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September 6, 2019
Donuts (The Size of your Head) from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Funny title, huh!  But that is the real name of the pattern for today's finished quilt.

Each donut measures 18" across so my quilt ended up at 66" square.  The pattern in the book adds two more rows - that was just too big for my liking.

This pattern is found in Amanda Jean Nyberg's book "No Scrap Left Behind".  It is filled with wonderful ideas for scraps.

I thought it would be fitting to use Amanda Jean's Asterisk fabric in red for the background.  I picked this up at Connecting Threads during one of their sales and ...

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September 1, 2019
Island Batik Star Light Star Bright Challenge from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs.

Star Light Star Bright was the August theme for the Island Batik Ambassador challenge for those of us who didn't participate in this month's Beat the Heat Blog Hop.

My project features the Victoria and Albert collection by Island Batik and coordinates with my Starstruck Pillow from last year.

When I choose a thread color for quilting, I like to audition each three by unwinding a portion of the thread and laying each single strand of thread across various areas of the ...

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August 30, 2019
Leftover Strip Set Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I am ready to share my first finish from my orphan block suit case.  This one really isn't made from orphan blocks - rather it is made using the last unused pieces of some leftover strip piecing.  

I save these last little bits and usually try to make 4 patches from them.  I think I have used most of these pieces that were big enough to yield a true four patch - now I mostly had rather small leftovers.  So this time, I decided to just pair them up and sew them as is.

And this is what I ended up ...

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August 23, 2019
Geese Migration Table Runner from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

When I originally started working on my Geese Migration quilt, I had a few different layout ideas.   For the magazine publication, I ended up using an on-point design.  But one of the designs I considered was a staggered layout.

When I teach this class, I like to talk about some optional layouts, so I have been wanting to make a small sample of this layout for visual purposes.

So I whipped up four blocks and made a tablerunner.

I set the blocks in a nice gray and backed it with a fun floral that has been in my stash for ...

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August 21, 2019
Aurifil Artisan Wholecloth Challenge from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Aurifil, and their industry partner Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.

As an Aurifil Artisan, I have monthly challenges to participate in this year. The August challenge was to create a wholecloth quilt. (My first!) Paintbrush Studio Painter’s Palette solid fabric (from their 2019 colors of the year) and matching Aurifil thread was provided to each participating Artisan. I received Coral fabric (it's a very pink coral) with 12wt Bright Pink Aurifil (#2425).

My initial plan was to add a couple other pastels to have some color variety in my ...

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August 17, 2019
It's officially finished!! lots of photos from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I said to myself - I'm not posting again until Danielle's quilt is finished because you would all be sick of getting updates showing so little progress.  Well, it is done and dusted and as I type it is winging its way up to Danielle in Te Awamutu.  Our youngest son and his family are going up to visit his siblings up that way, so he is loaded down with the quilt and five beanies for delivery!!!

I'm sure most of you think I have fallen off the planet as I didn't realise it had been quite ...

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August 16, 2019
My Improv Garden from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

It has been too hot for me to be working in my outside gardens, so I have been keeping myself entertained by working on my "inside garden".

I finally finished my improv garden quilt and I can't wait to share it!

This quilt started out with the color green...I love it in my gardens but I struggle to use it in my quilting.  So one day as I was pondering why all those different shades work in my garden but not in fabric, I decided I needed to just make an indoor garden and play with the color ...

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August 15, 2019
Fiery Sunset Pattern in 2020 Quilter’s Planner from Flying Parrot Quilts

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I had a pattern in last year’s Quilter’s Planner, and I’m delighted to have another one in this year’s. Meet Fiery Sunset!

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin/

This quilt is based on a traditional block called “King’s Chain,” which is of course related to the beloved Irish Chain block. It replaces a bunch of the squares in the Irish Chain block with half square triangles. The block is still partially strip-pieced to help speed up construction.

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin/

I made this quilt with ...

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August 12, 2019
Free Form Curve - A finished quilt from Luna Lovequilts

Project #3 on my list for the third quarter of 2019 Finish-Along is completed !
Le projet #3 de ma liste pour le troisième trimestre du Finish-Along 2019 est terminé ! 

Luna Lovequilts - Free Form Curve - A finished quilt

I am happy with the result and really enjoyed making the block so you will probably see more versions shortly :-)

Je suis contente du résultat et j'ai vraiment apprécié de réaliser ce bloc, donc vous verrez probablement d'autres versions prochainement :-)

Luna Lovequilts - Free Form Curve - Block close-up

When I chose to add the mustard and pale pink striped fabric I thought straightaway of binding the quilt with this bubble gum pink.

Quand j'ai choisi d ...

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August 9, 2019
Another Special Gift from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

After finishing my nephew's quilt for graduating from high school, I moved on to a gift for my niece - who just graduated from college.  

Now that she has her own place and a great job, she recently got a new dog.

Meet Norman!  He is cuteness overload!  

