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October 24, 2014
Bloggers Quilt Festival from Faffling

The time has come around again for this fantastic festival. It is always so inspiring to see all the amazing quilts people make.

My entry is a quilt I have just finished for a friend's 50th birthday.  

Nigel, if you're reading this and you want any element of surprise, discipline yourself to look away now!

The decision process on what to make was quite protracted, then it took even longer to make it; mainly because I was slow and we were in different countries. Throw in an international move and time goes by so fast so ...

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Bloggers Quilt Festival from Quilts....etc.

It is that time of the year again – whenever the quilt market takes place twice a year for the people in the “business” – Amy’s Creative Side holds a festival of quilts where you vote for the one you like in each category.  I decided to enter my Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses […]

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OPAM Oct 14 from Daisychain Quilter

I started this small bag several years ago whilst attending the Dartmoor Arts and Crafts Show.  At the end of the show I bagged the fabric plus the project and placed it in my UFO box.  It took me just over an hour to finsh this bag.

Now what else can I find in my UFO box?
Plym Jar 20p   

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Friday Finish!! from Wont to be Quilter

Hi friends!
Beautiful day!
I finished Tucker's quilt except for sewing over the hem so it will hold up to a 3 year old.
He loves motorcycles so the middle is motorcycles!
Then the cowboy fabric i bought for him and then 'i spy' to keep him entertained.
It's a large twin,  He is my great grand on my side of the family.  Just one out of 12 with one on the way.
Just like 3 grand kids and i will have made just about all of them a quilt, should get through this year Quess i could ...

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Embroidery tools and inspirations... Happy Friday! from Crazy Victoriana

This silver tray keeps some of my embroidery tools and pretty things close at hand. The Altoids tin
holds beads. I am a collector of sparkly things, I recycle and trade in and out, so to keep it fresh.
Karen Ruane always posts interesting and inspiring pictures of her work space and tools and ledgers.
Make sure and visit her blog, here, Karen Ruane .
Happy Friday!!!

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(P)inspiration for Log Cabin Quilts from Quilt Books and Beyond

BLOG_LogCabinPinsThere is no denying it: the Log Cabin quilt block—and its faithful variations, the Half Log Cabin and Courthouse Steps—is one of the most popular quilt blocks of all time! For a quick and easy-to-stitch block, there are nearly endless design possibilities. Fabric choice, color placement, and block orientation play a huge role in making this timeless block so versatile and engaging—both for quilters and for viewers of quilts.

We’ve rounded up a slew of Log Cabin quilt projects over on our Log Cabin pinboard! You’ll find quilts from designers like Edyta Sitar for Laundry ...

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Packing.. unpacking and packing again… from Delaware Quilts

First I was going to take this, then I decided to take that, then I decided to take them both of I could get them in the same container and now I want them both if they fit or not…  I’m sure everyone goes through these decisions when heading on retreat. 

And I took a serious look at my “stuff”.  If I was not the host of these retreats I would be taking my sewing machine bag which has all my sewing/cutting/measuring tools in it, a project bag with things to do, and a suitcase.  When I ...

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Skagway and Some Hiking from Dogwood Lane Rambles

Photo of Mount Roberts Tramway

Shopping seems to be a big feature of cruising and I have to tell you I'm not much of a shopper. I'm sure you can guess that Chris isn't much for shopping either so whenever we hit port we looked around for other things to do and this being Alaska the great outdoors beckoned. We planned ahead and packed our hiking boots and outdoor/all weather gear to make this easy.
After our amazing Mendenhal  Glacier experience we still had plenty of time in Juneau to explore so we took the Mount Roberts tramway to the top ...

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Pacifica and San Francisco Oct. 2014 from Traveling Quilter

Yesterday I went on a day trip to beautiful seaside Pacifica, just south of San Francisco.

Gorilla Barbecue, as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. A must whenever I visit Pacifica.

Sea gull, Rockaway Beach

Gorgeous day

Two men fishing on the beach

After spending some time at the ocean, I caught BART at nearby Colma, for a 15-minute ride into San Francisco. I got off one stop too soon, and ended up walking nearly a mile to a fabric store that was only a block from BART. Oh, well.

Near 24th St. Mission BART station
I'm a pianist ...

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Blogger's Quilt Festival from Geta's Quilting Studio

Let's enjoy an online quilt festival - Blogger's Quilt Festival. Thank you Amy for hosting this event.
I enter this quilt in the Original design category.

This is a fusible raw edge applique quilt, with a mosaic effect. The quilt measures 55'', the flower sphere is 42'' in diameter.

A shy beginning...

A promising beginning...

And ready for quilting!

All the fabrics are Kona cotton and it is quilted with Aurifil.

I made this quilt a few months ago, see more pictures and details about how I made it.

