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September 4, 2019
Labor Day Adventures In Quilting, Dorm Stink, and Pet Reunions from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, and Happy Wednesday!  I hope all of you in the States enjoyed a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  Mine was weird, but wonderful -- I'll get to that in a minute.  First, I have to show you the giant block I finished last night for Anders' Beware the Ishmaelites quilt (my modified version of the 2014 Moda Modern Building Blocks sampler, pattern available here).  

25 x 25, Block Three for Beware the Ishmaelites Sampler Quilt
This 25" block that I completed last night is not found in the original pattern; I am swapping it out for the large green ...

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August 23, 2019
Rebecca and the Late Night Sewing Hypnosis Trance: Beware the Ishmaelites/Moda Modern Building Blocks Sampler Block One Complete! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

It's 1 AM, we're leaving first thing tomorrow morning TODAY morning for a wedding and I'm not packed yet, but I snuck downstairs to the computer for a quick post because I finished another block for my youngest son Anders' Beware the Ishmaelites quilt (a modified version of the Moda Modern Building Blocks sampler)!  I printed foundation paper piecing patterns and templates for the next three blocks and cut out all of my fabrics yesterday, and once I started piecing this block I just got into the zone and couldn't bear to stop until I was ...

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August 20, 2019
SCRAP BUSTING from That's Sew Kerry

No Scrap Left Behind

This is something I actually started quite a while ago, the center or main body of the quilt is a simple Jelly Roll quilt but is a very effective and rather quick way to rustle up a fairly decent sized quilt in a couple of hours.

You will need a full Jelly Roll, unroll it and layout all the pairs of colours/prints so you can easily see what you've got to work with. Then sew every strip end to end so you have one extremely long, continuous length of fabric measuring 2.5" wide ...

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August 11, 2019
TIME FLIES from That's Sew Kerry

12 Months On

I can't believe it's been over a year since I last wrote a blog post! I was walking around Festival of Quilts a little over a week ago thinking it's been a good few months since I've blogged and I quite miss it, only to log on and realize it's actually been more than a year  - how time flies!

So much has happened since my last post it'll take all day to catch you up but in brief we got the dream house and said room is filled to bursting with ...

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June 30, 2019
Beware the Ishmaelites: Moda Modern Building Blocks, Resized for Anders (Again) from Cheeky Cognoscenti

It has been a busy couple of weeks, filled with a last-minute beach getaway to Kiawah, SC, my husband's trans esophageal echocardiogram (90% good news from that), and then racing off with Lars for New Students & Parents Orientation at Appalachian State University. Somewhere in the midst of all of that our dishwasher died and the kitchen ceiling fan came crashing down from the vaulted ceiling and smashed on the floor within a foot or two of my astonished husband, like the climax of The Phantom of the Opera.  I am just beginning to dig my way out of accumulated ...

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March 12, 2019
Pineapple Borders (Finally!) and More Flying Geese from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I'll bet you thought you hadn't heard from me because I was sewing up a storm over Lars's graduation quilt, didn't you?  Well, progress has been made on that front, but we'll get to that in a minute.  For today, we're taking a little detour and revisiting the long-overdue borders for my pineapple log cabin quilt.

Look Who's Getting Borders Today!
First, I'm adding a 3/4" finished border (same size as the pineapple strips) in Kona Solids 196 Blue Jay, and after that I'm adding a wider border in a ...

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March 3, 2019
My March OMG Requires Reinforcements: Teaching My Mom How to do Foundation Paper Piecing from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Look Who Learned Foundation Paper Piecing Today!
I looked at my calendar last night and realized that I only have seven weeks to get this quilt top made if I want it to be ready to quilt when I get back from Quilt Week at the end of April, and I gotta be honest, folks -- I was feeling panicked.

But then I remembered how much fun I had with my mom -- and how much sewing we got done in a relatively short period of time -- when she helped me make my Victorian Christmas caroling costume:

My Ridiculous Caroling Getup, Made ...

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February 18, 2019
Getting My Ducks In a Row, Or My Geese Lined Up In Circles from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello there, and happy Saturday morning!  I'm pleased to report that I've actually STARTED on my son's graduation quilt.  I haven't sewn a stitch yet -- just prep work so far, but I have a feeling the upfront prep work on this project will pay off with an accelerated pace once I do start piecing.

Precut Geese Patches, Bagged and Labeled

First things first: After the Disastrous Dye Bleed Detour of 2018, my first step had to be checking each of these fabrics to make sure there was no loose dye from the dark fabrics waiting to ...

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February 13, 2019
New Fabric and New Glasses Have Arrived! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Kona Solids Arrived for Lars's Graduation Quilt!
Look what came in the mail yesterday!  I just noticed that I have the two lightest blue shades reversed in that photo, but that's pretty much how they will be laid out in the quilt.  The background fabric is definitely purple, even thought it looked nearly black in the computer-generated design rendering.  All of the colors look brighter in this photo because of sunlight streaming in though the kitchen window, but we are NOT complaining about sunlight in the Carolinas when so many of you are bundled up against snow and ...

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May 6, 2018
Seahawks Quilt from Let's Begin Sewing

My nephew has very specific preferences when it comes to quilts. Years back he asked me for a quilt based on Marvel Comics characters. It was a challenge then because I hated the licensed fabric and after much thought settled on a version I could stomach. However he loved it and uses it to this day. Did I tell you he is my favorite nephew. :)

When I moved to Seattle I decided to make him a big boy quilt now that he is much older and my quilting skills are a bit more advanced. He immediately said he would like ...

