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April 19, 2014
Time for Sashing! from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!

I’ve finished all 25 of the pinwheel star blocks for the baby quilt for my niece-to-be.  I’m in a bit of a hurry – She is arriving in July, and my Sis tends to go into labor a bit early with her babies. Knowing what I time I have to sew at home, wedged in between my crazy schedule and other deadlines, I really want to get this top together this weekend while we are up at the cabin. At this

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Alphabet pillowcases - Done! from My Sewing Room

Check off another UFO from my list - these aqua alphabet pillowcases.  The fabric for these has been sitting in my stash for a couple of years. And these will be donated along with a couple of others made this winter.  

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Better from Mel's quilting blog

The top of the wording is more aligned.  :)
I'm quilting it now.  I hope it can be done by Monday.

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Productively Non-Productive from Quilty Pleasures

After traveling extensively for the last several weeks and having to prepare for Easter company tomorrow, I have much to do.  It's difficult to decide what to do first.

I've decided to do none of it and to work on Pat Sloan's Never Enough Chocolate sew along instead.

After I finish each proejct, I cut my scraps into a few useable sizes and have filled a filing box full of 5-inch squares.  I pulled two different black musical prints as my neutral fabric.  I chose scrappy brights for my "red/yellow" blocks and a steady purple for ...

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Saturday Sewing from Quilty Habit

I found myself with a bit of free time today, so I checked out my list of to-dos for quilting (there are a lot)... and decided I was in the mood for some improv curve play. I used a tutorial from Sew Take a Hike to start.

This fabric is for the Michael Miller MQG Challenge - Michael Miller generously supplied all participating Modern Quilt Guild members with fat eighths of their Petal Pinwheels line. It's springy and fits with many different solids. I'm also one to stretch a solid's color (as in: yes, this is close enough ...

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It Was Just a Dream from Pieces on My Mind

I toiled up the hill on my bicycle, working my way around teenagers lolling on the curb with their legs and feet blocking the bike lane, and around the horde of moms and kids that were coming the other direction.  Destination – the hotel at the top of the hill.

When I got there, it was the hotel of my dreams – luxurious, crystal chandeliers, a lounge for reading or chatting, velvet and leather everywhere, Persian rugs.  And it was busy – staff and guests busily moving around, everybody with an apparent purpose.

I approached the registration desk and met Margaret, a delightful ...

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Bye-bye, Sundance! from From the Strawberry Patch...

Sundance has left the building; not to worry, it's all good! There are changes afoot at The Strawberry Patch, stay tuned for further updates. Sundance has served me faithfully and well for the last six years; I had the unique opportunity to sell her, locally, to a phenomenal sit-down quilter who is ready to take to her feet and expand her own quilting horizons, I am so happy for Laura. I hope

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Bye-bye, Sundance! from From the Strawberry Patch...

Sundance has left the building; not to worry, it's all good! There are changes afoot at The Strawberry Patch, stay tuned for further updates. Sundance has served me faithfully and well for the last six years; I had the unique opportunity to sell her, locally, to a phenomenal sit-down quilter who is ready to take to her feet and expand her own quilting horizons, I am so happy for Laura. I hope

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Fiddly curves from Sampaguita Quilts

As usual, we're with my parents-in-law at their holiday house near the beach for Easter. We're having a lovely, relaxed time. Of course, I brought plenty of quilting with me, and at the moment I'm appliqueing a new magazine project, so just a small peek here: These long strips are cut on the bias so I can curve them into shape. To avoid the iron erasing the marker, the first few I pinned on

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Civil War Legacies II from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I love little quilts. I love the look of reproduction fabrics. Most of what's in my stash is "close enough" instead of actual reproductions, but it works for me. Civil War Legacies II: 17 Small Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Fabrics by Carol Hopkins is right up my alley. The quilts look do-able and just challenging enough to be fun.

Gettysburg Sun is my absolute favorite quilt from the book. I'd be making it right now if I had the time.

And I love the setting for Baskets for Betsy. Did I mention that the quilts are little? Those ...

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Under the Weather from Stella Bella Quilts

I've been sick all week with a nasty cold so no sewing going on or much of anything else except work and sleeping.  The cats have enjoyed the extra napping time.  Hope to be better soon.

