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August 3, 2020
Piecing Curves…it is possible even for me from Art and Quilting in Camden

Whoo-eeeee! Lookit those perfect seams… this was my second block, and I think it looks pretty durn good for someone who doesn’t really piece a lot! There are a few MINOR things I can fuss at (like the seam allowance on the center top spike is a skosh wide and the upper left corner edge isn’t perfect, but still! Fabrics are batiks and Bright White Cotton Couture from Michael Miller Fabrics.

Precision piecing has never been my strong suit, but I am — like Michaelangelo at age 80 — still learning. One of the things I’ve learned is that ...

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August 1, 2020
One Monthly Goal for August, 2020: K.I.S.S.! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, and happy AUGUST!  Y'all, I'm still riding high on the euphoria from actually FINISHING my July OMG goals by the end of last month, the first time that has ever happened in however many months of linking up.  I even finished with a couple days to spare, giving me time to write and link up at the end of the month.  Is THIS what life feels like to people who don't bite off more than they can chew and then waste their time procrastinating?!!  Despite how eager I am to move Spirit Song from a ...

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July 23, 2020
Paper Piecing Sew Along – Day 2 from Gray Barn Designs

Greetings!  We’re happy to present the next block for our Rustic Christmas PAPER PIECING SEW ALONG.

Sandy created this super easy Christmas star block.  Red Star LogoI decided to play around with Christmas colors and am loving this polka dot background. White Star LogoNEXT I used the polka dot fabric for the star center.  This is nice and bright!  If you are new to paper piecing, this is an easy pattern to test your skills  The weekend is fast approaching, we hope you have plenty of summer sewing time to try something new!

Click on the link below for the Rustic Christmas paper ...

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July 20, 2020
Further steps … from Quilting and More...

I’ve mentioned before that I’m doing a series of classes — given by one of my favorite teachers, Philippa Naylor — online. Class #8 was a couple of methods of doing trapunto. I used some boring beige fabric I happened to have in the right size for this, thinking I’d jazz it up with a […]

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July 11, 2020
Private Quilt Coaching! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

I am so excited that I can barely contain my excitement! The past few months have been challenging to say the least. We are all in a similar boat… our quilt shows have been cancelled which means that all of those classes that we all signed up for just went POOF! So what’s a quilter to do… we turn to our online options. Sometimes these are good and other times not so good. I have the perfect solution!

Private quilt coaching… you are in your studio, I am in mine and we come up with a game plan specific ...

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July 9, 2020
HOME from Nestlings By Robin

The Autumn issue of Quilter's World
will have my new quilt design
that I started this past January! YAY!

It is so bothersome that I 
have to keep so much secret 
from all my quilting friends
when I am working.
Once the design is planned, 
it is time to go fabric hunting!
As you can see, I wanted a muted
selection of neutrals in 
gray and taupe.
Look at the perfect and gorgeous
Barbara Brackman fabrics 
I found along the way!
Have you ever tried to pay attention
to what you are doing at a retreat?
I ...

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May 18, 2020
WORKING ON UNITY from The Proficient Needle

I completed all the part 7 blocks, and stitched them into border pieces.  When I was pinning them on the quilt top, I discovered that I had turned the top and bottom set of blocks 1/4 turn the wrong way!  Frog stitching to the rescue!

DH has been organizing our small garage with hopes to have room for the car!  We may be staying north this year instead of heading south for the winter, so we want the car to be in the garage instead of the driveway, collecting frost and snow.  He has redesigned his work bench, so ...

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May 11, 2020
Introducing Summer Sampler 2020: Easy-Piecing Summer. Join us – plus a discount! from Freshly Pieced

summersampler2018That’s right, Summer Sampler 2020 launches TODAY! Are you ready for a summer of low-stress, easy piecing? Something tells us you are!

Would you believe that this is the 5th annual Summer Sampler Series?! Katie and Faith and I have so much fun putting this together every year, and it’s grown so much—more than 1,500 of you participated in last year’s “Piecing Bootcamp” skill-builder-themed sampler. It was beyond our wildest expectations!

This year, for our 5th annual Summer Sampler, we’re bringing you a laid-back summer of low-stress piecing. We know quilting is one of ...

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May 7, 2020
The Janome HP foot and throat plate, or…The not-so-little things from Art and Quilting in Camden

Sometimes it is the little things, that turn out to be not-so-little, that make the difference in life. In my life, watching the bubbles form and the water boil gives me joy…what can I say, I live a rural life LOL! Another one is tools that make my sewing life easier like the Janome M7’s HP Presser Foot and throat plate, which are available on select other Janome models. It also turns out, you can teach someone who has been sewing for about 57 years new tricks!

Yes, I like to watch water boil! No, I am not ...

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May 1, 2020
Sew Alongs from Nestlings By Robin

It may be hard to believe but 
I have NEVER done a sew 
along in all my 20 years of quilting!
Now that I have a little
extra time at home, Why Not?!

I have participated in guild 
lottery blocks and 
guild challenges but 
never worked with a group 
on the same project before.  
It is SEW FUN!!
There is a small group of us
that are making projects 
from the book, 
A design is chosen, we
each get to choose our
own fabrics, and then
we sew together virtually 
since some of ...

