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January 6, 2021
I should stick with my quilting from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

I was all excited yesterday. I would set up a series of rules for my e-mail so the appropriate e-mails would be filed and it would be easy to find them. I've used rules before but haven't set them up in a while. So if you signed up for a class and cursed me when I asked that you send one e-mail per class, it's for that reason. 

I set up the rule and hit APPLY. Oh - I think something went wrong. It moved all my unread e-mails to the new folder. Oops! Then I thought I ...

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January 5, 2021
First and second finishes for 2021 from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I PROMISE to get the photos of Studio U to you tomorrow! It's dark up there at the moment, and so you won't see much. It's best to wait until it's light. 

Mission accomplished - the magazine article was approved by the editor, although I had to scramble to get a wee bit of information to her. No problem - it's done! Already thinking about the next topic. I'll let you know when the article gets published.  

The other magazine quilt is done! I didn't get a box out yesterday, but now I have two ...

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December 12, 2020
The Blues. New Fabric, New Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Every time I see a new line of fabric, I want to make a new quilt. There’s just something about cutting into pretty, fresh fabric that makes me giddy! This particular line is Janet Clare’s “The Blues” from Moda. I like all her fabrics, but this one is particularly nice because it is BLUE. The prints feature an understated musical theme with staves, crotchets, notes and such.

When using precuts, I typically make a quick and easy quilt to use it up. Villa Rosa pattern cards are perfect for that. I had a jelly roll with some yardage ...

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October 16, 2020
Playful Precut Quilts Book Tour from A Little Bit Biased

 One of my quilting besties published her first book!
Amanda Niederhauser recently published Playful Precut Quilts, 
a beautiful book that includes 15 projects that each feature 12" blocks -
making it easy to mix and match blocks from different patterns!


There were so many cute patterns in this book but I chose to make Flower Basket.
It's a basic patchwork pattern that uses a unique piecing technique, sewing partial seams.
I had never used that technique before.  I was a little nervous to try it but also wanted to 
push myself to learn something new!  And it was actually really ...

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October 2, 2020
"All About the Boxes" ~~ Finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

  I don't like to call any of my quilt UFOs. That implies that I have no intention of getting back to them. This quilt, however, was at the very bottom of the bin. And has been there for a while. Okay. Years. I don't know how many years, okay. Just a long while.

 But take note, it is out of the bin and complete! Yes, all the way complete. 
          • Quilted ✔ 
          • Bound ✔
          • Labeled ✔ 
          • Washed ✔ 
          • Photographed ✔
It looks pretty good next to my orange Adirondack chair, doesn't it? I have another confession: everything was neatly folded up together, top ...

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September 22, 2020
Improv on Point ~~ finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


This quilt is already one of my favorites. It was a struggle for a while, but once it started coming together, I fell in love. 


Turns out, all it wanted was to be turned on-point, which made it a little more difficult to piece together. 


I made large chunks of red pieces and larger chunks of neutral/brown/gold with a little red mixed in and built most of the chunks using a modified log cabin technique.


Since the front is all improv, the back should be. Right? So it is. I used more of the linen, but didn't ...

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September 19, 2020
ROAR! The Dinosaur ~~ a finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

"ROAR! The Dinosaur" is a recent finish that I have not written about because, frankly, it's been too hot to go outside for more than a few minutes. I won't even attempt to describe the mosquito problems. Let's just say I'm thrilled to have cooler weather. It's amazing that temperatures in the 80s is miserably hot in May, but in September the 80s are remarkably cool. 

So back to "ROAR!" It's the little quilt that I cut out and sewed up at the Cotton Quilters sew day last month. I was able to finish ...

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September 1, 2020
Sew a Little Sunbeam! New Pattern from Fabrics 'n Flowers

It’s here and you are going to LOVE sewing this pretty quilt! The Sunbeam quilt pattern is now available for

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August 31, 2020
The Economy Quilt from Quilted Delights


When I was making my Snails Squared quilt, I made some boo boo's and cut the wrong color fabric for the wrong sections. This left me with some extra triangles just floating around. 


Well, I didn't want these triangles to get lost in the scrap pile so I decided to make a baby sized quilt using 6 inch economy blocks and the rest of the 10 inch precut of William's Garden, an Island Batik signature collection by Kathy Engle for Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Design.  Precuts are available now, yardage is coming September/October.
I wanted ...

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July 25, 2020
Christmas in July - Island Batik Ambassador Challenge from Quilted Delights



I love sharing my love of quilting and this month Island Batik and Accuquilt are letting me do just that in a big way!



For the July Challenge, Ambassadors were sent a an Accuquilt GO! Me Fabric Cutter Starter Set, a small version of their GO! Fabric Cutter that includes a GO! Half Square Triangle-3” Finished Square and GO! Quarter Square Triangle-3” Finished Square.  



We were challenged to make a project using only the dies that came with the starter set and give that project and the Go Me Starter Set to someone.





I chose to give it to my ...

