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July 16, 2014
WiP Wednesday from The Crafty Quilter

Sometimes it’s the little things that count.  I have to keep repeating that mantra, since I don’t have anything BIG to show you, but I have been busy!

I participated in my second ever online swap, with Schnitzel & Boo’s mini quilt swap.  I think I had the best swap partner ever, because I got the greatest mini quilt in the mail!  This quilt was made by Sarah Oviatt and I love it.  I gave her lots of clues as to my favorite colors and style.

Mini Quilt by Sarah Oviatt for Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap

Mini Quilt made by Sarah Oviatt

Those mini churn dashes are so ...

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Applique and Baskets from Humble Quilts

I've got a mixed bag of blocks finished and they were going into one project, but I didn't think it through very well, so now I'll have extras.

 These are the 5 I finished machine appliqueing on the retreat. 
These 5 blocks are from the Noah and Matilda quilt. Aren't they adorable?! Dawn has done a terrific job of reproducing them. Find them HERE.
For some reason I could't get this one to stay turned when adding to my blog, so you'll have to cock your head. If I would have put a couple ...

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July 15, 2014
Penguin Cheer Block 5 from 365 days of wonderful


I  am having a blast making these blocks each month from Fat Cat patterns called Penguin Cheer. It’s a free BOM from Cindy, who is always so generous with her designs. You can find the link here


So adorable……

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July 7, 2014
Vice Versa Block of the Month Club - July from Gen X Quilters

July is here - so bring on the Vice Versa BOM Club July blocks!  Thank you for your patience with me sending out the pattern a couple days late.  We just returned from our first family vacation to the beach.  Had a blast watching the boys reaction to their first experience in the ocean.  We even got a little drive by from Hurricane Arthur! I emailed the pattern out yesterday evening.  Please let me know if you didn't receive it. 

We'll be making HSTs and Flying Geese this month.  We'll use a no-waste Flying Geese technique that I ...

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July 6, 2014
NQA June BOM from Modern Sunbonnet Sue

I found some time between holiday week-end activities to stitch together another star block for my NQA Galaxy BOM quilt. I accomplished the stitching on the June block, Star of Illusion. The pattern is designed by Debby Kratovil from a “Quilter’s Block-a-Day Calendar” published by Martingale and Company. Cyndi McChesney, an NQA certified teacher, has […]

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A finish and BOM block done from Pointless Quilter

I decided to work on my Pat Sloan's Globetrotting block 7 since I didn't want to start another project last night.

Last month I noticed that mine was looking really blue so I thought I'd make this months block redder.

And then I finished a very special project that I can't show the whole thing because it's a surprise gift for someone.  But here's the center.  The whole quilt it quilted and bound - just needs a label.

I tried to take better pictures so I can show all the quilting I did, but it ...

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July 1, 2014
Octa-Go-Round NHMQG BOM June from Marie's Creative Space

Here's the NHMQG BOM for June 2014
(yes, I know it's July!)

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Hexie Go Round Block - Tutorial from Marie's Creative Space

As co-VP of the NHMQG I am developing a 9 month BOM.

The Hexie-Go-Round is the 2nd Block in the NHMQG series.
Pattern: Hexie-Go-Round PDF download. 

Step 1: Cut Background fabric 14” square (will be cut ...

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Blogger Girls BOM Final Reveal from Moda Lissa

 Hope you have had fun following along on the Blogger Girls BOM. 
I made my quilt into 2 wall hangings for Holiday presents.

To see every ones finished quilts visit 
Sherri from A Quilting Life -
JoAnne from  A Patriotic Qulter -
Denise from Quilter’s Window ~
Jodi from Pleasant Home ~
To download the patterns, visit Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts. 
Pattern are free for a little while on her site so download them now.

Sending my quilt tops to the quilter today. 
Can't wait to see ...

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June's Block is Here! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

June is here and it's getting warm in Minnesota. I find myself complaining... "it's tooooo hot"... the air conditioning is on and I have it cranked down to a comfortable 70 degrees. (My husband is freezing) I am embarrassed to say, after the long winter we had, I wouldn't mind a cold day. So with this month's section, I am dreaming of the cold days of winter and thinking of our Minnesota boys who dream of hockey. Watching hockey, playing hockey.... be it on skates in an arena or on the lake in boots, Minnesota boys ...

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June 29, 2014
Fun at the Fair... from Cabbage Quilts

But first, I wanted to show a gorgeous Lotus fabric I found at Fabricmade on Etsy the other day (and is now living with me!).

 This piece is roughly 140cm x 145cms (or 1 1/2 yards x wof)

Isn't it rich and delicious. I have a plan for this lightweight linen fabric, I cannot wait to get started. I've been inspired.

