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June 12, 2019
Moda Doll Panels from Polka Dots and Butterflies

I fell in love with these Moda Doll panels.  I can't stop making them.  They are adorable.


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June 9, 2019
Wild and Free Babies from Magpie Quilts

Although most of my projects are made with my own fabric collection, sometimes I fall in love with an entire fabric line and buy pre-cuts.
That's what happened a while back in my local quilt shop "My Sewing Room". They had just put out an entire line of fabric from Moda called Wild and Free by Abi Hall. I was there to find something for another project and knew that this sweet fabric would be sold out by the time I had a project in mind. So I scooped up a jelly roll and 2 metres of the feathers ...

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June 7, 2019
New pattern: Fall Flight from Carried Away Quilting

Autumn is my favorite season. Like many of you, I cherish signs of fall:  the spectacle of leaves turning vibrant shades of red, gold and orange; the glimpse of a harvest moon hanging low in the sky; the sight and sound of geese migrating south; and, of course, fields of pumpkin patches and roadside pumpkin stands. In Minnesota, we savor every last bit of autumn in preparation for the long winter that follows.

Every year as summer draws to a close, I feel a thrill when I pull out my autumn quilts for display and snuggling. Today I’m excited ...

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Teacups Quilt Along – Block 11 – and some news from From My Carolina Home

First Friday of the month means the next block for the Teacups Quilt Along is here!  I hope you have enjoyed stretching a bit with some new-to-you techniques you might not have tried before.  This month, the block can be made in two ways, so you can choose your comfort level.

The inspiration for this block was a teacup that I have had for so many years that I do not remember where it came from. Delicate and pretty isn’t it?

Teacups Quilt Along at

It is unusual in that the saucer has a raised center for the cup to sit on.

Teacups Quilt Along at

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June 3, 2019
Next Up: a graduation quilt from Carried Away Quilting

I have a special quilt to share with you today, a gift for our niece Molly, who is graduating from high school. Molly is a sweet, smart, soft-spoken young lady who also has a great sense of humor. With her easy-going temperament and kind ways, I just know she will make a positive mark on the world.  It makes me happy to be sending a quilt along with her to college, to remind her how much she is loved.

When I asked Molly if there was a style or color combination she would like for her quilt, she wasn’t ...

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May 27, 2019
Making Gaïa's Garden from Quilting & Learning

After a bit of productive procrastination, I'm back to working on my art quilt.

Gaïa's Garden

It's always a long process, so I thought that I would share some of it with you. Here's a recap (see Related links below).

My model for Gaïa
My model for Gaïa
Choosing a colour palette
Choosing a colour palette
My model for Gaïa is this picture of a reproduction statuette of a beautiful Pre-Columbian female figure from Colombia, South America.

I used photo transfer medium to make the fabric image.

Gradients Multi
33366 11D Moda

It took me a long time to start because I was looking ...

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May 19, 2019
may day, may day . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's been a very busy Spring! I looked up and realized if I didn't post something here, May would go by (along with the bottom two-thirds of April) without a word from me. Heaven forbid!!  ;)

Our guild strives to be active in community-oriented events.  One of those events is Panoply, an annual arts festival held in downtown Huntsville's Big Spring Park.
This year at our booth, we went interactive! We had hexies prepped and ready to baste to engage passersby!  
Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, over 200 people, adults and kids alike, basted up a ...

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May 3, 2019
Classic and Vintage Rocket Star from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Do you ever see a pattern and say, 
"Wow, that is gorgeous!", 
but then you are a little intimidated 
to work on it? 

Fat Quarter Shop once again 
has done it again with a beautiful 
Classic and Vintage style quilt.

I was a little intimidated to make 
it, but it was so much easier than 
I had even imagined. 

Here is the very first block I created from 
the pattern.  

Let me say, I just loved it.

This particular quilt was made with a fat quarter
bundle I had sitting around just waiting to 
transform into a quilt.

One block ...

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May 1, 2019
Lakeside Star: a crimson version from Carried Away Quilting

In February I introduced you to my new fat quarter pattern, Lakeside Star. This bold, dynamic quilt makes a statement with thoughtful color and print placement. My original quilt showcased a blue, butterscotch and taupe color combination. I recently completed another Lakeside Star top featuring crimson, brown and taupe prints. I’m doing my final pressing and then she’ll be off to the quilter!

This crimson version of Lakeside Star could be considered a winter or Christmas quilt, as some of the prints have a subtle seasonal motif.  But I think the overall effect is such that the quilt ...

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April 30, 2019
Summer Moon Quilt Along: Will you join me? from Carried Away Quilting

Are you looking for a fun and inspiring quilt along experience? Then join me for the Summer Moon Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop. It begins in May and runs for 10 months, ending in February 2020. When you’re done, you’ll have a beautiful quilt top measuring 70 x 78 inches . . . OR, you could be a rebel like me and just sew some of the blocks.

Summer Moon is a sampler quilt designed by Carrie Nelson and It’s Sew Emma (the pattern company of Fat Quarter Shop). The quilt is comprised of 24 blocks that are each ...