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April 28, 2020
More vintage tree blocks from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

I visited with a dear high school friend a couple of weeks ago and we both agreed that now is not a good time to be without a hobby – thank goodness for quilting, right? To that end, I managed to finish four more vintage tree blocks.

Construction of additional blocks has been suspended, pending recovery from the piecing torture inherent in a block with 32 one-inch half square triangles.

Thanks for stopping by!

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April 25, 2020
Finished wonkiness from Quilting and More...

I’m taking a wonderful series of classes online from Philippa Naylor, and the most recent one was to learn a great technique for curved piecing. The finished design is called Happy Heart, and it’s truly wonky and fun. Each individual curved block finished at 3″, and the outer border was done crooked to emphasize the […]

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March 28, 2020
Ready To Roll from Quilt Paint Create

Another trying week over. I’m ready to chill and enjoy some quiet time at home.
I pressed all the sewn pieces for A Walk In The Woods and stacked them up, ready to sew.
awitw piecesI decided not to arrange them ahead of time, but just sew them how they are stacked. I’ll switch out pieces that look very similar so they are not next to each other, but I don’t plan to fuss with it any more than that. In the end the pieces will all blend together anyway.
Rain is forecast for the weekend, which means ...

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March 26, 2020
How to Enjoy a Quilt Show (Even if You’re Quarantined at Home) – Part 1 from Quilter Chic

Inside: Virtual Trunk Show

I sat there with sweaty palms, my heart beating quickly and I wondered if they would like me. Would they like my work? Would I have enough to show? It was my first trunk show, and it was circa 2008 after my first book was published. I was presenting to a local long-arm group, and I was nervous!

We, as quilters, love our quilt shows! And now they’ve all been cancelled. So sad! I thought maybe you would enjoy a virtual trunk show of my quilts. I’ll be calling it the Great Covid Trunk ...

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March 21, 2020
Fun with the letter “Q” and two more blocks from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

It’s quite something, this Covid-19 quarantine.

As the media quibbles over quantities

and we all avoid quorums greater than 10;

instead, remaining close to quarters

in a quest to quash its spread,

there is no reason for querulousness

if you are a quilter.

If you’re like me, you have a stash to outlast multiple quarantines, so now is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the peace and quiet and sew. In the last week, I’ve managed to piece two more vintage tree blocks. They’re still a ...

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Y-Seam Reality Check and a Refresher Tutorial from Cheeky Cognoscenti

You guys, how did I look at this block yesterday and think there were only 8 Y-seams?  

My 20" Block
There are SIXTEEN Y-seams in this block!  See below.  Ugh.  I liked the Y-seams better when I thought there were only going to be eight of them.

The Wicked Block Diagram
So this block is kind of like the news lately -- it's twice as bad today as it was last night, and the only way to get through it is to just focus on ONE seam at a time instead of worrying about the whole block at once.  

I ...

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March 12, 2020
Everyone’s a Kid Floor Cushions and Toss Pillows (part 2 of 2) from Art and Quilting in Camden

Today it’s time for part 2 of 2 in the “how to make cushions” tutorial! In this image, I’ve sewn the boxing strip–the bit on the edges/sides (black Galaxy fabric from Michael Miller Fabrics, Spring 2020) to one of the squares (top and bottom) to make sure I’ve got the fit right. Looks pretty good! The top on this one is the SuperFred fabric in gray (with this fun fox named Fred and a robot named Mike). Those glorious solids (SWOON) are part of the Cotton Couture collection. Colors are Acid (left), Yellow (top), Apricot ...

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March 9, 2020
Everyone’s a Kid Floor Cushions and Toss Pillows (part 1 of 2) from Art and Quilting in Camden

Today’s projects are floor cushions and toss pillows from Michael Miller’s adorable new fabric line, SuperFred and Space Pals. As soon as I saw them I knew I’d love to make some floor cushions for my daughter-in-law’s Kindergarten classroom! You can find part 2 here as of March 12, 2020.

Pigwidgeon was asleep in front of the wood stove but allowed me to move him to another comfy spot to be my model. I am a Michael Miller 2020 Brand Ambassador for 2020, for which this is a monthly project. I’m also a Janome Artisan ...

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March 6, 2020
Blocks done … from Quilting and More...

A couple of weeks ago I showed you the beginnings of a new quilt, called Interwoven, that I’m making. I’m very relieved to have finished making all of my strip sets (should I admit how tired I am of making strip sets?) and also all of the blocks necessary for the quilt top. Yay! There are […]

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February 23, 2020
Scrap Project from The Quilt Yarn

I am determined to make a dent in my scrap accumulation. It's just ridiculous how much I have got stuffed away all over the place.

So, I am working on these houses. It's a free Bonnie Hunter pattern called "Happy Scrappy Houses". Certainly not a super quick way to use up scraps, however it is effective once you get going. This is how far I got in the last few days.

I experimented a bit with the surrounds of the houses as Bonnie had given alternative measurements to do those houses without the sashings. Decided in the end ...

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