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March 11, 2023
Meags and Me New Patterns from Mama Spark's World

I had the opportunity to work on 2 of the new patterns coming our for Meags and Me. I love pattern testing for these guys!  Patterns I did were Tweet Tweet and Bird Brain.  Tweet Tweet is at the quilter's and I just finished Bird Brain last night.Here are pics from Bird Brain.I did a machine free motion straight stitch around the applique.I used the same for the legs, beak and ( ) on the birds.I

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February 7, 2023
Make-A-List Monday - It's Crunch Time! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I have come back to the real world with a bang and a half, realizing that I've got a bunch of quilt-top-making to get done in the next couple of weeks!  But before I elaborate on that, let's see how my list (from two weeks ago) went....

1.  Finish the pattern testing quilt top.

Done!  And I can even share a picture of this one - Paper Hearts by Kelli Fannin Quilts!

If you love the look of half square triangles, but don't like making them, this is definitely the quilt pattern for you!

2.  Finish ...

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February 3, 2023
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Pattern Testing Is Fun! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

It's been a great week, and it's drawing to a close - and it's Friday!  We all know what that means, too - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready? Let's go!


Since I've been gone all week, I haven't done any sewing to speak of.  Mostly I spent my spare time by the hotel pool while my husband was working....

Not such a bad way to spend a day, is it?  And I managed to get all six of the tutorial blogposts started.  One has posted ...

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January 24, 2023
Make-A-List Monday - Best Laid Plans and All That... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

It's been a busy week around here - although I did several things that weren't exactly on the list, but it's all good!  I'll tell you about those later, but first, let's see how last week's list went....

1.  Quilt a couple of ministry quilts.

I only got to one of these, but isn't it pretty?  And it turns out it was exactly what was needed for a specific request...

2.  Write the tutorial for the first prototype.

It's in progress!  Hallelujah!

3. Finish the blocks for the second prototype and ...

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January 16, 2023
Purple Peacocks from Mama Spark's World

I did some pattern testing for Cake Stand Quilts.  Of course it is near and dear to my heart being peacocks and all.My eldest daughter raises purple peafowl.I decided that I would make my version with purple birds.I used a mint background.My LAQ did peacock eye feathers for the quilting.I LOVE it!I used a Tule Pink for the vase.I found this cute print for the back.It's a wall hanging size.I am

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September 14, 2022
Current Projects from Mama Spark's World

I have been busy pattern testing again for Meags and Me.  I have a finished top from a panel a friend sent me too.  I have made the three bears and Goldilocks several times now.Working on getting the embroidery pattern perfect for them to sell.Here is papa bear.Mama bearBaby BearGoldilocksThese are so cute and this is going to make a great baby quilt, eventually.A friend is having a baby and is

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April 10, 2022
Another One Bites The Dust from Mama Spark's World

I paper pieced this saying quite awhile ago.I pattern tested for Pitcher's Boutique.She has a whole series of designs for this theme.Then I bought some backing fabric and promptly put it all away and forgot about it.Until recently.I was cleaning in my room and found it.I am slowly unearthing old projects and putting them on my "to do" list.I finished this today!This is the front of the pillow

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April 8, 2022
Wind Drifter from Alamosa Quilter

 I recently tested another new pattern. This one is for a quilt.

Wind Drifter quilt top

The pattern is called Wind Drifter and the cover is shown in the photo above. The pattern includes instructions for two sizes of finished quilt: 32.75" by 32.75" and 65" by 65". I made the smaller one for a shop sample and to test the pattern.

The pattern uses fat 1/8s and yardage for background. I made the smaller size because it is so much easier to display in my shop. There is really nothing very difficult about this pattern. It is mostly rectangles and ...

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April 5, 2022
Stella Bag and Wallet from Alamosa Quilter

 I'm always on the lookout for a good, new bag pattern. This one caught my eye and I finally had a chance to test the pattern.

Stella Bag and Wallet

The bag has a top zipper closure and customizable interior pockets. 

Stella Bag inside

The handles can be made short like I did or longer to go over your shoulder. This is a shop sample and short handles are easier for me on a display bag so I went with the shorter handle length. If I was making this to use myself I would make them a little longer.

Stella wallet inside

The wallet has plenty of pockets for ...

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November 19, 2021
Masala Box is a Finish from Needle and Foot

I have finished very few quilts this year so I am excited to share this with everyone. It is a cheerful quilt and a fun pattern to make. As you likely remember, I tested this pattern for Sew Preeti Quilts. Preeti writes delightful patterns and has several listed in her Etsy Shop.

Masala Box Baby Quilt

I did make an internal compromise with this project. I really wanted to spend some time and quilt the center of each block with a picture of sorts. I had them all planned out. However, life is so crazy right now and I decided ...

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October 15, 2021
Masala Box – The Quilt Top from Needle and Foot

Last week I mentioned I had been asked by Preeti of Sew Preeti Quilts to test a pattern of hers. She recently released her newest design, Masala Box. The pattern is really adorable. Here is Preeti’s version.

This is the sort of pattern that is right up my alley. I love patchwork and also simplicity. Fussy patterns are not my favorite. This pattern is set up for strip piecing (which is quick and efficient) or if you have a box of 2 1/2″ squares, you could make a scrappy version and use those bits up!

