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November 9, 2019
dreaming quilts . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I've been having very vivid dreams over the last several weeks. I think partly because finally, after four or five years of shoulder pain and then surgery recovery, I'm finally able to sleep through the night, pain free!

Whatever the reason, these dreams are ones that I remember when I wake up in the morning ... even days later. Which is unusual for me!  I've dreamed up a lot of stitchery/quilty projects, too.  One of which I felt compelled to act upon!

Last Thursday, I dreamed I created a quilt designed to hold an applique ...

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October 8, 2019
Creating Layouts In EQ8 With Photos from Seams To Be Sew

My first EQ8 tutorial since it came out and it’s longer than even I’d anticipated it was going to be. I really edited out a lot of stuff to get it to an hours length, so I do apologize that it’s lengthy, but you all know I try to give as much info as possible. I’m not one who makes tons of 2 minute videos so you can watch 50 different pages of videos on the same thing or in parts, I like to get it all in the same video, so my video lessons always ...

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July 29, 2019
getting stitchy . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Last week was a lovely, stitchy week!  On Sunday I remembered the sets of embroidery stencils I got while my shoulder was out of service for National Quilting Day (see that post here).  I pulled them all out and picked one that looked like fun to stitch . . .
I worked on it Sunday and finished it up on Tuesday. Todd and I drove six hours, round trip, for a work conference.  Well, he drove and I stitched!
I adore how this turned out!  I will finish it up this week and gift it later.  :)

I didn't skip Monday ... I road-tripped ...

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June 13, 2019
Let's Party - Quilt block tutorial from Pieced Brain

This is my quilt "Let's Party", just published in the Summer 2019 issue of Quilter's World Magazine. It features Maywood Studio Fabric's collection Back Porch Celebration by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studio. The center panel is super fun and I chose border blocks to set it off. The quilt measures 58" x 70".

The pattern is easy to follow in the magazine. Yet, I love these blocks so much that I decided to show you how I made them. The overall design looks complex but when you look at these steps below you will see I ...

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June 10, 2019
EQ Software Winner from Pieced Brain

Good morning, friends! Thank you for participating in the Electric Quilt software giveaway! I loved reading and responding to your comments - we all began it the same way: with paper and colored pencils. As I said in one of my replies, EQ 8 is like graph paper in steroids! I love it and cannot envision my design work without this powerful tool.

Here is the winner:

1 Set of 1 Unique Number
Range: From 1 to 36
Set #1

OhioLoriJune 6, 2019 at 6:47 PM

I use graph paper... I haven't designed a pattern really, but ...

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May 22, 2019
Quilts of Valor from From the Strawberry Patch...

I have really enjoyed being a volunteer quilter for Quilts of Valor. It's a unique opportunity to give back, practice my  long-arming and being treated to new and different patriotic quilt top designs; layouts, settings and blocks.   I receive and quilt two a month and just finished this month's assignment. They are folded and boxed and ready to be shipped back for binding and future

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Quilts of Valor from From the Strawberry Patch...

I have really enjoyed being a volunteer quilter for Quilts of Valor. It's a unique opportunity to give back, practice my  long-arming and being treated to new and different patriotic quilt top designs; layouts, settings and blocks.   I receive and quilt two a month and just finished this month's assignment. They are folded and boxed and ready to be shipped back for binding and future

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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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