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October 22, 2021
Art Group Project :: A Finish - finally! from Alamosa Quilter

 Well, I just did a search to figure out how long ago I finished the top of this project. 

Answer: Dec 7, 2016! 

It has been basted and ready for quilting since March of 2017.

art group project finished

I needed something to quilt recently to get someone's mid-arm machine working. This is all that I had that was already basted and ready to go. Sadly that is the only reason this one got finished, but I'm glad it is finally done!

You can read previous posts about this project by clicking the following link: Art Group Project That post says that ...

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October 19, 2021
2021 Ornaments :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

 My ornaments for this year are done!

2021 Ornaments

2021 Ornaments

I completed two sets of these adorable felted wool ornaments. I had a bag full of these little wooden "handmade" tags so I add one to the back of each ornament.

2021 Ornaments label

I wrote my initials and the year on each little wooden tag before sewing it to the back.

Ms. Spooky Boo is not impressed.

2021 October Spooky Boo

This is how she likes to lay on me now. Her paws are right at the base of my neck. It's really hard to sew anything with a cat sitting on your chest! Being photographed was not ...

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October 14, 2021
2021 Ornaments from Alamosa Quilter

 I didn't make ornaments the last couple years. Just too much other stuff going on. But I was determined to make some this year.

2021 ornaments

These are in progress but almost finished. When this photo was taken I needed to add a little embroidery to a couple of them but by now I'm just doing a running stitch around them to finish them off. I will hopefully have them all done soon and ready to be sent off.

I did have the pattern for these in my shop, but they are sold out at the moment. However, if you ...

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October 11, 2021
Itsy Bitsy Panels from Alamosa Quilter

Northcott fabrics has a new collection called Itsy Bitsy panels. These are one yard by width of fabric panels that each have 9 fabrics per yard.

Itsy Bitsy Panel

Itsy Bitsy Panel

Itsy Bitsy Panel

Itsy Bitsy Panel

What can you do with these you might wonder. Well, I show you two options:

One is called Stacked. The pattern includes instructions for three sizes of quilt: Crib (40.5" by 47.5"), Lap/throw (53" by 63.75") and Twin (74" by 87.5"). For the crib size you just need one panel, but you need two panels for the other two sizes. I made the crib size using the unicorns panel ...

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October 7, 2021
Constance from Alamosa Quilter

 I got in a couple new patterns and this one, Constance, is one of them.

Constance sample

One of the features I look for in a quilt pattern is does it include instructions for several sizes of quilt. This one does - lap, twin and queen sizes. The pattern is also well-written and easy to follow.

For our shop sample we just made four blocks. It's about 40" square, which is a great baby size. For fabric we mixed two collections with some basics, Wild and Aviary from Dashwood Studios.

My long arm quilter is on vacation this month so this one ...

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October 4, 2021
Monday Madness from Alamosa Quilter

 ****Limited time offer and limited quantities available****

I made this fun quilt recently. 

Movie Star Quilt

I've made up a few complete kits as well as some fat quarter bundles. For one week only, October 4, 2021 - October 10, 2021, I am discounting the complete kits and offering the pattern free with purchase of the fat quarter bundle. 

Shown below is a sample fat quarter bundle. All of the kits include a black batik for the border and binding with batik fat quarters similar in color to the ones below and the ones used in the quilt shown above.

Movie Star Fat Quarter Bundle


All of the ...

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September 30, 2021
Wild from Dashwood Studios from Alamosa Quilter

I'm just wild about this new collection - pun intended. The name of the collection is Wild, from Dashwood Studios.

The panel is just adorable.

Wild Panel

And the coordinates are so sweet!

Wild coordinating fabrics

The squares in the panel are large, about 14" by 14". A super simple and adorable quilt idea is the cut the panel into 14" by 14" squares. Pick 6 of the coordinates to cut two each of the same size squares. The layout will be four squares across by 5 squares down. Just mix them up! The seventh fabric from the collection would be the border. You'd ...

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Ruffle Duffle from Alamosa Quilter

 I found an adorable duffle bag pattern! It's a free tutorial from Bernina. Click the link to go to the tutorial:

  Ruffle Duffle Tutorial

Ruffle Duffle 1

Ruffle Duffle 2

Ruffle Duffle 3

The finished size of this duffle is 14.5" by 8" by 8" tall. I have kitted this project in case you want to make one too. The kit includes the laminate, the cotton webbing and a black zipper.

Ruffle Duffle Kit

You can click the link above to go directly to the item in my online shop. Or you can go to AlamosaQuiltCompany.com and click Shop>Kits and this one is probably the ...

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September 25, 2021
Southwest Quilt & Pillows from Alamosa Quilter

I made this sample back in June, but the fabrics just arrived last week.

Southwest Quilt

The panel has 6 squares, but only four of them are used in the quilt. The other two are used in pillows.

Southwest Pillow 1

Southwest Pillow 2

The colors in the pillow images are truer than the colors in the quilt image. The fabrics are shown below.


Southwest Fabrics

The quilt finishes at 60" by 60" while the pillows are 18" by 18". You can view all of the fabrics and the kit on my shop website. Click the following link to go directly to this collection on the shop website: Southwest

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September 23, 2021
Summer Mountains from Alamosa Quilter

 This was a "group" project. One of my employees pieced this, my long arm quilter quilted it and I put on the binding.

