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April 19, 2020
Kaffe Fassett is in the House from Midget Gem Quilts

Have there been two moons in the sky? Nope. There was the most beautiful full moon at the beginning of this month, The Pink Moon I believe it was called by the indigenous American peoples. There was a definite pink glow around this one, it was a very pretty moon. I have a wee thing I do with the moon, I will tell you at the end. There weren't two moons in the sky, but I have two finishes very close together. I present to you, the finished Kaffe Fassett snowball quilt, formerly known in time of stress as ...

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April 17, 2020
You Spin Me Round from Wendy's Quilts and More

Yes, I have a finished quilt.  I'm very pleased to present "You Spin Me Round".



I'll smile each time I say the name because I love this song from 1985.  Click the button in the centre of the image and have a dance around your lounge!




Anyway, back to the quilt.  I made this quilt using the Cartwheel pattern designed by Liza Prior Lucy and published in Quilt Grandeur by Kaffe Fassett.

You can read my earlier blog posts about it here:
Nov 2018
March 2019
July 2019 - hand quilting commenced
Feb 2020

I hand quilted along the ...

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April 10, 2020
Cross Country Quilt from Wendy's Quilts and More

This week I've been working on my Cross Country quilt, designed by Anna Maria Horner.


I attended a wonderful lecture and class with Anna Maria back in November 2019.  You can read all about it here.



Anna Maria showed us three different versions of her Cross Country quilt (see above).  They all have the giant "X", but the arms of the X are worked in different ways.  I decided to make the version on the right that looks like this:


However, when I got home, I decided that I didn't really want to piece the centre of the ...

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April 1, 2020
Backing Seamed, Borders In Progress, and a Mismatched Pattern Lament from Cheeky Cognoscenti

First of all, I want to thank those of you who reached out to me with words of encouragement, commiseration, empathy, and scripture after my last dispirited post.  As burdensome as this forced isolation is, it would be so much worse without technology and the Internet as a lifeline of connection.  I love all of you so much!

Spirit Song Quilt Top on Wall, Backing Fabric on Ironing Board
Okay, so I only actually sewed ONE seam on Monday, but at least it's something that is crossed off the list now, right?  It took me over an hour to ...

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March 29, 2020
Aurifil Artisan March Challenge: Hand Quilting/Kantha stitching with Kaffe from Quilting with Claire

I was so ready for the March Aurifil Artisan Challenge! It was the perfect occasion to get started on all the cushions that I want to make for my new living room sofa. How can I not be challenged with combining Kantha stitching with Kaffe Fasset’s beautiful prints? It was a dream come true. Definition … Continue reading "Aurifil Artisan March Challenge: Hand Quilting/Kantha stitching with Kaffe"

The post Aurifil Artisan March Challenge: Hand Quilting/Kantha stitching with Kaffe appeared first on Quilting With Claire.

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March 22, 2020
Marina's Quilt Atelier dag 4 from M. Brito de Campos

Over sommige projecten kun je weinig vertellen en 
alleen een stukje laten zien.
Natuurlijk Kaffe Fassett.
De cirkels worden met een feston steekje 
op de machine vast gezet.

Als het kadootje gegeven is,
zal ik het hele quiltje laten zien.

Groet, Marina.

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Textila bilder from Veriquilt

Jag fortsätter i lagom (långsam) takt att sy textila bilder, 11 x 13 cm. Häromdagen målade jag på Tyvek och smälte små bitar som jag skall dekorera bilderna med. Jag har testat vid ett tidigare tillfälle men blev inte så nöjd med färgerna, de blev så matta. Jag minns inte vad jag använde för färg den gången men nu gjorde jag ett nytt försök och använde Pebeo Setacolor Opaque och jag blev mycket nöjd med lystern. Bilden visar fyra småbitar som jag lagt samman.

Målad Tyvek
Den senaste lilla bilden jag  sytt fick dekoration av lav och franska knutar och ...

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March 13, 2020
Border Fabrics for Spirit Song! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Well, I haven't stocked up properly on hand sanitizer or toilet paper, but I did make it to the quilt shop yesterday to select borders and backing fabric for my Spirit Song quilt!

Borders, Binding, and Backing Fabrics for Spirit Song Quilt
The blue print with flowers and birds (at the top of the photo) is for the backing.  The blue-on-blue spotted fabric will be for a narrow inner border, and the glorious pink, purple and orange Kaffe Fassett floral print is for a wider outer border.  That rainbow sherbet kind of batik that you see a sliver of ...

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Kantha quilting from Wendy's Quilts and More

Have you heard of Kantha quilting?


 My online friend Shruti Dandekar says:

Kantha is one of the traditional styles of handwork popular in Eastern India - especially the state of West Bengal - and Bangladesh. It is used to either add embroidery to fabric or to quilt.

You can read more about it here in Wikipedia.


This month Aurifil have asked some of the Aurifil Artisans to experiment with Kantha quilting and Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

I've decided to use my variegated 12wt Aurifil threads on this fat quarter of Kaffe's fabric called Busy Lizzy.  I'm quilting the whole fat ...

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February 14, 2020
Cartwheel progress from Wendy's Quilts and More

I'm very nearly finished my Cartwheel quilt from Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Grandeur book, and I love it. I haven't put the binding on yet, but I wanted to get a photo after I finished the hand quilting.



The last stitches going in.

