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April 5, 2021
border time from Making A Lather

 We had a guild class last Saturday, The class was the collage technique by Laura Heine. I really like the look of her patterns, but, our teacher had made some really amazing collage quilts that we saw in person. The class was fun, but, I wasn't one of her successful students. I just couldn't get the "any little motif" can turn into a big picture thing. It wasn't for me. Maybe, sometime later. I didn't even take pictures.

After the class was finished, I had time to layout  almost amish from Jos country junction here. It ...

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March 28, 2021
A Round Stroller Quilt from Jan's Quilts



I'm going to be a Great Grammy, in the Fall,  I recently read that round quilts are ideal for using with baby strollers.  They have no corners to drag or get caught in the wheels.  I also thought this would be a great playmat.  I'm still using up scraps from the two Best Friends QAL quilts.

The circle measures 44" across.


May your bobbins always be full,

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Sparkling Patchwork quilt top from Jan's Quilts


I'm calling this the Sparkling Patchwork quilt top and it's complete!  I made 9-patches and 4-patches from the scraps of my last 3 quilt tops, the two Best Friends QALs and the Froggy-Girl quilt top.  I contemplated adding a small border but vetoed that thought. It measures 51" x 43".

 I still have more scraps and I have ideas!  Stay tuned

May your bobbins always be full,

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March 24, 2021
country roads top from Making A Lather

 I found crocus blooming and rhubarb is peeking it's head out of the ground

I added a 2 1/2 inch border to my country roads quilt. I finished the top at the last retreat. It was part of the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy for the last two years. I made the blocks in each month's color.


I needed a 97 x97 back, so, it was time to use a wide backing that I bought during a backing sale at joann fabrics. I chose more yellow for the binding and this quilt now lives in the ...

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March 13, 2021
The Froggy-Girl Quilt Top from Jan's Quilts



When I was working on the two Best Friends QAL quilt tops, one of my favorite people reminded me that she LOVES frogs!  She is my cousin's granddaughter.  She's 40 years old and legally blind.  She has limited vision; she started losing her vision at 3 years old.  She's a trained chef and loves photography.  She works as a nanny.

When I cut out the frogs from the Tula Pink fabric, I didn't have enough, so I threw in some owls!  The quilt top measures 48 inches square.

 

May your bobbins always be full,

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February 22, 2021
Best Friends QAL, First Quilt Top is Assembled from Jan's Quilts



I'm making two of these Best Friends Quilts at the same time.  This is the first quilt top assembled.  I included the bottom photo so you could see how freakin' big this is!  I didn't measure it, but it's supposed to be 96 inches square.  Talk about fabric-wrangling!

Now, to work assembling the second quilt top. 

May your bobbins always be full,

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February 13, 2021
Stars in snow from The Academic Quilter

 Hello everyone! A new blog post-- what a surprise! Life has been happening around here. Oh, well. The good news is that I have *one* working light in my sewing room now, and I have a new floor in the living area, which was a real adventure. A good story for another time! It does involve a mini jackhammer, though.

Anyway, in these weird circumstances, I finished my Ohio Stars quilt top! Here she is:
 

 
It's winter, it's pretty cold, and there is a lot of snow (for Maryland) on the ground, but she still shines, right? 
 
 
This ...

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February 12, 2021
This, That, and Three Other Things... from From the Strawberry Patch...

While we were gone away this Moth Orchid which has lived as a foliage-only plant in our bathroom for the past few years sent up a flower stalk! I was shocked and amazed. Maybe we need to leave home more often! I don't do anything special except water it every week; once a month I sprinkle a few crystals of orchid food into the watering solution but that's it. I had NO  very little hope of it ever

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This, That, and Three Other Things... from From the Strawberry Patch...

While we were gone away this Moth Orchid which has lived as a foliage-only plant in our bathroom for the past few years sent up a flower stalk! I was shocked and amazed. Maybe we need to leave home more often! I don't do anything special except water it every week; once a month I sprinkle a few crystals of orchid food into the watering solution but that's it. I had NO  very little hope of it ever

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January 8, 2021
Lattice Quilt Top from Jan's Quilts


The first 2021 quilt top is finished. Such a simple pattern called "Lattice", it's a freebie from the Fat Quarter Shop. I used a Layer Cake of Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey that I've had for ages. Now to piece the quilt back. I love how it turned out.

 The top measures 48" x 57.5".

May your bobbins always be full,

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January 7, 2021
Starting with a finish from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! How are you doing so far in 2021? I have been doing something really unusual-- relaxing. It's a weird feeling, I've got to tell you. The machines have been cleaned, the rotary blades changed, and the I've even treated myself to a handful of new seam rippers, marking pencils, and thread snips. Oh, and I've even vacuumed the floor. That was an adventure. It's amazing what was stuck in that carpeting.

