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August 6, 2019
Start With the Foundation and Then I'll Work My Way Into the Details from Quilty Folk

I finally dove into applique prep like I've been threatening to do for weeks now. The brand new project, inspired by the fabulously creative Jane Ormes, was a dig-deep-and-see-how-seriously-you-want-to-do-this type of project. Jane had responded very kindly to my request, to try and interpret one of her prints into a quilt, which honestly kind of shocked me.

Freezer paper templates ready to go
I figured it would be an 'Absolutely Not! How about a restraining order?', but no, she was very, very nice about it and even thanked me for asking! This particular print, 'Elephantjunglematissetypething!' might seem like an ...

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June 28, 2019
It's Like Running Into a Brick Wall from Quilty Folk

I was cruising along, working on the border to Sweet Tart and getting a lot done. So much cheddar, it just about makes me cross my eyes from the glare! Then after the little basket border was sewn on, I was thrown to a screeching halt by the realization that the quilt top was already finished. Wow. It was just over and done with.

Sweet Tart quilt top
What? There is still another border to go, right? I couldn't believe how quickly this quilt decided to call it quits. I played and played with a couple different ideas, from ...

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June 20, 2019
A New Basket Project and The Fabric Stash from Quilty Folk

Perusing all of the previously made basket quilts made me think a lot about the obvious, making basket quilts.  And I started wondering. Why haven't I ever made the 'Patchwork Garden' quilt? It's a pattern that I absolutely drooled over and finally relented and bought the pattern many, many years ago. Jan Patek is that good. Her patterns can resonate for years!

A new project
I think there was too many cuts of fabric that needed 22" length or something? and I normally tend to buy fat quarters. Plus, making from pattern directions has not ever been my ...

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June 14, 2019
Come Take A Look At All My Basket Quilts from Quilty Folk

It was an interesting exercise to go completely through the blog from beginning to end. All very quickly of course, just looking for anything 'baskets'. The first several years of the blog found me very tentative about posting pictures and I know there are several quilts missing in action. Such a shame.

More modern looking basket wall hanging
And no, I couldn't find pictures of them elsewhere either, because the main reason I started taking pictures of any of my quilts was for the sole purpose of posting them in a blog post. In those first years, it felt ...

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May 6, 2019
Working On a Little Bit of Applique from Quilty Folk

It feels like I have been plod, plod, plodding along. Never getting very far but not falling behind either. Mostly, my time has been spent with hand work lately. 

Seedpod Flower Quilt center
The Seedpod center is finished now. I went ahead and broke the applique shapes into several different pieces instead of letting cutting it out into one single shape. I was afraid that the little skinny stems would fight me and ruin the look of the flower. Sometimes when there are a lot of 'offshoots' it's hard to get things stitched down without little wrinkles somewhere. And ...

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February 12, 2019
The Improv. Woven Basket Overload from Quilty Folk

This one feels like a good finish. You know how we always seem to have a question or two about things that could have been done different? We ponder, have a little debate with ourselves {and the quilt} and then settle into whatever decision we've come to. At that point we determinedly move forward, crossing our fingers we've followed the right path!

Improv. Woven Basket is completed!
This was one of those quilts that really felt like it could have any number of endings and my mind could never totally grasp the absolute 'best way forward'. Time and ...

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January 30, 2019
January Progress on Several Projects from Quilty Folk

So here's my start to the latest AHIQ 'Red is a Neutral' challenge. I had a stack of fabric already pre-selected for making a quilt for a certain someone. The red is not that gorgeous cherry red that looks so wonderful in most quilts, but most are the deeper, darker shades--more maroon. Very, very difficult for me to imagine working beautifully into a quilt, but exactly the shades this particular person prefers.

AHIQ: Red and U&U

I went ahead and combined the AHIQ prompt with the UANDUQAL challenge hoping to end up with something charming rather than flat ...

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October 15, 2018
More Progress on the Applique and the Start of a New Project from Quilty Folk

The Dried Flower blocks are ready for the leaves now. As of this posting, they are cut out and ready for stitching. Nine blocks of the larger, more rounded leaves and three of the narrow, wavy leaves. We'll see how that works out, but I'm really looking forward to seeing how these odd shaped blocks finish up! 

