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January 15, 2021
Either it is very early or very late from Art In Search

      The Christmas Tree quilt is totally done. Quilting, binding, label attached. I even washed it so it is all plumped up. So, depending on your point of view, the quilt is very early or very late.

The quilt with plaid binding before washing. When washed, it puffed up and the binding lays flat. Because I do glue binding, it looks wavy here now, but it isn't.

Back of quilt- Panel plus additions


Oh, and that boo-boo I cut into the border edge? I found two scraps of border fabric, front and back, and sewed them to the edge ...

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January 11, 2021
Free tutorial: Fat Quarter Lattice Quilt from Carried Away Quilting

Hello quilting friends!  Today I’m happy to share a new tutorial with you, the Fat Quarter Lattice Quilt. In December I shared my original version of the quilt with you, promising that I would follow up with a free tutorial. Armed with some beautiful Holly Taylor prints that I purchased from LouLou’s Fabric Shop, I was able to make a second quilt, testing my instructions and taking photographs along the way. I think you will find this to be a fun and easy project, and one that will look terrific in any fabric collection you choose!


Fat Quarter ...

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January 7, 2021
Christmas Quilt from Wedding Dress Blue

Inspired by a pattern called Sweet Dreams from McCall’s Quilting 2001, I started and finished this top in the past two weeks.

A good activity while I should be sleeping, and am not. For some reason I have been waking up about 4am nearly every day. I am not tired, and cannot lay there and feel crazy.

So I have been cutting and sewing. Fun times with the scraps.

It is about 68″ x 72″. Nice size throw.

ps–The pattern isn’t available online that I can find, but you might come across a copy of the magazine ...

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December 24, 2020
Merry Christmas! from Stof genoeg

Christmas Quilts, both pieced and applique, designed by me. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021! XXX Annika Continue reading

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December 23, 2020
O Christmas trees, O Christmas trees... from Art In Search

      I finished piecing the Christmas Tree top (Tree Farm from Moda, free pattern) but added some changes I think worked for the better. I thought the trees were too close with no air between them, so I added white sashing strips and I added the trunks. I did not like the way the quilt just ended at the white edges. I was able to use scrap strips from the trees for an inner border, but the only the dark ones looked good. They were sewn in hunks, whatever was left, randomly. For the outside border, I wanted cheery but calmer ...

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December 18, 2020
It's Christmas Time from Wendy's Quilts and More

My work is finished for another year, and I'm looking forward to some quality quilting time.  Long, warm summer evenings, and lots of sport on TV - that combination makes for great stitching time.  

I've got so many things on the go at present, so I really hope I can finish some of them before the end of January. 

I thought I'd show you some of my previous Christmas quilts today.  Of course it's summer here in New Zealand, so we don't need Christmas quilts on our beds.  Instead we tend to make wall hangings and ...

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December 17, 2020
Christmas TREES from Meena Schaldenbrand

My newest seasonal quilt. A tree with beaded text, one from a folded circle and one layered with cottons, net and sheers.

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December 13, 2020
More Squirrels: Multiple New Christmas Quilts, the Quilt to Perpetuate the Patriarchy, and Not Nearly Enough Thread from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 Ah, if only the Squirrel of Distraction didn't bring along so many friends...

So the last time I checked in here, I was telling you how I got this "squirrel" of an idea to drop all ongoing projects to make a festive Christmasy tumbler quilt.  But then I bought a bit more Christmas fabric than was absolutely necessary...  So I cut out all of the tumblers I'd need:

6 inch Tumblers Cut Out and Ready to Sew

But then, instead of folding the leftover fabric and storing it away for another day, I grabbed my rotary cutter and ...

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December 11, 2020
Winter Star Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Winter Star Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

On cold winter nights, the sky is an icy blanket of twinkling stars. The truth is … I rarely take notice. It’s just too cold for stargazing! 

The Winter Star Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

But if you are willing to bundle up and brave the winter chill, you will be treated to a glittering show far brighter than any summertime stars. 

This week Jenny is whipping up a Winter Star quilt in icy shades of blue and white. This quick and easy layer cake pattern is perfect as a lap quilt or winter wall hanging.

The Winter Star Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.
Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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December 2, 2020
Holly Background Quilting Design Perfect for Holiday and Christmas Quilts – 12 Makes of Christmas! from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

For our second make of Christmas we are focusing on a perfect quilting design for all your holiday quilts.

In this replay I show you how to quilt an easy holly background meander free motion quilting design using the Full Line Stencil by Hancy Creations to develop the muscle memory you need to master this fun design that is perfect for all of your holiday quilting projects.

The Holly Background Meander is a combination of a holly leaves with a little loopty loop meander to connect the leaves. I show you how to quilt the holly leaves and the best ...

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December 1, 2020
Countdown to Christmas 2020 – Winter Frost from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Welcome December and welcome to the Modabakeshop Countdown to Christmas 2020. This year’s theme is Winter Frost. The Moda Bakers will be sharing a block each day, so make sure you visit the Bakeshop in December to bake your own delightfully, chilled quilt. Dec 1 starts with my winter palace block – 18″ x 18″...

