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September 5, 2019
Travelogue and more from Terificreations's Weblog

Before I get to the long overdue Travelogue I’m going to share something really exciting but I can only share part of it. Last night I received an image of the front cover of my book from the my Book Designer at C&T. You can understand why I’m exciting, why this finally feels so real.… Continue reading Travelogue and more

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May 30, 2019
CHECKERBOARD RAILS - ANOTHER FINISH from The Proficient Needle

Checkerboard Rails was a "leader and ender" challenge from Bonnie Hunter in 2017.  I had it on my to-do list, and finally began sewing blocks over the past year.  I had lots of 1 1/2 inch leftover strips, so I would cut a stack to use, as I was working on other projects.  I picked up white and black fabric for the checkerboard parts, and cut some strips - which were also sewn leader and ender style.

I decided to do an "on point" setting, so made a plan for a single bed size quilt, using Electric Quilt. Since most ...

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May 28, 2019
A TINY SCRAP FINISH from The Proficient Needle

During the winter, a former member of my southern quilting group called to ask if I would like some of her quilting scraps.  She and her husband were selling their home, and returning north permanently.  Of course, I said yes!

She loved making flannel quilts, so there were lots of various size strips and pieces in lots of different colours and prints.  There were also some cotton scraps.  I found some odd shaped triangles in gold and burgundy, along with some dark print pieces.   I decided the largest cut I could make from all the pieces, and ended up with ...

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February 19, 2019
ANOTHER QUILT COMPLETED from The Proficient Needle

I put the final stitching in my second mystery quilt today!



The pattern is called "Rainbow Rotini".  It was designed by Marjorie Rhine, and was in the March, May and July 2012 editions of American Quilter magazine.

I chose my main colour as pink, as it will be a gift for my granddaughter in a year or so.  It will fit a single bed.

I machine quilted it with monofiliment thread, using a stitch in the ditch around all the various elements.  

I stitched two different designs in the background surrounding each block - 

Flowers and leaves around six blocks, and ...

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February 6, 2019
WEEKEND FUN from The Proficient Needle

I spent some time over the weekend piecing batting.  I had used parts of 3 queen batts over the past couple of months, and decided to make some "Franken-batts".  I needed one for my second mystery quilt, as I had pieced the backing fabric, and pressed the backing and the quilt top, using a bit of spray starch, ready for pin basting.
First, I used all the smaller pieces of batting to make one the correct size for a panel quilt that I had planned to finish for donation.  I managed to pin baste the quilt top on my cutting ...

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February 3, 2019
STASH REPORT SUNDAY from The Proficient Needle

Fabric used this week  4.125 yards
Fabric used year to date  4.125 yards
Fabric added this week 0 yards
Fabric added year to date  6 yards
Net used 2019  -1.875

I finished the first of two mystery quilts this past week.  It is a paper pieced wall hanging designed by Carol Doak.
I also have the top for the second mystery quilt completed, but I'm busy finishing the quilting on my sister-in-law's king size quilt.  It will be pin-basted this week, I hope. 

 I saved all the selvedge edges, and have used them to cover ...

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January 6, 2019
MACHINE QUILTING from The Proficient Needle

I've been busy working on a quilt for my sister-in-law.  A few years ago, I helped her make some "stack-n-whack" star blocks.  She made a quilt top, but recently decided that she wanted the quilt for her king-size bed.  More borders were added, but then it sat for a while, as she had difficulty working on such a large quilt. She gave me the fabric for the backing, but wants to put the binding on when it is returned.
I brought it south with me for the winter, and just before Christmas DH and I pin-basted the quilt. 

I ...

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December 27, 2018
FINAL FINISH FOR 2018 from The Proficient Needle


During the past 12 months, I've been downloading and stitching some lovely patterns from Jenny of ELEPHANTZ

She offered a free BOM in 2018, with a new pattern each month.










I love hand embroidery, and had recently organized all my leftover threads from past projects and kits into zip bags, with one for each colour. 
It was fun to hunt through the bags each month to find some threads.

When I finished the December block, DH and I headed to my favourite local quilt shop to look for 2 fabrics to complete the project.
  I was having a difficult ...

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Build from Terificreations's Weblog

I commented to a friend that BUILD is such a great word for 2019, at least for me. This morning while working on what my day will look like I hit this moment of overwhelm that nearly stopped me in my tracks. Said friend reminded me to take a deep breath, and that I can… Continue reading Build

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September 5, 2018
MORE MACHINE QUILTING from The Proficient Needle

For the past couple of years, I've been making scrap hourglass blocks.  I finally decided that I had enough fun, and called the top complete!  I  found a large enough piece of fabric to make the quilt back and binding, so spent part of a day pin-basting.
 
It is now under my needle, being machine quilted!  I am using an all over design, just to make this quilt comfortable for snuggling.

Tonight is my guild's first meeting of the season. I have several quilts to take along, as well as goodies for the snack table, and the remaining ...

