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April 7, 2020
to do tuesday from Making A Lather

Last week's to do
1. start quilted twins mystery
This was an adventure- In all this house of fabric, I couldn't find enough brown or gold for the constants in this mystery quilt. I started looking online for any suitable fabric. I didn't see any that thrilled me. I wasn't going to risk going out. Then, Joann fabric sent a coupon for curbside pick up. hmm. It took 2 attempts, but I found what I wanted. I was very frustrated in the end, but I have the fabric. That is as far as I got.


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April 6, 2020
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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Long lost blocks? from Espritpatch

On Thursday I deep dived into some drawers in my sewing room. I found some treasures, some things to part with when normal life resume and also some stuff for the bin. Among the findings were piles of blocks from swaps or bees I did years ago. In the days of Flicker, I used to join in about everything that was going on so I ended up with lots of different blocks that I sadly stashed away for "later". I also found a big pile (72 of them) of simple blue blocks made of 4 x 2.5' strips and ...

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Grandma’s Garden from Jean Swenson


Grandma’s Garden
March 2020

While I typically make what I like to call quankets – fleece backed quilt tops – I’ve been experimenting over the past year with machine quilting. I had pretty much resigned myself to thinking that machine quilting would be too difficult on my 1940’s something, narrow-neck Singer 401, and while it is challenging to manipulate the quilt on certain turns, I find if I go slow, it’s not too bad.

The center is quilted to resemble a flower, and from there, I borrowed visuals from my garden for the other quilting designs – leaves, vines ...

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wonky blocks from Making A Lather

I started these blocks in January from a scrap bundle and an idea I saw on the internet. I worked on them for awhile and then, it came time to decide on a setting and how many I would need. This is where it stalled. At first, I thought I would just make as many blocks as I had scraps, but it is impossible to ever use all the scraps. They just kept reproducing. I stopped at 40, and, tried a few arrangements.


I liked on point the best, but, needed one more block for 41.
Now to sew them ...

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April 5, 2020
Quilting around the corner – type 4 from I Patch and Quilt

Welcome everybody!

Today I will show you a fourth option for going around corners using the Ribbon Candy pattern.

The concept of this option ‘Flow’ is quilting up to the diagonal in the corner (white dotted line). Once you are close to that diagonal you quilt, in one fluent movement, a corner flourish.

You can create a full stop of course, before going into that flourish. I actually prefer that full stop, so I can have a moment to think and plan my next movement.

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You can merge your lines in the inner corner or use loops to get to ...

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April 4, 2020
orphan triangles from Making A Lather

I won a quilty orphan adoption from Erin Hutchinson From My patchwork life
I asked for the little bag of HSTS 1 1/2 inch size for my shoofly blocks. Aren't they wonderful? Thank  you Erin - great fun


Remember as a little child, playing with paper dolls or colorforms or mosaics. I felt like that, as I ironed and sorted all the little triangles. I trimmed them, and, I was entranced with sorting them into color groups. So pretty, and many I had not seen in my own stash, So much happiness in a little zip lock bag.


And ...

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Star Kissed Quiltalong: Corners from Wedding Dress Blue

Welcome to the Star Kissed Quiltalong! This is an ongoing quiltalong with no deadlines and no race to the finish.  It is a great day to get started.

You can find all you might want to know about previous steps in the quiltalong HERE, or you can link from the button to the right or the menu above.

Today we are focused on the corners, those lovely little four-patches and their accompanying background fabric.

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For EACH block you plan to finish, you need EIGHT pieces of background fabric, in two different sizes:
*If using 1-1/4″ base squares your four ...

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Soulful Girl from Appalachian Quilts

One of the things I truly enjoy about longarming is watching a quilt flimsy come to life once the quilting has begun.  This quilt was no disappointment.  The more I worked with the fabric, the more I fell in love with it.  Not to be prideful, but I absolutely adore this baby quilt!!!


I had auditioned that stripe fabric as sashing and in the little strippy part of the quilt, but it was just too busy.  It just screamed to be the binding.


The allover I chose with Retro Flower.  It just complemented the patterns in the fabrics.


Here is ...

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Patch Play 23, 24 from Virtual Quilter

Interesting … and all the blocks are based on Electric Quilt library blocks.

More EQ library block modifications … and I love the design.

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April 3, 2020
What should I do with this? + Full Trunk show list from Pat Sloan's Blog

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*** Farm Girl Vintage book Review ***

This is SUCH a great book by my friend Lori Holt!  The book includes so much more than the blocks for the quilt on the cover.

