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August 20, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 14: Dandelion Clock from Freshly Pieced

So you guys … this week’s Summer Sampler 2019 skill is “improv curves.” Improv. AND curves. Can you take a wild guess what my two least-favorite types of piecing are? If you guessed improv and curves, ding ding ding, we have a winner! And this week we’re doing both of those. At the same time. Gulp.

Summer Sampler 2019, Block 14: Dandelion Clock

But really, if we have to tackle improv curves (and apparently we have to), this block—Dandelion Clock, designed by Jo Avery of My Bear Paw—is the way to do it! Jo’s block uses her foundation-piecing method that involves piecing onto ...

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August 18, 2019
PJ 1134 In a Spin 10 from Virtual Quilter

Spent some time looking through Patchwork Jigsaws late yesterday … and tried to pick one to share. Settled on his one because I like the border, which is just a recolouring of the blocks making up the rest of the design.

I worked out a number system to keep track of the blocks … the ones with 16 squares made up of two pieces. I am now thinking that the more complex, and interesting, designs would be easier using just one of the 16 pieces, so that each piece can be twisted and turned individually, and then recoloured individually too.

That is ...

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August 15, 2019
Fibonacci Pattern Updated from Carol Lyles Shaw

I just uploaded an update for the Fibonacci Quilt #1 Pattern on my Etsy shop.

Here’s the original quilt:

Modern Quilt Pattern

And here’s a mock up of a new layout with some variations!   The pattern addendum  includes info on fabric requirements for the new quilt size. You can customize this quilt to suit your interests–and your fabric stash.

Modern Quilt Pattern

This variation has a mix of improvisational blocks and a very scrappy look.


Modern Quilt Pattern

You can modify or improvise the individual patches in each block. Here’s a version that has variations in the blocks and an outside border.I even included ...

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July 31, 2019
DNA from Tales of a Stitcher

A while ago, I wrote an essay called Notes on Being an Abstract Artist. If you have time, I hope you will read it. It explains a lot about my process if that sort of thing interests you. It also explains a lot about how the quilt DNA came into being.

I am part of a international art quilt group called Cloth in Common. You can read more about our group in this blog post, and you can visit the actual group’s website here

We are embarking on our second round of prompts. The  first prompt for the second ...

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July 29, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 11: Bird’s Eye Weave from Freshly Pieced

Happy Monday! This week’s Summer Sampler block is a two-fer when it comes to skills: Stripes and curves.

Summer Sampler 2019, Block 11: Bird's Eye Weave, designed by Heather Black

I didn’t expect to fall in love with this block, but I did! I feel like there are just so many design possibilities here if you switch up the colors and values, and that’s my favorite kind of quilt block. And, if you think this block is difficult, you’d be wrong. Especially after curve-intensive Block 6! This block was a piece of cake.

Summer Sampler 2019, Block 11: Bird's Eye Weave, designed by Heather Black
And hey: If you purchased the acrylic curve templates from one of our previous Summer ...

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July 1, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Blocks 6 and 7: Cul de Sac and Sparkler from Freshly Pieced

Happy July y’all! Let’s check out the latest Summer Sampler 2019 blocks!

Summer Sampler 2019 Block 7 - Sparkler

This week’s block is Sparkler by Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jet Girl. This 4th-of-July-inspired block is a gorgeous, challenging paper-pieced design! Our previous paper-pieced block—Rope Twist by Amy Friend, from two weeks ago—was fantastic and beginner-friendly, the perfect starter block for paper-piecing newbies. Well, I hope you enjoyed that, because now we’re throwing you into the deep end with this little firecracker! LOL.

Summer Sampler 2019 Block 7 - Sparkler

But really, before I scare you off, I promise that if you can paper-piece the Rope Twist block, you ...

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June 28, 2019
show and tell about your mosaic jig medallion quilt from easypatchwork

Thanks for joining us for our show and tell portion of the Mosaic Jig QAL. If you were participating, I hope you have caught up on your design and have finished the top to show to all of us? If so, you can link up down below. I have enjoyed watching your progress and finished quilts over the past couple of months. It makes my heart tingle with admiration and appreciation. I wasn't expecting

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June 21, 2019
Easy Clamshell Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Easy Clamshell? Is that even possible? You betcha! With the right tools and a sprinkling of Missouri Star magic, you’ll be stitching up those gorgeous curves like a pro!

