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July 12, 2020
Barn Raising! from The Cozy Quilter

Over the course of 16 months in 2018-2019, 10 quilting friends and I made and exchanged 20 neutral blocks each month.  We could use any neutral colours including cream, beige, brown, white, gray and black and each block was to be made using two lights and a dark or two darks and a light. This way, each of us ended up with 320 neutral blocks at the end of the swap.  I divided mine into two piles--1:  white, gray and black and 2: cream, beige and brown, and decided to make two different projects with my blocks.   

I found some ...

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HSTs from Mel's quilting blog

Making HSTs for Chili Pepper

Continuing to make the pineapple blocks.

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A few changes from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Tuesday I did a little in the studio: straightened up the fabric so I could put away three containers of fabrics that I separated out some time ago. Generally one container of solids goes into the camper when we are traveling--you just never know when you need something that can coordinate with the rest of the quilt. A big container with a variety of solids can really help out in a pinch. 

A second container holds stripes and plaids that I first pulled out to create a kit of, yes, stripes and plaids. Since I was working on that over ...

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A Surprise Visitor from Heart Desire Creations

Being at home so much has renewed my passion for gardening. The cooler spring temperatures and abundant rain certainly helped! Everything in the garden has just burst forth.

The ferns are amazing and there are two large patches, one in the back garden and one out front. The daylillies have set so many blooms. Last year they were such a disappointment that I thought I’d be digging them out this year. They redeemed themselves!

The hostas have been pretty happy too. In the past I’ve lost many a hosta plant to voles, but thankfully, the two outdoor cats ...

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Red and White in Reverse 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38 from Virtual Quilter

From red on white, to white on red …

… in three steps

But wait … there’s more.

I thought I would play a little longer to see what would happen, and liked what I found enough to share the results.

I like all of the last three … no one favourite today!

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An Old Fashioned Package from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Addie and I went down to the mail box today and there was a package – one that I ordered back in May and totally had forgotten about. Addie loves all things old, including her granny!

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July 11, 2020
In My Mail… from Jo's Country Junction

Do you remember that Carver got “fan mail” the other day?  This package…

Well I was on quarantine from them as there was a Covid scare.  Someone from Kalissa’s family work though they were exposed to Covid and testing had to be done.  As a precaution, until the tests came back, we all stayed away from each other.  I’m seeing them again but we’re all super cautious in our time away from each other.  Anyway, when I saw Carver, I let him open his package.  He was so excited.

I’m not telling you what was in ...

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Pieces From The Past - The Dragon Fly from Melva Loves Scraps

Herbert Wenzel's letter, dated November 18, 1946...

Hohenlimburg, Nov 18, 1946

Very Honored Mr. Schleich:

You will not know what to make of this writer.  In June of last year, I was sent to work from Camp Trinidad, first with Mister Eckert and then, in the same group, with you in the sugar beet fields.  We all hoped to also come help you with the harvest, but unfortunately we were employed elsewhere.  We were then quickly discharged and started our homeward journey in San Francisco.   The trip will remain unforgettable for me.  But once in Europe, I had a ...

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Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Squirrel or Two.... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's been a quiet week in my home town.......... but it's Friday and that means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on again!  Are you ready?  Let's get started!


A couple of weeks ago I got a pair of bird feeders and set them up in the back yard where we can see them from our patio.  It has been quite a treat seeing all the birds, but lately we've been visited by a pair of squirrels who have provided some serious acrobatic entertainment!  I'm sorry I don't ...

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The Appeal of Quilt Retreat from Kim Hanson Quilts

Good day everyone. Hope you’re doing well.

The Autumn 2020 issue of Quilter’s World magazine is out in print. I love working for Quilter’s World; they approve my idea and then let me run with it. That’s truly the best way to work!

My piece is entitled, The Abiding Appeal of the Quilt Retreat and begins on page 66 of this issue. As with all my writing, I’m so very fortunate to engage with some wonderful people. For this article, thanks go to the following ladies: Angela McPherson, Vivian Sergeew, Donna Bonn and Alvina Saliken ...

