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March 23, 2018
What I’ve Been Working On from Heart Desire Creations

I’m a planner. It seems to be my nature. Some of it probably comes from years of administrative work and deadlines. I’m the one when going on a retreat or trip is packed days ahead of time. (Spring retreat is in four weeks and my projects are packed!) I do think it’s a good thing although it tends to make a few folks think perhaps I’m a bit off balance!

As an Island Batik Ambassador, we’re sent the year’s calendar events with project themes.  I’ve combined getting ready for retreats with my Island ...

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March 20, 2018
The One With Minds Blown from knot what it seams

I finished the 3D quilt!! Well, to be absolutely honest I finished sewing the top. It’s yet to be quilted and because my brain is having a complete melt down at the thought of quilting anything at all it shall go on the procrastination pile, bringing the number of quilts to be finished up to a grand total of nine.

Yes, you read that right. Nine.

But we’re not talking about that.

We’re talking about the 3D quilt.

Which I totally finished!

After I had done enough panels that you could really see the incredibly awesome 3D ...

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March 16, 2018
Fraction. A pattern. from I'm Studio Lou

So, today is a bit of a big day for me. Today is the day I release my first physical, paper, hold it in your hands pattern… It’s exciting! But also scary, what if no one buys it? Or worse, they buy it and then they don’t like it? What if they buy it and […]

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March 15, 2018
Christmas Pillows from Heart Desire Creations

image9.jpegChristmas in March! That’s a new one for me! A couple of years ago I purchased “The Quilter’s Snowman” by Mama’s Quilts. I hadn’t done redwork in ages and thought how much fun it would be! And it was – for the first block.  The second block was okay. When it was finished, I knew there wouldn’t be a third being stitched.  The novelty wore off.


What to do with just two blocks?  Christmas pillows of course! Not long after they were completely stitched, I pulled out some Christmas fabric pieces and did  simple borders and ...

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March 12, 2018
A cuppa of ... Buttons? Download my free Button Club Pattern! from Pat Sloan's Blog

For your April button club we take a trip...a trip to where? To Paris!

My free banners are designed for the Fat Quarter shop to showcase year 2 of the Button Lover's Club

Pat Sloan March 2018 Button club pic 2

The April Button collection is super cute!! Below are a few closeups. 

I'm using Aurifil 80wt this time.  I LOVE the little wooden spools it comes on. If you want a kit of colors those are at the top.

The fabric is Mostly Parisienne with the gray from Corey's lines

Pat Sloan March 2018 Button club pic 3

The chickee buttons and flowers are so cute I want to eat them ...

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March 7, 2018
Dyehouse Quilt from The Cloth Parcel

Last month, we were happy to participate in RJR’s “What Shade Are You?” blog hop.  Every week, a new quilt is shared by a different quilter using RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids. We were given a color card and allowed to pick as many colors as we wanted for our quilt.  We were also able to […]

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The One With Possible Imploding from knot what it seams

 Do you ever get that itch where you absolutely have to create that one thing or your brain just might implode? Like for real? Well, I got that feeling other week. If I didn’t make something with pink and blue fabric I wasn’t sure what would’ve happened. And it had to have a 3D effect.
Yes, I know. Whaa?
Seriously, the whole day while I was at work I was twitching. Fidgeting. Cracking my knuckles. Waiting, longing to get home so that I could start… I hadn’t the foggiest idea. Just pink and blue and 3D ...

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March 6, 2018
lola pouch (pattern update + discount) from Sotak Handmade

Over the years Lola pouch has been one of my most favorite pouches to make. I love the simple structure and assembly of this pouch and I absolutely adore the super unique zipper installation as well as its binding. Best of all there's no need to use zipper foot (it's quite a chore to change feet on my sewing machine) or do any hand stitching, and the pouch is fully lined.

I designed this pouch way back in 2014 so I thought a bit of a pattern update was in order. Which, of course, meant sewing up a ...

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March 5, 2018
a sneak peek at the finished Racetrack Quilt from A Beautiful Day - O Zi Frumoasa

I finished the Racetrack Quilt.
I used for quilting straight lines following the patchwork design units but regarding their density, I composed an irregular grid of vertical and horizontal lines to avoid the quilt getting a stiff, static look.
Here is only a sneak peek at the quilt.

More details about the quilt, in a future post.

Have a beautiful day, my dears!


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Remembrance from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this quilt for what seems like forever. This quilt is a recreation of a family quilt given to my Darling Husband when he was still a small child. That quilt lived on our bed for the first few years of our married life. Even then, it was pretty worn.

I wanted to use the block in combination with a growing stack of 1930s reproduction prints to reacreate the quilt for his sister. This quilt is the result.
This quilt is much larger than the original. That quilt was something appropriate for a twin or a ...

