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April 27, 2019
Prepping and More Prepping from Heart Desire Creations

Off to another retreat! I’m a  guest at this one, so I get to do a lot more sewing. Prepping has been going on for about a week and I am SO ready! There’s something wonderful about being in a room full of creative quilters that serves to feed my creativity and productivity.

First – a scrappy flimsy that needs a border. It’s a strip quilt and I’ll be doing more strip blocks, making them into small half square triangles with a white-on-white, and adding as a border.


Second – a baby scrappy quilt that was started a ...

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April 25, 2019
Splish Splash my button club FREE pattern! from Pat Sloan's Blog

For our Button club project this month I'm ready for spring! 

Pat Sloan Apr 2019 Button

The Fat Quarter Shop button box this month has a theme of 'HUNT'. I decided that I had to use my friend Melissa's Fox Farm fabric, it is perfect!  She has the print with the boots that inspired this design.

My Aurifil 50 wt thread is is used to piece and sew on the buttons

** 50wt Aurifil SOME are ON SALE 


The buttons in the HUNT box have the sweetest little chickens and eggs, fox and hound and beautiful navy and green buttons

  • You can hang this ...

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April 22, 2019
Tips for Making Geese in the Garden – Part 1 of 2 from Christa Quilts

Welcome to my new series where I explain a little more in depth about how I made a recent quilt and share tips to make your sewing and quilting faster and more fun! Today we’ll focus on my Geese in the Garden Quilts made from my Abstract Garden line with Benartex/Contempo.

Geese in the Garden Quilt Pattern

Click here to get the print version of Geese in the Garden pattern.
Click here to get the PDF version of Geese in the Garden pattern.

The “Geese” Design

When I designed Geese in the Garden with it’s radiating diamond-like shapes,  my first instinct was to ...

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April 19, 2019
Coming Up: More about the Making of My Latest Quilts from Abstract Garden from Christa Quilts

In between moving, hosting the Blooming Wallflowers quilt along, and planning out my next round of designs, I haven’t had a chance to tell you much about some of my latest finishes. So I thought I’d take some time over the next several weeks to share more in-depth about my process of making quilts from my latest fabric line, Abstract Garden.

Geese in the Garden

Geese in the Garden with Abstract Garden fabric

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Stash Additions from Mama Spark's World

I am so sorry but I have been super busy and neglectful of this blog.   I promised that I would show the things I purchased recently and have not done so. I have been quickly using up a LOT of my low volume fabrics on this traveling quilt  so I picked up a few more. That gold "love" I bought for a friend to use in a quilt she is making for her son.   I found some of the new

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April 14, 2019
stash report April 14, 2019 from Making A Lather

We have started birthday season in our family. My hubby's is the 4th, Youngest son is the 6th, Son number 3 is the 18th, and many more in our extended family.

I am looking for mustard, cheddar color fabric. This was supreme cotton from Missouri star quilt company. It is a beautiful color. I have some more ordered, before I choose. And, while I was there, I added a few 'deals" to my cart.

I am looking forward to slow Sunday stitching today. It is a cold and rainy Spring day. After church, I am cuddling up with some ...

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A Touch of Elegance from Heart Desire Creations

Retreat info

Several years ago I made a pretty set of pillowcases for our bed and hubby loved them. How disappointing when one met its demise. He asked for another set! What a nice break to do some easy and quick sewing. I did them on my Jazz because it sews really fast – 1,000 stitches a minute!  The first set I did is rather bold  and fancy and goes with our burgundy set of sheets.

PC 4 (Medium)

Next I chose a print to go with our turquoise set. It seemed a bit plain until they were all together and on the bed – a ...

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April 11, 2019
Good advice and a Travlogue from Terificreations's Weblog

Angela Walters of Quilting is my Therapy offers quilters some sound advice in video form. Take a watch and share your thoughts below. The Quilt Tree in Nyack is a Stonehenge Solstice Block Party participant. See block to the left. The other day when I was in there Lisa had a quilt wrapped around a… Continue reading Good advice and a Travlogue

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April 10, 2019
Designer Sampler – Free Quilt Block Tutorials for You from Benartex from Christa Quilts

One of the fun things I love about designing fabric for Benartex is being able to express myself creatively through fabric. I also love getting to know their other fabric designers and see the amazing things they make! Recently Benartex pulled together a fun collaboration to create this fun sampler quilt. Each block was designed by one of nine current fabric designers who participated, and there are instructions to make each block as well as the full quilt over on the Benartex blog.

Benartex Designer Sampler in Solids

Designer Sampler in Solids
Click here for the Sampler introduction
Click here for finishing instructions

As an ...

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April 8, 2019
Lots of Progress! (Photo Heavy) from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

I'm made a lot of progress over the past week.  About a month or so ago I made a baby quilt as a gift.  I posted a pic of it on my blog and facebook.  My SIL's mother wanted me to make 2 of them for her as gifts for twins of her niece.  They will be 2 yrs old this summer.  I added a border on these to make them a little bigger so they could use them for several years.  
 They ended up being 52" square.
 I quilted a simple stipple on them.
 I did the ...

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April 7, 2019
Tips for Mitered Quilt Binding from Carol Lyles Shaw

Like most quilters, I use a mitered edge on my quilt binding.  I’ve tried several methods for getting that angle corner correct.

