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May 15, 2021
That's it for the Red and Yellow Squares from Fret Not Yourself

For what it's worth... it's never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. 
There's no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you've never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life ...

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April 28, 2021
Improv Hourglass Quilted from Fret Not Yourself

Things get bad for all of us, almost continually, 
and what we do under the constant stress reveals who/what we are.
~Charles Bukowski


Inner borders benefit from SID (stitch-in-the-ditch) to keep them straight and that's what I did first here. But what to do next? The improvisationally cut hourglasses don't lend themselves to diagonal stitching although straight lines could run vertically. That's one of my default quilting designs. 

Then I recalled the quilting design on kawandis. It's a simple squared-off spiral from the outside in. And usually hand quilted. Starting at the outside meant ...

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April 23, 2021
Handy Dandy Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Handy Dandy quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Handy Andy is a traditional 19th century quilt block. It’s sometimes called Footstool or Mrs. Jones’ Favorite. And, truth be told, it’s ALWAYS made with bajillions of tiny pieces. (Bajillions!) 

But don’t worry! You can count on Jenny to make it easy!

The Handy Dandy quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Using 2.5 inch precut strips and our beloved Clearly Slotted Trimmers, Jenny whips up scores of little half-square triangles and hourglass blocks without breaking a sweat. Best of all, the leftover scraps become a piano-key border! 

We’re calling this charming jelly roll quilt Handy Dandy, but whatever the name, this pattern is an ...

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April 20, 2021
Improvising My Scraps from Fret Not Yourself

Community does not necessarily mean living face-to-face with others; 
rather, it means never losing awareness that we are connected to each other.
~Parker Palmer


Cleaning out every corner of my house has been a salutary lesson. For some reason there are stacks of squares neatly packaged in different shoe boxes. Six-inch, 5.5", 2.5", and 2". Who knows why now. And why in the world are these blocks half an inch different in size? I tried to simply toss the larger ones into the scrap bag but instead pulled out chunks from the bag and cut them into ...

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April 9, 2021
Brenda Riddle's "Sophie" collection ships to stores from Carried Away Quilting

Brenda Riddle’s new “Sophie” fabric collection has finally shipped to quilt stores! Sophie is the sweet pink and green collection that I used for my newest quilt pattern, By the Hours. With delicate florals and cheerful gingham prints, "Sophie" is perfect for a baby quilt or any spring sewing project you may have in mind.

My By the Hours pattern is a two-for-one, as it includes instructions to make both the baby quilt and the coordinating nursery pillow. The quilt finishes at 38 1/2” x 44 1/2” and the pillow finishes at 16 1/2” square.

Fabric ...

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January 19, 2021
New pattern: "By the Hours" baby quilt and coordinating pillow from Carried Away Quilting

Several years ago, I made a simple patchwork quilt of five-inch squares for the new granddaughter of a dear friend. I was tickled to learn that the baby’s mother was using this quilt to track her daughter’s growth!  Each month she took a photograph of the baby on the patchwork quilt, documenting how she stretched in length. This was this inspiration for my newest quilt pattern, By the Hours.


I’ve always loved the simple beauty of the Hourglass block. The name alone, indicating passing time, makes it fitting to use in a baby’s growth quilt. In ...

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January 15, 2021
A Block Pile from Wedding Dress Blue

While I was home with Covid, I also wasn’t sleeping as much as I might have hoped (at least at night). I needed something to do.

I had wanted to try THIS idea from Cluck Cluck Sew.

And now I have a big pile of blocks.

Layout coming next!

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August 11, 2020
Farmhouse Flannels II: Detailed list for Hometime quilt from Carried Away Quilting

After releasing my new pattern, Hometime, I received requests for the details on which fabrics I used for my sample quilt. You know that I used the new Farmhouse Flannels II collection by Primitive Gatherings for Moda, but I didn’t list out each SKU number. Since that fabric collection is now available in stores, I thought I’d share that information with you!

Listed below are the fabric requirements for the top and binding of the Hometimequilt, along with the particular SKUs I used. The Moda swatch page for Farmhouse Flannels II is also helpful!

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August 4, 2020
New pattern: Hometime from Carried Away Quilting

Earlier this spring I shared a graduation quilt I made using the new Farmhouse Flannels II collection by Primitive Gatherings for Moda. The colors in this collection are warm, earthy and masculine, and the prints include an assortment of traditional plaid, stripe and houndstooth. It’s the perfect collection for a striking guy quilt! When my son saw the quilt I had made, he piped up and said he needed a new quilt too . . . and out of the same fabric! That is music to a quilting mom’s ears, isn’t it? I was so inspired by Luke’s request ...

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May 13, 2020
Rock That Quilt Block – Hourglass from Quiltwoman Blog

A couple weeks ago designers Linda J. Hahn and Deborah G. Stanley had us ROCKING the Country Crown Block. (In case you missed is the link). Today we will be ROCKING the Hourglass block!

Rock That Quilt Block: Hourglass by Linda J. Hahn

By putting a twist on a traditional quilt block you can create an unlimited amount of fun, possibilities, and creative quilt designs. See how simply changing or adding a color can give your quilts a completely different flavor!!

This book features 72 pages, three bonus designs, and a resource guide. Linda provides cutting calculations to ...

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January 27, 2020
Working the Border from Fret Not Yourself

"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard a work worth doing."
~Theodore Roosevelt

Last week the black border didn't add anything to the conversation but the quilt still needed more contrast. I pieced more hourglasses with some black added to the pink and blues for the border then spent a while laying them out. This arrangement makes a striking zig zag but is much too strong for the weak center. {I'll have to remember it for another time.}

Zig zag border arrangement

Black to the outside and pink ...

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One Improv Hourglass Quilt Finished from Fret Not Yourself

"It has been said that patriotism is not a frenzied burst of emotion, rather the quiet and steady dedication of a lifetime." 
~ George H.W. Bush

After three weeks this "quick and simple" baby quilt is finally done. Wow, that's too long but it turned out well.

Improv Hourglass quilt 

Since my machine with the working walking foot was in for repairs I had to use FMQ only. No SID around the sashing. I tried using a ruler to make straight lines a quarter-inch inside the sashing with mediocre success. The lines wobble but worse is the way the ...

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January 7, 2020
Using the Hourglass Prompt from Fret Not Yourself

"Green is not simply a new form of generating electric power; it is a new form of generating national power - period."
~ David Rothkopf

For a change I'm starting the AHIQ prompt right away. {Although I should be finishing the Square Deal or Tethys Waves, they were put away when company came and you know how that breaks the rhythm. A new project pushed its way to the front of the line.} The previous hourglass quilt was rotary cut; this time I wanted to try an improv variation from Cultural Fusion. It seemed like a relaxing and quick{er} solution ...

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November 19, 2019
Pastel Hourglasses from Fret Not Yourself

"Today there are those who travel by sea to new lands, hoping for a new life. 
They are likely to find themselves locked up or locked out.... 
How would all our lives be if the original [European settlers] were sent back?"
~Kathy Doughty

A niece is expecting her first child and decorating in very soft pink, green, grey, and white. The quilt needs to be finished before the baby shower. Time to get cracking. I purchased this charm pack a while ago for a specific reason. After making a quilt with brights I wondered what it would look like in ...

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