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August 12, 2019
a weekend of quiltiness . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

What a lovely weekend!  It was filled with a lot of quiltiness. For one thing, I've been very diligent about getting in at least fifteen minutes of  'quilting' in each day.  Whether it's hand-work or sewing or shopping or designing or organizing in the Nook ... I've been very successful in hitting my goal and actually exceeding it on most days, which is very exciting to me!

Thursday kicks off my weekend (we work four, ten-hour days), and Thursday evening I did a little more embroidery sketching and then spent some grand time with the girls!
This little ...

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May 19, 2019
may day, may day . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's been a very busy Spring! I looked up and realized if I didn't post something here, May would go by (along with the bottom two-thirds of April) without a word from me. Heaven forbid!!  ;)

Our guild strives to be active in community-oriented events.  One of those events is Panoply, an annual arts festival held in downtown Huntsville's Big Spring Park.
This year at our booth, we went interactive! We had hexies prepped and ready to baste to engage passersby!  
Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, over 200 people, adults and kids alike, basted up a ...

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April 8, 2019
Thinking Outside the Kit :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I have no idea how long this one has been a completed top!

These fabrics were included in a kit I purchased on clearance from my LQS years ago. I didn't like the pattern included with the kit so I used the fabric to make something else. Actually, I ended up buying multiples of this kit and I believe I made three quilts from the two kits. 

I'm pretty sure I gave the other two quilts away and will most likely do the same with this one.

The finished quilt size is 64" by 80". It was machine ...

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March 30, 2019
Facets from From the Strawberry Patch...

Facets ~ 55" X 55" Currently this is a nine block quilt top, the results (so far) of this year's BOM at my LQS. I am still deciding, but this may be as far as I go with this one, I like the symmetry of the setting as a square quilt. This has been a stretch for me as I chose to stay in a monochrome state of mind, but varying the low volume backgrounds has added enough interest for me to keep

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Facets from From the Strawberry Patch...

Facets ~ 55" X 55" Currently this is a nine block quilt top, the results (so far) of this year's BOM at my LQS. I am still deciding, but this may be as far as I go with this one, I like the symmetry of the setting as a square quilt. This has been a stretch for me as I chose to stay in a monochrome state of mind, but varying the low volume backgrounds has added enough interest for me to keep

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March 29, 2019
Batik Urban Birthday :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I'm still in the midst of my binding marathon! I'm very glad to be finished with the second and last of the batik quilts as hand sewing with batik fabric is not my favorite.

The top was completed back in May 2015. Click here for that blog post. I really like this pattern and have made two versions of it. This batik one and one using a French General layer cake. This pattern is a great one for a beginner to curved piecing so I'll be teaching it soon again, but this time at my shop.

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March 20, 2019
Modern Gratitude :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

The top was completed back in January 2017. It was a one of the scrap group projects at my shop that year. Click here to read that post.

I really like this one and I'm glad that it is finally finished so I can enjoy it. Once I started pulling out completed tops to take to the quilter I began finding them every where! I had lots more completed tops than I realized. I've emptied one storage area of completed tops but they keep turning up! Now instead of just putting them back I'm pulling backing fabric ...

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December 14, 2018
All That Glitters :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I've got another finish thanks to a local longarm quilter.

This one is called All That Glitters. I finished the top back in the summer of 2016. Below is a close-up of the quilting design she used.

It turned out so nice! The finished size is about 63" by 76". Click here to see what it looked like before quilting and for the pattern information.

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December 2, 2018
to sum it up . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It was a very quilty week! On Sunday and Monday, I finished up the seven hexie flowers that needed whipping together . . .
All forty-five flowers (and parts thereof) were together, stacked and ready to "landscape" my garden!

Monday was a dual purpose day . . . a quilty friend of mine and I headed to visit 3 Hens and a Chick, a local quilt shop in nearby Athens. 
Sarah's one of my co-conspirators in the Quilting Intrigue Club at guild and we've been ironing out the details for our guild's mystery quilt, which we'll introduce (fabric requirements) at this month ...

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November 30, 2018
Summer Bouquet :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I finally got this one finished! The top was completed in September 2017. Click here to read that post and see the unquilted top.

Here it is all finished.

If you clicked to read my previous post you may notice that I didn't use a "scrappy binding made from the fat quarters used in piecing the top." Full disclosure: I can't find the pieces I cut for the binding! I knew exactly where they were before I moved the shop, but now, I have no idea. Oh well! I have an entire store full of fabric so I ...

