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April 21, 2017
More Half Pickled Ladies from Quilt Obsession

The final eight half clamshell pickles are done – so now it’s time to start sewing them on to the top. But first, here are the final eight.

I was happy to find so many of my floral fabrics had flowers small enough for all the clamshell pickles, including all the partial ones. Some very small.

Some quite a bit larger.

Some light.

Some darker.

Lots of roses, large …

… and small.

Another light one.

And one of my favourites.

Now that all the half Pickled Ladies are done, it’s time for lots of curved piecing and continuous stitching as ...

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April 19, 2017
Half Pickled Ladies on the Side from Quilt Obsession

I had made the little strips of triangles for the side halves of the Clamshell Pickles a long time ago and they’ve been sitting waiting, all this time, for me to finally get the fabrics chosen and half Pickled Ladies printed for each one.

All that was left was some nice curved piecing to add the little strips of the triangles to the half clamshell pickles, which went very quickly, and all the ones needed for one side are now done.

Using the window template made it very quick to find fabrics that worked for the side halves. The ...

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April 17, 2017
It’s Monday! from 120 Blocks

Just thought I’d drop by to update on my weekend progress. Nothing terribly exciting, but some progress nonetheless. First up, since the BTN provided us with some spring football (and we all know that football is the best time for hand piecing), La Passacaglia got a little love. I completed the first of three Rosette …

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Half Pickled Ladies from Quilt Obsession

Yes, I know it has been a long time since I blogged, but I have been busy sewing all this time. This post will be a bit short on words, but there are lots of pictures.

Part of the piecing has involved finally getting the Pickled Ladies top to the point I needed to choose fabrics for the edges so that I’d have a straight edge before I start attaching the borders.

So I began with window templates for the top and bottom pieces.

And window templates for the two sides.

Six and a half hours later, after auditioning ...

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April 15, 2017
Saturday Stuff from 120 Blocks

First and foremost, if you are reading this before 11:59 pm EDT on Saturday, April 15, you still have time to enter the giveaway. Just click here, follow the directions and use the Rafflecopter widgets. Now, I just thought I’d update you on a little bit. DD seems to be feeling better although certainly not …

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March 28, 2017
Kentucky Stars from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

It has been a while since I last worked on this project.  The hand quilting was 3/4 done.  So, a few weeks ago out it came and I've been busy working on it since.  Before I knew it the quilt was done! Then a bout of stomach flu got in the way and so it sat for five days.  Once I recovered from that, the binding was done a little bit at a time. When I got tired and needed to stop and rest (

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January 26, 2017
Next up from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

The next top up for hand quilting is this wall hanging. A close-up of what has been done so far.  I did do small machine quilted meander in some parts of the centre.  I do like the effect it gives.  For me, there is no problem combining both machine and hand quilting together in the same quilt. My goal is to get this hanging quilted before the end of February.  That is doable. I'm linking to

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January 9, 2017
Carousel Quilt - Work in Progress Part 1 from Red Pepper Quilts

Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I am hand piecing. And no-one is more surprised than me! If you had told me at the beginning of 2016 that I would start and finish an English paper pieced quilt (the Daisy Chain Quilt), start a second English paper pieced quilt (the Wagon Wheel Quilt) and then decide to try my hand at hand piecing I would not have believed you. It's all happening.

Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

This is the Carousel Quilt ~ a pattern by Sandra Boyle. I first saw the Carousel Quilt at a local quilt show and immediately fell in love with it. However when I saw that ...

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December 27, 2016
plan together ~ Mrs Keller and Carrie from Charm About You

I have been quietly hand stitching in the evenings and have finished a couple more Farmer's Wife 1930's Sew-along blocks. Both of these blocks were hand pieced, to see my hand piecing tutorial click here.

#69 Mrs Keller
As someone that doesn't do well with change, I really admire the author of this letter for her determination and acceptance of the fact that her and her husband needed to return to the farm. "I was determined that I would go to that farm and like it, in spite of myself". The grey Carolyn Friedlander print represents the ...

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December 2, 2016
Unplugged from Let's Begin Sewing

'Her quilts are like a prayer...'  said about the work of Judy Martin

While randomly browsing the internet I came upon a write up about the work of Judy Martin, fiber artist extraordinaire (an article that I can no longer locate) and this is what the author said of her work. I immediately looked her up and she talks about slow contemplative and meditative quilting on her blog. I was intrigued by the concept and decided to give this a try. 

Using the reverse appliqué dot tutorial on her blog, I dived into my scrap bin and picked out some ...

