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June 12, 2019
Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Design – Rotations from Stof genoeg

Second version of an Inklingo quilt design in EQ8, combining Mariner's Whirl blocks with Waltzing Matilda blocks. XXX Annika Continue reading

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June 11, 2019
Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Design from Stof genoeg

An Inklingo quilt design in EQ8, combining Mariner's Whirl blocks with Waltzing Matilda blocks. XXX Annika Continue reading

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May 14, 2019
May challenge: make it modern with Hobbs / Η πρόκληση του Μαϊου: Κάντε κάτι μοντέρνο με βάτα Χομπς from Mania for Quilts

This month’s challenge was free. It only had to be modern patchwork crib size and the use of one Hobbs batting. Hobbs people were so generous and sent us many many packages with batting in the last box that came last January by Island Batik

Το θέμα ήταν ελεύθερο αυτό τον μήνα. Ο μόνος περιορισμός ήταν να είναι πάπλωμα μεγέθους κούνιας, και το πάτσγουορκ να ανήκει στην κατηγορία του Μοντέρνου. Το βασικό ήταν να χρησιμοποιήσουμε μια από τις πολλές βάτες Hobbs που υπήρχαν μέσα στο κουτί που μας έστειλαν τον Ιανουάριο τα αγαπημένα Island Batik.

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May challenge: make it modern with Hobbs / Η πρόκληση του Μαϊου: Κάντε κάτι μοντέρνο με βάτα Χομπς from Mania for quilts

This month’s challenge was free. It only had to be modern patchwork crib size and the use of one Hobbs batting. Hobbs people were so generous and sent us many many packages with batting in the last box that came last January by Island Batik

Το θέμα ήταν ελεύθερο αυτό τον μήνα. Ο μόνος περιορισμός ήταν να είναι πάπλωμα μεγέθους κούνιας, και το πάτσγουορκ να ανήκει στην κατηγορία του Μοντέρνου. Το βασικό ήταν να χρησιμοποιήσουμε μια από τις πολλές βάτες Hobbs που υπήρχαν μέσα στο κουτί που μας έστειλαν τον Ιανουάριο τα αγαπημένα Island Batik.

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April 17, 2019
6 Days Until Quilt Week: Mission Impossible, Vintage Repair + New Tumbler Top All Ready for Quilting! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Oh my gosh, you guys -- is this what it feels like to plan your work, work your plan, and finish a project way ahead of a deadline?!  

It was a little after midnight when I finished the last seam in Lars's Mission Impossible graduation quilt top and gave it a final pressing.  I needed help getting it back up on the design wall for a final photo, and my family was sleeping.  

72 x 96 Mission Impossible Quilt Top, Almost Finished in Photo, Totally Finished IRL

I decided that one of the almost-done pictures would have to suffice; you ...

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April 11, 2019
Treasure Hunt Quilt Finish from Blossom Heart Quilts

My love affair with the navy, coral, golden mustard, and teal colour palette goes back a long way. I think this churn dash quilt is the first evidence of it, and that’s from 6 years ago! So when it came time to pick the colours for a new quilt for our couch, I headed straight to my favourite palette.

Treasure Hunt quilt block in navy, mustard, teal and coral by BlossomHeartQuilts.com

For my month as queen of the first year of our quilting bee, I chose the Treasure Hunt quilt block, with my favourite palette and a specific placement of fabrics. I have shared previously about my design process in ending ...

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April 10, 2019
EQ8 Download – Treasure Hunt Quilt from Blossom Heart Quilts

Today, I shared a finished quilt that I made with my quilting bee. It was made using the free Treasure Hunt quilt block tutorial from my blog series, The Bee Hive Quilts, and is a foundation paper pieced block that I had fun colouring in a certain way. This is what each block looked like by itself:

Treasure Hunt quilt block in navy, mustard, teal and coral by BlossomHeartQuilts.com

And in the finished quilt, every second block was rotate 180 degrees to create a fun secondary diamond design:

Scrap quilt using Treasure Hunt quilt block tutorial in navy, mustard, teal and coral by BlossomHeartQuilts.com

If you’d like to know more about the process of deciding on what colours to use for a quilting bee, you can read ...

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April 5, 2019
Mission Impossible: 24 Blocks Completed -- Halfway There! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, you guys -- I just set a timer for 30 minutes because I don't want to fritter the day away writing a novel (again).  However, my mom and I reached my week's goal of finishing half of the blocks for Lars's Mission Impossible: Graduation 2019 quilt yesterday and I couldn't wait to show you how cool those blocks look up on my design wall:


24 Out of 48 -- We're Halfway There!
SQUEAL!!!!  I included the messy ironing board and step ladder in that photo as scale references, so you can appreciate the impact of those ...

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April 2, 2019
Mission Impossible: How to Machine Applique Something to Nothing from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, my lovelies!  I am happy to report that I actually achieved my goal of completing all 48 foundation paper pieced flying geese arcs by the end of March.  I had to cut back on some other commitments to free up for sewing time, but Lars's graduation quilt (which I had tentatively named Geese In Circles but have now renamed Mission Impossible: Graduation 2019) is now on schedule again.  Yay!


Four 12 Inch Blocks Done, Forty-Four More Blocks to Go


My To-Do Tuesday Goal for This Week is to complete the inner and outer curved piecing on at ...

