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January 19, 2020
Turn Your Maxi Quilts into Adorable Mini Quilts (and Maybe a Mug) from Gefilte Quilt

In our last installment, I put photos of quilts that are about 70" wide onto fat-quarters of organic cotton sateen, with the help of I sized each image to about 6" across.  Here's the fat-quarter with images of my Los Angeles quilt. Before cutting it up, it fit 8 photos, plus four partial images along the top. 
I decided to make these into individual wallhangings, and this time I not only added borders, but also quilted around each building with "invisible" monofilament thread. Here's a finished Chicago wallhanging, 10" wide including borders:
The original quilt had ...

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Spending Time in Lake Havasu, AZ from If These Threads Could Talk

I have been in Lake Havasu since January 4th. I was honored to be invited to teach One Block Wonder at “Quilting By The Lake” for the Havasu Stitcher’s Quilt Guild. I had a great group of ladies. They did a fabulous job!

The week ended with a OBW Trunk Show

The best part of the trip was meeting my half Sister Marti for the first time! We found each other through Ancestry DNA test. We had never met until January 2020.

Marti and her husband Mike! We have had so much fun.

I even got to meet “Walter ...

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Carolyn's Big Leaf from Creative Longarm Quilting

I've just finished quilting Carolyn's Big Leaf - it is from a class she took with Pat Pauly.  And a peek at the back:

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New Year=New Calendars!! from Val's Quilting Studio

What's your calendar habit?
One of my favorite New Year's project is to update all my new calendars with birthday's, anniversaries and special events. I pour myself a warm cup of tea, put on a sappy, easy to watch movie, pull out my huge notebook of Mrs. Grossman's stickers leftover from my scrapbooking days and get decorating!  
We have one kitchen calendar:

And I have a personal calendar/planner. 
This always seems to take on a different form each year, having yet to find a system that works for me. I want all my "stuff" together ...

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A Garland of Spools! from Val's Quilting Studio

Wondering what to do with your old spools of thread??

Most of mine are saved from my mother's sewing box and are over fifty years old. They are made of wood, plastic and even gold foiled. Tired of the old bucketful sitting around, I thread them onto a sturdy piece of wire.
I added old beads made of wood and glass...
 ...accenting between each, with large buttons, colorful ribbon and scraps of fabric.
Altogether they make for a very cute and colorful garland don't ya think!
 Curious if you've done something crafty with an old bucket of ...

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Taking Advantage of a Dry Spell from The Quilt Quine

We have had a week of unusually settled, dry, January weather so I put the Ercol rocking chair outside to try and strip off the rest of the dark wood stain. It was a much more complicated job than I had anticipated with so many fiddly struts and the only thing that really worked was sanding it all off. I used an electric Mouse sander and tried out a lookalike Dremel which was useless. Purists would have done the job by hand to avoid scratching the wood but that would have taken months. I applied a dry paste of Barkeepers ...

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Shop Hop is almost here! from Sunday Best Quiltworks

If you haven’t participated in Shop Hop before, you’ve missed out on a lot of fun. Each shop is unique, offering something that you won’t find in the others. Widen your horizons this year. As quilters, we love visiting different shops!

This year we will have 7 shops participating: Sunday Best Quiltworks in Ellerslie, Sew Much Fun in Columbus, A Scarlet Thread in McDonough, Hometown Quilts in Hogansville, Birdhouse Quilts in Byron, Couture Sewing Center in Macon, and Magical Stitches in Macon.

Our dates this year are Friday Feb. 14th thru Monday Feb. 17th. As usual, the ...

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On a Winter's Day from Life in the Scrapatch

Winter Blues Sneak Peek

Today it is sunny and cold and we are digging out from last night's snow storm.

We had a very bitter early morning as the temperatures plummeted.
 the icy winds blew,
and our heat went off in the wee hours of the night.

All is well and warm now here and I am looking forward 
to the beating the wintery blues with the 

Starts tomorrow! 

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STASH REPORT SUNDAY from The Proficient Needle

Fabric used this week 0 yards
Fabric used year to date  5.125 yards
Fabric added this week 1.5 yards
Fabric added year to date  4.625 yards
Net used 2020  .5 yards!

I've been busy sewing this past week, working on the first of 2 Hallowe'en quilts for my grandchildren.  I don't count fabric used until it is donated, or I have a completed project !

The center of the quilt came from a panel for a Hallowe'en tote bag, so I used one side for this quilt, and I'm saving the other for ...

