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April 3, 2020
The Last One from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I can finally share the last of the seven Covered In Love quilts!
The photos are right here on my camera...

But first let's review all the previously made ones.

Here was the first one - there were a number of blocks that were predominately green and purple so I grouped them all together to make the above quilt.

For the second finish, I went with this asymmetrical design.  Each of these quilts were made with a 5 x 6 layout of 12" blocks so it was impossible to have a center.

I really liked this third finish.  I thought ...

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March 27, 2020
A Covered In Love Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have finished the sixth Covered in Love quilt.  For this layout, I made an offset barn raising design.   I really like how it turned out - so far it is probably a favorite of mine. 

There is a surprise on the back.  Kat had sent me a purple and yellow sunflower panel fabric.  I framed it with some yellow bees and added in some solid brown and purple.

I still have one more quilt to finish.  So far I have made six different layout designs from these donated blocks.  I hope to share the last one next Friday!

A big ...

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March 22, 2020
Project QUILTING 11.6: Vibrant and Vivacious from Goer

When I heard that this week's Project QUILTING challenge was Vibrant and Vivacious I immediately thought rainbow.

Before I forget, this is your official reminder that we're nearing the end of Show Me Something Rainbow! Be sure to link up your finished rainbow projects by the end of March. There's still time to finish something up in the next nine days. :-)

I chose a rainbow of fabric in lighter and more vibrant tones. I realized as I started piecing that my wonky, irregular log cabin wasn't really very wonky, but I went with it. My strips ...

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March 17, 2020
Chili Pot finished from Elsie Quilts

If my blogging was as consistent as my quilting... or have I got that backwards?

Anyway, this is a finish, photographed, documented, in the book, and ready for someone, likely will go to Quilts of Valour (the 'u' indicates the Canadian version). These wonderful people have distributed nearly 15,000 quilts in just a few years. 

This one was fun to make. Used fabrics from my stash, quickly made the blocks and got the backing cut, made the label, then let it sit for several months. The label said it was finished in 2019 -- only out a few months. It ...

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March 16, 2020
Curated Quilts Challenge from Luna Lovequilts

I guess current events also turned your everyday life upside down. But let's look on the bright side ... Having to stay at home when you are a quilter and fabric hoarder is not a big punishment ;-) Hopefully quilting allows to distract a bit from all this anxiety.

J'imagine que l'actualité a aussi bouleversé votre vie de tous les jours. Mais regardons le bon côté des choses ... Devoir rester à la maison n'est pas une grosse punition pour une quilteuse et collectionneuse de tissus ;-) Heureusement le patchwork permet d'échapper un peu à toute cette anxiété.

Luna Lovequilts - Mini quilt for Curated Quilt challenge - HST / Subtraction

Have ...

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March 13, 2020
A Dog Quilt Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I finished up my donation dog quilt this week.  I am quite pleased with how it turned out.
I decided to go with a HST  design and used almost all of the fabric.

The final measurements are 48" x 60".

I love the subtle color change between the two light fabrics.

I was able to use the last of the fabric on the backing.  I used a striped fabric I just bought and adding the inset meant I only had to use one length of the fabric.

It is hard to see but I sewed a piece of the fabric ...

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March 6, 2020
Number Five from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Happy Friday!

I am ready to share with you the fifth Covered in Love quilt finish.  For this layout, I went back to a design that creates large plus shapes across the quilt.  

This second plus layout is staggered and details the light areas.

Here is the first layout so you can compare the two.

It took five different fabrics to come up with a backing large enough for this one.  I used a blue batik fabric for the binding so it was framed up nicely. 

This quilt was hard to photograph - all of that white was reflecting the bright ...

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February 28, 2020
Squeezing in A Small Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I am extremely blessed that a lot of my clients share their scraps with me.  Every once in a while, long after I have quilted their masterpieces, they purge their scraps and bring me a bag of their treasures.

So it was fun this week to see the quilt on my frame where I was already using the gifted scraps.
Aren't the colors on this one yummy?!

I shared not long ago how I was creating some HSTs using Kona Shadow and some gifted scrap triangles from a friend.

Well, I am ready to share the little quilt I ...

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February 27, 2020
Half a Halo - finished! from Elsie Quilts

Finally this one is finished, labeled, and ready to put on the sofa. I called it Half a Halo" based on the where I decided to stop making this intricate pattern by Sue Garman. See her version here. It is stunning, but I'm not up to any more little triangles.

Now on to a couple more UFO's.

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February 23, 2020
Project QUILTING 11.4: Birds in the Air from Goer

Superfast Project QUILTING 11.4 post since I finished and photographed my quilt just 30 minutes before the deadline. Phew!

This one is just a twofer, the PQ challenge and a sample for my Creating a Scrappy Slab workshop, which I will be teaching at Bay Area Modern Quilting on April 24, 2020, in Palo Alto, CA. I wanted to create more samples of using a scrappy slab in a traditional block, so this was a perfect opportunity. I continued with my PQ theme this season of a limited palette of black, white, and one other color and turned to ...

