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March 28, 2017
Last days for March Madness special offer from Koolkat Quilting

We are busy this week as the last of the March Madness quilts arrive.  Vanessa from Cabarlah sent two quilts, the black and white quilt is being quilted with the budget circle meander pattern.  The next  quilt with the nautical theme comes from Marlene of Quilpie and this is being quilted with the ebb and flow e2e pattern.  Debby from Ingham sent two quilts, the pink quilt is being quilted with the budget I love it trailing hearts e2e and the brown quilt with the leaf meander e2e.  Vanessa's second quilt is being quilted with the leaf meander e2e ...

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Let’s Talk Singer from Modern Sunbonnet Sue

I wonder sometimes, how our grandmothers found the time to make such fantastical hand stitched quilts, when I often find myself, with all the modern conveniences, unable to accomplish much of anything.  Busy with a full time job, grandchildren, and church activities, I just wanted to sit this week out.  I picked up a book […]

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Hats Off, Hats On from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Exhibit A
There will be no Exhibit B.
Last weekend I decided to attempt a cloche hat. I've wanted one for quite a while despite the fact that I really don't look good in hats. I like hats. I have even been known to wear them. But wear them well? No, actually.

The hat almost works. It's a little big, but it covers my head. I just don't like it as much as I thought I would. Mostly it's hot. 

I guess I'll have to wait until this business of the middle-aged heat wave ...

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Getting Things Done from Quilting & Learning

When I come home from our monthly Out of the Box Fibre Artists meeting - I was all hipped up and didn't get to sleep until late. So many quilts, techniques and ideas....and never enough time!!!

This month's speaker, Sharon Collins, sure wowed me! For whatever reason, I'm totally intimidated by paint and fabric dye - but after seeing her work, I just have to learn this! She is creating these amazing landscape art quilts with her hand-dyed cotton, silk and silk organza. Some of her pieces have 4 or 5 layers. She uses a technique called flat ...

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Bernina Medaillon Quilt-Along und noch ein BOM from I like to Quiltblog

Der erste Border, die PLUS-Blöcke, ist fertig.
Meine Stoffe sind ein bisschen busy, deshalb habe ich so eine
ganz feine weiße Kante zugefügt....
Angelikas Kommentar zur Mitte
habe ich die ganze Zeit im Hinterkopf, 
denn sie hat ja so recht und kennt mich so gut

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sunday stash on a tuesday from Charm About You

There have been a few parcels of loveliness dropping through the letter box so here are my latest could not resist stash additions...

Carolyn Friedlander's latest collection is just so cool. I wish I could have it all but I picked out some of my favourite prints and colours from Fat Quarter Shop. The Friedlander collection has some of the best colour combinations - the pistachio, pops of orange and lime - and I can't wait to cut into these prints!

I also bought some fabrics I had stashed in my online basket along with some yummy Cotton + Steel:

top ...

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Sleepless in Brownwood from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Our weather is looking pretty bad for tonight. My plan is to take a long nap and then I can stay up with Rita and Vince can sleep since he has to work tomorrow and I don’t have to do anything except get a haircut.  My real plan is:  Get the crate out, put it...

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Quilt and Pillow for Paulette from Mary Manson Quilts

Paulette wanted a quilt for her daughter, who is getting married this summer and a pillow for herself. What a great idea, a pillow so she could still have a remembrance of her wedding, once she gave the quilt to her daughter!

The dress was made of a nice taffeta fabric with a beautiful embellished bodice, and trim and lace around the hem. 

The center of the quilt is a circle made from the l trim on the dress, with embroidered names and date in the center, and feather quilting.  The inner border is fabric with a lace overlay, quilted ...

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Torebka z kokardą razy dwa from Szycie Uli

W zeszłym roku powiedziałam sobie, że na urodziny torebki szyje się szybciej niż poduszki więc w tym roku uszyłam torebkę listonoszkę dla 10-cio latki.

Torebka wyszła szybka, prosta, nie w do końca w guście mojej Córki ale nawet Jej się podoba i jest w guście Koleżanki. A przy okazji nauczyłam się robić kokardy.

Druga torebka listonoszka szyła się niemal równocześnie z poprzednią. Jest dla mojej Córci, bo zobaczyłam ostatnio, że poprzednia torebka którą dla Niej uszyłam osiągnęła kres swych dni i była już za mała.

Zużyłam kawałek pomarańczowego pluszu (szyło się okropnie...) i ostatni kawałek tkaniny z końmi, który już ...

