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January 11, 2019
Skyline from Liz Makes Crafts

It took a year of procrastination, but Skyline has finally been quilted. It's a great one to start the year with, though! Besides my script-generated Haphazard quilts, Skyline is the only quilt that I have "designed", and by that I just mean that I didn't use somebody else's pattern.

I love sampler quilts, but I don't like traditional sampler layouts, so I came up with this after seeing Art Gallery Fabrics's display at QuiltCon one year. Their display was inspired by the Miami Skyline, and it was simple blocks (made of cardboard, probably?) where each ...

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December 21, 2018
Finished: purse from Fabric Engineer

About two years ago, I made myself a messenger bag.  It was getting well used, so it was time to make myself a new one.  (I find it a bit funny that I seem to want a new one every two years.)  This one held up much better than the first one, but there were still some items I wanted to change.

First of all, I decided that I'd try using interfacing.  I've only used interfacing for T-shirt quilts before, but the last purse was a bit floppy.  I also wanted a smaller purse, so that I would ...

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December 14, 2018
Paradox from Liz Makes Crafts

Paradox is my last quilt finish (and likely last project) of the year, and I think it is a very good one to end on! When Zen Chic announced the Fragile collection almost 2 years ago, I squealed with excitement because I was head over heels in love with it. But then, when the fabric eventually arrived, I could not cut into it. It was just too beautiful.

Around the same time, I saw Fat Quarter Shop offer a quilt kit called Paradox using Fragile precut into jolly bars. I immediately went for it so that I could get a ...

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December 7, 2018
Low volume finish from Fabric Engineer

I finished this quilt for some dear friends and their new baby boy.  I did not finish it by the time the baby was born, but I wasn't too far behind.

 I started the photo shoot on a nice fall day with lots of sunshine.

I used mostly low volume fabrics, with an emphasis on some tree bark and rock fabrics that I had found at a quilt show.   Half of the accent pieces were dark grey/black and the other half were colored.  Just enough to give it a pop of color.

I quilted it with a wood ...

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Minikins: Desktop Cubes from Liz Makes Crafts

Several months ago I was in Walmart with my husband and sister-in-law and I saw a little black / gold fat quarter bundle that I was immediately attracted to. But then the snob inside me came out and said, "Walmart fabric? Really?" But they were so pretty and shiny ... and pretty cheap, that I couldn't pass them up.

When I was auditioning fabrics for making a trio of nesting Desktop Cubes from Sew Sweetness's Minikins collection, these immediately started screaming, "Use me! Use me!"

I made 3 of the cubes, one in each size, because I figured making 3 ...

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December 3, 2018
Flight Path from Liz Makes Crafts

My latest quilt finish is Flight Path, a pattern from Alison Glass. For the fabric, I picked Alison Glass fabrics from the HandCrafted collections to give all the geese a glowing, jewel-like look.

I used to have a lot of trouble with flying geese, and they always seem to come out undersized. In this quilt however, I think I finally got comfortable with them. Apparently, the trick to perfect flying geese is the same as for perfect half-square triangles ... make them bigger and trim them down!

For the bright geese, I used dot-to-dot designs. It does double duty as quilting ...

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November 23, 2018
Gigantic wedding quilt - finished from Fabric Engineer

The wedding quilt is finished!  While I really like how it turned out, the main thing I remember about is it that it was huge.  It's for a king bed and I added a bit extra to the sides since I like having a bit extra there...that way it is harder to steal the covers in the night.  The idea for the design came from A Quilter's Table.

I was really nervous about this as I made it.  I really only saw small sections together at a time and I didn't love it at that point ...

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Mugrugs & Coasters from Liz Makes Crafts

Mugrugs were actually the first quilting-related projects that I was attracted to. (At the time, I didn't like the look of patchwork quilts. I know, I know.)

So when I have a lot of flippy corners or triangle cutoffs, I end up with a slew of half-square triangles that I just have to make into mugrugs. Luckily there are so many ways to arrange half-square triangles!

The first one came out of my Night & Day quilts, the Day version. I really like how bright and cheery it looks! Another reason I like mugrugs is that they give me an ...

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November 16, 2018
TGIFF: Another Minky Baby Quilt Done! from Hobbies Up To Here

What a joy it is to give the gift of a quilt! Even if it is 6 months late and to a little one who doesn’t quite understand that he’s getting a gift made with love and sweat and tears. Even with all of that, it’s still a wonderful moment to gift to someone a … Continue reading TGIFF: Another Minky Baby Quilt Done!

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Waterfall from Liz Makes Crafts

Several months ago I revealed the Waterfall Runner which I mentioned used cut-off corners from a different quilt. Well, I finally quilted the original quilt from which the pieces of the runner came from.

The pattern is called Peak designed by Modern Handcraft, and for the fabric I used an ombre bundle from Craftsy that uses blues, greens, and yellows. While I love blues and greens together, the yellow is what really adds sparkle to this quilt.

