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January 19, 2018
Quilt crossings from Love Laugh Quilt

This quilt just returned home  
from a traveling exhibit

I'm happy to now hang her up in MY house!

It is very minimalist and contains
LOTS of recycled even some "ancient" fabrics.
I say ancient because the OLD old muslins
I included are stained and probably
100 years old.

I LOVED adding that element to this quilt!

The old fabric gives this quilt a quality
that Joanns just couldn't.

The hand quilting adds so much TEXTURE!

Hand quilting.
Old fabric.
Piecing scraps together.

Just SOME of the reasons I LOVE to quilt!

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January 18, 2018
Perfect Quilting Weather from Quilting Studio Adventures

It's been below freezing with snow and ice and wind chills.  It's January in Chicago.  We work hard to walk, even if it's not outside - the hospital, shopping centers, driving to town (which is 0.5 miles) to walk on the shoveled sidewalks.  Our old stucco bungalow is not well insulated and drafty.  So, working on hand-quilting under a quilt is a perfect way to spend an evening.  This scrappy napping quilt is almost finished - I love using No. 8 Perle cotton and a wool batting - look how gorgeous the texture is.  But now?  I need to ...

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My first pattern: ‘Scrappy Cushion’ from Granny Maud's Girl

A year ago, I picked up a length of bright blue pompom trim that a local guild member was destashing. The trim was the starting point for this bright and scrappy cushion, which I English paper pieced.

Scrappy cushion (pillow) pattern by Granny Maud's Girl

A length of pompom trim was the inspiration.

You too can make your own version of this cushion because I saved all the templates I drew and collected them into my first pattern!

Scrappy cushion (pillow) pattern by Granny Maud's Girl

My first pattern is finished!

I have had a couple of patterns published in magazines, but this is my first stand-alone pattern. I am not sure whether I am excited ...

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January 8, 2018
Holiday Sewing Part 2 - Liberty Hexies pillow from Wendy's Quilts and More

You didn't pick me as a Liberty person? You'd be right.  I'm not really, but I saw some precut Liberty hexies at the Strawberry Thief stall at the Sydney Quilt Show, and thought I'd give Liberty a try.  I knew I already had 1" hexagon paper pieces at home.

There were 80 hexies in the packet, so I mixed them up with a bit of metallic Cotton + Steel and made a little pillow.  I hand quilted the front piece with a simple line down the centre of each row.  I used Aurifil 28wt because of the ...

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HQAL --- hand quilt a long from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

I am still working on the dreaded pink and green quilt.

So far I have done three blocks today...and hope to get another block or two quilted by the end of today.  EDIT:  I did a total of 4 blocks on Sunday.  Now there are only 15 more blocks to be quilted.

I thought I would show a closer view of the quilting as well as showing some of my tricks.

To get straight lines without making actual marks on the quilt I use masking tape.

For this quilt I am using a wide tape (shown below) and also ...

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January 7, 2018
Hand Quilt Along…hmmmm…. from a daily dose of fiber

Hand quilting is slow and steady work. And when you match the quilting thread to the background as I usually do, it is very hard to see. In last month’s post, I told you that I have divided the quilt into quadrants so that I can see the progress I am making. The center of the quilt was done when I pulled it out of the closet. I have completed this quadrant – can you see the line I drew? (I just discovered that I can mark up photographs with the new High Sierra upgrade…)

Now I will be moving ...

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January 4, 2018
the hand quilting frame-up from Frayed Edge

When Bob and I were visiting my mom for Christmas, we got to help her set up and mount a new quilt on the frame for hand quilting.  This is going to be a "big boy" quilt for Jack, who is now 3.  It's larger than a standard queen, so she needed new poles that were longer.  They are standard bannister railings from the lumber yard.  
I'll see if I can kind of lay this out in steps for you.  You don't find instructions for this sort of thing very often, she does it all by memory ...

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December 23, 2017
Two Quilts for Two Sisters: warming the heart with hearts and chains from Nita Dances

Dear Vi,

Last spring I made two quilts that I haven’t shown you yet, and since it’s getting close to the end of the year, and considering these are the only quilts I finished in 2017, I thought maybe I should get their pictures posted!.

The quilts were made for two adult sisters in my family.

I wanted the two quilts to share common elements while also speaking to the personal tastes of each sister, so I chose a versatile pattern: the Irish Chain with hearts.

The first quilt is made with sweet floral fabrics for a soft ...

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December 19, 2017
Start small from Repro Quilt Lover

Lily block with hand appliqued triangles and squares on the white corners.

I've been thinking about getting back to blogging because there is a direct correlation between the time and effort I put into my own sewing and my number of blog posts.  If you look at the last post, you will see that I haven't written anything since November 2016.  And there were only a handful of posts for the years before that.  I blame Facebook.  And Instagram.  Especially Instagram.  So many of my blogging buddies have abandoned their writing for the instant gratification of a Facebook ...

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December 18, 2017
HQAL. . . . next verse same as the first! from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Well, I did not get to post yesterday because we had our guild Christmas/Holiday party.

I am still plugging along on the pink/green quilt that really, really, really needs to be finished this year.

