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July 2, 2015
More news from the hive from Monkey Business Quilts

Meaning I'm TRYING  to be a very busy bee!!!! Since my last post I had great plans - not many working out I hasten to add. It was Clock Tower Quilters on Saturday 20th and I hoped to get a couple of things done, however not all went to plan and the only thing I did achieve was some reverse sewing. I took along 2 projects, one to put borders on and some hand work for later! First up I thought I would add some borders to my 'Jackalope' embroidery, I found just the right fabrics at Malvern for borders ...

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June in review from Espritpatch

So June is over (or nearly) and I have made some progress!

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Triangle quilt for Mum's birthday -  Nearly nearly there. All that's left now is to sew the binding by hand.

2. Star Plus - I nearly quilted this one but this will be put away once more
3. Skirt Sew Along - no progress
4. IG Secret Pal swap - May done (pincushion)

Bee Blocks 

1. I love Lucy international block (June) - in progress
2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (May and June) 

3.  Bee Europa (June)

4. Book Bee (June) 

5.  Flying geese ...

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Three-Person Drunkard's Path Variation from Dora Quilts

The other quilt I quilted for Missy was a drunkard's path variation. Over the decades I've pieced a lot of blocks from drunkard's path variations--a lot of variations--but it's not a pattern that's on my life list for an entire quilt. When I lived in East Tennessee, there was a quilter named Lora Creasman, who pieced nothing but drunkard's path variations, always by hand.  In fact, as

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Wanted: Hand-Quilted Quilts from Inside Quilters Newsletter

To be a hand quilter in this modern era means it can sometimes feel as if no one understands you. “But why would you spend all that time quilting by hand when you can do it so much faster by machine or by check?” is a common question, even from quilt shop workers.

The answer is: Because we like it. (Even though I don’t quilt exclusively by hand, I do consider myself a hand quilter thankyouverymuch.)

Another common sentiment among hand quilters is the feeling that hand quilting isn’t adequately represented in quilt magazines and books or at ...

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Pacific Blues Quilts ready for Embroidery,Embellishment from Crazy Victoriana

My Pacific Blues #1 & #2 are ready for hand embroidery and embellishment, they measure 11" x 11" each. They're both machine quilted, one with a walking foot the other I used a regular all purpose foot, can you see the difference? I'll add hand quilting too with hand embroidery. I like the look of a lot of stitching.
I also got hanging sleeves sewn onto the back of my 'Tropical' series quilts. I'm thinking of entering them in a local quilt show, I like sharing their color!
 Have you tried making anything in a series? How did ...

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Happy Happy 4th of July!! from Lady Like Designs

Love Mug Rug

I can’t believe another year has come and gone….I spent last 4th of July with some very special friends at their beach house, eating great food, watching fireworks and talking about the possibility of them moving to the east coast for this 4th of July.  Well that possibility became a reality in April and they are now living somewhere in North Carolina.

 Does that mean we can’t go to their beach house anyway? Well, since they don’t live there anymore (boo hoo) I have to find someplace or something else to do!

 I ...

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Deana: July Goals from Dreamworthy Quilts

Well, I have taken two months off and am ready to set some goals again.  Here they are for July:

1.  Piece my new QAL.  Two ladies suggested names for it and I love them both and can't decide.  Should I call it "Twirlific" or "Scottish Dancers".  IF I get the fabric early enough then I want the top done in July.

This FREE QAL will begin the end of July or August depending on when the fabric arrives.   You will be able to get the free tutorials on Fort Worth Fabric Studio's blog.

2.  Quilt Mom's ...

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Bad Dog! from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Rita is truly on my last nerve. A couple of nights ago, I told Vince . . I just don’t know if we can keep her! I guess the I should have said “Why on earth would we keep her?” I’m way more patient with animals than I am with humans but she really has […]

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My first Instagram swap! from More Than Rubies

So these ladies in my guild have been doing these super cool Instagram swaps for a while, so I decided to get in on the action.  By the way, check me out on Instagram!  I'll follow you back...

Anyhow, I just happened across the #IGNeedlebookswap.  Whaat?  I really needed a needlebook, so why not make one for someone else and receive one in exchange?  Brilliant!

Signing up was easy.  Anorina over at Samelia's Mum organized the swap, and the form was simple and easy to fill out.  I wanted to go international, so I opted in to swap ...

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Quilting for Comfort from Laurena's Longarm Quilting

Why do we quilt? I feel like you can trace stories of our lives via the tops brought into Laurena’s. In March and April, there was an avalanche of blizzard quilts pieced during those snowy February weekends. After the Machine Quilter’s Expo in April, there was a definite comfort quilt trend. Whether T shirt, memory, or comfort quilts, these fabrics stitched together were a symbol of the care and concern for people in our lives… and for others in need.

Burlington Quilt Guild Charity Day at Laurena Longarm
Burlington Quilt Guild members in May.

Laurena is a member of the Burlington and Rising Star Quilt Guilds ...

