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October 6, 2015
I had to change the border from Tink Squared

I had to change the border

Since I messed up cutting the sashing out, I shorted myself on border fabric.  Disappointing, because I really wanted a large border with the pretty blue floral fabric.  Here is the new design.

I think it will still look good, and that’s all I have left to do, piece the borders and corner blocks.

That might happen today… and it might not. I still haven’t decided if I want to custom quilt this one or not.  While it’s not particularly a special quilt and would look just fine, great even, with an all-ver feather in a medium ...

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Scrappy Patches {A New Pattern!!} from Busy Hands Quilts

Today, Wednesday, October 6th, is the last day to get in on Craftsy's amazing deal!  It's an All-Access Class Pass for October!  For $19.99, you get access to every single Craftsy classes for the month of October.  It's a great way to preview classes, download patterns, and be inspired! I'm focusing on classes I wouldn't normally buy - like applique and cooking - and I'm learning so much!  There won't be as much sewing going on here this month because I'll be busy watching Craftsy classes as much as possible!  Get yours today ...

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Welsh Wool Quilt from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

BurnsMaureen-WelshWoolQuiltMaureen Burns of Santa Rosa, California is hoping to recover her Welsh Wool Quilt. She believes it became missing during a move during 2005 or 2006.

This queen size quilt is made of a variety of muted wool suitings. The design is made up of 8″ half square triangles. It is quilted with rust, blue, and black quilting threads. It has flannel backing. There is a hand-written label on the back with her name and indicates that it was made for her daughter, Valentina Alexandrea. It is dated somewhere between 2004-2006.

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Buttermilk Basin Give Away!!! from Wollie Mammoth

Stacy West...Miss Buttermilk Basin herself is neck and neck with another American designer to win Martha Stewart's American Made Contest!!!  Although Martha and I have talked on the phone...(if you remember a few Thanksgivings ago I needed help with a cranberry recipe and called her up and she was so gracious)...but, in this case Stacy will need more than my help in meeting Martha in person.  We love all of Stacy's designs and want to help her win!!!  So click on the sign in and can vote up to 6 times...please, cast ...

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Hexagons Made Easy Sampler Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Make the Hexagons Made Easy Sampler Quilt The 18 blocks featured in the book Hexagons Made Easy is perfect for a Sampler Quilt. What is a Sampler Quilt? This is a (generally) traditional quilt which...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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Sew What….. from FunThreads

This weekend was our sewing bee retreat. I just LOVE retreat weekends ~ don’t you? It’s when I finally sit still and finish my UFO’s (unfinished fabric objects).

This was our sewing view. Relaxing or what!

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Sundown on day one… but not to worry….we continued to sew until after 1am.

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I recently took a Craftsy class called “20 Fresh Applique Techniques” by Amanda Murphy which was a ton of fun. She had some really lovely projects. I finished my mini wall hanging version of her ...

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Surface design with Markal Oil Sticks from Claire Passmore

A very big 'Thank you' to LA-CO Industries Inc and Artemio

My love of Markal oil stick paint grew even stronger this week. I am presently working on a new quilt and am in the process of using these great paints as part of the design. Whilst I was busy exploring new ways of using them on some fabric samples I wondered if the good people who manufacture them would be willing to let me have some samples to use as part of my 'Techniques' workshop which is coming soon on 18th October. So I looked them up on the ...

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Comments please from MY NEEDLE AND THREAD BY MARY

Please leave comment if you read my blog. I really love to hear your thoughts and your words really lift me up and motivate me...thank you, Hugs, Mary

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Comments please from MY NEEDLE AND THREAD BY MARY

Please leave comment if you read my blog. I really love to hear your thoughts and your words really lift me up and motivate me...thank you, Hugs, Mary

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Patty High's New Ferris Wheel Quilt! from Selvage Blog

This beautiful Ferris Wheel quilt is the creation of Patty High of Florida. 
I especially like the striped fabrics she used...and all the reds. 
Visit her quilt shop: Red Amaryllis Quilts on Etsy. 

Patty used my Ferris Wheel pattern to make this lovely quilt.
Click to see all my patterns

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Tuesday Archives #83: UFO's from Val's Quilting Studio

Hello! Hello! and Happy Tuesday Archives! 
Val's Quilting Studio
Welcome to the linky party that rejuvenates your old quilting/sewing posts! 
Image result for congratulations Carole who Blogs at From My Carolina Home. Her link #27 under tablerunners was the random number 69 drawn!!! You are September's linky winner of a 15.00 gift certificate to Fabric N Quilts. 
(Watch your email for the gift code!!)

This week's theme is UFO's:

Maybe this week you want to share how you store your UFO's or WIP.
Maybe you want to use this week's linky to create a new post to set ...

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Tuesday Morning from Bunbear Quilts

Back in the groove after the weekend, finally.  Last night I was so tired after work I was in bed before 9 p.m.!

