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October 21, 2019
More hexie play from Quilting & Learning

Can you believe that October is half done? The leaves here are really starting to change and the weather is turning cold and wet. I may have to put my sandals away soon

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Design Wall Monday from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I seem to have finally gotten over my impulsive quilt starting phase and am now feeling motivated to finish up some projects.  So that means a lot of my design walls are empty right now.  So I spent a bit of time moving around some blocks on my design walls.  
I thought I would share some photos.



In my sewing room, I have all of the blocks completed for this Kaffe quilt finished.  I just need to work on the final layout and sew it up.


On the other wall, is the RSC color block quilt.  I was hoping to ...

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Hold Onto Your Heart: The Alternative Border Option from Esther's Blog

Although I am head over heels in love with the floral rose border, I have also designed a beautiful alternative border that really comes into it's own. This alternative rosette border is a perfect balance of applique and piecing. This month in Part 10 we are making the corner rosette blocks. Here's how I made mine:

Carefully follow the pattern, making sure your pieces to don't 'grow'. To help keep the size in check, start from the outside first and work inwards.
Position the leaves first, then the red petals
When you have joined the pink petals ...

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Let's Stitch - A Block a Day with Natalia Bonner - Using Machine Quilting Rulers from Piece N Quilt


Things have been a bit quiet here on the blog, but that doesn't mean things behind the scenes aren't crazy busy and exciting! We've been busy working on some exciting new things to come this summer, including a new book; Visual Guide to Creative Straight Line Quilting, a new machine quilting ruler, Inside Out, and launching June 1st our new YouTube series, Let's Stitch - a block a day with Natalia Bonner.

Make sure you subscribe to Natalia's YouTube channel, so you'll get first access to the videos.



Beginning June 1, 2019 Natalia will share ...

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Go Plant A Tree in Africa! from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!


One of the things I love about traveling with Craftours – it’s not just about destinations and locations.  It’s not just about shopping and sight seeing.

It’s about connection, about reaching down into your soul and waking it up to the wonders around you.

We break away from complacency and routine.  We realize that even though we hear such bad things about what is going on in the world today, that the people of the world are inherently good and all have their gifts.  They also have hopes and dreams and loves and losses.

We are far more ...

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Chaos in the Sewing Room from Little Bits and Pieces

Remember that guy I married, Bruce?  Yeah him.  Did you know that he comes up with some dosey of ideas?  Like the idea of switching my sewing and guest room.  Oh that sounds great at first!
But when you consider my sewing room is not just a sewing room, but another guest room, exercise, kid play room and over all junk room it would be a lot of  work.  
 Oh you know the story: I've been accumulating things for 15 - 20 years. 
Let's get real, more like 25 - 30 years.
 In fact my sewing room is soooo bad ...

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Te propongo un fin de semana de Halloween from La Vida en Patchwork

Te propongo un fin de semana de Halloween

Porque este fin de semana lo voy a celebrar, y si te apetece, podemos celebrarlo juntas en las redes sociales con #halloweenTWC 

Este fin de semana vamos a pasar muuucho muuucho miedo jajajaja 

La casa se nos va a llenar de brujas, murciélagos o espatapájaros, que van a decorar la casa estos días. Algo rápido y de lo más divertido. Para ti, para reglar o para hacer con los más pequeños de la casa.

Panel tela muñeco patchwork

Elige si eres más de bruja, de espantapájaros o de murciélagos, saca tu máquina de coser y sigue ...

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Piecework Front Cover and Fall Events from Collector with a Needle


So excited to have one of my sewing roll projects
 featured on the front cover of
PIECEWORK Magazine
Winter 2019 - New stands October 31, 2019

Come see the issue in Houston!
Limited Edition Kits (HERE)
Feature velvet and hand dyed wool by Ann Hermes
(Notes From The Quilt Lab)

***The kits are not shipping Internationally.  If you are coming to Houston, 
I might be able to hand deliver a kit - send me a convo***

Piecework Magazine is available (HERE)
Now Owned by Long Thread Media - new size, binding and paper!


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Houston - Quilt Festival
Booth 2426 Main Aisle
Book Signing
Meet ...

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Sunset from Wont to be Quilter

 Hi friends!
We had a beautiful sunset Friday night.

All the sky had clouds that were pink.
Just beautiful!  Looked like the woods were on fire.

Have a good one
Hugs
Babs

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Sunset from wont-to-be quilter

 Hi friends!
We had a beautiful sunset Friday night.

All the sky had clouds that were pink.
Just beautiful!  Looked like the woods were on fire.

Have a good one
Hugs
Babs

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Happy Scrappy Project and Halloween Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

Our beautiful golden maple tree viewed through the back stairway window.  The orange has faded to yellow.  Even on a dull day, it looks like it is lit up.

