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July 26, 2019
Sewing ✖ Orange Peel from Charm About You

This is the stack of quilts I took to Leicestershire and Rutland Guild, where I was invited to give a talk and teach a workshop. It's always exciting and slightly nerve wracking for me to visit somewhere new. All the ladies that weekend were so welcoming and it was great to arrive on their Area Day at the end of last month. It began with everyone working on their own projects and there was a wonderful show and tell. I really enjoy seeing peoples creations and hearing stories of how it was made. Sadly I didn't take pictures ...

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Dear Jen and the Peacock Party from Wendy's Quilts and More

I've finally made a few more blocks for my Dear Jen quilt.  This is a mystery quilt being run by Jen Kingwell from Amitie Textiles.


Very wonky, I know.  

A total of 18 blocks have been released so far.  I made the first 6 quite quickly, but fell behind on month 2.  However, I decided that I'm probably not going to make every block anyway, so I picked my favourites from months 2 and 3 and made these blocks.

I'm hand piecing my blocks.  Some people are machine piecing, some are English Paper Piecing, but I'm ...

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July 20, 2019
Do you want to fill in the skill gaps? Learn to quilt? Make a pumpkin? from Pat Sloan's Blog

Today I have not one but TWO cool things today. Tips for Block #2 of Witch's Night Out Sew Along and The Ultimate Beginners Quilt Along!



Join me, the Fat Quarter shop and a group of designer friends to make a basic beginner quilt.

WHY should you join?

  • Are you self taught and never learned to read a pattern? I'll teach you how while we make this quilt
  • Has it been awhile since you made a quilt?  Do you feel rusty on new tools and ways of doing things?
  • Have you only followed a video to make ...

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June 29, 2019
Granny Smith in the wild! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Another quilt done!  Done, done, done!

Yee haw!

I'm always on the lookout for a place to take photos of my quilts and this spot has been on my list for a couple of years now.  This is on a bridge on our cottage road.  There will be more quilt photos taken here, so be prepared to see this spot often .... until the snow flies.  LOL

I so wanted to capture the beauty of this spot.  How about my quilt on the rocks?  Jeesh ... that sounds like a drink!

While I was busy snapping photos, my sister was snapping ...

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June 20, 2019
Mariner’s Whirl from Quilt Obsession

Where have I been? I’ve been around but had nothing quilt-related to write about or photograph. Thankfully, something finally jolted me out of the creative doldrums!

Mariner's Whirl IMG_2908wtmk

It’s called Mariner’s Whirl, which is a Jinny Beyer design (Beyer 382-12) for which three sizes of Inklingo collections (12″, 16″ and 20″) were released. That was what really got me back to working on projects but – surprising myself completely, I chose the 20″ collection to make first. I have ideas about making something with the 12″ size as well, but I wanted to play with the largest size.

And it ...

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May 10, 2019
Dear Jen - the first 6 blocks - plus the Peacock Party from Wendy's Quilts and More

Here are my first six blocks of Dear Jen by Jen Kingwell.  Each one is 6" finished - so quite small.  There's going to be six released every month for 12 months.

At first I thought, "Oh, there's only six, and they're small.  This won't take long".  Then I spent a couple of hours just cutting out the pieces and thought, "Wow!!! There's a lot more to these than meets the eye".

I'm hand piecing my blocks.  I wouldn't call myself a master hand piecer, but mine are satisfactory.  Some people are trying to ...

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April 22, 2019
And a Million More… from a daily dose of fiber

Last weekend I hoped to be teaching a workshop using equilateral triangles, but months ago when as I was choosing dates, I did not notice that it was Easter weekend. (I needed 3 people and had 2!) It was another pattern/class I had offered before and was not enamored with. For the class sample I sewed these pieces together in an impressionistic way. It was fun to play with the colors and values but not practical for students with no fabric stashes. I ran out of steam sewing them but I will get back to them one day.

While ...

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April 4, 2019
Typecast Blogging Tour: the Letter D! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Today I’m participating in the Whole Circle Studio Typecast Blog Tour! My friend Sheri Cilfaldi-Morrill has designed a super cool alphabet for you to piece with English Paper Piecing. She sent me the letter D for Day and here’s what I made:


I’m still on my dupioni silk kick and pieced this letter with a combination of silk and cotton. Turning the silk over on the paper pieces template was pretty easy. The paper is nice and stiff so it holds the shape even when working with thicker fabric like silk.


Once I pieced the letter, I ...

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April 1, 2019
A Thousand Tiny Stitches… from a daily dose of fiber

… and the development of a quilt class!

Although I have been quiet here for a long while, I’ve been busy. I finally decided that I’d like to offer some quilting classes at the art center where I volunteer. Developing new classes of any sort takes a lot of time, energy and thought, but even more so when the samples are hand sewn. I finally got myself in gear and have offered several workshops at Greenville Center for Creative Arts  and much to my delight, most have had enough students to run! I wasn’t at all sure – at ...

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February 28, 2019
February 2019 OMG from Quilt Paint Create

My One Monthly Goal for February is to complete the first four blocks of the Hand Pieced QAL and start on block five. Here are the first four blocks.
hpqal b1to4I stopped hand piecing the blocks while constructing block two. I wasn’t enjoying the process. I do like the quilt though and decided to continue making the blocks by machine.
I changed one of the blocks, maybe #2. I also changed #5 to a different star block.
I’m having lots of fun working with the black, white and pink fabrics. It’s a very different color scheme for me ...

