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March 14, 2019
Lovely Botanicals: The Academy of Appliqué 2019 from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

How can a week possibly fly by so quickly?! When you are having an outstanding time, that's how! That was our experience last week in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the Academy of Appliqué. One minute, we were unpacking and setting up to teach, and in two stitches with our needles, we were packing to come home. Well, my home; Kara came here with me (Teri) for a few more days before heading back to Germany.

As always, we want to thank Barbara Blanton, left, for all her work in creating this spectacular venue where lovers of appliqué can gather to ...

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February 27, 2019
String blocks UFO from Espritpatch

A few years back (about 7...) I joined a swap over on Flicker called mini scrap basket for some string blocks (it feels like a very long time ago that all the fun was on Flicker!) I duly made my blocks and sent them on. I received my swaps back, started to make a few more and that was the end of it, a big pile of blocks, ready for another time.

Well another time came when I saw this post on Moda blog about the string blocks and suddenly remembered that I had some of those too. So I ...

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October 29, 2018
Bubbles quilt from Espritpatch

My bubble quilt came off the frame in September

I promptly sew the binding on so all that was really left was to hand stitch the binding on the back of the quilt.... and that little task was only completed this weekend!
We had quite a long road trip... And the weather was rather cold so it was perfect to bind a quilt.
Another OPAM and one more of my Q4 FAL list.
Linking to One Monthly Goal.

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September 22, 2018
Bee Block Roundup from The Inquiring Quilter

I belong to an online bee, Bee Inspired, and each month our Queen selects a block and we all make one for her.

I’d done well at the beginning of the year, but recently I’ve fallen behind and they’ve begun to stack up. So I’ve made it a priority this month to make my bee blocks and to get them mailed off to each Queen at long last.

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The happy news is that I’ve gotten two of my bee blocks done! The first is for Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch. Jen told us to ...

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September 13, 2018
"In the Garden"—Garden Gate from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Because of my trip to Europe in August, we took a hiatus from our Block of the Month, but we are back to finish this quilt! On Sunday, I (Teri) taught the class on our newest block, Garden Gate, at Primitive Homespuns Wool & Needleworks in Frederick, MD. As always, we had lots of fun as we reviewed the techniques used to create this block. And the shop has just moved into a larger building, so we enjoyed a bit more room in which to stitch! A happy respite from our rainy day. 

Following are a few highlights for creating the ...

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August 24, 2018
My Little Bee Group from Butterfly Threads

If you aren't a member of a Bee Group, you need to be! I have been meeting with my bee group for years. We have morphed and transitioned as the years have passed. Folks have moved away and passed away, and new friends have joined. We like to keep it small, 6 members maximum, because that makes hosting easier. Speaking of hosting, we each host two times a year and we treat ourselves to a fun lunch out in December for the holidays.

Recently my sweet friend Darlene hosted. We lovingly refer to her as the 'hostess with the ...

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July 21, 2018
May Bee Block for Velda from The Inquiring Quilter

The May Queen of Bee Inspired was Velda. I got her block mostly  done a while ago, but it languished as I figured out how to finish it. More on that in a moment.

First, I belong to an online bee called Bee Inspired. Every month, someone gets to be Queen, and they get to choose a block for the rest of us to make for her. Here are the blocks I've made so far this year for my bee mates. Click on the photos to learn more about each block and where you can get the pattern.

 January's block for Sharon

January ...

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July 20, 2018
Lemon Squares and fabric squares from Butterfly Threads

(photo borrowed from Betty Crocker)

I hosted my bee group today and we had fun stitching and visiting as we always do. We also always have lunch together. I served a super easy Hawaiian Chicken with roasted asparagus and fresh fruit. But the best part of the meal was dessert. I made my mom's recipe for Lemon Squares and they were a huge hit. The kids were more than happy to finish off the leftovers.

Lemon Squares

Preheat oven to 350.
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, soft
1/4 confectioner sugar
Mix and press ...

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July 12, 2018
New England Inspiration from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Evidently, even my devices were in vacation mode last week. I (Teri) spent a fair amount of time trying to post just ONE photo in last week's short post, and I thought I'd finally gotten the photo included. Really—it was in my draft. Imagine my surprise when I saw a big, empty box in the post! Proof, I suppose, that we had totally "vacated the premises." (By the way, did you know that's where the word vacation is derived?) But we're back, as promised. Kara shared some stunning examples of colorful inspiration from her trip ...

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April 9, 2018
divergence from Becca's Crazy Projects

This quilt was a result of one of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild bee I participated in last year.

I was the queen bee for the month of April, so I guess it is fitting I finished it in April of this year.
I used the same backing for another quilt and liked it. I thought it would be perfect for this quilt. I quilted swirls as an all-over quilting design. The thread is a very light gray, the same light gray I piece with most of the time.
I think the quilting really adds a dimension to the quilt ...

