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February 5, 2019
January 350 block challenge progress from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Ok then, we have the first month of 2019 in the bag!
Join me for . . .
As I have mentioned before, I have participated in the 350 Block Project for a couple of years but I think January was the best month I have had in a long time.

I finished 41 blocks.

Thirty of the blocks were for this quilt
Which is now completely bound and being mailed to its new home in California.

Then there were blocks for Stash Bee swaps. . . . first, the January block
Which, hopefully, has been received in Canada by now.

Then these blocks
Which are samples for my ...

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February 1, 2019
January Projects. . . from Elsie Quilts

Whew, January flew by. I've started a king-size for our daughter. This time it is a simple design, not like our son's beach scene. She wanted subway tiles in graduated shades of taupe. She wasn't sure about the quilting so I made two cushion covers, one with plain lines and the other with the panto called Dazzle. I'll post photos next time. Right now, I'm cutting out bricks (430 or so) that are 9.5" x 3.5" and have already dulled one rotary cutter blade, never mind what this is doing to my muscles ...

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January 30, 2019
YAHOO!!! (January OMG and 2019 FAL) from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

I did it!  I finished the quilt top AND quilting on a charity quilt.  Yay Me!

This project was my OMG for January and on my list for the 2019 FAL and it is my first charity quilt of the year.

Here is a photo when I still had the quilt on the frame:

I am happy to say that I finished the last of the quilting last night while "watching" Married at First Sight and the after show.

But I was definitely sweating out that last row of blocks. . . . somehow my measurements must have been off because I ended ...

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January 27, 2019
Giving Love Quilt Tops from Jan's Quilts

I decided to come up with another layout for my quilt's charity quilts.  This version is super easy, you need 13 12.5" blocks and 12 12.5" HSTs.  The blocks I used were from the guilds BOM program.  Every month we have a different block and ask members to make one and donate it to our Charity Quilt Challenge.  Every month I make 4, 2 to donate and 2 to keep for my own use.  I really like how these turned out.  If you want to make your own Giving Love Quilt, you can find the tutorial here ...

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January 3, 2019
January OMG (One Monthly Goal) from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Last year I did fairly well with getting OMG's done. . . .but I hope to do better this year.

My first goal for 2019 is to complete a quilt for a young girl whose family has lost everything in the Paradise, CA wild fires.

I am using a free pattern from Moda Bake Shop called Country Summer (but it was called something else when I originally printed the directions.

I am using a variety of teals and blues for the blocks and a white on yellow for the background.

The goal for January is to get the top completed.  Now ...

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November 8, 2018
November 2018 Recap from NYC Metro MOD Quilters

Gigi Henries Jones from Vai Girl brought her beautiful fabrics!

"Vai" comes from the name of her tribe in Liberia.

Thanks to Gotham Quilts (and Gigi) for some raffle goodies!

  • Winter Retreat sign-ups are open.
  • Our Holiday party in December will have food and a "White Elephant" swap.
  • The Summer retreat is June 28-30.

Round Robin Quilts
Sue brought in two centers made from leftover OBW blocks to start two new quilts.

Summer Challenge: Game Board Quilts
Andrea's quilt is inspired by the game "Clue", and each block represents a weapon, room, and/or person from ...

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July 31, 2018
Cheerful Orange: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Linky Party from Clever Chameleon

Cheerful Orange color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Welcome to the little Tuesday wedged in between my Sew Early 4 Christmas tutorial yesterday and our next Beary Colourful Bear pattern tomorrow!

Poor Tuesday! He had his big turn last week, with the Christmas in July blog hop…… but just because he is not the star of the Clever Chameleon blog this week doesn’t mean he can’t be inspiring.

He most certainly can!

Today’s blindingly bright colours are inspired by a little charity quilt that has just passed through my sewing room, cheering the place up as it went. I don’t know if I’d ...

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June 24, 2018
» Jan's Quilts

The BOM blocks for the next two months are complete! Yay for me. These Strip Step blocks are fast and easy, and a real scrap-buster.  The Pres. and VP of my guild decided to make this a two-month endeavor; taking summer into consideration.  I'll probably make some more before the August meeting.

You can find the Strip Step tutorial here.

May your bobbins always be full,

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June 19, 2018
The Card Trick Block from Jan's Quilts

The BOM for June is Card Trick. Two of these 12.5-inch blocks are for the TVMQG charity quilt tops and two are staying here.  This is the link to the tutorial I used.  Now I'm all caught up, but our meeting is Thursday and there'll be a new BOM, oh, bother!

May your bobbins always be full,

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May 21, 2018
Hands 2 Help 2018. . . .my quilts from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Sarah, who blogs at Confessions of a Fabric Addict does a wonderful job every year of rounding up quilters to make quilts for charities.

Each year she provides at least 3 charities through her blog. . . .plus she now provides information for Canadian quilters of a charity. . . .but she also mentions that quilters can pick a charity of their own choosing.

I have been excited to take part in Hands2Help for several years.

This year I am sending out two quilts:

This quilt will be going to Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo.

The pattern is by Meadow Mist Designs and was ...

