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October 17, 2018
Midweek: Poppy Stars, front and back from With Strings Attached

Here's the front.
I used a gold/orange print for the binding.
Here's the back.

I got to thinking: I know I won 40 sixteen-patch blocks. If I used 30 on the front and six on the back, what happened to the others?  I found them yesterday in the mailing envelope.  Four more orphans for the box!

Linking up at Midweek Makers today.

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Creating Celtic Knots and Endless Weaves from Quiltwoman Blog


Over and under, round and round. Don’t let the lines touch.

I used to doodle little spirals on the sides of my notes in school. Once I even filled an entire page with the little loops and twists that weren’t allowed to touch. It became a challenge to create a design with as many loops and twists as I could.

It’s no wonder that I was fascinated with the artwork of M. Escher and Celtic knots. Escher’s tessellated images shifting from one image into another or the misdirection of his three-dimensional images were wonderful to stare ...

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Create Whimsy Interview from Wonkyworld

"Old quilts have information we do not find anywhere else."

Recently I did an interview with Create Whimsy, an online community celebrating creativity and the stories of makers. There is a related interview with Mandy Leins, co-author of our new book, "Inspired Free-Motion Quilting: 90 Antique Designs Reinterpreted for Today's Quilter" (2018, C&T/Stash Books). Many thanks to Create Whimsy for featuring us! To see Mandy's interview, click here. To see my interview, click here.

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Bird Legs from ... Cat Patches

Slow and steady wins the race. This is the moral of one of Aesop's fables, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Too bad I'm not in a race because this is a slow process. The first section I worked on yesterday was almost all background. The sections without half square triangles go together pretty quickly. This first one had just a little bit of the holly leaf in the lower right-hand corner. Otherwise, I sped through it.

"NEXT!" I yelled. Actually not. I'm not accustomed to yelling when I'm in my sewing room alone...although I'll ...

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Bird Legs from Cat Patches

Slow and steady wins the race. This is the moral of one of Aesop's fables, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Too bad I'm not in a race because this is a slow process. The first section I worked on yesterday was almost all background. The sections without half square triangles go together pretty quickly. This first one had just a little bit of the holly leaf in the lower right-hand corner. Otherwise, I sped through it.

"NEXT!" I yelled. Actually not. I'm not accustomed to yelling when I'm in my sewing room alone...although I'll ...

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Brave Bird and Some Halloween Stuff from Bayou Quilts

Last week, both cats were sitting on the bench when this bird (woodland thrush?  brown thrasher?) landed in front of them--I mean almost touching their noses.  Too stunned to move the cats stared until I jumped up and scared him away.  He flew to the fence and stayed there while I came within a foot and took his picture; he stayed for several minutes before flying away.  Never looked at all nervous about me (or the cats).  

A few minutes after the bird flew, Edgrr decided to check it out.

Last week's outgoing mail:

Fred is one of my ...

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Blanchard Springs Caverns from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

My family reunion is every two years in Mountain View, Arkansas.  This time we decided to go to Blanchard Springs Caverns.  We hadn't been in many years, and I'd forgotten how beautiful the caverns are.  The reunion also included the caverns as one of the 'things to do' for the reunion.  There were so many of us, that we were split into two different groups.

There are 3 options for visiting the caverns.  Most people opt for the easy tour of the most beautiful room (the attic room).  This is what we all took.  It is paved and ...

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2018 Mega Quilt Market Sweepstakes – Have you entered?? from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

The 2018 Mega Quilt Market Sweepstakes is already halfway done! This is our biggest giveaway yet where we are giving away 15 prize boxes, each valued at $500. We will have a total of 15 WINNERS and are giving away a total value of $7500! To see all the details of our sweepstakes, be sure to check out our 2018 Mega Quilt Market Sweepstakes blog post HERE.

If you have not filled out our short Google Form Survey to enter, be sure to do that today! The form will close on October 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST. We ...

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First Week of October from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

My family reunion in Arkansas was the 2nd week of October, so, I was rushing to finish some project bags for the silent auction.  Six project bags were put in the auction. 
fronts of Star Wars and Harry Potter project bags

back of Star Wars and Harry Potter project bags

Unicorn and Mermaid project bags

Foxes and Sewing Themed project bags

I also had hubby make me something that I've wanted for a while.  All he had to do was grab a scrap of lumber and shape it and drill a hole (I think it was already this shape ...

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Just a Few More Trip Pictures… from a daily dose of fiber

Hope you’re not too hungry as the next batch of pictures includes a lot of food. Though we always enjoyed the shore excursions, as Peter said “We’re always about 15 minutes short ” of the time needed to sit down and have a snack. We did have time one morning. Here you see a lovely German latte and a poppy seed bun. Poppy seed bakery goods are very popular and I want to research some recipes. It seems in the US that we just sprinkle them on things.

And the bakery window where we bought it…. Doesn’t everything ...

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Free Embroidery Pattern- Hello Fall Pumpkin! from Jacquelynne Steves

Oh, it finally really feels like Fall here! I am indulging in Candied Orange and Almond Biscotti dunked in my mulled apple cider tea. Yummm!!! It's the season for tea and stitching!! This free embroidery pattern, called Hello Fall Pumpkin, would be cute framed, or as a pillow. What about a table mat or a cute kitchen towel to give to a friend? You could also print it out for the kids and grandkids to use as a coloring sheet. The possibilities are endless!! Getting creative with a pattern is something I LOVE to do- I love seeing how ...