So, let's get this party started! While I was relaxing, I also finished several things, which just enhanced my relaxed state ...

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December 28, 2020
Diamond Ripples Quilt Top is Complete from Jan's Quilts




This is post-dated because I forgot to blog about it!  This will be the third quilt I've made for this family.  They are great people and I'm happy to help.  Dad is a West Point graduate and currently stationed in Belgium.  Mom is a civil engineer and currently not working except as a mom!  One thing that's great about this family is they always know what they want.  From Belgium, the mom ordered all the fabric, so she was sure the quilt would look like they wanted.  I got about 6 different packages because she couldn't ...

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December 22, 2020
Rainbows in the pines from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone, and happy week before Christmas! Are you feeling very merry? Thanks for all of the great holiday stories on the blog hop on my last post! I really enjoyed putting my feet up and reading about your families. After the year that we have had, no one could blame us for just sitting around eating cookies, drinking something warm, and telling happy stories for the next couple of weeks, could they?

Down in the sewing room, I have finished another repurposed project, just in time for a some nice photos in the snow. Yahoo! Here is the Rainbow ...

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December 18, 2020
geesey geesey >> from Charm About You

 


This Autumn I had the pleasure of joining Rachel of Stitched in Color for the Geesey Geesey Sew-Along. Her Geesey Quilt pattern is a brilliant exploration of colour and I spent quite a while debating what sort of look to create and what fabrics to use. Over time I have been collecting black and white prints and ultimately thought it would be an interesting choice for the pattern.


Thinking about what to pair it with, my inner 80's child was screaming PASTELS! Thankfully I had quite a few of those too. My first inclination was to use the pastel ...

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November 21, 2020
Soft cut glass from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! How are you all today? Strangely, I feel very Christmassy. I am resisting putting up a tree or shopping, but I really feel like I could use a little Christmas. Why do you think that is?

I don't know about you, but the rhythm of my life has dramatically changed in the last eight months. Nothing seems to be going the way that it always has. Case in point-- today I have a finished quilt top! What? I know, and here it is on Saturday, when we all know Fridays are for finishes. Why not? Up is ...

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November 20, 2020
shine quilt top from Making A Lather

We had a wind advisory last week, and this, is what we found. This wasn't the part of the tree that we had been worried about splitting. I clean up from retreat and hubby cleans up outside. Four of our dead ash trees in the back blew down as well.



Hubby has been busy trying to clean  the area. We were grateful it didn't fall in the road.

I finished the shine top from this year's rainbow scrap challenge project. This was a great block and easy enough to do, and, it uses a jelly roll or ...

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November 13, 2020
Pool Party Quilt Top, Pre-cut Challenge from Jan's Quilts


The Pool Party Disappearing-4-Patch quilt top is assembled. It measures 64.5" x 80.5". After assembly, I found a problem but it's staying! Can you spot the problem?

I made this from a layer cake called Pool Party Palette by Kona Cotton. I tried to keep the blues in the order they were in the layer cake, I succeeded for the most part. I'm very happy with the result. This is part of my pre-cut challenge, trying to use up all the precuts I've accumulated over the years.


Yes, this Disappearing-4-Patch looks different ...

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October 16, 2020
Rising from the leaves from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone, and happy weekend! Well, we seem to have made it through yet another week. Every week I'm surprised when Friday comes, but I'm always glad to see it. Our weather here has been up and down, but the one thing that is very evident is that the days are definitely getting shorter. I saw a cartoon this week where a woman is panicky because she thinks it's midnight, but it turns out that it's only 5:30. It doesn't sound funny when I describe, but I definitely chuckled in recognition.

This has been ...

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September 24, 2020
Birch Point Quilt Top from Jan's Quilts


This is my version of the Birch Point quilt top, pattern by The Blanket Statement.  When I say "my version", I really mean it. I cut and constructed the quilt differently from the pattern. I loved the look of her design but not the method. I did purchase the pattern, fair is fair.  Now to get it quilted by my LAQ.

I'm thinking of a black, gray, and white version, we'll see!

May your bobbins always be full,

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August 14, 2020
Geese at Sunrise, Precut Challenge from Jan's Quilts


I'm still challenging myself to use precuts from my stash.  The focus this month is Jelly Rolls. I have at least 5 more jelly rolls in my stash, so I'll be busy for a while!  The jelly roll I used for this project is called Sunrise Colorstory by Kona Cotton.  The blue fabric is from stash. This measures 45" x 57". 

I have enough of these giant HSTs leftover to make a small baby quilt; I'm leaning toward pinwheels but that's a decision for tomorrow. 


May your bobbins always be full,

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