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April 25, 2014
Good Fortune in Chicopee from Pmegios

My Good Fortune Quilt with Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee Fabric is finished!  I finished it a couple of weeks ago but have not found time to share this with everyone. This is the quilt top that I put together at the BMQG retreat in March.

I used Patricia Ritter’s Baushaus pantograph for this quilt.  I know, I know, I should have just free motion quilted, but I am a big wimp and do not trust my skills for keeping things even and consistent.

I want more time to practice and play!  But, I am happy with what I have ...

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April 23, 2014
Try My Newest Pattern – Free on Moda Bake Shop! from Sew What's Cooking

Hi all! I’m so excited to introduce my newest pattern Sandbox - and the best part? It’s free on Moda Bake Shop!

Cover 2This fun quilt was made using Me & My Sister Designs new fabric line called Weeds for Moda and Moda Bella Solids.  I used Aurifil 50 wt. thread throughout – thank you Dario and Aurifil!

And here’s the back.


My original designed featured Mixed Bag by Studio M and I also did a version using the upcoming Social Club by Eric and Julie Comstock.

Sandbox with Mixed BagSandbox-with-Social-Club

Thanks for stopping by … and head on over to Moda Bake Shop for your ...

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STACKED WINDMILLS from That's Sew Kerry

First Bee Block Complete

This block really was a treat to make, the instructions were clear and actually very simple to follow, the longest part was actually cutting all the squares....or maybe sewing them together for the HSTs!!!

First of all the squares were cut from the 4 chosen fabrics- 9 in total and 9 squares from the background fabric, which in this case was Kona solid white. These were then sewn together in pairs and cut into quarters- 36 altogether!!

Next came alot of pressing and chain piecing....

Followed by careful placing, more sewing, more pressing, a small ...

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Nearly 100 bolts of fabric now on sale – plus new Tonga batiks from Flare Fabrics

We’ve added dozens of new bolts of fabric to our sale page – from batiks to flannels to textured cottons. You’ll even find our newest black and whites on sale!

These are top quality fabrics we’re offering at great prices to make room for new merchandise arriving weekly.

You’ll also find great patterns – for purses, totes and Kindle/iPad covers.

Shop early so you won’t be disappointed.

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Rockport Tonga Batiks by Timeless Treasure. We have yardage, fat quarter bundles and jelly rolls.  









Neptune Tonga Batiks by Timeless Treasure in yardage, fat quarter bundles and ...

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Patchwork Napkins Blog Hop next week! from Gen X Quilters

Next week will be an exciting week!  I've put together a little blog hop for my latest pattern - the Patchwork Napkins Pattern with some of my sewing friends.  Each day next week, a different sewist will be sharing her version of the Patchwork Napkins Pattern and telling you a bit about their experience sewing them up.  I hope you'll join us!

These would make a SUPER Mother's Day gift.....**wink wink**

Patchwork Napkins Schedule
Mon. Apr. 28  Diane / From Blank Pages
Tues. Apr. 29  Lee / Freshly Pieced
Wed. Apr. 30  Adrienne / Little Bluebell and Amy / Sukie
Thurs ...

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New Pattern, and It's On Sale! Introducing Wavelength from Freshly Pieced

This has been a long time coming, so I'm pleased to tell you that I have a new pattern available today! Wavelength is my twist on the classic Grandmother's Two-Patch block.

I think Wavelength is my best pattern to date. Here's why I love it:

You can paper-piece this quilt, or piece it the "regular" way, using templates. I know not everyone shares my love for paper-piecing (although I'm determined to convert all of you eventually!) So this pattern includes both paper-piecing templates and traditional-piecing templates. Choose whichever method you prefer.

You can paper-piece this quilt ...

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April 22, 2014
almost there… from Heather Spence Designs

reminds me a little of star wars when they’re trying to put a proton torpedo down a shaft on the death star. “almost there…almost there…” yep…almost there… seven out of eight borders: ON! last border… yep…that was all the border fabric i had left. *head to table* so what does one do? head to the internet, of course. now…i do need to reiterate here that […]

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To Market, to Market,….again…Quilt Market Pittsburgh! from 3 am Inspiration

I know, it seems there is sooo much focus on Quilt Market. But it’s a great opportunity for small businesses to showcase their ideas and interact with peers. I thought maybe I’d talk a little about it here, explaining a little about it from my point of view, expressing concerns, fears and the excitement that all comes from going to Quilt Market as a vendor.

My initial trip to Quilt Market was quite a few years ago, at Portland. In the fall each year, the quilt Market is always held in Houston. In the spring it alternates from ...

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April 21, 2014
Easter Sunday and a pattern review from Ellyn's Place

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! Ours was fantastic! After church, we went to visit some friends who have a beautiful field of Texas Bluebonnets in their yard. Ally got dressed up all pretty and let me take some pictures of her in the bluebonnets....

Back at home, Ally had made me a basket this year! What a treat (you can see her basket behind mine)
 My basket has a pretty candle, a puzzle, socks and notebooks and pens.

I spent the rest of the day sewing. I had bought the Washi Dress pattern months ago. I confess ...

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Great prizes to be had... from Charm About You

Today the Jaybird Quilt Sew Along starts at Sew Sweetness. There will be some fabulous reviews and makes from a talented group of bloggers over the next few weeks and then there's an AMAZING competition!

Here is the schedule of guest posts that will appear:

 April 21 - Lynn @ The Little Red Hen – Science Fair
April 22 – Scott @ Blue Nickel Studios - Seaside
April 23 – Emily @ Mommy’s Naptime – Mini Disco
April 24 – Hadley @ Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle - Jawbreaker
April 25 – Kelly @ Kelby Sews - Giggles

April 28 – Becky @ My Fabric Obsession - Snack Time
April 29 – Sara @ Sew Sweetness - Tasty ...

