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April 1, 2015
QOV#3 from Ros-the-quilter

This is the last of three Quilts Of Valor for Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. They will be shipped off to be bound by another quilter and ready for presentation at the reunion in Washington DC in August.

Although I use Quilter's Dream products all the time, this was the first for using Quilter's Dream Puff batting - it quilted up easily and made the  Edge to Edge peacock feathers look really pretty. If you want a poly batting with some loft I recommend Dream Puff.
 The backing is pieced and also shows the quilting detail nicely.
The thread is ...

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Designing and Making the Indigo Orchid Quilt from Heather's Sewing Room

One of the flowers I enjoy the most with living in Singapore is the Orchid. Singapore is also famous for its orchid garden which is situated inside the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Last year while taking a friend through the gardens I enjoyed taking photos of the orchids. There is so much beauty in these flowers so I decided to design an abstract quilt using an orchid. I was keen to use the indigo fabrics that originate from Japan. I went to the Singapore Fabric Market and picked out a selection of fabrics to use in the flower.

I drew the ...

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Pumpkins done!! from WAZOO! Newsbits

I put in a long day today to get this quilt finished and it was worth it! I just couldn't stop quilting...

I traced the flower and leaf as templates, and did some outline quilting up in the blocks with contrasting threads.
A simple swirl meander sets off the pumpkins in the blocks. The inner border has a continuous leaf design.

This shows the backing

Here are the flower and leaf I used for the templates.

I think it looks really nice!

Tim finished his quilting and then spent some time in the yard with his plants and grass ...

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De Tentoonstelling van Miniatuurquilts in Vlaardingen. from M. Brito de Campos

Dit grappige vogeltje

wandelt over dit grappige quiltje.

Hollandse kannetjes in

Kaffe Fassett stofjes.

Mini mini poppenhuisquiltjes.

Op een poppenhuisbedje.

Zomerse Kleurenpracht.

Alle inzendingen werden in een doorlopende powerpoint getoond.

Heel veel bezoekers.

Een officiele opening.

Een workshop.

De infostand.

Quiltvriendinnen helemaal uit Almere.

Toveren met de naaimachine.

Onze eigen Jane naast ons eigen quiltje.

Gezellig druk!

De internationale Seasonal Gardens waren een groot succes.

Het miniatuur quiltwinkeltje is geleend van 
Tamara van de Grijp van De Sampler

Twee tevreden en blije organisatoren.

Groet, Marina.

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March stash report and the Chicago quilt show from With Strings Attached

On Sunday I went back to the estate sale where I bought the lace runner. There wasn't much left in the last hour of the four-day sale. I spent $5.00 and got 7-3/4 yards of quilting cottons. (Five pieces in all.)

Here's my stash summary:
March fabric in:  9-3/4  ($23)
March fabric used: 30-1/2
2015 to date in: 16-3/4  ($64)
2015 to date used: 90-1/8

I finished quilting the Daisy Patch quilt yesterday. I will take it to show & tell at the guild meeting, then deliver it to Linda W. who will ...

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Surviving secret projects from Factotum of Arts

This past month, saw a very scant, unusual lack of blogging by me. It’s all due to the fact that I have been finishing off 3 quilt projects, all scheduled for upcoming magazine issues. I am super excited about my first publications (one of my big goals for this year – DONE), though still months out.

With all the excitement though, I have truly struggled with the whole secret project thing. How do you not want to share?!?! Come on!!! If you follow me on IG, you would have seen some hints.

Talking about IG, here are some of my ...

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Quilting and a New Kitty from Lily Patch Quilts

We are on Spring Break this week. I am determined to get some sewing done. I started working on my Good Night Irene quilt border that Terry hosted last year. These are the little bits of fabric left over from making the corner pieces. I squared them up to 1 1/2" half square triangles. I am still trying to decide what to make with them.

In other news, we rescued a kitten about two months ago. He is a ball of energy and full of mischief. We love him to death. He chews on paper including hubby's homework ...

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Scrabbled- A Mini Quilt from Tartankiwi

About six weeks ago, I gained a whopping 1000 followers on instagram. I was so amazed by it, that in a spontaneous gesture, I decided to hold a wee giveaway. Participants had to post a picture of their favourite of my patterns and I in turn promised to sew something for the winner. It might be a new pattern designed especially for them, it might be a twist on an existing pattern, what I made would depend what mood I was in and which picture they chose as inspiration.

The winner posted this picture of a pattern that I was ...

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Scrabbled- A Mini Quilt from Tartankiwi

About six weeks ago, I gained a whopping 1000 followers on instagram. I was so amazed by it, that in a spontaneous gesture, I decided to hold a wee giveaway. Participants had to post a picture of their favourite of my patterns and I in turn promised to sew something for the winner. It might be a new pattern designed especially for them, it might be a twist on an existing pattern, what I made would depend what mood I was in and which picture they chose as inspiration.

The winner posted this picture of a pattern that I was ...

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Zoo Animals – April Block from Quiet Play

1st April – but no April Fools jokes here. Just the next freebie in the Zoo Animals Block of the Month series. I’m loving seeing how your patterns are turning out so far! It’s one of my favourite parts of pattern designing – seeing how people make the blocks their own!

So April! I thought we might try the Walrus block! The blocks are getting a little bit more complex than the earlier ones but I have no doubt you can tackle them! As with the other patterns the hardest part is the eyes – the rest is smooth sailing!

walrus sketch

A ...

