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March 25, 2017
Luck o' the Irish Table Runner: Celtic Twist block tutorial from Cut Stitch and Piece

Welcome some Luck o' the Irish into your home this St. Paddy's day with this elegant Celtic Twist table runner. My mother was Irish, so I have a strong affinity for anything Celtic. I particularly love Celtic knots. So, just in time for St. Patrick's Day, I completed my Celtic Twist table runner for my coffee table. I'm a big fan of neutrals and used the Woodland Wonder fabric line by Sarah Summers.


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Luck o' the Irish Table Runner 

celtic twist table runner

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March 24, 2017
Tulip Basket Mini Quilt Pattern from Cut Stitch and Piece

I'm excited to be introducing my newest mini quilt pattern, Tulip Basket, just in time for spring. The basket is two paper pieced log cabins, and the simple tulips are done in hand stitched appliqué. It measures 19" x 18" (47.5cm x 45cm). This mini quilt uses a soft taupe colour palette inspired by the beautiful quilts by Japanese quilt artist Yoko Saito.


I think the rich tones of the tulips are stunning against the quiet neutrals. If you have basic appliqué and paper piecing skills, you can make this cheery spring project in no time at all ...

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March 21, 2017
Tula Pink City Sampler 100 Blocks Are Finished from Blossom Heart Quilts

It’s taken 8 months, but at last I’ve finished the 100 Blocks 100 Days. All 100 blocks from Tula Pink’s City Sampler book are DONE. And it feels so good! Although, I’m not going to lie, I’m not looking forward to the amount of sashing I need to cut…

Tula Pink City Sampler 100 blocks finished

I made a big push and got the final 11 blocks cut out that I needed to make (I’d made block 100 for the final day of the quilt along, haha!), but they sat around for a little bit longer. I finally got down to ...

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March 19, 2017
Milky Way Sampler: Mini Alpha Centauri Block from Blossom Heart Quilts

I try to get my mini Milky Way Sampler blocks made by the middle of the month (yes, these ones I sew along each month!), but being away, then gastro, and now a bad cold has put a slight delay onto everything. Thank goodness these guys are so quick and cute to whip up! I’m using up scraps of Liberty and Kona Oyster to make my 4″ (finished) mini Milky Way Sampler blocks, which I do by printing the pattern at 40%.

Mini Milky Way Sampler block Alpha Centauri pieced in Liberty and Kona Oyster

It seems I’ve settled on doing sweet pinks for this project. Which is fine by me ...

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March 17, 2017
Geneva – Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt from Blossom Heart Quilts

No, don’t fall over in shock, I haven’t made any further progress through the 1930s Farmer’s Wife quilt book, I’ve just had this post sitting in my drafts for months and months. This was actually one of the first blocks I ever made from the book! Seriously, this draft has been sitting here since October 2015. Far out! And now, it’s the second to last block for the quilt along hosted by Gnome Angel. Crazy!

Geneva

This little lady is actually the centre block for my quilt, which is why I made it grey – no ...

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March 15, 2017
In My Neighborhood Row Along from Patchwork Posse

This year I have teamed up with Cheryl (she has been a past guest designer for the iaquilters online quilt group, and we have teamed up in the past to do a few fun things as well!  So excited to be part of this group of designers and the rows so far are wonderful….I’m thinking you’ll want to sew along with us!

The idea was to design a row with the theme:

In My Neighborhood Row by Row Quilt Along

Love that theme! I did a quilt along a year or so ago and it was Around ...

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A Discussion About Walking Foot Quilting from Pink Doxies



Practice Piece On An Orphan Block

Life in a small town can get very busy, and pulls me in harder than I'd like sometimes. The balance between quilting & blogging, and taking care of the every day things is tough. One thing I've found that helps me is having an online Craftsy class to watch in my spare minutes. We all have those dead minutes we're waiting for something, and this keeps my brain engaged about quilting even if life prevents me from actually doing it. I download lessons to my iPhone, and they're ready when I ...

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March 8, 2017
Inspiration: Gingham Block Coasters from Craft Gossip

Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt did a guest post at Fat Quarter Shop to kick off Pattern Makeover. The idea is to use a book you already own, and create something stand-a-lone. Heidi created these coasters that way. Selecting something in a pastel palette would make these perfect for welcoming Spring. I’m picturing one of these cuties under a cocktail on my back patio with my feet up and the grill on.

Click the link to learn more.

Pattern Makeover Kickoff!, by FQS

Image credit: Fabric Mutt}

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March 2, 2017
Sun, SURF, and Sea from Creatin' in the Sticks

Today the second block of the 
Sun, Sand, and Sea Block of the Month is revealed
and
Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt
has the funnest block pattern to share.


It's called Sun, SURF, and Sea. 

The block is 12" x 24" and is pieced and appliqued.
Carol is so clever.  
I smiled the whole time I was stitching this block and my hubby even stopped and said how cool he thought it was.

If you would like the free (for the month of March) pattern for this block
check out Carol's blog Here.



I'm so ...

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March 1, 2017
Chocolatier Block of the Month Club #3 from Gen X Quilters

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Hello hello.  It's March - and although March typically has us thinking green, I'm here with some Orange Pop for ya!  Thirsty?  I say pop.  I grew up in Cleveland.  Although my dad (from PA) was a big "soda" advocate, the local high school culture eventually converted me.) Month 3 of the Chocolatier Block of the Month Club is here and ready for the making.  

