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February 18, 2019
Red binding.................. from Exuberant Color

I was planning to make more pineapple log cabin blocks yesterday but changed my mind and finished the quilting on this red star quilt.  I had a half yard of a red print that wasn't used in the quilt so I cut it for binding.  I have the hand stitching done on 3 sides and have started the fourth side.
We had snow most of the day yesterday.  I don't see crows in my backyard too often but the black against the white snow under the suet cages caught my eye and I snapped this photo before it ...

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February 11, 2019
Another step Closer from Romany Quilting

I’m another step closer to the completion of Horse Quilt No2.  Yards and yards (or should that be metres?) of bright blue binding strips have been cut, stitched, pressed in half and wound onto a cardboard roll.

Plenty of binding prepared

The backing is finally completed too.  I don’t know what happened to my calculations but I had quite a few black and grey blocks left over.  At one stage I thought I had carefully worked out just how many I needed but I obviously made an error.  Never mind, surplus to requirements they may be, but they ...

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February 6, 2019
WEEKEND FUN from The Proficient Needle

I spent some time over the weekend piecing batting.  I had used parts of 3 queen batts over the past couple of months, and decided to make some "Franken-batts".  I needed one for my second mystery quilt, as I had pieced the backing fabric, and pressed the backing and the quilt top, using a bit of spray starch, ready for pin basting.
First, I used all the smaller pieces of batting to make one the correct size for a panel quilt that I had planned to finish for donation.  I managed to pin baste the quilt top on my cutting ...

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February 3, 2019
stash report February 3, 2019 from Making A Lather

Just a few finds at the thrift store this week. The plaid on the right is a homespun, and I still have a fondness for homespun. I have a small collection that I am saving for that "special" quilt. tee hee The floral at the top is actually a cat fabric. I am allergic to cats, so that may be the only way I can turn into a crazy old cat lady.

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 11 yard fish jar
Fabric Used year to Date: 0 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 6 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date ...

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January 31, 2019
Just one of those mornings! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Thankfully, I'm one of those people that can jump out of bed and be productive five minutes later.

I fired up several sewing machines and then I just seemed to have one issue after another. Loosening the tension and changing the needle helped one machine and wouldn't you know it - the other one needed a new needle as well. But not before I spent some time ripping!

How do you love that crazy weather out there? Even the girls are happy to be in the house! While they both have big thick fur coats, it's their feet ...

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January 28, 2019
Honesty about my UFOs! from Quilted-Hearts

 I have decided it is time to be totally honest regarding my UFOs this year. I have made it my goal to work on them and try to move them forward and complete them this year.  At the moment I have two memory quilts I am working on that are not UFOs, one I am currently piecing and one I am working on cutting out. I do have one or two new things I plan to start including the Gypsy Wife quilt, but I really plan to spend the majority of my time focusing on completing my UFOs.

To be ...

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Weekly Update January 20 from Quilted-Hearts

This last week I completed my first finish of the year.  I finished the binding and the label on a baby quilt for a dear friends new baby boy. I need to get it in the mail soon, as the baby arrived January 2nd. It is her third boy.

It is a scrappy quilt made from a jelly roll that I bought at Back Yard Fabrics in Kentucky a few years back. If you ever get the chance you should stop by her store. I loved my visits there. May need to go back that neck of the woods again ...

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January 23, 2019
Blue flowers, and a blue native bird from Romany Quilting

I’m pleased that another of my stitchery blocks has been completed, I’ve been stitching away on my Chatham Island Forget-me-knot block.  Designed by Jenny Hunter, this is block seven of nine New Zealand botanical blocks, and is my “slow stitching” project.


The threatened Chatham Island forget-me-not grows naturally on the Chatham Islands - on coastal cliffs, rock outcrops and sandy and rocky beaches.  Grazing, trampling and rooting by domestic and feral animals and weed encroachment, especially by marram grass, are major threats to this species in it’s natural habitat.  This large showy plant is also available to home ...

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January 21, 2019
Sit n Sew day!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

What a crazy day! We had a Sit n Sew day scheduled, but was the weather going to cooperate? Well, it did and it didn't. We didn't get nearly the amount of snow that was forecast but it was cold. I left it up to the ladies to decide. Three die-hards showed up! Lynn, Linda, and Ronda and we had a blast. We almost (but didn't) say that we should have small groups for future sit n sew days!  NO - that's not going to happen, but it was a calm day, to say the least.

Took ...

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January 20, 2019
stash report January 20, 2019 from Making A Lather

We've had another long snow, and the sun is shining again. Our temperatures are dipping close to zero. It's very pretty, until I have to get to church. Good thing we don't live very far. I would still love to go sledding, but, I would have to leave my body behind or it would break. I wonder if I could hire a professional sledding assistant to get me up and down on the sled. I'm pretty sure I would get frost bite just rolling over and getting to my knees and getting to my feet. haha ...

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January 17, 2019
Hanging sleeve...and found blocks.......... from Exuberant Color

I forgot to add this photo yesterday with the colorwash finish.  I used all 2 yards of the backing fabric and had none left for the hanging sleeve.  I looked through my green fabrics and thought this one looked great.

