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September 15, 2019
Week 37 of 2019 - More Stitching and Stashing from Life In Pieces

It's been another busy week, topped with a hectic Saturday.  I'm hoping that Sunday is much more relaxed. Fitting in even just 15 minutes of stitching time each day has been challenging.

On top of the busy schedule, the autumn allergy season is here. It's a few weeks early due to the wet summer and it's miserable.  Evening naps to dissipate the sinus headaches have taken another bite out of my evening stitching time. Even with that I did manage to work in my 15 minutes every day last week.

15 minute days/week = 7/7 ...

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September 13, 2019
Block #6 of the Ultimate Beginner Sew Along! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Block #6 of the Ultimate Beginner Sew Along is a block I LOVE .. it makes a great quilt all on it's own! Thank you for joining me and  the Fat Quarter shop! 

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Each week I'll have

  • the FREE Patterns to download at the end it's in PINK 
  • The Video from Kimberly at the Fat Quarter shop
  • Tips on COLOR and how to accept that you CAN change your plan

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All my tips and photos will be with my Bonnie Lane.  Below is 'family photo' of the Solid Version with the Kit and the Blue version with my ...

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The Making of Bling Quilt Part 4 of 4 – Machine Quilting from Christa Quilts

I’m back to share the final step of making my Bling quilts that I starting telling you about last month. Check out the links below to catch up on the previous posts.Bling Quilts with Geo Pop

Whenever I make the same quilt twice, I like to show different fabric combos and machine quilting ideas. I quilted both versions of Bling using a walking foot but with two very different designs. I always make a quilting ...

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September 12, 2019
Block #10 The Last Pumpkin! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Block #10 is the 'Last Pumpkin' in our Witch's Night Out book Sew Along, Woohoo!!

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I bet you are ready to have all the pumpkins done!  We still have one block to make next week. 

This is from the Witch's Night out BOOK 


** Missed a tutorial for a prior block? CLICK to my Project page **

** Be sure to see all the super cute blocks by YOU at the end! Share your Photos there

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  • This block is has some interesting things, you'll learn so much making it! Take it slow, read the directions ...

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Needs a New Home! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Fall is just starting here in the PNW and that means it is time for the Quilty Orphan Adoption!

I went through all of my UFOs and right now I seem to be at least slightly attached to them.
But that doesn't mean I don't have items that need to be removed from my sewing room.

About five years ago, I started collecting up a bunch of light weight Home Dec fabric to use for making some little bags and pouches.  

The Kaffe Fassett fabrics across the top are all slightly larger than a quarter yard.  
There are ...

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September 11, 2019
Another Quilt Along Featuring Geo Pop! from Christa Quilts

It’s quilt along season and it’s fun to see lots of them popping up online. My friend Linda just created an amazing quilt pattern called Colour Maze made from one Geo Pop strip roll plus  Tiny Hex – black for the background and Mosaic Dots black/gray for the binding. Isn’t it fabulous??

Click here for info about the Colour Maze Quilt Along

Linda always makes her pattern quilts in several different colorways so you can see how great they’ll look using different fabrics. Here’s the back cover of the pattern featuring Geo Pop along with ...

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September 10, 2019
Sydney to Auckland from Romany Quilting

It was time to leave Australia, so off we went, pulling our wheelie cases behind us.  Robin has a new case with four wheels, and it certainly is much easier to manage than mine with two wheels.  My “I Love Quilting” tag was a gift several years ago from pen friend Elaine from Oregon.

Yes, I do love quilting!

Our trip through Security at Sydney Airport was a little stressful.  Both of us were directed to the body scanner, stand there and hold our arms up we were told.  Nope, that wasn’t right, and a female officer was called ...

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September 9, 2019
F. Schumacher Gone Quilting? Quilting Inspires Interior Design Inspires Quilting... from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Those of you who have been with me for awhile know that I am more of a designer than a maker.  For every 10-15 quilt ideas that I sketch out on my iPad or in EQ8, only one or two of them ever makes its way into the tangible reality of fabric and thread.  I spent 20 years in the interior design industry, where I used to pass my window treatment, bedding and pillow design sketches off (along with bolts of gorgeous fabrics and trims and detailed work orders) to the amazingly talented hands of my custom drapery workroom.  Then ...

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Infrastructure Week 1 – Quilt Design and Fabric Prep from Christa Quilts

It’s finally here!! The start of our Infrastructure Quilt Along!! I love sharing quilt alongs with you because I get such joy out of encouraging others to make a complete quilt from start to finish. To kick off the QAL first we’ll discuss a bit about the design and then prep our fabric so we are ready to start cutting and sewing next week.

Infrastructure Quilt

Infrastructure Design

This was a fun collaboration between me and my talented friend Heather Black of Quiltachusetts. I asked Heather to design a ...

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September 8, 2019
But is it Art? from Where Art & Life Meet

This is one of those questions that guarantees the page will remain blank, the canvas untouched, the design wall bare. This is a question best left unasked. It’s like asking, “Do I look fat?” Whatever the answer, it will do nothing to placate the nagging doubt. Ask 100 people how they define “art” and you… Continue reading But is it Art?

