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December 13, 2019
Let's Stitch - A Block a Day with Natalia Bonner - Using Machine Quilting Rulers from Piece N Quilt

Things have been a bit quiet here on the blog, but that doesn't mean things behind the scenes aren't crazy busy and exciting! We've been busy working on some exciting new things to come this summer, including a new book; Visual Guide to Creative Straight Line Quilting, a new machine quilting ruler, Inside Out, and launching June 1st our new YouTube series, Let's Stitch - a block a day with Natalia Bonner.

Make sure you subscribe to Natalia's YouTube channel, so you'll get first access to the videos.

Beginning June 1, 2019 Natalia will share ...

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My FREE 2020 Block of the Month Announcement! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Do you love to have fun sewing along with everyone? I do too! 

This is the 7th year I'm designing and hosting this Free Block of the Month for my friends who own the Free Quilt Patterns page, Stashify.  One of the things they do is build websites for quilt shops.  So that is how I got to know them. 

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Pat Sloan 2020 Mystery BOMsm

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Let me tell you about this year, I am SO excited about this theme! What can be better than Cowboy hats, horses, Wild West stories (old and ...

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friday sew from Making A Lather

Last week, our Friday group met together. Everyone was busy with their projects. I really enjoy this time together, but only recently started taking my sewing machine again, after the restrictions for my back surgery were lifted. I have a rainbow crayon quilt I wanted to put together.

I had made the letters, along with the crayon, according to the color of the month for the rainbow scrap challenge. So, if you wondered what the letters were meant to be, this is part of them. I was really interested in letters for 2019. It seems I made letters for everything ...

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December 12, 2019
How to Make a Pillowcase with French Seams, No Raw Edges, No Serger Needed! from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

For our seventh Make of Christmas we are bringing back an oldie but a goodie. In this replay on how to make a pillowcase, I show you how to use your leftover yardage or novelty fabric to create a custom pillowcase with no raw edges.

That means we cover how to do a hot dog roll to get all of your raw edges concealed in the pillowcase sleeve, and how to make a French seam, which sounds way more complicated than it actually is, to give your pillowcase a finished look with no raw edges. No serger needed!

This video ...

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scrap bag from Making A Lather

Sometimes, after cataract surgery, the eye will still make a film at the back of the new lens. I am one of those. I had the first cataract surgery last fall, and another in January. By now, my eyes had healed well enough, that, I could have a lazer treatment of the membrane behind the lens. I did one last week and one yesterday. There is nothing to it except the fear of the unknown. It was quick and painless, but the eye is dilated for most of the day and that is funky.

One of my favorite purchases at ...

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Introducing the Spot on Dot from Expect Moore

Several months ago, I had an idea. Why can’t we magnify right on our quilting rulers? I don’t know about you, but my eyesight certainly hasn’t gotten any better the older I’ve gotten, and my eye doctor say I should expect it to continue to get worse. Since more accurate cuts lead to more precise […]

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Fireside Chat with Pat & GOODIE Bag giveaway! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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December 11, 2019
Let Your Light So Shine — Santa Paper Piecing design process from Wisonsin Quilting

Paper piecing lets me make sure that the quilts I produce have personal meaning. I love this paper pieced Santa $9 pattern (makes a 15″ x 15″ square, or if you add a bit more background, a quilted lined bag) because it started long ago with a “mid-century” candlestick that my mom brought out during the Christmas season.

My designs start with a sketch, playing with light and angles.

The pattern comes as a PDF download for you to print: 4 pages for the Santa and 4 more pages to cover the straps and wider belly of the bag if ...

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Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

Sometimes I get a crazy idea to watch some YouTube videos and do something new. I sort of put that on its head with this one. I watched this video from Rachel's Rocks and instead of breaking out the paints I used the tutorial to draw this gnome. He isn't high art, but I made a thing. 
While piecing Star Storm, I made some little four-patches to fit in when I needed to piece the strips. 
And my current knitting project is going along quite nicely.

Have you tried something new?

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Moleskine ...

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Local Quilting Class from Terificreations's Weblog

Friday January 17, 2020 I’m teaching a beginner/intermediate machine quilting class with the Village Squares Quilters from 9:30 – 3. Location is on the Village Squares Quilters website. Please contact Donna; for all the information including class fee and location. I’m going to approach this class in a specific format quilting a particular… Continue reading Local Quilting Class

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EQ and Me at Christmas 7, 8 from Virtual Quilter

I like it!

The blocks in this project file are straight out of the Electric Quilt Block library.

