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April 8, 2020
Happy Easter Duckies from Made By Marney

I put out my Easter Ducky potholders this month. Love Easter and I love Easter paper piecing!

These Duckies are from my EASTER TABLE RUNNER pattern.

Here are some of my Easter block patterns that sell separately:

Bunny and Duckie Potholders

Happy Easter Bunny Block and Happy Easter Duckie Block.

PEEPER, this block is part of the table runner pattern.

The majority of my time this month has been devoted to sewing masks for friends and family.

So far I have given away 100 masks, although shortages of elastic has made this project difficult.

Please ...

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April 7, 2020
Gelateria - A finished quilt from Luna Lovequilts

Here is Gelateria, my latest finish ! I really enjoyed working on this bright and happy project. And now looking at the finished quilt just makes me smile ...

Voici Gelateria, ma dernière réalisation ! J'ai beaucoup aimé travailler sur ce projet coloré et gai. Et maintenant, regarder le quilt fini me donne tout simplement le sourire ...

Luna Lovequilts - Gelateria quilt - Inspired by a mural in Nashville

Why Gelateria ?! When I look at the colours and patterns on this quilt, I think ice-cream ... Strawberrry, caramel, ... scoops topped with sprinkles, marshmallows, ... My husband suggested an italian word would be the most appropriate for ice-cream and so we ended up with Gelateria (ice-cream parlour ...

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April 3, 2020
Mini blocks from Espritpatch

It is now week 2 of the mini sew along and the block this week is Courthouse Steps.

I selected a collection of Kona Solids from my stash in a similar colourway than my oakshott fabrics to make my block.
And I also made another Log Cabin block with the new fabric selection
Smaller than the previous one
2 blocks finished this month
Linking to Monday Design Wall,  Wednesday Wait LossMidweek Makers Needle and Thread Thursday


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April 1, 2020
A MINI ADVENTURE from That's Sew Kerry

When I Met Tula! 

I don't think I ever told you about the time I met Tula Pink - major fan girl moment, I was really impressed with myself that I actually managed to get whole sentences out and they even made some sense!

There's always that worry that if you meet an idol or someone you greatly admire, they may not quite live up to expectations etc, but she really did! Tula was so kind and down to earth, she walked around the room before hand, talking to everyone, having a little sit down looking at the projects ...

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092 Lucy Boston Update from Silly Goose Quilts

It's so soothing to sit and stitch a Lucy block at times like these.

It's raining outside, completely unexpectedly because the Bureau of Meteorology website that would normally tell us these things has been broken for days, with no one to fix it I assume.  What a lovely of surprises.  And it's soft and slow and all day long, which is so much better than the fast, flooding rains we've been used to.

That's my silver lining for today.  What's yours?

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March 30, 2020
Two more Paper Chain blocks complete from Freshly Pieced

IMG_2017Well, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that it’s been a crazy month for me. We’ve been isolating for about two weeks now, and today was Day 1 of my girls’ online school, which involved no shortage of frustrations. But I’m trying to forge ahead and catch up on some blogging anyway—might as well carry on as normal in those few areas of life where we can! So without further ado, here are the February and March Paper Chain blocks.


First up, February’s block is X Spot by Faith Jones. This is ...

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March 28, 2020
089 - Lucy Boston update from Silly Goose Quilts

Another few Lucy's are done.  It's really coming along now.  In true Suzie fashion, I've kitted more than I need.  I sure as heck will not be doing another one, so I might throw the extra ones on the back.  Maybe.  What do you think?

I still have the awesomely overwhelming task of doing all the connectors, plus sew them into a quilt.  So whilst I think I've nearly finished, in reality I've got so very much more to get through.

I plod on!  This WILL be the year of finishing everything!

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March 23, 2020
SEW THE RAINBOW! from That's Sew Kerry

Travelling Quilt Bee 2019

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be part of a Travelling Quilt Bee it was an amazing experience for me, I made some great 'virtual' quilt friends many of whom I am still in regular quilty contact with, as well as being a great opportunity to try new things and develop my skills. This was largely due to the fact that back then I wasn't overly brave when it came to fabric choices, colour palettes or block/pattern choices and had a real tendency to stick to what I knew and ...

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Victory! Nancy Cabot Cathedral Window Block Completed for Anders' Quilt from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Ta-DONE!  I have not been this proud of finishing a single block in a long time, but this one was a bruiser.  It's a vintage block pattern called Cathedral Window, designed by Nancy Cabot and originally published in the Chicago Tribune in 1933.  I foundation paper pieced as much of it as I could, and then there were SIXTEEN Y-seams of traditional piecing to assemble those FPP'd units into the finished block you see below.  The points are sharp, the block is flat, and it measures EXACTLY 20 1/2" square.  That makes me quite a happy camper ...

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March 20, 2020
Sheltering In Place from Mama Spark's World

I know I have been quiet but we are all ok over here.   I am not at work (we have to work from home) so my computer there is not the best for posting stuff.  I am doing a quick check in while I am at work for a little bit today  (somethings just can't be done at home).   We are off possibly until the beginning of May.   How crazy is this!!??   Please, my friends, self isolate as much as

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March 19, 2020
Back to Beware the Ishmaelites: Foundation Paper Piecing Plus Y-Seams from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, Fearless Quilters!  Happy First Day of Spring to those in the Northern Hemisphere, and I suppose Happy First Day of Autumn to those South of the Equator.  