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November 9, 2018
Goose on the Loose :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

Do you remember the Goose on the Loose quilt along I hosted here back in 2016? Click here to go to the page for the quilt along. The block patterns are still available.

I finally got my quilt finished!

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November 6, 2018
New Pillowcases from Alamosa Quilter

I decided not to go to Fall Quilt Market this year. Moving the shop really took it out of me! Instead of traveling to Market I took a few days off last week/weekend to get some things done at home (pattern writing, business planning and a little "me" sewing time).

I took the opportunity to make myself some new pillowcases.

These fabrics are new in my shop and I couldn't resist buying some for myself. They look great on my bed!

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November 2, 2018
Fly Away (version 1) :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

Last week I shared my finished version 2 of this pattern. Version 1 is now finished too!

And here is a shot that shows the backing fabric I chose for this one.

With these two finishes that clears out one of the two tubs of unfinished tops I had before I opened my shop in 2016. Unfortunately I now have more unfinished tops than before I opened up the shop because of the many shop samples, but I didn't make all of them so I'm not counting them as part of my personal UFO stash. ;)

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October 26, 2018
Fly Away (version 2) :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I'm getting some UFOs finished. I took two quilts to a local quilter recently. The top for this one was finished in December of 2013! Click here to read that post. The original post contains the pattern information.

Here is a detail shot of the gorgeous quilting.

For the back I picked a pretty pink wide back.

I have no plan for this quilt. It was made as a class sample for my old LQS that I used to work for. This one is called version 2 because it is the second quilt from this pattern that I made ...

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August 28, 2018
Pinwheels & Sixteen Patches :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I'm in a "finish it up" mood. I don't have enough time to get everything quilted myself so I'm using my local long arm quilters to help me out. 

Here is a detail shot that shows the quilting better.

This one turned out much larger than I originally planned. Once I got the center together I decided it really needed a border. It finished at 80" by 96". I put it on our queen size guest bed and it fits very nicely.

Originally this was going to be a charity quilt, but now it is too big ...

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July 31, 2018
Quilting with Templates from Alamosa Quilter

July seems to have flown by. I took some time off from the shop for a family vacation. We had a very large wildfire 30 miles away from us that closed major highways. As it happened, we were driving by just a few hours after it started and I took this photo from the car.

It eventually grew to over 108,000 acres in size, destroyed more than 200 homes and became the third largest wildfire in Colorado history. The fire was the main topic of conversation around here for most of July. It caused the closure of our main ...

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June 4, 2018
Row by Row 2018 from Alamosa Quilter

'Tis the season where all of the shops who are participating in Row by Row are showing off their rows. Here is the row for my shop. It can be put together in two ways:

18" by 18" square with borders it finishes at 25" by 25"

Main design traced and colored only

or the traditional 9" by 36" 

Main design traced, colored and embroidered

The trees are paper pieced while the main design is embroidered or simply traced and colored. 

The patterns and kits will be available on June 21, 2018. As the Row by Row rules state, you ...

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May 29, 2018
Embroidered Pillow from Alamosa Quilter

This was a fun, quick project to show off some of the linen fabrics and a book I carry in my shop along with one of my favorite techniques - embroidery.

The pattern is from the book Modern Folk Embroidery by Nancy Nicholson.

To make my version I copied the design onto Transfer-Ez and stuck it to the front of my linen. I did the embroidery right through the Transfer-Ez and linen, then soaked the square in water to dissolve the Transfer-Ez. I must say that I absolutely love Transfer-Ez! I've used it a couple times now and it works ...

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May 22, 2018
Curvy Log Cabin from Alamosa Quilter

I've been playing with my new Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool ruler and came up with this fun quilt.

I'll be teaching this as a class at my shop. It measures 48" by 64" without borders. I haven't decided if I'm going to border it or not yet.

To make one you need one jelly roll, 2 1/2 yards of background fabric and the 8" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool from Creative Grids. I opted for a single background fabric but you can also just use scraps. 

This is a really fun block with so ...

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April 30, 2018
Daphne Bag from Alamosa Quilter

I tried a new-to-me bag pattern. It's called the Daphne Handbag by Sallie Tomato.

It has two interior pockets, a zipper pocket and a slip pocket.

The bottom has a rectangle of Peltex between the layers for added stability as well as metal feet.

The hardware kit came with a metal zipper tab although the pattern also includes instructions for how to make and attach a fabric zipper tab if you prefer. I couldn't resist trying out the metal one.

I also splurged and purchased separately these metal fabric covered strap connectors to try them out too.

I ...

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