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June 6, 2021
Giving Love Quilt or #7, is complete! from Jan's Quilts


This is the 3rd Giving Love Quilt I've made, you can read about why I made another here.  It's for my cousins' daughter, Ellen.


I love the sunlight streaming through the quilt back.  Below is a close-up of the Dragonfly panto that is my current favorite.


May your bobbins always be full,

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May 31, 2021
Get to know FIGO Fabrics Designer Sarah Gordon from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

We have got a real treat for you today! FIGO Fabric designer Sarah Gordon is on talking about her latest fabric collection Forage, a beautiful mix of teals and magentas with modern florals, fruits and some sophisticated bugs.

And she answers the question of what type of fruit is featured in the collection. I know you all have been dying to know by your comments!

Sarah started her career working in the fashion industry, first coloring fabrics for the new seasons taking her inspiration from the catwalks. Then she moved onto designing prints and later working with partners to found ...

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May 29, 2021
What time is it? from Jan's Quilts


It's binding time!  These six quilts need binding!  Two are queen-size and the others are lap quilts.  I better get busy because my LAQ has six more; three will be ready at the end of June and three will be ready at the end of July.  

This pandemic has really kept me busy making quilts.  I'd rather be creating than binding, but, "Oh, Well"!

 

May your bobbins always be full,

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April 20, 2021
Giving Love Quilt Top, or a #7 Please from Jan's Quilts


Recently I did a quilt giveaway for 4 of my cousins.  I have many cousins, about 50, but these 4 are special.  I sent an email showing the 8 quilts I was willing to part with and asked them to choose 1 or two.  Ginny chose 1, Chris chose 2, Karen picked 3, and I didn't hear from Ellen.  The quilts were mailed off; then weeks later I got an email from Ellen, she'd picked a quilt and didn't hit send on her mail.  There was only one quilt left and I asked if she'd accept ...

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April 19, 2021
HST Zanthia Pillow from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Zanthia copy

Welcome back, fabric friends! 

Today we are featuring one of my favorite and easiest way to create a patchwork pillow, I like to call this one "Zanthia" and if you know about basic half-square triangles, then you'll especially love making this pillow. Once you create the HSTs, all it takes is some cutting and rearranging to complete this look! 

Have fun with your fabric choices too, as for this tutorial I kept it simple by using AGF Pure Solids, but play around with some movement by including some prints. 

Let's get started!

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:

Fabric A PE-421 1 ...

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December 28, 2020
Sunshine Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

 
Remember this little quilt top
I loaded it up and got quilting. 
As a cuddle quilt I didn't want to do any fancy quilting. I used a small meander that should make this little quilt super cuddly after washing.
Machine-finished binding for a quick finish! Don't forget the label.  

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December 14, 2020
Sunshine Half-Square Triangles from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this fabric sitting around for ages. I made a quilt for a workmate several years ago when he and his wife had their little girl. That little girl is now at least eight years old. Time flies. 
I decided to make a bunch of half-square triangle blocks using the 5" charms. This idea came from a talk by Blair Stocker of Wise Craft Handmade during the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild virtual meeting in November. 
I worked on the units during my last quilt as a leader & ender. The units then spent a bunch of time on the ...

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November 30, 2020
Quilt Kit Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 3

Each block got set on point. These blocks measure 17.5" by 17.5". 
Then the block sashing. 
Then this happened. I'm not going to point it out. I'm just going to say it went into a quilt time out for about a day before I got back to work on it. 
Internal borders done. Those little setting blocks are really nice. 
Finished top with the wide outer border. I need more borders in my quilt life. I'm pretty pleased with how this one turned out. It's folded up and in the shop bag ...

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November 23, 2020
Quilt Kit Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 2

 
Block Seven
 
Block Eight
 
Block Nine
 
Block Ten
 
Block Eleven
 
Block Twelve

Twelve blocks. Time for setting and sashing. The easy part was the blocks.  

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November 20, 2020
Deconstruction - Finished! from Becca's Crazy Projects


Super quick today as I don't have anything new to share. I did finish my deconstruction quilt. Now it is bound and ready for washing and gifting.  

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November 18, 2020
Deconstruction - Part 3 from Becca's Crazy Projects

I measured the somewhat wonky quilt top and added a border. If you have many bias edges a border can stabilize the overall piece and ensure you have sides that match and aren't wavy. Trust me, it is worth the extra time. 
I pulled this fun coordinating pink from my collection and made up the binding before I even loaded it onto the frame. 
Ready to quilt!
I went with a teal thread on top and bobbin. Swirls, waves, and some wavy lines for an allover design.
These waves are one of my favorites. 
The lighting on this is ...