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Falling Leaves from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

Who doesn't love Fall? And a fall quilt is even better; so for my friend, Monika's birthday, I made her a Falling Leaves quilt. The pattern is by Vanessa Christensen. It's actually a kit. Her ombre fabrics are yummy and make these leaves pop on the background of the Robert Kaufman yarn dyed charcoal fabric. 

This was the first quilt that I used a stencil to mark some registration lines before I quilted it. Why have I never done this before? Although my quilting is far from perfect, the stencil did help me to quilt it more ...

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Holiday Games quilt from Pieced Brain

Photograph by Charles R. Lynch for American Quilter. Used with permission.
Are you ready for another fun Christmas project? This is Holiday Games, my quilt just published in the November 2018 issue of American Quilter. It measures 67" x 79" and the blocks finish at 12". These blocks come together in a flash and the instructions are very detailed - you will have it completed before your guests arrive!

Two of the things which strike me most about this quilt: the 'disappearing' lattice effect of the alternating blocks and the fact that the squares on the 4-patches are large enough for ...

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Short Post from Pinkadot Quilts

I love FALL! Everything about it makes me happy. The colors, the smells, sweaters and snuggling in at night.
I love these leaves and hope to have some made for the next post. The pattern is by Center Street Quilts. The reason this post is short is I dropped my camera and broke it. I went to find the charging cord and realized when I cleaned out the junk drawer the other day I threw it out! I guess that is a sign. I was just getting back into the groove!

Another good Fall thing is baking. I love to ...

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Just Horsing Around–and a Winner! from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!


Look, Ma – NO SNOW!

With yesterday morning’s guild presentation given and packed up – we boxed up what remained of my measly merchandise and book signing table (half a box worth!) and headed out in Stacey’s big ole’ dodge truck to roam the Nebraska countryside.

I got to see HER stomping grounds!  A 7 acre hobby farm complete with 100 year old farm house.

COUNTRY LIFE!  And I was feeling the need for it.
Did You Click to Read the Whole Story?

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Are trade shows worth your time? from Professional Quilter


Quilt Market, the quilting and soft crafts industry trade show, starts in a few weeks. I’ve been going since 2004. I’ve gone as a vendor, a member of the press, and an educator. Today when I’m not teaching, I spend my time walking the floor, networking, and making connections.

I have always been a fan of trade shows, partly because I love all the tchotchkes. I have buttons, coffee cups, pens and even a couple of stuffed animals from the trade shows I have visited. I have developed quite the reputation among my family and friends for ...

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Christine's Kitchen 2.0 {Finished Quilt Top} from Little Bunny Quilts

My Chrstine's Kitchen top -- version 2.0! -- is now ready for quilting!

I sewed together the three out of four of the rows of blocks right away. The last remaining row is the row containing the two flower blocks which stick out of the vases.

For my two applique blocks, I decided to make white daisies with blue centers. I made my flowers larger than the applique templates in the pattern, so I made two flowers for each block instead of three for each block. These fabrics, as well as the green stems and leaves, came out of my ...

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Don't sweat the small stuff from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

And we all know that EVERYTHING is the small stuff. I try to live by this saying and it usually takes a lot for me to get worried about something.

The blog is late this morning, but I was at the gym sweating my butt off as I zipped out another 30 K in less than an hour. Nothing like a good workout and then a good breakfast to get the day started. Gosh, I love those steel cut oats! Except that it makes me late, but that's OK. We're not going to worry about that.

So what ...

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BOMEN from Aart's Paradijs

BOMEN - Thema voor De-Uitdaging.

Door allerlei oorzaken liep ik behoorlijk achter met de thema's voor De-Uitdaging, dus een inhaalslag was nodig! Omdat we dit jaar 10 jaar bestaan gaan we exposeren tijdens de Handwerk en Quiltdagen in Den Bosch met een 5 tal thema's.

Bomen zijn bepalend in het landschap! In het voorjaar is het genieten als de bladknoppen zich openen en de lente aankondigen, ik de zomer geeft hun volle tooi schaduw en in de herfst als de bladeren kleuren geven ze weer een ander beeld en sfeer. Zelfs in de winter als de bomen kaal zijn ...

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WERVELWIND from Aart's Paradijs


Het thema voor deze quilt is KLEUREN UITDAGING, de opdracht voor dit thema is om 2 kleuren lichter en donkerder te verven en daarmee een werk te maken. Lichter maken van de kleur geschied door minder verfstof te gebruiken, donkerder maken door zwart toe te voegen.

Ik heb in principe 6 kleuren om mee te verven (Procion MX) + onyx (zwart), maar er zijn ook andere kleuren mogelijk. Daarvoor heb je recepten. Door mij is gekozen voor de kleuren aquamarijn en rutielkwarts. Aquamarijn maak je met citrien en turquoise, rutielkwarts maak je met citrien, robijn en turquoise. Daarvoor heb ik ...

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