I knew what I wanted to do with this quilt as soon as I loaded it on the frame, and I pretty much ...

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November 2, 2018
Urban Mod from Liz Makes Crafts

I love a good hunt. When I was browsing through Art Gallery Fabrics (who has a fabulous and inspirational website!) I discovered a collection called Urban Mod that I fell in love with. It had a really great retro look, and I thought the colors and prints were fantastic. Unfortunately, it has been out of print for several years.

I hunted high and low all over the internet and managed to pull together a fat quarter of this print, a half yard of that print, until I had most of the prints in the collection. I paired them with a ...

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October 19, 2018
Tangerine Dreams from Liz Makes Crafts

I have gotten into the habit of putting quilt tops away after I'm done with them and not taking them out to quilt until at least several months have passed. I call it marinating, and somewhere, somehow, I hope that ideas can come to me for how to quilt it as I'm happily doing something else. Another benefit of marinating is that once the quilt top isn't so fresh, I will have become detached and hence less afraid to mess it up during quilting.

And that's exactly what happened for Tangerine Dreams. I pieced this top ...

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October 5, 2018
Heart Builders: My Farewell Quilts from Liz Makes Crafts

Last week I had the pleasure of quilting 4 quilts for Heart Builders, a charity run by Cotton Cuts. As a longarmer for Heart Builders, I just have to receive the quilt tops pieced lovingly by other members, request materials, and get to work.

First, I received a lovely top pieced by Jan Snyder. I quilted it with swirls because well ... texture, speed, and beauty!

Also, I received 3 quilt tops from Jan Ochterbeck. The first top is a triangle design, and her points are just perfect! I quilted this with a combination design with swirls, feathers, and paisleys ... in ...

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Framed quilt block from Fabric Engineer

Some friends had a miscarriage recently.  Instead of a quilt, I made a quilt block and framed it.  A palm branch block, because the baby is praising God now.

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September 21, 2018
Aurora Borealis from Liz Makes Crafts

The On Point Triangle quilt is from way back in Season 2 of the Midnight Quilt Show. Now, I'm not sure if I would have chosen this pattern if I just saw it in the wild, but after watching Angela make it, I was determined to make one myself. I'm just a sucker for presentation, and I can't think of a better presentation than seeing it made on the Midnight Quilt Show!

The pattern calls for a jelly roll, but I'm using fat quarters instead. After one of the most intense fabric auditions ever, I decided ...

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September 15, 2018
Robot quilt - finished from Fabric Engineer

A while ago I finished my son's quilt.  However, since it was staying in my house I delayed in documenting it.  But finally did.

His favorite color is green, and I found some Galaxy by Makeover UK that had robots and spaceships, also some of his favorite things.

While I like how the design turned out, I'm less than thrilled with the quilting.  I couldn't decide what I wanted to do, so I did half  maze (or circuit board) and half meandering starts.  I only quilted the green triangles, and tried to do the opposite motif in ...

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September 14, 2018
Stash Bee 2018 from Fabric Engineer

I finished the quilt from Stash Bee this year!

I love how it turned out.  It is bright and colorful and just what I had in mind.  I got the idea from Love Laugh Quilt.  It worked well for a bee quilt because there were barely any points that needed to be lined up.  The blocks I got were all mostly the same size, but it was still super easy to deal with the slight variations in size.  (Also, I love seeing what scraps other quilters send over.)

I thought I was sending the quilt over to the baby with ...

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September 8, 2018
A rainbow quilt from Fabric Engineer

I do love rainbow quilts.  It also seems as though I like HSTs. I love solid quilts.  And so, I put them together.

The hard part with this quilt was that I didn't know if it was going to be for a boy or a girl.  So I removed red and purple from the rainbow...even though the center does look a bit red, it's just a darker orange.  Then I found out that the baby was a girl, so I added a purple border.

The Kona colors are: coral, carrot, sunny, highlight, sour apple, clover, bluegrass, jade ...

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September 7, 2018
Shades of Blue from Liz Makes Crafts

The first black and white (with some color) quilt I made was Crossroads, back when I had first started. I've been wanting to make another black/white/color quilt for some time now, but I was looking for the right pattern. That seemed to come up one day when I was looking at quilt photos from Cheri House's City Quilts.

So I purchased a copy and waited for it to arrive with excitement. When it did, I flipped through the book immediately to find the pattern, but couldn't find it. I checked the table of contents in ...

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August 31, 2018
Cross My Paws from Liz Makes Crafts

A few weeks ago my daughter and I finished piecing a quilt together called Cross My Paws. The pattern is from Amy Gibson's Craftsy class, The Twisted Irish Chain.

My daughter loves puppies and has since I can remember. I've made 3 quilts specifically for her so far, and all of them featured puppies. The first one is my second quilt ever, and it was a tied quilt. The second one was a paper pieced quilt that took forever and ever.

And this is the 3rd one which I just finished. What's special about this quilt is ...

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