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October 16, 2018
Stitch Gathering 2018 from Charm About You

Real life wobbles, true friends and bunches of creativity! //

There is something so special about spending time with kindred spirits; especially those people that understand fabric love, why we cut up fabric and sew it back together, the procraftination brought about by a quilt needing to be basted, etc. Quilt retreats are the place where we can enjoy talking about sewing and actually doing it! Earlier this month I went to the Stitch Gathering, organised by lovely Jo Avery of mybearpaw. I taught in 2017 and was thrilled to be asked to teach again this year. 

Jo has this fun ...

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October 15, 2018
The Fabric Made Me Do It – Again! from Heart Desire Creations

Keep Calm Squirrel[1]Remember my rant about reducing my WIPs? Huh – guess I lied! How weak am I when I begin to look through my fabrics. Maybe I can justify this one, though – it’s a leader ender to have on hand at upcoming retreats.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! This also puts me as a member in good standing in the Squirrel Club!

I was going through my scrap bin of Kaffe fabrics which was filled to the brim with beautiful, colorful prints. I saw a quilt online recently that’s done with all half square triangles ...

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Beaded Lanterns Quilt Along Week 5 – Make a Quilting Plan from Christa Quilts

I love seeing all of the Beaded Lanterns quilts in progress! Remember, you can share your work in my ChristaQuilts facebook group, or on instagram #beadedlanternsqal. For my latest post hosted over on the BERNINA blog, We All Sew, I’m chatting about the quilting plan I created and how I broke the steps down into walking foot quilting and free-motion techniques.

Stitching in the ditch walking foot quilting

One of the easiest ways to quilt a quilt is to stitch in the ditch and then echo it to highlight certain areas of the quilt. For more tips and to check out the rest of the quilt ...

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October 14, 2018
stash report October 14, 2018 from Making A Lather

At our guild quilt show, we had a garage sale area. I purchased several scrap bags, and these fat quarters, and a home made jelly roll.

These 2 1/2 in strips will make a great donation quilt for the vet's home.

stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1/2 yards
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 773 1/4 yards  * 400 donated

Fabric Added this Week: 5  yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 212 3/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2018: 560 1/2 yards used more than purchased. 

Most of my handwork is at ...

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October 13, 2018
Painted Cows and a small purchase from Romany Quilting

Just what I hoped for – an early morning view of Mt Ruapehu without any cloud cover, as we drove along the Desert Road.  Such a fabulous sight, and one I never tire of.

Mt Ruapehu

We were traveling on to Hamilton to get the annual service done on our caravan.  We were out for the day, taking the car, and Gemma, returning back later in the afternoon for the van when the service is completed.  Getting ready rather reminded me of those long ago days when young Mums had to pack a nappy bag full for a day out with ...

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Acres of diamonds from Texas Quilting

PC quiltI remember in business school years ago one of the phrases we were taught about was called “acres of diamonds”.  The phrase was created by Russell Conwell in the 1800’s and it meaning was each person can find their own “acres of diamonds” in their own back yard.  Close to where they live, work, have relationships. The idea is that many of us look outside for success instead of within ourselves. If I won the lottery I would….  If I get promoted at work I plan to….  Once the kids are out of the house we are going to ...

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October 12, 2018
pink mrs holder's hexagon quilt from Making A Lather

I am still hand stitching hexagons for Mrs. Holder's hexagon quilt. I have added a pink row- there are 6 on 4 corners. more here and here and here

We have been canning applesauce from our apple trees, but it was time to take a break and try an apple pie. Our apples are yummy in a pie, just a little tart. The trees were here when we bought the house, so we don't officially know what kind they are.

I have need of sorting through a mess to find what I need. I had initially planned ...

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Great Batik Hospice Quilt from Heart Desire Creations

The community of quilters is just so awesome! Jo Kramer, of Jo’s Country Junction, receives amazing mailings from her readers which include fabric, blocks, patterns and quilt tops. She recently shared some of her bounty with me, knowing these quilts go to a great cause – Hospice. It was a thrill to receive not only this beautiful quilt top, but the backing and prepared binding too! The colors are so rich. We’ve had a lot of rain, so the pic was taken indoors and really does not do the colors justice.

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It was such a quick finish – one of ...

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October 11, 2018
Fabulous Fabric Series - Kitties & a Jelly Roll Quilt from Pat Sloan's Blog

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My 'Fabulous Fabric' series continues with Halloween fabric in another few designs of mine, lets start with kitties!

Pat Sloan Halloween Kitties pic 4

I want to show you how to use that fabric you love.  Instead of putting it on a shelf, get out patterns and make up things! I love making simple fast projects to showcase these cute bundle, so I can enjoy the fabric in a quilt. 

Today is

  • Tips on Kitty making
  • A bonus layout of multiple kitties
  • And my 'Go To' Jelly roll' pattern at the end!

Pat Sloan Halloween Kitties pic 1

I applique using Heat n Bond lite to do my raw edge fusible applique ...

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October 10, 2018
Pre-order My New Fall Patterns from Christa Quilts

I release quilt patters twice a year now, in conjunction with my new fabric lines. (More about the fabric later…) So today I’m happy to introduce 4 new patterns which will be released on November 16, but you can get them at a discount when you preorder now!

Christa Quilts Patterns

All four of my new patterns are available as print or PDF. Print versions will be shipped to you approximately November 16th. When you order the PDF version through my Craftsy shop, you’ll be able to download the cover now, and then the pattern itself will be emailed as an ...