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Q3ish from Fabric Engineer

Well, I had meant to post a Q2 update, but in all the COVID craziness it came and went.  So I'm posting this mid-year update, and hopefully by the time I finish it will still be mid-year. :)

1. Baby boy quilt (ZJN).  This is almost all pieced.  I have one more block, to put them all together, and then remove all the paper.  It's not going all that fast but it isn't going all that slowly either.

2. Scrap quilt. I worked on this quite a bit.  Then I ran out of grey thread don't know ...

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16 years! Home, Maine, HOME! from Art and Quilting in Camden

When I arrived in Maine 16 years ago today, to move into our house in Camden (we moved from there to neighboring hope in 2011), I did not know that after 46 years of wandering the globe and living on four continents, I had finally found what I always wanted: HOME!

After the storm, just a couple of days ago, from our front porch

Maine has become my muse and my soul’s home. Within two years, I made this quilt which flowed out of me effortlessly. In such a short time, I had become Maine’s and Maine had ...

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Stringing Along from Kat & Cat Quilts

Happy Friday folks, we made it another week deeper into the summer! It's officially hot and humid outside, not good weather for anybody. 

Some of you might remember the tutorial I posted several months ago for a scrap-busting block that used 2.5" and 1.5" strings.  The main block is the one in the quilt below, with the black border, and the bonus blocks made the quilt above with the blue border. 

It's a great way to use up a whole bunch of strings in a hurry and make cozy scrap quilt in the process! These two ...

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The Button Box from Keep me in Quilts

The humble button ... not so simple. Buttons are very necessary and very often ignored. I have a lot - in various containers and use them more than one might think. 

Mismatched and a little big ... perfect for center of these quilt blocks.

Kid #1 bought this shirt because she loved the fit and style. In the shop she was bemoaning the fact that the white buttons just didn't work for her.

Mom's button bin to the rescue. 

I'm quite sure I will find a use for these.

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An Interesting Coincidence from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

You know how I’m always noticing funny little coincidences. Here’s another one. We moved to Texas in August, 2011. That summer, there were either 99 or 100 consecutive days over 100 degrees. I thought it was 100 days; Vince thinks it was 99 days. What difference does one day make . . it was A...

The post An Interesting Coincidence appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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Persistence from Jean Swenson

July 2020

I’ve been working on this off and on since January 2019. Life got crazy in 2019 with my daughter diagnosed with breast cancer, so this got put to the back burner. I am calling this Persistence, in recognition of my daughter’s fight with cancer, and for this quilt challenging my quilting and sewing capabilities to the max! Today is my daughter’s 1 year cancer-free, cancerversary.


“Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.” ― Roy T. Bennett


I had received ‘The Quilt Block Bible’ (Rosemary Youngs) the Christmas before, and wanted to ...

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Saturday Sewing Round-up from Not Afraid of Color

It looks like I've hardly been sewing but I've been up in my overheated garret studio every day this week!
Mainly doing this
Joy got me started, and I thought, why not make a king quilt for the bed in summer?? I'm using leftover solid fabrics for the most part, mixed with some older calico scraps, some black and white, and a cut up oxford white shirt of dh's! Right now there are 40 blocks and I realized I need a half row at the bottom at least to cover the bed. It's still in ...

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Saturday's Smile!! from The Quilting Garden

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Saturday's Smile!! from Lavender Quilts

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Quilt Stories from Gwen's Quilts


At Handi Quilter we love to hear quilt stories. How a quilt came to be, what techniques were used, how the maker came to quilting. This curiosity is the inspiration for our And I Quilt campaign. Getting to know quilters is fun and fascinating!

quilt stories with Lisa Walton

Lisa Walton is a textile artist living in Sydney, Australia and she is doing a series of YouTube videos called Quilt Stories. In this series Lisa is interviewing accomplished quilters from around the world. I’d like to highlight two of the quilters here. Both of them quilt on Handi Quilter longarm machines.

Birgit Schueller

Birgit ...

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