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February 12, 2016
Focus Friday – “Little Houses On A Hillside” from Ruth Powers Blog

Focus Friday this week features “Little Houses On A Hillside”, a fun and easy wall hanging or kid’s quilt in a generous 48 x 60” size. Using an original 12” block, it goes together quickly to please the young or the young at heart. It is a true scrap quilt, so please use different fabrics for each of the twelve blocks!

The pattern contains twelve 2” finished size half square triangle papers, enough to make the 24 finished units needed to complete the quilt.

LITTLE HOUSES

“Little Houses On A Hillside” – INNOVATIONS #04842 –
48 x 60” Pattern: $9.00
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Captain Jack Pirate Ship Quilt (and a giveaway) from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Ahoy landlubbers! Happy halfway to Friday day. :) I realized the other day that I never did blog about a few of the quilts I made for Quilt Market last October. I think I posted them on Instagram from there, but that was it. Today, I wanted to post about my Captain Jack Quilt, and how it came to be and give away the leftovers of the fabric that I made it with. It all started when Jina from

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February 11, 2016
Aztec Mountain Quilt Pattern from Lovelea Designs

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This is Aztec Mountains my newest quilt pattern.  As you can see it is the quilt I recently made and blogged about here.  I am also working on a second version that I shared the layout of and blogged about here (and have more photos coming soon).  I was always planning on making a pattern for this quilt especially after the first one turned out so well, and when I got about quite a few emails asking for the pattern I kicked my butt into high gear and got it done.

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This quilt pattern comes with 4 size options: Crib ...

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February 10, 2016
Beach House Mug Rug from Cut Stitch and Piece

Wow! Mug rugs are just flying out of my studio these days. I have them all over the house and my husband is still not sure what the heck they are, ha! This one is from one of my Wonky Beach House blocks. I love the stripped "ticking" fabric. The stripes give it a very casual feel.

I think I'm going to take a break from mug rugs for awhile now and work on quilt blocks. I have a few ideas I want to start working on.

Handmade quilted mug rug in beach theme
Buy this pattern at My Craftsy


Handmade quilted mug rug in beach theme

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Baby Quilts from Quiltwoman Blog

Love is a newborn baby!

It’s no surprise that quilters love to make baby quilts. More and more of us are or are becoming grandmothers! And once the grands all have their first quilt the older kids are demanding a new one. I think that is why the median age for quilters is 64! We are in the business of making quilts for our children, grandchildren, and often the children of friends, neighbors. . . . well you get the picture.

It might be a hard task but there are just so many cute patterns that are hard to resist that some ...

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Scrappity Doo Dahing right along…. from Hugs from Helen

For those of you not on the Facebook group I thought I’d share some progress shots on the Scrappity Doo – dah EPP quilt along project. Many have finished or nearly finished their tops and the array of fabric choices is amazing.. all looking just as great as the next.

Many are now only just joining in- particularly after doing the EPP Craftsy class and wanting more…. and some shops are about ready to start their instore programs with help along the way.

This is Marg’s from Seriously Crazy’s  version

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And Lee’s from Threads and Tangles – she ...

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February 9, 2016
Picket Fence Baby Quilt in Good Fortune {a Finish!} from Busy Hands Quilts

Once again Picket Fence proves she is a very versatile pattern, 'cause she highlights all of Good Fortune's goodness!  


This quilt went together so quickly that I want to make another one!


Here's a shout out to my friend Shannon of The Flemings Nine.  She always pieces her quilt backs, and I copied her style!


Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern:  Picket Fence, my first pattern!
  • Size:  47" square
  • Fabric:  Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda and Kona White
  • Batting: 100% cotton
  • Quilting:  Allover small meandering stitch in white thread on Mrs.Singer, my antique 31-15 mounted on a long-arm ...

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February 7, 2016
Simplicity 8052 pattern review from Ellyn's Place


One day recently I saw this pattern featured on the Simplicity Instagram feed. I really liked the look of it, but given recent failed attempts at making decent looking garments from big box patterns, I was hesitant. After much hemming and hawing, I decided to give it a go!


I had picked up some beautiful Moda lawn at Stitched with Love without a real plan. A little searching yielded a nice quality cotton knit with similar weight and drape and I decided to take a risk and combine the two fabrics into one garment. Success!

I thought using the knit ...

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Free Owl Quilt Pattern from Seams Like Rain

As promised, here is the pattern for the owl quilt I designed (see previous post).  The three owls should each fit on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper.  The tree pattern is 36" x 42" which will fit a yard of fabric, but take plenty of paper to print.  All the patterns are reversed because I copied them onto freezer paper which I ironed to the back of the fabric.  I then ironed the seam allowances under using starch to hold them down.  I used temporary fabric glue to position everything on the background and then did a ...

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Preparing Patterns for Glue Basting Tutorial – Part 2 from Painting With Thread

To continue the tutorial I started here, I will tell you about the glues I recommend and why and how to go about gluing your masterpiece in preparation for machine thread painting an quilting.

7. My flower pieces are all cut out and I have chosen to make a background with the three sections drawn in the Master. I would also look great with a light green fabric for the whole square.

8. About the different types of adhesives that can be used – you have options according to your preference. There is Aileen’s Fabric fusion spray, Elmers school glue ...

