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January 16, 2018
Irish Stars Update: 130 Of 361 from Wedding Dress Blue

How is your Irish Stars quilt coming?  Mine is coming.  Slowly.  It is just going to take a long time.

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But, I have passed the 1/3 mark with 130 of 361 blocks complete.

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Only about 1-1/2 more years and I should be finished.  At least at the rate I am going.  Everyday people think I am joking when I say something like that, but fellow quilters understand.

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January 15, 2018
Float from MMM Quilts

Those of you who have hung around here for any length of time know that I love quilts with super-imposed images. I love when your eye sees a quilt one way, and then there's a 'shift' and boom! You see that same quilt in a different way, the first image receding, then there it is again, and so on. It's like Rubin's Vase.  'Float', which is what I've named my Splash of Colour quilt, has a similar illusion effect.


The sun peeked out for a couple of minutes on the photo shoot day, but as luck ...

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Float from MMM Quilts

Those of you who have hung around here for any length of time know that I love quilts with super-imposed images. I love when your eye sees a quilt one way, and then there's a 'shift' and boom! You see that same quilt in a different way, the first image receding, then there it is again, and so on. It's like Rubin's Vase.  'Float', which is what I've named my Splash of Colour quilt, has a similar illusion effect.


The sun peeked out for a couple of minutes on the photo shoot day, but as luck ...

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January 3, 2018
One and 150 Canadian Women from MMM Quilts

I joined the 150 Canadian Women QAL at Next Step Quilting Designs shortly after she'd started, I think the third week in, so October, 2016. I stuck with this, at times being nine blocks behind (maybe more), and I am just so very very glad I did. I learned so much about these a-MAZING women, felt so in awe of their fortitude, intelligence, bravery, and both fearsome and fearless attitudes. I do not have the flimsy done quite yet, but here are the final six blocks.


Wait what? Yeah, I had the same thought when I read that. I ...

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One and 150 Canadian Women from MMM Quilts

I joined the 150 Canadian Women QAL at Next Step Quilting Designs shortly after she'd started, I think the third week in, so October, 2016. I stuck with this, at times being nine blocks behind (maybe more), and I am just so very very glad I did. I learned so much about these a-MAZING women, felt so in awe of their fortitude, intelligence, bravery, and both fearsome and fearless attitudes. I do not have the flimsy done quite yet, but here are the final six blocks.


Wait what? Yeah, I had the same thought when I read that. I ...

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December 16, 2017
Getting Ready to Row Along from Pipersgirls's Weblog

Who is ready to row along with us starting next month!? I can’t wait, we are going to have so much fun.

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I wanted to share with you some of the basics that you will need to be all set to start. If your an organized planner kind of person, you’ll want to start organizing some things now. Or if you are a down to the wire, last minute kind of gal, like me, grab it all the night before, either way here’s a list to help you quilt along

1. First of all, you need to ...

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November 27, 2017
Block 11 of the Growing Up QAL from Quilt Fabrication

Here it is, the November block for the Growing Up QAL


November Growing Up QAL block

designed by my fellow blogger, Alida, of Alida Tweloq Designs.

This also happens to be the last block for the QAL, so now it's on to arranging all of them, and going through Alida's suggested sashing ideas. A lot left to do!

For this month, I went with block 2, as I had difficulty figuring out where to put my three colors, red, white, and blue in block 1. This block design just worked a bit better for three colors.

Notice I was a bit of a ...

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November 21, 2017
Splash of Colour Quilt Along from MMM Quilts

Here are half of my blocks for the Splash of Colour QAL with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts:


A few years ago, I started collecting fat quarters, 1/4 or 1/3 yard cuts of black and white fabrics, thinking it would be cool to make a quilt one day entirely in black and white. The stack has mainly just sat.  I did use several of them in Callum's quilt, Shift. There are bats from Brady's quilt, Jack and Friends. Then there are several meaningful ones, like the Paris one, the starfish, the music, the flowers, the French ...

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Splash of Colour Quilt Along from MMM Quilts

Here are half of my blocks for the Splash of Colour QAL with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts:


A few years ago, I started collecting fat quarters, 1/4 or 1/3 yard cuts of black and white fabrics, thinking it would be cool to make a quilt one day entirely in black and white. The stack has mainly just sat.  I did use several of them in Callum's quilt, Shift. There are bats from Brady's quilt, Jack and Friends. Then there are several meaningful ones, like the Paris one, the starfish, the music, the flowers, the French ...

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November 19, 2017
Wayward Transparency from MMM Quilts

I already knew it had been a while since I posted, but when I got a text from my daughter, Dayna, stating, "you don't blog anymore," I decided all right, sit your butt down at the laptop and write a post. There's no real reason for the 11 days' gap between posts; yes I've been sewing, bits and bats of various projects, nothing much (yet) to show. I've been reading too: some of it very heavy and oppressive, A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead, non-fiction about the women in the French Resistance during Nazi occupation ...

