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March 31, 2020
Slow Sunday Stitching and Virtual Challenges from Quilting & Learning

Hi! I hope that this post finds you all safe, healthy and just as importantly, enjoying some quilting or stitching time.

Community Stitch Challenge

This week I joined the Community Stitch Challenge on Facebook. The event is organised by TextileArtist.org and the first challenge this week was given to us by Sue Stone.

Sue Stone is an amazing textile artist who works mostly with simple stitches, embroidering scenes of everyday life. She teaches many courses and one of her exercise is to stitch four samples using only one type of stitch. This was the first challenge. She had a ...

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Entertainment During The Pandemic, UFO's, Quilt Ideas, Local Happenings from caledonia quilter

SCHEDULING UPDATE
At the moment I still have seven quilts here that I will be working on.  As they're ready I'll contact you and arrange a porch pickup.
I am not taking in any quilts until the provincial restriction on non-essential businesses has been lifted.  I realize you might find that to be an inconvenience, but as a rule I do what the "people in charge" tell me to do. Depending on how long this situation persists it might mean your booking in May gets delayed until Julember, or whenever.  With all the UFO's that are being ...

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March 30, 2020
Staying Busy in Challenging Times from From My Carolina Home

I have been feeling a lot of what I can only call the doldrums or weariness lately from the constant barrage of nothing but virus news on the newscasts, and a lack of focus when I am in my sewing and crafting space.  This past weekend, I abandoned my basement for some outdoor activity, and that did help clear my mind a bit.  I’ve also stopped watching much of the news.  I know I am going to be at home for the next six weeks and likely longer as North Carolina enters lockdown orders today, but thinking in those ...

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March 28, 2020
Surgical Gown Project from Alamosa Quilter

This is a fairly long post. I am trying to be as clear as possible with photos of each step. The first one took me about 30 minutes to make, but now I am making one in about 20 minutes. You will be cutting out four at a time with these instructions.

What you will need:


Three 54" by 108" plastic table cloths from the dollar store will make FOUR gowns if you cut them out in the way I will describe. Other things you need are a dinner plate, scissors and/or a rotary cutter, a ruler, a cutting ...

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Le petit oiseau de toutes les couleurs from Quilting & Learning

Welcome! Challenge 11.6 of Project Quilting is due in less than an hour and I am frantically writing up my post. The challenge was "Vibrant & Vivacious". It took me 5 days to think about it and 1 full day to make the quilt. It's one of my favourites to date. I hope you like it.

Le petit oiseau de toutes les couleurs

If you're wondering what's up with the French title, it's because this small bird of all colours is based on a song by Gilbert Bécaud (1927 - 2001), a song writer extraordinaire from France ...

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Ready To Roll from Quilt Paint Create

Another trying week over. I’m ready to chill and enjoy some quiet time at home.
I pressed all the sewn pieces for A Walk In The Woods and stacked them up, ready to sew.
awitw piecesI decided not to arrange them ahead of time, but just sew them how they are stacked. I’ll switch out pieces that look very similar so they are not next to each other, but I don’t plan to fuss with it any more than that. In the end the pieces will all blend together anyway.
Rain is forecast for the weekend, which means ...

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March 23, 2020
Having a Virtual Lunch, Table for One from From My Carolina Home

I made this suggestion last week, and put it into practice right away.  It was fun and did two things at once, supported a local family owned restaurant and made a nice connection with a good friend.  We had a nice chat, while we both enjoyed our meal.

Using a speaker phone took care of chewing in someone’s ear, and I set the phone up with a bookstand to hold it.  You can also use a video chat app if you have one.  I don’t yet, but am looking into Skype or Zoom particularly for my long distance ...

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March 21, 2020
National Quilting Day from From My Carolina Home

Today is National Quilting Day and World Wide Quilting Day, a celebration of our favorite activity. With the current situation, I am sure many of the planned events have been canceled, including our own local show.  It is unfortunate as our local guild was making placemat size wall art for the show, then would have donated those to the local Meals on Wheels.  I hope we’ll still do the donation, just not the show, although the participation may not be as good since there are no meetings right now.  In the meantime, I thought I would do a virtual ...

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February 27, 2020
traditional + modern epp curves from Charm About You


epp shapes and a spool of aurifil thread

Isn't it always fun to start sewing a new pattern or project? When I found out we were working with Paper Pieces for this months Aurifil Artisan challenge, which is English Paper Piecing, I was super happy. They have a huge range of paper shapes and you could spend a day browsing their website looking at all the possibilities, thinking up patterns and imagining blocks. As soon as I found the Joseph's Coat pieces I knew I had found my project. I have never made this traditional block and I enjoy sewing curves, it's also a pretty ...

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February 14, 2020
Challenge Finished from Quilt Paint Create

I finally finished the challenge quilt, which I named Destination Unknown. That quilt took me places I never thought it would go.
destintion unknownTo recap, the challenge included an ocean theme, a shark, a starfish, something plastic and a focus fabric. The center star is the focus fabric. I painted it gold and added black dots and lines to continue the pattern.
For something plastic, I used the mesh from the viewing window in a potato bag. I painted it a pale gold, glued it to the star, trimmed very carefully and appliqued it as one with the star.
starIt’s ...

