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November 20, 2015
Bonfire Block of the Month Club 2016 from Gen X Quilters

The Block of the Month Club here at Gen X Quilters has become a way of life for me.  It's my biggest project every year and the one I get the most excited about designing, sewing and creating.  Every fall I get the nervous jitters as the time approaches to announce the next BOM.

Today is the day I share with you the details on next year's Block of the Month Club - Bonfire!  The Bonfire Sampler is one of three sampler patterns included in the book Sister Sampler Quilts.  This new quilt pattern was unveiled at Fall Quilt ...

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November 4, 2015
IT'S HOT, HOT, HOT! from The Proficient Needle

I'm not complaining, but Florida is in a heat wave with high humidity - quite a shock after leaving the frosty north.  According to friends, they've had some lovely warm days for the past week too!
I picked up my machine yesterday - set to work, after its beauty treatment.  Today it was time to set up my sewing room, working in short spurts, with cooling time indoors.  (My sewing room is a sun-room built under our carport - the only cooling is provided by a ceiling fan, and a breeze when there is one.)

My cutting table is ready for ...

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November 2, 2015
Moccasin Block of the Month Club - November from Gen X Quilters

The Moccasin Block of the Month Club is ending soon!  There are only two months left - Today's block and then the quilt top assembly next month.  Are you excited?!?  The November block is really just half of an Irish Chain block.  It frames the center Dresden Plate in the layout of the blocks.  So although these blocks aren't very exciting to make, they are very important in completing the overall look of the quilt! I know you all have worked very hard on this quilt, we're sooooo close!
Fabric is Cotton Supreme Solids by RJR Fabrics for ...

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November 1, 2015
Catching up on my Block of the months and sew alongs. from Pointless Quilter

Now that the boutique is over I can spend some time catching up on some of my Block of the Months and sew-a-longs.

Here are the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Blocks fro September and October.  (Library and Post Office)

And also from Fat Quarter Shop the September and October Snapshot blocks.

And the Shabby Fabrics Pillow of the Monthly Club for October.

And some  blocks from the Farm Girl Vintage Sew A Long.  I've finished the top and plan on pinning it this weekend.

I'm going on a friendship group retreat in a couple weeks and ...

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October 30, 2015
In Full Bloom :: A Finish {Photo Heavy} from Alamosa Quilter

This is a such a big finish for me. The quilt itself is not big, it's about 36" by 44", but it took me many hours to complete.

The background was pieced by machine. Everything else was done by hand. I did a seed stitch for the quilting which you can see better in each of the following close-ups.

The pattern is called "In Full Bloom" by Sue Spargo. It was her 2014 block of the month. Thus, I began this project in January 2014 and finished it yesterday. This quilt is mostly wool, but also contains some silk ...

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October 26, 2015
2016 Block of the Month Planning is underway from Fabrics N Quilts

It's that time of year when we are getting geared up the Block of the Month in the new year! 2016 will use Lavender Lime's For Keeps pattern with fabrics from Studio E designer, Jennifer Brinley's recent release, Blue Bird.  We've paired blue bird with 2 tonal Studio E basics and are loving the contrast.  Stay tuned as we show & tell some blocks leading up to the Black Friday reveal! But

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October 24, 2015
little brown coffee pot plus InkTober sketch from Not Afraid of Color

hmmm must have broken all the brown dishes... better make some more!
I had all the best intentions but it was not the week for sewing. I did one little coffee pot, from SewPrecise to remind me I'd rather be in Lake Placid...
And this sketch of the day for InkTober:
Yep. I miss the mountains.

and one little  cup o' happiness...
 I'm enjoying the brown this month at the RSC2015

I have more dishes and tea cups to make for next week... for now please go see what the others are making with brown scraps
http://superscrappy ...

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Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2015 - Small Quilt Category from ColorBar Quilts

So exciting it is Blogger's Quilt Festival once again.  Amy at Amy's Creative Side does such a fantastic job putting this festival together twice a year.  It is so nice to see so much creativity in one place.  I am entering my Globetrotter Block of the Month quilt into the Small Quilt Category.  

The quilt blocks where from Pat Sloans 2014 block of the month.  I made changes to the layout to make it my own and I did all my own quilting on my long arm.  Free motion and ruler work.  The finished size is 57" square ...

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October 23, 2015
SORTING AND PACKING from The Proficient Needle

Next week we'll be making our annual trek south to warmer weather.  This requires lots of packing - a quilter needs her stuff!

Of course, this requires a lot of guess-work, as I'm never quite sure what I want to work on for the next few months.  The pile of fabric at the back right consists of 20 pillowcase pieces, along with the coordinating border for each piece.  The heart print has been in my stash for a long time, and I think it needs to be made into a bright, happy kid's quilt.  The neutrals are for ...

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October 22, 2015
Cozy Afternoon finish and giveaway winner from The Crafty Quilter

I’ve got my quilt top finished for the Cozy Afternoon BOM, hosted by Jacquelynne Steves.  I love how it turned out!  I’m debating whether to quilt it myself or send it out to be longarm quilted.  I love the satisfaction of quilting it myself, but I’ll have so much more time for other projects if someone else does it for me.  I’m sure you know what I mean!

Cozy BOM finished front copy


The appliqued blocks are my favorite part of this quilt.  Those tea cups are so cute!

Cozy Blocks close up copy


I know many of you have been participating in this Cozy Afternoon ...

