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July 12, 2020
Barn Raising! from The Cozy Quilter

Over the course of 16 months in 2018-2019, 10 quilting friends and I made and exchanged 20 neutral blocks each month.  We could use any neutral colours including cream, beige, brown, white, gray and black and each block was to be made using two lights and a dark or two darks and a light. This way, each of us ended up with 320 neutral blocks at the end of the swap.  I divided mine into two piles--1:  white, gray and black and 2: cream, beige and brown, and decided to make two different projects with my blocks.   

I found some ...

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July 7, 2020
Finished Log Cabin Quilt from Urban Quilter

I have not been blogging much this past year and am hoping to get back on track with it. I posted a #onemonthlygoal earlier this week and realized that the quilt that I had set several goals for is now finished but I hadn't shared it here. Ultimately I was very happy with how the quilt came out, but there were some challenges along the way! 

Scrappy Log Cabin
I love making scrappy log cabin blocks, partly because the process I use to make them is very improvisational and not fussy. Next time I make a batch of these ...

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June 28, 2020
Some Sewing and Some Knitting from The Cozy Quilter

Last week, I showed my first finished face cloth which I had knitted and this week, I made another one.  The second one went much more quickly.  I will be starting a third one tomorrow for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy and the other sewers, knitters, crocheters and embroiderers. 

The variegated yarn makes an interesting pattern.  

My hexagon quilt top is done.  As you can see, I decided to add 1.5" filler strips between the columns of hexagons. I needed the quilt to be a tad wider to make the proportions right.  The size of the borders was determined ...

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June 20, 2020
Baby Quilt Done, Lap Quilt Started from The Cozy Quilter

Last week, I showed two piles of blocks for this baby quilt--the rectangular four patches and the I Spy blocks.  I have way too many I spy fabrics but could not resist buying this one to add to my collection--who doesn't love a popsicle in the summertime?  

I got busy at my sewing machine this week and put the quilt top together, quilted it on my DSM and did the binding...One completed baby quilt in less than a week!

Since I did not want to go out to a quilt store to buy backing, I pieced the backing ...

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May 16, 2020
Another Finished Quilt! from The Cozy Quilter

What a beautiful day today!  Last weekend, we had snow, but today, we were out gardening while wearing shorts and sandals.   I think I like this weather better, and so does Finn.

I finished off this quilt this week...quilted with my DSM and the walking foot.

The size of the quilt was limited by the amount of flower and bird print that I had in my stash.

The backing is the same gray as on the front--a lucky find at a local quilt store as I shopped by phone call and texted pictures of potential backing fabric.  I had ...

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May 9, 2020
Snowflakes in May from The Cozy Quilter

Yes.  You read that correctly.  Today, we had snow flurries.  In May!!!  I even wore my winter jacket, mitts and a hat this morning on my walk.  In May.   It can be cool here at this time of year but it has been many years since I remember having snow in May.

Speaking of snow, my snowflake quilt is done!

The quilting was done by Julie, a local long arm quilter and is a snowflake pantograph.

Finn assisted with the hand stitching of the binding...

Sometimes, he was not quite so helpful!

The backing fabric was purchased from the Quilt ...

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April 12, 2020
Happy Easter! from The Cozy Quilter

Another week of staying home.  Another week of hoping and praying that the COVID-19 pandemic will soon be under control and the worrying and anxiety can ease.  I spent some time this week on adding stitches to my March Linen and Thread ornament. I don't plan ahead which colours are going to go where--I just wing it as I go along, and so far I have been pleased with how each ornament has evolved. 

I was getting tired of making the same dish cloth pattern over and over again so decided to try something different.  I had a dish ...

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March 27, 2020
Quarantine Quilting – Quilt Top Done from Needle and Foot

Well all this time at home is certainly allowing for lots of time in the sewing room. Last June I started sewing these charm squares I had accumulated into blocks. The charm squares are from a variety of sample packs from Benartex. Simple, prints in soothing colors that wanted to be made into something rather than live on the shelf in the closet (where they had been for at least two years or so).

I saw this idea on Julie’s blog, Me and My Quilts, around that time. She was making something similar and I absolutely copied her!! I ...

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March 22, 2020
National Quilting Day, plus some Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

To celebrate National Quilting Day, I started a new quilt!  The London Modern Guild Sewing day was cancelled today, for obvious reasons, but we were all encouraged to #sewcialdistance and work on our projects at home.  I have had my eye on this pattern for several months now and finally bought the Snowflake pattern online last week.  I was not sure which colour I would use for the scrappy background and after surveying my stash, decided on red.  Here are my first three blocks, completed on Friday. 

