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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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August 1, 2018
2018 -Green Fuse from Lotus Cove Quilting

Wow, it’s been over a year since I posted on the blog!

Since the 2017 Genesee Valley Quilt Fest, I’ve been extremely busy with two projects: downsizing from a 4-bedroom house to a 2-bedroom condo, and chairing the first quilt show of the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild.

Taking Flight logo

The show will be 10-5 on Saturday, September 29 at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14610. Hope to see you there!

And I’ve managed in the meantime to make a few quilts. I hope to cover them in upcoming posts, but here’s a preview ...

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July 1, 2018
Island Batik Modern Challenge from Sew Incredibly Crazy

I am squeezing under the deadline for
the Modern Batik Challenge.

As an

I was provided all the fabrics for the quilt 
that I designed for the challenge.

My inspiration for this quilt was
slow coming.
I was completely unsure on what
exactly I wanted to do, 
I don't usually do too much modern style quilting
This again was a huge challenge for me.
 I then searched through my beautiful box
of Island Batik fabrics and
came up with this.

I used a huge array from the Paisley Dot
collection.  Some of the colors included Bermuda Spot, 
Sky Speckles ...

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June 20, 2018
Log Cabin Baby Blocks 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 from Virtual Quilter

Log Cabin Baby Blocks 36

I am trying to decide if I like the plain yellow pieces, or should it be some distorted Log Cabin blocks in yellow fabrics?

Log Cabin Baby Blocks 37

Love the one above, but can see some things I want to change … I will have a coffee break later to have a play.

Log Cabin Baby Blocks 38

I like the one above.

Log Cabin Baby Blocks 39

Love the one above.

Log Cabin Baby Blocks 40

Interesting one to finish today’s Log Cabin Retreat … lots of room for quilting!

A very interesting collection when seen together.

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February 1, 2018
Block #1 of the It's a "Wild" Life Block of the Month from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Welcome to our 
3rd Annual Block of the 
Our previous years have 
included quilts from 
inspirations from 

This year, we
have a little "Wild" Life
for all of you.

I hope you are all excited to 
begin our newest BOM.

So without further ado, 
here is our 1st Block.
Well, Blocks!!

We decided to start you 
all off pretty easy for the first block.

It is called Maple Leaves.
It was created using beautiful fabrics, 
by one of our BOM sponsors

The leaves colors are from my stash
full ...

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January 10, 2018
City Courthouse 76, 77, 78, 79, 80 from Virtual Quilter

City Courthouse 76

Another mid week retreat in 2018 already!

City Courthouse 77

Love the one above … all that gold!

City Courthouse 78

Interesting change, but like the one before it more.

City Courthouse 79

Still like the one with all that gold, but love trying slightly different variations … though you may have guessed that if you have been visiting this blog for more than a few days.

City Courthouse 80

That is your lot for this week, but as always, more next week.

Filed under: City Court, City Courthouse, Log Cabin Quilter's Mid Week Retreat, Mid Week Retreat, Quilt Tagged: Courthouse Steps, Log Cabin Mid Week Retreat, Log Cabin Quilt, Mid Week Log ...

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December 3, 2017
Aunt Flo’s Christmas 2, 3 from Virtual Quilter

Aunt Flo's Christmas 2

Love it!

Aunt Flo's Christmas 3

Love this one too!

Filed under: Aunt Flo's Christmas, Quilt Tagged: Applique Blocks, Christmas Quilt, Pieced, Pieced Blocks, Quilting Designs

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December 1, 2017
October Aurifil DOM Reboot Block from Sew Incredibly Crazy

I have been trying to get myself
all caught up with the 
Aurifil DOM.

Here is October's Block.
It is so cute. 
I love Frosted Pumpkins
Stitchery's designs.

I am just a few
blocks short, 
but here is my progress. 

Only two more and I will be all 
caught up with the stitch
a long.

I really like the Flower Shoppe fabrics
that I picked up at Craftsy

You can find October's block here,
along with the other
links for the previous month's blocks.

Joining in with

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

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November 26, 2017
November Link Party from Sew Incredibly Crazy

One more block and
we will reach the end 
of the blocks for the
Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM.

I hope you all have enjoyed it
as much as I have.

This is our 10th block

link party with
Making Waves.

If you have yet to finish it, 

you do have until the end of the month
to be able to enter our giveaway.

The pattern is available 

 for no charge until the

end of the November.
You can find the pattern HERE.

If you are not caught up with the blocks, 

you can find all the links for them ...

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November 8, 2017
Log Heap 21,22, 23, 24, 25 from Virtual Quilter

Log Heap 21

I did think that I would change the fabrics in this project file, but changed my mind when I remembered how many individual designs I would have to change.

Log Heap 22

There are new projects which I want to start, and blocks I want to draw, and all sorts of other stuff.

Log Heap 23

If you want pretty colours you will have to use your imagination. However, what ever fabric choices you make, make sure to make sure there is good contrast.

Log Heap 24

I also remember why I started this series.

One of my Log Cabin Project files, Log Jam, was getting too big, so ...

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November 1, 2017
November Sun. Sand, and Sea Block from Sew Incredibly Crazy

We are closing in on 
the end of our
Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM.
The rest of the designer and I 
would like to thank each one of you 
that have joined us each month 
to make this quilt

Now on to our 10th Block
of the Sun, Sand, and Sea
Block of the Month.

You can't go to the beach 
without enjoying a few waves.

You can find the pattern HERE.
It is free of charge for the month 
of November. 

In case you missed some of 
the previous blocks 
you can find them below.

October's Block ...

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Log Cabin Leaf Central 31,32, 33, 34, 35 from Virtual Quilter

Log Cabin Leaf Central 31

Time for another short break in the world of Log Cabin quilts … but with a little bit of applique added.

Log Cabin Leaf Central 32

I love how the pretty dull Log Cabin Blocks are transformed with a the addition of a leaf on some,, or all, of the blocks.

Log Cabin Leaf Central 33

We have fruit trees which provide little autumn colour, but right now it is spring, so they have become green and some have a very heavy crop of fruit for us to look forward too.

Not very inspiring for virtual quilts, though I do love green.

Log Cabin Leaf Central 34

I am finding it difficult to pick a favourite ...

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September 26, 2017
August's Aurifil DOM Block from Sew Incredibly Crazy

I am not as far behind as it 
might look with the
Aurifil DOM 
Block of the Month.

I forgot to take a couple pictures 
of the blocks that I just 
finished in the last few weeks.
Waiting on kids 
and not being able to be near a sewing 
machine can get you caught up 
a lot quicker on these embroidered 

Here is August's block.

I really love how dainty
and pretty this one turned out. 

Here are the other two that 
I had taken previous pictures of.

I can't wait to show you the rest of ...

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