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March 31, 2023
Back to the Pinwheels on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


So does everyone have that one big project that just seems to go on and on with no real end in sight?  My English paper pieced pinwheels is that project.  It's been going on for ...oh I don't know... 13 years now??  I know I started it in a weak moment.  I had finished the 4,200-piece tumbling blocks quilt and thought "Gee I haven't EPP in a while".  What happened if I did an improv EPP using just one shape but played with value.  At that point I never saw an art quilt improvisationally English paper ...

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March 10, 2023
Scraps all around from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! I hope you have had a good week. I am starting to see some leaf buds on our trees, and I am happy dancing like crazy over that. Soon there will be leaves! That means there will be shade over the balcony and the deck again, and at some point it might get warm enough to have breakfast outside again. Won't that be glorious?
If you have been following along, you'll know that I started the Stay at Home Round Robin, a project hosted by Quilting Gail and featuring several of my favorite bloggers. (waving wildly ...

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September 28, 2022
So many projects.... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 A few more pinwheels on the design wall.  Of course, I will not put them all up there since I need like 140+ of them.  Still many more to go.  

I'm just sewing a few at a time between other projects.  Trimming and pressing as I go.  My ironing board seems to stay full of something that needs pressed.  LOL!

I've been working on more embroidered rope bowls.  I have a craft show coming up on October 8th but I also have orders coming in right and left.  Yesterday one lady ordered 9 bowls.  

I know it looks ...

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September 26, 2022
Memory Quilts and Pinwheels... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

Lots of quilting in the works!  I pieced a few more pinwheels for one of the customer quilts.  He wants it by Christmas so I'm just piecing a few here and there until I get a few of these other quilt orders done.  I'm also using the pieces for leaders and enders.  

Just really running them through a few at a time and laying them on the ironing board and pressing them as I get a chance.  These are 8" blocks.  
Saturday and Sunday I worked on cutting and prepping some shirts for a memory quilt.  I have ...

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July 3, 2022
RSC-Blue Goals and OMG Goals Met, And Then Some! from Sew........This Is My Blog

What a month!  You would think I was trying to make up for the last two months, or something.  

I got all my blue Pinwheel, Sawtooth Star, and "brick" blocks made for the RSC-2022 scrap challenge. 

Then, I focused on the quilts I had started for my daughter-in-law's friend's twin grand babies.  I wanted them to be similar but not identical, so I made Pinwheel blocks for one and Broken Dishes blocks for the other.  

Huh.  The Broken Dishes blocks made a secondary pattern that looks like - guess what?  Pinwheels!  

They're pretty easy to tell apart ...

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June 7, 2022
Summer quilt with stars and pinwheels from Pieced Brain

Summer quilt with stars and pinwheels

Make this Summer quilt with stars and pinwheels using your favorite quilting fabrics. An easy quilt pattern perfect as summer decoration!

Photo by American Quilter magazine. Used with permission.

I came across Moda Fabric’s Rainbow Garden collection and was struck by the brightness of the prints and the whimsical garden motifs. So, I set out to design a quilt that would showcase those fabrics I loved so much. Yes, fabrics are often the source of inspiration for my designs.

“Summer Groove” measures 73″ x 87-1/2″ with blocks that finish at 6″, 10″, and 12″. I wanted to include ...

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December 22, 2021
Pinwheel Explosion from TheEclecticAbuela

 This is a simple, scrappy quilt that I designed with different sizes of pinwheels.

Pinwheel Explosion (84" x 84")

The pinwheels finished at 12", 6", and 4". It could be made with 8", 4", and 2", if you prefer [or other sizes, if you want to do the math

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November 12, 2021
Connections on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


If anything Covid has taught me, is the need for connection.  How many of us have taken our
social time for granted right up to the moment when it wasn't there.  To be fair, since moving to "Working From Home" 5 years ago, I've been looking for a way to connect.  Still there wasn't any kind of sense of urgency. Until...well, ya know....March, 2020.  I don't think I really understood how much our year was going to change until the President closed the airports to Europe.  Of course, the connections in our lives were ...

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October 21, 2021
A Bit More Retrospection (Bonnie Hunter Designs) from TheEclecticAbuela

As I was looking back at my Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilts (see previous post), I thought it would be interesting to remind myself of the other BH patterns I have made. I have included  Bonnie's name for the pattern and my name for individual quilts [in brackets], if they differed. The year indicated was the year that I completed the project.

Carolina Chain (2015)

Patches and Pinwheels (2015)


Bricks and Stepping Stones [AKA Autumn Path] (2015)


These were three of my first efforts. I was afraid of the small pieces, so I made the units a bit bigger than ...