When I saw the "Chi Chi Chihuahua" paper pieced pattern from UnicornHarts, I knew I needed to make it into a pillow for my niece.

It was challenging to make a completely white dog but there are subtle differences in the fabrics I used.  In person, you can better see the face ...

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August 2, 2019
Another Tumbler Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have made a few quilts using my AccuQuilt 3.5" tumbler die but this is the first quilt I have used using my 6.5" die.  Thanks to all the alignment notches right in the die, this quilt was a breeze to sew!

I pulled a bunch of leftover Parsons Gray/Curious Nature fabrics from my stash and the stash of a friend.  There were a bunch of odd cuts and because we both bought the fabric lines, there were many duplicate pieces.  Anything that was large enough was cut into the tumbler shape.  In fact, some of the ...

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July 26, 2019
LOVE - A finished quilt from Luna Lovequilts

My LOVE quilt is finished and I can check project #1 off my list for the third quarter of 2019 Finish-Along !
Mon quilt LOVE est terminé et je peux cocher le projet #1 de ma liste le troisième trimestre du Finish-Along 2019 ! 

Luna Lovequilts - LOVE quilt

The centre of the quilt was inspired by a moving picture designed by Siddharth Mate, alias Syddharth, who is currently a student in Graphic Design in India. You can see other pictures from his Kinetic Posters project here or on his website

Le centre du quilt est inspiré d'une image en mouvement dessinée par Siddharth ...

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A Special Finish for my Nephew from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Why do I always wait until the last minute!

My only nephew graduated from high school this year and will be going to Creighton University this Fall.  He is going to be pitching for their baseball team and I am so very proud of him.

He has known he was going to this university for over a year, but I decided to wait until a few weeks before he was leaving home to work on his quilt.  And what I thought would take me only a day or two ended up taking me forever!

But I have to say, I ...

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July 19, 2019
The Log Cabin Scrap Buster from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

It must just be the way I cut my fabric, but my scrap bins are always full of strings.  So I am constantly trying to find quilt designs that will accommodate these strips.  One such design is the good old log cabin block!

I made my blocks starting with a 2.5" square center in black and using 1.5" wide strips for the logs.  I focused on my blue and green scraps because the bins were overflowing!

I laid them out in this barn raising design.  

As I was laying out the blocks on my design wall, I realized ...

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July 5, 2019
An RSC Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I admit, I can never seem to wait the whole year to finish some of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.  I tend to start them mid-year too.  I am a bit of a "rule breaker" so I am okay with that!

The quilt I finished up is my Quarter Log Cabin.  I really love this one!

Unfortunately, the bright sun was not helping me when it came time to snap some photos of it.

I decided to put these blocks on point.  I have been doing this with a lot of blocks lately  - but for this one, I dropped the ...

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June 29, 2019
Monkey Business Quilt from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

I struggle with finding ways to use panels - they are never square, but one morning, back in January, I couldn't sleep so I wondered into my sewing room at 3 a.m., pulled out some very seasoned fabric and trimmed these little monkeys I've had for years: It was time to figure out a way to turn these into a quilt. I decided to frame them and I was tickled when I dug through my brown bin and

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June 28, 2019
Something a little Different from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have something a little bit different to share as my finish for the week.

My long time friend Sheila Sinclair Snyder (License to Quilt) teaches how to paint a Barn Quilt.  I was able to take one of her awesome classes and here is the block I painted.

It was a really fun class.  She has all of the supplies and has everything prepared and ready - all you have to do is show up, choose your block and your colors and start painting!

I took the class with a good friend.  I really liked her block too.

I had ...

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June 25, 2019
Spring Splash Baby Quilt from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

I don't often make quilt patterns more than once, but the Gingham pattern and this one are the exception. This is a free pattern that can be found HERE.  (Edited to fix the link - thank you Violet!) I first made it a few years ago:                           And I finished a second version this week. I loved this paisley print I found at Hobby Lobby in 2017: And I think it made a sweet quilt

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Horizon - A finished quilt from Luna Lovequilts

I am excited to show you at last Horizon ! It was originally designed for BeeBook, a quilting book written by my blogging friend Katell Renon at La Ruche des Quilteuses. The general tone of this book is creativity and improvisation and then the patterns included are to be used rather as a source of inspiration. Katell gives a few directions and advice for readers to make their own projects from the provided patterns.

Je suis contente de vous montrer enfin Horizon ! Je l'avais dessiné à l'origine pour BeeBook, un livre de patchwork écrit par mon amie blogueuse Katell ...

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June 21, 2019
A Little Stash Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Every once in a while, I come across some fabric in my stash that I decide just needs to go.

I recently came across a half yard of some numbers fabric.  To complement it, I added in a bunch of stray solids that had all been used in previous projects.

That is all I needed to get some blocks started!

The blocks consisted of a simple 9 patch made from 2.5" squares.  
I then framed those with some 2" strips.

I now have a colorful 39 x 49" quilt.

I decided to sash the blocks with some black and ...

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