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March 4, 2018
Improv quilt – part 1 from I Patch and Quilt

In the beginning of 2013 I started designing foundation paper piecing patterns. My stash was kind of limited at that time, so my test blocks were made with all the  same fabric. It left me with several block in a similar orange-brown color way, cute, pretty… but they were still in my cupboard since 2013…

This year I have set myself a task to finish my old abandoned projects, or give at least give them to another quilter. So far I have been able to finish a few projects and they have left the house already! Some projects were just ...

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March 2, 2018
bonnie curves drawstring bag from Charm About You

Oh how I love sewing a little make all for myself! Especially when it's cute and useful!

The Bonnie Curves pattern by Laura Cunningham is really fun, with great advice for sewing curves and a tutorial for the most adorable drawstring bag.

I'm confident sewing curves, though Laura includes lots of helpful tips in case you're not, but improvised sewing can be unnerving and this was an easy way to do improv and still follow a pattern (I like structure). The steps are all laid out but you are creating the curves and adapting the instructions as ...

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March 1, 2018
This Just In: Free Table Runner Pattern! from Gray Barn Designs

This past weekend, I was nursing a terrible cold and had lots of time on my hands with nowhere to go.  Alas, I got to sew with no holds barred!

I decided to use this cute Easter fabric to make a table runner…isn’t it adorable?  The bunny fabric line is called Hop to it!    ;  designed by Shelly Comiskey for Henry Glass & Co.  The green fabric is called Modern Melody Basic Filigree Geo Lime  ;  designed by First Blush Studio for Henry Glass & Co. 


I am debating about giving away this runner as an Easter gift…but I also think ...

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Block #2 of It's a "Wild" Life Block of the Month from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Here we are at our 2nd block for the 

This adorable cutie
was created by Carla of
Creatin' in the Sticks.

It's it just adorable???
The perfect blend of
applique and piecing.

You can find the block
over at
Creatin' in the Sticks
It will be free for the month
of March, after that time there will 
be a small fee.

If you missed our first blocks,
February's Block

 Maple Leaves.
The block pattern can be found HERE.

All of my blocks are created using beautiful fabrics,
by one of our BOM sponsors

It is a mix of ...

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February 20, 2018
A cottage Garden, with Pat's Button club FREE Pattern! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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For your March button club, I designed a little cottage.. or two...  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 March Button collection is darling with the promise of spring in it's flowers! 

I'm using Aurifloss, using 2 ply.  I LOVE the little wooden spools it comes on. If you want a kit of colors, the Macaroon box is perfect ...

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February 19, 2018
And the winner .. I mean layout.. is... from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Do you like my Olympic Inspired title!!  Sometimes it takes me a bit longer to get the Designer of the Month layout ready for you! And sometimes it may be worth the wait ...

The theme for our 2017 Designer interviews was the colorwheel.

So I HAD to design a layout that let their blocks show off the theme Doesn't it look fabulous!

Here are the designer's blocks in color order.

It was so fun for me to see what came in every month!

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These photos were taken ...

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February 17, 2018
The Racetrack - New quilt in progress from A Beautiful Day - O Zi Frumoasa

I just finished a quilt for which I used only neutral prints and solids. A little bit warm neutral, a little bit cold neutral, a little bit white and a little bit black, trying to give balance to the whole composition.

Racetrack quilt -

I made a few quilt designs and I chose the one that suggests a racetrack. 
Working on the test quilt I liked that it was easy to make. Piecing only squares and rectangles. It needs only attention not to mess up the order in which they are sewn.
The variations that I have searched for the fabric choice confirmed ...

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February 14, 2018
Monarch Quilt from The Cloth Parcel

Our favorite new quilt pattern is here!  This Valentine’s Day, fall in love with the Monarch Quilt.  This quilt has been months, if not years, in the making.  It’s a beefed-up version of our Little King Quilt, with use of fat quarters, a slightly different block layout, and more size options. This stunning quilt is a fat-quarter friendly pattern […]

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February 13, 2018
Zigzag Fade quilt from Flying Parrot Quilts

Just popping in to show you Zigzag Fade, a new pattern in Issue #22 (February 2018) of Modern Quilts Unlimited! This is one of the larger quilts I’ve made to date, at 68″ x 87″, but much of it is negative space so it actually comes together pretty quickly—just two blocks, set on point in a fun zigzag pattern!

Unfortunately, I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures of the quilt before sending it off, but I did take one during the quilting process so you can see a little detail. I decided to use the negative ...

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February 12, 2018
Nordic Sweater Quilt Pattern release from Marie's Creative Space

I am very excited to announce the release of my new pattern:

Nordic Sweater Quilt!

If you love your 1/2 square triangles and have that fabric that is just TOO Pretty to Cut Into then THIS is the pattern for you!! 
 It uses LARGE pieces of your favorite fabrics.  

The pattern is available on this Craftsy link: Nordic Sweater Quilt
And this Etsy link: Nordic Sweater Quilt

Please note NOT suitable for directional fabrics. 
Another hint - the 'light' fabric can't be BUSY.  Here is my example of what NOT to DO.

The Snowman fabric was a bad choice ...

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