In one of the boxes in the basement I found these 16 flannel blocks and a bunch more 1.5" strips.  I think I intended to make more blocks back in Dec. 2011 or maybe piano key borders, but at this point I just want to finish some things whatever size they are.  I sewed this top while watching the ...

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January 16, 2019
Finish # 4 for 2019............ from Exuberant Color

I put the last hand stitches in the binding of this colorwash while I watched the 10 p.m. news last night.  It finished at 40" x about 63".  All of the fabrics are printed quilting cottons and the pieces are finished 2" x 4" rectangles.

Keeping with the floral/nature theme of the prints on the front, the back is beautiful large flowers and leaves.

The binding is a fabric from the early 1990s and is a black background with brown stylized flowers and tiny gray leaves.

Now my finishing for the month is over and I will tackle ...

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January 14, 2019
Finish # 3 for 2019.......... from Exuberant Color

The binding on this batik Orphan Block quilt fought me all the way and took twice as long to do as it should.  This one definitely has to go to someone who doesn't know anything about quilting.
It ended up 52.5" x 68".

The back is 4 strips of batik fabric leftover from other backings.  I thought that was perfect for a quilt with so much variety on the front.  I will wash this one to soften it up since the batiks on the back are unwashed fabric.  I use Orvis soap, pure soap, not detergent to wash ...

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January 10, 2019
Sassy Tip- 107 from The Sassy Quilter


Sassy tip #107:

Bias or Curved Binding

Image result for roll of quilt binding

Use binding cut on the bias when your quilt borders are curved, this has a stretch to it. Otherwise, use straight of grain.

Binding can be a little tricky sometimes. I know you have probably seen some pics of people cutting their binding on the diagonal….why go through all that trouble if you can just cut it straight???


Fabric has a grain to it. When you cut binding for the straight edges of a quilt, you cut from the fold to the selvedge, you are then cutting on the straight ...

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January 8, 2019
Found a binding fabric............. from Exuberant Color

I ended up choosing an old out of print Kaffe fabric for my binding.  I got it sewn on and started the hand sewing.

This shows the backing fabric and the portion of binding that is hand stitched so far.

I got the next one basted and ready to quilt on my Pfaff.  This is a batik one made with 1.5" x 3" rectangles.

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January 6, 2019
stash report January 6, 2019 from Making A Lather

Ok.... not a good start to a fabric diet, but walmart had their Christmas fat quarters for 24 cents. I didn't count them until I came home. I bought 38. sigh.... The bigger Christmas piece was also 24 cents at the rescue mission. It was the only fabric I have ever seen there.
I knew instantly that I wanted to put 2 different fat quarters into the string piecing for Good fortune mystery quilt.

I am ok with the price per fat quarter, but 38 fat quarters = 9.5 yards. Really? they don't look like that much. 

Last ...

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January 4, 2019
IT'S 2019...SEW A PRETTY BINDING from Kwilty Pleasures

Nothing bugs me more than a beautiful quilt
with crappy looking binding!
SEW here's how I sew on binding!

My binding are all 2 1/2" wide
Piece strips with angled seams for less bulk.
 1/4" foot with a guide

***Whereever you begin sewing down the binding...
LEAVE a loose 10" tail (for mitre finish)

Sew binding down the side of the quilt, aligning raw edges
STOP the needle 1/4" from the edge of the quilt
TURN the quilt 45 degrees (clockwise)
 and sew STRAIGHT OFF the edge of the quilt.
Like this!

Here's a close ...

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January 2, 2019
The First Finish of 2019 from The Cozy Quilter

Technically, this finish should have been done in 2018...but it took a little longer than I thought it would to complete this project.  I also did not have a pattern, just an idea in my head that I wanted to try, which lengthened the amount to time I spent working on it.

My friend, Cathy, and her husband are avid campers so I decided to make a camper themed sewing machine cover for her for Christmas.  I finished off the last of the hand stitching today and wrapped it up for delivery this least she received it ...

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January 1, 2019
#18 finish for 2018.....Happy New Year!!! from Exuberant Color

Just squeaked in under the wire, finish #18 for 2018.  It is 29.25" x 41".    I will do my 2018 recap in the next few days and colorwash wallhangings were in the majority for finishes.

For the binding on this one I chose a dark brown with a lighter brown swirl in it.  Purple and brown are my two most used colors for binding on a colorwash because they seem to look best with all of the colors at the edge.

I wish all of you a happy and healthy new year!  

I don't do resolutions but I ...

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December 29, 2018
Finish # 17 for this year................ from Exuberant Color

Yes, the top edge really is straight, it is the photographer who is crooked.  This quilt is about 51.5" x 72" so it will wrap under my feet and go all the way to my chin when I sleep under it for my recliner chair nap.  I hope to get it washed today.

 I really love this Kaffe print on the back.  The front is Kaffe collective with some Kaffes, lots of Philip Jacobs fabrics and one Brandon Mably fabric.

The colors are more true in this photo.

I did the binding all by machine.

And just one more ...

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