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January 21, 2018
First Finish of 2018 from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Binding Done!

I have not been labeling quilts for the past few years, but I decided to see if my ancient (circa 2001) Bernina embroidery machine could crank one out for  On Ringo Lake.  I have one old laptop that still has the required serial port and some software that will generate a good label.  After updating the sytem date/time in the bios, I got the old Dell booted into Win XP, with no internet connected, and got the label created. I actually remembered how to fiddle with all the settings to get the label over to the embroidery ...

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My version of Piper from Northern Deb Quilts

Here's my version of Traverse City's Airport dog, Piper. I made reflective (shinny knit) snow goggles with pleather trim. 
Eleven dogs finished, 4 to go.

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Chasing this little squirrel - from A Left-Handed Quilter

Has had me up a tree for a couple of days now - ;)) I wanted to post a "finished" project - but it's not cooperating with me right now - and I didn't want to tease you guys any more - so here's what I have so far - ;)) The optical illusion and 3-D effect of Tumbling Blocks has always fascinated me - and I want to share a couple of tips and tricks that I learned the HARD way - but it's getting

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Starry Bright Sky QAL - Textured four-patches - month 1 from TweLoQ Designs



If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Starry Bright Sky QAL page!
Visit the QAL page to find all information about the quilt layout, all the future blocks and the rules to participate.
I recommend you to subscribe to the QAL announcements via email, so you don't miss out on future posts! You find the subscription form on the same QAL page (at the bottom).


So the side event will be a collection of TEXTURED blocks!
I will personally use these four-patch textured blocks as "sashing" for my main QAL blocks.
I will make ...

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Stitching and Altering from Blended Fabric Quilts | Good Earth Quilting | Organic Quilting Cotton

I have just decided that the time has come for me to start really altering some favorite shirts purchased recently that when laundered they shrunk up and became too short for me to comfortably wear.

You know?



And I have become inspired again! My time these days are less frequently allowed for working on finishing quilts is coming along too.



I have made progress on two wedding gifts from one of the weddings from last summer. Love birds requested two table runners. This blue and red zig zag is coming along.


I think its just about ready for machine or ...

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Stitching and Altering from Good Earth Quilting

I have just decided that the time has come for me to start really altering some favorite shirts purchased recently that when laundered they shrunk up and became too short for me to comfortably wear.

You know?



And I have become inspired again! My time these days are less frequently allowed for working on finishing quilts is coming along too.



I have made progress on two wedding gifts from one of the weddings from last summer. Love birds requested two table runners. This blue and red zig zag is coming along.


I think its just about ready for machine or ...

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Sunday Stash #419 Bug City by Jodie Carleton and a Giveaway! from Red Pepper Quilts

Bug City by Jodie Carleton
for Ella Blue Fabrics

Bug City is Jodie Carleton's most recent fabric collection for Ella Blue Fabrics - and follows the popular Bunny Trail, Cat's Pyjamas, Backyard Circus collections and more! Jodie wears many hats including school librarian, toy maker, toy pattern designer (more than 50 toy patterns are available from Jodie's online pattern store), blogger, social media enthusiast, and fabric designer for Ella Blue Fabrics. You might also like to check out Jodie's sewing related enamel pins (available from Jodie's Etsy Store).


The Bug City collection features five unique designs ...

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Charity quilts from Mimi's Passions

There were 20 strips left over from my Good'n'Plenty quilt, so I thought I would make them up in jelly roll race fashion.  From there, I cut out two squares and cut them diagonally and got this. 


I put a 4" mitered border around the center and I am hoping to run to the store soon and buy some bubble gum pink minky to back this quilt.  I will donate this one to my night time quilt guild. It measures out 40" square.

Can't you just see some cute little baby girl in a hot pink tutu ...

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Saturday is Scrap Happy Day! from Life in the Scrapatch



I am always happy getting scrappy on Saturday ... :-)

Here is what I sewing for the 


Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018


It started an image from my quilty muse,  drawing a  rough sketch,
cutting some 2.5" strips and sewing them in pairs.


Then I cut some 2.5" squares of background gray
and cut and sewed.


This is the Main Block 
and the little cutaway triangles sewn into a mini 2" block.
My quilty muse called me to use these cut offs in ...


the Alternate Block.



Here is the cutting to make two blocks:


Cut four 2.5" by 4.5 ...

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Repulsive from Priscilla's Workshop

Mick Mulvaney, who was one of the architects of the last government shutdown that cost each of us multiple dollars, described being in charge of the current shutdown as "kind of cool". Isn't that just swell that this man, whom I have described previously as a mad leprechaun. thinks that shutting down services, shutting down access is kind of cool. What a guy.

