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November 17, 2017
Wholecloth, Batiks and Hexies from Quilting & Learning

It's been a busy week since the last post. I've made some progress on a couple of projects, including starting a new one.

November's Learning Quilt-A-Long

My goal for November is to create a wholecloth quilt from each different batting being tested. In some of the projects, the FMQ follows the design on what will be the backing.

For this first piece, I began by quilting on the silk batting. Last month I had quilted on the cotton-wool batting first, so the silk batting felt very thin in comparison. This time, the silk batting was great.

FMQ ...

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November 16, 2017
An Update From My Sewing Room… #7 from 3and3quarters

Oh boy, it sure has been a while since I last did one of these posts! I couldn’t even remember what number edition I’m up to! </p>
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November 8, 2017
More learning and updates from Quilting & Learning

For the October Learning Quilt-A-Long, I made and quilted 4 improv pieced blocks using different batting.

I've had a chance to bind, wash, air dry and iron them - it's made quite a difference, but unfortunately, not easily seen on the images.

Here are the results:

Log Cabin block after washing

Log Cabin block

The Log Cabin block was made using Warm 100 Cotton with 100% cotton scrim

X block 
X Block after washing

The X block was made using Hobbs Tuscany Collection silk and fine polyester (90%-10%) with resin bonded.

Half-Square Triangle block
Half-Square Triangle block after ...

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November 5, 2017
come and gone . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Can you believe we're already into November??  How did that even happen?! And did everyone that needs to, fall back an hour? 
I know that a lot of people don't like the time change ... and *I* don't enjoy that we switch back and forth, but I do love the return to standard time! Oh -- and don't forget to change your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide batteries! (nod to Sarah!)

October was a fun and busy month. I feel like I got a lot accomplished, too. I finished two Christmas quilts and designed (or rather, resized) two ...

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October 11, 2017
More goals...Really? from Quilting & Learning

After posting my October Learning QAL Goal Setting Post, I decided that I was going to skip joining more goal setting posts....well, that seems to have lasted a whole 5 days!

I can't help it - I'm a planner by nature :-) I like having some idea of what I want to work on, but that I'm not bound by. The only firm obligation I have this month is the Art with Fabric piece which is almost finished. I will be writing a pre-post a couple of days before the event of Wednesday, October 11th.

This beautiful lady ...

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October 4, 2017
a mixed bag . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I did some VERY BADLY needed organizing and deep cleaning in the Nook two weekends or so ago, so I've been able to spend snatches of time as they come along, working on an assortment of projects.  One of those is actually two of the same piece, mostly, which I created as a gift and then did another for a swap.  It hasn't been gifted yet, so I'll just show a little intriguing bit . . .
Ha!  In another week or so I'll share it in its entirety and by then I may have made a third one ...

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October 3, 2017
Coming Home From Romania from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

This post is a continuation of our trip home from Romania back in June.
We stopped just long enough to say "hello" at the nursing home.

And then we were off to the airport to fly to Germany. We spent the night at the Regent Motel in Munich.

I spotted this sewing machine just inside the lobby.

I made good use of the 10 hour flight home hand stitching on my hexie quilt.

What a lovely welcome. These grands came to surprise me for my birthday!

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September 26, 2017
Falling In Love With Sewing Again from 3and3quarters

It’s no secret, this year has freakishly flown by, eating up time like it’s no bodies business. And my poor sewing machine has suffered as a consequence.

Also, not gonna lie, my motivation to sew and be creative has taken a bit of a hit too. So with all of that combined, not a whole lot of movement has been had in my sewing room this year.

But recently a few projects have come to hand to make me dust off the sewing machine, dig out my rulers and cutters and get sewing again.

In my last post ...

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September 24, 2017
Blogger's Quilt Festival from Quilting & Learning

Blogger's Quilt Festival
The Blogger's Quilt Festival is on now and hosted by Amy's Creative Side. I learned about this blogging event last year. I'm very happy to be participating in it today.

If you're a blogger and not familiar with the event, go to Amy's Creative Side and check it out! (see Related Links below),

We get to submit up to two separate entries, in posts for quilts that we made in the last year. It's not an easy choice to make but for my first entry I chose my Sweet Memories ...

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September 23, 2017
♫♪ i'm baaaa-aaaaack! ♪♫ from Count it *all* JOY!

