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May 16, 2019
Behind the Scenes: BLOCK Magazine from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

BLOCK Magazine is an “idea book” designed, produced, and published by Missouri Star Quilt Co. When you flip through these fresh, glossy pages you’ll find gorgeous photography, fun patterns, brilliant ideas, and one-of-a-kind stories! You’ll be left to wonder, “Who are these people surrounded by beautiful quilts and pretty props?” or “Who wrote that inspiring story?” and “Who in the world pieces together all these quilts!?”

We want to introduce you to the team of around 40 people who bring BLOCK Magazine to life! Take a peek into all the hard work, creativity and just pure love that ...

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January 29, 2019
Gipsy Wife from Espritpatch

I started this block as a sew-along with Angie in 2017 and of course I fell off the train. I picked it up again last year when I started cutting and sewing some of strips keeping with the colour scheme from the original quilt. 

But then I saw some with low volumes strips and very different scheme that I wasn't sure anymore and I ended unpicking the strips and leaving everything aside until this month when I picked it up again. I guess I was encouraged by the new 2019 Gipsy Wife Quilt Along that started in January. I ...

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November 30, 2018
MINI BLOCK QAL | Block #9: Octagon Rosette from 3and3quarters


It’s the last one, my friends. The very last block in this QAL! </p>
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October 29, 2018
Some Assembly Required! from Gray Barn Designs

Good morning!  It’s Cindy reporting in.

Yesterday was a rainy day in Ohio…here’s an outside view from my sewing room…(Oops, photo includes window screen!)


On a day like this, what choice did I have but sew for hours on end?  Here’s an inside view from my sewing room…Sadie and Norma were on hand to keep me company.


In last Thursday’s blog, I mentioned Sandy sent a quilt to me so I could help her overcome creative block.

Did I mention there was some assembly required??!!

Her block design features 4 inch (finished) half ...

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October 3, 2018
Springtime Small Fan Crochet Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is the Small Fans Shawl, a free chart available on Ravelry. This is the second time (at least) I've made this pattern. It's easy to memorize and a good travel project if you can sit quietly to count. Not so great if you're looking for mindless crochet because you do need to keep track of what you're doing.

This is the pre-blocked shawl. I wanted to capture the difference between before and after blocking. While is it perfectly acceptable not to block your work, it can change how the work looks. It depends on what ...

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May 21, 2018
Look How They Shine For You from Girl x Fabric

Previously I talked about starting my Jaybird journey with Gazebo.  With that done, I’m on to Night Sky. Like Gazebo, this is much simpler than it looks.  Night Sky uses the Sidekick ruler, which has a bunch of lines all over it as well. But once you understand how it works and use it, it’s […]

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April 13, 2018
Spring has Arrived from Becca's Crazy Projects

I haven't been up to much this past week.

I did win the block lottery during the last guild meeting. I shared my blocks last month. Now I just need to decide what to do with them all. Check out the free tutorial by Samelia's Mum to make your own applique tulips.
I think spring has finally arrived in Virginia. The daffodils are in full bloom.
The deer are out and about.
The squirrels are still chasing each other about. 
Even the trees are in bloom. I took these photos on my afternoon walks this week. I can ...

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April 9, 2018
divergence from Becca's Crazy Projects

This quilt was a result of one of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild bee I participated in last year.

I was the queen bee for the month of April, so I guess it is fitting I finished it in April of this year.
I used the same backing for another quilt and liked it. I thought it would be perfect for this quilt. I quilted swirls as an all-over quilting design. The thread is a very light gray, the same light gray I piece with most of the time.
I think the quilting really adds a dimension to the quilt ...

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March 22, 2018
The Patchsmith's Sampler Sew-Along - blocks 1, 2, and 3 from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!
Have you ever joined a sew-along?
I would highly recommend one that is going on right now

over at The Patchsmith's lovely blog:

To get started, order your copy of the book,
The Patchsmith's Sampler Quilt Blocks here on Craftsy.
There are 50 amazing blocks,
fun for anyone to create, 
whether you are an experienced stitcher, 
or someone who is just developing your sewing skills!

The book is priced at only $12.99 - what a bargain!
It's in PDF format, and you can choose to print any or all pages.
I'm just using the ...

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March 14, 2018
Crazy Quilt Trinket Block Boyd's Bear Pin from Kitty and Me Designs

My latest crazy quilt trinket block features a little Boyd's Bear pin:

Mom found the pin in her jewelry box but she hadn't worn it for awhile so she gave it to me to use on these squares.  It's quite heavy so I have it pinned on but also, I strung 3 small plain buttons with crochet thread and glued them to the back of the pin with E6000 Jewelry glue.  Once dry, I pulled the crochet threads to the back of the foundation and tied them on. That holds the pin in place and will help ...