I prefer my Christmas decor to be clear and bright red, white and green, but would accept that is was once much righter, but has been loved and used, and so washed, many times and has faded.

The second design for the day lacks some quilting!

So, two things to work on for next Christmas. Add some quilting to this project, and start a new project for those who like a blue and white Christmas.

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December 10, 2019
WIP Wednesday #421 @TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

If you are Canadian, please share what you're working on this week...we would love to see it. The link-up is open from noon Tuesday (Pacific time) until noon Thursday (Pacific time).

Do you know that you don't have to have a blog to link up? You can use a picture from your Flickr or Instagram accounts. There's a how-to at each of the links above. Edited to add: your Instagram account has to be public for others to see your work! Thanks Kate for flagging that for us.

Please include our button or the URL (http ...

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mini template round 2 from Making A Lather

I went to a geneology workshop last night and feel motivated to try a little harder to search through my family history. I know it can be important to my Grandchildren who never knew my family. They were all gone by the time they were born. That is what happens to a late in life daughter of a late in life daughter of a late in life daughter. And Yes, I had a late in life child, even though I swore I wouldn't. It's a blessing and a curse......
Playing with the new mini pineapple ruler is addictive ...

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The Second Mina Opal Quilt: The 48 States from Wedding Dress Blue

My great-grandmother, Mina Opal, did beautiful handwork as a young woman. We believe this work was done probably sometime during the 1930s.


I only knew her as a great-grandmother, though a young one.  I am the oldest (and only) daughter of the oldest daughter of the oldest daughter.  And the previous three generations married young and had their daughters right away.  Mina Opal died when I was in college.

My mother (the only granddaughter) acquired this top a long time ago.


It needed cleaning and care, which she gave it.


Mina Opal not only embroidered, but also hand pieced the ...

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December 9, 2019
instagram frolic from Making A Lather

I don't like instagram, but everyone else does. The new quiltville mystery quilt, frolic, will be linking up on instagram instead of blog today. When I look at instagram, I feel like I am looking at someone's vacation slides - boring. There is no substance or information to make it interesting.
I did find myself unmotivated to even start this mystery. This will be my 19th quiltville mystery quilt. I have a page of all of them here. I am glad I broke into it.  I have clue one finished. I had all the blue strips already in the ...

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It’s Mini from Wedding Dress Blue

Using the cut-offs from the Hundred Hugs quilt made a while back, this Mini Quilt came about.


It finishes at 10-1/2″ square.  So fun!


I thought about making it into a potholder, but decided on a mini quilt instead.  It is hanging on the bulletin board in my sewing room for now.

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Star Storm Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

I picked up the pattern to make the Star Storm Quilt by Victoria Findlay Wolfe at the Annapolis Quilt Guild show Quilts by the Bay earlier this year. It has been sitting on my cutting table just waiting.

This past weekend I pulled out the stack of 1930s reproduction prints, some coordinating solids, and got cutting. First I cut and taped the paper pattern, then the fabrics.
The pattern is clearly written and states exactly what you should cut. Since I pulled fabric from my collection, I was short the yardage required to get the exact cuts, but I managed ...

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December 8, 2019
First Ladies Quilt from caledonia quilter

Lordy, I'm behind with my pretty-quilts-pictures.  I finished this at the end of October.  In general, I don't post pics until after the customer has picked up the quilt, just in case, and this gal was unable to get here for a while because her own life was pretty hectic at the time.

First Ladies Quilt

This is a very large quilt, and it was beautifully pieced.

There was lots of negative space for some pretty quilting.

The blocks were all quilted individually.

In order to keep some continuity between the blocks, I restricted the quilting to straight ...

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picking up the pace . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

There really wasn't a whole lot of stitching this past week.  I did the bare minimum on my Snow Sampler . . .
To be honest, Todd and I both kind of relapsed and I was good for not much. Finally Friday afternoon I started feeling better; Todd is still struggling a little.  So Saturday, I headed to Early Works with the grandgirls . . .
We had a really fun time!  Edith especially made herself at home.
You probably don't realize the hilariousness of this here, so check out this pic:
Yeah.  She traded her ballet shoes for Paddinton's red boots.  LOL ...

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Houston 3 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My apologies for missing SQI last weekend. I'm happy to say that I have a few more pictures from quilts at the Houston Quilt Festival. These are from Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) and from "In the American Tradition."

SAQA had a special exhibit entitled "Layered and Stitched: 50 Years of Innovative Art." These are some of my favorite works.

The following quilts are all from the "In the American Tradition" exhibit.

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