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May 29, 2020
Orange Peel Temperature Quilt from Samelia's Mum

My orange peel temperature quilt is coming along nicely. January is complete and I'm around a week into February 2020.
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Birds in the Orchard 13, 14 from Virtual Quilter

Lots of space to quilt! I think I would basically cross hatch, but add a few flying birds swooping and gliding over the surface.

No birds on the second design, but the little fountains and the apple trees are sure to attract them sometime.

Again, lots of space to quilt, and once again I would keep it simple, with straight lines echoing those narrow borders, and yes, those birds would be flying around.

The last couple of days I have noticed a lot of birds flying around in addition to the few small birds which fly around the garden catching ...

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Wood Stain Test from Quilt Paint Create

Some ideas just won’t go away, and painting fabric with wood stain is one of them.
I looked it up online to see if it had been done before. Most sites discouraged using stain on fabric because of the chemicals in the stain. Since the fabric won’t be used in clothing, I did it anyway.
I used two different stains, an oil based stain (brown) and a water based stain (cranberry). I painted with q-tips to avoid cleaning brushes.
stain testI started with the cranberry. It was a lot like painting with acrylic paint.
I moved on to the ...

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UFOs Finished for CiL from Kat & Cat Quilts

Kathy broke out of quarantine this week to return these quilts to me! She took the tops that various quilters sent in and finished them into beautiful, cuddly quilts for CiL.

These hand-pieced lonestars were sent in by Holly and I added the slim flower borders. It made such a sweet little quilt!

This quilt with the pretty, bright yellow and red flower fabrics came from Johanna.  I made a pieced backing from yellow and flower-themed fabrics to match.

This cute, almost vintage-looking nine patch top came from Julie W.  She donated a group of tops I posted about before ...

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Heartstrings from Night Owl Quilting

I don't usually start by showing the back of a quilt first, but these little mice are just too cute!  I have two baby quilts to share today.  Both of the makers selected the Heartstrings panto for a sweet finish.

The first quilt was made by Amy for her great niece.  I used a variagated Fantastico thread in  colour #5024 Opalescence for a little extra colour and shine that is still soft and pretty. 

I also had the pleasure of quilting this darling quilt for Gay.  Gay took a portion of the blocks from what was supposed to be ...

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May 28, 2020
What I’m Reading: The Shadows We Hid from Jo's Country Junction

I saw that Allen Eskens has a new book, The Shadows We Hid.  I have read another book of his and LOVED it.  I highly recommend it and suggest you read The Life We Bury first.

The Life We Bury

It’s the first book of the series and I adored that book.  This new book, The Shadows We Hid, is the sequel.

Both of these books take place in southern Minnesota.  The people live in Austin Minnesota and in the Twin Cities.  They go to college at Mankato State where I went…it’s all familiar and feels like home when I read ...

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Time... from Crazy 'bout Quilts

My goodness time seems to fly for me!
I have not had a problem staying home, have you? 
Of course I do miss seeing family & friends, but I would rather they be safe than anything else.

Did you do the sew along Pam Buda @Heartspun quilts hosted? You can still find the directions on her blog- look for Safe Keeping Sew Along. She gave the finishing directions on May 8th and I was sewing along until I got side tracked. ;-) I have had them both finished for over a week, but just kept forgetting to take pix~
the little 4 ...

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Rita’s Eyes from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Just a little background for anyone who doesn’t know the whole story: Rita was dumped and showed up at our house . . maybe 5 years ago. I can’t remember. I do know it was in October because I was fixing to go to MO and I saw her. I tried to get her to...

The post Rita’s Eyes appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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Neapolitan Evolution from Ellyn's Place

clearly a bit windy to shoot photos today
Today I have a quilt finish to share with you! This quilt has had many lives, and is finally to the point where I actually like it and can call it DONE! Let me start at the beginning.....

In November of 2018, some friends and I took a class from Sherri Lynn Wood, hosted by the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild. The class was color exploration, using improv strip sets. When the day was over, one of my large strip sets looked like this...
Now, these are NOT colors I am drawn to ...

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Going Around in Circles from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Last week, Kara share a tutorial for appliquéing tiny circles. It seems that we appliqué artists never run out of circles to stitch in our designs, so I (Teri) thought we might look at a few other methods, and focus on one of my favorites.

Circles, like the soul, are neverending and turn round and round without a stop. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

As Kara noted last week, when we taught this first class a few years ago, this block (an Elly Sienkiewicz design) needed some small berries. In my version of the block, I made the berries in three different ...

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Sun On My Back, Needle in My Hand, May Blooms from Canadian Needle Nana

Hello all again.
  Hubby had been hesitating to go for a ride with his little gang of motorcycling men but the lovely sunny weather last Wednesday tempted him and he went. Of course, he thoroughly enjoyed himself. Met the group in a parking lot where social distancing was not a problem and off they went. They did not stop for lunch like they usually do but he came home a tired but very happy camper. And that's a good thing here at the wooden house where we are still very much in isolation otherwise.  Here he is with his ...

