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September 14, 2019
Garden Enchantment Block 6, the final block. from Quilting Affection


Today is a release day for the final block 6 and finishing instructions for the Garden Enchantment BOM.  This Block of the Month has gone really fast when you are as busy as I am right now.  Purchase Block 6/Finishing Instructions HERE!


Block 6 consist of making units that are made from Half Square Triangles, Diamond in a Square and Picket units.



Since we have been making Half Square Triangles and Diamond in a Square unit throughout this quilt, we will be really concentrating on how to make the Picket units in this block post.


Picket units are easy ...

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August 17, 2019
It's officially finished!! lots of photos from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I said to myself - I'm not posting again until Danielle's quilt is finished because you would all be sick of getting updates showing so little progress.  Well, it is done and dusted and as I type it is winging its way up to Danielle in Te Awamutu.  Our youngest son and his family are going up to visit his siblings up that way, so he is loaded down with the quilt and five beanies for delivery!!!

I'm sure most of you think I have fallen off the planet as I didn't realise it had been quite ...

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August 16, 2019
Half-Square Triangle Hooks Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

MSQC New Tutorial on the Blog!
New quilting tutorial with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company

When a favorite 10-year-old was learning to fish, she cast her line with loads of enthusiasm but very little caution. As a result, she made plenty of catches—but none were fish!

She caught one sister by the sleeve of her shirt and another by the ponytail. Worst of all, she hooked her father clear through the nose! (The poor fellow drove all the way to the emergency room with a shiny yellow lure dangling from his right nostril!)

This week Jenny is creating hazard-free hooks with our favorite ...

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August 14, 2019
Garden Enchantment Block 5 from Quilting Affection


Today is the release day for the Garden Enchantment BOM Block 5.  You can now download Block 5 hereOnly 1 more month left in this Block of the Month Program, time just goes by fast.  Can't wait to see everyone's' finished quilts.



Block 5 consists of making 4 blocks that use the following units: Half Square Triangles, Flying Geese, and Diamond in a Square.  



Since we have made all these units in the past months, today's tutorial will be a quick overview.


Half Square Triangles


For this block, we will be making two different colorways, white ...

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August 8, 2019
Perfect HST BOM Block 8: Cedar Star from Freshly Pieced

Good morning! As you read this, I’m just returning from a family vacation to the Wisconsin Dells, otherwise known as the Waterpark Capital of the World. That’s right, the World Atlas says so, so it must be legit. In the Dells there are more waterparks and pools per capita than any other city in North America. It is truly a national treasure. LOL. But while I suffer through waterpark withdrawal, let’s enjoy this month’s HST BOM Block, shall we?

IMG_6614 This month’s HST BOM block is Cedar Star. This one is another East Lansing, Michigan reference ...

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July 14, 2019
Garden Enchantment BOM Block 4 from Quilting Affection


It's that time of the month in the Garden Enchantment BOM.  Block 4 is now available to download and make.  Only 2 more months left in this Block of the Month Program, time just goes by fast.



Block 4 is very similar to Block 1 in a lot of ways, except for the coloring.  For this block, you will need your Tucker Trimmer® 1, V-Block® and Square Squared® tools. We will be making 4 blocks that have the following units: Half Square Triangles, SideKick & High/Low and Diamond in a Square unit.

Half Square Triangles

Let's start with ...

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July 10, 2019
Perfect HST BOM Block 7: Rambling Star from Freshly Pieced

Happy July! And guess what – summer has finally reached my neck of the woods! We had our usual gathering of friends and family at my house for the Fourth of July, but beyond that, I’m looking forward to a relaxing month. And in the meantime, the July block of the Perfect HST BOM has dropped!

RamblingStar

This month’s HST BOM block is Rambling Star. This one is named after the street I grew up on in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Well, the street was actually “Ramblewood” but for some reason Ramblewood sounded like a weird name for a block to ...

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July 9, 2019
Tuesdays Tips -Quilting: HST Tip Tool from Mulberry Patch Quilts

Hi! Thought you might enjoy a quick tip when you need to join half square triangles (HST) the traditional way–by sewing two triangles together.

I’m working on a Christmas quilt, and the pattern calls for cutting squares in half (corner to corner) and sewing them together.

I usually make my HST by cutting squares a bit larger, stacking them right sides together, drawing a line from corner to corner, sewing 1/4″ on either side of the line, cutting between the lines, pressing and squaring them up to size. You know the drill.

Or (if I have the ...

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The Organized Quilter from Repro Quilt Lover

Let me begin by saying this is an aspirational post. I am not an organized quilter or an organized anything, really. But, I need an organized system to accomplish what makes me happy; maybe you can relate.

I am going to assume if you are reading this blog you like to quilt. And, therefore, are probably a creative person — a “creative type.” Generally, we creative types are free spirits, which doesn’t translate well into focus, planning and organization. But, if I give in to the free spirit and let it run my days, those days are ruled by a ...

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June 14, 2019
Garden Enchantment BOM Block 3 from Quilting Affection


Welcome back to Block 3 of the Garden Enchantment Block of the Month. 



