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April 18, 2018
Natalie’s Reading Quilt from L&R Designs Quilting

Not sure what to do with a charm pack?  Make a reading quilt, the right size for your reading corner!  I framed each charm with alternating peppered cotton grouping each color together.The quilting is a simple squiggly line around the blocks and a squarish flower in the block.  Wrapped with a piece of selvage and it’s ready to give to Natalie!

Thanks for hanging in there while I fix some blog issues.  Hopefully, I can post more often!

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April 16, 2018
Deja Vu All Over Again from Hills Creek Quilter

One more fun quilt finished using a favorite pattern (can be found by clicking here). I'm at the point where I can probably make this pattern with my eyes closed.

Click on photos for a larger view.

The colors are much better in this closeup shot...

And here's the backing and binding...

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April 15, 2018
Another Easy Finish for March from Hills Creek Quilter

 I'm starting to be predictable. If I buy fun fabric, it usually winds up in a Quick Strippie quilt (free pattern can be found by clicking here). This one is made using Dr. Seuss fabric.

Here's a closeup...

Fun striped bias binding...

  And a shot of some of the backing...

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April 11, 2018
Mission(s) accomplished from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I ran around all day yesterday and I was able to check off a lot of the TODOs from my list.

The car is fixed, the water bottle is exchanged, the long arm should arrive by Friday and the magazine quilt will be dropped at the UPS store later today (I was hoping for yesterday, but that didn't happen!)

There are a few other things that need to be done, but those can be done when I'm away. Like e-mails - I can send those from the retreat.

The car is packed and there is only ONE tote bag ...

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March 29, 2018
Introducing Clara Grace, and a new doll quilt from The Crafty Quilter

My heart is full as I get to introduce you to my newest granddaughter, Clara Grace!  She was born on March 27, at 8 lbs. 5 oz. and is now baby sister to Amelia.  After being 7 days overdue, it was time to “get this party started” as my daughter, Kelly, put it. Everything went smoothly (and naturally!) and the newly expanded family is healthy and happy.

Kelly, Amelia & Baby Clara
Kelly, Amelia and Baby Clara


Steven, Amelia and Baby Clara
Steven, Amelia and Baby Clara


It’s hard when we live so far away, but I will be flying to Austin the second week in April to spend ...

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March 28, 2018
Pattern Testing from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

When I worked for Northcott, one of my tasks was to proof patterns. I actually proofed my own patterns which can be a bit of challenge as you've seen the same pattern in multiple iterations and it's easy for a mistake to slip through. Thankfully, most of them were easy. If you haven't seen my patterns, they're available on the Northcott web page as free downloads. Yes, they were made with specific collections, but most of them could use whatever fabrics you want. I'm actually going to go back and rework some of them in ...

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March 22, 2018
Going for gold! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Another intense day, but not so intense as the girls and I had time to take a walk to the library. While I did return one book, I came home with three. And there's one that I forgot to pick up. I think we might be heading back to the library today.

What? Do I have time for that? Well - I think you better sit down because a miracle happened at my house yesterday. NOTHING went wrong. Nothing - it's too good to be true.  Have a look at the orange (white) board.

Hard to believe, but there is ...

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Easy Finish for March from Hills Creek Quilter

One of my favorite quick quilt patterns -- it's called Quick Strippie and can be found here.

Here's a closeup of the big meandering quilting with lime green thread, one of my favorites...

And a shot of the backing and binding...

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March 21, 2018
Yes, a February Finish! from Hills Creek Quilter

Although I have lots of quilts in progress, and I've been working on a number of them this month, I only have one small one to show as a finish for this month.

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I finished this small wallhanging top many years ago, probably close to a decade ago. I finally decided that since it's so busy, I would just stitch in the ditch in a number of places, just to get it quilted.

I remember that I learned a valuable lesson back when I made the flying geese. I learned that one ...

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Oh Scrap – Carrie Nelson from Moda Lissa

Today’s stop on the Oh Scrap blog hop is Carrie Nelson at Moda Fabrics.

I have so much to say today so please bare with me!! or is it bear with me?This quilt is called Izzy Squared. I believe the official name is Granny Squares but my grands call me Izzy.
My niece couldn’t say Lissa so she called me Izzy, and now that nickname follows me, hence the name of the quilt. The diversity of this quilt is so great that I included instructions for 3 different sizes in the book including the king version shown ...

