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February 16, 2019
New pattern: Lakeside Star, a fat quarter quilt from Carried Away Quilting

Last fall I wrote about how my new surroundings were inspiring my quilting decisions. We moved to a new home on an intimate lake encircled by peeling birch trees and majestic oaks, with native reeds along the shoreline, a lawn dotted with tiny acorns, and birds of every kind and color . . . it was both simple and wonderful. 

The indigo water and the reflection of the butterscotch-colored oak leaves on the lake’s surface really spoke to me. I wanted to create a quilt that reflected the beauty of those colors and also honored the simple but beautiful views. From that ...

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February 4, 2019
Perfect HST BOM Block 2: Wellington Star from Freshly Pieced

Wellington Star - Block 2 of the Perfect HST Block-of-the-Month

Happy February, you guys! I admit I’m glad to put January in the rearview, especially after last week’s -50 degree temps and days and days of the kids being home from school due to the snow and cold. February feels just the tiniest bit closer to spring—maybe not a lot closer, but I’ll take it!

At any rate, February’s block for the Perfect HST BOM dropped this morning for subscribers! This is Wellington Star—named after one of the streets I lived on in Chicago in the early 2000’s. My husband and I spent ...

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Some Progress in 2019 from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Okay, January has already disappeared off my calendar and I didn't get to post.  I can see that this year is going to go even faster than the last, but I put some of that down to less time available for me to do "stuff" in. Health has leveled out a little and we are managing to get back to our sewing machine so that is the most important thing.
Here are some photos of what I have managed to accomplish so far...

 This is my block for January for the BOM running in the Kiwiquilters Facebook group.  It ...

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January 31, 2019
Good Fortune {75%} from Little Bunny Quilts

A little progress is better than no progress, right? I had big plans to start quilting a quilt on Saturday, but that got kicked to the wayside in favor of spending some time with my sister and her husband (who also just happen to be buying a house!) and volunteering in the evening. I hemmed some curtains on Saturday (go me!) but that was the extent of my sewing.

Sunday afternoon I went back to work on Good Fortune. My first task was to get the spacer border added. I double checked my math and cut my background strips. These ...

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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 15, 2019
Dashing To The Chapel {In The Pipeline} from Little Bunny Quilts

January is one of our two Island Batik blog hop months! I'm working with the Bazaar line this time around, which is a gorgeous collection of brights. Some of the fabrics have floral motifs, some have butterflies and dragonflies, and some are blender prints.

I decided that I wanted to use these fabrics to make a remixed version of our Dashing to the Chapel pattern. My mom and I constructed the original quilt in 2014 as a wedding gift for my sister and her husband. Her now-mother-in-law did the long arm quilting!

The original quilt used a fat quarter ...

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January 7, 2019
Today’s the day! Block 1 of the Perfect HST BOM! from Freshly Pieced

Ridgeline Star - Block 1 of the Perfect HST Block-of-the-Month

YESSSS you guys! Today is the day! Ridgeline Star – Block #1 of The Perfect HST Block-of-the-Month – drops into your inboxes this morning! I’m so excited to get the BOM off and running, and I hope you’ll enjoy this first installment!


We’ll be making this quilt during 2019 with the Perfect HST BOM. It’s a beginner-friendly block-of-the-month program that uses my best-selling Perfect HST templates, so that you won’t have to trim or square up a single half-square triangle! And if you haven’t joined in yet, I’m extending pre-sale discount pricing for 2 more ...

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December 20, 2018
Luke’s Half Square Triangle Around the World Quilt from Carried Away Quilting

Wasn’t it just yesterday that our oldest child, our son Luke, was born on a bitterly cold day in January? Wasn’t it just yesterday that he took his first steps, lost his first tooth, read his first book, scored his first touchdown, drove his first car? And now he is a college graduate with an Economics degree and a promising career. Mothers remember every first, every last, and every moment in between. It’s no wonder we’re so tired! But I’m filled with love and gratitude that this young man is our son, and I’m ...

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December 14, 2018
Good Fortune {Clue #3} from Little Bunny Quilts

It's time for another Good Fortune update! For clue #3, we are making two units from our green fabric -- units that Bonnie calls "half chevrons" and half square triangles that can be made as bonus triangles!

For my green fabric, instead of pulling from my green scrap pile, I pulled a single green fabric. This fabric was used in the piecing of and as the backing of my "Green in Bloom" quilt last year. I have large chunks of this fabric left over -- I'm guessing I have a little under a yard in scraps which should be more ...

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December 5, 2018
Good Fortune {Clue #2} from Little Bunny Quilts

Much like last week, I was able to get my entire clue done over the weekend -- hooray!

This week for the Good Fortune mystery quilt, we are making small HSTs. Even though I am shooting for a half sized version, I still had to make a LOT of HSTs!

On Friday night, I did all of the cutting. About half were made from the two-at-a-time HST method (which I prefer) and about half were made with the "Bonnie" method to better utilize some of my scraps.

Saturday morning I did the sewing, and between Saturday evening and Sunday evening I ...

