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March 30, 2020
Lockdown Day 10 - Log Cabin Blocks from Grandma's Red Needle

In this uncertain time, I hope you all are feeling well and that fabric, needle and thread keep you busy. What have you been working on this weekend? 

If you read my previous post, you know I'm busy with the log cabin quilt. I've decided on a double/full bed quilt and I needed to make more blocks 


Chain piecing, 10 blocks at a time! 


I've made 20 blocks this weekend, to be added to the top and bottom.
Thursday & Friday I made 16 blocks, 8 for each side.


This is Log Cabin Quilt #3 where I ...

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March 1, 2020
QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2020 from I Patch and Quilt

Last September I had the opportunity to help put together blocks for the second QuiltCon Charity Quilt by the Dutch Modern Quilt Guild of which I am a member. We were each asked to put 5 blocks together of 4 different letters and a ‘space’. The letters form the words BLACK and WHITE in various languages.

I was assigned the letters B, S, L, and U and a ‘space’ to fill with a random geometric pattern . I drafted a foundation paper piecing pattern for some of the blocks. I stitched the little piece of paper with the info what the ...

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February 15, 2020
Block Three from Daisychain Quilter

I do not usually work with brown colour fabrics.  These brown tones are too 'vomit sick' colour for me.  But these brown fabrics are part of the fat quarter bundle so I feel that if I do not use I will never use them. 
I will make some more block using these brown fabric to see if I can begin to like them.  I think the brown fabrics are needed to be incorporated in the quilt to enhance the overall design.
Anyway that all folks until next time.


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Block Two from Daisychain Quilter

So now have make block two of my new quilt BOM.  Again this block is six inches finished.  I love the colours of this block.

 So here are both blocks.
I am writing up the instructions for Bon Couture Designs as a quilt pattern.  I have yet to decide a name for this new quilt pattern.  Any suggestions? 

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February 7, 2020
Block Progress {Frolic Mystery Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

I am so excited today to show some real, tangible progress on my blocks for Frolic!

To refresh, I am planning to make all of the block sets into full blocks to make a bigger quilt and not make the half blocks. I have all of the units made for over half of the full blocks (these are featuring my navy fabrics) but I will need to go back and make flying geese and HSTs for my dark teal fabric blocks.

I now have 9 blocks completed! And of course, now that I am posting this picture, I am realizing ...

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February 4, 2020
Scrappy Log Cabin WIP and other stuff from Grandma's Red Needle

It's February! That means another UFO to finish!
APQ UFO Challenge for this month, is #9. For me, that means 'Log Cabin Blocks #2'. 


There are so many possible patterns for a log cabin quilt, difficult to choose. I had to decide, and ended up with this: 


When you are reading this, I've already pieced together these blocks and a few more. I started working on these scrappy log cabin blocks in March 2016! The idea was to make one block each day. It worked pretty well the first 3-4 months, but then I got bored. Last year ...

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January 23, 2020
degrees of done . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I had a lovely, productive Monday off ... I love extra long weekends!  First of all, I made scones from scratch. Here they are ready to go in the oven . . .
They are a bit of work! But I made additions and adjustments to the basic recipe I have on file and they were worth the effort.  Cranberry Orange Pecan & Cardamon Scones.  Delish.
I short baked ten of them (it made twelve) and froze those, so I could bring one into work, pop it into the oven, and have it with my afternoon tea at my desk.  Again ... delish!

Then I got ...

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January 7, 2020
Catch up blocks from Espritpatch

I have made it my One monthly goal in January to finish all the blocks for the Vintage Kitchen quilt along that finished in December so I thought I'd better start with those!

The first block I finished this month was "COOK" which was nearly completed when I worked on it but for a few pieces....

I then made the canisters, they will need to be embroidered eventually but I will do that at a later stage.
I now have 4 more blocks to finish to get the top completed but I don't have masses of background fabric ...

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December 30, 2019
Scrapping thru to the next Decade....lots of photos from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Well golly gosh, here we are once more at the end of another year, and this time it will also be the beginning of another decade.  The mere thought of the year 2000 used to be such a far fetched fantasy, and yet now we are at the end of twenty years of this new millennium.  Many things have happened, most of them lovely, a few bad, but life goes on, and God is always Good.

Here are a few last photos of various things and I have included some of my favourite quilts over the past decade.  I hope ...

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December 4, 2019
A Catch-Up & something new... from Threads On My Socks



   Busy getting carrot noses stitched on to these snowman blocks. This quilt  top has been sitting and waiting patiently. I just might get this one done for this year. Winter here is almost over but we had snow again today, February is supposed to be that way. March is soon to come and always brings a bit of surprise.


