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September 23, 2014
Giant Floor Pillow and Easy Nap Time Blankies from Kat & Cat Quilts

Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts makes these great oversize floor pillows for her kids and I have been wanting to make one ever since I saw her first one. Unfortunately I don't have any kids, but I know people who do!


To make the pillow I first made my own pillow casing from a sheet and stuffed it with about 5lbs of Poly Fil. Then I made the pieced top and solid back for the pillow and simply stippled them onto batting.  Amanda says that it's hard to really understand how big these pillows are until you see ...

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Double Nine Birds in the Sky - Sneak Peek from KISSed Quilts - Keeping It Simple and Stunning

This last week we had a nice bit of snow and the next day was glorious sunshine so made for some great photos. Here is my studio with the snow covered hillside below.










Today I captured this up river from Grand Coulee Dam on Lake Roosevelt. It was so calm, even though it was snowing, that we had a good mirror on the water.

I need to work on my voice-over voice (HA!)



I promised a sneak peek of the Red and White quilts ....and provided one of each on Facebook already, but here are a couple more images.

These ...

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Ősz, tök, barna ceruzatartó from Huncutkacerna



Ezúttal barna készült, a fotó őszi szépségét  saját sütőtököm adja :)


Ára: 1700 Ft








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Swap Stuff from 627 Handworks

I can share another Sew Together Bag now that the birthday girl has received it.

SewTogetherBag (5)

I know she likes purple… I just hope she likes *this much* purple.

SewTogetherBag (7)

Added a few flying geese to each side and quilted the exterior.

SewTogetherBag (8)

Used a lighter fabric in the pockets, which may help Renee find things a little easier.

SewTogetherBag (6)

I really do love this pattern and it will be a go-to for myself and gifts for a long time.

She also received a pincushion, that she almost didn’t receive it because it’s not perfect.

AMH pincushion (1)

The pattern is from the Seams to ...

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Swap Stuff from 627 Handworks

I can share another Sew Together Bag now that the birthday girl has received it.

SewTogetherBag (5)

I know she likes purple… I just hope she likes *this much* purple.

SewTogetherBag (7)

Added a few flying geese to each side and quilted the exterior.

SewTogetherBag (8)

Used a lighter fabric in the pockets, which may help Renee find things a little easier.

SewTogetherBag (6)

I really do love this pattern and it will be a go-to for myself and gifts for a long time.

She also received a pincushion, that she almost didn’t receive it because it’s not perfect.

AMH pincushion (1)

The pattern is from the Seams to ...

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Fabric and Ideas from Quilting Lines

We live in a web of ideas, a fabric of our own making. 

Joseph Chilton Pearce


Ahhh!!!  New fabric!  The smell, the touch of it, the ideas and possibilities it ignites within our soul.  Is there anything like a little retail therapy to a quilter or sewist?  If you can't make it out to a store even petting the stash will get your brain firing with more ideas than you can find time for.  But then if I didn't dream up new things to keep me going I would be very, very sad and bored.

So I went ...

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Quilt Shows and Other Stuff from Quilt Fabrication

First, the fun stuff!  Yesterday, I won another basket at my guild meeting, believe it or not, my third!  

Lots of lovely fall fabrics and books.  My cat, Roscoe, is putting his stamp of approval on it!

Also at the meeting, I became a full fledged Member of the Board, in charge of Membership for the next two years. Spent yesterday afternoon processing forms, and have more to do today.  'Tis renewal season, so I'm very busy with paperwork and such, leaving little time to sew.  Darn it!

On Sunday, hubby and I went to a local quilt show ...

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Red and White - Make It Challenge from KISSed Quilts - Keeping It Simple and Stunning



Following along with the Year of Red and White Challenges, I've made a red and white quilt!

This design is mine and was entered in Phase II of the challenges.

Let me know if you'd like it as a pattern.

The unique shape of the chevron is very popular and I've seen it constructed in several ways, but not like this. I wanted to minimize the number of seams and minimize the 'bias' edge handling.

Using a big square and cutting it on the diagonal both ways provides the triangle used for all rows except at the ...

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» Kalahari Quilts

Presidents, Dave and Bushmen :)
Looking through some old pictures I found this beauty. Speaking on the left and beholder of the fabulous "Shooting at the stars" quilt (by KQ of course:)) is former (but at the time) President of Botswana Festus Mogae. The FUNNY story about that will come after my personal story. On the right is great friend the late David Williams. This amazing man has so many facets. For me my favorite was his friendship, after my husband and my kids father passed away in 09 David would turn up at my gate with a bunch of roses ...

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Showing and Sharing the Amherst Way! from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!

