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February 16, 2019
embellished [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:


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February 15, 2019
My Favorite Iron for Quilting from Mulberry Patch Quilts

One New Year resolution for 2019 is to organize leftover scraps, so I decided to spend a little time this morning ironing the mess. It just makes it so much easier to find what I need. That made me think about how much I love my iron…and about sharing that with you.

You may remember the earlier blog about the problems I had with the Rowenta Pro Steam Iron. I desperately needed a new iron. There are so many irons out there, I had no idea where to start.

Then I remembered the iron I used while I was ...

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Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Another fun charity quilt! Both of these were constructed by other members of Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
And a panel. Both quilted and headed to Annapolis Quilts for Kids.

Here is the EpochConverter for 2019.

2019 Charity Quilt Count: 10

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February 8, 2019
Project Quilting 10.3: EQ8 and French Inspiration from Mulberry Patch Quilts

This is the third challenge in Season 10 of Project Quilting, and the only rule is that it’s “Bigger than a breadbox” Wikipedia says they’re usually 16″ x 8″ or so, and that’s the MINIMUM size for the completed piece to meet this week’s challenge” … OK, I can do that.

I’ve been wanting to challenge myself by:

  1. Using a small French linen printed panel I bought at the Madison Quilt Expo
  2. Improving my piecing ability
  3. Designing it completely on EQ8 (Electric Quilt software)

First I got out every red & beige fabric I could find from ...

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Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Here is another string pieced quilt top I assembled and quilted for Annapolis Quilts for Kids
Another member pieced this fun flannel quilt. I quilted it up and trimmed it. It will head to another member for binding.

Here is the EpochConverter for 2019.

2019 Charity Quilt Count: 8

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February 1, 2019
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working through the charity quilts at a good pace. I'm hoping to finish up all the tops I have before the next meeting. This is one of the string quilts I pieced. These are fun to make. 
This cute panel quilt is quilted and ready to go to another member of binding.

Here is the EpochConverter for 2019.

2019 Charity Quilt Count: 6

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January 26, 2019
Quilted Hearts and Twister from Mulberry Patch Quilts

I’ve been wanting to make something for Valentines Day, and when the theme of “Red, White, & Blue” for Project Quilting Challenge #2 (Season 10), I knew what I wanted to make.

The challenge states you can use reds, whites, and blues…any shades…no other colors, but you DON’T have to use all three colors.

  1. RULE#1…Your project should contain ONLY the colors RED, WHITE, and BLUE. It does not have to use all three, but it cannot include any additional colors.

So I decided, with Valentines Day coming up, I’d limit my colors to just ...

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January 25, 2019
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I dropped off this tote full of quilted charity quilts for Annapolis Quilts for Kids. I've been working with Annapolis Quilts for kids for several years now. Sometimes I piece the tops, sometimes I only quilt tops made by other members. Every year my goal is to quilt at least one chairty quilt per week throughout the year.
While I was there, I picked up a big stack of quilt tops to finish. This is just a sample of what I picked up.
One of those tops was this fun Tinkerbell panel quilt that I quilted last ...

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January 18, 2019
How to Make an Elephant Every Baby Will Love from Quilter Chic

Inside:Adorable baby quilt pattern.

You may or may not know that the original name of my business was Elephant Patch. I wanted something to go with the word “patch” and somehow “elephant” came to mind! My talented husband, Neil, made the most amazing logo, which I always loved.

Baby Elephant Walk quilt pattern

Original logo for Elephant Patch

Because of the name, I have a collection of various elephants. Stuffed ones, mostly. Eventually, I changed the name of the business to QuilterChic, and Elephant Patch became my “vintage” name!

In honor of the vintage-ness, Neil, designed the delightful elephant for my newest pattern, Baby ...

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Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

After I finished up my Good Fortune quilt I grabbed some charity tops to get them quilted. I pieced this one. 
And this one made up of leftover 4-patch blocks.

These are headed to Annapolis Quilts for Kids tomorrow along with a stack of others I finished over the holidays.

This year I'm aiming to quilt at least 50 charity quilts. Here is the EpochConverter for 2019.

2019 Charity Quilt Count: 2

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January 16, 2019
A biscornu pin cushion from Quilting and More...

