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June 17, 2019
Quilts by the Bay from Becca's Crazy Projects

I try to attend a few local quilt shows a year. The closer the show is to my house, the more likely I am to attend. The Annapolis Quilt Guild's Quilts by the Bay is one of my favorites. 
There are often used tools you can pick up, like this embroidery machine for about half the original price. (Similar to this one available from Amazon.) 
Or homemade treats such as this cornucopia of fudge. There were so many flavors!
It was great to see a trio of Good Fortune quilts hanging together. From the left: quilt-makers Marilyn O'Loughlin ...

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June 16, 2019
Quilt Show and Cutting out Quilts from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

Today was the Parade for Prairie Fest in Oswego, Illinois.  Hubby is in the parade each year with his barbershop chorus.  I go with him and check out the quilt show before the parade. 

I didn't take many photos this year.  This is a small quilt show, held in a former one room schoolhouse.

This quilt was the first one I saw as I walked in the door.  The sign said that her 92 year old mother needed a sewing project, so they each stitched half the blocks. 
States quilt

up close of one of the blocks

The Quilter ...

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June 12, 2019
Basket of Fun from Stash Overflow

Here in central Maryland, we’re experiencing a couple of beautiful days in between rain storms. I went out for my second walk this week yesterday. Boy, am I out of shape. I really need to do something about that.

May 30 was sweatshop for Ladies of the Sea with Polly at Spring Water Designs. Polly is ahead of me, as usual. I pressed and trimmed the blocks that have the inking completed, decided on the sashing and the sawtooth border accent color. Still had two blocks to wash before inking and trimming.  I eventually did that but both have ...

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June 10, 2019
Quilters Unlimited Show 2019 from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Quilt show was May 30 through June1, 2019.
I went to the quilt show with two of my non-quilty friends - Patsy and Sandy.  I know them from yoga classes and they are not quilters. This fact is important to the story that follows.

When we got to the "Trees of Life" quilt, I requested Patsy to take a picture of me with the quilt.
You know because a selfie would just not do it.

As I handed off my phone to Patsy, I noticed a couple of women walking towards us.
I went to stand next to the quilt ...

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June 9, 2019
Quilt Canada 2019 from Accroquilt

It's a great week for canadian quilters and other this week!  It Quilt Canada 2019, in Ottawa, at the EY Center.
I have a quilt on this show.  I'll be there one wednesday and thursday and tuesday evening for the Gala!
Grande semaine très attendue cette semaine.  C'est l'exposition nationale de courtepointes au Canada.  L'exposition se tient au EY Center, à Ottawa.  J'ai une courtepointe en exposition.  Je serai là mercredi et jeudi.  Mardi soir, j'assisterai au Gala d'ouverture.  

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June 7, 2019
Furry Friends from Made By Marney from Made By Marney

Two more adorable pups have been added to my paper pieced dog block collection. Betty sent me photos of her sweet AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD to inspire me to create this new dog block.

Australian Shepherd

Here is a side by side comparison photo of my block and Betty’s pup.

I love how expressive he turned out! Find the pattern HERE on Etsy.

It was also brought to my attention that I did not have an IRISH SETTER in the collection.

Irish Setter

Making an image that has wavy or curly hair is very difficult in paper piecing. It is all ...

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Red and White Quilts from Repro Quilt Lover

At the start of the year I pick a word or theme to model at least the beginning of the year but the hope is to carry it throughout the year. This year, my word was simplicity. My first project of the year was a small blue and white quilt and my intention was to do more two-color quilts because they evoke simplicity and understatement. Today, I was cleaning up old photos and happened upon the folder from the Infinite Variety show of red and white quilts owned by Joanna Rose in New York City in March 2011. The simplicity ...

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June 6, 2019
Grieving with Gratitude from Cheryl Lynch Quilts

I love my Virginia quilters!

This past weekend was the Quilters Unlimited show in Chantilly, VA.  I have done this show for 3 years.  It's really a wonderful show at a huge venue with lots of great quilts and many vendors. It's organized by a consortium of VA guilds and each guild has a different responsibility.  It's one of my best shows.  And thanls to this show, I have been invited to many of the guilds as a presenter.  

The invitation to be a vendor arrived while Don was pretty sick.  I didn't sign up.  I ...

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May 16, 2019
Needleworld 2019 from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Nadelwelt or Needleworld is held every year in Karlsruhe, Germany It is a wonderful show that showcases all forms of needle work and textile art. They also hold a variety of classes for every type of textile art—hand-piecing, machine quilting, fabric dyeing, and the list goes on. Last year I (Kara) took a hand-piecing class from Emer Fahy of Ireland and thoroughly enjoyed learning a new skill. This year, I wasn't able to get into the fabric-dyeing class I wanted, so I just went with a friend for the day. 

While the show is not very large, there ...

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May 13, 2019
Away From Home Quilt from caledonia quilter

AWAY FROM HOME is a book by Nancy Rink Designs.  Link HERE.  If you went to the quilt show in Ingersoll last weekend you would have seen this quilt hanging in the show.

I really love the combination of pieced blocks, multiple borders, and applique.

There was a great deal of s.i.d. on this quilt.

Cross-hatching behind applique is a very time consuming endeavour.

Such a pretty back.

