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January 20, 2018
Design Wall Work on “Out of Africa” from Quilts by Joyce

Going from this box of 228 half hexies . . .


. . . to a quilt top is quite a process.

Here’s a short video of how I did it!

Out of Africa

The original fabric:


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Have it in Hearts, with Pat's Button club FREE Pattern! from Pat Sloan's Blog

My favorite month is February because I can make hearts every single day! So for the Feb buttons .. what else. but a heart!  My free banners are designed for the Fat Quarter shop to showcase year 2 of the Button Lover's Club

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The Feb Button collection is full of red and white goodness and I LOVE red and white!  I had so 

I am using  Aurifil 50wt to sew the buttons on and I'm using Sandy Gervais LOVE YOU fabric line.. want to see it?

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Super cute hearts, flowers, arrows.. oh my!

.. This IS my new favorite line ...

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January 19, 2018
arithmetic quilt complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!
Today I'm very happy to share with you my first completed quilt of the year! I went on a little photo field trip yesterday, so I'll share those first and then I'll go over the quilt specifics at the end of the post. I don't think that I've mentioned it lately, but man, finishing feels good!



Patttern: Arithmetic by Jeni Baker
Fabric: Tag by Cheryl Arkison for Connecting Threads (I bought a kit, but some of the yardage is still available here.)
Backing: Scraps from the front plus Good ...

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Mein erster Quilt in 2018 from Quilt Collection M.

Der erste Quilt des Jahres 2018 ist fertig! 2018 soll ja das Jahr der Ufo-Fertigstellung werden. Und hier ist das erste Ufo. Begonnen wurde der Quilt als Bee-Quilt im Juni 2017. Die To Be a Bee Ladies haben fleissig die kleinen Quadrate aneinander genäht. Gequiltet zwischen den Jahren und jetzt ist schon das Binding dran. Ich kann es gar nicht glauben! Sogar das Binding ist dran und tatsächlich von mir selber dran genäht!

The first quilt of 2018 is finished! 2018 is supposed to be the year of finishing my quilts. This quilt  was started in June 2017. The ladies ...

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January 17, 2018
log cabin progress from Crazy Mom Quilts

Last week I pulled out my log cabin blocks with the hope that this would be the last time I pull out the stack of blocks before I have a completed quilt top. It didn't take much calculating to realize that would NOT be the case. I do love a good long term project though, and this is definitely one of them!

It takes awhile to re-acclimate to a project after a long time out, but I've settled back into this one quite nicely. I've been working on up to 20 blocks at a time, so progress ...

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constelações from Ritacor

95/100 #100diasnoblogue aqui está ela, a primeira do ano! os quadrados já tinha sido cortados no ano passado, mas toda a montagem, os blocos, a construção e acabamentos, foram feitos já este ano. foi a primeira manta que levei à máquina de costura em 2018 e será certamente a primeira de muitas que tenho planeadas … More constelações

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January 16, 2018
A guaranteed way to feel like a quilting superhero from Mama Love Quilts

Hello friends! 2018 is starting off as a very productive year for me.  Behold my first finish of the year!

It’s been more than 5 years in the making, but my improv star quilt is finally done. I’m sitting on this bench trying to contemplate why in the world it took me so long. But instead of analyzing a 5-year old w.i.p., I’d rather rejoice at the accomplishment!

This quilt was my attempt to make a dent in my scrap bin. I pieced together the tiniest pieces of blue and green fabrics into several pieced ...

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January 15, 2018
Planners, quilts + science, and all creative things all on Chat with Pat today! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Today is my Anniversary for my Talk Show! I started it Jan 18, 2010, and today starts year #8 of weekly shows. 

Shannon Orr, Sylvia Schaefer, and Bev McCullough Chat with Pat!

Listen to Show 365 at this player and the WEEKLY FIND is at the end!

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 365 Shannon Orr

Artist, Author, teacher, designer of pretty fabrics & wonderful quilts, Shannon Orr also loves to ...

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» Charm About You

Some designs are organic and simple. I had drawn a quick sketch of this quilt and, as I was creating it, the dimensions and overall layout changed slightly from my original vision. It just worked, allowing myself to adapt the pieces and play with the blocks. 

The half dresdens work perfectly to create rising and setting suns, the bold mix of colours and solids/prints adds interest and I used both curved and pointed segments to suggest beams of light. The colours bring to mind the artist Clarice Cliff, her designs and use of colour are hugely inspirational.

I used ...

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FREE Aurifil Designer Block Challenge, 2018's Block 1- Enter your block! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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In 2010 I created the first original Block of the month for Aurifil and it was so much fun we've done it ever year since! 2018 is the start of my 8th year running this super fun program.  Learn more about how it works at our intro of the 2018 team

Katja block

To kick off 2018, shop owner and author Katja Marek designed the first block in her signature color, look at the gorgeous details. I love her story to go with our theme & it's the inspiration behind her design. Remember that each ...

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January 13, 2018
Good Fortune Baby Quilt | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

Oops, I totally forgot about Finished or Not Friday!  Some secret pattern designing and sewing have taken over every brain cell; that's my excuse!

