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September 2, 2015
September 2015 BOM - 2 Fer block! from Aussie Hero Quilts

Hi everyone,

For those who don't know me, I've been a bit quiet around here lately, but JM needed a BOM for this month, and I was happy to step back up to the plate, so to speak!

I'm calling this month's BOM the 2 Fer block, because depending on the layout you use, you can achieve a combination of 3 different looks....but I only physically sewed two of them!!!  These blocks end up 9 & 1/2" unfinished (ie before you put them into the quilt).  Whilst there's 3 possible layouts, for the SEPTEMBER ...

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

Block #10 (Blueberry Pie)
The Moccasin Block of the Month Club goes back to some traditional piecing for the September block.  Don't worry folks... there are quite a few pieces in this Blueberry Pie block, but you are in the home stretch! I love pretty much all variations of stars and starbursts.  This block is definitely included.  We'll work with stitch-n-flip blocks this month to simplify how many pieces are needed.
Fabric is Cotton Supreme Solids by RJR Fabrics for my version of the BOM.

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August 27, 2015
Boutique Time of the Year from Pointless Quilter

Three years ago, my quilt guild, Common Threads, started having an annual boutique in October.  It has been a wonderful fund raiser for our guild and we are starting to get a following of people who look forward to it every year.  I try to make as much stuff as I can and I also make some bigger quilts that I put on sale on consignment - the guild keeps 20% I get the rest.  The other stuff that we donate we get back if they don't sell.  We can pick the price we want the items to be sold ...

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August 26, 2015
Accepted.. from Essie's Quilts

Good news, got the official letter in the mail quilt has been accepted at the OEQC and is definitely going to Maastricht in October.

Gisteren viel de officiёle brief op de mat (nou ja.. eigenlijk viel het in de brievenbus)..mijn quilt is geaccepteerd bij de OEQC en gaat in oktober naar Maatstricht.

Most of the background quilting is done, only the borders left to do, and lastly some finishing touches with beads.

Het meeste quiltwerk is nu gedaan, alleen nog de randen te gaan..en dan de puntjes op de i door met wat kralen te versieren ...

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August 21, 2015
Newsy: Epic Sampler BOM starts soon from Craft Gossip

Sampler QAL Starts October 2015Come October, Elizabeth (Don’t Call me Betsy) kicks off her third BOM event, calling it the “Epic Sampler”. There are two types of Block of the Months. In one, the host provides fabric along with the pattern; in the other, the host provides the pattern only. Both have their advantages, though I like the freedom of choosing my own fabrics. With the “Epic Sampler” you get to choose.

Samplers are made up of unique blocks sewn together to make a top. In Betsy’s mock-up, shown here, notice how her color choices make the design work as a whole ...

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August 18, 2015
Center medallion done… I’m getting there! from Tink Squared

Center medallion done… I’m getting there!

This 2009 block of the month has more flying geese in it than a person should have to ever make!  I finished the center block yesterday, and this time, instead of there being geese units that measure one inch by three inch, the outer geese blocks are a whopping six by twelve inches!

That’s more like it!  I didn’t need my glasses to find the pieces!  The entire block measures twenty-four inches square (finished).  I like the effect… I might have to play with the idea in a new quilt.

Today my goal is to get the sashings ...

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August 16, 2015
Part one finished and a short break.. from Essie's Quilts

This last week I have finished part 1 of the star BOM..
Deze afgelopen week deel 1 afgemaakt van de sterren BOM..

We had a nice couple of days away in Germany, enjoying the views over the Mosel river while sitting on a lovely terrace overlooking the river and enjoying a lovely meal..

We zijn ook nog lekker een paar dagen er tussenuit geweest naar Duitsland, lekker op een prachtige terras van een heerlijke maaltijd genoten met mooi uitzicht op de Moezel..

..and when you come across a sign like this you have got to take a picture!
..en dan ...

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August 12, 2015
Little Joys Quilt A Long from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

IMG_2279Is anyone else feeling a little festive? I could not resist making this cute wall hanging from Elealutz Designs.

The quilt is made up of three blocks which can be found as a free pattern here until 14th August.

I used a Winter’s Lane layer cake by Kate & Birdie paper co for Moda.  I love the combinations of winter reds, icy blues, creams and forest brown.

The pattern requires a 10 1/2″ strip of fabric so I had to be naughty and cut on the diagonal of one of the layer cake pieces.

The binding is made up ...

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August 10, 2015
Cozy Afternoon BOM block 4 from The Crafty Quilter

Welcome to this month’s block for the Cozy Afternoon block of the month which features another cute cup of “something” (coffee for me).

Cozy Afternoon BOM Block 4 by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


I enjoyed the piecing process of this block. It’s a lot simpler than it looks. One thing to check as you are making this block is the size of the corner units. They should measure about 5″ from the point to the long side. This unit is slightly over-sized, so I trimmed the long side a bit to make it straight.

block 4 corner piece


After making the half square triangle units, I forgot to trim them down to ...

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August 9, 2015
Colouring for Adults from Wendy's Quilts and More

Have you heard of this new craze? People are designing colouring books for adults!  I spent many hours colouring Doodle Art pictures when I was young, so I had to try these books out. One of the most popular is Secret Garden by Johanna Basford. This is my first page from the Secret Garden book.

Johanna's book was totally sold out in New Zealand in July, so I bought a Bollywood one instead (on the left below). I started a couple of pictures in it, but soon found that colouring was eating into stitching time.

another picture from the ...

