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July 11, 2020
Quilts of Valor from My Sewing Room

First of all, the borders are now attached to the QOV that I was working on for one of my own family members.  I absolutely adore!! this layout.  I mentioned before that it's a Pat Sloan pattern called Winter Fun.  It's about 52" by 67", so a nice size. I really love those red/white bars in between the navy blue.  I'm thinking that our QOV group might need to use this layout at some point too, and it only uses 9 blocks. 

And second - or maybe it should have been first - our Prairie Winds Quilters finally ...

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Lucky Save! from Adventurous Quilter

This past week I had that moment when you almost finish a quilt top but you know you need a little more fabric to finish it the way you'd like!

Fortunately it was a Harmony Art Organic Design undyed organic cotton sateen that I dyed with turmeric natural dye and the leftover dye was still in the freezer! So I'm dyeing another batch and it should be indiscernible from the first batch due to the innate variation in hand dyed fabrics!
Yay hand dyed fabrics for the win!

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Saturday Seven 137 | Inspiration for Quilters from A Quilting Life

Saturday Seven 137 featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello and happy Saturday friends! I hope you had a great week and that your weekend is off to a terrific start. Today is my Saturday Seven 137 post which is a smorgasbord of fun things for quilters: find patterns, notions, recipes, good reads and more! Saturday Seven 137 1. Feed Your Spirit I’m thoroughly […]

The post Saturday Seven 137 | Inspiration for Quilters appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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Sauerkraut Hotdish from Jo's Country Junction

I grew up eating Sauerkraut Hotdish.  It isn’t something many of you will be excited about and might be tempted to just skip this post thinking it’s only a recipe and one I won’t eat, but I’m going to tell you the story that goes with it.

My dad was a good eater and mom was a good cook.  I don’t ever remember my dad complaining about or even suggesting what mom cooked.  That didn’t happen.  Both of my parents grew up during the Depression and I think that taught a lot to be ...

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Stars of Solace from Sew Preeti Quilts

Audition Block

Ready to Piece

Just Playing with HSTs

Mom was exasperated.
Can I have just one room that is clean and uncluttered?  One room where I can seat a guest?
Is that too much to ask?

Design Wall

Two Rows = Half Done

Yay for the Flimsy!!!

Mom is an early riser and by early afternoon she needs a nap. If mom was taking a nap in the bedroom, we girls would take our toys in the drawing room and play as quietly as possible. And although we kept the noise level to a minimum the clutter and the mess ...

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21 small and one large..... from Exuberant Color

I went with the green flowers for the 6" center of the big block.  The small churn dash blocks are 9" finished and the large one is 18" so this is still a pretty small project, just 45" square.  Just one big block looks good now with this many small blocks.  When I add more small blocks I wonder if it will need more big blocks.
When I made this quilt top back in 2017 I had just one large block but of a different pattern than all of the other blocks in the quilt top.  I like the big ...

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More Pineapples from Quilts....etc.

Two more pineapple blocks were done and caught up on ripping paper off of the backs – all stacked up in a project box – I believe there are 30 now – I’ve been lazy with this project and several days go by without working on them at times I am hoping all 81 blocks […]

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Koala from Appalachian Quilts

Back in the 90s, I was one of those Craft Mall Vendors.  I also did a lot of craft shows.  I made a lot of wreaths, fabric dolls, fabric bunnies, painted wood items, birdhouses, etc.  I guess I have always been a crafty one.  I remember Nurse Daughter coming home from school one day and finding a bag of my supplies on the kitchen table.  She was upset that I was using eucalyptus.  It would seem that my crafting career was starving the koalas in Australia to death.  Whenever I smell eucalyptus now, I remember her devotion to their habitat ...

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Quilten / quilting from quilts und mehr

Wenn ein Top fertig ist, kommt für mich immer eine sehr schwierige Phase und zwar die Entscheidung wie quilte ich. Hier habe ich mich für ein Muster entschieden und als ich 2 Blöcke damit gequiltet habe, legte ich den ganzen Quilt beiseite, da es mir einfach nicht gefielt. Nach einigem Überlegen, habe ich mich für einmal mehr entschieden alles wieder aufzutrennen!!!

When a top is finished, for me the most difficult part comes: to decide how to quilt. Here I have decided for a pattern I thought would be perfect but after quilting 2 blocks I put the quilt away ...

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"Hear Wave" is a flimsy - from A Left-Handed Quilter

Ta Dah!! - ;)) I think I'll play with the Dresden Plates next - Maybe - LOL - ;)) Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

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Dark Blue RSC Stitching from Romany Quilting

This week I’ve been working on two of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects, it’s dark blue this month.  First I made three pretty blue butterflies, then sat and hand stitched their feelers on.  This little addition always makes then look so much better.  They will be joining their other friends in the butterfly sanctuary shortly.

