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July 27, 2020
Christmas in July Wall Hanging {Finished Project} from Little Bunny Quilts

My Christmas in July Island Batik project is finished!


I added a penguin applique to the lower right corner of the top of the wall hanging for a little bit of fun. This is actually the same penguin that is available in our Seasonal Placemats and Seasonal Wall Hanging patterns; I simply scaled up the design.



For the quilting, I used white thread to quilt loops and snowflakes. I added eyes for the penguin with a fabric pen. 



The binding is a navy mottled Island Batik basic that I had a half yard cut of in my stash. For the ...

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July 10, 2020
Get this free quilting pattern for a Christmas wall hanging from Pieced Brain

Get this free quilting pattern for a Christmas wall hanging

Download today this free quilting pattern that I designed for Moda Fabrics and begin making a beautiful and easy Christmas quilt for the perfect Holiday home decor! It will look fantastic by the mantel or as a table topper – you decide!

Starry Eve

“Starry Eve” measures 59-1/2″ x 59-1/2″, the blocks finish at 20-1/2″, and the center block is machine appliqued. The gorgeous fabrics are from the Poinsettias and Pine Metallic collection by Moda Fabrics. It has all our favorite traditional holiday colors, with aqua for added brightness.

This Christmas quilt pattern is ideal to display all ...

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June 19, 2020
Christmas quilt patterns for the wall and lap from Pieced Brain

Christmas quilt patterns for the wall and lap

Let’s get ahead of the game and pull out our red and green fabrics to use with these two fun Christmas quilt patterns! Choose one (or both) and get it ready over the weekend. They have just been published in the Christmas Quilting book by Annie’s Quilting.

Photograph by Annie’s Quilting. Used with permission.

Holiday Stars on page 25 measures 51″ x 67″ and the blocks are 16″. I used fabrics from the Holiday Decadence collection by Hoffman Fabrics. The prints are beautiful with pine cones, robins, seasonal words… all wrapped in lots of gold trim.

This ...

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May 8, 2020
A well-oiled machine from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


No - I'm not talking about a sewing machine - I'm talking about ME.

I know that some people are having trouble coping with this current situation. They might not like the self-isolation, they might not be coping with the uncertainty, they might have a household full of crazy children or other family members, and well - you get the point.

Thankfully - that is NOT the case at our house. We're both perfectly happy with self-isolation. Liking yourself is a skill that we learn as children. If we've been trained as children to be constantly entertained by someone or ...

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May 7, 2020
Just when you thought you were done from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Thanks to everyone who joined in the Zoom presentation last night all about sewing machine needles. Can you believe that besides lots of people from Canada, there was someone from Mexico and another person from Australia? That just shows you the reach of the internet. I love it!

I spent a good part of the day running around taking pictures. Editing them and putting together a slide presentation. I had long ago realized that a slide presentation is the only way to go for these kinds of presentations. You cannot hold items up to the camera and expect people to ...

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March 20, 2020
Bone Broth for the Little One ~ Tutorial Part 2 ~ Fine Details of the Applique from Life in the Scrapatch



This post covers the fine applique details
 in my series of tutorials for how I made  my


pillow for my daughter's Star Wars Reading Corner.

If you have to make one for your home or a gift you may




Trying to bring those eyes and face to life was very intimidating for me.
My Girl and I went back and forth on how they should look.
I worried about my applique skills being up to the task.


Here ...

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March 19, 2020
"Bone Broth For the Little One" Tutorial Series ~ #1 ~ Gathering Materials and Getting Started from Life in the Scrapatch


Bone Broth For the Little One ~ How To Make This Project
~ Getting Started ~

It is easy to machine applique this design to make this pillow.

This is Part 1 of a series of tutorials on how to make this applique block and pillow. 

I am designing these tutorials to help Baby Yoda Fans 
who may want to have one of these pillows but are not sure where to start. 


The first thing you need is the pattern.


It is free for personal use and may be downloaded in the ...

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March 10, 2020
stitch ...stitch ...stitch ... from Life in the Scrapatch


... stitch ... stitch ... stitch ...

Is machine applique supposed to be a quick method?

Not when I am stitching it.

I set my machine to a crawl to get the curves right.

The top fabric is a woven.
I have never fused and appliqued a woven before this project.
I lengthened my side stitch and shortened my straight stitch
on my blanket stitch. 

Sew far ... Sew good ... Sew slow.

Tomorrow I will resume.

