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October 3, 2019
Round Robin, Round One from Prairie Moon Quilts

Rose Marie and I have finished Round One on our new Round Robin quilts!

You can click HERE to read more about our personal challenge.

Here’s a reminder of what I started with:

And this is what Rose Marie added to it!

I must say she did not have an easy job, given the color palette I started out with. I would have gotten stymied right out the gate, but it didn’t deter Rose Marie one bit! I’m amazed at her choice of background fabric — it’s a wonderful choice!

Here is what Rose Marie started with ...

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September 24, 2019
100 Days from Prairie Moon Quilts

Here we are again . . . September 23 . . . That magical day when there are only 100 days left in the year.

Time for me to make another list of “100 Things To Do in the Next 100 Days”.

I usually do three of these lists every year, but this year, I only did two. I had so many leftover projects on my first list, I just decided to keep chipping away at it until today, when I will make my final list of “100 Things . . . ” to finish out the year.

You can read about some of my other attempts at this; for ...

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September 5, 2019
The Happenstance Quilts Reveal from Prairie Moon Quilts

Back in February, I told you about my guild’s current mystery project we had going on, The Happenstance Quilts.

I also showed you two options I had for doing mine. Well, I chose the Christmas option, and used this for my center block:

I’ve never made an actual red and green Christmas quilt, so I decided to turn mine into a Christmas quilt. And can you believe, I’m not done with mine yet? Shocking, I know!

But I am getting closer. I just have some appliqué to finish up, and then I can finish the top. Then ...

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August 1, 2019
A Debut Collection by Alexandra Bordallo: Dew + Moss from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

 

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Have you ever visited and explored a forest? There's no other feeling like being in this unique, natural environment! Being surrounded by so much greenery, the stillness, the fresh, invigorating smell of the trees, and unexpectedly discovering cute animals, bugs, as well as cute mushrooms, plants or flowers. It's definitely a place to decompress, discover, and let your curiosity and wanderlust guide you. 

Making her debut with a collection, our newest designer Alexandra Bordallo takes you into a whimsical forest with “DEW + MOSS!” These prints are filled with little gnomes, fireflies, and florals that were inspired by wandering ...

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July 30, 2019
Enjoying The Great Outdoors with Mister Domestic's "Catch & Release" Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Mister Domestic takes us to the great outdoors with his newest collection, "Catch & Release." Inspired by trips with his family to their favorite fishing spots in Oregon, he captures the spirit of relaxing and unwinding in nature with these 12 prints. 

Catch & Release is a whimsy collection that’s for those who enjoy disconnecting and being present in the moment. From swirling, schools of fish to gorgeous mountain scenery, these prints are perfect for creating fishing-inspired quilts, weekender bags, plushies, or even fishing gear for all ages.

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In this collection, you'll discover schools of cute fish, paddles, ladybugs, a ...

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July 11, 2019
Adventure Waits with Bonnie Christine's "The Open Road" from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Have you ever been on a road trip that just inspired you so much? There's something just so exciting about packing up, jumping behind the steering wheel and heading out on an unforgettable adventure. Windows down, music up...observing all the sounds, sights, smells..as you drive through quiet forests, open fields, majestic mountains, serene deserts...welcoming spontaneity and the unexpected. Trips like this often bring new perspectives and creative ideas, and this is exactly what happened to our designer, Bonnie Christine! 

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Bonnie recently went on an 8,000-mile road trip across the country with her family in a ...

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July 1, 2019
Birds! from Ellyn's Place

A couple of months ago, a beemate of mine made 2 adorable bird quilts and when I asked about them, she steered me to a free tutorial! So I made a bird.
And I really enjoyed it! so I made another.
And another, and another, and another...... another beemate said "let's swap a few birds!" and I thought that was a great idea. Before I knew what was happening, 14 ladies were signed up to make birds to swap with me as their fearless leader! YIKES! (check out our hashtag, #birdswap2019)

By the end of May (yes, ALL 14 ...

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June 13, 2019
2019 colors of the year from Ellyn's Place

I always look forward to finding out what the colors of the year are. This year, Kona hit the ball out of the park with Splash! As soon as it was announced, I ordered several yards of it for my stash, knowing I'd want to play with it and it would be hard to come by later on.

Then Pantone announced Living Coral and I thought, wow, those look awesome together!

So, when the McKinney Modern Quilt guild announced a color of the year challenge for this year I couldn't help but make two entries which I'm ...

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June 5, 2019
Round Robin from Prairie Moon Quilts

Approximately 23 years ago, my friend, Rose Marie, and I decided that we wanted to do a Round Robin quilt.

There are many different iterations of how a Round Robin can be set up, but we wanted the kind where you start with a center block, and pass it around to other group members for them to add to it, and then eventually get it back.

We briefly discussed trying to get a larger group together, but we had only just joined our guild, and didn’t really know many other quilters in our area that well yet. So we ...

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May 17, 2019
Time to prepare - Summer Cut It Up Challenge from Calgary Modern Quilt Guild

In prep for our summer challenge, we all have some homework to do!



