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August 2, 2019
Lap Quilts from Pieced Brain

All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used with permission.
O M Goodness! Have you seen The Big Book of Lap Quilts published by Martingale earlier this year? It is a round-up of 51 amazing patterns for lap quilts all in one beautifully photographed package!


Regardless of the mood you are in, you will find a project in the book to match it as there are quilts for every season by your favorite quilt designers. Lap quilts are versatile and make perfect gifts, are ideal for home decor, and their size allows us to make them fairly quickly. You know ...

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June 10, 2019
Baton Rouge MQG June meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Lori's quilt
As I've mentioned in the past, the first Monday of the month is a wild quilt ride. Literally so at one point because I drive to Baton Rouge for the Modern Quilt Guild meeting which begins at 6 p.m. and lasts at least two hours. 



Marquita's quillt

So last Monday (it's really been a whole week?) I found myself on the I-10 bridge trying to get into Baton Rouge at 5 p.m. Okay so maybe the "wild" part does not happen while sitting on the bridge. 



Still, it's pretty crazy to ...

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June 7, 2019
Four Patch on a Friday! from Humble Quilts

 I got 64 made....
 Then 64 more....
Hoping to get the final 64 complete before Monday. 
Merry, That Go! is amazing! Thanks again!!

I gave the facebook group a sneak peak at the fabric I'll be using for the Autumn Amish mystery sewalong so I knew I had to show it here.

Here's another book I"m enjoying about quilts from New York. Isn't that cover quilt amazing? That is vintage! What a creative quiltmaker. 

Here's an unusual sampler quilt. 

Made by members of the Perfectionist community!! I'd never get to live there!! 
Seriously, I ...

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May 31, 2019
What?? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I had a pretty productive day yesterday despite the fact that I walked to the mall and sat out in the gazebo for a spell.

However, I was merrily doing some paperwork in the morning when this arrived on my screen. NOOOOOOOOOOOO

FictFact is closed!!!


I used this website to keep my book series in order. You followed the ones that you were reading and then changed the status of each to "read" as you read it. It was easy to then print off a "next books" list when you needed one. I had printed mine off not that long ...

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May 23, 2019
Text it! from Pieced Brain

Have you seen this book by Sherri Noel? The projects are easy to make, fun, and have short messages and words to add more interest to our decor. Text it! - Quilts and Pillows with Something to Say, just published by Martingale, come with a pullout with seven different alphabets for quick applique'.

All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used with permission.
This mini quilt is perfect for a high-traffic spot in our home to remind us to make a decision about our day early in the morning. Colorful flowers and fun lettering - awesome design by Sherri!

"Life is Short ...

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May 6, 2019
Pattern Conundrum? from Humble Quilts

It may not be a conundrum at all, but in my head it is a little bit. 
co·nun·drum: a confusing and difficult problem or question.


While admiring Dorothy Ramage's  Spencer Museum block, Carolyn Stewart Weaver mentioned this book that had the same pattern in it. Of course that peaked my interest and I'm a huge fan of red and green quilts, so I ordered up a copy. 



Its a terrific book highlighting 10 quilts that were documented in the Kansas Quilt project.
So in 2006 this book was published. 

This block is exactly like Jan Patek ...

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March 10, 2019
Making Waves from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!



Two more classes - DONE!!!  There's one more this morning and then I get the afternoon to deal with the aftermath. The studio looks like a hurricane went through it. And I spent an hour this morning pulling samples for the applique class so all that will have to be put back as well.

There's some good news to this - I did find a tub of half quilted items. Seriously??  How hard would it be to sit down and finish up a couple of those? Thank goodness because I'm going to need some fast finishes this year. It ...

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February 6, 2019
Layer-Cake Quilts and Giveaway from Pieced Brain

Last night I read that our bodies crave different colors at different times ("Light Emerging - The Journey of Personal Healing" by Barbara Ann Brennan). Since I began quilting, it seems my body just plain craves colors in all its fiber varieties: bright or subdued, busy or calm, old fashioned or super modern. Against any background, as long as the colors dance before my eyes, my body dances, too, and my spirit soars regardless of what may be happening around me.

"Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2: More Simple Quilts from 10" Squares" by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson, recently published by Martingale ...

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January 30, 2019
Turnabout Patchwork Blog Hop from Goer

Welcome to my stop on the Turnabout Patchwork Book Tour Blog Hop! I made up the quick and easy Sun Dunes pattern from the Quarter Snowball Block section of the book.

I liked the look of solids that Teresa used in the illustration of Sun Dunes in the book and ordered Kona Ash for my background. In the end, I opted to use the remnants from Woven Waves: Kona Lime, Grass Green, Glacier, Ruby, and Watermelon.

This quilt went together very quickly. It has so much potential for different looks with solids, prints, a variety of background colors... the possibilities ...

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January 4, 2019
Craftsy Pattern Purchase Update from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Quilt Friends,

I wanted to alert you that Craftsy is rebranding to BluPrint as of January 8, 2019.  I thought I would make sure you knew that in case you downloaded one or more of my patterns from Craftsy in 2018. 

I highly suggest that you make sure you have downloaded all of your patterns (from any designer) to your own computer.  That way, you will be sure to have access to your pattern purchases in the future.

WHERE TO BUY MY PATTERNS AND BOOKS

Also, I wanted to let you know that my current and new patterns will ...

