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December 6, 2018
Don't Be Bamboozled.. from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Bamboozle this quilt instead! ;) Sharing another quilt today that I never did blog about.  It kind of screamed that it wanted to be called Bamboozle to me since pandas love bamboo, and it's a pretty easy and quick make. I drew it up when Riley Blake requested a panda quilt for an upcoming fabric line (Last year! That's how behind on blogging I am!), called Panda Love by Kelly Panacci.

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November 17, 2018
Improv round robin from Ellyn's Place

Yesterday was a fabulous day! Our improv small group (the comedy club quilters) had a sew day. We had been planning for quite a while to have a lightening round robin, like Sherri Lynn Wood describes in her book. We finally had the opportunity to do it yesterday. Six of us gathered at a retreat center and set to work.

Before we even arrived, each of us had prepared our center block....

Each person passed their block along to the next person, along with a basket full of curated fabrics (my fabrics were all black and white). Also, each person ...

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October 29, 2018
#AGFMakerMonday - Our October Feature! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Happy Monday, Makers!

Here at AGF, we started a new way to feature  our inspiring makers' work that allows them to also win our fabrics, but THE BEST PART is that we all get to know a little more about you! We encouraged makers to post their sewing projects using our fabrics via their social media using the hashtag #AGFMakerMonday, so we could see how talented you are and the amazing work you all do! Once we decide on the winner for the month, the maker receives a feature here on our AGF Blog AND of course...they win A ...

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October 21, 2018
Michael Miller fabric challenge from Ellyn's Place

The modern quilt guild issued another fabric challenge and I jumped on board! First of all, free fabric, duh! and second, I really enjoy challenges. We received three colors of the hash dots fabric and peach solid cotton couture, a fat eighth of each. Since it is ok to add other Michael Miller solids, I ordered some of the Marine Cotton Couture, which matched one of the hash dots we received. And, like always, it sat on my cutting table for weeks waiting for me to be inspired.

Finally, I decided to do a variation on my Funky Dresden pattern ...

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October 12, 2018
Whimsy Nostalgia: Little Clementine Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Is there a certain children's book that you absolutely loved as a kid?!

When I was a little girl, my mother or grandmother would lay in bed next to me with a book, and would read to me before I fell asleep, each night. As they read to me, I would let my imagination come to life, pretending that I was making friends with animals or mystical creatures in the story, and going on adventures to far off lands! Depending on the character in the book, my grandmother would change the tone of her voice as she read aloud ...

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October 2, 2018
A Log Cabin Guild Challenge from Prairie Moon Quilts

I belong to the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild in Kirksville, Missouri, and every year, we issue a challenge to our members. We have some really fun challenges!

This past year, my friend, Andrea, and I were in charge of the challenge. Andrea said she’d been wanting to do a Log Cabin, so that’s what we did. To make it a bit more challenging, we specified that the center square of all the Log Cabin blocks had to be the color of your birthstone (along with a few other rules about size, etc.)

We got 19 entries in ...

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September 29, 2018
Fifth Saturday September from Ellyn's Place

Today is the fifth Saturday of the month, which means it's time to present our next challenge projects at Boast & Toast, at Not Your Mama's Quilt Store. I'm not there for the fun today, but I dropped my project off ahead of time. I hope someone takes lots of pictures, because I love seeing what everyone has done!
This time the challenge fabrics were the cosmic print, the red tone on tone and the black grunge in the photo above. I added some extra black grunge and some pieces from my  stash that picked up the same ...

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September 5, 2018
my Curated Quilts entry from Ellyn's Place

I love playing with the Curated Quilt mini challenges each quarter. This time the prompt was House.....
Here are my City Dwellings. totally improv (you can tell because the rooftops don't fit right, LOL). I had fun quilting each row house in a different manner.
It measures about 12" square. You can see all of the quilts that were entered here. I love to see all of the different ideas!

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August 6, 2018
#AGFMakerMonday from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers!

Since it's Monday and I'm sure all of us can always use some motivation! Let's face it, all of us love sewing. We enjoy the entire process from start to finish, especially when we're giving our finished piece to someone we love. Sewing is part of a movement called  "slow living" which means allowing yourself time to create when you can. Sewing allows you to fully be in the moment and take life "slow." While sewing, there's no distractions. It's just you and your creative magic. There's no phones, no computers ...

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June 5, 2018
curated quilts challenge from Ellyn's Place

I love a good challenge. The new mini challenge over at Curated Quilts is improv minis with the theme Connections. Here's the color palette they gave....

Lots of people are grumbling about the colors but I kind of like them! I made 2 minis to submit

My first one is pretty literal. As much as I really hate to talk on the phone, with family and friends spread all across the country it has become my lifeline! 
I improv pieced the phone and the letters and embroidered the coiling cord. I mostly used solids, but the phone is a ...