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December 3, 2018
Good Fortune - Part 2 from Wendy's Quilts and More

It's the second week of Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune mystery quilt.

This week we made blue and white half square triangles.

Blue is probably my favourite colour, so I had a lots of blues in my stash to chose from.

After seeing all that red dye last week, I decided to prewash the blues too.

I also had a number of low volume prints with hints of blue on them, so I've used up some of them too.

I prefer to make my half square triangles (HST) by cutting squares 1" bigger than the finished size of ...

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November 29, 2018
How to Piece a Scrappy Star Quilt Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s time to piece our first block for the Friendship Quilt Along! Learn how to transform 20 scrappy 5-inch squares into a Scrappy Star Block in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find the quilt pattern for Block #1. The best part of the Friendship Quilt Along is we’re going to piece AND quilt the blocks together! Be looking forward to the first quilting tutorial on December 10th.

Click Here learn how to piece Half Square Triangles. You’ll need to make three different sizes of half square triangles for ...

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How to Piece Half Square Triangles from The Free Motion Quilting Project

One of my favorite quilting units to piece is also one of the easiest to make: half square triangles! Learn how to piece this fun patchwork unit in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find Block 1 of the Friendship Sampler Quilt if you’d like to get LOTS of practice piecing half square triangles!

How half square triangles work

How to piece two half square triangles from two squares

Learn how to make two half square triangles from two squares

This technique takes two squares of fabric and turns them into two half square triangles. The best thing about this triangle shape is you never have to work with ...

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November 26, 2018
Design Wall Monday - November 26, 2018 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

At this time each year, I like to watch the mystery quilt unfold at Quiltville.  I am saving the clues and may make it after I see what it looks like in the reveal.  It will be interesting to see how many of our Design Wall Monday bloggers are joining in the fun.  Are you? Last week at retreat, some friends gave me lots of small triangles that were snipped off blocks they were making.  They

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November 19, 2018
Almost there... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I am taking a short break from trimming the very last of the HSTs for Danielle's quilt.  Soooo pleased to have finally reached this point and that assembly can now begin.
I was a little delayed as I stitched up this quilt for someone we know who lost their house in a fire.  Kerry dropped it off to the LA quilter this morning.  A little big for me to handle these days.

It was made using two roll ups of Kaffe Fassett fabrics that I had in my stash - bought the 2nd one by accident, and is lovely and ...

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October 29, 2018
Join me for my 2019 Block-of-the-Month – the Perfect HST BOM! from Freshly Pieced


Thinking about taking on a block-of-the-month project? Or just looking for a great way to use your Perfect HST templates? Either way, I’ve got something exciting for you today! I’m doing a BOM in 2019: The Perfect HST BOM!

IMG_6679All 12 blocks are made up entirely of half-square triangles, squares, and rectangles. That’s it! AND, we’ll be using my best-selling Perfect HST templates to make the blocks, which means you won’t have to trim a single one of those HSTs. That’s right—no trimming or squaring up, ever! Half-square triangles are super quick and ...

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October 16, 2018
Progress has been made...lots of photos from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

My friend Lorraine said "your blog's been a bit quiet lately."  Oh dear, she is right, I have been so busy concentrating on getting stuff done, that the energy required for posting has not been there.

On top of all that I keep forgetting to take photos of finished quilts!!!  Hate that.  Here are a few photos of what I have been up to lately.

These first three are from the Master Guild quilt shown held in Carterton last month.

This is the guest exhibitor - none other than said Lorraine Baker who commented on my lack of posting!  Revenge ...

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October 15, 2018
Getting Modern from Sew........This Is My Blog

I've been a member of the Modern Quilt Guild for a while, but I just recently got around to joining the local branch.  In September I visited the Rocket City Modern Quilt Guild (what else would you call the group in Huntsville, Alabama?) and decided to become an active member right away by jumping into some of their current projects.

When the half-square triangle piecing papers were passed around I grabbed a few to take home, found a few 10" squares, and made some half-square triangles to take back with me when I go to the meeting next week ...

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September 22, 2018
Sewing for my son, remembering my grandpa from Carried Away Quilting

My weekend goal is to cut into this richly colored, outdoor-inspired collection of fat quarters. I’m making a quilt for our son Luke, who graduates from college this December. Luke is a smart, outgoing, adventurous young man. He continually amazes me by his can-do attitude, his perseverance against obstacles, and his enthusiasm for life. While he may be ready to take his next step in the world, I remember every step he’s taken along the way. My heart is full thinking about him and the road ahead.

I collected most these fat quarters at two area quilt shops ...

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September 18, 2018
Motivational Monday update (or not) from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'd like to say that I have lots of pictures of stuff that I've done to show you, but I don't. I do have pictures, but no finished show n tell.

I did get the top and back done for the magazine quilt and it's hanging on the long arm waiting to be loaded later today. That was good.

I got something done for the upcoming QUILTsocial blog and all the pictures are taken and need to be loaded to the internet. That was good.

But I can't share them with you yet.

However, I ...

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