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April 15, 2019
What's in a Name Tag? from Becca's Crazy Projects

To help people get to know each other, the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild coordinated a name tag swap.

I decided that I want to do some tiny paper piecing to make sure I got it right. I designed a stack of tiny flying geese. I used Electric Quilt 8 to design the paper piecing papers. There is an option to print as many as will fit on a page, so I went with it. There was a printing problem (the user) so I ended up with two pages of these.
I grabbed my bin of scraps and make a couple ...

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My new sewing space setup from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

I thought I’ll put this here on the blog too. This was my insta story a couple of weeks ago.

I love looking at sewing spaces and I would love to share a little more of mine, so you’ll feel like you’ve been here sewing with me at some point.

Besides, it always nice to look back at all the setup I used to sew in. 

Sewing Space 2011

Just look at this one – when I first learned how to quilt. That table was just beside our bed. 

I think that is when the name The Little ...

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April 14, 2019
Vintage Quilts (love), the Current To-Do List, A Bit Of Humour from caledonia quilter

Several years ago I went on a road trip to the Shelburne Museum for their 100 Best Quilts exhibit.  So many of the quilts were tagged with the comment "maker unknown" that I was walking around with a kleenex mopping up my tears.  Yes, I'm a total crybaby.  I'm pretty sure I embarassed my friend Sue. The exhibit was fabulous if you're into vintage quilts.  Keep an eye out, they may do it again.  They DO have a quilt exhibit on from May through October.
Anyhow...I have a new customer who is loaded with vintage quilts ...

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stash report April 14, 2019 from Making A Lather

We have started birthday season in our family. My hubby's is the 4th, Youngest son is the 6th, Son number 3 is the 18th, and many more in our extended family.

I am looking for mustard, cheddar color fabric. This was supreme cotton from Missouri star quilt company. It is a beautiful color. I have some more ordered, before I choose. And, while I was there, I added a few 'deals" to my cart.

I am looking forward to slow Sunday stitching today. It is a cold and rainy Spring day. After church, I am cuddling up with some ...

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April 13, 2019
A little bit of aqua from Making A Lather

I have been playing in the aqua scraps. I made the flying home blocks in light and dark. I just saw this block called the humility block in an old magazine. I know why... I often get the pieces turned around and have to unpick and resew. And it is an easy block. sigh.. I have made some interesting variations, though. But, no chance, of pride on making this one for me.

I made 4 patches for the someday irish chain quilt.

I am filling the box, probably for next year.

I made the checkerboard 4 patches for woven checkerboard ...

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April 12, 2019
Tulipfest Sew Along - Gnomes and Tulips are darling! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Let's make TulipFest blocks this week!


Februrary favorites american jane

I have fallen in LOVE with this quilt from my good friend Sandy of American Jane! My kit arrived, I'm thinking I need to make the flag first.. or...maybe get one of the basket made as a "May Day" basket.. mmm. decisions decisions...

** BUY The pattern or Kit HERE **

Pat Sloan Tulipfest Sew along pic 2

I've made my 4 purple tulip blocks. I still think I'll do this one with just the 4, but I could change my mind, we quilters are like that!

This Weeks Assignment

  • If you are making the full ...

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this and that from Making A Lather

Remember how full my closet is of quilts to be quilted? This is one of them. Sister's 9 patch is a quiltville quilt that I thought had been done for awhile, waiting in the closet to be quilted. I told myself I can not start anything new, until, I quilt a quilt, of my own, from the closet. I grabbed this one.
But, it is not ready. The back wasn't actually pieced and then, I realized it needs borders as well, and binding.

 This was the first finished quilt block from a student in the workshop I taught ...

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Quilting Love from Becca's Crazy Projects

I shared this fun paper pieced mini love quilt with you last week. I quilted it up but it isn't quite finished. Pattern is paper pieced Love Stamp Quilt by Sam Hunter.
I used one of my rulers to help me quilt the background with a coordinating gray thread. 
The square meander in the letters was done free-hand. so were some of the straight lines in the background, but most were done with a ruler. I trimmed it up and all it needs now is binding and a label.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Fiskars Rotary Cutter ...

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April 11, 2019
Baltimore Appliqué Showstoppers from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Last month, when Kara was here to teach at the Academy of Appliqué, we spent a day at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Virginia. That has been our routine for the past few years, but we were especially eager to go this year to see the special exhibit by the Baltimore Appliqué Society (BAS). And not just because our Fairy Tale Album was part of the exhibit; we knew what a treat it is to see the work of our fellow appliqué-ers in BAS! And we were not disappointed. Here is the exhibit for you to enjoy.