Sweet Stitching Dreams


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March 9, 2020
Applique Time from Life in the Scrapatch


Time to get my machine applique skills up to par.

I am working on a new pattern that is my March Blog Hop project.


Here is a sneak peek.

The two neutral fabrics are wovens. 
I have never appliqued the cut edge of a woven before,
but it seams to be working.

Looking forward to showing you this one soon!


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February 17, 2020
Radical Rose from Collector with a Needle

Original Quilt from our Collection 
We love seeing quilters making projects with our patterns.
Our 'Radical Rose' has been a popular pattern for us.
One of my favorite things is seeing the fabric selections, and how they add their own personal choices.
Since we published the pattern, a few blocks and one similar quilt have turned up.  They appear to be "newer" and have the look of a "traced" pattern where the shapes and lines are thinker and less pronounced.  We are proud of the accuracy of our pattern to the 19th century original in our collection.
We also include ...

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February 13, 2020
Five Fabulous Quilting Fads – Right Now. from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

What are fellow quilters making? Why are these designs and fabrics so popular? Are these trends new or are traditional styles making a comeback?

Don’t worry, we’ve found the answers. We’ve taken a close look into the world of quilting to find out what’s trending. Here are are the top five:

1. Stars

From Memorial Day to Veterans Day, a star quilt can find itself taking center stage all throughout the year and when we aren’t stocked up on red, white, and blue; quilters find stars to be quite innovative. Five points or ten, stars ...

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January 24, 2020
Buhl Bushong Update from Humble Quilts

My main project I wanted to work on at the retreat was my Buhl Bushong quilt from the Virginia quilt museum. See it HERE. 


 It is hard to photograph since it is long... working on borders. This one is done, except for the corners which we won't do yet.
I'm done with this section of the 3rd appliqued border. 
I am machine appliqueing with a tiny zig zag and matching thread. 
It is a lot of time at the machine!! 


So, at the retreat,  I announced to the ladies that I would stay focused and I estimated I ...

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November 18, 2019
Cousin's Walk Bird Sampler from Humble Quilts

I've completed 4 more bird blocks of the Counsin's Walk quilt.






We had a beautiful Saturday with temperatures in the mid-50's! I never want to lose an opportunity to get out because I know cold and snow is coming!!



I've been to Smith Rock quite often but took a new-to-me trail! 
I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for a terrific week!

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October 18, 2019
Spooky Halloween {Finished Table Runner} from Little Bunny Quilts

My October Island Batik Ambassador challenge is complete!


For the machine applique stitching, I used a simple blanket stitch in black thread for all of the blocks.

I then pieced everything together and layered it with backing and batting, only to realize, that yes, I was a couple inches short on backing length using a single width of fabric. Oops.


To remedy my problem, I added a strip of black fabric approximately 5" wide to my backing to get the necessary length.

Here's my quilted table runner, after trimming and before adding the binding:


In the block backgrounds, I ...

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Topping it off {October Island Batik Challenge} from Little Bunny Quilts

This month's Island Batik Ambassador theme is "Top It Off" -- and we are making seasonal table toppers! There have already been a number of adorable projects already posted, too!


I decided to make another Halloween themed table runner -- using our Halloween Spooks pattern! I actually made one table runner using this pattern and some fun non-batik fabrics in May!


This time around, I changed up the color scheme slightly -- I decided to use solid black batik in place of the green prints and use some of the other applique designs included in the pattern.


This time, I decided to ...

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October 11, 2019
October OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

I finished the Holly Runner but never posted a final picture.
holly runner doneIt’s long enough to make it hard to get it all in.
I went with simple quilting and let the applique take center stage. Each applique piece, except the berries, has a zig-zag stitch securing it to the background plus additional decorative stitches to add interest.
holly close upI must have looked at this pattern for three years before I made it. There was no good reason for that. The directions were clear and the stitching simple enough, although I do find decorative stitching takes longer than I think it ...

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July 30, 2019
Stars Around the Garden July OMG Finish from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Stars Around the Garden is a big quilt but somehow I managed to finish it this month. The One Monthly Goal challenge really motivates me to finish something every month. There is no penalty if you don’t meet your goal, but it’s so nice when you do!

No wonder this was a UFO for so long. I had no idea how to quilt it. It also had a lot of parts: slab borders, pieced borders, pieced blocks and an applique center. I really wanted to just quilt and edge to edge pantograph, but in the end, decided it ...

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