I decided to make this pieced block. 

Some features of the book:

  • Each block comes with 2 sizes
  • Sampler layout
  • Additional sampler layouts
  • Other projects.. see blow 

Farm Girl Vintage 2 Book https://shrsl.com/279a2

At the End is the list of all the designers for the FB live Trunk Shows!

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*** Farm Girl Vintage book Inside ***

This is one I really want to try!  

The key is getting ...

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Happy Hours-Creativity and Community from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters and Friends! Welcome to a new series at LKQ- Happy Hours-Creativity and Community! Our usual content, quilting, doodling and creativity are great ways to pass many happy hours… With our new feature, Happy Hours, we would like to add other content as well! Join us for a joyful break every Friday as…

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Which Sashing do you like? from Pat Sloan's Blog

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*** It's a Wrap!- Drive Down Lane Sew Along ***

Happy Friday! Today I have a few things.. let's get to it!

Bonnie Lane  - It's a wrap! Thank you for sewing along! I love sewing this with you for a 2nd time.  it was so much fun!! 

(ps.. Photo take last summer)

Goodies - Pattern & My applique tools

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Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Another scrappy quilt for Annapolis Quilts for Kids. This one was pieced by Cindy. 

If you want to contribute but don't have the time or skills, you can support the national Quilts for Kids by shopping through Amazon Smile. I don't earn anything from this link. This link lets your purchases support Quilts for Kids through Amazon. I don't add affiliate links to my charity quit posts on purpose. I donate my time, my machine, my thread, and my skill to the cause. 

Here is the EpochConverter for 2020.  

2020 Charity Quilt Count: 24

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April 2, 2020
A new goal from Making A Lather

It's time for choosing my goals for the month of April and the one monthly goal at elm street quilts. I had it assembled here in January.
I did not work on my basket quilt last two months. I want to add the borders and get it quilted. I am not sure how to quilt this yet.


I have this quilt - Sparkle punch that has been in the "to be quilted" pile for a few years. I think it is time to move it to the finished pile. The top is done, but, I need the back, and binding ...

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Star Kissed Quiltalong: A BIG Block Baby Quilt from Wedding Dress Blue

As you may be aware, the Star Kissed Quilt can be made in FOUR different “base block” sizes.

I am finishing projects in each of the four sizes.  The first top can be seen HERE.

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This is the second one.

Made using 2-1/2″ base squares, the top finishes at 36″.

Yep, one block = one quilt.  What a bargain!

A complete tutorial will be posted after the quiltalong instructions are complete, which should be in the next few weeks. You can get all previous posts and information by clicking the Quiltalong Button to the right or by going HERE.

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April 1, 2020
Quilt Candy Live Trunk Show! from Expect Moore

Are you at home looking for some Quilty Inspiration? Or a little bit of interaction with the “real world”? Well, some designers came up with a fun idea for some Facebook Live Trunk Shows where designers come together and share what we’re up to, as well as some fabulous “Quilt Candy” for you to check […]

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Charity Quilt Along Section 5 from Pat Sloan's Blog

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*** Bloom-Topia ***

I lOVE this tulip block from the Charity Quilt Along!

Here is what you'll find below on the 1st and the 15th of each month until we finish:

  • My blocks each week
  • Tip or Bonus or Butterfly blocks (this week is my final FREE BIG BIRD quilt!!) 
  • My cross stitch progress on the Bloom-topia Cross stitch, it's so cute!
  • AT THE END is the link to donate & to download the Bloom-topia patterns.  There is a video too for making the block


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*** Bloom-Topia 2 version ***

Here are my blocks and the blocks made with the kit

You can ...

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a patriotic finish from Making A Lather

This is a project I remember starting in the 90s, when a new quilt shop opened here in Kokomo, Indiana. It didn't last long, but, it was wonderful while it was open. I had taken a "real " quilting class, and loved stopping in the shop to pet the fabric. It has sat in the ufo stage for that many years.
I pulled this project out again here and here in 2019. I finished the top and it fell into the "to be quilted" pile.
It seemed like a quick finish for these trying times. I had it on the ...

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Vase of Flowers-Raw Edge Applique from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Today, I would like to share my Vase of Flowers quilt. But first, I recommend this interesting video on How Soap Kills the Coronavirus. The video is short and explains the importance of soap-not just water–to kill germs.  It includes interesting graphics on how soap destroys germ cells!  Who knew handwashing could…

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