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April 16, 2018
Stash Statement Kickoff and Giveaway! from My Quilt Infatuation

After months and months of hard work and tons of secret sewing, it is officially time to kickoff the blog tour to celebrate the release of my new book, Stash Statement!  Because this time of year is so busy, the tour will span several weeks, featuring one quilt each week.  The very first quilt in the book is Grand Bazaar, and it's also the cover quilt!

(why yes, my husband and dad really did move this antique vanity from my bedroom to my backyard so I could take this photo!)

The design of this quilt was inspired by hanging ...

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Let's Talk Stash from Sew Preeti Quilts

Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation recently wrote a book - Stash Statement.  Then she sent me an email. And I burst into a song...

The email was fantastic.
When I received it, I was ecstatic.
Stash Statement Quilts was on its way
Would I like to play?
I jumped in with both feet.
Watch this space, it is going to be a treat.

With rhyme and reason, excitement and anticipation, I have to tell you that today is the day when the Blog Hop for Stash Statement begins. 

The book is full of eye-candy, cool techniques and fabulous patterns. I ...

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Stash Statement Blog Hop Kickoff! from Liz Makes Crafts

Today is the kickoff day for the Stash Statement Blog Hop tour. Stash Statement is a new book from Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation, and I'm thrilled to be part of this blog hop!

I love the look of improv, but I'm afraid of doing it. As a former software engineer and current owner of a very mathematical brain, it is a challenge for me to improvise even under guidance. That is why I so welcome Kelly's approach which combines improv piecing and traditional piecing for one-of-a-kind quilts that caters to my need of order and ...

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April 8, 2018
Workshop at Pro Chem! from Janet Ann Creations

Last month was filled with two guild sponsored workshops!
The first was fabric dyeing and printing
at Pro Chem in Fall River Ma.

Oh My Gosh! SO much FUN!!!
painting and stamping and creating new fabric!!
Below is what I was able to create at the workshop...
now to cut it all up and create a few neat pieces!!

The second workshop was Improv Piecing 
taught by Timna Tarr (Fabulous teacher!)
This is WAY out of my wheel house!!
but after a day of sorting scraps, cutting, recutting
this is what I came up with!!!

Applique! more my wheel house ...

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February 23, 2018
Sleepy Fox - A Finished Quilt from Studio Dragonfly Quilts

This quilt started as a pursuit for a baby quilt for a coworker. She has a woodland themed nursery in gray and teal. This is her first child. When I was seeking out information about what she would like, the first animal mentioned in the description was a fox. I'm not even sure I heard any other animal that was named. A fox is what I wanted to make.

So off I went to find the perfect woodland fox quilt inspiration. I did not want cutesy or realistic. I wanted sweet. And then I found this blog post by ...

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February 16, 2018
L'Arc en Ciel from Liz Makes Crafts

A special quilt deserves a special name, so it's no coincidence that I named this really special quilt after my favorite Japanese band. L'Arc en Ciel means The Rainbow in French, and it is a fitting name for this rainbow-themed scrappy Irish chain quilt from Melissa Corry's Irish Chain Quilts.

This quilt was made from leftover fabric. Well, almost. I didn't really have much in the way of low-volume scraps for the background and dug into my fat quarter stash for that, but the colored fabrics are all made from leftover strips pieced into crazy blocks ...

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January 24, 2018
Preorder!!! and NTT from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  Today, I am delighted to share that you can now preorder my book, Stash Statement, through my Etsy shop and it will be shipped out to you as soon as it is officially released April 16th.

Whether your scraps are strictly modern, traditional, or a mix of both, Stash Statement is a book that will help you find a home for every cherished bit.  Structured improvisation blends the fun of improv piecing, but gives you a pattern to follow, helping you create twelve unique quilts.  If you're new to improv, don't ...

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December 29, 2017
Gnome Forest quilt from Flying Parrot Quilts

I managed to finish a some-time UFO before the holidays: Gnome Forest. The blocks in this quilt were improv pieced by my Stash Bee hive in 2015. I tried to arrange everyone’s blocks in a light-to-dark gradient from top to bottom, depending on the shades of green used.

Gnome Forest, pieced by members of Stash Bee and quilted by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

The quilt was initially inspired by this quilt, but I didn’t want to ask people to paper piece, so improv it was. You can find the tutorial here.

