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April 1, 2020
April's Block! Grandma's Attic BOM from Quilt Doodle Doodles

April's Block
Happy April! It has been a surreal few weeks... I've lost time and feel like I'm in the twilight zone. I can say though, quilting has been keeping me sane. I can actually relax if I'm quilting and listening to an audiobook. I'm sure I'm not alone! Many of us have been busy making facemasks, working on UFO's and actually completing them! I've enjoyed seeing the postings of last year's BOM completed by many quilters over the last couple weeks. It warms my heart to see finished quilts. This ...

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April's Block! Grandma's Attic BOM from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

April's Block
Happy April! It has been a surreal few weeks... I've lost time and feel like I'm in the twilight zone. I can say though, quilting has been keeping me sane. I can actually relax if I'm quilting and listening to an audiobook. I'm sure I'm not alone! Many of us have been busy making facemasks, working on UFO's and actually completing them! I've enjoyed seeing the postings of last year's BOM completed by many quilters over the last couple weeks. It warms my heart to see finished quilts. This ...

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March 29, 2020
A Few Finishes from The Cozy Quilter

My sewing machine was moved up to the dining room table as the sewing room is not a safe place for Finn to hang out with me...too many things for a curious little dog to get into.  I started out this week making three more blocks for the London Modern Guild HST BOM.  The patterns for April and May were posted this week --three blocks in total.  Here are my blocks. 



And here are all 8 that I have made so far.  The final reveal of how they are to be put together will happen at the end of ...

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March 7, 2020
Knitting, Binding and Cross Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

I'm still stitching away on February's cross stitch ornament from Linen and Threads.  I will add some more stitches this weekend for slow Sunday stitching.  I need to buy some extra skeins of these colours so that I can use them for all 12 ornaments. I have a plan in my head for a project which will include all 12...


My friend, Pat, is teaching me to knit.  This week, I made the big leap from working on my red practice sampler to actually starting a real project using a pattern!  We went shopping yesterday at the local ...

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February 29, 2020
Tree Quilt Block from Jan's Quilts


At the March meeting for the Temecula Valley MQG, I'm presenting the BOM.  I got these done early and the tutorial scheduled on the TVMQG website because my life is busy!  The was an easy block to make Kristy has very good directions.  I recommend paying attention to her seam pressing suggestions.  You can find the tutorial here.

May your bobbins always be full,

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February 25, 2020
Just add water: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Australian Native Orange colour board at Clever Chameleon

The desert was only sleeping

I have been into the Australian Outback many times in the last 20 years, but this unique environment never fails to amaze me. It is resilient and diverse, and just because everything is bone dry, it doesn’t mean that everything is dead. On the contrary – when the conditions are right…… BAM! Life emerges from places and in forms you wouldn’t believe! Two nights ago I saw what looked like an ant that was only about 1/4 inch long, but with an antennae over an inch in length. It was investigating around about ...

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February 16, 2020
Woodland Getaway from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

 I'm in love with these beautiful warm tones, these are very often my go to colors when I make a quilt for myself so when Marcus Fabrics asked me to pick out colors for a new line of Primo Plaids I knew exactly what colors I was going to pick. They are rich and warm and a delight to work with. This line of Primo Plaids is called Lumber Jack and I'm head over heels in love with them. These wonderful fabrics is available for quilt shops to order now so keep your eye out for them! I ...

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Woodland Getaway from Quilt Doodle Doodles

 I'm in love with these beautiful warm tones, these are very often my go to colors when I make a quilt for myself so when Marcus Fabrics asked me to pick out colors for a new line of Primo Plaids I knew exactly what colors I was going to pick. They are rich and warm and a delight to work with. This line of Primo Plaids is called Lumber Jack and I'm head over heels in love with them. These wonderful fabrics is available for quilt shops to order now so keep your eye out for them! I ...

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February 9, 2020
Breezy Quilt Tops from Jan's Quilts




When I make charity quilt blocks for my quilt guild, the Temecula Vally Modern Quilt Guild, I make 2 to donate and 2 to keep. I threw in some orphan blocks and made these quilt tops from the keepers. Two quilt tops done, same pattern, different look.

First I made the quilt top on the left.  While I was making it, I was inspired to make the brighter version.  Thank heavens for an abundant stash!


For Breezy #1, I used Kona Windsor and Coty.


For Breezy #2, I used Kona Turquoise, Chartreuse, Citrus, Red, and Surf.

This is a new ...

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February 2, 2020
Embroidery Done and some HST blocks from The Cozy Quilter

I sat down with a cup of tea by my side and added more embroidery stitches to my project several times this past week.  Yesterday, I finished the last few stitches, and it is done!  As directed, I soaked it in warm water and the pink lines on the fabric magically disappeared. 



I had fun trying out some new stitches and when I find the hoop that came with the kit (I know I put it somewhere safe and now it is MIA), I will hang it in my sewing room.


I bought the kit at QuiltCon a year ago ...

