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September 20, 2018
Two finished pouches and one finished quilt! from The Crafty Quilter

It’s been a productive week with two finished pouches and one finished quilt.  I love being able to finish a project quickly and these pouches are fun and quick.

Two finished pouches made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter. Pattern and kit from Sew Lux Fabrics
Two finished pouches made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter. Pattern and kit from Sew Lux Fabrics

 

I belong to the Pouch Kit Club at Sew Lux Fabrics.  Every month I receive a kit with everything I need to make a pouch, including fabric, interfacing, zipper, etc.  I love having all the supplies together and ready to go.

I don’t always keep up with the monthly kits, so I ...

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September 15, 2018
Summer Fun Wall Hanging is quilted and bound from The Crafty Quilter

Just in time for the last days of summer, my Summer Fun Wall Hanging is all quilted and bound.  You can find the free pattern and tutorials on my Summer Fun Quilt Along Page.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

This Summer Fun Wall Hanging is a free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.  Free Motion quilting is added to complete this vibrant quilt.

 

I’m going to give you lots of photos of the quilting I did.  I’ve heard from some of you that are still looking for ideas on how to quilt this, so here you go!  The very first thing I did was “stitch in the ditch” along the main seams.  Then I added  lots of free motion quilting using my domestic sewing machine (Bernina 770 ...

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September 14, 2018
Now back to reality from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


That was a wee bit of excitement for a couple of days. All for fun and that's my motto in life - if you're not having fun, then you're not living. I've been reading several non-fiction books lately about people getting stuck in dead-end jobs and how they turned their lives around to do something they were passionate about. I guess I could say that happened to me 20 years ago. I don't regret what I gave up and I was lucky that I didn't need a full income. For that, I'm grateful. In ...

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September 13, 2018
Giveaway winner and feathered star finish from The Crafty Quilter

It’s hard picking just one winner out of 323 entries for the Save the Bees giveaway, but the true random number generator did it for me.  Comment #256 is the lucky winner – Joni G.  She said, “I learned to quilt when I was 18-the summer after I graduated high school I spent part of it with my grandmother and she taught me. I joined the Army that fall, got married, had children, lived life , and did a little over those 30+ years. I am retired now and it is a part of what I do now every week….”  Congratulations ...

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August 25, 2018
Back on track? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I should be very careful about what I say - I don't want to jinx anything. While I'm back to work, I'm NOT on track - not yet!

But yesterday was a good day. Heck - there aren't many days that aren't good. You know how it is - there are those half full people like myself. Even if something is wrong, I try to find the silver lining. I just suck it up (OK - so I do vent from time to time!) but for the most part, I try to be positive. But boy oh boy - there are ...

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August 17, 2018
Big Hugs Quilt from L&R Designs Quilting

What do you do when your sister calls you asking for a quilt for her best friend?!  You go to your stash of almost finished quilts and finish it!  I originally called this “The Big O Quilt” but when my sister explained that her friend did a huge favor for her, I changed the name to “Big Hugs Quilt”!  I didn’t have a quilt pattern, it’s half square triangles and squares arranged to make a big “O”.  It’s a great use for a fat quarter bundle that you don’t know what to do with!

The quilting ...

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July 31, 2018
Just Poking Along from Indigo Threads

Still not much going on around here, but I did manage to get some sewing accomplished.  Yay for me!

My quilt guild was having a workshop on the Falling Charms quilt (which I first saw on Crazy Mom Quilts blog here, and then found out that Missouri Star's Jenny also has a tutorial here), so I decided to play along.  After some consideration, I realized that I didn't have 2 packs of charm squares that weren't already spoken for, so I decided to use my 40 Crumb Blocks that have been languishing for a few years.  At ...

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July 26, 2018
Friendship Star from Daisychain Quilter

This tutorial will make a 6" Friendship Star Block.  I used only two fabrics.  A cream tone on tone fabric for the background and a pattern blue fabric for the star block.

Background  
Cut two 3 1/2 inch squares
Cut four 2 1/2 inch squares
Star 
Cut two 3 1/2 inch squares
Cut one 2 1/2 inch square

Layer one background and one star 3 1/2 inch square right side facing and pin.  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.  Then draw a line quarter inch either side of diagonal line.
Sew on the ...

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July 24, 2018
What a year! from Daisychain Quilter

I have been busy this year making quilts for exhibiting national, so my blog has been neglected. I have also been 'sewing up a storm' for my Etsy shop too.  I love making bags, cushions and bunting.

Although I have not published any posts this year, I have a lot of draft posts that also need to be finished and published.  So now that things here are a little quieter for a while, I thought I would come back to blogging and update it.

You will see some of the items I have made listed on Daisychain Quilter Etsy. I ...

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One of my old ones and a customer quilt from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I finished this customer quilt up around 12:30am last night.  It measures 90x90.  With only 5 blocks across, the blocks are big.  She loves her quilts quilted "loosely" so I just quilted a big meander. 
 I have made several quilts using this block in the past and have always loved them.  Seeing hers really makes me want to make another one for myself.  :)
 I love quilting her quilts because everything is so precise.  That sure makes me job easier. 
 The other day while at my mom's I saw that she had this quilt that I had made years ...

