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September 12, 2019
Binding and more binding! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

My hexagon wall hanging is all finished now.  Just need to cut the correct size rod and I can show you the final quilt hanging.  In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of my progress this week.

Binding got cut out and sewn onto the quilt.  Look at all that hand quilting!  Oh my!  My hands hurt like heck, but it was so worth it!  There are a few more smaller tops that will be brought out and basted for more hand quilting as I quite enjoyed the process.  I tried a massage gizmo that will be great for ...

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September 2, 2019
Superior Quilts from Road Home Quilting

historic Magma Hotel vintage bar
We made a field trip to Superior for an annual end of summer festival - Prickly Pear Days. 
We found some unique quilt art. But not all of them are actual quilts. See what I mean?

Apologies for the blur - I'm learning new phone/camera settings.
The black and white border is bugle beads in-the-ditch. And the binding is variegated crewel yarn whip-stitch. I like how the quote stitching crosses the background and first border.
There was a series of these mug-rugsized  arts, each with the hound's-tooth check background path. 
Did I mention my ...

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August 31, 2019
Done........... from Exuberant Color

I think I can, I KNOW I can......finish it.

Here is the proof, all four corners done.  Finished photo tomorrow.

Yesterday I finished vacuuming the attic.  It was too hot to finish the other day and yesterday was nice and cool.  I had the area by the whole house fan to finish up.

Lots of weeds got pulled.  The ground was soft enough they came out pretty easily.  I wanted to get all of the ones that have burrs on them pulled before they dry up and are a real nuisance.  It is going to be warmer and more ...

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August 30, 2019
29 inches................ from Exuberant Color

All of a sudden I realized the end of the month is almost here and I don't have the binding done for a finish this month.  I have 29 inches left to hand stitch and I'll do it today so I can get the quilt photographed before midnight tomorrow. I have to take all of the blocks off my design wall that has the best lighting so I can hang it there for its photo.

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August 27, 2019
Catching Up from Mama Spark's World

Lest you think I have forgotten about you all, I am going to make a post. I have been busy with wedding stuff and life in general. I finally took my dress in for alterations too. I made some cinnamon roll scones (Keto). They were just ok. They didn't rise very much and I really wanted to love them but...meh. Don't get me wrong though, I froze them and plan on eating them anyway,  just

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It's my birthday!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Birthdays come and go and some are important and some are not. People tend to shy away from them, ignore them or be in denial about them. I say - what the heck - it's part of life. It's my birthday today! No - you don't need to know how old I am. I don't act my age, I don't feel my age and that's very important to me. Hence the need to "celebrate" today!

As I was digging through stuff in the basement, I found this which gave me a chuckle.

A note from M
I ...

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More binding, a little sewing............ from Exuberant Color

I have all of one short side and half of one long side of the binding hand stitched.  This fabric is a lot easier to stitch through than the batiks that I use so often.

I finally sewed the cross seams last night on this postage stamp block and noticed the poor frog lost his head into the seam allowance.  I also made one of the 6" hole in the barn door a/k/a churn dash blocks for my Farm Girl Vintage quilt.

We had rain off an on for a good portion of the day yesterday and we ...

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August 26, 2019
Binding time............ from Exuberant Color

I decided I needed a day of rest so I sewed the binding onto the x and + quilt and have started the slow hand stitching.

When I went out to get the newspapers early in the morning I saw the 2 Monarch caterpillars munching away on the remains of the milkweed plant nearest to the house.  The bottom one is on the remaining center stem/vein of a leaf that is totally eaten.

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August 24, 2019
Quilting finished............. from Exuberant Color

Since my straight stitch machine is so quiet I decided to finish quilting the Kaffe x and + quilt while my 2 friends were here working on their projects.  I also got it trimmed and cut the binding strips.  I thought I would be Superwoman after they left and make 8 six inch blocks for my Farm Girl Vintage quilt and also cut 42 new fabrics for my batik colorwash360 kits.
Instead I did go to Walm*rt and walk 3200 steps and picked up a few groceries but then I came home and just spent some quality time with my ...

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August 20, 2019
SCRAP BUSTING from That's Sew Kerry

No Scrap Left Behind

This is something I actually started quite a while ago, the center or main body of the quilt is a simple Jelly Roll quilt but is a very effective and rather quick way to rustle up a fairly decent sized quilt in a couple of hours.

You will need a full Jelly Roll, unroll it and layout all the pairs of colours/prints so you can easily see what you've got to work with. Then sew every strip end to end so you have one extremely long, continuous length of fabric measuring 2.5" wide ...