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February 1, 2020
Grandma's Attic BOM ~ February's Block! from Quilt Doodle Doodles

February's Block
Happy February! If you are new to the BOM here's the details.... There will be a new block design each month for a total of 12....  it will be a traditional sampler quilt. I'm planning it as a stash buster. It's based on two colors, a main color and a white/cream background color. You can choose any color for your main color, blue, red, green, anything....I'm making mine out of red fabrics. I have a lot of red Civil War fabric on hand, so that is what I'm using for ...

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Grandma's Attic BOM ~ February's Block! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

February's Block
Happy February! If you are new to the BOM here's the details.... There will be a new block design each month for a total of 12....  it will be a traditional sampler quilt. I'm planning it as a stash buster. It's based on two colors, a main color and a white/cream background color. You can choose any color for your main color, blue, red, green, anything....I'm making mine out of red fabrics. I have a lot of red Civil War fabric on hand, so that is what I'm using for ...

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Grandma's Attic January Block! from Quilt Doodle Doodles

January's Block
Welcome! There will be a new block design each month for a total of 12....  it will be a traditional sampler quilt. I'm planning it as a stash buster. It's based on two colors, a main color and a white/cream background color. You can choose any color for your main color, blue, red, green, anything....I'm making mine out of red fabrics. I have a lot of red Civil War fabric on hand, so that is what I'm using for mine. So go raid your stash for some fabric. You will need ...

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Grandma's Attic January Block! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

January's Block
Welcome! There will be a new block design each month for a total of 12....  it will be a traditional sampler quilt. I'm planning it as a stash buster. It's based on two colors, a main color and a white/cream background color. You can choose any color for your main color, blue, red, green, anything....I'm making mine out of red fabrics. I have a lot of red Civil War fabric on hand, so that is what I'm using for mine. So go raid your stash for some fabric. You will need ...

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January 31, 2020
Wonky Stars BOM from Jan's Quilts


These are the TVMQG's BOM for January, Wonky Stars.  Our meeting was on the 17th, so I'm late!  Life just got in the way.  Two of these will stay here for future quilts, and two will be donated to my quilt guild.  Now to work on the February BOM, a Scrappy Log Cabin Heart.

May your bobbins always be full,

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January 27, 2020
Homegrown Progress from Alamosa Quilter

In 2018 I participated in Sue Spargo's BOM Homegrown. I'm still working on getting it quilted but I'm making good progress.




There are 27 houses surrounding the center tree block. I've quilted the center block plus 22 houses thus far. I'm quilting by hand using the seed stitch. 

In shop news, here is a link to the latest newsletter if you are interested: Alamosa Quilt Company Newsletter. Our Local Quilt Shop Day Event on Saturday went well. And we will be taking sign-ups for the 2nd Saturday Sampler Club through the end of February.


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January 26, 2020
weekend goings . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Todd and I got on the road yesterday afternoon and headed to Tuscaloosa for a missions conference.  We stayed overnight at the Bama B&B!

It's a really pretty place and I'll share more about that later.

I finished up granddaughter Olivia's patchwork doll quilt . . .
Just a simple finish.  It's sweet! I'll get this out in the mail to her on Monday.

I also finished block 20 of my Grandmother's Choice BOM.
I had trouble with the points on this one.  I may (*may*) go back and fiddle with it. I also may not ...

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January 16, 2020
Stitching Up A Storm from From the Strawberry Patch...

Scrappy Shining Stars 65" X 83" Remember all those piles of scraps that I have cut? Well, they're being used. I am holding fast to my guiding word for the year: VISION. I have a goal of making up stacks of scrap quilts in 2020 using what is right under my nose. Here's my first idea. This one will utilize 3.5" squares  in  9" 9-patches combining with 4-patches (2" UF squares for a 3" finished

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Stitching Up A Storm from From the Strawberry Patch...

Scrappy Shining Stars 65" X 83" Remember all those piles of scraps that I have cut? Well, they're being used. I am holding fast to my guiding word for the year: VISION. I have a goal of making up stacks of scrap quilts in 2020 using what is right under my nose. Here's my first idea. This one will utilize 3.5" squares  in  9" 9-patches combining with 4-patches (2" UF squares for a 3" finished

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January 11, 2020
December UFO & WIP Winner and my own WIP’s from The Crafty Quilter

Hi everyone! It’s been a crazy week of loved ones falling ill, but I think everyone’s finally back on the healthy list. Without further delay, I have a winner for the December UFO & WIP Challenge. We had 60 entries last month and many Christmas projects and gifts made!

December UFO & WIP Challenge prize @ The Crafty Quilter

Entry number 46 was randomly chosen and that goes to Kathy J. for her quilt, “Peace On Earth”. This is a beautiful combination of applique and piecing! Congratulations Kathy!

Peace on Earth made by Kathy J. and winner of the December UFO & WIP Challenge at The Crafty Quilter
Peace on Earth Quilt by Kathy J.

I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s finished projects in 2019. I completed quite a ...

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