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September 23, 2021
Country Church Quilt from Ellyn's Place

Quilt #9 in my Through Ellyn's Eyes series is finished and it makes me really happy. It's a simple little country church and it has a lot of meaning for me.
Two of my late great uncles were Presbyterian ministers. This has carried on through the generations. I am still a Presbyterian today and my faith is an important piece of who I am.The uncle I knew best was Uncle Les. His church was a sweet little country church in upstate New York. In addition to pastoring, Uncle Les and Aunt Delia had a farm. Mostly they ...

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September 8, 2021
Positivity QAL - Winners from Sew Preeti Quilts

We have come to the end of our journey.  This is the final stop in the Positivity QAL 2021.

It took many emails, phone calls, scribbles and scrawls, and test blocks.  There were a couple of disappointments but many pleasant surprises. My hope was a dozen new quilts for the Mercyful Hospital. Bernie tells me that we have 19.  So far.

From Janine (Quilts from the Little House)

From Mary (Quilting is in my Blood)

I know Diann's quilt is in progress. Joy is working on (at least) two quilts and quilting one flimsy received from Astrid. Mari is ...

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September 7, 2021
Improv Holding Space Bee Blocks from Goer

Last month, I created blocks for E. A. She asked us "to think about how it feels when someone holds space for you and allows you to be who you are in a place that is safe. Alternatively, you could think about how it feels when you hold space for someone." She asked for abstract blocks created in pairs, with no limit on colors.

These pairs of blocks were created in parallel with each other. I didn't make one block and then copy it. I made two blocks at the same time. Since they are improv you can see ...

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September 5, 2021
Improv Alphabet Quilt Blocks from Goer

This summer I started co-hosting the Quilts Unscripted Bee with a group of 10 quilters. It is an improv quilt bee and every month the host for the month gives us a prompt. These can vary greatly. There might be a limited palette. The prompt might be about a feeling, or a style, or creating something representational.

Sarah Ruiz kicked off our first month in June with a really fun one. She gave us a limited color palette and asked us to use solids. Then she had a sign up for each person to pick some letters of the alphabet ...

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September 3, 2021
Improv 9 Patch......Blocks all done from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Improv 9 Patch

I was able to piece 25 more 9 patch blocks

since July...

They are the white blocks around the edges

of the quilt top...

Right now the quilt measures 70 x 60 inches...

168 Blocks

I will fill in with solid white fabric 

all along the edges...

This work table has been cleared off...

I am piecing the vertical rows...

The left over strips will wait for a future project.

This has been a great summer project...

just pop into the Thread Shed and 

make a block or two

when I get some time to stitch!

Yes ...

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Improv 9 Patch......Design Wall Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


This Improv 9 Patch continues to be my

summer piecing project:

This is what it looked like the last time

you saw it...

Here it is today:

I have been adding more white blocks

around the edges...

I need to piece a few more white blocks

for the bottom edge.

I will eventually add solid white blocks

around all of the edges and the quilt

will fade away to completely white

and the colored blocks will appear to float

in the center.....that's the plan anyway.

All of the hay fields have been mowed,

raked and baled...

We ...

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August 5, 2021
Triangle Play from Ellyn's Place

 Do you have a favorite shape? I love triangles. More than all of the other shapes! I'm not sure why, although I do love things in odd numbers (three sides anyone?). I love to play with triangles in improv quilting so it seemed like a natural place to go next with my Through Ellyn's Eyes series.

I originally intended to make more triangles in several colors, but, I'll be honest, I got bored with it. So, Kona Orange and Kona Tangerine it is, with tiny pieced lines in Kona White. This finishes at just 12" square.

I ...

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July 27, 2021
City Windows from Ellyn's Place


Quilt #3 in my Through Ellyn's Eyes series came together in the same fast and furious method as quilt #2! Once an idea pops into my head, it just cries out to be made. I began piecing this one on Saturday and put the final stitches in the faced binding this afternoon. whew!

Though remotely inspired by photos of buildings I have perused on Pinterest, it doesn't really resemble any of them. I knew I wanted to do the windows with tiny borders, a technique I have played with several times in the past. I drew a simple ...

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July 20, 2021
Casting a Light from Ellyn's Place

Casting a Light, the second quilt in my Through Ellyn's Eyes series, came together fast and furiously. In fact, from start to finish it was only one day. whew.

First my inspiration. I am often inspired by buildings, especially older buildings, and structures like bridges. Apparently I also have a thing for lampposts, as I have taken quite a few photos of them in different cities over the years. These two in London:

Recently, my friend Lisa posted a photo she took of a lamppost in France, which got me thinking about them again. Then on retreat last week ...

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July 13, 2021
Through Ellyn's Eyes from Ellyn's Place

In the last several weeks, an idea has been percolating in my brain. Today I am putting it out there for the world (or at least a few of you!) to read, so that you can hold me responsible and follow along with my wacky plan. So here we go!

Much of this idea came to me after reading Lisa Congdon's book, Find Your Creative Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic. Actually, reading it for the second time, highlighting portions that spoke to me (honestly, it would have been easier to highlight what didn't speak ...

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July 9, 2021
Life in the Hay Field... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Now you see it...

