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March 31, 2015
MQX - Quilt Festival - New England - Long-arm Quilting Classes from Sew Kind of Wonderful


We are looking forward to attending the MQX Quilt Festival in Manchester New England

There are spaces available in our Saturday - April 11th long-arm quilting classes! 

9-11am How to use Curved Rulers - including our own QCR Sidekick


1-3pm Find the Bump Bump in your Quilting


And, 4-6pm A Fresh Look to Custom Quilting




Click here for more information and to register for our April 11th Saturday classes. We hope to see many of our quilting friends in Manchester!

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

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Galena Antique Mall from Jo's Country Junction

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A post from Kelli–

Our first stop on Thursday was the Galena Antique Mall, right outside of Galena.  They have tons of cool things to see!

One of my favorites was this little crocheted chicken.

Crocheted Chicken (400x225)
I also saw this embroidery stand.  I thought that the piece was beautiful, but I’m always looking for new ways to display my embroidery and this one almost came home with me, but it was a bit out of my price range.

Galena Embroidery (225x400)

 

I found this quilt too!  Isn’t it wonderful?

Galena Quilt (225x400)

I love the thicker sashing.  It’s something that I haven’t used ...

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Take the Good Despite the Bad from From Blank Pages . . .


OK, so I totally just stole this from @kakiofhoneyhill on Instagram. I hope that's OK.

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A flimsy...I think! from The Painted Quilt

I think I should rename it my "Road to Recovery" quilt because I spent many hours stitching away while I was housebound over the past two and a half months, recovering from hip surgery. It definitely made the hours pass by quickly and helped me keep my sanity.

They're not the best photos but my "Down in the Garden" quilt is a flimsy...I think! 

I'm thrilled with the way it turned out but I'm undecided as to whether I should add a final red border or leave it as it is.



What do you think...leave ...

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Quilt as Desired! from The Knitting Quilter




I've reached that stage where my Downton Abbey quilt is all ready to be quilted but I'm not sure what to do! I doodled on paper for a little while until I found a few ideas I liked. I also wanted to try and make a secondary design within the block.

The above design is what I came up with. The Ladies of Downton Abbey is made up of the uneven 9 patch block. I stitched 2 blocks on fabric and marked the quilting I had decided on. It's always easier when quilting a small sample as ...

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Quilt as Desired! from Knitting Quilter




I've reached that stage where my Downton Abbey quilt is all ready to be quilted but I'm not sure what to do! I doodled on paper for a little while until I found a few ideas I liked. I also wanted to try and make a secondary design within the block.

The above design is what I came up with. The Ladies of Downton Abbey is made up of the uneven 9 patch block. I stitched 2 blocks on fabric and marked the quilting I had decided on. It's always easier when quilting a small sample as ...

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Shiny from Bunbear Quilts


These cute earrings are silver quilt squares that I got last year at the show.  I'm wearing them today.  They just make me smile...  :)

It was funny, last night when I decided to go upstairs all I was going to do was measure the quilt top but ended up not only picking out material, but completely sewing together the back.  It's all ready to load on the frame now.  Usually Monday's aren't a day I sew, plus it was almost nine o'clock when I went upstairs.  Works for me!

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The Quilt Tester / Batting Review from Tim Quilts

Yesterday I started a quilt using Warm and Plush batting.

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I have finished enough of the hand quilting to have formed a preliminary opinion.  It is very different than Warm and Natural.   It is thicker and denser.  It is going to make for a very nice heavy and warm quilt.   I do however find it difficult to hand quilt.    I have pretty strong hands and can hand quilt for hours at a time but with this batting I am finding that I can not get stitches as small as I would like and my hands do get tired.  I broke ...

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April Short List from Quilt Paint Create

Now that I’ve lived three months with The Short List, I’m ready to evaluate it. I like that it keeps me focused on a few projects instead of lots of projects. I do think five is too many. Three would be better, but I’m not going to reduce the number of items on the list. As long as I can live with never finishing the list in a month, the five can stay.
As a reminder, the Short List is something old (UFO), something new, something painted, something abstract and a handwork project.
Something old: The still ...

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FQS Staff Takes on a BOM Month 3 from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Hi everyone and welcome back to another monthly recap of our Block of the Months! Besides being Kimberly's favorite month (it's her birthday month), March is always full of surprises at FQS. We invited a special guest this month, released a new Shortcut Quilt video tutorial and hosted our first March Minis Challenge! Now on to some more quilty fun with our monthly recaps. 

