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January 16, 2019
Lots of Color Scrappy Strips from Heart Desire Creations

Two packs of bright narrow strips (Windham Foundation) turned into lots of sewing fun. What a joy to work with such bright prints! I decided to work with columns of the strips and added a wider black and white piece every so often. No real plan here, just fun sewing. This wasn’t going to be very big and when I finished this much, I took a picture. Oh dear, much too busy. It was almost enough for me to put aside but I knew if I did that it might not see the light of day for a long ...

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January 14, 2019
Flannel Finish from Heart Desire Creations

The first Hospice quilt of the year is done! It’s such a happy and bright quilt and the flannel is so warm and cozy. This was such an easy finish as the donated blocks had been quilted onto batting.  I squared the blocks, pieced them, backed and did simple quilting along the seam lines and then diagonally.

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I’m thrilled to have a Hospice finish this early in the year. My gratitude to the donor for all the hours of work that were put into the blocks before they were sent to me. Our little quilting group meets this ...

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January 9, 2019
Tribal and Thread from Heart Desire Creations

Oh how I loved this pattern when I first saw it and I had the perfect collection of fabrics! The pattern is “Tribal  Influence” by Pamela Goecke, Aardvark Quilts. The fabric collection is David Butler’s Parson Gray Curious Nature plus a few other random fabrics in my stash that I threw in. Here it is in progress:

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Yes, it was a lot of cutting and Yes, it was a lot of sewing. The almost completed quilt top sat in my closet for about two years and finally I pulled it out a week ago because I wanted it finished ...

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January 1, 2019
Happy Scrappy New Year! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello 2019! I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday and are ready to dive into the new year filled with fun, creativity, and hopefully lots of beautiful quilts!

Patchwork Mosaic Friendship Sampler Quilt Block

We’re going to piece and quilt this beautiful Patchwork Mosaic block this month!

Today the second block of the Friendship Sampler Quilt Along is available! Click Here to find this new block pattern.

It’s Never too Late to Quilt Along!

Yes, you have plenty of time to catch up on this project. This month’s quilt block is much faster and easier because it doesn’t require cutting as ...

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December 20, 2018
Fun & Generous Mail! from Heart Desire Creations

Donations in the mail have just been so fun! I am touched with the generosity to the Hospice Quilt ministry that I am a part of. A few weeks ago a box came from another generous soul.

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There were many, many of these Star blocks, instructions for making more, and the fabric to complete the quilt!

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Here are a variety of colorful and fun blocks.

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And another group of appliqued blocks. Our group can surely get creative with these.

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Many thanks to Carol at Tea Leaf Quilts for this generous contribution. Meeting with the Hospice quilt sewers in January is ...

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December 13, 2018
Days Away Sewing from Heart Desire Creations

A few of us were supposed to head to the beach for a week of sewing at a big retreat. Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence did much damage to the host hotel and it was cancelled. I quickly found someplace closer for us to go for a few days of sewing – sometimes you just need to get away!

I didn’t do a crazy amount of sewing, but did enjoy the sewing I did. I did a fair amount of hand quilting too.  This Kaffe scrappy quilt top will get several more rows and then borders.

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Judy was so proud of herself ...

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December 12, 2018
Updating that Block! from Stitchin' Therapy

  Today was just busy and I never got past answering emails to update yesterday's post.      There were so many good comments and ideas/suggestions for the simple block---Chandelier Bead---adapted from an uneven 9 patch.  If you are like me, you never get back to read all the comments and might just miss something good:)

  So I wanted to highlight and share a few.
  From Carole at My Carolina Home came the idea to use these blocks for QOV or Carolina Hurricane Quilt.  Great idea....red, white and blue:)

From Sharon at Vroomans Quilts is the idea to use this ...

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December 10, 2018
More of those blocks from Stitchin' Therapy

 

  Don't say that "S" word around this part of the country......I heard the stores sold out of milk, bread,  and eggs in a few hours.  It's a southern thing to panic when you hear the weatherman say that. 
  Luckily we were on the lower edge of it all and got plenty of rain, mist, and then the sleet came.  All night I could her it pinging on the windows.  I am sure there was some heavy snowflakes mixed it, but we ended up with a thick crust of probably 2 1/2''.  Today it has hovered above ...

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December 5, 2018
Amazing Mail from Heart Desire Creations

A couple of weeks ago a big box of goodness and generosity arrived at my house. The donor wishes to remain anonymous and of course I absolutely respect that. But really, look at this: Some of these blocks are already sewn together. There is probably enough for 3 lap quilts! That is a LOT of sewing!!

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I love the mixture of vintage and black and white fabrics in these blocks. There’s also plenty of fabric to complete a quilt.

And more scrappy goodness!

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Lots of four patches here to make a wonderful quilt or two.

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More fabric to help ...

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November 29, 2018
Wrapping up the month and a new block from Stitchin' Therapy

   Things have settled down and I actually have been sewing a little bit.  Over the last week I have had several emails checking on me---thank you---and a couple of emails sharing projects.




   Lesley had emailed me  back in the spring this year about the heart design I had used in the strip pieced watercolor tutorial. 
  She followed the tutorial and  used 6'' blocks.  This is her design in progress. She wanted it a bit larger, so she added more blocks.











   And the photo of the finished quilt on the bed!  I think she did a wonderful job and turned this ...

