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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.

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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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June 6, 2016
Maggie’s First Dance, Block 1 and giveaway from The Crafty Quilter

Welcome to the first block of Maggie’s First Dance, a free block of the month by Jacqueylynne Steves.  I’m delighted to be one of the featured bloggers, and I can tell you already that I’m going to love working on this BOM!


(Giveaway information can be found at the end of this post.)

I’m making the applique version of the blocks, but you can choose to do embroidery or use a focus fabric instead.  The quilt design is beautiful either way.  The final quilt will measure 53″ square.

Maggie's First Dance BOM


Remember, this is a FREE block of the ...

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June 4, 2016
June Short List from Quilt Paint Create

May was such a fast month. I don’t know why it felt like it passed so quickly, but there it is.

I made a lot of progress on The Short List, but didn’t finish much. I embroidered a couple bear blocks, finished two months of BOM blocks and started a third, made the thread catchers and quilted half the tumbler quilt.

As a reminder, the Short List is something old (UFO), something new, something BOM related, a handwork project and Creative Play. I added a scrap project to the list too. I let the list get too long ...

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June 1, 2016
Bonfire Block of the Month Club - June from Gen X Quilters

We kick of summer with the June Bonfire Block of the Month Club block! This is the last string block for the Bonfire Sampler and it's definitely my favorite. 

JUNE BLOCK - FRIENDSHIP STAR  With this block, we are making 2 string blocks, then using them as one of the squares in half-square triangle units.  I absolutely love the way it completely refreshes the Friendship Star we are so familiar with.  It gives this simple block some pizzazz.

Remember we are making Sister Blocks for the Bonfire Sampler (from the book Sister Sampler Quilts).  I am partnered up for the ...

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Kaleidoscope BOM - Month 6 from A Quilting Jewel

Here we are, at the halfway point in the Kaleidoscope Block of the Month! I get so excited every time I finish another block and add it to my collection of finished blocks. That feeling grew when I placed the two blocks from month 6 up on my design wall. I can't wait to finish all of them and play with the layout a bit.

This first block is fun because of the super narrow pinwheel formed in this block. I can't help but love the thin orange lines outlining the pinwheel. I love adding thin lines around ...

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In Our Garden Block of the Month - Month #5 from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Here we are with Month Number Five of the

Have you been keeping up with our BOM?
And can it really be June? 
Well, here we are with our 5th month.
The talented Miss Sue of Super Mom - No Cape!
created the adorable blocks for this

Block #9
Garden Path

Block #10
Coming Home

Susan is using fun and bright fabrics from the
Sun Print 2016 line of fabric by Alison Glass for Andover
She makes some gorgeous fabrics, that work just perfect for
this BOM.

The patterns for Blocks 9 & 10 are available for free
until the end ...

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May 31, 2016
Coxcomb Quilt is Done (and a little Cambria retreat). Oh and I saw Kaffe Fasset from Pointless Quilter

At Road to California 2015 I took Anita Shacklefords Coxcomb class.  This weekend I put the binding on my quilt.  She gifts you a little history of the coxcomb blocks and gives you  stencils to design your own.  This is my version.

I spent a lot of time contemplating my quilting.  Well actually it hung in my closet for almost a year.  I was afraid I would ruin it when I quilted it.  I did pin it about 4 weeks ago after I marked it and for the first time ever I had a problem with some of my safety ...

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May 27, 2016
Reaching A Happy Place from Quilt Paint Create

Here in the U.S. it’s the beginning of a holiday weekend. I took a vacation day to give myself a four day weekend. I wanted some extra time to work on my quilty projects and  some of the endless house projects that I can never get to after work.

I made the February BOM blocks my first priority in the sewing room. The March, April and May blocks are finished. January will be a project for another day.

I wasn’t sold on my fabric choices, so I sewed up one block to make sure I liked them ...

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May 25, 2016
Scrappy Wacky Block from Bogey Inspired

The Scrappy Wacky Block 

This is the final block for my Guild for this season. It's almost June and I was thinking people must have a good collection of scraps, I know I do! This pattern is super simple to put together.  I didn't color coordinate, I just pulled 9 scraps out of my bin, made sure they were large enough, and created this block.

This is a 10.5" UNFINISHED Block.

I'm wondering if I can do a scrap buster quilt by randomly selecting scraps and sewing together different ways? I know there's tons of ...

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May 18, 2016
Sue Spargo: InstaStitch Log Cabin Lap Quilt from Craft Gossip

Log Cabin Quilt Blocks Free Sue Spargo

InstaStitch Log Cabin Quilt Block 1 in Wool

Choose cotton or wool and you can make a lap quilt Sue Spargo says is just right for patchwork and embroidery beginners. To complete the project, you will need to refer to her book, Creative Stitching. However, the free part is each month you’ll get a free downloadable Log Cabin variation quilt block.

InstaStitch Log Cabin Quilt Block in Denim

InstaStitch Log Cabin Quilt Block 1 in Denim

As Sue points out in the instructions for Block 1, wool is a great choice for quilts, even in summer, because they breathe.

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May 15, 2016
STASH REPORT SUNDAY from The Proficient Needle

Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  122.5 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  33.75 yards
Net used 2016  88.75
I'm still struggling with my cold and cough!  I don't think I was totally better and have been a bit sick since February.  I'm on the uphill side of it this time, and my cough is almost gone.
I've been working on my guild's BOM project.  I finally stitched tht top together, and then planned the borders (my choice).  I used a ...

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