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October 31, 2014
Halloween! Eeeek! from 44th Street Fabric

It's already Halloween! The only frightening thing around here is when I look in the mirror and see that old woman....YIKES! Just about the only thing I've ever made for Halloween is a quilt that I stitched up to sell Halloween fabrics from the shop. Almost all of it sold before I got the quilt done (shocker). Here are some blocks:




And, here's the finished quilt:
Yes, I did get it done and I did quilt it! It lives with Gina now. I'm working on several projects right now that I can't wait to ...

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Japanese Fabric from Pokeytown Kim

DH returned from his trip to Japan just in time to miss the
typhoon that hit the area, he was very happy he could change his flight
and get out in time. While in Tokyo he found some lovely fabrics for me,
some are recycled kimonos.

Indigo fabrics from Japan


 My plan is to make a small hexie quilt just like Helen's, have a look it is a real beauty.

Happy Sewing, Kim

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It’s Friday, Oct 31 from Pieces on My Mind

Yes, Halloween, not my favorite day of the year, not sure why, don’t want to analyze it right now.  But basically I resent jumping out of my easy chair every few minutes for 2-3 hours to hand out candy.

But let’s not dwell on that.  It’s the end of the month, and I have to admit that I have no starts or finishes to report this month.  We were away for half the month (playing with grandchildren so a wonderful time), then spent several days dealing with head colds.  Back to normal now, but heading away in ...

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Lots of Needles from Quilting in the South

still in partsThis is a picture of my temporary failure.  I have been unable to figure out how to mattress stitch the sleeves onto the body of the sweater I had hoped to have done by the end of October.  I have tried several times but pulled the yarn out when the sides didn’t come together right.

I am now on a hunt for a good video that will show how to attach the sleeves for an almost seamless seam.  Know of one?




new sweater startedMeanwhile I have started a new sweater. It’s a free pattern from from Lion Brand Yarns and ...

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Happy Halloween! from Snippets of a Quilter


Hope your day is filled with sweet treats. Have a fun and safe Halloween. 

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Finish It Up Friday - Giggles Up! from Sew Fresh Quilts

This top, made from a charm pack of Giggles by Me & My Sister Designs and some yummy Kona cotton solids, was sitting on a shelf and has waited long enough.  Time to get this quilted UP!  The Giggles Up top was finished way back in July!  You can read the original post here. This big baby barely fit across the width of the old hay wagon.  And the top row of blocks is hanging over the back of

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Favorites from A Quilting Life


 One of my favorites this week is actually a book I am honored to present: it's a compilation of fifteen different scrap quilts by a great group. I'm honored to have been asked to contribute a quilt for the book. Scraps, Inc.Vol.1: 15 Block-Based designs for the Modern Quilter was introduced at Quilt Market in Houston, and so I can finally share my quilt.



My friend Natalia of Piece 'N Quilt did the amazing quilting. My challenge was to quilt with scraps, and I ended up being rather successful until I had to buy a quarter ...

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October sewing with Sandy from Cottons 'n Wool

 

Can you believe we are into month 10 of our little projects?   Seems like just yesterday that we started working on all these fun little goodies.   

A big thanks to all of you who have commented how much you enjoy seeing what we’re working on.  We are having a great time making them, so we’re glad you are with us on this journey.  

First up is a leftover project from last month.    It’s the “Tumbling Leaves” quilt from the book 101 Fabulous Small Quilts.

First up is Sandy’s version. 

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And mine.  We both used wool for ...

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN from The Quilting Queen Blog

I hope you have enjoyed the

 blog hop.  There certainly was plenty of inspiration and ghouly projects.

The next thing I have for you is no trick and maybe not a treat either.

The King has a new assignment with the 3M Company.  He has accepted the position of HR Manager for the DeKalb, Illinois site.  I have very mixed emotions about the new appointment; mostly because I'm no fan of COLD weather.  But as my daughter pointed out, "what in the world are you making all those quilts for?"  I guess I do have a few to keep ...

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN from The Quilting Queen Online Blog

I hope you have enjoyed the

 blog hop.  There certainly was plenty of inspiration and ghouly projects.