Kimberly has been a busy little bee as usual! She's worked on more Snapshots tutorials, like this month's Put The Kettle On block that symbolizes our favorite beverages that trigger special memories ...

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The last day of March from South Jersey Quilter

March actually went by pretty fast. Winter just won't go away! We had sleet yesterday with snow mixed in, and we may get a snow shower tonight! Hopefully not. 

By Thursday, it's supposed to be sunny and 70. Here's hoping!

Two more work days til spring break starts, and it can't go by fast enough! 

Ralph has been busy laying out his garden. He's planting corn, peanuts, potatoes, asparagus and raspberries. 

Today is Mike's birthday, he's 59. 

I'm crocheting chemo caps for my friend Jean. I have 3 made, and want to ...

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1000 Quilt Inspirations from Occasional jottings

The pages may be turned quickly but I still managed to see a couple of pieces of mine:-


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Chevron Quilt Design Back in Style from Quilter's Thread

Chevron is a pattern that has been around for many centuries now. Chevron is a simple v-shape shape that appears intricate with its repeated zig zag design of multiple shades of color. It was first found being used on ancient pottery work and rock carvings but throughout history it has been used in many styles of art, clothes, quilts, and other crafts.

Chevron blankets are a popular style that department stores such as Target, JC Penny and Macy’s are currently selling. When buying a chevron blanket, you take the risk of friends and family having the exact same one ...

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End of March and still no where near finished. from Feather on a Wire

I laid it out on the table to see how much is done. I am so disappointed. I do as much as I can but it is so slow.

Then I turned it over to cheer myself up, it does look good where it is done.
I have done the petals on all the pink flowers but I am waiting for some dark red Invisafil to do the others. I also have some dark green on order for the darker leaves and have some Khaki for the lighter ones. I tried one of the red flowers in the border with ...

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Old Glory, 1st block done from MY NEEDLE AND THREAD BY MARY

Last night I finished my first block of Old Glory - The Eagles.... I did find these challenging to say the least, especially their beaks and wing points, but I like how they turned out, now to the next block....

Here is a close up of each eagle so you can see what I mean,
Also took a picture of one of the fabrics I used - my favorite so far...
Well, that is it for today, Hugs, Mary

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Old Glory, 1st block done from MY NEEDLE AND THREAD BY MARY

Last night I finished my first block of Old Glory - The Eagles.... I did find these challenging to say the least, especially their beaks and wing points, but I like how they turned out, now to the next block....

Here is a close up of each eagle so you can see what I mean,
Also took a picture of one of the fabrics I used - my favorite so far...
Well, that is it for today, Hugs, Mary

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Hexagon Quilt finished & a busy time... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Hi everyone, sorry it has been an age since I posted and lo and behold, tomorrow is April.  Life has been very busy with our two great grandsons born at 30.2 weeks in Wellington due to a lack of incubators in the Waikato.  I travelled down to support Tonya and the babies were born about an hour after I got to the hospital. The littlest boy (Jayden) was 1.1 kg (approx 2.4 lbs) and the bigger twin (Jordan) was 1.9 kg (approx 4 lbs).  Although the little one was struggling to grow, he is now doing ...

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Just Arrived from Quilting Corner

My latest book by Bonnie Hunter has just arrived and it's packed with great ideas for scrappy quilts.  I'm going to really enjoy this book.
Congrats to Susan.  You are the winner of the Oldies But Goodies give-a-way.

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Back it up from Bunbear Quilts


This floral print is going to be the backing for last years Paducah swap top.  It is wide enough, but the length concerned me.  It was only a couple inches longer than the top.  I was worried that the back would shrink with the quilting, plus I know I lose a bit in attaching the back to the leaders.

To remedy this, I added a four inch piece of muslin at either end.  That will give me a bit of wiggle room.  I can attach the muslin to the leaders without losing any of the length of the backing.

Took ...

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1949 Lutterloh Blouse Pattern - Spring for Cotton from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


After enjoying myself so much last year making a 1940s blouse for the Sew for Victory Sew Along, I am now jumping into another vintage sewing challenge, Spring for Cotton.  The rules are fairly simple - use a vintage pattern to make a garment in cotton, share photos on Flickr, and have the finished garment ready by 30th April.

I have had a 1949 Lutterloh pattern book on my shelf for a couple of years now, and this challenge has galvanised me into action.  It didn't take me long to decide on this blouse, then I watched this video.   



Mr ...

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