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April 9, 2024
March Table Scraps Challenge finish and April's OMG from Quilting & Learning

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April 2, 2024
Celebrating 12 Years of Blogging from Quilting & Learning

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March 24, 2024
Scrappy Play on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

February 6, 2024
Green Improv Placemat for the January Table Scraps Challenge from Quilting & Learning

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January 22, 2024
Confused on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week 565 of Free Motion Mavericks. I managed to totally forget about having to post last night or even this morning! I hope that you got to see my Project Quilting 15.1 - Bird House. If not, you can check it out in Related links below.

Playing with scraps

Last week I played with green scraps. I managed to piece together a green placemat for hubby. I think that it'll look good! This is for the Table Scraps Challenge, hosted by the Joyful Quilter. It's only due at the end of the month so that's ...

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December 5, 2023
Weekly update: holiday celebrations, small finishes, and OMG December + reading from With Strings Attached


The social whirl is underway!  

The GFWC-IL District 10 luncheon was on Wednesday.  We played Santa bingo.   I won $41 in the split-the-pot raffle.   

There was a Christmas tree trivia quiz.  The average artificial tree is used for 6 years (and is in the landfill forever).....Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states....Calvin Coolidge began the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in 1923.

Friday evening we enjoyed dinner with Rotary friends prior to the Carthage College Christmas Festival

Familiar carols and other old and new songs, with splendid choral and instrumental music.  

Saturday was the AAUW Waukegan Area Branch ...

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October 16, 2023
Autumn Jubilee Turkey Talk Placemats from From My Carolina Home

When I saw the fabulous turkey prints in the Benartex Harvest Festival line, my mind immediately went to fussy cutting the turkeys. I knew I wanted a project to showcase those turkeys, along with the feather prints. Placemats for the Autumn table that would work all the way to Thanksgiving seemed like a good plan.

I began with my 6-1/2-inch square ruler to figure out which turkeys I could get in their entirety with the half-yard of fabric I had.

I made a gaggle of flying geese from the dark feather print so I could set the turkeys on ...

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September 9, 2023
Scrappy Yellow Placemat on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week 446 of Free Motion Mavericks. I published this a little early so that I can make the September 6th deadline for the Joyful Quilter's August Table Scraps Challenge. Nothing like racing the clock to publish. Thanks again Joyful for this great challenge.

Scrappy Yellow Placemat

August's colour is yellow which is perfect for the second placemat that I will make. This one is for my daughter, who requested yellow. The letters are X and O, which I will add to the free motion quilting (FMQ). If the verb tenses are a little wonky in this ...

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August 20, 2023
Five Placemats, One Baby Book, Sunflowers and Gros Morne National Park in Nfld. from The Cozy Quilter

I have now finished my five placemats for Meals on Wheels.  The yellow and gray one was an orphan block which I made wider by adding strips to the sides of the block.  I also took a picture of the backs of the placemats--you can see that I used up some of the fabrics used on the fronts on 4/5. These will be collected by the Oxford Guild for distribution at Christmas. 

At the guild sewing day on Monday, I finished off the placemats and made a cloth baby book from a panel.   This will be a gift for ...

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August 13, 2023
Placemats for Meals on Wheels, Sunflowers, Ottawa and a Field Trip from The Cozy Quilter

The members of the Oxford Quilter's Guild are making placemats for Meals on Wheels recipients for Christmas so each member of the guild has been asked to make 4-5 placemats.  I decided to get mine done early. So far, I have one done and three in progress. This first one was made with some charm squares that were in my stash. 

This one still needs to be quilted. 

I have had this tool fabric in my stash for a while and I'm sure someone will like it!

I used more of the lighthouse fabric on the back of ...

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July 24, 2023
Benartex Ambassador Project #3 from Nestlings By Robin

 Christmas in July is celebrated by 
lots of quilters to get a jump on
their Christmas gift lists, so
I am going to offer 2
Christmas in July patterns
for my Benartex projects!

For project #3 I chose
to work with the new
arriving in shops now.
This line has a lovely
silky feel to it and there
are lots of cute
prints to choose from.
White makes me think of 
snowflakes though and how 
fun are those little
paper cut ones from 
our childhood.

In all honesty, I was never 
much good at getting them ...

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Benartex Christmas in July 2023 from Nestlings By Robin

 Jackie Robinson has 
done it again!
a lovely array of 
holiday touchstones from 
holly to Christmas ornaments.

