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August 2, 2019
My 8 blocks 43 from Virtual Quilter


I love the centre block … must play with that to see just what might happen.

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August 1, 2019
August's A Time for All Seasons Blocks from Sew Incredibly Crazy

 Are you ready for our August blocks?
Here where I live, it is a little on the warm side.
So how do you cool off? 
With a nice slice of watermelon.

Here is our appliqué block 

Dog Days of Summer

You can find the pattern HERE.  

The second block is our pieced block.
A fast and easy log cabin block.

My Summer Log Cabin

You can find the pattern for it HERE.

If you have missed any of the blocks here 
they are.

July's Blocks
From Carla of Creatin In the Sticks
Can be found HERE. 

June' s blocks ...

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July 27, 2019
Wedding Fans 46 from Virtual Quilter

No wedding where I am this weekend, just a collection of quilters doing what they love.

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July 1, 2019
Patched and Pieced 32 from Virtual Quilter

Another old fashioned looking design.

I love the border on this one, but there is a bit but! It is way too wide!

Now I love the border even more, though there is a lot more piecing to do in the narrow version.

Another reaon to love Electric Quilt … it took just a few seconds to change the design of the border.

Another reason to love Electric Quilt … it takes just a few minutes to add quilting!

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May 3, 2019
Classic and Vintage Rocket Star from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Do you ever see a pattern and say, 
"Wow, that is gorgeous!", 
but then you are a little intimidated 
to work on it? 

Fat Quarter Shop once again 
has done it again with a beautiful 
Classic and Vintage style quilt.

I was a little intimidated to make 
it, but it was so much easier than 
I had even imagined. 

Here is the very first block I created from 
the pattern.  

Let me say, I just loved it.

This particular quilt was made with a fat quarter
bundle I had sitting around just waiting to 
transform into a quilt.

One block ...

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April 2, 2019
2018 – Delectable Yellow from Lotus Cove Quilting

I just realized that I hadn’t posted on this blog about the quilt I made last summer for my daughter, who is now a junior at SUNY Geneseo, majoring in Art History. The school’s colors are blue and white, so it doesn’t completely match.

Long enough for her dorm bed, this was made from indigoes and yellows from my stash, using a modified Delectable Mountains block and free motion quilted on a longarm. While I hoped to make a dent in the dark blues, my stash is still blue-heavy.
2018 Delectable Yellow
2018 Delectable Yellow detail 3
2018 Delectable Yellow detail 2
2018 Delectable Yellow detail 1
This was before I bought my longarm, so ...

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March 24, 2019
Update 1 – 2019 Squares in Squares from Lotus Cove Quilting

2019 Squares in Squares completed top
I’ve completed piecing the top, measuring 72×108. The bottom two rows are tucked under – too long for my design wall!
Next step is using all the leftover fabric strips to piece the back. I’m hoping it will look like a giant square bulls-eye. Stay tuned for more!

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March 9, 2019
2019 – Squares in Squares from Lotus Cove Quilting

Here’s a view of my design wall today. This project is using lots of fabrics from my stash. Only purchase so far was one yard for the center squares. The blocks should finish 12″ square, making a single-sized quilt.


Squares In Squares on Design Wall

Note on design walls: I used anti-pill fleece on this wall, wrapped over insulation panels. Fleece holds much better than flannel. Completed blocks would rarely stick to my old flannel wall unless I pinned them. No problem with the fleece.

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March 5, 2019
A Time For All Seasons - March's Blocks from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Are you ready for 
a little Irish fun?
I am a wee bit Irish
so these blocks have 
a I hold close to my heart.
Carol of Just Let Me Quilt is the 
designer for this month's blocks. 

The first is End of the Rainbow.

If you notice I carefully 
placed some wording in the block.
I thought it added a bit of fun.
Especially, the "make a wish" writing
I strategically put inside the hat.

You can find the pattern for it Here. 

The second block is 
A Wee Bit of Ireland.

Isn't it a cute pattern ...

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January 31, 2019
Update – Honey Bee Variation Quilt – 1948 from Lotus Cove Quilting


You might remember this quilt, that I posted in 2014. It was made in 1948 by my great grandmother, Rose Brown Tague. The traditional honey bee block, in pink and purple, alternates with snowball blocks with green corners. The original post can be accessed under “Family Antiques” in the right-hand column.

I recently found an old photo, taken of my grandmother, Mary Josephine Hamrick Tague, holding nine-day-old me, her first grandchild. Covering her chair is this new quilt, positively dating it to 1948. That’s my father’s writing; he probably took the photo.

1948 sep 10 grandma tague holding jaye bower fish

It would be great if there ...

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January 21, 2019
Basket Project – 2018-19 from Lotus Cove Quilting

It started with a gift exchange at Rochester Modern Quilt Guild. We were to make a small container or basket to exchange with other members at our January meeting. Here’s the one I made for the exchange:











The interior fabric is from Mali, and the handles are riveted-on leather tabs. The pattern I found was so great, I also used it to make some Christmas gifts.


