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July 30, 2014
Glacier Star from THE QUILTED PINEAPPLE

Those of you who "know" me, know that when I take a blogging break it usually means that I will come back with something worth the wait.   And you are correct!!!  In the Midwest, we are having a particularly cool summer.  Truthfully, it is far too cool than I prefer.  I had to put a hoodie on today!!!  Yuck!!!  On the bright side, the super cool mornings have been perfect for running.  Nice and

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Paper-pieced Stars from Quilt Vine


This is Linda's quilt. She told me to quilt it however I wanted to. 



I had some fun in all of that negative space.


I quilted pebbles close to the stars. Then mixed pebbles with swirls, and furthest from the stars I quilted just swirls.














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July 29, 2014
LONGARM QUILTING #11 - 2014 from The Quilting Queen Blog

Yes, I'm still loving on my grand babies so there's no recent quilting but I told you I quilted like a crazy woman before I left.  Here are a few more quilts I quilted.  

Joy made this for her granddaughter for graduation.  Joy usually makes her grands a t-shirt quilt but this one requested a traditional  quilt.  I think it's beautiful!!!  It's the floating star pattern in red and purple batiks. 

Do you pre-wash your fabrics or batiks?  Here's testimony that you should.  Joy said she washed the red fabrics (with color catchers each time ...

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LONGARM QUILTING #11 - 2014 from The Quilting Queen Online Blog

Yes, I'm still loving on my grand babies so there's no recent quilting but I told you I quilted like a crazy woman before I left.  Here are a few more quilts I quilted.  

Joy made this for her granddaughter for graduation.  Joy usually makes her grands a t-shirt quilt but this one requested a traditional  quilt.  I think it's beautiful!!!  It's the floating star pattern in red and purple batiks. 

Do you pre-wash your fabrics or batiks?  Here's testimony that you should.  Joy said she washed the red fabrics (with color catchers each time ...

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July 27, 2014
A Recipe For Disaster (and zucchini report) from caledonia quilter

RECIPE FOR DISASTER:
1)  Start with one of these.  It doesn't have to be a zucchini, it could be any fresh vegetable.


2)  Get a cutting board to chop up the vegetable.

3)  Take the cutting board and the chopped vegetable over to the stove.
4)  Ensure you have the cutting board UNsecurely held, and then drop it on one of these.
5)  Voila.  Chipped bone.
In case you are unaware, you cannot prop yourself up on crutches AND push a quilting machine around.  So now you must call your customer and explain that her QUILT will take a ...

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July 25, 2014
More Quilting And Some Distractions from Seeing Stars Quilting

First, here's a few shots of the second row in progress.  I'm almost done with the mini blocks.  Then I'll quilt in the dark purple sashing before returning to the larger blocks.










Also, I've been working on a thread cabinet like the one described in The Creative Homemaker's blog.  Here it is drying after the first top coat of paint.  I'm excited to hang this up in a closet full of quilting supplies - away from the sunshine, but accessible when needed. 

Mr. Seeing Stars helped me a lot.  We mostly used pieces of wood ...

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5 Tips for a Terrific T-Shirt Quilt! from quiltscapes

Dick's Marathon T-Shirts
Have you made a T-Shirt quilt?  Have you been saving all those T-shirts to make one someday?  I've got a few piles saved up...  I think it's a terrific way to save memories!

Collect a bunch of t-shirts, 12 or more.  Cut off the sleeves, neck binding, then slit the sides.  Rough-cut around the logo with plenty of space to cut out a nice size square or rectangle, as wide as the distance between arm holes will allow.

And here are some tips...

1)  Back blocks with lightweight fusible interfacing to stabilize stretch in ...

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July 21, 2014
One Row Is Finished! from Seeing Stars Quilting

After seven months of quilting, the first row is complete.  Only 3 more to go!

No, I'm not quitting my day job any time soon!







I like the quilting more than I did when I first started.  Mostly, I think I've seen what digitized quilting is capable of creating and I wanted to see that type of precise work on this quilt.  Even with rulers, I haven't achieved exactly what I was hoping to see.  But with each block customized, I'm happy with the result so far.

Here are a few close ups.

The double triangle ...

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July 20, 2014
What’s Up? from Quilting, Piece by Piece

Not sure this blue is the way to go, but I'm liking the "every other" block layout.

Not sure this blue is the way to go, but I’m liking the “every other” block layout.

I’m still a slug (although I have been writing between 250 and 500 words each day since the beginning of the month.) I still have not taken a picture of the completed quilts and tops that I have mentioned in the recent past.

I have, however, been making my peace with the Airship blocks.

I’ve decided that they are just too “energetic” to be sewn side by side, which, to me, means either a secondary block, or a very wide ...

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TEXTURE MAGIC Flowers, Poverty, Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

These flowers are very interesting.  They were made using Texture Magic.  Here's a link.  The taupe fabric on the right side is silk.  What a gorgeous look when it's quilted.


Pretty much every morning I spend my breakfast time checking out Facebook and a couple of forums and blogs.  This was a link on Facebook this morning.
Sipping my coffee and reading the story got me thinking.  Slow, morning-fuzzy thinking.  When was the last time I raised MY rates?  Two coffees and a bowl of oatmeal later, I blew off the dust from my 2010 shoebox of bookkeeping ...

