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March 16, 2020
Balboa Fabric Colors & Prints from A Quilting Life

Balboa Fabrics & Colors featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of Balboa Low-Volume Prints

Hello and happy Monday. Today I’m super excited to share just a little more about our upcoming Balboa Fabric collection. Since I’m still sewing the new quilt designs, I thought today would be a great time to stop in and share some more details and close-ups of the Balboa Fabric Colors & Prints. Balboa Fabric […]

The post Balboa Fabric Colors & Prints appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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March 10, 2020
Personalizing Our Own Log Cabin from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi, fabric friends! 

I’m excited to be bringing you a fresh new topic today: Log Cabins! I really wanted to talk about this today because not too long ago we asked you on social media, which quintessential block would you be?

We had an overwhelming amount of responses, and after counting your votes, Log Cabin was the winner! Now we really wanted to show the versatility of this classic quilt block and how you can make it unique to YOU. With this idea in mind, myself and a couple of girls at the studio were excited to take a ...

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March 9, 2020
Balboa Fabric by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics from A Quilting Life

Balboa Fabric by Sherri & Chelsi featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of Balboa fabric collection

Hello! I’m super excited today to finally be able to share our tenth fabric collection for Moda Fabrics: Balboa Fabric by Sherri & Chelsi! We are seriously head over heels with this group. Our sample yardage arrived just a week ago, so we are both busy working on our new quilts and patterns that we’ll […]

The post Balboa Fabric by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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January 29, 2020
Drawstring Baskets from Quilting Stories

Drawstring basket

Drawstring basket

Drawstring basket

Since some time I wish to sew drawstring baskets for my grandchildren. After searching on Pinterest and on various blogs, I was lucky to find a really great tutorial on this blog : Threading My Way. I must say that I never found such a perfect tutorial, so well explained that you cannot make any mistake. I followed step by step the explanations and had not the least problem. I sewed the orange basket first, and was so satisfied with the result that next day I did a blue one. Tomorrow a pink one! Thank you Pam for Australia!

I chose ...

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January 26, 2020
Scrappy Quilting and Rainy Week from Grandma's Red Needle

It has been a wet week weather wise. We had a 'cyclone warning class 3' caused by Moderate Tropical Cyclone 'Diane'. 'Class 3' means 'no venture out'. 'Diane' passed 40 km (24.85 miles) off the North coast before 04:00 a.m. Saturday morning and we did not even hear the wind or rain! Luckily it was not a strong cyclone; no flooding or other damages in our area.

I've been super busy with a couple of my scrappy UFO's and happy to say I have a FINISH!

This is my UFO #10 (my UFO list) and ...

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January 22, 2020
My First 2020 Island Batik Ambassador Box! from The Inquiring Quilter


As an Island Batik Ambassador, I receive a surprise box of batiks twice a year to use in making our monthly challenge quilts.

This year, I received three boxes worth of goodies! I mean wow, wow, wow!

Oh my heart!

Bur first—if you like batiks as much as I do—be sure to follow me so you don’t miss the beautiful quilts to come!

Even if batiks are not your thing, you won’t want to miss the new patterns I’ll be creating this year and the blog hops and challenges I’ll be participating in. I often have giveaways ...

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January 20, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Buttons (again) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

One of my most popular posts is this one on buttons. Interestingly, just yesterday (which was Sunday, I'm a day late posting) I found a place to exhibit the quilt mentioned in that post. Anyway I thought it serendipitous enough to pull another SQI from the idea. So, first a few buttons from this board....

12 Vintage Art Deco Black & Ivory Coloured Celluloid Buttons

Vintage Buttons from Ebay.

all in green

Mary Engelbreit (@homecompanion) • Instagram photos and videos

Victorian Metal Buttons

And, of course, some button inspired quilts....
how to crazy quilt by hand #Crazyquilting

61+ Ideas Crazy Quilting Ideas Things To For 2019

Embroidery bird wall hangings 32+ super Ideas #embroidery #wall

crazy quilting ideas #Crazyquilting

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December 6, 2019
Creative quilting options for Fireside Modern Drunkards Path quilt from Quilt Social

In yesterday’s post, I demonstrated my method of quilt sandwiching. The time has come to discuss quilting and what I call, the appliquilting that I have referencing all week with my Fireside Modern Drunkards Path quilt made with the luscious Banyan Batiks Jungle Rose Cool fabric.