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September 2, 2018
ANOTHER FINISH! from The Proficient Needle

I just put the last stitch in my Diamond Tile quilt.  The block pattern was found in the May/June edition of Quiltmaker magazine.
This has been a very popular pattern, by Bonnie Hunter, in her Addicted to Scraps column.  There have been many variations shared on the internet!

I decided to set mine on point, and used sashing between the blocks.

I quilted with Monopoly by Superior thread, stitching in the ditch for the sashing and also in the blocks.

I stitched a flower in the centre square of each block, using Rainbows by Superior thread, colour 801 - it ...

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August 29, 2018
MISSING IN ACTION! from The Proficient Needle

I can't believe that I have been "missing" for two months!  Where has the time gone......
Our quilt show was a huge success, thanks to all the tired volunteers who helped fill the many positions.
DH and I have been spending a lot of time with our f

amily.  DS2 and family had some important jobs to do to their home, so many hours were spent helping.  Also DDIL2 is expecting a new family addition soon, so we also helped keep our grandson busy.  He spent almost 2 weeks with us in July, and is returning for a week ...

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July 11, 2018
On Becoming a Machine Quilter from Terificreations's Weblog

A sultry summer day in the City with quilting friends leads to sharing stories over coffee and cookies. The how of being where we are as quilting teachers is often humorous. The image on the left holds within it’s stitches the beginnings. My Sweetie’s Quilt took a wee bit longer to make than intended. It… Continue reading On Becoming a Machine Quilter

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April 13, 2018
Something shifted from Terificreations's Weblog

In such an amazing way: It all started with getting a Herculean task done. And then: A New Moon Rises It’s really difficult when Creativity ebbs, especially when it ebbs because of every day life. It’s glorious when it returns. Rejoice with me quilters. I have ideas swirling in my head for the Quilted Block… Continue reading Something shifted

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March 27, 2018
NEARING TIME TO PACK from The Proficient Needle

I've been cleaning up my sewing room, as it will soon be time to pack it all up for another season in the south.  I still had one more baby panel, and some coordinating fabric to use, so I spent the past two days making hourglass blocks to add to this pretty panel by Jacqueline Steves.  I can't remember the name of the panel, but I'm calling it Hourglass Farm!

I also worked on my version of Diamond Hill.  I decided to stop after completing the 4 applique blocks, as it will make a lovely large wall ...

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March 12, 2018
TWO FINISHES AND STASH REPORT from The Proficient Needle

Fabric used this week  25.5 yards
Fabric used year to date  48.625 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  39.625 yards
Net used 2018  9 yards

I finished two projects this week.  I made 12 thread catchers to donate to my guild's boutique at the June quilt show.  I saw a demo online, using rings cut from Pringles cans, and cardboard circles cut from a cereal box for the bottoms.  They are all hand stitched, and twist to fold to take along anywhere.  

I also finished a larger quilt, made with ...

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February 4, 2018
STASH REPORT SUNDAY from The Proficient Needle

Fabric used this week  1.75 yards
Fabric used year to date  1.75 yards
Fabric added this week  5 yards
Fabric added year to date  33.625 yards
Net used 2018  -31.875 yards

I'm still in the red, but at least I have a finish!
I had fun with these blocks, but decided that I wanted to get back to other projects, so I stopped at 3, and made a runner.

I got back to work on one project.   I had made both the blocks and the alternate blocks but had to make the pieced setting triangles ...

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December 16, 2017
A FINISH...... from The Proficient Needle


I just finished hand stitching the binding on this wall hanging.  The pattern I used was the centre block from a quilt designed by Esther Aliu, called Oma's Blues.  I knew that I wouldn't make the whole quilt, but I love hand applique, and I had just received a set of blue fabrics from Connecting Threads.  I also pulled some fabrics from my deep stash, including two blue Christmas prints.

Once the hand applique was complete, this hung on my design wall for 2 years, so before heading south for the winter, I selected fabric for the backing ...

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December 8, 2017
A QUILT FOR A NEIGHBOUR from The Proficient Needle

When we arrived south this fall, I was approached by a new member of my quilting group to make a quilt for a neighbour who has cancer.   She purchased a panel, and the backing double-wide flannel, but had to return north.  I asked the group for help, requesting a few 12 inch finished quilt blocks, and got busy designing a quick pattern for the quilt.

Tuesday night, I received the final 2 blocks, and managed to complete the top.  At our regular Wednesday quilting group, I had help to pin-baste the quilt.  Thursday, I completed the quilting, and machine stitched ...

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December 3, 2017
A SMALL FINISH & UPDATE TO MY STASH REPORT! from The Proficient Needle

Fabric used this week 1.25 yards
Fabric used year to date  113.5 yards
Fabric added this week 14 yards
Fabric added year to date  70.25 yards
Net used this year  43.25 yards

When I said small, I really meant it!  I completed a table runner - I had finished the hand embroidery, and it had hung, forgotten, on my design wall for 2 years.  I pulled some fabric for backing and borders, and prepped it for quilting before heading south.
Of course, I don't remember the pattern designer......
It looks very sparkly in person - I used ...

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