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September 19, 2018
Latest Happenings from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Not too much in the way of quilting is getting done this week.

Instead, the paint brush has come out of hiding and that is keeping me busy.  Odds and ends around the house that has been on hold for a year or two or three.  What can I say.  I'm a quilter and that is what I prefer to be doing!  The reason for this surge of house work is that our friends from Australia are coming to spend a week with us in October.  They just can't see the same blue painter's tape around the ...

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September 16, 2018
stash report September 16, 2018 from Making A Lather

I have a few new additions to my creative pallet. haha I found these batiks at a quilt shop and I am still collecting them. I don't know why yet. But everyone else loves them so I collect. and, yes, I would probably jump off a cliff if other quilters said to jump.

I have a binding( hooray) to hand sew for slow Sunday stitching

stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1 yard
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 753 1/2  yards

Fabric Added this Week: 3 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 162 1 ...

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Daisy needle case from Granny Maud's Girl

I do not have a lot of free time, but I managed to squeeze in making this needle case.

Suzuko Koseki daisy needle case made by Granny Maud's Girl

I quilted it simply in the ditch with 12 wt Aurifil thread.

As always, one of the most difficult things was deciding which fabrics to use, and that involved pulling everything out of the cupboards, looking it over, choosing a few, putting some back, changing my mind and repeating the process a few times. I got there in the end. If it is that difficult for small projects like this, imagine the time involved in choosing fabrics for large projects!

The ...

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September 14, 2018
A Little Knot from Stitchin' Therapy

  I had 6 blocks that did not get put into my large Garlic Knot top.  I thought they would be a good table topper.....A Little Knot.

   Before binding, I was just a little disappointed at how plain it seemed.  I debated on applique in the border or even adding additional borders.  I went ahead an quilted it up and then had the light bulb moment for the binding. 

 A cute flange binding would give this one a pop of extra color and hopefully improve it after all.  So the blue fabric became the flange and a floral print is ...

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September 12, 2018
Never Too Late from From the Strawberry Patch...

It's never too late to change your mind; at least not when it comes to finishing a quilt.  This one was a long time coming too, it had been loaded and unloaded off the rails more times than I can count; to quilt other quilts. Finally, last weekend, this Sampler saw that last quilting stitch go in and it was time for trimming and binding. I laid it out in the foyer to get some quick snapshots

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Never Too Late from From the Strawberry Patch...

It's never too late to change your mind; at least not when it comes to finishing a quilt.  This one was a long time coming too, it had been loaded and unloaded off the rails more times than I can count; to quilt other quilts. Finally, last weekend, this Sampler saw that last quilting stitch go in and it was time for trimming and binding. I laid it out in the foyer to get some quick snapshots

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September 8, 2018
MY HOURGLASS QUILT PROJECT from The Proficient Needle

This quilt has been on the back burner for quite a while.  I only worked on it as a "leader and ender" project, only at my northern home, and only when I had leftover 2 1/2 inch strips in the right colours!

As you can see, by the picture of the finished quilt "with feet", DH held the quilt so I could get a picture of the completed project.

I made a narrow binding for this quilt, that matches the backing fabric, and I managed to use all but a few inches.  It feels good when I use fabric ...

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September 5, 2018
Borders on .... FINALLY! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Procrastination ..... I think that should be added to the numbers of things that I do very well! 

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September 1, 2018
Guess Whoooo is Here? from The Cozy Quilter

A colleague at work is having her second baby any time now and her last day of work is tomorrow.  I started this quilt last week and finished it up on Tuesday night.  I brought it to work today to give it to her.  I included washing instructions!  Mom was thrilled with the quilt and promised to send me pictures of the new baby and her big sister with the quilt.

The name of the quilt, "Guess Whooo is Here?" came from the owls on the white fabric.  The quilting is a wavy cross hatch.  I used some solid yellow ...

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August 23, 2018
Thou shalt ...................... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, quilters in my age category are really starting to curb their enthusiasm for buying fabric. That's probably not a good way of putting that - our enthusiasm for new fabric will never die - but we need to be realistic. Some folks have really made a conscious effort, others are getting to that stage and well some days - we all have weaknesses. I've been really, really good. I still buy, but very little and I do try to buy only what I need to finish a project off (most times).

Let's ...

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August 21, 2018
Commission Quilt from Butterfly Threads

I was asked to make a quilt as a wedding gift for a couple in New York. The bride's family is from India and there will be a traditional ceremony as part of the celebration. It was requested that I incorporate some traditional elements, colors and/or patterns. So I eagerly began my research...