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April 8, 2018
I Brake for Bluebonnets, Blue Fabric, Purple Fabric and Kaffe Fabric and…. from Cookie's Creek

We have some outstanding bluebonnets in Texas this year.  We also have blue northers that cause temps in the 80’s one day to plunge to the 30’s the next with thunderstorms and hail in between.

Those 30 degree days give me a chance to hit the quilt studio to catch up on some projects.

Patches of Blue Quilt Along (#patchesofblue) by Laundry Basket Quilts is in its third month with a boatload of stars:

And a new Kaffe Fassett Mystery Quilt is just getting underway.  Very exciting to receive the first clue in a project box along with ...

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March 12, 2018
Bubble top from Espritpatch

After checking all the blocks I had and deciding what to do with them, I thought if I wanted a finished quilt anytime soon, the more realistic plan was to use the blocks I had and make something of them without planning for more. As much as I like these blocks they take a very long time to make and there is no way I will have the time or patience to make more in the near future. 

The blocks have already been stashed away for about 2 years so it would be better to just do something with them ...

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March 5, 2018
Another UFO is out from Espritpatch

My APQ UFO challenge for March is to finish my bubble quilt. I made and received those blocks between 2015 and 2016 as part as a bee and as often in bees I think I didn't get all my blocks. I pulled out all my blocks and found 18 of them, including 2 of them that I might not want to include in my final quilt.

So after thinking about making more blocks (I love them but they are soooo time consuming to make), I decided that maybe it would be easier to use what I have already and ...

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March 1, 2018
I'm the Queen of March! from The Inquiring Quilter

Not sure how I feel about that. March here is often cold, windy, rainy, muddy, and sometimes there are even tornadoes.

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As the Queen of March, I suppose I should feel bad that the weather for my month isn't that great. Somehow though I don't seem to care because besides a variety of weather, March includes the Spring Equinox, the Oscars, Palm Sunday and most of Easter weekend, and among other things Peanut Butter Lover's Day, If Pets Had Thumbs Day, Popcorn Lover's Day, Ear Muffs Day, National Proofreaders Day, Open an Umbrella Indoors Day, Girl ...

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February 17, 2018
A Day with My Tangled Friends from The Inquiring Quilter

Once a month, I meet with my Tangled Threads bee and we sit and sew and chat and otherwise have fun. We meet in a room at the quilt shop where I work. So I should add that sometimes we sit, sew, chat, and buy!

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Me, I worked on quilting my Mini Love challenge for Island Batik. Sorry, it's not ready to show you just yet! But here's a peek.

By the way, if you've got a quilt project that's red, pink, romantic or otherwise Valentine's, please share it on my Wednesday Wait Loss.

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Sometimes ...

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January 10, 2018
Wednesday Wait Loss 49 from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome to my Wednesday Wait Loss, where we skip the wait and get those long lost works in progress done!

I'm catching up on my Bee Inspired bee blocks, finishing December and January. For December, Emily @ The Darling Dogwood requested a book block. Emily is a librarian, so this block is so perfect for her.

The format was rather free-flowing (13" tall by 13 to 16-1/2" wide), which gave us a lot of options. Emily wanted us to use a theme for our fabric choices, and to add "something you might find on a shelf" to our block ...

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November 17, 2017
My Bee Group (and why every quilter needs one!) from Butterfly Threads

My bee group has been together for more years than I can remember. There are lots of reasons why, but mostly, because we support one another. Sure we get together for lunch once a month, and sometimes we even stitch something. But mostly, we are THERE for each other.

We have celebrated grand babies, said goodbye to beloved husbands, had more surgeries than we care to count, and cheered on each others's successes as well as waved sad goodbyes to members that have moved away (winking at you Joanne and Ruth!) We love each other. And that's why ...

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Make Modern from Becca's Crazy Projects

I made these blocks for a group project.

You can find instructions to make your own Cross-cut Blocks in this post from A Quilter's Table.

My blocks measure at 12.5" by 12.5" (finish at 12") but the idea is the same.

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November 1, 2017
Mary's Baby from Road Home Quilting

I've never met Mary, she is a new neighbor, friends of her Mom invited me to her shower.

People were extra kind to me when Alex was born, so I'm honored to welcome Mary to the club of motherhood

.....with a quilt, of course:)
I planned a quick whole cloth quilt, just stitching the motifs of this wonderful Oh Deer! (Moda). It is a favorite in my stash, waiting for an extra special occasion like this.

But when I found Pooh's Day in the Park (Quilters O-N-L-Y) in the stash, I got carried away piecing the back ...

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October 30, 2017
Bee blocks quilt #2 from Espritpatch

The second bee blocks quilt is also finished! My eldest daughter picked those blocks for her top

and the "lucky" fabric for the backing of her quilt

I loaded it on my quilting frame on Tuesday night and quilted it on the following days

I used a circuit board pattern with a few horseshoes here and there because she is horse-mad and it was good with the "Lucky" fabric

Just the binding left, which I added at the weekend and here it is, another quilt finished!

 Quilt stats:
Top: Bee blocks from 2013 to 2016 plus filler blocks
Backing: Cotton ...

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