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July 1, 2022
New York Beauty Challenge - Syzygy from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Island Batik challenge (and blog hop) for June 2022 is New York Beauty.


I received the collection Winter Sky. Designed by Kathy Engle, it should be available in stores now. 



I turned to EQ8 and started designing playing.  I started with a basic/traditional layout.

Traditional New York Beauty?

It looks like something I have seen before. Although it was pretty, it could use a little more imagination. Back to EQ8. After several iterations, here is the final design.


Modern Interpretation of NYB

Done playing, it was time to get serious. Schmetz Microtex Needles 70/10 and Aurifil 40wt ...

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June 24, 2022
Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop from Quilted Delights



Welcome to the last day of the Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.
I've sure enjoyed seeing everyone's creations.  If you missed any, you can find the whole blog hop list at the bottom of the post.





The challenge for this blog hop was Summer and Sunshine.

We were challenged to sew something that has a summer theme like: sunglasses, beach items, sunny skies, and/or yellow colors. It could be a quilt, a bag, a toy, or whatever we wanted it to be.



I went with yellow and lots ...

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June 23, 2022
Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop! It's my day!!! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


~ Josephine ~
It's been a while since I've been in a blog hop! It was so much fun to create something for this hop! The complete list of participants can be found at the end of this posting. I hope that you are able to visit them all! Today is my day to show you a fun project that is Josephine inspired! Who is Josephine you ask; well, she is my little side-kick. She's a beautiful black and white basset hound with a bunch of attitude. She certainly keeps me on my toes! She's five months old ...

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Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop! It's my day!!! from Quilt Doodle Doodles


~ Josephine ~
It's been a while since I've been in a blog hop! It was so much fun to create something for this hop! The complete list of participants can be found at the end of this posting. I hope that you are able to visit them all! Today is my day to show you a fun project that is Josephine inspired! Who is Josephine you ask; well, she is my little side-kick. She's a beautiful black and white basset hound with a bunch of attitude. She certainly keeps me on my toes! She's five months old ...

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June 22, 2022
Island Batik New York Beauty Blog Hop - Winter Wonders from Quilted Delights



Welcome to week three, day three of the Island Batik New York Beauty Blog hop!





Today I am showing off my creation using the new Island Batik Winter Wonders fabric line by Kathy Engle and I have info on two give a ways at the end of the post!



These are beautiful festive prints hitting stores now, just in time for Christmas in July!
I started with four different New York Beauty blocks and picked fabrics for each section as I went along.




Switching from green to red to tan.  It was fun to cut and sew and not really ...

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June 7, 2022
Summer Sunshine Tablescape and Hop from From My Carolina Home

Summer is here, and it is a good time to celebrate the sun with a yellow theme tablescape. This time I kept the color palate very simple with just yellow and white, with just a bit of green in the centerpiece.

The chargers are one’s I painted some time ago when I wasn’t able to find butter yellow ones. Spring Chargers. White stoneware dinner plates are topped with pretty yellow and white salad plates called Chloe.

I got out the good silver plate flatware for this table. Yellow napkins are held with yellow flowerpot rings.

Crystal wine goblets ...

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June 6, 2022
Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


It's been a while since I've been in a blog hop! I'm looking forward to the Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop, it's going to be a lot of quilty fun. I have a cute project planned to share with you! So mark your calendars and come and join us June 20th for the beginning of the blog hop! It'll be full of fun in the sun projects and quilt inspiration!

 June 20

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Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles


It's been a while since I've been in a blog hop! I'm looking forward to the Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop, it's going to be a lot of quilty fun. I have a cute project planned to share with you! So mark your calendars and come and join us June 20th for the beginning of the blog hop! It'll be full of fun in the sun projects and quilt inspiration!

 June 20

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May 25, 2022
Tantalizing Table Toppers from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

The fabulous Pat Sloan has been busy writing another exciting book featuring table toppers in her studio. There are 12 topper patterns to tantalize your sewing senses to dress up your home and make the perfect handmade gift. Being a lover of star blocks, I chose the pattern Breakfast Club and dived into my vintage...

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April 27, 2022
Thank you! from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Synergy Quilt Pattern Release Blog Hop comes to an end. 

I am tickled pink and oh so grateful to my pattern testers. Each one of them exceeded my expectations and came up with a version of Synergy unique to themselves.

Sharing all versions of Synergy here. Enjoy the parade!

Mari goes bold with hot pink


Alycia stays true to QOV


Wendy goes minimalist with Blue Skies


Bonnie's Bright and Beautiful Version


Roseanne and Sue's Soothing Collaboration

You can read their original posts here

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April 20, 2022
Synergy Quilt Pattern Release!!! from Sew Preeti Quilts

It was about one year ago, when I first doodled the idea that became Synergy. I first made Synergy in Rainbow Fabrics on a Light Gray background, provided by Island Batiks.








The second version was in Tantalizing Teals on a Yellow background. 






Since then, I have been playing in EQ8, with different Island Batik collections.

