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September 10, 2019
Susan's Nine Patch quilt from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

My good friend Susan's 2nd daughter Samantha get married recently (the 1st daughter Liz was  married a year ago) and of course another wedding quilt was created.  Sam's style is more subdued than her older sister's and she requested an all gray and white quilt.  This is the result.
I like to take a "before" picture (if I remember) to show just how much the quilting does to enhance the piecing and truly "finish" a quilt.

Unfortunately there was a ton of rain when it came time to take the pictures so I had to do them ...

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September 6, 2019
Courage Under Fire quilt for Pete from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

When someone a quilter knows is diagnosed with a serious illness, that quilter gets to work immediately to make a quilt to comfort them over the coming days, weeks, months and hopefully years.  That's exactly what I did for my husband's friend, fellow firefighter and coworker Pete when we heard the news early this year of his cancer diagnoses.  This is:

Courage Under Fire

This is the "before" quilting picture.  I created this entire quilt with leftover fire department fabric scraps from Jammer's To The Rescue quilt along with Kona Zen Gray for the sashing.
On the ...

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September 2, 2019
Colleen's sweet cars baby boy quilt from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

I'm embarrassed that I've neglected my blog for the past 6 months but between a insanely busy cookie season, family vacations and multiple Girl Scout troop activities, I've been really busy.  I've done a small amount of sewing, other thank Girl Scout badges and patches, so I'll be posting about those projects in the coming weeks. 

The most recent customer quilt completed was for Colleen.  She made this sweet, simple little quilt for her grandson's 2nd birthday which is coming up soon. 
The main print is adorable and the border colors she chose compliment ...

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August 19, 2019
Blue Dot, Blue Dot, Where Are You? - Denniele's Quilt from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I posted a block of this one, but now I"ve gotten permission to post the full quilt and all it's wonderful blooms.  Denniele Bohannan from Louanna Mary Quilt Design made this incredible Blue Dot, Blue Dot Where are you,  quilt designed by Barbara Brackman who has a free BOM - Hospital Sketches  which you can find on facebook.  This one is super sweet.  Two layers of batting, Hobbs 80/20 and Hobbs Wool, I used a 60 wt Glide thread that just blended wonderfully with everything.  Yep only one color of thread on this beauty. And Denniele won a ...

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July 25, 2019
Millie's DIY Spa Staycation With Bernie, My Reluctant Sewing Machine Technician from Cheeky Cognoscenti

It is amazing how quickly a man who is not interested in taking apart your sewing machine changes his tune upon learning how EXPENSIVE it is to ship the darned thing back to the factory to have it worked on by someone else.  Meet my newly cooperative sewing machine technician:


He's Not Just a Cutie; He's HANDY!!
My husband Bernie can take just about anything apart and put it back together again to get it working: lawn mowers, ovens, cars, air conditioning units, computers, commercial espresso machines...  We were all scheduled to send Thoroughly Modern Millie (my 2013 ...

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July 16, 2019
To Do On Tuesday: Longarm Quilting Practice! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin', into the future...  It's Tuesday again!  My schedule was pretty chaotic last week, considering this is summer "vacation" -- bee meeting, guild meeting, workshops, shopping for everything my son will need when he heads to college (in FOUR AND A HALF WEEKS!), and lots of time spent helping both boys conduct a long overdue Deep Purge of old toys and outgrown books that were taking up too much space and collecting unhealthy quantities of dust in their bedrooms.  

Well-Read, Well-Loved, and Ready for Donation
Don't worry -- there are still PLENTY of books to ...

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May 30, 2019
Make It Modern with Hobbs - Trig Play from Creatin' in the Sticks

The May challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is
Make it Modern with Hobbs.

Today is my day to show
Trig Play
with a new, to me, batting technique.


As Island Batik Ambassadors,
this month is our second industry partner spotlight challenge
and
we are to use any of the Hobbs Battings provided to create a Modern Quilt.


The biggest challenge this month for me was deciding which of the modern characteristics my quilt might include.
A modern quilt as defined by the Modern Quilt Guild (the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid ...

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May 21, 2019
Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock... Deadline for Mission Impossible is 5 Days Away. Or 7 Days. Or 2 Weeks. from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Center Row of Circles Finished Yesterday
Good morning and happy Tuesday!  This needs to be short and sweet so I can get back to this graduation quilt that's under my needle.  This quilt is for a blessing ceremony at church and the official deadline for turning in the graduates' Bibles and quilts to the church office is this Sunday, May 26th.  However, I found out that the pastors and staff won't be passing around the Bibles and praying over the quilts until their staff meeting on Tuesday morning, May 28th.  And I further discovered that, in years past ...

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May 17, 2019
Making a Start: Mission Impossible is Finally Under the Longarm Needle! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I started quilting Mission Impossible last night and I'm SO EXCITED!!!  This is how it looked when I shut off the machine and called it quits for the night:


FINALLY Started Quilting Mission Impossible!
I spent four hours at the machine and got the purple background areas of four 12" blocks quilted during that time.  Since there are 48 of these blocks in the quilt, that means I have 44 hours to go -- and then I have to go back and quilt the flying geese, and then trim the quilt and bind it...  But maybe my pace will quicken ...

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May 15, 2019
Mission Impossible: Marked and Loaded, With 11 Days Left to Quilt, Label and Bind from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Mission Impossible is an appropriate name for this quilt on SO many levels.  It's a high school graduation quilt for my oldest son Lars and it's "due" to the church office in ELEVEN days (on May 26th).  I decided yesterday that I am totally okay with missing that deadline if it comes to that.  The Quillow Service at church isn't until June 9th, two weeks after that deadline, and that's the date that's more important to me.  So I'm adjusting that May 26th "deadline" to an Aspirational Goal, like how we "shoot for the ...

