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July 23, 2017
Sunday Stash July 23, 2017 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric out this week. I finished up the replacement cat blocks and will start sewing the rows together this week.
I didn’t buy any fabric but won a door prize at a local quilt show. I rarely win anything, making this quite the surprise.
batik bundle
Even my husband commented on me bringing home more fabric. Not my fault, I never turn down a gift.
The fabric bundle may have put me past the point of finishing the year with positive numbers. It will be close.
Fabric In: 31.25 yards
Fabric out: 16.375 yards
Net Fabric Added: 14 ...

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July 22, 2017
Starting to cut......... from Exuberant Color

Yesterday I decided I was going to cut the sashing strips for my batik stars quilt.  I started cutting the fabric at the top left and then decided I needed to figure out how many strips I needed.  Ooops!  I don't have enough of that fabric.  I found the one on the right that is similar in value and color tone so now I need to figure out how I'm going to handle having 2 fabrics for the sashing strips.  I was considering the beige batik across the bottom as the cornerstones.  It is a little warmer toned ...

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July 17, 2017
Choosing border fabric......... from Exuberant Color

I needed to choose a border fabric for the Old Italian block quilt top.  This navy background batik looks good.

I got the borders cut and sewn on yesterday afternoon.  It is a small quilt about 38" x 48" so it will take just one width of fabric for the back.

I continued cutting flower print squares for the Seed Packet quilt.  I need 27 more. 

I made another attempt to dig out the Spiderwort plants this year.  It is a several year project because you think you have them all and then next spring some more appear.  I had ...

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July 15, 2017
Batik Giveaway and tutorial! from Quilting by the River

Today I am sharing a new tutorial for the Bulls Eye block and also giving away pre-cut batik circles so you can make your own!

Be sure to enter my giveaway and read the post!

It has been a while since I added a updated post to my blogger site. Don't forget that all of the new tutorials and info are shared at

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July 13, 2017
Autumn Trails Quilt from Pieced Brain

Photograph by Ryan Hake and Shane Pequignot for Annie's Publishing. Used with permission.
"Autumn Trails" is my newest quilt pattern published by Quilter's World magazine, Autumn 2017 edition. It features Tonga Vineyard batiks by Timeless Treasures forming a beautiful 3-D design. I am so glad to have this quilt back from the publisher!
It measures 60" x 84" with 12" blocks. I chose the fabric values very carefully so the design would pop from the white background.

It was expertly quilted by Sew Shabby Quilting with circles on the background and swirls on the prints. I like how ...

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July 11, 2017
Motivational Monday! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

How is your list of projects coming along? I have to confess that despite prepping a couple of those monthly UFOs and taking them to the retreat, I didn't work on them. Yikes!  That means I better start buckling down soon or I will be miles behind!

And I keep "panicking" thinking about a project that isn't on my deadline list. Then I check - oh yes - it's already there. I did end up with another very urgent project yesterday that has to be done by next week. Thankfully it's not big. I had complete option to ...

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July 5, 2017
Blues.......... from Exuberant Color

I didn't cut or sew anything yesterday.  I decided I needed to mow the grass before it got too hot.  I only got 2/3 of it done when I decided it WAS too hot.  I came inside and did a load of laundry and while that was going I played with a couple possible fabrics for sashing for these 12 blocks.  The one on the right is a grayed blue and looked OK until I tried the brighter one.  I finished mowing late in the afternoon and then transplanted some Columbines.  While I was out there I also ...

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July 4, 2017
12 blocks........... from Exuberant Color

I got the 12 Old Italian blocks pressed and trimmed and laid them out edge to edge on the cutting table.  I think I would prefer the cross bars narrower because when the blocks are sewn together the side triangles are going to become even smaller.  I will probably look for a sashing fabric to go between the blocks since they will finish at only 7.5".  Also because each fabric appears in 6 of the blocks it is hard to do a layout without the same fabric touching.  With sashing they will get some separation.
Fireworks are illegal in ...

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July 3, 2017
Making test blocks.......... from Exuberant Color

Sometimes I think a block looks like fun to make and then I find out I don't enjoy making them.  I decided to try this one with some batiks that mostly aren't my favorites.  This is a stack of six 10" squares with 4 cuts made through them.
Then I shuffled some of the layers.  You can also choose to make it a 2 fabric block with the center square being the same fabric as the triangles.

Here are the 6 resulting blocks sewn but not yet pressed or trimmed.

This is the book with the instructions that ...

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June 28, 2017
Should I be doing this? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I have lists, I have deadlines and what did I do last night?  Well, I did a little bit of what I was supposed to do, but I really, really wanted to get this quilt off the design wall, so I could put something else up!  So I finished it.  The inner green border was on and ONE of the sides with the pinwheels. So technically I had to cut and trim seven pieces of border in order to finish it.  

