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September 7, 2023
Island Batik Challenge & Blog Hop from Sew Preeti Quilts

The September Island Batik Challenge and Blog Hop is called Pieced to Perfection. We were required to make a paper-pieced project at least lap sized, using as many different fabrics as possible from our assigned collection.

I received Chromatic. It is an original collection designed by Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Designs.

Chromatic Bundle

Chromatic Fabrics

And here is my response to the challenge!

Bromeliad Garden

I chose "The Palm" block from EQ8 Block Library (under Old favorites). 

The on-point layout uses 24 blocks. I used 21 (out of the 22) fabrics from the Chromatic collection. I used three fabrics ...

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August 18, 2023
14.5 Year Blogging Anniversary Giveaway! from Humble Quilts

I get a lot of joy from blogging and having an online community with my facebook group and those who read and comment on my blog. 

It has been a long time since I've had a giveaway, so I'm calling this the 14 1/2 year blogaversary giveaway!

There is one pre-requisite: you must leave a comment on the blog.

I know many of you struggle with that but it shouldn't be difficult. 
You can follow my step by step  directions HERE   (please try it)
It is important I have your email address so I can notify ...

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August 8, 2023
Make-A-List Monday - Progress, and Giveaway Winners! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

School is back in session, so I've lost all my excuses for not finishing things! Here are two of my three grandkids (Lilli is WAY too grown up to stand still for "first day of school" pics) this morning as they got ready to go...

Middle school!  How did that happen?  By the way, Emmy is only wearing computer glasses because she thinks they make her look cool.  And Lilli is a sophomore, and so grown up.  I have a couple of days of Nana responsibilities this week while my daughter is out of town, but after ...

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August 4, 2023
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Progress, and a Giveaway! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

Well, it's Friday once again, and we all know what that means!  It's time for us to get our whoop whoop on.  Are you ready?  Let's go!


Summer is drawing to a close - the kids go back to school next week - and soon we'll be hot and heavy into quilting season!  I'm busily trying to finish up some things so I can move into the next season with a clear conscience.  

I started out this week working hard on this t-shirt quilt, a commission for a local elementary school principal.  I got the ...

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June 30, 2023
Book Reviews and a Giveaway! from From My Carolina Home

I’ve just finished a couple more really good books that I want to share with you. I’m also repeating a couple of reviews that I did prior to the book’s publication date, and two that I just have to mention again on a dedicated book review post in case you missed them buried in a chat post. Read on, there’s a giveaway today too!

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan – Historical fiction story of overcoming the austerity of rationing in 1941 England. Four women of disparate backgrounds enter a cooking contest to get the most of ...

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June 11, 2023
Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2023 Is In The Books! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

We've finally arrived at the end of this year's Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge, and you all did such an excellent job!  At my final count, we had 106 active participants (those who made it all the way to the end of the Challenge), and you all created an amazing number of quilts!  Do you want to know how many?

Isn't that amazing???  Just think of all that love and comfort spread across the world!  I had a sticker on my computer case at one time that said, "Changing The World One Quilt At A Time ...

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May 23, 2023
Make-A-List Monday - What to Do, What to Do? from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

Amazingly, I haven't missed Monday - although Sunday kind of slipped right by me!  If you caught yesterday's blogpost, you may have tried to click on the link to Moira's blogpost and found that it didn't work.  Well, it's working now - so please click here and check out her post.  It's the last guest blogger post for this year's Hands2Help Challenge, and I'd hate for you to miss it - she's having a giveaway, too!

And just for kicks, I'm going to add to the giveaway fun - I've got ...

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May 17, 2023
Its Wednesday! from Sew Preeti Quilts

Marrying someone from halfway across the globe has its perks.  There is always something new to learn. Recently Paul introduced me to the Addams Family.  I fell in love with Wednesday and she is the inspiration for my May project! 

Wednesday Mock-Up in EQ8

But let's start at the beginning. The May Challenge requires that we use the Studio 180 Design Tool and the Winter 2022 Collection to  make a project of any size.  The guidelines included the following:
1. Work with two or more different size units. 
2. Must use at least 30 units total, made with the ...

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May 14, 2023
Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge Week 9 - Meet Our Next Guest Blogger, Emily! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

Welcome to week 9 of this year's Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge!  The end is coming up fast, and I know you all have been working so hard on your quilts.  I've seen so many beautiful quilts in progress that I know are going to bless so many lives!!  Quilters really are generous people, and you guys are some of the best!

Today we have another guest blogger, Emily of Aunt Em's Quilts.  Emily is also the champion for Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo, and has been part of the Hands2Help Challenge almost from the beginning ...

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May 7, 2023
Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge Week 8 - Time to Check In, Another Guest Post, and A Giveaway! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

Welcome to week eight of this year's Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge!  I've got lots of info to pass on in this post, so be sure to read all the way through, ok?  First off, it's time for another check-in, where you can show off your progress, and cheer others on.  There'll be a link-up for that at the end of this post.  

We've also got an other great guest blogger today - Leanne of Devoted Quilter.  Leanne's been a long-time supporter of the Challenge, and always has something interesting to share.  She's ...

