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October 10, 2015
Selvedge Quilt Continues from Fret Not Yourself

I made twenty Brock House units before putting them together. My only requirements for sewing two units together were equal lengths and that they not have the same center solid. Sometimes they matched almost perfectly in length and curvature.

Two selvedge blocks ready to sew together. Same length and curvature.
Others just needed a trim.
Two selvedge blocks. On the left: same length, need trimming. On the right: trimmed.
It got a bit harder after that. The well-behaved pairs matched each other again although the length might be off. In the set below, I added another string to the top ...

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Busy Friday........... from Exuberant Color

My little great grandson was visiting yesterday morning.  He lives 3 states away now so I don't get to see him very often.

When he left the boiler repairman came to change a part on my boiler.  He left about 12:30.  I worked on cleaning up the basement for the art quilters while he was here.

Later in the afternoon I mowed the lawn and I hope it is the last time of the season.  We haven't had any rain for awhile and nights are quite cool so the grass isn't growing much.
Last night I ...

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Camera Broke from Quilts....etc.

Luckily I guess – my camera broke while we were at Richfield, I am a point and shoot type of photographer, nothing special for my needs other than a good zoom lens and we found one at Wal-Mart – so from here out I do believe all the photos are with the new camera which […]

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Through The Gate from The Snarky Quilter

Back in the spring I set aside some custom made fabrics with similar colors for an improv project. After I began arranging the bits on my design wall I found I needed the wall for another project, so I took … Continue reading

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Nous allons à la Bretagne... We're going to Brittany ... from Bouts Choisis

Nous serons ici demain ... We will be here tomorrow ...

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Saturday at the Quilt Museum - Martha Skelton Quilts from Piecing the Past Quilts

Martha Skelton was a quilter of our time whose work is now in museums across the country.  I became interested in her when I found the first quilt in our tour today.  I thought it was an antique because it so closely follows the feel of quilts from the 1800's.

I picked up the book, Martha Skelton: Master Quilter of Mississippi, at our public library and it is such a treat.  It's one of those you can sit and look at for hours. The book contains photographs of over ninety of her more than 200 quilts.

This is ...

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» downunderdale

After a hectic period of activity we finally cleared the decks, packed the suitcases and now we are in London. Left Harley in charge in her new found bed - why cars find boxes too small I will never know - there is some nice hand dyed stuff under her. But she was pretty relaxed about our going

Three suitcases all ready to roll - two brand new ones and a third empty ready to fill with purchases many of which were already waiting at our hotel when we arrived

Singapore airport -

A bumboat - yes that is what it said

Our strange desert ...

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Halloween Party is HERE!!!!!! FREE Pattern from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio

Happy Halloween Everyone!
Welcome to my party!  Please make sure you grab your "ghoulfriends" and join us for {7} days of Halloween FUN!  Each day will be filled with various spook-tac-u-lar TREATS from recipes, projects to click and print and SEW much more!  Each day there will also be a SPECIAL on our website!  I have been having a ball getting this ready.... so let's get the party started!

If you know me,  you know my FAVORITE Holiday is Halloween!  Ever since I can remember my mom and I would decorate the doors and windows with Halloween cut outs ...

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Samedi, c'est quilting machine et oui ! from Falbala Et Froufrous

Il y a quelques temps je vous présentais un top destiné à une petite fille : une dominante rose au pays des princesses, château, carrosse, baguette magique, des princes charmants déguisés en crapauds et couronnes. C'était ça : Patch Cyril 2015 Après un...

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Alison's Shashiko Quilt from The Nifty Stitcher

The second customer quilt I worked on recently was this one.
Beautifully sewn by Alison, this quilt came to me already semi - quilted.
It had been half sewn by another long armer but she was completely stumped by the stitching in the square blocks and left them completely unquilted.

 In the blocks with the round motifs, she simply stippled the bits she could and left the rest untouched.
The sashings had a dense squiggly line on them.  Needless to say Alison was very disappointed to get her quilt back, half done, especially as she wanted to hang it on a ...

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Gail's Christmas Quilt from The Nifty Stitcher

I've been working on a couple of customer quilts recently and this is the first of them. Worked in flannel and beautifully hand sewn by my customer Gail, this was a lot of fun to quilt.

