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December 2, 2021
Cross Tile from Liz Makes Crafts

In a way, I find that I'm forever playing the matchmaking game in my quilting room. I have a lot of patterns ... and I have a lot of fabric bundles. Finding the right pattern to go with the right fabric is a fun yet stressful experience, because besides taking into account whether the fabric looks right for the pattern, I also prefer to make matches where a majority of the bundle is used up.

When I saw Cross Tile (designed by Quilty Love), I immediately knew which fabric collection to go with it: Matchmade by Art Gallery Fabrics. Matchmade ...

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November 25, 2021
Six years in the making from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone, and happy Thanksgiving! Where did November go? Seriously, it just slipped away from me. Maybe you really can fold space and time. That would also explain the never-ending laundry and dishes, wouldn't it?

To celebrate Thanksgiving, I want to show off a finish that I am really thankful for and that seems really appropriate today. It's been done for a month while I dithered about whether I should add anything else to it, but I've finally decided it's perfect as is. Here we are:
 

Can that be the Paper Dolls quilt, after all this ...

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November 14, 2021
Finished! Blue facets from Fabric Engineer

A few months ago I asked any of my close friends if they'd like a quilt.  One of the guys in the group loves quilts, so his wife asked that I make one for his birthday.  We ended up with a blue version of Christa Watson's Facets.

  

This was such a fun quilt to make!  Usually I made a quilt and am happy to not make it again (with a few exceptions), but this could easily be one of those exceptions!  Making the crumb triangles was relaxing.  It took quite a while and made quite a mess, but ...

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October 28, 2021
Paper Chain from Liz Makes Crafts

After the ultra-colorful and bright Glass Candies, I wanted to pick a quilt top with more subdued colors for my next finish. I decided on Paper Chain, which is a block-of-the-month quilt that I made last year.

The fabric collection I chose is Breeze by Zen Chic, and the layout is from the Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson. This quilt really gives me a Japanese vibe!

I have never done free-motion quilting on a sampler quilt before, so this was a bit of a new experience. But at the end of the day, it's not that different from ...

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October 22, 2021
Glass Candies from Liz Makes Crafts

Since I've been on a journey lately to finish some of my favorite quilts instead of saving them for later, lately every quilt I've chosen to work on is special. But some are just more special than others.

Glass Candies is one of my all-time favorites. Both the pattern (Dude Ranch) and the fabric (Confetti Ombre) are designed by V & Co. I renamed it Glass Candies because as I was piecing this, I kept thinking of those beautiful Murano glass candies I saw on a trip to Venice.

This quilt is made up of half-square triangles and squares ...

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Quilted violets from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! Has fall come to your house yet? Astoundingly, most of our trees are still green, though there do seem to be a lot of leaves on the ground. No really pretty colors, though. We're having some landscaping done, and the landscaper tells me there is still time this year to grow new grass. I'm quite skeptical, because it's almost November, for heaven's sake. How can it still be 80 degrees?

Ah, well. I suppose it will get here when it gets here, right? Kind of like quilts-- sometimes they have to age just right ...

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October 8, 2021
Positively finished from The Academic Quilter

 Hello everyone, and happy weekend! So, late last week I was walking across campus, along a new sidewalk, when I kind of fell off the sidewalk. There was a trench of sorts next to the concrete, where they hadn't filled in with dirt yet, and my ankle turned right to the side, exactly the wrong way. Funnily enough, it didn't hurt right away, but later it ballooned up, and it hurt like crazy. The good news is-- soft tissue injury, like a bad sprain. Not broken! The bad news is that it still hurts like crazy.

So, could ...

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September 24, 2021
There's a bear on my quilt from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone, and happy first weekend of fall! How did that happen? I would swear that it was just the first weekend of summer. Of course, I would swear that just last week my folks dropped me off at college for my freshman year, but I had a birthday this week that puts me many times beyond college age, so my sense of time may be a bit skewed.
 
 I got myself a lovely birthday present, but before that, I had another longarm quilting lesson! I'm getting much more comfortable with the machine, and it's getting easier each ...

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September 10, 2021
A steep learning curve from The Academic Quilter

 Hi all! How has your week been? After a brief respite, we are back to very warm temps. Not great when you're trying to teach in a mask! And the students, who have been great about wearing their masks literally everywhere, are not great about sitting in hot rooms. It will cool down by November, right?

I have some happy news-- I have had another longarm lesson, and I managed to get another quilt done. Yes, I could take some random fabric in with me and use that instead, but it seems like a waste when I have all ...

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September 9, 2021
Sedona from Liz Makes Crafts

Because I promised myself to quilt some of my favorites in the stash this year, I decided to pull out Sedona. Sedona, designed by Sew Kind of Wonderful, is a beautiful black and white quilt featuring some really neat piecing. It is probably the most graphic quilt I've ever made!

The piecing process of Sedona was intricate and difficult, but I managed to get through it because of the great pattern writing and the usage of the specialty ruler. It's also perhaps the first row-by-row quilt I've ever done.

