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August 23, 2019
Rebecca and the Late Night Sewing Hypnosis Trance: Beware the Ishmaelites/Moda Modern Building Blocks Sampler Block One Complete! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

It's 1 AM, we're leaving first thing tomorrow morning TODAY morning for a wedding and I'm not packed yet, but I snuck downstairs to the computer for a quick post because I finished another block for my youngest son Anders' Beware the Ishmaelites quilt (a modified version of the Moda Modern Building Blocks sampler)!  I printed foundation paper piecing patterns and templates for the next three blocks and cut out all of my fabrics yesterday, and once I started piecing this block I just got into the zone and couldn't bear to stop until I was ...

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August 15, 2019
Lucky Stars {Starburst Blocks} from Little Bunny Quilts

The blocks for this month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge are complete! I'll have a finished Starburst top in no time!

I finished up blocks 6 through 9; these blocks are the most intricate blocks of the bunch and so they took a little longer than the first five blocks.

Here are these four blocks together:

Here are all nine of my blocks together:

Back to the grind to finish this quilt top! Get your own copy of Starbursts on Etsy!

Sharing at Wait Loss Wednesday and Needle and Thread Thursday!

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August 14, 2019
The roofing begins............ from Exuberant Color

This was the scene out my back windows yesterday.  About 2/3 of the roofing job is done and they will be back at 7 this morning to finish.

I went to the basement and basted another third of the African fabric quilt.

Then I decided to pull out this old Stepping Stones project and put it on the design wall so I could see where I am with it.  I tore out some papers and only have a few left to do.  I have the narrow black strips cut, just have to get them to the right lengths for ...

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August 12, 2019
Catch a Falling Star {Starburst in Progress} from Little Bunny Quilts

I've been putting the pedal to the metal (or really, my hardwood floors) on my paper pieced Starburst blocks for this month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge!

For this installment of creating my constellation with fabrics, I've finished up blocks 2 through 5.

Here are these four blocks together:

So far, the darker blue-grey and the tan batiks are the two non-strip fabrics I have mixed into my blocks. I'd like as much of the block piecing as possible to come from my 2.5" strips but the first couple blocks have quite a bit of piecing ...

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Paris Collection from Made By Marney

These 3 new paper pieced blocks were designed for a sweet customer who needed some Paris images.

Eiffel Tower

This EIFFEL TOWER paper pieced block measures 7 1/2″x 7 1/2″.


The FIFI block is super cute and ready to be sewn into an adorable pillow, perhaps.


I love this sweet TIARA block. These 3 blocks are my Paris Collection. Use them in pillows, wall hangings or quilts.

King Charles

My customer Kelly shared this photo. She used my KING CHARLES block to create this piece of art work. This is some major paper piecing fun ...

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August 9, 2019
Another Special Gift from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

After finishing my nephew's quilt for graduating from high school, I moved on to a gift for my niece - who just graduated from college.  

Now that she has her own place and a great job, she recently got a new dog.

Meet Norman!  He is cuteness overload!  

When I saw the "Chi Chi Chihuahua" paper pieced pattern from UnicornHarts, I knew I needed to make it into a pillow for my niece.

It was challenging to make a completely white dog but there are subtle differences in the fabrics I used.  In person, you can better see the face ...

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August 8, 2019

I hope everyone saw my post of yesterday where I had to tell you that I made an Ooops:
  The Charming Scrappy Day (lunch included) at theAttic Window Quilt Shop  will be held on Saturday, August 17th (not on the 10th as I previously posted).  Bring those charm packs, or your 5" scraps, or best of all, buy new charm packs at the shop and get sewing.  Chris will show you what to do with them.  I promise you, you are going to like this pattern.  Call the shop to register so she will know how many to plan ...

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August 5, 2019
Star Light Star Bright {Shooting for the Stars with Island Batik} from Little Bunny Quilts

I'm not on the blog hop schedule this month for Island Batik (but make sure to check out the other posts!) so I am tasked with making a star-themed project this month!

