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April 17, 2019
6 Days Until Quilt Week: Mission Impossible, Vintage Repair + New Tumbler Top All Ready for Quilting! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Oh my gosh, you guys -- is this what it feels like to plan your work, work your plan, and finish a project way ahead of a deadline?!  

It was a little after midnight when I finished the last seam in Lars's Mission Impossible graduation quilt top and gave it a final pressing.  I needed help getting it back up on the design wall for a final photo, and my family was sleeping.  

72 x 96 Mission Impossible Quilt Top, Almost Finished in Photo, Totally Finished IRL

I decided that one of the almost-done pictures would have to suffice; you ...

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April 12, 2019
Scrap Dance Minuet Mystery Quilt Along from From My Carolina Home

Time to make more units for the mystery quilt along!  Are you ready for the next clue? (Read on for an update to the Teacups quilt along too.)

This time we make no-waste flying geese.  I’ve put in some affiliate links for my tools.  Pull out the large 5-3/4-inch scrappy squares and the 3-3/8-inch background squares. You’ll use all of them.  On the back of your 3-3/8-inch background squares, draw diagonal lines from corner to corner.  I like to draw two lines, 1/4-inch away from the center using a 1/4-inch ruler.

Place one ...

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April 8, 2019
Lots of Progress! (Photo Heavy) from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

I'm made a lot of progress over the past week.  About a month or so ago I made a baby quilt as a gift.  I posted a pic of it on my blog and facebook.  My SIL's mother wanted me to make 2 of them for her as gifts for twins of her niece.  They will be 2 yrs old this summer.  I added a border on these to make them a little bigger so they could use them for several years.  
 They ended up being 52" square.
 I quilted a simple stipple on them.
 I did the ...

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April 7, 2019
Mission Impossible: All 48 Blocks WILL Be Completed Today! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I didn't crop my background clutter out of this shot because it gives you a better sense of scale:

38 Blocks On the Wall
Remember that annoying, migraine-inducing car trip song, "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall?" That's been going through my mind in reverse as I continue completing blocks and adding them to my design wall, counting up instead of counting down.  "38 flying geese blocks on the wall, 38 blocks on the wall..."

And they are looking COOL up there, aren't they?!  My mom finished the last of the outer, traditionally pieced seams yesterday ...

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April 5, 2019
Mission Impossible: 24 Blocks Completed -- Halfway There! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, you guys -- I just set a timer for 30 minutes because I don't want to fritter the day away writing a novel (again).  However, my mom and I reached my week's goal of finishing half of the blocks for Lars's Mission Impossible: Graduation 2019 quilt yesterday and I couldn't wait to show you how cool those blocks look up on my design wall:

24 Out of 48 -- We're Halfway There!
SQUEAL!!!!  I included the messy ironing board and step ladder in that photo as scale references, so you can appreciate the impact of those ...

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April 2, 2019
Mission Impossible: How to Machine Applique Something to Nothing from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, my lovelies!  I am happy to report that I actually achieved my goal of completing all 48 foundation paper pieced flying geese arcs by the end of March.  I had to cut back on some other commitments to free up for sewing time, but Lars's graduation quilt (which I had tentatively named Geese In Circles but have now renamed Mission Impossible: Graduation 2019) is now on schedule again.  Yay!

Four 12 Inch Blocks Done, Forty-Four More Blocks to Go

My To-Do Tuesday Goal for This Week is to complete the inner and outer curved piecing on at ...

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March 29, 2019
Mission Impossible: Exploring My Options For Piecing Curves from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning!  Now that all but nine of 48 foundation paper pieced arcs of flying geese have been made for Lars's graduation quilt, I've turned my attention to the next and final step of assembling the blocks: the two curved seams that attach each arc of geese to the dark purple background fabric.

First Completed Geese In Circles Block!  MEH!
In quilting (as in most things in life!), there is always more than one way to tackle a challenge.  I have three options in mind for piecing these curved seams, and each has advantages and disadvantages.  So I ...

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March 20, 2019
Chocolate Coffee Quilted Mug Rug PQ 10.6 from Mulberry Patch Quilts

I found this cute panel fabric ages ago, and the last Project Quilting challenge of this year is a great time for me to use it!

This week’s PQ challenge is “Craving Chocolate”. I don’t know about you, but when I crave a yummy piece of chocolate, a cup of coffee isn’t far behind. And the chocolaty browns in the panel make me think of a delicious mocha coffee. Mmmm! Chocolate AND coffee…my mouth is watering already.

To make this coffee & chocolate mug rug, I used my EQ8 computer program to design a simple flying geese ...

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Modern Gratitude :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

The top was completed back in January 2017. It was a one of the scrap group projects at my shop that year. Click here to read that post.

I really like this one and I'm glad that it is finally finished so I can enjoy it. Once I started pulling out completed tops to take to the quilter I began finding them every where! I had lots more completed tops than I realized. I've emptied one storage area of completed tops but they keep turning up! Now instead of just putting them back I'm pulling backing fabric ...

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March 15, 2019
Graceful Points QAL Block 4 from Quilting Affection

How is everyone doing with their Graceful Point Blocks so far?  Please remember, there is plenty of time to catch up on the first three blocks if you haven't started.  You can read all about them here Block One - Ohio Star VariationsBlock 2 - Crowning GloryBlock 3 - Capital T Variation blog posts.  Remember the download are always available.

Today we are launching Block 4 - BlockBuster # 6 Rolling Stone.  The Rolling Stone block uses the Studio 180 Design Square Squared® 6" tool to make the corner units. We will be making four patches to make this block.  If you ...

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March 6, 2019
Life Happens from Quilting Solutions

Lots of unexpected things in my life lately, but not much sewing.

