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April 2, 2014
Done and Re-Done! from Quilting Artist

I finished a block this week, re-did one, and started another!  

I will start with the "Done".  I finished the Ostrich Pair block from the Bountiful Life Quilt.  This block was fun and the only changes made were to the ostrich beaks, and those bird feet!  I learned that ostiches only have three toes on each foot.  That made my life easier! LOL
I had the perfect fabric for the eyes!
Now for the "Re-Done".  First I want to thank everyone that commented on what I should do about that one wrinkled grape leaf in this block.  Most comments said ...

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March 30, 2014
No one, but TWO finishes!! from Simple Bird Applique

Oh my!  I am so excited!  Here it is just the end of March, and I already have two finishes!  First, Owen’s quilt.  Beautifully quilted by Colleen at Elite Quilting.


And, here is the back.


For the lettering, I just printed “Owen’s quilt”  in Illustrator and prepped the pieces just like I would prep any other shape. Remember this?


And here is my Civil War Bride quilt breathtakingly machine quilted by Rose at Elite Quilting.  I wish you could see this in person!!


Whenever I ask Colleen to machine quilt a quilt for me, she always asks me ...

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March 12, 2014
I Am So Disappointed! Any Suggestions? from Quilting Artist

So I finished the Fruit Bounty, aka Fruit Salad, block from the A Bountiful Life quilt.  I really like this one becuase it reminds me that Spring and Summer will return after the bitter cold and snowy Winter we have had. 
Here is my finished block.  Isn't it pretty? I definitely made the right choice to go back and add the stems for the cherries.  What was I thinking?  I think I will also embroider some stems on those grapes.  Once the block was complete, I hand washed it and dried it on a towel.
Once it was completely ...

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March 10, 2014
This is Going to be Fun .... and the Best Potato Chips! from Quilting Artist

I haven't written a new post in couple of weeks so I have some catching up to do.  We were away for the weekend, heading south to the Jersey shore for my father-in-law's 89th birthday.  I took a nice walk along the beach, which was wonderful to do with all the snow we have had this winter.  It was nice to get away to where there was not still 12" of snow on the ground and you could see the grass!  It was in the mid-50's on Saturday!

I finished the Fruit Bounty block from the A ...

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February 24, 2014
Fruit Bounty - Next block in the A Bountiful Life journey from Quilting Artist

I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday because Blogger was having 'issues'.  But that doesn't mean I wasn't stitching! I worked on the little baskets (sorry, no photos to share) and also on the next block in the A Bountiful Life quilt.
 Fruit Bounty.. or as I prefer to call it, Fruit Salad! 
I had already stitched the stems and pears.  Then I decided yesterday morning that I really did need to add the cherry stems.  I realized without them, the cherries would just be floating out there... which doesn't make sense, right?
These ...

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February 12, 2014
The Calm Before the Storm..... from Quilting Artist

We are expecting another snow storm (will this ever end!!??) tomorrow that should give us 8" - 12" on top of the icy piles of snow already out there.   But right now it is a peaceful, sunny day.  Hard to imagine what 24 hours will bring.  My Birds with Snacks block is now done and my beautiful birds were enjoying a day at the spa.
Don't look too closely.. I think I need to give this another press.  I don't like the way this looks right now.
Once the block was done... it was time for their spa appointment ...

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February 2, 2014
Block Done... and One Annoying Groundhog! from Quilting Artist

Happy February!  Hard to believe isn't it? - whew!  I think time seems to be flying more quickly now as I look at that pile of UFOs... or PhDs. :-)  And although I can't report any progress on them, it doesn't mean I haven't been busy.
This week I finished the Hospitality Table block from the Bountiful Life quilt.  I love this block.. far more than I thought I would when I started it.
So the only thing to do was to move onto the next block - Birds with Snacks.  Hmmm, appropriate for Superbowl Sunday??
 Here is the ...

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January 19, 2014
One More! from Quilting Artist

Cleaning up in the New Year is always a good feeling.  Whether you are cleaning up your sewing room, closets, or project baskets - it feels good to clean out the old and reorganize.  I think we all do this periodically and I found myself doing a bit of this yesterday... and of course, guess what I found.  More UFOs!!!!!  It's not that I forgot about these projects, I just wasn't thinking of them when I made my 2014 UFO list. :-).  By the way,  I loved Elita's comment on my last post about calling them PhDs (Projects Half ...

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November 18, 2013
OK…where was I? from Simple Bird Applique

Now that I have finished Civil War Bride, I have some spare time on my hands.  What will I do?  Will I work on finishing some neglected UFO’s or start something totally brand new?  Well…since I like to work on a number of projects at once, the answer is…both!  I am going to work on finishing up Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore” and I am going to start Sue Garman’s “Ladies of the Sea” tomorrow.  I have been wanting to start this quilt for a while now.  I showed the pattern to my son a ...

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November 11, 2013
Finished!! from Simple Bird Applique

It was a busy weekend, but I made sure I took the time to add the final border to my Civil War Bride Quilt.  Voila!!  Of course, I am very excited to have finished this rather ambitious quilt.  Also, a little sad to see the entire process come to an end.  Looking back on my blog posts, I see I started stitching this quilt on July 1, 2012, and finished stitching it on Nov. 11, 2013.  Time really does fly!!





