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October 12, 2018
Free Block of the Month 13—Sunflower from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Fields of sunflowers are very common here in Germany. Many of them are in pick-your-own fields where you can cut what you want and then pay for them in a little box using the honor system. Other fields with sunflowers in them, as I mentioned before in a previous post, are grown solely for the sake of the bees. 

Sunflower from a pick-your-own field 
Sunflower at a local preschool






















When I saw the beautiful sunflowers at the preschool, I knew that I would need to incorporate one into this series. Their bright yellow petals are just so cheerful, and the ...

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October 8, 2018
Weekly update: the sampler is a flimsy from With Strings Attached

I talked about Toby jugs
The first week of every month is meeting-ful.  I hosted my P.E.O. chapter Monday evening. I was also my own co-hostess (since the person assigned was not able to attend) and the program presenter. The topic was "an item from my collection" and each member showed samples and told the story of something she collects.  (I'm the chapter recording secretary, too.)
   
 Zion Woman's Club meets the first Tuesday. I was the program coordinator.  Our club members contribute canned and boxed goods to the local food pantry using Green Bags.  This month ...

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October 1, 2018
Save the Bees Month 3 and giveaway from The Crafty Quilter

Welcome to October and this month’s block for Jacquelynne Steves’ Save The Bees BOM.  If you haven’t signed up for this block of the month yet, there’s still time; you can sign up here.  This month’s block was so fun and easy to make!  I have a different technique to share along with a fabulous giveaway at the end of this post (now closed).

Month 3 of the Save The Bees BOM by Jacquelynne Steves. This block is made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter using machine pieced hexagons and invisible applique.

The pattern gives you the option to make this block with traditional paper pieced hexagons or with fusible applique.  I chose a hybrid technique using a foundation that is a partially water-soluble ...

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October Color Challenge from Patterns by Jen



Welcome to October's Color Challenge! This month the color is blue violet. I found it incredibly hard to decide on what was blue violet, especially coming after a month of *red* violet. I kept pulling out red violet to work with.

Here's the block!




Get your free pattern here! It will be available for free through June 2019, at which point it will be bundled with the other blocks and settings and sold as a full pattern. Settings will be released in December.

Blog Hop

Don't forget to visit the other bloggers. A few of the bloggers ...

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October's It's a "Wild" Life Block from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Here we are at our 9th 
block for the 

This month's adorable block was
created by Joan of MooseStash Quilting.
With a name like MooseStash, 
what would you expect for her to 
create for the October block?


Well, an adorable little moose 
and a cute little friend.
It is I "Moose" Go Camping
You can find this cutie Here.

The pattern will be free for the whole
month of October.
After that time, 
it will be available for a small fee.
If you have missed any blocks, 
this is the rest of the years.

September's Block 
You can ...

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September 26, 2018
Three’s Company BOM 2018 – Block 9 from Patchwork Posse

This is the last block in the quilt! After this, we will be working on the borders, sashing and putting our quilt tops together!

MONTHLY ASSIGNMENT:

  • download the file
  • sew your 3 small blocks
  • sew small blocks into large setting block
  • share it in the facebook group

This months download includes: instructions for the 3 small blocks and the setting instructions for the large block

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD BLOCK INSTRUCTIONS

TRACKING:

To help keep you up on the sewing per month, deciding your fabric placement and tracking what you’ve sewn, I’ve put together a collection of pages for ...

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September 20, 2018
Free Block of the Month 12—Thistle from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

We have come to one year of our Flora and Fauna of Germany blocks. Originally, the plan was to stop at a year, but we are going to continue for a little while longer because the blocks are so much fun! 

This month's block is a bit prickly but beautiful in its own way and is actually a member of the sunflower family. In Celtic symbolism, the thistle represents bravery, devotion, and determination; however, in Victorian times, the thistle was a sign of meddling or intrusion. 

In Scotland, there is a legend that Viking invaders came to the Scottish ...

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September 7, 2018
The Bees Knees from Jean Swenson

The Bees Knees
August – December 2018

This is the first time that I have participated in a Block of the Month (BOM), and so far, it’s a lot of fun! This free BOM project is called Save the Bees and is being hosted by Jacquelynne Steves over at The Art of Home. It is running through December, and there is still time to join – just use the form on the right side of this page.

The first block in this BOM is the one pictured on the left above, and while it called for an appliquéd flower and ...

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September 3, 2018
Save The Bees month 2 and giveaway from The Crafty Quilter

Hey everyone!  Today I am sharing my second block for the Save The Bees Block of the Month by Jacquelynne Steves.  There is still time to sign up for this free BOM if you haven’t already.  We also have a great giveaway – you can find the details at the end of this post.

 

I’m really enjoying this project, and the applique technique I chose to use is super quick!  Flying around those shapes with black thread and free motion stitching makes it so fast.  Maybe that’s why I’m enjoying it so much, or more likely that ...

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September 1, 2018
September's It's a "Wild" Life Block from Sew Incredibly Crazy



Here we are already
(where did time go) with
the September Block for the 




This month's adorable block was
created by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.
Is it not the cutest?

September's Block 


You can find the pattern HERE.

The pattern will be free for the whole
month of September.
After that time, 
it will still be available for a 
small fee.
If you have missed any of the blocks, 
this is what we have so far.



August's Block


Home at the Cabin
You can find the pattern HERE.

July's ...

