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May 31, 2020
Four Finishes and Another New Project from The Cozy Quilter

Christine finished the binding on the quilt we made for a family affected by the tragedy in Nova Scotia a few short weeks ago.  This quilt is ready to be packed up and mailed to the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild for distribution.  The binding is a medium blue fabric with tiny daisies on it that I found in my stash.  Christine has a clothes line in her backyard that doubles as a place to hang quilts for photo ops. We hope that this quilt brings comfort and peace. There is love in every stitch. 


The next two finishes are gifts ...

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March 20, 2020
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? It's The Little Things... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Crazy days, right?  But we can certainly find things to whoop about if we look hard enough, I'm sure!  And since it's Friday, that means it's time - so let's get started!


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This week has been an experiment in cooking for me - not my favorite thing to do, especially not day after day after day (we eat out A LOT!).  But I've been trying some new recipes...


...like homemade ramen, with soft boiled eggs made in my Instant Pot!  This turned out really yummy and will definitely become a regular menu item!


We've ...

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February 29, 2020
Slow and Fast Stitching This Week from The Cozy Quilter

I like to have a variety of projects to work on at any one time so that I don't get bored (no chance of that for a very long time, if not ever!) so this week, as usual, I have a few things to show you.   First up is my fall themed comfort quilt block for the Elgin Piecemakers guild.  I have had that leaf fabric lurking in my stash for several years and it worked perfectly for this block.  (I even have some left...)


I have been cleaning out my fabric storage area and keep finding blocks and ...

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February 9, 2020
Appliqué Chimneys and a New Project from The Cozy Quilter

A few weeks ago, I noticed that another one of the Slow Sunday Stitchers was starting a new counted cross stitch project through Linen and Threads--it runs a new part of the pattern each month for a larger sampler project and there is a bonus Christmas ornament pattern each month as well.  I have decided to make a few of the Christmas ornaments and started the January pattern this week. The pattern suggests using one colour for the entire design but since I did not want to follow the directions, I picked out three shades of gray and a ...

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February 8, 2020
Sewing Love and Comfort from Life in the Scrapatch


Today's sewing included these two blocks
 for two group Comfort Quilts
to wrap a little girl and boy in quilty hugs.


This pastel 6.5" Rail Fence block for the Girl Comfort Quilt is made from this ... 







This primary colored 8" block for the Boy Comfort Quilt is from





This and other fun and easy free quilt patterns may be found here





Enjoy!

May you have a happy, scrappy, quilty weekend!

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January 17, 2020
Sewing This Week from The Cozy Quilter

Monday sewing days are very productive!  I had my spinning 4 patch top done to this point before I left home and managed to get both borders made and sewn on by shortly after lunch. 


I had limited blue fabric to work with so that dictated how wide the blue border would be.


I used some of the Kaffe Fassett "Millefiore" fabric that I had leftover from the spinning blocks to make the final border.


Next up, pin basting, and then quilting with my walking foot.  The backing fabric was in my stash.


I even used my bowl cozy at ...

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January 11, 2020
Slow Stitching and some Blocks from The Cozy Quilter

Since I finished my Tula Pink 100 Modern blocks sampler quilt top earlier this week, I needed to find something to sew this week. I am trying to work on my UFO's for a challenge for the Oxford Quilt Guild so I pulled out the UFO bin and chose my spinning 4 patches, made at least two years ago.  Earlier in the week, I posted some pictures of colour options for a checkerboard layout and several people voted for the blue fabric over the other choices.


I got looking at the gray and blue fabrics again, and decided to ...

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January 8, 2020
Sewing Day from The Cozy Quilter

I spent Monday at the weekly Oxford Guild sewing day.  I try to go every week, but was doing some volunteer work during November and December on Mondays, so have not been for a while.  It was fun to get back into sewing after the holidays.  I have been working on Tula Pink's 100 Modern Blocks sampler off and on since March 2019.  On Monday, I finished putting the top together...here is a peek at part of it.



