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January 18, 2017
Golden Coins Baby Lock Love of Sewing Challenge Construction tips! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Today are my thoughts on putting the coins together. This really is a quick quilt, I saw several in progress at my Facebook group plus one that as done!

Pat sloan golden coins solo high res

Here is the full quilt hanging outside on a chilly day when we in Virginia had a dusting of snow.

Pat sloan golden coins piecing tips 1

The pattern is below if you have not yet downloaded it.

I am using a jelly roll because

  1. The strips are already cut into 2.5" wide
  2. And I wanted to variety of the full line of fabric .. because I love working that way!
  3. you can use your scraps or other ...

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Quilters Dream 80/20 Batting from Quilters Dream Batting

QUILTERS DREAM 80/20 BATTING

 
Quilters Dream 80/20 is our newest Dream Batting, which debuted at Spring Quilt Market 2016.  It is made with 80% high grade long staple USA cotton fiber blended with 20% fine denier poly microfiber for a soft, silky batting that drapes beautifully and breathes well.  The long staple cotton fiber reduces shrinkage and adds stability so that the stitches can be up to 8” apart.  The poly microfibers add a loft and resistance to creases/wrinkles.  

There are no scrims, glues, or other binders to resist the needle, so this fine batting can be ...

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Quilt sizes graphic! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello my dearest makers!

I'm back with another useful info graphic as I promised! I'm glad some of you found the Yardage fabric graphic very helpful! Today, I will show you the most popular quilt sizes. Sometimes there's moments we can't visualize how some quilt sizes look compared to others, so this chart will help you decide how big you want to sew your quilt. This chart is perfect to have it in your sewing room for your upcoming projects! If you guys have any other ideas for more informational charts you would like to collect ...

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Technology: Friend or Foe? from Lisa H Calle's Blog

images-58With the advances many gifted humans have made throughout time it is not surprising to witness applied science making its way into the quilting world.  Beginning with the birth of the first patented sewing machine in 1791 to the now visible computerized quilting machines; mechanics has evolved quilting into an amazing hobby and business.

Somehow in this ever-changing quilting world I still embrace the tried and true, (a.k.a the old-fashioned way) pencil and paper.  Bells and whistles are in abundance; enhancing the efficiency and uniqueness to what can be created with a small needle and thread.  Yet, I ...

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WIP Wednesday-All Sizes from Crazy Mom Quilts

I've been working on this quilt for a little over a month now. Slow and steady is key when you are making so many triangles! The pattern is called All Sizes, which is in my new book, No Scrap Left Behind. (I don't know the exact release date yet, but it's sometime next month. I'm starting to get excited about it! Still plenty nervous...)

It may seem odd to show a WIP of the alternate quilt before I show the original, but I thought that would be kind of fun, actually! This quilt has triangles that ...

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Scrappy Subway Map Quilt from Liz Makes Crafts

Every few months, I feel the need to do a scrap busting quilt. The last one I did was the Irish Chainish Quilt which turned out great, but since then my scrap pile has once again climbed to the top of the large scrap bin. So this time, I decided to make Elizabeth Hartman's Tokyo Subway Map quilt.

While the piecing of this quilt shouldn't be difficult at all, it does have 1600 pieces, so that's a lot of tiny squares to sew together, and a lot of seams to match. Even so, I expect I'll ...

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Tool Tip: My New Iron from Becca's Crazy Projects


Last month I mentioned that my trusty iron had decided to give up the ghost. That poor iron had been a thrift store find. I had been using my Panasonic cordless iron for about a month and this past weekend I decided to pop over to one of the big box stores and buy a new reasonably priced iron.
My iron requirements are pretty simple. I want steam and a stainless steel sole plate. Since most irons have the first, all I have to do is make sure it also has the the second. Many of the really cheap (around ...

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Memory Quilt-Second Time Finished from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Yesterday, I showed how the client’s memory quilt looked after I finished it the first time.  Then, she asked if I could add some very special items to it.  After thinking about how I could incorporate these things into the finished quilt, I decided the only way it was to to applique them on the top and give it a collage/bulletin board effect.  Again, I received a big box of stuff and set about cutting and stabilizing it.  One thing I didn’t anticipate was the difficulty in repeatedly turning the quilt to stitch down the applique edges ...

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Philippians 2:6. Finish The Old, Then Welcome The New! Yes! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 2:6
SCRIPTURE

OBSERVATION
Jesus lived this verse! 
Though He is our LORD, He doesn’t lord it over us.
He gently invites us to serve Him.
He doesn’t use His divine status to woe us.
He uses loving tenderness to bring us to Him.

HE DOES 
NOT USE 
HIS STATUS
TO 
HIS ADVANTAGE.

APPLICATION
Verse 6 brings me to tears, especially when I read it in context.  I’m caught off guard because I have read this verse so many times before, yet today I seem to be one with Christ in understanding His sacrifice and my ...

