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April 5, 2020
Project QUILTING Q.1: Big from Goer

Season 11 of Project QUILTING ended two weeks ago and Kim decided to keep challenges rolling while much of the country (and the world) is sheltering in place during COVID-19. So PQQ 2020 (Project QUILTING: Quarantine 2020 edition) began last weekend with PQ Q.1: Big. Quite frankly everything seems big right now.

I have been sewing while I can, in the minutes I can steal between monitoring two elementary-aged children doing school at home, preparing too many meals per day, and all the other normal household tasks. I'm getting out nearly daily for short neighborhood walks alone. And ...

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March 28, 2020
Le petit oiseau de toutes les couleurs from Quilting & Learning

Welcome! Challenge 11.6 of Project Quilting is due in less than an hour and I am frantically writing up my post. The challenge was "Vibrant & Vivacious". It took me 5 days to think about it and 1 full day to make the quilt. It's one of my favourites to date. I hope you like it.

Le petit oiseau de toutes les couleurs

If you're wondering what's up with the French title, it's because this small bird of all colours is based on a song by Gilbert Bécaud (1927 - 2001), a song writer extraordinaire from France ...

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March 22, 2020
Project QUILTING 11.6: Vibrant and Vivacious from Goer

When I heard that this week's Project QUILTING challenge was Vibrant and Vivacious I immediately thought rainbow.

Before I forget, this is your official reminder that we're nearing the end of Show Me Something Rainbow! Be sure to link up your finished rainbow projects by the end of March. There's still time to finish something up in the next nine days. :-)

I chose a rainbow of fabric in lighter and more vibrant tones. I realized as I started piecing that my wonky, irregular log cabin wasn't really very wonky, but I went with it. My strips ...

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March 20, 2020
Bright Poppy Table Topper for Vibrant & Vivacious from Mulberry Patch Quilts

It’s the very last challenge week for Project Quilting Season 11 (2020). A big shout out to Kim Lapecek (Persimmons Dreams);and her cohort Trisha Franklin (AKA Quilt Chicken) for making this challenge possible, and for cheering us up during a very unusual and difficult time.

They couldn’t have chosen a better challenge theme “Vibrant and Vivacious”. Working with bright colors was just what we all need to distract us from all that’s going on and to help cheer us on.

I chose a border print of red poppies from my stash. So bright and cheerful, the ...

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March 7, 2020
Easy Preemie Baby Quilt from Jelly Roll Strips from Mulberry Patch Quilts

I’m participating again this year in Project Quilting, and this week’s Season 11.5 challenge is “Give It Away”. TRISH we must be on the same wavelength (LOL)!! Just the week before the challenge I made ten baby quilts for one of my favorite charities, Mikayla’s Grace! What are the chances? See that blog post here.

BUT those quilts won’t count for entry into this week’s challenge. The rules clearly state the quilt has to be made–beginning to end–during the challenge week. That’s not a problem… I see by their website that ...

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March 2, 2020
Birds in the Air with Project Quilting 11-4 from Quilting & Learning

Challenge 11.4, "Birds in the Air" certainly challenged my creativity because I was determined to avoid making the traditional block at all cost! My accuracy challenged and tired brain was revolting against all of those HST (half square triangles)!

A conceptual Birds in the Air block



A conceptual Birds in the Air block

Since I didn't want to make those HST, I though of alternatives. When in doubt, I go to my strengths. Could I make a Birds in the Air block with free motion quilting (FMQ)? Sure, why not?

Ironic aside: it would have been much easier ...

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February 23, 2020
Project QUILTING 11.4: Birds in the Air from Goer

Superfast Project QUILTING 11.4 post since I finished and photographed my quilt just 30 minutes before the deadline. Phew!

This one is just a twofer, the PQ challenge and a sample for my Creating a Scrappy Slab workshop, which I will be teaching at Bay Area Modern Quilting on April 24, 2020, in Palo Alto, CA. I wanted to create more samples of using a scrappy slab in a traditional block, so this was a perfect opportunity. I continued with my PQ theme this season of a limited palette of black, white, and one other color and turned to ...

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February 21, 2020
Birds in the Air Quilted Pillow from Samelia's Mum

Bird Games is finished and gosh I loved creating this project. These bold fabric colours are a couple of my favourites and I just love how the work together. Eggplant and aqua blue. Perfect!

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February 15, 2020
I heart Project Quilting from Quilting & Learning

This week on Project Quilting, Challenge 11-3 was "Put a

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February 8, 2020
Quilt Reveal: Heart Quilt from High Road Quilter

When I learned that you could make a heart with squares and rectangles instead of triangles, and saw the sweet quilts that were made that way, I wanted to make that quilt.  But every February, when I saw a quilt that was made that way, I resisted.  I already have enough heart quilts. I need to work on some other holiday quilt, if I make a holiday quilt at all.

But then this month, I came across a quilt tutorial from Sew Can She. I was about to resist again, but then Project Quilting made it their challenge to make ...

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February 7, 2020
Twister Heart Wallhanging—Put a Heart on It from Mulberry Patch Quilts

So this week’s challenge for Project Quilting is “Put a Heart on It”. I’ve been wanting to do another Lil’ Twister tool quilt AND break into a beautiful Moda charm pack I just got by American Jane called “Merry Go Round”. I love the bright & pastel spring flower-like colors.

