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April 21, 2021
Nautical News Quilt - Almost Amish - Back in Stock! from Busy Hands Quilts

Nautical News in Almost Amish Solids has been restocked by Connecting Threads in the Twin size!  This is the third time it has been restocked because it sells so quickly.

Other Nautical News Quilts

This Nautical News Twin quilt was made by my niece when she was 12.  She cut all of the fabric and sewed it up by herself, and then I quilted it for her with Wandering Spirals.  Didn't she do a lovely job?!

I ♥ to figure out how to make quilt patterns into rainbows, and ...

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December 18, 2020
Annabelle Quilt Kit! from Busy Hands Quilts

Annabelle has been kitted in Moonlit Promenade in the Throw size!  This is a beautiful collection of gray and black with a splash of red.

Annabelle is made with varying sizes of HSTs for a quick finish.  Fabric placement creates a number of designs across the quilt top.

This quilt was made by Connecting Threads.  Photo credit Connecting Threads.

I've made Annabelle in the Botanical Blue fabric collection by Connecting Threads.  This is the Throw size, and this is the quilt on the cover of the ...

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December 16, 2020
Mariposa Quilt Kit! from Busy Hands Quilts

Mariposa has been kitted in the Twin size in Moonlit Promenade, a beautiful fabric collection in gray and black with a splash of red!  

Mariposa features big blocks that create numerous secondary designs when joined together.

    ✔ quick finish
    ✔ stunning design
    ✔ yes please!

This quilt was made by Connecting Threads.  Photo credit Connecting Threads.

The twin size Mariposa quilt kit is available right here.

I've made three Mariposa quilts, all in the Twin size.  The Twin size takes a day or two to make.

Made with fabrics from my stash.

Made with Maison ...

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October 30, 2020
Red wagon quilt patterns: free projects you must make from Pieced Brain

Red wagon quilt patterns: free projects you must make

Choose one of these red wagon quilt patterns or make them both! Bring back childhood memories of riding fun, and make one for each child!

This is Quilt 1 which I created for the My Red Wagon collection by Debbie Busby for Henry Glass. I am smitten by the textures and colors of these fabrics and so happy I was able to work with them! The prints spell ‘cozy’ with plaids and paisleys and are versatile as well because they include whimsical motifs for the entire year. Debbie was inspired!

Debbie worked with a primitive palette, imbuing each fabric with ...

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October 29, 2020
Grandpa's Barn Twin Quilt Kit in Jaqueline! from Busy Hands Quilts

Grandpa's Barn has been kitted in the Jacqueline fabric collection by Connecting Threads!  This is the Twin size.

Jelly Roll Friendly - or use your stash!

Grandpa's Barn is a 2-1/2" strip jelly roll friendly quilt pattern that is entirely strip pieced for a quick finish.  The quilt kit includes yardage, however, as there were a number of light prints in the collection that needed left out to let the design shine through.  This is the entire collection which you will find right here.

Nested Seams ♥

Pressing directions are ...

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October 21, 2020
Working with Cooking Up Quilts! from Needle and Foot

Hello everyone! Just popping in this morning to share a project that Beth Sellers and I ‘cooked up’. As you know, I love to support many of the talented quilt designers in our community by selling their patterns in the shop. My preference is to purchase directly from them whenever I can, as opposed to through a distributor. It helps the designer a tiny bit financially and allows me to get to know the person too. A total win-win.

Recently I placed an order with Cooking Up Quilts to restock some patterns that had sold out in the shop. Her ...

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October 16, 2020
Ombre Mountains Throw Quilt Kits! from Busy Hands Quilts

Ombre Mountains has been kitted by Calico Creations in Mount Vernon, Washington using the exact Moda Grunge fabrics in the cover quilt!  How fun is that?!?  You'll find the quilt kit right here.  They also have quilt Ombre Mountains patterns in stock if you just want the pattern.

Calico Creations is a quilt shop located in 35 minutes south of where I live in Bellingham.  Their address is 400 S. 1st St. in Mount Vernon.

The Ombre Mountains quilt pattern includes 6 sizes - Baby, Lap, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.  The piece sizes vary by quilt size, and I ...

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October 5, 2020
10 Fall Inspired Patterns by Fig Tree Quilts from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

This season, we’re sewing up a few fun-for-fall quilts designed by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts. Autumn breezes and warm tones are on the way, so we collected a list of our favorite patterns to inspire you to get sewing!

Here is a look at the finished Pumpkin Trio quilt all quilted up.

1. Pumpkin Trio makes the most of three cute patchwork pumpkins! This charming fall-friendly pattern finishes at 26″ x 34″ and calls for a Charm Pack and some yardage. If you are a beginner looking for a challenge, you’ll enjoy this intermediate-level pattern. We ...

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Sunnyside Quilt Kit in True Colors by Tula Pink! from Busy Hands Quilts

I'm super excited to share with you that Sunnyside has been kitted by Quilted Works in St. George, Utah!  Isn't it stunning in a rainbow of Tula Pink! I sure think so.

And I love it when you all take my patterns and make them your own.  I had never envisioned Sunnyside in more than two colors as shown in yellow and gray in the pattern cover below!  Now a multi-colored version is on my must-make list. 

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September 18, 2020
The Value in the Umbrellas - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 I'm so happy to be sewing regularly again.  I try to get in a couple of hours a day which goes a long way at getting a quilt done...go figure!  Progress Report on the Umbrella Quilt....40 Umbrella Blocks done ... 40 Fussy Cut Little Girl Blocks Done ... 10 Pin Wheel Blocks Done. (For the record I literally had to take out my first quilt book I ever used to remember how to do quilt block math and get my half square triangles to come out right .... how soon we forget!! )

I stopped right there and looked at all ...