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March 12, 2018
Block Lottery: Tulip Time from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is my next installment of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild block lottery. This time we're using the free tutorial by Samelia's Mum to make applique tulips. The pattern is called Tulip Time.

I determined how many blocks I could get out of one width of fabric cut. The answer was six blocks so that's how many I made. I traced the shapes onto my fusible (like Pellon 805 Wonder Under) and cut them out with a little bit of extra room.
The background is light gray to fit with the coordinators request. I was pleasantly surprised ...

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March 5, 2018
Remembrance from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this quilt for what seems like forever. This quilt is a recreation of a family quilt given to my Darling Husband when he was still a small child. That quilt lived on our bed for the first few years of our married life. Even then, it was pretty worn.

I wanted to use the block in combination with a growing stack of 1930s reproduction prints to reacreate the quilt for his sister. This quilt is the result.
This quilt is much larger than the original. That quilt was something appropriate for a twin or a ...

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February 28, 2018
Perkiomen Valley Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

About a month ago I started this project and shared it in this blog post.

I finally got the quilt loaded on the frame. I tried to fit in a little bit of time each evening to quilt, but that only happened a couple nights. I finished it up over the weekend.
I meandered in the dark colored blocks with brown and did this alternating block treatment in with cream in the light colored blocks.
I used Superior Thread So Fine for the top thread and a matching Omni in the bobbin.
Once it was done, I had to take ...

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February 14, 2018
Wednesday Radomness from Becca's Crazy Projects

It seems I've been up to many things but have completed none of them. I cut out a bunch of blocks for the February Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018 project. It isn't ready for prime time, though.
I visited the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, DC. If you're in DC I do recommend it. Just a short walk from the Metro station.  
I painted a rock.  
I continued to make progress on my latest Linus shawl project. (this is a free pattern on Ravelry) 
And I trimmed a few dozen blocks.

I ...

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February 5, 2018
Monday Randomness from Becca's Crazy Projects

Today will be a mixed bag of some of my works in progress (WIPs).

I decided to give the Octavo Fingerless Gloves a try.  Knitting and So On has so many great tutorials for knitting and crochet. Check them out.
I finished the setting triangles for On Ringo Lake. Still plenty to do before this quilt is done. 
I put together the Perkiomen Valley quilt top. I've put the top and the binding in my bag so the next time I stop at a quilt shop I can pick up the backing to finish it. This quilt isn't ...

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February 2, 2018
Block Lottery: Candy Chains from Becca's Crazy Projects

This year the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild is doing a block lottery. I'm sure you could use your search engine of choice to find the rules for such a thing. I will admit that I like the idea more than I should. It combines learning new blocks with the element of chance thrown in. Not that I need another half-finished project. The block is called QST Candy Chains and there is a free tutorial on the Stash Bee Blog. Even if this block isn't your cup of tea, there are loads of free tutorials for blocks there and ...

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January 31, 2018
Perkiomen Valley from Becca's Crazy Projects

I worked on this project while Bonnie Hunter hosted Quilt Cam Saturday afternoon.

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I've had a tab open in my browser for a couple weeks to make a few blocks to support the efforts of the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild in making quilts in the wake of the Thomas Fire and the mudslides that followed. I like it when quilters come together to make a difference in the life of someone touched by tragedy.
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I looked at my collection of fabric and decided I would try to pull enough fabric for ...

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December 21, 2017
Hugs and Kisses Almost Finished:) from Simple Bird Applique

Yesterday I had some time on my hands so I went into my sewing room and shut the door.  I was on a mission:)

You may recall in my last post I explained how I wash my finished blocks.  Once that step is complete, and the blocks are dry,  it is time to trim the blocks to the correct size.  Since these blocks finish at 12″ x 12″, I simply used my 12 1/2″ square ruler.  I placed the ruler on top of the block and centered it.  Take your time with this step.  You don’t want to ...

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December 3, 2017
Quick Christmas Quilt Along – Nine Patch Star from From My Carolina Home

Ready to use up some Christmas scraps?  Today we’ll start a very fast quilt along with a new block.  This idea came to me about a month ago, and I have done extensive internet searches to see if it has already been published.  I cannot find this exact thing anywhere, and I can hardly believe it hasn’t been published somewhere.  The block is super simple, a nine patch surrounded by a star.  Two different sizes of squares are used to start, and it will use up a bunch of your stash.  Today, we’ll cut and make the ...

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November 17, 2017
Recreating a Memory in Fabric from Becca's Crazy Projects

A few months ago I wrote this post about the name of this quilt block. The block design was taken from a quilt my husband received from his grandmother more than 40 years ago.
I had a stack of 1930s reproduction prints that I thought would be perfect for this quilt. I cut the pieces to make 25 of these blocks during the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild retreat.
I managed to finish all but one of those blocks as I misplaced a single square.
I arranged the blocks and pieced the rows.
Then I sewed them together. Now I need ...

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