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February 17, 2019
My Meadow Quilt by Michelle McKillop from A Ditchin' Time Quilts

This square is my favorite! 

Pictures of my quilt in progress.  The pattern is the Meadow Quilt  by Michelle McKillop for the Jen Kingwell Designs Collective.  I bought the pattern and I am making it myself.  Here is the pattern, you can buy it here! 

This is their quilt photo

Listed below are photos of my finished flower squares:

I can't wait to put all the squares together!  I will keep you posted.  

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Bloc C1 Caswell quilt from Accroquilt

And we began a new row for that Caswell quilt.  Many green fabrics and many red fabrics in used in that quilt.

Voilà la troisième rangée de blocs débutée pour Caswell quilt.  Beaucoup de tissus verts et rouges sont utilisés pour ces blocs.  C'est la première fois que je procède ainsi pour les feuilles.  Hors de ma zone de confort mais j'aime bien jusqu'ici.  La courtepointe sera différente en tout point.

À la prochaine!

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February 10, 2019
Bloc B5 Caswell quilt from Accroquilt

Making progress on that quilt, Caswell quilt will be a pretty one.  Fussy cutting  and fabric motifs help me for the look of that block.  Leaves, centers of the flowers, etc...

Je travaille toujours sur les blocs de cette courtepointe, dans l'ordre.  Elle sera magnifique.  Beaucoup de détails à regarder lorsqu'on les examine attentivement, un bloc après l'autre.  Soit du ''fussy cutting'', soit le motif lui-même du tissu, etc...  Ici, certaines feuilles ont un motif très adapté à l'appliqué.  Et le centre des fleurs est recherché.

À la prochaine!

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February 8, 2019
The Agony and the Ecstasy: Six Years In the Making, Jingle BOM Quilt Top FINALLY Completed from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Jingle BOM Quilt Top Finally Finished!
I actually got the final outer border on this quilt top a few days ago, but I've been transitioning from my old Windows laptop to a big, beautiful, and largely inscrutable iMac computer this week and that's been slowing me down quite a bit over the past few days.  The highlight was when I logged into my email and deleted 62,000 "archived" emails from my google accounts, thinking they were just junk mail going back 8 years or so...  only to discover belatedly that I deleted the entire contents of my ...

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February 3, 2019
Bloc B4 from Accroquilt

The Caswell quilt is growing.  One more block this week !

Voici un autre bloc terminé de la courtepointe Caswell.

Le mur de design s'emplit de ces beaux blocs à chaque semaine.

The design wall has now plenty of those blocks.

À la prochaine!

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January 27, 2019
Bloc B3 from Accroquilt

This week, I was sewing the block B3, from Caswell quilt.  Colors aren't the ones on my quilt. The background is a little bit orange color.

Et voici le bloc B3 de la courtepointe Caswell quilt.  Difficile de prendre une bonne photo avec les couleurs réelles.  Le fond est teinté orangé et on n'en voit rien ici.

À la prochaine!


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January 23, 2019
Hand applique from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Several years ago, I decided that I needed to set goals to get some of these larger projects done. I set some goals in 2017 and I got quite a few done. I set more goals in 2018 (and didn't wipe out the goals from 2017). I didn't make a lot of progress, but I did get some projects finished. I now have more goals for 2019. It's time to actually get off my butt and get to work on these. Wouldn't it be nice to finish the year with ALL the goals from those three ...

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January 22, 2019
Quilt Block Surgery: How To Change The Center Patch WITHOUT Taking the Block Apart. Also, I Just Remembered I Love Embroidery. from Cheeky Cognoscenti

You guys -- I am so excited about my Jingle BOM quilt right now that I'm GIDDY!  Thanks to all of you who reached out and shared your opinions about the crooked tree block and my idea about embroidering dates on the front of this quilt.  I especially liked the idea of putting my initials on the front of the quilt somewhere -- MONOGRAM!!  As for the tree -- ironically, it was Frog Quilter who said that I should leave the tree the way it is (rather than frog stitching it) because it "shows character and makes the quilt uniquely yours."  When ...

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January 16, 2019
SQUIRREL!! Needle-Turn Applique Tangent Delays Completion of Jingle BOM Quilt Top from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning!  Yes, I'm aware that it's afternoon, but I'm running sluggish this morning even after my second high-test espresso beverage, so it's still Monday Morning Mode for me.

I've been having so much fun working on this needle-turn applique block from the workshop I took two weekends ago, taught by Christa Smith of Cottonberry Quilts.  I deliberately chose wild and wacky fabrics for my block to give myself a break from the monotony of the soft, traditional color palette of my Frankenwhiggish Rose needle-turn applique WIPFAE (Work In Progress Forever And Ever), and I ...

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January 13, 2019
Bloc B1 from Accroquilt

Here is the block B1 of the Caswell quilt.

Voici le bloc B1 de la courtepointe Caswell.  Mauvais éclairage lors de la prise de la photo.

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January 8, 2019
Tuesday is a Great Day for Needle-Turn Applique! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Oh my gosh, you guys -- I had the BEST time at my needle-turn applique workshop on Saturday!  Not only was it a healthy slice of heaven just to relax and sew with no distractions for an entire day, but I also went to lunch with some wonderful, funny, and incredibly talented quilters who invited me to join their quilting bee.  Their monthly get-together was yesterday, which gave me another three hours to relax and continue working on my applique block with other women who share my love of quilting.  I am floating on a cloud of sunshine, sparkle dust, and ...

