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January 19, 2019
New BOM from Espritpatch

I started a new BOM, because I really needed a new project loved the look of it. I don't know if I love cooking, but I spend a LOT of time in the kitchen. So when I stumbled across this BOM by Adventurous Quilter, I decided to give it a go.

I hadn't done any paper piecing in a very long time so it was nice change. And there were a lot of tiny pieces in this first block. The first block is a kitchen mixer, a tool I use almost on a daily basis. I picked fabric ...

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January 16, 2019
New projects from Espritpatch

Do I need any new projects? Ah ah of course not! Do I want to start new projects? Of course yes!

And I thought it would be kind to share the source of temptation with all, in case you have found those already....

Of course at this time of year, plenty of quilt-along, sew-along, BOM etc are starting and these ones have caught my eye

Moda String Along
This one happened over the holidays but it is a great reminder for those string blocks I have somewhere in a box

Threadology Quilt starting in Feb until June -  I love the ...

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January 10, 2019
Great start for 2019 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

for the Cotton Quilter's Guild, anyway! We had our first meeting of 2019 on Monday and started out right. For this meeting I asked (and reminded) everyone to bring in her favorite tool--only one or two. It was a rousing success! 

Not everyone felt comfortable talking in front of the audience, which turned out to be a good thing since I was rushing to wrap up the meeting. We had a round-robin with each person explaining why she likes her particular tool. They wanted to hear everything. A few people asked questions and took notes in the hopes that ...

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January 8, 2019
Goodbye, Holidays…Hello, BOM Sign-Up Season! from Marcus Fabrics

Hello Quilting Friends!  If you haven’t signed up yet for your favorite 2019 Marcus BOM programs yet, remember that January marks the start of three exciting block-of-the-month programs, followed by three more beginning in March.  You’ll love these gorgeous designs by Nancy Rink, Pam Buda, Sarah Maxwell, and Sheryl Johnson.

Never tried a BOM?  We’ve got the Top Ten Reasons why you should! So, check out the program details, then visit your local quilt shop to participate!

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January 7, 2019
Weekly Update: winnings, fireballs, dots, and Good Fortune from With Strings Attached

Raffle Mania was the main event at Wednesday's guild meeting.  Members bring quilt-related stuff they no longer love. Raffle tickets are distributed based on the previous year's attendance (1 ticket per month, 1 ticket for wearing a name tag). Additional tickets are .50 each.  I got 17 free tickets and bought 20 more.  I contributed 10 5-lb bags of fabric sorted by color (20 yards per bag), two smaller ziploc bags with fabric, and four bundles of 10 books each.  (I was ruthless when I selected the fabric to donate. How many years have I had this? Does ...

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January 4, 2019
The 12th and Final Block of the It's a "Wild" Life BOM from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Well, Can you believe 
that this is the final block to the 
This has been such a great adventure.
It has definitely been a little "Wild".

I am the lucky designer to close out our 
BOM for 2018.
It is called
"Forest of Trees"

It is 12 1/2" x 60 1/2".
You can find the pattern HERE
 The row of blocks is a mix between 
paper pieced and standard pieced.
So, it might be a new adventure 
for some of you.
but you will absolutely love the 
end result.

This block is available for free for the
entire ...

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Announcing the 2019 Block of the Month from Sew Incredibly Crazy

How is it that this is our 
4th Annual Block of the Month?
With it being the first part of the
2019, it is time to announce 
our theme and it is...….

Here is the list of designers and the months that 
they will be designing for.













We are ...

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December 31, 2018
Out of This World FREE Block #1 from Pat Sloan's Blog

Article continues below these Amazon Goodies

I am SO excited with my 2019 Block of the Month theme "Out of this World"!! Today is the day for Block #1..

Did you know this is my 6th year of designing, writing  and hosting a Free Mystery Block of the Month (BOM) for  If you are new to my sew alongs, read at the end to learn how this one works.

Pat Sloan Out of This World block 1 button

Do you have a love of all things Space like I do?  

Did you watch the moon landings and get hooked? Do you work in the space industry? Do ...

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December 29, 2018
FINAL STASH REPORT FOR 2018 from The Proficient Needle

Stash reports have been hit and miss for me this year.  
Since this is the final full week in December,
I decided to close the books on 2018.

 Fabric used this week 4.625 yards
Fabric used year to date  124.125 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  62.125 yards
Net used 2018  62 yards

This is not my best report since I have been keeping track, 
but it is also not my worst!
I have continued to use more than I have added,
which was my goal.

This is my final finish ...

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December 27, 2018
FINAL FINISH FOR 2018 from The Proficient Needle

During the past 12 months, I've been downloading and stitching some lovely patterns from Jenny of ELEPHANTZ

She offered a free BOM in 2018, with a new pattern each month.

I love hand embroidery, and had recently organized all my leftover threads from past projects and kits into zip bags, with one for each colour. 
It was fun to hunt through the bags each month to find some threads.

When I finished the December block, DH and I headed to my favourite local quilt shop to look for 2 fabrics to complete the project.
  I was having a difficult ...