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Thankful Thursday #11 from MMM Quilts

As always, there is so very much to be thankful for in my corner of the world.  The first is a quilty item I finished up this morning that I just love:

The bowl is not crooked!
This is one of my goals I didn't quite reach from Q2 FAL.  The Blue Ribbon Star quilt and Brady's movie took precedence.  Oh well, I want to make an entire set of these Fabric Nesting Bowls, a pattern I bought from Nova at A Cuppa and a Catch Up.  It's the smallest one, a 4" bowl.  Let's take ...

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Been busy! from Hand Quilter

I love this fabric!  I was calling to me to make another bag.  This one is bigger, so I can use it on a daily basis.

inside pockets!

the other side, inside!

This is the vest that I finished.  Front....

...and back side!

Now I found a stack of 6" squares.  And I really don't remember where I got them.  They all had circles or dots.  And so they became the disappearing 4 patch!  Add some blue and more circles!

Here's a closer shot of 2 of the blocks

Now I also tried some dying one day!  Used ...

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Mix Tape Blocks from Jolie Maxtin

Aren't these retro and fun? They are for a bee mate, actually she is much more than that, she is my friend, Lyanna.  

She requested these for our Anything Goes sewing bee and this is what I sent her.  I am a bit worried about the bottom right one though.  If she wants to use low volume for the sashing or a border, then this one might fade away, but of all six, that one is my favorite.  These were a blast to make and also to see the variations that other folks made. Take a look here!

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April 2015 Finishes from From Blank Pages . . .

Since I'll be posting lots of finishes this week, this blog post is also a part of A Week of Finishes, an event I put together in 2013, and decided to revisit again. If you have any recent finishes you'd like to link up, grab a button and please do! (you can share blog posts, flickr photos, or IG photos.) I love to see what other people have been making!

from blank pages...

Here are my finishes from April. I don't feel like it was very much... so hopefully I'm not forgetting anything. 

 I made a church bag for ...

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Cat's Cradle from Keep me in Quilts

No - this post isn't about my super-cute kitty Rocky.

He LOVES sleeping on a quilt.  Who can blame him?!!

This post is about a quilt block called - Cat's Cradle.  I did not know this unit had a name.

Sew very versatile and mine were always sew very wonky.

Not any more!  Creative Grids has a new ruler - hurray! 

 I will always buy a ruler that gives me the ability to make my block a bit too large and square it up sew it is accurate.  I am NOT the best precision piecer.  Squaring up at least gives me ...

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Workshop on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia from Art and Quilts, cogitations thereon


If you have been thinking about taking a workshop with me and also would like to visit a really beautiful place AND get out of  the heat, the opportunity is on Salt Spring Island (just off Vancouver Island in British Columbia) in just two weeks.

The class was full, but a couple of folk have, unfortunately, had to drop out for health reasons, so there are some places left.  July 17-21.  Five full days of workshop in a gorgeous location in a fibre shop full of mouth watering goodies!!  Stitches Fibre Art Supplies   have asked me to come and ...

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Bella Parade 2015: Day #9 from 13 Woodhouse Road

Welcome to Day #9 Of Bella Parade!
Having fun, guys, aren't we!!!
We are on day Nine!! Trumpets please...
For the NINTH day we have this lovely Bella Solid with an Aurifil to match! How cool is that!!

And here are your three hints to guess the name of the colour which is in two parts.
1. First part of my name is the name of the first woman to solo the Atlantic and was the first pilot, to fly unaccompanied across the Pacific
2. The second part of my name is a fruit .
3. Fill in the blanks ...

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Collage for a change! from Creating Chaos

Just for a change I have abandoned  fabric and threads and have completed a collage, still under the theme of "Seen From Above".

A few months ago I bought a Gelli Plate so have been experimenting and watching demos on You tube!   For anyone who, like I used to, thinks that you can do mono prints on a sheet of glass so don't need to spend, let's face it, quite a lot of money on a Gelli Plate .... well you're wrong! They are superb so if you need convincing try to get on a course or see ...

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I'm surprised! from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

People must be away on vacations and haven't yet heard.  That is the only reason that I can think of why the Kate Spain Christmas Charm Swap still has some spots still available. I'm sure they would be heartbroken to learn later that they miss out on their chance.
Do you love Kate Spain fabrics like I do? Do you want to make a fun modern-ish Christmas quilt like I do?  Do you want it to be full of awesome fabrics and colors like I do?
Then you should join the charm swap.  All of the details can ...

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Playing with the Hexies from Sewing & Quilt Gallery

This is an ongoing project.  Heck, for all I know it will be ongoing for several years.  At this point, it is still interesting, but it really doesn't have much of an end in sight.  My plan at present is a design that will probably need 24 of these larger (~12") blocks.  Today I finished the 19th of them.  I have the other 5 cut out.  They are good take-along projects that I will probably have a stockpile of when I depart on vacation.
While I am trying to use all the same color fabrics, and to also repeat ...

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