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November 16, 2018
Christmas Log Cabin Wreath Quilt | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Island Batik Ambassadors are given monthly challenges using Island Batik fabrics, and November's assignment is log cabins.  I love log cabin quilts but actually rarely make them, so it was good to visit this timeless block again.

An internet search led me to this design, a Log Cabin Christmas Wreath.  With the generosity of Island Batik in providing fabrics for projects, I had just the right fabrics on hand for this quilt, most of them from the Alpine Jingle collection.

The Christmas Wreath quilt really needed some holiday quilting, so this beautiful holly and berries design seemed the perfect ...

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October 24, 2018
Adventures? You Betcha! from Quilting Studio Adventures

 I think about the title of this blog.  While what I do may not be daringly adventuresome, my adventure certainly has longevity. And it's highly focused on quilts, bags, and purses.  Quilty buddy Mimi gave me a big pile of wonderfully Asian-ish blues.  I took two of them to pilot this unstructured bag, Hampton Weekend Bag.  It went together quickly - I can see keeping something like this in the car for small shopping trips.  There's a magnet closure, a little zippered pocket inside, and a little slip pocket inside.  The strap has a slider so that it can ...

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My Answer to the AHIQ Maps Challenge from Quilty Folk

What I love most about starting something on a whim, is that it often stimulates the brain in unexpected ways. I have been so stumped about what to do with the AHIQ Maps Challenge. For goodness sakes, the challenge was thrown out to us in July? To me, quilting 'maps' felt kind of complex and 'arty'. Not really my thing on the best of days. Summer complaint fatigue didn't help any either. My brain like mush most of the time.

Basic log cabin
The crisp, fall weather has definitely helped to wake me up a bit. With this project ...

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October 2, 2018
Over Japan, Quilts 3 and 4: Definitely My Fave, Maybe from Gefilte Quilt

In recent posts, I showed off two large quilts I made from my collection of Japanese textiles. (One, two). Here's the third, which may be my favorite:

It measures 96" x 75". I pieced the vertical side borders from scraps - I especially like the quarter-hexagon design on the left in the photo above, a closeup of which is on the right side of the photo below. I found this quarter-hexagon concept in a book by the brilliant Sara Nephew:
The white sashing above, which looks like graph paper, was from my husband's old shirts. Below is the right ...

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September 27, 2018
Throwback Thursday from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Wow!  I am so excited to be back here at The Inbox Jaunt!  The amazing number of comments this week demonstrate clearly that we are a passionate group of quilters!  YOUR notes about why YOU quilt, YOUR … Continue reading

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September 24, 2018
hand pieced log cabins from Sotak Handmade

Many, many months ago I started a hand pieced log cabin quilt (blog post here). I was on a roll and enjoyed the slow process of hand piecing a lot. But then life happened, well mostly our move, and there was absolutely no time for slow stitching :(

Last week though I started feeling like things were finally getting back to normal and I decided to give my log cabins a try once again. 

You might remember I used red squares for the middle of my previous blocks, but I had no red on hand and wanted to stitch right away ...

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Over Japan, Quilt 2: Everything But Kitchen Sink from Gefilte Quilt

Two weeks ago, I showed off the first quilt made from from my collection of Japanese textiles. The second, below, at 95" x 76", was supposed to be its back - but I liked it so much I decided to make it the front of another quilt. It features a banner memorializing Hokusai's iconic 1829 Japanese woodblock print, "The Great Wave at Kanagawa". 
Above and below it, I put scrappy log cabin blocks in a zig-zag setting to echo the wave.  In the top log cabin wave, the zig-zag is light:  
And in the bottom, it's dark: 
The middle ...

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September 23, 2018
Other creations this month from Creating Chaos

I was a bit late with my Journal Quilt this month.  It was done within September but for the past few years I have been ahead of myself so I felt quite guilty that it wasn't done until the middle of the month.

This month I reached the "blue" month so decided to have something linked to the sea for the gelli printing.   I've made my own print blocks with polystyrene in the past so used this method to create some texture on the plate inspired by waves and using fabric paints, printed some of my dyed blue ...

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August 28, 2018
Stolen: 3 Quilts from the Teton County Fair from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Gloria Baird is asking for our help in finding these quilts, stolen from the Teton County Fairgrounds 4-H building in Driggs, Idaho. The first picture is of her table runner, the next two are queen size quilts. All three were awarded blue ribbons.
You can learn more about these quilts and the other items stolen here:…/article_cc05ef0e-a4b0-11e…

If you have any information about these quilts please contact Gloria Baird

Stolen: Table Runner

Stolen: Log Cabin Quilt

Stolen: Caleb’s 8th Grade Graduation Quilt

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August 14, 2018
Summer Sewing from Polka Dots and Butterflies

It was a busy summer for us.  Bar Mitzvah's and a big trip to Israel for another bar mitzvah celebration.  Summer camp and visits with family.  In between all of that I sewed up a ton of projects. 