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November 16, 2020
Quilt Kit Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

Many years ago I bought a quilt kit offered by Joanne Fabrics. It was a block of the month and I picked up the almost the entire kit at sale prices. I pulled it out of its hiding place and spend the next six days piecing a new block each day. 

Block One
    
Block Two
 
Block Three
 
Block Four
 
Block Five
 
Block Six

I'll continue working through these until I have finished the quilt. It is nice to have something ready to piece on hand. Perhaps I should kit up some for myself using a couple favorite blocks. I ...

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November 13, 2020
Deconstruction - Part 2 from Becca's Crazy Projects

 Monday I shared the beginnings of this quilt. 

It isn't done yet but I did make progress. I pieced several more blocks for a total of 35 blocks. My goal is to make this a quilt suitable for a twin bed or as a throw quilt. 

I played with the blocks and got them pieced together. I still need to add a border to stabilize those outer edges and unify the top. I'm really pleased with how it has turned out so far. So much movement!
Now all I have to do is sort out this mess of ...

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November 9, 2020
Deconstruction from Becca's Crazy Projects

Several years ago another quilter gave me this quilt top. You can't tell from this distance but since the half-square triangle blocks were made with nothing but bias edges it is something of a mess. Points don't line up, stitching missed in more than a few places. Overall, not a good piecing method for beginning quilters. I'm not even going to tell you how to do it because it usually ends in disaster even for seasoned piecers. After pressing I grabbed my Tucker Trimmer III and started cutting 10.5" squares. 
Here are the first few. I ...

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August 14, 2020
Geese at Sunrise, Precut Challenge from Jan's Quilts


I'm still challenging myself to use precuts from my stash.  The focus this month is Jelly Rolls. I have at least 5 more jelly rolls in my stash, so I'll be busy for a while!  The jelly roll I used for this project is called Sunrise Colorstory by Kona Cotton.  The blue fabric is from stash. This measures 45" x 57". 

I have enough of these giant HSTs leftover to make a small baby quilt; I'm leaning toward pinwheels but that's a decision for tomorrow. 


May your bobbins always be full,

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Geese at Sunrise ~ 2, Precut Challenge from Jan's Quilts


This is the layout I chose for the leftover HSTs from the Geese at Sunrise Quilt Top.  I initially thought I'd make pinwheels from the 16 giant HSTs; nope I didn't like that layout.  So I fooled around with the layout for a couple of days, sort of tweaking the design as I walked by the dining room table.  This quilt top measures 45" square.

My "normal" LAQ now has 3 of my quilts to work on, so I'm going to contact someone else about quilting these two.
May your bobbins always be full,

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May 9, 2020
A quilt for Kassia from Jan's Quilts


I have binding to put on 4 quilts, but I've decided to ignore those and start a new project.  My grandson has four half-siblings and only one of those is a girl.  My daughter asked me to make Cassia a quilt of her own because every time she visits my daughter she wraps herself in one of the quilts I've gifted Sharon.  The fabrics I've chosen are charm squares from these collections:

 Gridwork by Christa Watson
 By Hand by Amy Friend
 Front Porch by Cherry Gundry

I thought they all worked very well together.
May your bobbins ...

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February 26, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 3

I'm still working on my Frolic Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I shared previous progress in Part 1 and Part 2 blog posts. 
I was concerned I wouldn't have enough of the green for sashing, but after I cut a few strips of the black I discovered I had just enough.
I'm always challenged by blocks set on point. Not only is there the problem with keeping things from shifting because everything is on the bias, particularly along the edges, but it just takes longer to piece than blocks in rows and columns ...

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February 5, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 2

A couple weeks ago I shared Part 1 of my Frolic Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.
I've been making good progress on the many units that make up this quilt. First, I worked through the corner blocks.
Then, the side blocks.
I was finally filling in units and it was starting to look like a quilt.
This past weekend I managed to finish all the blocks. Now, I move on to the sashing. I don't make many quilts with sashing because it always seems like so much work. Great results, though.

Tools and supplies ...

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January 22, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 1
Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville hosts a mystery quilt that begins the day after Thanksgiving in the United States.

Frolic began on Black Friday in 2019. I wasn't excited about the mystery quilt this time. I did buy some fabric, but I didn't have the interest to actually play along with the mystery. This isn't the fault of the designer, just a general feeling of not wanting to make a quilt without knowing where I was going. I waited until after the reveal to settle on my colors.
I picked up the black and the gray ...

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