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Grand Opening celebration--with a giveaway! from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone!  Today we are celebrating my friend Bernie and the expansion of her Etsy fabric store, Needle and Foot Fine Fabrics.  You can find the shop HERE.  Bernie has had a shop for a while, but a couple of months ago she expanded it into a full service fabric store carrying new fabrics and some vintage pieces and patterns.  Bernie is also sponsoring a great giveaway, which appears at the end of this post.

To the project! Here is what I made with fabric that I got from Bernie's new shop:

I used the Modern Tykes line and ...

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2 More Finishes from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

The last 2 purses are finished!  That makes 7 different bags/purses made this month.  Whew!  I think I'm tired of purses.

3 of the purses/bags reached their destinations yesterday, and were greeted enthusiastically. 

These 2 were mailed today, and are eagerly anticipated by Betty.

Betty selected these fabrics back in January.  The last 2 purses will be given as presents in the next few months. 

Now to figure out what to work on next. It's not like I don't have a l-o-n-g list of 'to do' projects, but, I just don't know what I ...

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I am judging at Quiltweek Lancaster - Here's a view of judging from the other side from Melody Crust - Fiber Artist


The purpose of judging a quilt show is twofold: one is to award excellence, and the other is to give critique. ‘Critique’ is not criticism. A critique is defined as ‘a critical analysis ...

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Pretty mini quilts for springtime sewing from Carried Away Quilting

Hello quilting friends. Spring is finally in the air in Minnesota, and it has put a cheerful spring in my step as well. Today’s blog post is just a quick reminder of two projects from Carried Away Quilting that you may enjoy for springtime!

First is my He Is Risen mini quilt.  This is a free digital pattern available on my Craftsy pattern shop. I introduced this pattern last year in a blog post, and it has been so fun to hear back from people via social media and email.  Many people are making this quick little quilt to ...

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Sawtooth Stars still in progress - Building Blocks Tuesday from Closet Quilter

Sawtooth Stars still in progress.

I'm still working on these Sawtooth Stars!  Got quite a few, but still need more.

What blocks have you been working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.


1) Please link up only to the page on your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr and Instagram pictures are also OK ...

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Kentucky Stars from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

It has been a while since I last worked on this project.  The hand quilting was 3/4 done.  So, a few weeks ago out it came and I've been busy working on it since.  Before I knew it the quilt was done! Then a bout of stomach flu got in the way and so it sat for five days.  Once I recovered from that, the binding was done a little bit at a time. When I got tired and needed to stop and rest (

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Can you really use different thread weights in your bobbin and spool? from Quilt Social


Welcome back! Yesterday, I highlighted some of the many benefits of WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins.

Today, I‘ll show you some of this thread’s benefits in action by using it to sew a quilt block with different thread weights in the bobbin and spool.


Packs of WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins in neutral colors
Packs of WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins in neutral colors


One of the features I love about DecoBob thread is its ability to blend with the fabric when sewn.

I’ll be the first to admit that I prefer to match my threads to the fabric, unless there are many shades or different colors. With the ...

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The La Todera Blog is Moving from Todera

Hi everyone!

Just a note to say that you can find the latest La Todera blog posts over at my regular website:

This blog will remain in place, but will no longer be updated.  Thanks for visiting!

As always, blessings and happy sewing!
xoxo Julie

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The Good and the Bad from Romany Quilting

It’s good and I’m so pleased that the lovely Poinsettia which my daughter gave me at Christmas is still thriving.  Three months later and I haven’t killed it with kindness – or in my case, neglect.  I’m not much of a gardener at all, and that includes pot plants.  The label told me that these plants like diffused light, so it is sitting on the table in front of the large windows.  And although it is nice and warm, the bright sunshine is certainly diffused  by the white sun filter curtains. 

Poinsettia on my NZ tablecloth

The ...

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doppelgänger from Wonkyworld

If you have seen my blog recently, you may recall the stunning, mid-century modern black and white quilt made and signed by Barbara McKie in 1974. 

Well, here's an interesting and fun coincidence. There is a fabric print design just like Barbara's patchwork design, and it is in the Bible of fabric identification books, Eileen Trestain's "Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide". There are two editions of Dating Fabrics, and this neat little swatch is in the first, which covers the period from 1800 to 1960. The second edition covers the period from 1950 to 2000. Both books ...

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Quilt Binding Finish, AHIQ # 19 Coin Challenge progress from Crazy Victoriana

The sun's back in Rancho Palos Verdes.

The binding is on and this quilt is done!

Another row added to my coins quilt.

Closer view, the turquoise and orange are the wow element to me.

The sun is out in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA and the wind has quieted, gorgeous today.

I was out of town for a week, we were in Kirkland, WA where it is cooler. I came back with a cold but that's cleared up. I'm recovered and rested now back to business!

 I'm linking up with

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