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May 10, 2018
try all the things - Pantone quilt challenge from Ellyn's Place

I've finished up my quilt from Debbie's everyday improv class just in time to enter it into the Pantone color of the year challenge! But I'm getting ahead of myself. Back to the beginning, a few weeks ago when I selected my color palette for the workshop. I had bought a yard of bright peri, the closest Kona match to Pantone's color of the year, Ultraviolet, way back when the color was announced. I had no idea what I would do with it at the time. I began looking at different color palette's that contained ...

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April 17, 2018
Hello, is this thing on? from Ellyn's Place

Well I truly didn't mean to disappear like that! There's been some traveling going on, some planned, some unplanned, and all good. Meanwhile, quilting & blogging got put on hold a bit. But I'm back, and have no plans to disappear again any time soon. We'll see how that goes!

Something fun we do at at Not Your Mama's Quilt Store where I host the monthly Boast and Toast, is hold a fifth Saturday Challenge. Since March had five Saturdays, many of us gathered on the fifth Saturday to share the projects we had completed. We ...

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April 4, 2018
MQG Riley Blake challenge from Ellyn's Place

I had fun with the latest Modern Quilt Guild fabric challenge from Riley Blake. We received four prints for the challenge and I added Riley Blake solids in Navy and Lime.
I also ordered extra of the navy stripe, one of the prints received, because I love a good bias stripe binding! Here you can see all four prints, the stripe, the navy crosshatch at the star points, the white with rose gold plusses in the center of the block and a white on white print in the outer corners. 

The block is one I designed in one of my ...

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March 21, 2018

I am a member of the Central Ohio MQG.  
A very busy group of wonderful quilters, sewists 
and creative spirits.

I am wintering at the beach, but wanted to be involved in our
2018 Color Challenge and the 2018 Charity event.
No problem, they mailed me the two color swatches...
Pantone Ultra Violet and Kona Tiger Lily.  
After a quick stop at a LQS I found these coordinating fabrics!

I really wasn't sure what I wanted to make...
sew as usual, I waited.

COMQG announced the Charity effort for 2018
Place mats for "Meals on Wheels" charity

My ...

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March 11, 2018
It's Time - Hands2Help Begins! And There's A Giveaway... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

"What does love look like?
It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like."

Hi, all!

Things are all falling into place for this year's Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge!  I'm so excited to get this started!

2018 represents the eighth year of the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge!  We've had an amazing seven years...

2011:  47 quilters made 60 quilts
2012:  55 quilters ...

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February 22, 2018
The Brown Bag Special from Prairie Moon Quilts

Are you looking for something fun to do with your quilting group?

Then I have the perfect project for you!

It’s called the Brown Bag Special, and it’s a program I designed specifically for groups. It’s a sort of round robin/mystery quilt project that gets passed among members of the group. You need a group of at least 3 people to do it, but there’s no upper limit on group size — you can have as many members as you want. You just need a good group organizer.

You start out with a fat quarter, and ...

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February 19, 2018
Challenge Day 5 – What Are Your Biggest Fears? from AndiCrafts

Over the past week I’ve taken a more detailed look at my business as part of the #CreativePassiontoProfit 5-day “Get Your Art Out There” challenge. I’ve looked at: Day 1 – Why Do I Create? Day 2 – What is My Business Vision? Day 3 – Who Are My Quilting Peeps? (ideal customers) Day 4 […]

The post Challenge Day 5 – What Are Your Biggest Fears? appeared first on AndiCrafts.

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January 31, 2018
I May Have a Scrap Problem... January Results and February Goal from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's hard to believe, but we've already plowed through the first month of the year, and the first month of Scrap Attack 2018!  

At the beginning of January, I drew out my first monthly task, and I have to say, it wasn't the one I hoped I'd draw first!  

Truthfully, I was dismayed - my least favorite part of dealing with my scraps, and it was my first task!  But I vowed to do my best... and here are my results!

I now have a lovely stack of squares cut to various sizes - 10", 5 ...

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January 24, 2018
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Let's Talk Strings! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Oh, it has been a scrappy week at my place!  I've been keeping up with my daily scraps - they are all neatly cut and in a box - and we even did some major cleaning and sorting at church!  I wish I had taken a "before" pic of the pile of scraps we are sorting right here...

...but it filled up the empty spot on this floor - I'm guessing about 64 cubic feet of scraps!  The photo above is just at the beginning of the  scrap sorting - we well and truly covered about 14 feet of table ...

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January 12, 2018
Mary's 2018 Project List from Urban Quilter

Here is my list of projects for the 2018 Making Forward Progress Challenge.
  1. Pink Beer Skirt
    This is a super cute piece of fabric I bought last fall (at Paradise Quilting in Concord, NH) and it is currently in a bag with a pattern waiting to be made into a skirt.
  2. Summer Jelly Roll
    I got a really bright, fun, summery jelly roll as a gift from my husband and I need to figure out a quilt to make with it. It is in a bag with a possible pattern idea and some extra yardage I got that matches the ...

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