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April 23, 2018
Postcard From Sweden Parade of Quilts Link Up from MMM Quilts

It is HERE and it is as good as Christmas IMHO! Oh the eye candy on Instagram! The teaser posts, the artful shots, the sheer joyous colour out there! Much needed on these recent grey, gloomy, rainy, and in a lot of cases, snowy, days. We even had snow flurries from time to time here this morning and about 1/4" (yep, I know that measurement well) on the patio table and deck rails, like what??

The linkup is below, but first let's visit my most generous sponsors. (note that I am not affiliated with any of the sponsors ...

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Postcard From Sweden Parade of Quilts Link Up from MMM Quilts

It is HERE and it is as good as Christmas IMHO! Oh the eye candy on Instagram! The teaser posts, the artful shots, the sheer joyous colour out there! Much needed on these recent grey, gloomy, rainy, and in a lot of cases, snowy, days. We even had snow flurries from time to time here this morning and about 1/4" (yep, I know that measurement well) on the patio table and deck rails, like what??

The linkup is below, but first let's visit my most generous sponsors. (note that I am not affiliated with any of the sponsors ...

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February 18, 2018
Dimension from Blueberry Patch

 Name: Dimension
Design:  Nydia Kehnle
Size:  65"" by 78""
Fabric: Kona Cotton in Jade Green, Teal Blue, Pool, Windsor
Binding:  Jade Green  Backing:  New Bedford, Rising Sun Wallpaper by Denyse Schmidt
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in bright Turquoise, 5005 in an irregular grid

I finished this quilt a few weekends ago.  It sitting waiting for a sleeve as I will pop it into our guild show next month.  This is a fabulous design from Nydia Kehnle, called Dimension.  It is paper pieced and I biggie sized it with extra blocks to make it much larger.  The 3 ...

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January 21, 2018
A New Year and A Work In Progress from Blueberry Patch

I am quite taken with the designs of Nydia Kehnle.  This is one of her patterns called Dimension.  I used one of her 8 recommended colourways.  All Kona cottons from Sew Sisters.  Windsor, Pool, Teal Blue and Jade.  I biggie sized this with extra blocks.  I spent the morning sewing all the blocks together and wrestling all that paper piecing and then spent a good chunk of time picking papers off the back of the quilt.  Sandwiched and ready for quilting next weekend.  It feels pretty good to be making something bold and dramatic after sewing so many baby quilts ...

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January 10, 2018
Bonus Quilt Along – Make My Charming Chevrons Pattern with Alyssa from Penguin and Fish from Christa Quilts

I know that many of you are eagerly awaiting the start of my Squiggles QAL which officially launches next Monday. But in the meantime, you can quilt along either virtually or in real time with my friend Alyssa Thomas of Penguin and Fish. All you need is a copy of my Charming Chevrons pattern and your favorite charm packs (5″ squares).

Each weekday night from now until she finishes, Alyssa is posting a live “relax and craft” video stream on Facebook. Then she’s uploading the recordings to YouTube so anyone can view them later. So you can make the ...

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December 21, 2017
Dogs in sweaters quilt from Northern Deb Quilts

Here's dog #2... 13 to go. I'm using flannel for the sweaters and kona solids for the rest. 

We are just about finished with Christmas shopping so we ducked into The Brew for a nice hot cup of coffee...the temps are dropping FAST! Highs are going to be in the teens then the single digits...brrrr. Great quilting weather though.

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November 12, 2017
Modern Baby from Blueberry Patch

Name: Pinkness and Grey
Design: 4" squares
Size:  35" by 42"
Fabric: Kona solids
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in Dove grey
Binding: Clown strip in black by Timeless Treasures
Backing:  By Dear Stella

I have been on a baby quilt roll because I decided I needed to do something with all the quilts I keep making.  This one is for sale in my new Etsy shop, Baby By Blueberry Patch.  Just for fun.  Simple 4" squares in pinks with a splash of grey.  I used the clown stripe binding and a lovely black and white print from ...

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October 20, 2017
MODERN MAN SAMPLER from That's Sew Kerry

The Sequel...

Rather embarrassingly I started this quilt almost 2 years ago even though I had a set deadline life and many other things just got in the way and it sat on the side being ignored, you can see the beginning of the journey here but feeling newly motivated and with a new deadline for completion in mind, Modern Man Sampler currently looks like this 

This isn't anything like the final layout as I still have about another 17 blocks of varying sizes from 6" - 18" to go and I am also still in the process of trying ...

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October 10, 2017
STARTS AND FINISHES from That's Sew Kerry

An Animal Menagerie 

It feels like an age since I've had the time to sit down and share my thoughts and adventures, not for want of intention simply to much life going on! I've not been idol in fact far from it I seem to have quilts and ideas coming out my ears! 

I finished Grans Fancy Forest and thankfully it went down a treat, although the deliberate errors still really annoy me, Gran didn't mind them.

Not only has it made a great addition to the chair, but the spot has now been taken over for ...

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September 14, 2017
Linked {a finished quilt!} from Material Girl Quilts

I’m so happy to finally be sharing this quilt finish with you all!  Let me introduce you to Linked… This

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