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October 12, 2021
Two And Four Quiltalong: FINALE! from Wedding Dress Blue

It is time to share your finished quilts, tops, or progress so far.

Mine is being quilted, but isn’t there yet. Maybe next week. Sometimes life gets in the way.

In the meantime, visit Katy and put your progress in her link-up (if you have a blog), or send her (or me) a picture and we’ll have them to share.

Thanks for joining us, however far you are. This has been fun and we hope to do another one (together or separately) sometime soon.

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September 21, 2021
Two And Four Quiltalong: Blocks To Strips from Wedding Dress Blue

There are many different ways you could assemble your piles of blocks into a quilt, but for this quilt we’re going to assemble all those blocks into strips.

First, sort them out. Make 7 piles of 20 blocks each of the 4-patch blocks. Make 8 piles of 20 blocks each of the fence rail blocks.

And sew them together.

NOTE: FOUR of your strips of four-squares should have light squares in the upper left; THREE should have dark squares in the upper left. And, don’t worry too much if you make a mistake. It will be easy to ...

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September 14, 2021
Two And Four Quiltalong: Fence Rail from Wedding Dress Blue

How are your 4-patches coming? I hope very well. They are both endlessly interesting and a little mindless. Just chain piecing along…

This week we go to work on the rectangles. Make two piles–all the colored ones and all the backgrounds.

Piece one of each together. Repeat 160 times. Press towards the colored rectangle.

TIP: In case you didn’t know, pressing the seam flat, then pressing it open, helps prevent distortion. If you have noticed that your seams are a little wavy when you just open them up and press down, try this. It helps.

It is such ...

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September 7, 2021
Two And Four Quiltalong: Four Patches from Wedding Dress Blue

After all that cutting you are probably itching to get stitching. I know I am!

First we’ll make 4-patches.

To create each 4-patch you need two colored pieces and two background pieces.

Stitch each colored square to a background square. Pause a moment and press the seam allowances towards the colored piece. It really does make a difference.

Next stitch the pairs together, putting the colored pieces on opposite ends and nesting the seams.

The next step of pressing has many options. I prefer to press this seam open. It gives the benefit of reduced bulk without the fussiness ...

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August 10, 2021
Exciting Announcement: QUILTALONG! from Wedding Dress Blue

Earlier this year, Katy shared a picture of this wonderful quilt.

I thought it was a great idea! A few weeks ago I cut out pieces to make a similar quilt. Katy and I got to talking and decided it was just too much fun to keep to ourselves, so we are inviting you to join us and build a Two And Four quilt of your very own.

I am building a version similar to the one above (based on 2-1/2″ squares and strips) and Katy will share directions for making a very similar quilt, but using larger (and ...

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May 28, 2021
Star Sashed Nine-Patch Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Star Sashed Nine-Patch by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Star Sashed Nine-Patch Quilt by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

The 4th of July is getting close. Let’s celebrate with stars!

The original American flag had just 13 stars—one for each state, and we’ve added a star with every new state. 

Imagine those poor flag makers. Just as they mastered one design, they’d get the news: “Hold up, everyone! Kentucky is now a state! Start unpicking, and rearrange your stars!” 

(Sometimes the layout was changed every single year. That’s a lot of star shuffling!)

Star Sashed Nine-Patch by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

This week we’re stitching up a Star Sashed Nine-Patch in ...

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March 31, 2021
Celebrate America – 5 Patriotic Quilt Projects from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The You’re a Grand Old Flag Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. perfectly compliments this garden setting.

Summer is just around the corner and that means it’s time now to start stitching up those beautiful, patriotic quilts for your summer picnics and Independence Day celebrations! Quilting has been an American past-time since the beginning days of our country, so celebrate the history of our craft and nation this year with a red, white and blue color palette!

If you’re needing some inspiration, we’ve gather five of our favorite patriotic quilt projects that would be just perfect ...

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March 26, 2021
Two More Finishes from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I was quite productive this week and finished sewing on the binding for two more Covered In Love Quilts.

This is the second Red, White and Blue quilt I have shared.  You can see the first one here.  I believe these blocks were all made last summer.  I think Kat mentioned that these were the last of the blocks from that block drive.

A bright red backing and bright blue binding finished everything off nicely.  

Here is another finish.  I think this one is my favorite.  I love the mix of different sized stars with the framed blocks.  The colors ...

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March 12, 2021
Covered in Love Second Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I know I thought I was going to be sharing the second FiddleSticks quilt this week, but I didn't get all of the binding completed.  But I will share the first of the red, white and blue quilts I am working on for Covered in Love.

