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November 20, 2017
100 Blocks Giveaway Winner! from Pieced Brain


Good Monday, everyone! What a wonderful Block Tour Road Rally we had last week! The Quilting Company introduced us to many of the blocks published in Volume 16 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, hosted giveaways, and filled our week with lots of quilting inspiration.

Thank you for all the wonderful comments about Best Friends Forever, my block published in that issue. And here is the winner of my own giveaway - a copy of the magazine and a copy of my pattern Snow Buddies:

I like applique--usually the patterns/quilts I immediately "oooh ...

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November 16, 2017
Quilts and Pineapples from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

This is the customer quilt that I quilted yesterday!  A childhood friend of my brother, hand pieced it.  I think he injured his back years ago and quilts occasionally to stay busy.  As I mentioned, he hand pieced this one.  I also will be doing the binding, which I will work on that today.  That is pretty much all that I have on my schedule for the day.  That will take up pretty much all of my day as I need to trim, square it up, cut and sew the binding by hand. 
As soon as I got that quilted ...

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November 14, 2017
Modern Spools Sew Along - Blocks 7 and 8 from Pieced Brain

Hi, everyone! Here are two more blocks for the Modern Spools Sew Along using Peta Peace's pattern. No applique' blocks this time but I already have another sewing notion motif lined up. So far, here are the other blocks I made:

Once we add the sashing they will look more like spools. I am loving them so far, particularly the fact that I don't need to spend too much time working on them: they are fast, and I am doing one per week (posting them every two weeks on this blog).

I am taking the photographs in the ...

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November 9, 2017
Stepping Out of the Box from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

True confession time: I (Kara) like to live in a box. Not a real box, although with moving I could have had plenty to choose from, but one of my own making. I like doing the things that I am comfortable with and straying too far from that makes me a little nervous. It's not just in my day to day living  that I like my box, but in my quilting life as well. Appliqué, embroidery, crazy quilting;—those are all quilt techniques that are in my comfort zone. I control the needle, and it doesn't beep at ...

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October 30, 2017
Modern Spools Sew Along - Blocks 5 and 6 from Pieced Brain

Welcome back to the Modern Spools Sew Along! This time my appliqued block features an iron! I am using motifs of things I use all the time in my sewing room as you have seen from my previous posts.

You can make the motifs any size you want - mine do not take up the whole block because the background fabrics need to show a lot in my opinion.

I am happy I chose 1930s fabrics as they remind me of the fabrics my grandma used to sew with as she made little dresses and other clothes for us. It has ...

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October 26, 2017
Practicing some machine applique from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Yesterday didn't go as planned at all.  LOL!  I am running a tad behind on customer quilts and I could not make myself work on them at all yesterday.  I did play around with some applique!  LOL!

A few days ago Richard fixed my old Brother embroidery machine.  The automatic thread cutter was stuck and we could not get it to go back over no matter what we tried.  Out of 30+ machines this is my only computerized machine.  So as it stood, the machine was not working at all and was just useless so I told him to ...

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October 10, 2017
Baby Quilts for Beginners from Pieced Brain

Look at the fun baby quilt I just finished! A friend just had her first baby and I immediately went to gather all the leftovers I had of these gorgeous fabrics from the Splish Splash collection by Gail Cadden for Timeless Treasures to make a project for the little one (Here is the quilt made with the same line). This cool pattern by Amy Hamberlin is very simple - it is your choice of fabrics which makes the design pop.

The letters are already reversed and ready to be traced on fusible applique'. I blanket stitched them and free motion ...

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October 4, 2017
Modern Spools Sew Along - First blocks from Pieced Brain

I made the first two blocks for the Modern Spools Sew Along so I could answer some of your questions. Here we go:

1. You need to get Peta Peace's book A Piece of Cake - Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares for the Modern Spool quilt pattern. You do not need to use layer cakes, however;

2. If you do not want to get the Needle and Notions book also published by Martingale, just look on the Internet for templates of sewing notions. Even though the book is for paper piecing, I am using the motifs for ...

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September 18, 2017
Blogger's Quilt Festival 2017 {Entry #2: Mystical Mermaid} from Little Bunny Quilts

I am so excited that the Blogger's Quilt Festival is BACK and back in its original form! Please visit Amy's Creative Side to see all of the entries (all in one place!)

For my second entry, I decided to share my Mystical Mermaid quilt. This year I am an Island Batik Ambassador and this project was made as one of my monthly themed projects. April was our month for an applique project and I decided on making a baby quilt with a mermaid outline for a coworker's new baby.

I decided on using our Ready, Set, Soar ...

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September 13, 2017
Workshop Wednesday: Fantastic Fat Quarter Quilts from McCall's Quilting

When did you buy your first fat quarter? Do you still have it in your stash? And what is a fat quarter, anyway?

According to quilt historian Barbara Brackman, fat quarters—or one-fourth of a yard of fabric that’s been cut into quadrants roughly 20” x 18” rather than four pieces 9” x width of fabric—started appearing on quilt shop shelves sometime in the mid-1980s. She notes that they may have been referred to by names such as quilter’s samples before that time, which tells us a little about how they came into being in the first ...

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August 22, 2016
Happy Halloween! (Well, almost!) from Sunday Best Quiltworks

October is my favorite month and it's just around the corner! I put the finishing touches on my latest pattern "Happy Halloween" and it's now available in the shop and as a download on Craftsy.

This little pumpkin kitty is hanging out with her two mousey buddies and they are ready for some fall weather and trick or treating.  I'm a Halloween baby, born Oct. 31st, so this particular holiday is a whole lot of fun for me - I mean, who wouldn't want a reason to dress up and get candy on their birthday!

This beginner ...

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