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October 22, 2018
A Window of Hashima from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

A Window of Hashima
8.5" X 11.5"
Inktense on Watercolor Paper
Embellished with fabric & thread

This month the Virtual Paintout took us to Hashima Island an abandoned island lying about (9 miles) from the city of Nagasaki, in southern Japan. 

Here's the link
to the GoogleStreetView from which I created my piece.

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Star Patch Quilt Along from A Little Bit Biased

I got a wild hair the other day and decided I wanted to make a Christmas version of my Star Patch quilt.  Then I decided that it might be fun to see if any of YOU wanted to join me!  It's always more fun to sew with friends, right?  Of course, you don't have to use Christmas fabrics.  This quilt will be perfect in any color scheme!  


So I've decided to host my first ever quilt along!  This will be an 8-week QAL with weekly prizes and a bonus tutorial for the scrappy back I did on ...

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The Never Ending Sampler Panel 4 Band 5 from Kitty and Me Designs

If you've been waiting for the next installment of The Never Ending Sampler, here it is!

Panel 4 Band 5



Worked in cross stitch and backstitch.  Use the same color key as for the previous bands.

Here is the chart:
 
 I've included Band 4 for placement purposes!! 



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Number 6 from Wont to be Quilter

Hi friends! 
This is number six!
The wind blowed here all day yesterday with chicken house smells all day!
I need to make one more !
I mostly read all week end , finished four books! And played with blocks !
Not much sewing!
I guess we all need some time off every once in a while.
Hugs
Babs



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Number 6 from wont-to-be quilter

Hi friends! 
This is number six!
The wind blowed here all day yesterday with chicken house smells all day!
I need to make one more !
I mostly read all week end , finished four books! And played with blocks !
Not much sewing!
I guess we all need some time off every once in a while.
Hugs
Babs



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Finished! Water Reflections Block of the Month from Daphne Greig

I finished the last stitches on this quilt over the weekend. 





It is the Water Reflections Block of the Month that I taught at Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop here in Victoria.

I made my quilt a bit larger than the original design by adding extra borders so it would be Queen size. The fabrics are amazing (Northcott Artisan Spirit Water Garden) and the blocks went together perfectly.

Here are a some closeups too.






This quilt will be included in the

Victoria Quilters' Guild Annual Christmas Sale
Friday, November 2 (1:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
Saturday, November 3 (10:00 ...

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I made some little dreidels. I made them out of scraps. They spin like... from Gefilte Quilt

(Sung to the tune of "I had a little dreidel")

I made some quilted dreidels...
...I made them out of scraps (batik scraps, stiff interfacing scraps, gold lamé, etc.)...
...And when I tried to spin them....they spun like cr#p. [End song.] My husband, a physicist, explained that because the buttons and beads are not glued together, they dissipate the energy from the spin, not to mention angular momentum, a phrase I always wanted to type. Oh well. On the brighter side of physics, the lids open and shut...

...one of them has a bobbin at its base ...

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Weekly update: a fling, a finish, and a flimsy from With Strings Attached

 The fling.  I still have a lot of fashion fabric left over from the days that I sewed my own clothing.  I learned that there's a rug hooking group in the area (Loopy Ladies).   I emailed asking if they could use wool yardage. Yes! And yesterday I took a box of yardage to their meeting.  It was gratefully received.  I told them I could not stay -- keep me from temptation! I admire rug hooking but I am not going to take it up. There's enough opportunity and variety in quilt making to keep me plenty busy.

The fashion ...

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the week ahead #7 from Not Afraid of Color

 Welcome to the week ahead, prompted by the Happy Homemaker's link party!
                                  the weather here
perfect. 70, sunny, cool at night. Perfect fall weather all week.
We went from 5" of snow to this in a day

                                   To-do list this week

Hooray!  the garage door guy came out last Monday (instead of Thursday like the stupid Home Warranty agreed to). It took all day. When torsion springs break, the door cannot be lifted so my husband's car was trapped and he had to take the day off from work. Better than my friend Fran, who said her torsion ...

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What happens when you wash a Jelly Roll Rug!?! Plus, how to fix it if your rug isn’t flat from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

The number one question I get asked about the jelly roll rug is, “What happens when you wash it?” We find out in this video! I wash a rug, and we take a look at the stitches and how it holds up.

