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October 24, 2021
Iberian Lynx - Back from the Brink from Sew Preeti Quilts

 The Island Batik Challenge for October was as follows:

The 2021 Aurifil Color Builders are a capsule of 12 mini-collections dedicated to an incredibly worthy cause that falls in line with Aurifil’s goal to increase sustainability and positive environmental impact — Endangered Species. Each collection contains three large spools of their supple and strong 40wt thread — a warm, a medium, and a dark.

For the October challenge, Aurifil is asking you to create a piece inspired by the endangered animal featured on your assigned Color Builder box. Use each one of the 3 provided colors somewhere in the challenge piece ...

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September 29, 2021
Aurifil Color Builders 2022 from Sew Karen-ly Created...


Aurifil has just announced the details of their 2022 Colour Builders, and it looks pretty amazing!  This highly successful thread-of-the-month program is now heading into its third year season, with each year building on the success of the previous.  As a dealer, I participated for the first time this past year and have to say that everything ran like clockwork.  It’s a super way to build your thread stash and save a bit off the price of individual spools while doing do.  Personally, I loved going to my thread rack and having just the shade I needed at my ...

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August 14, 2021
Island Batik - Try a Tool Blog Hop from Sew Preeti Quilts

 Welcome to Day Two of Island Batik's August 2021 Blog Hop - Try a Tool.

My assignment was to use the Butterfly Blooms collection and the Corner Pop 3 Ruler to make a project.

Butterfly Blooms, designed by Kathy Engle, is shipping to stores in September 2021.  
Let's first feast our eyes on the lovely fabrics.

Inspiration Board

If you like these fabrics, you are about to be how bright they look in person.

On my cutting table

These colors remind me of the Crape Myrtle trees that are in full bloom these days.

On my morning ...

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July 27, 2021
Island Batik - Unboxing Part 2 from Sew Preeti Quilts

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I receive fabric from Island Batik and other supplies from industry partners (Hobbs Batting, Aurifil, Bags by Annie, and Studio 180), twice a year. The first set of boxes were received in January 2021.

Island Batik Boxes and the Video Shoot Setup

The second set of boxes were received in July 2021. Here is my home video showing the goodies as I unbox them.

For the August Challenge (Try a Tool) and Blog Hop, I will be working with Island Batik's Butterfly Blooms collection.

Butterfly Blooms

Foundations to Match Spring 2021 Bundle

Matching Yardage ...

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June 20, 2021
Cassowary is Finished from The Quilt Yarn

Wow...I worked for most of last week on this to get him done and today I finished him.

I am just a little bit proud of this...nothing about this project came easy to me. Each section had its own challenging little things and some of them I did get right and some of them I did not.

In general, I think I thread painted a bit heavily in parts and some of the shading is a bit wonky, but I am more than happy with it. Actually cannot believe I managed to do this.

And here he is ...

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May 6, 2021
Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along 2017 WIP Finish from In the Boondocks

WIP Finish

I was a blogger with the 
For the
Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along 2017

My good friend,
A local Longarmer, Irene Hensley, quilted it for me!
All washed and ready to used.
My grandson is happy to have it for his bed!

It is really beautiful and I feel kind of 
guilty it took 4 years to finish the quilting and
 put a binding on.  This Summer I am going to see,
how many more might be hiding around here!

Do you have any WIPs just hiding out somewhere?

Finish ...

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April 27, 2021
Jolly Bar 3 Quilts Along Week 4 from In the Boondocks

Welcome to
In The Boon Docks 
I’m Lisa Johnson
I’ll be making a Tablerunner
Using the book 
Jolly Bar Book Volume 3

I want to thank the 
for letting me participate in this 
Quilt Along and being one of the bloggers

The fabric I am using is

A Blooming Bunch Jolly Bar
Maureen McCormick for Moda Fabrics
Available at 

Read all about the quilt along on the 
Jolly Jabber

Today begins Week 4 of the 
You can click on the above link to get block 
dates ...

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April 19, 2021
Jolly Bar 3 Quilts Along Week 3 from In the Boondocks

Welcome to
In The Boon Docks 
I’m Lisa Johnson
I’ll be making a Tablerunner
Using the book 
Jolly Bar Book Volume 3

I want to thank the 
for letting me participate in this 
Quilt Along and being one of the bloggers

Read all about the quilt along on the 
Jolly Jabber

Today begins Week 3 of the 
You can click on the above link to get block 
dates and fabric requirements!

To do these blocks you will need the book

This weeks block is ...

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April 12, 2021
Jolly Bar 3 Quilt Along Week 2 from In the Boondocks

Hello and Welcome to
In The Boon Docks my name is Lisa Johnson
I’ll be sewing along over the next 8 weeks to make a Tablerunner!

I want to thank the 
for letting me participate in this 
Quilt Along and being one of the bloggers

Read all about the quilt along on the 
Jolly Jabber

Today begins Week 2 of the 
You can click on the above link to get block 
dates and fabric requirements!

To do these blocks you will need the book

This weeks ...

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March 29, 2021
concrete garden quilt from Charm About You

I am over the moon with this finish! It's been a long time coming... it began it's life in 2016 when I created the central hexagon and my wonderful Bee A Brit Stingy friends made bee blocks. They each made a square and a triangle block. My brief as 'queen bee' was asking them to use the background fabric I sent, along with a mix of cheery fabrics and create geometric blocks for the squares and triangle blocks made up of triangles.

