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May 27, 2018
Slow Stitching Sunday: To Hell With Elmer's Glue All Over My Iron. Back to My Old-School Binding Methods from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Because a Needle and Thread Feel Good, and Sticky Glue All Over a Hot Iron Feels Bad
Well, folks -- I had lofty intentions of binding this quilt entirely by machine yesterday using one or more of the glue basted binding tutorials that are floating around out there.  As you can see, I abandoned that adventure, carried my not-quite-finished quilt out to the deck, and started stitching the binding down to the back by hand with my trusty size 11 Bohin applique needle and Aurifil Mako 50/2 cotton thread.  *AHHHH!!*


Look How It Glows In the Late Afternoon Sun!
Can ...

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May 15, 2018
I Can See Clearly Now, the Quilting's Done: Tabby Mountain Is Off the Frame, Ready for Binding! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Thank you SO MUCH, all of you who reached out to me with kindness and encouragement after my last blog post!  Those "reinforcements" were just what the troops and I needed to power through the Russian Winter of Our Discontented Quilting over the weekend.  See, I'm mixing historical metaphors with literary metaphors -- 'cause I'm feeling FRISKY now that my Tabby Mountain quilt is completely quilted and off my frame at last!  WOO HOO!!


Ta-DONE!
You know my instinct is to point out EVERY LITTLE IMPERFECTION now, with high-resolution photos zooming in to reveal every errant stitch, but I ...

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Motivational Monday from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It's interesting how non-quilting family members FREQUENTLY ask the quilters in their family "how many more quilts do you (we) need?"  What's interesting is that if the quilter in the family didn't quilt, what would they do all day?  Seriously??  I was up early this morning because I went to bed really early last night. What did I do? I sewed of course! But what would I have done if I wasn't a quilter? I'm certainly not cleaning my house.

My response when people mention this obsession with quilting? This is our hobby, it's ...

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May 14, 2018
Mother's Day from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Yesterday was a fabulous day. Did I get any quilting done? Very little. It was the first absolutely gorgeous day that we've had all year and I was going to take advantage of the day. The girls had fun at the dog park and then the rest of the day was for ME!!!!

Here's the wee bit of quilting I got done.   I made the binding for the remaining two #Humboldtstrong quilts.

Binding for the last two #Humboldtstrong quilts
My plan was to get all four bindings on so the quilts could be packaged up and in the ...

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May 9, 2018
Taking things Easy from Romany Quilting

It’s been a quiet week so far, with not too much going on.  I’m trying to send my sore throat and hacking cough out the door and far away.  Things are not too bad during the day, but once the day draws to a close, they come back with a vengeance.  Needless to say I didn’t feel up to “rolling the dice” this week, so have just been pottering around instead, with a couple of afternoon naps thrown in.

Even though I didn’t want to spend time concentrating on machine stitching, I’ve tried to do ...

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May 5, 2018
One binding done, one almost done............ from Exuberant Color

I had two friends over using my design walls to get their blocks laid out and then stacked in rows and clipped with numbers from old calendar pages and binder clips. 
The third friend got a lot of blocks sewn.  I just worked on my bindings.  I finished one and just have part of one edge to finish on the second.  A third one is quilted and I got it trimmed and chose the binding fabric.


I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I couldn't leave comments on some blogs even if I chose Google as my profile.  It ...

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May 4, 2018
Finally some finishing............ from Exuberant Color

I finally machine quilted two small wallhangings so today I will do the hand sewing on the binding while my friends are here sewing.





Spring has finally arrived here in northern Illinois.  I have 2 Jonquils blooming behind the peony plants.






The Indigo Bunting came back yesterday and was here almost all day.








He is such a bright spot in the back garden.









The Redbud trees should be in full bloom in a couple days.  We got a little over 3/4" of rain late Wednesday and in the very early hours yesterday.  We really needed rain.  It has been ...

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May 3, 2018
More quilts .... from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

.... to bind!

My sister picked these up for me on her way home from Toronto this week.  So this makes five quilts to bind.  I had better get my butt in gear and get them done.  At least get the binding cut out and sewn together.  A good start for when I'm in the mood for sewing on binding.


Spring is FINALLY here in our neck of the woods.  There are still patches of snow here and there, but plants are pushing their way to the surface and the temperature is finally pleasant enough to go outside wearing a ...

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April 30, 2018
Snow Much Fun in Wool, April's Block from Quilt Doodle Doodles

  
I have been enjoying working with wool for my second version of this year's BOM. I've been having Snow Much Fun! This month's block is an adorable snowman with his camper. Since it's a winter quilt I had to decorate the camper with a Christmas wreath and Christmas lights. I have been machine stitching my wool applique with Lana wool from Aurifil. I have loved the combo of the wool with the Primo Plaids from Marcus Fabrics. It's going to be such a cozy quilt. It'll be a fun quilt to put out next ...

