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March 5, 2015
Good till March 21st from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Jo-Ann's is having a 50% off on their entire stock of papercrafting supplies and tools and that includes: This is a Fiskar hexagon punch. The sides measure 1" and work great for making English Paper Piecing pieces for making hexie quilts.  I got mine for $8.  Now I have the 3/4" one and this one above.  Woohoo!

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New project from Quilts and More - Home Made Creations

I got tired of working on my block of the month (almost caught up - working on March now). And my neutral quilt is almost done.  So I needed a new project.  The Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild has a challenge running this year, to create a modern block every month from a starter block provided.

After the last meeting, I dug out all the old starters and drafted my blocks for the past 8 months.  And today I started building them from fabric. I decided to do a blue & cream quilt, mostly because I have lots of blue scraps in my ...

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Super Simple Sampler Block #26 from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Today I have the how-to on making the 26th block in the Super Simple Sampler. This month the theme is four-patch. Here we go! Cutting: from the bright yellow: cut (1) 2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle, (1) 5″ x 2″ rectangle dark yellow: cut (1) 5″ x 2″ rectangle, (1) 3 1/2″ x 2″ rectangle […]

The post Super Simple Sampler Block #26 appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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WIP Wed from Sew Sunshine

Okay so last week I decided to work on some handwork for a change. I can have something portable and take to chat with my quilty friends. Then my wrist started feeling weird. That was okay as I now have another challenge I am working on this week. So this is the back of my handwork hexi piece. I think I am going to make a pillow out of it so it doesn't have to be too much bigger. Busy week

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Marg Sampson-George Exhibition 27th and 28th March 2015 from Quilts In The Barn

Excitement is growing here at Quilts In The Barn!!
 
Its only 3 weeks till we open the barn doors on what is shaping up to be an amazing exhibition.
 
Featuring the quilts of Marg Sampson-George
( an amazing teacher from the Blue Mountains in Sydney) and her students,
there has been many sneak peaks flashing around Instagram
and other social media, as many continue to progress towards finished quilts to display.

The lovely Jean, and Liz, along with Marg are the main organisers behind this exhibition.
These 3 ladies  have stitched their little fingers off over the Christmas break
 to make ...

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WIP Wednesday: Cascade Challenge Quilt from Quilty Habit

In the midst of a(nother) snowy and icy week (GAH), I've been quilting my Cascade Fabric Challenge quilt. I want to finish it before our March guild meeting next week (where all of our guild's challenge creations will be on display!). The colors and motifs that Jessica Levitt uses in this line are a perfect reminder that yes, maybe one day soon, spring will come. And I'm not just saying that because she's one of my best quilty friends. It's true.


I quilted pebble paths in a dark gray Aurifil thread to mimic the ...

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Stitching and Stitcheries from ... Cat Patches

This morning I moved the hoop on my latest quilting snowlady to the last position. All that's left is to stitch the little tree on the left there. Do you see the cat?


I should be able to finish it in one more sitting. I wasn't expecting to have it finished this soon, but last night was a sleepless night. Who knows why? Occasionally, it happens, and so I sat up most of the night doing embroidery. I was able to get a little bit of sleep beginning in the wee hours of the morning, but my eyes ...

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Stitching and Stitcheries from Cat Patches

This morning I moved the hoop on my latest quilting snowlady to the last position. All that's left is to stitch the little tree on the left there. Do you see the cat?


I should be able to finish it in one more sitting. I wasn't expecting to have it finished this soon, but last night was a sleepless night. Who knows why? Occasionally, it happens, and so I sat up most of the night doing embroidery. I was able to get a little bit of sleep beginning in the wee hours of the morning, but my eyes ...

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Third Skein from Thread Head


I finished spinning the third skein of yarn yesterday (tomorrow I should finish spinning the last skein).


It was so pretty when it was spinning on the wheel.


The two bobbins before plying (each skein is made up of two different colour ways plied together),


and the finished skein. About 190g, and just over 400m of DK weight, 100% Merino wool yarn.


You can tell it is getting a bit warmer because the partridges don't need to puff out their feathers so much. They seem to have split off in to pairs now - spring must be on the way ...

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Fourth Skein and a Start from Thread Head


I finished spinning the fourth (and last) skein of yarn for my sweater.


Made from these two bobbins. It came out more purple than I thought it would, so it is similar to the third skein.

All four skeins


About 800g, and almost 1400m in total.


