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November 18, 2021
It's Always Better To Have the Prep Work Behind You from Quilty Folk

I've been busy, busy. Trying to get lots of applique prep done over the last weekend while my daughter was away on vacation. It was waaay past time to pull out Coronacrazy and just get moving on it. While the centerpiece has been done since January, the only thing accomplished since that particular push was the foundation work for this applique border. Letting it sit around and gather dust was only making me feel guilty and even more apprehensive about how it was going to turn out.

Will have to stitch down the corners later
The thing is, the ...

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October 31, 2021
Dressing Up - a modern tile qal from Sew Sunshine

"Dressing Up"

Modern Tile Pattern by Mell Meyer 

27"x 27"

made from upcycled textiles  

hand appliqued shapes on all the blocks

hand quilted with big stitch in med gray

I used all black or black gray textiles. I have always wanted to do dark on dark and thought by making this pattern smaller I could accomplish it and keep my sanity. Sewing with dark thread on blacks requires lots of natural light for me. 

As you can imagine with the different textiles - denim, shirting, slippery shirting, skirt weight and stretch denim it was a challenge. Some areas have really ...

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October 17, 2021
Welcome to the World Sweet Grand Babies! from Sew French

Our lives will never be the same! We welcomed two sweet new grand babies into the world this month, #5 and #6! Identical girls and they each came in at just over 5 pounds and are healthy and strong! They … Continue reading

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September 25, 2021
A Little Bit of Applique and A Brand New Completion! from Quilty Folk

First things first, right? This past week has been for working on the Crazy Daisy blocks. Finally got the petals totally sewn down.*Whew! Thought that might never happen! Then it was time to cut out the flower centers. The bright citrussy greens just hit all the right notes so here they are, sewn onto the flowers by machine. No reason not to sew them raw edge style as the darker brown arches will be hand sewn down directly over the tops.

Crazy Daisy Blocks almost finished up!

Those arches are already cut out and ready to go. Gotta get ...

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September 12, 2021
Raw Edge Whimsical Appliqué Mini Quilt Pattern from Craft Gossip

This free appliqué mini quilt pattern from Felicia’s World is absolutely charming.  It is ideal for anyone who loves doing appliqué.

Because of its size, 15 1/2″ x 17 1/2″, it is not a project that will take too long.  Look closely and you will see that along with the appliqué shapes there are yo-yos too.  I love that!.

Wouldn’t this be an adorable gift for a friend or family member with a new house?  Standard quilting and appliqué tools are needed. In the tutorial you will find a link to the pattern as well as ...

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September 3, 2021
How to Do Freezer Paper Appliqué from Craft Gossip

Stumped on how to do freezer paper appliqué?  This helpful tutorial from Simone Quilts has detailed instructions on the best way to do it.

With a detailed list of supplies needed and step-by-step photos of the entire process, you will be an expert in practically no time.  Her technique makes it easy, even curves, like the ones in the heart shape pictured.  If you are an appliqué fan, you know that curves can be tough.

The other thing that can be difficult are tight concave and convex areas.  This tutorial has that covered too.

There are a number of ways ...

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August 20, 2021
Ballet with Kaffe = Fireworks from Wendy's Quilts and More

Everyone loves a good fireworks display, so I've decided to call my Ballet with Kaffe quilt, "Fireworks".

Fireworks by Wendy Welsh

I'm so pleased that this quilt is finished.  I love it, but it did take me a few years from start to finish. There were times when I thought I might never finish it. In the end I drew a line on my pattern and decided to stop piecing at that line.

I started this quilt in June 2017, and I finished it in February 2021.  That's almost four years!!!

The Cotton + Steel floral fabric on ...

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August 18, 2021
How to Make a English Paper Pieced Wagon Wheel from Craft Gossip

Just looking at all of the scrappy goodness in these english paper pieced wagon wheels from Red Pepper Quilts will put a smile on your face.  They are so bright and happy!

You can make them too with her tutorial.  You will find step-by-step instructions for making this little gems.  Also included are gorgeous photos to help you along the way.

English paper piecing is one of those fun and addictive hobbies that is also a great scrap buster.  This wagon wheel is a unique shape that will look wonderful on its own or in an entire quilt.

You will ...

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July 7, 2021
10 English Paper Piecing Projects from Craft Gossip

More and more I see pictures of these beautiful and intricate english paper piecing projects.  From bags to large quilts it seems like they are everywhere.  We’ve rounded up ten tutorials to get you started on your english paper piecing journey.

  1. This tutorial on how to make your own english paper piecing papers will help you get started.
  2. The Missouri Star Quilt Company has a handy video and article introducing you to this fun method.
  3. For a fun project to start with, check out this sweet little mug rug pattern.
  4. Temecula Quilt Company has some lovely english paper pieced ...

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May 25, 2021
How to Hand Quilt – Free Tutorial from Craft Gossip

Learn how to hand quilt with this blog post from Homemade Emily Jane.  Hand quilting is a tradition that had been quietly going away.  With fast results being the new norm, and longarm machines that can do incredibly detailed and beautiful designs, folks don’t seem to have time for hand quilting anymore.