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Product Review – TrueCut 360 Precision Circle Cutter from The Craft Divas

I purchased a new gadget a little while ago and over the holidays had an opportunity to test it out while making ornaments. Its the TrueCut 360, made by The Grace Company. It will cut circles from 2″ to 12″. Below is a demo and my review. I purchased it off Massdrop. I purchased it as a bundle which included the cutter along with a replacement blade. The Massdrop deal is no longer active, however, after some research, I found that Amazon has the cutter for about $25.00 and the replacement blades for approximately $5.00.

Here are the ...

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Philippians 2:7 (Part 1). To Do Tuesday. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer



Philippians 2:7 Part 1
SCRIPTURE 
(I am including v. 7 in context as well.)
OBSERVATION
RATHER…..
rather than claim His position as the Son of God – Jesus made himself

NOTHING.

Did that really sink into your spirit?







JESUS MADE HIMSELF NOTHING.






Let’s look at the Amplified version:
He emptied Himself, BUT DID NOT renounce His deity.  
He gave His all, but maintained His identity.






I can only be in awe of my Jesus. 
(To be continued in the next post.)



To Do List for 1/17-24/17




HANDSEWING
- work one hour on my Embroidery Around the House project ...

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"Fruits and Flowers on the Lap" from Linda's Art Quilts

Hoorah, I just finished #3 on my 2017 New Year's resolution to revisit and finish old fabric and fiber friends

Years ago I cut a stack of 6 1/2" squares from fabrics that I very much liked and had full intention to make a quilt with them.  Did I?  No.  They merely "slept" on a shelf pining away for my overdue attention.  When I saw them again a couple of weeks ago, I vowed that there was no time like the present to start sewing them together.

This is no art quilt.  It is merely a warm 35 ...

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Quilt Along with me for Charity this year! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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This is my 3rd year making a quilt to be auctioned for Charity. It's an honor to do this and I am partnering with the Fat Quarter shop & Moda fabrics to raise money this year. Take a look at the project, it's really fun!

The Patchwork Quilt Along is a year full of quilting fun for a great cause! 

 
This is the full quilt, it's just Beautiful!  
If you love this exact quilt you can Order the Patchwork Quilt Kit & Backing!
 
 
Pat Sloan Patchwork Charity block 1

Block #1 is called Souvenir of Friendship.

These are super fun and fast to do!  I ...

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January 17, 2017
Flora Supply Case Sew Along from Lily Patch Quilts

I was able to spend some time sewing the inside pockets of the Flora Supply Case. These fabrics are all from my stash. I was going to use mesh for a couple of the pockets as the pattern instructed but when I needed it I couldn't find it.


The pattern did not call for interfacing for the inside lining or the zipper pocket, but I went ahead and added the interfacing. 


I like to add some stability to these areas. Hopefully it won't be too bulky when I go and sew the exterior zipper on. The other thing ...

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Memory Quilt-First Time Finished from Patchwork Sampler Blog

A few years ago someone connected with me through my Etsy shop and asked if I would be willing to make a memory quilt for her.  That’s not the kind of quilt I usually make and my experience working with t-shirts and other clothing was pretty limited.  It was a very meaningful project to memorialize her sister and after some discussion about her expectations I agreed to give it a try.  She sent loads of memorabilia and somehow it all came together into a quilt that she loved.  Fast forward to this past fall when she contacted me again ...

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There’s just so much from Terificreations's Weblog

Several months ago this blog by Seth Godin resonated deeply. Each one of us has a unique lived experience, and that lived experience informs our quilt making experience. Here’s the post (follow the link for more Seth!) The foggy mirror Most people can’t resist a mirror. It makes the wait for an elevator more palatable, and … Continue reading There’s just so much

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A Practice Top from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

It was in 1998 that I got my first quilting machine. That first machine was quite a challenge. You can read more about it here. From that old machine, I upgraded several times before the current machine. I wish I’d kept track of how many tops I’ve quilted through the years. I know it’s been hundreds...

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The Storyteller Quilt and "business casual" fashion advice from caledonia quilter

Here is a Block of the Month from Connecting Threads:  "The Storyteller".

The central medallion gave me some challenges as far as quilting designs, but I think it turned out well.

Six borders.  Yah.

Gorgeous back.

This is the only way you can see the Celtic Braid design in the outer border.

BUSINESS CASUAL ATTIRE
This does not qualify.  My advice, if you are expecting customers, is to NOT dress like this.  I was painting the bedroom.  That took me longer than I anticipated, and the customers arrived earlier than anticipated, so, you know... I look bad.
Speaking of painting ...

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An Old Favorite from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Yesterday, in preparation for getting the deer tops quilted, I put on my all time favorite panto. It’s Square Spiral by Keryn Emmerson. Through the years, I’ve probably used this panto more than any others combined. Things feel right in my sewing room now. I may never take this panto off the table!  

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Monday Making and a Birthday from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Today was a holiday from school, so I was able to spend a couple of minutes stitching. It's also Richard's birthday, which means that I spent most of the day with him. Lunch at Cracker Barrel (his favorite) and shopping, then a quick trip to Hobby Lobby. More on that later in the week.







After we returned home, Rich decided to rest his back on the sofa, which gave me those few minutes in the studio. I pulled the fabric that I'd gotten from Preeti all the way back in September when she had a giveaway. (Read ...

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