The starting point for all our bee blocks was a central panel in the shape of ...

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March 28, 2021
Quilty Pages Needlebook by Princess in a Pouch Designs from In the Boondocks

Quilty Pages Needlebook 
by Sarah Gozzo

Available on Etsy

This is my needlebook!

Available on her blog
Princess in a Pouch Designs

The pattern is made for anyone who sews
beginners to advanced!
It has a lot of ways to add your own spin on it!

I knew the thing missing from all my other needlebooks 
was a zipper pouch to keep my needle threader 
and ThimblePads by Colonial Needle! You can get ThimblePads at the 

I looked up on YouTube and watched a video
on how to sew vinyl (Vinyl Zipper Pouch) the ...

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March 21, 2021
Project QUILTING 12.6: Ab Intra from Goer

Six for six! This little quilt completes season 12 of Project QUILTING. And true to form, I waited until the last 24 hours of the one-week challenge to get started. And as you know, the later I start, the smaller the quilt gets. ;-)

This week's challenge is Ab Intra, or "from within." At first glance, I think the theme is a little intimidating. But really, there are so many options. So far, there have been a variety of deep, personal, or lighthearted submissions.

It was hard for me to roll over the one year mark of being home during ...

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March 8, 2021
Sew Sampler February 2021 Box Reveal from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Like a kid with a new box of crayons, we can’t wait to see what comes of your February Sew Sampler Box. This box is beaming with colors that are sure to ignite your creativity. Let’s ‘make a splash’ and dive right into this box!

My Favorite Color Is Moda Fabric Kit for Moda Fabrics
Fat Quarter Shop Exclusive & Sew Sampler members got it first!

This curated bundle includes the My Favorite Color is Moda Quilt Panel plus 12 specially selected Bella Solid Fat Eighths to accompany it. Let’s paint the town with Moda!

View our wide ...

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March 7, 2021
Project QUILTING 12.5: You’re Crazy from Goer

This week's Project QUILTING challenge is You're Crazy, inspired by the "crazy quilt" movement of the late 1800s. I honestly hesitated a bit about participating, because I've become more aware of ableist language and I've tried to edit the word crazy out of my everyday vocabulary. Ableism is defined as discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities based on the belief that typical abilities are superior. It includes the use of ableist words, many of which people don't realize have an impact on people with disabilities. If this isn't a concept you're ...

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January 28, 2021
» Pat Sloan's Blog

Are you ready to be organized, Caught up, and start something new? How is that for a question?

  • Download my February Calendar
  • My Daily Video - see how I do a pieced quilt back
  • Download the Aurifil 2020 layout
  • 2021 Block of the Month

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February is going to be filled with Love every step of the way!

My calendar lists all the sew along and I have daily prompts too!


Download Pat Sloan February 2021 Calendar


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*** See how I do a pieced quilt back ***

  • Help me pick which border to do for my Prim Cross stitch ...

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January 11, 2021
You're Capable from Charm About You

I'm excited to share a new pattern with you because sometimes you just have to make things that make you feel good! I made this cushion after a period of self doubt, it's a bright happy cushion and a note to self that I am capable. Inspired by the lyrics of Gwen Stefani, "Life is short, you're capable". Hearing her song lifted my spirits, motivated me to take chances and I do ask myself 'What you waiting for?'! 

So here's my note to you - a 13 page PDF pattern to make a 'You're Capable' cushion ...

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December 4, 2020
Christmas Thread Set Gifties from Sew Karen-ly Created...

 Last year, looking for quick and unique gifts, I stitched up this cute little poinsettia mat using Aurifil 12 weight thread. It was fun to do, and I ended up making several of them.

I printed the pattern and instructions, and put together little Aurifil thread kits, perfect for Christmas stitching and gifting. Last year these were the Christmas special at the various pop-up shops and venues where I was vending, but this year being what it is, they are now available from the website.  
These pieces have all been stitched on my regular domestic sewing machine, set up for ...

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November 18, 2020
Slice and Stitch Challenge: Improv Curves Tutorial from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Aurifil, OLFA, and Michael Miller.

I'm excited to share that I'm today's stop for the final 2020 installment of the Aurifil Slice and Stitch Challenge. Way back in November of 2019 I signed up as one of the Aurifil Artisans to participate. I was very excited about the Color Builder thread boxes that Aurifil had recently released. (They are such a feast of color!)

For the challenge I received the Florence Brown Aurifil Color Builder with three large spools of 50wt in Ermine (#2312), Toast (#6010 ...

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November 16, 2020
November Aurifil Designer of the Month Block and Interview from Pat Sloan's Blog

I'm thrilled to share the November Aurifil Designer with you!


*** The Aurifil Project ***

Our November Aurifil designer for November is Tiffany Sepulveda of Sew Tiffany.  Head over and read my interview for Aurifil's Designer of the Month Series, you will love meeting here! Then come back for my tips on the block



*** Featured Aurifil Collection ***

Each month ...

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November 9, 2020
Lest We Forget from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Last December, I was asked to make a Remembrance Day parament for First Baptist Church in Amherst. This beautiful church is located downtown right next to the cenotaph and hosts the indoor part of the Remembrance Day service each year, right after the wreath laying.

I accepted the commission without hesitation as, having done hangings for this church previously, I felt comfortable with the task, plus I had almost a whole year in which to work.  I started work on the project right after the new year began to ensure it would be done in lots of time.  Ha!

The ...

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