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January 2, 2020
more sand castles from Making A Lather

I am certainly late today, as my youngest had his wisdom teeth removed. He is 24 and has aspergers, and doesn't like to be uncomfortable, oh my. He is certain he is dying. I will not give him a bell to call me LOL.
I am moving along on sand castle blocks. I would like to have a top by the end of January.


I am digging through a box of scraps from a quilt show in June. I had surgery in July, and, then, I forgot about it. I found some interesting treasures. I bought this pattern in ...

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December 31, 2019
2019 - A Fruitful YearIs it possible I made all these quilts in... from Living Water Quilter



2019 - A Fruitful Year

Is it possible I made all these quilts in 2019?!  A year for me is 10 months. I don’t sew in November and December.  I have been a busy bee!

Let’s take a gallery tour.

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1) I see a small theme of light backgrounds in some Island Batik Ambassador projects.

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2) These smaller projects were fun first-time techniques.

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3) Geese Gone Wild made the priemer issue of Modern Monthly, an online magazine published by the Modern Quilt Guild.

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4) Mini art quilts are fun between big projects. 

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5)  It’s also been a year ...

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December 30, 2019
Christmas arrived early thanks to Michael Miller Fabrics! from Art and Quilting in Camden

I mentioned earlier that I am DELIGHTED to have been selected as a Michael Miller Brand Ambassador for 2020. As part of that we received, just before Christmas (Squee!), a box of goodies to use. I cannot WAIT to get into the studio to play. As a reward for getting all the gift wrapping and prep actually done before the 24th, I treated myself to opening the box on December 23rd, but waited until today to post and share the joy.

There are so many goodies in this package I hardly know where to start, but since I am prepping ...

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Paper Pieced Primrose Quilt Along Starts Next Week!! from Christa Quilts

Are you planning on learning to foundation paper piece in the new year? With my Pieced Primrose pattern, learning this skill is much easier than you’d think!! Be sure to let me know in the comments if you’ve done paper piecing before, or if this will be your first experience with it.

Pieced Primrose Quilt Pattern

The fun begins on Monday, January 6th with weekly posts ...

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Scrapping thru to the next Decade....lots of photos from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Well golly gosh, here we are once more at the end of another year, and this time it will also be the beginning of another decade.  The mere thought of the year 2000 used to be such a far fetched fantasy, and yet now we are at the end of twenty years of this new millennium.  Many things have happened, most of them lovely, a few bad, but life goes on, and God is always Good.

Here are a few last photos of various things and I have included some of my favourite quilts over the past decade.  I hope ...

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Prepare to Be Enchanted *freebies included* from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Maybe it makes me a nerd, but I always enjoy the end of the year announcements of Color of the

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December 27, 2019
“Best of” Quilt Alongs – Make a Quilt from Start to Finish from Christa Quilts

Just in case you missed it, here are some of my most popular quilt alongs from prior years. I still have kits available for many of them! Click this link and use code KIT at checkout to save 10%!

Color Weave – Made from Precut Strips or FQ’s

Color Weave Quilt from Abstract Garden

Click here for the Color Weave quilt along.
Click here to get the original Color Weave quilt kit.

The original version of this was made using one strip roll of my Abstract Garden fabric plus background grays from my Fandangle line.

The Color Weave quilt pattern was so popular that I recently ...

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December 23, 2019
◌ Washi Double Dresden Wreath ◌ from Charm About You

green and white dresden plate christmas fabric wreath by Charm About You

It feels wonderful to have a new version of the Double Dresden Wreath, made using the free tutorial I created a couple of years ago. The original was demonstrated on Sewing Quarter, the samples that hung in the studio stayed there, and I am so happy to now have one for our house. I made this wreath for my December project as an Aurifil Artisan, our challenge was to create a holiday themed project. Perfect for brightening any door or bare looking wall space, the wreath pattern is a merry make! 


My original plan was slightly different but this was ...

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December 20, 2019
Did I finally make a new Tablerunner? Come see! from Pat Sloan's Blog

** FIRST.. If you didn't hear ** 

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** My NEW FREE pattern Christmas Table Runner ** 

What happens when you can't find your table runner and you are a quilter?

You make a new one!  Download my zig zag table runner below ...

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December 19, 2019
Beautiful Quilts Made from Gridwork from Christa Quilts

I’m so excited that my newest fabric, Gridwork will be arriving in stores soon! To get you pumped up for some post holiday sewing, I’m sharing some gorgeous quilts made by my talented friends. Hopefully you’ll be inspired by one of these designs and put them on your “to make” list in the new year!

Why Knot by Heather Black of Quiltachusetts

Why Knot by Heather Black, Gridwork fabric by Christa Watson

Click here to get Heather’s Why Knot quilt pattern.

Whenever Heather Black designs a quilt, she really knocks it out of the park! She’s well-known for amazing modern curved piecing designs and she ...

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December 17, 2019
NEW IDEAS PLANNING FOR 2020 from Heirloom Quilting Co.

As 2019 winds down we are Working on new ideas for 2020 and as usual there is more than one going on! Two new quilt kits and a new free sew along that will start about January 17th and it's called "Cabin Fever" ., appropiate right?  Sign up for the newsletter and sew along with me!  I will post here on the journal as we sew along as well so everyone can post comments and ask questions.  Anyway it's our end of the year on- line inventory sale which begins December 26th-31st and you can just go to the ...