I used techniques from
to adorn this sweet and 
simple table runner
with lovely amaryllis 
flower bouquets.

I am in love with 
these sweet flowers and the 
cute star negative space 
at their centers!

The pattern can be found
in my ETSY shop
Fun quilting 
suggestions included.

Come join the designers
and ambassadors on 
July 25th for a peek
at all the upcoming
You can register HERE.

Come see how I used this ...

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July 7, 2023
Little Library and Table Scraps Challenges from Quilting & Learning

Hi! June was almost over when I started this post and it's now over! I'm not sure where the time goes

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May 3, 2023
Finished UFO and Other Finishes, No progress on Purple from Grandma's Red Needle

 I took some days finishing several small items sitting on the table and taking up space.

Two scrappy green table toppers are done

These green pieces were scraps left from RSC March - the GREEN month - after I finished the green Churn Dash quilt. All batik, except the green Moda Marbles backing. These two small table toppers are for the kitchen; top of microwave oven and cupboard.
Out of approximately 30 yards green fabric, I have about 11 yards left, mostly Moda Marbles. Yeah me!

I've finished the custom order for my friend in Norway

Table runner

Two pillow covers ...

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April 15, 2023
RSC Week 15 - Purple Progress and a Few Finishes from Grandma's Red Needle

 It's Saturday again and time for RSC
I completely missed last Saturday and now we are already halfway through April! How did that happen?! Cooler days (beginning 'cold season') although the last days have been HOT and humid with thunderstorms. 

Slow progress on the purples. First I did was to make the blocks for the Swirling Stars quilt 

The small blocks (not very clever to photograph white on white!)

The big block

Do you remember the bunny fabric
A little purple here too and part of the bunny stripes has become placemats, mug rug and tea cozy. I used ...

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February 26, 2023
RSC Week #8 - End of the PINK Month from Grandma's Red Needle

The PINK month is over!
It has been a sew fun month, doing the RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) hosted by Angela over at SOS Scrappy.

Where to start? I have a lot to show and tell. Oh, better start with making a CUPPA! Done, and enjoying! 

First of all, progress on the pink quilt; it is quilted! I didn't have to purchase pink thread and wait days for it to arrive! Yippie! Next step is trimming the sides and add binding. 

I'm sure fabric multiplies! At the beginning of February, after counting how many yards of pink I ...

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December 21, 2022
Christmas Placemats from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

In 2021, the Fat Quarter Shop offered a mini Christmas Quilt Sew Along which I finished and gifted to a sister.  I was so in love with the trees, I quickly made six more blocks ..... then they sat for a year.  With a push to finish lingering Christmas projects this year, I added a gift box block and made placemats.  

My inspiration for color is from a collection of Horizon Blue Vintage Diamond Point Glassware and dessert plates gifted to me years ago.  


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December 15, 2022
Christmas Presents, etc. from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

I finished all of my sewing for Christmas, yipee!  First, I finished 10 placemats, using Pioneer Woman fabrics for my daughter-in-law.  I curved the corners and made bias binding for the first time.

front of placemats

back of placemats

I had 2 different patterns for fabric chalkboards.  I didn't really like either pattern, so I took the parts I liked and made some jumbo fabric chalkboards.  I made 5 chalkboards, but 3 of these are for my grandkids.  

fabric chalkboard with pockets for chalk and eraser

back of chalkboards, with one rolled up and tied

Since I got these ...

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December 3, 2022
Christmas Placemats Sale from From My Carolina Home

I’ve decided to sell the Vintage Christmas placemats we made over our quilt along. Since we no longer entertain in our home, I just don’t need them. They have never been used, only displayed on my tables last Christmas. I’ve divided them into groups of four. If you’d like to purchase one or more groups, please let me know. The placemats are all paper pieced, with some having embroidered embellishments.

The quilting is a gently curving design, using a taupe color thread which adds texture to the backgrounds and disappears over the piecing.

The binding matches ...

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November 20, 2022
A Busy Week from The Cozy Quilter

 For many reasons, this has been a very busy week!  Today was our church Christmas Bazaar so I was adding some quilting to some placemats every time I had a bit of time to sew this week.  For this set, I quilted along the red stripes both vertically and horizontally, creating a grid. 

Wavy lines were sewn in the boat and house sections of these placemats. I though they might be nice for a cottage. 

These red and white placemats had a few rows of wavy lines added. 

Organic wavy lines were quilted onto these paisley placemats. 

Lots of people ...

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