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August 21, 2019
Getting there... from Elsie Quilts

This charity quilt top is finished. I had several 2.5" x 8" pieces left and decided to join them for the binding. A bit of extra stitching and pressing, but I like it. The picture shows the binding pinned around it. I measured and when I did this, it was about 4' short. So much for my math skills. 

After taking the photo I thought another border done this way would look cool, but shook my head. It is already about 74" x 80" and supposed to be a large cuddle quilt, so it is big enough and my ...

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July 30, 2019
Charity Quilt from Elsie Quilts

Wow, how can the weeks fly by? I am quilting. This is on my design wall. Not sure if it will be bigger as there is more fabric, but I'm thinking it should have a white border then a colored one with rectangles and squares. It is a guild quilt. Fabric was donated and I was supposed to finish it a long time ago, but was granted a pass!


I've not fiddle with block placement yet and can see from this photo that I need to move a few of them. It needs vertical sashing and a white ...

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July 15, 2019
A new tutorial for the Bow Tie Block from Jan's Quilts


My quilt guild, The Temecula Valley Modern Quilt Guild, has a 12" Block of the Month program.  A different member presents a block each month.  The guild asks each member to donate a BOM block each month and we then incorporated the blocks into Charity Quilts and donate them to a worthy cause.  We've been donating the quilts to Jacob's House Temecula; they do really good work in our valley and fulfill a need.

This month it was my turn to present a block, I decided on the Bow Tie Block and I wrote a new tutorial.  There ...

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June 25, 2019
Longarm Machine Renters Quilting Patriotic Quilts for Vets from Quilted Joy

I’ve said many times that quilters are some of the most generous people in the world. Giving a quilt is such an act of love. When someone wraps up in a quilt, they’re enveloped in the warmth of our love. Running a longarm machine rental studio allows me to see so many quilts made for gifts and charity. Judy and Valerie, good friends and regular longarm renters here at Quilted Joy, have been hard at work on some very special charity quilts. Let’s take a look at how they quilted all of the lovely patriotic quilts they ...

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May 8, 2019
X and Plus Blocks from Jan's Quilts


My guild is still making 12" blocks for our Charity Quilt Project.  These are the BOMs for this month.  I got them done early because I'm leaving on a Jet Plane before our next meeting.  I've handed them off to Jessica, she will turn them in for me.

Here's the guilds' blog post for this tutorial, we used the original tutorial by Bad Skirt but changed the dimensions to make a larger block.

May your bobbins always be full,

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April 22, 2019
Unbridled :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

This one was a digital sample for a fabric line I had in my shop the first summer we were open.


I had it long arm quilted and I really love the pattern she used.


I'm not sure how well the quilting design shows up since she quilted it with invisible thread. However, the design is a boot, cowboy hat, star and loops. It really is adorable!

And I am happy to report that this one already has a "forever home". I sent it to someone effected by the Camp Fire through the organization Layers of Hope, Quilting 911 ...

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April 16, 2019
Adventures Quilt :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I made up this top over a year ago. After it was finished I found out that it is too big for the organization I planned to donate it to. Thus it has sat unquilted.


Recently I have gotten into quilting with template rulers. I ordered some of the Creative Grids ones designed by Angela Walters and used one of them, Squiggy, to quilt this up. Now that it is finished I'm sure I will be able to find someone for which this one is perfect. Here is what the back looks like.



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April 8, 2019
Thinking Outside the Kit :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I have no idea how long this one has been a completed top!


These fabrics were included in a kit I purchased on clearance from my LQS years ago. I didn't like the pattern included with the kit so I used the fabric to make something else. Actually, I ended up buying multiples of this kit and I believe I made three quilts from the two kits. 

I'm pretty sure I gave the other two quilts away and will most likely do the same with this one.

The finished quilt size is 64" by 80". It was machine ...

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April 7, 2019
Green Hearts 4 Christchurch – Finished Flimsy from Clever Chameleon

Green Hearts 4 Christchurch quilt. Green nine-patch quilt with pieced appliqué hearts at Clever Chameleon.

Green Hearts for the Healing Hearts for Christchurch Project

A quick post to mark a quick flimsy finish. My Green Hearts 4 Christchurch quilt top is finished. I like it – it was a great way to use up some fabric scraps. Admittedly it’s no show quilt – it was made in a mild hurry by two people of very different sewing styles on two very different machines. But it is filled with caring, and it is very calming in colour and form. It has already performed some significant soothing during its construction – hopefully it will continue to weave its magic ...

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April 2, 2019
Green Hearts: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Green patchwork colours at Clever Chameleon

Green for Solidarity and Caring

Several days ago I found out about the Healing Hearts for Christchurch initiative. It is a drive to make and distribute quilts to the people most affected by the recent terror attack in Christchurch.

I decided that I would like to support this group of caring quilters on their quest to show love, respect, acceptance, and support to those affected within the Muslim community. They are also reaching out to the first responders, emergency services personal and ongoing support workers of Christchurch. So today, my friend Susan and I started turning our green fabric scraps ...

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March 25, 2019
Granny Squares :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

My mom pieced this one and sent it to me to finish.


It has been patiently waiting to be quilted for several years. I sent it to a local long arm quilter with the rest of the quilts I have been showing lately to be quilted.

I will probably donate this one to charity. Not sure which charity just yet but I will find it a good home.


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March 18, 2019
What I did on Quilting Day weekend. . . . . . from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Here we are on the day after St. Patrick's Day and 2 days past National Quilting Day.

I actually finished quilting a quilt on Saturday. . . . and I had only started quilting it Friday evening!
Here is one view:

Here is another view:

This quilt was made by a friend of mine with blocks from a Row Robin our quilt guild did a while back. 

The black and white blocks were those made by her husband and his group; the red and black were made by her and her group.

The quilt is laid out on a double bed. . . and ...

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Starflower BOM for March from Jan's Quilts


This the Strawflower quilt block chosen for my quilt guilds BOM this month.  It's a delightful block, but the tutorial was a nightmare.  If I was a beginning quilter, I would have cried, thrown my hands in the air and quit!  Many steps were left out.
May your bobbins always be full,

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February 26, 2019
OMG (One Monthly Goal). . .WoW, what a February! from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

February has been so very productive for me. . . . I just wish I could figure out why so I could make sure to keep the momentum going!  LOL


I will be linking up to Elm Street Quilts for the February Finishes.

My OMG goals for February were as follows:


1.  Complete a baby afghan. . . . . DONE!

This is a full view:

 And here we have a close up view to better show the colors:

This was a variegated yarn from Hobby Lobby.  The yarn is very soft and I hope that the baby it is meant for gets a lot of use ...

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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.



https://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2019/01/one-monthly-goal-january-goal-setting.html


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!


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  • 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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