 Here it is from the front veranda.  It is very old but still puts on quite a display.
I feel awed each time I glimpse it on my way to the sewing room.
 I've been giving my hand stitching a little attention this weekend. So far I've stitched two of the six designs from Buttermilk Basin.  I'm using basic back stitch and running stitch for the yellow and ...

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Pacific International Quilt Festival from Gillian Travis

I’ve just returned from 10 days in California. A fabulous time to be in California- bright blue skies and only a couple of days of the San Francisco fog. I was invited to teach at the Pacific International Quilt Festival at Santa Clara Convention Centre and spend a few days before hand at a quilter friends beach house at Dillon Beach.

We spent the first few days painting, quilting, walking the coast, drinking wine and eating good food.

Here are some of my painted Indian quilts that I was working on

And here are Nancy’s Cheryl’s and ...

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Feeling Trapped? I Was​. from Adele Mogavero

“If you insist on holding on, you’ll feel trapped. All you need to do is, let go and you’ll be free”. I found that notation while reading through my journals. At the time, I was trying to decide whether I should keep my online shop ....

The post Feeling Trapped? I Was​. appeared first on Adele Mogavero.

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Sew Me St. Louis 2019 from The Colorful Fabricholic

The 2019 STLMQG retreat was a great success. I had so much fun I forgot to take many pictures.

There were about 100 attendees. We had a huge ballroom and lots of table space - each person had their own whole table. I happened to be in one of the corners - it was a great location with power outlets nearby and convenient to the ironing stations in the breakout room across the hall. In the photo below, the chair in the lower right is at the edge of my "pod."


I took way more projects than I could possibly get done ...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Giveaway + Post Surgery Cami Pattern from Tea Rose Home

Before I dive into the giveaway details, let me visit with you wonderful readers. If you prefer not to read it, you can skip to the end. :)


This giveaway is now closed. Thank you so much for reading my post and leaving the comments. My hope is that we can support, educate and lift one another by talking about breast cancer. The winner for the giveaway is...

@queenscarlett (she entered on Instagram)

Congratulations! I hope this little gift can brighten up your friend who is battling the cancer. Please DM me your info.


As I mentioned in my last post ...

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Bind On from ... Cat Patches

A large quilt always has me dragging my feet at the end. I get bored with the quilting, and my wrist and shoulders get tired. With several breaks to fortify my resolve, I finished quilting the Wine Country quilt yesterday. When it was all done, I took it downstairs and laid it out in front of the living room windows where the light is best for this kind of shot. 


It's a large quilt, and I stood on a stool and took this shot from the side...which is why it has kind of a weird angle to it ...

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Bind On from Cat Patches

A large quilt always has me dragging my feet at the end. I get bored with the quilting, and my wrist and shoulders get tired. With several breaks to fortify my resolve, I finished quilting the Wine Country quilt yesterday. When it was all done, I took it downstairs and laid it out in front of the living room windows where the light is best for this kind of shot. 


It's a large quilt, and I stood on a stool and took this shot from the side...which is why it has kind of a weird angle to it ...

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Progress Potpourri {Borders, Blocks, and Batting} from Little Bunny Quilts

I didn't have a ton of motivation (or time) to sew this weekend, but I did manage to get a few productive things done, even if it wasn't just finishing a quilt.


First, I made bias binding from a fat quarter and added it to a baby quilt that I quilted *last* week. I am hand stitching the binding by hand, so expect that finish later this week or early next week.

Next, I used the backing cut-offs from the aforementioned baby quilt as the (first) border of my Ribbons quilt.


I maximized the width of border I ...

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sewing Saturday chandeliers and halloween from Not Afraid of Color

hand sewing these hexie stars!
welcome to Sewing Saturdays.... I guess I divide my creative time between sewing, painting and writing with a bit of beading thrown in for measure. The above hexie star represents the hand work I do in the car or watching tv.
The Rainbow scrap challenge color of the month is brown/black, so here's some chandelier blocks in both. For black I used my black with multi colors scraps.
See the gray? it's my design wall, back in use since I got the lattice blocks all sewn together into three big sections, and ...

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Inside ~ Outside from Life in the Scrapatch


All around the house we are preparing for winter.

In summer there is an air conditioner in this window. 
My guy took it out today.
In winter I hang a quilt to help cut the chill of bitter wind.
Katniss appreciates that it improves the coziness 
of her favorite chair and cuddle fleece.




The window quilt is an old one that was made with the very large
cut-offs and extra fabrics from this favorite quilt.
More of the Story Here
No pattern. I just played with the HSTs until I had a layout I liked.

Hmmmm ... I need to make ...

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