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April 3, 2024
Machine Applique from Humble Quilts

I'm looking ahead at a Meet the Teacher event and a class next month on machine applique, so I've been getting a few things ready. 

The traditional style  suits me for sure. 
I completed this little block recently. 
It is also fun to let people see alternatives.(pattern by Tonye Phillips) 

Below is a few of the machine applique projects I've completed. 

 Oh the possibilities!

I hope you are having a grand week!

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October 14, 2023
Conquering roadblocks from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

We still have beeping in our house. It's not the smoke or carbon detector. I have a suspicion it's the sensor in the side door that needs a new battery. It's powered by something, so there must be a battery. 

One more thing to deal with! It's these niggly little things that are time-consuming because you have to figure out how to fix them! And yes -- I checked the thermostat -- the batteries are fine. 

My stretch session was excellent. I sure wish they would have classes for stretching. I know -- it's easy to do at ...

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September 27, 2023
Perfecting the Tote Bag–Part 2, the Sheep in Sweaters Tote from Art and Quilting in Camden

So FINALLY we get to the Sheep in Sweaters Tote!  When I started the previous post, I discovered I’d never blogged about the turquoise tote, which is the forerunner and partner of this one!  I will say now that I have finished this post (Part 2), it is LONG–but I wanted to be sure you got ALL the good info. If you’re here for just the totebag part, skim the embroidery bits! Thanks for reading!

Those of you who get my newsletter (sign up in right sidebar on this blog or the bottom of all the other ...

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March 23, 2023
Weekly WIP: Be Attitudes from Patchwork Sampler Blog

The WIP I am currently working on is Be Attitudes by Nancy Halvorsen.

This book was published in 2007 so I am sure that is when I started these blocks. I am at my mom’s this week and both time and space are limited here so I try to bring projects that don’t require a lot of planning, cutting, or thinking. My original intent was to make the quilt, but after aging for over 15 years, I will turn the blocks into pillows. I simply don’t need any more quilts!

Four blocks are pieced and fused and ...

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November 22, 2022
Free quilting patterns to download from Pieced Brain

Free quilting patterns to download

Here are 2 Free quilting patterns to download and make now! One panel quilt and one with easy piecing techniques for beginner quilters.

Anisa Quilt 1 – Click to download

Check out this beautiful quilt! I designed Quilt 1 for the Anisa collection by Satin Moon Designs for Blank Quilting. These colors are gorgeous, and I can’t stop looking at them. I have been waiting for the collection to begin shipping to quilt stores so that I can post the quilts here.

Quilt 1 measures 40″ x 60″. The panel is so intricately designed that I decided to use simple ...

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April 18, 2022
Sterren, Flying Geese, Cirkeltjes en Beertjes. Oh, ja en 1 konijntje! from M. Brito de Campos

 Na de cirkeltjes en de sterren waren de flying geese aan de beurt. Dus weer terug naar de doos met achtergrondjes en leuke stofjes om nieuwe combinaties te maken. Geprobeerd om niet dezelfde combinaties te maken als bij de cirkeltjes en dat is, geloof ik, wel gelukt. Er moesten ook nog 4 strookjes rondom om de juiste blok maat te verkrijgen.

Daarna waren de diertjes aan de beurt. Ik vond het konijntje heel erg leuk, dus die is als eerste gemaakt.
Er was ook een leeuwtje, maar die vond ik niet leuk.
Dus daarna nog 4 beertjes gemaakt.
Outfitjes bijelkaar ...

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December 24, 2021
It's all about applique! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I did little in the cleaning department yesterday. Too many other more exciting things, but I did some more laundry, and I'll share the story of a quilt tomorrow. 

Here's a couple of exciting things about applique. Yes  -- I'll share my progress on Enchanted Autumn later today. 

I'm notorious for keeping small bits of things. They WILL come in handy one day - I know they will! So I saved bits of fusible web, and one day, I sorted through my fusible web bits. All the larger pieces were stacked in the cupboard, and all the bits ...

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December 21, 2021
Focusing gets the job done from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Another fantastic day with the Monday sewing group. If you haven't joined an online sewing group yet, you're missing some great entertainment. We chat about everything and anything, and it's just a hoot. We help each other, solve problems and actually get some work done! I think Zoom sewing groups or groups of any kind will never go away. Imagine if a friend moves away - they can still be part of the group. People from all over the world can participate!

I'm playing catchup today with some photos sitting here and no time to post them ...

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December 16, 2021
Voorliefde voor cirkels! from M. Brito de Campos


Bekleedde knopen voor een mantelpakje?

Nee, cirkeltjes voor We are Family quilt.

Op vlieseline naaien.

Inknippen, keren en wegknippen.

En straks op achtergrondjes appliqueren.

Super leuk werkje.

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November 3, 2021
Lange bereidingstijd! Met een dierbaar resultaat! from M. Brito de Campos


Sommige quilts hebben een lange aanloop en doorlopen verschillende stadia.
Verschillende stadia van ideeën, verschillende stadia van plannen, verschillende stadia van wanhoop, verschillende stadia van voltooiing, 
maar uiteindelijk ligt er een quilt.
Van deze quilt heb ik ontzettend veel geleerd.
Er zijn kleurenfamilies en de ene familie past niet zomaar bij de andere.
Met andere woorden: een leuke print in een vergrijsde goudkleur past niet bij de heldere primaire kleuren van mijn voorkeurspalet.
Blokken maken voor een quilt, zonder een plan werkt echt niet!
Applicaties maken is wel heel erg leuk. Tenminste als je heel veel verschillende technieken hebt uitgeprobeerd ...

