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December 23, 2020
Brave Enough to Dream Quarter Sections Quilt from Tamarack Shack

Now that I'm on my Christmas break I have been playing with a fun fat quarter bundle I purchased from Keystone Modern Creative called Brave Enough to Dream by Dear Stella.  I feel in love with this line because of its northern theme and polar bears.  I added a few brown blender fabrics to the bundle to make it 12 fat quarters and I pieced 3 baby Quarter Sections quilts with the 36 blocks made. 

I made 2 of these quilt using two layers of Dream poly batting and navy Cuddle backing.  I used white So Fine thread and ...

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December 22, 2020
Pedal to the Metal in Simply Neutral 2 from Tamarack Shack

I'm not normally drawn to Black and White quilts but when I saw Northcott's new Simply Neutral 2 line on Keystone Modern Creative's website I had to order it!   I knew that I wanted to make our Highway 10 Designs patterns called Pedal to the Metal with this line as a few years ago I quilted a similar one for a friend that was fabulous.  You can see it here

I recently purchased a new pantograph called Time Warp that is very dense in design.  I hesitated at first with using it but thought this is my ...

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November 5, 2020
Washboard Road by Highway 10 Designs from Night Owl Quilting

Let me introduce you to the newest pattern from Highway 10 Designs - Washboard Road.   
This is the 15th pattern Kathy and I has designed as Highway 10 Designs and we are celebrating with a sale! From now until November 15th all paper and PDF patterns in our store are 15% off!

 This pattern is designed to use your favorite precut fabric. Originally conceived to use jelly rolls, Kathy and I quickly realized that this pattern works just as well with Fat Quarters and even Fat Eighths!  The pattern includes instructions for 4 size options including Throw, Twin, Queen and King ...

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October 8, 2020
Sherry's Embelished Home Quarter from Night Owl Quilting

Sherry used the Highway 10 Designs Home Quarter pattern for the basis of this quilt and took it up a notch by adding an applique panel.  My last two posts also contained Home Quarter quilts, and it still amazes me how much fabric choices change the look of a pattern.

Sherry sent a note along with the quilt suggesting an all over stipple for the quilting design and an outline around the applique.  I know Sherry quite well and I know that she prefers threads that blend, so I suggested treating the border and panel differently than the body of ...

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October 5, 2020
True North Home Quarter from Night Owl Quilting

Kristine made this lovely version of Home Quarter by Highway 10 Designs.  The fabric colleciton is called True North by Kate and Birdie for Moda.  I am looking forward to True North 2 that will be coming to quilt stores later this fall.

Kristine selected the Maple Syrup panto (Perfect right?) and red thread.  Choosing red is always a bit scary as it can sometimes be stronger than you want, but it just enhanced the top. She used a lovely grey flannel on the back and I used a grey thread in the bobbin to match.

Home Quarter is a ...

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October 1, 2020
My Home Quarter from Night Owl Quilting


This is going to be a bit of a unique post.  I made this Home Quarter quilt top, but I did not do the longarm quilting!  I made this top at a Highway 10 Designs retreat earlier this year (remember quilting retreats?) that Kathy and I hosted at Keystone Modern Creative.  The fabric was a bundle of fat quarters in the Libbs Elliot Tattooed North line.  I didn't have a plan for the quilt so it went onto my "to be quilted" stack.

This spring I participated in a quilt-a-long and won a super generous prize of a $200 ...

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August 10, 2020
Cindy's Not Your Mother's Rail Fence 3.0 from Night Owl Quilting

Cindy sent me this crisp Not Your Mother's Rail Fence quilt.  I never get tired of quilting a pattern that is part of the Highway 10 Designs collection.  I know that Cindy enjoys making this pattern as I have quilt two for her in the past.  Check them out here and here.

Cindy thought she was probably going to donate this quilt so she left the panto and thread choice up to me.   I decided to "go for it" with the thread color and picked a bright blue-green that popped on the solids.  The panto is called "Dazzle" and ...

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August 3, 2020
Animal Hugs Quarter Section from Night Owl Quilting

Reneta made this absolutely adorable baby quilt using the Quarter Sections pattern by Highway 10 Designs. Did you know that all you need is 5 fat quarters and 3/4 yard of border fabric to make this top that measures a generous 39" x 45"?!?

Reneta chose the Gingersnap pantograph to complete the look. 

The fabric line that Reneta used is Animal Hugs by 3Wishes Fabrics.  The prints are so cute!


The next time you are in need of a fast and fun baby quilt think of Quarter Sections.

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June 16, 2020
Amy's Home Quarter from Night Owl Quilting

This fabulous lap quilt was made by Amy.  The pattern is Home Quarter by Highway 10 Designs.  I tell you it never gets old quilting a top made from a pattern I was a part of writing!

Amy said the fabric was a pretty Fat Quarter bundle she picked up at Fabriculous, that had been sitting on a shelf tied with a pretty ribbon awhile.  She added a pretty purple linen for the outer border.  Amy was hoping I would have a backing that would work, and my last piece of this beige and caramel Stonehenge was the perfect size ...

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March 31, 2020
King Size Quarter Sections from Night Owl Quilting

This fabulously rich quilt was made by Bonnie.  The pattern is our Highway 10 Designs Quarter Sections pattern.  Bonnie made the King size version with some additional borders and it came out to 102" x 126" - Bonnie has a few days of binding in her future, but it will be so worth it! You can see it on my Queen size bed below.

Bonnie fabric selection was mostly Orientals with a metallic highlight with a mix of batiks and cottons mixed in.  Bonnie selected the "Paisley" pantograph and I used my favorite Magnifico gold thread - 2063 Clover Honey.  It is ...