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February 22, 2019
Confession Time from Quilt Paint Create

Here is block two in the Hand Pieced QAL.
hpqalb2I changed it from the block in the tutorial. Most blocks in the quilt are a 4×4 grid, but the original block two was a 3×3 grid. You see that a lot in sampler quilts, but it bothers me. I like the blocks in my quilts to have the same grid pattern and flow together nicely. I kept the feel of the original block within the 4×4 format.
I also switched to machine piecing about half way through the block. I was plodding along by hand and realized ...

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February 19, 2019
Dance of the Poinsettias Progress from Quilt Obsession

Can Can Front, February 18, 2019 IMG_2730wtmk

I’ve now added ten of the 10-point stars to my version of Can Can, now Dance of the Poinsettias. I’d finished the little pink units I showed in my post on Friday and had actually already added one before I remembered to take the progress picture.

Can Can Back, February 18, 2019 IMG_2728wtmk

The back after pressing.  I’m grading the seams right away which helps when pressing.

The next round requires ten  large 10-point stars. I need to make a total of 16 more large 10-point stars for the entire top and I may — I haven’t decided this yet — make all 16 before ...

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February 17, 2019
Sunday Stash February 17, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions on how to organize and declutter my sewing space. Everyone had such good ideas. I started working on it yesterday and will post more about that later. With a few small changes I find it easier to spend time there.
Hopefully that will start translating into some fabric usage.
Work continues on the Hand Pieced QAL blocks. I now have room to start stitching together my Creative Play piece. With snow in the forecast today, it will be a good day to stay home and sew.
Fabric Added: 0
Fabric Used: 0
How ...

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February 15, 2019
Hybrid Piecing from Quilt Obsession

Pink Unit IMG_2750wtmk

I need to make 10 of these for the next round of my Dance of the Poinsettias – which is now the name of my Can Can quilt, thanks to a comment left on my last post!

I really am enjoying making this top but I wanted to see if I could speed it up with some hybrid piecing. This little pink and white unit is perfect for that.

Machine pieced pink skinny diamonds IMG_2733wtmk

The centre two skinny pink diamonds are machine pieced.

Machine pieced white large diamonds IMG_2731wtmk

As are the pairs of two larger white diamonds that are on either side of the unit.

Pnk unit laid out for hand piecing IMG_2734wtmk

The piecing that’s left to ...

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February 12, 2019
Detour!! from Quilt Obsession

I had great plans to stay completely focused on Can Can/Poinsettia and was making progress. I really did.

But there was a new Inklingo collection for a block called Starry Path that was seemingly destined to throw me off course. There had been photos like these of it on the Inklingo Facebook page for a few days that were very intriguing, but I thought I could resist.

Then the 6″ Starry Path collection was released and — well, it looked like such a fun block to sew and those fabulously skinny points were really calling to me. For a few ...

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February 10, 2019
Sunday Stash February 10, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

From this point forward it goes without saying that my numbers haven’t changed.
I finished the first Hand Piecing QAL block yesterday.
hpqalblock1It took way longer than it should have. Stitching it at night in my recliner wasn’t working out. Yesterday I sat in my sewing room at my sewing table, and it went much better. I needed room to spread out and better lighting. I’ll cut the next block today and take it to work to stitch at lunch The penguins will stay home and become my evening project.
I’m not sold on hand piecing ...

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February 2, 2019
February 2019 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

It’s that time again.
Last month I finished both the Old and New projects.
I’ve been in a bit of a creative funk. I’m not sure how that will impact what I get done this month. I find February and March to be difficult months, when all the gray and cold drag me down. I can see the appeal of wintering in the south.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, and creative play/design. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories ...

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January 28, 2019
Hand Piecing: it’s “pieceful” from Repro Quilt Lover

Do you like hand piecing? Are you interested but never gave it a try? I’m seeing more interest in it lately among quilters, especially on Instagram, so I am going to be doing a series of posts encompassing topics such as my current hand piecing projects, favorite blocks for hand piecing, using it for complicated piecing, different template methods, fun storage for projects, and why we are interested in slow stitching in such a fast paced world.

For the purpose of what I hope will become an ongoing discussion, I want to distinguish between “hand piecing” and “hand quilting ...

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January 20, 2019
Sunday Stash January 20, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

Still no change in the numbers.
I picked fabric for the Hand Piecing QAL that starts tomorrow. You still have time to join the fun. All the info is at Elm Street Quilts and Simple.Handmade.Everyday.
hand piecing qal fabricI know I pulled way more fabric than I need. I seem to have an endless supply of black and white fabrics. As I pulled out one piece after another I wondered why I had so much of it. What was I thinking buying it all? This isn’t even all of it, but I had to draw the line somewhere.
Right now ...

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January 7, 2019
Can Can/Poinsettia Assembly Line from Quilt Obsession

Can Can IMG_2631wtmk

Odd title, isn’t it? Once I had this much of the top together, I knew I was committed to making it. So it really did end up feeling rather like an assembly line for a while over the Christmas break as I printed everything I need to make my version of Willyne Hammerstein’s Can Can  quilt from Millefiori Quilts 3 and then got everything sorted into boxes. I’m thinking I may call my version of it Poinsettia as the red, pink and green with white make me think of poinsettias, although that could well be because Christmas ...

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