Search your sewing room and come up with an incomplete project that no longer sparks joy and bring it to our June Meeting. 


  • It could be a small quilt top, a couple of blocks or other WIP. 
  • Please keep the combined size to about the size of a tea towel or less.
  • We will do a brief show and tell before drawing numbers to divvy them up.


The challenge will be to adopt someone else's orphan and turn it into a modern treasure, that you will ...

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April 9, 2019
Yes, It Can! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I can rise to a challenge, particularly and most especially when I am told that it can't be done. When visiting a precious vendor booth at MidAtlantic Quilt Festival I saw a small wall hanging displayed, it was called "Courtyard Garden" and the star units were made up from diamond and kite shaped pieces. I fell in love with it at first sight and inquired about the pattern. I was told that it

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Yes, It Can! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I can rise to a challenge, particularly and most especially when I am told that it can't be done. When visiting a precious vendor booth at MidAtlantic Quilt Festival I saw a small wall hanging displayed, it was called "Courtyard Garden" and the star units were made up from diamond and kite shaped pieces. I fell in love with it at first sight and inquired about the pattern. I was told that it

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March 27, 2019
Pizza Box Challenge from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Another finish!  Yeah!

In the fall of 2015, the day guild (Near North Quilter's Guild) had a challenge using a pizza box.  Instructions were inside the box on what to do.  We were urged to sign up and have fun.

Where did the pizza boxes come from?  Karen K went to a pizza store and bought a whole bunch of empty boxes.  They must have thought she was a little crazy. 

I signed up and my focus fabric was a 1 metre of blue fabric (quel surprise!) that we had to put inside our pizza box along with one ...

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March 20, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Using Your Scraps for Good! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I really missed doing a scrappy post on Wednesday last week, and I've got TONS of scrappy sewing that I've been doing, but today I want to challenge you with something special.


There is a group in New Zealand called Angels in Gumboots that has set a goal of making 100 quilts using these blocks to be given to the families of the victims of the horrible mass shooting in Christchurch this past weekend.

Angels in Gumboots are collecting 6.5" blocks with green hearts on a white background.  Currently they have all the info in ...

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March 15, 2019
Hands2Help - Learn More About the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Well, Friday has come, and today we will learn more about our final Hands2Help 2019 charity.  Already this week, we've been educated about Jack's Basket, Mercyful Quilts, Victoria Quilts Canada, and Quilty Hugs.  Today, Carole will be sharing with us about the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project, a massive undertaking that she is coordinating.   Let's see what she has to say!

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Thank you Sarah, for allowing this project to be a part of Hands2Help.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to reach more quilters.  The scope of the need is immense, so let me tell ...

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March 14, 2019
Hands2Help - Learn More About Quilty Hugs! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I hope you're enjoying the change of pace this week as much as I am!  I have been fascinated to learn more about each of this year's Hands2Help charities. So far we've heard from Jack's Basket, Mercyful Quilts, and Victoria Quilts Canada.  Today, it's Emily's turn to tell us about her charity, Quilty Hugs!  Emily has been a part of the Challenge from the beginning, first as a participant and then additionally as one of our charities.  But she's got a lot to share - so let's give her a listen ...

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January 10, 2019
Can You Help? The Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Recently I was asked by Carole of From My Carolina Home to help spread the word about her current project, collecting quilts for the many families affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael on the North Carolina coast.  They are hoping to collect more than 4500 quilts for those whose homes were completely destroyed!  That's a lot of quilts, but definitely not too many for this fabulous quilting community to help meet.  

This project is going to go on through Summer 2019, so there's plenty of time to make one or more quilts, or participate in other ...

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January 7, 2019
10th Annual Final Countdown Winners from Prairie Moon Quilts

You guys are chock full of organizing ideas, funny stories and admissions, and comforting statements about how I’m so not alone in my disorganized state! And it’s good to hear from those of you who are ahead of the game — it gives me hope! Thank you all for playing along and chiming in.

As of noon yesterday, my big pile and my cutting table didn’t look any better than they did the first time I showed them to you. In fact, the cutting table looked worse, because I was dragging stuff out of the pile on the ...

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January 4, 2019
UFO busting for 2019 ... are you ready? from Pat Sloan's Blog

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My 2019 Resolution is to do something with all the UFOs. 

Many times over the years I've done a series of posts on UFOs. I'll be bringing those back and freshen them up so that we can enjoy more of what we love to do without having guilt attached to it.

Today I have Step 1 for you.. which is my Step 1, funny how that works out perfectly for us!

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You've heard me say that I have 800 quilts to put binding on.

That might be a wee exaggeration, but it sure FEELS like 800 when ...

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December 31, 2018
2018 Final Countdown, Task Three from Prairie Moon Quilts

Time for the final task of this year’s Final Countdown — that went fast!

You have all been working hard! I can tell from the comments, the blog post links, the photos I’ve seen, and the emails I’ve been getting — and just let me say right now, I’m sooo comforted to know that I’m not alone on any of this! Whew! You are all my kindred spirits in the quilting world — haha!

For our last task, I like to take the physical labor out, since the first two are generally hard work — at least for me ...

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