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December 1, 2021
Time for New Beginnings Draws Near! from QUilting By-You

I know, we still need to make a decision about the sashing. What could be taking us so long? Well, holiday season. Don’t get us wrong, we love the holidays! Right now things just get a little crazy with everyone trying to get gifts completed on time. With the pandemic, people have been sewing and getting tops done and trying to get those caught up as well. This just makes things a little busier at the shop and we don’t always get back to our own projects.

That being said, New Year’s is one of my favorites ...

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November 11, 2021
It’s Time for Sashing! from QUilting By-You

I bet you thought that we forgot about our ever-so-patiently-waiting Jacob’s Ladder blocks. It is time to do something with them!

When last we left them we had our 3 trouble maker blocks flagged so we knew what we were dealing with. Now is the time to make the decisions for what to do with these blocks. The end goal for this quilt is to have a bit of a sampler at the shop to showcase some different quilting ideas to show customers when talking about how to quilt their quilt (either by us or by them). With 15 ...

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October 25, 2021
Tip of the Iceberg. from QUilting By-You

We talk about the tip of the iceberg at home a lot. How icebergs are tricky things…that you can only see a portion above the water while the greater mass lies below the surface. We talk about how the tip of the iceberg represents our final product; the result of our work. The mass below represents the work that it takes to get the result, or the part of the iceberg you can’t see. The boys wanted to start a podcast – so they are learning a lot about the work that lies beneath the surface.

A couple of ...

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October 20, 2021
Le Wheelhouse Medaillon quilt terminé from Atelier de Cocopatch

bonjour à toutes, Les vacances approchent, j’espère que vous pourrez en profiter pour voir votre famille et vos amis! J’ai terminé de coudre le biais sur le Wheelhouse Medaillon quilt que je vous avez montré terminé ici. Je l’ai confié aux bons soins de Carole Quilting qui m’a même posé le biais, je n’ai eu … Continuer de lire Le Wheelhouse Medaillon quilt terminé

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October 18, 2021
It’s Craft Fair Time! from QUilting By-You

It doesn’t really seem possible that it has been a year since we were last at a craft show. We know that the last year (well, year plus) has been a difficult time. Many of us weren’t able to do many of the things that we normally would. We missed out on school, work, vacations, and memories. It seems to be a slow slog to get back to our normal. Each step we take toward normal feels exciting and sometimes scary at the same time for many of us. Some of us are more than ready to completely ...

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It’s Craft Fair Time! from QUilting By-You

It doesn’t really seem possible that it has been a year since we were last at a craft show. We know that the last year (well, year plus) has been a difficult time. Many of us weren’t able to do many of the things that we normally would. We missed out on school, work, vacations, and memories. It seems to be a slow slog to get back to our normal. Each step we take toward normal feels exciting and sometimes scary at the same time for many of us. Some of us are more than ready to completely ...

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October 11, 2021
What to do if…. from QUilting By-You

You lose your quilt.

Well, I am certain that I don’t have all of the answers for this, but a quilt show just wrapped up in our area and we were talking about how quilt pick up can be a bit chaotic and it would be easy to lose track of one.

Before I get too far, if you are a victim of quilt theft there is a bit of an online network out there. There’s a group on facebook and some websites where you can post pictures of your quilt and hopefully someone will see it and ...

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July 26, 2021
Kathy's Pink and Black Flower Blocks Quilt from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 When my customer Kathy brought me her adorable chickens quilt, she also brought this pretty Pink and Black Flowers Block quilt.


The combination of colors that she used is very vibrant and it just needed the finishing touch.

Unfortunately with the practically daily rain and/or overcast skies we've been having here, getting really good pictures of the finished quilts is nearly impossible but trust me when I tell you it turned out gorgeous.
Glide thread in Military Gold was the perfect choice for the top.
The panto Surf's Up was fitting and I really like the way ...

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July 22, 2021
Quilting A Show Quilt from QUilting By-You

I know, we kind of checked out there for a bit. We had a good reason though…we were quilting a show quilt.

I’m sure that many of you have been to quilt shows in your area with amazing quilts and vendors. Many of you have even travelled to larger shows with even more amazing quilts and vendors. You may even be brave enough to hang your quilts in your local shows. Some of you may even be brave enough to have your quilt judged.

I have had one of my personal quilts judged and the comments were pretty ...

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July 21, 2021
Charms for My Sister from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 This is another recent finish and this one was for my younger sister Diane. 

Way back in Spring 2013, I signed up for my very first charm swap.  Little did I know the appeal of swapping charms at the time and I eventually ended up hosting a number of Kate Spain charm swaps in later years.  I had no plans for them at some point I added a Disappearing Nine Patch pattern printout to the baggie they were stored in and put them on my project shelf.

Fast forward to 7 years later, I decided to use these charms for ...

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July 9, 2021
Kathy's Adorable Chicken Quilt from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 My customer Kathy brought me an applique quilt of adorable chickens to stitch up for her.