Fireside Modern Drunkards Path quilt


How to choose the quilting for a quilt

There are many things to consider for quilting whenever a quilt is completed and in my mind they are as follows:

  • Purpose of the quilt, i.e. is it to be used a lot and needs frequent laundering and ...

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December 5, 2019
How to sandwich a quilt for domestic machine quilting, the easy way from Quilt Social

All week, I have been explaining the process of making a quilt to showcase the beautiful Banyan Batiks Jungle Rose Cool Banyan fabric. Yesterday I pieced my quilt together and now I’m ready to demonstrate my method of quilt sandwiching.

For smaller projects and in particular this Fireside Modern Drunkards Path lap quilt. It’s great to use my domestic machine as I love the peaceful time of just sitting at my sewing machine and quilting. I love being able to focus in close and isolate just the area I’m working on. It gives me a real sense ...

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December 4, 2019
In this fashion, piecing a drunkards path quilt is a breeze! from Quilt Social

The last 2 days, I’ve been discussing fabric selection with Jungle Rose Cool fabric from Banyan Batiks and the supplies needed along with cutting instructions for the gorgeous Fireside Modern Drunkards Path lap quilt shown below.

Today, I’ll discuss how to applique the arcs and get moving on the piecing process.

Yes! You can make this just in time for Christmas, it’s so easy!


Fireside Modern Drunkards Path quilt design


1. Organize all the arcs and squares in groups of 2 with a light and a dark fabric in the order set up yesterday, i.e. black ...

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December 3, 2019
Cutting Jungle Rose fabric for a modern drunkards path quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I spoke about the gorgeous Banyan Batiks Jungle Rose Cool fabric and showed an image of the finished quilt. Today, I’m discussing cutting and preparing the fabric.

What’s really neat about batik fabric is that it doesn’t fray as easy as other types of cotton quilting fabric. Because of this fact, I planned this quilt with raw edge applique and a quick and easy quilting method in mind. Also, there’s typically no wrong or right side with batiks and this makes it easy to piece because you don’t have to worry about right sides ...

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December 2, 2019
Celebrating the Art of Embroidery: Meriwether Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Today is a lovely day here in south Florida because currently, the temperature is in the 60s! That's pretty cold down here considering we are pretty used to 90-degree weather almost all year round- it's nice to have a break from the rain too. When there is not a single cloud in the sky, the sun is out, and there is a cool breeze, it's the perfect recipe for making me happy! Which brings me to today's latest AGF collection release, Meriwether

Meaning "happy weather" in Middle English, this collection is available in 16 prints ...

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Last minute gift: a lap quilt using Banyan Batiks Jungle Rose from Quilt Social

This year, I designed the Fireside Modern Drunkards Path quilt from the Jungle Rose Cool colorway by Banyan Batiks as a way to show quilting enthusiasts a last minute quilt can be done in time for Christmas. The quilt’s name is inspired by Fairfield Quilter’s 80/20 Batting and as a lap quilt, it’s the perfect size to cozy-up in front of a crackling fire this winter. You’ll see the modern and the drunkardspath in the obvious quilt design because the curves are somewhat randomly placed.

This time of year gets really crazy for most ...

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November 28, 2019
Last minute gift solution: lap quilt using Banyan Batiks Jungle Rose! from Quilt Social

Need one last hand made gift? Here’s a great idea from quilter Robin Bogaert of QUILTINGINTHELOFT to the rescue! She has several time saving tips on getting this quilt done.

She highlights Banyan Batiks Jungle Rose in the Cool colorway.


