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January 16, 2021
Baby Quilt Top and some Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

My friend, Christine, and I used to get together once a week to sew, usually at my house.  Due to COVID-19, we now get together on FaceTime once or twice a week to sew or knit.  This week, we were both at our machines, both working on baby quilts.  As I said last week, I signed up for the Colour Block QAL. This week, I made 11 more blocks and put them together into a baby quilt top.  I did not use any of the fabrics more than once.  Many of the fabrics are novelty prints but many other fabrics ...

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January 12, 2021
Another Baby Quilt Top Finished from Mama Spark's World

I cut out a baby quilt while I was at my friend, Debbie's house.  It is the Dogs In Sweaters pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.  It is so cute!  The dogs are weiner sweaters, LOL!  I decided to work on the individual dogs on Saturday.  I used minky for the dogs.  I love Elizabeth Hartman's patterns, but using 1" square pieces of minky is tricky.  I did a LOT of unsewing.  Here are my 4 dogs

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January 7, 2021
Time to Go on an Adventure: Little Forester Fusion from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Welcome back fabric friends, I hope everyone had a nice and safe Christmas! Who else is ready to have a fresh start? 2021 is in a few days and I am looking forward to all the new adventures we will go through together. Today, we are finally wrapping up the year with the last lookbook launch of 2020, Little Forester Fusion! This is a new Fusion collection from AGF, meaning we grab a couple of iconic prints from your favorite designers, and then we recolor them to create a new exciting group. Little Forester Fusion is an all-cotton collection, which ...

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December 30, 2020
Best of 2020 from The Cozy Quilter

The end of 2020 is fast approaching and it's time to look back to what I have accomplished this year.  Cheryl is hosting her annual "Best of" party and I decided to do a post to link up with her blog. 

Since I spent a lot of time at home this year due to the pandemic, I did a lot of sewing, knitting, cross stitch and embroidery. I looked back over my blog posts to pick out the top 5 I would like to share today.  

1. My blogpost with the most views in 2020 was posted on August ...

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December 17, 2020
Two finished for December 2020 from Exuberant Color

The Marcia Derse baby quilt is finished.  The blues are from lines dating back several years.  The white and black are from her line the Opposites (there was a positive and negative of each print). It ended up 35" x 47".

The backing and binding fabric is another from her Opposites line.  Binding is all by machine.

After I finished this one I did a load of laundry and went grocery shopping.

And then I tackled the binding on the big plaid zig zag quilt.  It took over an hour even doing it all by machine.

I wanted to use ...

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December 12, 2020
Finished quilts from Urban Quilter

 I dropped off several finished quilts for my Guild's charity quilt projects this morning. All were made from my stash. Two were scrap quilts and one used a charm pack I won as a door prize at a guild event. Picked up two quilt tops pieced by other guild members which I will be quilting in the coming months. Linking up with Oh Scrap!

Charm pack baby quilt

Totally from the scrap basket

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December 11, 2020
A Quick Little Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I have a quick little finish to share with you today.

I finished up my little pink and gray baby quilt made from some leftover bits filling up my scrap bins.  It measures about 40" square.

I didn't have a lot of fabric so I had to cut sizes that gave me the best yield of the pieces I had.  The plaid is actually one of those digitally printed fabrics that came from a friend.  I am not a fan of the feel of these prints so I was happy to come up with a design that would use ...

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December 8, 2020
A Surge of Productivity from Quilty Folk

So nice to finally have Dried Flowers completely finished! This one was started in July of 2018 and has always felt like a sweet little gem of a quilt. I love when a quilt starts out with a whisper and then gradually morphs into something so much greater than the initial seed of inspiration!

Dried Flowers is completed!

This one originated from a thorough deep-dive through the orphan totes one day when the lure of working with cut-out-from-the-backs-of-other-applique seemed especially enticing. At that moment, all I really wanted was something quick and easy to start stitching on.

Looking across the ...

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November 27, 2020

I had a plan to make this for someone's baby
but found a quilt already made, that was perfect.

Still, I finished the quilt and will hold it for
a future baby.  It has all the makings of a wonderful
gender neutral quilt.  All the fabrics are from my stash.

I decided to make a disappearing 9-patch.
Make a 9-patch block

then the 9-patch disappears
when you cut those blocks into 4ths,
flip them around and sew back together.

I love having custom labels to attach to my quilts.
My name, my business name and the year the quilt ...

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November 26, 2020
OMG November Finish from Urban Quilter

Pinwheel Quilt - Done!
My #onemonthlygoal for November was to finish this pinwheel quilt my sister is gifting to a friend. It is quilted and bound and went in the mail yesterday.
The basic pattern came from a recent issue of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine. I didn't like the border on the quilt in the magazine though so I used squares of some of the same scraps I made the pinwheels from and the white background fabric and created a sort of woven ribbon border. I like how it turned out. 

