
Top 10 Tips for New Quilters - Sashing & Borders from Sew Fresh Quilts

Welcome to this week's installment of the Top 10 Tips for new quilters - Sashing & Borders.  For the complete line up of weekly tips, please see this page.


The basic building block of a quilt is a quilt block.  Some quilts look fabulous by simply piecing these blocks together.  Some blocks even allow for a secondary design to shine through by placing them side by side.

But some quilt blocks just seem to need a little separation to keep them from drowning each other out.

Without Sashing:  Using EQ7, I drew up this simple brick layout made from Spiderman ...

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Caramel! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Oh it's my favorite time of year! It's time to bake Santa's cookies! I would like to take the next couple weeks and share with you some of my families favorites. I have discovered some new ones too that are sure to become family favs.

Every year I make caramel. Two huge batches of caramel. Throughout this last year I have seen a recipe for microwave caramel which cuts the whole cooking time down to nothing! This can't possibly work.... microwave caramel..... way!  But the thought of not standing over a hot stove for ...

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