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January 19, 2019
Get Away – Storm at Sea from Carol Lyles Shaw

Get Away is the Island Batik Blog Hop theme for January 2019. And, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to make Storm at Sea, a traditional block–but I ended up altering it in a modern way.

First…the Fabrics! My fabrics are from the Soul Song Collection by Island Batik.

This collection goes from brights to muted black/cream.

I decided to use these fabrics shown below in the project–you’ll see why in a moment.

I used these Island Batik Soul Song fabrics and added an Island Batik neutral called Whip Cream.
I love the words ...

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January 9, 2019
Tribal and Thread from Heart Desire Creations

Oh how I loved this pattern when I first saw it and I had the perfect collection of fabrics! The pattern is “Tribal  Influence” by Pamela Goecke, Aardvark Quilts. The fabric collection is David Butler’s Parson Gray Curious Nature plus a few other random fabrics in my stash that I threw in. Here it is in progress:

tribe in progress (medium)

Yes, it was a lot of cutting and Yes, it was a lot of sewing. The almost completed quilt top sat in my closet for about two years and finally I pulled it out a week ago because I wanted it finished ...

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December 10, 2018
Barn Lot Quilt Series.....Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I have been making some progress

This is the 5th quilt top in the series...

These images are super rusty!

In the upper right corner of the quilt top

you can see rusted horse shoes:

The horse shoes were worn by 

the Cowboy's Cow Pony, Dancer...

rusted horse shoes on fabric...

All 5 quilt tops now have borders:






I have some applique' work to do,

then they will be spray basted

and ready for machine quilting.

This was our sunrise this morning

just out ...

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December 4, 2018
Mixed Feelings from Sew Preeti Quilts

A Colorwash quilt is one in which the placement of colored squares mimics the color wheel with the lightest area near the center and darkest areas in the corners.

On a cloudy morning

One thing is obvious - The gradual transition from almost white (in or near the center) to almost black (at the edges/corners) is the essence of making such a quilt.

But everything else is subjective.

Colorwash Layout (almost)

The Colorwash 360 class taught by Wanda Hanson of Exuberant Color came with many organizing tips and lots of guidelines were provided but most of the actual design process ...

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December 3, 2018
Island Batik Improv Log Cabin Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

Making an improv log cabin quilt was a fun challenge.  In my newest Island Batik challenge, I combined two themes to create an improv log cabin wall hanging–here’s the tutorial showing how I did it.

Cozy Log Cabins is the first challenge theme that I used!  Log cabins are a great traditional pattern and I remember making many versions when I first learned to quilt many, many years ago.   It’s also a traditional pattern that you can easily make modern and I will show you how I did that.

The second theme is Whimsical and Wonky!  I ...

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November 28, 2018
On the Design Wall from Heart Desire Creations

Finally I have something on one of my design walls!  I’ve already eliminated a couple of blocks that just didn’t “fit.” Yes, it is all Kaffe fabrics. AND – all from my Kaffe scrap bin! (Not that the bin appears to be any less full.)


This is from Kathy Doughty’s book, “Making Quilts”. I started this one out as  planned color, with each round being a particular color. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really working for me and am now putting it up as scrappy. I see that I have a lot of rearranging to do, but I need ...

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October 16, 2018
Presentation accomplished from Art In Search

     For the last couple of months, I have been prepping for a presentation to my guild on art quilts. I collected a lot of information, gathered up my examples and tried to make it coher. I wrote handouts, made samples, and did an auditioning demo. It took a half hour to set up and take down and lasted about 1 1/2 hrs. I felt a huge load lift after it was done. I don't think people realize how much work and effort go into a meaty presentation. I had spent time organizing categories on index cards, gathering stuff ...

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October 2, 2018
Barn Lot Quilt Series......Progress Report from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Oh yummy RUST...

I have missed you!

I began this quilt series 4 years ago,

created 2 quilt tops then.....stopped.

Well, here I go again...

I have the 3rd quilt images up 

on the design wall...

I pieced the background with rust dyed fabrics...

Here is the quilt top background 

up on the design wall...

The farm images are basted in place and the 

3rd quilt top is ready for applique stitching.

Now I am ready to begin the 4th quilt top:

Here are the images for the 4th top...

The background is all pieced...

Background up on the ...

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September 17, 2018
Monday......more Sunflower Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I spent the afternoon today

working on the sunflower quilt...

This is where I left off.....last Monday.

At this point, I am nearly done

filling in the dark brown center of the flower...

5:00.....I am calling it a day.

The rest will have to wait until next Monday.

Before I began stitching on the sunflower,

I spent the morning basting quilts:

Spray basting is my preference...

This quilt top has been sitting around 

for close to a year

waiting its turn to go....under the needle.

As long as I had the can of 505 Spray out ...

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September 10, 2018
Summer's End... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Our Bartlett Pear tree is giving

us a big harvest this year...

We collect a box full each morning...

2 canner loads to process each day...

14 jars of pears a day.

We will enjoy these over the winter months.

Our Gravenstein Apple tree has also kept us busy:

3 pies came out of the oven today.

I try and stitch whenever I get the chance:

I have been working on this curved piece

sunflower quilt this summer.