 The wadding used was Hobbs 80/20 and the quilt has a flannel back too.
Oh so soft and cosy!
 I stitched in the ditch around all the applique and then used several different background fills for the blocks. Some of them I repeated.

The center block needed something special and some soft flowing feathers were perfect.
I love how it turned out ...

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Spending Out from Jo's Country Junction


I’ve been reading the book The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin.  It’s a fun book that talks about being more happy with life.  My daughter Kayla suggested the book to me…not that she doesn’t think I’m happy.  She just knew it would be a book that I might like.

One of the sections of the book talks about spending out.  Secretly I think this very idea is why Kayla suggested the ...

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Christmas Symbols Quilt Along from Sunshine in the Attic

  • Celebrate Christmas by Sewing Christmas Symbols blocks
  • Easy and Quick to sew blocks to maximize precious time
  • Upload your blocks to the Christmas Symbols  Flickr Group
  • Link up your blocks below for a random drawing in Nov.
  • Stop by regularly for new blocks and Tutorials!

The first symbol is a Christmas Wreath!  The wreath is often made with evergreens which symbolize everlasting life and is circular which symbolizes eternity.
1st Corinthians 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Feel free to use this tutorial or make your own favorite pattern ...

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Chris Duffy's Quilt - Quick Strippie from Colleen's Quilting Journey

The other day I visited a friend who had called to tell me she had terminal cancer.  As we were visiting I noticed she was covering herself with a beach towel.  I am sure she had other choices, but I went home and said to myself, "I can do better than that."  I went to my fabric and looked for an appropriate fabric.  I found these little tea cups.  They were perfect for her.  I immediately went to my "go to" charity quilt pattern, Quick Strippie Quilt from Mary Quilts.  

The quilting from the back.
I quilted it simply.  I ...

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Skill-Builder Saturday from On The Go Quilting

This is the second Skill-builder Saturday.  I think each of us knows about where we stand on the curve of excellence.  I also think each of us knows we can always learn more and improve. That’s what this Skill-Builder Saturday is all about.  Let’s learn and improve our skills together.

  1. Y-Seams:  Y-Seams are something we can encounter at any time.  It’s where three seams intersect.  It is likely it will be in a quilt you just can’t live without.  Sandi over at PiecemealQuilts has a great lesson under the Construction portion of her blog post HERE ...

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My Nebraska State Fair Quilts from Nebraska Views

I know it has been a while since the state fair but I just have not had time to sit down and write a blog post about it.  I entered 4 small quilts and was very pleased to receive 4 ribbons.  Please ignore the wind blown hair but John took these photos after a long hot windy day of visiting the fair.  I really don’t like to see photos of myself as I see myself differently than the camera does!  Oh well I am what I am.

This quilt received a ...

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Feathers and Rulers, and a New Video from Patsy Thompson Designs, Ltd.

…fit together like a hand in a glove!  I think that one of the reasons I have become so hooked on ruler work is because it’s so easy to couple it with feather designs.  Most of the time, it’s obvious to the viewer that ruler work was involved in creating the design.  These are some examples where it’s easy to tell:
But sometimes, there’s a type of “invisible ruler work” that’s also going on behind the scenes and this type of ruler work is different from using long arm rulers with our machines.  A recent ...

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Lunch with Amazing Ladies -- AND -- some fabric too. from My Quilty World

You know when ya just gotta get together with friends?  Well you send up a "meet me for lunch" post and hope for the best.  I got super lucky and within no time, had a wonderful group to get together with.  Today is the day and off I go. We are meeting in downtown Carrollton and I arrive a wee bit early so stop in the antique shop first.  I know, I know --- there is a fabric store right here on

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Frosty's Tree Farm from Tattered Threads & Willing Hands

The making of a new quilt...
Here in Southern California we are experiencing
a lovely HEAT wave! Ugh!!!

Designing a Christmas Quilt makes me long for winter! 

The only way to build a snowman in this heat is with wool. In Frosty's world it's snowing and wonderful!

Happy Quilting!!!

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Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Big One for the Ministry... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's finally Friday!!  And you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready?  Don't worry - you've got until Sunday midnight to link up, and it doesn't have to be a finish - just something you're excited about accomplishing!!  So let's get started!


This year marks the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastating landfall in New Orleans, and our high school mission team is once again returning there to do mission work, leaving this Saturday morning.  They have gone down there many times over the ...

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