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LONGARM QUILTING #10 - 2014 from The Quilting Queen Online Blog

It's been a while since I've seen my Queenie (aka Quilting Machine) but I took some photos to remind me of what a workhorse she is.  My phone has been ringing and I must get back to her soon!  My stack is growing, and growing, and growing. There's a saying that goes something like this

Well that's how I feel about my quilts right now.  Quilting and Sewing can wait till tomorrow, Babies grow up and go back home to Japan.... I'm playing with my babies and babies don't keep!

Lane knows all about ...

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LONGARM QUILTING #10 - 2014 from The Quilting Queen Blog

It's been a while since I've seen my Queenie (aka Quilting Machine) but I took some photos to remind me of what a workhorse she is.  My phone has been ringing and I must get back to her soon!  My stack is growing, and growing, and growing. There's a saying that goes something like this

Well that's how I feel about my quilts right now.  Quilting and Sewing can wait till tomorrow, Babies grow up and go back home to Japan.... I'm playing with my babies and babies don't keep!

Lane knows all about ...

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July 14, 2014
A Short Post to Pass the Time from Quilting, Piece by Piece

Quilt I saw at Brimfield

Quilt I saw at Brimfield

I have been really tired lately.  So tired I haven’t been able to get up early enough to photograph the quilts I’ve finished.

I did, however, drag myself to and around Brimfield this past Saturday. I didn’t get very far, but I did see more gorgeous quilts than I usually do (probably because I was in the “higher end” fields.

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Detail of Rose Quilt

As I was going to the bathroom, I should this beautiful rose quilt (I’m sure it has an official name, but I didn’t bother to look ...

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Design Wall Monday from Field Trips in Fiber

Could you tell that I was on vacation again last week? I try not to talk about our travels on the blog so that I'm not publishing when the house is empty. We were invited to another week at a different beach. It was a little too soon after the other vacation but how can you say no to a free beach trip? This time we were in South Carolina with the family of one of Chris' best friends. They love taking Chris along on vacation because he cooks for them! This time I got to go along too ...

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July 13, 2014
the Gift Quilt, Stash Report, and the first Zucchini Report !! from caledonia quilter

The gift quilt is done except to finish the binding.

I had some fun with the feathers.
The lightning zigs were first s.i.d. then quilted with 1/4" inside lines.  Then I added the cutest border design. (click on the pic for a larger image)
A few leftover blocks for the back.
STASH REPORT
Used this month:  19 m
Used YTD:          64.2 m
Added this month:  0.  Zero!!
Added YTD:       115.75
Net YTD:            +51.55

Now, we've waited all winter for this.  The first...
ZUCCHINI REPORT
Picked this week:  6 (teeny, finger sized fruits - just ...

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July 8, 2014
BLESSINGS OF SUMMER QUILTING from The Quilting Queen Online Blog

Recently I was privileged to be able to quilt this beautiful quilt as a store sample for B & B Quilting in Buda TX.  They will be offering this quilt as a block of the month.  The quilt is just too cute and screams SUMMER fun times!  The workmanship on the quilt is fabulous.  I really thought it was laser cut applique it was so perfect!  It's on my to do list for sure!













Are you having lots of summer fun?  The grands will arrive tomorrow so you know I'm going to have tons of summer fun with them ...

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BLESSINGS OF SUMMER QUILTING from The Quilting Queen Blog

Recently I was privileged to be able to quilt this beautiful quilt as a store sample for B & B Quilting in Buda TX.  They will be offering this quilt as a block of the month.  The quilt is just too cute and screams SUMMER fun times!  The workmanship on the quilt is fabulous.  I really thought it was laser cut applique it was so perfect!  It's on my to do list for sure!













Are you having lots of summer fun?  The grands will arrive tomorrow so you know I'm going to have tons of summer fun with them ...

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Practicing Freehand from Gayle Bong Quilts Too

My daughter's friend asked me to quilt this for her on my longarm. It is about 80" square. I've done little quilting this year sew I was concerned it wouldn't turn out well cause I wanted to do it freehand,or at least, not follow a pantograph. I can usually follow lines pretty well, but I wanted to do it freehand and I'm not real good at that, yet anyways.  I am just a bit concerned that I may never get very good at it if I don't do it more often. That and the ...

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July 6, 2014
Scrappy Quilt, Gift Quilt, Strawberry Jam, Stash Report from caledonia quilter

Here is a "Majestic Mountains" quilt that I made with the Scrappy Club.  Link to pattern here.


This was a nice easy quilt to make, but use caution - all the block edges are BIAS.
I used up some crap unfavorite fabrics on the back.  ($1/yd for the red stuff, about 10 years ago - the only thing I loved about that was the price)  Now it just needs binding.

Here's one that I'm making as a gift for my friend's daughter.  This is really cute (if I do say so myself, ha ha ha).  This is based ...

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July 3, 2014
Quilting Schedule from Cowtown Quilts

I am booked until October 24, 2014.  If you would like for me to quilt for you, you do not need to have your quilt top finished.  I can go ahead and add your name to the queue and will contact you when I am almost ready for your quilt.  If your quilt top is not ready when it is your turn, I will simply move on to the next person in line.  You will remain at the top of the list then until I get finish your quilt.  Thank you for considering me for your quilting projects and heirlooms!


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