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August 7, 2020
Colorful summer finish from The Academic Quilter

Hello everyone, and welcome to another summer weekend! Summer has certainly gotten away from me. It's no different from the rest of this year, really, just warmer. 2020 gets zero stars and a big thumbs down from me so far. How about you?

For today's quilty update, please join me in my happy dance, because I finished the quilt top I've been working on:


Yahoo! I am so happy to have this finished. If you recall, I pulled this long-term UFO out of the closet a few weeks ago and have been working on it ever since ...

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July 27, 2020
jamestown landing is a top from Making A Lather

There is a funny story to my Jamestown Landing quilt.
When I heard that Bonnie Hunter was going to be in Indiana at the heritage quilt show in Bloomington, I was on the registration page at the very first minute. Jamestown landing was already sold out. I did get into the pineapple blossom class which was first. It was a great class, and, I asked Bonnie if there had been any cancellations for the Jamestown landing class in the afternoon. She called the coordinator in and asked her. There was. but, I hadn't brought any fabric for that class ...

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July 22, 2020
The Plan B X & + Quilt from Jan's Quilts


About 10 days ago, I made these sashing blocks, .  They were for another project that I decided to forego.  But, I had all of these blocks and I decided I needed to come up with a Plan B


Plan B involved some X and + blocks, 12 to be exact.  Then I made some 4-patch cornerstones.


Today, I assembled the first four 20" blocks that will be part of the Plan B quilt.  I discovered that I don't have enough of the sashing blocks, so that will be my next step.   Many of my quilts are "organic" and this one ...

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July 20, 2020
old world is a top from Making A Lather

I have a top for the old world mystery quilt from Quilted Twins. I really like it. It's big, so, I will need to find a back to continue with it. I have really enjoyed this mystery.


I am having a thermostat war with my son. Our AC has a 1 degree difference that is all the difference. One degree lower and it's time to crack out the sled dogs and mush through the snow. My son is a big guy and warm all the time, so he sneaks the AC down. I don't realize it, until ...

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July 4, 2020
The Dresden Blooms Quilt Top is Finished! from Jan's Quilts


Here it is laid out on the lawn.  Right after I took this, the wind came up, so the photo-taking had to move inside.  


Some of the Dresden Plates.

This is based on the video tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Co.  I changed 5 things.  (1) I added .5" to the large background squares, I made them 24.5"  

(2) The tutorial calls for the white strips to be 2, 3, 4, and 5 inches.  I decided on 2.5, 3, 4, and 4.5 inches, it's the little things.


Auditioning Background square fabric.

(3) I altered the ...

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June 12, 2020
Starting a Dresden Bloom Quilt Top from Jan's Quilts


All the prep is done for making a Dresden Bloom Quilt Top, inspired by Jenny at Missouri Star.  I'm just waiting for the Large Dresden Template Ruler that I ordered from them.  Because of the pandemic, shipping is s-l-o-w, all over.  The fabric I'm using is a Jelly Roll of Well Said by Sandy Gervais for Moda.

I've already modified the tutorial, nothing drastic!  The tute calls for the white strips to be 2, 3, 4, and 5 inches.  I decided on 2.5, 3, 4, and 4.5 inches, it's the little things.  I'm ...

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June 2, 2020
Sampler Mystery Quilt from Jan's Quilts


I'm very happy with this quilt top.  I took some orphan blocks that have been hanging around, added some Blocks of the Month from my quilt guild, and this is what I got.  I'm calling it a Mystery Quilt because I really didn't know how it was going to turn out.  It measures 60 x 72".

Now to figure out the quilt back, plus I've had a request for more masks!  My friend is in her nineties, 95, I think, and she was one of the first people I called to see if she wanted a ...

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May 9, 2020
A quilt for Kassia from Jan's Quilts


I have binding to put on 4 quilts, but I've decided to ignore those and start a new project.  My grandson has four half-siblings and only one of those is a girl.  My daughter asked me to make Cassia a quilt of her own because every time she visits my daughter she wraps herself in one of the quilts I've gifted Sharon.  The fabrics I've chosen are charm squares from these collections:

 Gridwork by Christa Watson
 By Hand by Amy Friend
 Front Porch by Cherry Gundry

I thought they all worked very well together.
May your bobbins ...

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May 8, 2020
Kassia's Quilt Top and some bokah! from Jan's Quilts


Kassia's quilt top is finished!  All those HSTs took forever to true-up but the effort was so worth it.  This quilt top measures 48" x 57".  Now I need to decide on the quilt back.  Do you piece your quilt backs, too?

There's photo overload in this post because I wanted to show the quilt top in the breeze and the bokeh!  This is the first time I've captured so much bokeh.






