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April 5, 2020
Finished – Caravan Stitching from Romany Quilting

It’s Sunday, and I’m so pleased I finished my “roll the dice no 4” this week, which were a couple of items for the caravan, using caravan themed fabric.  I had been gifted two lengths of fabric a birthday or two ago, so was happy to finally get on and use them.   I’d decided to make placemats with the grey, and an apron with the blue.  Messy cooks like me need aprons, even away on caravan trips!

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I had to piece the blue fabric to get the length I needed, and couldn’t match the pattern, but ...

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April 1, 2020
2nd post of the day, #3 finish for March 2020 from Exuberant Color

"Downtown" is finished, 39.25" x 51.25".  This the third and final finish for March 2020 so I wanted to post it before midnight on the 31st.













The backing is a batik from the early 1990s when Hoffman fabrics started making the batik fabrics.

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March 31, 2020
Whew, quilt top finished............. from Exuberant Color

Here is the view as I was approaching the design wall to photograph the Blooming 9 Patch quilt top.  I don't think the color is perfect but is close.  It ended up 88.5" x 107".  Even though it is huge, on a queen bed that has a 15" deep mattress it wouldn't be large enough.  



The design wall is only 84" tall and I'm not tall enough to get the quilt all the way to the top so there is about 12" laying on the floor.  But the good news is that it is all sewn ...

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March 30, 2020
Not Your Typical Monday Quilt Post from Humble Quilts


Working on some binding this weekend and got a pucker where I joined the 2 ends. I thought I could get away with it, in the end the seam ripper won and I'm much happier with it. 
I've been getting out everyday to a local trail system that is usually very quiet- I rarely pass anyone and if I do, they won't be giving me the virus!

I think they are calling this the boneyard.

You can see Elsa up ahead of me on the trail. She loves it!

Now for some funnies I've seen lately ...

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Let's go for a walk from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


So it was pouring rain yesterday morning. Even the girls did NOT want to go outside. That's very unusual, but it was wet! However once the rain went away and the sun came out, people came out of their houses in droves! The girls and I went for a long walk and at some point, there were so many people to "dodge" on the streets, that everyone was crossing what is normally a fairly busy street at random intervals to keep our social distancing.

It was great to see so many people out - I just hope that people will ...

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March 29, 2020
Round Two from Quilting Solutions

I finished my Wedding Star quilt.  This is a little table topper 30" in both dimensions.  It is a Judy Niemeyer pattern and I do so admire her designs, but I found the directions to be very confusing in some parts.  However, I was able to tough it out without too much waste.  It is paper pieced and I have done lots of that so experience paid off.

In all my years of sewing and quilting this is the first bias binding I have done.  I went straight to Sharon Schamber's wonderful video on how to do it.  She ...

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March 27, 2020
A Finish from Romany Quilting

I'm’ pleased to say that the horse panel quilt is finally finished.  I completed the simple walking foot machine quilting a day or so ago, then applied the binding – always like to have the binding made ahead of time.  Ooops, a case of the edge of the excess backing caught up and folded over, that needed a bit of unpicking and resewing.

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Then the  next day I sat and hand stitched the binding to the back of the quilt.  Luckily it was fine although a little breezy for an outside photo, but the Autumn weather is starting to get ...

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March 22, 2020
It's all about the binding from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I lied. I said that things were pretty much normal at our house. For me and the girls, not much has changed, BUT for DH, there are no sports programs on TV. There's nothing for him to watch. He's not into the highlights or whatever they are showing these days. He's getting a lot of reading done.

But for me, as I said, not much has changed. I walk the girls, I sew, and I read. That's about what I did before, but at least there would be a group meeting or sewing days or something ...

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March 21, 2020
A glimmer of hope from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I LOVE my new headphones. They truly have made a huge difference in listening to audiobooks. No more worries about having the volume up too high, no cord to get on anything, and no missing any part of the audiobook because I was at the long arm or the embroidery machine. They were definitely worth every penny I paid for them. I haven't had to charge them yet - supposedly to last for 30 hours.

I'm now at 41% of The Goldfinch. 13 hours done and 19 to go. It's a LONG book with loads of description, but ...

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March 15, 2020
Binding Completed from Romany Quilting

Are you like me and love getting the quilt binding done on your project?  It’s so nice to sit and stitch, knowing that the end is almost in sight.  Even nicer when you can hand stitch outside on the patio, as I did, making the most of the warm Autumn weather.

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Hand stitching the binding

This was a very economical quilt to make, as most of the squares used were gifted.  The border fabric came from the “freebie” table at my quilt club, and the flannel backing was also a give away, so I feel I've done very ...

