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March 4, 2019
Two new blocks...Lori Holt's Block Along from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Since my last post a few days ago this is what I have made.  :)  These are the first two blocks of Lori Holt's Block-Along.  These fabrics are a little different from what I usually go with but it's fun sometimes to step out of the norm.  This star block is 12"
 This is block #2!  This one is 15" and went together pretty quick. 
 Here they are together on my design wall. 
 Here is a quick pic of the blocks that I have on my design wall.  The purple tulip block is my newest applique quilt.  That is ...

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February 4, 2019
Homework is done! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


What a difference a week can make! The weather was absolutely gorgeous yesterday and so much of our snow has melted. I have pictures to share tomorrow. However, it wasn't quite like that first thing in the morning. I got Murphy ready for her walk and went outside. Thankfully I had my hand on the railing. The entire step, driveway and it seemed like the street was coated in a thin layer of ice.

I decided to come back in. Let's say it was an uphill battle. I had to hold onto the railing while pulling a very ...

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January 8, 2019
Piecing and Applique' from Pieced Brain

Used with permission from Quilts & More™ magazine. ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Our town is covered with a heavy white blanket as we had our first snow storm of the year in Utah this weekend. Although the skies have been gray I still need to wear sunglasses when I walk the dog because the white snow is blinding. White, gray, and leafless brown sticks reaching to the sky have their own beauty, yet I longed for spring as soon as I received this photograph of my quilt, Coneflower Chain, published in the Spring 2019 issue of Quilts & More magazine ...

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January 4, 2019
Small quilt projects from Pieced Brain

Happy New Year! Now that the festivities (and Flu!) are over, I have a chance to wish you a healthy and prosperous 2019. The last project I made in 2018 was my pattern "Grace". This wall hanging finishes at 26-1/2" x 30-1/2", uses machine applique', and can be made in one afternoon.

For this wall hanging I used fabrics from the Gingham Girls collection by Riley Blake Designs. The prints were perfect and cheerful. You know how it is: sometimes you want to sew a project from start to finish so you can feel you have done something ...

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January 2, 2019
A runner took off from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

2019.  Good Lord .... where did 2018 go?  It went by ever so quickly.  The year started off at a fast pace and just kept on speeding along.  Like a runner.

Well, my niece that received this table runner is a runner and has a couple marathons under her belt.  So, what better person to receive this?  It was gifted to her for Xmas 2018.

Batiks.  It is not often that I work with batik fabrics and I actually went out shopping for this runner.  Now, there are batiks in my stash .... but not many.  I'm not really a fan ...

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December 7, 2018
Baseball Baby Quilts {Applique Bonanza} from Little Bunny Quilts

Since last I posted about the progress on my baseball baby quilts, I made some creative decisions about what to do for the applique section of the quilts. It also helps that I now know the names!

My final decision was to add just the name to each quilt. With the names being longer, I decided to simplify the applique section. I created my own alphabet templates for this project simply by making a font extremely large in Word (one page per letter!). The tracing was done with the help of the afternoon sun in my bathroom window and I ...

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October 19, 2018
A FINISH FEELS GOOD! from The Proficient Needle

Even though it is a small finish......  My Fiesta Runner is completed.



If felt good to get the few remaining parts from a 2 year old "one block wonder" quilt off my design wall, and into a project!
I used Superior Thread's Monopoly to applique and outline stitch the coloured shapes, and then Rainbows variegated thread to machine quilt the background of the runner.  


I'm trying to squeeze in a bit more sewing before I have to pack everything up for our annual trip south, but the days get filled very quickly.  The most difficult job is to ...

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October 18, 2018
Christine's Kitchen 2.0 {Finished Quilt Top} from Little Bunny Quilts

My Chrstine's Kitchen top -- version 2.0! -- is now ready for quilting!


I sewed together the three out of four of the rows of blocks right away. The last remaining row is the row containing the two flower blocks which stick out of the vases.


For my two applique blocks, I decided to make white daisies with blue centers. I made my flowers larger than the applique templates in the pattern, so I made two flowers for each block instead of three for each block. These fabrics, as well as the green stems and leaves, came out of my ...

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October 15, 2018
MAKING MY SEWING ROOM TIDY! from The Proficient Needle

My version of this task is to make something with leftover blocks!

In 2016, I made a one block wonder quilt that I called "Breaking Out!"  

I had some half block pieces left over, and I also cut the remaining stacked fabric into smaller pieces to make smaller units.  They have been on the edge of my design wall, just begging to be used.

Yesterday, I pulled some bright yellow "Fairy Frost" fabric from my shelves, and used it for the background of the runner.  I stitched the half  blocks into a large hexagon, with an open centre, then spent ...

