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September 18, 2021
FNSI Report from Wedding Dress Blue

My Friday Night Sew In (FNSI),(Wendy of Sugarlane Designs) began with an hour of sewing Friday morning, and continued with more time Friday night. And, continued into Saturday. Between other necessary things, I was determined to get the last 13 setting blocks for the North Star State quilt finished.

YAY! All that are left are the friendship star cornerstone blocks. It is so good to see it finally coming together. It seemed like such a good idea to do the quilt in miniature…or at least much smaller scale. I am glad to have found a use for my ...

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Free Motion Quilting For Beginners – Backtrack Spiral from Gwen's Quilts

Last week we got started with the spiral, hook or swirl shape. This week we will talk about another kind of spiral. I call it the backtrack spiral. Instead of spiraling in, and then splitting the path you created to spiral out, you will backtrack spiral back out. Or in other words, you will stitch directly on top of the stitching you just did, only in the opposite direction. They look like this:

You start on the left and spiral in.

Then backtrack to spiral back out.

As you are backtracking, you can leave this spiral and start a new ...

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Free Motion Quilting For Beginners – Backtrack Spiral from Essie's Quilts

Last week we got started with the spiral, hook or swirl shape. This week we will talk about another kind of spiral. I call it the backtrack spiral. Instead of spiraling in, and then splitting the path you created to spiral out, you will backtrack spiral back out. Or in other words, you will stitch directly on top of the stitching you just did, only in the opposite direction. They look like this:

You start on the left and spiral in.

Then backtrack to spiral back out.

As you are backtracking, you can leave this spiral and start a new ...

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Saturday's Smile!! from The Quilting Garden

 

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Saturday's Smile!! from Lavender Quilts

 

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Special-ordered sweatshirt from Quilt in Progress

My mother-in-law had two special sweatshirts ordered – Grandma’s pumpkin patch had the names of all her grandchildren. Granny’s pumpkin patch had the names of all her great-grandchildren.

After her death in 2019, my husband’s sisters wanted to know if I could think of anything to do with the sweatshirts. I’ve made pillow covers before out of t-shirts, but I wanted to do something different for these.

I decided to stitch around each name-with-pumpkin to make a small quilted ornament. I keep batting scraps in a tub in case they are useful for small projects, and it ...

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Scrappy Dog Bed from Adventurous Quilter

Remember those scrappy 3" squares I was sewing together throughout this week?!

I made a dog bed cover for Ebony our Maltipoo, and she's pretty happy with the outcome:

It used almost all of these 3" squares:

In fact this project used 285 scrappy squares!
I love scrap projects! 


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sewing saturday orange rules! from Not Afraid of Color

 For this week's sewing round up I have a lot of orange... 

the bats and boos quilt is in process of being quilted now
love a scrappy pin cushion

remember back to the 70's?? I do... The colors were earthy harvest gold, avocado green , chocolate brown, and hanging on was 60's orange. I didn't like it then but now that I mix my own orange paint, 

 and have so many pretty orange fabrics I realize the sparkle it can give artwork. 

I did the large hexie kaleidoscope blocks in orange


and looked at them with the ...

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Learn How to Quilt – 10 Guides for Beginners from Craft Gossip

Are you interested in learning how to quilt?  A hobby for many hundreds of years, quilting is all the rage right now on social media.  Just do a search on the quilting hashtag and you’ll be amazed at all of the beautiful creations that artists are coming up with.

If you have ever considered taking up this craft or have already purchased items, but aren’t sure what to do next, this list is for you.  You will find helpful beginner guides from supplies you are going to need to ways to finish your first quilt.

  1. Quilting for Complete ...

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The Great Quilt Relocation Trip - from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!


This happened yesterday.

A trip to Wallburg to meet with my realtor friend, and get more movement going on getting the old house ready to put on the market now that our renter has moved out.

And I have a van completely loaded bonnet to boot with quilts.

Isn't this what it's like when someone has been quilting a lifetime?
Did You Click to Read the Whole Story?