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March 10, 2020
Monday's sewing report................ from Exuberant Color

I hand stitched binding a few times during the day yesterday and last night.  I have one short side left to stitch.  When my hands got tired I sewed some more framed 9 patch blocks.  Today I have some cleaning to do and I'll probably play with a stack or 2 of fabric as well as finishing the hand stitching.



Today was the day in 1937 that my parents got married and the last anniversary they celebrated was their 72nd.  Most farmers got married in late winter before the farming plans for the year were started.

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March 9, 2020
A little quilting............ from Exuberant Color

I decided I needed to have a finish near the beginning of the month so I ditch quilted this top along seam lines in both directions and in the diagonal seams and on both sides of the inner border.  Then I did a large loose free motion meander in the border.  I found a piece of polyester batting that was the perfect size.  I haven't used puffy polyester for many years.  Maybe you can see the puff since each large pieced triangle is unquilted. 
Last night I sewed on the binding and started the hand stitching.  This is a ...

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March 8, 2020
girls, girls, girls . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This was another of those weeks in which I had something after work every night.  Ten hour work days with an activity after work makes for LONG days!  But that's okay.  My reward came Friday in the form of a visit from these cuties . . .
Yesterday was their mama's birthday, and I kept the through the day Friday and overnight. While these visits are generally about movies and popcorn, Friday was a lovely, sunny day and we did go exploring!  Everyone found a different daffodil to sniff . . .
We took time to smell whatever this was that was flowering  . . .
And ...

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March 7, 2020
Knitting, Binding and Cross Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

I'm still stitching away on February's cross stitch ornament from Linen and Threads.  I will add some more stitches this weekend for slow Sunday stitching.  I need to buy some extra skeins of these colours so that I can use them for all 12 ornaments. I have a plan in my head for a project which will include all 12...


My friend, Pat, is teaching me to knit.  This week, I made the big leap from working on my red practice sampler to actually starting a real project using a pattern!  We went shopping yesterday at the local ...

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March 1, 2020
Saved by the bell from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Oh, how our brains work in mysterious ways. I had a very quick conversation with Ronda just before heading out for dinner last night. She was telling me of the purchases that she had made while out on a mini shop hop with Susan. I had no desire to be along. I realized afterward that many shops had sales on because it was February 29th.

I only had to look at all the stuff in my studios to find something to do. Anyway, I had woken up with my first alarm and didn't get out of bed. Back for ...

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February 29, 2020
Slow and Fast Stitching This Week from The Cozy Quilter

I like to have a variety of projects to work on at any one time so that I don't get bored (no chance of that for a very long time, if not ever!) so this week, as usual, I have a few things to show you.   First up is my fall themed comfort quilt block for the Elgin Piecemakers guild.  I have had that leaf fabric lurking in my stash for several years and it worked perfectly for this block.  (I even have some left...)


I have been cleaning out my fabric storage area and keep finding blocks and ...

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February 25, 2020
Modern Quilt Guild Mini Swap from The Cozy Quilter



Last year, I attended QuiltCon in Nashville, TN with my friend, Christine.  I participated in the Make a Mini, Make a Friend Swap and my swap partner and I met at QuiltCon when we exchanged our mini quilts.  Evie made me the star quilt and I made the drunkard's path variation for her--I called it Maple Keys from Canada.


This year, I did not attend QuiltCon in Austin, TX, so I decided to sign up to swap a mini quilt with another quilter by mail.  I received my quilt from my partner, Ann, in Texas a few weeks ago ...

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February 23, 2020
Binding finished........... from Exuberant Color

I finished the hand stitching on the binding but it was after 10 p.m yesterday so I haven't taken the final photos yet.  I'll do that today. 

I'm hoping to clean up one section of the garage today since it is supposed to be warmer than usual.  I hope there will be sunshine because my garage faces east and that would warm it up more.

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Several Finishes this Week from The Cozy Quilter

This has been a week of finishes.  I finished the binding on the three table runners I quilted last Saturday.  My MIL has claimed this one.  It will look nice in her living room.  


The second runner will be given to a friend.


The third one will be donated to the church bazaar.


Next, I quilted and bound the baby quilt I showed last week.  I used some light green solid fabric for the binding.


The backing is some flannel I had in my stash.  I had to make it a bit wider so the orange stripe was added.  I ...

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February 17, 2020
Octagon baby quilt from Granny Maud's Girl

With all the attention focused on my stepdaughter and her baby in 2019, I failed to make her cousin, my husband’s niece, anything for her newest arrival. Better late than never, right?

In December, I showed hubby a couple of pattern ideas from my scrapbook and pattern collection. Of all the options I showed him, he chose ‘Cameos’ by Fig Tree & Co. I do not know how many years that pattern has been sitting in my cupboard, so it is great to finally use it.

Baby quilt featuring octagonal design

There is a big crease down the middle, but you get the idea.

The ...

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