I had auditioned half a dozen different plans ...

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September 3, 2021
A quilt to end the summer from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! Well, we made it through the first week of school and here we are, suddenly a few days into September. 2021 is now in its last quarter. Yikes! And right on schedule, we had a huge storm and the temperatures and humidity dropped lower than they have been in ages. It feels great out there today. Plus, I'm happy to report really good compliance on mask-wearing and distancing from my students so far. Hurray!

I have a finished quilt to show today, and it's a quilt from earlier this summer. I saved it just for the ...

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August 15, 2021
Atmosphere from Liz Makes Crafts

The Atmosphere quilt along came along last year at a very unusual time. When it was first announced, the pandemic was barely a blip on my radar. By the time I was making the quilt top for the quilt along, however, things were getting serious. We had just started the lockdowns in my state, and my family was struggling to figure out remote learning. It's hard to imagine that that was almost a year and a half ago!

And now as I'm finishing up this quilt, I can look with a hopeful eye into the future that things ...

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August 10, 2021
Longarm lessons from The Academic Quilter

 Hi all! How is your week going so far? It is so incredibly humid here that I'm having a hard time breathing outside. I didn't go out walking this morning because when I got up there was already an air quality alert and the humidity was at 88 percent. Okay, I'll sit on the sofa for the morning, thanks! I'm almost hoping for rain. Do you think that would help?

Unbelievably, I have a finish to show today! Everyone knows that finishes are for Fridays, but I'm too excited about it to wait, plus I ...

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August 2, 2021
Table Scraps - A Table Topper from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

My "liberated quilting"  table topper is complete.  Because the top and the backing would need different thread colors for the binding,  I chose to hand sew the binding to the back. 


I have to say that the binding looks a lot better than if I machine stitched it in place. This little quilted topper makes me really happy.  It ticks all the boxes.   
Scrappy/using up scraps ✅ 
Fun and random piecing ✅
Colorful  ✅
Random quilting designs  ✅
Finished!  ✅

Here is the finished piece, although it has not been in the wash yet.  That is my final step before I consider it "really ...

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July 14, 2021
Blog Hop: Just One Charm Pack Quilts ~ Cat's Eye from Liz Makes Crafts

This is probably a very common story, but I started my quilting journey with a single charm pack. Just one charm pack to try this quilting thing out. It led to a baby quilt, which then led to a new obsession, and now I have far too many charm packs in my stash. What to do with them?

This is why I was so happy with the news that Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Design has a new book coming out called Just One Charm Pack Quilts, and I was honored that she invited me to participate in the blog ...

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July 5, 2021
Finished: Minecraft quilt from Fabric Engineer

It's finished!  Finally.  Can you tell its origin is from Minecraft?

 
Around 2014(ish) my husband and I were playing Minecraft.  He made the floor below, and I really liked the design.  I played with several layouts with the same structure, but could never get anything I really liked.  However, by this time I had bought some fabric...ok, a lot of fabric...for this quilt so it couldn't completely get side-lined. 

I finally put lines in Excel, topped them with green and liked the result.  I didn't have quite enough of the grey or green, so ...

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July 2, 2021
Damp but full of joy from The Academic Quilter

 Hi all! Has it cooled off where you are at all? We had several very hot days, including one where it reached 99 degrees, then we had a really big thunderstorm yesterday and it really cooled off. My husband and I call those "red storms" because of how they look on the radar, but this time red was our lucky color since it really is much nicer outside now. My brother, however, lives in Portland, Oregon, and he is baking, so I really do empathize with everyone in the heat. 

A good place to be in the heat is a ...

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June 14, 2021
Geode from Liz Makes Crafts

Without a doubt, Geode is one of my favorite quilt tops in my stash. In fact, it was one that I held onto for a long time, deeming it too-precious-to-finish. But since this is the year that I aim to finish at least a few of my most precious quilt tops, I decided to pull this one out.

The pattern is by Blossom Heart Quilts, and the fabric collection I used is Imprint by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics. Imprint came out in 2015, before I even knew what a quilt was, so I had a hard time getting ...

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June 11, 2021
Sunshine in the rain from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! I don't know about you, but we have started to get out and about some more, but not quite normal yet, and this week we traveled to our nephew's high school graduation. They held it in person! In a cicada-free area of the country, too. It was a bit like a family reunion, and most of us spent some time sobbing over lost time. It was so great to see my sister and niece and nephew, and my parents were there, and some siblings, too. And J. got safely graduated and is off to college soon ...

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June 7, 2021
Finished: Orange Quilt from Fabric Engineer

 For stash bee this year I asked for orange blocks with white side triangles.  The results were lovely!


My bee mates did a great job of getting the correct shade(s) of orange; it can be a bit tricky sometimes.


It was quilting with a meandering start pattern in the orange sections; I left the white blank because I didn't want the orange thread to distract.


While it is a scrap quilt, I had put in some Kona Tiger Lilly and School Bus.  The quilt went to my husband's co-worker's baby.



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