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August 11, 2019
TIME FLIES from That's Sew Kerry

12 Months On

I can't believe it's been over a year since I last wrote a blog post! I was walking around Festival of Quilts a little over a week ago thinking it's been a good few months since I've blogged and I quite miss it, only to log on and realize it's actually been more than a year  - how time flies!

So much has happened since my last post it'll take all day to catch you up but in brief we got the dream house and said room is filled to bursting with ...

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June 3, 2019
Sew in Love Progress from 120 Blocks

What I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks is my Sew in Love BOM. Remember that I’m a bit behind. Okay, a lot behind, but I’m working on it. Month 7 went pretty quickly. I really like … Continue reading

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October 30, 2018
A Square Deal from Fret Not Yourself

Right before sewing things together, I found a huge flaw in my design: it would be just under fifty inches. Too large for a baby quilt and too small for a throw. This one feels like a keeper so it needs to be larger.

A double border overwhelms the small center {no photo} but increasing the block to a 16-patch makes it a bit larger without ruining the design. This works well for me. The layout works, the right scale looks good, and it adds eleven inches to the length. Two weeks later and I'm almost back to square ...

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August 21, 2018
Using Little Bits of Time from Fret Not Yourself

This time I'm hand turning the applique leaves before attaching them. I haven't used this technique in years but it's going faster than I recalled.  As they are turned, more "space" opened up so I cut more leaves until the fabric ran out. This is it. Must work it out somehow.

Adding leaves to Chinese Coins VIII: Strewing Roses

The photos were shot after dark making the fabrics darker than reality. But I like the way the leaves are backlit and/or they fill in the lightest area of the quilt.

Recovering my full energy has taken ...

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June 24, 2018
New York Beauty - coming along from Elaine Adair Pieces


These are not as difficult as I had imagined.  I had several good books with wonderful patterns and ideas, but it was after watching a YouTube video/tutorial on the channel called "On Point" that somehow got me inspired.   Apparently the planets were in alignment and I just jumped in and started.  The 3 YouTube tutorials suggest freezer paper but after working with it, I went to Mylar plastic pattern pieces, and then made photo copies of the pointy arc.  The pattern pieces came from a Karen Stone book. 

These blocks finish at 7 inches, I need 36.  The pieces ...

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June 20, 2018
QUILT CLUB CATCH UP! from That's Sew Kerry

New York Beauties and Flying Geese


I've not really had the time to blog as much as I wanted to lately, but I've not been idol and now have a que of things just waiting to be shared, having recently been told off by Carrie for not blogging daily, I'm sure she'll be pleased!

I'm going to start with Saturday just gone and my monthly meet up with my favorite quilting gal pals! They never fail to amaze me with their creations and inspire me every month to want to do at least 4 more ...

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June 15, 2018
New York Beauty, Block 1 from Elaine Adair Pieces

I've had this book by Karen Stone a long time - I've always looked at it, enjoyed it, slobbered at her gorgeous projects, and I DID make one quilt years ago using her techniques and methods - she sure has an eye for beauty and color!  I really want to make a New York Beauty, but the design seems daunting!



Last night I was watching a series of lessons on New York Beauty on You Tube, the channel (is that what's it's called?) is "On Point TV " and the instructor (Nancy Roelfsema) was building her New York Beauty ...

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January 3, 2018
January OMG and first flimsy of the year from With Strings Attached

Tuesday sunset: clear and COLD
It's been bitterly cold here in northeasternmost Illinois and most of the country. Had our trip to the Georgia coast happened we'd have been cold there because we didn't plan to take heavy coats. This evening's quilt guild meeting has been cancelled due to the cold.










busting apart at the seams
My One Monthly Goal for January is actually two projects. 

I plan to repurpose a briefcase/tote to take to next month's ALA Midwinter Meeting . It will replace a repurposed briefcase that's worn out after a dozen or ...

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December 2, 2017
Lots of curves from Quilting & Learning

Block 11 - New York Beauty style
Growing up QAL


Block 11 featured both foundation paper piecing and curves. It was a New York beauty style block

I love foundation paper piecing and can tolerate putting curves together, but having to put 5 of them together was long.

I have to admit that the last two were easier, but I also didn't care as much by then! It's a miracle that they came out ok :-)

For the colour choice, since I had quite a bit of the light purple, it got the honour of being the background colour. The ...

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November 29, 2017
Save Money with My NEW Paper Piecing Stencils from Sunday Best Quiltworks

 Paper piecing is remarkably accurate, but how often
do you use expensive paper piecing copy paper with your printer and wind up with a small design in the center of your page and most of the paper going into the TRASH?

I am offering you an alternative!

Use my NEW Paper Piecing Stencils to TRACE your design
onto ANY PAPER of your choosing!

Flip and flop them to get as much on a sheet of paper
as possible or cut your paper to size and trace the design.

At just $5 and $5.50 these stencil are seriously affordable!
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April 4, 2015
3 Down, 9 To Go from Grace Quilts & Stitches

20150404_03502020150404_035029This evening was spent plodding along picking fabrics, cutting pieces to fit the templates, sewing them up, ripping some out, slowly sewing along and pressing blocks. and getting stabbed with pins on every block LOL  You’d think I’d develop callouses or be turned into a human pin cushion at this point.

I was hoping to get a full set done, but three will do – they are done right and almost everything lines up and the smidge it doesn’t, I can live with </p>
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January 19, 2015
SUNBURST, 41 Inch New York Beauty Quilt for Sale from Quilting Cafe's Brew

Quilting Cafe, where something is always brewing

Six months to create and loving every second. So many design, color and fabric choices,
 Pics Taken Outside
 The pure saturation of color is enhanced by the sun. The free motion quilting also shows up better outside than inside .

Back of Quilt





The quilt is heavily quilt, puckering it every which way.

The wall hanging has a wooden lath enclosed in a hanging sleeve ready for immediate display. However, the lath can be removed and the quilt can be used as a lap quilt, table topper, baby quilt, etc., making it even more ...

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