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December 13, 2014
Bee Blocks from Ellyn's Place

I realized I haven't shown you my bee block finishes for the last couple of months! Last month, Diann had us make some of the 6 1/2 inch blocks for her Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt. That clever girl, having us make her quilt for her! And the tiniest blocks at that. She's making the whole quilt out of grunge and it's going to be fabulous! Here are the 2 blocks I had to  got to make for her!

 This month, Lisa has us appliquéing orange peels and arranging them however we like. Her fabric choices ...

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December 12, 2014
Fat Quarter Friday from Inside Quilters Newsletter

Well, you’ve seen Lori’s finished quilt and Mary Kate’s quilt top, both made from patterns published in our Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 issue. I wanted in on the fun, so I opened one of my fat quarter bundles and chose a pattern to recreate. There are a lot of really nice patterns in the issue, which is available at the Quilt & Sew Shop, so it was hard to narrow it down to only one quilt. The pattern I ultimately chose was Rectangular Prisms by Marcia Harmening. Here’s her version from the magazine:

RectangularPrisms 550 Fat Quarter Friday

Rectangular Prisms by ...

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December 10, 2014
Dainty Tote from Ellyn's Place

When I saw the very first Dainty Tote Bag made by Three Owls I told her she had to write up the pattern! I wanted to make one (who am I kidding? I want to make dozens!) of these! I never imagined she would offer it as a free tutorial on her blog! Well I had a charm pack of Best. Day. Ever! so I chopped it into mini squares and set to work.....
 I adore this bag! The pattern is so clearly written. There are lots of steps, but if you follow along and use all of her ...

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Red and Pink Sweet Girl Sweater from France Nadeau

This is my second Sweet Girl Sweater. I used Caron Simply Soft 100% acrylic and a 4.5 mm hook. This yarn is very, very soft. So soft that it is a real pleasure to crochet with it. The first Sweet Girl … Continue reading

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December 9, 2014
Pat Sloan: Bob Shaw, Virginia Lindsay, Sujata Shah and Nancy Mahoney Chat with Pat from Pat Sloan's Blog

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American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast Bob Shaw Dec 2014

Antique quilts are the core of our heritage. I am always drawn to them and follow (or stalk) the curators, dealers and authors who write about antique quilts. Bob Shaw is a noted scholar, curator, and lecturer who has written several comprehensive books about quilts, some new and some antique. Such as Art Quilts: A Celebration, The Art Quilt, Hawaiian Quilt Masterpieces and American Quilts: The Democratic Art. His newest book is upgraded version of the American Quilts book, which has been out of print. I'm ...

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December 8, 2014
Gather Around the Christmas Tree – Free Patterns from Quilter Chic

Hey, all! Today I’m offering a free pattern for you! It is called Gather Around the Christmas Tree.

Christmas Tree pattern

Gather Around the Christmas Tree pillow, hooked rug, and needle punch by Cheryl Brown of QuilterChic

I designed this fun tree to be a hooked rug, but loved it so much I made a needle-punch picture and an appliqué pillow! There are so many other things you could do with this pattern; you could enlarge the pattern and make a center to a quilt, or appliqué several trees for a tree skirt!

I have offered this pattern on my blog before ...

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Holiday Cheer Gift Bag from Pmegios

Here is a quick pattern for a Holiday Gift Bag.  This little pouch is a good size for a bottle of wine or perhaps a bottle of Pear Vodka for your Hairdresser! Debi was VERY happy with her Pear Vodka.  Start with two coordinating pieces of fabric each 15″ x 18″ and one 20″ piece of ribbon.  Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and sew a seam across the short edge on one side.

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Open up the two pieces with the seam in the middle and fold in half lengthwise, right sides together.

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Now sew seams as ...

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December 6, 2014
O’ Christmas Tree pattern!! from Material Girl Quilts

First of all I want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your kind words about my O’ Christmas Tree quilt!!!  I really do appreciate all of the love you have been sharing :)  And since so many people have been asking, I decided to put together a pattern for the quilt.  You can purchase the pdf version here in my Craftsy shop.

O' Christmas Tree pattern cover

If you make one for yourself (or for a friend) I would love to see it!  Please share in my Flickr group (Sewing with Material Girl found here) or tag me on Instagram with your photo ...

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December 5, 2014
Christmas Came Early! from Inside Quilters Newsletter

I recently received the most unexpected, wonderful package from my mother-in-law. She sent me an antique quilt that has been in the family for generations! She knows that I love quilting, quilts and anything related, so I’m really grateful that she sent it to me to treasure and look after. I’m thinking of it more as an honor and responsibility, rather than a gift, because I won’t use it and and I’ll just try to keep it in as good shape as possible.

The quilt was made as a wedding gift for her maternal grandfather (my ...

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December 4, 2014
My Best Fat Quarter Quilt Challenge from Inside Quilters Newsletter

If you have your copy of Quilters Newsletter’s Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014, you may remember my letter from the editor.

FQ letter My Best Fat Quarter Quilt Challenge

Do you see that final paragraph, in which I challenged myself to make a pattern from the issue using fat quarters from my own stash and to blog about it in November? (Click the image to enlarge it for easier reading.) Well, I may have missed posting this in November by a few days, but I want you to know I made good on my pledge.