Plus, I show you how to fix your rug if it didn’t turn out flat and give you some tips and tricks to make your rugs flatter in the future!

We have everything you need to make the rug at Quilt Addicts Anonymous. Get all the supplies and see the jelly rolls we have in stock at ...

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Grocery Girls Podcast from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Even if you aren’t a knitter, you might enjoy the Grocery Girls’ podcast. They are so funny. And, they’re so . . inspiring or maybe a better word is enabling. I want every yarn, every pattern, every gadget they show. They show amazing yarns – hand dyed, speckled, striping . . just about everything yarn...

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Autumn quilt from My Quilter

Quilted with the Ground Cover pattern.

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To the Tip of the Tail from ... Cat Patches

There's a vicious rumor going around that Smitty is somehow to blame for other people's lackadaisical blogging habits. Here's Smitty...minding his own business...sucking time from the east side of town.


Wait...what? Sucking time?


Not me, Man. If anyone is sucking time, it's this guy.


Besides, it's cold outside. If I'm going to suck time, I'm doing it from inside the house.


And then, there's this little girl. I've been trying for days to get a good picture of her...just so y'all would know she's still ...

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To the Tip of the Tail from Cat Patches

There's a vicious rumor going around that Smitty is somehow to blame for other people's lackadaisical blogging habits. Here's Smitty...minding his own business...sucking time from the east side of town.


Wait...what? Sucking time?


Not me, Man. If anyone is sucking time, it's this guy.


Besides, it's cold outside. If I'm going to suck time, I'm doing it from inside the house.


And then, there's this little girl. I've been trying for days to get a good picture of her...just so y'all would know she's still ...

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Sewing notions quilt from My Quilter

Quilted with the Bubbles pattern.

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Design Wall Monday from My Sewing Room



My Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018 blocks are done and I did lay them out to admire them over the weekend.  Each of these blocks is an old traditional pattern that the RCS18 hosts found in old publications.  It was fun to see the unusual block names and when they were published. I love these blocks, and there are a couple of them that I want to use for whole quilts in the future.  You can find the patterns and RSC info on So Scrappy's blog.  http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/p/rsc18.html

This is the best photo I could ...

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A Baby Quilt For Harper from Canoe Ridge Creations


Last June we received the news we'd been waiting to hear for almost 2 years - we were finally pregnant! We each have our own story, but like so many others our journey to parenthood didn't come easily. It included months of trying naturally, a false positive/early miscarriage (to this day, we aren't really sure what happened), fertility specialists, testings, and a planned surgery. So we just stopped trying and a month or two later we were expecting - a complete surprise! Naturally I did what any quilter would do and started sewing a baby quilt. In fact ...

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black orca from Making A Lather

I am still piecing orca bay mystery quilt from quiltville.
All the ohio star blocks with white corners are done, and I am piecing the black ones. Phooey, the black shows imperfections more than the white. sigh...


Jo of Jo's country junction is trying to finish all the quilts in quiltville's string fling book before the new book is published. I am trying to finish all the mystery quilts as part of that challenge before the new mystery in November. My challenge finishes here

Of the ones I have not finished - 2 are ready for quilting, 2 ...

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I Like Thursday #111 from Not Afraid of Color

this little piggy still has flowers!
welcome to this week's list of likes. Mostly just pictures for this week's list.
blue skies, yellow leaves
blue skies with snow capped mountains appearing overnight
Apparently they moved in to the 'hood overnight. We haven't seen them since we moved in June, but maybe the wildfire smoke is finally out, and it's not raining right now so....
leaves painted on every edge
Guard Ghosts
small town America
small town cemetery
Peek-a-boo scarecrows
Like Peek-a-boo Snow-mingos
and Peek-a-boo cows on bikes after a snowfall
lindor truffles in a fall dish ...

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Monday Making from Love Laugh Quilt

One of my granddaughters turned ONE this week!!!
I know.
It happens SO FAST!

I really wanted to give my little one year old
something HANDMADE!
so....
I made her a dress.
A very simple dress.

I had an old vintage piece of linen
in my stash that was PERFECT 
for this pattern!!!

I LOVE the way it turned out.

I used this pattern as my 
"jumping off" place.

And since this little one lives far away...
It's a MIRACLE it FITS!!!

:)

What are YOU making this week???

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