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October 9, 2021
20 Min Sewing Sprints on Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


So I started to do my twenty min sew sprints on my pinwheel quilt this week.  I have a goal to finish it by next September so I can enter into the fair.   They have a category for all by hand made quilts.  Nothing like a deadline to get things done.   I've decided to do them in bunches and then visually lay out the bunches making the bigger and bigger.   If I need some transitional wheels I can make them up.

It's slow progress but at least its progress.

So What Have You Been Up To Creatively?

!-- start ...

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March 31, 2021
Celebrate America – 5 Patriotic Quilt Projects from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The You’re a Grand Old Flag Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. perfectly compliments this garden setting.

Summer is just around the corner and that means it’s time now to start stitching up those beautiful, patriotic quilts for your summer picnics and Independence Day celebrations! Quilting has been an American past-time since the beginning days of our country, so celebrate the history of our craft and nation this year with a red, white and blue color palette!

If you’re needing some inspiration, we’ve gather five of our favorite patriotic quilt projects that would be just perfect ...

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February 9, 2021
Super Quick, Super Easy Pinwheel Tutorial from Kim Hanson Quilts

Good day everyone. I wanted to post a very short, quick tutorial for anyone who is currently stitching pinwheels or wants to stitch pinwheels.

For the quilt I’m sewing, I needed to end up with a finished pinwheel, measuring 8.5″x8.5″. In order to accomplish that size of a block, I cut two squares each 7″.

Step #1 – With right sides together, stitch around the perimeter of the fabric unit, 1/4″ from the outside edge.

Press. This is a very important step. It ensures that when the fabric unit is cut, the half square triangles all ...

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August 3, 2020
Quilt Reveal: Pinwheels from High Road Quilter

I have finished my latest quilt. It is relatively small 12" x 36" so it a mini quilt or a table runner.  It is my mini quilt of the month for the month of July.

The blocks were started in October 2010. While some quilts are delayed because of some problem, this one was delayed because I thoroughly enjoyed making the blocks. Once the components are made, they can be switched around and placed in different ways to form blocks that look very different from each other. I planned on making even more components to find more ways to form ...

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July 27, 2020
Week 30 Already from High Road Quilter

There was a sudden change of circumstances for my employer last week. My last day of work this time around last Friday, so I have been out of work this week.  This meant I should have more time for quilting, but I spent my newfound time working in the basement, not 40 hours, but a few minutes a day. I am bringing up one box at a time to process it.

It is starting to look better and I am optimistic that I will be able to go through everything and make it better.  I am not going to give ...

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June 26, 2020
W.I.P. - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Well, anybody who has been paying attention will realize my personal work has stalled a bit the last
couple of years.  I normally would whine and apologized and be racked with some good ole fashion guilty but ya know what???  I've decided to be kind to myself.  In the old days, it wasn't unusual to hear about middle age women having "nervous breakdowns" or empty nest syndrome or their husbands leaving them for a younger woman.  At 54, none of that has happened to me.  I've just had a bit of a creative pause.  Even with that ...

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June 9, 2020
Twelve Days of Christmas from Nestlings By Robin

 I have had this Christmas line 
for a few years now...
The selvages are adorable
and the colors vibrant 
and wonderful!
When quarantine started, I finished 
a couple of work deadlines and then
promised myself that I would do a
project or 2 for myself.
A friend of mine had done a 
a sew along that this fabric
was perfect for!
Suzn Quilts designed an adorable
miniature using her tiny templates.
 The finished size is 12" and since
I have so much of this fabric, I
thought it would be fun to keep 
making bigger ...

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May 25, 2020
Two Weeks of Stitching from High Road Quilter

I skipped my stitching report last week because I didn't have much to show for my work, and not much photographic evidence. It is nicer this week since I have pictures to share now.  I'll share the mini quilt when it is finished, hopefully by the end of the month, so these photos are of the quote quilt.

2020:  Week 20 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

Last week, I managed to work on my mini quilt every day, but they were tiny pieces of time. I don't clock my time since I generally pass 15 minutes, so ...

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May 10, 2020
Three Weeks of Stitching from High Road Quilter

I've missed some weekly recaps so this is three weeks worth of stitching.

2020:  Week 17 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

Since my job disappeared for the entire calendar year due to school closures this spring, my employer offered me another stay at home that pays about 70% of my pay.  This week, I had finished the training and was actually doing this job.  There is a lot to remember and this is like a customer service job where you talk to lots of people who are anxious. While they are all nice to me, I picked up a ...

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February 13, 2020
Our Longarm Renters Show Us the Beauty in Gray from Quilted Joy

Gray is often a color that gets a bad reputation. Gray skies are seen as depressing or signaling an impending storm. When someone is referred to as “gray”, they mean they are old or infirm. But gray can be a truly beautiful color. A neutral color, it can be mixed with just about anything to mute and subdue the overall palette. Alone, it can take on the color of silver and coolness. When quilting a top that is a riot of color, it’s a great thread color that will blend with everything and not stand out. Our longarm machine ...

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