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December 13, 2019
Last Minute Maker from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

Are you a last-minute-maker?  I am!!
It's funny how old habits die hard.  For the 26 years I owned a quilt shop, I always did 75% of my Christmas gift making during the month of December.  It was a slow retail month for me and I just relaxed and did lots of stitching at the shop to fill the quiet time.
(I say 75% because it was rare that everything was finished so the other 25% happened after Christmas.)

Here I am, 15 years later in full retirement and I still wait until December to swing into full production ...

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More practice at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks (week 258). I'm doing double duty today, so here's the link to December's Throwback Thursday.

Practicing my free motion quilting (FMQ)

Free Motion Framework
by Jen Eskridge
After finishing up a big project (the Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt) and a DrEAMi! (the fabric basket) last week, it's now time to play. Of course, I couldn't resist the Black Friday sale at C&T Publishing last week and bought myself the digital copy of Free Motion Framework by Jen Eskridge.

This book is essentially about making whole cloth quilts to ...

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Tageskurs / one day workshop from quilts und mehr

Am Mittwoch, 4. Dezember fand bei mir zu Hause ein Tageskurs statt. Hier ein paar Impressionen. Morgen Samstag findet der Kurs nochmals statt und auch am Samstag, 4. Januar will es nochmals jemand wissen (hier hat es noch 2 Plätze frei).

On Wednesday, 4th december I had a one day workshop at my home. Here are some impressions. Tomorrow I will have another 3 participants and on Saturday, 4th January again I will held this workshop at my home (there I have 2 places left).






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Snowflake Mug Rug FREE Pattern & Tutorial! Perfect DIY Christmas gift from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

For the eighth Make of Christmas we are sewing up Snowflake Mug Rugs! This replay was one of our subscribers favorites last year because it is fast and fun and is the perfect way to use a charm pack. Just four, 5-inch squares plus some white fabric will make one mug rug, and you can get a set of 10 from one charm pack!

This project is made super fast by some quick piecing techniques that I demonstrate in the video, and the best part … we’re giving you the pattern for this tutorial for FREE as a digital download ...

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12 Days of Cute Christmas Fun…. Day 10 from Seams To Be Sew

Woooo, day 10 already … where has the time gone?? Just two more days and we’ll be done. Please remember, no patterns will be posted this weekend. You can download this pattern today tho all weekend long for those of you who can’t get around daily to download them. Today’s patterns are influenced by another memory of my childhood. When I was very young and wondered about the great Santa Claus and how he was going to get into our house because we didn’t have a fireplace, my dad would tell me that the Santa poster on ...

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Christmas Season Celebration, Part 3 from Live a Colorful Life

Day 4
After breakfast, we walked through Colonial Cemetery on the way to the Isaiah Davenport House.


The house was beautifully preserved--the first preservation effort of the Historic Savannah Foundation. I was particularly intrigued by the wallpaper.



After the tour of this home, we were free for the rest of the afternoon and evening. We passed these on the way back to the hotel for a light lunch before heading off to a tour of the Bonaventure Cemetery.




Our Bonaventure tour guide packed so much information into our two-hour tour. He spoke quickly and hardly seemed to stop for a ...

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Christmas Season Celebration, Part 3 from Live a Colorful Life

Day 4
After breakfast, we walked through Colonial Cemetery on the way to the Isaiah Davenport House.


The house was beautifully preserved--the first preservation effort of the Historic Savannah Foundation. I was particularly intrigued by the wallpaper.



After the tour of this home, we were free for the rest of the afternoon and evening. We passed these on the way back to the hotel for a light lunch before heading off to a tour of the Bonaventure Cemetery.




Our Bonaventure tour guide packed so much information into our two-hour tour. He spoke quickly and hardly seemed to stop for a ...

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Planning! from Wont to be Quilter

Hi friends!
Binding on the t- shirt quilt.
Should have that finished today.
Planning on cutting out some Christmas presents.
Son needs a new apron, he cooks on the grill a lot since lots of times it's just him and his wife, with two kids in college.
Then on to the truck quilts.
Working hard until Christmas .
Have a great weekend.
Hugs
Babs



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Planning! from wont-to-be quilter

Hi friends!
Binding on the t- shirt quilt.
Should have that finished today.
Planning on cutting out some Christmas presents.
Son needs a new apron, he cooks on the grill a lot since lots of times it's just him and his wife, with two kids in college.
Then on to the truck quilts.
Working hard until Christmas .
Have a great weekend.
Hugs
Babs



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A Time For All Seasons - December Blocks from Melva Loves Scraps


December is a month of celebrations, family and gifts.  And Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt offered up some really cute blocks...



I mean that singing angel is adorable!  But I have been skipping over the applique blocks of this BOM and doing two of the pieced blocks.  The gift block does have piecing, but there is still the bow that is required applique.  

She graciously offered an entirely pieced block for those like me that prefer them.  I made two of them... one yellow and one with a very light blue.