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Our Year in Review from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

We thought it would be fun to do a little year-in-review post this week, since it is almost time to say goodbye to 2018. What a year it has been! We have traveled to a few countries, enjoyed meeting many fellow stitchers in different parts of the world, and completed a lot of projects and patterns. Here is our year in pictures and posts. Just click on the caption, which is a link to the original post.

Birmingham Festival of Quilts

Birmingham Festival ...

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December 20, 2018
Stellar BOM – Block 3 + 4 from Blossom Heart Quilts

The latest AccuQuilt BOM block has been released for the Stellar quilt. Which made me realise that in the midst of moving last month, I forgot to share block 3 with you too!

Block 3 uses the triangle in a square dies from the Angles companion set, and this is one pair of dies that I’m really itching to play around with some more! There are some fun options for this shape, and a four-pointed star should come as no surprise for being the first block I make with them. I love my star designs! You can download the ...

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December 17, 2018
Weekly update: holiday doings, catching up, and Clue 4 from With Strings Attached

The United Methodist Women had their holiday luncheon on Thursday.

In years past I've made ornaments as favors but this year I made coasters. (20 coasters, 5" squares = 2 yards of fabric used!)

Thursday evening I went to my friend Erika's P.E.O. chapter's holiday party.

At both parties we exchanged white elephant gifts.  I was happy to pass along some perfectly nice items I did not want. In return, both times, I got candy.

(Yes, I hang out with middle-aged/older white women. I fit the demographic.)

At church this morning the kids performed the ...

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December 15, 2018
2018 Monthly Color Challenge Quilt Settings from Patterns by Jen

Can you believe we have reached the end of the end in the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge? I hope you will join me for the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge. I have three settings for you. You can use these or finish your quilt however you wish! These settings will be free through June 2019.

The first is a simple "just add sashing and  posts" setting, with a little extra in the border.

There are cutting instructions for both the 6" finished blocks and 12" finished blocks. Get the pattern HERE.

The second is an on-point setting.

This one also has ...

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December 11, 2018
BOMs and QALs for 2019 from Blossom Heart Quilts

When it comes to thinking about your quilty plans and goals for 2019, one option to consider is signing up and committing to a block of the month (BOM) or a quilt along (QAL) or something similar to give you something to slowly on over the year. A small bit of progress each month will build up to something big at the end of the year! Not to mention the opportunities for making new friends, learning something new, or practicing an older skill that could do with some more work. In today’s blog post, I’ve rounded up a ...

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December 3, 2018
Save the Bees BOM month 5 from The Crafty Quilter

The final month of the Save The Bees BOM is here!  What a fun block of the month this has been.  Jacquelynne Steves has once again been a generous hostess as well as a talented designer.  Many thanks, Jacquelynne, for making this all happen.  Make sure to visit her here for the latest BOM information.  Keep reading to the end of this blog post to find out about this month’s giveaway.

The Crafty Quilter presents Month 5 of the Save The Bees block of the month designed by Jacquelnne Steves.


The final assembly instructions are given for this month which include pieced borders and applique.  With family in town for Thanksgiving and being sick for two weeks, I ...

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December 1, 2018
Sunset Isle QAL – Planning and Prep from Blossom Heart Quilts

Who else is getting ready for the Sunset Isle QAL starting next month?! If you missed the news last month, the official 2019 QAL was announced – Sunset Isle. It’s a row of the month quilt design, in collaboration with Ava & Neve.

Sunset Isle quilt pattern by Blossom Heart Quilts

Planning Party

With less than a month until it’s time to get the Party started, we’re starting off with a little pre-party; some pre-dinner drinks if you will, with a Sunset Isle Planning Party happening over on Instagram. We know it’s a busy time of the year, leading up to Christmas, and for those of ...

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November 29, 2018
Free Block of the Month 15—Acorns from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

This post was almost called "Throwback Thursday" as the acorn is such an autumnal symbol, but technically it is still fall. The weather here in Germany has certainly become winter-like, but there are still a few days until the official start of winter, therefore the acorn is still in season. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

This acorn picture was taken early in the season, as you can tell from the green leaves. I (Kara) loved the yellow-orange color of acorn that was just beginning to change colors. I pass a couple of beautiful oak trees ...

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November 28, 2018
Three’s Company BOM 2018 – Quilting and Binding from Patchwork Posse

Today we are talking – finishing the quilt and a little bit on binding.

I have been so excited to see your quilts pop up – they are turning out so wonderful!

I’ll show them off a little bit later (or you can quickly scroll down now)

All the parts and steps of the quilt have been compiled into one file – and it’s available in the shop. *previous quilt alongs are also in there!

Since I followed along this year, I made a second one- I went a little crazy on the border, but I really like how it turned ...

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November 19, 2018
The Bees Knees from Jean Swenson


The Bees Knees
November 2018

This is my adaptation of Jacquelynne Steves Save the Bees BOM which began back in August. Since I was away on a road trip through Utah and Colorado for most of August, I felt a bit rushed to get the first block done when I got home, and chose to deviate from Jacquelynne’s original flower appliqué design for this block (my block is in lower left corner). I used an embroidered tea towel to which I added the embroidered bee.

For September’s BOM, pictured in the lower right corner, I designed the flower ...

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