Three dark blue butterflies

Next up were the checkerboard blocks, these are always a nice easy block to stitch.  I try to use small pieces of fabric in the monthly colour to stitch these, so I’m not cutting into larger pieces just ...

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Creating an Optical Illusion Quilt from On Point Quilter

In the Tech Know Quilter group, a number of members are having fun working on Optical Illusion quilts. 

​Members have been taking my instructions from the More Optical Illusions class and expanding on the concepts to create original optical illusion quilts.
More Optical Illusions Partial Set of Projects
Scroll down to see some of the fantastic optical illusion designs created by Tech Know Quilter members this week.  

Membership in Tech Know Quilters only opens a few times a year.  But you can sign up for the wait list to be informed of the next open enrollment here.​

Optical Illusion with ...

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Mixed blues from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone, and happy Saturday!  I hope you're all doing well. Is is just absolutely sweltering near you? It is so incredibly warm here right now, and humid as all get out, and it looks like we're about to have . . .a tropical storm? What? Yeah, I don't know either. I just know it's slowing down my renovations yet again.

Today I just have a very short post to show this little bit of progress for the rainbow scrap challenge this year. This month's color is dark blue, and here's my progress so far:

A ...

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Not So Boring Today from Quilting My Way

This morning I was getting laundry going. With the new machines, I found that I actually like doing laundry now. Wonder how long that will last!

I went out to do so berry picking. I picked the blueberries out in the yard. It took a good hour or more to get them all picked. In another day I will probably have the same amount to pick. I got a big bucket full of blueberries. When I was done, I decided I wanted to have a smoothie. I took out the frozen blueberries, raspberries, watermelon, with some cranberry juice. I made ...

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Little Doilie Project Finished from The Quilt Yarn

This was a lot of fun to’s the first time I tried this and must say, I really enjoyed this. Got the doilie from the local Op shop for a dollar and placed it in place with spraybasting. Not quite round, but close enough.

I ran out of ideas for the delicate border of the doilie, so left that alone. If I had stitched that down I think it would have turned out too flat. Could not resist though and hyperquilted a little bit in the feathers, then decided that that was enough.
If you have read ...

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Symone Quilt : FREE PATTERN from Samelia's Mum

Symone Quilt by Anorina Morris
I decided to go through and document (list) all of the projects which I've had published in magazines over the last few years.
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It's Christmas!! (Well, sorta!) from Lily Pad Quilting

Merry Christmas!
I always did think that Christmas in the summertime would be awesome! How about July?
I'm a southern girl, don't ya know, and the warm (read that "hot") weather is my favorite! Yes, I know, you think I'm crazy now . . . but in the winter, I can never seem to get warm. Or stay warm.

Give me the warm weather. I'm a happy camper. Humidity? Not a problem. You say you don't like all that humidity and sweat? We southern belles don't sweat. We glisten. Ha! Actually, when you live on a farm ...

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3 Zinnia: Class #1 from Melinda's Cutting Garden

Video Class is at the bottom of this blog.

The history of making the 3 Zinnia quilt starts several years ago with me dying fabrics for my upcoming classes at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. I had seen past students having trouble with color and values and I thought that if I could make kits, they would all be successful and that is all a good instructor wants -  for their students to be successful.  So I became a dyeing machine. Morning, noon, and night, I was in the dying studio (the garage) working on perfecting my colors.  It was ...

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Words to Grow By - An Explanation and Up-to-Date Blocks and Links from Creatin' in the Sticks

There has been a little confusion about our
Words to Grow By Block of the Month for 2020.

We are a group of designers that work together to design a 
Block of the Month quilt
every year.

Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy
Carol at Just Let Me Quilt
Joan at Moosestash Quilting
Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks (me)

We are great friends and have so much fun designing quilts 
from the yearly theme to the final quilt.

Each designer makes individual patterns for different parts of the quilt
(this year it was 12" blocks)
we take turns presenting ...

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Haying Season.....Continues from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

After a very wet June,  we are finally

making hay here in Western Oregon

I am not in front of a sewing machine...

I am behind the wheel of a 

John Deere Tractor.

This green bad boy is my best friend today !

From the back view,  you can see

the hay mower attached...

Uncut grass on the right and

mowed grass on the left.

This mowed grass will dry for 2 days,

then it is time to rake it...

This field takes about 8 hours to knock down...

On the left side, in the distance, 

you can see the cattle ...

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