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December 22, 2014
DWM: sewing amid the social whirl from With Strings Attached

Another finish!  This week I quilted the black/white/bright Heartstrings flimsy.  3-1/8 yards for the back and binding.

Grand Illusion continues. Here's Step 3:

The leftovers from the strip panels yielded these twosies (1.5"):

I am no longer as enamored of 30's prints as I once was.  I have too many to just toss out.  I am joining two long-time participants on the Stashbusters Yahoo Group who are  having  a 30's Bin Bust.  Their stashes are down to bins, while mine is still two shelves....but I'll get there!  Here are strips cut ...

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Blue skies from Stephanie Newman- A Quiltmaker's Quarters

Last weekend was huge. On Saturday I was teaching beginner free motion machine quilting students at Addicted to Fabric, in Canberra.  Every now and then, you meet a bunch of lovely people who just click together.  It was great seeing new friendships beginning and some great work achieved.  Always puts a huge smile on my face. I love sharing with others something I love so much myself.

After work, I whizzed home for  a quick change of clothes, then whipping across the city to a  terrific birthday party at the National Dinosaur Museum. For adults. With children permitted.  Friends hired ...

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December 21, 2014
What are you going to make with that fabric? from Not Afraid of Color

What should I do with this fabric and my other precious (It's quite a collection!) Christmas fabrics?

Well, I made these little
 6 inch Friendship exchange squares!
Click on the image to see details...
 Our sewing group makes 6 inch quilts with a theme about twice a year. This time it was Winter/Christmas

I knew I wanted to do snowglobes this year, and got the idea from SewMamaSew. I didn't use her pattern but she has one.

I started with fabric motifs, and cut them with this circle template and my new fave turning cutting mat, and ...

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Merry Christmas Giveaway Sponsored by FQS from In the Boondocks

The Giveaway is closed!

Please see this post
For Winners

Merry Christmas Giveaway Winners

Merry Christmas Giveaway

I wanted to do something for all of you
and the
Fat Quarter Shop has come through for me
and "In The Boon Docks" once again. I love the
monthly clubs they add variety to my stash
- which is very helpful when making gifts for others.

After several years in the
Fat Quarter Shop&aposs Moda Mini Charm Pack Club ,
I have decided to change to the

Fat Quarter Shop&aposs Moda Charm Pack Club.
The wonderful folks at the FQS have agreed ...

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Moda FQ Bundle giveaway from Green Fairy Quilts from Diary of a Quilter

Today I am have a pretty amazing giveaway from one of my sponsors, Green Fairy Quilts, owned by the incredibly talented quilter, Judi Madsen and her husband Clint.  They specialize in Moda and Riley Blake precuts: Fat Quarter Bundles, Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs, Layer Cakes, etc. as well as patterns, notions, and thread. They always have the latest collections at great prices not to mention

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December 20, 2014
Sparkle - A Christmas Sew Along - The Quilt from Piece N Quilt

Now that you've got your Sparkle quilt all complete it's time for machine quilting  and attaching the binding.
I've had so much fun making this quilt I hope you have too!
When it came time to machine quilt my quilt I decided to go with an all over, edge-to-edge pattern. I want this quilt to be used and loved in my home each Christmas so something all over will be perfect!
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Top 10 Tips for New Quilters - Sashing & Borders from Sew Fresh Quilts

Welcome to this week's installment of the Top 10 Tips for new quilters - Sashing & Borders.  For the complete line up of weekly tips, please see this page.


The basic building block of a quilt is a quilt block.  Some quilts look fabulous by simply piecing these blocks together.  Some blocks even allow for a secondary design to shine through by placing them side by side.

But some quilt blocks just seem to need a little separation to keep them from drowning each other out.

Without Sashing:  Using EQ7, I drew up this simple brick layout made from Spiderman ...

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Caramel! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Oh it's my favorite time of year! It's time to bake Santa's cookies! I would like to take the next couple weeks and share with you some of my families favorites. I have discovered some new ones too that are sure to become family favs.

Every year I make caramel. Two huge batches of caramel. Throughout this last year I have seen a recipe for microwave caramel which cuts the whole cooking time down to nothing! This can't possibly work.... microwave caramel..... way!  But the thought of not standing over a hot stove for ...

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Making a Mexican blouse – Join me at Craft's Inaugural Summer Workshop Series from Stitch and Yarn

A couple of months ago I put in an expression of interest to tutor with Craft Victoria for their summer series of workshops. I thought it might be a bit of a long shot, but you have to put yourself out there sometimes don't you?

First I found out I'd been shortlisted, then I attended an interview, had a few more phone calls with questions, and then, before I knew it, the event was launched (on Thursday), and there was my face on the Craft website as one of nine tutors taking part – what a thrill!

So now ...

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Sunday Stash #257 Doe by Carolyn Friedlander from Red Pepper Quilts

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Introducing Doe by Carolyn Friedlander 
due to arrive in stores in December. Soon!

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
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Doe is Carolyn Friedlander's third fabric collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and follows the popular Architextures and Botanics collections. Carolyn's design style is unique and distinctive ~ modern, hand drawn lines inspired by pattern, texture, and elements of art and architecture ~ features of which are represented in all three of Carolyn's collections.

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

The Doe collection in particular is inspired by Carolyn's love for mixing, rather than matching, print ...

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Sunday Stash #259 Lighthearted by Kokka Fabrics from Red Pepper Quilts

Lighthearted - Kokka | Red Pepper Quilts
Lighthearted ~ Kokka Fabrics

It is time for a closer look at Lighthearted by Kokka Fabrics. As the suggested by the name of this collection Lighthearted is a cheerful and fun collection inspired by retro prints from the 1930's. This FQ bundle is from Sample Spree (Fall Quilt Market) - purchased on my behalf by a kind sponsor, for which I am super grateful.

