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September 1, 2020
DIVIDED HEARTS BLOCK TWO from Heirloom Quilting Co.


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July 9, 2020
Halo Quilt Sew Along - A Finished Top!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

During April, I shared a new project -- the Halo Quilt.  The booklet has been in my stash for a couple years and this scrappy quilt catches my eye on Instagram over and over!
I was in the midst of several other projects (of course) but when a couple Instagrammers announced they were going to host a Sew Along, I caved at once -- I could do the two blocks a week goal they shared easily.  I copied the template pages, glued them to template plastic, cut them out and started exploring my fabric stash for the right stuff.
A few blocks ...

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June 1, 2020
Tips for Piecing Mississippi Mud Blocks from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

"Are you in" as they say?
If you don't want to start a new quilt, give my assembly technique a try using 16 squares, any size.
(Think potholder?)  If you are just going to experiment, you can skip "piecing the star points".
Let's go!! 
Piecing the star points -- you will need eight star point units for the main block.
The instructions on how to piece these are at the top of page 5 in the pattern if this technique is new to you.  Just do eight for now because as I piece a block, I make the star ...

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February 24, 2020
Dance of the Poinsettias from Quilt Obsession

I know, I know — it has been an extremely long time since I blogged. I am going to give it yet another try and hope to post twice a week — at least at first. I’ve missed blogging and, given the fact that this is like a diary of my quilting, I know I’m going to look back and wonder what I was doing!

Dancing Poinsettia TopIMG_3118wtmk

One thing I was doing was finishing Dance of the Poinsettias, my version of Can Can from Millefiori Quilts 3 made using the Inklingo Can Can collection. As it’s winter and the roof garden ...

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January 19, 2020
STASH REPORT SUNDAY from The Proficient Needle

Fabric used this week 0 yards
Fabric used year to date  5.125 yards
Fabric added this week 1.5 yards
Fabric added year to date  4.625 yards
Net used 2020  .5 yards!

I've been busy sewing this past week, working on the first of 2 Hallowe'en quilts for my grandchildren.  I don't count fabric used until it is donated, or I have a completed project !

The center of the quilt came from a panel for a Hallowe'en tote bag, so I used one side for this quilt, and I'm saving the other for ...

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January 4, 2020
OFF TO A GOOD START from The Proficient Needle

Since I still had my small collection of Christmas fabric on the cutting table, I hunted through my saved patterns, and decided to try the "Gather 'Round Runner" pattern from Iowa Star Quilts, that was part of their year of runners in 2006.

 The background fabric is a poinsettia print with silver highlights, and I used the remainder of the piece!  This will go in my collection of items for the boutique at my guild's next quilt show.

I soaked the beans for 15 bean soup last night, so this morning, I drained the soaking water, and added fresh ...

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November 12, 2019
UP TO DATE - ALMOST from The Proficient Needle

I've been catching up on my "52 Blocks in 52 Weeks" project.  I cut out parts for 4 or 5 blocks, and then sew them together.    I finished up to block 43 last night, but then downloaded block 44 this morning.

I have been spending time with my Electric Quilt software, deciding how I am going to use the blocks in a layout.  Straight set, or on point, what kind of sashing, how many borders etc.  I'm sure I'll figure it out by the time the final block pattern is released.

I spent some time this morning ...

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November 10, 2019
FINALLY - SOME MACHINE TIME! from The Proficient Needle

This year, we have taken a different approach to getting organized at our southern location.  In the past, we have worked hard every day, doing our "fall cleaning", both inside and out, unpacking everything that travels with us, and restocking the refrigerator, pantry and freezer.  This year, we decided to take some time for ourselves - everything will happen eventually!

The past 2 mornings, I have been working on getting caught up with my blocks for the "52 Blocks, 52 Weeks" challenge from the Canadian Quilters Association.  I purchased 3 shades of batik fabric last February, and have been working away ...

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October 11, 2019
The Quilting Has Begun!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

The quilting of my scrappy blue hexagons quilt has begun!!
Found the perfect thread in my stash and revved up my APQS George for the first time all summer!?!
  I'm keeping to a simple grid that follows the ditch of the seams and crosses through the center of each hexagon.  
I've used this approach before and like the simplicity, the sturdiness and the effect.
I can come and go from the stitching over the next few days and hopefully be binding this sweet little quilt next week!!
After a record fast trip to eastern Pennsylvania to watch my ...

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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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February 19, 2019
Dance of the Poinsettias Progress from Quilt Obsession

Can Can Front, February 18, 2019 IMG_2730wtmk

I’ve now added ten of the 10-point stars to my version of Can Can, now Dance of the Poinsettias. I’d finished the little pink units I showed in my post on Friday and had actually already added one before I remembered to take the progress picture.

Can Can Back, February 18, 2019 IMG_2728wtmk

The back after pressing.  I’m grading the seams right away which helps when pressing.

The next round requires ten  large 10-point stars. I need to make a total of 16 more large 10-point stars for the entire top and I may — I haven’t decided this yet — make all 16 before ...

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June 2, 2018
Block of the Week from Heirloom Quilting Co.

The Free Block of the Week Program has begun and we are just so delighted that so many are participating!  I thought it would be fun to post my blocks as we go along.  This quilt is pretty and incorporates alot of different prints and colors so you can use up fabrics from your stash.  If you are interested just sign up for my newsletter and join In!  I'm sewing along with everyone, so I thought I'd share my block, here's the first one-Woven Star-

Always Quilting,

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