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July 16, 2018
Pressed for time from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I had a lovely relaxing day yesterday and as a result, I'm short on time this morning as I get a few things done that I was supposed to do yesterday.

Matter of fact, I'm trying to think what I did yesterday morning and I don't remember! I think I was doing some paperwork, but it's a total blank. Not too worry. It was a very relaxed day and I did spend some time outside reading. It was glorious.

But not before I got some work done inside.

I managed to get another quilt quilted. This ...

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June 30, 2018
Quilt Blocks and Birthdays! from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Today my precious baby boy turns 16!  Where has time gone?  He is 6ft tall and just dwarfs me.  He is such a good young man with good morals and manners.  We are so very proud of him.  Makes this momma a little sad that he is so grown up....but proud.  We are having cake and ice cream tonight when Richard gets home from work and then he will have his party next weekend.  We will have lots of family, neighbors and several of his friends over.
 Yesterday didn't go exactly as planned but it still worked out ...

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June 29, 2018
Sneaking back in.... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

I'm just going to sneak back in...  It has been so long since I posted and I missed it but life has just been so busy and crazy that it seemed like I never had a chance.  :)  It would be too hard for me to catch you up on everything and show a bunch of quilts so I will just start off from here.  :)

Here is a pic of a fun summer quilt that I pieced for myself!  :)  I actually have it quilted now but it's still on the longarm as there are a couple of places that ...

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June 22, 2018
Multi tasking - good or bad? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


A huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. After I finished posting the blog yesterday, I hit the garage and soon my front step looked like this.


Donation stuff waiting to be picked up

When I removed all the stuff from the garage that was in the "donate" pile, I saw a few other things that have been hanging around. I packed those up and out they went as well. A couple of things from the basement and I was done for this round.

The more I think about my stuff, the more I realize how few things I ...

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June 18, 2018
Forest Galorest from Cowtown Quilts

I loved this pattern from Java House Quilts the first time I saw it.  If you love it as well, you can purchase it yourself here.  I started working on this quilt back in September.  The applique would be needle-turned, meaning by hand.  The edges would be turned under and stitched down by hand vs fusing down a raw edge applique onto the background and machine finishing the edges (a tedious, but much quicker method).  I figured it would take me about 2 years to finish; a nice project for me to work on in the evenings before bedtime.  My ...

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June 14, 2018
Welcome Back! from Cowtown Quilts

I am giving up my website and coming back to this blog site.  I have no idea how this will work with the new Net Neutrality rules, but I’m okay with that.  I no longer quilt for others, but you will be seeing posts whenever I get a chance to quilt for myself.  This particular post will be full of tips, because I haven’t been quilting on a regular basis and just got back into the game – I’ve realized how many tips I’d taken for granted.  So, I will share them with you today.  Please forgive ...

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June 11, 2018
It’s time to start sewing with some red, white and blue from The Crafty Quilter

It’s that time of the year when red, white and blue is showing up everywhere.  It’s also the perfect time to start sewing with some of that beautiful color combination.  I pulled some fabric to inspire me; I just love this mix of fabrics from my Bonnie & Camille collection.

red, white and blue fabric featuring Bonnie & Camille @ The Crafty Quilter

 

I recently finished sewing on the binding (using my all machine binding tutorial) on this version of my Star Spangled Heart pattern.  It’s such a quick and fun pattern to make!

Star Spangled Heart pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter. It includes two different size options and layouts for a table runner and wall hanging.

Star Spangled Heart pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter. It includes two different size options and layouts for a table runner and wall hanging.

 

Sale alert!  For the rest of the month of June, you can find this pattern on sale ...

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June 4, 2018
The more I learn................... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Yesterday was a bit of a lazy day. Technically I had nothing urgent - well that's not true, but in my mind, the stuff wasn't urgent. I really have to get to the point where I can "take the weekend off" and do whatever I want. I'm very close to that point. There are only a couple more commitments at this point to get done and all of them can be done during the week.

I felt guilty to take the entire day off on Saturday, but why? I've no idea - I have to stop feeling that ...

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May 31, 2018
I should buy a lottery ticket! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Perhaps today is my lucky day? First - I slept in - not sure why I'm tired. Maybe the heat although normally that doesn't bother me too much. I bet it's that I didn't drink enough yesterday and that makes me tired, especially after my spin class. Note to self:  DRINK lots today.

Anyway, I was puttering in the studio this morning. I'm not even sure what I was doing/looking for. Oh - I was getting the camera off the long arm where I left it yesterday. So I saw the quilt that I'm going to ...

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May 26, 2018
The magic of a soft, flannel blankie from The Crafty Quilter

I love making baby quilts for many reasons, but I’m beginning to think there is more magic in a soft flannel blankie.  This is the kind of blanket made from two layers of flannel with a satin trim (or binding) around it, and it’s very soft and snuggly.

The magic of a soft flannel blankie with satin trim. They are the best gift for a baby!

 

I’m seeing this with my own eyes as I watch my granddaughter, Amelia, with her own soft blankie.  My sister made Amelia’s blanket and gave it to her after she was born.  As Amelia has grown, it has become beloved above all things, and she can’t go ...

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