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April 3, 2020
You are my sunshine from Granny Maud's Girl

I have conquered another UFO, a project that has been lurking in my sewing room since early 2017.

It started like this: my cousin was having a baby, so I thought I would make her a quilt. Without giving away my intentions, I asked her about colours and themes she likes. She replied, ‘I like yellow and cows’. I worried a yellow cow might be a bit tricky, so I was pleased when she added, ‘I like sunshine too’.

That short conversation inspired me to try to make a sunshine-themed baby quilt.

Baby quilt with sun design

It is finished!

Here is what I did ...

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March 24, 2020
Custom Quilting Little Red Riding Hood Baby Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts

I so enjoyed custom quilting this Little Red Riding Hood baby quilt in the sweetest of hearts.  I've had this panto for awhile, and after seeing it stitched out, I can't believe I haven't used it sooner; it is beautiful!  You will definitely be seeing it again.  :)  This is a quilt of Andrea's, and I also bound it for her.  Saturday has become my go-to custom quilting day as I'm so busy during the week with quilt designing, pattern writing, and quilt-making.  I finish my chores as quickly as possible in order to get my ...

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March 17, 2020
Custom Quilting Neverland Baby Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts

I custom quilted this Neverland baby quilt with a fun star and swirl panto.  Sometimes it's a challenge to think of which design to use on a quilt, but this was an easy choice for this Peter Pan-themed quilt.  This is a quilt of Andrea's, and I also bound it for her.  I've begun working on custom quilting on Saturdays after the chores are done, and it's a great incentive to bust them out!

Fabric is Neverland by Jill Howorth for Riley Blake Designs, available right here.

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March 10, 2020
Custom Quilting Seaside Baby Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts

I quilted  this Seaside baby quilt with sailboats and waves.  It turned out so sweet!  This is a quilt of Andrea's, and I also bound it for her.  Quilting for clients has turned into my Saturday fun after the chores are done.  They get done quicker that way!

Fabric is Seaside by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake, available right here.

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March 8, 2020
Sunday Stash March 8, 2020 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in the numbers.
A special thanks to Marti over at Plainstitches for creating a button using a picture of my hand painted fabric.
SS yellowGreat job Marti!
I sewed the body of the bear quilt together yesterday, but it still needs another border. All white I think, as there is a lot going on in this quilt. It’s actually much brighter in person, but I couldn’t get the photo brighter without distorting the colors.
bears without bordersThe next big decision is the quilting design. There may be a lot of thread burying on this one.
Fabric In: 1.5 ...

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March 7, 2020
Knitting, Binding and Cross Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

I'm still stitching away on February's cross stitch ornament from Linen and Threads.  I will add some more stitches this weekend for slow Sunday stitching.  I need to buy some extra skeins of these colours so that I can use them for all 12 ornaments. I have a plan in my head for a project which will include all 12...

My friend, Pat, is teaching me to knit.  This week, I made the big leap from working on my red practice sampler to actually starting a real project using a pattern!  We went shopping yesterday at the local ...

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Easy Preemie Baby Quilt from Jelly Roll Strips from Mulberry Patch Quilts

I’m participating again this year in Project Quilting, and this week’s Season 11.5 challenge is “Give It Away”. TRISH we must be on the same wavelength (LOL)!! Just the week before the challenge I made ten baby quilts for one of my favorite charities, Mikayla’s Grace! What are the chances? See that blog post here.

BUT those quilts won’t count for entry into this week’s challenge. The rules clearly state the quilt has to be made–beginning to end–during the challenge week. That’s not a problem… I see by their website that ...

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March 3, 2020
Charity Quilts from Leftover Blocks from Mulberry Patch Quilts

Every year I like to make little quilts or knit tiny hats for Mikayla’s Grace. So when they put out an urgent request for specific needs, I signed up to fill the need for 10 medium size baby quilts to support families with small infants in the NICU (Neonatal ICU).

I had some leftover quilt blocks that worked perfectly for the center of each quilt. The “Fantasy Folk Art” fabrics by Contempo (Bernatex) are so beautiful, and I had enough coordinating fabric for the extra borders..

It’s a snap to figure out the math using EQ8 (Electric Quilt ...

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February 29, 2020
Slow and Fast Stitching This Week from The Cozy Quilter

I like to have a variety of projects to work on at any one time so that I don't get bored (no chance of that for a very long time, if not ever!) so this week, as usual, I have a few things to show you.   First up is my fall themed comfort quilt block for the Elgin Piecemakers guild.  I have had that leaf fabric lurking in my stash for several years and it worked perfectly for this block.  (I even have some left...)

I have been cleaning out my fabric storage area and keep finding blocks and ...

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February 25, 2020
#3 finish for February 2020............ from Exuberant Color

The dirt will never show on this baby quilt with its medium and dark value fabrics.  It ended up about 38" x 39".  I'm sure it will shrink a couple inches when washed because of the loop quilting.

The back is a nice quality and pretty flannel fabric.  It is really closer to a hot pink than red in the background but it still looks great with the fabrics on the front.  The batting is Warm and Plush 100% cotton and the binding is the same fabric as the border and is all machine finished.
As a refresher, here ...