Block 1
Month 2

To recap Block 1, we used our V-Block, Square Squared, and Tucker Trimmer to make the following SideKick & High/Lows, Diamond in a Square, and Half Square Triangles units.  Block 2, we introduced the Wing Clipper tool to make Flying Geese units.  If you missed the first two blocks and would like to catch up, you can do so by clicking HERE and don't forget to purchase your pattern also.



Month 3

Month 3 


Month 3 is now available for purchase.  You ...

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June 11, 2019
Perfect HST BOM Block 6: Crystal Star from Freshly Pieced

Perfect HST BOM Block 6: Crystal StarHey, did you guys notice that it’s June already? This year is flying by! And that means I’ve got another Perfect HST BOM block to show you!

This is Crystal Star. I adored living in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood after college. But my Dupont Circle studio apartment was TEENY, so eventually I decided to look for something a little bigger in a less expensive neighborhood. I ended up on the other side of the Potomac in Arlington, Virginia’s Crystal City area. I’ve heard rumors that Crystal City is now a somewhat cool place ...

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June 4, 2019
Pink Sprinkles in progress from Repro Quilt Lover

Ever since I started making these pink and white Shoo Fly blocks a couple of months ago, I’ve been craving cupcakes with a big dollop of pink frosting. Last night, I made a batch and today I spent way more time than is practical taking pictures of pink and white quilt blocks and pink and white cupcakes. Tomorrow, I take the results (the cupcakes) to work and distribute the calories around the office.

Since this is a quilt in progress, I don’t have the finished image to share with you yet and actual yardage hasn’t been calculated ...

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May 31, 2019
Night Sky Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

There are 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and I’m starting to think there are just as many ways to stitch up a star quilt! 4-patch stars, wonky stars, wedge stars, rhombus stars—the list goes on and on! 

This week Jenny is working on the easiest star block of all: Night Sky! This pattern is made up of simple half-square triangles, but it’s just as stunning as a whole host of heavenly sparklers! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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May 15, 2019
Garden Enchantment BOM Block 2 from Quilting Affection


Welcome back to Block 2 of the Garden Enchantment Block of the Month. 


Block 1
To recap Block 1, we used our V-Block, Square Squared, and Tucker Trimmer to make the following SideKick & High/Lows, Diamond in a Square, and Half Square Triangles units.  If you missed Block 1 and would like to catch up, you can do so by clicking HERE and don't forget to purchase your pattern also.

Month 2
Month 2
Month 2 is now available for purchase.  You will also need the following Studio 180 Design tools to make this month blocks; Wing Clipper® I ...

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May 11, 2019
And I was doing so well from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I'm really trying to keep up with my ongoing classes. In the past, I've not been good with this which is why I have so many HUGE UFOs that are waiting to be finished. I currently have four ongoing classes (including my UFO group). One class has two quilts so that is five quilts in total that I'm trying to keep up with each month. So far I'm doing great. I was hoping to have two of the five quilts completed for class later today, however, an e-mail arrived yesterday that threw that concept out the ...

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May 7, 2019
Perfect HST BOM Block 5: Hillcrest Star from Freshly Pieced

Hillcrest Star - May block of Perfect HST BOM Yassssss, it’s May!! That means another Perfect HST BOM block has hit your inbox! (Look for a separate email with your unique downloadable link, or see below for what to do if you didn’t receive it.)

This is Hillcrest Star. This month’s block is named after one of the streets I lived on as an undergrad at Michigan State University. My student days in East Lansing are among my fondest memories, and the house I lived in on Hillcrest Ave. for a few years was an absolute blast. I lived there with a bunch of my ...

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May 6, 2019
Design Wall Monday - May 6, 2019 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Triangles, triangles, triangles.....and they are yet too small for the design wall. Since I make small quilts and doll quilts, people sometimes give me their leftover fabric bits, and I am working on some of them this week.  My friend Gretchen Weaver, (Blog) , gave some to me last fall at a retreat.  Gretchen is a fantastic quilter, and has just finished hand quilting a wonderful quilt -

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May 3, 2019
How to Piece a Scrappy Pinwheel Quilt Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This month we have a super simple Scrappy Pinwheel block to make for the Friendship Quilt Along! I’m sure you’ll enjoy piecing this block as much as I did, especially after how scrap-heavy and intense the last two blocks were. Learn how to piece this pinwheel block with me in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find the pattern for the Scrappy Pinwheel block.

I used 16 precut small squares to create the Scrappy Pinwheel block. I first pieced them into Half Square Triangles, and then into super half square triangles. Click Here to watch the video on ...

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What was lost is now found... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


The other day I was digging through stuff in the basement. I was looking for some blocks that I wanted to photograph for a magazine submission. I swear that bag of blocks is upstairs, but do you think I can find it? Nope. So I searched the basement as well. I just had that bag in my hands within the last couple of weeks.

Oh well, I found a workaround for the photo (thank god for taking pictures for the blog). But in that process, I found quite a few other things that I was "missing" and I found a ...

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May 2, 2019
Scraps from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I'm so glad I didn't give up on that book - Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I'm now at 88% and well, the characters are so real. Neurotic, but isn't the way we all are? Except that the story is told from different points of view and there are things said or thought that we think, but we never say! That's the fun part of the book. We're not alone in thinking things that we would never say! Isn't that awful?

Even though these books are novels, there's a very important message ...

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