This classic quilt is made using our brand new Drunkard’s Path template set. Jenny used this same template to make the Courtyard Path quilt, and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Click HERE to learn how to make the Easy Clamshell Quilt!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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May 25, 2019
We *heart* Curves! A Quilting How-To from Fabrics 'n Flowers

It’s no secret that orange peel is my favorite quilt shape. Playing around with ways to arrange these blocks and

The post We *heart* Curves! A Quilting How-To appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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May 24, 2019
finishing - mosaic jig qal from easypatchwork

Thanks for joining us for last edition of our quilt along instructions. Are you all caught up? Did you figure out the design or is it still a mystery? Thank you for sharing your progress photos and quilting along with us. We truly appreciate it. I hope you have had as much fun as we have had! Here is a reminder of previous posts if you missed one. Intro Material and Fabric

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May 19, 2019
Lilla Show n Tell from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

So I'm doing great at keeping up with the homework for the ongoing classes, but the next hurdle is to get the pictures posted! There's just too darn much going on!

These are the pictures from our ongoing class for Lilla. The class is taking place at Oh Look Fabric. While it's too late to join the class now, I'm contemplating doing another ongoing class at the store. Any thoughts??  Any intriguing patterns that look too intimidating to do on your own? Let me know. The best part of these classes is seeing the colors that ...

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May 10, 2019
record blocks for the mosaic jig qal from easypatchwork

Thanks for joining us for another edition of our quilt along. I have enjoyed seeing all of your beautiful mosaic jig quilts on Instagram. You all have picked out some really gorgeous fabric combos to make this design shine. I truly hope no one was discouraged with the last assignment? It wasn't that hard was it? Well, this (2) week will be slightly easier than the last one. Now, it is all

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April 27, 2019
A BLOOMING Cheerful Quilt from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Have you ever just fallen in love with a quilt pattern? I’ve noticed that the simplest quilts are often my

The post A BLOOMING Cheerful Quilt appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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April 26, 2019
Patricia’s Patches 9 from Virtual Quilter

Love it, but I am a bit worried about the poor peacocks … O am sure they are confused about where they are going!

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April 21, 2019
Beautiful Double Wedding Ring, updated to-do, and blah, blah, blah from caledonia quilter

As you may or may not know, I have been working on a double wedding ring quilt for several years.  I complete one row per year when I'm on retreat up in Tobermory with the Beach Girls.  Every once in a while the Universe teases me, and has a customer bring one for quilting.

This is so pretty.  I just love these quilts and look forward to someday completing my own.

Nice plain back that shows off the quilting.

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April 3, 2019
Abacus :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

Another Sew Kind of Wonderful pattern finish. I completed the top for this one back in March 2013! Click here to read that post.

I still have four more quilts waiting for binding! But I am making progress. Now I'm starting to worry about where I'm going to put all these completed tops. Some may go to charity or be given as gifts.

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April 2, 2019
Mission Impossible: How to Machine Applique Something to Nothing from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, my lovelies!  I am happy to report that I actually achieved my goal of completing all 48 foundation paper pieced flying geese arcs by the end of March.  I had to cut back on some other commitments to free up for sewing time, but Lars's graduation quilt (which I had tentatively named Geese In Circles but have now renamed Mission Impossible: Graduation 2019) is now on schedule again.  Yay!

Four 12 Inch Blocks Done, Forty-Four More Blocks to Go

My To-Do Tuesday Goal for This Week is to complete the inner and outer curved piecing on at ...

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March 30, 2019
After Pompeii 51 from Virtual Quilter

This design is closely related to the first design I shared on Virtual Quilter.

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March 29, 2019
Batik Urban Birthday :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I'm still in the midst of my binding marathon! I'm very glad to be finished with the second and last of the batik quilts as hand sewing with batik fabric is not my favorite.

The top was completed back in May 2015. Click here for that blog post. I really like this pattern and have made two versions of it. This batik one and one using a French General layer cake. This pattern is a great one for a beginner to curved piecing so I'll be teaching it soon again, but this time at my shop.

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Mission Impossible: Exploring My Options For Piecing Curves from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning!  Now that all but nine of 48 foundation paper pieced arcs of flying geese have been made for Lars's graduation quilt, I've turned my attention to the next and final step of assembling the blocks: the two curved seams that attach each arc of geese to the dark purple background fabric.

First Completed Geese In Circles Block!  MEH!
In quilting (as in most things in life!), there is always more than one way to tackle a challenge.  I have three options in mind for piecing these curved seams, and each has advantages and disadvantages.  So I ...

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