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October 22, 2020
FMQ Refresher from Needle and Foot

With the onset of the pandemic and especially when everything shut down, my shop went nuts. It took me by surprise, never having owned an on-line business during a pandemic before. (Who knew??). Anyway, I was happy to provide fabric to the many, many people making masks as well as quilters who were not able to physically go into their LQS. As a result of this increase though, I was really busy and had almost no time to sew.

Things have changed and many people are venturing into brick and mortar shops (which is good for the shop owners, as ...

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June 8, 2020
Doing What We Can from Needle and Foot

Popping in today to share a few things with all of you. Many of us are having a tough time trying to deal with all that has happened over the past couple of weeks in our country. Much unrest, anger, sadness and feelings of helplessness seem to have settled over much of our world. There are ways to help and to remain positive though. Lots of people are trying to provide support where they can, donate to various organizations, and be really vocal about the changes that need to be made.

To this end, there is an auction starting today ...

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May 30, 2020
A splash of color and printing weeds from Notes from Studio B

A pack of 10 inch squares in very bright colors became a very bright donation top this week, I do have the backing so it should get quilted soon.

After pulling some weeds I selected some to print (they have to be good for something).

2020 weekly leaf, Burr oak series, week 22
A eco/botanical print on silk

Daily colleges #13-24

Starting tomorrow I'm going to switch it up some and do a different background and a little more complexity . Anyway that's the plan we will see if I can break out of my minimalist approach.

I ...

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May 29, 2020
Mercyful Quilts on Parade from Needle and Foot

I have been looking forward to the mail delivery and the UPS guy daily. Most days they bring me a wonderful package to open. It’s like Christmas around here!! Sarah’s amazing Hands2Help event is finishing up at the end of the month so quilts are being mailed to various organizations all over the map. Mercy Hospital in Sacramento is one of the (incredibly grateful) recipients.I have opened quilts from throughout the US – Florida, Texas, Arizona, and North Carolina among others!

I thought it was time to share the bounty with you. I took pictures of some of ...

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May 21, 2020
Hands 2 Help 2020 from Needle and Foot

Oh how I love this event! Each year Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict hosts an event, Hands 2 Help, to encourage quilters to donate some of their work to various organizations. I have participated numerous times over the years. I have donated quilts to various places and have marveled at the number of quilts made and gifted each May. Last year and this year I am going to donate as well as coordinate the receiving of many beautiful quilts for Mercyful Quilts.

Over the past several weeks, the quilts have started to arrive. It is so fun to ...

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May 6, 2020
Quilted Joy’s Longarm Renters are Ready for the Fourth from Quilted Joy

Patriotic quilts have been a part of our common history since the country began. And there is no slowing down now. With the fourth of July just around the corner, it is not a bad time to plan a quilt for it. The Star-Spangled Banner is only one of the twenty-nine flags in the world that is made of red, white, and blue. Even more of them have stars. But when you are in the USA, anything that has red, white, and blue automatically feels patriotic regardless of the shape it is in. These longarm machine renters are ready for ...

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April 3, 2020
Sewing up scraps and odd fabrics from Notes from Studio B

I've spent the last few days in the studio digging through my stuff and sewing odd things together, eventually they will end up as donation quilts for Project Linus. The first one was a large piece of fabric that I had printed many years ago and then didn't know what to do with it. Well, I've cut it up into large tumbling blocks, it's very bright.

The second one started from two pieces of fabric, both printed with a similar deconstructed leaf image. I then added strips of fabric that were close in color to the ...

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The Last One from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I can finally share the last of the seven Covered In Love quilts!
The photos are right here on my camera...

But first let's review all the previously made ones.

Here was the first one - there were a number of blocks that were predominately green and purple so I grouped them all together to make the above quilt.

For the second finish, I went with this asymmetrical design.  Each of these quilts were made with a 5 x 6 layout of 12" blocks so it was impossible to have a center.

I really liked this third finish.  I thought ...

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March 27, 2020
A Covered In Love Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have finished the sixth Covered in Love quilt.  For this layout, I made an offset barn raising design.   I really like how it turned out - so far it is probably a favorite of mine. 

There is a surprise on the back.  Kat had sent me a purple and yellow sunflower panel fabric.  I framed it with some yellow bees and added in some solid brown and purple.

I still have one more quilt to finish.  So far I have made six different layout designs from these donated blocks.  I hope to share the last one next Friday!

A big ...

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March 13, 2020
A Dog Quilt Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I finished up my donation dog quilt this week.  I am quite pleased with how it turned out.
I decided to go with a HST  design and used almost all of the fabric.

The final measurements are 48" x 60".

I love the subtle color change between the two light fabrics.

I was able to use the last of the fabric on the backing.  I used a striped fabric I just bought and adding the inset meant I only had to use one length of the fabric.