I couldn't wait to start knitting the sweater.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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Surprise Surgery and Nimble Thimbles from The Modern Diary

  If you are on my facebook you know by now I have had emergency surgery to get my gallbladder out.  I had an attack last Tuesday night and then had pain for several days that I thought was unrelated because it was so much less than the attack.  Then after sewing all day on Saturday I started feeling it again and by midnight Saturday night I was in more pain than I can ever recall.  Kathy took me to the ER and I was quickly admitted and just after noon on Sunday I had my gallbladder and gumball size stone ...

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4-Patch Posy from Keep me in Quilts

DONE!


I really needed to "think Spring"
This is a new pattern I will be teaching at Spring Water Designs. 

I love how the center blocks were a surprise!





Not the best photos - someday it will be nice outside and I can take some fence photos ... Someday ... But not tomorrow - we're going to have a SNOW day!



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The Goddess Block Project–Block 9 from Needle In A Hayes Stack

It’s Wednesday again.  Are you ready for another Star block?  Apparently I have a liking for the Star Blocks!  Here is Block 9…

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There’s a lot going on in this one, but look close…there is a star in there.

Block 9Click on the picture of the block below to get the PDF instructions.Block 9 - Gray

Click on the Block 8 below for a short video:Block 9 - Oh My Star!

Here is the block all stitched up.DSC_0005

This one is crazy on the eyes, but I really like it as a quilt.  So much going on!  I never seem to tire of the Alison Glass ...

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Galaxy-Gram! Laying Low in Orange Park-- from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!

I made it from Tampa to Atlanta to Jacksonville-- It was a lovely Florida day with blue skies and sunshine!  Finally! I was met at the airport and whisked off to my new lodgings where I found a goodie bag stuffed to the brim with yummies, a balloon and flowers, and a featherweight just waiting to be unpacked! My sinuses have stopped any fun from happening, however and it's a good thing

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Works in Progress - Working Ahead a Bit from Life In Pieces

It's been a slow week for stitching.  I've been down for the count with some type of respiratory infection, which may be one of the less severe flu strains, coupled with a sinus infection. 

Before I got to feeling so bad, block 11 of the Chocolate Marshmallow sampler did get finished. 


Chocolate Marshmallows, pattern by Amanda Bergamin of Sea Breeze Quilts




































I ended up recoloring this one to work with just the 5 fabrics I've been using for the sampler blocks.  I need to cut out block 12, but haven't gotten that far yet.  

I've ...

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March Short List from Quilt Paint Create

Wow. The third Short List of the year already. Even though I finished nothing on the January or February Short Lists, I still believe in this method. I know it’s the right approach for me; it just takes a bit to get in the flow. March is the month where I turn the corner.
As a reminder, the Short List is something old (UFO), something new, something painted and something abstract. I’m also adding a fifth category for handwork. I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I picked it up again.
Something old: Retro Charm ...

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Spectrum–A Miniature Lone Star Quilt from Nebraska Views

Last July one of the classes I took at the annual QuiltNebraska convention was called Spectrum, a pattern by Jill Vanderboegh of Auburn, Nebraska.  Here are the class examples of the miniature octagon version, the one I chose to make.  She offered a larger size, about 24” square as well. The bottom photo of the three is of the larger version that Jill entered in the 2014 Nebraska State Fair and it received a 1st place ribbon.
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IMG_2085I have been working on my quilt off and on and now it is finished.  Come back for my next post to see ...

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French Onion Soup from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Last week a friend posted on Facebook that she had made French Onion Soup and canned it. You know where that lead me . . I couldn’t stop wanting French Onion Soup. While at the grocery store yesterday, I was tempted to buy a can of already made French Onion Soup but I knew better. […]

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Quilts from around the region from Koolkat Quilting

The first quilt is from Betty of Warwick who selected the budget leaf meander e2e machine quilting pattern for her quilt.  The next quilts are a similar pattern, but one is for a boy and the other, a girl. Jan from Toowoomba chose the paisley playtime pattern for the girl's quilt and the budget Deb's Swirls for the boy's quilt.  The double wedding ring quilt is one of the first quilts made by Pauline from Booval and is being quilted in the budget meander pattern.
 





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I almost forgot to share this... from Quilternity's Place

Today I completed this Classmate Bag/Caddy. I've been working on it off and on for a couple of weeks, when I had a spare moment. I made it for a friend and I'll be giving it to her tomorrow. I can't wait to see how she likes it.






This is such a wonderful and fairly easy pattern to make. It's just a bit time consuming, but it is very rewarding to see it finished. Here's the one I made for myself and which I use all the time!

Take care,

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