May your bobbins always be full,

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April 22, 2020
wip woo from Charm About You

I have a few works in progress and finishes to share with you today, so settle and get comfy as this might be a rambling one. There has been a lot of sewing happening and thought I would put (nearly) everything in one blog post to show what I've been up to - there are two more finishes that will feature in separate posts coming very soon!

First up is a finished quilt top - this is the Land of Magic quilt pattern by Kid Giddy The star, crown and castle blocks I pieced sometime ago. I had started the dragon ...

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February 21, 2020
Child's play from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone! Hope you have had a good week! Painting continues at our house, and the place is looking much brighter and sunnier. Much less depressing all the way around.  And hey-- has anyone else noticed that the spell check button is gone on Blogger? This is annoying, so if anything is misspelled today, it's because my eyes were too tired to proofread properly. I need that button back!

I'm just popping in today to show a small child's quilt top that I finished off this week. I had made a resolution that I would stop posting ...

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February 9, 2020
Breezy Quilt Tops from Jan's Quilts




When I make charity quilt blocks for my quilt guild, the Temecula Vally Modern Quilt Guild, I make 2 to donate and 2 to keep. I threw in some orphan blocks and made these quilt tops from the keepers. Two quilt tops done, same pattern, different look.

First I made the quilt top on the left.  While I was making it, I was inspired to make the brighter version.  Thank heavens for an abundant stash!


For Breezy #1, I used Kona Windsor and Coty.


For Breezy #2, I used Kona Turquoise, Chartreuse, Citrus, Red, and Surf.

This is a new ...

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January 29, 2020
Sunshine on a Cloudy Day from Allen Quilts

I had this adorable, cheerful client quilt under my needle to brighten the cloudy, cold, wet day we had. We were supposed to get 4″ or more of snow overnight and into the afternoon, but we ended up with only a dusting. I spent the rest of my quilting time today working on more star… Continue reading Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

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January 24, 2020
Good Day from Allen Quilts

Today was just a good day. I had my two youngest grandsons and they were a blast today. A client dropped off a quilt for me to longarm quilt for her. And, I got a nice squishy in the mail from Missouri Star Quilt Company. In addition to the two lovely quilt backs I bought,… Continue reading Good Day

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January 20, 2020
melba's blocks from Making A Lather

I had a great time at retreat. My back was not ready for the whole 2 days,  but, I made it into the second day. After relaxing the rest of the weekend, my back is better, and ready to go again. It just gets tired.
The first project I worked on, was a set of blocks that we bought from My husband's Aunt estate in the nineties. I talked about it  here. Each block is appliqued and embroidered with  names from an exchange. There were only 8 blocks, so I made a little set of hexagons to make it ...

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January 17, 2020
Wrapping Up this Thursday from Allen Quilts

As this day has wound down to a close, I’m sitting by the bedroom fireplace listening to little sleet balls ping against the windows. It’s supposed to do that all night. I’m glad I don’t have anywhere I have to go in the morning. I did pretty good at getting most of my to do… Continue reading Wrapping Up this Thursday

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January 16, 2020
Late Start to a Busy Day from Allen Quilts

Today and tomorrow are my son’s days off so I’m not keeping my two littles and have my days filled with my own activities. However, I really overslept this morning. On the to do list is a workout, paperwork for our oilfield business, some stitching on a commissioned quilt for a client, and cooking up… Continue reading Late Start to a Busy Day

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January 15, 2020
Orange from Allen Quilts

I loved this orange and white Irish Chain client quilt that I had the pleasure of quilting recently. My client asked me to keep the quilting simple. I decided an orange peel design would be perfect. Sometimes less is more and simple can be stunning. … Continue reading Orange

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January 10, 2020
Sew Hometown Quilt Top is complete from Jan's Quilts


The 2nd Inspiring Stitches quilt top is assembled.  I sewed the BOMs for both years consecutively.  This is the top from the 2019 BOM calendar.  It went together really fast and I'm very happy with the result. The two variations in this one are the butterfly block and one of the star blocks.  

This was finished on Wednesday, photographed on Thursday and posted on Friday!  Now to decide on the quilt backs for these two.


May your bobbins always be full,

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January 3, 2020
woven from Making A Lather

I'm pretty excited to have woven checkerboards as a top. Now that I see the picture, I think I will add at least a black border. hmmm...


I really like seeing all the different scraps in this quilt that I used as part of the rainbow scrap challenge, and, it seems, I rarely use black, because, I had lots of options in the black scrap basket.


In our Friday group, Sue made Editya Sitar's Christmas tree


And Maris made a patriotic soul searching, with plans to donate it to the vet's home in town.


I am linking ...

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