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November 24, 2022
Me, Playing from Quilt Paint Create

Happy Thanksgiving!

My November OMG is to finish the fused fabric challenge piece. For that to happen, I needed to start.

First I stitched over the fused fabric with variegated thread, making sure to catch each fused shape at least once. Spoiler alert, I should have stitched in lines or a grid to catch each fused shape multiple times.

Then I cut windows in a plain piece of paper in the shape of a circle, fan, square and rectangle. The rectangle looked best. I cut the fused fabric into rectangular pieces.

My first idea was a wheel shape, but I ...

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November 23, 2022
Finishing the Quilted Jacket Ensemble from From My Carolina Home

My friend, Mary (from Inside Stori), has talked me into entering my quilted jacket into the wearable art competition at the Mancuso Mid-Atlantic show. She encouraged me to complete the extra pieces and enter the full ensemble category. Well, I really didn’t want to spend money on fabric for pieces I would likely not ever wear, but in the back of my mind I thought I might have some black fabric in the stash. It took a bit of searching, but I found it, and it was perfect. It is a dressmaker weight cotton/poly blend, and I had ...

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November 4, 2022
Stashbusters Check In from From My Carolina Home

Back to Stashbusters, I hope you have some Autumn Jubilee finishes to add to your totals! Time to tally up the last two months of fabric in and out, and see where we stand. If you need to remember where you left off, see the Stashbusters September post comments.

I have the two finishes for Autumn Jubilee. First, for the Quilt Along, the table topper busted 3 yards. The Sew Along was a small project. I am counting it as 1/4 yard for the top, backing and binding. The wool projects don’t count. One more time, here is ...

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October 25, 2022
Summer blouse from Espritpatch

 I know, summer is over,  although temperatures adding midday have been so mild recently that we could wonder! In any case I'm ready for summer weather with my new blouse! I cut it early September as part of a double challenge. The Charlie pattern was offered for free by the designer,  la Robe du Chat, new to me but a nice find! With a challenge to sew the pattern by mid September, which I failed! There was also the IG #magamsewalong challenge to make a shirt in September. 

I started quite well really until I reached the step where ...

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October 15, 2022
The fall retreat - Day Five from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

The last day of any retreat is bittersweet. While we are excited to go home, it's time to leave, and no one wants to go home. This retreat house is several hours away, so I had plans to leave at 1 PM, and it was exactly 1 PM when I drove out of the driveway. 

However, I managed to get a lot accomplished before I left. All in all, this was probably one of the most productive retreats EVER! I've no idea how that happened. 

This was my last day to take a walk to the lake, so ...

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October 5, 2022
Some quilt finishes and updates (picture heavy) from Pointless Quilter

 Wow - I haven't blogged since April, hence the picture heavy mention in the title.  I keep thinking about it but then...  

I have been keeping busy with life in general, quilting, cross stitching, decorating, keeping out of the heat.  I also took a quick trip to California to see my friends and check up on my father-in-law.  But you aren't here to hear about all that, you want to see some finished (or semi-finished) products.  


First, quilt finishes.

Wonky Log Cabin - used some Amish fabric my mom bought me years ago and some solids from my stash.

Made ...

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October 2, 2022
Sunday Stash October 2, 2022 from Quilt Paint Create

Nothing to report this week.

At Art Quilt Group, we all brought in pre-fused geometric shapes in bright colors to fuse onto solid black fabric. We had enough shapes to cover two cuts of black.

Aren’t they fun?

Then we cut the black fabric into enough pieces that we could each take one.

Here is my piece.

I haven’t figured out what to do with it yet. The challenge is to use it in a finished piece, due at the November meeting.

The black measures 22” x 6.5” (smaller than I count).

Fabric In: 13 3/8 ...

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September 5, 2022
September 2022 Short List and OMG from Quilt Paint Create

It’s hard to believe it’s September already. Fall is definitely in the air here. We’ll have more hot weather, but we haven’t seen much of that lately.

I didn’t finish anything last month. I have way too many projects going for my taste. I’m revising the list to change my focus.

Project One: I’m very close to finishing My Sewing Treasures by Bobby G Designs.

Project Two: I signed up for the Tiny Modernist Holiday 2022 SAL. The SAL runs for three months. Rough start with the white floss not showing up against ...

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September 2, 2022
Stashbusters September Check In from From My Carolina Home

Time for Stashbusters check in! Have you had a good month of sewing in August? I did pretty good this month with my Quilted Jacket project and two small quilts.

For Fabric In, I did well, only coming home with three fat quarters from a guild game. But I also donated three fat quarters to the same game, so it was a wash. With one of the FQs, I made a potholder as was requested for our holiday party, and turned it in at the area meeting yesterday. I made a second one from the leftovers from this one. This ...

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August 30, 2022
Quilted Jacket Sew Along – Extras! from From My Carolina Home

The jacket was done, and I just could not bring myself to throw away the bits left over from the pattern cutting step. This doesn’t look like much, but I just had to figure out something to do with these. Settle in for a long and picture heavy post as I finish everything left. Now, note that all these pieces are quilted already, so sewing them together in the traditional way would be problematic. But ever one to relish a challenge, I had an idea.

I straightened the edges, leaving the angles, and placed the pieces up against each ...