When I wrote that letter, I had a pretty good idea that ...

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December 3, 2014
Announcing Barb Sackel’s New Video Series from Quiltwoman Blog

New video series
It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to Barb Sackel’s new video series, a QuiltWoman.com exclusive. Barb Sackel is a prolific quilt designer and talented teacher. QuiltWoman.com is proud to carry more than 150 patterns designed by Barb. In the next few weeks, we will begin to share Barb’s videos, which are certain to not only help you sharpen your skills but will also inspire you. We asked Barb a little more about what to expect…

Batik Diamonds Quilt Pattern

Batik Diamonds Quilt Pattern

Barb Sackel’s New Video Series

QW.com: How did you get started in ...

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December 1, 2014
Let’s Cruise!! What to get your favorite quilter for the Holidays! from 3 am Inspiration

It’s the holiday season–you’re running around, finishing up quilts and projects to give for the holidays. But what does someone give to you? They know you love quilting, can’t believe you have a whole room in your house just for quilting, don’t know what you do on those retreats that you faithfully go to every year (okay, let’s not tell them that!!) and would love to give you something that means so much to you as quilting does. So drop a hint, point out the website and get a cruise in your holiday stocking ...

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Pattern Showcase: Paper Pieced Feathers from Blossom Heart Quilts

Free paper piecing pattern

There is nothing a pattern designer loves more than seeing people actually using your patterns!! I was tagged the other week in Sheila’s stunning feather mini quilt that she made using my free paper pieced feather pattern and tutorial… Isn’t it stunning?! Those saturated colours with the pops of aqua and the wavy quilting as if the feathers were floating… Oh I just love it! And so I just had to share this one with you all!

Thanks so much for letting me share it, Sheila! If you want to share your projects you’ve made using any ...

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Cyber Monday Pattern Sale! from My Quilt Infatuation

Hey there friends!  I hope that everyone here in the States had a fantastic turkey day!  It was a low-key holiday for us, which was absolutely wonderful because our low-key times are just about over for the month of December.  I am hosting three Christmas parties this week alone.  Yes, I may have bitten off a little more than I could chew, but I just love Christmas so much that it's hard to say no to a party!  So, we spent the weekend cleaning, decorating inside, and getting the lights on the house.

We did NOT set one single ...

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November 28, 2014
The New VAT Laws: Solutions for PDF Pattern Sellers from Blossom Heart Quilts

There is no doubt that if you sell digital patterns, you would have heard at least something about the European Union’s new VAT laws that come into effect on January 1st. I won’t go into the nitty-gritty details, as there are plenty of sources out there who do it much better than I ever could, but essentially it comes down to this:

If you sell any digital products, including patterns and e-books, to a consumer in the EU, you must now collect VAT for that sale at the rate of their resident country, and then report and pay ...

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November 24, 2014
fabric, prizes, books and bling . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I had a little action both in and out on my stash report this week . . .
Yeah, a little bit out and then a pretty little selection that offset it . . .
I picked up these beautiful prints from my sweet friend, Kris, over at Lavender Quilts.  Check her blog out on Mondays -- she's got a weekly Moving Sale Monday post going on that, as you can see, includes some very prettiful fabrics! Won't these make gorgeous pieces for POTC blocks??! 

And Kris, being the darling that she is (we met when she was my Secret Santa, several seasons ago), included ...

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November 23, 2014
Vintage Butterfly Applique Quilt from Pmegios

I have finished my vintage butterfly quilt.  I love the colors in this quilt! This is the quilt I made with my vintage 30’s butterfly applique blocks that were a gift from my Mother-in-Law’s friend.  As I mentioned in my last post her friend Pat gave me some “quilted fabric” that turned out to be wonderful quilt tops and blocks that her mother made in the 30s.

I saw Pat yesterday and she was very pleased with both quilts, but I could tell the Bow Tie quilt was calling to her, so I gave the finished quilt to ...

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November 22, 2014
Pattern Correction from Twin Cities Quilting

The new GRINCH 2014 pattern has a correction!

In the cutting instruction change the size for the wreath rectangles.  They should be 5"x 4 1/2".  This means that the bold italic copy under "Creating the Border Blocks:"  should read "Frame the 5" wide x 4 1/2" high fussy cut rectangles:"

The cutting instructions for the "Solid Pea Pod Green" need to change:  You need only four, instead of five, 3 1/4" strips.  Cut four, instead of eight, 3 1/4" x 12" rectangles.

We're sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

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November 21, 2014
SCOOT! from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

I've been working on some quilts the last couple of months but hadn't had much of a chance to blog about them with everything going on.  But I've been trying to get back into the swing of things, though, so now I can share with you the scooter quilt that I made. :) I had so much fun figuring it out!! You have probably noticed by now that I like to make whole quilt-y kinds of things,

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November 20, 2014
Photo Heavy Post Part 2 from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 In my last post I left you with a photo that looked like this.  There was a sofa and table under there....somewhere. 
 Here is the after photo!  Better? 
 I moved my current hexie project to the table. 
 I also quickly prepped my little tub with a few more hexies for this project so that I can just grab it and go. 
 Sadly this is the table that was in the center of the room.  Like every other surface in the room, it ended up being a catch-all for everything.  I cleaned it off and removed the table from the ...

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