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February 19, 2019
Quick and easy cutting instructions for a classic rail fence quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I introduced the colorways for the NEW Banyan Batiks, Banyan Classics Collection. I’m thrilled to start the rail fence quilt with this new batik line.

Before cutting into your fabric it’s a good idea to give it a quick press, especially if you’ve chosen to wash it. Ah, to prewash, or not prewash; that is the question! It’s a question as old as Shakespeare and its answer is entirely up to you. After all, it’s your quilt. In general, batiks have a history of color bleeding because of their rich saturation of dye, so ...

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WIP Wednesday #379 @TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

The past week for me has felt kinda bonkers. Kids had one day of school last week and yesterday was a holiday for sewing has been in random spurts but I do it when I can. 

How about you? Did you have a good long weekend?

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 ...

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templates from Making A Lather

I am a tool person and so is my husband, so he would let me buy anything that was a tool. He is a machine repairman, and he knows that the right tool can make a huge difference. I made my first quilt with a homemade cardboard template. We have come a long way since then.

I did a quick check on the template inspired quilts I am piecing. I have taken the double wedding ring out of the box again and I have several of these parts I need to make.

I have been cutting 2 1/2 in ...

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February 18, 2019
Cuddly fabric, Memory quilts, darling patterns and quilt travel today! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Guests Teresa Coates, Bill Locke, Suzanne Paquette, and Anna Bates join Pat for a chat!

CLICK THE PLAYER & Listen to Show 411 -- My favorite find at the end!

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 411 Teresa Coates

Shannon Fabrics creates amazing textured fabric that are so fun to snuggle under. My friend Teresa Coates is an artist and the Event ...

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NEW Banyan Classics Collection makes for a knockout rail fence quilt from Quilt Social

I was beyond excited when asked to write about Banyan Batiks NEW Banyan Classics Collection. After all, what quilter doesn’t love the idea of receiving a box of fabric in the mail, right?

Christmas came early!

Imagine my delight when I saw the beautiful palette of the Banyan Classics Collection in tones of black, white and grey. You can’t get more classic than that! Six dynamic prints in five timeless colorways of Pearl, Opal, Silver, Pewter, and Onyx.

Banyan Classics Collection featuring the Opal Colorway, NEW February 2019!! Are you ready for the free pattern fun! Join Michael Smith for Rail Fence Quilt this week using 5 strips!
Banyan Classics Opal Colorway

These fabrics definitely appealed to my more masculine sensibilities; no big floral or cutesy prints, so ...

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Quilted Pocket Organizer from Expect Moore

When Mr. Domestic asked if I’d be part of his blog hop showing off his new line of Aura fabrics with Art Gallery Fabrics, of course I said yes and started thinking of how I wanted to use these pretty fabrics. What I immediately decided was something simple and practical. Because while I love quilts, I have so many that sit in a chest waiting for their day in the sun. And I knew I didn’t want to do that with these beautiful fabrics. So, I created a Quilted Pocket Organizer. This is a simple wall-hanging that it ...

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good fortune - green from Making A Lather

We decided for our "fun Saturday outing" we would visit Menards and buy some garden seeds. We have grow lights in our basement, and start a few plants indoors for our garden. From the look of outdoors, we are too early, but, we were in need of thinking of Spring and the green coming in the days ahead. Our February has been especially gloomy, I decided we would do one fun thing a day to try and stay positive.

I thought I would put Good fortune on time out for awhile, but, I found my self assembling the green triangle ...

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Show And Tell from Wedding Dress Blue

It is so inspiring to see your creations using WeddingDressBlue patterns and tutorials.  Thank you for sharing them with me:

Nina in Sweden made this smaller size Growing Up Odd quilt. She says, “This quilt is sized for a baby and will be given to a shelter in one of the slum areas in Rio, Brazil that focus on young pregnant girls that have no home, giving them education in purpose of them standing on own feet with their child/children. They are sent there by a Swedish born priest that is connected to this shelter and visit Sweden regularly ...

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: graphic lines from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

In just a few days many of us will be traveling to Nashville, TN, for QuiltCon, which begins on Thursday. I pray that you all have safe travels and that you enjoy the show. If you're planning to attend QuiltCon on Friday, let me know. (Leave a note here or email me at I'd love to meet you, perhaps for lunch, and to have a chance to get to know you in person. It's almost always better, don't you think?

s.o.t.a.k handmade: blogger's quilt festival (fall 2016)QuiltCon Magazine 2018 - The Quilting Company

QuiltCon 2019 ++ Quilt Submissions

Emergent by Kari Vojtechovsky.  QuiltCon 2015.  Photo by Fresh Lemons Quilts.

I'm so happy to see that @qvilted's quilt made it into QuiltCon! She's one of my quilting crushes.  Check out her work! Congrats Yara! #quiltcon #quilt #modernquilt

The Modern Quilt Guild

Cabana quilt designed, pieced and quilted by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill | Whole Circle Studio. Pattern available soon. Cabana exhibited in "Minimalism" category at QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah Georgia and selected for "Best of QuiltCon 2017" international traveling show.