It is hard to see but I sewed a piece of the fabric ...

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March 6, 2020
Number Five from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Happy Friday!

I am ready to share with you the fifth Covered in Love quilt finish.  For this layout, I went back to a design that creates large plus shapes across the quilt.  

This second plus layout is staggered and details the light areas.

Here is the first layout so you can compare the two.

It took five different fabrics to come up with a backing large enough for this one.  I used a blue batik fabric for the binding so it was framed up nicely. 

This quilt was hard to photograph - all of that white was reflecting the bright ...

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March 4, 2020
A Decision and some Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

A few weeks ago, I asked for some ideas on how to use some fabric I had in my stash to make a donation quilt.  You guys definitely came through and gave me a lot to think about!

Here were a few of the pieces I had on hand.  There were lots of designs suggested but some required me to go buy more fabric and that just wasn't part of the plan.

I really needed a design that would use the background fabric to its best yield and had pieces large enough to show off the dog prints I ...

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February 21, 2020
Another CIL Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I hope you are not getting tired of seeing all of these Covered In Love finishes.  But right now, they are about the only personal quilts I have been working on.  Today I am sharing quilt number four out of seven.  I am over halfway there!!

I decided on a diagonal layout for these blocks - so the light and dark fabrics flow right across the quilt.

You can see the quilting really shows - I stitched in a simple freehand ruffly flower across the quilt.

Kat had sent me a lot of large cuts for the backings.  There was a lovely ...

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February 14, 2020
A Lightning Quick Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Happy Valentine's Day!

On this day of love, I thought it was appropriate that I am sharing my third Covered in Love quilt finish.  So many quilters made and sent in these beautiful blocks.  With so many hands doing most of the work, the top goes together quickly!

For this layout, I chose this fun zigzag or lightning pattern.  The yellow and red were the perfect choice for the half square triangles because they really show off the pattern.

For the quilting, I stitched some swirls in in the dark areas and then used some white thread to stitch ...

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February 13, 2020
Your Ideas Please from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

My sister volunteers at an animal shelter and they have a fundraising event coming up soon and I told her I would make her a quilt.  The date just keeps getting closer and I am still not firm on what quilt I should make.  I thought I would see if any of you have some good ideas.  

I don't want to go buy more fabric!

Here are the fabrics that I want to use for the project.  I can still pull a few more pieces out of my stash like a dusty blue and maybe another gray or brown ...

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February 7, 2020
Covered In Love Finish #2 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Ta Da - Here is the second Covered in Love quilt finish. I decided to lay these blocks out in an asymmetrical  design.  It is very different looking than the first quilt I made using these blocks  (which you can see here.)

I tried to get a good photograph of the quilting but the weather wasn't cooperating.  When I can, I use the piecing to guide my quilting spacing so I don't have to do any marking.  This pattern I call a traveling swirl.  I used the intersections of the squares to space out the swirls - alternating the placement ...

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January 31, 2020
First Covered in Love Quilt Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I was able to sneak the first of seven Covered in Love quilts onto my longarm last week.
So I have the first finish to share today!

As I was sorting through the blocks I received, I realized there were quite a few that were predominately green or purple.  So I decided to use that as a design feature and just put them all together in one quilt. I also thought I would lay this one out so the light/dark plus design occurred.

These quilts are all going to measure about 60 x 72".  Kat had sent me the ...

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January 29, 2020
Flannel Blankets and a Trash to Treasures Giveaway from Needle and Foot

I recently had a conversation with the chairperson of our Community Service team within our local quilt guild. We were talking about the recipients of the quilts we make and the quantity of quilts she had available. The discussion came around to our local Children’s Protective Services team. This team includes officers of our Sherrif’s Department who have the very sad task of removing children from home’s where they are not in good, safe situations.

These officers like to carry blankets in the trunk of their cars so they can wrap up a child if needed when ...

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January 21, 2020
A few new projects and an upcoming trip from Notes from Studio B

I never got to a doing a blog post last week and I'll be leaving for a couple of weeks later this week, so you get one post to cover it all.

I've made 2 donation tops, the quilting will have to wait till I get back.

The final outside stitching and facing were put onto the tree.

On February 1, SAQA is starting another 100 days project. I'm ready to go and will have several pieces with me to stitch on my travels. I started with a piece of silk that I had screen printed about ...

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January 17, 2020
Bushfire Tree Blocks for Australia from Needle and Foot

Currently many quilters are making tree theme quilt blocks to donate to the Woolongong Modern Quilt Guild in Australia. This chapter of the MQG is making quilts for the families who lost their homes in the currently raging bushfires. As a native of California, I am too familiar with the devastation of wildfires and am happy to contribute a few blocks to the cause.

Here is some of the information as posted by the Woolongong MQG on their Facebook page. If you hop over to their Facebook page, there are some blocks shown for inspiration. You will likely see many ...

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