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May 8, 2019
OMG (One Monthly Goal) for May: Quilt and Bind Mission Impossible Graduation Quilt, Due in 20 Days from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, you guys -- I think I know how I want to quilt Lars's graduation quilt.


Quilting Plan du Jour for Mission Impossible
I was doodling different quilting options on top of the quilt top image on my iPad last night with one of my drawing apps, and this is the one I liked the best.  It's all straight line ruler work, and I'm fresh from taking longarm ruler quilting workshops with both Lisa Calle and Judi Madsen last week so even though this is a reach for me skill-wise, it *SHOULD* be doable.  

I was drawing my ...

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May 7, 2019
Meadow Quilt Finish from A Ditchin' Time Quilts


I just finished the quilt and I just love it.  It's Meadow Quilt Pattern by Michelle McKillop for Jen Kingwell Designs.  I am in love with this quilt.  Look at IG for all the other beautiful quilts done with the pattern #meadowquilt  You can find the pattern and kit here. 


This quilt is a gift for my co-worker/friend who has worked with me for the entire 32 years I have worked at my job.  She has been there 45.5 years!  



quilt top complete

quilt top with my kitty Boris


center blocks

Long arm quilted




Backing with personalized ...

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May 2, 2019
Longarm Quilted Collage Bunny from The Quilt Journal

My collage bunny was made from a pattern by Laura Hiene called Hip Hop Rabbit. My friend Sherry and I each made one pooling our fabrics together in colors/ fabrics that we thought would work. ( we did this once before in the Melinda Bula quilt too- works great! ;)) We really struggled a little … Continue reading Longarm Quilted Collage Bunny

The post Longarm Quilted Collage Bunny appeared first on The Quilt Journal.

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April 29, 2019
Becky's bright feathered beauty! from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I don't think I ever properly shared Becky's big beautiful quilt.  I think I may have shared on Facebook and Instagram.  I try to add more details and mores pics here on the blog.  I just love this quilt, it's big, it's bright it's overflowing with feathers in a bed of wool and cotton.  It's just lucious!
hobbs 80/20 on bottom, wool on top
So  Fine thread top and bottom 



solid white backing - again adds to the lusciousness of this beauty

Quilted pinapple curve on top - 20 I think



Circle 2 ruler on ...

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April 17, 2019
6 Days Until Quilt Week: Mission Impossible, Vintage Repair + New Tumbler Top All Ready for Quilting! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Oh my gosh, you guys -- is this what it feels like to plan your work, work your plan, and finish a project way ahead of a deadline?!  

It was a little after midnight when I finished the last seam in Lars's Mission Impossible graduation quilt top and gave it a final pressing.  I needed help getting it back up on the design wall for a final photo, and my family was sleeping.  

72 x 96 Mission Impossible Quilt Top, Almost Finished in Photo, Totally Finished IRL

I decided that one of the almost-done pictures would have to suffice; you ...

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March 29, 2019
Vintage Reimagined - Concrete Window from Creatin' in the Sticks

The March challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is Vintage Reimagined.

Today is my day to show

Concrete Window.


It's been a long journey to meet the challenge, but I am so happy to share the finish.

The challenge was to be inspired by anything vintage whether it's a quilt, a vintage find, antiques, vintage furniture or architecture. Basically, anything vintage could be the inspiration.
The only rule was the quilt must be over 36". Any technique or color could be used.


I searched books, magazines, and the internet for inspiration
and
my first idea came from a ...

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March 28, 2019
All About Strings Blog Hop - Last Day, My Day, and Giveaway - Wavy Strings from Creatin' in the Sticks

Welcome
to
the final day of the
All About Strings Blog Hop.

 I'm sad to see this hop end.
My vision became a reality thanks to everyone who played along.

It has been so fun to see string
quilts and sewing projects
take center stage for one week
and
to all that participated or commented -

Thank you so much!


The projects have all been fantastic and the posts have had so many
tips and new ideas!!

Today is my day to show a new favorite quilt.

Wavy Strings


I just love making blocks with strings, it feels therapeutic.  
I ...

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March 26, 2019
Hey, Rebecca! This Is How You Prepare Your Quilt Backings! Reminders To Myself for Next Time from Cheeky Cognoscenti

The flying geese arcs for my son's graduation quilt are coming along nicely.  39 are finished, and 9 more are needed.  Each paper pieced arc of geese is taking approximately an hour and a half to two hours to complete.  So this week, even before I finish piecing those arcs, I think I need to start cutting out the purple background fabric and working out the kinks of the curved piecing required to turn these arcs of geese into quilt blocks.


This Week's Accomplishments, Bagged, Labeled and Ready for Quilting
But meanwhile, I had some loose ends to ...

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February 10, 2019
Color It In - Project Quilting Season 10, Challenge 3 from Creatin' in the Sticks

This is the third challenge of Season 10 of
Project Quilting.

I'm excited to join in this challenge, "Bigger Than a Breadbox"

My entry:

Color It In


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Kim announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

The rules:

  1. Your project must have one measurement (length, width, or height) larger than 16″, and another measurement larger than 8″. 
  2. Projects need to be created during the week of the challenge (started on or after ...

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February 8, 2019
Rhapsody in Blue - Reveal from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Oh boy will you look at this?   Country Quilters of McHenry Quilt guild have been working on this quilt for some time.   Fabrics selected and cut, little block kits made, and came back then trimming, rows and finally a flimsy.  Then guess what happened, that's right I got to quilt this sweet thing!  And quilt I did.  They let me do what I wanted, the only restriction was not too modern.  Ok, but when you leave me unsupervised with a quilt, this is what's gonna happen, some thread is going down!  I had  a lot of fun with ...

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