Dried Flowers
 I've also been steadily progressing through the chunky New York Beauty blocks. Only 10 blocks to go when I took this picture, but as of last night, all that's left to do are the gold arcs across ...

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October 8, 2018
And To Think, When I Was 16 I Hated the Color Purple from Quilty Folk

Basket Love is the fourteenth finish of the year! To some, it probably looks like I'm racing through the quilts and never stop to take a deep breath. Others see it for exactly what it is--Quilting is my happy place. Well, right after the husband, kids and grandchild. Never want to minimize the importance of those particular persons in my life!

Basket Love is finished!
But quilting and more importantly, working with my hands, keeps the endless worries and cares at bay. Long ago I made hand quilting an important and necessary part of my daily and weekly routine ...

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July 2, 2018
And the winner is … from Granny Maud's Girl

The winner of last week’s giveaway was comment number 36 from Anja. I have sent her an email, and I hope she replies to claim her prize soon.

On a whim, I decided to create a runner-up prize. I am going to send a pattern to Fran too because her comment mentioned that she sews for Aussie Hero Quilts. I do not have time to make things for them, so it is nice to support others who do.

And as I cannot have a blog post without a picture of some random thing I made, here is a photo ...

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June 23, 2018
The First Day of Summer from Pinkadot Quilts

So first I must apologize to everyone who left a comment on the last post. I did not realize Blogger had changed things up and my comments no longer came to my email. I thought you all lost interest because of my lack of blogging! I think it is fixed now!
One of these fabrics is not like the others! Basketballs!!! My granddaughter is playing in a summer league and is totally in love with basketball, the emojis are going to go along the edge, I am making all of the grandkids pillowcases.

There has been some Christmas sewing going ...

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March 7, 2018
The 2018 Academy of Appliqué in Williamsburg, VA from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Well, for the first time in the nearly three years since Kara and I (Teri) began our blog, we missed a posting on our regular Thursday. A few times, we have posted early, or a bit late, but we have not—until now—failed to post every week. I think we had a good excuse. We hope you will, too, and will forgive our negligence!

Kara and I, back, with our stitching sisters,
Jan Vaine and Kathy Breidenstiein.
We were missing a few: you know who you are! :) 
As always, we had an absolutely fabulous time at the Academy last ...

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February 16, 2018
When the Blocks Start With the Crazy Talk from Quilty Folk

I know, it's making you feel dizzy.

Getting the basket blocks sewn together and trimmed
It was making me feel the same way, no matter how many applique blocks I threw on the wall or how I changed the setting.
What's it gonna look like with the addition of the pineapple blocks?
This was one of those ideas that started out with a stack of gorgeous {to me} fabrics and lots of behind the scenes meditation on how to best use them. The bottom line always came back to trying to blend some improv. sewing with a sort ...

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December 29, 2017
Back-Basted Basket Weaving from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

In November, I (Teri) taught a workshop for the Baltimore Appliqué Society on this lovely flower basket block, made by Mildred Tahara. I wrote about this stunning quilt in the post, In Praise of Jane Austen: An Album Quilt, including close-up shots of the blocks Mildred made that will be BAS workshops. Elly Sienkiewicz designed the patterns Mildred used.

As I began stitching my model, I pondered the basket. My favorite appliqué method is back-basting, so I knew that would be how I'd construct my basket. I studied the baskets on both Elly's and Mildred's models. (Elly ...

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December 27, 2017
Taking a Good Look at the Current AHIQ Projects from Quilty Folk

It's that AHIQ time of the month again! Considering how close to the end of the year we are, it feels like a good time to evaluate what projects are currently 'in the works'. Here is where things left off back in October for the 'Use Your Words Quilt', now changed to 'Make Beautiful Things'.

Make Beautiful Things getting a little border work!
Since I was feeling a bit lazy about taking the pieced borders completely apart, my goal was to find a small change that would make everything {somehow} work wonderfully well together. Hopefully with a minimum of ...

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December 11, 2017
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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