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August 25, 2016
Frogs, Frogs and More Frogs from HummingBird Quilter

On a quest  for a present for my great-granddaughter’s second birthday, I thought of the frogs that my mother-in-law made for all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren (more than 40 in all) over the years.  I was hoping that she still had the pattern.

 

Not only did she have the pattern but she had one cut out and waiting to be sewn.  It took less than two hours to complete the frog – This makes the frog a gift from great grandma and great-great grandma – and so the tradition continues!IMG_1231

 

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Cat on the Car from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This morning I went out to get in the car and this is how Cat was positioned. Legs hanging under the railing, front paw and head resting on the rail. She’s definitely comfortable up there and she’ll stay up there til I open the car door. There was a time when she’d get down as […]

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Quilting Tips: Accurate Measuring and Cutting from A Quilting Life

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I'd like to discuss a few tips and ideas to help  with accurate measuring and cutting fabrics for quilting. The tips I'm sharing are ideas that have proven to be valuable insights to the quilters I get to work with when I teach quilting classes. It's amazing how often one simple tip can really improve accuracy.



Of course, the most familiar of these tips is the oft-repeated "measure twice; 

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You’ll Love Our 60″ Wide Backings! Here’s Why… from Marcus Fabrics

60inchBacksCollageIf you haven’t tried our 60″ WIDE QUILT BACKS yet, you’re in for a treat!  Why 60″? We’ve found it to be the perfect width for lots of situations:

  • Back quilts and wall hangings to 50″ wide with a single length.
  • Back quilts up to approximately 110″ wide by simply piecing two lengths of backing with a single center seam. (Diagram below)
  • Simplify the process of sewing round tablecloths!
  • And because it’s printed on the same fine quality fabric as our 45″ prints, the 60″ yardage can be used on the front of the quilt as ...

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Free Motion Mavericks - Week 103 - A Pile of Sandwiches from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Exceptionally dull photo, I know.  The Secret Project is now nearing six finished sandwiches, and I'm beginning to get a bit bored and afraid it might just send me one sandwich short of a picnic.  I need an interim project - that dress I have been promising my daughter, perhaps, but having only been home for a few days I'm not yet back into the sewing groove.



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Here goes for week 103...


The project in Week 102 that caught my eye was Judy's wonderful painted silk flower, which she then free motion quilted. If you haven't seen ...

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August Finishes: OMG Linkup from Red Letter Quilts

Ready-or-not, here we are with only one week left of August!

I reached my goal by finishing the I-Spy flimsy, and getting photographs to post! I feel like this is a double-win.
Quick stop at the park ...

No slides like this when I was a kid!
A little masking tape to hold her up, and..
Ta-Da!
The charm's are from Val's I-Spy Swap, held this summer. Plus, I cut oodles of my own 4" squares to increase the finish size to 52" x 63". Hopefully I will quilt this in time for Christmas to gift to my best ...

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Millefoiri Patterns from Shawkl

Just a few days ago, I launched the Hexagon Magic pattern. This design has some small parts which make a fantastic (but challenging) quilt. Sometimes we want a challenge...and even need a challenge. BUT, as I was reminded...other times...we just want a relaxing time of stitching...YET STILL we want the results to be fantastic.
 
So, I'm resizing the pattern pieces for each of the five Hexagon Magic designs...and will be issuing them as individual (and cheaper) patterns in my Etsy Shoppe. Each design can be used as a small table topper when just pieced ...

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Quiltscapades: A European Adventure! from quiltscapes

Here's an overview of some of my quilty adventures this past summer as I enjoyed a tour to Eastern Europe with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (more on that over at our family blog, 3rDegreeBakery). Quilting is a universal language, as I've discovered!

But first, a new "Hipster" travel bag, with a couple of German details:  


Used some adorable bits of fabric designed by my new friend Nadra Ridgeway, ("Ellis & Higgs") who lives in Germany and designs fabric for Riley Blake Designs.  We met at Quilt Market in Salt Lake last May.  I used some of her Backyard Roses ...

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In the Navy - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner from Piece N Quilt

Kathy sent me this gorgeous quilt and asked me to custom machine quilt it for her. I know I mention this every time I quilt a quilt that is made from one of my patterns, but quilting these quilts just warms my heart! 
The pattern for this fun quilt is "In the Navy" it's a quilt that I originally designed and was published in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, you can read more about it here.
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OMG: August finish from With Strings Attached

 I took handwork along on our trip but I didn't sew a stitch.

It was nice to get back to my sewing machine.

Here is my August OMG, finished.  When we left (August 9) I had quilted about half the center.  I finished it yesterday afternoon and took it over to Julie last evening.  She had nearly finished mowing the lawn so she opened the package outside.














She likes it.  


















Here's the back with signature squares and a lovely poem by e.e.cummings.


Check out other OMG finishes at Red Letter Quilts !


P.S.   Here is a ...

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Blog Hop: Island Batik Ambassador's "Seaside Summer" Kick Off from For Quilts Sake


The Island Batik Ambassador's are hosting a blog hop. Each day over the next couple of weeks, we’ll feature a new fabric collection and link to at least one Ambassador blog to see what she made with these wonderful fabrics. Be sure to follow along every day as we have lots of goodies to give away!

