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March 10, 2019
I Am Enough Quilt Along Top Finish from A Ditchin' Time Quilts

Finally finished this quilt top!  I have loved making all the squares. I am using all my mom's old fabric from her stash that I inherited when she passed away.  Every time I look at this quilt it reminds me of her.  It reminds me of all the things she made of these fabrics.  It gives me such happiness to see this come together.  

Check out Havel's Sewing Blog for their wonderful sewing tools and batting! There you can find this pattern, designed by Melanie from Southern Charm Quilts. Just such fun! Details here!

Time to quilt this ...

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March 8, 2019
Twelve hundred and more from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone!  Here we are at the end of another week, and that means we're another week closer to spring.  Can you tell I am counting down? 

Today I have a finish to share, but this has been a very dramatic week for our family and there is some public service information at the bottom of this post, so if you are just looking at the fun pictures, please at least read the last paragraph.  We'll get to the drama in a minute, but first, here is this week's finish:

This is another finished UFO from the ...

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February 22, 2019
Dancing Stars from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone!  Here we are at another Friday, three-fourths of the way through February.  Holy cow! I have mixed feelings about this.  On the one hand, the year is already going so fast and 2019 needs to slow it down a bit. On the other, every day brings spring a lot closer, and I'm so ready!  It snowed *and* rained this week, and for a little while, it was doing both at the same time.  It was a very gray week, then when I went to take quilt pictures, the sun came out and everything looked pretty cheerful again ...

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January 14, 2019
New Year, New Project from Mama Love Quilts

Dear Reader,

I hope the new year is off to a good start for you. I jumped right into the new year with a new project!

I started working on samples for my upcoming class at this year’s QuiltCon: Big and Bold Freezer Paper Quilt Making. In this class, I will teach on how to use freezer paper to create quilts with large, irregular shapes.

The thing I love about this technique is how quickly and easily the quilt top comes together.

After cutting out the templates, it was a breeze to put the top together.

The top came ...

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December 17, 2018
I am Enough Quilt Along update from A Ditchin' Time Quilts

We're already on our 6th block.  This one is the scallop border.  Our 5th block was the trip around the world.  Love these patterns.  I am using my mom's old fabric stash so everything in this quilt was her fabric.  She passed away 5 years ago so none of this fabric is new.  Every time I look at these fabrics, I remember something she made before.  It gives me such happiness.  Love Love Love.

Boris is helping!

Check out Havel's Sewing Blog for their wonderful sewing tools and batting! 
There you can find this pattern, designed by ...

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November 24, 2018
A 2 by 4 Baby Quilt Top from Jan's Quilts

This 2 by 4 quilt top was so much fun and easy to make.  Since I've abandoned the idea of a temperature quilt this year, I took some of that fabric and cut 3" strips.  The tutorial for this can be found here, it's by Ashley of Film in the Fridge.  I wanted it to be fun and bright and I think I succeeded.  It measures 30.5 x 32.5.
May your bobbins always be full,

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November 3, 2018
Plan B from Jan's Quilts

This is a "plan B" quilt top. This year I foolishly started a Temperature quilt. With my travel schedule, I realized it wasn't going to happen. I deconstructed the January thru March temperature strips and stitched them back together to make this top.

The quilt top measures 42 x 36 inches.

Now to work on the quilt back.

May your bobbins always be full,

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October 1, 2018
Starstruck Pillow from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Aurifil.

This month's Island Batik theme was Starstruck. We were tasked with creating anything featuring stars.

I opted to use my Victoria and Albert 10" stack to create simple, large scale sawtooth stars. This fabric collection is a lovely floral collection with a great variety of values. I split my 20 fabrics into lights and darks and pieced ten large blocks.

Nine of my blocks went into a lap size quilt top and the tenth block was quilted into a finished pillow.

Here's a ...

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August 20, 2018
Missing: Oklahoma State University T-shirt Quilt top from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

A block with Pistol Pete similar to this picture is in the center of the quilt top

These are the fabrics used in the quilt top along with several blocks made from OSU      t-shirts.

Jacque Nation is asking for help in finding a quilt top that’s about 50″ x 60″  that she made in 2018 from a collection of Oklahoma State University t-shirts.  Jacque describes the quilt top as being made up “of mostly orange, black and gray fabrics.  The t-shirts are as follows: one with OSU Alma Mater, another: True Fans wear Orange, and Pistol Pete in the ...

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August 18, 2018
The Tile Quilt Top and a Tutorial from Jan's Quilts

This is the Tile Quilt Top.  I made it for the Two Color Quilt Challenge hosted by the MQG and American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  I based the quilt on the tile work of Athos Bulcão, a Brazillian artist.  Below is a photo of his work.

I kept my blocks large, in the spirit of my inspiration.

I'm very excited about getting it quilted by one of my quilt guild members, Nancy, she normally doesn't do commissions, but I'm grateful she's going to quilt this for me.  I love her quilting artistry.

I had a request ...

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July 16, 2018
Boxed In Quilt Top from Jan's Quilts

I simply love this stack of fabric!  It followed me home from Norway.  