Here’s a tutorial on a method that I tried a few days ago that worked out pretty well.

I cut my binding strips fairly wide–this one is 2-1/2″.  It’s a pieced binding using fabrics from the quilt top and back.   I turn and iron a 1/4 inch edge –I’ll use that when I hand sew the binding to the back.  As normal, I sew the binding strip to the front of ...

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Sunday Stash April 7, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric out this week. I finished the QAL blocks and plan to sew the top together today. Forward progress is a good thing.
Last Sunday my LQS had a quilter’s garage sale. People rented tables and sold things they no longer loved – fabric, patterns, books, and notions. I went looking for 30s prints, but bought these batik bundles instead. The pieces range from fat quarters to yardage. There are very few scraps.
Bundle #1
batik bundle 1Bundle #2
batik bundle 2And this bunny fabric because it’s too cute. I seem to have a thing for bunny fabric. The other fabric goes ...

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April 5, 2019
Color Master of the Month: Sapphire Shine from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Color mood board

Spring is finally here, FULL force! Time to celebrate all the beauty that comes with the season, blooming flowers and delicious fruits. While looking for inspiration this month, the most common spring colors are usually pastels and that led me to pick periwinkle to be the star this month. So, as I scavenged all our Color Master boxes, I picked this “Sapphire Shine” edition that has a lovely play on soft purples and hints of blue that remind me of amethyst crystals (like the picture on the top left corner). This group of fabrics has a specific theme, not just ...

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How about a little Emoji fun? from Pat Sloan's Blog

I LOVE having fun with quilts and so does my friend Gailen Runge.  She designed this super cut Emjoi quilt.


All the ones you know and USE are here!

With 60 mix and match items!


The quilt of them is darling. A fun quilt for a kid or your favorite internet friend!

I can see quilting a few phrases into the it that you use a lot

** Sew EMOJI Book ** 



How about your favorite 3 for a bolster pillow? 

Super fun in the den!

Article continues below this Ad


Of course there is emoji FABRIC... some of it is on ...

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Blooming Wallflowers Week 10 – Binding to Finish from Christa Quilts

Can you believe we’ve come to the end of the Blooming Wallflowers quilt along? I’m so excited to see all of your finishes and encourage you to continue working at your own pace, even if you finish weeks (or months) later.

Blooming Wallflowers quilt

I was literally finishing the hand binding of this quilt on the way to quilt market last fall, so I didn’t get any pics of my binding in progress. However, I’ve written several other binding ...

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April 4, 2019
More Bits of Goings On from Stitchin at Home

It's amazing how fast April seemed to come along this year. The months just continue to roll on, if I'm not careful I may get rolled right over.
April started out busy as the 1st is my anniversary, no sewing got done. We spent the day just doing little fun things that we enjoy, like a walk. Then a nice meal out at one of our favourite restaurants.

Sewing has been happening including more secret sewing this time for the 'Be A Diamond' blog hop hosted by Just Let Me Quilt.

A sneak peak at my project. 

a ...

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Appraisals, and workshops and QUILTS, Oh My:) -part 3 from Nestlings By Robin

Houston Bound and I haven't stopped squealing with delight:)

So SWIMMING SEAHORSE which I recently taught to the West Pasco QG will be my second class and I didn't want to push both together in one post because I had so many lovely photos to show!

Below you will find photos from the latest Seahorse class and it really shows how different fabric choices change the look.
Here is the original sample made by me:
This is such a great Quilt As You Go technique 
that can work for so many things!

We all LOVED the polka dot ...

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April 3, 2019
Dress Sewing Journey Part 1 from Christa Quilts

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared my sewing journey in real time, so while I’m working on some projects behind the scenes that I can’t show you, I’ll share my process in learning to attempt to sew a dress. I’ve always wanted to learn to sew clothing, and now that I have my own fabric, I’m even more inspired to make something to wear from it!

Terrace Dress by Liesl & C0

My first real attempt will be to try the Terrace dress from Liesl and Co. It looks like an easy enough pattern and I’ve met Liesl ...

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April 2, 2019
No FOOLING Charity Block #5 is ready & Block #4 of Out of this World! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Some people are SO good at April fools things.. me.. not so much.. so you might have lucked out as I'm not playing any tricks today.

There are 2 articles today, this is the Charity sewa along. And  there is also one later in the day for my FREE Block of the Month Out of This world. 

Pat Sloan Out of this World block 4 banner

Block #4 is Space Crazy!

When we love something we put it everyone!! Space is no different. I image it started during the 50s when the spac shows came out. You'll see my lunch box at the article.  From party themes ...

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April 1, 2019
A chance to win Solid-ish bundles! from Quilting with Kimberly

An EQ Design Contest!

I’m so excited, I could hardly wait
to make the BIG announcement!

The good folks at the Electric Quilt Company and Timeless Treasures Fabrics are hosting a design contest in honor of introducing 30 brand new colors with a chance to win fat quarters of the entire 60-piece, Solid-ish collection!!! 

Here’s how to enter

First, download the free Solid-ish fabrics for EQ here.

Whether or not you choose to enter the design contest (which I truly hope you will,) if you own EQ software you’ll want to download all the gorgeous ...

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