Thank you for your visit, enjoy the festival's quilts ...

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It's Time for Blogger's Quilt Festival! from Chezzetcook Modern Quilts

While I sometimes wish going to Quilt Market was in the cards for me, I am just as excited to be home and have the Blogger's Quilt Festival going on. The inspiration in this event is just amazing!

This year I am going all hog wild and am entering my Volume Quilt into the ROYGBIV Category. getting my Rainbow on!

This quilt was a true labor of love and has been in the works for over six months! Now it lives at home with me on the wall so I can see it (and maybe pet it) every day ...

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Stitcheries complete... from The House on the Side of the Hill I just need to make them up into this little candle mat.
This is another one of the fabulous patterns we received at Stitched in Time with Gail and Ramona. cute as cute can be!
If you would like to make one please pop over HERE at fabulous Revoluzzza, where there is just so much fabulous stuff shared.
Hope you have a really happy day

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Blogger's Quilt Festival: Fall 2014 from Tikkutaiwas

It's time for Blogger's Quilt Festival again.

This fall I'm entering my "Green Fields" quilt. It is a lap quilt that I'm especially proud of, since it's the third one that I've quilted with my HQ Avante machine. The block pattern for these blocks is from a book called "40 Fabulous Quick-Cut-Quilts" by Evelyn Sloppy, and it is called Honeyberries.

There's some piano key quilting as ruler work on the outer sashings.

And some freehand feathers in the blocks.

The backside of the quilt looks nice as well.

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Oliso Iron - Massdrop from A Quilting Chick

I just have to share!  I'm so excited.  I've been wanting an Oliso iron for years.  The price has always deterred me.  But.....Massdrop has one right now and it is starting at $114.99 and can drop as low as $106.99!!!

So I'm letting all of you know, just in case there is someone else out there like me that's been holding off, now's the time!!

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Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2014 from Flying Blind On A Rocket Cycle

Hello there!  Welcome to my humble abode, maybe for the thousandth time, maybe the first, it's lovely to see you all.

This evening I am linking up with awesome Amy and her Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I love taking part, love seeing so many inspiring and wonderful creations all in one place; so many quilts, so little time, it's great to not have to do the leg work.  We may not be at market, but it's not the end of the world!

I scanned through my photos for the last six months; there are a few quilts ...

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Circular Detour from Inside Quilters Newsletter

Even with all the excitement and bustle of everyone preparing for Market, I was able to take a little side trip away from thinking about quilts and making them, just for fun (and just for a bit. There’s a lot of quilting that needs to be done!). I recently found this great piece of fabric at the thrift store, a big panel printed with a circular motif.

circle1 Circular Detour

My big circular panel. $4.99 at the thrift store.

It might be fun to turn it into something I could wear. And what is more perfect for a big circular print ...

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Caturday Wisdom #91 from On the Windy Side

I feel a dark presence... Ralph

These dummies. Adrianne was actually trying to take a photo of Ivy in one of her favourite hiding spots (we had been looking for her again, to make sure we didn't shut her in a room before we went out) but Ralph deemed the shot lacking in Ralphs and made sure he was included. Ivy is like a vampire, it was so hot on the day this photo was taken and she was sitting in the stuffy darkness. Halloween really is Ivy's holiday. 

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Gossiping and Sewing....and a Wonderful Blog to Share from 44th Street Fabric

Hi all! Monday morning...already! I took the weekend off with the intention of sewing all day on Saturday and Sunday. Well, that didn't happen...sigh...BUT I did get some sewing done! I got those pesky Dresden plate blocks finished for Gossip in the Garden:

These are the blocks that I've dreaded doing because they were supposed to be paper pieced. I did mine on the machine.
They aren't great but they are done. This has, otherwise, been a fun quilt to piece.

I thought I had all the blocks done for the center of the ...

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A Tunisian Wedding from Multicolored Snippets

Last night a local farmer invited us to his eldest daughter's wedding, so we attended the outdoor celebration. Fortunately, the weather was lovely.

Because my maze sketchbook is palm size and easily fits into my fancy purse with a pen, I whip it out (discreetly) and draw while nibbling on pastries and sipping lemonade. Fast pen sketches. I might add color later; it's a mini-coloring book.

The bride and groom sit on a decorated platform in front of all the tables for guests, and then come down from time to time to dance to the music with all ...

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Women of the Bible FREE BOM from 44th Street Fabric

So you all know that I love BOM's and have actually completed some of them (shocker)! Here is a new one for the Women of the Bible quilt from the ladies at Little Quilts!

Here's the scoop! Every two weeks you will be sent 2 block patterns--free--along with the instructions for their completion and some helpful tips. I've looked over the quilt and, as you can see, it's made up of very simple blocks. The challenge will be to choose colors that work. I did a quilt with a lot of little blocks like this one ...

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