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Small quilt projects from Pieced Brain

Happy New Year! Now that the festivities (and Flu!) are over, I have a chance to wish you a healthy and prosperous 2019. The last project I made in 2018 was my pattern "Grace". This wall hanging finishes at 26-1/2" x 30-1/2", uses machine applique', and can be made in one afternoon.

For this wall hanging I used fabrics from the Gingham Girls collection by Riley Blake Designs. The prints were perfect and cheerful. You know how it is: sometimes you want to sew a project from start to finish so you can feel you have done something ...

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December 27, 2018
Moving Sale Week 2 – Save Big on My Books and Thread! from Christa Quilts

Did you take advantage of last week’s inaugural moving sale? I’m overlapping the sales a little each week, so you can still get all PDF patterns for just $5.95 through 12/31/18.

House Update

I hope you had a wonderful holiday! We are knee deep in preparations to move and as you can imagine, many of our Christmas presents involved trips to Ikea and gift cards to the home improvement store! Our closing date is set for Jan 2nd and reality is now beginning to set in.

New Furniture from Ikea

My daughter chose a new Ikea bedroom set for ...

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December 6, 2018
The end of an era! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


OK - I listened to a good portion of the final broadcast by Roger Ashby on CHUM-FM. It was such a bittersweet event. I'm happy for him that he's retiring, but I'm going to miss him. I have to say that I shed a tear when he did his final few minutes. But here's the good thing - I'm liking the combination of the new team. Jamar seems to tone down the announcer that I'm not fond of. Oh boy - did I just say that out loud? Well, it beats listening to Christmas music 24/7 ...

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November 20, 2018
Cotton, Wool, and Giving Thanks from Pieced Brain

My sister Miriam is visiting me from Brazil! We are enjoying this precious (and short) time together so I have been working (and blogging) part-time only. She was last in the US 6 years ago - crazy, huh? All of you who live close to your siblings are so lucky!

We spent a few days in Las Vegas, Nevada, and went to see Cher. What a fantastic show! Back in Utah, we have settled into a routine - working in the morning, going out in the afternoon. It is wonderful having her company and laughing with her.

She is in for a ...

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November 16, 2018
I do have a guardian angel! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


You know how we always complain about the bad things that happen to us. But we don't celebrate when good things happen.  Something extremely exciting happened to me yesterday. I'll tell you about it in a wee bit.

After my morning chores were completed, I was back at work. I made the labels and got them stitched to the quilts and I finished stitching the hanging sleeve. The quilts went up on the wall for a quick photo and then I was in the car. It was 9:55. Five minutes ahead of schedule!

I had three stops ...

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November 12, 2018
The Splendid Sampler 2 from Pieced Brain

Oooh! I am so excited about the release of the book The Splendid Sampler 2 by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, published by Martingale! The first book had such terrific blocks and inspired many quilters to join in and sew along (view their beautiful quilts here).  Wait until you see book 2! 

All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used with permission.
For The Splendid Sampler 2, Pat and Jane asked 80 designers to contribute blocks which answered the question: "I'm living my best quilting life when...". The resulting 100 blocks are fantastic! The blocks still measure 6" so ...

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October 18, 2018
Modern Patchwork Home from Pieced Brain

Photographs by Hornick Rivlin Studio, Larry Stein, Sharon White Studio, Dean Schoeppner, and Jay Wilde for The Quilting Company. Used with permission.
Have you seen the book Modern Patchwork Home - Dynamic Quilts & Projects for Every Room published by The Quilting Company? Curated by Vivika Hansen Denegre, the book has 24 projects created by quilters who are well known for their contemporary approach to design. From pillows to quilts, each project mixes the tradition of the quilting art with the modern aesthetic from the mid-twentieth century. The result is a collection of approachable works which will allow quilters to bring a ...

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October 11, 2018
Ideas for Christmas Gifts from Pieced Brain

All photographs by Brent Kane and Adam Albright for Martingale. Used with permission.
Today I would like to show you some great ideas for Holiday projects. I am in love with this quilt by Corey Yoder called Merry Gingham. Its simple and charming design reminds me of warm kitchens, picnics, and holidays - all at once.

This modern and festive wall hanging was made by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson. The stars turned out fantastic with a scrappy, textured look but I can also envision them in shimmery colors against a dark background. Hmmm...

How about these Mini Stockings with super ...

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October 5, 2018
Patriotic Modern Quilt Pattern Update 3 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Everyone!  In this post, I’ll show you the different modern looks you can achieve with the Patriotic Diamonds Modern Quilt pattern  (on page 80) when you use a variety of modern quilt fabrics.  I’ve also added a tutorial on adding an inner border –see the bottom of this post.

And go HERE and HERE for earlier posts showing how to choose fabrics in other colorways for the patterns in this book.

You can purchase the book from local quilt shops and online here.

Here’s the original quilt.

Quilt designed in EQ7 from my book, Patriotic Modern ...

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September 27, 2018
Small and pretty quilts from Pieced Brain

I was looking through my fabric drawers the other day and found little bags with orphan blocks: half-square triangles, flying geese with beautiful colors and perfect points, leftover blocks from quilts. Wondering aloud what I would do with all those 'half-way' quilts as I call them, I began to put them in bigger bags ( ! ), combining the colors that might go together well and thinking of how I could work them all into quilts. 

That is when I remembered I had received for review a book from Martingale by Kim Diehl: Simple Whatnots - A Batch of Satisfyingly Scrappy Little Quilts. That ...

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