Sunday we went to the Ripson Bridge Festival in Sorento.  In the past it was held at the actual bridge, but now it is held in the town.  There was an old time folk band playing good music, a cake walk, kettle corn, arts and crafts, and good food.  We had a very nice time.  Bought a few things, including a tie dyed tee shirt for Nick.  He loved it!

Saturday Ev had to work, so ...

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Grandma Addie Lives Through Her Stitching from Melody Crust - Fiber Artist

My husband's Aunt Laura sent me blocks made by her mother Addie. Sara Adeline "Addie" Raney was born July3, 1899 in Jasper Arkansas. She married Charles Milton Warren who was born August 4, 1896. They were married October 5, 1914 had 13 children.

We think she embroidered these blocks about 1975 a few years before her death in 1980.

Aunt Laura wanted a double bed quilt done in warm colors. I warned her that I am NOT a very traditional quilt maker. Having no quilt history in my family, this was a very special honor for me to work ...

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Sometimes, you've just got to have fun! from Art and Quilts, cogitations thereon


Now don't laugh at me...but sometimes it does you good just to have fun...and I have had fun!!  A friend had given me a box of stretchers (the pieces of wood you slot together to make the basis for a screen (for screen printing) or for a painting)....well I have LOADS of screens for screen didn't need more...

....and then another friend gave me several yards of canvas   (very handy to have friends cleaning out their studios!)....and I thought let's make some canvases for painting!  I love the new square ...

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Newbery Reviews from With Strings Attached

I set the Newbery Medal project aside when we went on vacation.  I'm getting back on track this fall.  In earlier reviews I noted that the older Newbery books did not have references or explanations to provide context to the stories. I found that omission frustrating.  These contemporary winners have afterwords that do provide helpful context. 

Front CoverMOON OVER MANIFEST  (2011)
by Clare Vanderpool

I wanted to like this story more than I did.  After all, Manifest, Kansas, is based on Frontenac. I've been there -- we lived in that part of southeast Kansas, in Pittsburg (the city next to ...

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Une recrue de choix from Patchworkrama


Certaines stagiaires ont bien de la chance ! Moi aussi j'aimerai bien sous traiter certaines tâches un peu fastidieuses à mon Hom ! Mais que nenni, il résiste des 4 fers...

20151006_154419 Isabelle a bien avancé

20151006_161043 Valérie(qui a bien été aidée) travaille un tissu magnifique dont le nom est "Flores de Coyoacan" ; ça ne s'invente pas ! Pour celles qui ne le savent pas c'est le lieu de résidence de mes loulous au Mexique. 

20151006_163002 Journée piqué libre pour Catherine

Encore un peu de travail nocturne et je pourrai faire des photos complémentaires. 

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Winners of the Jaftex FQ Pack from Trends and Traditions

Before too much time passes, I want to announce the winners of the Jaftex goodies from my post on the Blog Hop.  I was going to wait and announce the winner when Jaftex announces the winners of the grand prizes, but I’m not sure when that’s happening.  Rather then wait, I went ahead and randomly selected a winner.  Out of 350 people who left comments, Gloria Yates is the winner!  Please send your shipping info to [email protected] (I will also send an email).


Gloria will receive this Fat Quarter bundle of Henry Glass Folio Basics



And ...

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Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Twirling Four Patch from A Quilting Chick

So, last night I took a break from working on my Moda Bakeshop project to do some sewing on the RSC15 project being hosted by so scrappy.  This is the Twirling Four Patch...

RSC15 - Twirling Four Patch

This block took way more time to finish than it should have.  I think that the part of moving that is driving me the most crazy is the, "not being able to find anything," thing.  I have another orange block to do then the alternate blocks.

Today I'm linking up with She Can Quilt and Mrs Sew and Sow for Scraptastic Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt ...

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The Art of Home Fall 2015 Issue is here from Jacquelynne Steves

The Art of Home Free Emagazine Fall 2015- Jacquelynne Steves

The Art of Home Free Emagazine Fall 2015- Jacquelynne Steves

The Fall 2015 Issue of The Art of Home Free Emagazine is here! Here is what you will find in this issue:

Continuing our pin cushion series- we have this cute little wool applique Sunflower Pin Cushion project!

Sunflower Pincushion- Jacquelynne Steves


By the way, this is the 3rd in our pin cushion series- these are the pin cushions from the previous issues:

Decorative Pins- Pin Cushions- Jacquelynne Steves

And, to go with the pin cushion, I made a matching needle book. (To be honest, I always wondered about how useful needle books are… then one of my wonderful quilt-y friends gave me one that she made for me, and ...

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It’s Not Too Late for the Longarm Fundamentals Online Class from Quilted Joy

Did you just pull your new longarm machine out of the box and are now asking yourself, “ok, what do I do now?”

Or maybe you’ve had one for a year or more; you’re comfortable doing a few things but aren’t sure how to break out of your comfort zone.

Join me for the Longarm Fundamentals Online Course!

My Longarm Fundamentals online class, produced in partnership with Fons & Porter and Craft University, is the perfect next step for you! When I was in your position and brand new to longarm quilting, I wanted to know everything there was to know about my machine and my ...

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