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June 19, 2017
Woof! from the confused quilter

Recently the Mini Quilt Trading Swap Flickr group held a swap with the theme Village, Town or House.  What a great theme!  This swap was a secret partner round, and I lucked out and got my dear friend Leslie's name.  Oh, I was so excited!!!  

Took me a little while to decide what to make for her, but there was a happy dance when I settled one something.  As I was paging through the book Houses by Yoko Saito I found a dog house pattern--I knew I'd hit the right idea!  Leslie has a beloved Irish Setter named ...

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June 11, 2017
Last corner...Le dernier coin... from Accroquilt

For 6 months, I worked on Disney Princesses quilt.  Now, top is done and is ready for machine quilting.  I'm back to my Baltimore Garden Quilt to finish the top.  On the picture below, you'll see the last red arcade to hand applique and I'll add some flowers with stems on  the 4 corners.
Soon, I'll post a picture of the entire quilt.  It's really beautiful.

There's a blog about that quilt at that link

And I need a name for that one too.

Depuis janvier dernier, je travaillais sur la courtepointe des Princesses ...

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June 4, 2017
Circling circling circling from Adventures in Life

we just returned yesterday from an overnight boating journey which turned into 6 days ... although not well prepared to spend an extra 4 days away i did take enough sewing to last until the final day which we spend fishing
i have been spending my evenings and car/boat time hand appliqueing circles onto low volume 6 1/2 squares ... these are some of my finished squares for our trip ... i am finding hand stitching to be very relaxing not to say how portable it is
 we spend most of our time tied up at Gorge Harbour Marina on Cortes ...

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May 29, 2017
Introducing Microquilter! from Quilted Joy

Superior Threads recently introduced an awesome new thread called Microquilter. Microquilter is a 100 wt super-fine polyester thread. It is the same weight as Kimono silk (also made by Superior Threads) and Wonderfil Invisafil thread. Microquilter is available in 30 colors including lots of neutrals. Microquilter comes in 3,000 yd cones and is priced at $11.50 per cone.

MicroQuilter Thread quilted on wholecloth
Quilt sample pieced and quilted with MicroQuilter thread by Elizabeth Kodner for a class taught by Judi Madsen.

Microquilter is a very versatile lightweight thread. In the longarm world, its obvious use is for small, dense fillers. It’s perfect ...

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May 21, 2017
Orphan Block Quilt – – – Finally Finished from a daily dose of fiber

I certainly do not win awards for finishing projects in a timely fashion! After starting to quilt The Orphan Block Mash Up quilt, I quickly lost interest and it sat under my Sweet Sixteen machine for months. Languishing… it was started over a year ago. Fast forward to the present : I have a growing stack of quilt tops waiting to be quilted, so I have spent the last two weeks getting it done.

I am not thrilled with it. My quilting is not great so I will not be showing you a close-up. But as I have told students in ...

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April 5, 2017
April UFO from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

In an effort to finish up some of my older (and neglected) UFOs, I am participating in the APQResolution UFO Challenge.  At the beginning of the year, I made a list of 12 projects and each month, American Patchwork picks a number, and that is the project you work on for the month.  You may not finish your item but hopefully you at least make some progress on it.

So far this year, I have scratched 3 items off my list!

For April, the number 11 was pulled so I will be getting this project out and dusting it off ...

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April 4, 2017
Quilt Show and other stuff from SueLynn Designs

Hi all.

I was finally working on my quilts for the quilt show, making some progress in early February.  I went to a new doctor and he put me on some fancy new medicine, a once a week injection.  It helped my blood sugar alright. I was so sick the first week, but since I was also taking antibiotics for an infection, I thought they might be interacting, so at the end of the first week, I took the next dose. Oh boy, the new meds took care of the high blood sugar alright, I was so sick I couldn ...

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March 15, 2017
ABC Sampler from Humble Quilts

My applique is getting more primitive the more I do! 

  This is M- for Mother. There was a lot I didn't like about this one, but when it is all assembled it won't matter much. 
I appliqued the heart block and added it to the K-L-Q-R section. One one of the samples I'm using for a guide it has the alphabet stitched in here and one was plain- I went for the plain one! I can add the year and my initials later.
Getting it all to fit is a real hit or miss challenge.

See Karen ...

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March 5, 2017
2017 – Tesserae from Lotus Cove Quilting

It’s finished. It has taken much time to complete the applique, assemble the quilt sandwich, do the quilting, bind the quilt, and add the embellishments. I began hand quilting it, but realized that the stiffness of the tiles made it difficult to hand stitch, so I switched to machine quilting.

Quilting Between the Tiles

Quilting Between the Tiles

I only quilted on the background (“grouting”) and just enough to keep the layers together. On this quilt, there was no room for quilting as a design element. My Viking’s “in the ditch” foot was perfect for keeping within the lines.

Completed Tesserae

Completed Tesserae

Embellishments ...

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March 1, 2017
A Little Fabulous Finish--Hexagon Mini Quilt from the confused quilter

The Mini Quilt Trading Swap group just finished a round with Hexagons as the theme.  This swap had secret partners, so no one knew who was making the quilt she would receive.
This is the little quilt I made for my partner Rita. 

Connecting is about 13 inches square. The 1 inch hexies were made from three colors of Kona cotton.  The background is a Lakehouse print, the binding is Me & My Sister for Moda. 

