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April 21, 2017
More Half Pickled Ladies from Quilt Obsession

The final eight half clamshell pickles are done – so now it’s time to start sewing them on to the top. But first, here are the final eight.

I was happy to find so many of my floral fabrics had flowers small enough for all the clamshell pickles, including all the partial ones. Some very small.

Some quite a bit larger.

Some light.

Some darker.

Lots of roses, large …

… and small.

Another light one.

And one of my favourites.

Now that all the half Pickled Ladies are done, it’s time for lots of curved piecing and continuous stitching as ...

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April 19, 2017
Half Pickled Ladies on the Side from Quilt Obsession

I had made the little strips of triangles for the side halves of the Clamshell Pickles a long time ago and they’ve been sitting waiting, all this time, for me to finally get the fabrics chosen and half Pickled Ladies printed for each one.

All that was left was some nice curved piecing to add the little strips of the triangles to the half clamshell pickles, which went very quickly, and all the ones needed for one side are now done.

Using the window template made it very quick to find fabrics that worked for the side halves. The ...

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April 17, 2017
Half Pickled Ladies from Quilt Obsession

Yes, I know it has been a long time since I blogged, but I have been busy sewing all this time. This post will be a bit short on words, but there are lots of pictures.

Part of the piecing has involved finally getting the Pickled Ladies top to the point I needed to choose fabrics for the edges so that I’d have a straight edge before I start attaching the borders.

So I began with window templates for the top and bottom pieces.

And window templates for the two sides.

Six and a half hours later, after auditioning ...

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April 6, 2017
Finished something from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Something small. A rosette for La Passacaglia.  I have been so mired down lately. The storms and falling barometer always make me feel sluggish.

So I celebrate this small victory.

My inevitable critique...the pinks aren't an exact match, but the pink in the outer ring harmonizes well with the pink in one of the rosettes that will adjoin it. So it's going to be ok.

On to the inklingo mystery, where I have mistakenly cut more than I need because my sluggishness includes brain fog.  But everything will find a home somewhere. I save scraps.

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March 29, 2017
Rainy Day from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Winter is still trying to hang on here, it was a cold rainy day. Went to my weekly bee and made more stars.

There is enough motion that if I take a step back, I don't see the asymmetry that is driving me nuts when I give each one close scrutiny.

For future reference, here was my starting fabric. I've got some emerald green and deep magenta set aside for the setting, but I still need to pick my fourth fabric. I want to see the final design of this mystery quilt first.

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March 8, 2017
Drawing a Morse Star Block in EQ – Video from Stof genoeg

A video showing how I drafted the Morse Star block in EQ7. Post including pictures of quilt designs with Morse Star and Inklingo Star - Een video waarin ik laat zien hoe ik het Morse Star blok in EQ7 heb getekend. Post inclusief afbeeldingen van quiltontwerpen met Morse Star en Inklingo Star. XXX Annika Continue reading

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March 7, 2017
Coming Around from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Projects are all about coming around today.

Passacaglia Rosette 1:

With a wry sense of irony, I have chosen a print with little hexagons for this pentagonal rosette.

 I have to say it's a pleasure to use inklingo on something larger than the 3/8" hexagon project!

My printer does not allow me to specify the dimensions of a custom page size. I have a lot of fabric already cut into strips for my Scrap Users System, including the one I would like to use in the next pentagon ring in this rosette.

So, I first printed a guide ...

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March 2, 2017
A milestone! from Cats in the Quiltoriium

The wreath is pieced. Now I must carefully turn under and baste the edges.....

And here is the finished colorpooling scarf. Just needs a fringe.

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February 27, 2017
Drawing Inklingo Star in EQ7 – Video from Stof genoeg

A video tutorial for drafting Inklingo Star in EQ, as a start for drawing Morse Star. - Geen NL'se versie vandaag wegens tijdgebrek. XXX Annika Continue reading

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February 21, 2017
Pick up the pace! from Cats in the Quiltoriium

I'd better hurry up. The weather has made a turn toward spring the last few days. As the snow banks recede, the daffodil, tiger lilies and irises are sending up shoots. I was able to walk the trails for my full daily step total today for the first time in over a week. Birds are singing, the sun feels warm again, and there is more daylight.