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November 28, 2016
Clam Chowder from Quilt Obsession

I know, I know – I said I’d try to blog more often. Well, at least this time it hasn’t been over three months since I last blogged. In fact, it’s just under two months, so maybe I”m getting a bit better at blogging a tad more regularly.

What have I been doing? I’ve been totally engrossed in piecing clamshells.


The obsession began with this  – a Clamshell Rose block. It measures 14″ and is destined to be the cover for a piecing book. I think I may just have enough of the red to make a ...

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November 10, 2016
the urge to sew ~ Mrs Fay ~ Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-Along from Charm About You

I'm back for my turn as a guest blogger for the Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt Sew-along with Fat Quarter Shop and Gnome Angel. Today's block is #68 Mrs Fay.

For this block I went back to hand piecing, I really enjoy it and it is quicker than English paper piecing. To see my hand piecing tutorial click here.

I did manage to goof part of this block while I was sewing it together but it was a simple fix and the block isn't hard if you are concentrating! I found it easiest to piece ...

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October 21, 2016
childish and thankful ~ Marcella and Primrose from Charm About You

A couple more Farmer's Wife 1930's Sew-along blocks that I have finished. I still have quite a few to catch up on... slowly but surely making my way through them!

#56 Marcella
This was such a lovely little story. As a mum to three I completely identify with having to get lots of stuff done but those play times, like "make-believe tea" allow us not only to connect with our children but also to relax and be in the moment. I chose fabrics to remind me of their little tea party and kept it mostly light and bright ...

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September 30, 2016
Ribbon Dance from Quilt Obsession

I know I thought I’d blog more frequently after I got Baby Bubbles done, but — well, the summer was hot and glorious and somehow blogging just went on the back burner.

But piecing didn’t. When I first saw it, I was immediately attracted by the Valse Brillante quilt in Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein.


I made this one block a year ago and knew that I wanted to make a version of the quilt.


After Baby Bubbles was finished, I finally got started on it and last week my version of the quilt was finished. I’m calling ...

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September 23, 2016
Granny Squares baby quilt from Postcards From Panama

Not for any particular baby. I’m just calling all of my small quilts (about 36″x48″) baby quilts. I have a 21 year old granddaughter- so someday they may have a recipient.

Meanwhile it is a good format for trying out patterns I’ve wanted to make. Even though it would have been an easy pattern to sew on the machine it is hand pieced.

There will be 12 squares and I’m planning on a two inch white sashing  and a four inch white border with a wonderful Kaffe floral print backing and binding. It will be custom ...

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Mini from Postcards From Panama

“Tropical Sunshine. The pattern is the two inch Drunkard’s Path from Inklingo. It is hand pieced and quilted by Margaret Gunn. It won third prize. Here it is at home:

And at the show:

The blue ribbon winner was “My Tiny Trip” by Janet Frank.

Second place was “Eye Catcher” by Pat Guildford.

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September 11, 2016
La Passacaglia Progress from 120 Blocks

I feel good about the progress I made during football watching. I got the wreath attached and all ten stars made. That took until after the end of the game. Which is a good thing because I have not yet cut the diamonds to go between the stars in that wreath. I haven’t even chosen …

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September 10, 2016
Beginning La Passacaglia from 120 Blocks

As I mentioned earlier, I did not get any hand piecing prepped in time for last week’s Michigan football game. Yes, I did make a lot of progress going through stacks of magazines and dismantling them, but I wasn’t going to be able to work on those when I drove my DH to his meeting …

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August 31, 2016
Product Review - Bottle Quilt from Daphne Greig

My friend Pat Yamin has been making 'one-patch' quilts for years. She has produced templates for many of the designs and I bought her 'Bottle' pattern and template when I was teaching in Hawaii a couple of years ago. 

I reviewed Marti Michell's templates recently and used some of the same products with Pat's template: 

Quilter's Slip-n-Grips are sandpaper 'dots' with adhesive backing. I put a few of these on the wrong side of each template to prevent slipping as I cut. They are effective and inexpensive insurance.

The other product I used when cutting around the ...

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August 24, 2016
WOW - WIPs on Wednesday - A Day Late from Repro Quilt Lover

Do you ever find yourself needing to quilt?  I mean NEEDING to do it.  Like if you don't somebody might die?  That's where I am this week.  Everyone wants a piece of me, at home and at work.  I usually relax by stitching for at least 15 minutes on an ongoing hand piecing project every evening.  But, this week I have to get up extra early and I'm exercising, which is not something I do.  Should, but don't.  And, it isn't because I want to exercise.  We are doing some car juggling and I'm ...

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