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June 19, 2017
Woof! from the confused quilter

Recently the Mini Quilt Trading Swap Flickr group held a swap with the theme Village, Town or House.  What a great theme!  This swap was a secret partner round, and I lucked out and got my dear friend Leslie's name.  Oh, I was so excited!!!  

Took me a little while to decide what to make for her, but there was a happy dance when I settled one something.  As I was paging through the book Houses by Yoko Saito I found a dog house pattern--I knew I'd hit the right idea!  Leslie has a beloved Irish Setter named ...

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June 14, 2017
Slow Progress from Quilt Obsession

And I mean very slow progress! Although I had all the little white and red triangle units done and the four-patch units completed, I could only manage to sew  one of these 9-patch blocks last night.

Why so slow? Because I managed to turn one of the four-patch units the wrong way and, of course, didn’t realize it until the block was finished and I was about to press it. Thankfully, it was one of the four corners and not the centre of the 9-patch block. So some ripping out of stitches and then making sure I had it ...

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Slow Progress from Quilt Obsession

And I mean very slow progress! Although I had all the little white and red triangle units done and the four-patch units completed, I could only manage to sew  one of these 9-patch blocks last night.

Why so slow? Because I managed to turn one of the four-patch units the wrong way and, of course, didn’t realize it until the block was finished and I was about to press it. Thankfully, it was one of the four corners and not the centre of the 9-patch block. So some ripping out of stitches and then making sure I had it ...

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June 9, 2017
More Red & White from Quilt Obsession

I made one of the little 6″ blocks over the past couple of nights, just to see how long it takes me to make a block – all hand piecing, of course. Once I knew that, I knew I wanted to make a few more. As of now I have six completed blocks, which would result in a little quilt that was 12″ x 18″ assuming I added nothing in the way of a border.

But I wanted to make it larger. So I measured the pieces of that red fabric I had left and, although I hoped against hope I ...

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June 2, 2017
folding rolling quilting from Charm About You


It seems I have been too busy sewing to properly document my finishes and I am determined to remedy that! Here are some projects made for the Sewing Quarter, all from different craft books and incorporating fun techniques. I enjoyed using the decorative stitches on my Elna 680EX, which definitely made quick work for a couple of these makes!

First is the Starburst Pillow Cover from Fat Quarters by Amanda Carestio. This design is by Ruth Singer, it is really tactile and a joy to create. Making the folded stars was quite meditative and I love the effect.


The instructions ...

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May 31, 2017
Picking Petals for Christmas, plus kits and a giveaway from LouLou's Fabric Shop from Carried Away Quilting

The Christmas season may be several months away, but we quilters know it’s never too early to get a jump on holiday sewing projects. Today I’m happy to share one of my favorite patterns, Picking Petals, made with the festive Comfort and Joy collection by Dani Mogstad of My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs.




There are so many darling details to enjoy in this fabric: holly berries, sweet little snow globes, woolen mittens, and delicate wreaths.  




Comfort and Joy includes classic red and green, some pale aqua, and a nice bit of bold black that makes ...

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May 23, 2017
Hang a Quilt with Corner Hangers from Patchwork Posse

Hang a quilt with corner hangers

Hanging quilts can be a tricky thing!  They sometimes don’t lay quite flat enough and are lumpy and bubbly around the top.

Today you’ll see how you can make some simple corner pockets that will hold a dowel or a stick across the top. These are perfect for solving the droopy middle when you hang the mini or wall hanging quilt.

Corner hangers for mini quilts. This is so handy and such a great idea! I have a few quilts that need to be hung and this will work!

Materials Needed:

2 squares – equal in size

iron

Corner Hangers for Quilts~

1- fold the square in half diagonally

2- iron

3- place in the corners at the TOP, BACK of ...

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May 15, 2017
The Transplant Mini Quilt and Giveaway from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

the transplant free pattern

Ode to Tucson
I live where there are green trees with green trunks.
Flowers grow rampant here making me sneeze.
The mountains are as high as you can see,
packed with intertwining trails perfect for trainees.
Our skies are deep blue and reach great degrees
but the sunsets are priceless they bring a fresh breeze.
Here I have seen snakes, jabalinas and bambis.
In our front yard ground squirrels eat peapods and newly
transplanted cactus which sends my husband into frenzies.

Butterflies flutter above cactus as I drink my morning tea.
Gato hunts lizards and mice just to tease.
Coyotes ...

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May 10, 2017
Tiny But Mighty from Gray Barn Designs

This tiny quilt (6 inches x 6 inches) was a kit I purchased at a shop hop somewhere in my quilting travels.  Who could possibly resist making such a cute flower?

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Although tiny, this quilt is mighty.  It incorporated machine piecing, hand applique, machine applique, hand quilting, machine quilting and embroidery.  PLUS I got to practice tacking down the binding with my sewing machine.

I’m always looking for ways to use scraps.  A set of four would make a nice gift for “someone” (perhaps the author) to use as coasters…for a cold beverage, on the porch, on a ...

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May 8, 2017
Modern Star mini from Flying Parrot Quilts

I realized I hadn’t posted the mini quilt I made for the MQG swap, so here are a couple quick photos.
MQG Swap mini | Flying Parrot Quilts

My partner mentioned all these colors as her favorites, and while I was initially skeptical, it turned out that this combination really works! I am going to have to remember it for future quilts.

