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September 26, 2016
Quilt that Window! from Free Motion Quilting Adventures

Yes, you read that title correctly.

I've quilted up one of my shop's windows.

No worries, I haven't gone bonkers, nor did any glass get broken. See, I have four big windows at the front of my shop and two of them have gone all foggy between the panes. I've been eyeing them for quite some time to do something to make them look better.

Replacing them is out of question as we rent the space and it would have to be done at my expense. Since we hope to outgrow this spot within the next ...

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Block Swaps, all sewn! from Art In Search

     I try to participate in at least one block swap per year. It forces me out of a comfort zone and it is neat to get back different blocks. Last year I did bow ties with Barb Vedder. This year, again with Barb,  I made broken dishes blocks. We had to use only solids, one red and another choice. I made two sets of 30. I used my Accuquilt Studio die to cut the triangles. It blunts the points and then there is no trimming. They are going in the mail hopefully tomorrow.

     This year, I made Batik Star blocks ...

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5 Essential (and surprising) tools for making a T-shirt Quilt from Zeedlebeezmom

I have been making t-shirt quilts since 1998.  That's when I started making my first one for my daughter for her high school graduation gift.  I thought I'd give myself a year to make it since I had never made a quilt before.  I think she finally received her quilt in 2000 since I was so intimidated by the whole process it took me that long.

Here's a picture of it now.  It's held up pretty well over the years. 

I've made well over 50 quilts since then and I can make them in less ...

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Listen, Learn, Sew with Pat and her guests, + a free pattern! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Free patterns!.. My guests today are Kelli Fannin, John Kubiniec, and Alison Glass! 

SHOW #316 with Pat Sloan

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 
American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 316 Kelli Fannin

I loved Kelli Fannin’s work the first time I saw it and that thought got locked in when I found out her website is called ‘Seriously It looks like it Needs stitches’.. super fun name, super fun projects and ...

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Exploring Creativity: I would like to buy a vowel, please! + Tips! from From Blank Pages . . .

This post is a part of the Exploring Creativity series. You can read all about it HERE. And HERE is the post sharing the pattern for this month, My First Alphabet.  

I have been in full on letter piecing mode, and that is the phrase that I keep thinking over and over again!

"I would like to buy a vowel"

Do you know what that's from? I feel like I might be just old enough to know it, so I'm curious to see who else does too.

Here are my completed letters so far. I made the easiest ...

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Scrappy Pouches - The Splendid Sampler from Prairie Sewn Studios

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

I'm always looking for smaller zippered bags to store my take-along projects and was excited when a bonus project appeared for making zippered pouches on The Splendid Sampler.

Zippered Pouch

As usual, I couldn't just follow the pattern. Instead I used clear vinyl for the backing so that I could easily see what was in the pouch. I also found I could use regular zippers to give the same finished edge.

Zippered Bee Pouch

In honor of my daughter, who loves hexies, I decided to make a couple of hexagon shaped pouches. The same basic technique was used ...

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My September Sew Sampler .. full of yummy things.. from Pat Sloan's Blog


Each month a present in a gorgeous reusable box arrives, it's Sew Sampler day at Studio Sloan!

Pat Sloan Sept Sew Samplerl Box

And it's an aqua day, my favorite color!! I can not tell you how fun this is, and this month a whole booklet of coupons.. so worth it! They also send you a note saying the box has shipped so you can get all goosebumpy before it arrives.

Pat Sloan sampler sept jelly roll

This jelly roll is pretty darn sweet, Aqua, Red, Pink

Yes Please!!! 

See that patchwork fabric... 

9 sampler fabric

Here is what the patchwork fabric looks like, so adorable!!

I am going to sew this one ...

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SWEET START from Heirlooms by Ashton House

It's a sweet start to the work week here at Ashton House. I couldn't seem to stay asleep last night so I got up at 4:00 a.m. and made some 50-calorie, healthier brownies (can't say it's healthy as what brownie is?!) for my husband to take to work today. They do not contain any flour, butter, oil or refined sugar (except for the pink sprinkles, of course!). Those of you who read my blog regularly know that my sweets-loving husband was pre-diabetic so I am always looking for low- or no-sugar delights to try ...

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Butterfly bits from Quilts and More - Home Made Creations

All the bits are finished for my butterfly.  Now I just have to figure out how to put it all together

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Design Wall from Mel's quilting blog

Secondary design wall has the patriotic UFOs (3 different ones) that I'm trying to use together. 
My main design wall still has the blue blocks on it.
I need to get the backing made and start on the new t-shirt quilt.

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Crazy Carrot from Bunbear Quilts

Not sure, but this carrot may be looking for the mother ship...  haha.  I made a big pot of ham and bean soup yesterday and when I got the bag of carrots out, this dude was in it.

The ham hock I used in the soup came from the meat market in Arthur.  I had thrown it in the freezer with some of the other meat I bought there.  This is the last of the meat from there.  It is really good.  We sampled the soup last night, but tonight it's going to be our dinner, along with corn ...