First up was to finish a project that I had first seen at Road2CA.  This first picture is the inspiration.  The pattern is from the Simply Vintage book which can be found

Here is my version.  I decided to omit the writing.  I really like the concept of the log cabin which is half invisible and ...

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August 8, 2018
Framed by Logs 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 from Virtual Quilter

Framed by Logs 15

Middle of the week again … time to share some quilt designs based on Log Cabin blocks.

Framed by Logs OP 11

These designs are for frames, created by twisting and turning a variety of Log Cabin block variations.

Framed by Logs OP 12

Next week I will add pieced blocks, including several Log Cabin variations, into the blank canvas inside the frames.

After all, it has been quite a while since I last shared anything from this project file, so it is about time to play with this particular concept again, though I don’t have to play with Log Cabin variations just yet, as there are plenty waiting for ...

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August 7, 2018
The long way home from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

While I was having fun at the cottage, it was time to come home and it took me all day to do so.

I did spend the night at Susan's cottage. What a very nice place. I have to laugh - People have cottages that are way nicer than where I grew up as a kid!  Anyway, I decided to sleep in the bunkie despite the warnings about serial killers and bears as possible threats. No those threats were not real, but amazing how some people need the safety of a "house" around them. I guess if I survived a ...

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My glass is half full aka The Distant View from Stitchin' Therapy

   A finish finally on the floral log cabin quilt.  Big sigh.   I was beginning to think it would be a couple more months to pull this one off.   Yet, my wrist felt better after  a week of rest and I finished up adding the binding.
  I began working and planning this quilt in March.....this post.... has the block recipe/cutting and measurements that I used.
Then in this post in April I was beginning the layout and talked about second guessing myself in the fabric choices.

  Along the way, I did work on another quilt or two, and one ...

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July 30, 2018
The One With Stubborn Juices from knot what it seams

Sometimes the fabric just tells you what it wants to be.

Sometimes it absolutely refuses to inform you and you spend many a frustrating hours trying to get something to click.

My advice when that happens? Just give up. Put it back on the shelf, let it stew in its own stubborn juices for a while. Eventually, one day, you will glance over and spy the fabric sitting there looking pretty and it will

Jelly Roll
My oh-so-careful planning! Here’s to hoping that it works…

just occur to you what type of quilt it should be.

That’s what happened with ...

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July 16, 2018
Wedding Gift Quilt from A Ditchin' Time Quilts

quilt label
This is how I sign my quilts.  If you look back at all my quilts, I always try to do something different on my quilts to make them special.  For a tutorial of how I make my quilt labels, check out this post here.

My present to this sweet young lady is the awesome Amy Butler quilt.  The pattern for this quilt can be found on a PDF here: "You complete me" using her Soul Mate fabric.  How perfect for this new bride to be!  Their wedding is in October.  I can't wait for the wedding.  It ...

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June 13, 2018
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Strings, Strings Everywhere! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Well, despite all efforts to avoid it, Tuesday snuck up on me, and I almost forgot to write a scrappy blogpost for Wednesday!  But here I am, with a little bit of a fun quilt to share!  Here's the story...

It all started with this picture that I found on Pinterest.  Suddenly the huge pile of strings we have at church took on a different glamour!  And so, using a 5" square for the center, I started going around the square with those strings.  My only requirement was that they be straight and even.  Round and round ...

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June 5, 2018
Journal Quilt for June from Creating Chaos

Moving on from yellow, this month's JQ is yellow and green.

I started with a random pieced panel in the centre which was created using fused fabric which I bonded to a backing fabric and then cut to shape.  This was then bordered as a log cabin first with yellow which I then cut at angles before completing with a green border.

I was a bit worried about the raw edges on the centre panel so decided to machine quilt narrow lines and hope it was enough.

You may recall that one of the criteria for my quilts this ...

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May 24, 2018
workshops – novas datas! from Ritacor

é com muito prazer que vos anuncio as primeiras datas de workshops para este ano! dia 23 de junho, sábado, temos uma aula de manhã (das 10h às 14h) dedicada aos half-square triangles e outra à tarde (15h – 19h) outra aula dedicada ao clássico bloco Log Cabin. o sítio é o melhor possível: a Retrosaria, … More workshops – novas datas!

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May 8, 2018
Variety and options from Stitchin' Therapy

  Time just gets away from me and blogging takes a hit it seems.  I did not realize it had been a week since I posted.  I was able to get thru most of the items I put on my list to accomplish last week. 

    I had the floral log cabin up on the design wall, and in need of squaring up the edges.  Got that taken care of and decided I needed a small border at least.  So I added that.  Now, she needs pinning and quilting.  I ordered batting and it arrived yesterday, so I am putting that onto ...

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May 4, 2018
Frida mini-quilt from Ritacor

a Frida Kahlo continua a ser uma inspiração: parece que agora está na moda e que há várias marcas de pronto-a-vestir que fizeram t-shirts inspiradas nela, mas no meu trabalho tem sido uma constante desde sempre. desta vez fiz uma pequena coleção de mini-quilts com o dia da mãe em mente – são uma prenda … More Frida mini-quilt

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