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April 21, 2017
Earth Day Sale on Busy Hands Quilts' PDF Quilt Patterns! from Busy Hands Quilts


Save 22% off all Busy Hands Quilts PDF quilt patterns this weekend in celebration of Earth Day!  Save a tree and consider viewing your patterns on your computer or tablet.  Of course you still have the option of printing the file at any time.  This sale is running in my Craftsy and Etsy pattern shops!



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Brick Cottage Lane 2 | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My Finish is a king size Brick Cottage Lane {2} quilt.  I made this quilt top last summer, and it's finally finished!


Some of you saw this last week, but it's the only thing I have ready to share today.  My other sewing this week was my upcoming pattern, and it's not quite ready to share.

And here it is on a full size bed, so the overhang won't be this much on a queen or king.


The quilting is an ...

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April 19, 2017
10 Craftsy Classes are $10.99 Today Only! from Busy Hands Quilts


Now that your taxes are done, it's time for a fun Craftsy class!  Today only you can grab any of 10 classes for $10.99 each!

Are you interested in making three-dimensional Tumbling Blocks?  This class is one of the 10 classes at $10.99!



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April 16, 2017
Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge | a Monopoly Lap Quilt from Busy Hands Quilts

If you're looking for a place to donate quilts, please consider joining in the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


Next in line for quilting practice was this Monopoly quilt top.  The rows have been sewn together for several years, and this past week I added the sashing and sewed the quilt top together.  Then it got some special lovin' on Gratitude with a digital edge-to-edge maze design. I much prefer swirls and flowers, but the maze design seemed right for this game-themed quilt.


All print fabrics in this quilt are Monopoly prints, including ...

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April 14, 2017
Finished or Not Friday | a King Size Brick Cottage Lane {2} from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My not finished is a king size Brick Cottage Lane {2} quilt which had been aging in the closet for 9 months!



I made this quilt top when I wrote the pattern last summer, but I chose to use the Bonnie and Camille version for the cover quilt, and this quilt didn't get quilted... until now!  I intended to finish the quilting and bind it today, but it took a long time to quilt this big baby, and I had to take lots of ...

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Postcard From Sweden Quilt Along | Quilt Tops! from Busy Hands Quilts

It's time for the next step in the Postcard From Sweden Quilt Along!  You have two weeks to sew your quilt top together and link it up here to qualify for a prize. 


Here's my king size quilt top.  Less than 1/4 of it shows in the picture.  Since it's not quilted, I didn't want to risk stretching the seams by hanging it up.  It's ready for quilting!

Random.org chose entry #2, Kim from Lily Patch Quilts, as the winner of a PDF pattern from my pattern shop.

Link-Up Your Pressed and Trimmed ...

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April 10, 2017
Families are Forever Lap Quilt from Busy Hands Quilts




Families are Forever, a sweet lap quilt with a gray background and pink, coral, and red flowers.  This is a printed panel which I quilted in rows of hearts on Gratitude.


This quilt is for sale in my quilt shop.


The backing is a gorgeous Amy Butler LOVE print.


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April 7, 2017
Jelly Roll Waves Lap Quilt in Blue and Aqua | FONF from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My finish is a Jelly Roll Waves lap quilt in aquas and blues!  With the new quilting machine, I've been pulling out UFOs that are near completion in order to have something to quilt.  This project was ready for quilting, so it jumped to the top of the pile.



Jelly Roll Waves is a pattern I released this winter, and this is the fourth quilt I've made using the pattern.  I have found it's really addictive and enjoyable to make.  The ...

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April 1, 2017
March Use Your Stash Report from Busy Hands Quilts


I'll bet you're wondering what this is?  It's my next pattern which should be ready in a few weeks. I may be making mine in Handmade by Bonnie and Camille and Moda Crossweave in Black.  Maybe.  I may end up using my other B&C fabrics with white.  It oughta be fun to make, right?


APRIL FOOLS!  That is a picture of my next pattern with a bunch of distortion applied.  Did I getcha?
March 2017 

Finished Quilts:  3

Custom Quilting:  1

Machines In:  1  See it here!

Fabric In:  ZERO YARDS!  {{Pats self on back}}

Fabric ...

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March 31, 2017
Finished or not Friday a Linky Party | My Sewing Room! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My finish is setting up my new sewing studio!  My new longarm machine had to go in my previous sewing room since that's the only place it would fit in the house, so my sewing room is now in the open space at the top of the stairs. It's 3' narrower and 3' less deep than my previous space, and it's quite squished cozy.


Here's the room from the top of the stairs.  Next to me on both sides are doors ...

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March 28, 2017
PB&J Layers of Charm Lap Quilt from Busy Hands Quilts

Layers of Charm is a graduation gift for a homeschool friend of my daughter. I had her choose the colors of her quilt, and she wanted robin egg blue and brick red/orange.  There was very little in my stash in those colors, until I remembered the PB&J layer cake which tied those colors together perfectly.  She really liked the brick red fabric, so I used that as the accent squares.  