Now you don't...

Tractors don't move very fast on 3 wheels !

How sad is this ???

The Cowboy is using the tractor 

to handle the tire...

Tractor tires are full of calcium 

to weigh them down,

which keeps the tractor from being top heavy

and tipping over while on un-level ground.

The calcium makes them very heavy and 

almost impossible to move.

It took several hours to get this tire back in place...

While the guys work on the tractor

I am heading for home...

and....the Thread Shed

This is waiting for me at ...

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July 6, 2021
Improv 9 Patch......Improvising from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


The Improv 9 Patch is evolving...

Design Wall 1

I just placed the blocks on the wall
as I made them...

no real design in mind.

Design Wall 2

Removed the Gray Blocks

Moved the blocks to travel diagonal
from top left to bottom right by color family

Adding white blocks to the outer edges

Design Wall 3

Adding more blocks with white centers
to lighten up the center area of the quilt.

Adding more white blocks to the outside edges.

Staggered the blocks so they are not in even rows.

I like the staggered rows, not so rigid looking ...

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July 5, 2021
Pandemic Porchdrop from Ellyn's Place

 I shared a while back that my improv small group, Comedy Club Quilters, completed an improv round robin this spring. It was fun and different from past round robins because of the pandemic, thus I named my completed quilt Pandemic Porchdrop. I realized I never shared the finish with you.

I ended up adding borders with a green "stripe" just to frame it out and make it a bit bigger. I rather like the effect! I pieced the back and added a faced binding...
Those squares running across the back? They are pieces of each of our signature fabrics. I ...

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July 4, 2021
Improv 9 Patch......Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We are 2 weeks into Hay Season...

I mowed the 4th hay field today...

The Cowboy has baled the 1st two fields so far...

In between mowing hay...

I have been spending time listening to

the hum of my sewing machines...

a few minutes here, a few minutes there.

It all adds up !

I have been making more 

Improv 9 Patch Blocks...

This is the meager solid fabric stash

I started out with...

I have been hard at work adding to my solids...

Now how FUN is this !

I also found a Kona Solid Fabric color card...

365 yummy colors ...

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June 12, 2021
Improv Technique 9... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


It's hard to believe I haven't played with

Improv Piecing

for almost a year...

I pulled out my very meager stash of 

solid fabrics...

I sliced them into strips of random widths:

Darks on the left.....Lights on the right

I decided to create 9 patch blocks:

No measuring....freehand cutting

I don't want the seams to match up...

Improv 9 Patch

I want the blocks to be a bit wonky...

Yes, this is what I want...

Here it is on the design wall...

I also added in a few improv square blocks

to keep it interesting ...

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June 4, 2021
MCKMQG Scrap Jar from Ellyn's Place

 My guild, the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild started a fun tradition a year or so ago. We have a big jar full of scraps. Every meeting, one attendees name is drawn and that person gets to take the jar the next month. They make a fun small item from some of the scraps, refill it to the top and then pass both the jar and the item on to the next person drawn the following month. It's been fun to see the cute little items everyone has made.

Finally, in May, my name was chosen! I won a darling ...

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May 3, 2021
Improv Round Robin from Ellyn's Place

 My fantastic Improv small group (we call ourselves the Comedy Club Quilters) has done speedy improv round robins at the retreat center twice before. You can read about those here, and here. It's a fun event we always look forward to. But, like it has done to so many things, the global pandemic caused us to rethink our process this year. In the end, we pulled off our round robin with car swaps, porch drops, and maybe more than one quilt shop meet up (fully masked of course!).

I started out with this fun block, made up of a ...

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May 2, 2021
This is 60! from Ellyn's Place

When you celebrate a milestone birthday during a global pandemic, what do you do to celebrate? Well, if you are me, you recruit your friends to help you make a joyful quilt!
This is 60 is my last quilt with the Solid Seven bee. I asked my beemates to make me blocks that included at least one triangle (I love triangles, weird, I know) in my prescribed color palette of bright, bright, bright! As always, they did not disappoint!

I added the black/neon borders on two sides and finished off my quilt with faux piped binding (I wrote a ...

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April 12, 2021
baby quilt finish from Ellyn's Place

 Well! I certainly did not intend to take 2 months off from blogging, yet here we are! I have been making making making..... which is not an excuse but it's been fun. 

During Quiltcontogether everyone was sharing the cool things they were creating in their virtual classes. For a couple of reasons I had not signed up for classes, and I found myself feeling a bit of FOMO. A little digging in my WIP pile and I found some blocks I had started at Quiltcon in Austin in 2020. I had forgotten all about these and honestly had not ...

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March 8, 2021
Quilted Placemats from Seaside Stitches

Buona festa della donna! (Happy International Women's Day!) 
 I just finished six quilted placemats for my sister. When she saw the ones I made for myself last summer, she asked for a set. Here are three of my six. We've used them almost every day since July, they've been washed a bunch of times, and still look great. They are improv pieced from scraps, which I find extremely entertaining. The straight parallel quilting lines hold everything together nicely.

 Here is Anita's set. She loves neutrals. I was able to use some of the fabrics that were ...

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