Stella is always ready for an extra nap

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Gossiping Still...It's Just Addictive from 44th Street Fabric

I'm still stuck on the Gossip in the Garden quilt. It's a fun project. Here's part of Block D:

It looks crooked but it isn't - I just can't get a good pic and I don't know why. It says:

and the weeds grew wildly in the old tea pot

Once it's quilted, there will be tiny yellow buttons at the top of the flowers. So what's up with you guys this weekend? This weekend many people are celebrating the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I know I am! Love you all ...

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Eagle Wall hanging from Mel's quilting blog

So, I unstitched the saying and restitched it in.  I am not sure I like the way it went back in, so I might need to do some adjustments.  These fitsy things are not what I love.

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Easter Sobretto Top from What the Bobbin?


I made myself a fun Sobretto Top (free pattern by Coletterie) for Easter.




Unfortunately, it was a little short on me so, I had to wear a tank top under it. I even received a tip to cut this top long. I only had a little bit of this Valerie Wells Novella voile leftover. I had to make do with just adding an inch to the hem. That wasn’t enough. Love that voile, SO pretty.


I am going to have to try this top out of some quilting cotton next…I have a lot of that on had :)


I ...

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Quilted Works from A Quilting Life

 Next Friday and Saturday, April 25th and 26th, I will be at Quilted Works in St. George, Utah. On Friday I'll be teaching my Shine quilt from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then, that evening I'll be sharing a trunk show and doing a book signing for Fresh Family Traditions: 18 Heirloom Quilts for a New Generation ! Saturday's venue will be another class...the cover quilt from Fresh Family Traditions, "Kitchen Sink." If you live in the area, I would love to see you there!

My original Shine quilt was made in Bonnie & Camille's ...

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Finish Along Q1 Redraw And A Finish For Me from The Littlest Thistle

Okay, so the first order of business for today is a redraw of 2 prizes that weren't claimed in the Q1 FAL last week, so here goes:

1.  wins:

2. wins:

Please contact me to claim your prizes ladies.

Moving on, on Wednesday I had a couple of 'nearly finisheds' which I got done yesterday and took out for a photo shoot.  Today we'll look at the quilt, and on Monday ...

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Wool Work Program from Tarheel Piecemakers

Our April meeting was a popular event with Marcia Ebner showing the members Wool Work.  You can see how she held the members complete attention during her most interesting presentation!

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Marcia gave tips on how to felt the wool from found clothing or other wool sources, then she showed us some of her wonderful work!

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The shadow across the bottom is only from the light, her applique was beautiful!

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Smaller pieces were intricately done, and she brought a lot to show and tell!

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And still everyone was mesmerized!


Thank you Marcia for a fabulous show and tell, and all the ...

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Watching Paint Dry! from Quilts + Color


I have everything ready to start painting. I am working on my kitchen table.


I put the pieces I painted on the kitchen island to dry overnight.


This is a piece of light weight silk. It has been painted previously and I just added some thermofax printing on top of it.


This is a piece of a heavier silk, a shantung. Most of the fabrics I will be showing you are not finished. I will be adding either more layers of paint or overdyeing them.


For this one I started with a piece of cotton print and used the wrong ...

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Saturday Sparks Link Party 59 from Pieced Pastimes

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 59! It's such a treat to visit everyones linkups each week. You all continue to amaze me with your willingness to share and inspire others. Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 58. Spring Inspired Captain Chair at Urban Patina. Crystal was inspired by the beauty of Spring and revived this Captains chair into a happy and

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Wishing you an Eggstra Special Day! from MooseStash Quilting

Does this not just bring the biggest smile to your face?
You can imagine my delight, when I opened my package from the Mini Swap and found this gorgeous creation. 
My swap partner Wendy, is something else!
Those beautiful stitches and that incredible quilting...
Finished off with a fabulous lace binding.

I never thought of lace!
Even a lace sleeve to hang it with.
Just as the backing she chose says...
You're Eggstra-special, Wendy 
and I am so blessed to be your swap partner.
Thank you thank you!!

May you all have an Eggstra Special Day!

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