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September 20, 2019
String Drive 2019: Round 5 from Kat & Cat Quilts


Are you tired of string quilts yet? If you are I apologize.  We are nearing the end of the 2019 string quilt drive, one more post after this one!

These are string quilts 19 through 22.  I had the most perfect cutesy backing to go on this one with more pinks and purples in the top.

This is one of the 60" quilts, it got a manly John Deere tractor backing.  The other "manly" quilt and the top of the post got a flannel backing with race cars :)

Finally, this really cool brown top was sent in nearly finished by ...

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September 19, 2019
String Drive 2019: Round 4 from Kat & Cat Quilts

More string quilts from the Jan/Feb Covered in Love block drive!  The latest block drive just launched, so if you want to get involved read to the bottom of this post for details.

These first two quilts were expertly assembled from donated blocks and quilted by Tammy.  She added blue thin blue sashing to the second one and it's amazing how much it changes it!

The next 3 were assembled and quilted by me.  I'm steadily making my way through all of this year's string donations :)

Although the majority of the quilts are 60"x72", to ...

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September 13, 2019
A Pink Basket Finish from Dizzy Quilts

Grand-baby #5 is coming next month and her mom asked me a while ago if I'd make her a basket for the nursery. I made an Easter Basket for her big brother last year and it's been used in his room ever since.

I absolutely love it when the kids ask me to make them stuff and so I immediately started searching through my stash for the perfect pink fabrics (my daughter-in-law confirmed the nursery would be pink).

Last week was a little bit hectic, but I managed to make Ella's new basket.

I used the same ...

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September 6, 2019
My first pair of me-made pants! from Dizzy Quilts

Let me start by saying taking pictures of finished quilts is a lot easier than taking pictures of me wearing me-made clothes! I'm either going to buy myself a tripod and find somewhere to take pictures or I'll have to make sure someone is available to help when I finish something.

Anyhow, I made some pants! These are the Seamwork Moji.

I made them out of a very inexpensive double knit from The colour is black and extremely difficult to photograph so I apologize for the lack of proper detailed photos.

The Moji pants are a ...

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September 5, 2019
A Sign... (a painted finish) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

After I made the cross earlier in the week, I decided to expand my experience and paint a few scrap boards and add a Bible quote on each. No reason for it, I just like the idea.

After digging through Richard's small pile of scrap lumber, I sanded down the pieces I chose and painted them using craft paint. I was going for a watery feel. Or maybe a sunset. Whatever it wants to be.

Except this small pink one on the right. Nope, not liking it so I've repainted over some of the orange and red stripes ...

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August 30, 2019
A new old ladder ~~ finished from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Years ago, after my dad died, Richard was piddling around at their house and ran across this old ladder. He recognized it as being Daddy's so he decided to bring it home to (one day) make a quilt ladder from the side with the rungs. The balance side was missing several pieces. It got put in a corner of Richard's shed and forgotten. Until... 

I had gone out to ask Richard something. I rarely go out to his shed because it is just too hot! But Richard was doing something near that corner where the ladder was and ...

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Intertwined Finish! from Dizzy Quilts

I'm noticing now that I've been on a Plus quilt kick lately - but the truth is I'm trying to make quilts from the books and patterns I already own and there are so many quilts I want to make from the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book by Cheryl Brickey and Page Alexander!

Intertwined is another one from the book that I finished and photographed last weekend.

I used my long-hoarded Alison Glass fabric along with some Kona White for the background. The Alison Glass prints are just gorgeous - the colours are so saturated!

I quilted it with ...

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August 25, 2019
Red is a Neutral becomes... finish from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Another Red Feather. So named because, though there were other titles in the running, this quilt wanted red feather quilting. And more red feathers. And more red feathers. In fact, every inch of red is quilted in feathers, with a few scrolls to break up the monotony. 
Detail of the back...just enough
pattern to make the worst of
the quilting less noticeable.

This one serves in all manner of challenges: the Cotton Quilters' Guild block-of-the-month, in which different quilters presented a block or two from January through July, and as the AHIQ "Red Is a Neutral" challenge. 

With encouragement ...

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August 24, 2019
Late Blooming Flowers from Kat & Cat Quilts

Spring flowers are blooming in August! The Covered in Love quilts made from the Spring Flower block drive in March/April are done.

Local quilter and part-time saint Kathy took all these blocks and finished them into quilts. 

I had a great stash of flower-themed and spring-colored fabrics to make backings for these quilts thanks to the many of you have sent in yardage.

Kathy grouped the flowers by color group and stippled the quilts.

There were six quilts in the initial batch. Eventually there will be one more with the leftover blocks, so 7 total!

It's broiling hot ...

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August 23, 2019
Trellis Vines from Dizzy Quilts

I pieced this quilt top back in the Spring, got it basted a few weeks ago and then during my recent vacation, I finally got it quilted and bound. This is Trellis Vines from the 2019 Quilter's Planner Magazine.

I didn't take notes about the fabrics I used and it's been so long now I really don't remember. But they are all Kona solids in greens and a light grey for the background.

I once again went with flowers quilted with the FMQ foot on my Juki sewing machine. I really love this design - it's ...

