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April 11, 2014
WIP WEDNESDAY from That's Sew Kerry

A Treat from a Great Friend....

This weeks WIP Wednesday comes courtesy of a very special friend of mine and my partner in quilting crime, the amazing Kerry Q


Last year we both attended a quilting class one Saturday a month for 6 months, making a wide variety of Stars in all sizes, shapes and levels of frustration!!! I think it is fair to say we both GREATLY underestimated how much work was involved in this quilt. It has been a huge learning curve, very stressful at times but also really interesting and enjoyable. I will let the pictures of ...

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April 9, 2014
Crazy for Butterflies. from quiltaholic

I needed to make a quilt for a king sized bed. Making the top was not a problem but what about the cost of having it quilted. My little quilt frame would not even look at it and even if it would my albeit semi professional machine would be working on minus inches by the time the whole thing had rolled up under the arm. The only thing to do was quilt as you go. I have never done one of these before but never let it be said that I would let a little thing like that stop me ...

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Crazy for Butterflies. from quiltaholic

I needed to make a quilt for a king sized bed. Making the top was not a problem but what about the cost of having it quilted. My little quilt frame would not even look at it and even if it would my albeit semi professional machine would be working on minus inches by the time the whole thing had rolled up under the arm. The only thing to do was quilt as you go. I have never done one of these before but never let it be said that I would let a little thing like that stop me ...

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April 7, 2014
Quilt as You Go Table Runner Tutorial with free printable applique from Patchwork Posse

With Spring comes Easter.  This super easy quilt as you go table runner can be made in one day, and small enough to tuck away until next year.  Add a few cute Easter inspired applique, and you have a project done that can be used during the holiday.

Use your fabric stash, scraps, or even a jelly roll {you would get more than one with all those strips!}.  The back can even be pieced if you’d like to further the fabric you already have.

easter table runner tutorial | patchwork posse #easter #quiltasyougo

Quilt as you Go Table Runner:

1)  Cut back and fusible fleece or batting to ...

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March 31, 2014
Books on Monday – Quilt It as You Go from 120 Blocks

Today we are looking at Quilt It as You Go: 5 Different Ways to Quilt as You Piece by Carolyn S. Vagts. (And the picture below is, yes, the Amazon Affiliate link.) Before I get into reviewing this book, let … Continue reading

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March 14, 2014
ONE HAPPY GRANNY!! from That's Sew Kerry

FINISHED AT LAST....

Well after a few all-nighters and one small disaster I did in fact manage to meet my deadline of Wednesday and have the quilt finished for Granny's birthday. She was pleased as punch, although very biased and has paraded it around to all of her friends. I really enjoyed making it, I learnt many new techniques and also that I can actually function rather well with only 3 hours of sleep!


It was always my intention to do this as a 'quilt as you go', due to the intricacy of some of the blocks, I picked ...

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March 6, 2014
joint effort from ocd: obsessive craft disorder



So just wondering....if you are Canadian and are making blocks to contribute to the Soy Amado project for Mexican street children over at Little Island Quilting, would it be helpful to relay the blocks to me here, along with, say, a toonie, then I can ship them all on to the Little Island? Would save the masses some international postage costs.

If you are interested, just leave me a comment here with your email address and I will send my mailing information on to you!

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March 3, 2014
A Quick Method for Sewing Quilt Patches Together from How to Quilt

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One way to save time sewing your quilt pieces together is to chain sew them.

In short, that means once you finish sewing a set of patches together, you sew the next set together without removing the pieces from your machine.

This saves both time and thread. Plus it can help keep your pieces in order for sewing them into blocks, and ultimately your quilt top.

Here is my system for sewing patches together:

  • Place your patches right sides together and match all sides and corners.
  • Line them up next to your sewing machine, ready to sew.
  • Place the starting ...

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February 26, 2014
Iowa Barns from Quilting by the River

My batik barn quilt is all finished and I think Iowa Barns is a good name for it. If it wasn't so cold out I would have taken a ride in the country and found a old barn for a backdrop.  Since I didn't do that you'll just have to see Canadian geese as a backdrop.

The quilt size is 48 x 64. I quilted each block before sewing the blocks in rows and I didn't quilt the background. I was going to after the quilt was all put together but so far I don't ...

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February 24, 2014
Learning New Things Every day from Slightly Off Quilter

I am about to take my first steps into doing a quilt as you go large scale project ! I have used this method on smaller items, but never something as large as what I am about to undertake !

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This is a pile of the 25 blocks that are to become a generous queen size quilt ! They should finish up at 18 inch squares if all goes as planned.

 

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I have 18 squares of batting cut so far, a few more to go !

 

 

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I will be using this pile of various prints for the backings.

I am stull not sure what ...

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S is for Stitch quilt and an easy border tutorial from Charm About You

This is my first quilt finish of the year and I'm hoping to set a precedent of making quilts that I'm really proud of and love. I made this quilt for my dear friend's new baby boy.


It features cute embroidered panels from the book S is for Stitch, though the tree is from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection and the jelly and pineapple were my own little doodles.