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August 19, 2022
Road Trip from Quilt Paint Create

The AQS Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan opened Wednesday. If you visit the show, make sure to check out the Ultimate Guild Challenge exhibit. My art quilt group, Art 2 Quilt, is exhibiting with the theme “Road Trip”. Here’s my quilt.

The Ultimate Guild Challenge exhibit has always been one of my favorite exhibits at that show. I am honored and blessed to have a quilt displayed. Many thanks to all the members of Art 2 Quilt, who are always up for a challenge and willing to try new things. They are a talented group, and I have learned ...

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August 5, 2022
Stashbusters – August Check In from From My Carolina Home

Time to check in for our Stashbuster Challenge! Once again, I had to add fabric, but that is OK. We all have to do that from time to time, and we have to keep the fabric shops in business. I did manage to get more ‘out’ than ‘in’ this time.

For fabric in, I got two yards of the Enchant fabric line for my Quilted Jacket Sew Along.

Then, I have to count in the three fat quarters from Shop Hop.

For Fabric Out, I am donating these fabrics to our area for our secret project, 6 yards out.

Then ...

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July 13, 2022
San Luis Valley Quilt Guild Challenges from Alamosa Quilter

 This has been an annual thing at my shop. Every July I hang the challenge quilts from the San Luis Valley Quilt Guild members who chose to participate. It gives them some exposure and advertises their annual quilt show which happens the first two weeks in August.

The photo below explains the theme for this year: 

2022 SLV Quilt Guild Challenge Rules

And here are the 12 entries:

2022 SLV Quilt Guild Challenge Quilts

The bottom portion of the first photo explains the 4 voting categories. If you'd like to vote just leave a comment and use the 4 categories from the first photo. I will fill out a paper ballot ...

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July 1, 2022
New York Beauty Challenge - Syzygy from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Island Batik challenge (and blog hop) for June 2022 is New York Beauty.


I received the collection Winter Sky. Designed by Kathy Engle, it should be available in stores now. 



I turned to EQ8 and started designing playing.  I started with a basic/traditional layout.

Traditional New York Beauty?

It looks like something I have seen before. Although it was pretty, it could use a little more imagination. Back to EQ8. After several iterations, here is the final design.


Modern Interpretation of NYB

Done playing, it was time to get serious. Schmetz Microtex Needles 70/10 and Aurifil 40wt ...

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Stashbusters July Check In from From My Carolina Home

Another month has gone by, and we are halfway through the year of using up some of our stashes. Did you do well this past month? I had a momentary lapse, but did get a little bit done.

I picked up my Dahlia quilt from Asheville Cotton’s charity show, and took the opportunity to spend the gift certificate I won. I seriously considered getting a new ruler, or a book, just so I wouldn’t have to count fabric in, but ultimately caved when I saw these beauties on the sale rack at 70% off. So I bought what ...

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June 3, 2022
May's Table Scraps potholders from Quilting & Learning

I made several scrappy potholders for the May Table Scraps Challenge. The colours were hunter green and sage and the theme was squares.

Finding the perfect pattern

On Mondays, I usually link up my latest post to Beth's Monday Making linking party. Last week, I fell in love with her Chevron Potholders. I watched her video and then decided that I would make a couple of them in green. 

These are my first two. There is lots of green in them, and some of those greens are sage or forest

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Stashbusters June Check In from From My Carolina Home

How’d you do last month? I was back on track during the month of May, with more sewing time after the show was over.

I finished up a small quilt from the leftover blocks from our Safelight Quilts project.

I quilted it with a pantograph called Geisha in white cotton thread so it would be suitable for a child. The size is 48-inches square. It will be donated to Project Linus later this year.

It is bound in the same red as the backing. I’m only counting out the backing and binding, as the blocks were from readers ...

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May 16, 2022
Cross Canada Challenge!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Have you ever had one of those nights when you are tired - but you just can't fall asleep? There were zero reasons for that to happen except to annoy me. I did not nap during the day, I didn't have any earth-shattering thing on my mind, all the work for the day got completed, and I just couldn't fall asleep. 

I did get up and go to spin class. Let's just say that it took me an extra 10 minutes to get my 30 KM. I think a nap this morning or this afternoon will be ...

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May 6, 2022
Stashbusters May Check In from From My Carolina Home

How’d you do last month? I did a bit better with quilt finishes, but I had to take two big pieces of wide backing fabric offered from a friend for free. With the Quilts of Valor that I do, I need wide backs as much as possible. These pieces will go with anything as they are both lovely beige tone on tone prints. I am counting the fabric in at 5 yards for each one, mercy, that is 10 yards in.

Then, I have to count another 1-1/2 yards in for the fat quarters in the prize basket ...

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May 3, 2022
March Madness Challenge Winners from Alamosa Quilter

 My shop sponsored a little challenge recently. I called it March Madness because it's cute, catchy and you had to be a little bit mad to give it a try. You can click the following link to read the challenge rules: March Madness Challenge

We had eleven folks brave enough to give it a try AND bring their item back in for voting.

March Madness Challenge Display

There were some really creative items made using those little 1" finished size units! Visitors to the shop were able to vote for their favorites all month in April and I tallied the votes on Saturday ...

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