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November 14, 2020
Gonna Bore You With Too Many Pictures of a Baby Quilt from Quilty Folk

Time just keeps slipping away! It took me forever to get down to business with the baby quilt. Mostly because I just couldn't decide on a design/pattern/idea. Baby quilts can occasionally be so easy to throw together, we often wonder why we don't make more? Other times, it's like pulling teeth to simply bring anything into proper focus just to get started!

The baby Bear Paw quilt

I finally settled on a very easy-peasy block called the 'Bear Paw'. Sewn up in 6" blocks, it allows for a nice little chunk of fabric to shine ...

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November 9, 2020
GREAT-GREAT BABY BOY! from Kwilty Pleasures

My niece, Lisa Smith, is gonna be a Grandma.
When she mentioned that to me, 
I decided my great-great nephew
would need a quilt.  

I have had this gender neutral quilt
for a while and it was a perfect choice.
The pattern is called Flip Side
by Rachel Griffith Designs.

It finished at 36" x 48"
A perfect baby quilt in sew many ways.

Trees and mushrooms with green, gray and yellow. 

And the back is just as cute as the front.

When I get a photo of baby and quilt...
I will be sure to post!

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November 2, 2020
Half-square triangle tutorial and giveaway winner from Pieced Brain

Half-square triangle tutorial and giveaway winner

Make 8 units at a time with this easy half-square triangle tutorial. Use this formula to figure out the size of the beginning squares. No guesswork!

In a few weeks, I will release a new quilt pattern that features a pieced block (above) and a block with piecing and applique’. Today I will show you how I’ve been making lots of half-square triangles (HST) shown in my recent patterns and published quilts. When I have to create many units at a time, I have a few options.

Half-square triangle methods

1. The traditional method has you cutting squares of ...

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November 1, 2020
OMG November from Urban Quilter

My #onemonthlygoal for November is to finish piecing the top of the pinwheel baby quilt I am making for a friend of my sister's. All 61 pinwheels are pieced and the rows are assembled so I need to put the rows together and figure out a border. I also need to find backing. All the pinwheels are from my scrap baskets and there are only a handful of duplicates. Linking up with Oh Scrap! as well as OMG.

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Oh Scrap! : Scrappy New Starts from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I really haven't been sewing much this week.  But I did get the butterfly scraps I previously talked about cut into 4.5" squares and started framing them in some coordinating blue scraps.  I think I have a plan in my head for a small baby quilt.  It shouldn't take me long to finish it up - I just need to get into my sewing room.


I have also been planning some Christmas gifts.  Here is a sneak peak at one of them.  This block is made with 1.5" squares.  Now I only have 14 more to go ...

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October 26, 2020
OMG October Finish from Urban Quilter

 My #onemonthlygoal this month was to finish one of the scrappy baby quilts I had in progress. Mission accomplished! I used one of the machine quilting designs that I tried out earlier in the fall and was happy with how it came out. I should have made my lines farther apart though because this took way longer than it should have and didn't really need quite so much quilting. I will know better next time. This quilt was made totally from my stash, mostly scraps, so I am linking it up with Oh Scrap!

Baby quilt finished and ready ...

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October 25, 2020
Stitching Report from The Cozy Quilter

I finished off the walking foot quilting on my London Modern Guild HST BOM quilt this week. The orange diamond was my focal point and the quilting lines ran parallel to each side of the diamond, creating an X of parallel lines and other areas of cross hatching off each corner of the diamond.  I used orange thread for the quilting and even though this is a relatively small quilt, I went through 3 bobbins of thread!  

 The orange binding is leftover from the HST's. I just love those seagulls!

I purchased the backing fabric on sale several months ...

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October 4, 2020
OMG October from Urban Quilter

Quilting was begun
My #onemonthlygoal for October is to finish one of my scrappy baby quilts. I began quilting this one (full picture is here) last weekend but have a ways to go yet. I want to finish quilting it and get it bound. I have a cute green binding all made and ready to go.

The UFO challenge for last month (a red knit cardigan/jacket) is exactly where it was at the start of the month. This month's project is #6 which is my Light/Bright Stars Quilt. When I made my UFO list it was ready ...

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Lupins, Slow Knitting and a Finished Quilt Top from The Cozy Quilter

My lupin blocks continue to accumulate...I finished 4 more blocks this afternoon. 28/48 blocks have been completed.  This fat quarter adds some more red-violet to the mix. 

I have four of each of these 7 blocks. 

I started a new knitting project last weekend...another facecloth in turquoise.  I have a few more repeats of the pattern to go before this one is done. I will be working on it tomorrow. 

The final layout for the London Modern Guild HST BOM was published this past week so I set to getting my blocks sewn together.  My blocks are ...

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September 13, 2020
Sunday Stitching Post #16 from Urban Quilter

Since my last update I have done quite a bit of sewing. I finished my August OMG and have been working on baby quilts from my scrap bins. I'm going to try to complete a top for a baby or lap-size scrap quilt each month and ideally quilt one as well. All the finished scrap quilts will go to my Guild's charity quilt project. I have made 2 tops since the beginning of August so am on track so far. I have been collecting ideas from instagram (the hashtag #scrapquilt is great for this) and various blogs in ...

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