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February 23, 2020
Several Finishes this Week from The Cozy Quilter

This has been a week of finishes.  I finished the binding on the three table runners I quilted last Saturday.  My MIL has claimed this one.  It will look nice in her living room.  

The second runner will be given to a friend.

The third one will be donated to the church bazaar.

Next, I quilted and bound the baby quilt I showed last week.  I used some light green solid fabric for the binding.

The backing is some flannel I had in my stash.  I had to make it a bit wider so the orange stripe was added.  I ...

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February 17, 2020
Octagon baby quilt from Granny Maud's Girl

With all the attention focused on my stepdaughter and her baby in 2019, I failed to make her cousin, my husband’s niece, anything for her newest arrival. Better late than never, right?

In December, I showed hubby a couple of pattern ideas from my scrapbook and pattern collection. Of all the options I showed him, he chose ‘Cameos’ by Fig Tree & Co. I do not know how many years that pattern has been sitting in my cupboard, so it is great to finally use it.

Baby quilt featuring octagonal design

There is a big crease down the middle, but you get the idea.

The ...

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February 16, 2020
Oh Scrap! Half Square Triangles from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

There are always multiple projects going on in my sewing room.  While I have been sewing up the Covered in Love blocks and my RSC blocks, I have also been working on sewing up some miscellaneous triangles that came to me in a scrap bag.

I paired them up with some Kona Shadow and have been trimming them to 4.5" square.

 I finally finished them and decided to start playing with layouts.  This is what is up on my design wall now.  I think I will go ahead and sew this up.  It should finish up at 36" x ...

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Cross Stitch, a Knitting Lesson and Some Binding from The Cozy Quilter

First things first...I found the hoop for my embroidery project!  I had put it somewhere for "safe-keeping" and then had forgotten where that was...until this week, when I was doing some fabric cutting and I looked up...My hoop was on the shelf at eye level.

Now, I can get my embroidery framed and hanging on the wall.  I wondered if anyone has any ideas for finishing the back of the you cut off all the excess fabric and leave it that way or do you cover up the back?  I put a piece of white ...

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February 14, 2020
Valentines and miscellany........... from Exuberant Color

 My grandma used to collect postcards and when she decided she was done with that she gave them to me, a little girl living on a farm in the middle of nowhere.  This one was in the box.

It was sent to my great-uncle Oliver, a bachelor who lived with his mother, my great-grandmother in Bristol IL.  This one is postmarked 1928 and is from Iowa from 2 of Oliver's brothers.  Somebody pulled the stamp off of this at some point.
In my own mailbox I got the Valentine on the left this year and the one on the ...

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February 12, 2020
Vice-President's Day at the Oxford Guild from The Cozy Quilter

This past Saturday was the annual VP day at the Oxford Quilter's Guild and I arrived bright and early with all of my fabrics cut and ready to sew for the morning.  There were about 20 people at the event and many were working on the challenge quilt.

Pretty soon, I had one block done.

The plan is to make 30 blocks for a baby quilt in waiting--no baby in mind.  I like to have a baby quilt or two on hand in case I need one in a hurry as a gift.

Stripes are fun!

So are the ...

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January 31, 2020
Row Addition Baby Boy Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts

Another 2019 finish that needs it's day to shine on the blog is a Row Addition baby quilt!  

This quilt design is from the book Modern Plus Sign Quilts and is one of many fantastic Plus quilts in the book which is written by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and Paige of Quilted Blooms.  I made two baby quilts at the same time for their book hop in 2018, but it took me a year to get this one quilted and bound.  You can see the other one right here.

The quilting reminds me of starry, fiery fireworks.  It ...

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January 27, 2020
Baby Quilts: Get Happy! and Two Little Koalas and Bright and Sunny from Quilting Studio Adventures

Baby quilts are one of my favorite things to do.  They are small, fairly easy to quilt, and - most importantly - keep me focused on possibilities of the future. My nephew Chris and his wife are having a little girl pretty soon.  Pink was the color of choice.  Guildmate and current Chicago Modern Quilt Guilt president Laura McDowell Hopper posted this quilt, "Get Happy!" on the We All Sew website.  There's a second Get Happy! quilt in the works for my niece who is having her baby a month later!

Two Koalas, an Elizabeth Hartman pattern, is complete.  I struggled ...

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January 22, 2020
Two Step Quilt Kits! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm sharing more Secret Sauce Sewing - another quilt kit which I designed for Bluprint last year!  This is Two Step, a fun charm square design which has been kitted in Dutch Garden III in Lap (I'd call it Baby), Throw, and Twin sizes.

Photo Credit Bluprint
To see this quilt kit on Bluprint, click right here

You may or may not know that I am a strip piecing quilter at heart.  Strip piecing is sewing pieces together before cutting them again, rather than cutting small pieces and then sewing the pieces back together; it's a time ...

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January 13, 2020
Design Wall Monday - January 13, 2020 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

The UFO for January is on the Design Wall now.  I am excited to get this one moving along.  It’s a cheddar baskets quilt that I am still undecided about the border.  I thought it was finished, but now I am thinking of adding hsts around the edge.  I last posted about it (Here) While I am pondering it, one idea came to me to combine two UFOs into one, and add embroidered baskets that were

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