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March 15, 2019
Progress on Wholecloth from The Quilt Yarn

I get a bit obsessive from time to time

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March 6, 2019
Vision Sort Of Accomplished! from The Quilt Yarn

I had a vision for this quilt and when this did not exactly go to plan I abandoned the project. Well, it has been resurrected and I have definitely been reminded why it became an UFO in the first place.

I have been working on the border for the last 1 1/2 weeks. What a hassle this was!

My initial thought of stitching this out using Golden Threads paper proved too difficult...the motif is just too frilly and to my horror I also had not taken into account that the borders were all slightly different, so it was ...

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March 5, 2019
Corn and Beans from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!



After checking out the comments from the blog yesterday, it appears that I'm not alone in my thoughts about Quiltcon. Now to craft a very carefully (and positively worded) letter to the organizers of Quiltcon. I think it's important to provide feedback. But the feedback needs to be positive (and there were many positive things about Quiltcon) and it needs to be non-judgemental. I know the girls who organize Quiltcon - they do a great job, but always room for some adjustments - if possible.

So I stand corrected on a couple of things. First, there was a casualty to ...

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March 1, 2019
Something(s) to Show For Myself: Geese Arcs, Vintage Quilt Repair, and Clam Shells from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello, my lovelies, and Happy Wednesday!  I've been "distracted" by work and a series of minor but mildly disabling medical maintenance over the past week or so, but I was finally able to get back to my projects a few days ago and have some progress to report.


Two Arcs Completed, Forty-Six Arcs to Go...
First and foremost, I have actually begun piecing my son Lars's Geese In Circles graduation quilt!  This needs to be completed, as in bound, labeled, and delivered to the church office, no later than May 26th.  I've paper pieced two of the ...

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February 23, 2019
Quilting Bee Blocks – Treasure Hunt and Abacus from Blossom Heart Quilts

I’m not sure where I last left off sharing my quilting bee blocks for my bee, Miss B Haven, but I’m here today with the blocks from December and January! For December, Alison chose the Treasure Hunt block and asked for scrappy low volume with one strip of a dusty colour per quadrant.

Low volume dusty coloured Treasure Hunt quilt blocks using the free tutorial by BlossomHeartQuilts.com

We’ve all been drooling over how calm and serene this quilt is going to be! Whipping up a quick mock-up in EQ8 shows you just what it’s going to be like, swoon!

Low volume Treasure Hunt quilt pattern by BlossomHeartQuilts.com and EQ8

As I was pulling and cutting low volume fabrics for the ...

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February 18, 2019
Starry Path Quilt Designs from Stof genoeg

Linda Franz keeps releasing new Inklingo shapes! I just can’t keep up. Not all of them are easy to draft and play with in EQ, so I am not showing designs with shapes from Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiori books. I have … Continue reading

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Getting My Ducks In a Row, Or My Geese Lined Up In Circles from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello there, and happy Saturday morning!  I'm pleased to report that I've actually STARTED on my son's graduation quilt.  I haven't sewn a stitch yet -- just prep work so far, but I have a feeling the upfront prep work on this project will pay off with an accelerated pace once I do start piecing.

Precut Geese Patches, Bagged and Labeled

First things first: After the Disastrous Dye Bleed Detour of 2018, my first step had to be checking each of these fabrics to make sure there was no loose dye from the dark fabrics waiting to ...

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February 13, 2019
Come See Me at QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville! (And a fun personal update) from Christa Quilts

I can’t believe it’s already time to get packed and ready for QuiltCon which is happening next week! It’s been a whirlwind of a year for our family so far – moving into a new home and getting ready for our younger son leave for his mission to China this week. The older one will be moving back home for awhile to work for us, and we are sooo glad we got the bigger house with an extra room! During all the chaos, we were even able to sneak in a last minute Disney vacation over the weekend ...

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New Fabric and New Glasses Have Arrived! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Kona Solids Arrived for Lars's Graduation Quilt!
Look what came in the mail yesterday!  I just noticed that I have the two lightest blue shades reversed in that photo, but that's pretty much how they will be laid out in the quilt.  The background fabric is definitely purple, even thought it looked nearly black in the computer-generated design rendering.  All of the colors look brighter in this photo because of sunlight streaming in though the kitchen window, but we are NOT complaining about sunlight in the Carolinas when so many of you are bundled up against snow and ...

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February 11, 2019
On garment sewing from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I used to sew a lot of garments - mostly for myself. A few for M when she was a baby. Oh - I should dig out the one outfit that I made for a girl that took forever. I made it way before M was born. I made it just because. My kid wore it ONCE for a photograph and that was it!  I'll dig it out - it's a hoot.

Anyway, I really really want to get back into garment sewing. There are so many neat fabrics on the market (including quilting cotton and batiks) and some very nice ...

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February 8, 2019
Project Quilting 10.3: EQ8 and French Inspiration from Mulberry Patch Quilts

This is the third challenge in Season 10 of Project Quilting, and the only rule is that it’s “Bigger than a breadbox” Wikipedia says they’re usually 16″ x 8″ or so, and that’s the MINIMUM size for the completed piece to meet this week’s challenge” … OK, I can do that.

I’ve been wanting to challenge myself by:

  1. Using a small French linen printed panel I bought at the Madison Quilt Expo
  2. Improving my piecing ability
  3. Designing it completely on EQ8 (Electric Quilt software)

First I got out every red & beige fabric I could find from ...

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