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September 30, 2018
Starstruck from Heart Desire Creations

An Island Batik Adventure

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This September the Island Batik Ambassadors were Starstruck! No clue at all what I was going to do for this one. Sometimes the creative ideas run a bit flat. I thought of a Christmas theme or maybe Christmas ornaments. I was leaning towards something small and not too involved.


Then…I got the call…My great niece was pregnant! Yes, a great, great niece is on the way! The next day I was sent pics of quilts she fancied for her “constellation” themed nursery. Of course I was going to make her a quilt but was ...

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September 20, 2018
workshop totes from Crazy Mom Quilts

My friend Jeni hosted a workshop sew along a few weeks ago and I waited until the very last day (in my usual fashion!) to join in. The workshop tote pattern (available here) is straightforward and fun to sew, with a few different options. You can use one fabric, as I did here. You can also use patchwork squares or half-square triangles. (Directions are included in the pattern for all three.) I LOVED making this tote. I gave it to my sister for her birthday a few weeks ago. She plans to use it for her trips to the library ...

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Gift Ideas for Retreats & Quilting Friends from A Quilting Life

Gift Ideas for Retreats & Quilting Friends

Hello and happy Friday!  I hope your week has gone well and that your weekend will soon be off to a terrific start!  Today I’m sharing some great gift ideas for retreats & quilting friends.  This is something I’ve struggled with over the years.  It seems I’m always trying to find the perfect gift for […]

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September 17, 2018
retreat gifts, part 2 from Crazy Mom Quilts

Thanks so much for sharing your ideas for "happies" in the last post. It was fun to read your comments. I've added a few new ideas to my list!
Of course pincushions are the number one on my list of things to make for retreat gifts. I have a few batches of them to share today!
In early August, I attended another annual quilt retreat with some of my quilting friends. I've been a part of that group for a few years now, so I'm finally catching on to each of their personal tastes. (It takes me ...

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September 13, 2018
retreat gifts, part 1 from Crazy Mom Quilts

Every year at my Gruber's retreat we exchange "happies". This year I made 11 (!!!) zipper pouches to share with my friends. (Included in that total: I made one to keep, plus another one for my friend/neighbor, AND I made one that was an inch too short, due to a cutting error. Hahaha! Although it wasn't funny at the time....)
I also spray painted the handles of these bow scissors, which I purchased at Harbor Freight. (I included a pair in each zip pouch.) I can't take credit for the cute scissor idea...I saw it on ...

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September 1, 2018
I-Spy Many Smiles! from Val's Quilting Studio

I-Spy three happy boys!
Earlier this summer I made this lap size eye-spy for these three special little guys. I finished it's quilting and binding on just in time for the arrival of their new little brother. (Who's wrapped in a receiving blanket I made especially for him! Along with a hand knitted blanket by my mom.)
These are just one of those ultimate moments we quilters love isn't it! 

So while his cousins above are celebrating the arrival of their new brother,
this little grand-guy of ours started Pre-k this year!

Annnnddddd this little guy is ...

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August 31, 2018
SOME QUICK PROJECTS from The Proficient Needle

I made a few quick projects recently, just to get my quilting muscles exercised!

The first project was a baby quilt, made from a printed panel.  This will belong to my new grandchild, who will be making an appearance near the end of September.
I know this will get lots of wear, and washing, so I'll be making another for birthday #1.
Every year, my guild makes placemats for "Meals on Wheels" recipients.  They are distributed by the Victorian Order of Nurses in our community.  I use this quick pattern, that takes 4 fat quarters, and backing, with no ...

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August 20, 2018
Got Librarians? A Pillow for Book Lovers from Gefilte Quilt

Just finished: A birthday throw pillow for my cousins, rabbi Nina, and her husband Tom, a retired librarian: 
The lovable library fabric was designed by Heather Givans of Windham Fabrics, for her "Jot" collection. Closer:
I found it a couple of months ago, during my visit to an a terrific New York City fabric district quilt shop, Gotham Quilts
Gotham doesn't stock vast amounts of fabric, but the selection is choice and the prices are among the most reasonable for quilting cottons in New York's fabric district. (Most of the stores I visited there - much larger and messier ...

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August 13, 2018
Simple Quilted Zipper Bags | Quick Zip Cases from A Quilting Life

Simple Quilted Zipper Bags

Hello and happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  This weekend I spent some time making some fun gifts for friends!  Simple quilted zipper bags are one of my go-to gifts, and this weekend I started out by making twelve from one of my favorite patterns, The Quick Zip Case  from Patterns by Annie (details later in the post).  I’ve made this pattern before and loved it.  I knew it would be perfect for making a large group of bags, assembly-line style!

I started my bag-making project at 5 p.m. Saturday night, and by 11 p ...

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August 6, 2018
Artsy Chair Quilt Inspiration from Europe from Gefilte Quilt

Are chairs evil? That's the health buzz - sitting around all day is killing us. Maybe in 25 years everyone will work standing up, and  chairs will only reside in museums.

I love interesting chair design, and making an art quilt depicting chairs has been on my bucket list forever. (But buying a bucket chair has never been on any of my lists.)

So during our July week in France and Switzerland, I photographed chairs with quilt potential. We spent the first part of our trip in the Alps, where magnificent mountains dwarfed spidery lifts like this: 

They're so ...

