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November 28, 2014
And...So It Begins from Wollie Mammoth

Well...I wasn't sure I would post today because I thought...everyone is out there shopping! LOL  But, then I thought I'm not.  Do you brave the crowds?  And, if so do you enjoy it?  I went out on Black Friday a couple of times but crowds scare me :)

Tamra, the wool guru at the Stitchin' Post sent me this wonderful video and I thought it would be the perfect one to start off the Christmas season!  Remember...Monday starts the 12 days of Christmas Give Away on the Woolie Blog!

Yesterday we enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving  Day ...

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Sailor quilt from Zarkadia

I have decided to enrich my Etsy shop with more baby quilts, and stop producing pouches and other accessories. So for a fresh start a pulled out one of my favorite fabric lines!

Sailor quilt

Meet the Sailor quilt!

I designed this panel quilt using paper and pencil...simple and easy. I have been thinking of writing a pattern for it but for now, I will keep on making more baby quilts for the shop.

A really fun quilt for a newborn baby boy, to be used as a crib quilt, a playmat or even on the wall as nursery decor.

This ...

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Black Friday Sale! from The Cloth Parcel

Black Friday
Black Friday is live on our website! Get 30% off all fabric and 50% off all patterns for Black Friday/Cyber Monday at The Cloth Parcel! Use codes “bffabric30″ and “bfpattern50″. Coupons can be combined and are good through 12/1.

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Reindeer - Tutorial from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road


I thought I had posted a tutorial  for these fellas at some point, but I guess I was mistaken and I've had a few requests on how to make these. I worked on some this week and took some photos of the process.

Here are the supplies:

Tan yarn
tan felt
brown felt
small red pom pom
large brown pom pom (optional and not pictured)) - this is for the tail and I usually just make a small pom pom out of the tan yarn, but I have, on occasion, used a large brown pom pom in a pinch ...

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Angela is Teaching at MQX New England in April from Quilted Joy

MQX Badge

Registration is now open for the six classes I will be teaching at the MQX Quilt Festival – New England in Manchester, New Hampshire on Wednesday, April 8 through Friday, April 10. Here are the descriptions for the classes and the links!

Feather Variations for the Timid

Wednesday April 8, 1:00-3:00pm

Formal feathers have their place but the world of feathers is so much bigger than the typical over the top plume! Angela will cover dozens of different kinds of feathers that are perfect for all levels of ability! Some feathers are tailor made for modern quilts, others scream ...

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Jolly Bars and Giveaway! from Pieced Brain

When I learned Fat Quarter Shop was getting ready to launch their second round of Jolly Bars, a 5” x 10” precut that is exclusive to them, I jumped at the opportunity to design a quilt using the rectangles. At last, here is Country Road, with pieced houses, machine appliqued details, and lots of quilting!

The Jolly Bars are now available in four different Moda Fabrics collections: Petite Prints by French General, Lakeside Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings, The Boat House by Sweetwater, and Red, White and Free by Sandy Gervais.  Each Jolly Bar comes with an exclusive, super easy pattern ...

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Quick projects... from Pieced Brain

I was looking for a quick project to make for a gift when I remembered I had received the book Table Toppers - Quilted Projects by Fons & Porter for review. Bingo! Just in case you are also looking for a project that will come together fast and look gorgeous, look at what I found:

Martingale - Table Toppers (Print version + eBook bundle)Martingale - Table Toppers (Print version + eBook bundle)Martingale - Table Toppers (Print version + eBook bundle)Martingale - Table Toppers (Print version + eBook bundle)

(All photos by Brent Kane for Martingale)

The projects featured entail different methods (wool applique, paper piecing, machine applique) so there are lots of choices depending on your time and inclination. The patterns are very well written, and the SewEasy section of the book has plenty of ...

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Grand Illusion, Part 1! from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!

Click HERE for updated Printer Friendly version. Let the Mystery Begin! I know you are ready! I know I am ready! This mystery pulls together all of the colors, the sites and the sounds of that grand old dame – the Grand Hotel of Mackinac Island, Michigan. It was my life long dream to visit this historic place, and I had my first chance this past May when I taught for the Grand Hotel

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Is it just me? from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

Is it just me? Or are other of my crafty creative friends not going out to shop on this Black Friday?  I far prefer to avoid the crowds.
One thing I do on those stay in days is watch (or re-watch) some of the classes I have bought on Craftsy.  
Last night I re-watched part of Laura Wasilowski's class on Handstitched Collage Quilts.
I made this art quilt from that class.

It is amazing how much we forget if we don't use it frequently.  Fortunately, once you get a Craftsy class it is yours forever to come back ...

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Thankful Goodness and Sales! from Quilting by the River

AccuQuilt pillow tutorial at Freemotion by the River
SewCalGal is continuing her #CreativeGoodness linky party and this week it is #ThankfulGoodness. This is a pillow that I made a while ago and thought it would be a great time to share it with you. You can click here to read more and there is also a tutorial.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are you checking out all the great Black Friday sales?