Today, the Month #3 Block Pattern for Chocolatier is now available.  Check your emails and mailboxes!

2 blocks again this month.  We have the Louisiana block and the Framed Plus this month.  Loving the ...

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February 23, 2017
Square on Point Quilt Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

This past Christmas I had decided to use the flannel layer cakes that I had picked up last year at Spring Quilt Market.
They were super yummy and such a great deal.
Looking at the packs and trying to keep it simple I decided I only wanted to use the layer cakes + the quilt backing.
That’s it.
No border.
No sashing.
Simple and quick.
However, I couldn’t just sew the blocks straight across and together (I could, but did want to make them a little bit funner).
So- I made a few different quilts, all starting with the ...

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February 21, 2017
I Spy Quilt Block Video Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

The I spy quilt block (also referred to as the eye spy quilt block) is really a quick and simple quilt block.  It’s one that I’ve used a few times.

It’s a very forgiving quilt block as the points are lost in the process….not because you sewed them wrong!

The fun thing about the quilt block is that your conversation or spy fabric is going to be in the center of the block and will be surrounded by your background.  When you sew your blocks together, the centers will be on point- giving your quilt even ...

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February 17, 2017
It's a Wrap and a Start from Creatin' in the Sticks


Finished!
The
In Our Garden Block of the Month blog hop was
Hosted by Amy over at 
last year and the final blocks were posted in January 2017.




I quilted and the binding is on to frame this year long masterpiece.


Thank you to Riley Blake Designs for the fabrics for this quilt.


Now it's' time for a new Block of the Month
and
the first block is finished.


I'm using Clothworks American Made Brand fabrics
and they are so nice to stitch with!



You can ...

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February 15, 2017
Be Mine, Quilted Valentine! from Pink Doxies




Be Mine!


To be quite honest, I'm not a big fan of sappy Valentine's Day things. We don't exchange anything extravagant--or anything at all most years. A simple, "I love you," suffices. A special dinner at home may be the extent of it for the Mister.


But this year I wanted something special to give my mom. (Gosh, have I ever said she doesn't like quilts? They are not her thing, and imagine me a quilter. On the other hand, she does like pretty things, and like me sews every day.) My mom is a one ...

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Milky Way Sampler: Mini Canopus from Blossom Heart Quilts

It has been thrilling to see so many of you jumping on board with the mini Milky Way Sampler blocks! They’re so much fun at such a little size, and it’s a great way to use up scraps. I’m using up scraps of Liberty and Kona Oyster to make my 4″ (finished) mini Milky Way Sampler blocks, which I do by printing the pattern at 40%.

Mini Milky Way Sampler block 2 Canopus - a foundation paper pieced star block pattern by BlossomHeartQuilts.com

I’m not entirely sure what colour palette I’m going for overall, but I think I’ll stick with the soft and sweet prints, which means mostly pinks. There’s ...

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February 14, 2017
The Disappearing Quilt Blocks Challenge quilt top is finished. from Jan's Quilts


I haven't been posting my progress on this quilt, but I have been working hard.  I'm going to Quiltcon next wee, and feel like I'm under a deadline!


I used three different disappearing blocks for this design.  Two you probably know all about, the disappearing 9-patch and the disappearing 4-patch; the third block is the Intersection Block that I found on Film in the Fridge.


This quilt top measures 77" x 77".  Now, I'm off to contruct the quilt back.
May your bobbins always be full,

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February 12, 2017
Butterfly Garden Quilt Block Pattern: Get a taste of spring a little early from Cut Stitch and Piece

Spring can never come soon enough. Until it arrives, this pretty paper pieced Butterfly Garden block is bound to cheer you up. The finished block is 12" x 12" and the paper piece butterfly center block measures 7" x 7" when finished.

Get the PDF pattern download at
MY ETSY or MY CRAFTSY

paper pieced butterfly quilt block
Test Block for Butterfly Garden
This is a very versatile block. It would make a lovely pillow for a sun room or a girl's bedroom.


Create a pretty wall hanging for your spring decor . . .


. . . or a sweet and cheery table runner.



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February 10, 2017
In Our Garden Quilt Top Finish from Creatin' in the Sticks

Yeah, for Friday and a FINISH!!

A flimsy finish, but one that I am so excited about.


The
In Our Garden Block of the Month blog hop was
Hosted by Amy over at 
last year and the final blocks were posted in January 2017.



Every month one designer shared an applique block and a pieced block
and 
I want to thank each of them for all their hard work!

February - Blocks 1 and 2

March - Blocks 3 and 4
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 


April -  Blocks 4 and 5

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House Blocks from Pieced Brain


These are my first house blocks for the Dwell quilt two of my quilting friends and I are working on. We are trading blocks so I made three of each and gave them the extras. So fun! ( It is a very cloudy day here, again, so these are the best and fastest photos I could take, because I have a lot of sewing to do this morning).

As many quilters have done, I will depart from the pattern and add different blocks to the 'body' of the house. Four-patch and churn dash were on the top of the list, and ...

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February 5, 2017
Miss B Haven Quilting Bee from Blossom Heart Quilts

Read the title of this blog post once more, aloud… *giggles* Yep, I gathered a bunch of my top-notch quilty buddies to join in this year’s quilting bees sewing from the quilt blocks from The Bee Hive! And it’s a fantastic group of ladies, if our name doesn’t already give that away </p>
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