In Lace & Grace (Fall 2021 Collection)


In Playful Purples (Island Batik Foundations)


In Interurban (Fall 2021)



But I am so looking forward to the different versions that are cooking in the following studios of North America.

1. Mari of Academic Quilter - Thursday, April 21, 2022 ...

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April 16, 2022
Think Pink from Sew Preeti Quilts

Angela announced that April is Pink.  And nature got the memo :-)

Delicate Pink


Hot Pink


Reddish Pink


Pretty Blooms

It is like the sun and breeze shared a naughty joke and all flora blushed. 

Looks like my fabrics are blushing too. I will be sharing with Angela's linky party.

Starting Point


Plus Background Strips


Cut and Sew

Easter Bunny?


When a pink Easter bunny hopped on to my work, I ate him up :-D 

Voila!!!

I have about a dozen pink blocks. All different sizes. How will I put them together? 

With a lot of mixing and matching, cutting ...

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March 6, 2022
Learning from old quilt books from Quilting & Learning

Hi, welcome to the first day of the Blog Hop, "Dust off a Quilt Book". This event is hosted by Beaquilter. Thanks Bea for organising this fun blog hop, and for Frédérique for offering to make it a linking party!  

Trying out a new technique

It took me over a month to decide what book and what project to do - and even then, it didn't turn out as planned. I sure did learn a lot

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March 1, 2022
Island Batik Row by Row Challenge from Sew Preeti Quilts

Paul: There is a new restaurant in Ashburn.
Me: Uh huh.
Paul: Take a look. They have alligator.
Me: Cajun?
Paul: Yes. They have andouille sausage, shrimp and grits, jambalaya and also beignets.
Me: They sure look authentic.
Paul: Let's go.
Me: Happily.
Paul: Valentine's Day?
Me: Absolutely NOT.
Paul: Oh come on.
Me: Every place is overpriced, overhyped and overcrowded.
Paul: They cannot be any more overpriced than they already are.
Me: I did not come to America because I was missing crowds. 

I won the argument. We will go another day.  
In my opinion, the perfect ...

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February 14, 2022
secret stitching sweetheart blog hop . . . from Count it *all* JOY!


Happy St. Valentine's Day!

I know, I know ... it's been a hot minute (or would it make more sense to say 'a cold minute'?) since I posted . . . I'll get into that in another post.  

This post is all about the L O V E!  Jo, from Serendipitous Stitching, hosts the Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop every year, and when she asked if I wanted to participate, I knew it was the nudge I needed!

Here's how it works: all of the participants send Jo a photo of stitched Valentine . . . and then once she's ...

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January 30, 2022
A true polar bear story from Quilting & Learning

Hi! Welcome to my post of the Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop. Many thanks to CalicoJoan of MooseStash Quilting for organising this wonderful event. When I saw the theme, I had to participate....not sure why but I was really drawn to it...and then I found this. So, let me tell you a true story

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January 10, 2022
Scrap Busting Blog Hop from Made By Marney

Welcome to our Scrap Busting Blog Hop, where we embrace every scrap in our sewing rooms. We are proving that there is no unusable scrap! I find that especially true in paper piecing, where I use my scraps every day. It is important to have a wide variety of colors to choose from when paper piecing, so as to find just that right print and color when piecing together an image.

Thanks to Melissa for hosting this blog hop and giving the designers a chance to share something new.

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I have ...

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December 20, 2021
advent time . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Once upon a time there was a blogger who was participating in an online Advent calendar blog hop with Jo at Serendipitous Stitching, but she got her dates mixed up and didn't realize her date was the 20th (instead of the 22nd) until she hopped over to check out today's feature.  

It was me. I'm that blogger. Glad I made the realization before noon (CST)!

This year, Jo, who so graciously hosts this annual hop, has asked participants to share about their Christmas tree traditions!  This is an easy one for me!

Growing up, and even well ...

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November 4, 2021
UFOvember 2021 from Goer

How many quilting UnFinished Objects do you have? Do you know?

I used to post a quarterly list of all the projects here on my blog. I loved it. I could see everything in one place and that meant that I didn't have hidden projects out of sight, out of mind. Nothing surprised me when I opened a closet or cabinet that hadn't been opened in a while. It's been just over two years since my last Finish Along blog post. I'm not really sure how many projects I have now... and I've maybe forgotten ...

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November 1, 2021
Island Batik November Challenge & Blog Hop from Sew Preeti Quilts

Welcome to Day One of the Island Batik's November 2021 Blog Hop - Storm at Sea.


The November Challenge for Island Batik required that we make a Storm at Sea quilt, lap size or larger, using the Summer 2021 Fabric bundle. I received the collection Bellingham Bay - designed by Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design.

Bellingham Bay

Those of you who know me know that these are not my favorite colors. I find them dark and depressing.  Guess this was an added dimension to the challenge.  

I turned to EQ8 to mock-up the color combinations to come up with a ...

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