This quilt is for her daughter, who actually purchased the pattern and the fabric and asked her mom to make it for her. Although this would have been fun to add great details with some custom quilting, Kathy wanted only an edge to edge design.

This is what the top looked like before any stitching was added.
 Here a few of the cast of characters, both before and after.

I imagine Kathy had fun creating each of these blocks and her applique is fabulous ...

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June 28, 2021
Vicious Villains Quilt for Anne from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 Once upon a time, I saw a panel on a Facebook fabric selling group and new that instant that I had to buy it for my good friend Anne who is a huge Disney Villains fan.  Once the panel and the coordinating border and backing fabric arrive, I pieced it together and added it to the "to be quilted" pile and there it sat.  Forgotten about.  For way too long! 

One big thing the past year has brought front and center to my attention is to get my tail in high gear and get finished all these projects so that ...

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June 17, 2021
Mickey Mouse Quilt for Sharon from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 When I bought the Villains panel and fabrics for my friend Anne, I also knew that I also needed to find something for my friend Sharon.  Her favorite character is Kermit the Frog but after an exhausting search online, I came up empty.  She's also a big Disney fan and I found out that Mickey is her favorite character. Mickey panels and prints were much easier to find.

This is her finished Mickey Mouse quilt.

Once it was loaded on the frame, I knew that the quilting would bring it to life.
Picking the right panto was tough.  I ...

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June 4, 2021
Sweeter Than Honey from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 Since practically the beginning of my quilting journey I've had the plan to eventually make a quilt for each of my 4 siblings.  As with so many people this past year, I've thought long and hard about what I want to accomplish in my future and decided that these quilts needed to happen now, not in who knows how many years from now.

This first sibling quilt was for my oldest sister Tina, who also happens to be a quilter.  Long ago I started a quilt that I originally thought would be for her, but later decided it ...

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June 1, 2021
Colleen's Hunter Star Quilt from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 My customer Colleen called me to say that she had a big top to be quilted.  I couldn't wait to see what she created.  When she arrived with it, needless to say I was excited to get to stitch this one.  This is her Navy and White Hunter's Star Quilt.

This turned out so beautiful. Colleen is going to use this one on her own bed. I'm a tad bit jealous.
Here is the "before" photo.  It's a big quilt, measuring 98" x 98".  Luckily I have a 12 foot frame so I can fit big ...

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May 28, 2021
Colleen's Green and Gray Star Quilt from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 It's always fun to see what my customers bring to me to quilt for them.  Colleen's creations never disappoint.  This is her Gray and Green Star Quilt.  Isn't it beautiful?


I actually remembered this time to take a "before" picture. As I've mentioned before, her quilts are always a pleasure to work on because they are well constructed.

She picked a new-to-me panto called London Fog and once I started stitching it I definitely liked how it turning out. So Fine Silver was the thread of choice for the top.
This is the completed quilt fresh ...

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May 10, 2021
Charmaine's Tumbler Baby Quilts x 7 from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

My customer Charmaine has been busy again, creating a mountain of baby quilt tops and of course I had the pleasure recently of quilting them for her.
They were all her usual I Spy Tumbler design and they include such a huge variety of prints.
Since the tops are so busy, we pick a panto design that's not too detailed.
For this stack of tops, we chose the Fascination panto. Quilters Dream 80/20 batting was used for all.
She always provides soft flannel backings that are so snugly.
The last quilt was actually for her grandson.  Evidently he ...

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May 5, 2021
Winter Frost Wall Hanging, Table Runner and Placemats from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

In December 2020 I participated as one of the Chefs for Moda's Countdown to Christmas Quilt Along.  This year's theme was Winter Frost and the fabrics chosen where a mix of prints and Moda Grunge in Ice Blue, Royal Blue, Aqua and White.
While designing blocks for these events, I've come to the decision that I don't want to end up with random blocks that get put away, never to be seen again.  I didn't have time to make the entire quilt so I chose to make a wall hanging with a limited number of ...

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April 30, 2021
April OMG Success: Anders' Grad Quilt is a Flimsy! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

It's the last day of April, and I'm crossing my big One Monthly Goal off my list in the nick of time.  I feel like that player in Sports Ball who slides into Home Plate right before whatever happens that makes him Struck Out instead of Safe.  That other dude who is dressed like a cross between a skunk and a raccoon yells SAFE -- and the crowd goes wild!!  

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April 26, 2021
Design Wall Monday + Tuesday's To-Do List: Giverney Teleidoscope is Nearly a Flimsy from Cheeky Cognoscenti

As of Sunday night, here's what Anders' high school graduation quilt looks like on my design wall:

All Nine Rows Completed!

All of my 11" kaleidoscope blocks now have their corners attached, and they are all sewn together into nine horizontal rows with their points matching up neatly at the seam lines.  Now all I need to do is to sew those rows together into a finished quilt top (or "flimsy") before I can load it onto my long arm frame for quilting.  My One (Two!) Monthly Goal(s) for April was(were) to finish piecing this kaleidoscope quilt ...

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