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I’m BAAACCCCKKK… from Pibble Pulling Threads

From an AMAZING vacation with my husband.  We were on a 9 day Cruise out of New York in the Eastern Caribbean.  It was so relaxing, I was sore from all the walking and tired when we got home, but it was SO well worth it.

I came home to a hard deadline of 2 quilts.  I have to finish them tomorrow, I think I should be able to get it done, they are all ready to be basted and quilted tomorrow.

I am hosting Easter at my house this weekend, so I have a TON of cleaning to get ...

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Tennessee Trip from Country Lady Quilts

I love this photo, it is finally spring, and almost Easter!

I have been down to Tennessee to help my son who was in an accident at work.  His arm was caught in a conveyor belt and he was in the hospital for 10 days.  He needed help when he got home so Mom to the rescue.  His arm was ripped up pretty bad and broke in 4 places.  He has started therapy now and they do expect him to regain full use of his arm.  Thank God for that.  I was there for 2 weeks after he got home ...

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City Courthouse 51, 52, 53, 54 and 55 from Virtual Quilter

City Courthouse 51

I wondered a couple of days ago how many weekends I could fit into a week … well, it is mid-week, and in theory there is time for another one before the week ends, but chances are it is going to be just like the first two working days have been … nothing like a weekend!

City Courthouse 52

Luckily, during weeks like this, I have a stash of virtual quilts to fall back on!

City Courthouse 53

As excited about the stuff I am designing now, digging around in the archives is like searching for old friends … and finding them!

City Courthouse 54

Mind you, I usually decide that at ...

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Marvelous March Madness Winner! from Lily Pad Quilting

It's that time!
Time to announce the winner of the Fat Quarter Shop sponsored giveaway!
What will our lucky winner receive? Just look!

This adorable pattern with three projects!

And TWO mini charm packs, to have fun with!
Super-cute Mistletoe Lane!
Here's Mr. Random now, to select our winner!
Number 91 was Janarama! She blogs over at Sew Peace to Peace, so hop over and check out her lovely projects!
Now, the rest of you can hop over to Fat Quarter Shop and enter to win their BIG GIVEAWAY!!

Padsworth says, "Thank you for all the lovely ...

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Quilting my Scrappy Affair Quilt from Pinevalley Quilts

Quilting my Scrappy Affair Quilt

How do you quilt a Log Cabin Quilt? I have started to quilt my scrappy affair quilt and decided on an all over design. This is new for me as I usually plan different quilting designs for different parts of the quilt. I also normally stitch in the ditch before I start to quilt, but this time I looked at all that ditch stitching a thought ‘ No Way ‘ I would be quilting this quilt forever ! Soooooo…….. I came up with the idea to quilt an all over design that is easy and very quick. My ...

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Rewarding Myself! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have a tough boss.  She is demanding, rarely lets me takes breaks and always assigns projects to me that I don't want to do!  We argue quite a bit actually.  As my boss is my sensible side that makes good decisions and runs a successful business, she usually gets her way!

But my carefree, creative side needs to have her way sometimes too!

 You wouldn't think that longarm quilting is seasonal but there are annual events that affect the amount of work we quilters have.  This time of year, we are loaded with graduation and wedding quilts ...

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Marching in Under the Wire! from Words & Stitches

Whew! What a busy month and boy, do I ever love being part of a Lovely Year of Finishes! If I wasn’t, there is no way I’d have gotten this project done this month. Why was I so busy? Well, I was gone for 10 days, sick until about the 19th and just plain busy the rest of the time! I did manage to finish this little charity quilt, though, and I’ll post more about it on  Thursday.


I also made a few four-patches (116 to be exact!)


I love how the high chair tray doubles as ...

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Galaxy-gram! Portland Head Light! from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!

Hello from LaGuardia where I am catching my last flight! Paula and I enjoyed the sunshine and blue skies in Portland Maine today and drove out to Portland Head Lighthouse for some photo taking. It was a gorgeous day and these are just a sampling of what I took--more to come! Of course we finished up with a delicious lunch and I had to indulge with the Lobstah! One more flight to my own bed!

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A New Quilt for Aidan and March Stash Report from Sew........This Is My Blog

This cutie pie, my 9-year-old grandson, Aidan, has informed me that it's his turn for a new quilt. 

In his (barely) nine years I've made him not one .....

..... not two .....

..... not even three .....

..... but four quilts .....

..... AND a quilted Christmas stocking.

After being a dedicated Miami Heat fan for several years he has just changed his loyalty to the Golden State Warriors, so he thinks he needs a new Warriors quilt.  I convinced him that a wall-hanging would be an even cooler idea.  


I enlarged the logo and bought the fabric.  I'm planning to just make a ...

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March 31, 2015
Continuing the Conversation from Blueberry Patch

   Name:  Continuing the Conversation
Design:  Modern Disappearing 9 Patch :  a tutorial by Kristy Daum
Size:  40" by 54"
Fabric: Stash/scrap fabrics, low volume fabrics for the background
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white in crosshatch

I made this baby quilt the other day as a sample and as a way to continue the conversation and that is where the name came from.  We had a guild challenge to modern up a traditional block for the Creative Stitches show as I mentioned before.  As part of the Creative Stitches show, the guild did a stage presentation on ...

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