So, I got back to work on this and ignored my to-do list.

I am past halfway done with this wreath of favorite colors.

The back is a bit messy, as I didn ...

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January 26, 2017
Oh my! from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Can't wait to make some flowers out of this print...

Here's what I have so far. Will be stitching away the rest of the evening.

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January 24, 2017
Hand or Machine Piecing? from Cats in the Quiltoriium

For my first Inklingo adventure, I chose to machine piece one block and hand piece another one from the same pattern.

On the left is the machine pieced block, on the right is the hand pieced block. Here are my thoughts:

The machine pieced block went faster, of course, but it has so much thread to clip on the back that it's a mess. The center looks reasonably well put together and it is nice and flat. Some of the corner squares seem a little off to me and that block is not quite square. It looks like the ...

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January 21, 2017
A new Year, a new technique from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Among my sad, hidden UFOs is a hand piecing adventure from way back called Quilted Diamonds. It's a lovely quilt by Linda Franz, with whom I first became familiar while gung-ho on another sad, hidden UFO called Dear Jane.

Linda is a very precise hand piecer, and now that I am blessed with more free time for stitching, it beckons me to return.  I knew that Linda developed a well-thought out and well-documented method for ink jet printing on fabric, called inklingo, but it was another thing I just didn't have time to get my head around. I ...

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January 17, 2017
New Project! from Bizarre Quilter

Well, it's great news all round here!!

The Superhero Comics quilt top and Time For Love are both in the mail (registered post) to be quilted.

Esther Aliu's new free BOM for the year "Diamond Hill" is going to be absolutely perfect for my MIL's 70th birthday which is in two years. Good. Let's aim to finish it a year early so that she has an extra year to enjoy it. I would like her to love it, pat it, and hug it for as long as possible. She's in very good nick, so I ...

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December 23, 2016
12 inch Clamshell Rose Quilt Designs – Merry Christmas! from Stof genoeg

Quilts designs with 12 inch Inklingo Clamshell Rose blocks, some of them Christmassy! - Quiltontwerpen met 12 inch Inklingo Clamshell Rose blokken, met een paar Kerstige! XXX Annika Continue reading

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November 28, 2016
Clam Chowder from Quilt Obsession

I know, I know – I said I’d try to blog more often. Well, at least this time it hasn’t been over three months since I last blogged. In fact, it’s just under two months, so maybe I”m getting a bit better at blogging a tad more regularly.

What have I been doing? I’ve been totally engrossed in piecing clamshells.


The obsession began with this  – a Clamshell Rose block. It measures 14″ and is destined to be the cover for a piecing book. I think I may just have enough of the red to make a ...

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November 16, 2016
Twelve Nani Squares done from Postcards From Panama

I’m cutting two inch white strips for sashing and a four inch white border. Keeping it simple.

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November 7, 2016
Drafting A Clamshell Four Patch Bonus Block in EQ7 from Stof genoeg

Another screen recording of drafting in EQ7, this time a Clamshell four patch bonus block - Weer een schermopname van het tekenen in EQ7, deze keer een Clamshell four patch bonus blok XXX Annika Continue reading

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November 1, 2016
More Inklingo Clamshell Rose Quilt Designs: 16 inch Blocks from Stof genoeg

Some more quilt designs with Inklingo Clamshell Rose Blocks, this time 16 inch blocks. Nog een paar quiltontwerpen met Inklingo Clamshell Rose, deze keer in blokmaat 16 inch [40,6 cm.] XXX Annika Continue reading

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October 31, 2016
Drafting Clamshell Rose blocks in EQ7 from Stof genoeg

Screen recordings of drafting Inklingo Clamshell Rose blocks in EQ7, no sound - Schermopnamen van het tekenen van Inklingo Clamshell Rose blokken in EQ7, zonder geluid. XXX Annika Continue reading

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