We so ...

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White On Colour 10 from Virtual Quilter

Love the design … but even though green is my favourite colour, this is not the sort of green I love.

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April 10, 2019
April finish along from Making A Lather

A sunshiney day and, a sunshine quilt that is finished. I took advantage of sunshine to take photos of another quiltville mystery quilt finished. This grand illusion is the second one I have done. The first one was in the recommended colors, and, this one, I used Denise Schmidt fabrics.

This is my 14th finished mystery quilt with 4 more to go.  There are only 16 mystery quilts but, I did 2 of 2 different mysteries. To see them go here.

This is #3 on my list for the 2019 finish along. I almost had it done in the 1st ...

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Pin It Weekly #275 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Time to check in with new followers and say hello, don't you think? You know how I love old buildings. Well, Melissa Walraven has a board titled Churches, Barns and Old Homes. You can make a safe bet that I'll be pinning a few of the 270+ pins that she has.


Keldur, IcelandTumblr

old barn

.Turquoise barn  from Genevieve Haudricourt photography

Purple Barn

Neide Cristina Paisan has a board called bonecas. I thought bonecas translated into bunny of some kind based on the many that are on the site. I google translated it anyway, because... 
Well, just because it's what I have to do. Anyway, I was wrong. It ...

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April 9, 2019
WIP Wednesday #386 @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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florabunda again from Making A Lather

I am having a little bit of trouble getting the angle of the HSTs right. I can't just web the block together and start the assembly, without spreading it out, and checking it for mistakes. I am sure the more I make, the better it will get. But, it seems that I can look at a good block for placement, and, by the time, I pick up the next piece my mind has switched it. sigh....

But, it's worth it, I like the blocks, and, it's exciting to see each block. I need 72, and, I am ...

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Rock On Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

A weekend with a lot of sitting and watching time means a lot of binding time.

So, Rock On is also a finished quilt.


It is 80″ square and contains 85 blocks plus setting triangles.


I am happy with it from back to front.


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9 Patch ‘n’ Apps 5 x 5 10 from Virtual Quilter

The title of this series does not appeal, but I like the designs … and this one I love. I am thinking about how I would do the applique, or would I use coloured pencils for the washed out shapes. Or mix them up!

I have hardly touched any UFOs for ages, but I am starting to think seriously about some new projects. I am trying to keep my mind on alterations and dress making so when I start being a real quilter again I don’t have to worry about the mending basket.

(The real reason for that is that ...

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April 8, 2019
Editor Show this week! from Pat Sloan's Blog

CLICK THE PLAYER & Listen to Show 415

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 415 Editors

Hit the Road with the American Patchwork & Quilting Staff

This is the time of year where the weather’s getting nicer and everyone starts planning their summer vacations! Whether you’re planning a big getaway with the whole family or just want to fit in some smaller day trips with your girlfriends, we have some suggestions for how to fit sewing ...

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Shine On Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

Do you ever notice that, in some ways, the maker of a quilt knows very little about what is REALLY looks like?  We are always close to it and see it in small pieces…

Anyway, maybe this doesn’t happen to you, but it does to me all the time.

When a quilt is complete and I step back and REALLY look for the first time, it is…well…hard to describe.


But, I really like this quilt.

Bold and bright and scrappy, but somehow simple and graphic. (See the feet of my quilt assistants in the corner…they were ...

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stars from Making A Lather

I had some time this weekend, while watching general conference, holding my sweet new Grandson.

I enjoyed making the green scraptastic star so much, I decided to see if I had enough red and yellow 2 1/2 inch squares to catch up with the rainbow scrap challenge. This hadn't been a planned rainbow quilt, until, I was playing in the squares.

Umm.. I had plenty of squares haha. I have even pulled aqua squares for April's color.

My oldest son being a loving daddy makes me happy. This is number six for him.

I am linking to ...

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April 7, 2019
Tips for Mitered Quilt Binding from Carol Lyles Shaw

Like most quilters, I use a mitered edge on my quilt binding.  I’ve tried several methods for getting that angle corner correct.

Here’s a tutorial on a method that I tried a few days ago that worked out pretty well.

I cut my binding strips fairly wide–this one is 2-1/2″.  It’s a pieced binding using fabrics from the quilt top and back.   I turn and iron a 1/4 inch edge –I’ll use that when I hand sew the binding to the back.  As normal, I sew the binding strip to the front of ...

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