  I got some clay out and started dabbling with it. I made these fun pin toppers....because I just love carrots. For some reason carrots & pumpkins draw me in, it's got to be the color....so cheery!
I'll be ...

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November 6, 2019
Next quilt on the list please.... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I'm trying to keep this roll going after the Sunflower quilt.  I managed to put two baby quilts together for Shala's newest grandchildren and enjoyed making something that was small and simple. The little pink quilt has an embroidered centre that I did while re-familiarising myself with the Janome MC500e Embroidery machine.  It was totally from my stash.  The boy's quilt is a little range of fabric I fell in love with in a quilt shop after Lucas was born.  Couldn't resist of course.

Now I have Kea's Star Wars quilt up on my design ...

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November 3, 2019
Starting November from Stitchin at Home

October came and went not sure where it went but it's gone. I did a little sewing not much as real life put a hold on my sewing and quilting.

My guild  makes challenge blocks for our comfort quilt program. The challenge for October was Halloween.


I googled Halloween designs as I wanted something cute and not scary. I may have gotten lost in Pinterest for awhile and thought about a making a quilt for Halloween for myself. Next year maybe. I choose a paper pieced pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein of an adorable Sunbonnet Sue witch.

Halloween Trick or ...

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April 8, 2019
Lots of Progress! (Photo Heavy) from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

I'm made a lot of progress over the past week.  About a month or so ago I made a baby quilt as a gift.  I posted a pic of it on my blog and facebook.  My SIL's mother wanted me to make 2 of them for her as gifts for twins of her niece.  They will be 2 yrs old this summer.  I added a border on these to make them a little bigger so they could use them for several years.  
 They ended up being 52" square.
 I quilted a simple stipple on them.
 I did the ...

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March 30, 2019
Started a new one... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Thanks for the wonderful comments on my SIL's quilt.  :)  She gave it to my brother and he loved it.  :)

I worked on my applique block.  I had it ironed to the background but hadn't stitched around it.  I got all of the green done but not the tulips yet.  After I get this first block done I will prep another.
 While I was working on the applique Richard built a grape arbor for me!!!  He is just so awesome!!!  I love it!!!
 He's still on vacation and Thursday had some nice weather so we took the motorcycle ...

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February 28, 2019
Sampling Christmas Blocks from Bits From The Scrap Basket


I think making my Mrs Claus aprons at Christmas really lit my fire for Christmas blocks.


I've been seeing blocks that I'm itching to replicate - that's part of the challenge, isn't it? Seeing an image and breaking it down to see if you can make it yourself?


And Steve is enabling me over this. We headed out to the Ann Arbor Sewing Center over the holidays for a nice pile of holiday fabrics to tie all the blocks together. I figure on this streak I should have a whimsical quilt for Christmas. 


The next block is ...

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December 29, 2018
Fancy Little Mug Rugs from Solid Stars from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!
I have a fun little gift project to share today!



I made three little mug rugs, using
some 6 1/2" star blocks that I made
a short long time ago. 

{Ahem...time flies.}

You can read more about the Moda Sweetwater solid bundle
of fabrics that I used, in this post.




I had such fun stitching up these solid blocks!
I used one of them on the back of a little table runner,


Hmmm...solid blocks do tend to show "mistakes", 
don't they?
I'm pretty sure I've ...

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April 3, 2018
OMG - April Goal from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

I set up a One Month Goal for February (actually, I had several goals!), but I missed posting an update. And I totally skipped March because there has been too much going on at home for me to get any sewing done other than getting to the quilt shop for my classes. Here were my February Goals with results. 1. Work on t shirt quilt for Aunt Donna - I have cut the shirts apart and fused the

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April 28, 2015
Multi Tasking from Quilting Lines

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. 
Helen Keller


I know you have been waiting with baited breath to see what else I have been up to or when I would get around to posting about it.  Well, you need wait no longer.

I now have 12 Scrappy Trips Around the World blocks made.  I put them on the design wall to see if they would be big enough to border for a charity quilt.  Nope, not liking it that small ...

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February 17, 2015
Twin Quilts from The Undercover Crafter

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I wasn't the only one of my LAMQG friends to have a baby last year. There was a bit of a baby epidemic in the Guild, but a few of my friends who were planning new additions to their families breathed a huge sigh of relief when I announced I was having twins. They thought that I took the bullet for the guild. So imagine her surprise when, Alissa, one of my best friends in the LAMQG had an ultrasound revealing identical twins. What are the chances? Two sets of spontaneous identical twins, in the same guild born pretty ...

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