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October 19, 2015
Another Cute Spider! from Hooked on Quilting

Oct Spider
We’ve never celebrated Halloween as a family. No, our poor, poor deprived children never went trick-or-treating, but they also never lacked for candy because I would go the day after and buy candy I knew they actually liked for half price. They had a lot more candy and it was all eaten as opposed to being thrown away. Of course, since we homeschooled, our children could dress up any day of the year that they liked. They didn’t need a special holiday for that either. Personally, I think they came out much better than their peers in the ...

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October 16, 2015
BUSY FEW DAYS...... from The Proficient Needle

Since we are quickly approaching our semi-annual relocation, we've been keeping busy, checking our lists and making preparations.

This week we completed our Christmas shopping for our immediate family members, and birthday shopping for our grandson.  We are visiting both households this weekend, for final hugs before heading south, and dropping off gifts!  I'm glad that we can skype with our grandson, and we'll be able to see his growth over the next few months!  Hopefully, he'll remember us when we return next spring.....

I've begun pulling fabric for winter projects.  I have a large ...

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Fabulous Fabric Friday and a Giveaway from The Intrepid Thread

Hey Everyone,

I don't know if you all noticed but I left the bundles on sale all week. They are still 25% off and I will leave them up until bed time tomorrow night... which could be Midnight Eastern but might 1am or 2am... having some ladies over to the shop for an after hours party after we are done at PIQF for the evening.

Life is speeding past at the speed of light at the moment. I can't believe I leave for Market in less than a week.

Would you like the chance to win a little ...

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October 15, 2015
Oh Witchiepoo... from Nestlings By Robin

I hope someone else got the reference to H.R. Pufnstuf in that title:)  I loved that show on Saturday mornings, the ONLY time you had cartoons.  As I researched some of the spellings I was surprised to see there were only 17 episodes.  It seems like it took up more of my childhood than that:)
Now that my girls are grown and moved, I tend not to decorate for Halloween as much as Autumn in general.  They were my reason for going crazy and now I am so busy that I sometimes forget to decorate at all except ...

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October 13, 2015
Cozy Afternoon BOM, Finale from The Crafty Quilter

It’s the final month of the Cozy Afternoon BOM, hosted by Jacquelynne Steves!  I’ve really enjoyed sharing my progress with you all.  Check out Jacquelynne’s blog to get all of the latest information, read her final thoughts and see her finished quilt(s).


This month we’re putting all of the blocks together with sashing, setting blocks and borders.  I haven’t gotten to the borders yet, but I love how it looks so far!

quilt in sun 2 copy


I definitely picked colors that go along with the fall season.  I’m ready for the cold weather and this nice quilt ...

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October 8, 2015
I LOVE October! from Nestlings By Robin
Hexie Pumpkins
Not just because it is my birth month, but we have somewhat cooler temps in FL (80s instead of 90s) and pumpkin 'everything' comes out of everywhere:) and my FB feed gets bombarded with beautiful Autumn pictures that I am so envious of!  My energy levels jump off the charts (usually) when surrounded by all that color and crispness.  Here in FL not as much but I can feel a difference than before all the aforementioned.  I just want to design design design!
This year I haven't had as much time to do so since I was ...

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October 3, 2015
Vacation Time Mystery BOM 2015 from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

So ends another great year of Pat Sloan’s mystery BOM. 2015 was the year for long summer vacations, immortalised in blocks depicting the fun things we see and do on vacation.


I decided to deviate from the pattern a smidgen (that is the rebel in me) and add the psychedelic and hypnotic wavy print from Weeds by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda. It creates a great effect as if the fabric is moving. I was getting woozy as I was cutting the sashing and borders.


The blocks are a combination of charm pack solids from Moda and ...

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MORE Boutique Items and a couple of things for me... from Pointless Quilter

September is my month that I set aside to make boutique items for our local guilds annual fund raiser, a holiday boutique.  I feel its my responsibility to keep our guild alive (I love great speakers and workshops and our guild is good at that).  Our guild helps our community and learn.  So I try to make as much stuff as I can.  Here are a few more items.

I've made Christmas and Halloween little gift bags, and thought people would give little gifts at Valentines too.

More cord cozies. 

Won these 5" squares at one of the guilds ...

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October 1, 2015
Moccasin Block of the Month Club - October from Gen X Quilters

The Moccasin Block of the Month Club is in the home stretch! The October block, called Independence Square, has basic piecing that will sew up in a flash. These two blocks are last of the orange and yellow colorway blocks.  Next month, we will work on the white/blue setting blocks that frame the Dresden.  And then it's quilt top assembly time!  I can't believe we're getting close.  I know you all have worked very hard on these blocks, and it will all come together soon.  So exciting!
Fabric is Cotton Supreme Solids by RJR Fabrics for ...

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September 30, 2015
Hoop Sisters Sewn Seed BOM @Quilters Depot! from Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog

BOM– Hoop sisters—New Session Saturdays:    

Do you love to use your embroidery machine?  Have you seen the Hoop Sisters Sewn Seeds BOM?  If not you should check out Jenn’s sample.  No it’s not done, but it’s coming along enough for you to get an idea.  We are starting a new session on Saturdays for those of you who want to do this BOM.  The first month you will need to be at the store for a few hours (approximately 2.5 hours) so that I can tell you the tips and secrets and you can make ...

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