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June 12, 2019
playtime from Quilt Nut Creations

I've been better at managing my time lately and have been sneaking in some sewing time here and there. Here's a few work in progresses.

I love, love, love how this turned out.
You can't go wrong with a plus quilt.

I got caught up on my TrueNorth bee blocks.

And made a table runner for a friend's birthday.

I was sneaky and made it using her favourite block. 

Now to get it quilted!

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April 2, 2019
Solid Seven bee blocks from Ellyn's Place

I mentioned this on Instagram and I need to repeat it here. Every month when my prompt arrives from a Solid Seven Beemate I think to myself "this is the greatest prompt! No one will ever beat this!" and then the next month..... I think the same thing! These ladies are incredible and sewing blocks for them makes me happy month after month. Here are a couple I made recently....

These blocks were made for Nicole. She sent us very good directions for the block she had designed along with a foundation paper piecing template. These were a blast to ...

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February 20, 2019
snow days from Quilt Nut Creations

We had a holiday yesterday. I had all these quiltie plans in mind. And instead, I got zero sewing done. Absolutely nothing. Good thing I got some things finished up during the snow days we had last week. And did I mention it is still snowing? Love it!

I finished up this kit from Christmas.

Looking forward to snuggling under it this coming Christmas.

I got caught up on my TrueNorth blocks.

I was a wee bit behind again lol.

And I started something new.

Bring on more snow days!

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February 5, 2019
Traveling Quilts from Mama Spark's World

I am a part of a group of women that are working on a set of traveling quilts.   There are 5 of us in the group.   I have 2 more of the quilts to work on.  I received Mel's quilt in December and am finally getting it out today!  PHEW!   Sorry for that delay, Mel.   Her theme is rainbow.   She made the center and then sent it off for us to add to it.   I had some ideas so finally had time

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January 22, 2019
Sewing, Sewing Sewing from Mama Spark's World

I decided that I needed to get my bee blocks for January finished so worked on those this weekend. I really enjoyed making these blocks and found that the pattern went together very easily. I love the meandering black fabric.   It is an old Denise Schmidt fabric.  It looks really cool in this block.   These were paper pieced from a free pattern at Whole Circle Studio These will be

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January 20, 2019
My finished Solid Seven bee quilt from Ellyn's Place

 As promised, I have a completed bee quilt to share with you today! The ladies of the Solid Seven bee are so amazing. You can read more about them and our different prompts of 2018 here.
Back in November, I asked the gals to all make me Christmas trees, any pattern/tutorial, original improv trees, whatever they wanted. I did give them a color palette of teal/aqua, red, green and pink but beyond that I gave them very little guidance. Did they ever come through for me!

Such a great variety of trees came my way, all shapes and ...

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January 16, 2019
Solid Seven bee 2018 blocks from Ellyn's Place

Well here I am... one of my goals for 2019 is to write more regularly on my blog. I'm not off to a great start, aren't I? Ah well, lets look forward, shall we?

Today I'd like to share all of the blocks I made in 2018 for my beemates in the Solid Seven Bee. This group of ladies is amazing and their prompts always challenge me. We all "met" on instagram and we work strictly in high quality solids.

Our first prompt last year was from Nicole. She asked us to make collage blocks with at ...

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January 15, 2019
holiday sewing from Quilt Nut Creations

I was spoiled at Christmas and got a great quilt kit and a loverly stack of fat quarters.

Got my January truenorth blocks done on time.

Christmas themed raspberry kiss blocks.

And fantastically simple pink 4patches.

I also finished up another ModCharms quilt for Boy 3.

I'm calling it a successful holiday.

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December 13, 2018
catch up from Quilt Nut Creations

I got behind on my TrueNorth bee blocks yet again so I spent a few evenings getting caught up.

Both queens for October and November choose the Swoon16 block so that made it a little easier.

Such great colours.

I took inspiration from the center fabric for these two.

And managed to sneak in a quick little one of my own.

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November 14, 2018
quilt monday from Quilt Nut Creations

Hello! Is there still anyone out there? How was that for an unplanned break? After summer, I broke my laptop, it took forever to get the info off of it. We finally did and here I am!

In May I was queen bee for our TrueNorth blocks. I picked Gigi's Thimbles Scrap Jar Stars and waited for my blocks to start coming in.

As I put the quilt together, I couldn't stop making these blocks. They are just too fun.

I love this quilt so much. I had to quilt it with my current obsession, Malachite.

Love, love ...