The person that this was originally being made for is no longer in the area so once it is finished I will have to figure out what to do with it --- it is not in my color scheme, and it is too large for my bed.

I do have some charity options. . . will just have to see if one of them pans out.

Please ...

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December 17, 2017
HQAL – the dog ate my homework! from a daily dose of fiber

What follows is my December Hand Quilt Along report:

One afternoon I took the quilt up to the studio and fussed with it. Years ago I  pin basted it in order to machine quilt it and then decided to hand quilt it. When I decided to hand quilt the top, I should  have then thread basted it…but was lazy. The pins do not hold the three layers securely enough, so periodically  I have to smooth all the layers and re pin it. I put the whole bundle in my evening chair fully intending to quilt it that night. And ...

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December 16, 2017
Quilting the Vintage Log Cabin from Pink Doxies

Hand Quilting a Vintage Log Cabin Quilt

It's December, and everywhere I go I hear coughing. Deep, gripping coughing. There's a rotten cold going around our area, and I'm two and a half weeks into it. I did my duty of self-care, and canceled the monthly sewing group. I rested, t.v. binged, and quilted. Still, a dry cough just hangs on. This one is a doozy.

Small Stitches in Perle Cotton No. 8

I imagine I am close to halfway through the quilting now. It hasn't been an exercise in perfection, but that will only ...

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December 8, 2017
WIPs and some flowers from Wendy's Quilts and More

Well, it's December again and I'm trying to finish a couple of small Christmas quilts so I can have them out on display before the 25th.

First up is my "Flocks by Night" by Wendy Williams.  I really enjoyed doing the wool felt applique on this quilt.

But I wasn't happy with one of the wonky stars, so I finally took it out last night and changed it.  Then I basted it, so now I can hand quilt it.

My Holiday Patchwork Forest is almost finished too.  I made it from a pattern designed by Amy Smart ...

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December 1, 2017
Friday Follies! from Humble Quilts

Happy December! Wow! I can't believe this year is almost over. 
I got the center star quilted and took some photos so I could have a chat with my friend about possible quilting ideas for the frame. My original thought was to go circular but I was pretty sure marking it accurately would be difficult and it wouldn't look humble, just poorly done. 

I took 2 photos hoping the quilting would show up in at least one photo.  Kathy helped me solidify a decision and you lovely quilters will have to wait to find out what I decided ...

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Petal Vines from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Well, here it is ..... DONE!  Doing the happy, happy dance. The hanging was washed and blocked on a piece of sytrofoam to dry in front of the fireplace.  Such a lovely wall hanging.  This hanging will go so well with my other summer quilts.  Love, love, love it.  I tried to get the look of the hand quilting on an angle.  A closer shot of the hand quilting.  A really close look of the

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Midnight at the Oasis by Jen Kingwell from Wendy's Quilts and More

My thoughts about the Midnight at the Oasis quilt changed completely when I saw Jen Kingwell's quilt in the Tutors Exhibition at our national Quilt Symposium in Christchurch.  (It looked a lot better in real life than it does in this photo.)

I'd heard people talk about how hard it is to make this quilt, but with my newly acquired hand piecing and hand applique skills, I think I could do it if I really wanted to.

I stood and studied Jen's quilt for quite some time.  There are so many different fabrics in it, and set ...

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November 29, 2017
Vintage Quilt from Arkansas from Humble Quilts

 I showed a small section of this quilt the other day and a few asked to get a closer look. Today the weather was perfect for photo taking outdoors.
I purchased this humble quilt from a friend's sister because the style didn't really suit her decor. It came from Arkansas and it looks to be from 1890-1910's. That fan quilting is amazing and I even used it to make a fan quilting pattern for myself to use on another quilt.

The back has faint signs of feedsack writing. This is the clearest section. 
It appears to say ...

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November 27, 2017
Almost done from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Just another foot to go on hand quilting the border on this quilt and this part will be DONE!  The binding has been cut and ready to go .... and the sleeve to be sewn on ..... and the label ..... and washing and blocking ..... Pretty soon you will be able to see the whole quilt.  Yippee! Have a great day!

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November 26, 2017
Hand Quilt-Along Progress…. from a daily dose of fiber

…very little! Has it been three weeks already???

I started hand quilting this top some time ago and then I put it in my “quilt top” cupboard. Often I wrap the threads I am using in the unfinished project, but I did not this time, so I had to take some time to match the thread. I am stitching in the ditch around all the flying geese {sigh}. In the more open spaces, I marked a little leafy pattern, which I will have to inspect to reproduce it. As I complained mentioned in the previous post, the fabrics are all ...

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November 22, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving! Celebrate with Free Shipping on my Online Shop! from Bobbins 'n Threads Sewing Room

 We will be having a quiet Thanksgiving here in the Michalak household.  Lots of food and probably some binge watching tv...and hand quilting and knitting for me.  We have both been working really hard and will take the day off and rest.  Well...if cooking is resting.  ;)

We had the Machine Maintenance Day
on Friday and Saturday and it was a huge success.  Thank you to Chris from Blakeman's for working so hard on the machines (we had 25, including a longarm!) and to Kara at Quilt Essentials for helping to advertise it.  I ...

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