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December 16, 2019
Nine More Days! from Heart Desire Creations

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It’s been a fun and busy week.  A friend has a family farm and invited two of us for a 3 day sew-in.  All that time concentrated on sewing and friends (and food) was such a treat! I put the main body of this batik and black & white quilt together.  I cut the squares after I reorganized my batiks a while back.  Now I’m working on the borders.  I need to cut a little more and look forward to a finish before the end of the year.

Yard/house chores have taken some of my time.  We mainly ...

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Preorder Gridwork Fabric – It Ships in January 2020 from Christa Quilts

With all of the holiday preparations at this time of year, I’m also getting excited for my best gift of the year – my new fabric line Gridwork from Benartex, which should be arriving at shops starting in January of next year. For your viewing pleasure I’ve included pretty pics of all 3 fabrics by colorway below:

Gridwork Amethyst by Christa Watson for Benartex Contempo Studio

The Amethyst colorway includes 9 coordinated fabrics in gray, lilac, pink and plum.

Gridwork Breeze by Christa Watson for Benartex Contempo Studio

The Breeze colorway includes 9 coordinated fabrics in lime, cloud, aqua and teal.

Gridwork Breeze by Christa Watson for Benartex Contempo Studio

The Citron colorway includes 9 coordinated fabrics in Black, White, Navy, & Citron

Of course, I always ...

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December 15, 2019
Hong Kong Nights Quilt & Donation Quilts (2019 personal challenge) from caledonia quilter

This quilt is realllly big.  I had to tip the tablet cattywampus to get a pic.

The maker used a beautiful collection of Asian prints for the blocks.

And I absolutely love the corner triangle she added.  That provides such an interesting touch.

Oddly enough, those print blocks are all cut on the bias.  I was really impressed that they were not stretched out of square when the 3-d flange was added to them, and then additional sashing too.  She's a really, really good piecer. ⭐
The setting triangles were a design challenge for me.  When you actually LOOK at ...

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December 13, 2019
Aurifil Color Builder Designer from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am thrilled to announce that I am an Aurifil Color Builder 2020 Designer !  The Colors of Italy will be the 2020 theme. We designers will be creating a series of blocks for a worldwide Sew A Long.  The free (yes free) blocks and patterns will be available monthly on Pat Sloan’s’s blog.  Pat [ ...Continue Reading ]

The post Aurifil Color Builder Designer appeared first on Carole Lyles Shaw.

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December 12, 2019
Introducing the Spot on Dot from Expect Moore

Several months ago, I had an idea. Why can’t we magnify right on our quilting rulers? I don’t know about you, but my eyesight certainly hasn’t gotten any better the older I’ve gotten, and my eye doctor say I should expect it to continue to get worse. Since more accurate cuts lead to more precise […]

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Make the Rounds Quilt Pattern and Kit Available from Christa Quilts

Did you see this amazing quilt, designed and made by my friend Heather Black? She used my Geo Pop fabric and it’s in the current issue of American Patchwork and Quilting (February 2020).

Make the Rounds by Heather Black

Click here to get the quilt kit for Make the Rounds.

Before the issue went to print, APQ magazine contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to offer kits for this quilt since it’s so eye catching. I immediately said yes and they were kind enough to mention my fabric and include a link to my shop in the magazine pattern.

Here’s ...

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December 10, 2019
Texture & Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Scarlet Macaw colour board at Clever Chameleon Quilting

Have you ever played with texture on a quilt?

3D challenge logo by Island Batik

You know me, I often like to experiment with texture and embellishments in my quilt projects. Quilting is for me where “art meets sewing”. Two itches, one colossal scratching!

So when Island Batik announced that December was 3D month for the 2019 Ambassadors, I was in both ecstasy and agony. Right up my alley…. but, oh! Which alley to choose!?!? Thing is, I just about need a street directory for all my alleys. I didn’t even have to make up any new projects for this challenge, and I still had ...

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Christmas outing ... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Our Tuesdays girls had our yearly Christmas outing today.  This time we headed west and went to Palmerston North, which is about 1 hour 40 mins from here.  It's a bit longer these days because the gorge that you used to drive through has been closed for the last 18 months or so due to major slips.  The cost of repairing it was too major and a new road is going to be developed.  Unfortunately, it's going to take about another 6 years before that is completed!!  We are way down on the list of priorities. This is ...

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December 9, 2019
Let’s Learn to Foundation Paper Piece – New Quilt Along Starts in January! from Christa Quilts

I just love hosting quilt alongs, and better yet, I love it when you all quilt along with me! We just wrapped up Infrastructure Quilt Along, and I now I’m excited to dive into Paper Pieced Primrose QAL starting January 6!

Paper Pieced Primrose

Paper Pieced Primrose Kits Available

The image above shows the 35″ x 35″ wall size in two colorways, made from 16 paper pieced blocks. The images below show the 68″ x 84″ throw size in both colors, made from 80 paper pieced blocks.

For your convenience, I’m offering kits in both colorways, and both sizes – so you ...

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