Til next time…


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November 5, 2013
Prepare to be Dazzled! from Simple Bird Applique

Last Sunday, our Sunday Afternoon Applique Group met (and once again!) Lynn dazzled and inspired us with her Aunt Millie’s Garden.  Ruth Quinn from Stitching Impressions did an awesome job of machine quilting this masterpiece.  You can see more of Lynn’s quilt here. Take a look!


I have been hand-quilting “Circle of Tulips” in my frame and beginning to get the hang of it.  I am using two different stencils for the wreaths.


I am using the smaller stencil in the centre of the wreath of tulips……


..and the larger stencil where the secondary design magically appears.


Don ...

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November 4, 2013
Hey It’s Good To Be Back Home Again! from Simple Bird Applique

Vacations are wonderful!  Coming back home is wonderful, too.  Don’t get me wrong…we had an amazing time in Florida.  We swam, we lounged by the pool, we walked and we ate (boy did we eat!)  Of course, the best part was the hot weather.  When we left Barrie on Thursday the 24th, it was snowing!  Fast forward a couple of hours and we were basking in the sunshine!  I stitched when I could and managed to finish the bottom border of my Civil War Bride Quilt.



As soon as I came home, I washed my border in the ...

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October 23, 2013
Life Is Good! from Simple Bird Applique

My Hubby and I are going on a little holiday.  We are leaving for Florida on Thursday, and, of course, I am busy packing!  But, I am even busier prepping the final borders of my Civil War Bride quilt.  I like to take my stitching with me wherever I go.  Heaven forbid I be on vacation with nothing to do!

So here is the bottom border.




Next I started on the top (and final!) border.  First I glued all the bias stems in place.


Then I glued all the leaves in place.  My bias strips were not long enough to ...

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October 14, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving! from Simple Bird Applique

I am determined to learn how to hand-quilt in a frame.  I have watched many you-tube videos, emailed many questions to a couple of quilters who I know quilt in a frame and read a few books. Now, it’s time to do it!  I spent Saturday morning putting my Q-snap frame together and put my Circle of Tulips quilt in it.  I spent 2 or 3 hours just doing some cross-hatching.  Even that feels really different than cross-hatching in a hoop.  Next I tried figuring how to quilt away from myself.  My first instinct is to pick up the ...

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October 11, 2013
Again with the moping! from Simple Bird Applique

I am getting ready to start the final borders of my Civil War Bride Quilt and it hit me…I am almost finished!  That is very exciting, but, again, a little sad.  But I remind myself that I have so many more quilts on my “To-Do List”.  The more quilts I have in the works, the happier I am!  So the borders are all marked and ready to go.  I put everything out on the floor just to make sure that I wouldn’t have any unfortunate surprises when the time came to stitch the borders on.  Everything is going ...

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October 9, 2013
Second Border on Civil War Bride from Simple Bird Applique

I finished stitching the second border of Civil War Bride this morning.  After I washed it, I trimmed it, just like the last border.


Here are some close-up pictures.



And here is the whole border!


Til next time….


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October 4, 2013
Birds and Butterflies from Simple Bird Applique

I was very excited to begin the second side border of the Civil War Bride Quilt!   When I start a border or a block, I never really have a clear picture in my mind of how it is going to look when it is finished.  So I just start prepping pieces in colours that I think will work and audition them.  Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t!

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I love the bird….I love the butterflies.  I just don’t love the way they look together.  It  just looks a little blah.  I may change them, but I’ll ...

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September 8, 2013
Strawberries, Out of Season? I Think Not! from Quilting Artist

June is strawberry month here in New Jersey.  I have wonderful memories of sitting in a sunny field with my girlfriend spending hours just talking and picking this luscious fruit.  The sweet smell of just picked strawberries is amazing.  I look forward to strawberry season every year.. So I was really looking forward to working on this block in the Bountiful Life quilt.  Which is why I chose to make it next.
I have been working on this block the past week and a half.  Taking my time.
I started by selecting some of my favorite small scale red prints ...

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August 28, 2013
Fruit Anyone? from Quilting Artist

I finished the Sideboard Bounty block from the Bountiful Life quilt.  It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed putting my own touches on that wonderful display of fruit.  There were some new fabric choices from the original, some design changes, but I am really please with the way it looks.  I think it will look fantastic in the finished quilt.  
Even though there were no vines or leaves in this one, there was still a fair amount of blue marking lines and basting glue used, especially on those grapes.
So.. I decided to take the plunge!
My ...

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August 4, 2013
Sideboard Bounty Block from Quilting Artist

This week I started my next block from A Bountiful Life.  This block is called Sideboard Bounty and I believe it does not appear in the Civil War Bride Quilt although it is in the original quilt, Bird of Paradise.  I wanted to take a short break from the stems and leaves and enjoy stitching this summer fruit.  This is not the next block in the order.... but who says they have to go in order!?
Here is the pattern and the start of my block.  I have changed some of the fruit from the pattern to give it more ...

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