There is something extremely satisfying about hand quilting.  It may take a while, but when finished,  the hand (feel) of the quilt is quite different from a machine quilted one.

This article takes you through ten steps to have you hand quilting in no time.  From how ...

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May 23, 2021
Projects and more from Elaine Adair Pieces

Still here - just busy with projects, perseverance and a little procrastination.  I'm yakking a lot today!

This kaleidoscope was supposed to be a hand-quilted project, a calming, introspective, thoughtful time of my life.  Nope - wasn't happening.  Problems with manicured hands and long nails,  trying out a Grace stand-up quilting frame, no-fitting or lost thimbles, out-of-practice me, 10 thumbs getting in the way, running out of time, all happened, and this morning after another 2 hours of hand quilting and being unhappy with the result, I am changing my mind and will machine quilt it -- not sure of how ...

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April 30, 2021
Slow Quilting and My Favorites from From Edge 2 Edge

Here is my current (and VERY OLD) slow quilting project. I thought I had lost the thread I was using to quilt but joy of joy I found it behind a box. I have decided that I will be working on this during TV viewing and other times when I just don't want (or am unable) to sew on the machine.
I love Corticelli thread for hand quilting but unfortunately they are no longer in business. The good news is that I still have a pretty good supply of it in various colors AND I don't do that ...

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April 27, 2021
Crumb Quilting from Samelia's Mum

More is more, right?

I put together a patchworky rainbowy panel with the crumb blocks I was playing with the other day. You can read about it here.

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April 24, 2021
Hand Quilting Time from Quilty Folk

It seems to be all that I can do to work in a just a little bit of hand quilting time lately. Life is just busy, busy for us right now! My brain is missing the relaxation of hand work so much, but what do you do?

Sweet Hospitality in the hoop

I couldn't decide how to stitch the pineapple quilt until one day it occurred to me to try the freehand 'hills' look again. Really takes the pressure off to do something amazing with it, but as usual, I was on pins and needles until finishing up the ...

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April 23, 2021
A Homespun Finish from Needle and Foot

This quilt has been in process for quite some time. I finished the quilt top last March. The piecing was quite fun – I used two different charm packs from Benartex that both had a vintage feel to them. After sewing a 2 1/2″ wide strip to the top of each one, I sliced the block in 1/2 and flipped one side upside down. That gave me the rectangular blocks you see here. To add some size to the quilt, I sashed between rows. Finally I added a deep purple border all the way around.

I knew I wanted ...

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April 9, 2021
NEW Decostitch Element Colors from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Welcome back, makers! I hope all of you have been thrilled about a new collection release every Friday here at AGF, it’s been a crazy few weeks but what can we say? We’re crazy about fabric! Today’s release is a little different because we just expanded our latest blender fabrics: Decostitch Elements by adding more colors!

Introducing, Golden Earth, Lilac Dusk, Pink Powder, Peach Whisper, Coral Rose, Skyline Blue, Teal Fog, and Subtle Sage; our 8 NEW COLORS!

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If you don’t know what blender fabrics are, I highly suggest reading my blog post about all Art ...

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April 7, 2021
Hand Quilting .... holy cow! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

 LOL .... did that title of this post catch your attention?  Yes, I'm going to be doing a bit of hand quilting.  Only on small projects.

Like this small 24" x 24" wall hanging.  Yes, you can't see anything except for a glimpse of something beneath my stencils.  Why?  

This hanging is for an quilt exchange that I'm participating in with Humble Quilts.  The exchange is now closed with 70 swappers and I have already received the name of the person that this hanging will be going to.  Our work can be showed, but if the recipient reads ...

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March 30, 2021
A Low-Volume Hand-Quilted Finish! from Quilting Studio Adventures


A bundle of low-volume Japanese imports are the basis for this quilt, with a couple of additional fabrics from my stash.  It is backed with an Art Gallery fabric (so soft and slidey), batted with wool, and hand-quilted with Nol. 8 Perle Cotton.  

 I started quilting this February 19 and just finished it March 29.  It takes 6 - 8 weeks to quilt something like this.  It is 70" x 80".  

As I started quilting with an off-center spiral and did a couple of rounds, I decided to throw quilter's caution to the wind and just quilt this willy-nilly, changing ...

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March 29, 2021
concrete garden quilt from Charm About You

I am over the moon with this finish! It's been a long time coming... it began it's life in 2016 when I created the central hexagon and my wonderful Bee A Brit Stingy friends made bee blocks. They each made a square and a triangle block. My brief as 'queen bee' was asking them to use the background fabric I sent, along with a mix of cheery fabrics and create geometric blocks for the squares and triangle blocks made up of triangles.

The starting point for all our bee blocks was a central panel in the shape of ...

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March 25, 2021
What's Stitching? from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Over the course of the last two weeks, Teri shared about the first installment of our Village Wanderings project that she taught at the Academy of Appliqué. Much to my dismay, I (Kara) was unable to make the trip to the Academy this year, due to travel restrictions here in Europe. We did a little stitching session via video, but it wasn't quite the same. Although the lockdown is quite restrictive here in Germany, I have been keeping the stitching home fires burning for future projects, and today, I thought I would share some little picture hints of what ...

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