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April 15, 2019
What's in a Name Tag? from Becca's Crazy Projects

To help people get to know each other, the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild coordinated a name tag swap.

I decided that I want to do some tiny paper piecing to make sure I got it right. I designed a stack of tiny flying geese. I used Electric Quilt 8 to design the paper piecing papers. There is an option to print as many as will fit on a page, so I went with it. There was a printing problem (the user) so I ended up with two pages of these.
I grabbed my bin of scraps and make a couple ...

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March 30, 2019
Virtual Quilt Challenge Samplers from Virtual Quilter

In this months challenge I said I would show you what sort of changes you can make to a block. I started playing with block designs before I got Electric Quilt 5, but I have learned a lot about the program and block design by modify blocks from the in built library, and of course, blocks I have drawn myself.

In the top row of the virtual sampler quilt above you will find a block as it appears in the EQ Block Library.

The original was a simple cross design, which has grown to become more complex crosses, and border ...

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February 20, 2019
The Not Blue Ridge Beauty from Becca's Crazy Projects

I shared a little about my take on Bonnie Hunter's Blue Ridge Beauty in early February. I didn't have a bunch of blues, so I decided to make it with a bunch of reds I had on hand.

The block design is Blue Ridge Beauty from Bonnie Hunter's book Adventures in Leaders and Enders.
I decided to play with the layout in Electric Quilt (I use EQ8). I liked this layout so I rearranged the blocks until I had it on the design wall.
I used a technique called webbing to get the blocks all sewn up ...

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January 28, 2019
I Cut It Twice and it's Still Too Short: Let's Pretend I Meant to Do That from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I should not have set foot in my sewing room at all yesterday.  If there was such a thing as a Quilter's Horoscope, mine for yesterday would have said "Avoid rotary cutters and scissors at all costs!  Spend the day looking at other people's quilts on Pinterest and Instagram!"


New Emergency Plan for Outer Borders: Pieced Corner Squares
So you may remember that I had my outer striped border print strips already seamed together along the stripe line, ready to be cut to size and attached to my quilt top with mitered corners.  I sat down to do ...

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December 2, 2018
to sum it up . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It was a very quilty week! On Sunday and Monday, I finished up the seven hexie flowers that needed whipping together . . .
All forty-five flowers (and parts thereof) were together, stacked and ready to "landscape" my garden!

Monday was a dual purpose day . . . a quilty friend of mine and I headed to visit 3 Hens and a Chick, a local quilt shop in nearby Athens. 
Sarah's one of my co-conspirators in the Quilting Intrigue Club at guild and we've been ironing out the details for our guild's mystery quilt, which we'll introduce (fabric requirements) at this month ...

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November 25, 2018
the weekend of thanksgiving . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This is going to be a culmination post ... covering the long weekend which isn't really over, because we get Monday, too -- but that will be for another day's post.

Wednesday was pie and prep day. I love pie and prep day! This year's was particularly good because I found the *best* pecan pie recipe. Pecan Pie is Todd's favorite, and for years I've struggled to find a recipe that felt no-fail and tasted delicious.  
This year, thanks to Genius Kitchen and PCrocker, my search is over. I admit that I made a few changes right ...

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November 5, 2018
The Purple People Eater… Art With Fabric Blog Hop… from Seams To Be Sew

So there I was, debating what to create for this blog hop, and the only thing on my mind was Halloween and what to do with that blog hop… My mind was on the Purple People Eater… not that I ever saw the movie that this saying was made famous in, but to me, a people eater is like a monster that is purple… Ya’ll know I love monsters, so there ya have it, as my mind considered the Purple People Eater, Halloween approached and my project got done, time to move on to Art With Fabric’s project ...