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June 30, 2020
June Challenge - Island Batik Ambassador from Quilted Delights



June was a free theme for Island Batik Ambassadors.  That meant we could make anything we wanted!  I knew I better decide on a project fast, otherwise I would dilly dally with a hundred different ideas and end up rushing at the last minute to finish one.  


This quilt came about from a comment made by one of my young friends, Christopher. It was a comment he made on my fabric giveaway post last month on Instagram. To enter the giveaway you had to leave a comment about what you would make if you won the fabric. Christopher commented, "I ...

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June 26, 2020
Plain and Simple (a new pattern) from A Little Bit Biased

Look at me, blogging twice in one week!  Who am I?!?  
It's just that I have another new pattern to share with you!
I'd like to introduce you to Plain and Simple.


I had the opportunity to design a pattern with fabric from the 
Daisy Mae fabric line by Poppie Cotton.  It was interesting designing
a pattern with just THREE fabrics!  That's so not like me!
But it was a fun challenge trying to come up with a pattern for them; I love the way it
it turned out and now I want to make Plain and ...

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June 2, 2020
Finished Willow Quilt from A Little Bit Biased

I finally finished binding my Willow quilt and wanted to share it with you today.


The Willow pattern is a free pattern that Jessica Dayon and I published together 
for the Willow Quilt-Along back in March 2020.  Click HERE to go to the homepage 
of the Willow Quilt-Along.


Linda Childs of Alpine, Utah quilted it for me.  She did a custom quilting design 
that I predominantly left up to her to decide.  The only request I had was that she do 
the arches in the sashing to create "circles" around some of the blocks.  If you squint 
your eyes do ...

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May 9, 2020
Learning to drive from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I had TWO appointments yesterday. One was to drop some stuff off and pick up another quilt for Quilts of Valour. The other was a porch drop off.

The lady doing the porch drop off was also looking for some solid red fabrics. I dug out what I had. She brought swatches for matching, but it's darn hard. I offered her to take the four different reds home to see which one would work best in her quilt. You got to love it - we're all in this together and we're all here to help each other.

But ...

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May 8, 2020
Magnolia II ~~ art quilt finish from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

When I posted my finish on Tuesday, I knew that I was close to posting about this painting as well. It was complete, but drying seems to take forever. Then there are those photos that intimidate me so. But I'm persistent, if nothing else, and have something to share. 



Several people have asked me how I create these since it's an odd way to paint. So here's the short version. Start with a subject that can be isolated easily, so it almost has to be a physical object. Create a background using fabric (scraps work nicely). I ...

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May 5, 2020
Magnolia I ~~ art quilt finish from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I love combining quilting and painting--remember the cotton paintings? There's another here. It's a time-consuming joy that I don't think I'd have been able to appreciate back when I was working. Oddly, I started painting not long before retirement, so everything just sort of fell into place. Well, I've moved on from cotton to magnolias. 


This is my first attempt. I see so many flaws, but I've decided to let them go. If I move on, I can take the lessons with me to the next painting. 


While they are glaring in real life ...

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April 14, 2020
More Masks and "Favorite Fabrics" ~~ finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Do you know how good it feels to pick up a quilt top, quilt-bind-label it, and call it done? Yes? Great. I'm here to tell you it feels even better when said quilt top has been waiting, patiently, in a basket or bin or (gasp) plastic bag for longer than you care to remember. Oh yes! It's a wonderful thrill. I recommend it highly. My heart still does a little flip when I think of it. 


More on the quilt later. First let's get these masks out of the way. There are 15 in this picture, more ...

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April 12, 2020
Production is on the rise at my house from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


As I was working yesterday, I was contemplating my UFO situation. I realized that I have two kinds of UFOs. One is projects that are actually started and I guess qualifies as a true UFO. The other projects sitting around are those that have all the fabric purchased with a pattern (or not) and need to be started. They need to be stored separately. In some cases, those "kits" need to be disassembled and everything put back in the stash room!

I'm going to start with the REAL UFOs. I did take an empty box upstairs (oh yes - some ...

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April 1, 2020
One Die Wonder - March Island Batik Challenge from Quilted Delights


What a wonderful month to play with Color Pop by Island Batik and Accuquilt dies! This month Island Batik Ambassadors are showcasing a Block On Board die from Accuquilt and of course fabulous Island Batik Fabric.




I was sent the Storm at Sea BOB and I was already in love before I took off the plastic.
This block had been on my list of quilts to make for awhile.



In my January box from Island Batik I was sent a lovely layer cake of Color Pop designed by Kathy Engle.  With all this craziness going on in the world right ...

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February 26, 2020
Diaspora quilt, Pattern testing for the first time from Zarkadia Quilts

Most of you already know a lot of details for the Diaspora quilt, especially if you are following me on Instagram, or if you’ve read the previous WIP post that was posted almost a year ago!!! Well some more pictures and details about the quilt process will follow in this post.

Pachy’s designs are unique and really easy to follow, I highly recommend any of her patterns. You can find them at PSB Quilts.

Quilt Process