On a New Path by Melody Baker QuiltCon 2017QuiltCon 2018 // Some of My Favorite Quilts

1st   Place: Urban Trek  60” x 72” Pieced and quilted by Heather Black Inland Northwest MQG, Spokane, WA

Warp and Weft  Pieced and quilted by Cheryl Brickey  Greer, South Carolina, United States  Greenville Modern Quilt Guild  @MeadowMistDesigns  43 x 41 inches  | QuiltCon 2017 Award Winners | MQG Community

Enjoy these quilts and over 8,000 others on my "heart, quilts ...

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February 17, 2019
I Love Polka Dots and I Hate Winter from caledonia quilter

Oooh, get a load of those bright grunge polka dots.

Quilted with a "modern" pantograph, oddly enough called Mid Century.  The backing was pieced, using preprinted Stack 'n Whack fabric and more of the grunge polka dots.


Last week I showed you a pic of my kitchen door covered in ice.  This is the same door, THIS week.  Fresh ice. This was Tuesday morning.

Here's the back yard Tuesday night.

Here's the front yard Wednesday morning.  Now we've got snow on TOP of the ice.  Guild meeting tonight is cancelled.  This ...

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Building vs Rehab from Terificreations's Weblog

This post is a reflection, focusing on recent drive time thinking of the difference between building new vs rehabbing established based on my Word of the Year, Build. It’s very quilterly, and rather nostalgic. Thirty years ago now, oh it feels so long ago, I was in the middle of a volunteer service year at… Continue reading Building vs Rehab

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Bloc C1 Caswell quilt from Accroquilt

And we began a new row for that Caswell quilt.  Many green fabrics and many red fabrics in used in that quilt.

Voilà la troisième rangée de blocs débutée pour Caswell quilt.  Beaucoup de tissus verts et rouges sont utilisés pour ces blocs.  C'est la première fois que je procède ainsi pour les feuilles.  Hors de ma zone de confort mais j'aime bien jusqu'ici.  La courtepointe sera différente en tout point.

À la prochaine!

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February 16, 2019
How to Get Started in Machine Embroidery from Kim Hanson Quilts

Taking on new tasks is always daunting – no matter who you are. You could be the most competent person in every aspect of your life. Then, something new hits the horizon, and it stops you dead in your tracks. Often, no matter how much we want to acquire the new skill, it takes several “treks up the hill” before we are actually able to grasp and hold on tight to that which is new. It’s human nature, I think.

When it comes to mastering the art of machine embroidery, I’ve had both personal friends and online friends immediately ...

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rsc end of rainbow from Making A Lather

I have both red and yellow string pieces made and cut for the end of the rainbow quilt. I have a bad habit of carrying a book around with me and putting it down at some point without even thinking about it. If I have a few minutes, I might grab it to read, or I might carry it to my bedroom for a before bed look, or I might carry it to the cutting table, or the kitchen table, or ....The book with the pattern is hiding right now,

But, not before I have cut all the background pieces ...

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Shine On Top Complete from Wedding Dress Blue

A quilt for my grandson and upcoming tutorial is now a complete flimsy.


You may recognize some of the same black and white fabrics used in my recent house quilt.

At 80″ square, it is tough to have enough room inside during the wet, snowy weather.  At night.

But you get the idea.

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February 15, 2019
Next Charity block, a little video, + did you enter? from Pat Sloan's Blog

Happy Friday!  The middle of the month means my round up of what is going on, including Block #2 for the Charity quilt along, a new quick & easy sew along, plus.. enter my giveaway if you didn't do it yet! 

** My OLFA Story **

What fun to be asked to be the first to share my "Olfa Story"! I've used an Olfa rotary cutter since day 1 and this year I'm so honored to be on the Olfa Creator team!

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my tiny tuesday blocks from Making A Lather

Great story. It has taken me this long to decide if, and how, I was going to quilt along with So Scrappy's rainbow sampler this year. I was feeling the pinch of being behind, and I wasn't sure how to envision it finished. I started looking for ideas.
I tend toward plain neutral backgrounds. I am chicken I guess.
I really liked Diann of Little Penguin's grey background.
and the prints background at  Jamie's L'fair.
and Susie's print knitty quilter.

I shopped online and added several great backgrounds to shopping carts. But ...

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Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Another fun charity quilt! Both of these were constructed by other members of Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
And a panel. Both quilted and headed to Annapolis Quilts for Kids.

Here is the EpochConverter for 2019.

2019 Charity Quilt Count: 10

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February 14, 2019
A Valentine's Giveaway! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Happy Valentine's day! What's more fun than roses, chocolates, dinner out? Entering my giveaway!

Pat Sloan scrap

I just finished another quilt using 2.5" squares


Pat sloan multi 2 inch square quilt pic 3

Cindy and Dennis of Pink Paw Studio quilted my piece with

 Vortex by

Pat sloan multi 2 inch square quilt pic 4

So I think this type of quilt needs a name

And then I thought.. why not ask you to name it! 

Moda Prize 2

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I'm giving away this gorgeous bundle, courtesy of Moda Fabric, so the person who names my quilt!

The details

  • Leave me a comment telling me what Name you'd call ...

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The Largest Quilt I’ve Ever Made from Expect Moore

Several years ago, I created a block of the Month Quilt for FaveQuilts. I put together a series of 12 blocks, and flew to their offices in Chicago to film the videos to go along with the series. To do this, I made the quilt for the series, and made what are called “step outs” of each quilt block. These are partially-completed versions of the block so that I’m not spending the whole time in the studio stitching seams that will not be in the finished video. But, it meant that I had a whole lot of partially-completed quilt ...

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