We had AWESOME show and Share in class right after our lunch break! This is Faye and her wonderful free wheeling layout of Scrappy Trips from the Free Patterns tab! I love it when you bring quilts to share with us, be it something you made inspired by one of my designs, or from another pattern…BRING IT! By the time lunch is over we’ve been working hard for 3 hours, our bellies are full, and

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Quilt #11 from miss erin crafts

I had sent my long arm to the shop for a time up and have received it back and finished another quilt!  I'm so happy as the recipient is already 2 months old and wants her quilt for the fall weather!


I'm so happy to have my long arm back. I'm embarrassed at how many unfinished tops I have made since it was in the shop. I'm hoping to get a chunk of them done ASAP as they are wedding gifts for our helpers and baby quilts as well as two commission quilts that need to ...

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Enroll in fall PhD classes at Fabrics N Quilts from Fabrics N Quilts

For our local customers, we are offering PhD classes starting October 7th.  Come join us!

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Prepping Binding from Gayle Bong Quilts Too

My Thirtysomething sampler is quilted and waiting to be bound. It is supposed to be nice out all week so I may put it off till next week.


When I make my binding I usually cut each end at an angle for my mitered seams before I sew them. When I cut 2 1/2" binding strips I use the Easy Angle triangle or similar tool so I get useable, measured triangles that I can use in the future. Better that corner triangle goes in the scrap basket than the trash.
 
 I cancelled classes last week at Studio 3 cause ...

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Video Tutorial: Hooked Olive Filler from Quilted Joy

We uploaded a new tutorial for the APQS Youtube page.  In the video Angela shows how to take a common microstippling design, which is called pebble work, and expand the density level so it changes into an edge-to-edge all over free motion quilting pattern we’re calling hooked olive.  Check out the video below!

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Increase Your Quilts' Self-Esteem With Stretched Canvas from Gefilte Quilt

In our last installment, I performed the following 12-step highly-effective in-home psychotherapy:

1-11. Cut out colorful batik squares, rectangles, and strips, and stack them on top of each other. Use a few dots from a school glue stitck to affix. (For a 'modern quilt,' use solids instead of batiks, and a newer glue stick.)

12. Zig-zag around all the edges.

That's pretty much it. Oh, you should quilt it. Embellishment is then an option. I decided to go for it:

Old metal stag button:

Glass "evil eye" protection bead.....

Pen spring, with seed beads threaded through....
This:  
 Tiny dice ...

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Double Wedding Ring Quilts... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Spending time today with my 

Double Wedding Ring Quilt…




I should say…..the many pieces 

of my Double Wedding Ring Quilt!








I need to complete 199 football units 

for a queen size quilt top…







My dearest friend Linda is also torturing herself 

with a DWR Quilt








Linda is spending the day cutting more pieces…







I am spending the day assembly line sewing little pieces…







Wish us LUCK!






Even though it is the first day of autumn

We enjoyed our morning coffee outdoors







We watched the sunrise from the back yard…







The sun is coming up over Mary's Peak







Gunnr ...

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Back to quilting for an hour from Field Trips in Fiber

Sept 22 1 hour 1

Mom's #2 is done! Isn't this a pretty quilt?

Sept 22 1 hour 2

Several people asked to see the quilting. You can click on this to see it bigger. I think that the leaf motif makes for a nice overall texture.

Sept 22 1 hour 3

Mom's 3rd quilt is GIGANTIC. In the rest of my hour I got the backing stapled to the leaders. I learned this trick from a class with Jessica Schick. It's a lot faster and I no longer stab myself with the pins when I'm quilting.

Ready to start quilting tomorrow. Meanwhile Zombie Ball is almost done! I started ...

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Vacation eating from Bunbear Quilts

While we were in Southern Illinois, we were close enough to a restaurant in Missouri that is a lot of fun to go to.  I may have written about it here a couple years ago when Ev and I went there for the first time.  It's called Lamberts, and it's in Sikeston, MO.  They bill themselves as "the home of the throwed rolls".  Yes, I know the grammar isn't exactly correct, but the hokiness of it is part of the charm. 

The menu is decent and has a nice variety.  Ev ordered a pork steak and Nick ...

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Eggs in the Incubator from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Tell me why in the last post I said we do not need any more chickens, but yet I have eggs in the incubator? These are the eggs the mama chickens left behind. Four babies hatched and survived and they left the nest on about Day 3 and found a snug spot in the corner […]

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Gobble Chain --- the Christmas Version from Piece N Quilt

I swear I've mentioned this several times before, but I'll do it again! One of the very most flattering parts of my job is when I have the opportunity to machine quilt quilts made from our patterns and tutorials! There is just something about that, that really makes me smile!

Ilene made this version of our Gobble Chain quilt using Christmas fabrics, because she used Christmas fabrics she changed the applique into a more wintery looking section. I love what she did! 
I machine quilted an all over holly & berry pattern over all of the chain portion of ...

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