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August 29, 2018
Three’s Company BOM 2018 – Block 8 from Patchwork Posse

MONTHLY ASSIGNMENT:

  • download the file
  • sew your 3 small blocks
  • sew small blocks into large setting block
  • share it in the facebook group

This months download includes: instructions for the 3 small blocks and the setting instructions for the large block

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD BLOCK INSTRUCTIONS

TRACKING:

To help keep you up on the sewing per month, deciding your fabric placement and tracking what you’ve sewn, I’ve put together a collection of pages for you to use during the quilt along.

Download the materials list, cutting instructions & tracking sheets here  (always free)

ABOUT THE QUILT:

It features 9 ...

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August 28, 2018
Fat Quarter Shop 2018 Designer Mystery and my own Mystery from Pointless Quilter





Remember two posts ago when I showed all those pinned, but unquilted quilts, well I finally finished the last one.  (Actually, finished it about 2 weeks ago—although it still doesn’t have a label.)  Anyway, this was the Fat Quarter Shop’s 2018 Designer Mystery quilt.  I quilted it heavily – but I like what I did.  Samplers are always interesting to quilt. 



And months ago, I finished my two guild mystery quilts.  As I was the creator and chair for the committee I felt like I had to make the quilt in both sizes. 


Here’s my small quilt ...

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August 26, 2018
Hallowe'en Eyes: SFMQG - August BOM from madebychrissied

Halloween Eyes by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Yay, I made it to my second South Florida Modern Quilt Guild meeting and it's certainly reigniting my sewing mojo.   
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August 12, 2018
The Plaid Block and a Tutorial from Jan's Quilts



This month is my turn to present the Block of the Month at the Temecula Valley Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  Several of us take turns presenting and there are some who never do it, we're all different, but I love helping out.  My idea for this block came from the Boulder MQG's BOM programs, July Block.  The center of their block is different so I modified it with a new tutorial.  You can find it here.

As usual, two of the blocks will be donated to the TVMQG's BOM program to make Charity Quilts, and two will ...

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fanfare . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

When I look back over the blog content for the last year and a half, it really makes me sad.  My little hiatus cost me the published 'memories' of what I'd done, both in and out of the quilty world.  Normally, I'd have shared the fan BOM that my guild was doing . . . the fan is our logo . . . a different fan block each month (for a total of nine), getting more technically difficult to piece as the year went along. It started easy, with this little fan . . .
And ended with a Cleopatra's Fan, that I opted out of ...

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August 6, 2018
Save the Bees BOM, month 1 and giveaway from The Crafty Quilter

Welcome to month one of the Save The Bees Block of the Month hosted by Jacquelynne Steves I am so happy to be one of the participating bloggers again this year!  If you haven’t already, you can still sign up for this free BOM here.  Thank you Jacquelynne for your generosity in putting together this awesome block of the month!

Each month (through December) there will be giveaways hosted on EACH participating blog, ending with a grand prize giveaway in January, 2019.  This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Martingale, and all the details can be found at the ...

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August 3, 2018
Save the Bees BOM coming soon and Black Friday at Craftsy from The Crafty Quilter

I’m as busy as a bee, and part of that is because of the free Save The Bees block of the month that starts this Monday at Jacquelynne Steves The Art of Home.  As a participating blogger, I get to make the blocks before they are released and host giveaways on my blog.

Save the Bees FREE BOM @ Jacquelynne Steves

I can’t wait to show you my Save The Bees block, so I’ll give you a sneak peak at what it looks like.  I’m using a black, gray and white color palette with a splash of yellow thrown in.  I already love this ...

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July 27, 2018
THIS GAL IS HEAD OF THINGS! from ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Look at what Charity made!  She completed blocks 1 and 2 of the First Blush BOM that starts at the Attic Window Quilt Shop in September.  Charity chose the yellow background.  But you can chose the background you want.  I think I'm going to use white....or maybe a small print.  Haven't decided yet.  Call the Attic Window Quilt Shop and sign up for this fun BOM.  The books are in and you need to decide on a background fabric, so call the shop soon.  September will be here before you know it.  The group meets on the ...

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July 25, 2018
Three’s Company BOM 2018 – Block 7 from Patchwork Posse

 

MONTHLY ASSIGNMENT:

  • download the file
  • sew your 3 small blocks
  • sew small blocks into large setting block
  • share it in the facebook group

This months download includes: instructions for the 3 small blocks and the setting instructions for the large block

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD BLOCK INSTRUCTIONS

TRACKING:

To help keep you up on the sewing per month, deciding your fabric placement and tracking what you’ve sewn, I’ve put together a collection of pages for you to use during the quilt along.

Download the materials list, cutting instructions & tracking sheets here  (always free)

ABOUT THE QUILT:

It features 9 ...

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Three’s Company BOM 2018 – Block 7 from Patchwork Posse

 

MONTHLY ASSIGNMENT:

  • download the file
  • sew your 3 small blocks
  • sew small blocks into large setting block
  • share it in the facebook group

This months download includes: instructions for the 3 small blocks and the setting instructions for the large block

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD BLOCK INSTRUCTIONS

TRACKING:

To help keep you up on the sewing per month, deciding your fabric placement and tracking what you’ve sewn, I’ve put together a collection of pages for you to use during the quilt along.

Download the materials list, cutting instructions & tracking sheets here  (always free)

ABOUT THE QUILT:

It features 9 ...

read more
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