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December 21, 2021
The Midsummer Harvest Quilt from Plain Stitch

I’ve always been in love with the artisan nature of quilt making. You see, when I call myself a quilter, I’m thinking about an old creaky frame, months of stitched toil by hand, sewing as a devotion. It’s a mile away from the glossy marketing image of fast expensive sewing machines, jelly rolls and quilts… Continue reading The Midsummer Harvest Quilt

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December 1, 2021
Oh Scrap QAL- Sashing and nine patches from Moda Lissa

hello, Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving break. I so enjoyed the break and can never have enough food or family time. Not all my crew was able to come home but we did have a houseful.

I re-arranged my sewing room and did some SECRET SEWING and vegged on the couch some, so it was a productive break.

The countdown to Christmas has begun both at home and at work. At work we are working on getting the rest of Holiday 2022 out to our salesteam. They will be making their rounds showing stores fabric lines shipping info next ...

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November 10, 2021
Curved Cabin from Addicted to Quilts

Another quilt of mine that I made in 2013.

This was made with the quick curve ruler, and using a variation of a log cabin block that I changed slightly as I didn't want the seams in the centre.  

I originally was only going to make one block as an exercise, but liked it so much I decided to make nine to put into a quilt.  As I was only going to make one block, I used up some smaller pieces of fabric so didn't have enough to make the nine blocks the same and I had to ...

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October 2, 2021
A Quilt Coat of Many Colours for My Girl from Plain Stitch

I’m missing my girl. She went off to university for the first time last week but before she went we spent the last few weekends working on this coat, or as I’m calling it, a talismanic maternal shield! This was a last minute commission so we shopped the stash at home, making up a simple… Continue reading A Quilt Coat of Many Colours for My Girl

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September 30, 2021
Peer Pressure from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Peer pressure is a good motivator! A number of us have signed up for the One Block Wonder using a panel at Thimbles and Things. Not that I needed to make one, but it was on my list of quilts to make so now seemed like a good time. 

I found those small panels in my stash so I didn't even have to buy anything. I also found some coordinating fabric for the binding, backing, and the filler along the edges. I attended the class two weeks ago and today is class number two. We are supposed to have ...

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September 27, 2021
Fall around my house from The Crafty Quilter

Fall is just starting to make its presence known around my house. The temperatures in the Bay Area of California are cooling to the 70’s and low 80’s during the day and hovering around 58 degrees C at night. We just pulled the last of our tomato plants, and we’re still waiting for our peppers to finish maturing. The hydrangeas have turned into a beautiful palette of mauve, wine and pale blush.

Fall hydrangea in my backyard.

We have three Monarch chrysalides that will become beautiful butterflies any day now. Mr. Crafty Quilter is still finding Monarch caterpillars in our backyard milkweed ...

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September 13, 2021
New Possibilities Quilt Pattern and class from The Crafty Quilter

Hi everyone! I’m very happy to announce that my new Possibilities Quilt Pattern is available here, and that I’m teaching a 5-week Zoom class with it! This is a great pattern to develop your piecing skills and create a beautiful lap-size quilt in the process. It includes detailed instructions with full color diagrams and quilting suggestions for all three.

As the name suggests, there are a few “possibilities” for this quilt pattern. Each option is based upon four different 10″ quilt blocks and there are three different settings to choose from. Option 1 (45″ x 58″) is quick ...

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August 28, 2021
Nordic Star Table Runner free pattern from The Crafty Quilter

Hi friends! I get so excited when I get to share fun projects with you. Today I bring you the Nordic Star Table Runner pattern, and it’s free! This project has simple piecing and it’s really quick to make. Even though it’s only August, this is a great time to be get a head start on holiday gift and decor making. I chose a red and white color palette, but you could customize the colors for any occasion. Your dining table will look fabulous!

The Nordic Star Table Runner is a free pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  It's quick and easy - perfect for gifting or for your own home decor!

The finished runner measures 15″ x 54″ and the blocks are 12″ finished ...

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August 27, 2021
Pieced Backings from Addicted to Quilts

I frequently piece my backs.

This is an example of a quilt I made called Illumination in 2006, so you can see I have been piecing my backs for a while now.  I used up leftover squares from the top and several other fabrics from my stash.

I like to piece my backs for many reasons - I like to finish off the fabric I have used in the top rather than put it back into my stash.  I also like to use up leftover blocks or cut pieces from the top in the back.  As fabric is expensive, I would ...

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July 24, 2021
50 Stars from Addicted to Quilts

This was a fun project from 2015 where I made fifty six inch stars in scraps of blue/green fabrics, put them on point, and pieced them with a plain square in between.  

I didn't realise until after it was finished and under the bright light of my machine that I had used two shades of white fabrics.

I used my curved cross hatching ruler to create the circle effect around the stars.

There are forty-nine stars on the top and I pieced the fiftieth into the back.