The design idea came from a pillow on the Sew4Home site.  It makes me think of our swap group, all the colorful pieces connecting together ...

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February 24, 2017
I ain’t doing that!!! from Lisa H Calle's Blog



When I began quilting, I chose fairly subdued fabrics.  I had a tendency to lean towards blues, browns. burgundy’s; and gravitated towards material that displayed busy prints.  Oh and the busier the better; bring on the BUSY for this designer.  Over time my quilting journey has me constantly evolving, and I’ve discovered new likes and dislikes.  Those super busy prints that I was a fanatic about has lost it’s luster.  I now find that my choices in fabric has followed a new path.  I am now drawn towards materials that possess bright colors and has me wearing ...

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February 16, 2017
Quilting Basics 14: Fun with Hand Applique from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Last week we learned how to piece a Pointy Eight Dresden Plate and I secured the Dresden Plate to the background block by machine with a straight line of stitching all around the edge.

While this is certainly a faster way to applique, many quilters commented and emailed us to ask about hand applique so I've created an extra Quilting Basics video just for you!

I use very simple tools for hand applique - scissors, a thumb thimble, needles (#9 sharps) and thread. All of these tools are ...

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February 9, 2017
Impressions Orange Peel Templates: a giveaway with Fat Quarter Shop from Carried Away Quilting

Today seems like a great day to announce a fun giveaway with Fat Quarter Shop! In December I received their fabulous Sew Sampler box, and it included a set of Impressions Orange Peel Templates. That was the nudge I needed to begin my first orange peel quilt, and I’d love for one of you to win a set of Impressions Quilting Templates too!

To backtrack just a bit, I want to add a disclaimer.  I am not a hand applique expert . . . by any means!  But I do love hand binding, and I have been longing to do more hand ...

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February 5, 2017
Baltimore Garden quilt blocks are done...Tous les blocs sont terminés... from Accroquilt

There you go! All blocks are now sewn. There are only a few flowers to apply on the 4 outer borders.  Most of the flowers are already sewn.  
What an adventure! 21 months to have fun with this quilt, almost full time. Two other projects were created during this period. A quilt has already been given to its owner and the other is ready for machine quilting.
Meanwhile, I took a course for handquilting. I wanted to make this Baltimore Garden completely by hand. If I loved doing the appliqués, handquilting such a large quilt intimidates me a little and ...

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February 4, 2017
Update 5 – 2017 Tesserae from Lotus Cove Quilting

I’ve paused adding new tile pieces to Tesserae to make some corrections to earlier work. About a dozen tiles that seemed crooked, misplaced, or wrongly colored were pulled and changed.

Adjustments to Tesserae Tiles

Adjustments to Tesserae Tiles

This photo shows where several tiles were pulled to be adjusted. From the back, you can see the Peltex interfacing forming the stiff body of each tile. I used the numbered pattern pieces to assure that the tiles went back where they belonged. And yes, there are that many tiles – in fact nearly 350 – in the quilt.

Based on the mosaic “Eden” (c) 2012 Kathy ...

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January 29, 2017
Winter Blues - January Update from Quilting Artist

I know a lot of you have had the winter blues this year with lots of snow.  My heart goes out to you living in the northwest who seem to not be getting a break from the snow.  Fortunately (don't say it!) we have been very lucky here in the northeast with very little snow thus far. 
But what I mean by Winter Blues here are some of the projects I have been working on the past month.  I seem to be working with a lot of blue.. must be the season.  I hope to get the binding on ...

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January 24, 2017
Update 4 – 2017 Tesserae from Lotus Cove Quilting

Progress continues on the appliqued tiles for “Tesserae.” About 2/3 in place, with the end in sight.

Tesserae Progress thru 1/23/2017

Tesserae Progress thru 1/23/2017

I have combined some tiles in the original design and left some off to leave room for embellishments.
Based on the mosaic “Eden” (c) 2012 Kathy Thaden.

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January 21, 2017
Running In Circles from From the Strawberry Patch...

Years ago I had a friend who would say she was running so fast she had to run in circles to keep from taking off. That's the way I have felt lately, simply trying to stay abreast of my day-to-day activities as well as catch up with all of those back-burnered projects from last year. The Quilty 365 is one of those, being sufficiently inspired to join the group, albeit late, it's one more

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Running In Circles from From the Strawberry Patch...

Years ago I had a friend who would say she was running so fast she had to run in circles to keep from taking off. That's the way I have felt lately, simply trying to stay abreast of my day-to-day activities as well as catch up with all of those back-burnered projects from last year. The Quilty 365 is one of those, being sufficiently inspired to join the group, albeit late, it's one more

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January 20, 2017
66° Nord - A finished quilt from Luna Lovequilts

I started this quilt as part of a Quilt-A-Long hosted by Cécile at Patchwork Inspirations and Béa at Une aiguille dans une botte de foin I joined in last year. You can read the original post here.
J'ai commencé ce quilt dans le cadre d'un Quilt-A-Long organisé par Cécile de Patchwork Inspirations et Béa de Une aiguille dans une botte de foin auquel j'ai participé l'année dernière. Vous pouvez lire l'article original ici.

Luna Lovequilts - 66° Nord quilt - Amish Grace pattern

I thought it would be easy to find a quilting design for this project though I hadn't really a clear idea ...

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