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October 20, 2020
Pandemic Porch Quilt Show, Days 14 - 19: Altered Cowboys and Beyond from Gefilte Quilt

My show is going strong! Here's the third batch. 

Pandemic Porch Quilt Show, Day #14: Cowboy Quilt
This quilt was made circa 1998, when my adorable little boy wanted to be a cowboy.
At the time, I was not only enchanted with my growing baby humans, but also my growing baby fabric stash, especially this brown border print:
As a new quilter, I did some reckless things. In this case, I cut the outer edges, on the sides and bottom, into hanging diamonds. What's worse, I chose a relatively thick red denim bandana print to bind them. (On ...

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September 7, 2020
This Week's 1930s Block - Straight to Your Inbox from The Chester County Criswell Quilt

If you follow me on Facebook  you already know about the daily 1930s block.  Block #250 Little Boy's Britches was shared today - hurray! - and there are more to come.


 

Day 246 - Dresden Plate Quilt - This dainty block, the Dresden Plate, is pieced of twenty different prints and appliqued on a plain block fourteen inches square. A pillow top in this design may be made any size desired, or it may be used for chair pads. A silk design may be applied upon woolen blocks if one cares to use these fabrics. The many uses of this block is one ...

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July 5, 2020
pink progress from Making A Lather

Happy fourth of July. May God bless America.

Last Saturday, we lost power during a short thunderstorm. When we lose power, we also lose water and flush toilets. I didn't get a chance to post the last of my pink projects for the rainbow scrap challenge. And, I didn't get a chance to visit other blogs for my weekly inspiration. I really missed that.
I make the wonky stars from 2 inch scraps and leftover triangle pieces.


I make the tiny houses from 2 inch scraps.


My final count for the pink dresdens is 12. That is a ...

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June 20, 2020
pink quilty fun from Making A Lather

The rainbow scrap challenge for June is pink. I have a dresden plate in pink that I have included this month, along with the projects I try to do each month in the rainbow color.
I made one block for shine using 2 1/2 inch strips.


I made 10 blocks for country roads using  1 1/2 inch strips. I really like these blocks.



We have had a wonderful week of summer weather, sunshine, and not too hot. The garden has been happy, and so has hubby who really likes to be outside. He is still off work for ...

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June 13, 2020
more pink dresdens from Making A Lather

I thought the best next step for the dresden quilt would be to cut this bag of dresdens I bought at a quilt show. If I was going to use them at all, I would want to start adding the fabrics at the first to make the variety look more consistent. There were both blue and pink in the bag, but I was only interested in the pink.


The  first template I used for this quilt was cardboard in the 80s. When I dug the project out again there was a great new template that I used. And this new ...

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June 7, 2020
pink dresdens from Making A Lather


Last week, I had a decision to make about adding a another project to my rainbow scrap challenge plans, an old ufo with pink dresdens.
I was worried I wouldn't keep all the plates in the air.
I was grateful for bloggie support and decided to do both, but, with a better mind set.

I spent only one evening sorting the scrap bucket and cutting what I would normally need. Then, I put it all away for another time. It looks neat and tidy.... for a minute.


I cut strips in 3 1/2, 2 1/2, 2, and ...

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June 2, 2020
pink dresden to do from Making A Lather

My oldest ufo is from 1987. My only daughter was born after 2 boys ( and there would be 2 more boys) And I was ready to celebrate pink.  I saw a picture in a magazine ( I wonder where it is hiding), and, I cut pieces with a cardboard template. It was so pretty and feminine looking. But, a third baby leaves you one hand too few. And, it has barely seen the light of day.  I can't find when, but I found a dresden template awhile ago. I cut several, enough to fill a gallon zip lock bag.


I ...

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April 3, 2020
Pin It Weekly #311 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



Happy Weekly! I have a special announcement tomorrow. Here's betting you can't guess, but it would be fun if you tried. :)
Today, though, it's time to meet a few new folks who have joined the Pinterest party.  Let's start with Rebecca Cameron who just followed all of my boards today! She has a "fan quilts" board that is rather unique. 
Am I Shouting Yet?: Blogger's Quilt Festivalquilt

Best Tips for Mini Quilts | A Quilting Life - a quilt blog

1930s Fan Quilts

Say hello to Suzi Chankhio. I could not resist the hydrangeas on her flower board.




And finally we have Dana Å ubrtová who has a board called "soupravy pončo a čepičky" which means ponchos and cap ...