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Sew-in Fun! from Heart Desire Creations

Last week I had the good fortune to spend four days in South Carolina with a group of talented and fun quilters! Everyone brought their own projects and worked away all day and into the night. Mostly we had hot sunny days and were able to enjoy the outdoor pool.


These hat pin cushions were made and gifted to each of us by Judy. I absolutely love mine and am so thankful for her thoughtfulness and efforts.


Here’s Laurie with her very impressive bin full of 1 1/2″ solid scraps.  She’s turning them into the now popular ...

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September 5, 2019
Block #9 - Witch's Night Out from Pat Sloan's Blog

Block #9 is the CUTEST in our Witch's Night Out book Sew Along!

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What do you think of this bat? I LOVE it!

** Missed a tutorial for a prior block? CLICK to my Project page **

** Be sure to see all the super cute blocks by YOU at the end! Share your Photos there

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** Design Boards, this ...

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Week 35 of Stitching and Stashing from Life In Pieces

If you live in the US, I hope you are enjoying your three day holiday weekend.  Ours got off to a rocky start with a text Friday afternoon that the Scientist in Training's car wouldn't start.  So My Guy coached her and her roommate over the phone on how to jump start a vehicle. Then yesterday the poor girl had to make another trip to urgent care for a very nasty bug bite that looked to be getting infected. It was looking much better when she went to bed last night.  Hopefully the rest of the weekend will ...

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September 4, 2019
All The Bits and Pieces from Heart Desire Creations


There was a fair amount of flannel fabric left after piecing hubby’s cat quilt. The large pieces were used for the backing and there was still a fair amount of pieces left. Right then and there I cut them all up into 2 1/2″ strips and began to sew!


A patterned fleece is the backing, with no batting. Isn’t that backing jazzy?! Using the walking foot, I quilted using crossing wavy lines. Originally I was going to gift this quilt to someone, but it wasn’t quite large enough for the person in mind, so off to ...

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September 3, 2019
Infrastructure Prize Sponsors, Giveaways, and Geo Pop Digital Download from Christa Quilts

Infrastructure quilt along begins next Monday, Sept. 9th so today is a great time to tell you about our sponsors! My co-host Heather Black (aka Quiltachusetts) has rounded up some fabulous prizes that will be given away on her blog each week.

Infrastructure Sponsors

Because Heather is super organized (like me) she’s scheduled out the prizes for the entire quilt along. Check out the schedule below and be sure to head over to each company’s website to give them some love!! I can’t wait for you to see what’s up for grabs each week!!

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September 2, 2019
Block #5 of the FREE Ultimate Beginner Quilt Along! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Block #5 of the Ultimate Beginner Sew Along is again a new technique! I thank  you for joining me and  the Fat Quarter shop! 

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Each week I'll have

  • the FREE Patterns to download at the end it's in PINK 
  • The Video from Kimberly at the Fat Quarter shop
  • Tips and tools I find useful

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All my tips and photos will be with my Bonnie Lane here are the 5 blocks together.  I'm also make the Solid Version with the Kit and the Blue version with my friend Christopher's fabric, see those after the tips.

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September 1, 2019
Block #9 of my FREE Out of this world Quilt Along! from Pat Sloan's Blog

If you have not done it yet... 

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For my Block #9 is our Space playlist!

When I decided on a playlist for this month the very first song that came to mind with the theme to Space Oddity by David Bowie. I remember being totally fascinated by this song when it came out. It was so different than what I normally listened to .

  • Ground Control to Major Tom
    Ground Control to Major Tom
    Take your protein ...

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Endless cutting and August Progress from Heart Desire Creations

A blogger I follow, Quilt Diva Julie recently posted about a string quilt she was doing called Optic Strings, using prints and solids. I loved it and immediately knew what fabrics I would use from my stash! The prints I pulled are all the Tula Pink prints I had and matched them with coordinating solid shot cottons. It was a blast to pull and match!


The cutting marathon began. The strips are 1 1/2″ wide by 10 1/2″+ long. There are 37 pairs of fabric and I cut two sets of each fabric with 4 print strips  and ...

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August 31, 2019
Week 34 of 2019 - Stitching and Destashing from Life In Pieces

Week 34 of 2019 wasn't one of the smoothest we've ever had.  Health issues took center stage, one of which landed the Scientist in Training in the emergency room.  Poor girl caught a stomach bug the weekend before classes started back up. By Wednesday she was dehydrated and had a bad case of the shakes because she wasn't able to eat.  Thankfully after 48 hours on clear liquids, probiotics, and some sleep without the shakes she's just about back to normal.  So my stitchy week didn't really go to plan.  How about yours?

The emergency ...

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August 30, 2019
Fabrics and boxes from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone! I'm so happy to see you all again! I bet you thought I fell off the planet, didn't you? Nope, things just got very, very busy around here.  We moved 2-1/2 weeks ago, I started my new job 2 weeks ago, and students started classes 4 days ago. Which all means that we are still surrounded by paper and boxes, but at least I get to leave it behind for a while every day. Why does unpacking take longer and make more mess than packing up does? And if I labeled all the boxes, why ...

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