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January 14, 2018
Fancy Forest Finally Finished! from The Cozy Quilter

How is that for some alliteration???

I made a baby size version of Elizabeth Hartman's Fancy Forest  quilt ages ago. I has been in a plastic bin in the corner of my sewing room for months, waiting for backing and quilting.  I was not pleased with the first backing I chose so the quilt top just sat and waited until I had time and the inclination to get it finished. I found this soft flannel backing, perfect for my quilt.  Christine and I each made our own versions of this quilt, working on the blocks at our weekly sewing ...

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January 13, 2018
Good Fortune Baby Quilt | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

Oops, I totally forgot about Finished or Not Friday!  Some secret pattern designing and sewing have taken over every brain cell; that's my excuse!

My Finish is a patchwork baby quilt in Good Fortune by Kate Spain.

This quilt was sewn and quilted several months ago, but I found nothing in the stash that matched for binding, so there it sat.  Somehow, a fabric came through the door {cough, cough} during a stash-building spree that just happened to match.

The backing was inspired by ...

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A Two Quilt Tuesday from Pink Doxies

Cabin Under the Stars: Quilt No. 1

Yesterday was Monday, and it felt like a typical Monday for me in spite of the ice and snow storm. I am a self-proclaimed Monday Lover because it is the day of new starts, and I get so much done!

Starting mid-morning, I had all but a couple of these stars done before I went home for lunch. By 2:00 that afternoon, this sweet thing was sewn together. 

Some little details: The fabric is beach-themed. Swimmers, sling chairs, umbrellas, flamingos, and so one. I'll show you more when I quilt it ...

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Churn Dash Baby Quilt II from Pink Doxies

Churn Dash II

I had some minor problems with the points when I made the first Churn Dash baby quilt. Check it out along with the book I'm working from in A Two Quilt Tuesday. I needed one more quilt in similar colors so I made another one.

This time I starched the squares before making the large HST, and was very careful while squaring up and trimming them. Once again, it was problematic piecing the giant nine patch. Goodness, you think I would have stopped, ripped, squared the other pieces, and then sewed it together. But, No, I ...

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January 9, 2018
Cabin Under the Stars Quilt from Pink Doxies

I'm Back to Sewing &
Oh, Baby, It Feels So Good!

My urge to sew finally returned. (Did you ever wonder about me? I did.) It came back with clear, strong intentions. 

Make what you love. Use what you have. Listen more. Talk less.

I can't say these are resolutions or even goals really. Simply put, they are intentions.  I want to live like this right now--not when I figure it out or jump through impossible hoops. Resolutions have such high expectations, and great chance of failure. Without success, we give up and quit. My daughter termed that kind ...

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January 6, 2018
Double 9 Patch quilt from Pieced Brain

Have you seen Fat Quarter Shop's latest pattern, Double Nine Patch from their Classic and Vintage Series? I made the crib size version using Riley Blake Designs' fabrics (Dolly and Toys collections). I love how it turned out!

After reading the pattern I decided I wanted to make the crib quilt because I could use Riley Blake fabrics I had left from two recent projects. I had enough of the polka dot background fabric (barely!) which was perfect (otherwise I would have been tempted to add cute applique' on those blocks). The pattern is well written and easy to ...

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Scrappy Patchwork Baby Quilt | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My Finish is a Scrappy Patchwork baby quilt.

Quilt Stats:

Pattern:  Scrappy Patchwork
Size:  42" square
Fabric:  Scraps
Batting:  Warm and Natural White
Quilting:  Moulin Rouge on Gratitude
Backing:  Red Rooster extra wide

Last Week's Feature!

Goddess Eyes by Musings of a Menopausal Woman!

If you want your quilt featured here next week, be sure to put a link back to this post in your post or sidebar, or tag @busyhandsquilts on Instagram, AND link directly to your blog post so I don't ...

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December 31, 2017
Thread Emergency!! from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Ha, well I finally get around to doing some serious quilting and what happens??? Yep ran out of thread.  Like I didn't even get to the roll the quilt forward (and it's a king size quilt) before I ran out.  But thanks to Amazon and speedy delivery, I had thread in two days.  Why is there no thread hot line????  Yes I'm *finally* quilting the Old Friends BOM quilt.  I added the last border, it's about 110 x 110. I'm really hoping this will fit on the king size bed without the mattress peeking through ...

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December 12, 2017
I Can't Word from Quilting Studio Adventures

A little drawstring bag for Henry and a doll quilt for Eloise, my sister's grandchildren
A Tudor Tote for my travel agent client from a t-shirt
The reverse of the above tote, plus a pillow for her granddaughter.

Another Benton Avenue grandchild is coming

My doctor (whom I love) is having her first baby this spring and likes green.
And of course a couple of zippered totes.  Just because...