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Just a bit of orange from My Sewing Room

One small challenge for this week was to cut a Halloween panel apart and make "something" - which turned out to be a couple of mug rugs.  Obviously there is a LOT of the panel left to play with but it was a good start.  A little hand quilting will help these take shape.  You can see the needle in that bottom one, toward the left. 


I outlined the witch and the moon already, and will finish up on the left side.  Then I'll do a bit of the same on the top mug rug.  They are kind of cute ...

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Woodland Critters from Stitching Matters

Working on this quilt I couldn’t help thinking about the pet sadness I recently had in my little circle.  After we had to put our Border Collie to sleep on 10 August which was a Tuesday, my Sis phoned the Sunday to inform me, they had to do the same with their Great Dane and then this week Tuesday a friend arrived just after having put her 16-year-old cat to sleep and on Friday another quilter friend phoned to say she was at the vet, preparing to do the kind thing.  Not easy on anyone and I honestly hope ...

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Chained together from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! It's another weekend, and I'm told that it's officially the last weekend of summer, since fall starts this coming week. Wednesday, I think. I can believe it's still summer, because it has been really warm here. And raining. Today's pictures are weird because the light was all strange, mainly because it was about to rain again. And it's raining again this morning, too.

In stitching news, I have finished off the Color Chain quilt top for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge! Here she is:
 
 
See, it's super wet outside. I know there ...

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stitch sample book in progress [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

stitch sample book in progress

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Still Making Progress! from The Hexie Blog


My Courthouse Steps quilt is halfway done! I've really gotten into the groove of making one block on most days. 32 blocks done (and sewn together). 32 blocks to go. You may remember, this one quilt hang on the wall behind our bed.


I also finished another large block unit of my cheddar bowtie quilt. I now have 4 of these units. I need at least 2 more...but who know? I may keep going and make it bigger.


And another bird has been finished. 

You may have noticed Glitter is still on the design wall behind the Courthouse ...

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web stitch....gingham, Liberty, hand embroidery from Karen Ann Ruane

hand sewing, embellishing with embroidery

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Fence Art Finish and Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

I was able to finish my Fence Art this week. I really love how it turned out. 

Outdoor Textile Art


It's hanging with the correct hardware (more on that later) and has been weather treated with spray, three times in the front and once in the back. All that's left is to paint and shorten the bottom dowel - which I got done, see last image!

Colours in the Garden - finished!


Garden Art on the fence adds colour when the flowers are fading 

I had a lot of fun FMQ the bee. The appliqué was all black with the ...

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orange tiny houses from Making A Lather

I have orange tiny houses for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I may have 2 rounds of oranges in the box already. But every year the scraps are different. And, it will take forever to make enough tiny houses  to make a quilt.



I found a box of leftover pieces from Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt frolic, and decided to put the HSTS together as pinwheels. I have them next to the sewing machine and I use them as leader/enders until they are gone. 


leader/enders

I am off to guild open sew today and a jelly roll ...

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Put a smile on your face! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 OK -- even though I'm seething inside, I'll put on a happy face today! 

Yep -- after a LENGTHY discussion with yet another UPS agent who ASSURED me that the package would be leaving yesterday -- it's still on hold. Now that's a full 72 hours AFTER the paperwork was submitted to the CORRECT e-mail address. I know they have it because they are reading it back to me. 

It takes 24 - 48 hours to clear stuff like this, so what's the hold-up? I'll have to make the blog short, so I can call them yet again ...

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Family Photo Challenge Week 12 from Life In Pieces

This week's prompt was challenging.  


We don't have any one that young in the family. And being seen around a school or park where it's obvious you are taking photos of kids that are not your own could get you arrested.  So we agreed to allow some leeway in the choice of subject this week.  

I decided on a photo of a photo approach.  


This hangs in my office and has some of my favorite shots of the Scientist in Training when she went by Kiddo or Drama Teen here on the blog.  

My Guy found a ...

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