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July 29, 2018
Sewing Machine Pin Cushion from Heart Desire Creations


Here’s a quick and fun little project – and it’s very handy! I wrote this pattern and prepared little kits for a quilt retreat as a make and take for each person attending. I find this very handy on my Passport sewing machine which is the one I travel with. Hope you enjoy it and I would love to know if you made one!

Materials:  Strip fabric 2 1/2″ wide x size needed. (Decide where on the vertical portion of your sewing machine you want your pincushion and measure around, add 2 1/2″.)

Batting: cut rectangle 4 ...

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July 22, 2018
Quel Fromage! This Quilt Is Cheesy! from Gefilte Quilt

There are many stacks in my sewing room, and one is comprised of potential handmade gifts: small quilts, brooches, fiber necklaces, and of course, UFO's - unfinished objects.

When planning a visit with an old (or new) friend who has admired my creations, I go through the pile, searching for something they might like; if necessary, I finish and personalize it for them.

It's a challenge if I don't know the person well and/or have never seen their home. What's their style? Minimalist? Flea market clutter? Black-and-white? Rainbow?

So I often bring choices. We recently headed ...

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July 1, 2018
Sunday Stash July 1, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

This report marks the halfway point for the year. I would have liked more usage, but I’m happy to have finished some UFOs and worked on projects outside my comfort zone. There’s still plenty of time this year to use fabric.
I finished a burp pad to donate to my guild’s silent auction for a small bust. The kitten fabric is on the back.
burp padI’ll make the matching bib this week. I wanted to donate something a little different since they get so many small quilts and bags.
No fabric in or money spent.
Fabric In ...

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Winter Quilt Festival–Finished from Romany Quilting

Finished just in time for our Southern Hemisphere winter – my Winter Quilt Festival wall-hanging.  This panel was a Christmas gift several years ago from my quilty pen friend Carol, who lives in South Dakota.  She had stitched on two borders before posting it half way around the world to me as a lovely gift.  I machine quilted in the ditch around the three straight lines in the borders, then several curvy lines around the blue border.  This was to be one of my “slow stitching” projects, and I decided to do some hand quilting in the centre of the panel ...

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June 27, 2018
My Doll, My Style - A New Book from Creatin' in the Sticks

When asked if I would be interested in sewing some clothes from the NEW BOOK - My Doll My Style by talented designer Anna Allen - I said YES! 

Of course, I made a hairstylist out of my doll with a super cute black lace outfit. 

ThermOWeb is joining the celebration of the new book release 
the Thermoweb design team will be showing some of the fashions you can sew from the book over the next few days.  

The book has everything you need to know to sew trendy clothes for your 18″ doll.  You will love the designs, the personal ...

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June 12, 2018
Five last minute Father’s Day gifts to make! from The Village Haberdashery

Don’t forget, Father’s Day is Sunday! And if you’d like to give dad something handmade but have left it to the last minute we’ve got you covered. Here are five ideas he’ll love.

Vegan leather mini notebooks. These little books are so useful, if you have time you could do a trio! Our vegan leather comes in several colour packs to choose from and you don’t need a sewing machine to whip this project up!

Vegan leather notebook

Travel eye mask. Perfect for flights – or even on the daily now that the summer light creeps in so ...

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June 1, 2018
two of a kind from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I want to start this week by saying that this will be the LAST week of finish it up Friday for the summer. I need to step back and take a breather. Did you know that I started finish it up Friday in October of 2011? That means we've been at this finishing business (with the occasional hiatus during my social media breaks) for almost 7 years. That's CRAZY! Also, that's a LOT of finishes! I'm very much looking forward to the break from finish it up Friday so I ...

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Graduation Quilts from Butterfly Threads

This month our family celebrated two high school graduations! My sweet niece Sarah, graduated from Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, AZ. And my son's girlfriend Megan, graduated from North Forsyth High School, right here in town.

I couldn't let either occasion pass without making a quilt, of course! Sarah's quilt was made entirely from fabrics that represented her life and the things she loves. It included horses, travel, music, dogs and other animals. You get the idea...almost every fabric had some design or print that reminded me of her.

I used simple 3.5 x ...

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May 12, 2018
Low-Tech Wearable (Quilt) Fitness Tracker/Wrist Entertainment System from Gefilte Quilt

Are you frequently stuck about what color to use next? Or do you have trouble remembering what color you used last? Then you may need to make this low-cost, low-tech, quilter's wrist color fitness tracker which, although nearly useless, will at least entertain you and people around you. 
I know it's entertaining because I wore mine to a quilt show (specifically, QuiltCon 2018), and people laughed at me. (OK, 3 people in a coffee line with me laughed. I don't actually know if they were laughing at me or with me). It's stitched to a stretch ...

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April 28, 2018
Surprises & A Great Retreat! from Heart Desire Creations

Last week was the Spring Quilt & Sew-In Retreat and it was a blast! There was so much sewing going on, but that is truly the least of it. The sharing, assistance, laughing and teaching moments were all such treasures. The generous spirit of all who attended was just amazingly wonderful. How lucky am I to bring these quilters back together each year!

And there were surprises! Beverly made these darling heart appliqued bags for everyone and a few extras for the wonderful employees of the inn where we stay. She also made  cute little butterflies (mine, unfortunately, is camera shy ...

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