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November 29, 2020
On to December! from Heart Desire Creations

This year seemed to drag on, but now – Oh My! The end of November already? It was such a pretty day today so we put up the outdoor Christmas lights just in time for the beginning of Advent tomorrow. A few things are up in the house, but not the tree or mantel adornments. Tomorrow – maybe.

Above is a sneak peak of a Christmas quilt I’ve been working on the past week. All the blocks are pieced, the circles hand appliqued and putting the blocks and rows together should be completed tomorrow. Borders will follow.

It’s been a ...

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November 28, 2020
SANTA SQUIRREL! I Need to Make a Christmas Throw Quilt, and I Need to Do It TODAY! from Cheeky Cognoscenti


Today is the Drop-Everything-And-Make-It linky party at MMM Quilts, which is the perfect excuse (as if I needed one) to give in to the "squirrel" of an idea that's been chasing me around for the past few days!  I've seen so many cute Christmas quilts over the years, but have never had a strong urge to make a holiday-themed quilt before this year.  Maybe it's the pandemic, maybe it's the adorable snowflake E2E quilting designs that I'm dying to try out with R2D2, who knows -- but the squirrel won't leave me alone until I ...

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November 27, 2020
a goal finish from Making A Lather

My goal for November and the one monthly goal:

1. quilt big easy Christmas -   I don't have a start date for this one, it was a class at a quilt store that has been closed a long time. I was in love with the Christmas fabric. One of the owners had made a quilt with the fabric and offered the class. I have the back pieced and the binding made.

I was fortunate enough to complete the quilt. It makes a nice lap quilt. And I love the fabrics. My notes say the pattern is in a book called ...

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October 30, 2020
Snowball Star Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Snowball Star Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

When Suzy Snowflake comes tap, tap, tappin’ at your windowpane, how do you react? 

Do you welcome winter with open arms or do you wrap up in your thickest quilt and “hibernate” ‘til spring?

The Snowball Star Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Do you curse each icy flake, or do you set up the Christmas tree and drink peppermint cocoa for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?

Love it or hate it, winter is on its way, and Jenny has just the quilt to get you in the mood:

The Snowball Star is a quick and easy jelly roll pattern. We’re using Ombre Snowflake Metallic strips, and every block ...

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October 12, 2020
Star Watch: a Christmas version from Carried Away Quilting

Hello quilting friends! I hope you all are well and finding time to sew to your heart’s content. Yesterday I spent some happy hours in my sewing room and I want to share my progress with you. I’m sewing a Christmas version of my Start Watch jelly roll pattern.

Since last winter, I’ve been hoarding a jelly roll and some coordinating yardage from Deb Strain’s Hearthside Holiday fabric. I love the deep Christmas red, striking black and cool gray that Deb utilizes in her winter collections. These awesome color choices are fabulous when combined with the ...

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Weekly update: taking a hike and a finished quilt from With Strings Attached

We took advantage of the beautiful fall weather this week to begin the Hike Lake County challenge. sponsored by the Lake County Forest Preserve District   Take a hike along the trails at the forest preserves on the list, fill out the log, and send it in to get a commemorative badge or a zipper pull.  The autumn 2020 challenge is August 15 to November 30 so we're pushing to get to the 12 listed locations (and a 13th wild card of our choice).  [Note: I do the hiking while Stevens sits in the car and enjoys the scenery. He ...

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October 5, 2020
Weekly update: how about that?, wildflowers, and reading from With Strings Attached

 Autumn wildflowers at Lyons Woods on Sunday afternoon.   Left:  white snakeroot; a yellow that I can't identify (not swamp candle, not goldenrod), and a very late-blooming thistle.  On the right: four kinds of asters. 

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On Friday I posted a photo two sets of Christmas blocks and declared that setting them would be my October One Monthly Goal project.  The muse smiled graciously on me and look at the result!  It's 56 x 70 and used 4 yards by weight.

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I hear about books from many sources -- email from publishers, blogs, and FB posts. I miss being able to ...

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August 5, 2020
New pattern: Buffalo Check Winter from Carried Away Quilting

Last month I introduced you to a brand new pattern called Buffalo Check Autumn. Today I'm pleased to share another pattern in my buffalo check inspired series. This one is named Buffalo Check Winter, and it features modern evergreen trees and festive crimson stars. 

My sample quilt was made using Moda Bella Solids and a beautiful new collection by Holly Taylor, called Winter White. This collection celebrates traditional colors and cozy Northwoods-themed prints, which will provide a warm and inviting look for our guest room this winter. This is a holiday quilt which can stay on the bed for ...

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July 31, 2020
Midwinter Christmas continues from Wendy's Quilts and More

Some of you asked to see more of the Christmas quilts I took to Pinestream Quilters last weekend.  

Well, first up was my Oh! Christmas Tree quilt designed by Wendy Williams.  You can read more about it here.  I love this quilt because it really does represent Christmas in New Zealand and Australia.  It's all bright and summery, and that's how our Christmases are here (even though I used snowflake fabric for my background). 

I loved doing all the wool felt applique.

It's hand quilted with Aurifil of course!

I also took along Flocks by Night, another ...

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