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May 3, 2016
Benartex Fan Favorite 2016: Shimmering Constellation did win! from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, thank you for stopping by again!  I received an anonymous comment on my post yesterdayand I thought I would quickly answer the question here:

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Me: Why, thank you!  No, I didn’t attend Paducah this year.  Actually, I never have.  Maybe one day…. when I think my work is display-worthy.  Right now, I think I have a long way to go on the display-worth road. :)  Quilting keeps me learning.


A few weeks ago, I had alerted you about my Shimmering Constellation making the final round of Benartex Fan Favorite Contest this year.  Well, I am excited to ...

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Nailed it! from Monkey's on the Porch

Yep, I totally nailed it this week.  Okay, mostly nailed it. I just have one teeny thing I need to fix.  Just one.

Oh!  And I have pictures!  Yea for pictures!  First, I did finish my April UFO.  I thought I would be nice and take a picture of it with just the first border.  It’s not really doing anything for me at this point….but wait!


Now, here it is with the indigo border.  Bam!  Finishes the look and made me fall in love with it all over again.  I’ll have to admit here that I was ...

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May 2, 2016
The Trendy Table Sneak Peek from Trends and Traditions

So it’s been a little quiet here on the blog . . .


I’ve been busy with several big projects :  These 2  . . . . and a new book.




The boys are currently 1 and 3.  Life with them is busy and time for sewing is limited.  Though I’ve had to cut back on my quilting time,  making runners and small quilts has provided a way to sneak in some quality sewing time.  It’s become the perfect solution – I get my creative fix and I get a small project finished.   So, I have found myself with a bunch or runners that became ...

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Listen, Learn, Sew with Pat Sloan on wool, black and white, and getting your fabric style from Pat Sloan's Blog

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 *** Free pattern at the END.. guests Angela Lawrence, Stacie Bloomfield, Lydia Nelson, and Amy Friend
American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 301 Angela Lawrence

I love seeing a twist on a classic. Angela Lawrence is an applique person, so of course I'm super excited to talk applique! She works with cotton and wool, and her new wool book is what caught by eye. We are going to talk appliqueing with wool today.

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 301 Stacie Bloomfield

Stacie Bloomfield founded Gingiber in ...

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Pat Sloan: Spooky Delights Sew Along Part 2 of 3! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I love being ready 'ahead of time'... so when there is a Halloween sew along in April & May, I'm all for it!


My friends at the Fat Quarter shop joined up with my buddy Anne Sutton of Bunnyhill for a super fun table runner project, perfect for decorating this fall, and gosh.. we have TONS of time to get it done!  

Pat Sloan Spooky Delights part 2 pic 1

Anne has the MOST ADORABLE fabric line called Spooky Delights from Moda and there is a kit link at the end for the project in her fabrics. 

I'm doing a slightly different version, I'm making BOO ...

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Another Finish - Westalee Design RulersYes, this is the third... from Living Water Quilter

Another Finish - Westalee Design Rulers

Yes, this is the third runner and placemat set made with Westalee Design quilting template set 1 and the 12″ Arc template.  This the second Spring Delight set. The fabric and quilting patterns are the same. The dark binding is the only difference.

Here is short video of the straight side of the 12″ Arc template in action. Oops, I forgot to put on my glove after pressing record. :-)

The Westalee rulers and templates are the right thickness for my Janome 7700. They can be used on all four sides of the Westalee ruler foot ...

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More Circles and Monthly Recap from High Road Quilter

I thought about working on another quilt so I could show you something else besides circles, but it is the end of the month and the rules say I need to show you my progress so far.

So, this is another batch of circle blocks for my Quilty Project 365, and if you stick with me, there are group shots of all the blocks. When I left you last, I showed you Happy Block 142.  The more I look at it though, the more I want to add a border around it instead of using an adjusting strip across the ...

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Birthday Fun and Getting it Done – May from Katy Did Art

Peace and Love

I knew I wasn’t going to get very much done in the studio this weekend. Two of the DGC celebrated birthdays this weekend.

Lexi 12 birthday

DGC#3 had a “Mudding party” – riding ATV’s and playing outside in the mud. Lots of fun, although the weather was a bit chilly. We kept the fire going to help take the chill off. That was Saturday.

DGC#4 had a quieter and much cleaner party on Sunday. Her dad made chili and I made a pan of cornbread to go with. Yummy!

Now for the monthly goals:

In April, I wanted to:

1 ...

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Inspired to Redesign! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

I have been working/procrastinating on a quilt for a while now.  You all have seen it.  It has been finished for quite a while now and I have pretty much designed the quilting so why was I procrastinating loading it?

I realized that I wasn’t really happy with what I was going to put in the floral border.  I was planning on doing a basket weave since I just wanted to texturize it.

A Color of its Own

A Color of its Own

I recently watched Gina Perkes iquilt class,  machine Quilting on the Grid.  I was inspired to redesign the border of ...

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May Is For Makers – Week 1 from From My Carolina Home

Sharing my first purchase for the May Is For Makers campaign, this designer completely blew me away with her latest release.