Banyan Batiks Jungle Rose Cool


TIP 1: get cool fabric! The fabric will do half the job with it’s eye-catching color and pattern design!

TIP 2: I’ll save you a whole lot of time, and give you the material list now so you can shop for your Banyan Batiks Jungle Rose fabric!



For this quilt ...

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November 13, 2019
Building & Organizing a Fabric Stash | Your Questions from A Quilting Life

building and organizing a fabric stash, tips featured by top US quilting blog, A Quilting Life.

Hello and happy Wednesday! I hope your week is off to a terrific start. Several months ago I did a short survey on the blog and got some terrific reader questions to post about. After having a crazy busy summer and fall, I’m just now getting around to organizing the questions and planning content to […]

The post Building & Organizing a Fabric Stash | Your Questions appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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November 8, 2019
Quilting options for Banyan Batiks Baralla disappearing 9 patch quilt from Quilt Social

Happy Friday everyone! I’m sad to say that today wraps up my spotlight on the fabulous new Banyan Batiks Baralla Collection. I’ve had such a great time working with the various prints from the collections! I hope you’ve been with me all week as I’ve taken you through the steps to create a fun and fast disappearing 9 patch quilt.


Banyan Batiks Baralla Collection Disappearing 9 Patch quilt is perfect to snuggle under during the cool Fall nights


Preparing the Quilt Backing

I like to piece my backings with the seams running horizontally whenever possible, so ...

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November 7, 2019
Magic sewing secrets revealed: the disappearing 9 patch from Quilt Social

Is your excitement building? If you’ve been with me all week, you’ve been following the steps to create a fast and fun disappearing 9 patch quilt using the gorgeous new fabrics of Banyan Batiks Baralla Collection. Yesterday I went over sewing the big disappearing 9 patch blocks together. Today, I’m continuing the fun and playing with a little magic.

The magic of the disappearing 9 patch block

Once the 3 big 9 patch blocks are sewn together, they should measure approximately 36½” square, with the center square measuring 12” square.


Center square of the 9 patch should ...

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November 6, 2019
Creating BIG disappearing 9 patch blocks with Banyan Batiks Baralla from Quilt Social

Welcome back! Ready to have some fun? Yesterday I went over cutting the gorgeous Banyan Batiks Baralla fabrics, so today it’s time to lay them out and start sewing the big disappearing 9 patch blocks together.

Layout – let the fun begin!

The layout for this disappearing 9 patch quilt is super simple. Having a design wall, a large table, or even laying the fabrics on a bed will help as the blocks will grow quite quickly. Basically, I’m creating a big 9 patch, which means there will be 3 blocks across and 3 blocks down. I’ll create ...

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November 5, 2019
Unique fussy cut options with Banyan Batiks Baralla Collection from Quilt Social

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Welcome back! I hope you all had a fun time shopping for your beautiful new Banyan Batiks Baralla fabrics which I introduced you to in yesterday’s post, which are available in 7 sumptuous color palettes; Crimson Red, Pink Slate, Emerald Red, Magenta, Spring Leaf,Midnight Gold and Exotic Purple.


Banyan Batiks Baralla Midnight Gold Colorway


For this quick and easy disappearing 9 patch quilt, I selected fabrics from the Crimson Red, Emerald Red and Pink Slate color palettes, but you can select from whichever you desire. The hardest part of this whole project is choosing the ...

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November 4, 2019
Making a disappearing 9 patch quilt with Banyan Batiks Baralla from Quilt Social

With the cool fall breeze in the air, there’s no better time to stitch up a fun and easy disappearing 9 patch quilt to snuggle under, especially when using the gorgeous new dynamic Banyan Batiks Baralla collection.


I used fabrics from 3 of the 7 color palettes of the new Banyan Batiks Baralla Collection: Crimson Red, Emerald Red and Pink Slate.


I confessed in a previous blog post I really wasn’t a big fan of batiks, but oh, how my tastes and opinions have changed since I discovered Banyan Batiks! Overnight, I became a Banyan Batiks fan when ...

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