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November 28, 2018
On the Design Wall from Heart Desire Creations

Finally I have something on one of my design walls!  I’ve already eliminated a couple of blocks that just didn’t “fit.” Yes, it is all Kaffe fabrics. AND – all from my Kaffe scrap bin! (Not that the bin appears to be any less full.)

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This is from Kathy Doughty’s book, “Making Quilts”. I started this one out as  planned color, with each round being a particular color. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really working for me and am now putting it up as scrappy. I see that I have a lot of rearranging to do, but I need ...

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November 25, 2018
Red “X” Blocks from Heart Desire Creations

I recently came upon the blog, “The 70273 Project” or as I think of it as the “Red X Project.” The project is fully explained on the blog, but very simply put, it is to commemorate the 70,273 people executed by the Nazis between 1940 and 1941 for being physically “unfit.” Upon examination by doctors, if a patient received two red X’s on their chart, they were executed within 72 hours. Jeanne is collecting blocks, quilts and donations to put together quilts containing a total of 70,273 blocks and putting the finished quilts on display all over ...

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November 16, 2018
Cozy Cabins Log Cabin Challenge from Heart Desire Creations

An Island Batik Adventure

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What better project for the cold and wet we are experiencing this time of year than “Cozy Cabins.”  Once again, as I try to minimize the number of Works in Progress I have in my studio, I thought of something simpler for this month’s Island Batik Ambassador project.

 

 

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I love log cabins! At first I thought I’d do a table runner, but honestly, I have plenty of those and wasn’t very inspired. I also knew I didn’t want to do a full quilt. Ah Hah! Potholders! These will also make great stocking ...

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November 4, 2018
More Mail Goodness from Heart Desire Creations

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How I love to get mail – especially packages! Once again I received a much enjoyed package from Jo of Jo’s Country Junction.

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First up: A quilt top that will be the perfect size for a Hospice Quilt – maybe even for a wheelchair bound patient. I will remove the large top and bottom borders, add another border, quilt and bind. Into the charity bin I keep to work on in the new year.

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Secondly, above is this ever so bright quilt top. This has cheer sewn all over the top! This quilt top will get a solid border (to help ...

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October 28, 2018
Sew Scrappy Fun! from Heart Desire Creations

4 Patch Scrappy

This quilt was started as a leader ender. How fun it is when it gets to the point when there are blocks to sew together! I also enjoyed remembering that many of the scrap pieces were from years of many other quilt projects.

I decided to use all purple in the border instead of scrappy – it brought a cohesiveness to the quilt that I rather like.

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Something I rarely do – I hand stitched the binding down! I brought it with me on vacation and worked on it in the evenings. How nice to come home with a completed quilt.

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October 24, 2018
Fun, Fun Mail! from Heart Desire Creations

We got back from vacation to find a pile of fun, fun mail! A quilter in Arizona sent the best box of goodness!

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There were completed blocks and a pile of scrap fabrics. My favorites – bright, bright, bright!

Her generosity went even further – a pack of rotary blades and two spools of thread. What an amazing generous and useful bonus! These will definitely be put to good use when I continue with Hospice quilts in the new year.

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She began a wonderful Rob Pete scrappy quilt having completed 15 blocks. For whatever reason not wanting to continue, she sent them ...

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October 21, 2018
A Double Goodness! from Heart Desire Creations

How wonderful when at the end of my last quilt guild meeting, a member came up to me and handed over two quilts for Hospice! Dolores is an excellent quilter and these quilts are truly a prize.

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The first one is so colorful. All the pinwheels are just so playful and the appliqued flowers will sure add a smile to a patient’s day. It’s also a pattern I will keep in mind for all the scraps I have. I would actually like to reduce my scrap bins next year by using the many scraps I have.

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The second ...

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October 7, 2018
Paper Piecing Fun from Heart Desire Creations

An Island Batik Adventure

Needle, Paper, Scissors (Large)Paper Piecing – I have done quite a bit of it, enjoy it, but was not up for a big project for the Island Batik October project.  My answer? A pin cushion! The pattern: Turning Points by Hunter’s Design Studio. I chose to do the mug rug size rather than the actual pin cushion size. That was just a little too teenie for me!

 

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A deep green was chosen for the base and picking out pretty colors for the little flying geese was fun! See them colorfully flying in a circle?!

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I would sew a couple ...

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October 4, 2018
Falling into Fall from Heart Desire Creations

My goal for 2018 has been to reduce my Works in Progress (projects that have been started.)  These do not include Hospice quilts.  I had about 25 in January and now I have exactly 11 in project boxes.  In addition, there are  2 quilt tops that need a border, another that needs stitching around the appliques and one quilt top that I will quilt. One quilt top is on the way to the longarm this week and another that I am hand stitching the binding.

Then there are the projects – yummy fabrics and a pattern or sketch in a box ...

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September 23, 2018
Scrappy & Grunge – Bohemian Hippie*ish from Heart Desire Creations

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Lots of scraps, cut into strips and squares, put together as quarter log cabins and set on point. I put many of the finished blocks on the design wall and quickly determined that they did indeed need to go on point. After playing and playing with them, I also determined that I wanted a sashing to help really bring out all the pretty prints. I tried lots of solids but it was a no-go.

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Then I tried Grunge.  Yes! But what color? I went to my fave quilt shop and layed out about 8 different Grunge bolts on a table ...

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