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April 25, 2014
Good Fortune in Chicopee from Pmegios

My Good Fortune Quilt with Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee Fabric is finished!  I finished it a couple of weeks ago but have not found time to share this with everyone. This is the quilt top that I put together at the BMQG retreat in March.

I used Patricia Ritter’s Baushaus pantograph for this quilt.  I know, I know, I should have just free motion quilted, but I am a big wimp and do not trust my skills for keeping things even and consistent.

I want more time to practice and play!  But, I am happy with what I have ...

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Sampler Savvy–Class Four from Creations by Melinda

Here is the homework from last week.

0414 Homework - Class 4

We worked on a couple more blocks this week.  After class, I took my car to the car wash for the first time.  Here is a photo of it getting it’s  first bath.

0414 First Bath for the Kia


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Pretty in Pink from Love Laugh Quilt

One of the VERY simplest quilts to put together
is a quilt with strips.
These strips are cut 3" wide.
Sewn together in pairs and triplets...
and cut 10" wide.
Three rows of strips.
Two borders. (one 2 1/2" and one 6")
and folks...
You have a quilt!!!
(singing the hokey pokey as I write that!) 

Believe it or NOT...
I was able to sew this up in ONE afternoon.
I DID have most of the fabric PULLED.
THAT is what sometimes takes ALL the time!!

If I hand quilt with some black thread ...

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Wonky Stars Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I finished my last baby quilt this week. This one is for a colleague who is expecting his first baby.

The weather was terrible here yesterday so I couldn't get a nice outdoor picture. :-(. The colours are so much better in person.

The pattern is a free one from the Michael Miller website. I used a variety of fabrics, including some Kona solids and a Riley Blake chevron print for the binding.

For the quilting, although I had some grand ideas about FMQing some stars in the negative space and echoing the bright ones, I ran out of time ...

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Spinning Scraps Quilt from Lilac Lane by Melissa Stramel

Audrielle here. 
Dropping by to talk about one of the other fun quilt patterns Melissa recently released.
The Spinning Scraps Quilt is available in both PDF and Paper Pattern as always.

The Skill level is advanced beginner, keeping things fairly simple. The pattern also comes in two great sizes making it really convenient to make that specific person or project you had in mind. A lap quilt 50"x 50" or a full/queen size 90" x 90". Great for a wall hanging, toddler quilt, wedding present, or a special graduate getting ready to leave home.

This fun and fast ...

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Red Moon Rising from Mel's quilting blog

This is Lana's quilt that I am ready to load and quilt.  I need some quilting time.  Been dealing with legal stuff and so much other stuff this week that I've not been able to sew.  So, I designed the quilt I posted earlier tonight and now I think I will try and get this at least loaded.  I'd love to get it quilted tonight.

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Squirrely Triangles {Triangle Quilt Along} from Kat & Cat Quilts

Happy Friday Finishes! My Triangle Quilt Along quilt is done and I decided "Squirrely Triangles" would be an apt name. 

These fabrics were pulled 100% from my stash, about a dozen or so, based off the color palette from the squirrel and bunny fabric.  I'm super please with how my spur-of-the-moment fabric pull came together! The colors are so soft and pleasant.

The thing about triangle quilts-- the reason they are so "squirrely" are the points.  Paula at The Sassy Quilter did an excellent job guiding us through the steps to make these quilts successfully.  Personally, I think that ...

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T-shirt design from Mel's quilting blog

OK, this is the design DD likes for the band T-shirts.  I have 4 black T-shirts, one white and one yellow.  
It will be 58 x 82 because of the size of the designs on the shirts.  15" is the largest of the designs.  I had it with more yellow, but I like the blue better too.

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Big Events from Material Obsession

Phew.  Looking back I am glad I have made it through the last series of events but...BUT...wait...there is more coming up!  First, next week in Berry NSW we will be priviledged with the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild show!  This promises to be a showcase event featuring quilts with a modern edge from all over the country.  Rumor has it that there will be local quilts hanging with those from Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Central Coast and from as far away as Perth.  Curious?  Mark the dates on your calendar and head to Berry next Saturday and Sunday  3-4th ...

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Bloming Bias Top Is Ready To Be Quilted! from Eric the Quilter

The top is all ready to be quilted! I really hope the binding fluffs up and it looks super cute! To be honest, with the binding not fluffed up, the quilt looks a little bit boring… Oh well, I hope it turns out better once it is quilted and washed! Wish me luck!