Baby Quilt Size ...

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July 15, 2021
Prissy Pumpkins Pattern Testing from Mama Spark's World

I am testing another pattern for My Sew Quilty Life.  The pattern is called Prissy Pumpkins and it is SO cute!  I have chosen to use (mostly) the All Hallows Eve fabrics by Fig Tree.  I have added in some of their new Pumpkins and Blossoms as well as a few cute cat fabrics (of course!).  You can see some of the fabrics here.  It is always a mess when you do the fabric pull isn't it?There are 4

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July 14, 2021
Pattern Testing from Mama Spark's World

I had the opportunity to test another pattern for Meags and Me.  The soon to be released pattern is called Heart Mania.  I chose pinks and golds for the color pallette.  It was a super easy pattern to work with.  I got everything all cut out and then worked on fusing the hearts.  I stitched around the hearts and traced the stitching lines for the hand stitched hearts.  Then I put it all

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July 2, 2021
Purple, Positivity and Pain from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Purple blocks for June RSC 2021 are complete. YIPPEE!!! Here they are:

Reddish Purple

Bluish Purple

True-ish Purple

Since I had purple on  my mind, I saw purple everywhere and lots of it. Here are a few glimpses.


Allium something - Ornamental Onion 

Purple and Hairy Leaves!!!

I saw a Purple Wall!!!

In Berlin, MD

Noticed this sign on vacation in Berlin, MD

A purple butterfly!!!

Pansies :-) 

O Beautiful - Don't know thy name

One purple shell on the pathway to The Inn Berlin

Do you like Dark?

Or Light

Here are the secondary blocks, using the triangle leftovers ...

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May 7, 2021
Sparkle from Ellyn's Place

 My friend Jayne (Twiggy and Opal) has released a new quilt pattern today and it's a winner! I was so thankful that she asked me to test it out for her. I had so much fun with it and just love the finished quilt top....

You can (and really should!) purchase a copy of the pattern here

I had so much fun with the design I decided to see how small I could go with the blocks. The other day I made this two color block...

which led me to pulling out the pantone colors of the year.... Ultimate ...

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May 2, 2021
The Fence Quilt - Patchwork Professional 03-2021 from Quiltmanufaktur

Vergangenes Jahr wurde ich von Frau Crane, der Chefredakteurin des Patchwork Professional Magazins angefragt, ob ich einen Quilt entwerfen und eine Anleitung dazu verfassen könnte. Aus dieser Anfrage entstand die Idee zum 'The Fence Quilt'. Seit dem 24. April findet man ihn im neuen Patchwork Professional Magazin und natürlich im Schaufenster der Quiltmanufaktur!

Quilt Buddys mit ins Boot nehmen

Gleich bei unserem Telefonat beschlossen Frau Crane und ich, dass der Quilt nicht nur als Anleitung erscheinen sollte, sondern dass ich mehr Platz für weitere Beispiele des noch zu entwerfenden Quilts bekommen würde. Mir schwebte vor, meine 'Quilt Buddys' zu fragen ...

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March 25, 2021
Life from Mama Spark's World

My life has been pretty uneventful lately but I have been sewing and doing lots of other fun life stuff.I was sewing the other day and Cole was "helping" me.  It was so cute, he had his paw on the bed of my machine like "hey, pay attention to me!"We spent some time at the farm this past weekend.  Visiting with the pea fowl.  I love how beautiful Orion is.  He is a purple peacock.Then there is the

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February 19, 2021
Meine Pläne für 2021-Joy from Quilt Collection M.

 Wie in jedem Jahr gibt es gute Vorsätze und Pläne für das Neue Jahr.

Sprappy 2021

Mir hat das scrappige Thema im letzten Jahr sehr gut gefallen und das werde ich mit ins Neue Jahr nehmen. Aus meinen Stoffresten mache ich weiter Quilts und Kissen. Es macht mir Spaß die Reste zu einem besonderen Teil zu verarbeiten. Ich werde mir nicht verbieten neue Stoffe zu kaufen, aber es werden wohl nur ausgesuchte Stoffe sein und neutrale Hintergrundstoffe.



I liked the scrappy topic of last year and therefore I will follow that scheme again. I want to make scrappy pillows and ...

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February 17, 2021
Pattern Testing from Mama Spark's World

I agreed to do an edit on a pattern and then to make a pattern to test for someone too.  I got the edited pattern back to the person and that was fine.  Then yesterday I was putting the blade to my food processor away and sliced the heck out of my thumb.  Of course it is the thumb on my right hand too, my cutting and hand sewing hand!!!  I will show you the cut but at the end of the post, just

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November 20, 2020
Ein Muster-Test - Pattern Testing from Quilt Collection M.

 Karen fragte nach Testern für ihr neues Muster GeoOptics. Das ist ein total interessantes Log Cabin Layout. Log Cabin stand schon sehr lange auf meiner To-Do-Liste, also keine Frage, dass ich es testen wollte. Karen kenne ich übrigens aus der To be A Bee (Randersacker)-Gruppe...

Schaut euch das Ergebnis an: ist das nicht toll geworden? Ich musste einfach mit dem Ergebnis anfangen!

Karen asked for testers of her new pattern GeoOptics and I was totally excited to be part of the testing  team. A log cabin has been on my to do list for ages and I was ...

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