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast from Craftcore

My husband often makes me French Toast on Saturday mornings.  The recipe I’m sharing today is my husband’s idea and was inspired by one of our favourite restaurants that dips their French Toast in panko bread crumbs.  Instead of panko, he dialed up the sweetness factor by using crumbled Cinnamon Toast Crunch as the breading.  You could modify this recipe by switching it out for any other sugary cereal.  There’s nothing healthy about this recipe, but it’s a lovely treat!

Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast Recipe
Yields: 6 slices of toast

Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast Recipe - A Twist on French ToastIngredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract ...

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Just For Fun Embroidery Projects from Ann Quilts

Tablecloth update:

Having finished embroidering and doing the cutwork in all but one corner, the tablecloth is on hiatus.  My daughter is going to finish up the last corner so we will end up with an heirloom stitched by three generations.  The whole story of the tablecloth is elsewhere on this blog.

Next project:
I always like to have some carry-along needlework at the ready to fill tedious waiting times and to doodle away on when watching some show with loads of commercial breaks.  So.....

This is a dresser scarf with a delightful debutante at each end.  She has a ...

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Why Are There So Many PIGS? from Inside Quilters Newsletter

Last week I talked about working on my floor quilt and how pleased I was to be making headway on one of my largest PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks).

I’d like to share with you why I have so very, very many PIGS. I spent my sewing time at home last week working on my floor quilt. I have the border down one side nearly quilted. That’s good so far. Staying focused. Working steadily.

At work, though, I started a new quilt using these pretty fabrics from Dreamscape by Benartex.

9 26 2 Why Are There So Many PIGS?

Dreamscape fabrics by Benartex

When we do a ...

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Island Colors Exhibit at Village Artisans from For Quilts Sake

I'm having an exhibit during the month of October at Village Artisans with all of my recent quilts that I've made using Island Batik fabrics. The quilts in the show are: "Flight," "Branches," "Depth," "Window Web," "In Search of the Yellow Submarine," "Purple Raindrop," "Lavender Mountains," "Mini Mountains," "Psychedelic Pumpkin," "Delightful Daisy," "Mini Flight," and of course "Island Colors." I'll also have the three table runners there.

Village Artisans is located at 100 Corry St. in Yellow Springs. The show runs through Nov. 6 and is open M-Th from 11a-5p, F-Sa from 11a-6p, and Su from noon-5p ...

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How to Quilt Goddess Tears - #464 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It's high time we learned a new machine quilting design together! Today's design is a beautiful variation of a previous free motion quilting design called Blowing Wind, except with this new design you leave the tear drop shapes open like this:

Learn how to machine quilt Goddess Tears in a free video tutorial created by Leah Day

I love the texture this creates on our quilts! In the video I'm quilting this design in a Goddess Face cheater cloth panel so you can see how it works in an applique-type shape:

Are you looking for more inspiring designs for your quilts? Check out the book 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs, a beautiful picture ...

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Sewing DO's and DON'ts - Mail Organizer from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Do you remember my first sewing project? The one that Meli (our product designer) helped me to make? Yep, that was the "birds clutch"! It has become my favorite accessory! ;)

Since the first project was successful, I decided to continue my sewing academy. Recently Meli gave me an interesting lesson. This time she was sewing a Mail organizer and she taught me many new DO's and DONT's that I would like to share with you.

Let me ask you a question. How are you with organizing your correspondence? I am terrible with it! My mail usually lies ...

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One less UFO, one more quilt from Espritpatch

My X-strings quilt is finally finished! I can't believe it has taken so long, but here we are, at least it is finished and we can enjoy it for the winter!

The blocks came from Sew Euro Bee An in April 2013 (!) and I was missing a couple to finish the top. Thank you to all my lovely bee mates for the fantastic scrap blocks they made for me. I had written a tutorial for the blocks here, if you are interested.
After about 3 years of hibernation, I finally finished the last few blocks this spring to make ...

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Shirt Upcycle from Pieced Brain

A couple of years ago I made this apron using one of my husband's old denin shirt. I got the idea from the book Kitchen Stitches which has awesome projects, compiled by Karen M. Burns from Martingale (see original post here). I really liked all the projects in the book but this apron caught my attention. I raided Chuck's closet and found the perfect candidate for a makeover!

I added a cool trim as well as multi-colored ric-rac I had purchased in Brazil.  I love the worn look and colorful details. At the time I put it away ...

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No Scrap Left Behind from Crazy Mom Quilts

I'm a little excited and very nervous to share a project that has been in the works since last spring. My new book, No Scrap Left Behind, is scheduled to be released in February 2017! It's being published by Stash Books/C&T Publishing (same as Sunday Morning Quilts). This book contains 11 quilts and 5 projects that use scraps of all sizes. It's bright, colorful and happy! More details to come, but I'll leave those for another day. The book is already available for pre-order here. (Eeep!)

I am so thankful to you, my readers ...

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