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July 24, 2016
Kansas City Star Quilt 2015 from Cowtown Quilts

For those of you unfamiliar with Kansas City Star Quilt patterns, they started out as quilt block patterns published in Kansas City’s newspaper, the Kansas City Star.  From 1928 to the 1930s, they were a weekly hit.  After that time, they were published less frequently, with the final ones being published as a Block of the Month in 2015.  You can read more about it here.  With so many of us getting our news from TV and the Internet, the Star newspaper has been slowly losing its popularity and customers.  Many quilters were saddened when the newspaper no longer ...

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July 23, 2016
Red Stars and Painted Rocks from From the Strawberry Patch...

Red is my favorite color. When given the choice between red, blue or gold this year as the the primary selection in my LQS' Lemoyne Star block-of-the-month program there was no second thought on my part. Red it is. This month we were to construct four six inch blocks to combine as one. I decided not to join mine together as the overall layout of mine will include many other red and white

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Red Stars and Painted Rocks from From the Strawberry Patch...

Red is my favorite color. When given the choice between red, blue or gold this year as the the primary selection in my LQS' Lemoyne Star block-of-the-month program there was no second thought on my part. Red it is. This month we were to construct four six inch blocks to combine as one. I decided not to join mine together as the overall layout of mine will include many other red and white

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Decision Time! from Hayling Quilts!

Hello everyone! How are you enjoying July? It's been stiflingly hot here in the UK for the last few weeks and believe you me, that's RARE. I've actually (for the first time in my entire life) got a tan. My legs, arms, face and back of my neck are now brown! You can see when I take my Fitbit off, how white my skin usually is!

I've been walking the dogs every day and getting two and a half hours exercise every day. I get to walk along the beach, or here, which is part of ...

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July 16, 2016
Block of the month patterns from Essie's Quilts

Onlangs kreeg ik de vraag of ik van plan was om de patronen van mijn Sterren Blok van de Maand op mijn blog te gaan zetten.
Ik vond dat eigenlijk best wel een goed idee maar wist alleen niet hoe..
vandaar dat ik nu een Facebook groep heb aangemaakt, waar ik deze en in de toekomst ook andere patronen op kan zetten.

Mensen die interesse hebben in deze patronen kunnen dan lid worden van de groep en de patronen downloaden.  De groep heet "Essie's Quilt patterns" en het eerste patroon van blok 1 staat er inmiddels op.
Hier ...

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July 15, 2016
Log Cabin Quilt Block - July 2016 BOM from The Quilting Room with Mel

This month we are doing the log cabin quilt block.  It's an easy block that I'm sure many of you have done before.  I doubt though you've ever made one this big though.  I love sew your stash block because you can mix things up.  New fabrics, older fabrics, it can all be put together. I had a special guest during the demo so be sure to watch to the end of that.

log cabin

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July 5, 2016
Maggie's first dance BOM from Une aiguille dans une botte de foin

propose un BOM gratuit à partir de juin

un bloc par mois avec le carré central pour appliquer, broder ou quilter
au choix
et mon choix est de le laisser vide pour un beau motif de free motion quilting quand le moment sera venu.

bloc 1

Dans ma tentative d'écluser un maximum de tissus, j'ai trouvé ce tissu fleuri à bandes 
(donné par Nicole quand elle a arrêté le patch)
Je m'en suis servi comme point de départ pour choisir les couleurs de mes blocs,
composés uniquement de petits morceaux et autres restes de Nicole ...

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July 4, 2016
All work and no play.. from Essie's Quilts

Helaas vanwege een drukke periode op het werk niet zo veel tijd (en om eerlijk te zijn ook niet veel zin) gehad om met mijn quiltwerkjes bezig te zijn.
En voor je het weet is er dan ineens alweer een hele maand voorbij gevlogen.
Wel is deel 7 van de sterren BOM inmiddels af, en het patroon is inmiddels uitgedeeld zodat de dames er in de zomer mee aan de slag kunnen.

Unfortunately haven't been able to do much sewing lately due to a very busy period at work.  And before you know it another month has passed you ...

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Maggie’s First Dance, Block 2 and giveaways from The Crafty Quilter

We’re on to block #2 in the Maggie’s First Dance Block of the Month, hosted by Jacqueylynne Steves.  It’s not too late to sign up,  just click here for details.

It’s also Independence Day for those of you living in the United States, so it’s BOM’s and fireworks today!



There are two giveaways happening as well, so make sure to read all the way to the end of this post for details.  GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.

This month’s block was fun to put together, and you’re going to love Jacqueylynne’s  tip for ...

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Block #2 Maggie's First Dance BOM from Quilting Hottie Haven - the blog of EvaPaige Quilt Designs

The resounding message I received from my first block posting was heard loud and clear - "WE LOVE YOUR COLORS!" Well, thank you, hotties every one of you. You have impeccable taste when it comes to color sense.

I loved all of the blocks I saw from my fellow bloggers, so I know this is high praise indeed.

As you may recall, I had decided to go with "scrappy" as my theme for this BOM, but that's about as far as I had gotten in my planning. Your love of my colors made me cement my thought that I might ...