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December 17, 2018
I am Enough Quilt Along update from A Ditchin' Time Quilts

We're already on our 6th block.  This one is the scallop border.  Our 5th block was the trip around the world.  Love these patterns.  I am using my mom's old fabric stash so everything in this quilt was her fabric.  She passed away 5 years ago so none of this fabric is new.  Every time I look at these fabrics, I remember something she made before.  It gives me such happiness.  Love Love Love.

Boris is helping!

Check out Havel's Sewing Blog for their wonderful sewing tools and batting! 
There you can find this pattern, designed by ...

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November 29, 2018
Of Thanksgiving Travel, Needlework Memories, Embroidery, and Applique from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hand Embroidered Pillows Made By My MIL circa 1959
Hello, my lovelies, and happy belated Thanksgiving to all of you in the States who were celebrating this week!  We've just returned from spending the holiday in Florida with my husband's family.  L-O-N-G drive, but well worth it.

More Needle Turn Leaves...
I shoved my Frankenwhiggish Rose needleturn applique project into my suitcase before we left and managed to get some leaves cut, prepped, and stitched down while visiting with Bernie's family, and couldn't help but notice striking similarities between my mother-in-law's throw pillows on the ...

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November 18, 2018
Bloc A2 from Accroquilt

I prepared a lot of pieces with that technic (freezer paper technic), last summer, ready now to be appliqued,.  That's why I'm so fast to sew the blocks now.  It's a pleasure to see them once sewn.  I've sewn all the stems on all the blocks, and all the leaves on all the blocks, and now, it's turn to flowers, birds, butterflies, etc. one block after another. 

L'été dernier, j'ai préparé beaucoup de pièces pour mes blocs avec la technique du papier congélation dont voici le lien (papier congélation).  C'est pourquoi mes ...

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November 10, 2018
Bloc A1 from Accroquilt

That is my first block of a new project.  Caswell quilt,  30 blocks of flowers, birds and butterflies.  

Voici le premier bloc de mon nouveau projet.  Caswell quilt, une reproduction d'un tapis de laine des années 1835.  C'est en suivant un groupe Facebook dédié à cette courtepointe que le goût m'est venu de faire cette courtepointe.  Une autre belle aventure captivante qui débute.

À la prochaine!

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Secret Garden WIP...progrès from Accroquilt

I'm back with the Secret Garden quilt, Esther Aliu's pattern.  Ready to quilt the center block and I will sew together the borders of that center.  I use the Marti Mitchel's technic to quilt my pieces. She wrote a book for that technic (Machine quilting in sections)  That's why my top is not all sewn for now.  I have  scrappy background fabrics for the treillis.  I have a lot of creme tones and want to use them. 4 different fabrics in each square.

On fait des progrès avec la courtepointe Secrets de mon jardin, d'Esther ...

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November 7, 2018
Next project...Futur projet... from Accroquilt

Here is my new hand applique project.  The Caswell quilt.  I've received by mail my pattern and I'm ready to sew.

Voici mon nouveau projet pour travailler à la main.  J'ai fait venir le patron et suis prête à préparer les pièces, tel que je le fais pour les appliqués, soit avec le papier congélation.

Celui-ci sera plus varié, au niveau des couleurs.

À la prochaine!

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November 4, 2018
For the last time...Et pour la dernière fois... from Accroquilt

I'm a little sad to think that this was the last day I worked on this quilt. She has been my companion almost every day for the last three years,  mentally if not physically. On the other hand, how proud to have reached the result that I see.

On the first picture, the last stitches, sewing the bias border.

Je suis un peu triste de penser que c'est la dernière journée que je travaille sur cette courtepointe.  Elle a été ma compagne de presque tous les jours ces trois dernières années, physiquement sinon mentalement.  Par contre, quelle fierté ...

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October 15, 2018
The last flower pot... le dernier bouquet... from Accroquilt

Here is the fourth bouquet for the Secret Garden Quilt,  designed by Esther Aliu. It was a 2017 mystery quilt.  I'm now ready to go back on work with this quilt.  

Voici le 4ème bouquet de la courtepointe mystère 2017 Secret Garden, d'Esther Aliu.
Je suis maintenant prête à reprendre l'assemblage de cette courtepointe.  Tous les blocs à coudre sont terminés.  Il y a eu le chat caché, la chaîne cachée, la clé cachée et maintenant on aperçoit le cadenas.
Cependant, je trouve le cadenas bien ordinaire.  Peut-être vais-je rajouter quelques éléments de broderie pour lui donner ...

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October 3, 2018
Travel Finds... from Nestlings By Robin

When we travel sometimes there is a tad bit of extra time to visit a shop or two and see if any treasures need to come home with me.
I am always on the lookout for old (older than these) blocks for my new "FABRIC COLLABORATIONS" Workshop.

These were found in Texas and the sweet Victorian carriage print was just too sweet to pass up.  With the 3 blocks, I can get 6 full squares that will be put with a different fabric and some applique:) Stay tuned!
When we went to Chicago this past summer, one of our stops ...

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