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October 21, 2016
New Friday Tutorial: The Whimsical Shoofly Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Make the Whimsical Shoofly Quilt with this Video Tutorial!

With a little creativity and a touch of courage, quilting can be a real “choose-your-own-adventure” experience. What happens if I rotate half my blocks? What if I switch out the white background for a bright solid? What if I use a 10-inch square instead of a 5-inch? Before you know it, you have created a totally unique quilt. You are an artist! You are an inventor! You are AMAZING!!!

Make the Whimsical Shoofly Quilt with this Video Tutorial!

Today Jenny will guide us through the Whimsical Shoofly Quilt, a simple variation of the shoofly or churn dash. You’ll be amazed to see what a difference a small change ...

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September 16, 2016
Making strings while the sun shines from Making A Lather

I decided to treadle while watching Ghost Whisperer last night on netflix. I made 10 more string blocks. I'm not a fan of string piecing, so I leave it to my treadle and that makes it better for me. I really like string pieced quilts though.

But, it sure doesn't look like I am using these up anytime soon.
I am making 10 inch blocks using Missouri star foundation papers. I like them, I can add them to my orders to make the shipping seem more reasonable when I buy the deal of the day. But phone book ...

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September 7, 2016
Progress here and there from Making A Lather

The good news: all 41 blocks for my chunky churn dash quilt are done. Bad news: They are very scrappy and I can't see what will go with them in the alternate hourglass blocks. Bonnie Hunter uses a navy. I will have to ponder and play to decide. But I can feel that I am ready to send them to ufo paradise for a vacation. We'll see. This is a free pattern here.

This really uses a lot of 1 1/2 inch strips and 2 1/2 inch squares from the scrap bins. Super easy, so that ...

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September 6, 2016
New Pattern in Magazine! from Snuggles Quilts

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to bring my newest pattern in a magazine to your attention! I'm really excited about this one because it combines my love of traditional blocks with my love of scrap quilts. The name of the quilt is called Churn Dash Checkers and it appears in the Nov/Dec issue of Quiltmaker on newsstands September 13th. That's next week!

Here is a few beautiful shots of the lap quilt from the magazine:

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If you are looking for the magazine on newsstands, here is what the cover looks like to make sure you get the right ...

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August 2, 2016
Jekyll and Hyde from TheEclecticAbuela

This quilt can't decide who it is--calm, sedate Dr. Jekyll (churn dash blocks) or wild, crazy Mr. Hyde (string blocks). 

Jekyll and Hyde 64" x 86"

Jekyll and Hyde (detail)

Jekyll and Hyde (detail)

Jekyll and Hyde (pieced backing)


Quilting it was also a Jekyll and Hyde experience--smooth, problem-free quilting, until I would run into a fabric that shredded my thread! As befits the name, I'm of two minds about it--I can't decide if I like it or not!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 70 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction ...

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June 28, 2016
Dashing from TheEclecticAbuela

The layout for this quilt was inspired by Bonnie Hunter's "Random Ohio Stars." When I was making that quilt, I loved the layout and thought it would work well with other blocks. The chosen block would need to be easily done in two sizes (one half the size of the other), and it would need to rely heavily on contrast for effect. Churn Dash was my first choice.

Here is my "Dashing" experiment.

Dashing--75' x 88"

Two borders--a blue and a floral

A few more blocks--there is a bend in the quilt; I promise the blocks aren't wonky ...

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June 14, 2016
To-Do Tuesday | 06.13.16 from Georgia Girl Quilts

Last week, I completed most of my list:
  • The spur of the moment quilt is done! I'll be posting more about that in a Friday finish post; but here is a sneak peak:

  • The HST quilt is completed too! I won't be able to post pics of this one for at least a couple of weeks because it won't make it to its new home until then; but here is a quick look at the stripey binding:

  • I got both of my CHEER circle blocks completed:

I did not finish the super secret project; but only because ...

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May 27, 2016
But They Are So Cute! from TheEclecticAbuela

I have two quilts that need the binding hand stitched. I have two quilts that need layering and basting to be quilted. I'm working on a mystery quilt project. So what am I doing today?

Making Churn Dash blocks!

Just playing with scraps today.


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May 20, 2016
New Friday Tutorial: The Spring Rain Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Make a Spring Rain Quilt with this Step-by-Step Video Tutorial with Jenny Doan!

I love a little shower of rain. It’s just so peaceful to sit at my sewing machine and listen to the gentle pitter-pat of raindrops on the window. It’s too wet to work in the yard, too wet to run to the grocery story, and way too wet to cut the grass. I’ve racked my brain and come to the conclusion that on a rainy day, the best use of my time is quilting! (Curiously, I’ve come to the same conclusion about sunny days, snowy days, and even plagues-of-locust days.)


This week we’re learning how ...

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March 29, 2016
Farm Girl Vintage Blocks for March from the confused quilter

My Daughter and I recently got together for some Farm Girl Vintage Sewing Time!

First up are my blocks. 
Churn Dash. 


Kitchen Window.

Out to Pasture.

Four Together!

Now for the extra cuteness from my Daughter!
Churn Dash.


Kitchen Window.
Isn't this fussy cut darling?

Out to Pasture.

Daughter's Blocks All Together!

Farm Girl Vintage Sewing Days are so Happy!
What kind of Happy Sewing are you doing?


My fabrics are from the Mimosa and Pie Making Day lines.
Daughter's fabrics are from Hi De Ho & Art Gallery Solids

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February 15, 2016
Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL - Churn Dash Block #5 from Sew Fresh Quilts

Welcome to the next block tutorial for the Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL!
Today's tutorial is for the Churn Dash 6" quilt block.

Ugly Christmas Sweater with Churn Dash

Churn Dash 6" quilt block

1 @ 1.5” x 11”
1 @ 1.5” x 11”
2 @ 3” squares
2 @ 3” squares
1 @ 2.5” square
Churn Dash Block #5

Sew the (A) and (B) pieces together. Trim the end flush and cut into (4) pieces that are each 2.5” wide. Draw a diagonal GUIDE line across the wrong side ...

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January 5, 2016
First things first from I Patch and Quilt

Hello every body!

Welcome to 2016!!! I wish you all the best for this new year.

I hope you have all survived the first days back at work. For me it was a bit of a shock to the system, ha ha! I think I could have done with a few more days off! ;-)

In my last post of 2015 I spoke of finally finishing some half done projects, like the Christmas quilt and small Christmas pillows.

(My cat claimed ownership of the largest pillow!)

Tackling these W.I.P.s set me in motion and got me on the ...

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