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2019 In Review and Sneak Peek from Dueling Threads

2019 Review:   Family, Education, Quilting (In that Order!)
While I have been relentlessly working to enjoy my family and add to my skills in data science,  I managed to still spend time with my best quilting friends and finish some projects along the way.   It was a light year for photographs and blog posts, but I hope you all enjoyed the “tricks” that I shared during the Dueling Threads retreat.

Quilty Finishes:  7 quilts long-armed for others, 2 gifted quilts, several minis and some charity quilts, 2 quilt shows, and 2 retreats.  Plus,  I got to see my Mom participate ...

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Sunday Verse from Wont to be Quilter


January 16

Isaiah 41:10

10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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Sunday Verse from wont-to-be quilter


January 16

Isaiah 41:10

10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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Let's Stitch - A Block a Day with Natalia Bonner - Using Machine Quilting Rulers from Piece N Quilt

Things have been a bit quiet here on the blog, but that doesn't mean things behind the scenes aren't crazy busy and exciting! We've been busy working on some exciting new things to come this summer, including a new book; Visual Guide to Creative Straight Line Quilting, a new machine quilting ruler, Inside Out, and launching June 1st our new YouTube series, Let's Stitch - a block a day with Natalia Bonner.

Make sure you subscribe to Natalia's YouTube channel, so you'll get first access to the videos.

Beginning June 1, 2019 Natalia will share ...

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Another UFO from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I know the difference between finite and infinite and I know this is wrong, but I’m beginning to feel like there’s an infinite number of UFOs in this house. Not “infinite” because they cannot be counted but infinite because the number may never end because I just keep finding them in the unlikeliest of places....

The post Another UFO appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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2019 FINISHES from Kwilty Pleasures

2019 was a good year for my creativity.
I made a lot of fun things.
This post is about my sewing projects.

The year began with a trip to the beach with 
3 Kathys.  I made the other 2 Kathys
sun glass cases and card/key fobs

I finished a couple drawstring bags
that were started at GlampStitchalot in 2018
This camel was supposed to be an oval wall hanging or hoop.
I thought it would be cute as a knitting bag.

The ugly sweater block...also became a drawstring bag.
I gifted this one.

I finished a Poolside Tote ...

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rainbow row by row from Making A Lather

I am at day 2 of my quilt retreat, and, I have been getting stuff done that I can share next week.
As part of the rainbow scrap challenge, I have been working on a row by row quilt. January and green is the color of the drunkard's path block.
I have them all cut and several ready to sew together, but it does take some time.

I found this cute pattern that uses 1 1/2 inch strips. It so happens that I have green 1 1/2 inch strips -what a surprise. The blocks are 4 1 ...

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Snowed in sewing from My Sewing Room

 I have a serious case of cabin fever going on. It was a bitter cold windy day here on Saturday, but the sun was shining finally.  And even here in town there was still a LOT of snow moving.  Our street wasn't plowed out until afternoon.  But with a NEGATIVE 20 degree wind chill, it did seem like a smart thing to stay home yesterday and sew - which is what I did.

First off, two more green RSC20 blocks were added to the collection.  So now I have 2 each of the Twinkle Star and Gingham blocks.   At least ...

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Rosemary Cottage – A Book Recommendation from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Last night I finished Rosemary Cottage, book #2 in the Hope Beach series by Colleen Coble. I loved the first book in the series, Tidewater Inn, but I think I liked Rosemary Cottage more. The third book in this series is Seagrass Pier. I have it for the Kindle but prefer the audio version so...

The post Rosemary Cottage – A Book Recommendation appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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Cabins in the Woods, Christmas Coins, Hearts Too from Canadian Needle Nana

Our house yesterday-view from the feeders at 4 pm
I had lots of emails about the bunny photo I took through my bedroom window shown in last post.  These are cottontails and do not dig burrows but mostly make use of available spaces to huddle in and use as nurseries. We see them year round and the winter gives us more information about their numbers and where they are hanging out. We think they are also using the wood pile at the back door to hide in. Their tracks are unmistakable and we have many, many lines of tracks crossing ...

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A year since my last post..... from Feather on a Wire

And still this quilt is a long way from finished.....
The paper pieced outer border is done. Ignore the jazzy pink red rug it's laid out on.

In this smaller house, the dressing room is the only space large enough to lay it out and even it is limited.

I have started the border of vases of flowers which shall go between the hexagons and the outer border.
Nineteen more vases of flowers to go....

On our lives, I don't think too much happened in 2019. Fliss and I didn't go to the Festival of Quilts this ...

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