The embroidery was stitched on the absolutely gorgeous Lakehouse dots in white on white, such a great fabric to have in your stash. I made the embroidery into ...

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S is for Stitch quilt and an easy border tutorial from Charm About You

This is my first quilt finish of the year and I'm hoping to set a precedent of making quilts that I'm really proud of and love. I made this quilt for my dear friend's new baby boy.


It features cute embroidered panels from the book S is for Stitch, though the tree is from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection and the jelly and pineapple were my own little doodles.


The embroidery was stitched on the absolutely gorgeous Lakehouse dots in white on white, such a great fabric to have in your stash. I made the embroidery into ...

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February 19, 2014
Fabric Box from Sew There I was...

I'm madly making mug rugs with
my scrap fabric. One square didn't
turn out, so I decided to make
a fabric box out of it

The box is made with French seams, 
omitting inside folds at the corners.
The seam is on the outside because 
I thought it squared up the box better
INSTRUCTIONS:
This 10 inch crazy quilt block is the
inside of the box along with a 10-inch square
of batting, Warm and Natural
 
Join this with exterior fabric, right sides together, 
leaving a four inch opening to turn it inside out. 
Hand sew this closed ...

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February 16, 2014
Broken Herringbone block tutorial from Sew There I was...

This block makes a great mug rug.

The tutorial will also highlight that each time you steam press the fabric with your iron, don't "push" the fabric, just apply the iron and press down on the block. Otherwise, the fabric will be stretched.  Practice trimming and squaring up as you go. There isn't a lot of precise sewing, other than a straight quarter inch seam. 
I was inspired to make this block by this post at Play Crafts. Really detailed instructions and lots of pictures!
Your fabric choices can be all one color, or different colors. They can ...

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February 12, 2014
Quilt As You Go Denim Quilt Finish from BADLANDS QUILTS: Rugged & Refined




This denim quilt was intended to be finished for a Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild upcycle project, but my original vision ended in a bit of a kerfuffle and got set aside.  My husband has wanted a denim quilt to take to deer camp for sometime, so last fall I decided to finally tackle the project.



My inspiration came from a post of Krista's that she shared about a Gee's Bend class that she attended. She used brown pant legs for portions of a large courthouse step block.  From there, my mind turned my jean leg portions into strips ...

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February 10, 2014
3 Ring Binder Cover Tutorial- Quilt as You Go Technique from Patchwork Posse

I had this ratty old binder cover from a few years back that had seen it’s last day.  It was time for a new one.

Falling in love with the quilt as you go method, and using colored thread for echo quilting- they go together great for this easy sewing project.

Use your fabric on hand –different widths are perfect for this project….or if there is a fabric line that all matches- this would work too!  Either way, you can’t go wrong.

quilt as you go binder tutorial | patchwork posse | #quiltasyougo #bookcover

 

This project takes under 2 hours to make from start to finish.  The echo quilting ...

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January 29, 2014
Blue Jean Quilt from Magpie Quilts

Pinterest is a great place for inspiration and I saw this quilt and quickly pinned it, knowing I would be back to make it. The pattern is found in Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts, Spring 2014 edition. Last week, I checked the magazines when I bought my groceries and bought the magazine. I think I could have figured it out on my own, but it's always nice to have a new magazine or two to browse through!
Forever in Blue Jeans - Fons and Porter Easy Quilts, Spring 2014
I traced the circle template onto some template plastic that ...

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Pam Smith's QAYG Selvage Quilt from Selvage Blog


Pam Smith of Quilt Art Studio made this new 48" x 48" selvage quilt using a quilt-as-you-go method. 
She sewed the selvages directly onto 7" x 28" strips of Warm and Natural batting,
 then she cut the strips into squares. 
Pam's is the most beautiful facebook page I've ever seen. 
Also visit: Quilt Art Studio on Etsy. You'll be inspired.
Nice job, Pam!



Here's another gorgeous quilt by Pam. I love the bright prints on the white background.

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January 13, 2014
Reverse Applique from How to Quilt

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Some quilters like to piece their quilt tops. Others prefer applique. Some combine the techniques in the same quilt.

Applique can be done in a couple of ways – with the applique piece on top; and reverse applique where the applique piece is on the bottom.

Here’s a brief description of how reverse applique works:

Take the quilt top (or block) and place it right side up. Mark the applique design you want with a water soluble pen or pencil. Simple designs work best — easy outlines like flowers, hearts, letters, etc.

Mark the outline of the finished size of the ...

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January 4, 2014
car time . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

One of the reasons that I really like quilt-as-you-go projects is because, if I'm hand quilting them, I can pick them up and take them just about anywhere, and quilt to my heart's content.  Today we had a lot of errands to run (with Todd driving) so that afforded me the opportunity to do my '15 minutes' (and then some) in the passenger seat!

Last night I finished this block (which I watched the crushing defeat of my team, bless their hearts) . . .
And marked these two blocks . . .
And I'm aware (and apologize) that you really can't ...

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