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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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October 2, 2020
Shattered Star Table Runner from Dizzy Quilts

Early in September, Shannon Fraser of Shannon Fraser Designs put out a call for testers for the new pattern she'd be releasing on October 1: Shattered Star. I haven't been able to test any patterns lately because of work - the deadlines are typically pretty tight so I always had to say no.

However, when Shannon reached out and I saw the design, I just had to do it! I knew it would be very difficult for me to commit to testing a full size quilt, but she had so many options for her new pattern, I figured I ...

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June 23, 2020
Pattern Testing from Mama Spark's World

I recently had the pleasure to pattern test for Pitchers Boutique.   I chose the Spartan Helmet.   I thought I could make it into a cushion cover for my son.   The pattern was awesome and went together very well.   I love to paperpiece and this pattern was an easy one.   I finished the whole block and realized only after taking a photo that I had actually missed a piece.   I ripped out

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April 26, 2020
Our daughter Quarantina!!! from Sew Preeti Quilts

Paul: What is the matter babe?
Me: Cramps
Paul: Oh no!!!
Me: What?
Paul: I was going to name our daughter Quarantina.

New Pattern by Mell Meyer

Ten minutes later, when I stopped laughing, I had to ask...

Me: What if it were a boy?
Paul: I hadn't thought about it.
Me: How does Quarantino sound?
Paul: Nah, doesn't have the same ring to it.

Still laughing...

I was one of the pattern testers for Mell Meyer's new pattern - All the Diagonals.
The pattern is released today.  Her blogpost shows all the pattern testers' finished tops  plus ...

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April 20, 2020
Sunshine and Flowers and Quilty Kitty from Life in the Scrapatch

The center of my Chloe pattern test quilt top is done.

While the sun was shining I took it outside for a few photos
while I enjoyed a cup of coffee on my backyard swing.

This is for a pattern that will be released soon at

Back inside in the evening, Maestro and I are deciding our border options.

Because I am running short on one of my stash fabrics, I will need to make a design option.

Maestro and I are thinking wide green border and the perwinkle blue for the binding.

Our concept for this quilt ...

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April 10, 2020
Piers - Pattern Testing from Luna Lovequilts

One of the upsides of self-isolating ?! My agenda became very light for this Spring ;-) So when Julie @builtaquilt asked me if I was willing to test her new pattern I was happy to agree ! I chose the Baby size option. I know I know ... the easiest choice when testing a pattern ... ;-)

Un des bons côtés du confinement ?! Mon agenda s'est bien allégé pour ce printemps ;-) Donc quand Julie @builtaquilt m'a demandé si j'étais disposée à tester son nouveau modèle, j'ai été ravie d'accepter. J'ai choisi l'option Baby quilt. Je sais, je sais ... le ...

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March 30, 2020
Stay at Home Day #4 from Stitchin at Home

We're staying home to stop the spread of this virus, but we can still share the love of quilting with friends all around the world. Today is the final day of the hop.

Have you started doing a Quilt Along or BOM to keep busy? Perhaps you're catching up on a WIP?

I am doing a little of this and that. I almost have my new pattern written and made. Are you interested in testing it?

not a hint of green
As part of the Stay At Home and Hop With Us blog hop I am offering a ...

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March 20, 2020
Patchwork Tea Quilt from Ellyn's Place

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky to have the opportunity to test out Jessica's newest pattern, the Patchwork Tea Quilt. I made one block, which was lots of fun! I plan to make more blocks to add to it down the road.

One clever part of this block that I love is the addition of some bits of selvage stitched to each tag. I had a blast digging through my selvages deciding what to use on mine. Then I found this one and it was perfect!

If you're looking for a fun pattern I highly recommend ...

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March 19, 2020
Teal, Aqua & Turquoise from Sew Preeti Quilts

Honestly, I find these Teal, Aqua and Turquoise names confusing.  Different websites will label fabrics differently. Kona and Bella have additional names like Lake, Bermuda, Lagoon, Pool and Seafoam etc.

For simplicity and clarity I have divided my stash into Greenish Blue and Bluish Green.

Greenish Blue

Bluish Greens

Picture this - Leaving the Blue station, the train will stop first at Greenish-Blue and then at Bluish-Green before coming to a halt at Green station. For all the colors that lie between Blue and Green (but are neither Blue nor Green), March is the month in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2020 ...

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February 14, 2020
juggling act from Ellyn's Place

My friend Jayne over at Twiggy and Opal introduced a new pattern today, and I must say it's a winner! I was lucky to get to test it out. Here is my version of the baby quilt size, ready to be quilted and bound.....

I used all Kona solids for my quilt, Kona Jade, Pool, Turquoise, Ice Frappe and Chartreuse.  The background is Kona Silver.  Hop on over to Jayne's blog to see lots of different versions, including some great scrappy ones! Then head straight to her shop to purchase the pattern, so you can make a Juggling ...

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