Here’s the schedule with the dates and collection names:

M 8/15 - Rain Forest
Kissed Quilts

Tu 8/16 - Red Tide
Free Motion by the River
Mary Mack Made Mine

W 8/17 - Sand Dune
Purrfect Spots
KnitBug 2

Th 8 ...

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What I'm Working On from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

On Tuesday. I ran off with these two gals for the day. Lord have mercy! These two are a hoot! So good for the soul, but tough on the bladder. LOL


We headed to our favorite quilt shop that is 75 miles from the ranch. It's 50 miles farther for my two partners in crime and we seem to only be able to make the trip once a year.

I meant to take some pictures in the shop, but we ate dinner at our favorite establishment. It's decorated like an antique/junk store and the food is wonderful ...

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I'm on The Quilt Show! from Allie's in Stitches

 So excited!


Alex Anderson, Ricky Tims, and the whole amazing crew at The Quilt Show made me feel so welcome last March when we taped my episode in Denver.  It is almost ready for viewing at last, available on the Quilt Show website Sunday, September 11th!


While it is a subscription site, I will post a link here for viewing my show for FREE, during the week of September 18th-25th, so come back here for it, or find it on my Facebook or Instagram pages on the 18th.

Here is the trailer for the show:



Everyone involved with the show ...

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Starburst: A Mini Quilt from Quilty Habit

I'm excited to share a small, happy mini quilt with you today!


I knew that I'd be staying at my friend Liz's (@beadqueene) house when I traveled to Maryland for my workshop last weekend, and I wanted to make her a thank you present for hosting me.

She loves mini quilts and bright colors, so I started with the below beautiful plus fabric ("It's A Plus" from Koi by Rashida Coleman-Hale, which I've luckily hoarded, as it's long out of print).  I pulled colors from my fabric stash that matched (or closely complemented) the ...

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Finding the Muse #12 Beatuful vistas and colorful stores from Not Afraid of Color

Oh, the clear blue skies over the salt marshes on Cape Cod MA. This is a view from the window of the Bird Barn Gallery. I fell in love with this tiny art venue that used to house birds. In fact, I felt I'd been here before... and had lived a life here near this place, so strong was my feeling of homecoming.
 There is a quality of light, and a gentleness of visual beauty here. In the olden days, barges were dragged along the shallow waterways to gather salt, Today kayaks are seen trying to navigate the many ...

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Meet me at the Beach from Learn to Applique

I absolutely love sharing photos of quilts made by others. The following three quilts are made by Janice Chiaffredo of Gainesville, Georgia after completing Elizabeth Barton's online workshop "Working in Series". This series is called "At the Beach" and they are all finished at 13" X 17".

Janice shared a little about her experience in Elizabeth's class:

At the Beach number 1 by Janice Chiaffredo

"The images were started during a time when I hadn't seen my grandchildren for a while. I thought about how children enjoyed being at the beach in the summertime. Every child remembers building Sandcastle's on the beach and then ...

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Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along - update 2 from Patterns by Jen


I am all done with the first set of piecing instructions for the Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along from Quilting Jetgirl, Yvonne. This has been so easy, you can easily catch up and follow along.


Three of my finished blocks. Yes, I really am done with all of them, but do you really want me to take a picture of blocks that are all the same? I didn't think so. 


This picture is even more fun! A couple of long pieces, sewn together, very exciting. Actually, as I've said before, I could look at this purple all day, so ...

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Another Sew Along? from The Painted Quilt

I L-O-V-E the October 2016 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting!  Not only does it feature an article about Lisa Bongean but it also has a few quilts that have easily been added to my TO DO list.


Well, you know me and anything vintage.  "Cheddar Broken Dishes" is going to be my next quilt.


To quote and paraphrase historian Barbara Brackman, "The maker of this antique quilt incorporated a popular 'four-patch' unit and the name 'broken dishes' came about in the 30's when designer and author Ruby Kim was writing about pattern history.  The pattern of four triangle squares ...

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Island Batik - showcasing Seashore in Rondure from KISSed Quilts - Keeping It Simple and Stunning












Welcome Back! I hope you've enjoyed the three collections already featured this week.

I'm excited to share with you a new pattern of mine that has had quite a journey - Rondure
- featuring the Seashore fabrics.
 


The 3d effect comes from skewing the two blocks used in the quilt design on the golden ratio. There is a more complete write up with a variety of other colorations made by my testers here.

This particular quilt I'm calling 'Seaglass' (the pattern is Rondure --French for graceful sphere). I convinced my sister, who lives on the Central California Coast (where ...

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Beautiful Progress in Our Mystery Quilt Along from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I just have one photo for you today, and it's simply gorgeous!

This Pam K.'s Sunrise Surprise quilt in progress, with all blocks shared in the Quilt Along so far:


I believe Pam is making two different quilts and she's folded the blocks over so you can see both colorways. I love her color choice and contrast in the double sets of each block.

If you haven't joined in the fun yet, you can always get started in our Machine Quilting Block Party at any time. And you can also join our facebook group and share ...

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