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March 19, 2020
Audrey's Quarter Sections from Night Owl Quilting

 I had the pleasure of quilting Audrey's version of our Highway 10 Designs Quarter Sections quilt.  Audrey had a vision for this quilt that influenced everything from her color palette to the quilting design that she chose.

Audrey shared that to her the center of the quilt represents the fields flourishing and in fallow.  The outer border is the highway running alongside and the inner border is the ditch between.  After hearing this I knew fancy feathery border was not what this quilt needed!  Audrey opted for the Breath of the gods pantograph which perfectly adds the touch of ...

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March 11, 2020
Minnesota Stars from Night Owl Quilting

I recently had to opportunity to collaborate on a project with Jennifer from Needle Crafts and Studio.  Jennifer got in a great new line of fabric called Forest Jewels from Cloud 9 Fabrics and proposed using it to put together our Highway 10 Designs "Minnesota Stars" pattern.  

I was more than excited to use the palette that Jennifer selected. (I believe Jennifer has just a limited number of kits available in her shop.)

Here are a few close ups of the blocks.

I used a mustard colored thread for the quilting and the Flirtatious pantograph seemed to be the perfect ...

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February 26, 2020
Dawn's Alternate Routes from Night Owl Quilting

I recently had the pleasure of quilting this gorgeous version of our Highway 10 Designs Alternate Routes quilt made by Dawn.  The batiks Dawn selected were vibrant and had great contrast to let all the hard work she did piecing this quilt shine.

The Alternate Routes pattern contains 20 layouts but the possibilities don't stop there.  Dawn and her son who will be recipient of this quilt decided on this layout together after she had made all the blocks.

Dawn asked for Quilter's Dream Puff batting and selected the Ebb & Flow pantograph.  The texture created by that combination ...

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December 22, 2019
Reneta's Home Quarter Lap Quilt from Night Owl Quilting

This is the second Home Quarter quilt that Reneta has completed since Highway 10 Designs released the pattern in October.  She is looking in her stash for more fat quarters to cut up as it goes together fast and is fun to make.

Reneta made the large lap size that uses 16 fat quarters and finishes at 71" x 71".   She pulled a bundle from her stash and added a few bonus pieces.

We used the Gingersnap pantograph and Quilter's Dream blend batting.

This Highway 10 Designs pattern is available in PDF download or paper format on our website ...

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December 18, 2019
Reneta's Home Quarter Queen Size Quilt from Night Owl Quilting

Reneta made this spectacular Highway 10 Designs Home Quarter Quilt.  She had a fabulous bundle of Moda's Grand Canal by Kate Spain languishing on a shelf and decided to put it to very good use.

Reneta used 36 fat quarters to make this generously sized Queen that measures 101" x  101" 

We decided on the Tickle pantograph in a shiny turquoise Magnifico thread.

I'm glad I was able to get some good photos of this quilt, but it wasn't easy!  Most of my day was spent battling the prairie wind.

The Home Quarter pattern is available in ...

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December 3, 2019
Modern Minnesota Stars & A New Website from Night Owl Quilting

Our Highway 10 Designs Minnesota Stars pattern is now available in a paper version as well as a PDF download!  Kathy made new version using modern fabric for Up North Quilt Shop in International Falls and we loved it so much we decided to put it on the cover.

  The original version in Kansas Troubles prints is still a classic, but this quilt certainly lends itself to different interpretations.

Kathy at did the piecing and the quilting on this one.  She did let me offer my 2 cents here and there when sharing pictures via text ...

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November 29, 2019
More and more Roundabout Place Mats and a Black Friday Sale! from Night Owl Quilting

I think Reneta may be the #1 fan of out Highway 10 Designs Roundabout place mat and table runner pattern.  I recently shared her cabin themed set, and today I am sharing two more!  She said she just couldn't stop making them.  I think they turned out awesome!

First up is this set that included the cool seaside word fabric.  I did some ditch stitching between the different fabrics and then a few simple designs in the wider sections.

The second set for today has this awesome combination of fabrics including the boats around the outer edge.

I changed ...

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November 25, 2019
Reneta's Cabin Theme Roundabout Placemats from Night Owl Quilting

 For those of you that have asked if I've been doing any quilting this fall this answer is a resounding yes!  I am dreadfully behind in posting photos as evidenced by the grass and leaves in these photos instead of snow!  I will do my best to get caught up over the next week or so - I think I have at least 10 quilts to share...

First up is the wonderful set of cabin themed Roundabout place mats made by Reneta.  I had a lot of fun quilting the fish in the green ring.  Reneta made these as a ...

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October 14, 2019
Home Quarter by Highway 10 Designs from Night Owl Quilting

It is always an exciting day when we release a new pattern into the world! The latest pattern from Highway 10 Designs is called Home Quarter and is available as a pdf download or a paper copy today.  It is fat quarter friendly and the pattern includes instructions for 6 sizes ranging from lap to king. It is suitable for beginners to experienced quilters alike.

So far we have made Home Quarter in the three colorways you see above and I'll share a little more about each of them.

Our cover quilt is the large lap size was made ...

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October 8, 2019
Minnesota Stars & more! from Night Owl Quilting

I am excited to report that something new landed in the Highway 10 Designs Etsy shop!  Our pattern called "Minnesota Stars" is now available for purchase as a PDF download.  We originally designed this pattern for the Minnesota Shop Hop Northwest Region, but now we are pleased to make it available to everyone.

This pattern makes a nice sized lap quilt and can be a great stash buster.  (Many of the fabrics only require 1/2 yard or less of fabric!)

This pattern is much more traditional than most of our patterns, but sometimes we like to surprise you!

And ...

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