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April 17, 2014
Veteran's quilts from Field Trips in Fiber

Before I get into the meat of today's post I want to thank everyone for the feedback on the HST posts. It seems like there are several people who might be interested in making a HST quilt. Are you? What would you think of an HST quilt-along? Let me know in the comments. If there's enough interest I'll set one up.......with prizes too, of course!

Yesterday I mentioned that we would be shopping for a new refirgerator today. We will but only after we drop off the car (the 15 year old Acura) for repair! It ...

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MQX Faves from caledonia quilter

If you click on the photos they will come up large for you.

This is Diane's quilt that I smuggled home for her. Notice the lovely ribbons? Now I can refer to her as "My friend Diane, you know - the big award winner at MQX?"

This is one of the award winners - by Margaret Solomon-Gunn.  I wandered around the show floor a second day to make sure I had made all necessary purchases.  Apparently I needed to spend another $60 on thread.  Pfftt.  Anyhoo, I went over and looked at this one again.

That quilting takes my breath away ...

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LONGARM QUILTING #7 2014 from The Quilting Queen Online Blog

Ok, are you ready for more pictures of some quilts I've been quilting.

Loraine made this adorable carousel horse quilt for her niece who is 4 years old.  She says she calls the Carousel the "horsey go round".  How cute is that?





Loraine also made this fun, bright, happy quilt.  I don't know what Loraine is calling it but I'm calling it "Sassy Cats".  It is just too cute and I don't even like cats.

I quilted paw prints edge to edge on it in Glide Neon Green thread.


Don't you just love the back ...

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LONGARM QUILTING #7 2014 from The Quilting Queen Blog

Ok, are you ready for more pictures of some quilts I've been quilting.

Loraine made this adorable carousel horse quilt for her niece who is 4 years old.  She says she calls the Carousel the "horsey go round".  How cute is that?





Loraine also made this fun, bright, happy quilt.  I don't know what Loraine is calling it but I'm calling it "Sassy Cats".  It is just too cute and I don't even like cats.

I quilted paw prints edge to edge on it in Glide Neon Green thread.


Don't you just love the back ...

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April 15, 2014
LONGARM QUILTING #6 - 2014 from The Quilting Queen Online Blog

I've been quilting fast and furious and I have lots of quilting to show you.  I'll just show you a few at a time so the post won't be so long.

Queenie has been working overtime and decided a day or two ago that enough was enough.  I don't know what made the bobbin assembly do this but it just fell out of it's place right in the middle of quilting.  I'd been rockin' and rollin' along just fine and then bam!  It made one heck of a clatter and bang.  Me, being the ...

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LONGARM QUILTING #6 - 2014 from The Quilting Queen Blog

I've been quilting fast and furious and I have lots of quilting to show you.  I'll just show you a few at a time so the post won't be so long.

Queenie has been working overtime and decided a day or two ago that enough was enough.  I don't know what made the bobbin assembly do this but it just fell out of it's place right in the middle of quilting.  I'd been rockin' and rollin' along just fine and then bam!  It made one heck of a clatter and bang.  Me, being the ...

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April 11, 2014
Brenda's Batik from Scraps of Life

I just love this quilt that I finished up for Brenda. 
The colours are so soothing and the quilt pattern is stunning.

 Brenda chose Flowing Feathers design and it is a perfect choice for this manly quilt

And mow let me show you the Photo Bombing dog!
Lilly seems to think that she needs to help model every quilt I take a picture of. She figures that if she lays on her back she will get a tummy rub out of the deal instead of getting scolded for being on the quilt
Silly Lilly!

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April 10, 2014
Friendly Monsters from Prairie Moon Quilts

Here’s one of the quilts I had the pleasure of quilting for a client recently. Tom sent me his Monsters quilt top for quilting, and look at this!

Isn’t this the most adorable quilt? I just love it. The monsters are all so cute!MonsterQuilt

It has an embroidered poem around the edge, and the piecing is all so fun.

I also love every single fabric in this quilt — what a great collection of bright and happy prints — it was so fun to quilt it.

I even like the backing he chose:Backing

I filled the background around each monster ...

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April 9, 2014
Knock, Knock ... from Cherry Valley Designs

Me: "Knock, knock ..."
You:  "Who's there?"
Me:  "Ivaben"
You:  "Ivaben, who?"
Me:  "Ivaben Gone for a while."

Ok, so now you know the truth about me ... I am a total dork ;)  I was pretty pleased with myself when I came up with that joke, lol!

You may have noticed we haven't been around for quite a while, and boy have we missed blogging.  BUT other than a whole lot of pictures of boxes and us moving things around, there hasn't been a whole lot to share.

Now though we're getting back up and running and we ...

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Riding the Storm Out from THE QUILTED PINEAPPLE

Riding the storm out, perfect post title and the name of the quilt I am about to share.  I have been quilting up a storm the past 3 months...through all the storms...hopefully...finally sunshine is around the corner :-)  Riding the Storm Out is a gorgeous new design from Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.  The kit and pattern are available if you click the link here.  Lisa blogged about the

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April 8, 2014
I hit the trifecta from Field Trips in Fiber

except it wasn't a horse race. It was a race for the most unpleasant (non-life-threatening) events in one day!