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August 24, 2018
Aviary Quilt Giveaway Result from Pieced Brain

Good morning as the birds sing outside my office window! We have a winner for the McCall's Quick Quilts magazine with the Aviary pattern:

*****
1 Set of 1 Unique Number
Range: From 1 to 23
Set #1
14
*****

"DianeAugust 21, 2018 at 9:36 PM

Love this quilt pattern and the All a Twitter birds ... I bought some of the birds this summer at the quilt show in Sequim, WA (I live in CT!) and I’ve been thinking about what it would become. Thank you for helping me find the perfect pattern ��

"

Diane, I will send you ...

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July 17, 2018
Registration is open–Teaching at IQF Houston 2018 from Art and Quilting in Camden

Interested in trying your hand at art quilts? Not sure where to start? This class has proved a perennial favorite at IQF Houston (and elsewhere)–sign up soon!  

Yes, registration is OPEN for classes for International Quilt Festival Houston 2018, including my four classes.  Over the next week, I’ll recap my four classes (well, three full day classes and the Machine Quilting Forum).  I hope to see some of you  in those classes!

On Tuesday, the day between Quilt Market (open to the trade only) and Quilt Festival (open to anyone who pays admission), I’ll be teaching Birch ...

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July 11, 2018
In A Corner No More from From the Strawberry Patch...

A very smart friend once told me that we will never finish that quilt that we're not working on. She is exactly right; we might be able to visualize it finished, or wish that it were, but all the visualizing, wishing, hoping and dreaming won't make it so! I am guilty of all of the above. This sampler quilt that is currently on the frame (and has been for eons!) has responded well to some

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In A Corner No More from From the Strawberry Patch...

A very smart friend once told me that we will never finish that quilt that we're not working on. She is exactly right; we might be able to visualize it finished, or wish that it were, but all the visualizing, wishing, hoping and dreaming won't make it so! I am guilty of all of the above. This sampler quilt that is currently on the frame (and has been for eons!) has responded well to some

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July 9, 2018
Miriam Coffey, Janome Educator, at the Janome Education Summit 2018 Post #5 from Art and Quilting in Camden

Several years back I had the great good fortune to have Miriam as the educator in one of the classes I taught in Houston.  It was fun to see her again at the Summit, and a jaw-dropping experience when we got to see some of the goodies she has made.  As she put it, she’s not a bows and teddy bears sort, but she DOES to machine embroidery on her Janome embroidery machine. I don’t do hearts and bows either, so I love how her entire approach–totally in keeping with her personality–is fresh and fun and ...

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July 6, 2018
Floral Tiles quilt from Pieced Brain

Photographs by Rebekah Moloy. Used with permission from Quilts and More™ magazine.
©2018 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
This is my quilt, Floral Tiles, which was just published in Quilts and More magazine. At 47-1/4" square, it is perfect as a baby quilt or a table topper. The 9" blocks can also be used in pillows as in the project option shown below:

 I worked with the beautiful fabrics from the Roses & Arrows collection by Hope Yoder for Blank Quilting. Check out some of the ones I used:








Aren't they gorgeous? Lots of textures to play with so ...

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June 2, 2018
June Short List And OMG from Quilt Paint Create

I can’t believe it’s June already. I only finished one of my May projects, but it was a big one.

I have a lot going on this month and hope to get outside more, depending on the weather and the mosquitoes. We live in a swampy area and get swarmed when we walk outside. I may not get a lot of sewing time in.

The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, a scrap project and a project in the design phase. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused ...

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May 24, 2018
curvy log cabin & bebé quilts from Charm About You


Log cabin blocks have to be one of the greatest classics. Not only are they beautiful in their most basic form but there is so much you can do with them when you play with fabric placement and layout. This quilt is made of wide and narrow strips to create "curves", I used the Creative Grids Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool to make 8" blocks. Honestly this makes it so easy and the result is perfectly precise blocks. A beautiful selection of Liberty prints and a variety of greens makes for a quilt with a gentle spring vibe.


While sewing ...

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May 22, 2018
What on Earth Was I Thinking????? Times 2 from 120 Blocks

Just a brief post to tell you I must be losing it! Seriously. The first What on Earth Was I Thinking is the quilting I chose to go into the border of the Christmas Jelly Roll Race. It is a … Continue reading

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April 11, 2018
Coast to Coast Bee 2.0 {Chelsea's Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

This round of the Coast to Coast traveling bee had me working on Chelsea's outdoor themed quilt. Here's what I received to work on:


Audrey added the border and paper pieced New Hampshire lettering and the modern mountains was Chelsea's start to the quilt. Doesn't it look like an old fashioned travel ad?

Since this quilt had a lot of paper piecing already, I decided to continue that theme. It was easy to find "NH facts" which told me all about the state bird, butterfly, insect, flower, and so on and so forth. After looking at ...

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April 7, 2018
Throwback Thursday, May Day Basket from The Crafty Quilter

Note:  This blog post is a day late due to technical issues that had me in tears yesterday.  I don’t even have the vocabulary to describe what’s been going on.  Hopefully, all is back to normal.  I’m afraid to sneeze for fear I might upset my computer </p>
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