These went to my sister-in-law and husband, to coordinate with her MacKenzie-Childs collection. Handles were made from the same fabric as the binding, with wire inserts.


These cat-themed baskets were gifts for my ...

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January 19, 2019
Silly Sadie 1, 2, 3, 4 from Virtual Quilter

I have been playing with the Serendipity tool in Electric Quilt 8. Centre top row is the block I started with, the one in the middle is the serendipity version of the one in the corner.

Here is the starting block and the modifications I used.

There were some other blocks in the file which may have got used in some of the designs I have saved, and I played with assorted Serendipity tools and saved just about anything I thought might be interesting, then played with fabric placement. If I had been a little less silly I would have ...

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January 12, 2019
9 Patch ‘n’ Apps 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

Love this one …

Love this one more!

I love making blocks merge into the background so they become part of the overall design rather than individual blocks.

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January 6, 2019
2018 – Green Fuse – Finished from Lotus Cove Quilting

Green Fuse – a full-sized bed quilt – was part of the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild’s “Taking Flight” show (September 29, 2018).


I used a bright lime thread for all the quilting.


2018 Green Fuse Floral Quilting Details

2018 Green Fuse Floral Details

2018 Green Fuse Floral Details

I quilted florals on the white area, seedlike ovals on the green, and roots on the gray.


2018 Green Fuse Quilting Detail “Rose”

Also among the roots was part of the Dylan Thomas poem “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower.”

More quilting details in next post.


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January 3, 2019
2018 – Ten Squared Plus Five from Lotus Cove Quilting

At last, the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild’s first show, “Taking Flight,” is over (September 29) and I’ve nearly recovered. It was a huge success; we had lots of visitors, lots of quilts, and lots of happy vendors. It was also a huge job creating a show out of whole cloth, a job I’m glad to pass along to another guild member.


“Taking Flight” – inaugural show by Rochester Modern Quilt Guild, September 29, 2018

So, here is a quilt I made for the show. You can also see it hanging lower center in the show photo.


Ten Squared ...

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December 3, 2018
Fat Eighth Fruitcake with the Fat Quarter Shop from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Do you ever just look at a pattern and think
"Oh, I have got to make that one?"
Well, that's a crazy question.
I think as quilters, we
are always wanting to make
quilts that are so eye appealing.

When I set my eyes on 
the newest pattern from the

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies 

I knew that I wanted to join in 
on all of the fun.

This one is called
Fat Eighth Fruitcake.

A fun mix of hearts, flowers 
and vintage.
You can find the quilt kit 
for the above quilt HERE

For my version,
I chose the fabric collection
Vintage Adventure ...

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December 2, 2018
Snowing at the Cabin with Island Batik from Sew Incredibly Crazy

My two favorite things to do as 
an Island Batik Ambassador

are getting to play with theses 
gorgeous fabrics and
the chance to challenge myself.

November's challenge was the Cozy Cabin.
I once again turned to this gorgeous selection 
of fabric - Blue Moon.

I absolutely love it.
I made a table runner with the fabric line
in September.

You can read about it here.  

You can find some of the collection at

I had plenty 2.5" strips left to make a few 
log cabin blocks and 
more than enough beautiful Aurifil thread.
Well, I was only ...

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November 15, 2018
Patch Play Quilted 11 from Virtual Quilter

Looks like I have a taste for red and green this week … looks delicious!

If you receive an email every time I publish a post, you may have got several emails yesterday … WordPress introduced some new features before I had a second cup of coffee, and in that state I was easily confused! Hopefully today I will post this virtual design just once!

So far, so good, but I haven’t actually pressed the schedule button yet!

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October 1, 2018
Gasp…my thread broke! from Gray Barn Designs

Cindy here, reporting in from New York.   The big GRAY BARN is in view through a misty rain.  Mom, dad and I are just relaxing and hoping the sun will shine sometime today.  Good thing I brought a few quilting projects with me!

A few months ago, Sandy scored big at an antique store…10 antique red and white Ohio Star blocks.  These unfinished blocks measure 11 x 11 inches square.


I like how the blocks were pieced by hand, very special!


Sandy and I have created three different projects from these 10 blocks.  You’ll see our feature project ...

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August 6, 2018
It's a "Wild" Life August Block from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Here it finally is...
The August Block for the 

So sorry for the delay.
I hope that it was worth waiting for.

I was the lucky designer for this month's block.
The pattern for the block
can be found HERE.

I am so sorry that the block 
was a few days late, 
but I have been under the weather
for the last couple weeks
and it hit me pretty hard.
Thank you all for your understanding.

The pattern will be free for the whole
month of August.
After that time, 
it will still be available for a 
small fee ...

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