So here goes! How do you make a Twister heart? First position all the 5 inch squares into a large patchwork quilt top, kind of in the shape of a heart. This one is 7 x 7 squares.

Sew it altogether, then add a border out of the same ...

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February 6, 2020
TGIFF and Project QUILTING 11.3: Put a Heart on It from Goer

I had such a great time making my project for Project QUILTING 11.2 that I knew I wanted to turn it into a series. I held back from starting a second one before this past Sunday in case I could make it work for PQ 11.3. Low and behold, I could! So I chose Kona Cerise (the February 4 Kona Color of the Day) as my starting point with a vague plan to make an improv log cabin with Cerise, white on cerise prints, and black and white prints. And I would work in triangles to the piecing ...

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The colours of books from Quilting & Learning

To an avid reader, there is nothing more lovely and colourful that a library full of books.

Colours of books

I'm not a team kind of person, so when Challenge 11.2 of Team Colours came out for the Quilting Project on Sunday, I was stumped. My two favourite things, other than my family, are quilting and reading. These are things that I usually do by myself, but they are my teams - I love being in a library or a book store and talking about books. I feel the same way about quilts - which I share with my team ...

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January 23, 2020
Project Quilting -Team Colors from Mulberry Patch Quilts

So as you’ve heard me talk about before, Project Quilting is similar to Project Runway–you’re given a challenge & a limited period of time to make it, start to finish…but no one is voted off! It’s the creation of Kim Lapicek with her friend, Trish (AKA Quilt Chicken), and helps take the “cabin fever” out of the middle of winter here…although they have quilters from all over the world entering!

This is Season 11, Challenge 2: And the phrase is “Team Colors”. Well, I’m from Wisconsin, so of course (being football season) it’s ...

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January 22, 2020
More slow stitching, meditation style from Quilting & Learning

I've been doing some more slow stitching. This time with a little meditative quiet time added in.

Slow stitching, meditation style

In the October/November edition of the Quilting Arts magazine, I read an article that spoke to me. The article, Stitch Meditation, by Liz Kettle talked about meditating while stitching, since she found that regular meditation didn't really work for her. Wow! I've been trying to meditate and find it one of the most painful things to do. Quieting the mind is really difficult, except when I'm immersed in my quilting, or playing with code ...

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January 20, 2020
Challenge 11-1 Project Quilting - Flower of Life from Quilting & Learning

Challenge 11.1 of Project Quilting is due tomorrow morning. The theme is Notably Numeric which includes geometry. The Flower of Life is part of what is known as Sacred Geometry. It's all very intriguing stuff.

Flower of Life

I'm not mathematically inclined, but geometry, especially if I don't have to calculate anything, can be quite beautiful. In fact, geometry is the basis for traditional quilting. Although I don't do much traditional quilting anymore, that's how most of us learned to quilt.

Flower of life - a series of circles or orange peels
Since I love ...

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January 15, 2020
Sacred Geometry for Project Quilting at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

It's that time of the year again - Project Quilting! Since it's the first Challenge of the 11th season (11.1), this week's challenge is Notably Numeric - celebrating all things numerical including geometry.

Project Quilting Challenge 11.1 - Notably Numbers

Flower of Life
Sacred Geometry
To be honest, my first reaction was oh... but then as I was reading, the word geometry leaped off the page. Not that I'm into geometry but I love hexagons (hexies) and recently learned about Shri Yantra, that intriguing pattern made of triangles. Like the proverbial rabbit hole that is the internet ...

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January 12, 2020
Twodles Birthday Cake Tote - Project Quilting Quilting Season 11, Challenge 1 from Creatin' in the Sticks

This is the first challenge of Season 10 of
Project Quilting.

I'm excited to join in this challenge, Notably Numeric.

My entry:
Twodles Birthday Cake Tote


this is the 8th year I'm participating.
Kim announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

The rules in this challenge are that the project must feature numbers, counting, or mathematics in the theme or implementation.  It must include either applique, piecing, or have 3 ...

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January 11, 2020
Project Quilting…Advent Calendar from Mulberry Patch Quilts

When I found out the theme of this week’s Project Quilting challenge: NOTABLY NUMERIC, absolutely nothing came to mind. Then I remembered a kit I bought at the Madison Quilt Expo a couple years ago. It’s for an advent calendar wallhanging designed by Leanne & Kaytlyn Anderson of Whole Country Caboodle.

Everything I need is in the box (except for the batting & backing).

I loved this fabric and pattern, but every year around Christmas I never seemed to get around to it. Well, now’s my chance! …even if the holidays have come and gone, I don’t mind ...

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Quilt Reveal: Maximum Minimal from High Road Quilter

I am about to reveal my latest quilt to you.  It came together as a result of a confluence of factors.

1.  I decided to try to make a mini quilt a month again this year. There is a group of us who do this, as documented by Wendy at The Constant Quilter.  I made quite a few small quilts last year as a result of this group. You are welcome to join us.



2.  I looked through my library books for a pattern, and this book, Minimal Quiltmaking  by Gwen Marston, looked like it would give me a quick ...

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