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Great prizes to be had... from Charm About You

Today the Jaybird Quilt Sew Along starts at Sew Sweetness. There will be some fabulous reviews and makes from a talented group of bloggers over the next few weeks and then there's an AMAZING competition!

Here is the schedule of guest posts that will appear:

 April 21 - Lynn @ The Little Red Hen – Science Fair
April 22 – Scott @ Blue Nickel Studios - Seaside
April 23 – Emily @ Mommy’s Naptime – Mini Disco
April 24 – Hadley @ Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle - Jawbreaker
April 25 – Kelly @ Kelby Sews - Giggles

April 28 – Becky @ My Fabric Obsession - Snack Time
April 29 – Sara @ Sew Sweetness - Tasty ...

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April 20, 2014
Carpetbags are packed, I'm ready to go! from quiltscapes

Heading to Paducah next week ~ yes, I get to make the trek to Quilt Mecca!  Paducah is home to the National Quilt Museum, and with vendors, classes, events, and a quilt show... well,  I'm just a little giddy.  Besides, my Soldier's Star quilt is on display in it's last AQS quilt week stop after being on the road for nearly a year, so I might as well go, right?  That's as good an excuse as any. :)

I'm getting all packed, and I'll be taking one or two CARPETBAGS with me - (sometimes referred to by ...

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BEE INSPIRED! from That's Sew Kerry

Hive 17 Progress

Although only a few weeks in I am already so amazed by the talents of my fellow quilters and the wonderful work they have been doing!! I wish September would hurry up so I can be Queen, although I still have no idea which pattern to choose and even less of a clue on fabric and/or color choices. 

However Katie, our Queen this month, knew exactly what she was after and this is how its coming along so far.....

This block was created by Kathy Rutter, her fabric selection was as follows: 
The center is pearl ...

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April 18, 2014
Gradation Nation from Inside Quilters Newsletter

Have you had a chance to look through our latest issue yet? The April/May 2014 issue of Quilters Newsletter (available at the Quilt and Sew Shop if you haven’t got a copy yet) is full of all kinds of cool stuff, but I want to talk about a single block that appears in the issue. One of the fabric lines featured in Staff Picks is the brightly fabulous Flower Power collection by Red Rooster Fabrics. I was lucky enough to use these fabrics to make the block that’s pictured. The fun thing is the block pattern is ...

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Ten Reasons to Join a Quilting Guild from Quiltwoman Blog

Have you been on the fence about joining a guild? You searched for reasons to join a guild and cannot decide? Here, we give you our top ten reasons to join a quilting guild.

Ten Reasons to Join a Quilting Guild

ten reasons to join a quilting guild

Guild Name Tags and Postcards Pattern

1. Gain friendships from like-minded quilters. The first reason to join a quilting guild is that doing so will offer you the opportunity to meet quilters and sewers who are just like you. Do you sometimes feel that nobody else “gets” you? Being around people who would rather quilt than do almost anything ...

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Quilt Design A Day from Play Crafts

Thanks everyone for the lovely comments on the Paper Boat pattern we released on Wednesday!

In the meantime, more days have passed so more designs have been made.


3-18: feathered hues and blossoming hues – Playing with minimalism and repeats. I like that the one on the right evokes a cherry blossom feel without being too literal.

As of today, I’ve been making a design-a-day for two months. Wowza!


3-19: sprouting hues – I was inspired by the way ivy climbs up a wall which is both beautiful and destructive.

I feel like I’m starting to find my style, and ...

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April 17, 2014
How to Make a No Applique Quilt from Quiltwoman Blog

no applique quilt

Lisa Mullenburg creates adorable quilts that feature dogs, dinosaurs and owls among many other characters. Her story is interesting. She started designing quilts for her Mother to make, so that Mom could make quilts for each of her grandchildren. She quilts with a method she calls “counted quilts” which is a no applique quilt method, and also is the name of her quilt business.


The technique is simple, yet brilliant. First, you cut your fabric into strips.


Next, you cut the strips into pieces following the instructions in the pattern.

mapFinally, you assemble the pieces using 1/4″ straight seams ...

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April 16, 2014
Quilting for Health from Quiltwoman Blog

quilting for health

Shake up Five Placemats Pattern

Hobbies like sewing and crafting have long been recognized for their health benefits. Engaging in arts is relaxing, engaging and can have significant health benefits. But quilting, a study by Glasgow University found, is “uniquely” good for you. Read on to discover this unique study on quilting for health.

Quilting for Health

quilting for health

Rose Moss Quilt Pattern

Students interviewed a small group of  30 quilters and found that quilting improved their cognitive, creative and emotional well-being. 

The study concluded that the use of bright colors was ‘uplifting’, the activity distracted  from the stress of work, and ...

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Toy Boat, Toy Boat, Toy Boat from Play Crafts

First of all, our website had some technical difficulties on Monday, but there was a new color theory post that went up in case you missed it. Analogous colors are my favorite go-to color scheme, so I really enjoyed chatting about it!

Second of all, thank you everyone for your kind words and great advice in regards to my design overload post. Sometimes I really need to be reminded to stop worrying so much!

I’m still ruminating on some of the advice, but I will continue to post all the designs, even if they’re a month old when ...

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Layer Cake Rag Quilt from Heather Spence Designs

the truth is after the first two times i did rag quilts i wasn’t a huge fan. but, then again, i did use 2″ squares…on a twin size quilt. and i didn’t use the right scissors. seriously. what was i thinking?!? i’ll skip the long story between then and now but this is what i’ve come up with… isn’t it cute?? so here’s the tutorial […]

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