Quilt top - DONE
This is the mystery quilt from my guild for this past year.  Not bad to get ...

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June 27, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday – Christmas Quilts from McCall's Quilting

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

We’re setting record high temperatures here in CO. I hope you’re all staying cool and finding time to sew. Here’s what some of the editors at McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have been working on.

From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

Beam Carolyn 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday   Christmas Quilts

I finished the baby quilt I was working on, just in time for the baby shower. The baby shower itself ended up being just in time as well, as the new mama went into labor the day after the shower! I wanted to find something meaningful to add to the label, so ...

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June 25, 2017
Sorting fabrics........ from Exuberant Color

I decided I needed to sort the light batiks that were on two shelves in the main floor studio.

I pulled out everything that was a quarter yard or less and then sorted into color groups.  I put all of the lavender on the purple shelf and all of the green with the rest of the greens.  Now all 151 fabrics fit on one shelf.  The other shelf will be used for the quarter yard or less pieces.
As the sun was setting I noticed that some of the purple coneflowers are blooming.  Bindweed has wrapped itself around them so ...

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June 21, 2017
Finished My Batik Charm Quilt Top from Eric the Quilter


True Love! That’s all I feel for this! I can’t even describe it in words. I had all the charm packs lying around, and I just decided to use them! I don’t know what I was saving them for, but damn it! It looks good! Now, part of me wants to try some funky free motion quilting on it, the other part wants me to use an embroidery motif, and the last part says send it off to be quilted. I’m not sure! Part of me is asking if I trust myself enough to free motion ...

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June 8, 2017
Mostly outdoors........ from Exuberant Color

It was another beautiful day to work outside yesterday.  I did more weeding and spread a product that is supposed to control weeds that grow from seeds.  I'm sure Creeping Charlie will continue to crawl all over the garden.  I needed to shop for a new watering wand for my hose.  I have to keep watering the bed where I planted the zinnia seeds.

In the little amount of time I was inside I did chose 2 binding fabrics for the little table toppers that I quilted a few days ago.  I need to start cleaning the basement for ...

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June 5, 2017
New quilt patterns from Pieced Brain

"Market Stalls" for Timeless Treasures Fabrics with Tonga Antique Garage.
Let's begin the week with free downloadable patterns! Timeless Treasures Fabrics released a beautiful line of batiks called Tonga Antique Garage and I designed three patterns for this line, all of which can be downloaded from their site.

The pattern above is Market Stalls - it uses two blocks with a chain design, showcasing many of those gorgeous batiks. The quilt measures 102” x 132” making it ideal for a king size bed. The blocks are 15" so the project will come together really fast.

I used the Strip ...

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June 2, 2017
Choosing a sashing fabric........ from Exuberant Color

I tried 2 batik fabrics for the sashing on the triangle star quilt.  The on the left is cream with gray and some beige and has more of a cool look.  The one on the right is a warm beige print on white.  I think I'm leaning more toward the warm look right now.  I'll keep looking through my batiks and see if I find anything else that will work.

We had another wonderful warm low humidity day yesterday.  The weekend is supposed to be mid to upper 80s and humid so I need to finish up some ...

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May 26, 2017
A Batik Quilt To Occupy Me from Eric the Quilter


I had a bunch of charm packs floating around my sewing room, and they called to me today! I’m more sure what I’m doing, but I’ll keep you posted! I started sewing the squares together, but I have no idea what I’m going to do. I have a loose plan in my head, but we’ll see how that goes. For all I know I’ll either applique or paint something on top of it. I had 5 – 40 piece charm packs hiding in my stash… Well, they weren’t alone… I ripped open all the ...

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May 18, 2017
May's Sun, Sand, and Sea Link Party from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Well, it is that time again!
I am so looking forwards to seeing
all of the
Sun, Sand, and Sea Block's for

This month's block is designed by
I just love the block design.

You can find this adorable
pattern HERE.
It is available for free
until the end of the month. 

If you have missed the rest of the
Here they are....

April's Block

You can find the pattern for them on

March's Block

You can pick it up HERE.

Here is February's block,

You can find ...

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May 16, 2017
Hedgehog FPP - Pattern Testing For The Tartankiwi from madebychrissied

The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by

Juliet @The Tartankiwi is absolutely on a roll with her latest patterns and this week I've tested her Hedgehog FPP pattern.
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Otterly Adorable - FPP Pattern Testing For The Tartankiwi from madebychrissied

Otterly Adorable FPP tips by

So excited last week when Juliet @The Tartankiwi asked me to pattern test this cute and totally gorgeous Otter FPP pattern.
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