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August 8, 2015
Another star and some more.. from Essie's Quilts

Looking back done quite a bit this last week.
Prepared all the pieces for my third star, traced the patterns onto interfacing, cut out all the pieces and made little packages..

De afgelopen week al met al toch nog aardig wat gedaan.
Eerst de derde ster voorbereid, patronen overgenomen op vlies, alle stukjes uitgesneden en pakketjes gemaakt..

Once that was done, it didn't take long to piece together.

Zodra dat was gedaan duurde het niet lang om het blok in elkaar te zetten.

The most time was spent deciding on what fabric to use, sitting on the floor in ...

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August 4, 2015
Tuesday Archives - Two for One Sampler Quilt from Life In Pieces

This week's topic for the Tuesday Archives is "Sampler Quilts".  I've made a few sampler quilts over the years.  The first sampler quilt was made from 1930's prints and it was the subject of a previous Tuesday Archive's post on BOMs.   So it makes sense (at least to me) to post about the second and third sampler quilts out of my sewing room this time around.  

I'm including both sampler quilts because both came out of the same BOM program at the local quilt shop.  That BOM was one of the most fun and challenging ...

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August 3, 2015
Moccasin Block of the Month Club - August from Gen X Quilters

The Moccasin Block of the Month Club goes back for a second try at curves this August.  Now I know many of you are grumbling at me.  The curve in the Glorified Nine-Patch block is much gentler than the Drunkard's Path block we did in month #2.  Aren't you glad the harder one is over?  You can do this!  The pattern is out for this classic block with a fancy curve.  

Block #9 (Glorified Nine Patch)
Fabric is Cotton Supreme Solids by RJR Fabrics for my version of the BOM.
Here is a link to a video tutorial ...

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July 30, 2015
A start on the stars from Essie's Quilts

Made a start with the stars for my new BOM , it is for our Bee and we will start it in sep/oct this year, so would like to be a few blocks in front of the rest..;))
Een begin gemaakt met de sterren voor mijn nieuwe blok van de maand voor onze Bee en we gaan ermee beginnen in sep/okt dit jaar, dus wil graag een paar blokken vooruitlopen..;))

Every month there will actually be a choice of 2 different stars, this is the block I have chosen for part 1 of this BOM.
Around all the stars ...

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July 29, 2015
Red, White (Cream?), and Blue from Nestlings By Robin


I am a tad behind this month but technically it is still July as I write this so HAPPY 4th of JULY:))
As busy as I am, I am not too busy to decorate my home to include my new shoe!
And, this year, I was able to spend the 4th with one of my lovely and brilliant daughters.  It was a down home holiday with grilling, a baseball game, and fireworks that we were directly under!

I find that our patriotic tendencies fall into 2 categories:
Red, White, and Blue....OR....Red, Cream, and Blue.  Which one are ...

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July 25, 2015
Too long.. from Essie's Quilts

It has been too long since I last posted..more than a year. But I am back and will try my best to post more often!
Het is alweer veel te lang geleden sinds ik mijn laatste blog heb geschreven. Maar ik ben weer terug en hoop toch weer wat vaker te gaan bloggen!

Referring to my last post, I did finish the quilt (just in time). Had a lot of problems with the quilting, my machine kept skipping stitches. So frustrating, that meant stopping, unpicking en starting again...the quilt nearly went flying (out the window!) LOL
But it ...

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July 24, 2015
Mystère, mystère... from Une aiguille dans une botte de foin

Le designer du mois de juillet pour le mini quilt d'Aurifil
avec ce modèle Jungle Gym

J'ai utilisé un scrap bag of the month de Keepsake Quilting auquel j'étais abonnée il y a des années, chaque mois le thème du paquet était différent, soit par la couleur, rose, vert, bleu etc, soit par le style, carreaux, japonais, floral..., soit un thème, dessin animé, baby, ranch...
Là le thème était ranch avec des cow boys en ombre chinoise sur fond coucher de soleil, du fil barbelé sur fond turquoise vif...bien loin de mon univers ...

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July 20, 2015
Friends in the Desert, Fish, Easter & Chicks from Pointless Quilter

This weekend a few friends and I went to the high desert in California to visit and sew with our friend Anna.  We were treated like royalty and I got a lot done.  It was great fun.  And no snake sightings which is relief to me.  :)
I worked on my block of the months the first day.  Her's what I got done.
My Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery block #2

Pat Sloan's Vacation BOM

My Guild's BOM

All caught up on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks

My blocks on the left and my friend Anna's blocks ...

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July 19, 2015
There's A Bear In My Quilting from Stitches of Joi

I have a few hours of alone time today. So I plan to spend it doing some quilting. I'm part of the  quilting bee called the Newbee Quilters over at Threadbias. This month's queen bee has requested a bear paw block using neutral scrappy fabrics for the background and certain colors for the paws themselves.

Here are the colors I've chosen to use for the block. I think the red will really make the paws pop out against the two neutral fabrics.

I will finish ironing the fabrics and get all the pieces cut out. Then it ...

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July 15, 2015
Blaming Bonnie! from From the Strawberry Patch...

July's BOM ~ plus the ever-growing "TMX2" I'm blaming Bonnie, Bonnie Hunter, that is; she's responsible for my latest obsession... tumblers! She issued this Leader-Ender challenge for July, that's all it took. I was in. I have charms. I have a die cutter, this was a no-brainer. Wow... it's growing like weeds under the influence of Miracle Gro. It all began so innocently. I was working on

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