Summer Mountains Quilt

The pattern includes instructions for two sizes of quilt. We made the smaller version (36" by 48"). The larger size finishes at 72" by 96". The pattern is available both in store and in our online shop. Click the following link to go directly to the pattern in my online shop: Summer Mountains



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September 21, 2021
Have you tried ruler quilting? from Alamosa Quilter

 I started ruler quilting a few years ago after attending Quilt Market in Houston. I stopped by the Sew Steady booth and watched in wonder as it was demoed at the show by Donelle McAdams. I signed myself up to learn how to do this from Donelle and purchased all the stuff on the spot. Fast forward a few years and I've taught the beginner class I learned through the class with Donelle several times at my shop. When COVID hit Sew Steady pivoted quickly to offering high quality virtual classes. My shop has sponsored several of their virtual ...

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September 20, 2021
How Have You Been? from Alamosa Quilter

 Well...I don't know about you, but I got completely overwhelmed with running a business in the age of COVID. I found that I had no time or energy for anything extra, such as this blog. I focused on my Facebook business page and my Instagram page and my shop newsletter and website. However, I have missed this format. 

And, I opened a "real" online shop and closed my Etsy shop. The shop name is Alamosa Quilt Company, the same name as my physical shop.

So I'll start with a recent "finish". It isn't quilted yet, but ...

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June 29, 2020
Adore Him Quilt from Alamosa Quilter

I ordered this panel and coordinating fabrics for my shop.




The fabric company had a quilt designed using these but I didn't really like their design. So I came up with my own design.


It finishes at 54" by 76" and we kitted it up. Kits are available in our Etsy Shop and in store. These kits are only available from my shop because I wrote the pattern.

I used a snowflake wide back for the backing, shown below.


If you purchase a kit and want this backing fabric to go with it you will need 1 3/4 ...

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June 8, 2020
Great Outdoors Quilt :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

Are you familiar with Connie Haley? Google her if you aren't to see all of her great designs. Now a fabric company has started working with her to get her designs on fabric. This quilt uses one of her lines, Great Outdoors, that I got in my shop this year. 

Here is the quilt.


The front has a newspaper print in it and I used a slightly different colorway of this print for the back.


Here are the fabrics from the line that I ordered. The first is a panel and second/third are the coordinates. All but the ...

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June 1, 2020
Woodland Animals Quilt :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

Did you know that I have opened an Etsy shop in addition to my brick and mortar shop? You can check it out by clicking this link, Alamosa Quilt Company on Etsy. If you do a search for my shop on Etsy, you need to search for AlamosaQuiltCompany with no spaces. This is the easiest way I could find to quickly get an online shop up and running for my physical shop. If you click the link you will notice that there aren't a lot of items up for sale yet in the Etsy shop. The problem with online ...

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May 26, 2020
Surgical Caps for Kids {Photo Heavy} from Alamosa Quilter

What you will need:

Fabric and the pattern, download it here, you will need to scroll down a bit. Below the header image is a link to download the pattern for the surgical cap. 5/8 yard of fabric will make four caps but you can also use scraps. The pieces don't have to all be from the same fabric.

Be sure your printer settings are correct: no scaling, print at 100%, uncheck the "fit to page" box if it is checked. If you have problems printing the pattern and want me to mail you a printed copy send ...

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April 27, 2020
Circle Play Pin Cushion from Alamosa Quilter

I know many of you have had lots of extra sewing time in the past few weeks. Unfortunately, that has happened for me. I have been able to carve out a little bit of sewing time, but I have spending most of my energies trying to figure out how to run a business that has been forced to close. That is a depressing topic so I won't say any more about it here.

I got my Circle Play Pin Cushion mostly finished.


I still need to actually sew this up into a pin cushion, but the hand work is ...

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March 28, 2020
Surgical Gown Project from Alamosa Quilter

This is a fairly long post. I am trying to be as clear as possible with photos of each step. The first one took me about 30 minutes to make, but now I am making one in about 20 minutes. You will be cutting out four at a time with these instructions.

What you will need:


Three 54" by 108" plastic table cloths from the dollar store will make FOUR gowns if you cut them out in the way I will describe. Other things you need are a dinner plate, scissors and/or a rotary cutter, a ruler, a cutting ...

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March 23, 2020
Sewing Machine Cover from Alamosa Quilter

This adorable panel that sews up into a sewing machine cover is a new arrival at my shop.


Not wanting to infringe upon anyone's copyright, I blacked out the instructions on the panel in the photo above. The black is only on the photo, not on the panels. Underneath the black scribble are the directions, which are very good.

Here is what it looks like sewn up and in use:


Completely adorable! The pieces were easy to line up so the pattern continues nicely all the way around. It only took about an hour and a half to make ...

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March 16, 2020
Mirror and Round & Round from Alamosa Quilter

I have finished up two more shop samples.

Both of these are from a series of patterns that use Five One Yard cuts per pattern. 

The first one is called Mirrored and it finishes at 63" by 66". Fabrics used are from the collection Playmaker by Victoria Findley Wolfe.



And this one is called Round and Round. Finished size is 59" by 71". Fabrics used are various batiks, not collection specific.


Both of these patterns are fairly simple. Actually, all of the patterns in this series are simple, well-written and fun to sew! I'm working on another one right ...

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