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March 22, 2020
Project Quilting Final Project 11.6 from Stitchin at Home

I have been feeling a little unfocused these past few days, I know I'm not alone in that. I find when I'm sewing or quilting I can forget about those feelings for awhile. I'm in my happy place then.

Vibrant and Vivacious was the challenge hosted by Kim of Persimmon Dreams. I drew up a couple different ideas in EQ8. I knew I wanted to make this final project for a child at Ronald MacDonald house. What child doesn't like colour, and bright colours even more.

colour pops in dresden blades
I finally settled on a ...

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December 23, 2019
◌ Washi Double Dresden Wreath ◌ from Charm About You

green and white dresden plate christmas fabric wreath by Charm About You

It feels wonderful to have a new version of the Double Dresden Wreath, made using the free tutorial I created a couple of years ago. The original was demonstrated on Sewing Quarter, the samples that hung in the studio stayed there, and I am so happy to now have one for our house. I made this wreath for my December project as an Aurifil Artisan, our challenge was to create a holiday themed project. Perfect for brightening any door or bare looking wall space, the wreath pattern is a merry make! 


My original plan was slightly different but this was ...

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November 22, 2019
Dresden Quilt.....Sashing Design from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Yesterday I was undecided on what to quilt

in that pink sashing...





Today I pulled out the dry erase board

and began to play with a few designs:


Each of these designs 

filled the sashing area nicely...






The big, round swirls look great

with the big, round feather plumes...





I am using wool batting...

my favorite for bed quilts.





Wool batting also shows off the quilting !






The first row of quilting is complete...

Three more rows to go and then the border.






I am using a quilt suspension system 

to support this heavy quilt.

Patsy Thompson has designed 

a suspension ...

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November 21, 2019
Dresden Quilt....Under the Needle from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I am in the Thread Shed this morning...



The Dresden Plate quilt is.....under the needle





I am doing a little ruler work...

crosshatching the center of the dresden plate










Feather Plumes on the dresden plates

as well as in the white background square...





I am still trying to decide what will be quilted

in the pink sashing...



This is an extra block I quilted recently:


I think the feather vine in the pink sashing

is a bit over the top....hmmm.





I will skip the pink sashing

and continue with the dresden block quilting 

for now.



There is a ...

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November 2, 2019
Dresden.....Extra Block from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I finished up the Dresden Quilt Top

last week while I was in Idaho...



Dresden Quilt Top



I have developed a "good" habit of making 

an extra block when piecing a quilt top.



I made a quick quilt sandwich with batting

and played around some on the 

extra dresden block...





All of the negative space 

behind the dresden plate

and in the pink sashing 

just screamed for....FEATHERS !






The corners and center are cross hatched...





Large feather plumes on the dresden plate

and also surrounding the dresden plate 

in the background...





I quilted this block on the Bernina Artista 200 ...

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October 6, 2019
Kaye’s Dresden Plate from Quilted Joy

Dresden plates are one of those patterns that are easily recognized. It was especially popular in the 1930’s, though there are examples that predate the early 1900’s. As a result, we have many historical examples of this iconic quilt made in the pretty calicoes of the time. Most often created as an applique, the Dresden plate is a circle of fabrics radiating out from a center. These rays of fabric can end in points, curve like petals, or cut smooth in a circle. We’ve had a few different ones come into the shop. Because of these variances ...

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June 23, 2019
Dresden Plate with a Jelly Roll from Cowtown Quilts

Making a Dresden Plate quilt was on my Bucket List (the mental list of the many, many quilts I want to try before I die). Problem is that I really am trying to use fabric I already have. I’m bad about buying jelly rolls, because I figure I can easily make something without having to cut all those strips. But, they sit in my studio.

So, for this quilt, I decided to use one of my Riley Blake jelly rolls. I don’t know if you can see or not, but there are 20 points on these Dresden Plates ...

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Dresden Plate with a Jelly Roll from Cowtown Quilts

Making a Dresden Plate quilt was on my Bucket List (the mental list of the many, many quilts I want to try before I die). Problem is that I really am trying to use fabric I already have. I’m bad about buying jelly rolls, because I figure I can easily make something without having to cut all those strips. But, they sit in my studio.

So, for this quilt, I decided to use one of my Riley Blake jelly rolls. I don’t know if you can see or not, but there are 20 points on these Dresden Plates ...

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