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October 15, 2018
Bee Blocks for October from Mama Spark's World

I worked on my October Bee blocks this weekend and got them done.   We were doing a granny square block using 3" squares in pink and aqua.   For a little girl in need. They were quick and fun to make. I am almost done with the alligator quilt top too!  More on that later. ~XOP~

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October 11, 2018
Great Granny Squared from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

I think this is my fifth Stitch Tease Bee finished quilt. Our bee has been together for over 5 years and although some of the members have changed, the talent and generosity in our bee remains constant. Last year I asked the girls to make Great Granny Squared blocks for me. My color scheme was influenced by a Fat Quarter bundle of Enchanted by Camelot Fabrics.

Here is the beautiful quilt , all finished and taken on a photo shoot when we spent a long weekend along the central coast of California last month. We were so lucky to have found ...

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October 1, 2018
bee blocks for Tracy from Ellyn's Place

It's October! New month means a new challenge for the Solid Seven bee. This month, Tracy requested 80s themed, neon solid bee blocks. So much possibility here.  I was traveling when she announced the theme and by the time I got home, many of the obvious choices had been taken. You really need to check out our hashtag, #thesolidseven, to see what everyone came up with. Here are mine, soon to be popped in the mail....

This one was a doozy! I plotted it out on graph paper then pieced it and appliquéd the TV on top. Those center ...

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September 12, 2018
Bee Blocks and Cleaning from Mama Spark's World

Just a quick minute to share. I finished my bee blocks for September. Cole was my helper. Additionally, my SIL is gearing up for a garage sale this weekend.  We have been bringing stuff to her, going through stuff from our garage and basement.   I decided last weekend to go through the fabric I had in bins, in my basement.   I managed to clear out EIGHT bins worth of

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September 3, 2018
Bee blocks for Ailish from Ellyn's Place

Our latest solid seven bee blocks are for Ailish and I popped mine in the mail a couple of days ago. I was really excited by her prompt.... she wanted improv rainbow blocks using curves. I had so much fun with these! First up an improv dresden rainbow....
I wasn't real excited about the way I added the square in the corner, but overall it's a fun block. Then I had this idea using some gentle curves...
And I absolutely love the way it turned out! Ailish was not concerned with size or that the blocks were square ...

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August 18, 2018
Mondrian Blocks from Ellyn's Place

I recently had the opportunity to test Jayne (Twiggy and Opal)'s new pattern for these awesome Mondrian Blocks. I had played with Mondrian style blocks before, nearly three years ago when my friend Chris requested them as bee blocks.  At that time, all I knew to do was to improv piece them (though honestly I didn't  realize then that improv was what I was doing!). Oh, but Jayne has made it so much easier with these paper pieced beauties!

Her pattern includes the two 9 inch blocks that I tested and mini 4 inch blocks too! It includes ...

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July 11, 2018
Solid Seven July blocks from Ellyn's Place

This month the Solid Seven bee is making blocks for Briawna...
I actually got mine done early and shipped off to her already! Briawna asked us to make Wonky Log Cabin blocks in the style of the Gee's Bend Quilters. She requested clear, bright colors with a touch of black in each block. No pinks or purples as she is making this quilt to gift to her husband who saw some Gee's Bend quilts and was intrigued by them. This was really fun!

It was great to dig in my solid scrap bin and use up some of ...

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Remember when from Sew Sunshine

I joined the New Blogger Blog Hop 2013?  (Check it out, I think my answers are still the same as what I wrote about then)
Wow that seems so long ago.  Guess what? I still love blogging about what I am doing creatively. This year it has been kind of a bumpy road getting back into quilting. I never stopped but had many delays last year because my husband and I decided to remodel our kitchen and dining area ourselves. 

This year I have been working on catching up with many outreach and charity projects.  I planned a project for ...

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May 24, 2018
Solid Seven Doors from Ellyn's Place

This month  in the Solid Seven Bee, Jessica prompted us to make doors! Oh man I love doors! I have a whole Pinterest board of doors which I browsed through over and over again. In the end, I was inspired to recreate doors from photos I took when Hubby and I went to London in 2012. I did some rough sketches from photos, then improv pieced my doors (meaning I just pieced them as I went. it worked out well!).

It was hard to narrow down which doors to do. I ended up choosing three of my favorites...
This one ...

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WIPs with Friends Thursday from Mama Spark's World

Sorry for missing WIP Wednesday but I was out of town.   My sister was having some surgery and I had to be there to make sure she was alright.   I was and she was so here we are on WIP Thursday instead. I am freaking out a little bit about all of the commitments I have for this month.   What is wrong with me?  I know the word no but rarely use it, LOL.   So what have I been working on?

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