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December 11, 2017
Design Wall Monday - December 11, 2017 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

December is happening faster than I can keep up with it.  Christmas will be here in two weeks!  Even though I'm behind in my Christmas decorating, I did manage to work on a baby quilt for a baby due in January.  Here are pictures of the front and back: The binding is half finished, and I will finish it today.  I free motion quilted it with some loopy circles, and I think if I practiced

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Catching Up... from Indigo Threads

It's been such a looong time since I posted, and I'm not quite sure where to start.  Let's just say that Life has been busy!  And so have I.  It was a long, hot, smokey summer and a very busy autumn, with a visit to my sister, a quilt show and a visit to California, as well as having bronchitis, holidays and generally Life.  But I'm here now, with a few things to share.

First off, I have a finished quilt to share!  This one was a few years in the making.  The blocks were started ...

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November 28, 2017
Lots o' Pictures from Quilting Studio Adventures

This cute little baby quilt is ready for gifting to a Benton Avenue grandchild.

Scraps were used for the back.  All from Zen Chic's Fragile collection.

 The Sloan Travel Bag, pattern by Sew Sweetness, is finished.  For each outer part, there is an inner part.  Pockets, straps, zippers, lining - preparation is sometimes laborious.  But I do love this pattern, and it is my travel bag of choice.
While it is a complicated bag, I do love Sara Lawson's patterns.  Her directions are thorough and illustrated with tons of pictures.  Fellow bag maker Sally said her secret is that ...

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November 27, 2017
Post Thanksgiving Catch Up from Pink Doxies

Thanksgiving, 2017

Thanksgiving came and went uneventfully. In our busy lives, this is a good sign. We had 13 people this year, and it was simplified. Everyday plates were good enough, and I left the plastic over the tablecloths. The shadow person you see is one son bringing the turkey in cooked and carved! Woohoo! Lucky us!

It may soon be Christmas, but I go on daily walks with the Doxie girls looking for leftover flowers. The snapdragons snuggled up to the house are still blooming. They've happily reseeded there for many years.

Customer Quilt Off the Longarm

This ...

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November 25, 2017
New for November from St. Anne's Sewdality

Cute panel threesome!

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November 17, 2017
Quilt Beginnings, Endings & In Between: Without a List from Pink Doxies

One Sweet Baby Quilt Ready to Deliver

Week 2 with No List

Welcome back to another weekly narrative of living/working without a list. I've gained unexpected insight while purging the house of too much stuff, and am eager to share it with you. I keep hearing in the comments how many of you are on the same journey, and feel I'm in good company. 

The Sweet Modern Baby One Patch is finished and delivered. (I wish all my own deliveries had gone so smoothly.) The red binding was a cheery zinger on a traditional design that still ...

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November 15, 2017
Sweet Modern Baby One Patch from Pink Doxies

I was asked to make a baby quilt for a little girl soon to make her way into this world. I drove home with my fingers crossed to see if I had enough of my favorite fabrics still on the shelf, and this time I was in luck. These prints are whimsical, floral, and graphic all at the same time. I added a soft pink polka dot to keep it a little sweeter since this is for a new baby.

A Trip Around the World in pink, green, red and grey was an easy choice, but I wanted something tactile ...

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November 11, 2017
Back To The Oregon Coast (Florence, OR) from QuiltinCats

First I want to thank all our Veterans today and to my husband who served in the USAF.
We left Sutherlin to go to Eugene for some repairs on the bedroom's slideout.  The air bladder that seals the slideout has been leaking air for the last two months.  Dan had slowed down the air loss, but it was time to get it replaced before winter set in.
The cats were not happy campers when we spent the night in a motel.  Because it was a last minute reservation, we ended up in a room at the end of the ...

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November 10, 2017
Mini Charm Chocolate Quiltalong from Life in the Scrapatch

Here is my Mini Charm Chocolates Baby Quilt.

My quilt is featured today on

I love this quilt!

I started Here with these wonderful

Fragile  fabrics

and added Bella Bright Turquoise Here


Fat Quarter Shop

Free Pattern Here

You may purchase this lovely quilt kit Here

or choose your own fabrics and follow the free video tutorial Here

The center of my quilt was made following the fun and easy pattern.
When it came time to finish my quilt top ...

I picked a few extra mini charms and sprinkled them into my border.
I used four ...

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November 6, 2017
Spool Baby Quilt from Colleen's Quilting Journey

 This was a leader/ender challenge by Bonnie Hunter.  I don't remember the year.
 The blocks were made with 1.5 inch strips and sewed before and after other sewing blocks.
 I did the machine quilting.  I loved how it turned out.
Back up close.  I like to do this kind of border.
This will be for a future grandchild.  I can't give it to just anyone. It was to much work.

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October 13, 2017
Meadow Dance Blog Hop - Baby Quilt Tutorial from MMM Quilts

A few weeks ago I was part of a blog hop for Amanda Murphy's new line of fabric, Meadow Dance on Benartex's blog, Sew In Love With Fabric. This fabric is so pretty that  I couldn't choose just a few, so, because I'd made this quilt twice already, and had requests for a pattern, I thought it would be the perfect occasion to show off all the fabrics in the line as well as make me write up a pattern. Now that the hop is over, I can share the tutorial right here on my blog ...

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