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November 21, 2017
I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 11 from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome to the I Wish You a Merry QAL!

Block 11 is here! And after this, only one more block to go! Good thing, since around here the days are growing shorter and the temperatures are dropping.

Block 11 - North Star Blocks 1 through 10 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

Blocks 1 through 10 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

How are your blocks coming along? Here's what mine look like.

Click here to learn more about the quilt along schedule and the location of the patterns for blocks 1 to 10. Continue reading to find out more about Block 11 and how to enter the block giveaway.

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November 18, 2017
Large No Y-Seam Eight-Point Star Quilt Block Video Tutorial from The Quilting Room with Mel

My mom's "signature quilt pattern" was an eight-point star.  Usually, it was a Lone Star or Broken Lone star quilt, which is one huge block for the entire quilt.  The problem is I absolutely hate y-seams.  So I have been on a mission to make an eight-point star quilt block with no y-seams.  I also wanted it to be in my "signature quilt" style which is larger than normal blocks.  This no y-seam eight-point star is an eighteen-inch block!



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November 15, 2017
100 Impressive Ways to Get your Creative Juices Flowing from Quilter Chic

Inside: Get inspired with Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 16 magazine on sale now.

I was terrified of monsters when I was a little girl. I thought they were under the bed. I would turn off the light and run as fast as I could to jump in bed and pull the covers over my head! This went on until I was about 21 years old.

But what if monsters are cute? One Christmas after I was married there was a stuffed toy called My Pet Monster. They were the most adorable things ever! I wanted one so badly. My ...

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November 14, 2017
The Charming 4-Patch - Fast, Fun, and Fabulous! from Quilt Fabrication

The 4-patch block. One of the basic and useful building blocks in many quilt designs.


4.5in 4-patch quilt blocks from charm squares


And today, as promised, I'm going to show you a fast, fun way to make them from charm (5") squares.

I know, you're probably thinking, well, duh, just sew those charms together. That's great if the quilt needs a 9 1/2" unfinished 4-patch block.

But no, I want a 4 1/2" block. So, you say, cut the charm square in half horizontally and vertically, and sew together those 2 1/2" squares. 
Um, no thanks.

What I have to show ...

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Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Giveaway from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

...and Road Rally! Hello there! (hand waving) Come on in for a pit stop. It's my turn on the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Road Rally, to celebrate the kickoff of Vol. 16! (btw, thanks to all of the  block testers, represented by the  four-patch blocks on the map above; image borrowed from Quiltmaker) I was excited to learn that my block had been accepted, and that I would be a stop on

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November 11, 2017
Pokemon Fridays: Eevee (block 4) from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Happy Pokemon Friday! :) Today it's time to get on with making the characters. My son is so excited that I'm no longer working on the letters, the logo is finished and we're making Eevee. He will be 20 1/2 x 20 1/2" when pieced. (20" sq. block when finished in the quilt.) Bright Turquoise (background): 1 1/2" sq. (7) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (8) 1 1/2 x 20 1/2" (1) 2 1/2" sq. (2) 2 1/

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November 7, 2017
I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 10 from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome to the I Wish You a Merry QAL!

Today you get the pattern for Block 10, Christmas Lantern. Only two more to go! I can see the finish line--can you?

Block 10 - Christmas Lantern

Block 10 - Christmas Lantern

Blocks 1 through 9 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

Blocks 1 through 9 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

Here are Blocks 1 to 9. Don't they look awesome together?

Why not join us? To enter the giveaway for Block 10 you only need to make it and post a photo online (details at the end of this post). After making Block 10, you've got about two months to make the ...

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October 27, 2017
Pokemon Fridays: Block Three from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Hi! :) Welcome back to Pokemon Fridays! This time I'm sharing the third block in the top row, and when it's done, we'll be able to sew the row together! :D This is the block: ************************* *************************** Cut the following from the indicated fabrics: Bright Turquoise (background) 1 1/2" sq. (6) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (6) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (1) 2 1/2 x 3

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October 25, 2017
More Block Fun from Humble Quilts


A blog reader, Janny from the Netherlands, reached out to me last week and asked about the quilt in this photo. 

I made this block/quilt in a string class with Gwen Marston. As all things Gwen she encouraged us to come up with something unique. The block is a Rocky Road to Kansas, but I made my own pattern. 
Here's a closer look. 




I sent this to Janny and encouraged her to do the same. I didn't have Electric Quilt when I made my block, but graph paper works just as well. 


I was thrilled when she ...

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October 24, 2017
I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 9 from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome to the I Wish You a Merry QAL!

I'm guessing the weather is changing where you are. Here, fall is definitely in the air, and that means the holidays aren't far behind. If you like the blocks so far, you can still join us and get your quilt done by Christmas! No foolin'.

Blocks 1 through 9 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

Blocks 1 through 9 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

To enter this week's quilt along giveaway, all you need to do is make the current block and post a photo of it. Click here to learn more about the quilt along ...