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April 17, 2018
Be a Pineapple! from quiltscapes


Recently I've noticed a few pineapple quilt pictures floating around social media.  I've really wanted to make one, and have been playing around with designs in my EQ software.  Here's my pineapple evolution:
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April 5, 2018
April Short List And OMG from Quilt Paint Create

March was a busy month. I finished the dresser set and the Scrappy Birds quilt, which made room for new things on the list.
I’ve delayed writing this post because I struggled with choosing something for the new category. I realized in March that if I want to move original ideas into form, I’m going to have to add a design category. Some people work by just cutting up fabric and sewing it together, but I’m not one of them. I need to think and sketch and think some more.
A category for design feels like a ...

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March 31, 2018
March One Monthly Goal from Quilt Paint Create

My OMG for March was to finish piecing the Random top, add the first border and remove all the paper. I originally planned to add three borders to the quilt, one of them pieced. After sewing the top together, I decided that was too many borders. The top is finished without the pieced border.
Random topThat puts me a little ahead of the game on this quilt and makes me 4 for 4 on my OMGs.

I’m linking up to Elm Street Quilts.

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March 25, 2018
Sunday Stash March 25, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in or out this week.
The next report will mark the end of the first quarter. If that number represents 25% of what I’ll use this year, I’m in big trouble.
I spent most the week removing the paper from Random. I will never paper piece that way again. I’ll finish removing it today, after investing hours. There must be a better way.
random centerI also spent a fair amount of time looking for dark blue fabric in my stash to use for the borders. There were only scraps left in the project box. I did ...

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March 14, 2018
"Small, smaller, smallest"... A Blog Hop from quiltscapes


Hi, and welcome to Quiltscapes!  The quilts I make are becoming smaller.  Is it just me, or has this happened to you, too?  When I first dabbled in quilting, I made quilts for everyone in my family.  King size, queen size, no matter that they dragged on the floor around the kids' beds.  Once those were made and everyone's beds were all covered, I thought, what now?  I was hooked and wanted to make more!

Next were lap quilts and couch throws. Then wall hangings and table toppers and table runners for every occasion/season/excuse imaginable.  Then came ...

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March 3, 2018
March Short List And OMG from Quilt Paint Create

February was a fast month. I finished the Surface Design Round Robin and the Bouquet quilt (UFO). My Art Quilt Group decided to stop passing the Round Robin pieces, which eliminates that category.

I’ve learned so much by adding the OMG designation to the list because it forces me to finish old projects. It reminded me how much I love applique and other things I stopped doing because of limited time. Slowly, I’m bringing those things back.

The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project and a scrap project. I started using this system ...

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November 5, 2017
come and gone . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Can you believe we're already into November??  How did that even happen?! And did everyone that needs to, fall back an hour? 
I know that a lot of people don't like the time change ... and *I* don't enjoy that we switch back and forth, but I do love the return to standard time! Oh -- and don't forget to change your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide batteries! (nod to Sarah!)

October was a fun and busy month. I feel like I got a lot accomplished, too. I finished two Christmas quilts and designed (or rather, resized) two ...

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October 4, 2017
a mixed bag . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I did some VERY BADLY needed organizing and deep cleaning in the Nook two weekends or so ago, so I've been able to spend snatches of time as they come along, working on an assortment of projects.  One of those is actually two of the same piece, mostly, which I created as a gift and then did another for a swap.  It hasn't been gifted yet, so I'll just show a little intriguing bit . . .
Ha!  In another week or so I'll share it in its entirety and by then I may have made a third one ...

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September 23, 2017
♫♪ i'm baaaa-aaaaack! ♪♫ from Count it *all* JOY!

I had a lovely time with the Panter crew in Irvine . . . lots of hugs and snuggles and kisses and laughter and good times. I hated getting on the plane, on the one hand, and leaving that precious family behind, but on the other hand, it felt good to be home and to sleep in my own bed and be surrounded by my Merkel girls and my sweet husband. Conundrum.
I'll share more about my visit, complete with pics, later.  For now, I really want to share whats going through my brain on the hexie train!

This past Thursday night ...

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