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May 3, 2023
Intersections Quilt Block – Block Mania & More from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Welcome to Block Mania!! This month’s theme is all about friendship. There are some really cute blocks in this link package, so follow the links on the list below to build the perfect quilt. I have a special treat for you, so keep reading until the end. I went a little deep in thought for my block this month. As I pondered the meaning of friends, how important they are, and how people come in and out of our lives at different points, my block appeared. I just love it. As a modern maker, I took a different approach ...

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April 28, 2023
A Fishy Story - Pattern Release & Giveaway from Sew Preeti Quilts

It was a heavy lift. The net was bursting with a huge catch. 

It took a lot of effort to haul it out of the river.

Ooh it is heavy...

The fish wriggled and pulled against the net and Paul struggled. 

Paul struggled

I heaved a huge sign of relief when he prevailed.

And finally managed!

Such a proud angler Paul is!!! Now, you may think that catching all these fish on the banks of Potomac is a load of bull. But honestly, it is a fishy story :-D

The one that got away...

Well, here is the true back ...

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April 23, 2023
Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge Week #6 - Meet Our Next Guest Blogger, Bonnie! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

Wow!  You guys are blowing me away with your progress reports from last week - it's thanks to generous quilters like you that this Challenge is such a great success every year.  And I love seeing that you are finding local places to donate, also!  It's amazing to know that your     quilts are helping others, isn't it?  

This week we have another great guest blogger - Bonnie from Institches With Bonnie.  Bonnie always has something fun going on in her studio, like this beautiful scrap quilt....

I'm looking forward to reading her post about her ideas ...

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April 21, 2023
Friday check in: GIVEAWAY WINNER! and design considerations from With Strings Attached


I thank everyone who took time to comment on Monday's Hands2Help blog hop post.  It was inspiring to read all the stories about the ways that quilters use their passion to enrich people's lives.

 I used a random number generator to pick the giveaway winner:  KAWeed  (Though her post came as "anonymous" she included her email, per the giveaway qualifications.)   

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In the studio:  the pinwheels and square-in-squares are on the design wall.  The units are 4-1/2" unfinished.

The pattern (Gerri Robinson in McCall's Quilting) is a straight set. 

I tried on-point.  I cut setting triangles and ...

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April 17, 2023
Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge Week #5 - Another Guest Blogger, Time to Check In, and A Giveaway! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

Five weeks in!  Can you believe it?  Seems like we just started this year's Challenge, but things are rolling right along.  We've got several things going on this week, but let's start with the most important one first. 

Today we are welcoming another guest blogger - Nann from With Strings Attached!  Spend just a few minutes on her blog and you'll realize she's a prolific quilter - but she's also a librarian.  Librarians have a special place in my heart, especially these days.  Some of my best times as a child were spent in ...

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April 10, 2023
Bourbon Street Bash from Sew Preeti Quilts

Designing for the May/June 2023 Issue of Quiltmaker Magazine, I chose the fabric line Celebrate. Designed by Kathy Engle, this fabric line will be available in stores in May 2023.

Imagine my surprise when the magazine was published in March 2023.  It is Island Batik's guidance to release patterns as close to the fabric availability as possible. If the fabric is not available (at the time of pattern release or shortly thereafter), then it feels like a tease or even a torture, especially when the fabric is this gorgeous!!!

For this reason, I have been slow/reluctant to ...

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February 27, 2023
Michael Miller Fabrics and Giveaway from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Something awesome happened!! I talked about it on Instagram, but haven’t shared it here on my blog. I am one of seven Michael Miller brand ambassadors. It is so exciting! A big box of fabric was delivered a few weeks ago, and I have been busy trying to decide what designs I will take from idea to written pattern. I think I have narrowed down my list to about five. Fingers crossed I will get to them all written soon.

Full view of the Garden Star 5 quilt that uses Michael Miller fabrics.

As I was fretting about getting something new out. I decided to take a breath and make another version ...

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February 9, 2023
Puff Quilt - Trevor from Sew Preeti Quilts

Welcome to the first Island Batik challenge and blog hop of the year 2023. 

The first challenge of the year is to make a cozy, squishy Puff (Bubble) quilt using the fabric from your assigned Fall’22 collection 0.5 yard bundle!! 

I received Exuberance collection. This is an original collection by Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Designs.

Like most of the ambassadors, I had the same question - what is a puff quilt and how do I make it? I watched about half a dozen videos on the YouTube and made a list.

A list of all the things I ...

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January 22, 2023
A joyful beginning! from Sew Preeti Quilts

Wish you a very happy 2023!

I have news. Island Batik has selected a new slate of ambassadors for 2023.  And I am honored to have made the cut.

We have received the first shipment of our boxes and I am so excited to show you the goodies.

Here is a link to the Unboxing video.

Testing the set-up - Looking good!

In February, we will be making a Puff Quilt. I have received the collection - Exuberance. This is an original collection by Deb Tucker of Studio 180 designs. This Fall 2022 collection should be available in stores in February 2023 ...

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January 20, 2023
Garden Star 5 – Pattern Release from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Garden Star 5 Quilt in front of the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Welcome All!! Today I have a special treat for you. This is the latest creation in my Garden Star Quilt Series. I am so excited for you to meet Garden Star 5, the Quilt Pattern. This is a pattern release day, so get ready for some fun!! We have a lot of things to talk about, so let’s get to it.

The Garden Star 5 Design

My Garden Star Quilt series is a unique and fun way to celebrate the simplicity of a half-square triangle. They are one of my go ways to make a larger and more impactful ...

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