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March 4, 2014
Center Medallion FINISHED for Jingle BOM Quilt from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Center Medallion for Jingle BOM Quilt
I sewed the last stuffed berries on the center medallion for my Jingle BOM quilt yesterday.  I still need to wash off a couple of stray pencil marks and trim it down to 27" square, but I wanted to get it up on the design wall and take a picture as soon as I got all of the dog fur and sweater fuzzies off with a lint roller.  Ta da!

The 9 pieced blocks and 9 appliqued blocks for this quilt are already finished, setting triangles cut and ready to go, but I'm ...

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December 10, 2013
Jingle BOM Pieced Block No. 5 Completed from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Jingle BOM Pieced Block No. 5
Design Wall: 8 Applique Blocks and 6 Pieced Blocks
I finished another block in my Jingle Block of the Month.  This is Pieced Block No. 5 (I'm doing them out of order) and now I have only two more pieced blocks left.  I continue to waste obnoxious quantities of fabric by cutting out my triangles the wrong size with my specialty rulers, and piecing these blocks is really nerve-wracking for me.  I may just lay those fancy rulers aside and try following Erin's DIRECTIONS on the last two blocks.  Imagine that -- following ...

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December 2, 2013
For the Love of Starch: Jingle Pieced Block 7 Completed! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Jingle BOM Pieced Block No. 7
Good morning, and Happy December!  I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving break with family and friends.  Our turkey was delicious, but after eating leftovers for four days in a row I really don't miss it now that it's gone.  Now, the pumpkin pies my mom baked are another story altogether -- I could eat that pumpkin pie every day for breakfast and never get tired of it.

We made a start with Christmas decorating on Friday and Saturday, but on Sunday afternoon Anders went to Grammy's house for oil ...

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November 19, 2013
Adventures in Reverse Applique and Fussy-Cutting: Jingle Applique Block 7 Complete, Pieced Block 7 Underway from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Jingle BOM Applique Block 7 Complete!
Somehow, despite the trials and tribulations of my crusade to find the perfect jeans, I managed to complete the last applique block for my Jingle Block of the Month quilt, designed by Erin Russek of One Piece At a Time.  Ta da!  I used that mid-loft polyester batting for my stuffed berries again and I do feel like I'm finally getting the hang of them.  I also fussy-cut the birdhouse out of a piece of Hoffman Florentine fabric that I've been hoarding in my stash for several years now (I fussy-cut the ...

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November 17, 2013
My Fancy Flowers Finale from The Quilting Post


Today I finished the binding on my version of Fancy Flowers, the new McCall's Quilt Along project designed by Erin Russek. The quilting was done by the talented Karen Dovala. Here's the whole quilt:


If you'd like to try this project, the videos and pattern are all free until March 31, so there's plenty of time to watch, learn, and create. Click here for links to everything you need (except fabric, which you likely have plenty of!). I'll always have a special place in my heart for this one...it's the quilt where I ...

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November 9, 2013
Jingle BOM Applique Block 8 Completed! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Jingle BOM Applique Block 8
I've finished another applique block for the Jingle BOM (Block of the Month) quilt I'm working on!  This is my husband's favorite block so far, so it's kind of fitting that I finished it up on his birthday.  Happy birthday, Sweetie!  Of course, looking at the pictures, now it is bothering me that when I "eyeballed" the placement of the circles in the very center of the block, I was off and it's CROOKED.  But I do love the print fabric that I used on those four large petals -- I ...

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November 8, 2013
Quilt Along with McCall's! from The Quilting Post


The new McCall's Quilting Quilt Along launched today, and I'm so proud of it. Although I'm not onscreen talent for this one, my quilt top is shown in this first episode, and I served as quilting advisor/gofer for the whole taping process. The project, Fancy Flowers, was designed by Erin Russek of the McCall's staff and One Piece at a Time, and it was so much fun to make. Check out the video...maybe you'll want to give it a try!

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October 11, 2013
Jingle BOM Applique Block 5 Complete from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Jingle BOM Applique Block 5
I just finished Applique Block 5 for the Jingle Block of the Month (BOM) project designed by Erin Russek of One Piece At a Time.  Please do not scrutinize my handiwork at close range, because it is already annoying me that I used the exact same templates for these two birdies, just mirror-imaged them, yet they look like two totally different birds.  I have no idea what happened -- call it an Applique Mutation if you will.  As of right now, I have completed six applique blocks and four pieced blocks for this quilt.  I have ...

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September 18, 2013
Jingle Applique Block 6 is Finished! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Jingle BOM Applique Block 6, Erin Russek's Pattern Available Here
Somehow I've managed to complete another applique block for the Jingle Block of the Month (BOM) project I've been working on.  The pieced and appliqued block patterns for this quilt are available on Erin Russek's blog here

With this particular block, I had some concerns about how smoothly I would be able to turn the edges of the gold metallic fabric I had chosen for the tulips, but I'm very pleased with how those turned out.  I think I'm getting better at those little ...

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August 4, 2013
Jingle BOM: Applique Block 4 is Finished from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Jingle Applique Block 4
Done!  This is Applique Block Four of Erin Russek's Jingle BOM.  After those tiny pomegranate leaves, everything else should be a piece of cake!  Of course I'm not caught up with this block-of-the-month project yet.  I still need to catch up with Applique Block 5, the center medallion applique, and Pieced Block 5.  I've made all the templates for AB5 and for the medallion, chosen all of the fabrics, and I'm working on prepping the shapes for both of those simultaneously.  I haven't even thought about PB5 yet; it was just ...

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December 9, 2011
My first block completed from Why Machine Embroidery?

When I saw the lovely designs of Erin Russek's My Tweets, I thought it would be a good project to "learn" to applique. I ordered the centre block- the other 12 blocks are free; more or less around the 15 th of every month- and used Erin's method of preparing each piece before the time.

I did not like this method. I think it is a good method for this design but it just not fit the way I like to work. First I did not like the long preparation. Then my iron is not suitable and when ...

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