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February 6, 2016
The Scrappy Day Trip Quilt and Quilt Pattern from Red Pepper Quilts

Scrappy Day Trip Quilt 58 inches x 70 inches After having spent the better part of two days writing the instructions for my strip pieced Scrappy Trip Quilt I came to the conclusion that this really this needs to be a proper detailed pattern. I am sorry to disappoint anyone that may have been looking for a free tutorial but a tutorial just wasn't going to cut it. I like my instructions to be

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February 5, 2016
Preparing Patterns for Glue Basting Tutorial – Part 1 from Painting With Thread

 

Poppy Master for blog

Spring Poppy Master

  1. Using the Master of the pattern you have, in this case the Spring Poppies, tape it to a light source (window or light box). Lay a piece of freezer paper, shiny side down, on top of it an tape it down.
  1. Look for the piece(s) that will be the foremost with no other pieces on top of it or alone and trace them with a solid line. These pieces will get glued last. I number groupings (i.e.Large Poppy) with the lower numbers getting glued first and the higher numbers getting glued last. The lower ...

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Garden Tea Party blocks from Beehive Quilts

My friend Venita and I have been working on The Quilt Company's pattern of the Garden Tea Party. We get together and share fabrics and ideas on what works and how to do the individual blocks to this pattern. There are only four blocks, but they are big blocks. They finish out at 18 1/2 inches each. These are my four.


The pattern calls for a row above and a row below of teacups. I am not going to do that. I am going to put a small inner border and then a larger outer border on it ...

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Garden Tea Party blocks from Beehive Quilts

My friend Venita and I have been working on The Quilt Company's pattern of the Garden Tea Party. We get together and share fabrics and ideas on what works and how to do the individual blocks to this pattern. There are only four blocks, but they are big blocks. They finish out at 18 1/2 inches each. These are my four.


The pattern calls for a row above and a row below of teacups. I am not going to do that. I am going to put a small inner border and then a larger outer border on it ...

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Focus Friday – Fairies In My Garden from Ruth Powers Blog

The groundhog says spring is coming and I am dreaming of my garden coming to life – will the Fairies still be there?

For today’s Focus Friday, let’s look at “Fairies In My Garden”, an enchanted gathering of fairies in the flowers. This 22 x 29” wall hanging is a combination of piecing and applique in my signature easy to do shapes. Don’t be afraid of the faces, they are in the pattern and easily traced with Pigma pens.

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“Fairies In My Garden” – INNOVATIONS #01126 – approx 22 x 29”
Pattern: $9.00
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Simple Twist: A Free Pattern from Better Off Thread

I have two more free patterns coming your way soon at Robert Kaufman!  Both will be released in March as free downloads on the Robert Kaufman website and would you believe that NEITHER of them have any paper-piecing or templates?? That is unheard of from me!

Today I’m going to introduce you to “Simple Twist”:

"Simple Twist" by Janice Zeller Ryan for Robert Kaufman.

Simple Twist

Finished Size 56″ x 64″

Fabric: Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

About this Quilt:

Bill Coleman, a photographer from my hometown of State College, Pennsylvania, recently passed away and I have always admired his work. My husband and I have a ...

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February 3, 2016
Iron Out the Details from Quiltwoman Blog

Iron Out the Details

 

I’ve gained a new appreciation for irons after picking up a few for my mantel. Did you know that thousand year old paintings have documented the Chinese using metal pans filled with hot coals to smooth and prepare silk?

Irons got their name because they were mainly made from the metal iron. Flat Irons or Sad Irons were heavy, simple shapes often weighing 5 – 9 pounds. They were hot to handle, had to be reheated often, and collected soot from the fireplace.  Although using these irons was difficult at best, the name Sad Iron comes ...

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Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday {a TGIFF Linky!} + a New Pattern! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm hosting Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday, aka, TGIFF!  

My finish for this week is a lap size quilt in my new pattern, Love Multiplied, using Miss Kate fabric by Bonnie & Camille.  I released a tutorial for Love Multiplied in baby size a month ago and have been blown away by how many people have downloaded it.  I'm now releasing the full pattern in five sizes for those who want the math all figured out!  Here's to sitting down to sew and leaving the math behind!  


Love Multiplied is charm pack, fat quarter, and yardage ...

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January 28, 2016
So Many Things Going On, I forgot to Post.. from Seams To Be Sew

I have been a busy little beaver of late, before ya know it, I might have missed Groundhog Day if I wasn’t looking… This year, winter just seems to be taking it’s toll on my little ole body.. Cold after … Continue reading

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January 27, 2016
AvantGarde Blog Hop – Tarnished Windmill Quilt from Kathleen Quilts

Oh man guys, I am SOOOOO excited to be a part of this blog hop. This just might be my favourite line of all time. Finally, after 13 years, beating out Citruz by Jan Mullen. It’s magic and wonderful, and I’m so excited to have been able to make a quilt out of it.

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And here it is!!! img_0778

I used the Tarnished Windmill pattern by Quiltworx.com. The piecing went surprisingly quick, and then I got to play with the quilting :D

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I’ll talk more about the quilting for my FMF post this Friday, so keep an ...

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