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October 21, 2017
WORKING ON MY FINAL BLOCKS BEFORE PACKING MY MACHINE! from The Proficient Needle

My guild Block of the Month program for this season has blocks that are all made from 2 1/2 inch strips, and will form a whole quilt by the spring.  I love scrap quilts, so I have cut 2 1/2 inch strips from all the colour groups, so I'll have them when we go south for the winter.

I didn't want to be behind, so I've made the September blocks.  There are two 12 inch finished blocks, and 16 of the 6 inch blocks.  


There were 2 blocks to make for October, which are 12 ...

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October 16, 2017
Love Is In the Spotlight with Row 10 of In My Neighborhood from Quilter Chic

Inside: Row 10 of the In My Neighborhood Quilt Along

What do you love?  Your significant other or kids? Your dog, cat or fish? Chocolate?

Did you include yourself on that list? After all, we need to take care of ourselves if we want to take care of others! One way to take care of ourselves is doing something we love. Like quilting!

The latest row for In My Neighborhood is Love At Home by Sandra Starley.

Love At Home Row/ In My Neighborhood quilt-along

Love At Home row for In My Neighborhood by Sandra Starley.

And here is a close-up of the adorable fabric Sandra used.

Love At Home row/In My Neighborhood quilt-along

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October 15, 2017
Adding Long Floppy Ears to a Dog Gone Cute Block from The Inquiring Quilter

In my online hive, Bee Inspired, a bee mate asked us to make her a block that looked like a former pet. I have cats now, but when I was young I had a wonderful dog named Shamrock.

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The block we were to make for our bee mate is called Dog Gone Cute and man it sure is! The block patterns were designed by Lorna @So Fresh Quilts, and there are eight different doggie blocks. You'll find them by clicking here

Lorna's Block Five

Lorna's Block Five

My Shamrock block

My Shamrock block

I studied Lorna's Dog Gone Cute blocks, searching for one ...

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October 10, 2017
I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 8 from The Inquiring Quilter

Block 7 - Poinsettia

Block 7 - Poinsettia

Hi and welcome to Part 2 of the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along for this week. In case you missed it, Block 7 was also released this week so you’ve got two blocks to make this time. Click here to view my version of Block 7 and to learn where to download the pattern.

Blocks 1 to 6 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

Blocks 1 to 6 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

It’s not too late to catch up! You can find everything you need to know about the quilt along (including where to find the patterns for Blocks 1 ...

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I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 7 from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome! We're rounding third now and heading towards home! Boy the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along has been fun! Here are my versions of Blocks 1 to 6.

Blocks 1 to 6 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

Blocks 1 to 6 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

If you'd like to join us, we'd love to have you! You'll find everything you need to know right here.

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For my blocks, I’m using the Shiny Objects in Holiday Twinkle collection by flaurie & finch for RJR Fabrics. I really love how my blocks are turning out using the fabrics from this collection. Aren ...

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October 8, 2017
3 Months ago, Wow! from I Patch and Quilt

Yes, it has been 3 months last my last blogpost. WOW! I didn’t even realize it was that long. I will need several blogpost to share everything with you.

One of the most important things that happened these last 3 months, is that my longarm machine arrived!  I have been wanting a longarm from the moment I first laid eyes on one in a YouTube video somewhere in 2013.

Getting a longarm in Europe means you don’t have a lot of brands to choose from. I selected the Handi Quilter Avanté which gave me the best quality for ...

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October 2, 2017
Design wall 10/2/17 string pieced border from Always Quilts

I am not one that usually does a pieced border. By the time I get the quilt top made, I just want to get those borders sewn on, so that I can get to my next project. For the current string quilt I’m making, I decided that I would put a pieced border on it. I was surprised at how quickly I was able to make these. Now to get them finished up and on to the quilt.</p>
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October 1, 2017
Bee Inspired August Block and Giveaway Winner! from The Inquiring Quilter

I wrote about this block a while ago, and until now, couldn’t find the time to post about it. Regular readers know that I’m in an online bee, Bee Inspired. Each month, one of us gets to be Queen of our hive and choose a block for the other members to make for her. In August, Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting very fittingly chose a dog block.

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The pattern is by Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts, and you can find the start of her Dog Gone Cute quilt along here. As you see, we had several different dog patterns we ...

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September 26, 2017
I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 6 from The Inquiring Quilter

Blocks 1 through 6 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

Blocks 1 through 6 - I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

Welcome to the I Wish You a Merry QAL! Today is a big milestone. With the release of Block 6, we are now halfway through! Woot!

You can still join us. Really. It's not too late because to enter this week's quilt along giveaway, all you need to do is make the current block and post a photo of it. Click here to learn more about the quilt along and the patterns for blocks 1 to 5.

Continue reading to learn more about the current block, Block ...

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Unicorn Quilt pattern: Unicorn Scrappuccino from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Caution: Unicorn overload. ;) Back in April, I started toying around with drawing a pieced unicorn block. It took a LOT of tweaking and many, many, MANY different versions to get it to it's final face.  I wanted it to be looking straight on.  Then came the hard part. He is a mixture of foundation paper piecing and traditional patchwork. So I really struggled with writing the

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