Lighthearted - Kokka | Red Pepper Quilts
I love this collection for it has a lovely variation in designs, from great stash basics (large and small scale dots) to dainty florals, culinary-themed illustrations, and text fabric (as pictured above).
Lighthearted - Kokka (Culinary Themed Illusatrations)| Red Pepper Quilts
Lighthearted - Culinary themed illustrations in ...

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December 19, 2014
Recollection by Katarina Roccella + GIVEAWAY! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Hello Fabric Lovers,

We are beyond excited to present to you Recollection by Katarina Roccella. This collection is a homage to the centuries and evolution of textile craft-work. Recollection hints to artisanal techniques like lacework, embroidery, and tapestry. Embellished with worldly heritage, these designs create variegated textures in sheer charcoal, natural indigo and soft reds with woven highlights of chalky pastels.

Win a fat quarter bundle of this incredible collection (details below).




Get inspired with the lookbook we have put together.
In addition, take advantage of the free quilt pattern: Woven Fragments.


Win a fat quarter bundle of Recollection, contest ...

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Joined a Quilt Club from Quilt Fabrication

A LQS (local quilt shop) recently sent out their quarterly flier, and in it was something called Quilt Club.  This 'club' caught my interest because each month it uses new gadgets or patterns on the market.  Current, more modern things.  

Yesterday's class used the Curve Master foot to sew curves.
I had gotten the foot several years ago, so it was a good opportunity to work with it again. Though a bit tight fitting it on the shank of my machine, it was very easy to use, with clear visibility of my seam.

The pattern we worked on was ...

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Sunday Stash and a Sewing Room Clean Up from Sew Fresh Quilts

A candid post about my sewing space.  And a fabric obsession confession.

BEFORE:  This is how my sewing room looked last week.

I prefer a clutter free work area.  Being between projects, I just knew....   Things needed to change.

After spending the entire day sorting through old fabric, washing plastic totes, cleaning shelving and reorganizing, I posted a picture on instagram, showing a small portion of the shelf now being empty.

Oh, that susanc269.... She cracks me up!

Sharing on instagram has opened up a whole new world of interaction with other fabric hoarders and quilt lovers.

If you are ...

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A big finish! (Couldn't have done it without my Aurifil!) from Lily Pad Quilting

I'm channeling my inner Painter Smurf today . . .

Remember the Smurfs? No, no, I mean the very first Smurfs. The ones on TV on Saturday mornings! Painter Smurf would step back from his canvas each and every time that he finished a painting, and proclaim it his "masterpiece" -- the best one ever! (Of course, the next finish would also be proclaimed a masterpiece, too!)

I guess that is the way I feel every time I finish a quilting project. I know, right? You do that too?

I thought I would show all of you my latest finish. It only took ...

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Gearing up -- with a giveaway! (Giveaway closed now!) from Lily Pad Quilting

UPDATE! This giveaway is closed now, but thank you for your interest!

Here at the Lilypad we are gearing up and getting ready for Jacquelynne Steves' upcoming Block of the Month fun! Jacquelynne had a neat idea -- introducing all of us bloggers that are helping out with the PR and also making blocks in our own chosen fabrics!

So, if you hopped over here from her site, here's a great big friendly Lilypadquilting "WELCOME!" for you! (Grin)

If you've not met us before, our crew has a special brand of merriment and mayhem that is all our own ...

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Sew Sweet Simplicity Block One! from Lily Pad Quilting

Today is the day!

We are starting the Block of the Month from Jacquelynne Steves! If you haven't signed up yet, you need to hop over and get started, OK?

Here is my completed block:

I chose thirties repro fabrics in the same color families as Jacquelynne's block, and I decided to embroider the cute butterfly.

I must apologize for the pictures -- the sun was setting and my doggie was inquisitive, so I had to hurry! (grin)

This was a fun block to make, and her pattern and instructions made everything easy peasy! Especially her tip on how ...

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Downton Abbey Fabric Bundle Giveaway! from Lily Pad Quilting

This giveaway is closed now, but thank you for your interest! Hop around here at the Lilypad and you might find lots of things that are fun! Thanks again!

Our fabulous sponsor, Fat Quarter Shop, is sponsoring a giveaway! Ooooh, and it's a good one!

Let me tell you about it!

Do you watch Downton Abbey? Many people have told me that they do . . . they enjoy the characters and the storylines, and the castle is incredible, too!

Well, the Fat Quarter Shop is just as incredible -- they have an awesome selection of the latest fabrics from your favorite designers ...

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Block number 2!! (and a giveaway!) from Lily Pad Quilting

This giveaway is closed now....Thanks for your interest!

NOTE: Giveaway extended through December 3! Enter to win!
Today the patterns are released for Block #2 of the Sew Sweet Simplicity project!

This has been so much fun so far -- the combination of embroidery (or applique) with the pieced blocks is great!
Here is a reminder of my first block:

I'm using embroidery on mine, and thirties repro fabrics!

Be sure to hop around and see how each of the peeps in the blog hop have made this block their own:

BOM Bloggers (go ahead, click on 'em!)

Snoodles ...

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Giveaway winner! from Lily Pad Quilting

It's time to announce our winner for the November giveaway from Jacquelynne Steves and the Sew Sweet Simplicity Block of the Month!

I know that many of you are following along and sewing with us -- it's been great fun to see blocks on the Pinterest page.

Mr. Random chose Christine!

Congratulations! Christine has been a long-time follower of Padsworth and DragonDrop (and me) and we are happy she is a winner!

Stop by Christine's blog to see what she's been up to -- there's a lot going on "down under"!! (Seriously, I don't see how ...

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