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Tagged: Blooming Bias, Rail Fence

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Paper Piecing Party - At Jane's House! from Quiet Play

So this week we're changing things up a little! My gorgeous friend Jane is hosting the paper piecing party over at her place! So pop on over and link up your foundation pieced mischief for this week.

This one is Jane's fab London phone booth!

Jane's sharing her set up for paper piecing - lots of tips to be had. And stick around and check out her blog while you're there. Incredibly talented and always working on something amazing! Jane's one of my go-to girls for suggestions when I'm stuck on something!Thank you lovely ...

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Sew and Tell from Farm Road Ramblings

After getting my heart quilt finished (yay!), I decided to turn my attention to this little quilt.  Since it isn't very big ( 46" x 56"), I thought I would try basting it on a large section of my kitchen counter.  I used tape and some large clamps to secure the backing, and pin-basted 1/2 at a time.  It worked pretty well!  

So, last night I started in on quilting it.  I decided to quilt curvy lines in the squares, and am doing all the white areas first. 

I really like how it's looking, and am wondering if ...

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A Lovely Anzac Day Story..... from Julia's Place

In keeping with Anzac day, I'd like to share this lovely story...
Now I'm not too good at writing a story so please bear with me and know that it is written with great heartfelt respect for the family and their soldier who fought in the second world war....
The story starts way back in the early fifties,...when we first arrived in Australia, my father bought a deceased estate on a large block of land.
Fast forward to when I grew up and married. 50 or so years ago, my father sold us the old house in ...

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pretty pairs from Pretty By Hand

Pink Castle Fabrics asked me to put together another FQ Blogger Bundle for them.  I said yes as fast as I could before they changed their mind. ;)

Lately I've been making lots of quick, little projects with only 2 fabrics.  Hence the inspiration behind this bundle I'm calling "Pretty Pairs" because that's exactly what they are - six FQ pairs, an adorable print and a coordinating solid.  Simple.

Like this fabulous mixing bowl print - by my bloggie friend Lori Holt - with a nice clear aqua.  I can see it as pot holders or oven mitts ... something kitcheny.

And ...

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New to Me in April 2014 from Celtic Thistle Stitches

It's the 25th of the month so time to have a look and see what has been tried for the first time this month.

First up for me this month was joining a Quilt Group!

I came across an advert for a new Quilt Group in my local supermarket, so decided to take the plunge and join in. The class meets every alternate Wednesday and by the time that I came across the notice had already met twice, so I have a lot of catching up to do!

The group were tackling Ohio Stars last week, so I decided ...

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A special ANZAC Perspective....... from Aussie Hero Quilts

Good morning on what is a very special day for many of us.  

One soldier once described ANZAC Day as "our favourite day of the year".  

I know many of our past and present uniformed men and women look forward to this day of commemoration.  

They look forward to sharing it with their mates, 
those they serve alongside, 
in many cases their brothers and sisters by choice, 
and they look forward to sharing it with their friends and family.

And their friends and family look forward to PROUDLY standing by their uniformed loved one on such a special and meaningful ...

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April 24, 2014
ANZAC day from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

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Paper Piecing Party On the Road: Setting Up Your Paper Piecing Workspace from Where Jane Creates

First things first, a massive thank you to the beautiful Kristy for letting me hijack her Paper Piecing Party for the week! And if you're visiting from Quiet Play, thanks for stopping by! Feel free to take a look around.

Kristy is one of my quilting besties, we're in the Wombat Stew paper piecing bee together, and we are real life quilting group friends too (yes, I know I'm lucky!). She's been to my house and knows how fussy I can be about my creative space, so when I asked if she was interested in sharing ...

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Scrappy Quilts from Tim Quilts

I have another vintage quilt top to share.


It has a great variety of fabrics (click pictures to enlarge)

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I love this scrappy quilt, the overall look is scrappy but controlled.  The mismatched pieces are separated by strips of fabric that help tone down the jumble and make it less confusing and yet still scrappy.


Some scrappy quilts go to far in the scrappy and they become a confused mess (at least in my opinion)

here is one in my collection that I find harshly confusing….not calm or pleasing as I like a quilt to feel.


Your eye doesn ...

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Silk Yo-Yo's from Crazy Victoriana

I whipped up a lot of Yo-Yo's last night,silk, tulle,cotton.
Interviewing...deciding on where they should go.
This I like, beads and vintage buttons will be added too.

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