On Saturday, I made 4 more blocks, but only got a picture when ...

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February 7, 2020
Rosewood Lane Quilt Pattern Update! from Busy Hands Quilts

It's Rosewood Lane's turn for an update!  Last year most of my pattern covers were updated, some patterns were also overhauled inside, and I'm down to the last few needing updated.  Now there are only three pattern covers awaiting updating - Home Awaits, Picket Fence, and Falling Stars.  

Joyce of Liberty Green Quilt Shop in Akron, Ohio has been a consistent wholesale customer of my quilt patterns.  She requested printed copies of Rosewood Lane after seeing the Rosewood Lane in Anna Maria Horner fabrics that sold in my quilt shop last year and requested an AMH quilt for ...

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January 31, 2020
Finish – Squared Away! from Needle and Foot

It has been a while since I actually finished a quilt. Hurray for Squared Away – all finished and so pretty! I started this quilt in the beginning of 2018. The block of the month was hosted by Mari at Academic Quilter. Somehow I didn’t end up following along all year though. I can’t honestly remember why. Then the blocks sat and waited, all lonely and sad, until I stitched them together last spring. Since I didn’t have enough blocks for an entire quilt, I interspersed them with a modern print of Pat Bravo’s. It was from ...

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January 29, 2020
OMG January 2020 Finish from Urban Quilter

72 log cabin blocks (some in a pile)
I completed my #onemonthlygoal for January. I finished the 72 blocks I wanted to make and got a good start on the final 72 I will need to make the quilt. I'm linking up with One Monthly Goal

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January 28, 2020
Granny's Square Patch Throw Quilt in Tula Pink! from Busy Hands Quilts

Granny's Square Patch in Tula Pink is another quilt I made last year but didn't blog about.  I used ultra modern Tula Pink fabrics in this quilt to show that an old fashioned design and modern fabrics can meld quite well.

In keeping with the modern fabrics, I chose a hexie quilting design, though even a feathery design would have looked lovely as well.  Sometimes choosing a quilting design is paralyzing and you've just got to just jump in and GO or it will never get done.  

This lovely blue/purple circular design was found in the ...

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January 26, 2020
Scrappy Quilting and Rainy Week from Grandma's Red Needle

It has been a wet week weather wise. We had a 'cyclone warning class 3' caused by Moderate Tropical Cyclone 'Diane'. 'Class 3' means 'no venture out'. 'Diane' passed 40 km (24.85 miles) off the North coast before 04:00 a.m. Saturday morning and we did not even hear the wind or rain! Luckily it was not a strong cyclone; no flooding or other damages in our area.

I've been super busy with a couple of my scrappy UFO's and happy to say I have a FINISH!

This is my UFO #10 (my UFO list) and ...

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January 1, 2020
OMG January 2020 from Urban Quilter

My one-monthly-goal for this month is to make 72 mini log cabin blocks for a quilt I want to have done in April. The plan is to make a lapquilt from 4" (finished size) log cabin blocks and I will need a total of 168. I have 30 made so if I made 72 this month and 72 next month I will be ready to assemble and quilt in March.

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October 25, 2019
Oh My Darling Updated Pattern Sale! from Busy Hands Quilts

My Oh My Darling quilt pattern has been completely updated, both inside and out, with new formatting and cover image.  I've also changed the Queen size from a square to a rectangular quilt.  This quilt pattern is jelly roll friendly and includes 6 sizes - Baby, Lap, Throw, Twin, Queen and King.  This is the cover quilt in Garden Club by RJR Fabrics.

This scrappy blue and orange Oh My Darling in the king size was a custom order.

 Below is the twin size in Fresh Cut by Basic Grey.  This quilt is for sale in my quilt shop.

Below ...

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October 14, 2019
Around the Fireplace quilt from Pieced Brain

All photos by American Quilter magazine. Used with permission.
This is "Around the Fireplace", my quilt just published in the November 2019 issue of the American Quilter magazine. It measures 59" x 59" and the blocks finish at 12". A perfect throw or lap quilt size, with robins, plaids, checks, and applique', this is already decorating my home! Yeah, I know, I have Christmas stuff around the family room and we haven't even passed Halloween. But, since the young boys are all in college, I'd rather skip Halloween altogether, hint at Thanksgiving with a table topper (which I ...

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