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March 1, 2016
Block 2 Release from Quilting Affection

March 1st is here and that means the release of Block 2 for "Dance with Me" Block of the Month 2016 is now available. 

Block 2 is the Applique Blocks.

The blocks will be 10 ½” x 10 ½” unfinished.  You will need 12 Blocks!

Download Your Free Block HERE!

The pattern is has been written for both Machine and Hand applique. If you like to use your favorite applique technique please feel free to do so.

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February 27, 2016
The Splendid Sampler: Block 2 Wings from Hobbies Up To Here

Right before we left for QuiltCon, the second block in the Splendid Sampler quilt-along popped up in my feed. I printed it out, diligently placed it in my quilting folder (a huge 4 in binder with plastic sheet covers waiting to be filled), then I promptly forgot all about it as we trekked off to Pasadena to enjoy the convention.splendid_button_4

 But I couldn’t forget for long as people within the Facebook group slowly started to share their creations and I got hungry to get home and work on my own block. Once I got home and things got settled ...

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February 23, 2016
Wings (TSS 002) from Bits From The Scrap Basket

I finished piecing block #2 - Wings! It just need to embroider the antennae. Isn't it whimsical?

It was a pleasure piecing, and I'm pretty proud at how flat my 6 1/2" square lays. I used the perfect points technique for the center of each butterfly. 

My other suggestion for this block is to not treat it as 36-1" blocks but, actually, as a glorified 9 patch! So much easier to do it in smaller sections and then piece together. 

30 different fabrics in 6 inches!

I love it! I'm saving the antennae for a night in ...

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January 24, 2016
Fabric Dating Sleuthing from The Chester County Criswell Quilt

I received two old blocks in the mail this week.  The pattern is tulip basket, Barbara Brackman 734.

One of the scraps of fabric in the second block had lettering.  I thought there was a chance of someone recognising this print and therefore getting a date. I posted a photo in the Facebook group, Quilts - Vintage and Antique.

The result was remarkable.  My letters were deciphered as Grant and Wilson.  Ulysses S. Grant became the President of the United States in 1873 and his Vice President was Henry Wilson.  The fabric is most likely a campaign fund raiser.

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