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Designer Tips and Tricks my binding tutorial coming May 5 from KISSed Quilts - Keeping It Simple and Stunning

Did you catch The Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show that was a huge success! I enjoyed connecting with several of you and appreciated the orders placed on my website

Folks really enjoyed having beautiful quilts to look at and many said they were thrilled to discover new designers. As an extenstion of the trunk show event, Cherry and Tammy Silvers are thrilled to offer the Designers Tips and Techniques Virtual Show.

I'll be participating again! There will be presentations on Facebook Live and on Instagram Live.

You may have caught my last two videos doing preparations ...

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Quilt Candy Virtual Tour from KISSed Quilts - Keeping It Simple and Stunning

As many shows have been cancelled and I was due to be on retreat which has also been cancelled, I've joined forces with other designers and we're bringing you a Quilter's Candy Virtual Trunk Show. April 1-10 on the hour where listed, there will be about 15 minute live designer tours.  Hope you'll join us!

#quilterseyecandytrunkshow #fblivetrunkshow #quilterscandytrunkshow

Note these are listed in Eastern Time if appropriate, calculate the difference for you --my locals...that's 3 hours earlier! so 12pm is 9am here.

There are a few blanks...I'll fill them as ...

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Mississippi Mud Revisited from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

If you are familiar with my first pattern, Mississippi Mud (circa 1985), this new version breaks all of my old rules about the fabric selection!  
And how about that checkerboard border?!?
This design is a simplification of the traditional quilt block, Mississippi, which I found in Mary Ellen Hopkins' book, Even More Well Connected.  Mary Ellen introduced her teaching seminar students to a simple-to-piece "connector corner" in the mid 1980's.  It's a common technique today, but thirty-plus years ago, stitching a small square diagonally from corner-to-corner on top of a larger square to make a triangle was revolutionary ...

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On the Border from Gray Barn Designs

Sandy asked me to give her a hand with the border of her Postage Stamp Quilt.  Of course I jumped at the chance because she did all the hard work and I get to do the easy part!ScrapsFirst things first.  I squared off the quilt because all those postage stamps made this top a little, shall we say, UNEVEN.  Proof of my effort was this lovely pile of tangled redness.  Scraps2 Next, I went on a fabric hunt.  The ladies at the quilt shop suggested adding a thin, white inner border before adding the red outer version I cut the ...

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Quilt with me: Applique a large flower from Felicia's World

I am hankering for a fun and not-too-self-important applique quilt. Do you know what I mean? Something playful and pretty.

For the last month I have been designing on just such a quilt. A little whimsical and folk-art inspired in the vibrant and funky fabrics that I love.

I made a little video of the raw edge machine applique process on the machine so you can follow along and pick up some of my best practices along the way.

Keep on the lookout for this pattern to be released in August 2020.


Hope you get inspired to come and applique ...

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Cucumber Sandwiches from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Cucumber sandwiches are the perfect quick lunch on a hot summer day. They are so refreshing. I think they’re best with home grown cucumbers but if you aren’t growing your own, or have no access to home grown, you can certainly make them with storebought cucumbers. It’s so simple to make! I’m sorry I don’t...

The post Cucumber Sandwiches appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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FINALLY! from The Proficient Needle

Yesterday, the first blooms opened on my iris plants.  It has been a cold spring, but finally had some sunny days......

And one day later.....
DH and I visited 2 garden centers this morning - what a disappointment.  Scant quantities of plants available, and little variety.  I still haven't found a rosemary plant anywhere.....

Yesterday, I placed an order at a local nursery, and I'm waiting for my notification to pick up my plants.  At least the few that I found will get naturally watered in tonight, as we are expecting showers around 4pm.

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It's about me from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Over at Not Afraid of Color,  Lee Ann has posted a getting to know you meme that's been going around. So here are my answers.

  Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?

 Clyde the cat, of course!

2. What’s the closest thing to you that’s red?

The mouse I am using with my laptop.

3. Did you meet someone new today?

No, I am the queen of social distancing, having gone into isolation a week BEFORE it was mandated. 

4. What are you craving right now?

Coffee, as usual. and cookies. It's a constant ...

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Covid Sewing Stories from Road Home Quilting

I was telling my neighbor about the sewing adventures I have seen while selling sewing machines during the quarantine. She said the news was inspiring. Here are my stories, so you can judge for yourself.

A young couple with a new baby came in. They had just received their stimulus check and asked me to help them pick a serger. They wanted to sew their own baby clothes.

Half a dozen men with no sewing experience have come into the shop. They were all starting mask making businesses because they had been laid-off from work. They were fearlessly learning to ...

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