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Snow Much Fun in Wool, April's Block from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

  
I have been enjoying working with wool for my second version of this year's BOM. I've been having Snow Much Fun! This month's block is an adorable snowman with his camper. Since it's a winter quilt I had to decorate the camper with a Christmas wreath and Christmas lights. I have been machine stitching my wool applique with Lana wool from Aurifil. I have loved the combo of the wool with the Primo Plaids from Marcus Fabrics. It's going to be such a cozy quilt. It'll be a fun quilt to put out next ...

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April 29, 2018
Stash report April 29, 2018 from Making A Lather

Our guild received word that there was an estate sale of a quilter that we were invited to attend. I am afraid I was a little late, some of the larger pieces of fabric was gone, but There were a few kits left.  as a scrappy quilter, this box was very intriguing. I think all the pieces are here with only a few sewn together  along with the pattern. Who wouldn't love a quilter who had left even the scraps in the box. I'm sure she was a treasure.


 And of course, the other fabric that noone wanted ...

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April 22, 2018
I Spy Baby Quilt from The Cozy Quilter


You may remember seeing this quilt top a few weeks ago.  Life has been rather busy lately (more on that later in the post) so I did not have time to quilt this top until this week.  I do my pin basting on my kitchen floor.  It's a little hard on the knees, but it did not take too long to get all those pins in place.


I started by using a serpentine stitch to quilt the sashing.


My daughter had a wooden Thomas train set when she was little.  We had a canoe when I was a child ...

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April 21, 2018
1930s baby Quilt–Finished from Romany Quilting

It’s good to have a finish, and I have to admit that this one was an easy finish.  With the quilt top and backing layered and pinned, it didn't take to long to do some simple machine quilting with my walking foot.  Then stitch the binding on.

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Last night I sat and stitched the binding down by hand while Robin was engrossed in a rugby game on TV.  I quite enjoy doing this step, quietly hand stitching on the back, and watching it get nearer and nearer to completion. 

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Blowing in the wind on the trellis

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On the ...

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April 16, 2018
Motivational Monday!!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It's Motivational Monday and time to check in with everyone to see how we're making out with our UFOs.

I'm making progress on stuff - just not necessarily my UFOs. But I'm working on them. I was going to work on one yesterday, but I seem to have misplaced the border fabric. Seriously??  I hope to locate that today.

There is no Monday sewing today because of the ugly weather. While the worst of the ice storm is over, it's a mess outside with all that rain/ice/snow melting FAST so we all decided it ...

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April 12, 2018
More binding from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

It is snowing here again.  Ugh!  Will spring ever arrive?  This was taken this morning.

A couple of hours later.

Since it is snowing, might as well get more binding done.  A different quilt this time.
Sewing binding is keeping me cosy and warm.  All that is left to do is getting a sleeve on and that will be done soon.
I do need to take some quilt photos, but furniture needs to be moved around first to get a good shot.

It just feels good to get this quilt to this stage.

Doing the happy dance!

Have a great ...

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April 11, 2018
Doing binding from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

A bout of stomach flu set me back for a few days.  Once I started feeling better, a bit of binding got worked on this quilt.  A couple of feet here and there sure makes a side get done faster than you think.

Have a great day!

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April 7, 2018
Quilting brings the cheer when the weather is something to fear! from Carried Away Quilting


The calendar might say April 7, but in central Minnesota we are still experiencing winter. Mother Nature hit us with nine new inches of snow last weekend, and the weather man is predicting more snow this weekend. Ugh!  Quilt making and decorating with quilts is my refuge as I wait for sunshine, green grass, flowers and warm breezes.

Right now our guest bedroom is the most sunny room in the house. It literally gets the best afternoon light, but I've also added sunshine to the room with my quilts. Above the daybed I've hung my "Flower Tile" quilt ...

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March 31, 2018
Another app!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Despite having an extended nap on the sofa (after I finished reading my book), I did manage to get some stuff done in the afternoon. I'm feeling better, just tired. Nothing that some good old-fashioned napping and liquids won't heal.

But now it's time to hit the studio. I thought I would get the big stuff out of the way while I still had some energy in me. I have a customer who always wants me to sew the bindings on for her. I'm OK with that, I charge her for it.

I had two to ...

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March 30, 2018
To toss or repair from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Is it nap time yet? Yes, it's going to be one of those kinds of days. While I'm not super sick, I've congestion in my nose and chest, but I'm not hacking my lungs out. Still, I'm tired. I'm going to write this post, then it will be nap time.

While I did spend a good part of yesterday either snuggled under several quilts on the sofa or in my big chair (but not big enough to be super comfortable) reading a book, I did manage to get some stuff done in the studio ...

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March 24, 2018
My best tips for all machine binding from The Crafty Quilter

As promised, I’m sharing my best tips for sewing all machine binding onto your quilts.  This is a great way to add binding that is fast, efficient and strong.  And this means more time to start something new!

My best all machine binding tips for the quickest and easiest binding for your quilts. Joining binding tails and getting a perfectly mitered corner are also covered by Julie @ The Crafty Quilter.

 

For the past few years, I have tried different methods of adding binding all by machine.  I’ve finally come up with a system that works for me, and I think you’ll like it too.  It produces the best-looking finish for an all machine binding technique.  I’ll share my tips and my process with you.  (I’m assuming you ...

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