My pattern sale continues and this is the lowest my patterns will ever be so buy one, two or all of them!
All Patterns on sale at Freemotion by the River
If you have looked at any of my patterns and thought ...

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Christmas Cookie Exchange Party from Simply Fresh Vintage

Christmas Cookie Exchange |

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is attend Christmas Cookie Exchange parties. Earlier this week I joined 13 bloggers for a virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange. It was so much fun to see their favorite cookies recipes. It’s no fun to party all alone, so we are opening up our doors and you are invited to come to the party too! All you need to do is bring your favorite cookie recipes and link them up! I’ll {Read More}

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Lani Padilla

Lani Padilla

Welcome to Simply Fresh Vintage! I'm Lani and I love simple ...

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Montana Bound from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

A baby quilt for the newest Saint's Fan, traveling all the way to Montana.  His Daddy is serving in the U.S. Air Force, but his heart is still with the Saints.  The package is traveling a long road, through sleet and snow not to arrive until next shhhh, it's still a secret. tie everything together, a backing fit for a Saints' Fan.

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions for a Fabric Addict and Michelle's Baby Quilt Challenge...Happy Thanksgiving Weekend.

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Table Runners by Marnie Chisholm from Wolf Creek Quilting

Marnie made two table runners for a charity event - one with Christmas fabrics and one with patriotic prints.

I quilted the Christmas runner with holly and an overall scroll pattern.

And the patriotic runner was quilted with stars and swirls.

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Colorful applique quilt from Geta's Quilting Studio

I finished another version of the "Secret Flower Garden" quilt pattern.
This is the mid-size version, the flower sphere measures 20''.
The quilt is 27'' square.

Colorful applique quilt

Here is how it was and how it is now!

Colorful applique quilt

After I did the "colored free motion quilting" on this quilt, I wanted to play again with thread on the background.

Colorful applique quilt
I used the thick Aurifil 12wt thread.

Colorful applique quilt
As you can see, the quilting really shows! I would have loved a pastel color palette more, but these are the colors I have to hand.

On the flowers I quilted with Aurifil 50wt.

The flowers ...

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Filling the Santa Sack from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Yesterday the reindeer picked up the parcel to deliver to the boys. (Those icy, snow-covered roads were no deterrent to Santa's magical flying creatures!)
The bags were filled with an assortment of tasty/useful/useless items including these rice bag hand warmers.  This idea came to me last Saturday while waiting in the cold for our Christmas parade - wish I'd had some then!  To make the hand warmers, I cut 2 pairs of 3-1/2" squares of cotton...
 ...and filled them with 1/4 cup of long grain white rice. 15-20 seconds in the microwave is all it ...

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On my Needles...... from Eagle's Wings Quilts

I haven't done a knitting post for a while, although I have been doing a lot of knitting. It just seems that every time I thought of taking a picture of my sweater, it was at a stage where I couldn't take a picture. This is my Carabe sweater. It is so very close to being done. I've enjoyed doing this one, and I've learned a couple of new techniques while doing it, too. A new method of button holes, and a new method for casting off stitches. I liked both new methods. I'm also ...

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Quilt Design A Day from Play Crafts

It’s a long weekend here in the US, and I’m loving having some time off. I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving who celebrated, and that everyone else is ready for a great weekend!

In the meantime, I have another week of QDADs for your enjoyment, so let’s get started!

I finished off the plaid craziness last week, and was stuck with what to experiment with next, so I tried using the images as inspiration which is how this whole challenge started but it was something I’ve moved away from after a few ...

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The Quilting from Melody Crust - Fiber Artist

Something like these fabrics, placed where you can see them while stitching, help train your eye. 
Let's talk a little bit about machine quilting designs. I prefer machine quilting designs done without a pattern, stencil, or template. It's a style that is personal to each individual, much like handwriting. No matter, training the eye, mind and hand to work together in order to coordinate your muscles to express and control your own personal style takes practice. You see, you must synchronize the speed of the machine with the speed in which you are moving the quilt under the ...

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Updates from Notes from Studio B

Over the past few weeks I've done a bit more updating on this blog. I've added more pages, up at the top are some new tabs for my Circle Quilts, Leaf Quilts and Daily Stitching projects. There's probably a bit more tweaking to do but I'm slowly getting it done.

I'm also now an official Idaho Master Gardener, a couple of weeks ago I got my vest and name tag.

Over on my Daily Photo Blog I'll be doing a calendar giveaway to celebrate Five years of daily photos. There are times, like this ...

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Falling Leaves from Quilt Fabrication

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  And I have my beautiful Falling Leaves quilt to show, perfect for the season.

Got it done just before red and green take over our lives, so excuse the reindeer in the background!

Here's a couple quilting closeups.
The leaf pattern was stitched in both the cream area and the more colorful areas, following the zigzag of the quilt top.  This pattern is one I created from two existing pantos, Fall Leaves and Fall Oak Leaves,
specifically to fit the zigzag space.
The colorful zigzag was wider, and required some fill, but a flowing line ...

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