I will be making the backing this week and then taking it to the long arm quilter's house.  I ...

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January 7, 2020
22 Quillt Project Finishes from 2019 from Allie's in Stitches

It has been a productive and eclectic year for me as a quilt designer and maker. While cutting down my teaching engagements has been a little bittersweet, the time freed up has enabled me to do more experimentation in my own work, as well as to spend more time making comfort quilts for others.  This latter aspect of quiltmaking has become more and more important to me.

A developing theme has been incorporating vintage textiles into my quilts.  I use the hashtags #herhandsandmine and #vintagetextilesinquilts over on Instagram where I post a lot @alliealler --do find me! 

Another new direction ...

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December 14, 2019
Sometimes dreams take a long time from Art In Search

     Back in the 80s, I tried repeatedly to become a published children's book illustrator. Because there was a cheap airline, I flew twice a year to NYC to see publishers and attend the Society of Children's book writers and illustrators. Learned a lot, met a lot of great illustrators, but the endeavor went nowhere. I gave up, ran a graphic design business and went back to school at 41 to earn a teaching certification and masters in K-12 art. I taught for 13 years, retiring due to chronic migraines and middle school.
     I embraced quilting again just before ...

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December 8, 2019
A New Slow Stitching Project from The Cozy Quilter

Since I finished Frank last week, I needed a new slow stitching project.  I purchased this kit at QuiltCon last February and it has been waiting in the wings ever since then.  The pattern was already printed on the fabric and all of the threads, a needle, and a wooden hoop were included in the kit. 



There are lots of new to me stitches in this project but I started with some easy backstitch.  I did a running stitching the in curly bit where my thread is now and will do a running stitch back to the main stem, before ...

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November 4, 2019
Two more out the door from Art In Search

     The past week had a lot of demand for comfort  quilts. I had to really hustle to finish them. The Cats Lattice left Tuesday. The Disappearing 4 patch left today, and the Plus quilt is leaving Tuesday. The quilts were kitted up with a tote bag, book, pocket quilt, card and bagged in an XXL zip plastic. I pray that they deliver their comfort to the recipients who surely need it. Hope I get a little break before another request pops in. I have plenty of tops, but they need quilting and kitting up. And my quilting has a lot ...

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October 20, 2019
Two Quilts Quilted from The Cozy Quilter

Early this week, I spent some time quilting two quilts using my walking foot.  I made this plus sign flimsy using my stash of 30's prints and it has been pin basted waiting for quilting inspiration to hit for a few months now...  I finally decided on straight lines about an inch apart across the width of the quilt and two vertical lines through each column of plus signs.  It took a couple of sessions at the sewing machine to get the quilting done and tonight, I pieced the binding with 30's prints used in the plus signs ...

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October 10, 2019
Comfort Quilt Assembly and a Few More Blocks from The Cozy Quilter

After a one hour walk this morning, I came home and got to work in the sewing room.  Pat and I are working together to put the Navy and White blocks together for the Elgin Piecemakers' September Comfort quilt.  19 blocks were handed in at our September meeting so I started my day by making one more block so I could do a 4X5 block layout for this quilt. I found the pattern for this block in one of my 100 blocks magazines. 


Next, I laid out all of the blocks on the floor in the hall outside my sewing ...

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October 4, 2019
Coming Home--Trees ready to appliqué from The Cozy Quilter

Well, I am finally back at work on my Coming Home quilt.  I am a few months behind the crowd, but I will catch up, eventually!  Today, I prepped the appliqué trees for the next border.  Everything is glue basted and ready for me to sew by hand this weekend. 


I have my threads, my applique needles, my LED light and my thimble...I am prepared!


All these trees should keep me busy all weekend. 


I did some other sewing this week too...  This is November's comfort quilt block for the Elgin Piecemakers--Grey, yellow and white squares made into ...

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