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Wayward Transparency from MMM Quilts

I already knew it had been a while since I posted, but when I got a text from my daughter, Dayna, stating, "you don't blog anymore," I decided all right, sit your butt down at the laptop and write a post. There's no real reason for the 11 days' gap between posts; yes I've been sewing, bits and bats of various projects, nothing much (yet) to show. I've been reading too: some of it very heavy and oppressive, A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead, non-fiction about the women in the French Resistance during Nazi occupation ...

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November 12, 2017
6 Köpfe 12 Blöcke - Layout für meinen Samplerquilt from Quiltmanufaktur

Die Layout-Woche der 6 Köpfe ist heute Thema auf meinem Blog! Ihr habt jetzt bereits die tollen Ideen von Dorthe - Lalalapatchwork, Nadra - ellis & higgs, sowie Verena - einfach bunt Quilts zu sehen bekommen.

Sampler Quilts stellen immer eine knifflige Sache für das Layout dar. Alle Blöcke unterscheiden sich nicht nur in ihrer Form, sondern auch in den Farben aus denen sie gemacht sind. Das führt dazu, dass man wie ein hypnotisiertes Kaninchen um das Layout schleicht, weil man gezählte 1000 Möglichkeiten hat.... Lustig ist immer, dass die erste Idee meist die ist, was man später dann umsetzt - dazwischen liegen Stunden, in ...

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November 7, 2017
Still Thinking Pink from MMM Quilts

Here is a rosy post for you...and for me too. Always a downer coming home from a Brady visit.
I am happy to report that my first project I hit upon for the RSC2017 has all blocks complete. The pink one is now done.

It's no secret star blocks are my favourite, with the schoolhouse block a very very close second. However, I saw these as house blocks, not quite schoolhouses, when I started this back in January. Each block is 16.5" unfinished. The pattern is free on my Craftsy store, (affiliate link) but it is for ...

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Still Thinking Pink from MMM Quilts

Here is a rosy post for you...and for me too. Always a downer coming home from a Brady visit.
I am happy to report that my first project I hit upon for the RSC2017 has all blocks complete. The pink one is now done.

It's no secret star blocks are my favourite, with the schoolhouse block a very very close second. However, I saw these as house blocks, not quite schoolhouses, when I started this back in January. Each block is 16.5" unfinished. The pattern is free on my Craftsy store, (affiliate link) but it is for ...

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October 27, 2017
6 Köpfe 12 Blöcke - Tutorial Joseph´s Coat from Quiltmanufaktur

 
JOSEPH´S  COAT
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Neuer Monat und neue Herausforderung für euch bei dem Quilt Along 6 Köpfe 12 Blöcke!
Ich habe mir für Oktober den Joseph´s Coat für euch ausgesucht, der in Applikationstechnik gearbeitet wird.
Ich höre schon ...

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October 25, 2017
Irish Star Quiltalong: Progress Update from Wedding Dress Blue

Many of you reported on your progress, and some sent pictures.

Neralie (a beautiful name) in Australia has already finished a small one!  And she has another planned.  It took my breath away to see one finished.  Amazing!

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Ruth has been cutting and cutting–two days worth.  Her color scheme is so pretty!

Meloney is sewing blocks–she has 46 of 81 chain blocks complete.  Her color scheme is very controlled and will be striking.

P1010404Randy’s also has controlled colors…and she has a very nice design wall.

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Claire created this solids-only beauty at her Fall Retreat using 3-inch ...

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October 13, 2017
Block 10 of the Growing Up QAL from Quilt Fabrication

Took a break from the charm squares to put together block 10 for the Growing Up QAL.


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Alida of Alida Tweloq Designs designed this paper pieced block, which is an easy block to learn the technique on. The block is designed using four fabrics, but once again, I modified that to fit with my red/white/blue theme.

I don't do a ton of paper piecing, though when I do, I like to use the freezer paper piecing technique, though I didn't use it here. I just love how freezer paper holds the pieces in place, and not ...

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October 8, 2017
Splash of Colour Quilt Along from MMM Quilts

The 150 Canadian Women QAL at Next Step Quilt Designs ends this month, just 9 blocks left, 3 weeks to go as I type and I am right up to date, woo hoo. So what do I do? Sign up for two more QALs.

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Splash of Colour Quilt Along from MMM Quilts

The 150 Canadian Women QAL at Next Step Quilt Designs ends this month, just 9 blocks left, 3 weeks to go as I type and I am right up to date, woo hoo. So what do I do? Sign up for two more QALs.

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October 7, 2017
Irish Stars: Check In from Wedding Dress Blue

How is your Irish Stars quilt coming along?

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Mine is…coming…slowly.  But, I knew it would.  One does not finish 361 blocks in a day, or even a week, or even a year.  I am at 82 blocks, and loving every one of them.  It is very satisfying to see my small stack grow larger.

Anyway, please feel free to comment below or to send pictures (weddingdressblue at gmail dot com).  I will share all pictures received in a post early next week so we can continue to cheer each other on.

Remember:  NOT A RACE.  Just like-minded people ...

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