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February 9, 2019
Marvellous Minis with Island Batik from Clever Chameleon

Year of the Pig appliqué by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

Happy New Year of the Pig 2019

February is Mini Quilt Month in the Island Batik Ambassador calendar: “Create a mini quilt 24″ x 24″ or smaller, any technique” is the challenge we’ve been given. Minis are a great way to try a new technique, or explore resource/time intensive projects on a doable scale. Or to commemorate an occasion or holiday. Like the Lunar New Year. For my first 2019 Ambassador challenge I decided to make something to mark Chinese New Year. Happy New Year of the Pig!

Year of the Pig mini quilt by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

2019 Lunar New Year was on the 5th of February ...

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January 27, 2019
Project QUILTING 10.2: Red, White, and Blue from Goer

It's been a busy week of sewing. Curves and Swoon blocks and Project QUILTING, oh my! I mentioned this week's Project QUILTING challenge to my daughter and she made a quilt for the challenge, too! I'm so proud of her and really enjoyed her excitement. This week's challenge was to make a quilt with only red, white, and blue (though we didn't have to use all three). I love the fairly open ended theme and endless possibilities. Early on I decided that I would limit to blue and white since I don't have much ...

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Project QUILTING 10.2: Red, White, and Blue (Made by My Daughter) from Goer

I’m R. I’m six years old. I live in San Jose, and my quilt is called Mixed Up Signs. I got the idea from an old kids’ book called Mr. Pine’s Mixed Up Signs.

My quilt has four arrows pointing in all different directions. One block (top left) is themed “England," one (bottom right) is “Dots," one (bottom left) is “Outdoors," and one (top right) is “Random.” The white in my blocks are white-on-white. And my thread number is #2735 (Aurifil 50wt). The thread color is Medium Blue.

The reason I made arrows is that my Mom ...

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January 21, 2019
Giving Handmade from Sew Some Sunshine

Giving handmade gifts can by tricky.  If you are a maker you know what I mean.  You work hard on something and you're never really sure the receiver will actually like it.  You've picked out the fabric and pattern and decided what to make.  You put yourself out there and give a gift you love.  I guess this is true of all gifts, but the material and time it takes to make something raises the stakes.  For the most part I've got a decent radar for who will appreciate a handmade gift, so I try not to ...

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January 18, 2019
Diamond Trail table runner kit featuring Fig Tree favorites from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends! I’m excited to show you my latest Diamond Trail table runner top, featuring some of my all-time favorite red, green and black prints from Fig Tree & Company. I had enough fabric in store to create a limited number of KITS, so that you can make one too!



This top features fabrics from five Fig Tree collections: Farmhouse II, Christmas Figs, Coney Island, Ella & Ollie and Chestnut Street. It has a decidedly country feel, but I like how the black adds a touch of sophistication. I can’t wait to quilt this piece. I’m planning to ...

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Studies in Transparency from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

I've been very busy during my college break and managed to finish a lot of quilting projects, but this one was the most pressing - and very interesting, too!

It was my Dance of the Goddess quilt that attracted attention at the Hands across the Border exhibition and I was asked to teach a workshop on the technique.


It is essentially free motion quilting with tulle (netting) appliquéd to create a semi-transparent, ghostly image. The challenge was, so, to think of simple small images that would work well with this kind of transparency and can be done in a ...

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January 14, 2019
A Ridgeside Mini | #Finishit2019 Number One from Canoe Ridge Creations

How are you coming along with your #FINISHIT2019 list? I just love seeing your lists & progress on social media using the hashtag. Please keep those coming! If you haven't grabbed your #FINISHIT2019 Free PDF Printable yet click right here. 

I've listed several (admittedly, not all) of my unfinished projects on my #FINISHIT2019 list & can already tell it's helping me stay motivated. Having everything visually organized is how I work best. Which means I could quickly see my first four projects just needed the binding hand sewn down - yay, quick finishes! 


First up, this black & aqua Ridgeside Mini ...

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January 13, 2019
Project QUILTING 10.1: Hope Springs Eternal from Goer

Last Sunday was the beginning of season 10 of Project QUILTING, a series of one-week quilt challenges. I've participated for the past two years and this year I'm a sponsor. The theme for this week's challenge is Hope Springs Eternal. Well... I was out of town for the first 4 days of the one week challenge, and then I had to spend Thursday and Friday making serious progress on a quilt deadline that I'll be posting on my blog tonight. This means I didn't even have time to think too much about this challenge until ...

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January 2, 2019
Curves Mini Quilt for Curated Quilts: Finished Quilt from Goer

The Curves Mini Quilts challenge for Curated Quilts ends today. I love quilt challenges for a variety of reasons. The small size of a mini quilt is a great way to play with a new or different technique. When the Curves challenge was announced I loved the palette (though I totally missed that white was in the list) and knew that I would do something with gentle improv curves.

I was out of town for 9 days in December without my sewing machine, so I packed along my fabric, rotary cutter, and small cutting mat. This allowed me to work ...

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December 13, 2018
Ridgeside Mini Quilt | A New PDF Pattern from Canoe Ridge Creations


Today I'm thrilled to introduce you to a new mini quilt pattern called Ridgeside. This design was previously a part the Fresh Mini Quilt Club and is making its first solo appearance in our pattern shop. Need a quick finish before the fast approaching holiday? This mini is for you!