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July 10, 2021
Deconstructed Welsh Quilt from Plain Stitch

Quilt historians have postulated that the graphic modern shapes and rich woollen colours of antique Welsh quilts are the origin for the much vaunted modernist quilts that went on to be made by the American Amish. Certainly, non-conformist religious migrant communities are documented as having stopped off in South Wales to restock ships as they… Continue reading Deconstructed Welsh Quilt

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June 26, 2021
Steam Punk from Addicted to Quilts

This is Jen Kingwell's Design Steam Punk.  Many of the fabrics in this quilt were purchased when I was in Canada in January 2018, so they bring back some happy memories.

I changed the pattern a little by not including the blocks in the setting triangles and piecing the sashing.  

When the quilt was finished as per the pattern it didn't look complete to me so I decided to add the border of applique circles which I think frames it nicely.

The back was pieced with the blocks I decided not to use in the setting triangles.

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May 14, 2021
A new quilt along and some quilt blocks from The Crafty Quilter

Happy Friday! I have some updates to share (including a fun new quilt along) but first, I wanted to thank you for your kind messages from my recent Mother’s Day blog post. I always hesitate to share much about my personal life on the blog. Before I hit “publish”, I wonder if they (you) won’t be interested or you might think I’m “fluffing my feathers” with too many pictures of me and my family. But you always amaze me with your generous and supportive comments. So thank you for that!

On to the new stuff! I just ...

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May 7, 2021
How would you quilt that? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I don't know that what I did to my Long Time Gone was worth the effort. It's been like a monkey on my back since I started. However, I'm happy that I've done it. And I bet that NO ONE will be able to see what I did. But that's OK. Here's the good news - Sections 1, 2, and 3 are back together. And Section 6 is now completely fixed. Section 5 is almost ready for the final sewing together. That one was easy since I hadn't sewn it completely together. 

I should ...

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April 9, 2021
Moda Stitch Pink quilt finish and Easter pictures from The Crafty Quilter

My Moda Stitch Pink quilt finish is from months ago, but I just recently got some good pictures of it to show you. I also have a few pictures from Easter that I thought I’d share. It’s fun to see how my grandkids are growing.

Moda Stitch Pink Quilt Finish

This was one of my favorite quilts to make. I love piecing and applique, and each day for the month of October 2020, I made one block. The patterns are free and available at the Moda Stitch Pink Archive as part of their campaign to increase awareness of ...

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March 24, 2021
Spring Bunny Table Runner Tutorial from The Crafty Quilter

To celebrate Spring and Easter, I have a Spring Bunny Table Runner Tutorial to share with you today! This project is the perfect combination of quilting and home d├ęcor. A mix of spring green fabrics and the cutest black and white gingham give this table runner a little country charm with modern style. I love how it turned out!

This Spring Bunny Table Runner tutorial is a quick and easy project from Julie @ The Crafty Quilter.  Simple applique and two pieced blocks make this a cute table runner for Spring and Easter!

The size of this table runner is approximately 13″ x 38″. If you’re looking for a quick project to make, this is it! There are only three blocks set on point that measure 9″ finished. The setting triangles are pieced ...

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March 19, 2021
Inspired by the color green from The Crafty Quilter

One of my favorite colors is green. I love its versatility and how beautifully it shows up in nature. It also shows up in my fabric stash – alot! And here we are in March where green is everywhere (thank you St. Paddy) and Spring is just around the corner. It’s so easy to be inspired by the color green!

I am inspired by the color green right now!  I have lots of images and projects to share that will inspire you too!

Over the years, I have posted many projects using the color green. Usually there are other colors included – they all play so well together! And there’s always something in nature (and my backyard) that inspires the combination. Tip: If ...

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March 11, 2021
Progress on hand stitching projects from The Crafty Quilter

I don’t know about you guys, but I like to have a few hand stitching projects going at all times. It seems that during this pandemic, there’s been more time and opportunities to work on those kinds of projects. I think that means I’ve been watching too much television, but that’s what happens when you’re faced with staying at home.

Hand stitching projects

I just finished hand appliqueing my last hexagon flower block to a pieced background. These blocks will become a quilt soon, and I’m very excited about it! Aren’t they bright ...

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March 6, 2021
My Lilliesleaf *Hawick* Quilt from Plain Stitch

When I first read the story of the Hawick quilter Janet Pow (1884-1962) the fact that jumped out at me was that she lived in a mill town, and she came from an extended family of textile workers. Of course, she was also a quilter. I was already fascinated by the quilts she helped to… Continue reading My Lilliesleaf *Hawick* Quilt

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February 15, 2021
Scrap School- Meet the Professors from Moda Lissa

Today starts the Instagram hop for my new book, SCRAP SCHOOL. Every day for the next 2 weeks each “professor” will be sharing their quilt on their IG page along with a giveaway.

Each of these people made a quilt for the book. Each one is different and has a story to tell. While we were working on this book, many of us were staying home due to Covid- 19 and what better time to dig into your stash, finish your UFO’s and your WIP’s.

And just look at the results….. A rainbow of scraps.

I wanted to ...

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