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September 22, 2021
Quilted gnomes for your home decor from Pieced Brain

Quilted gnomes for your home decor

Make quilted gnomes for your home decor or as gifts. These beginner projects are quick and will add a touch of playfulness to everyone’s day!

Mystical Friends by Denise Russell

I made two projects featuring these magical creatures and I am so happy with how they turned out! The first is this baby quilt called Mystical Friends. It measures 36″ x 43″ and the blocks finish at 6″. I used fabrics from the Story Time collection by American Jane for Moda Fabrics. I love making bright-colored quilts for babies!

To be sure, I made baby quilts with pastel colors ...

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September 13, 2021
Setting goals is fun! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


What a GREAT day yesterday was! I did spend quite a bit of time (hours!) on the phone chatting to several people, but sometimes that's a necessity! I felt better; hopefully, they did as well. And one call was extremely motivating, and well, I'm just like my Dad -- I LOVE to talk. I think that's why Zoom works so well for me -- I get to talk! I don't need hugs - I just need to talk. But I listen also!

OK -- so I tried sleeping with the tape on my lips. It wasn't really a big ...

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September 5, 2021
Technology is GREAT!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Well, I guess you figured out by the title that I had an AWESOME day with technology. It was a fabulous day!! I love technology, and the more I learn, the better I become. Just don't mess it up! 

I have to say that I'm happy with figuring out my body clock, and I'm not good if it gets messed up! Thanks to an upset tummy from Miss Murphy, I didn't get a good sleep the night before, but last night? Perfect! Hence, I was up at ridiculous o'clock (for you), and I got so ...

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August 16, 2021
Download these 2 free quilt patterns now from Pieced Brain

Download these 2 free quilt patterns now

Download these 2 free quilt patterns now and make these beginner projects that look complex but are a breeze to make! (And yes, last week’s giveaway winners are announced below!)

Mellow Yellow Quilt 1

Mellow Yellow Quilt 1 is the first project I designed for Blank Quilting‘s Mellow Yellow collection. It measures 60″ x 72″ and the block size is 9″. The timeless appeal of this color palette makes this, and the next project, ideal for any home decor and perfect as gifts. The fabrics are to die for! Here are some of them:

The textures include paisleys ...

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June 28, 2021
Christmas Quilts with 12-inch Quilt Blocks from Pieced Brain

Christmas Quilts with 12-inch Quilt Blocks

Make quick Christmas Quilts with 12-inch Quilt Blocks that you forgot you had! Simple layouts translate into fast gifts or holiday decor.

Last Saturday, after writing a pattern I decided I wanted to spend the rest of the day sewing. I actually wanted to see if I could make a quilt with some test blocks I had. You know that when I test blocks I try to use similar fabrics for many of them so, down the line, I can just put them together into a quilt. That was my mood that day.

The quilt above was the first one ...

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June 23, 2021
A sticky situation from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Well, I did NOT get much done in the sewing department yesterday, and I'm OK with that. I went shopping instead! And there were two reasons for that. I have to take my car in today for a recall on the fuel pump. That requires that the gas tank be ¼ or less. I was at a half tank, so I had some gas to burn off. I'm just at the ¼ mark, so hopefully, that works for them. 

It was a good trip as I found something that I didn't think I would find! Let's ...

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May 11, 2021
2 Cool Ideas for Halloween and Fall quilts from Pieced Brain

2 Cool Ideas for Halloween and Fall quilts

These 2 Cool Ideas for Halloween and Fall quilts will jazz up your home decor or make a friend happy as they are great gifts! They are my latest finishes and I am so happy to see how they turned out.

This is Witches Party, the Halloween pattern I designed with my favorite Moda Fabrics collection for Halloween: Ghouls and Goodies. This is the third quilt I made with this collection (here are the other two), and I am not quite sure it will be the last. Why? Because of the bright colors, the dimensions of the motifs, the variety ...

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May 1, 2021
String of Beads 11, 12 from Virtual Quilter

Love String of Beads.

The original design was popular in the 1930s, when there was no fusible webbing and was all done by hand. Now the beads can be cut from fabric which has fusible webbing attached, ironed onto the background and easily machine stitched.

The designs would also make a great quilting motifs for both hand and machine quilters.

Speaking of hand quilting, what sort of needles do you use?

Jinny Beyer tells us what she uses.

I love the second design.

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March 17, 2021
Make this quilt pattern with floral fabrics from Pieced Brain

Make this quilt pattern with floral fabrics

Make this quilt pattern with floral fabrics in one weekend! This beginner quilt will add pizzazz to your home decor or make a friend happy!

“In the Sunroom” is my newest pattern released and was designed with the Scented Garden collection by Northcott Fabrics. It measures 58″ x 70″ and the blocks finish at 12″. It is perfect to showcase your favorite prints, yet this collection with gorgeous flowers and butterflies gives In the Sunroom a romantic look, don’t you think?

No special techniques or tools are required for this project so it is perfect as a quick project ...

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March 1, 2021
The best quilting tip EVER from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Happy Birthday, M!!!!  It's hard to believe that my little kiddo is 25 today!!! I have to say that I'm quite proud of her. She's fiercely independent, although she's still just a kid - at least to me. She'll always be a kid! That way, I never age! 

She was born around 2:30 AM, and it's bizarre because I woke up at 2:30 last night. I NEVER do that. Perhaps I was reliving the moment 25 years ago. Have a great day today!!!! Love you lots!!! 

Yesterday was our Virtual Retreat, and oh ...

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