It was so interesting to learn about the colors and styles of the region, as well as the patterns. I learned some cool things about triangles and borders. Did you know that many of the quilts have zig-zag or triangle borders to represent the mountains ...

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July 29, 2018
Lucky last from Granny Maud's Girl

As I explained last week, my plan to sew one humidicrib cover each month in 2018 is being cut short, and this one will be my last.

Strawberry humidicrib sewn by Granny Maud's Girl

I raided my scrap bag of 2½-inch squares.

I made the top and quilted it a few months ago, and then I decided to try a piped, peeper or flange binding. It was my first such experiment. I used a technique for a machine-sewn binding, but I do not like the backs of my quilts looking messy, so I finished it by hand. Anything that can be sewn by machine can be sewn ...

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July 26, 2018
Down time from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

So this happened yesterday.

A wee bit of investigation going on
I was all fired up to get that apple quilt done so I could get the binding on. I was able to stitch for about 15 minutes and I was getting excited. Then BAM - dead stop. Nothing. I turned the machine off and back on. Nothing. Before it did come back, but this time it did not.

I spent time on the phone sending pictures and texts and voice back and forth with the techs in Iowa. Everything seems to be in good shape and all wires securely attached ...

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July 23, 2018
Motivational Monday - and it's MONDAY!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I don't seem to get my Motivational Monday post done on a Monday because there isn't time. Well, there will be time because I'm actually writing this on Sunday night.

It was a crazy sit n sew day today. I hadn't prepped what I wanted to do, but that doesn't mean that I didn't accomplish stuff. At the end of the day when I recapped what I had done, I was exhausted! I'm thrilled with the progress and I have the ladies to thank for that. We all did an amazing job today ...

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July 22, 2018
No quilts were harmed! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I managed to get two more customer quilts completed yesterday, but not before I almost had a meltdown with both of them.  I should be very clear that it had NOTHING to do with the quilts and all to do with either the operator or the computer.

Here's the first one.

Customer quilt - DONE

Second customer quilt - DONE

For some reason, that computer had a mind of its own yesterday and twice I stood there with my brain puzzling as I tried to figure out how to get back to where the computer was supposed to be. There's ...

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July 21, 2018
A binding marathon! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm disgusted with myself! OK - not horribly disgusted, but still - I have way too much stuff for the amount of time that I have to do it.

There's a sit n sew tomorrow. You know what that means - the studio has to get tidied up. And as I surveyed the wreckage yesterday morning, I was totally dismayed. There's stuff there that I've moved for the last several sit n sews. What is wrong with me? Why am I not getting those things completed? I'm getting lots done, but the quantity of stuff that I'm ...

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July 17, 2018
Let the binding begin..... from Val's Quilting Studio

I had a productive week of quilting and getting binding sewn on.
Honestly, hand sewing binding is one of my very favorite parts of quilting. I don't mind seeing a pile begin. Our house will be filled with family in another week, followed by our Summer family vacation. These will provide the perfect stitching to enjoy during patio time and on the road traveling.
Hope you too have some happy stitching to keep you busy during these dog days of Summer. 

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LMQG Swap: What is it? from The Cozy Quilter

Members of the London Modern Quilt Guild are swapping small quilts with members of the Ancaster Modern Quilt Guild.  Christine and I both decided to participate in the swap. We received the name and preferences of our swap partners in February and the quilts were due at our July meeting this past Saturday.  Now that my quilt is handed in, I can show it to you on my blog!

I started by making some random sized building blocks with some brightly coloured scraps.

I was on a roll and did not take any more process pictures as I put it ...

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July 16, 2018
Summer Kites – Finished from Romany Quilting

I was getting near the end of machine quilting Summer Kites, it just  needed some more quilting in the blank spaces surrounding each kite.  But what to do?  In the end I decided to straight line quilt this way and that as suggested by the nine patches in the kite block.

Blocks all quilted

With the borders quilted, and the binding attached,  I turned the binding over and pinned it all down.   Really, I reminded myself,  I must invest in some of those binding clips which everyone except seems to use, one day. Then I was all ready to sit ...

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July 15, 2018
Different things from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Lately, I've been busy tidying up my studio and that means tidying up projects that were so-so.

Take this top, for example.  I was never happy with the outer border.  This finished top has been sitting on the shelf since 2009.  Why?  The fabric has a definitive large pattern in it and when it was cut, I didn't pay attention to that issue and my borders turned out yucky.  Some may be happy with it, but not me.

Finding a replacement fabric took time.  Over the years, fabric was purchased BUT not the right one.  That time has ...

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