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October 13, 2021
The weight creep from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Well, I seem to have accomplished a lot yesterday, yet I have nothing to share with you. That's not entirely true, as I have one thing to share. I'm participating in the Barn Quilt project with Thimbles and Things, and once a month, we have to make a block. 

Yes -- the class is this Friday, and I always seem to be right at the last minute to get the block done, and this month was a super simple block. I took some time yesterday to make the block, and the task for the extra points is also done ...

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September 28, 2021
Preserving Our Quilt Legacy - Virtual Workshop - Starting soon! from Ann Quilts


Hey, hey - I'm starting to get the hang of this video promotion situation! My second video is up and running. It's a little "tour" of a great crazy quilt that I've been repairing. 

And this video is by way, of course, of reminding you that the start date for my quilt care and repair workshop is coming closer and closer. You can register for the whole workshop, or for selected alá carte items. Full details and registration info can be found on my website.
 
Bringing a damaged quilt back to life is such a satisfying endeavor. It ...

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September 22, 2021
Log Cabin Mixed 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

This week’s Log Cabin project file has a collection of different Log Cabin blocks, and the design above is mostly Chimney’s and Cornerstones with and without curves. I like the first design!

Still lots of Chimneys and Cornerstones in the second, but a bit more variety in the Log Cabin variations.

All the ones above have two variations of Courthouse Steps.

Love the one above … my favourite for today!

An interesting design to finish off today.

More Log Cabin designs mid week, next week.

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September 5, 2021
How to Make Scrappy Yellow Log Cabin Quilt from Felicia's World

I don’t know what it is with this scrappy yellow log cabin quilt top that I just finished, but it has been a while since I completed a quilt top that I am this pleased. Something about collecting all these different shades of yellow fabric and then getting the overall voice of the quilt to read “Sunshine on an egg yolk!”

Want to create a scrappy quilt too? Read on to learn more about how to make this scrappy yellow quilt pattern.

scrappy yellow quilt

Use a Paper Piecing Template

I used our best-selling 7″ Log Cabin paper templates to complete the ...

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September 2, 2021
Monthly recap, August 2021 from Exuberant Color




I had 2 finishes, just under the wire.  The pineapple log cabin quilt is 44" x 55" and the scrappy quarter log cabin quilt is 70.5" x 87".  That takes one more off my "large quilt tops" list.  That is where I have the most waiting to be finished.







 I was happy to finish 4 quilt tops in August.  The small Economy block quilt top is 41.25" square, below it the Kaffe pastel 16 patch quilt top is 40" x 48".  In the middle, made with Kaffe collective fabrics and the Matrix pattern (by SpringLeaf Studios) is 53 ...

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September 1, 2021
One finish.................. from Exuberant Color


I worked on hand finishing the 2 bindings all day yesterday until late last night. It was too late to do my monthly recap collages so I'll just cover one of the finishes in this post.

This small quilt is 44" x 55" and the pieces were cut with my die cutter and the pineapple log cabin die.  Most of these blocks were leftovers from this quilt and I just needed to make a few more blocks to finish the on point layout.


The setting triangle fabric is a gray/blue and cream dotted print.  From a distance it ...

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August 31, 2021
Trimming and binding.............. from Exuberant Color


I did straight line quilting on this quarter log cabin quilt.  I took it off the frame and trimmed the edges, chose a binding and cut the strips.




My thread was Superior So Fine in a medium value beige/tan.  The only place it shows much is on the black fabric.





I started the hand sewing on the binding of the pineapple log cabin small quilt.

The weather has turned pleasant once again and the whole week looks great.  Once I get my end of the month quilts finished I will need to get outside and pull weeds in the ...

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August 29, 2021
Almost finished............. from Exuberant Color


I quilted the small log cabin pineapple quilt yesterday afternoon.  The dusty peach print for the back wasn't quite wide enough so I added a strip of a coral colored batik to it.  I think the binding needs to be a dark cream color like the spots in the setting triangles.

After I got I got it off the longarm and trimmed I cut the backing for the next to be quilted and trimmed the batting to the right size.  It is ready to load today after I press the creases out of the backing.


I finally remembered to ...

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July 25, 2021
Family Quilts: A Quilt from Every Generation for 150+ Years from Ann Quilts

A customer sent me a quilt for repair, and included photos of her collection of family quilts.  She gave me permission to share them with you here.  What a treat to have this many quilts passed down for so many generations!  And only one, the Grandmother's Flower Garden, was in need of repair.

The owner says:  

I have a quilt from every generation down through ones that my mother made for me and for her 9 grandchildren. My family tree goes back to the Mayflower as a direct descendant of John Alden and Priscilla Mullin; it also includes James ...

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July 3, 2021
Announcing a Really Big Adventure for the Studio - And for us...! from Quilting Studio Adventures

 After 35 years in this stucco bungalow in LaGrange and 15 years in this lovely studio, we are moving.  We bought a condo in OakBrook (we thought it was in Westmont) and this house is on the market as of this afternoon.  The past few weeks have been busy, but of course I've been sewing with a deep appreciation of what I've had for the past years.  These final days in this studio are sweet ones.


I have always loved log cabins, and this bundle of Japanese canvas linens seems perfect for this block.  I’m making this ...