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I first ‘met’ Cynthia when we were on a blog hop together in 2014 for new quilting blogs.  I liked her blog and started following her then, and we comment on each other’s blogs frequently.  She blogs at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.  When she published her pattern for this quilt, called Spin, I knew I needed to have one.  I would have bought this pattern anyway, but it comes at the perfect time for the May ...

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Busy Body Medallion Quilt Along – Center Block from Patchwork Posse

Today we are starting the medallion quilt!  So totally excited.

We will first be working on the center block and then moving outward in borders from there.   Today is the center block.  There is a little quicker method for the hour glass block so it’s not too difficult.

I am using a mix of background fabrics….so go ahead and mix it up.  You are not required to go with one fabric for the background.  This quilt is perfect for using your scraps.

Shall we begin?!

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Busy Body Medallion Quilt Along

From your materials you will need to cute ...

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Design Wall Monday: Rainbow Chevron from Patchwork Sampler Blog

A stack of rainbow fat quarters in my fabric cupboard caught my eye a week or so ago and I started wondering what I could make with them. Then I remembered a quilt I drew in EQ7 that called for six colors and knew I was in business.  This pattern uses only six fat quarters plus some black and white.

Rainbow Chevron blocks
I still have to piece the blocks for the orange and red rows.  Once I finish the top, I’ll write a tutorial and give a couple of tips on simplifying the process.

Be sure to check out what other ...

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In the Mail Monday: Superior Threads from Becca's Crazy Projects

I recently shared a link to Superior Threads about a sale they were having on their home use sewing machine needles. I was then asked about my review. Like all things I share links for, I use these needles. The larger eye of the topstitch needle is great for reducing shredding of embroidery threads.
I use the pink (90/14) in my embroidery machine. I changed the needle before stitching out the design on my recent Craft is Art tote bag project.
One of my favorite things about being a club member is that I can throw all the things ...

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Summer Classes 2016 from Bear Patch Quilting

We have been working on a whole new batch of samples for summer classes!  Enjoy our slideshow!

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You can view all the details, dates, times, fees, etc., over on our website page for classes.  Click on any of the individual classes to open the complete information.  You can email a registration using the form in the dropdown menu for Classes.  Or you can call it in at 651-429-1039.  Or you can come to the store to write down your class choices while viewing the samples up close and personal.  Next Saturday, May 7, will ...

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Pat Sloan: The Splendid Sampler™ block 23 from Pat Sloan's Blog

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my Block 23 is from friend Kari Carr.. this is really a clever block!

Pat sloan Splendid Sampler block 23 with aurifil

The story of her block is so sweet, you are really going to love it.

As I make my blocks, I think about the designers story.  Do I have a similar one, or does their story take me on another path. For Kari's I went on another path as I was making this block. 

First I had to learn something new, that spike unit is awesome cool to make... 

My tip, cut an extra set of white units for it.. Mr. Ripper and I had ...

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Pat Sloan: How to alter a t-shirt neckline from Pat Sloan's Blog

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I was asked to repost this oldie but goodie.. so here it is!


I have altered tshirts for years and years!

You can alter a t-shirt neckline with a easy little 'x' stitch. Have your needle (a chenille is good), Aurifil 12wt or another thread of similar weight 

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You are folding the neckline in half then making 'x' stitches.

Pretty much all it is! For the collar, fold the ribbing to meet the seam.

Start at the side. Hide the knot in the fold.

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Stitch 'x's.... until done!

I try and keep the thread inside the ribbing so it ...

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May 1, 2016
Quilts that inspire from All Things Family Friendly

Quilt kits available.
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Christmas!! from caledonia quilter

What?  Christmas?  Well, apparently it is.

This is Flurry - a free pattern from United Notions.  Link HERE.

It was quilted with a pantograph that echoes the style of star in some of the prints, and the swirl in some others.

You know how I feel about pieced quilt backs. :-)

This is totally scrappy in reds/greens/golds and includes lots of plaids.

It's a dirt simple quilt - all made from 4-patches and matching background squares.  It's DEFINITELY going on my scrappy to-do list.

Simple straight line quilting looks great on the muslin back.

I'm feeling very TECH ...

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Stash Report – May 1, 2016 from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

As far as fabric, it’s tomato staking time so I used one yard to make ties for the tomatoes. That’s it . . nothing else used and nothing added. Fabric Used this Week: 1 yards Fabric Used year to Date: 2.5 yards Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards Fabric Added Year to Date: 0 yards Net […]

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Quilty 365: Day 121 from Me 'n' Henry Lee

Although my main focus for this month has been my OMG 60-degree quilt project (see here), I’ve also been trying out a few new things with my circles, so April has been a month of discoveries and learning (not to mention a whole lot of fun!:) ).  Along the way there have been some good experiences, such as exciting finds of Kaffe Fassett fabric in my stash … and some not so good, such as a brain fade when I carefully – oh, so carefully – ironed the Wonder Under to the incorrect side of ten circles of African fabric which I had ...

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