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October 8, 2018
Beaded Lanterns Quilt Along Week 4 – Spray Basting Tutorial from Christa Quilts

Have you always wondered how I spray baste my quilts? Over on the BERNINA blog at WE All Sew, I’m sharing my spray basting method using my design wall. It’s part of the Beaded Lanterns Quilt Along I’m hosting over there on the blog, so be sure to check it out!

Whether or not you are making the Beaded Lanterns quilt, you can apply this technique to any quilt.

Beaded Lanterns Quilt Along Links

Week 1 – Supply List and Schedule
Week 2 – Sewing the Blocks
Week 3 – Quilt Top Assembly
Week 4 – Backing and Basting

Click here ...

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October 7, 2018
Paper Piecing Fun from Heart Desire Creations

An Island Batik Adventure

Needle, Paper, Scissors (Large)Paper Piecing – I have done quite a bit of it, enjoy it, but was not up for a big project for the Island Batik October project.  My answer? A pin cushion! The pattern: Turning Points by Hunter’s Design Studio. I chose to do the mug rug size rather than the actual pin cushion size. That was just a little too teenie for me!


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A deep green was chosen for the base and picking out pretty colors for the little flying geese was fun! See them colorfully flying in a circle?!

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I would sew a couple ...

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stash report October 7, 2018 from Making A Lather

This week I stopped at an estate sale, actually 3. The first sale, I was there early enough to find some fabric, and it was 1/2 price. Most of the mauve and blue fabric was from the 80s and 90s. I have a dresden plate from back then as an ufo. I may need some of this to finish it. There was 15 yards in that bundle. which surprised me, since it looked so little and innocent. 15 yards is a lot of fabric.

I was thrilled with the bright fabrics. It would make a fun baby quilt.

Part ...

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October 5, 2018
Patriotic Modern Quilt Pattern Update 3 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Everyone!  In this post, I’ll show you the different modern looks you can achieve with the Patriotic Diamonds Modern Quilt pattern  (on page 80) when you use a variety of modern quilt fabrics.  I’ve also added a tutorial on adding an inner border –see the bottom of this post.

And go HERE and HERE for earlier posts showing how to choose fabrics in other colorways for the patterns in this book.

You can purchase the book from local quilt shops and online here.

Here’s the original quilt.

Quilt designed in EQ7 from my book, Patriotic Modern ...

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Quilting the Batik Skyline to highlight Banyan Batik Broken Glass fabric from Quilt Social


Today is the last day of the Batik Skyline quilt we’ve been making all week featuring the Banyan Batik, Broken Glass batik line that is available to quilt stores this month!

In yesterday’s post the bold batik street unit was created and joined to the buildings to complete the wallhanging front. Now it’s time to finish the project by quilting it – which means we need a backing and some batting.


Quilted batik night skyline
Quilted batik night skyline


For this wallhanging I decided to use several of the Broken Glass fabrics to create a modern pieced backing.

There’s enough fabric ...

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Dot ‘n’ Dash Quilt Along Week 8 – Machine Quilting Part 3: Double L’s from Christa Quilts

Good news! I’ve restocked the Dot ‘n Dash Kit in the light gray colorway.
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I’m so glad we spent a little extra time machine quilting this quilt. Making a quilt from start to finish isn’t hard – it just takes a little time to break down the steps into doable chunks of time. This week we are going to finish up the quilting with a fun free-motion variation inspired by one of the quilting designs from my third book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts.

Free Motion quilting on Dot n Dash by Christa Watson

I’m all about perfectly ...

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October 4, 2018
Creating a bold batik street for the quilted night skyline from Quilt Social


The night skyline is almost complete! In yesterday’s post a high-rise building and a building with solar panels were sewn together.

We’ve been using one of Banyan Batiks’ latest lines, Broken Glass, to make the wallhanging; the batiks are helping to create a dynamic look to the skyline. Today we’ll add one more house and create a bold street to go in front of the buildings on the quilted wallhanging.

Make Triangle Roof house Unit

To make the roof draw a diagonal line on the back of each black 2½″ square.
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Falling into Fall from Heart Desire Creations

My goal for 2018 has been to reduce my Works in Progress (projects that have been started.)  These do not include Hospice quilts.  I had about 25 in January and now I have exactly 11 in project boxes.  In addition, there are  2 quilt tops that need a border, another that needs stitching around the appliques and one quilt top that I will quilt. One quilt top is on the way to the longarm this week and another that I am hand stitching the binding.

Then there are the projects – yummy fabrics and a pattern or sketch in a box ...

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October 3, 2018
Fabulous Fabric Series - My Halloween Boden w/videos! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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I'm kicking off my new series 'Fabulous Fabric' with Halloween fabric. We all find fabric we love, then we have to figure out a project to make. I love making simple fast projects to showcase a cute bundle, so I can enjoy the fabric in a quilt. 

Pat Sloan Fabulous Fabric Series Halloween Boden

For my first Fabulous Fabric I selected a Halloween fabric line and bought the following

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Introducing AGF Curated Bundles! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers!

Happy October! This month is my absolute FAVORITE month since it's officially fall and Halloween is SOON!

To make this amazing month EVEN MORE EXCITING, here at AGF we're going to launching several new products for you! We've been secretly working on some things the past few months, and now the time is finally HERE to share it all with you! Drum roll, please!


 The secret is out! AGF NOW HAS BUNDLES!       

We’re so SUPER thrilled to introduce you to a new way of sewing, AGF CURATED BUNDLES! This amazing sewing community is always ...

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