Yesterday I pushed myself out of my news-induced funk and into my studio for a few hours. I had a lot of clutter accumulated on my cutting table that needed to be cleared away before I could cut borders for my Spirit Song quilt, and one of the things I unearthed there was the foundation papers, templates, and precut fabrics for the next block of my son Anders' "Beware the Ishmaelites ...

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March 15, 2020
Aurifil DOM March 2020 Block from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am proud to be one of the Aurifil 2020 Designers of the Month for March 2020.  Each month, a DOM designer will publish a block pattern inspired by the colors of Italy!     This post describes how I designed the block.  It also includes a link to a video tutorial showing how I actually pieced [ ...Continue Reading ]

The post Aurifil DOM March 2020 Block appeared first on Carole Lyles Shaw.

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March 12, 2020
New Patterns for Spring from Made By Marney

Congratulations to Karen Miller, the winner of the Piggy Pillow pattern. Thanks for all of your sweet comments.

Here are some of the new blocks that I worked on this week. All of these images were requested by my lovely customers.


This ANT BLOCK was so much fun to make, I plan to make more insects. I already have butterflies and spiders. Any other suggestions?


The FROGGIE BLOCK is an adaptation of a frog from my FAIRY PRINCESS QUILT pattern.


And for baseball lovers, these fun BASEBALL POTHOLDERS will be perfect! Use your team ...

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March 7, 2020
Temperature Quilt 2020 from Janet Ann Creations

My Temperature Quilt 2020 is
inspired by two sources

Book: New York Beauties & Flying Geese by Carl Hentsch


Pattern: NY Beauty Mini Quilt by Better of Thread

The pattern fit my vision for the high / low temps of the day,
but the size was off for what I needed.

So I went old school!

took out some paper, started folding and drawing,
and came up with a size that worked for my project.

My fabric had already been precut to 2.5" squares - 
Note to self: 
solidify design choice before cutting fabrics!!

making copies of my arcs on newsprint ...

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March 4, 2020
Gouldian Finches - a finish! from Closet Quilter

Gouldian Finches, paper pieced

At New Year's, I knew that there was no better way to get me back into the quilting grove than to join a swap.  The trouble was, that I hadn't really seen any swaps in my Instagram feed for a while.  I guess that is what happens when you are out of the loop for a couple of years, the players change and new people that I didn't follow had replaced them.  Luckily, I did find a swap and joined the Quilters for Koalas swap hosted by @shoppershaz_swaphost (who hosts quite a few swaps in case you ...

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Pig Day and Pig-Give-Away from Made By Marney

After reading Kathy’s Quilts cute post on “National Pig Day” on March 1(who ever knew?), I realized there must be many more people who have a pig obsession besides me!

Her pig pattern came from Kelli at Seriously I Think It Needs Stitches, where Kelli shares this Pig Block tutorial. This has motivated me to also have a PIG-GIVE-AWAY.

After reading Kathy’s blog about Pig Day, I started thinking about how many times I have created pig related patterns…


“PIG-CASSO”is one of 12 farm animals named after celebrities in the FARMYARD STARS pattern.


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Shiny and bright from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Some days you have a lot to show for what you did and some days you don't. While I'm getting work done, those worktables do not appear to be getting cleaned off in any way. I'm OK with that. I know it's going to take time and I'm working on one thing at a time. Focus! That's what I keep telling Murphy when we go for a walk. Focus!

No tidying needed to be done yesterday as things are looking good on the sewing station tables. I completely forgot about the cutting table. I ...

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March 3, 2020
Summer is coming from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Even though I have lists and I have plans and even though I know a deadline looms months in advance, there's nothing like that deadline in your face to get you motivated. I'll show you what I mean in a second.

As part of my tidying up in Studio B, it meant getting EVERYTHING out of the way. As Elle mentioned, once it's on those work tables, it's technically out of my sight, but still visible so I can see what needs to be done. I'm not tripping over anything, I'm not swooshing stuff ...

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March 1, 2020
QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2020 from I Patch and Quilt

Last September I had the opportunity to help put together blocks for the second QuiltCon Charity Quilt by the Dutch Modern Quilt Guild of which I am a member. We were each asked to put 5 blocks together of 4 different letters and a ‘space’. The letters form the words BLACK and WHITE in various languages.

I was assigned the letters B, S, L, and U and a ‘space’ to fill with a random geometric pattern . I drafted a foundation paper piecing pattern for some of the blocks. I stitched the little piece of paper with the info what the ...

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February 29, 2020
Sewing finesse from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

As far as stuff to show you, there's not as much as the previous day. However, I'm happy to report that I finished reading two books yesterday. One a paperback and the other was an audiobook. I'm so happy to be finished with Radium Girls. This is a novel about a true and shockingly disturbing incident that occurred in the US. The story started before WWI and spans several decades. I had never heard of the Radium Girls and all that did to make our society much safer from radioactivity.

But never have I been so shocked ...

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