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February 8, 2020
Cotton Quilters' Guild - February 2020 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Welcome to the February meeting! We have lots going on. I have no idea how Maggie managed to get all this into one meeting. It was definitely fun! We started off by taking care of the business end of things but soon moved on to our January challenge. Each member got to choose a magazine from a couple of stacks that were passed around. Then we were told to turn to page 44. I'm calling it the Page 44 Challenge. Just because, there doesn't seem to be another title. On page 44 we were to find something that ...

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February 4, 2020
Voila! I figured it out....happily! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Remember that I went to a Sherri Lynn Wood workshop some time ago?


As you can see from this photo, I was a bit discombobulated by my work. I kept at it, but while there was something I liked, there was more I didn't like. People kept telling me it was good. That was nice, honestly, but I have to be happy from the inside. So I decided to put the whole thing on the design wall when I got home.

On the design board waiting for a plan
There it stayed and stayed. Life kept getting between me ...

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February 2, 2020
Sunday Stash February 2, 2020 from Quilt Paint Create

One month out of twelve done already! How are you doing on stash usage?
I’m in the home stretch on the challenge quilt, which I have named Destination Unknown. The facing is attached and partially stitched, the sleeve made and the starfish painted to match the other neutral fabrics in the quilt.
starfishThe focus fabric had some white space in it, which looked all wrong on the starfish. I used black Pigma pen to color in the dot pattern where there wasn’t any. I mixed brown and white paint for the background. I’m very happy with how ...

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Two More Off The List, Superbowl Prep, and the 2020 Pet Peeve from caledonia quilter

Every year I make a list of projects that I want to complete.  I call it my DO-IT CHALLENGE.  The first week of January my new list for 2020 included "complete 3 UFO's".  Well, by golly, here it is just past the first month end and I've knocked that one out of the park already.   

APPLE CORE  The pieces were cut using JAWS, and I used a pattern from the Accuquilt web site.  I increased the size of the quilt by quite a bit - it's plenty big enough for DH to take a nap under.

This is ...

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January 29, 2020
This is how I roll.................. from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It was a totally crazy day. Not chaotic crazy, just lots to do in a very controlled way. The girls are LOVING the virtual challenge. They get to walk for miles every day. It doesn't mean they are better at walking on the leash (OK - maybe just a wee bit better), but they love being outside. So do I. Fresh air - every day for a couple of hours. No wonder I'm sleeping like a log. Just wait until summer - you'll never get me to stay inside.

We were off to the library and the grocery store which ...

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January 26, 2020
Sunday Stash January 26, 2020 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in or out this week.
The Guild Challenge top is quilted. Half the applique is fused and two of the shapes are stitched.
ugc with appliqueIt still needs the shark, the starfish, the challenge fabric and the plastic. A lot will happen with the second half of the applique.
I can’t wait to finish this and move on to something else.
Fabric In: 0
Fabric Out: 0
How did you do this week?

1 Marti
2 Julie in GA
3 Meloney
4 Melva Loves Scraps
5 Chrisknits
6 Gail
7 michele
8 Melva Loves Scraps

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January 19, 2020
Sunday Stash January 19, 2020 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in or out this week. The fabric that came with the Sugar Bear Camp pattern was the size of a sheet of copy paper. I don’t count anything in or out smaller than an eighth yard. I figure it evens out in the end.
I’m now quilting the Guild Challenge quilt. I hope to finish it in the next couple weeks. I also finished embroidering the frames on the bear quilt. I’m eager to get that one put together.
Because those two projects weren’t enough, I started cutting the HSTs apart and did some ...

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Jelly Roll Heart Quilt & New Year's Happenings (1 UFO down...) from caledonia quilter

This is a lovely, modern Jelly Roll quilt.

I really like the way the pantograph echoes the heart shape.

On New Years Day I stuck with my traditional activity - a friend came over, we stitched the afternoon away, then had Chinese Food for supper.
I started the year off by putting these UFO blocks together - this was a Block of the Month project at the Caledonia guild in 2016/2017.  After I completed the blocks I decided I was tired of the colours - I think I have too much red/yellow/blue in my house these days.

I completed the ...

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January 15, 2020
Clearing Away, Stash Management, and a Plan from From My Carolina Home

January is the perfect time to clear out the old, and reduce the size of the stash resource center before it gets out of hand.  Seeing as I have stashes of different things in several storage areas, I have tried to concentrate on just one area at a time.  I’ve been watching a lot of hoarder shows on TV (yes, a guilty pleasure, LOL, don’t tell anyone, OK?).  Hard to say if that is motivating me or not, but I have slowly begun to reduce some of the stuff.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say ...

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January 5, 2020
Sunday Stash January 5, 2020 from Quilt Paint Create

Welcome to the first Sunday Stash of 2020!
We would love to have you join us. You can report weekly, monthly, whenever your numbers change or you have time. Some count fabric out as used, others when the project is complete. You can do whatever fits you best.
The point is not to use all your stash or never buy fabric again. We do this to be more intentional in what we buy and in using what we have. I also track because I have limited storage space and too much stash causes a clutter problem in my small sewing ...

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