The next thing I have for you is no trick and maybe not a treat either.

The King has a new assignment with the 3M Company.  He has accepted the position of HR Manager for the DeKalb, Illinois site.  I have very mixed emotions about the new appointment; mostly because I'm no fan of COLD weather.  But as my daughter pointed out, "what in the world are you making all those quilts for?"  I guess I do have a few to keep ...

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Happy Halloween! from Wollie Mammoth

Hope you are planning a fun Halloween!  It is one of my favorite holidays!  I got my decorations all up  and if your in my neighborhood I give out GOOD candy...hoping to increase my number of trick or treater's each year.  The weather proves challenging this year so we will see.  

One of my fondness memories from childhood was my sister and I walking almost a mile to reach the Monsignors house because he always gave out a big Hershey's bar and an apple :) And so, I give out good candy so my house will be in ...

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Book Review ~ Learn to Sew with Lauren from Tea Rose Home

In case you are wondering... yes, how to make this cute top she is wearing in the photo is also included in the book!

I was so thrilled when I received a copy of "Learn to Sew with Lauren" to review. Lauren Guthrie was a very popular finalist in BBC TV's Great British Sewing Bee. You can learn more about her, news, projets and tutorials on her blog.

Flipping through the pages, the thought came to my mind was, "I wish I had a book like this when I was learning to sew as a little girl!". The title ...

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My Quilt Care Book - Update from Ann Quilts

Hey, hey!  I am sooooo excited!!!  My book on caring for antique quilts is having just kind of success I hoped for!  

I heard recently from a quilt restorer who has been using the info in my book, and having great results.  She wrote, "I've consulted your book many times, so thanks again for the great advice."  

Here are her before and after photos, and comments.  I am extremely grateful for her permission to share them with you.  Just look at her beautiful work!

"The red, black and white quilt was used and much loved by the owner and ...

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card friday from Quilt Nut Creations


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Quilting the New Classics from Prairie Moon Quilts

20 Inspired Quilt Projects
Traditional to Modern Designs

It’s a new book out by my friend, Michele Muska!

Michelebook

Michele asked 20 quilters to each create a quilt for the book. She chose 10 traditional patterns, and had each one made in a traditional version and a modern version. Then she chose images of vintage and antique quilts made from those patterns and included them in the book.

It’s amazing how these patterns have stood the test of time through all the generations of quilters. And how they manage to tie all those generations together!

Each pattern, Double Wedding ...

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12 Trees in Oakshotts: A Finish from Blueberry Patch

  Name:  12 Trees In Oakshots
Design:  12 Trees by Helen Howes
Size:  36" by 64"
Fabric: Oakshotts, colour shot bundle
Quilted: by me with Aurifil  40 and 50 wt in many colours

I finished 12 Trees on the weekend.  On Monday after school, I rushed outside in between rain and before darkness hit.  I just made it.  The light was fading but the colours of the Oakshotts are so vibrant that the lower light levels didn't seem to matter.  So... what can I tell you?  I used so many colours of Aurifil in the quilting.  A mix of 40 ...

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The Quilters of Snowflake Lodge from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
 
I've officially run out of adjectives to describe the last three days at my Sew'n Wild Oaks retreat at Snowflake Lodge.  In a nutshell, I wouldn't have changed a thing!  It was perfect, and the bar is set very high and will be hard to top next year. 
 
This group of ladies is responsible for bringing joy, and beauty to the world. Each and everyone of them is a treasure, and I feel so lucky to have them as friends.  The girls filled the room with laughter, fellowship, and exquisite quilting projects!  They are holding ...

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Possibilities are endless from My Sewing Room

Here is one possible layout. I won that center block and framed it a couple of years ago. But then what?


So these new blocks may be the perfect next addition. I am thinking about more narrow black sashing. 

These ideas float around my head as I drive to and from work. Especially last night as I had an hour drive.  

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October 31, Observed from From the Strawberry Patch...

This is what an October 31st table display looks like in the home of a Lutheran quiltmaker. Life is Good!

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October 31, Observed from From the Strawberry Patch...

This is what an October 31st table display looks like in the home of a Lutheran quiltmaker. Life is Good!

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