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August 12, 2019
Magnolia Mystery Quilt {Finished Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

I set a hard-stop limit on myself that I wasn't going to allow myself to start the new mystery quilt (Mosaic Mystery Quilt) until I finished my Magnolia quilt and now I have one fewer WIP on my list!

Here's the quilt post-trimming, pre-binding:

For the binding, I used a red cable print and cut it to create the stripey binding.

The grey thread was the exact right shade for the background fabric (Kona Coal) but isn't too obtrusive on the print fabrics. I bound this quilt entirely by machine and used white thread to do the ...

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August 11, 2019
The final countdown from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Yes - I know I should have a checklist. I don't. My mind is my checklist and as I've been thinking of things, they got stacked near the suitcase. Today is the last day - what doesn't get done today - well, I'll just have to make it up!!!  The bottom line, the most important stuff is done. Well, there's ONE more tool that I need to learn today. I'll share that with you when I get a chance.

I had a glorious bike ride yesterday. A bit of a headwind as I went out, but my ...

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Slow Stitching with Gemma from Romany Quilting

It was time to start stitching the miles of binding down on “Horse Quilt number 2”.  Made for grand-daughter Megan, a keen horse woman like her older sister, the quilt had recently been collected from Deborah of Country Life Quilting.  So began the long job – sitting and quietly stitching away, a job which I quite enjoy.


Our young Birman cat Gemma didn’t want to be left out, so she burrowed into the folds of the quilt which was nestled on the floor.  This looks good, she was thinking, another hidey hole to relax in.  The only trouble was that ...

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Catching Up from 120 Blocks

I have been doing a bit of sewing this week. Really. First, I sewed the binding onto the front of Sew in Love. I did run into a little problem though as you can see in the picture. That was … Continue reading

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August 9, 2019
Lap Quilt Finish from The Cozy Quilter

I made this lap quilt using Bonnie Hunter's free pattern, Scrappy Mountain Majesties, and a pile of fat quarters purchased specifically for this quilt.   This quilt is a gift for someone special who does not read my blog.

It was quilted by Cathy at Eagle's Wings Quilts.

The backing is from the same fabric line...

As is my usual practice, I did the hand stitching in the car last weekend.  

We visited Finn and my daughter last weekend. We took Finn to get his haircut as he was starting to look a bit shaggy. We went for lots ...

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August 8, 2019
Guilt trip or burden? Or fun times ahead.................. from Exuberant Color

I took advantage of an empty table to go through a box of WIP (works in progress).

Some people consider these started projects to be a burden or guilt trip but I see them as a jump start when I am wanting to work on a project.  This box contains neutral batik 16 patch blocks sewn last year.
Here is my note explaining how I can use them, one large quilt or two smaller ones with several size choices.

Here they are tipped up on edge in the box.

This box is filled with 6" tumbler blocks and rectangles.  I ...

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August 1, 2019
STINKING Cute!!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I can't believe how focused I've been these last two days. Head down the entire day - no napping in the gazebo and I don't even have a deadline. An imminent one that is.

Having so much fun - it's crazy! I've been listening to an audiobook which I finished yesterday. It's called The Gown by Jennifer Robson. I think someone told me about - probably Helen Anne since she's the only one I know who has read it. It's sad, it's funny, it's uplifting. It's so not my typical style, but ...

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July 30, 2019
Working on a binding.......... from Exuberant Color

I kept finding other things to do and didn't get a lot done on this binding.  I have a little more than 2 sides done, stitching by hand.  I will finish it today.

We got a little rain yesterday and now it is supposed to be cooler with low humidity for a few days.  That is going to feel great.  We had a hot weekend.

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July 29, 2019
getting stitchy . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Last week was a lovely, stitchy week!  On Sunday I remembered the sets of embroidery stencils I got while my shoulder was out of service for National Quilting Day (see that post here).  I pulled them all out and picked one that looked like fun to stitch . . .
I worked on it Sunday and finished it up on Tuesday. Todd and I drove six hours, round trip, for a work conference.  Well, he drove and I stitched!
I adore how this turned out!  I will finish it up this week and gift it later.  :)

I didn't skip Monday ... I road-tripped ...

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2 finishes........... from Exuberant Color

I finished the hand stitching on the binding of the colorwash rail fence quilt last night.

The backing and border are the same pansy print.

The binding is the same fabric as the inner border.  It ended up 33" x 39.25".

I call this one Squares and Frames but I have seen it with 2 other names.  The fabrics are all Marcia Derse, front, back and binding.

It is 49.5" x 66.5" which I consider a medium size throw quilt.

The backing fabric is a nice compliment to the fabrics on the front.

The binding fabric is ...

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