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August 12, 2019
Featured Battgirl // Emily Tindall (Homemade Emily Jane) from Quilters Dream Batting






When I was 19 years old my grandma taught me how to quilt. It was the summer after my freshman year in college and I was staying at my grandparent’s house for a few weeks. During the time I spent with them, we pieced a whole twin size quilt top! I later had my local long-arm quilter do the quilting for me.

I love that quilt to pieces, especially for what it gave me – the love of quilting AND an amazing hobby to deepen my relationship with my beloved grandma. I never really stopped quilting after that first one ...

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May 17, 2019
Lifesaver, My first quilt pattern from Zarkadia Quilts

I can’t even describe how excited I am to have my first pattern out and launched in my Shop.

It was something that I needed to dedicate myself to, and I finally managed to organize myself enough to try it, and surely continue!

Bowtie quilt pattern
Lifesaver Quilt Pattern

The Lifesaver quilt is based on the classic Bowtie quilt block, and is using a two-block design to make a whole quilt. I wanted to incorporate a type of “signature” in my quilt designs, and the 16-Patch block seamed like a good idea at the time. And it still does. You can find ...

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April 7, 2019
Tips for Mitered Quilt Binding from Carol Lyles Shaw

Like most quilters, I use a mitered edge on my quilt binding.  I’ve tried several methods for getting that angle corner correct.

Here’s a tutorial on a method that I tried a few days ago that worked out pretty well.

I cut my binding strips fairly wide–this one is 2-1/2″.  It’s a pieced binding using fabrics from the quilt top and back.   I turn and iron a 1/4 inch edge –I’ll use that when I hand sew the binding to the back.  As normal, I sew the binding strip to the front of ...

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February 8, 2019
My Swoon Quilt from Zarkadia Quilts

The last UFO

It’s starting to be really embarassing to say when a UFO (unfinished-quilt) started. I know many of you have more than 10 unfinished quilts or projects, but this is just not how I work.

And it gets very frustrating for me to keep unfinished stuff. But it happens all the time, I just keep them in low number. In 2018 it actually was one. Yes, one. And it was my Swoon quilt, which I have been dragging it from town to town since 2013. 

But since 2018 was practically a hand-quilting year for me, (I also ...

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July 29, 2018
Sam's Teacups from Urban Quilter

Sam's Teacup Quilt, 2018
Many years ago when my sister got engaged I made her a quilt as a gift. It was 63 teacups from a pattern in Say it With Quilts.  After I made the quilts for my sister and I from our Mom's clothes there was still quite a bit of fabric left so I decided to make my niece Sam a quilt like her mother's from some of the fabrics. The quilt is machine pieced with hand-appliqued cup handles and is hand quilted. 

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May 14, 2018
Rotating quilt, an orange peels quilt from Zarkadia Quilts

An Orange Peels Quilt Pt 2

This quilt started as an attempt to make my first applique project and my first queen sized quilt. We were going on vacations for almost a month, and I needed a new to-go-project. Applique was on my bucket list of techniques to learn, and an orange peels quilt was the easiest project. It was always meant to be a gift, so my thoughts where to do my best with this one. I chose some of my favorite fabric lines, and started cutting fat quarters and leftover fabrics.

Quilt Process

Hand applique, machine pieced, handquilted ...

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April 25, 2018
I am still here! from The Root Connection

This morning as I was sipping my tea I thought of this blog once again. Well, I often do but today I feel like writing a few words. Six months is long enough break.. I think.

Looking back at past six months..

Amy and I had the best time in India. If you follow either of us on IG @therootconnection you must have seen many pictures of our amazing trip to India. I took hundreds of pictures but here are few just for today.

Trip to the local market

City Place - Lord Krishna Room

Sharing our life stories with new ...

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February 2, 2018
Mary's Forward Progress: January end from Urban Quilter

My oldest UFO. still in progress
I completed quilting all the checker-board squares in my January project which was the goal. There were about a dozen unquilted squares. There are a ton of rectangles to be outline quilted next, a few are done but many are not. I did find that I made good progress on this while watching TV, so keeping the project handy where the TV is might be the key to making more progress on this.

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January 6, 2018
Mary's Forward Progress: January Start from Urban Quilter

Project #11 on my Making Forward Progress list is the Irish Chain quilt. This quilt top was pieced by my great-great grandmother (probably in the 1930s) and when my grandmother died (1987) I inherited it along with several finished quilts and some other tops. At that point I had never quilted, but decided to give it a try and began hand-quilting this top. I quite liked quilting and have made lots of my own quilts since then. The hand quilting of this huge quilt has never gotten finished though. The very next step to move this project forward is to ...

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December 3, 2017
Alison Glass Mini Quilt #2 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Looking thru my blog draft posts, I realized that I never posted another piece of my Alison Glass Mini Quilt Swap story.  So here it is….

I was in an Instagram Alison Glass Swap. My Swap Mama asked me to be an Angel and make a mini for one of the team because their original partner unfortunately had to drop out at the last minute.  I had about a week to make and ship it.   OK…I said to myself, I can do this! 

I wanted to make this the second in the series so that the design would relate ...

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June 9, 2017
Perfectly Imperfect from Sew French

  Our family’s penchant for making, and appreciating, art comes from many places. There is no doubt these two ladies had an influence in that department. These two sweet ladies are some of the strongest women I have ever known. … Continue reading

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