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October 18, 2018
Star Applications 3 from Virtual Quilter

Star Applications 3

I really must change the contrast in this series … stars show up as bright lights in a dark sky, not dark spots in a light sky!

I do like the idea of applique stars instead of the usual pieced blocks though.

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October 17, 2018
Falling Leaves from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

Who doesn't love Fall? And a fall quilt is even better; so for my friend, Monika's birthday, I made her a Falling Leaves quilt. The pattern is by Vanessa Christensen. It's actually a kit. Her ombre fabrics are yummy and make these leaves pop on the background of the Robert Kaufman yarn dyed charcoal fabric. 

This was the first quilt that I used a stencil to mark some registration lines before I quilted it. Why have I never done this before? Although my quilting is far from perfect, the stencil did help me to quilt it more ...

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wedding ring double fun from Making A Lather

The weather has been so nice. I love an Indiana sky in the fall. It is a perfect shade of blue with just enough fluffy clouds to make it interesting. The temperature is cool enough that there is no doubt winter is coming, but warm enough to still feel hopeful there is a bit more time to be outdoors.
We grew elephant ears this year for the first time, And a bunch of weeds, and mosquitoes. We are clever that way.

I have all the A pieces of arcs made for my double wedding ring quilt- all of them. I ...

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Cabin Fever Isolation Area 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 from Virtual Quilter

Cabin Fever Isolation Area 26

Interesting design to start this weeks mid week Log Cabin retreat.

Cabin Fever Isolation Area 27

Those light markings look a bit like the lightning we had yesterday and overnight.

Cabin Fever Isolation Area 28

The one above looks a bit like some weird tool I might find in our shed, but would leave it there because I wouldn’t know what to do with it.

Cabin Fever Isolation Area 29

Very interesting!

Cabin Fever Isolation Area 30

That is all for this week … more Log Cabin designs next week, mid week.

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October 16, 2018
WIP Wednesday #361 @TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

Lots of beautiful projects linked up last week! I'm always greedy for more, so what do you have for me now? 

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.

Please include our button or the URL (http://needleandthreadnetwork ...

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Annual Tobermory Retreat from caledonia quilter

Well, we're celebrating our 10th retreat-aversary up here.  In the spirit of festivity, I encouraged a little bit of day drinking with our lunch...very French, you know.

I was on food duty yesterday so there were beef crostinis with a little MORE day drinking.

Then dessert after supper included the Boozie Floozies I made (sun dried cherries soaked for a couple weeks in Bourbon and Grand Marnier).

Since my kitchen duties are finished for the week I was stitching up a storm this morning and managed to be the first one "on the railing".

This afternoon I'm ...

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LOTS of Tips on thread, holiday quilts and learning new things! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Guests Melissa Harris, Arlene Stamper, Marcia Baker, and Karen Miller join Pat for a chat!

CLICK THE PLAYER & Listen to Show 396 -- My WEEKLY FIND is at the end!

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

I have an overview of the podcast in less than 2 min, with subtitles,

let me know if you love this feature!

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 396 Melissa Harris and Arlene Stamper

Arlene Stamper and Melissa Harris are the mother, daughter design team at Quilt Company. If ...

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The Nancy Zieman Memoir Book Tour Stop & Giveaway! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I'm honored to be able to share with you the the new book & DVD about my friend Nancy Zieman written by her amazing husband and business partner Richard.


"Nancy Zieman - A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends Blog Tour hosted by the Nancy Zieman Productions the Blog"

At the June baby lock event for Ambassadors, Nancy gave us an overview of her career, which is really incredible. She wrote about it in her book "Seams Unlikely", which you can pick up HERE. Her talk gave me another peek into how she thought and how she built her business. 

She ...

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Ripple,  A One Block Mini Quilt It was fun designing the October... from Living Water Quilter

Ripple,  A One Block Mini Quilt

It was fun designing the October Island Batik Ambassador project. Ripple, designed in Electric Quilt 8 is part of series of one block quilt designs.


Since Ripple has exaggerated flying geese, piecing require templates or foundation paper-piecing. I choose to foundation paper-piece the blocks. I like and use newsprint. Amazon sells 500 sheet pack for only $9!  That’s a lot of paper-piecing. :D


Check it Out, a new fabric collection from Island Batik is the perfect combination with basic black and white fabrics. Thank you Island Batik for a generous supply of this ...

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Tuesday template from Making A Lather

Last week, I cut the black and white pieces for a new experimental quilt.. I am using the crazy 6 template.

I have started the chain piecing. But, I am only sewing a few every morning before I work on other UFOs.

I have another snowflake block finished which leaves only one left to do. I am trying to finish these as I am planning to teach this quilt to our guild the early part of next year.