Back to the Fair. The Australian Craft and Quilt Fair in Melbourne that is. Wrapping up today, it opened Thursday. Emma and Sarah (Treehouse Textiles) had a stall there this year (so good) and I went ...

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Court House Lawn from Lily Patch Quilts

This is going to be a really quick post. I took a bit of time out and pieced together the Court House Lawn block from the Fat Quarter Shop's Wishes Quilt Along block 7. This went together very quickly. Sure glad I got some sewing in. I've been playing with my new toy but still haven't worked the kinks out on it. I need to adjust some things before I start sharing on the blog. 

I can't wait to have some more time to finish sewing some more blocks and start piecing the quilt top together ...

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June 28, 2014
A problem and (hopefully) a solution from Espritpatch

My A lovely year of finishes and Lazy Bums challenge for June was to make a quilt for my grand-Mum's 85th birthday (earlier in the month) with some floral blocks I collected a few years (2010-2011) back as part of a swap/BOM. My Grand-Mum doesn't go in the garden much anymore but she had a huge garden with plenty of flowers when she had her garden. She also lost her husband, my Grand-Dad earlier in the year after more than 65 years of marriage. So I am hoping my little quilt will cheer her up a little ...

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June 27, 2014
Vice Versa BOM: June Inspiration Mosaic from Gen X Quilters

It's summertime!  And sewing time is often replaced with outside fun.  If you are keeping pace with your BOM blocks, these lovely Capital T's were our lovely June block.  

Here are some June favorites...

FYI:  The First Friday of July falls on July 4th.  Ooops!  I hope you all will enjoy the holiday weekend with family and friends.  Due to my own holiday schedule, July's block will be emailed out on MONDAY JULY 7, 2014. 

Sew with us here if you are not a part of the fun already!

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June 22, 2014
June BOM Updates from Pointless Quilter

Finished all my BOM's for June.  The first one done was the Fat Quarter Shops block 1 of the 2014 Designer Mystery quilt - I am going to try to make 2 of each block each month.  

Then I worked on the Pat Sloan Globetrotting Block of the Month.

I think its looking kind of blue - need to add more red or use red to sash.
And last but not least, the final two blocks for the fall BOM.  All that's left (all ha ha) is the applique center and then putting it all together and the quilting. 
Blocks ...

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June 18, 2014
Little of This and That from Humble Quilts

I have many little projects going on and for now I'm  good with that. In a few weeks i will be getting away for a few days of girl time and sewing and I'm going to concentrate then on one or two projects.  For now this is what I've been working on this week. (It feels like I have shown you these, so forgive me if it is repetitive!)
One more basket block from Wendy at Legend and Lace.
I thought these were complete,  but the green was not appliqued....until now. 

All caught up on the ...

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Aurifil BOM May and June from Lily Patch Quilts

I took a break from sewing the Wishes Along BOM to catch up on Aurifil's BOM. I am only two months behind. As always I made two of each block and keeping with the purple theme. This one is Amy Smart's block called Nine Patch On Point.

On this second block I used the white confetti fabrics to change it up a bit. This is another fun and quick block to sew.

This is June's block called Chain Link. I have to say, as I was sewing this block and the Wishes Along block, it dawned on ...

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June 17, 2014
Wishes Along Blocks 4-6 from Lily Patch Quilts

 I'm thinking it's going to be a busy week for our family with our son finishing school this Friday so I will probably schedule my posts over the next few days. I have been taking a bit of time here and there sewing these Wishes Along BOM blocks.
This is block #4 called Broken Dishes. I had to make sure I orient the half square triangles properly otherwise it wasn't going to look right. This is a really quick block to put together.

This is block #5 called Log Cabin. This is a super easy traditional quilt ...

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June 15, 2014
FQS Designer Mystery BOM and my latest Loose Threads piece from Pointless Quilter

And by FQS I mean the 2013/2014 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month program.  I spent quite a bit of time quilting this.  Decided to not do an all over design and custom quilted the whole thing.

I quilted the whole thing on my new Bernina 750 QE.  I had no problems.  I used bottom line in the bobbin and So Fine on the top.  Sewed like a charm.  I marked a lot of the top with a Frixion pen.  I used a cherry template on the border.  (The fabric has cherries on it.)  It's ...

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June 13, 2014
Wishes Along Prep from Lily Patch Quilts

I have been busy working out quite a bit for the last 2 months. It's been a grueling day everyday, but golly so addicting. Who knew exercising was addicting? I haven't seen the weight drop that much but I am losing inches so it's a good thing. Now if I could only stop eating sugary foods, I could see that scale go down quicker. So, you're thinking, what does all this have to do with sewing? Well, nothing, just sometimes the important things in life come first so it doesn't leave much time for sewing ...

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