This month I am going to be making a wall hanging or throw sized version of one of our original Honey, Bunny, and Doll patterns -- Starbursts!

If you've followed me for a long while, you might remember that Starbursts was our first-ever quilt along! My original quilt (above) is a twin-ish sized quilt, and I made a mini quilt during my first year as an Island ...

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August 4, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: SHOES from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Crocs Classic Clog - Ice Blue ClogsRichard is right now having a fit over a pair of shoes that a granddaughter "borrowed" to run to town. She didn't want to wear her heels, so she slipped into his crocs. You don't imagine she asked permission, do you? I told her no, but well, the granddaughter is Jolie. The struggle is real, y'all. 

So shoes...

Crocs will outsource its manufacturing and close some unsuccessful stores

First, there are many paper-pieced shoe blocks available on Pinterest.
100 Blocks Volume 3: In the Bag | Quilty Pleasures Blog (I WANT SHOES FOR EVERY SEASON)

Paper Pieced Converse Shoes by Quiet Play Pattern on Craftsy I've always wanted a shoe quilt...

I am busy with a few projects. All with paper pieced blocks. The mad cow family project, my shoe quilt project and mini quilts with chin...

And there are many quilts about shoes or with shoes on them and a few shoes that are of the odd variety. See what I mean...

Halloween quilt - i have the pattern, want to do a wallhanging. If you do this in reds and greens they look like elves shoes.

Flip-Flop Quilt made for my Granddaughter

cowboy boot quilt pattern and tutorial.  Cowboy, Cowgirl, Horse, Horses, Westerncute boots for a cowgirl born in texas!

I Love My All Stars Digital Pattern

“I Love Shoes!” a row-robin quilt by Karen and Martingale staffers.  The rows contain hats, lipstick, purses, hankies, flip flops and high heeled shoes made in a line of fabric featuring shoesNever Enough Shoes quilt pattern.

Shoe Quilt - 3 please!! one for mom, one for wendy, and one for cheryl!!!!!!!! thx!

I'm off ...

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August 2, 2019
Teacups Quilt Along – Block 13 Mug from From My Carolina Home

It’s the first Friday of August, and time for the next teacup block for our quilt along.

It is getting more difficult to find the right thing for the next blocks.  EQ8 isn’t making it easy either, insisting on only printing one page for two page patterns.  So I have had to mess with it quite a bit to get a pattern for you.  This one is more of a mug than a teacup, and I hope it comes out OK.  Before we look at the pattern itself, let’s look at a way to make the mug ...

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August 1, 2019
August's Block~ Sunshine! from Quilt Doodle Doodles
Happy August! Summer sure is flying by isn't it! Just got back from a tiny vacation I took with mom to North Dakota to meet her 'California' cousins and see her last surviving uncle. I was hoping to see some sunflower fields while we were there but, alas, no sunflowers. I remember sunflower fields that would go on for miles back in the 70's, but I guess the farmers aren't growing them much anymore. We enjoyed driving out to the old homestead where my grandparents lived and driving by the old school house where mom went to ...

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August's Block~ Sunshine! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...
Happy August! Summer sure is flying by isn't it! Just got back from a tiny vacation I took with mom to North Dakota to meet her 'California' cousins and see her last surviving uncle. I was hoping to see some sunflower fields while we were there but, alas, no sunflowers. I remember sunflower fields that would go on for miles back in the 70's, but I guess the farmers aren't growing them much anymore. We enjoyed driving out to the old homestead where my grandparents lived and driving by the old school house where mom went to ...

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July 31, 2019
Comeuppance from Sew Preeti Quilts

Last week, Paul and I went to watch the movie Men in Black.  I was underwhelmed.  As we stepped out, I sneezed.

On location

Paul: Wow that was a big one
Me: (sniffle)
Paul: Your nasal passages are remarkably sonorous
Me: Uh huh
Paul: I am glad that was outside, otherwise they would have to fumigate the whole theater
Me (fed up with his teasing): Well, I could sneeze more daintily, but what is the point? I am already married.