My Grandaughters are visiting for fall break and we have had great fun. I had purchased a box of lala loopsie dolls ...

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Seeing Stars: Finished Top from Wedding Dress Blue

Whew!  I really wanted to get this one pieced and off the design floor.  Husband was really tired of stepping around it.

Hopefully I will get the back finished (secret piecing project) by the end of the week and move it towards a complete finish soon.

Thanks, Melissa, for such a dynamic design.

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Fall Into A Quilt Along Quilt As You Go Layout from Quilt in Piece

Fall Into A Quilt Along Quilt As You Go Layout And finally and far to quickly, we have finished all 12 blocks and will be sewing them altogether to make a quilt. Now I will be showing you how to put these together. But first, there is the really big prize. The sponsors web pages are below; Deadline for Grand prize entry is 11/12/18 at 11:59 PM EST. Grand Prize: An Island Batik 24 piece Fat Eighth Bundle of the “Pumpkin Patch” fabric collection. Please include this photo in your description One Warm ...

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Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Twelve from Quilt in Piece

Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Twelve Today brings a fantastic pattern for block 12 in the Fall Into A QAL. The Owl. Today’s block is designed by me. Here she is. Full instructions is in the pattern that you will download. You can download the pattern here. I have not appliqued the owl pieces yet, as that will be done, when I quilt the block. The Hosts for the Quilt Along Please also visit all the the other hosts and designers, to see how they have made with block one. Each host has their very own unique style ...

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Fiddlebobs OP 6 from Virtual Quilter

Fiddlebobs OP 6

On point and quilted … love it!

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October 15, 2018
FREE Aurifil Designer Block Challenge, 2018 Block 10 from Pat Sloan's Blog

 am SO excited about the October Aurifil designer interview with the amazing Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio!

 DOWNLOAD the pattern at the end of the interview and come right back as I have Tips!.

Pat Sloan Aurifil 2017 DOM block 10 

This years theme is blocks inspired by places. 

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill has a wonderful story about her block and again, it's NYC that inspires her, But not the whole city, just one special place that captured her heart.

This is a paper pieced block, but it's not hard. It is also not symmetrical. Below are some of my tips!


Pat Sloan Aurifil 2018 DOM block 10 pic 2  Pat Sloan Aurifil 2018 DOM block 10 pic 3

Pat's Tip

  • I trim ...

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Nocturne from Jean Swenson


October 2018

This is a variation on a Churn Dash quilt block that I first saw on Jacquelynne Steves Sew Quilty Friends Facebook group. In researching to find out more about this block design, I came across this similar Churn Dash variation over at Angela Walters Midnight Quilt show on YouTube, and I also found a great resource site, In all that I looked at, this block seems to be a melding of the Capital T block and the Churn Dash block.

For the colorway, I really wanted to keep it limited to just two colors. However ...

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The last flower pot... le dernier bouquet... from Accroquilt

Here is the fourth bouquet for the Secret Garden Quilt,  designed by Esther Aliu. It was a 2017 mystery quilt.  I'm now ready to go back on work with this quilt.  

Voici le 4ème bouquet de la courtepointe mystère 2017 Secret Garden, d'Esther Aliu.
Je suis maintenant prête à reprendre l'assemblage de cette courtepointe.  Tous les blocs à coudre sont terminés.  Il y a eu le chat caché, la chaîne cachée, la clé cachée et maintenant on aperçoit le cadenas.
Cependant, je trouve le cadenas bien ordinaire.  Peut-être vais-je rajouter quelques éléments de broderie pour lui donner ...

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Quilty Beret Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello my creative friends!

Have you ever had quilted left-over pieces that are not big enough for a pillow, but not small enough to throw away? Well, take all those pieces out because today we'll be using them to make a beret. I got the idea because I love the delicate designs and cozy tones of the "Little Clementine" collection, and also my little Carlota loves to dress up and wear all kinds of accessories, so I figured this would be the perfect match.


To start, you need two quilted pieces that are big enough to cut a circle ...

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orca bay 3 from Making A Lather

Jo of Jo's country junction is trying to finish all the quilts in quiltville's string fling book before the new book is published. I am trying to finish all the mystery quilts as part of that challenge before the new mystery in November. My challenge finishes here

A little bit at a time and it is making progress. I have finally finished all the hour glass blocks for orca bay mystery quilt.

And I have tried my hand at the Ohio star block with the white corners.

Our guild quilt show was last weekend and these are ...

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Festival Quilt Finish from Wedding Dress Blue

This is my major charitable quilt for the year. It is based on donated fabric from Riley Blake and a modified pattern and will go to the annual Festival of Trees in December.


I like the pieced binding and the back.


I don’t have to love a quilt to know that someone will love it.


It will warm the heart and body of a child, surely.


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