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June 18, 2021
Modular Motion - A Small Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

If I'm going to be completely honest, I've had a couple of small finishes lately because I'm procrastinating getting started on a very large project and I'm not looking forward to all the cutting it requires. Here is my latest small quilt which will probably end up on the wall of my sewing room...

The Modular Motion quilt pattern was included in Issue 31 of the Make Modern magazine and was designed by Jamie Siel. I added it to my list of projects because I really liked the modern feel of it and all that negative ...

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May 16, 2021
Tiny blocks from Quilting and More...

The most recent of the online classes I’m taking from Philippa Naylor teaches techniques of making a miniature quilt. I’ve done some minis before, but I’ve usually paper pieced them; the bit and pieces of the sample quilt for this lesson are traditionally machine pieced instead. I’m not certain that I’ll make the entire quilt, […]

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May 14, 2021
Through Love Mini Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

I just finished this mini quilt and although it is only 16" x 19", it took me more time to make than many of my lap size quilts!

There is a lot of cutting and some very narrow strips in there! But I love the effect and how the word Love just appears because of the clever piecing.

I had grand plans for the quilting, but to be honest, after all that extremely tedious precision piecing, I didn't have any inclination toward intricate quilting. So I used my walking foot and quilted wavy vertical lines. You can see that ...

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April 14, 2021
Spring Sunday Drive from From My Carolina Home

The British Car Club drive for Saturday was postponed to Sunday due to rain, so we were able to have a nice sunny day for a drive in the mountains. We met at a parking lot in Brevard to get everyone together. It was a later start, so we could have some much needed social time.

Lots of people arrived earlier than needed, just to chat and catch up. We were outside, but still wore masks for the most part, just to protect those who have not had their vaccines yet.

We actually had so many members come that we ...

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March 28, 2021
March Madness Drive from From My Carolina Home

Cabin fever has caught hold in all our car clubs, and with the warming weather, more drives are happening. The first one of the season for the British Car Club had us meeting in west Asheville for a drive north. That’s our red MINI on the left. It counts as British for this club, and also for the two MINI clubs we are in.

It didn’t take very long for more friends to arrive and we had eight cars ready to roll.

A few minutes later and we were up to 12. Seems like a lot of us ...

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March 26, 2021
An Express Post Cushion from Dizzy Quilts

Do you ever decide on your next project based on what you have taking up space in your sewing room? I spent a little bit of time cleaning up my sewing room recently because I got myself a new serger and wanted to make room for it. While trying to put stuff away, I found an 18" pillow form and I didn't know where to store it so instead, I decided to make myself a new pillow!

The pattern I chose for my pillow is one I very recently purchased. It is called Express Post and was designed by ...

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March 5, 2021
Intriguing Interleaves from Seaside Stitches

What a fun workshop this was! Mel Beach taught Intriguing Interleaves to Ninigret Quilters via Zoom in February. It is a quilt-as-you-go method, which means when the piecing is done, so is the quilting! How satisfying to have a completed project so soon after taking a class, and not another UFO for the pile!

Mel is an outstanding teacher who utilizes all the technology at her disposal to maximize student engagement in the virtual environment. She's the best we've seen since we started Zooming in April 2020.

I'm not going to get into the process here, but ...

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February 12, 2021
Some Walking Foot Practice from Dizzy Quilts

I have been having much fun with my walking foot lately! The little quilt I am sharing today started off as simply that - practice with the walking foot and my WALK book by Jacquie Gering.

I started with a half yard of some Kona Tangerine (it looks a little more red than orange in my photos) which I cut in half - one half for the top and one half for the back. I used one layer of cotton/poly batting and Aurifil #2600 (Dove) in 50 wt.

The design I went with is called Crosshatch Mash Up. I used 1 ...

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February 5, 2021
A Valentine's Day Mini Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

I have a really fun quilt finish to share today!

Back in January 2019, I saved a blog post by Sew Jess Handmade who made a "Love" mini quilt. She didn't provide a pattern or anything, but the math was pretty simple to figure out. 

I was scrolling through my blog saves between Christmas and New Year's Day and decided to add this to my to do list. I thought it would make a really fun Valentine's Day wall hanging for my "home office" (the corner of the dining room where my desk is set-up).

I used ...

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January 22, 2021
Ribbon Heart Mini Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

Like many people around the world, I've been working from home since March 2020. I set-up my home office in a corner of our dining room but with the exception of a table runner on top of my desk and a magnetic board up on the wall, I've basically been staring at a blank wall for months now.

The hubby did say he's planning on re-painting the dining room very soon so I can't go crazy and start hanging pictures of the grand-kids just yet (I received some really nice pictures during the holidays) but I ...

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May 4, 2020
HOPE from Seaside Stitches

Here's a small quilt I made this week that I absolutely love. The pattern is one block of the Tattoo Quilt by Berene Campbell at Happy Sew Lucky. You can purchase patterns for the whole quilt or individual blocks in her Etsy shop.

I immediately fell in love with this block because the Rhode Island state motto is Hope. And I love tattoo art. And barn swallows are cool.

I downloaded the pattern and started piecing on Tuesday. I thought a scrappy green background would be fun. It. Was. Not. The completed block went in the trash!

Restarted on ...

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April 10, 2020
New Placemats! from Dizzy Quilts

At the end of January, Yvonne who blogs at Quilting Jetgirl, published a tutorial for placemats. I love Yvonne's transparency patterns and these placemats looked so striking, I just had to add these to my To Make list.

At first, I was going to use up scraps for these (you know I've been on a crusade to use up all the scraps!) but then I discovered a stack of Karen Lewis fat quarters in my stash so went with those. Also, I have grand plans to re-decorate the dining room this Spring and black, grey and white are ...

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January 17, 2020
Portales Mini: Small Wall Hanging Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I'm back with another finished quilt from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder. This is my fifth quilt from the book: Rustic, Marfa Lights, Dunes and Cielo were the other four. I think this is probably going to be my last though - a few of the other quilts in the book are paper-pieced and I'm not a huge fan.

Portales Mini was a very quick finish and exactly what I needed. But it was also my first try at half-rectangle triangles which was kind of fun!

I used fat quarters in Kona Celestial, Kona Bahama Blue along ...

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December 29, 2019
Swirly Whirly from Quilting and More...

And … it’s done! I had originally envisioned doing swirling feathers in all of the colored areas, but that was an impossible task. The bulk created by all of those tiny seams just meant that my free motion foot kept getting hung up; it’s rather difficult to do smooth curves and even stitches when the […]

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December 4, 2019
Strawberry Sewing from Threads On My Socks

Strawberry Makin' Today!

I had visions of strawberries all over my work table and wala...there they are. I love making them in pinks and reds. These were made with the sweetest little berry pattern and you won't need much fabric either, which always makes for a nice, easy & fast project.

So, Sew, Summery! The plan for this .... a 24" SQ mat for a table in my sewing room. I still need to cut fabric for sashing and the binding but I put that aside and made more pink berries! That's the best part of strawberry making...they ...

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