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July 1, 2016
Kaleidoscope BOM - Month 7 from A Quilting Jewel

It's summer here in New England and I'm loving every minute of it. One of my favorite things about it is that I get to not only spend time at the beach, but spend time in my sewing studio, sewing away with the windows open. With this month's blocks in the Kaleidoscope Block of the Month, I was taken to a beautiful hill town with windmills in the distance and the sweet smell of flowers.

I know, just like a mother isn't supposed to have a favorite child, a pattern designer isn't supposed to have ...

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June 29, 2016

Have you seen this new book!  Cathy and I got so excited when we were at the Attic Window Quilt Shop today and saw this book.  After looking through it, we asked Chris if we could host a BOM at the shop starting in September.  She said YES!

You are going to love all the new and different patterns in the book.  There are 50 block recipes, 7 sampler quilts, and endless possibilities.  I love the block above.

Each block is unique and you will be amazed at the techniques you will learn when making these blocks.

This is another ...

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June 28, 2016
Stash Report And An Epiphany from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in or out this week. I finished a couple more BOM blocks and another bear block. I don’t count fabric out until the project is finished.

Last night was a turning point on the BOM. I haven’t been enjoying the process. I like the idea of the quilt, but the blocks take a lot of time and the numerous fabrics and small pieces take up most my workspace. Trying to piece those blocks and the borders for the raffle block left me feeling scattered and frustrated. I was making a hash of both of them.

So ...

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June 26, 2016
Guild BOM from Stitchin at Home

I designed the BOM for my guild for the 2015-16 year. This was month we got to see the tops that the participating members finished. You can read more about the design here and my finished quilt here.

my finished version of the BOM

Not everyone participated but those that did I think enjoyed doing the BOM and liked their respective finished versions.  At least I think they did. I was definitely looking forward to seeing their results. The varied colours gave each quilt its own personality.

Want to see some? I know you do, so here goes.

she used ...

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June 25, 2016
Je n'ai pas vu juin passer... from Une aiguille dans une botte de foin

Je n'ai plus posté sur le blog depuis...des lustres
mais il s'est quand même passé des choses
Mon artisan est quand même venu
de temps en temps...

plafonds, fenêtres, portes,

puis les murs sont enfin terminés

restent les plinthes et le sol...
mais pas avant début juillet...
je croise les doigts, car après il part en vacances !

Et moi j'aimerais bien retrouver mes affaires dans les cartons
reclasser mes tissus et Ufos
et pouvoir enfin remeubler les chambres.

Entre deux nettoyages j'ai cousu quelques blocs:

Aurifil DOM

Modern Delft Quilt Block de Jacquelynne Steves 

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June 21, 2016
DESIGN WALL MONDAY from The Proficient Needle

Here I am, posting late again, but better late than never!  First a picture of my guild's BOM project for 2015-16.  I finished mine a while back, but finally got around to taking some pictures!
The final border is from Judy's book, "60 Pieced Quilt Borders"
Here are some close-ups of some of the quilting in blocks...


Several of the quilting fills were inspired by the free tutorials at The Inbox Jaunt.
At my last get-together with our community quilts group, the coordinator asked people to take a box of quilt blocks, and make them into a quilt ...

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June 15, 2016
Stitchery of the Month - June from Snuggles Quilts

Well, summer is here .... at least it will be next week, so here is the June stitchery of the month block. Yum! Watermelon and summer go together!

Month by Month - June Copyright.jpg

Find the pattern here.

Enjoy this month's block! I can't believe it, but we're almost half way done. I'll see you next month for July's block.

Happy Stitching!


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June 10, 2016
Kansas Star - Block of the Month June 2016 from The Quilting Room with Mel

This month we are doing the Kansas Star block.  I knew there was a block out there named Kansas Star, what I failed to remember was Kansas City Star was a huge producer of quilt block patterns.  It took a while to finally find a picture of the real historical Kansas Star quilt block so we could do it.  The plus side is I did find an old quilt block that my grandma had made, goofed, lost the pattern and never fixed it.  She turned it into a pillow and it was a sad day when it finally fell apart ...

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June 7, 2016
J'aime le mystère.... from Une aiguille dans une botte de foin

Bloc 32 The Constant Needle

Bloc 33 Selvage Saver

Old MacDonald Mystery Sampler 

Le bloc du mois Improv Bullseye

(des courbes improvisées coupées à main libre)  mélangé avec les blocs "ciel"

Il faut encore attendre pour savoir ce qui bouchera les trous du paysage :)

"Our Land " Mystery Quilt

un autre BOM mystère de American Made Brand

Bloc 1  View from the shore

Bloc 2 The most perfect hill 

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6-6-16 from Indigo Threads

I have so much to share with you!  May was another busy month....and where did it go?   It seemed to just zoom past me!

I took a class that I've been wanting to take for a long time, at the local art gallery.  It was Fabric Printing with Linoleum Blocks.

The actual block carving was much more difficult than I thought it would be.  It was very hard work, and very tough on my arthritic hands and wrist.  As a matter of fact, my wrist (that I sprained 2 years ago) is still giving me pain after 3 ...

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