1.  I fell and broke my toe.  All healed now.

2.  I came down with shingles, but due to a vaccination several years ago it was mild.  The worst of it was the dragging lethargy and general malaise after the rash healed.  Too wussy to sew.

3.  My first great-grandchild was born four weeks early during the big Seattle snowstorm.  He was 6 lb 8 oz so all is good.  Can't wait to snuggle him.

His dad is responsible for the embedded caption!
4.  Though not unexpected ...

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March 3, 2019
My March OMG Requires Reinforcements: Teaching My Mom How to do Foundation Paper Piecing from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Look Who Learned Foundation Paper Piecing Today!
I looked at my calendar last night and realized that I only have seven weeks to get this quilt top made if I want it to be ready to quilt when I get back from Quilt Week at the end of April, and I gotta be honest, folks -- I was feeling panicked.

But then I remembered how much fun I had with my mom -- and how much sewing we got done in a relatively short period of time -- when she helped me make my Victorian Christmas caroling costume:

My Ridiculous Caroling Getup, Made ...

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March 1, 2019
Something(s) to Show For Myself: Geese Arcs, Vintage Quilt Repair, and Clam Shells from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello, my lovelies, and Happy Wednesday!  I've been "distracted" by work and a series of minor but mildly disabling medical maintenance over the past week or so, but I was finally able to get back to my projects a few days ago and have some progress to report.

Two Arcs Completed, Forty-Six Arcs to Go...
First and foremost, I have actually begun piecing my son Lars's Geese In Circles graduation quilt!  This needs to be completed, as in bound, labeled, and delivered to the church office, no later than May 26th.  I've paper pieced two of the ...

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Graceful Points QAL Block 3 from Quilting Affection

Today is block 3 release day.  How is everyone doing on their First two blocks?  There are several beautiful blocks in our Graceful Points QAL Facebook Group.  There is still plenty of time to catch up if you are interested in getting started. Read all about Block One - Ohio Star Variations and Block 2 - Crowning Glory blog posts.  Remember the download are always available.

Block 3, also known as Blockbuster #4 - Capital T Variations, is made up of a combination of Flying Geese, Combination and Quarter Square Triangle units. We will be using the Studio 180 Design Wing Clipper® 1 ...

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February 27, 2019
A gift and an order for two more... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

I pieced this baby quilt over the weekend.  Andrew's first cousin on his dad's side has a baby girl due any day.  I still have a good relationship with most of my former in-laws and family.  LOL!  Anyway, his cousin Chris is just a couple years younger than Andrew and he's such a nice young man.  I wanted to make a quilt for the new baby.  I think they are inducing her on Thursday the last that I heard. 
A dear friend of mine sent me the Wing Clipper Ruler for flying geese.  I really wanted to ...

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February 19, 2019
Stars at Play Mini {Under Construction} from Little Bunny Quilts

Now that I finished my Good Fortune quilt top, it's back to focusing on things with deadlines -- but that doesn't mean that those projects aren't fun!

While working on finishing up the last of the unit construction for Good Fortune, I was also working on the unit and block construction for my Island Batik Ambassador mini quilt project for February.

Last week, I had quite a few pieces and parts made for the Missouri Star block portion of the mini quilt. The pattern calls for five star blocks and I am very happy with the final color ...

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February 18, 2019
Getting My Ducks In a Row, Or My Geese Lined Up In Circles from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello there, and happy Saturday morning!  I'm pleased to report that I've actually STARTED on my son's graduation quilt.  I haven't sewn a stitch yet -- just prep work so far, but I have a feeling the upfront prep work on this project will pay off with an accelerated pace once I do start piecing.

Precut Geese Patches, Bagged and Labeled

First things first: After the Disastrous Dye Bleed Detour of 2018, my first step had to be checking each of these fabrics to make sure there was no loose dye from the dark fabrics waiting to ...

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February 13, 2019
New Fabric and New Glasses Have Arrived! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Kona Solids Arrived for Lars's Graduation Quilt!
Look what came in the mail yesterday!  I just noticed that I have the two lightest blue shades reversed in that photo, but that's pretty much how they will be laid out in the quilt.  The background fabric is definitely purple, even thought it looked nearly black in the computer-generated design rendering.  All of the colors look brighter in this photo because of sunlight streaming in though the kitchen window, but we are NOT complaining about sunlight in the Carolinas when so many of you are bundled up against snow and ...

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January 26, 2019
Round Robin Germany 2018 - Meine Blöcke from Quiltmanufaktur

Ganz im Stillen und unter strenger Geheimhaltung durfte ich letztes Jahr an dem Round Robin Germany teilnehmen. Eingeladen dazu wurde ich von Heidi - Libellen Quilts und von Sandra - Hohenbrunner Quilterin.

Jeden Monat hatte ich es mit neuen Aufgaben der einzelnen Teilnehmerinnen zu tun. Die Blöcke sollten ein Maß von max. 400 Square-Inch haben. Ob quadratisch oder länglich ergab sich dann bei der Aufgabe selber, bzw. den Wünschen der jeweiligen Teilnehmerin. Manche wollten, das ihre Blöcke komplett zu einem Quilt zusammengenäht werden, andere wieder wollten die Blöcke einzeln haben (so wie ich), um das Layout später selber zu bestimmen.

Ab Februar ...

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January 2, 2019
Our Longarm Renters are Quilting Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese from Quilted Joy

Half square triangles are one of the most basic shapes in quilting. But there is a specific type of triangle used in quilting called “Flying Geese”. Flying geese are rectangular blocks with half square triangles in a contrasting color on two corners. They kind of resemble the silhouette of a flying bird in the sky. In contrast, two half square triangles which is literally a square cut in half diagonally, will sometimes resemble a flying goose if the fabric is the same or similar. These quilts from our longarm machine renters are excellent examples of half square triangles and flying ...

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