This is the first quilt I've completed on my new longarm machine.  Ever crazy that I am, I practiced an edge to edge digital design once, not ...

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March 25, 2017
Finished or Not Friday a linky party | My New Handi Quilter Fusion ProStitcher! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My almost finish is setting up my new quilting studio!  Purchasing a longarm machine last week required major house rearranging, and what a week it has been.  I'm still not done fine tuning where everything goes, but here is my new quilting studio!


And just so you know, since the picture doesn't show the right end of the frame, NO, there isn't any space to move around the end with less than 6" to the wall/window, and YES, I have to ...

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March 22, 2017
Finished or Not Friday | Custom Quilting an Antique Quilt from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My finish is custom quilting an antique quilt for a friend. The quilt top was in her husband's grandmother's things when she passed away.  The seams are machine sewn, and it was in very good condition with only a few holes that needed mending.  I don't know the age of the quilt top, but the fabrics are very old in a mix of flannels, cottons, and feedsacks in the middle.  I didn't even notice how much the row of feedsacks stood ...

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March 19, 2017
10 Classes are Just $10 Today Only at Craftsy! from Busy Hands Quilts


Today only there are 10 classes at Craftsy that are just 10 bucks!  There's something for everyone here with classes in quilting, sewing, crocheting, cooking, and more.  I'm heading over to check out the New Chicken Dinner class.  Since I no longer eat beef because I've discovered that it makes me irritable, I'm looking for new-to-me ways to cook chicken.


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March 15, 2017
Finished or Not Friday Linky Party | My New Pattern - Square Dance! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My finish is a new pattern, Square Dance, made in California Girl fabrics.  This is the large lap size.  The pattern includes 7 sizes from wall hanging to king, is fat quarter friendly, and uses strip piecing!  I love the subtle background chains.


The fabrics are California Girl by Fig Tree for Moda, all from my stash!


Shannon of The Flemings Nine proofread and tested the pattern for me.  Isn't her black, red, and white version so pretty!?!


Square Dance is on sale at ...

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March 11, 2017
Save Up to 90% Off Crafting Books! from Busy Hands Quilts

CT Publishing is having a Spring Fling Sale with up to 90% off books this weekend!  There are lots of quilting books as low as $3 - even books by popular authors that you've seen around the blogosphere.  If you love coloring, there is also a great selection of coloring books on sale.  Here are a few that caught my eye.


There are even decks of playing cards with quilt pictures which would make a sweet gift for your card-playing, quilty friends!





Of course, there are New Releases, too, and these caught my eye!


The sale ends on Sunday.  What ...

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March 4, 2017
Postcard From Sweden Quilt Kit {Help with Identifying Fabrics} from Busy Hands Quilts


The Postcard From Sweden Quilt Along is here!  If you purchased a Postcard From Sweden quilt kit and need guidance in matching the fabrics in the kit to their names, HERE is a link that should help you.

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Postcard From Sweden Quilt Along Details, Schedule and Prizes + {Link-Up #1} from Busy Hands Quilts

The Postcard From Sweden Quilt Along is here!  This kick-off post is all about schedule, prizes, and includes the first link-up.


Schedule

March 2, 2017  Fabric Selection and Cutting

March 16, 2017  Piecing HSTs

March 30, 2017  Pressing and Trimming HSTs

April 13, 2017  Quilt Top Assembly

May 4, 2017  Finished Quilts!

There are two weeks between the first four steps and three weeks for the quilting step because we all have busy lives, plus I'm making a king size so I need the time!  Link-ups will close at 5:00 PM Pacific time on the Wednesday before the ...

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March 3, 2017
A Giveaway at Finished or Not Friday {a Linky Party!} + California Girl Log Cabin Baby Quilt from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My finish is a log cabin baby quilt in California Girl, a custom order through my quilt shop.  It's as sweet as can be!  The quilt measures approximately 40" x 48".

I've been hoarding California Girl fabrics for several years and was delighted that my customer chose this collection for her granddaughter's quilt.  There was a large pile of 16-patch quilt blocks in my California Girl stash, and I've designed a quilt around them and am in the process of writing ...

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March 1, 2017
February Use Your Stash + a Scrap GIVEAWAY!! from Busy Hands Quilts

Stash use during February was expectedly low being that I was in Arizona visiting my parents for the first two weeks of the month.  I was glad to miss a big snow storm here at home.  

This month I bought a fair amount of yardage to redecorate the living room with. We're ready for a change from the Brick Cottage Lane quilt and curtains.   I picked out some super cute barns-y decorations at Hobby Lobby while on my trip and had them delivered while I was away.  This wall is SO big that it requires big decor in order ...

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