This quilt is made with 12.5" star blocks of all different designs.  For this first quilt, I used all the star blocks that had a white background to them.

There wasn't quite enough white blocks for the entire quilt so I added in some more colorful blocks in the center of ...

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January 29, 2021
Another Chaser Block Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Today I thought I would share another finish from the third module of my Scrap Mixology pattern series.  This block design is called the Chaser Block.

This fun 100% scrap quilt is made with two colors of scraps with a bunch of low volume bits to create all that sashing.

You can see all the scrappy goodness a bit better in this photo.  I used red and blue in this quilt but you could certainly use any combination you wanted.

This version of the Chaser block uses all the same sized rectangles.  I used one of my AccuQuilt dies to ...

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December 8, 2020
Patriotic Rescue from Wedding Dress Blue

As part of Daughter’s charitable sewing group, we have made up some “kits” of scraps and orphan blocks and labeled them “Adoptable Quilts.”

Here is one I recently finished.

The scraps came from at least three different sources, but they were able to come together and make something that someone will be glad to wrap up in.

It is a little smaller than I might have liked, about 55″ x 65″, but at least it isn’t a pile of unwanted pieces, and it felt “done” when I got to this point.

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October 10, 2020
sunshine yellow from Making A Lather

Yellow is the color of the month for the rainbow scrap challenge. Yellow is my favorite color, but, it doesn't look as lovely in my patterns as some of the other colors. hmmmm

country roads

tiny houses

I've been working to finish a couple of ufos. I finished Aunt Mary's double irish chain yesterday.

I ran into a snafu with the patriotic ufo. I discovered that I had 3 sashing strips for the inner border attached, but, not the fourth. It was nowhere to be found. I made the decision to unattach one of the borders, and ...

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June 10, 2020
A patriotic Picking Petals by Sweet Treasures Quilts from Carried Away Quilting

Please excuse the horn tootin’ going on over here, but I’m quite proud of my pattern Picking Petals. This was one of the first patterns I released when my business was new, and over the years she’s been stitched up by thousands of quilters in a variety of colorways and themes. It’s a quick little quilt to sew, and the results are always lovely. Recently the folks at Sweet Treasures Quilts sewed up a patriotic version, which is sophisticated and striking!

Patriotic sample photos courtesy of Sweet Treasures Quilts.

Sweet Treasures is offering kits of their patriotic ...

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May 22, 2020
stars and stripes quilt finish from Making A Lather

We had a small quilt store in our town a few years ago. It wasn't far from my house. I spent too much time visiting the store and the sisters that owned it. I took classes and participated in block of the months. It was sad to see them close.  One of the block of the months they offered, was a patriotic quilt. There is something magical about red, white, and blue quilts.
I am thinking this was 2013. The blocks were one a month, and, then, the setting was after the blocks were done. It was my one ...

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April 1, 2020
a patriotic finish from Making A Lather

This is a project I remember starting in the 90s, when a new quilt shop opened here in Kokomo, Indiana. It didn't last long, but, it was wonderful while it was open. I had taken a "real " quilting class, and loved stopping in the shop to pet the fabric. It has sat in the ufo stage for that many years.
I pulled this project out again here and here in 2019. I finished the top and it fell into the "to be quilted" pile.
It seemed like a quick finish for these trying times. I had it on the ...

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December 17, 2019
~ Customer Quilt ~ Patriotic Picnic ~ from Podunk Pretties

Today I wanted to share with you a quilt made with my pattern Patriotic Picnic.  The quilt maker is Sio Hoon Teo from Singapore.

Below is her amazing quilt story. 

To be honest when I was scrolling through Facebook and saw the quilt I thought it was mine and someone had reposted my finished quilt.

The quilting is stunning! 

Sio put so much work into her quilt to be donated to charity.  Quilters really are some of the most generous and kind people.  

Thank you Sio for your hard work and giving spirit.  It made my day to see one ...

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December 2, 2019
~ Happy Little Things ~ Giveaway! ~ from Podunk Pretties

 It's hard to believe the Happy Little Things block of the month is almost over.  If you are just hearing about Jacquelynne Steves and this block of the month you can find all the information on her blog, click here.

Jacquelynne's version of this quilt could be used as a lap quilt or wall hanging.  It can be done as applique, embroidery only in the center block or just a plain pieced block.  Fussy cutting your fabric fabric for the center of the blocks would also be super cute.

 Each year as featured bloggers of Jacquelynne's block ...

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