The Ridgeside mini quilt finishes at 18" x18" - that means it's not only a fast finish but perfect for scraps. I originally made the cover mini quilt using Cluck Cluck Sew's Hazel collection from Windham Fabrics. Which ...

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Glitter Mini Quilt | A New PDF Pattern from Canoe Ridge Creations


Happy Thursday - it's pattern release day and this week I'm excited to bring you the Glitter Mini Quilt! It's fast. It's easy. It's SO GOOD.


I made my Glitter Mini using a simple black & white color palette - you can't go wrong with a classic. Lately I've been crushing on farmhouse decor and I think it's been carrying over into my quilting. I see lots of simple, neutral quilts in my future! 






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December 12, 2018
12 Days of Christmas, Day 11 from Quilt Doodle Doodles


Day 11

Welcome to the eleventh day of the Quilt Doodles 12 Days of Christmas. I've got another fun project for you!
A couple of fun snowman projects for you today. They are both mini quilts that can be hung on a split wire hanger from ackfeld or displayed on a tabletop. Living in Minnesota, I have my snowmen on display thru March, no kidding. We have snow for that long, in fact I remember a snowfall in May! (Back when I was in high school!) It was one of those wet, heavy snows. I went to school in ...

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12 Days of Christmas, Day 11 from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


Day 11

Welcome to the eleventh day of the Quilt Doodles 12 Days of Christmas. I've got another fun project for you!
A couple of fun snowman projects for you today. They are both mini quilts that can be hung on a split wire hanger from ackfeld or displayed on a tabletop. Living in Minnesota, I have my snowmen on display thru March, no kidding. We have snow for that long, in fact I remember a snowfall in May! (Back when I was in high school!) It was one of those wet, heavy snows. I went to school in ...

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November 11, 2018
Summer Sorbet between Autumn and Winter from A Beautiful Day - O Zi Frumoasa


And here we are at the beginning of the penultimate month of this year. Just between the sumptuous golden Autumn and the whimsical silver white Winter.

The project I want to share with you today is a quilted table topper I just finished.

Summer Sorbet between Autumn and Winter-abeeautifulday.blogspot.com


The pattern is Summer Sorbet by Geta Grama, the block variant without borders.

I confess that I started to work with a heavy heart. I have avoided for a long time piecing together octagons, trapezoids, and triangles.

Summer Sorbet between Autumn and Winter-abeeautifulday.blogspot.com


I never thought that this could be an easy job. But it really was easy. Because Geta gives a lot ...

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November 1, 2018
Butterfly Mug Rugs from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Aurifil.

It's been a busy month of sewing... but not so much in the writing department. I have lots that I need to get onto the blog to share with you. Today I'm sharing the three mug rugs I finished this morning. As I finished up the binding before school it struck me that it would make more sense to be putting the finishing touches on costumes, but those were already all in order. Happy Halloween to all who are celebrating.

Our Island Batik ...

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October 27, 2018
Finished Sajou Mini quilt from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I have finished my first sewalong with Lori from Humble Quilts.  Here is a link for you to visit - Humble Quilts and I'm sure you will enjoy a visit to her blog.  Two of my friends have said I should make this bigger, but then it turns into a WIP and I'm not sure I want that.  Much nice to say it is finished.  Hoping to quilt it over the weekend to be properly finished of course.  What do you think?




Best of all, it has all come from my stash.  Making some inroads here (she says positively ...

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October 25, 2018
Christmas version of Fat Quarter Flourish (plus kits!) from Carried Away Quilting


Earlier this year I introduced you to a new pattern called Fat Quarter Flourish, a pretty 20 1/2" square table topper or wall hanging made from just five fat quarters! I’ve been waiting for the chance to sew this pattern in a holiday collection, so here goes . . . Fat Quarter Flourish featuring Christmas Figs by Fig Tree & Company for Moda.


There are so many lovely prints in the Christmas Figs collection that it was difficult to choose which five to feature. But that's what makes this pattern so fun. I don’t think you can go wrong, no ...

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October 20, 2018
Star of the Sea from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

This post is well overdue, and the emotion has already subsided, but let's say we all gathered here to celebrate the winning of a pretty little award almost two weeks ago!

This is the happy winner:


Actually, this is the happy winner:


And together:


And now the full story. Each year, the participants of the Irish Patchwork Society AGM are invited to take part in in a challenge, where they usually are asked to bring a mini quilt on a particular theme. I took part last year, and the year before. The winner (determined by popular vote) receives the ...

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October 5, 2018
Sentimental Sampler from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

This is another workshop sampler for 3D appliqué techniques in quilts. It's 9'' by 12'' and it's supposed to be a classic still-life come alive.


If you read my blog before, you might recognise the rose, which is basically the same as in the Dancing in the Wind quilt, only a more dramatic colour. this time I used two different shades of red - a darker one for the outside of the petals and a lighter one for the inside which is seen in the curled bits.


The rose has leaves made with a single layer of fabric:


Then ...

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October 4, 2018
My Happy Place - Under the Stars from Pamela Quilts

Welcome to my post for the My Happy Place blog hop hosted by Marian at Seams to Be Sew!  Please make sure you stop by her blog to say Thanks for all the work she does setting this up.  I hope you have enjoyed all the beautiful creative row patterns we've seen so far as much as I have.  Let's just say I will have to do a lot of sewing to make all the patterns I've saved so far :)  Add to that the awesome prizes from all the sponsors that Marian has worked so hard to ...

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