The star is a significant part of ...

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A NEW LITTLE RED TRUCK AND A CUTE GNOME! from Made By Marney

Hiking just 2 weeks ago on Arthur’s Rock near Fort Collins, CO. Beautiful! Now it’s back to work designing more holiday patterns.

Red Truck with Presents

Hot off of my design table is the RED TRUCK WITH PRESENTS. This adorable little red truck pairs nicely with my LITTLE RED TRUCK block from last Christmas.

I love them together as potholders or pillows.

My friend Shelley used photos of her grand kids in the windows. Super cute!

My Gnome obsession is over the top. Here’s a GNOME WITH MUSHROOMS block pattern that makes an adorable pillow.

GNOME WITH ...

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It’s Here! Countdown to Christmas Starts Today from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Christmas is almost here! To celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, we’re kicking off 12 days of Fat Quarter Shop deals during our Countdown to Christmas event!

Here’s How it Works

Every day from December 13th to December 24th we’re sharing a big sale on our Flash Sale page at 8 AM CST, which will be transformed into our Countdown to Christmas page. The daily deal will feature a unique class of items and last 24 hours. Deals will be anything from discounts on fabrics and notions to freebies to one-time special offers! In some ...

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Old Routine VS New Routine in Retirement from Quilting My Way

Okay, I usually don't post this early in the morning on my blog. But this just couldn't be helped. I'm trying to deal with retirement (his) better but right now it's not working.

My old routine was when he would get up and go to work before 7:15 am. He was up at 6:30 am, showered, and out the door by 7:15 am. I would sleep a little while longer or just get up after he left. Most days I was up by 8 am - like this morning. No worries. I could sit ...

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56 blocks, no waiting from The Academic Quilter

Hello everyone, and happy Friday to you. Can you believe that there are only two-- yes, just two!-- Fridays left in 2019? Where did this year go? On top of that, someone told me that the full moon this past week was "the last full moon of the decade." Yikes! 2020 is barreling down on us, and I'm not done with my 2019 stuff yet.

I did finish up one thing, though-- I finished putting together my tiny Tuesday quilt top! Once I got some of the numbers figured out and started on the rows, I just couldn't ...

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Struffoli from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I’ve been wanting to make a pie because I still have a pie crust in the freezer from Thanksgiving. If I hurry up and use it, I’ll have to make another pie crust for Christmas and since the recipe makes two, that means we get four pies instead of just two!

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To the Nines from ... Cat Patches

There was a lot on yesterday's agenda. Mike came home early, and so he accompanied me on my grocery shopping trip. What a gas, right? A date with my main squeeze. At the grocery store. I'm telling you, it doesn't get much better than that. Actually, he did suggest dinner out last night, and so all was not lost. We got our shopping done in record time, and we only mowed down one person with our shopping cart. After pausing to call 911, we were on our way again. We instructed emergency personnel in which aisle they ...

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To the Nines from Cat Patches

There was a lot on yesterday's agenda. Mike came home early, and so he accompanied me on my grocery shopping trip. What a gas, right? A date with my main squeeze. At the grocery store. I'm telling you, it doesn't get much better than that. Actually, he did suggest dinner out last night, and so all was not lost. We got our shopping done in record time, and we only mowed down one person with our shopping cart. After pausing to call 911, we were on our way again. We instructed emergency personnel in which aisle they ...

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A Basket Full of Quilts for Jack from Kat & Cat Quilts


Happy Friday! I normally get my posts ready on Thursdays but I got behind this week.  The quilts I have to show this week aren't for CiL, but they are charity quilts!


Since I'm settling into my new quilting space I wanted to work on some smaller projects and Christine from FL had sent me 5 baby quilt tops for Jack's Basket all kitted up with matching backing and bindings.


These 5 baby quilts were the perfect way to break in my new space with some quick projects for my other favorite charity ;)


Jack's Basket gives ...

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Ghost of Quilts Past from Kat & Cat Quilts

Between Thanksgiving and moving house (photos forthcoming!) I've been busy the past couple weeks, fortunately Louise shipped me a couple more orphan quilts I can show you!

What's special about this top quilt is that is made almost entirely of blocks from my personal UFO stash. Strange to see them all arranged and finished like that.


Let's take a walk down memory lane...
Top and bottom row large HSTs - from this wedding quilt I made for a friend of a friend
Second row (minus the donut in the middle) triangle hexagons - from this quilt I made my ...

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Christmas in the Classroom from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
 
Christmas was all over the classroom at In Between Stitches this week while the girls worked on their holiday projects.  Pat was working on my Homemade Holidays table runner pattern.  She is going to be done in time for Christmas.
 

Here are two little Checkerberry's!  They are so sweet.  Melody is going to make a couple more and turn then into a wall hanging instead of pillows.

 
This is my original Checkerberry pillow pattern.  It was fun taking this picture because it was snowing BIG FLAKES when I took it.  Perfect timing.
 

Here's a parade of ...

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