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May 1, 2018
May OMG (one monthly goal) plans from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Patty at Elm Street Quilts has posted the link for the May OMG Goals.  You can get there by clicking here.

Take me to the May OMG LInk-up

For my May goal I want to get my charity challenge quilt top quilted and bound ready to donate through Hands2Help.  (You can get there by clicking the highlighted words.)

Here is a picture of the quilt top:

Once that is done I have plans on completing the quilt top that I started for the 30 Blocks in 30 Days blog hop.  You will find the start of the blog hop here.

Here's a picture of the blocks ...

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April 5, 2018
Tips for Finding Your SewJo from Carol Lyles Shaw

Finding your sewjoWe probably all have those days or weeks when our quilting inspiration, motivation and energy just disappears.  It could be burnout (too much deadline sewing) or we might have lost our confidence (no one wants my quilts and, anyway, my quilts aren’t good, perfect or pretty  enough).  We have the time, we have the fabric, we have a pattern—-what we are missing is the energy to get in our sewing space and make something. What we need are easy ways for finding our SewJo. When our energy and motivation are back to healthy levels, we can tackle our ...

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March 20, 2018
Batik Bliss for Cosy Kiwi Kids from Wendy's Quilts and More

A finished quilt ready to donate to a local charity.

I won these Batik Bliss blocks at a Capital Quilters' meeting back in March 2016.  Exactly two years later the quilt is finished!

The blocks were originally 10" square, but I wanted to be adventurous so I trimmed some of them smaller and mixed them all up.  You can read more about my process and inspiration here.

A number of long arm quilters at our guild quilt charity tops for free, so I gave it to Tina Mills and she kindly quilted it for me.  I put the binding on ...

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February 21, 2018
Pinwheels & Sixteen Patches from Alamosa Quilter

My scrap group meets today. We are winding down one project so I'm thinking ahead to the next one. This is what I've been working on.

The pinwheel blocks are made from 5" squares and the sixteen patches are made from 2.5" by 11" strips. 

I have enough fabric to make another quilt this size (30 blocks) plus a third quilt that would use only 20 blocks and a border. Or I could sew all 80 blocks together to make a 64" by 80" quilt. I'm not sure exactly what I will do at this point ...

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February 19, 2018
Craft Room Destash Challenge – Project 70273 from Clever Chameleon

Project 70273 middling quilt

From the Sewing Room – Project 70273 and a Destash Challenge

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February 4, 2018
UFO Attack February 2018 from Clever Chameleon

February goal

My One Monthly Goal for February with Elm Street Quilts

The rest of February is looking super at Clever Chameleon. I have so many fun projects to work on that I might even manage not to go chasing too many quilted squirrels this month. Here’s some of the things that will be holding my focus:

  • we will have another, closer look at the 70273 Project and what I am doing to contribute. This will be a scrap/destash project.
  • yellow fabricsYellow Bears are all the rage in my sewing room at the moment for the Beary Colourful BOM in March ...

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December 21, 2017
Patchwork Quilt Along: A finished top and back! from Carried Away Quilting

Today is an "icing on the cake" day in my quilting world.  I've finished my Patchwork Quilt Along top and the pieced backing!  

This journey began in January of 2017, and I have thoroughly enjoyed making these petite blocks each month with Fat Quarter Shop. There is something so satisfying in taking your time and enjoying the piecing process. Now the reward is a beautiful quilt top, just ready to be quilted and bound.

My finished top is one row smaller than the pattern.  I ended up with a few blocks that I thought were just too light in ...

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December 7, 2017
Use It or Destash That Fabric Stash from Carol Lyles Shaw


I love fabric as much as the next quilter!  But, I’ve resolved that I will NOT just hold on to that precious, precious, wonderful, absolutely special fabric anymore.  We call it collecting, but really it’s hoarding.

I Resolve to Use It or Destash the Fabric Stash!

And, here’s why I will no longer hoard, ummm, collect fabric:

  1. I bought the fabric because I loved it and I had a glimmer of an idea about using it to make an even more wonderful quilt.
  2. Fabric has a soul–it’s made from cotton which is a living thing ...

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November 30, 2017
December BOM, Kings Crown from Jan's Quilts

I'm in love with this block.  It was so much fun to make.  Here's the link to the tutorial by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell.  Our quilt guild, Temecula Valley MQG is asking members to make at least one 12.5" block each month, to donate to our Charity quilt project.  The first block was presented in January, due in February, and in February 2018 we're planning on putting the blocks together into quilts to donate to a local cause.  I always make four blocks, two to donate and two to keep here for a future project ...

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November 26, 2017
Nancy’s Quilt and Cyber Monday from From My Carolina Home

The blocks on this pretty quilt were completed by a friend who recently passed away after a long battle with ovarian cancer.  Nancy was one of the bravest women I have ever known. I am not sure many could endure what she did, the way she did, with grace and a determination to live her life as normally as possible in spite of the treatments and ugliness of the disease and its ravages.  She was a true inspiration.  When my friend Marti told me that the blocks were assembled into a top, and asked me to quilt it, of course ...

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