I have been finishing up tote bags

from all of the messy painted canvas

that was painted earlier in the year.

We ...

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September 4, 2018
Monday......Sunflower Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I spend Mondays with my local

quilt group

Today I continued piecing my sunflower quilt...

I am really enjoying watching it grow!

It is approximately 4 x 3 feet in size

Nearly all of the flower petals

and blue background are fussy cut...

The blue background will get darker and darker

as it goes above the sunflower.

This is where I left off today...

2/3 of the way done:

I am looking forward to more stitching

on this project next Monday.

Last week we attended the Oregon State Fair:

The Cowboy and I enjoy making a stop at the ...

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August 29, 2018
A quick catch-up from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I haven't been posting as I normally do. It's really beginning to irk me that I've gotten lazy about reading and posting. Hopefully now that the kids are back in school, and there will be less babysitting, I'll be able to pick up the pace.

In the meantime, there are a few happenings that I want to share with you. One is that I visited a friend and saw her great-grandmother's Sunbonnet Sue quilt hanging in a guest bedroom. It's in pristine condition, which tells me that it was put away for special guests ...

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August 24, 2018
My Little Bee Group from Butterfly Threads

If you aren't a member of a Bee Group, you need to be! I have been meeting with my bee group for years. We have morphed and transitioned as the years have passed. Folks have moved away and passed away, and new friends have joined. We like to keep it small, 6 members maximum, because that makes hosting easier. Speaking of hosting, we each host two times a year and we treat ourselves to a fun lunch out in December for the holidays.

Recently my sweet friend Darlene hosted. We lovingly refer to her as the 'hostess with the ...

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August 11, 2018
Sunflower......Art Quilt from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I have a new Monday project...

I am starting a new Sunflower quilt...

I meet with the Harlan Valley Quilters

each Monday.

This is my new Monday project...

This is the color story:

Blue for the sky behind the sunflower,

Green sunflower leaves,

Red, Orange, Yellow for the sunflower petals,

Dark browns and black 

for the flower center...

The entire project is curved piecing...

a favorite of mine.

The sunflower is about 4 feet tall...

This is a great deal of fun...

it will take self control to work on

it only on Mondays!

Teasel grows everywhere

here in Western ...

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August 7, 2018
10 Minute Tip from Butterfly Threads

Just some scrappy blocks on my design wall.

Today's 10 minute tip is one I don't do often enough. When you don't have time to sew, or you only have a few minutes in your quilt studio, grab a lint brush and clean off your design wall. I know I'm not the only one who neglects doing this because I see photos of some pretty 'thready' design walls out there in 'internetland.' So next time you have a few minutes, grab a lint brush and get busy. Here's a link to the lint brush I ...

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July 30, 2018
Island Batik Modern Pattern Play from Carol Lyles Shaw

This month, the Island Batik challenge was secondary pattern play.  So, of course, I made it Island Batik Modern Pattern Play!

I returned to one of my favorite techniques–improvisational curved blocks that I call Parisian Curves. (Pattern and detailed tutorial is in my book, Madly Modern Quilts available online and at local quilt shops).  This post is a tutorial showing one way that I approach improvisational design. It’s an improvisational design process that I teach in my workshops to help students move away from the layout that I provide.

Island Batik Fabrics

[Fabrics used in the project were ...

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July 3, 2018
Unplanned Absents from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

I had no intentions of being absent for a month, but life happens.
Was busy in the beginning of the month getting ready for the grandsons visit and helping Mom get to appointments.

The boys were here for 3 weeks and we had so much fun.
Hate that it was so hot already, not good for June and is rough on the pastures and cattle.

Ben loves to build things and while I was getting in a little sewing he decided that he would use my rulers and rolls of toilet paper to make a secret fortress. 

Quite a site ...

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June 22, 2018
Layouts from Stitchin' Therapy

  After messing around/playing with settings to fix the comment problem with the home grown fix from Amity Quilter post,  I was glad to get to the sewing room. Pat is our home grown, genius quilter/blogger to have found and shared this fix.  And we are all happy!

   In the sewing was bitter sweet to put together the last, the very last garlic knot block that I had in the rope bowl.    The blocks have been in the processing line for a couple of months and I was addicted to pairing them up.  I had developed a ...

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June 12, 2018
Designing On My Design Wall from Quilts + Color

I shibori dyed this group of fabrics a few years ago.
I decided to put them on the design wall to see if I like what is happening.

Showing it with the furniture gives you an idea of the size.
I do like this so I hope to join and quilt them.

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June 11, 2018
Modern MiniQuilt Challenge: Connections from Carol Lyles Shaw

I love a good MiniQuilt Challenge!  And, the great editors at Curated Quilts Magazine have created some clever ones for every issue.  The current mini quilt challenge is Connections using the palette shown above.

The palette–cream, yellow, mustard yellow, navy, moss green, grey– is more muted than I normally choose. And, that’s what makes the challenge such a good exercise for me.  I decided to challenge myself further by using only 3 colors– grey, navy and yellow. I don’t often work with navy and wanted to explore it a bit.  The blue and yellow are Moda grunge ...

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