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Nettie's Sweet Quilts from Kat & Cat Quilts

I've got three sweet quilts finished this week. Nettie sent in several tops and these three are the first ones I've gotten done.

This plus quilt is packed full of adorable Heather Ross scraps.  Octopuses and matrioshka dolls and bicycles and fish!

I took lots of close up pictures of the cute fabrics.

Next up, another sweet scrappy quilt with strings.

I made up backings from donated fabrics and stippled these quilts. I'm able to do one each night after work.

Lastly, a really awesome non-scrappy quilt.

Really rich colors in this lattice weave sort of pattern ...

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August 17, 2019
sugar mountain finish from Making A Lather

I have a finish. Sugar mountain was a workshop with our guild and Pam Buda. At the last retreat, I decided to finish this quilt the way it was. Originally, this quilt was just 12 blocks, and I rarely do small quilts. I had cut for a few more blocks, and planned to make it bed size. I took it with me to retreat to formulate a plan. The plan ...finish it.

It was small enough that I felt I could longarm it as long as I took long breaks. The binding was done over a couple of evenings in ...

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August 16, 2019
New Cowl Top (M6963) from Dizzy Quilts

I made another garment and I really like it! I mean, I'm not very good at garment sewing yet so this is far from perfect, but it's definitely wearable and I'm learning so much.

Apologies for the vacation hair and lack of make-up!

The pattern is McCall's M6963. It's from the Palmer Pletsch line so there lots of fitting help within the instructions so that even a beginner can achieve a good fit. My measurements put me somewhere between a 20 and a 22 but I decided to go with a straight 20 because of ...

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August 12, 2019
Bohemian Bird Pattern from Alamosa Quilter

I made my first Bohemian Bird several years ago. Long before owning a quilt shop was even on my radar.

When I opened my shop I needed things to display and on a whim hung up my little Bohemian Birds. I only had two at the time. When I started carrying Sue Spargo merchandise I made a third. Then the requests for the pattern began.

I started working on a pattern a few months ago. I realized that in order to write a good pattern I needed to make another one. Here she is:

I have named them all thus ...

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August 9, 2019
Postage Plus Finish from Dizzy Quilts

After what feels like many, many months, I finally have a finish to share. I have to say - being able to sit down at my machine for any length of time and actually get stuff done feels really good.

Postage Plus is a pattern from the book Modern Plus Sign Quilts by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander. This specific quilt was designed by Cheryl. I loved the book's version so much, I pretty much copied it - used blue scraps for the plus sign in the middle along with Kona solids for the bars (not sure which colours exactly).

This ...

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August 8, 2019
String Drive 2019: Round 3 from Kat & Cat Quilts

String Quilts: batch number 3! This makes 13 so far finished from the January Covered in Drive block drive.

These 4 string quilts were pieced and quilted by me. They finish at 60"x72", perfect for cuddling with.

Thanks to generous supporters I had these cool musical fabrics to back them with.

Bound with scrappy fabrics, I like how that red binding on this one brings out the red corner stones.

There are going to be, I think, 25 or so quilts from the string drive this year and they're nearly all assembled into tops. That's record time ...

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August 5, 2019
Aunt Sue's Cross Stitch Quilt :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

This one is going in the mail today back to it's owner so now I can share it with you.

So ... here is the story: My aunt's MIL passed away a couple months ago. She was a quilter. Like most of us, she had several unfinished projects. My aunt, who doesn't sew at all, asked if I would finish a few of them as they were for her girls (my cousins). Those quilts were already to the finished top stage. They only needed quilting, binding and a label. I had my local long arm quilter do the ...

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August 3, 2019
Curved Log Cabin Quilt + Two Baby Quilts finished this week. from Jan's Quilts

I decided that this quilt needed a facing instead of a binding finish.  I thought binding it would stop the "movement" of the design.  I really don't like hand-stitching, but it's inevitable when attaching a facing.  It took a while, but I got it done, and I'm very happy with the results.

I used lots of FQs for the pieced back and I like the contrast with the front.  I kept the facing scrappy, too, in the spirit of the back.

I also finished two baby quilts this week.  Luckily binding worked well for them.  Below are ...

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July 30, 2019
En Provence finish from Making A Lather

Despite throwing back surgery into the month of July, I did finish my goals for the month. August will be a different story, I am sure. Unless, watching tv can be a goal.
I finished En Provence mystery quilt to the point of hand sewing the binding before surgery, and I have slowly worked on that while in the recliner. En Provence was 2016 mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. I have on Ringo lake and good fortune to finish yet. I had already finished en provence in the quiltville colors. I did two of them, this one using ...

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July 27, 2019
Lamb Chop baby quilt from Sew Fresh Quilts

I don't know about you....

But I am in love with this new Lamb Chop quilt!

The backing was pieced using some graphic floral black and white prints found in my stash.

The quilting was performed with edge to edge organic wavy lines made using my walking foot white plain white thread.

Kaylee was my helper. She rounded up those sheep and made them sit in rows.

"Lamb Chop" quilt finished at 40" x 44"

ordered from Ikaprint.

The Lamb Chop pattern is available in my shop here.

Quilt finishes at 40" x 44". Blocks finish at 12 ...

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