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March 20, 2018
Oh Scrap- Melissa Corey from Moda Lissa

Kismet by Melissa Corry

Melissa is not new to the publishing world and is a very prolific pattern designer also. I recently talked about what a role Barbara Brackman played n my book but I wanted to also share what Melissa did. I am a firm believer in learning through other people’s eyes and so my original game plan was to have some friends make some color options. While several of them wanted to I didn’t really want to ask them to spend the time and the money to do this. Melissa didn’t listen to me and ...

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March 19, 2018
It's going to get worse before it gets better! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Good morning! It's Motivational Monday!!!!

How awesome is that!  It's been a very intense weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday were heads-down and very focused. These long days are going to kill me. Wouldn't it be nice to have a 9-5 job?  Nope - wouldn't trade it for the world. I LOVE what I do. Although I think that on Tuesday next week, that I'm going to just sit and read all day!!!

The main reason is that the long arm is going in for servicing and it should be leaving my house on Friday morning. I ...

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Oh Scrap- Alison Dale from Moda Lissa

Friendship Blues

( aren’t those toes the cutest?)

This quilt is the perfect feature to talk about as I introduce you to a dear friend of mine, Alison Dale. Alison owns Fabric Expressions in Littleton, Colorado.

Alison was the sports photo editor for the Ft. Worth Star telegram  when one day she walked into The Old Craft Store in Carrollton Texas where I worked at the time. We immediately became life long friends. Alsion’s worked at several different newspapers moving throughout the country. We always stayed in touch and even meeting up at Quilt Markets if it was close ...

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March 17, 2018
It's like a sweatshop at my house from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It's amazing what you can do when you're focused.  I'm not so focused that I'm not doing other things. Oh no - I'm still reading in the evening - more on that in a minute.

I managed to get three days worth of photos edited and loaded. Now that may not seem like a big deal, but here's the thing - that's about 60 pictures and in order to get the 60 pictures, I had to do/make stuff in order to have something to take a picture of!  So that was good and I think ...

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March 15, 2018
Check and check! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Things are going awesome! I'm checking off the quilts that need to be quilted and soon - the list will be finished if everything goes as planned.  I'm now down to FIVE quilts in eight days. I'm feeling so good that I'm tempted to add in two more quilts. If I have time, I will. One is mine and one is for a customer - a small one that just popped into my hands last week. Two of the five still need to be pieced (or finished piecing) as both are cut out and one is partially sewn ...

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Oh Scrap blog hop from Moda Lissa

Welcome to the first stop on the Oh Scrap blog hop.

Oh Scrap was just the working title for this book, but it stuck in a good way.

I had accumilated a notebook full of “stuff” in case I ever wrote a book. Tips, ideas, notes, colors filled the pages. And then, dah, dah dahdun, mid-March 2016 I decided to write a book. (See previous post about Lissa 2.0)

What could little ol’ me offer in a book that so many other authors, quilt designers and artists have not already covered? I work behind the scenes with some of ...

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March 8, 2018
Gloaming fabric blog hop and giveaway! from The Crafty Quilter

Hey everyone!  I am so happy to be participating in the Gloaming Fabric Blog Hop at Sew in Love {with fabric}.  This new fabric line was designed by Shelley Cavanna for Contempo Studio Fabrics by Benartex, and it is just SO dreamy!  You can see the entire line of fabric here.  There’s also a fantastic giveaway at the end of this post!

Gloaming Fabric Blog Hop


I was thrilled when Shelley of Cora’s Quilts asked me to be a part of this blog hop.  I have always been a fan of Shelley’s pattern designs and now she has added fabric design ...

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March 3, 2018
1980’s log cabin from Moda Lissa

Back in January, Carrie Nelson and I were on a road trip and stopped by to see Kimberly at The Fat Quarter Shop. Kimberly decided to start a series of Q& A with Kimberly videos and we were the guinea pigs. We had a great time visiting and answering questions from online viewers. I mentioned the log cabin quilt that I made back in the 80’s. I have had several people ask me to show the quilt so I dug it out of the playpen from my grandson’s house.

I also wanted to share this quilt in anticipation ...

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March 2, 2018
New pattern release: Franklin Star and a giveaway! from The Crafty Quilter

I have a new pattern release to show you today.  It’s called Franklin Star, and it’s filled with beautiful star blocks that explode across the quilt top.  Plus there’s a great giveaway, too!


Franklin Star is named after the town of Franklin, Tennessee, where I gave my first guild lecture and workshop at the Cumberland Valley Quilters Association.  Finding a name for this quilt was not easy because there are so many star quilts already out there.  I designed this with my trip to Franklin in mind (plus I have so many good memories from there), so ...

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February 26, 2018
Looking Back and Looking Forward #6 from Quilting Nonnie


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