I had a lovely time with the Panter crew in Irvine . . . lots of hugs and snuggles and kisses and laughter and good times. I hated getting on the plane, on the one hand, and leaving that precious family behind, but on the other hand, it felt good to be home and to sleep in my own bed and be surrounded by my Merkel girls and my sweet husband. Conundrum.
I'll share more about my visit, complete with pics, later.  For now, I really want to share whats going through my brain on the hexie train!

This past Thursday night ...

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September 22, 2017
Lots of projects! from Quilting & Learning

After the hectic pace of the end of August and the new Learning QAL Goal Setting post, I needed a break. I've been slowly working on many projects - mostly those with deadlines as well as the required procrastination project.

Art with Fabric Blog Hop - Fall 2017

This year's theme is Mother Earth, also known as Gaïa.

I just happen to have a lovely reproduction statue of a beautiful Pre-Columbian female figure from Colombia, South America. I'll be writing more about this beauty in a post just before my blog hop date of Wednesday, October 11, 2017. In ...

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September 21, 2017
Hexie Pillow // Fragile Fabric from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends, I am excited to share with you my newest creation – a Hexie pillow featuring the new line Fragile by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic for Moda. I am always a big fan of Brigitte’s color palette, she […]

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September 18, 2017
Stash report September 17, 2017 from Making A Lather

I went to a REAL quilt store with Linda friend. and a bakery. and a pizza place.
These fat quarters were in the dollar bin. I thought they were fun fun fabrics.

I loved the happy words on this neutral.

I thought this would make a cute back section for one of my Grandchildren.

I am hunting a country tan color of thread for my longarm for all the civil war type quilts that come in to be quilted. I really like this brand of thread, but I usually have to order it online. I couldn't decide which color ...

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September 17, 2017
Halloween Hexies from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends, This weekend I am having a huge sale getting ready for Fall! Enjoy 20% off using code: fussycut on items in the shop. This sale runs until Monday September 18th. PDF Patterns Printed Patterns Fussy Cut Acrylic Templates […]

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September 13, 2017
How do Folk Do This Every Year? from Midget Gem Quilts

We have the decorators in. The whole house is being painted inside and out. Nothing complicated. I am not only the Queen of Sheba, I am also the Queen of Magnolia. I have a good friend, Mary, who is the Cointreau Queen but that's another whole story. All our walls are painted magnolia, as our ceilings. No feature walls for us.

I know magnolia paint has become a bit of a joke. It is boring, it is bland. "it doesn't reflect my personality". Rubbish. Magnolia gives a calm restful background. It makes the rooms look bigger. The light ...

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Hexie Mania from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

In my Instagram world, English Paper Piecing and hexies are really hot right now. 
There are so many interesting new designs coming out and I know of at least four sew alongs that are centered on EPP and/or hexies. 
I certainly enjoy the process!  I'm a hand baster and find that stage of it quite soothing.  

However, I need to remain practical and not cave into any of the sew alongs right now.  I have two large unfinished hexie/EPP quilts in progress and starting another project would only take time away from each of them.  So I ...

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August 7, 2016
Running Out of Blue! from Hayling Quilts!

You know that saying that you can't have too much fabric? Well, it's true. Despite me having a large (ish) case of fabric in all colours, I seem to have run out of blue fabric!

Is this possible? Yes. Because it has to be a specific blue, with a small print pattern that won't clash with what I've already got or used. And considering blue is one of my preferred colours, I'm amazed to find that when I searched through my stash, I only had four different types of blue.


So, unfortunately (hah!) I ...

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July 29, 2016
Hexi Madness! from Hayling Quilts!

As stated in the last post, I promised to show you my hexies that I had got started for my Dropped Diamonds Quilt, designed by Tacha Breucher.

The first one is the first full hexi block in pinks/reds. This is as big as any of the blocks will get and I only needed to make one of these. The second, smaller, blue one is just the start of two blue blocks I need to make, that won't be so complete. They miss a few hexies in the corner, where the border will interject.

I'm thread basting my ...

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September 23, 2014
Multi-Tasking, Thanks for Asking from Major Thoughts

This is not a pattern. These are shapes.
I am all over the place.  Depending on the outside temperature I find that during the shoulder season I need something to work on in different rooms of the house.  On cool days the upstairs sewing room is best. I'm cutting in to an old, hurt quilt and making a teddy bear.  I had to find a new pattern because while I saved the directions and the pattern envelope from my old (and I do mean old) pattern, the pattern itself went missing. I love a crisp, new pattern. I cut ...

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