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April 13, 2019
Anniversary celebration with Sweet Treasures Quilts! from Carried Away Quilting

Today I want to wish a happy Five Year Anniversary to the team at Sweet Treasures Quilts. While owner Terri Staats has been an inspiring part of the quilting world for many years, her Sweet Treasures Studio opened just five years ago this month. What I wouldn’t give to spend a day, or better yet a weekend, sewing away with Terri and friends at her studio! Isn't this a fabulous space?

Located in Keizer, Oregon, Sweet Treasures is both an online quilt shop and a sewing studio/store. Terri began her quilting journey in pattern design and teaching ...

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April 6, 2019
A fat quarter quilt top finish from Carried Away Quilting

This week I finished a special quilt top, one made out of beautiful fat quarters I have gathered over the past year. It’s a mix of dusty, denim blues and soft pinky-reds. This quilt will be gifted to a lovely young lady. I’ve sent it off to the quilter to be finished, and I can’t wait for it to return!

The pattern is called Wayne & Gordie from the book Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites by Carrie Nelson. The quilt finished at 74” x 81” and was a snap to make with Carrie’s strip piecing method. For ...

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March 30, 2019
Sew Sampler March 2019 Box Reveal from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Indulge yourself in the sights and sounds of Paris in the Springtime, all packed inside your March Sew Sampler box. The latest fabrics and notions couldn’t be more charming! Grab a baguette and a glass of wine and let’s reveal the contents of this sophisticated subscription box!

Chantilly Jolly Bar by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics

Chantilly by Fig Tree Quilts has put the Spring back in our step! Tiny tendrils and blooming buds are blossoming in light tones of butter, peach, pink, cloud blue, taupe and mint green. You can find other signs of life amongst ...

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March 26, 2019
Spring cleaning, new Etsy shop listings and a new quilt project from Carried Away Quilting

Although we still have snow in the yard and ice on the lake, I’m hopeful that warmer weather is just around the corner. There are some positive signs: the robins are singing and the sun is shining longer each evening. My hopefulness translated into some spring cleaning in my sewing room, which meant a restocking of my Etsy shop!

I’ve been holding onto some much-loved charm packs, jelly rolls, bolt-end fabric and other bundles. I decided to let go of some treasured merchandise and list it in my Etsy shop. I hope you’ll find that special something ...

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March 20, 2019
Modern Gratitude :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

The top was completed back in January 2017. It was a one of the scrap group projects at my shop that year. Click here to read that post.

I really like this one and I'm glad that it is finally finished so I can enjoy it. Once I started pulling out completed tops to take to the quilter I began finding them every where! I had lots more completed tops than I realized. I've emptied one storage area of completed tops but they keep turning up! Now instead of just putting them back I'm pulling backing fabric ...

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March 14, 2019
A scrappy quilt featuring low volume fabrics from Carried Away Quilting

Hello quilting friends! I’m popping in today to show you a recent finish, my Happy Trails quilt featuring some favorite low volume prints from Fig Tree & Company. Happy Trails is just one of six fabulous patterns available in the Scrappy Project Planner by Lori Holt.

There are several reasons this quilt is special to me:

First, I took my time with it. Too often, quilt making becomes a rush due to deadlines. But this quilt evolved slowly.  I ordered the Scrappy Project Planner from My Timeless Day back in November of 2017. I took my time learning what the ...

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March 6, 2019
Celebrate the Seasons – book giveaway from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

My very talented and delightful friend, Pat Sloan has published her 37th book! Celebrate the seasons has 14 easy quilting projects to reflect the beauty of each season and decorate your home. This book, as with all Pat’s books, has easy to follow instructions supported by great plentiful illustrations, tips and tricks. Pat has gathered...

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February 28, 2019
New Fat Quarters in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 02-28-19 from Curlicue Creations

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, Blue Plaid Heart Quilt Fabric by Fabric Traditions. 100 percent cotton, fat quarter cut. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric features tiny white hearts and a white plaid design on a blue background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, English Collection, from David Textiles. 100 percent cotton, fat quarter cut. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The ...

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February 25, 2019
Summer Moon: a sampler book by Carrie Nelson from Carried Away Quilting

Last week I received a lovely surprise in my mailbox. The kind folks at It’s Sew Emma/Fat Quarter Shop sent me a copy of Carrie Nelson’s new book, “Summer Moon,” which features a beautiful and unique sampler quilt. After spending some time looking at all of the pretty photos in the book, I zipped on over to my sewing room and made up one of the blocks, the Maple Star!

The sampler quilt is comprised of 24 blocks that are each made in three different sizes: 5”, 6 1/2” and 8” unfinished. The book includes setting ...

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February 24, 2019
Flower Tile: a charm pack quilt for spring from Carried Away Quilting

February may be winding down, but winter is not. Today we’re in a blizzard warning and the week ahead will bring more snow and cold temps. Once again, I looked to my quilts to bring a vision of spring to the inside of my home since mother nature is not cooperating.  Yesterday I graced our table with my Flower Tile quilt, and it cheered me right up!

Flower Tile is a charm pack quilt that finishes at 44 1/2" square. My sample features the Strawberry Fields Revisited collection by Fig Tree & Company, but I think this pattern would ...

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