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August 7, 2020
The Boredom of the New Normal on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 I truly want to just slap the person who coined the phrase, "The New Normal".  There is nothing normal about what the country is going through right now .  Not to mention when your days are filled with social distancing nothing "New" ever really happens.  A trip to get groceries feels like your big day out!

I blame this for the reason I broke down this week and pulled out a new project without really finishing any of the ones I have going.  This spring I saw on ebay where a widowed husband was auctioning off

the over 200 quilt kits ...

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July 29, 2020
Sweet Caroline Throw Size Quilt Kit! from Busy Hands Quilts

Sweet Caroline has been kitted by Connecting Threads in the Throw size.  This is the Wild Crimson fabric collection, focusing on the blue fabrics in the collection instead of the reds and tans.  

The pattern gives exact fabric placement to create the three darker squares in the middle of the 25-patch blocks.  They alternate direction every other block to create a subtle secondary design.  

Sweet Caroline is a yardage-friendly quilt pattern that uses strip piecing to go together quickly.  

TIP:  Be sure your strip sets are the correct height so the blocks fit together ...

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July 12, 2020
Sunday Stash July 12, 2020 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in this week.
SS yellowThe start the next shirt plan got sidetracked. When I laid out the pattern, I found the fabric was discolored in places. Washing lightened the marks but didn’t remove them. They were scattered enough I couldn’t cut around them.
I moved on to plan B.
very cherryMy sister sent me this kit last year. I saw feathers and ribbon candy quilted in the frames until I did a mock up. The fancy quilting competed with all those patterned fabrics. Sometimes simple is better.
I finished it for a yard out. Now I need to ...

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July 3, 2020
Easy quilting panel Fall pattern for beginners from Pieced Brain

Easy quilting panel Fall pattern for beginners

Welcome family and friends with this Easy quilting panel Fall pattern I have just released! The border has simple blocks so you can make this quilt in one day. It is perfect for a beginner quilter who is just learning the craft, and ideal for veteran quilters who want a new, but quick, Fall quilt.


Homecoming was made with the Happy Fall Y’all fabric collection by Timeless Treasures. It measures 34-1/2″ x 54-1/2″ and the block size is 2.5″. I chose a simple border because I wanted the messages on the panel to stand out ...

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July 2, 2020
Oh My Darling Quilt Kit! from Busy Hands Quilts

Photo Credit Connecting Threads
Oh My Darling has been kitted by Connecting Thread in the beautiful Wild Crimson fabric collection!  This is the Throw size.

Photo Credit Connecting Threads
I see cowboy boots and blue jeans when I look at this quilt with the denim-look blue background fabric.  More and more I'm using darker tone-on-tone fabrics as the background fabric and loving it!  ♥  I'm all for usable quilts, and it just seems like it's easier to use, love, and handle a quilt with a darker background.
Photo Credit Connecting Threads

Shop Oh My Darling

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June 29, 2020
Applique’ winter quilt pattern for a warm and fun winter from Pieced Brain

Applique’ winter quilt pattern for a warm and fun winter

I blogged about my latest free applique’ winter quilt pattern a few weeks ago and today I want to show you how absolutely gorgeous it can turn out! I am sure you will be inspired to get ready for Christmas right now!

Photographs by Used with permission.

Rebecca and Christy from RebsFabStash did an amazing job on this quilt. I originally designed Holiday Retreat with the Moda Fabrics’ Forest Frost Glitter collection. I think it would look great with any colorway and fabric collection you chose but their selection is stunning.

Applique’ winter quilt patternApplique’ winter quilt pattern ...

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June 23, 2020
Hometown Quilt Kit at Connecting Threads from Busy Hands Quilts

I have had the pleasure of designing quilt kits for Connecting Threads for almost two years and love how great they are to work with.

Imagine my delight when I find that 10 ... yes TEN ... of my patterns are in latest Connecting Threads catalog and on their website!  TEN!  I'll be featuring them here on the blog so stay tuned.  If you can't wait and want to see all of my patterns that have been kitted at Connecting Threads, pop on over right here.

So, first up I'll show the patriotic quilt kits in case you want ...

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March 18, 2020
New Kits and New Arrivals from Twin Cities Quilting

Hi Everyone,

Thank you all for your overwhelming show of support.  You are all great!

New shop hours: Tuesday-Saturday noon-5pm.

As promised, I wanted to show you the kits that are now available. Kits are an easy way to get a new and fun project to start during this time of isolation.  If you find something you like, give us a call (651.340.8263) and we'll arrange pick up or delivery. We can either mail it to you or feel free to pick it up.

Our newest kit is 'Woodland Path' using the Gingeber 'Bramble' animals.  It measures ...

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February 5, 2020
New Kits and New Arrivals from Twin Cities Quilting

Hi Everyone,

Our website is still under construction.  You may view things on the website but our cart does not work.  You can call us to order any fabric or kit.  We will process your order with a credit card over the phone.  651-340-8263

We have three new kits to show you:  

We have used the cute cats and dogs from Blend fabrics to create  'Family Photo'.  It measures 45" x 55".  If you'd like it larger we can add fabrics.  Adding a row and column of flowers and photos would make a throw approximately 54" x 66".  I ...

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February 1, 2020
Garden Party Quilt Kits on Sale! from Busy Hands Quilts

Summer on the Porch has been kitted by Bluprint in Twin and Queen sizes, and they are currently on sale for half price!  This is a great time to pick up some beautiful fabrics at a great price.  I made the queen size quilt sample you see on Bluprint's website, and this is it hanging on my clothesline.  Yes, this is the quilt that I broke the clothesline with, not because of the weight of the quilt, but because of my impatience.  :(  You can read more right here.

Click here to go right to Summer on the Porch at ...

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