 I started this quilt on a rainy day in August 2018.  I remember it well, because I wasn't going to start anything new, but winter was getting me down, and the bright colours in this quilt looked so appealing. 



Foundation paper piecing the spokes in the cartwheels took a few months, but by November ...

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February 10, 2020
Road to California, 2020, Part 2: Shopping! from Gefilte Quilt

Last week, I showed off some of my favorite quilts from Road to California 2020 show. Now let's get to the fun stuff: Shopping! Disclaimer: If you click on these links, I don't make any money. But you might lose money, because this merchandise is (often) thrilling!

If there's one attribute that unites Road to California quilts - whether the top is pieced, appliqued, embroidered, fused, stapled, and/or mutilated - it's this: dazzling, immaculate, professional-grade quilting - the stuff that holds the three layers together.

That's why, every year, I walk out of juried show. and into ...

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January 18, 2020
Where Do You Get Your Design Inspiration? Appliqué Inspiration From Interior Design Fabrics from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I'm still plugging away at my Spirit Song quilt top, albeit intermittently.  So far I have four of the twelve 16" blocks completely assembled:


Four 16 Inch Blocks Assembled, Eight More to Go
It's tedious piecing at this point because I'm matching up triangles with seams that don't nest.  Lots of unpicking and finessing to get those triangle points to match up to my satisfaction!  But meanwhile, my mind is on other projects, inspired by everything I see around me.  If you're one of those sensible people who has made a resolution not to start ...

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January 17, 2020
Sewing This Week from The Cozy Quilter

Monday sewing days are very productive!  I had my spinning 4 patch top done to this point before I left home and managed to get both borders made and sewn on by shortly after lunch. 


I had limited blue fabric to work with so that dictated how wide the blue border would be.


I used some of the Kaffe Fassett "Millefiore" fabric that I had leftover from the spinning blocks to make the final border.


Next up, pin basting, and then quilting with my walking foot.  The backing fabric was in my stash.


I even used my bowl cozy at ...

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November 26, 2019
English Paper Pieced Table Topper from Gefilte Quilt

Here's a colorful table topper, made with a wild range of fabrics - some have been in my stash for 20+ years, and some are hot new Kaffe, Westminster and Tula Pink prints. It's 23" across the center.

It's English Paper Pieced (EPP), with the help of acrylic templates from Sewing By Sarah. One example from the 12 piece set:
(Full disclosure - I was paid a lump sum for the design and directions for this tabletopper. Sewing by Sarah also distributes my free guide to EPP, which you can download here. I do NOT receive a percentage of ...

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November 6, 2019
EQ8 Software Tutorial: Drafting a Star Quilt With Hexagons and Equilateral Triangles from Cheeky Cognoscenti

First off, I need to thank Matt at Electric Quilt Tech Support for figuring out how to create a layout for this quilt in EQ8.  I am not taking credit for his solution, just writing it down before I forget how I did it and sharing it with other EQ users who want to play with similar quilt designs on their own.


EQ8 Quilt Design Using Hexagons and Equilateral Triangles


When you go into EQ8 to start a new project, you see a bunch of different layout options -- horizontal square blocks, on-point square blocks, variable on-point diamond shaped blocks, baby ...

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October 22, 2019
Kaffe Fassett Mediterranean Hexagons Colour Workshop Recap from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I took a workshop with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably last week!  The project was the Mediterranean Hexagons quilt from the book Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Morocco, available on Amazon here (affiliate link).


Brandon Mably and Rebecca the Rebellious Workshop Student
I'm going to start with a quick synopsis so those of you who are crunched for time can just skim through the pictures and be done with it: 


Everyone loved this workshop except me.  

Seriously -- no fault of Kaffe and Brandon whatsoever; they were delightful.  I was miserable.  I couldn't follow directions.  I wasted a lot ...

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October 4, 2019
Shuttles quilt (and the Peacock Party) from Wendy's Quilts and More

Another finish!!! They're coming thick and fast at the moment.  

Yes, I've finished my Shuttles quilt from Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Morocco book. 

It is square - it was just a bit breezy when I took the photo

I love all the crazy colour in this quilt.

I really went to town when I decided to use Brandon Mably's Jumble in yellow for the borders:


And Philip Jacobs' Feathers in gold on the back:


Never mind the decision to hand quilt it with bright yellow Aurifil thread!


 And the final touch was using Jupiter in red for ...

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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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September 23, 2016
Granny Squares baby quilt from Postcards From Panama

Not for any particular baby. I’m just calling all of my small quilts (about 36″x48″) baby quilts. I have a 21 year old granddaughter- so someday they may have a recipient.

Meanwhile it is a good format for trying out patterns I’ve wanted to make. Even though it would have been an easy pattern to sew on the machine it is hand pieced.

There will be 12 squares and I’m planning on a two inch white sashing  and a four inch white border with a wonderful Kaffe floral print backing and binding. It will be custom ...

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February 17, 2015
A glimmer.... from I QUILT FOR FUN

I believe the "light at the end the tunnel" analogy is way over-used.  But there are times when it just makes a point better than anything else.

So, there is a glimmer of light with this quilt.  I still love it -- and I continue to aspire to have the top finished by November of this year.  That doesn't sound so hard - but this is not a quilt I can work on every day.  Or even every week.
I have five large blocks to applique (of the original 16) and have completed nine of the border blocks (only 37 or ...

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