MQG swap mini detail | Flying Parrot Quilts

I forgot to take a picture of the back, but it was a cute 30s print, which my partner also mentioned as a favorite.

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May 5, 2017
Rockstar Rhythm: A Challenge Quilt from Goer

I opted in to participate in the Riley Blake Creative Rockstar Challenge with the Modern Quilt Guild and received a package of the challenge fabrics. We were allowed to add additional fabric from the line as well as any Riley Blake solids. I opted to order the additional colorway of the Rockstar Rhythm print (with the triangles) as it was my favorite in the line. I love the geometric design. I also ordered solid black and grey and ultimately decided on the grey in order to emphasize the quilting.

In designing my quilt, I decided to feature the three different ...

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May 4, 2017
For the Love of Chickadees from Quilt Doodle Doodles

I have always love chickadees. I'm sure my love for these sweet little birds is a direct result from all the mornings I shared a cup of coffee with dad watching the comings and goings at his bird feeders. There was Vivian, the albino squirrel, the cardinals and of coarse the sweet little chickadees. During this long winter here in Minnesota I spent many mornings remembering days gone by and watching my chickadees flit and flutter from feeder to feeder. Now that spring is here and still have been enjoying these little birds.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/515031344/pinecone-chickadees-mini-quilt-wall?ref=shop_home_active_1
Spring is also that time of ...

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For the Love of Chickadees from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

I have always love chickadees. I'm sure my love for these sweet little birds is a direct result from all the mornings I shared a cup of coffee with dad watching the comings and goings at his bird feeders. There was Vivian, the albino squirrel, the cardinals and of coarse the sweet little chickadees. During this long winter here in Minnesota I spent many mornings remembering days gone by and watching my chickadees flit and flutter from feeder to feeder. Now that spring is here and still have been enjoying these little birds.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/515031344/pinecone-chickadees-mini-quilt-wall?ref=shop_home_active_1
Spring is also that time of ...

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April 19, 2017
Back At It, and NTT from My Quilt Infatuation

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all.  Well, my quilts, manuscript, and other materials for my book have been shipped out to Martingale, and it feels like a huge weight has been lifted right off my shoulders.  Though I'm sure I'll have plenty of contact with my editor and some revisions to do before the book is released next spring, I'll be getting much more sewing time now that the big push is over.  Woohoo!


After all of that work, I needed some fast, fresh inspiration.  Anna Maria Horner to the rescue!  I've been hoarding AMH ...

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Alternate Way from A Quilting Jewel

Those of you that follow me on Instagram (@AQuiltingJewel) might have seen the flying geese blocks and quilts I've been working on lately. When I'm making these quilts, I tend to make extra blocks in case I want to alter my design. I find that having extra blocks comes in handy often. In this case I had 10 extra flying geese blocks, so I started playing around with them.


Using a design wall, I moved around the blocks until I realized what would happen if I organized the blocks around a square made of the same color as ...

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April 18, 2017
One last Easter Parade from Gray Barn Designs

I have seen so many wonderful family pictures and fun spring-time rituals from my blogging tribe this week. Your happiness has inspired me to share my own.

My roommate’s daughter and son-in-law arrived from South Carolina by way of Connecticut and brought the youngest grandson for his first trip to NY this past weekend. What fun to have a baby in the house once more! My mother even jumped into the party and she volunteered to babysit so that the four of us could enjoy an evening out. With a face like this, how could she resist?

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Baby Jackson ...

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April 17, 2017
Back to the Real World from Needle and Foot

I don’t know if it is the same for you, but it is always with mixed feelings that I end a trip or vacation. Julia and I had such a wonderful time in Vermont. The week seemed to fly by and it was difficult to leave. Having my kids living so far from California isn’t the ideal situation but it is what it is, right? While I was a bit sad to leave them, and especially my sweet grand baby, I was happy to come home. I love my home and was more than happy to see my ...

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April 10, 2017
Stumped from A Quilting Jewel

Every year for the Boston MQG Quilt Show, we have a mini quilt challenge. This year, the theme was Improv. We had to make a mini quilt that was no more than 36" x 36" using an improv technique. That's it! It's amazing how when given so much free reign, that it becomes difficult to get your mojo and make something. In fact, I was stumped (despite being the president and issuing the challenge...)


I decided I just needed to dive in. I've toyed with the idea of an improv curved quilt, so I pulled a bundle ...

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April 9, 2017
Easter Decorating from From My Carolina Home

Easter is just days away now.  I didn’t do a lot of decorating for this holiday this year.  One thing I do have to put out every year, though, is this adorable, now vintage, Happy Easter train.  Look closely and you can see the word Happy spelled out in twig letters held by the little bunnies.  The word Easter is spelled out on the train cars.  This year I have it on the kitchen counter.

Easter Train ~ From My Carolina Home

The Spring Tulip Mini Quilt is on the stand.  I need to get a few more designs done for this stand.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

On the wall ...

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April 7, 2017
terrific tulip mini quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Last week, I had the chance to help out my sweet friend, Katherine, by testing her new block pattern called terrific tulip. It's a great pattern and it was a lot of fun to sew up! It was also a good exercise in following directions. (I am usually writing them, not following them. It was a nice change of pace! Ha!) Isn't the block cute?
This morning, I quilted it up and turned it into a mini quilt. It measures about 12" square. I think I love diamond crosshatching most of all ...

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