My Finish is a patchwork baby quilt in Good Fortune by Kate Spain.

This quilt was sewn and quilted several months ago, but I found nothing in the stash that matched for binding, so there it sat.  Somehow, a fabric came through the door {cough, cough} during a stash-building spree that just happened to match.

The backing was inspired by ...

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January 12, 2018
I may not be able to resist these, and how I feel in love with cats.. wink! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Oh my goodness.. who knew I could be charmed so easily!

Pat sloan letters jan

These are my alphabet blocks so far... I want to get on track and cut out all the ones up to the current, which is the letter L.  These are the 6" versions and I want to add in a few images as it will be an 'eye spy' type. 

Should I redo the letter 'A'?  I did that one first before I'd decided on eye spy

Mountain elevated abstractions

With my Let's Go Camping Block ...

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January 10, 2018
WIP Wednesday from Crazy Mom Quilts

Over the past several days, I have been splitting my time between two big projects: quilting my arithmetic quilt and ripping down a wall paper border in my daughters room. Fun times! Both are hard on the arms, so it was wise to split up the tasks over several days.

This is my arithmetic quilt. (You can see a full photo of the quilt top here.) It's a twin size, so I'm pleased that I was able to quilt it (off and on) over a 5 day stretch. That's a pretty moderate pace! I went with a ...

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Secret Garden, block 3...Bloc 3 de Secret Garden... from Accroquilt

And here is my third block for that quilt.  A golden  key is hidden in the bouquet.  As I see this picture, I think I will add some embroideries in each leaf.

Voici mon troisième bloc de la courtepointe mystère Secret Garden d'Esther Aliu.  Une clé dorée est cachée dans le bouquet cette fois-ci.  En regardant la photo, je crois que je vais ajouter quelques broderies pour imiter les veines centrales des feuilles de ce bouquet.
Si les blocs sont terminés si rapidement, c'est que j'avançais lentement sur chacun d'eux.  Il ne restait plus que quelques ...

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January 9, 2018
Starting with a Clean Slate . . . from Quilts by Joyce

As Shakespeare noted, “’tis not so deep as a well nor so wide as a church-door, but ’tis enough, ’twill serve.” My new “design wall” sewn from two 3-yard lengths of white flannel is a little wonky, but I think it will work for laying out the “Out of Africa” One Block Wonder!


Also, I have sorted the 228 pairs of half-hexies into visually similar groups:


I named and labeled them with sticky notes. The labels read:

Zebra Mix
Elephant Heads
Elephant Trunks
Giraffe Heads
Giraffe Necks
Giraffe Chests

It’s a start.

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January 8, 2018
A fun new journal, piecing pointers, and boosting your creative juices all on Chat with Pat today! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Deb Tucker, Amy Ellis, Heidi Kaisand, and Janine Vangool Chat with Pat!

Listen to Show 364 at this player and the WEEKLY DEAL is at the end!

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 364 Deb Tucker

I can’t wait to chat with Deb Tucker! She has been creating and teaching quiltmaking for 30+ years and her specialty is piecing efficiency. From patterns to tools to demos Deb can help ...

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Block #1 of my FREE Let's Go Camping Sew Along! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Today is the day for Block #1.. I am SO excited about our Let's Go Camping theme for my 5th year of designing, writing  and hosting a Free Mystery Block of the Month (BOM) for  If you are new to my sew alongs, read at the end to learn how this one works.

Pat Sloan Lets Go Camping block 1 button

When you go camping, it seems that where we will go starts the whole adventure, so 'Place we Camp' also starts our block of the month (BOM) journey for 2018! We all have great stories & memories .. and maybe ...

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January 6, 2018
Out of Africa One Block Wonder from Quilts by Joyce

Recently, I joined a group on Facebook called “One Block Wonder Quilt Forum.” I had made a couple of One Block Wonder quilts quite a few years ago, and this group sparked my interest in doing at least one more. A One Block Wonder is a quilt made from hexagons sewn from six identical 60 degree triangles. Briefly, the way to achieve this is to stack six layers of a fabric, matching the pattern repeat, and cutting out adjacent 60 degree triangles. When sewn together the six identical triangles form a kaleidoscopic hexagon. Of course, hexagons tessellate and the rest ...

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January 5, 2018
» Charm About You

I made something just for me! And I love it. A few years ago I made an embroidered patchwork notebook cover and now I'm wondering why it took me so long to make another version. They really are fun to make and a fabric cover feels so lovely, it's also a good way to protect your book. After browsing the internet I decided to use this tutorial by Charlotte Scott, I was inspired by her embellishments and the measurements she gives worked perfectly! It's also an interesting construction. I didn't use any interfacing though because my ...

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Abby's sunset-a completed quilt top from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I'm so excited that I have a finished quilt top to share today. This one has been in progress for quite some time-at least it feels like it to me! (I looked back, and I started it in September. I guess it wasn't that long ago after all....)

This is a variation of my hot and cold quilt, which is from my book No Scrap Left Behind. I used the same colors and the same general idea of separating the warm and the cool colors....but the layout is completely different.
I ...

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