I don’t know why I’m so intrigued by the biscornu construction, and I also don’t know why I like pin cushions so much. At the moment, I have at least nine pin cushions, and that’s not counting the ones I’ve made and given away!   At any rate, my local quilt group liked my biscornu […]

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January 14, 2019
New Year, New Project from Mama Love Quilts

Dear Reader,

I hope the new year is off to a good start for you. I jumped right into the new year with a new project!

I started working on samples for my upcoming class at this year’s QuiltCon: Big and Bold Freezer Paper Quilt Making. In this class, I will teach on how to use freezer paper to create quilts with large, irregular shapes.

The thing I love about this technique is how quickly and easily the quilt top comes together.

After cutting out the templates, it was a breeze to put the top together.

The top came ...

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January 1, 2019
Build – Day 1 from Terificreations's Weblog

Over the last few days I’ve been in my sewing room making four patches from Northcott Microchips, 2 1/2” squares, and piecing a quilt top using some Michael Miller 5” squares. I’m not quite sure yet what I’m doing with the four patches or the small quilt top but what I do know is that… Continue reading Build – Day 1

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December 28, 2018
Charity Strings from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I shared my progress on some string blocks for Annapolis Quilts for Kids. As we near the end of the year, it is time for me to round up the last of my charity quilt finishes. 
I had made a collection of string blocks using primarily greens, too. I paired the string blocks with some fun 6.5" squares and sewed up a top. 
I did the same with the blue string blocks. I like to pair the string-pieced blocks with a plain block. This helps stabilize the string blocks since they are pieced on the bias. 
No ...

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December 21, 2018
String Piecing Charity from Becca's Crazy Projects

After I made some of the units for Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt Good Fortune, I decided to pull out some of the strings for charity quilts. These are leftover bits that I've collected from many of the charity quilts for Annapolis Quilts for Kids.

I grabbed the blues, the phone book pages, and got stitching. String piecing is a chaotic process. It makes quite a mess but is totally worth it.
After a couple hours of work, I had pieced enough to pair with alternate blocks. Want to learn how to make some of these yourself? I recommend ...

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December 19, 2018
Vintage Sewing … from Quilting and More...

… is the name of this little quilted piece. Obviously, that came from what’s printed on one of the panels, but it also refers to the age of all of the pictured objects. The panels and dotted setting fabrics are all linen, from l’Atelier d’Isabelle, and I found them at the Houston show last month. […]

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December 5, 2018
Dresden Mandala Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello my fellow makers,

How about a beautiful, mandala for someone you love? The mandala is a symbol of cosmic and spiritual order, composed by balancing elements that represent unity and harmony. We will be making a mandala full of vibrant colors, fun geometric elements, and feminine lines using the exquisite prints from the  Legendary collection and the dresden technique. A technique that just like the mandala has a concentric and circular shape.

The featured fabrics are Flecks Dreams (fabric A), Brit Boutique Bold (fabric B), Collar Ends Bold (fabric C), Flecks Bold (fabric D), Trinkets Dreams (fabric E), Flecks ...

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November 28, 2018
The Splendid Sampler – First Aid from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

My family has a few favorite and well-loved quilts that we use every day; they have seen many years of wear and tear. There is no greater pleasure than mending and patching these timeless treasures—first aid for quilts. ~Jane   My First Aid block is one of four blocks to make this week. Find all...

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November 14, 2018
Pineapples and Paris Star quilt from Charm About You

It's been sew sew sew at my house! These projects each have a lot of seams and used up a lot of thread. Completely worth it though because they turned out really nicely. 

My first project used the new Bird Pond collection in Blue and Teal by Tilda. I made two sizes of pineapple blocks for a 20" cushion front (which I did make into a cushion but I don't have a picture of the finish!). I chose to fussy cut the gorgeous Anemone print for the centre of the largest block and for the corner squares.

Pineapple Quilt block cushion by Charm About You

Surrounded ...

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The Clearing at the end of the Fancy Forest. from quiltaholic

I finally completed Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Forest. It was a bit of a marathon but if I am honest I enjoyed every bit of it.

I have never liked piecing, probably because I was never inspired by the resulting blocks that were mainly traditional in style. I make a lot of quilts but they need to interest me. I like appliqué because it paints pictures with fabric. Elizabeth Hartman patterns allow me to do that whilst at the same time nailing the art of piecing.

I used Boundless botanicals from Craftsy for the animals and I think the bright ...

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