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February 21, 2020
Another CIL Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I hope you are not getting tired of seeing all of these Covered In Love finishes.  But right now, they are about the only personal quilts I have been working on.  Today I am sharing quilt number four out of seven.  I am over halfway there!!

I decided on a diagonal layout for these blocks - so the light and dark fabrics flow right across the quilt.

You can see the quilting really shows - I stitched in a simple freehand ruffly flower across the quilt.

Kat had sent me a lot of large cuts for the backings.  There was a lovely ...

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February 14, 2020
A finished quilt from Luna Lovequilts

Project #4 on my list for this quarter is finished ! The pattern is Diaspora designed by Pachy of @psbquilts that I had the chance to test last Spring. You can see the top and in progress pictures in this previous post.

Le projet #4 de ma liste pour ce trimestre est terminé ! Le modèle est Dispora dessiné par Pachy de @psbquilts que j'ai eu la chance de tester au printemps dernier. Vous pouvez voir le top et quelques photos en cours de réalisation dans cet article précédent.

Luna Lovequilts - A finished quilt - Diaspora pattern designed by psbquilts - Snap to Grid collection by Kimberly Kight

The design is more classic than what I usually make but I ...

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A Lightning Quick Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Happy Valentine's Day!

On this day of love, I thought it was appropriate that I am sharing my third Covered in Love quilt finish.  So many quilters made and sent in these beautiful blocks.  With so many hands doing most of the work, the top goes together quickly!

For this layout, I chose this fun zigzag or lightning pattern.  The yellow and red were the perfect choice for the half square triangles because they really show off the pattern.

For the quilting, I stitched some swirls in in the dark areas and then used some white thread to stitch ...

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February 10, 2020
Take Me Out to the Ball Game Baby Quilt from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

My dear friend's youngest daughter had her first baby and that called for a baby quilt, even though M is a quilter too. M is the one that inspired me to become a quilter about 12 years ago. Her youngest daughter was also our girl's best friend growing up.They are avid baseball fans so I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I wish I had finished this up when M and I met up a few weeks ago, but I

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February 7, 2020
Covered In Love Finish #2 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Ta Da - Here is the second Covered in Love quilt finish. I decided to lay these blocks out in an asymmetrical  design.  It is very different looking than the first quilt I made using these blocks  (which you can see here.)

I tried to get a good photograph of the quilting but the weather wasn't cooperating.  When I can, I use the piecing to guide my quilting spacing so I don't have to do any marking.  This pattern I call a traveling swirl.  I used the intersections of the squares to space out the swirls - alternating the placement ...

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February 6, 2020
TGIFF and Project QUILTING 11.3: Put a Heart on It from Goer

I had such a great time making my project for Project QUILTING 11.2 that I knew I wanted to turn it into a series. I held back from starting a second one before this past Sunday in case I could make it work for PQ 11.3. Low and behold, I could! So I chose Kona Cerise (the February 4 Kona Color of the Day) as my starting point with a vague plan to make an improv log cabin with Cerise, white on cerise prints, and black and white prints. And I would work in triangles to the piecing ...

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February 1, 2020
Very Hungry Caterpillar Fat Quarter Fizz from Goer

Begun in late 2015, when my son was 5, I am so relieved to have finally finished his bed quilt. And it's a big one. This twin sized quilt measures 72" x 90". The pattern is Fat Quarter Fizz by the Fat Quarter Shop.

The curtains are from before he was born. They matched his baby quilt.

I'm glad that I used the blue on the back so when he's tired of Very Hungry Caterpillar he can use the reverse side up. Fabric is all Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, made by Andover.

It's quilted ...

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January 31, 2020
First Covered in Love Quilt Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I was able to sneak the first of seven Covered in Love quilts onto my longarm last week.
So I have the first finish to share today!

As I was sorting through the blocks I received, I realized there were quite a few that were predominately green or purple.  So I decided to use that as a design feature and just put them all together in one quilt. I also thought I would lay this one out so the light/dark plus design occurred.

These quilts are all going to measure about 60 x 72".  Kat had sent me the ...

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January 24, 2020
Nighttime Sky from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have finished my Nighttime Sky improv wall hanging.  

I used the same technique I used on my Improv Garden and pillow.  I really like how it turned out!

The size of this piece is just 36" square and is made from navy and yellow scraps.

I changed up the lighting here so you can see the dark fabrics in the background really have a lot going on in them.  There is a lot of purples, turquoise and gray that add a lot of interest.

On the back, I used a New York City piece I have been hoarding for ...

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January 17, 2020
Every Quilt Eventually Finds a Home from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Over the holidays, I took some time off and focused on getting some tasks done around my house.  One of those tasks was to replace the canvas leads on my longarm.  
Once I got them installed, I needed to test them out with one of my own quilts, so I loaded up the Kaffe Fassett orphan block quilt I was working on at the end of last year.

I was really thinking hard about not finishing this quilt.
The beauty in this one was in the making of it, not the finished top!

All of the bits and pieces in ...

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