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July 2, 2022
hand embroidered patches for piecing [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

hand embroidered patches for piecing

hand embroidering patches for piecing

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June 13, 2022
Angela’s Quilt Piecing Tips for Accuracy from Quilted Joy

A well-pieced block that is square and flat can feel incredibly difficult to achieve. Fortunately, there are easy ways to quickly improve your accuracy while making your quilt top that will help make the rest of the quilting process flow much more easily. Here are my best quilt piecing tips for accuracy!


What is a scant 1/4″ seam anyway?

Of course, the first thing to conquer when you learn to make a quilt is ensuring you are using a scant 1/4″ seam. When you think about it, though. How crazy is it that we use “scant” as an ...

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May 14, 2022
Saguaro from Quilting and More...

Wow! I hadn’t really noticed how long it’s been since I’ve written a blog post, but here we go. I made a quilt top that I’ve decided I don’t like. I have it all sandwiched and ready to quilt, but I can’t seem to get to the quilting, since I don’t like it. Maybe sometime […]

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May 6, 2022
Scrappy Piecing from Becca's Crazy Projects

Yesterday I turned this stack of  2.5" strips into a quilt. 
It might not be fancy but it is bright and cheery. I have more strips so there are likely more of these in my future. 

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March 18, 2022
Project Quilting Season 13.6 Flying Geese from Mulberry Patch Quilts

So this is the last Project Quilting challenge (season 13)for 2022. As you know the challenge quilted project can be anything (from a quilted coaster to a full sized quilt) but has to be done (start to finish) during the challenge week. It’s amazing what quilters can accomplish.

I don’t have a lot of time this week, but I really wanted to make something simple so I don’t miss out on participating this week.

I used my Electric Quilt 8 (EQ8) computer program to quickly design a doll quilt/table topper with a strip of flying ...

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February 18, 2022
Slow progress from Quilting and More...

I’m still working — slowly — on the same quilt as I showed you previously. It’s slow going, since there are always (of course!) interruptions. It’s also quite a bit larger than my usual quilts, due to a lack of forethought before I started it. Thank goodness I have that wonderful suspension system to help […]

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February 16, 2022
SPRING GARDENS from Nestlings By Robin


AQ magazine with Spring Garden quilt by Robin Koehler
Inside you will find my fun and easy
strip quilt, "Spring Garden".

pepper cory shot cottons
Where do we always start,
the fabrics, of course! 

For this design I used 
shot cottons. 
Thank you, Judy Gauthier, of 
for getting these to me!

This quilt is SO EASY and 
these fabrics make it 
so soft and snuggable.
Piece your blocks...

Cut out your applique'.....

Make some vines.....

one applique butterfly
Use teflon pressing sheet
OR parchment paper to 
make completed butterflies.....

Applique butterflies all laid out
I absolutely love seeing 
these all together!

Model quilted with floral and swirl designs.


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January 31, 2022
Quilt News! Orange Yellow Blue Infusion, Embroidered Little RagTag Art Quilt, Pacific NW Winter Garden/Color Photos from Crazy Victoriana

Piecing process, past quilt with orange, yellow, blue...

Another past quilt project with orange, yellow, blue....

I just finished RagTag small art quilt with embroidery, hand stitched.

Venice Beach, CA, graffiti in the local McDonalds, 3 yr.s ago.

My recent piecing, orange, yellow, blue..
Pac NW Towhee in winter garden, see the spots on its wing?

Japanese Maple in winter garden, close view in b/w to see contrast.

Japanese Maple in winter garden, see the colors?
Quilt top pieced 2 summers ago, orange, yellow, blue...

Another scrap medallion started, orange, yellow, bits of blue..

Small HSTs made from ...

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January 16, 2022
Little something something from Heirloom Quilting Co.


A Little something something to hang from a door knob for Valentine's Dayor perhaps line a little basket,  This measures 6 x 12 approximately but you can make yours any size you want it to be.  I just used 3 inch squares from my scraps and cut in half diagonaly and sewed the triangles together to make hourglass blocks,  I used 1 1/4 inch single binding strip. You can make flying geese or just squares if you want, just have fun.  Quick and easy, 

Have Fun!