On the tour, we visited Kathrines Quilte Stue, in Oslo.  They were very gracious and even served us tea.  I put this stack together while walking around the shop.

This pattern is a freebie, it can be found on the Free Pattern Page, it's called Boxed In.  I thought it was a perfect way to showcase these fabrics.

Quilt top started on 7/5/2018
Completed on 7/16/2018
Measures 68.5" x 58"

Now, I'm ready to  stitch up the quilt ...

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July 2, 2018
The Giving Quilts are complete from Jan's Quilts

I'm so happy that I can check these as finished.  I'm biased, but I think they turned out really well.  These are my 4th and 5th finishes for 2018!

 Each quilt is different.  I made the quilt tops in February as samplers for my guild.  We'd been "building 12.5" blocks for a year and I presented these as a prototype for assembly of the blocks into charity quilts.  If you want to make something similar, the tutorial is here.


Started: Feb 2, 2018
Finished: July 2, 2018
Size: 59" x 73"
May your bobbins always ...

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June 25, 2018
Wonder Full Blog Hop: All About Angles Style from Goer

At Spring Quilt Market I connected with the designers at Sweet Bee Designs. This resulted in Lizzie Clark reaching out to invite me to participate in the Blog Hop for the release of her new fabric line, Wonder Full. It’s a lovely floral line with rich jewel tones and pretty pinks. I'm happy to be sharing two quilt tops with you.

The first thing I noticed when I received the bundle was how much I enjoyed the seven monochromatic pinks together. When I pulled those aside, what remained was the rich jewel tones: the navy/magenta/olive set ...

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June 17, 2018
At Last! from Jan's Quilts

 I hadn't touched my sewing machine in over two months.  Life and travel got in the way.  In April I went to Croatia and loved it.  If there weren't so many unexplored places on my list, I'd go back in a heartbeat.  I was home for a couple of weeks and left on a three-week trip visiting Norway, London, and NYC.  I go to NYC annually for Book Expo America, but I'm always open for an excuse to visit the city that never sleeps.

Well, now I'm home for the next 10 or 11 weeks ...

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February 7, 2018
I have math skills! from Jan's Quilts

My quilt guild, the Temecula Valley MQG, has been collecting blocks to make charity quilts.  We've selected our recipient, Jacob's House, and we're excited!  BUT, we only have enough 12.5" blocks to make 5 lap size quilts, bummer.  I came across a photo on the Boulder MQG blog that gave me inspiration on how to "extend" our blocks to make more quilts.

Above is my version and if you want to make one, I've written a tutorial about how I did it, you can find it here.

May your bobbins always be full,

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The Giving Quilt from Jan's Quilts

I made another Giving Quilt from my tutorial.  I really like this layout.  Below is my first attempt.

May your bobbins always be full,

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December 29, 2017
Paint Chip Challenge from Jan's Quilts

My quilt guild, the Temecula Valley Modern Quilt Guild's current challenge is the Paint Chip Challenge.  I went to Home Depot and relieved them of lots of paint chip samples; took them home and cut them up and at the October meeting issued the challenge.

How it works:

  • Each participant will draw two paint chips at random
  • You can add one other color of your choice, or draw an additional chip for a real challenge.
  • You can add one neutral.
  • Make a quilted project using those colors. Fabric can be solids or prints.
  • Project due in February 2018.

Almost ...

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September 29, 2017
Supernova Quilt Top from Curlicue Creations

 Here it is!  The Supernova quilt top, enjoying a little sunshine on my clothesline.  I love the simplicity and naturalness of clothesline quilt photos.  See the little bit of wind on the lower right hand corner of the quilt?  This quilt is breathing!  It's alive!

 I chose this red striped fabric for the backing.  

Currently the Supernova quilt and it's backing are rolled up on the quilting frame, all ready to quilt.  I'm piecing together a batting from some batting scraps today, as I can't wait to get started.  Did you know you could piece two ...

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September 21, 2017
Supernova Quilt ~ Block Three and Beyond from Curlicue Creations

 This is Block Three for the Supernova quilt.  I love it!  The drama of the bright batiks mixed with the black really packs a punch.

 I sewed four Block Three's for the Supernova quilt.

Here are all of the blocks sewn together.  Just lovely.  See how the light eminates from the center of the quilt?  It really draws the eye, and even though this quilt is a riot of bright colors, when I meditate on it, I get a calm, peaceful, happy feeling.  Do you feel it?

I'm currently working on the borders, and the quilting shall begin ...

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March 25, 2015
Ribbon Box Quilt - WIP from Marelize Ries

Last year I had finished this Ribbon Box Quilt top and finally decided to start quilting it.  When I picked my fabrics for this quilt I was certain that the prints and colours I had selected would work perfectly with the design of the quilt, but when I had finished piecing it, I was not entirely sure if I had made the right selections.  Because all of the fabrics are light to medium together with the white background fabric, I don't think that the ribbons 'pop' as much as I had hoped.  

In the end it is a really ...

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