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March 27, 2020
Friends at the Fence... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Look what's up on the Design Wall...

I have had this panel for close to a year now...

I put it up on the design wall...

then waited for inspiration to set in.

English Paper Pieced Hexagons...

on the table

Now, I am inspired !

Here goes...

The sky has a very soft pink 

running through it...

I pinned up the light blue and pink hexagons

 along the sky.

At this point, the sky is blocked in 

with blue hexagons.

I have started on the lower portion...

blacks, browns, rusts 

to go with the horse colors.

I am getting goose ...

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March 18, 2020
National Quilting Day Ideas! from Carol Lyles Shaw

National Quilting Day 2020 — Ways to Stay Connected! Most (maybe all of us) are practicing social distancing so meeting with other quilters face to face will be limited for the next few weeks.  But, that doesn’t have to mean that we need to completely isolate ourselves.  We can still connect and show each other [ ...Continue Reading ]

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March 8, 2020
A Little Housekeeping - Part 2 from Sew........This Is My Blog

If the condition of my ironing board was awful my design wall was almost as bad.  Ever since Hubby helped me make my design wall, about fifteen years ago, I've kept it covered in flannel, and it's always worked great.  Then, for some strange reason I no longer recall, I decided (when I moved into my new sewing room) the flannel needed to be covered with batting.  Who knows? 

That turned out to be not such a great idea.  Blocks refused to stick to it for very long, but stray threads seemed to love staying put and were ...

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Creating Your Own Design Wall from Appalachian Quilts

My weekend has been a roller coaster of emotion.  Friday night I got some awesome news (which I will tell you about later).  Saturday was a visit from Some Kinda Special.  Hubs brought him home with him so his Poppa could finish loading their POD.  Some Kinda Special and his parents are moving to another state.  While I am super excited for them, I am super sad for me.  They have always been beach-y people, so I get it.  It doesn't cushion the blow much, though.  Today was the anniversary of his adoption.  Thank you FB Memories for throwing ...

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January 26, 2020
Oh Scrap! : January's Scrappy Goodness from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

It is hard to believe it is the last week of January already!

I was able to squeeze in a sew day with a good friend.  She sent me hone with some bags of her scraps.  I immediately sorted them into colors as soon as I got home.  
Only scrap quilters understand how exciting this can be - I petted each little bit!

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January 7, 2020
Fractured Triangles Quilt Pattern Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

One of my 2020 goals is to create more video tutorials showing my process for creating quilts.  So, I created a video tutorial  while I was making a new version of my Fractured Triangle pattern in a very different colorway from my original version. I had testers who made wonderful variations when I published the [ ...Continue Reading ]

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December 1, 2019
The Geese are Flying! from Heart Desire Creations

thumbnail_img_1702.jpgBusy week – blowing leaves, Thanksgiving, decorating the house and family.  I did manage, however, to work on the flying geese for my Tula Strings quilt.  I sewed two cutoffs together and from that made the flying geese using a paper piece pattern I drew on EQ.  What I love about this is the accuracy.


I narrowed the inner border and the geese borders are on three sides.  One more to go – yippee! Then, unfortunately, it will go to the land of unquilted flimsies until next year. This will make five flimsies and there are 3 Hospice flimsies.  There’s also ...

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November 24, 2019
Tula & Shot Cotton Strips from Heart Desire Creations


Progress! Yeah! I first brought this project to a retreat in SC and got a number of blocks completed.  It then it made its way to the Fall Quilt & Sew-In and I completed all but about 4 blocks.  At last they are all complete, sewn together, and the first border is on.  This solid border, however, is probably going to be reduced. Unfortunately, there was gobs of rain today and could only get this inside picture – pretty dull.



The border is my next step.  There are a ton of the cuts from the strip sets that will be stitched in ...

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November 17, 2019
Artquilt Improv with Intention from Carol Lyles Shaw

Here's a peek into my process for making this commission quilt. As many of you know,  I spent many years as an artquilter before I moved into the world of modern quilt designing and teaching.  I still make a few artquilts every year--usually as a commission like this one or in response to an invitation [ ...Continue Reading ]

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October 24, 2019
Design Walls from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that one of the most important, if not the most important feature in my sewing studio is the design wall! I know!!!!  I used to have two full walls of design boards but one of them got replaced with bookshelves. I'm OK with that. Too much design wall can be a bad thing because you leave stuff up.

I only have one project on the design wall at this moment which I forgot to take a picture of. But I will.

I also wanted to have a ...

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October 22, 2019
Kaffe Fassett Mediterranean Hexagons Colour Workshop Recap from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I took a workshop with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably last week!  The project was the Mediterranean Hexagons quilt from the book Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Morocco, available on Amazon here (affiliate link).

Brandon Mably and Rebecca the Rebellious Workshop Student
I'm going to start with a quick synopsis so those of you who are crunched for time can just skim through the pictures and be done with it: 

Everyone loved this workshop except me.  

Seriously -- no fault of Kaffe and Brandon whatsoever; they were delightful.  I was miserable.  I couldn't follow directions.  I wasted a lot ...

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October 21, 2019
Design Wall Monday from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I seem to have finally gotten over my impulsive quilt starting phase and am now feeling motivated to finish up some projects.  So that means a lot of my design walls are empty right now.  So I spent a bit of time moving around some blocks on my design walls.  
I thought I would share some photos.

In my sewing room, I have all of the blocks completed for this Kaffe quilt finished.  I just need to work on the final layout and sew it up.

On the other wall, is the RSC color block quilt.  I was hoping to ...

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