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June 9, 2021
Friendship Quilt Pattern - Queen Size in Good Vibes Batiks! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm sharing a quilt pattern called Friendship with you!  This is a Queen size made with batik fabrics.  This is a quick and easy quilt pattern.




Oh My, Those Fabrics!

This Queen size Friendship quilt is made with the Good Vibes Batik collection by Robert Kaufman.  This collection includes a variety of colors, and I selected only the blues from the collection.  You will find the collection right here.  Paired with these batiks is a Quilters Linen, also by Robert Kaufman.  Despite its name, this fabric ...

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March 23, 2021
Very Little Progress on UFO's, Cross-Stitching and Second LOCKDOWN from Grandma's Red Needle

Today the calendar shows March 23! More than two months since my previous post! How did that happen?? 

So, we are on the second C-19 wave, which resulted in lockdown from March 10 until March 25. UGH! With increasing numbers (202 per this morning), I'm quite sure the lockdown will be extended another 1-2 weeks, at least! 

My previous post shows accumulated UFO's from 2020 and older. I'm quite sure they multiply overnight! As part of APQ's  and Quiltsy Team's UFO Challenge 2021, I did finish #7 (January Challenge). 

These blocks were leftovers from a ...

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January 20, 2021
Batik Pineapple Log Cabin quilt top sewn............. from Exuberant Color


One of the 3 quilt tops is sewn together.  I usually cut my setting triangles oversized so the center design floats.  It is 45" x 58.5".  I thought it was going to be narrower than 45" so I could use just one width for backing.  Now I'll have to get creative.  I have several long narrow pieces of batiks cut away from other backings so I'll look there first.  This one won't get quilted this month because I have 6 planned ahead of it. 

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January 19, 2021
Multi-tasking again.............. from Exuberant Color

I cut the setting triangles from both orange Shaggy and red Cactus flower.  I need to cut a few more but I needed to see some on the design wall to decide which fabric to cut the rest from.  It is so much prettier in person.  Be sure to click on the photo to see the setting triangle fabrics closer.



On to the batik pineapple log cabin quilt top: I sewed the setting triangles onto the rows and added a strip on 2 of the corners to compensate for the size of the corner triangles.  The spots run in rows ...

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January 18, 2021
The other setting triangles........... from Exuberant Color

While I was in the basement pressing the setting triangle fabric for the 16 patch quilt I glanced over at my design wall which has had these pineapple blocks on it for a couple months.  I had been trying several neutral light prints for the setting triangles and then I saw this batik fabric and thought it might be fun.  The color is off in this photo since it is a dusty blue with beige spots.  I only had a yard of it and I cut all of the side triangles I needed.  This did not leave me a large ...

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January 6, 2021
Sidetrack and main project.............. from Exuberant Color

This is my view from the sewing chair.  I was cleaning off one of the cutting tables in the basement and I found a pencil box full of left over strips from 2 or 3 log cabin quilts.  So.....I had to see how many blocks I could make from them.



There is a variety of types of fabric: plaids, stripes, batiks, Kaffe fabric and other printed quilting fabric.  So I got that out of my system and went back to the project I'm really working on.







Here are the first 9 blocks of the Kaffe collective warm color ...

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January 5, 2021
Still kickin' at the New Year from Elaine Adair Pieces

I'm still here, working and sewing much of the time.  Hey, this home maintenance being completed by just ONE person takes a lot of time!  My spirits remain sorta OK, and I get lonesome, pretty much like everyone else.  A terrible anniversary is looming -  sad and scary but I will face it.  Time flew by so quickly, it is shocking.  I barely learn what day it is, and it's the next!  

During my blog lull, I have finished the quilting on this QOV, shown as a top previously.   



Love that striped binding!  Here's the back, much of ...

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December 13, 2020
Modern Log Cabin from a Layer Cake! Fast Pattern called Retro Tiles from Quilt Addicts Anonymous from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

You may think we forgot how to count. But today’s video is not a mistake … we are bringing you a 13th Make of Christmas!

We originally planned to remake Retro Tiles, my modern log cabin quilt using a layer cake with Polar Magic by Lemoni for FIGO. But when it was time to start filming, we still didn’t have the white fabric we ordered a month previously for the background.

But white 10-inch square packs AND white yardage arrived after I started shooting, so we decided to squeeze one bonus video in for you.

In this video we ...

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December 8, 2020
Last block made............ from Exuberant Color


The 18th pineapple log cabin block is finally finished and on the design wall with the other 17.  Now I'm starting to audition fabric for the setting triangles.










This batik might be a little too dark so I'll try some more today.










I got the Christmas box down off the top shelf and got the Christmas quilt out.  Click here to see the whole quilt.






I bought this patriotic Santa in 1994 and made a little rug that year for him to stand on.  Luckily I have been able to find both pieces each year.  One thing I ...

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December 3, 2020
7 more blocks............ from Exuberant Color


 I got in a few sessions of sewing yesterday and finished 7 more of the batik pineapple blocks.






I took them downstairs to the design wall where the original 10 blocks were.  They are about 14" across on the diagonal so this would be 42" wide and 56" long.  It would be another recliner chair size quilt or even a baby quilt, an elegant baby quilt.  

I need to make one more block.  I have one dark block that I might try in it to see if it looks like the black sheep of the quilt.


The bouquet of little ...

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