That was my fitting response to his incessant teasing.
This quilt is my response to the challenges of ...

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July 22, 2019
Summer Sampler 2019 Block 10: Off Kilter from Freshly Pieced

Good morning! This week’s Summer Sampler 2019 block is all about partial seams!


Partial seams is one of those techniques that sounds super scary and complicated, but it actually isn’t. Like at all! It’s literally sewing a part of a seam, then coming back and finishing that seam later. Faith (the designer of this block) made a video showing you exactly how to do it—see, easy, right? I know you will be pleasantly surprised when you give this block a try!

IMG_2613And, such a cool block, right? Which couldn’t be accomplished any other way except ...

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Christmas Cats In July from Made By Marney

Welcome to my 12 Days of Christmas in July web post. Thanks to Sarah Craig at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for organizing such a delightful Blog Hop. Join us from July 14 through 25 as we share clever Christmas ideas with you.

If you are at all familiar with my paper pieced designs, you know that I love designing animal images for quilts, table runners, pillows, etc. Some of my customers have been asking for paper pieced Christmas cats. I thought this would be a great time to share my newest table runner: CHRISTMAS CATS. This pattern is available ...

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July 13, 2019
Learn to Paper Piece with Marney from Made By Marney

This is an opportunity for anyone living in the Two Rivers, Wisconsin area. Sarah Gallagher, owner of the The Quilt Shop of Two Rivers, is sponsoring a paper piecing class featuring little ole’ me as the teacher. The class will be held at her shop on Saturday, August 3 from 9am-3pm.

Link HERE for the class information. What a great chance to share a day of fun and learning with me. Can’t wait!

We will learn how to paper piece a Simple Block and a Combination Block. Once you master these two skills, the sky’s the limit. You ...

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July 10, 2019
Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 7, Augusta: The Diaper Block from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I finished another 6" sampler block yesterday!  Behold Block 7 "Augusta" from The Farmer's Wife 1930s Quilt Sampler:

Farmer's Wife 1930s Block 7, Augusta
This block went together more smoothly than the last one I did.  This time, before joining sections together that needed seams matched, I stuck a pin straight through at the intersection with the papers still attached on both sides, then slid the two units apart along the pin, put a glue stick gob between the two seam allowances, and then slid them back together so they were right up against the pin head.  Then ...

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July 8, 2019
Never tear out paper-piecing stitches again! Video of my favorite no-fail tip from Freshly Pieced

Paper-piecing: Either you love it or you hate it, right? And if you hate it, it’s probably because you’ve placed a piece in the wrong spot a time or two (or 50), missing part of the template, and you had to tear out all those tiny stitches to fix it. Been there! Not fun.

But there IS a way to place those pieces in exactly the right spot, every time—it’s an easy, visual method of avoiding paper-piecing disasters! I just made a video of how it works—click below to watch! Happy piecing!

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Summer Sampler 2019 Block 8: Fierce from Freshly Pieced

Good morning! Are you guys ready to do some tiny piecing this week? I mean, REALLY teeny tiny?


This week’s block is Fierce by Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter. When it comes to tiny piecing (this week’s focus skill), Kitty is the expert for sure! Her Sew Tiny Sampler pattern is adorably eensy. So who better to ask to design this week’s block? Yes, that tiny star in the center measures 1-1/3″ square when finished. That’s small, you guys. LOL.


But wait! Don’t freak out! You guys, it’s just paper-piecing. And you’ve ...

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July 7, 2019
Dinosaurs Are For Girls from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’ve been holding off for the right moment to share this quilt, and since it’s featured in this month’s issue of Curated Quilts (which has a theme of “Well Said”, featuring quilts that include words or have a message), now seems like a good time.

It’s no secret that I’m totally into dinosaurs—why, I even have two velociraptors for pets.

I was giving out dinosaur temporary tattoos at an event, and someone wanted to know if I’d mind terribly if she asked for four. She had five children, and four sons, and they ...

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