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EQ Mods 16, 17 from Virtual Quilter

EQ Mods 16

Warm old fashioned colours … looks like it should be made from wool fabric for the northern hemisphere winter.

EQ Mods 17

Light … and much cooler for southern hemisphere! Mind you, the flowers should be a cooler colour, but these match the one miniature rose which is flowering happily in our current hot spell.

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January 20, 2018
Virtual Cookie Exchange! from quiltscapes

'Tis the Season - for love, for family, for joy, oh, and for COOKIES!


Carol (Just Let Me Quilt) has organized this fun virtual exchange of favorite holiday cookies!


My dear husband has fond childhood memories of gathering in the kitchen with his family, making Christmas Spritz cookies and decorating with gumdrops.  When he learned I was going to make a batch, he grabbed his apron and became my kitchen helper.  He jokes that no man has ever been killed while doing the dishes, haha!  He's a keeper!


I don't know about you, but I have not seen gum ...

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Special dress update from Susan P Blog

Finished the smocking for the little bishop neckline dress, just have to embroider the flowers and then block and make the dress. I really love it. The photos do not capture how beautiful it is. Just hope the neckline will work out when I make the dress

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Fresh off the Frame from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Yep that's right, Old Friends is off the frame, I couldn't be more excited!  I haven't trimmed it yet.  I'm still trying to decide if I can live with the invisible thread in the colored borders of the blocks or if I'll rip them out. I did use some of that delicious 60 wt Glide thread in the nine patches and the border squares.  I used a medium grey which blends in wonderfully in the medium colored squares, looks a bit dark in the light squares and a bit light in the darker squares, but ...

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A Free Beginner's Quilt Along from The Intrepid Thread

Hey Everyone,

Since I am working alone I have decided not to do a BOM this year. It is just too  hard to build the kits and get them shipped all alone. Instead I am going to do two Quilt Alongs. They will be free but I am hoping you will support me by buying some fabric to make them. Both quilts are designed in LemonTree by Tilda.

LemonTree arrives in February and I will have some kits up then for both of the quilt alongs.

This Quilt along is all about beginners. I am writing tutorials to make blocks ...

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Splash of Color Quilt Along Finished Quilt Parade! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm sharing all of the finished quilts in the SPLASH of Color Quilt Along!

Hip to Be Square by Shannon of The Flemings Nine is found in the Splash of Color book, the basis of the Quilt Along.  


Black White and Yellow by Shannon of The Flemings Nine


Vanautu Turtle by Clever Chameleon


Whoops by Something Rosemade


Cat Cannonball by Quilt Odyssey




Float by Musings of a Menopausal Melon


Mythical Lanterns by Homespun Hannah


Compass by Stitchin at Home


PRIZES ...

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Mug Rugs from Jan's Quilts


Because life can throw us curveballs, I try to never leave anything to the last minute.  These mug rugs will be part of Valentine's gifts for each of my daughters.  One is a reader and had a pet rabbit when she was a teen; the other has a love affair with foxes.  These will be given with a coordinating mug and other gifties.

The book is paper-pieced, it's a free pattern from Kate Basti called Tall Tales Quilt Block  For the fox, I shrunk the Fancy Fox pattern by Elizabeth Hartman using my mad math skills!
May your ...

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More Projects! from The Knitting Quilter

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Although On Ringo Lake is not finished, I started to catch up on some of my older projects. The above picture is Green Tea Sweet Beans. It's not easy to see but I marked the vines on the two remaining borders. I have to get the flowers and bias vines ready for applique.  The borders take awhile but I love the look of the applique.

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I feel as though I'm neglecting my longarm. This is another project from Teresa Silva's book, Longarm Quilting Workbook. This is also a whole cloth table runner but it's a little ...

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More Projects! from Knitting Quilter

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Although On Ringo Lake is not finished, I started to catch up on some of my older projects. The above picture is Green Tea Sweet Beans. It's not easy to see but I marked the vines on the two remaining borders. I have to get the flowers and bias vines ready for applique.  The borders take awhile but I love the look of the applique.

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I feel as though I'm neglecting my longarm. This is another project from Teresa Silva's book, Longarm Quilting Workbook. This is also a whole cloth table runner but it's a little ...

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For Harry...... a story of mateship and the Defence Family...... AN UPDATE..... from Aussie Hero Quilts

UPDATE

VALE LTCOL Michael Harris
I never met you but I would have loved to, and I will not forget you. 

May you rest in peace now. Thank you for your service and the sacrifices that service asked of you and your loved ones.  From all at Aussie Heroes, our love goes to his family and friends.  You all set a wonderful example of mateship and loyalty and the very best of what it means to be part of the defence family.

For those who are new to Aussie Heroes.. this was his story... 
.....

When I dreamed up the concept ...

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