Gnome Forest, pieced by members of Stash Bee and quilted by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

I did add another larger improv pieced tree as a focal point for all the little gnomes and trees. At some point ...

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November 20, 2017
Make Wall Quilts – Book Review & Giveaway from Needle and Foot

Today I would like to share a book review with you.  C & T Publishing asked me to review one of their new books, Make Wall Quilts: 11 Little Projects to Sew (Make Series). In a nutshell, I would say I love everything about the book except for the title.  The title didn’t grab me and as I clicked on the link to the book, I was going in with a negative attitude.  Luckily the actual book is wonderful.  I suppose this means one shouldn’t judge a book by its title!

This book is a compilation of eleven different ...

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November 15, 2017
Controlled Chaos from Liz Makes Crafts

Originally, I planned to work on a scrappy single Irish Chain after hearing Melissa Corry speak at a quilt guild meeting. But as I was pulling out fabric, an even stronger urge seized me ... what I really wanted was to make the End of the Rainbow quilt on the cover of Melissa's book!

The cover quilt is easily my favorite quilt in the entire book. It is beautiful, interesting, and distinctively modern. I had the vague idea it must be improv somehow, but I didn't quite know what was involved. That is, until I read the instructions and ...

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November 8, 2017
Home State Love and NTT from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday!  This week has been all about scrap play for me.  I've finished a scrappy quilt that I have to keep secret for now, but while my scraps were out, I also sewed a few of my precious AMH bits to make this pillow.

This pillow is for my mom for Christmas (she already knows, so I'm not blowing a huge surprise here).  I already have a collection of embroidered state pillows, one for each of the four states that my hubby and I have lived during our marriage, but believe me, if I ...

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October 24, 2017
Fussy Cutters Club, Book Review and Giveaway! from Needle and Foot

Today is my day to post a review and host a giveaway of a fun new quilt book.  If you are here for the first time via the blog hop, welcome!  The book of the day is Angie Wilson’s Fussy Cutter’s Club published by C&T Publishing.  You may know Angie as she is the queen of online quilt alongs and swaps. She thrives on leading large groups of quilters through complicated projects such as her current QAL making Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife Quilt – not for the faint of heart for sure.  For more info on the ...

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September 28, 2017
Improv Abstraction Workshop with Karen Foster from Goer

I can't remember the last time I sewed at home. It's probably been nearly two weeks. (Eek!) Thankfully, I did get some quality time with my sewing machine at a workshop last weekend. Bay Area Modern hosted Karen Foster (@capitolaquilter on IG) to share her Improv Abstraction technique featuring curved piecing. I've played with gentle curves previously in my Finding Dory mug rug and Improv Tumbler mini. Karen's technique involved creating parts and using them to play with the composition of the piece.

four small quilts featuring Karen's Improv Abstraction design technique: blues, magenta and chartreuse, purples, and multicolor

We spent the morning piecing the gentle curved unit and putting them together ...

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July 26, 2017
AHIQ Linkup Plus More! from Indigo Threads

Last year about this time, Debbie of A Quilter's Table blog hosted a quilt-along, mostly on Instagram, doing the Crosscut Quilt.  I had just gotten the prompt for my local guild's yearly challenge, which was "Get Creative With Black".  There were no rules for this challenge other than a minimum size of 24" x 24".  So, I decided that it would be fun to play along, using black fabrics for the background.  Maybe not the most creative way to use black, but I thought the quilt looked like it would fit the criteria.

I promptly ordered a good ...

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December 7, 2016
When life gives you scraps… from Veni Vidi Vicky

…you have to improvise a little.

My last baby quilt left me with a bunch of HST clippings in aqua and teal hues. The scraps were barely 1.5” square,  would I have trimmed them up before sewing with them I might have ended with a grid as small as 0.5”. Nope, that wasn’t a day for tiny piecing and I don’t need much convincing to skip trimming in general. I was going to wing it that day and just piece those HSTs in the shapes they came in – no discrimination, just improvising.



And as just sewing ...

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February 10, 2015
WIP's from Kara Rist Threads

Here are a few works in progress, as if i needed to start any more new projects... Scrappy Hexie's can be found in the march/april issue of McCall's quilting, this quilt was designed by Bea Lee. I love that it is scrappy and i have hope after making a half dozen blocks that this will be my first success working with scrap fabric. I believe my success is due to the fact that each block is done in the similar colour way, this is the perfect project to do now and then as, all fabrics can find ...

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