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December 31, 2021
Year-end finishes from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

With one day to spare, I am sooooooo happy to say that I accomplished my goal to have all 30 vintage tree blocks done by the end of the year!

Throughout block construction, I’ve been struggling to come up with a layout beyond the standard on-point-with-sashing-and-cornerstones variety. After all this time, nothing had come to mind until a few days ago when it occurred to me that maybe a pieced border would be the solution I was looking for. I plugged the idea into EQ and it was perfect – lots of work, but perfect.

I also combed through my ...

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December 5, 2021
Ribbon Weave Quilt from Quilting and More...

I started another quilt (of course!), this one called Ribbon Weave, by Basic Grey. The original pattern shows the quilt in a sort of subdued Christmas color way, but I decided to do it in purples and turquoises. I finished constructing all of the various blocks — four different kinds, as well as corner and […]

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November 27, 2021
A visitor and a quilt block from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Our younger son flew in last Saturday to spend the holiday with us, and his visit was just the boost I needed to bring me out of my funk. Here he is with John yesterday, checking the roasting chickens on the rotisserie.

We always cook two so we have leftovers and so I can freeze some of the meat for a casserole or chicken pot pie at a later date. Plus, it doesn’t take any longer to decontaminate the kitchen after prepping two chickens as opposed to just one, so may as ...

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November 1, 2021
A little bit from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

Although my Covid-induced creative slump persists, I did manage to complete the monthly vintage tree block

and finish a beaded Christmas ornament, made from a Mill Hill kit purchased years ago.

I got the binding sewn onto a very special quilt I started in April of this year and hope to post about that before the year is up.

Thanks for stopping by!

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October 18, 2021
Feathered LeMoyne Star from Quilting and More...

Ta-da! It’s done!

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October 8, 2021
An Interview With Lee Chappell Monroe from Terificreations's Weblog

Welcome to this Friday edition of TerifiCreations! Today I’m sharing the first in a series of interview of quilty people, some interviews will be specifically geared toward all things Quilt Market. Today I talk with Lee Chappell Monroe the creative genius behind May Chappell. We cover everything from her new book and the first thing… Continue reading An Interview With Lee Chappell Monroe

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October 1, 2021
27/30 from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

Here’s the September vintage tree block:

I only hope that when the data’s analyzed, a weakness can be found.

Princess Leia Organa

I only hope that when the blocks are finished, a layout can be found.


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September 15, 2021
The top is finished! from Quilting and More...

Just yesterday, this is what my latest quilt top looked like: As you can probably see, the center square was complete, but I hadn’t yet attached the borders. Those border sections to surround the outer triangles, which are just pinned in place, weren’t even cut out, as I was still figuring the dimensions of those […]

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September 9, 2021
A little progress from Quilting and More...

I think I’ve cut out all of the major pieces for my current project — it took a while, since I had to wait for the black background fabric to arrive. However, I’ve now pieced the central LeMoyne Star and have begun working on the feathered star that surrounds it. Most of what you see […]

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September 5, 2021
Next project from Quilting and More...

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been taking a fantastic set of online classes from Philippa Naylor. The last class in the series is a tutorial on making a feathered star quilt with a LeMoyne Star center. I’ve always loved both feathered stars and LeMoyne Stars, so this was a no-brainer for me. As I rooted […]

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September 1, 2021
Summer Sewing from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

Not much to report this month as I’ve been busy with a very special project, which I hope to begin posting about soon, once the remaining two sides of the binding have been sewn.

In the meantime, here is August’s vintage tree block

and a few photos of progress on my 1930s postage stamp quilt top.

Earlier today, I caught Fat Quarter Shop’s just-released video about making a 9 x 9 postage stamp block consisting of 81 one-inch squares, in which Kimberly stressed the importance of pinning every intersection for best results. I chuckled a little, as ...

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