It started with the dentist and my free replacement crown. An unpleasant experience on it's own. An x-ray revealed that I needed a root canal on that same tooth! I had not had any symptoms at all. He offered for me to get the temporary crown and to have the root canal between now and when the permanent comes in. But I was in the mood to get it over with. Fortunately someone accidentally scheduled me for 2 hours ...

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April 6, 2014
Hunter Star One, Two, Three from L&R Designs Quilting

Corner feathers detailHunter Star One is a large quilt by Janann using her favorite blocks and wool batting.  The big borders gave me lots of room for freehand stylized feathers with traveling circles.

Janann's Hunter Star OneIsn’t this a great layout?!  The first picture shows the color better, if spring returns I’ll be able to take pictures outside!  I decided to use a simple freehand medallion design with an outline of the 8 point star.

Star detail wool battingWool batting lets the design pop out.  For a large quilt, it’s very light in weight, too.

Hunter Star TwoHunter Star Two is the reject blocks that didn’t ...

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April 5, 2014
Sawtooth Star (or 8 pointed star) Quilt, and the DAILY IRRITANT from caledonia quilter

Wow.  What an effective use of colour.


The black floral background really brings out the colours in the blocks.  And it is such a simple block.  A SAWTOOTH, or eight-pointed star, made with four flying geese units, four half-square triangle units for the outer corners, and one large square in the center.

This was treated to semi-custom quilting.  The body of the quilt has been done with a pantograph design, while the two borders got stitch-in-the-ditch and their own border treatments.  The gold border has a pattern of ovals stitched on it.

Easier to see on the back:  the outer ...

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LONGARM QUILTING #5 2014 from The Quilting Queen Blog

I was sorting through my photos and realized I have a couple of quilts I haven't shown you that I quilted for my customer Rhonda in San Antonio.

Isn't this a fun and happy quilt?  

I love how she took the focus fabric and centered it in the blocks.  Those frogs are having the time of their life!




I quilted this flower pattern in kiwi green Glide thread.

And what a modern vintage 70's feel to this quilt.  The fabrics reminded me of an outfit I had when I was 10 or 12 years old.  

I quilted ...

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LONGARM QUILTING #5 2014 from The Quilting Queen Online Blog

I was sorting through my photos and realized I have a couple of quilts I haven't shown you that I quilted for my customer Rhonda in San Antonio.

Isn't this a fun and happy quilt?  

I love how she took the focus fabric and centered it in the blocks.  Those frogs are having the time of their life!




I quilted this flower pattern in kiwi green Glide thread.

And what a modern vintage 70's feel to this quilt.  The fabrics reminded me of an outfit I had when I was 10 or 12 years old.  

I quilted ...

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April 3, 2014
Some catching up from Scraps of Life

I need to show you the quilts I have finished up for others in the last couple of weeks.
I have managed to get of the 13 quilts done that I had waiting for me after I got home from the cruise with my girls.
Here are the last of them.
These 3 are for Bev
 A sweet little Baby Quilt with Cuddle backing
 Isn't this one fun!
 Queen size for Bev's son

 Cute little Baby Quilt for Heather
 This one is very large & is for Doris, another one of her lucky Grandchildren will get it
Oh, and ...

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March 29, 2014
T-shirt Quilt, Stash Report, UFO Challenge, Birthday (mine!!) from caledonia quilter

DH was trying to throw out tshirts that somehow shrank over the years.  Shrank?  Really?  I pulled them back out of the trash and quilted them up.  There are too many thoughts and stories connected with these!


I even quilted a tractor in the bottom corner for him.
This used up more of my stash - yaay.  In my head it let me justify buying a wee bit more.  Boo! bad Helen, bad.  Sometimes I wonder what I'll do if I use up all my stash?  Then I laugh and laugh at the nonsense of that idea, and get back ...

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LONGARM QUILTING #4 2014 from The Quilting Queen Online Blog

Although I've been in Missouri quite a bit, when I do go home I quilt like a crazy woman to catch up on my customer's quilts.  I don't think I've shown you these.  I have quite a few more to show you but remember how I'm in Missouri.  Yeah well, my photos of the quilts are in Texas on my big camera and old laptop.  Ughh... I just can't seem to get it all together and when I do I don't put it in the right place state.

I really didn't want ...

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LONGARM QUILTING #4 2014 from The Quilting Queen Blog

Although I've been in Missouri quite a bit, when I do go home I quilt like a crazy woman to catch up on my customer's quilts.  I don't think I've shown you these.  I have quite a few more to show you but remember how I'm in Missouri.  Yeah well, my photos of the quilts are in Texas on my big camera and old laptop.  Ughh... I just can't seem to get it all together and when I do I don't put it in the right place state.

I really didn't want ...

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Are you on Instagram?! from Lizzy Jo Quilts

Well if you are and your not following me your missing out on some fun! I am having a giveaway in honor of my first 500 followers. The winner gets to pick between a free completed Mini Quilt or a $100.00 Gift certificate for machine quilting! All you need to do is save the photo below (or get the same photo from my IG stream) then post it on your IG wall along with the hash-tag #dresdendreams14 and if your not already following me be sure to hit the follow button! The winner will be picked on April 1 ...

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