I didn't make it to the show in Ingersoll, but I did get to the Quilter's Tea in Hagersville.  It was hosted by the Haldimand Quilters' Guild.  They ...

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May 5, 2019
Estate Sale from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

We popped into the Windsor Quilt Guild show yesterday. What great timing that we could deliver the stuff for Celeste AND visit the quilt show in the same weekend.

I won't post any pictures from the show - well I might later, but I'm up super early this morning and on my way downtown Toronto to drive a truck with water station supplies for the Toronto Marathon. It's a volunteer job I got pulled into years ago. Not many people want to drive the truck and well, I just can't seem to say NO to the organizer ...

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Kapiti Quilters Exhibition from Romany Quilting

I always enjoy a quilt show, and met up with my friend Shirley from Waikanae yesterday morning to view the Kapiti Quilters Exhibition at Southwards Car Museum.  Kapiti Quilters is Shirley’s quilt guild.  After paying the admission charge, and buying a few raffle tickets, we admired all the community quilts made by club members.  They were cleverly displayed on the walkway leading into the hall.

Community quilts made by Kapiti Quilters

There were so many quilts inside the hall, that the sensible thing to do, we decided, was just to take our time.  Here are some from the exhibition ...

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April 26, 2019
Skunked! from Made By Marney

I love my customers. They constantly motivate me. Kelly asked me to create a SKUNK BLOCK.

Creating paper pieced animals is one of my strong points, so this was a joy to create.


This Skunk Block would look great in my Forest Friends pattern, along with the other sweet woodsy animals.

All this designing has made me tired…

Here is an Owl Tote and a Fox Tote created by another customer. Mary is using the animals from Forest Friends for her handy totes.

Owl Tote

Fox Tote

Now do you see why I love my customers so much? They ...

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April 16, 2019
Quilt Housekeeping from Fret Not Yourself

More quilt housekeeping. My guild show is next month. I thought I had nothing to enter; I certainly don't have the energy to finish something now. But since our show is biennial, I checked my 2018 and 2017 Finish pages to see what might be available.

Oh, joy! Spiderweb wasn't in the last show. It was finished a month or two later.

Spiderweb quilt

And bunches of Coin quilts. Many of these have been gifted but Fifth Chinese Coins is on our bed.

Fifth Chinese Coins quilt

This week I've been cutting and sewing sleeves. As soon ...

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Something new…. from Made By Marney

After spending the last 3 weekends vending at local quilt shows, I am free this week to play with some new patterns.

I met a sweet customer named Lynn at my last show and she requested a paper pieced Panda pattern.

This PANDA turned out so cute, I plan to create a Panda pillow.

Another customer, Dori, is a dog lover. Her favorite breed is Shiba Inu. I had never heard of this type of dog, so I had to do some investigating.

The SHIBA INU is an ancient, Japanese breed.

I also recieved a message from a longtime friend ...

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April 15, 2019
Local Quilt Show from Humble Quilts

I had a really nice weekend. My friend, Michelle, came on Friday, we attended a women's expo on Saturday, followed by hiking, followed by a local quilt show on Sunday!
Here's a few photos from the show, in no particular order.

I'm not a fan of most panels, but love this one!

 My friend Christy, who I retreated with in Sisters this winter, put in 3 of her Bonnie Hunter mystery quilts! I sent photos to Bonnie!!

 Christy's grandmother made this quilt. 
 I entered a few of my most recent finishes.
 This ins't my style ...

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April 14, 2019
Desert Quilters Quilt Show from Quilting and More...

Desert Quilters of Nevada has just wrapped up our annual show, where I spent several days either looking or working —  I was in charge of hanging the smaller quilts and then taking them down again. The show itself was lovely, as usual; there were lots of gorgeous quilts and lots of friendly and helpful […]

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April 11, 2019
Baltimore Appliqué Showstoppers from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Last month, when Kara was here to teach at the Academy of Appliqué, we spent a day at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Virginia. That has been our routine for the past few years, but we were especially eager to go this year to see the special exhibit by the Baltimore Appliqué Society (BAS). And not just because our Fairy Tale Album was part of the exhibit; we knew what a treat it is to see the work of our fellow appliqué-ers in BAS! And we were not disappointed. Here is the exhibit for you to enjoy.

We so ...

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April 3, 2019
Episode 100 of Hello My Quilting Friends from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This is our 100th episode of the Hello My Quilting Friends podcast!

Listen to the podcast or download it to your computer using this player:

If you’re interested in making a fun flower hat like mine, be sure to check out my tutorial here.

I’m sure you want to see my Flower Girl costume! Click Here to check it out and read more about how I put it all together.

flower girl costume

Leah in her Flower Girl costume.

No, the Ms. Bunny spoonflower panels are not yet available, but you can download the cute sewing pattern. Click Here to check ...

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March 31, 2019
Quilt Show Report from With Strings Attached

Nann and Cathy
Irene and I went to the Quilt Festival at Rosemont on Friday.  We always start with the quilt exhibits and then go shopping. 

We'd just begun the first aisle when someone said, "You're Nann!"  I said I was and she introduced herself.  It was Cathy, whose blog is Sane Crazy Crumby Quilting .  She and her friend left Iowa at 6 a.m. to get to the show.

  The quilts on display were lovely as always, though there weren't any that knocked my socks off. There was only one exhibit that prohibited photography. (There have ...

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