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October 25, 2016
AHIQ Linkup October 2016 and Quilting Spirals from Fret Not Yourself

Between this small quilt and the t-shirt quilt I haven't started any improv this month. But the quilting design has free-hand aspects. After some ditch quilting with a walking foot, I decided to quilt spirals on the inner border.

Why? Because the thread is a bit heavier and tends to knot up if you change directions in a point. Spirals have no sharp points for knots to form.

Free motion spirals without echo quilting
I used a glass to mark circles. This keep the spirals reasonable spaced. But it still takes practice to maintain spacing during the inward and ...

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Eerie Nights Blog Hop! from Paula Reid - Machine Quilter

A big THANK YOU to Marian @ Seams to Be Sew and Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy for hosting this Blog Hop!  I've worked with them on a few hops in the past and it has been wonderful but I am SOOOOO excited to be participating in this hop because it's HALLOWEEN!!!!!!

With a business name like Batts in the Attic, people rarely figure out that I’m a quilting company.  They just think that I can’t spell very well and that I like Halloween!  Actually, I am a good speller, but haven’t studied up enough to win ...

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October 24, 2016
Happy Monday, and what to expect… from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, I hope you had a great weekend.  My life has gone by like a blurry whirlwind of late!  I am leaving for Market in four days, and I still a little bit to get done before I can leave… thus the whirlwind!  I am going to give you a few heads up’s on things upcoming!

TOMORROW – my turn on Windham’s First Blush BLOG HOP and GIVEAWAY!  Check back on my blog tomorrow sometime in the early afternoon for the post.  It all depends on when I get my pictures taken of my project. I live dangerously ...

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A Sunday Drive goes with Everything.. don't you agree? from Pat Sloan's Blog

Just like a Sunday Drive is great to end any week, my next Moda Fabric line called 'Sunday Drive' goes with everything too!

Pat sloan sunday drive collage

I designed a group of prints and colors that really work with the quilts you are making now.

All Inspired by my memories of Sunday drives. 

My batiks are primarily two colors, with that awesome mottled piece that I do each time! 

Pat sloan meadow

'My Red' goes with my other lines, and It is my very favorite shade. Not too deep, not too light, but just right! 

Sprinked with flowers, put into a word print, or with a windy ...

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5 Stylish Home Decor Projects for Fall from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey Everyone!

How are you all doing? Here at the HQ we’ve been revealing our upcoming fall 2016 collections and it has been tons of fun. As we release new fabrics and the seasons change, one of my favorite things to do during my free time is to decorate my house in festive themes to match the season. There’s always something so nice about giving your living room a face lift with a few cute pillows, a nice rug, and a cozy quilt.

One of my favorite seasons to decorate for is fall. I simply love all the ...

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Sunny Table Topper from Pieced Brain

Photograph by Annie's Publishing. Used by permission.
This is my latest pattern: Here Comes the Sun, published in Annie's Quilting "Precut Table Runners & Toppers" book. It is cheerful with bright colors, and the center is made using raw edge applique', so no need to sew circles.

Here Comes the Sun measures 31" x 31". The middle of the center block is perfect for a vase or simple table centerpiece to emphasize the table topper design. It was pieced and quilted using Aurifil 50wt white thread. Whatever fabrics you use, make sure they are happy and include lots of ...

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Flat Lisa is STILL in Pennsylvania?? Say It Isn’t So!! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

WHAT,  Flat Lisa is STILL in Pennsylvania?! Say It Isn’t So!!  img_8873

Where is everyone? I know quilters reside in places other than Pennsylvania, so why is Flat Lisa stuck in Pennsylvania? Okay, perhaps you missed the Flat Lisa Reveal, maybe you skipped the Flat Lisa Reveal, or I suppose there is a slight possibility you aren’t interested in Flat Lisa.? Regardless, I will say it again I am eager to view my quilting friends globally.  That being said I’d like, one more time, to introduce Flat Lisa! Share with me your quilting studio, classes, shows etc.(be ...

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Patchwork Geometry from knot what it seams

By Teayl.

This blog ends up tying in with Teri’s Kiwi flavor post as I cover projects made from the same materials. The New Zealand fabric we found in Levin and Auckland needed to be put to good use  and I found a good way to use small scraps. Two birds and all that.
I used basic geometric shapes combined in configurations to make basic animal patchwork gifts. The shapes I use typically are the basics like triangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons, heptagons and the occasional octagon. Using handmade stencils I cut the shapes out of a selection of fabrics ...

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Design Wall – October 24, 2016 from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Please share a link to what’s on your design wall. We love seeing what everyone is working on!  Thanks!

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October 23, 2016
Quilting with Timna Tarr from The Quilting Hiker

Yesterday, I spent the day at a workshop run by the Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild.  The workshop was led by Timna Tarr. The project was improvisational piecing. Improvisational piecing can be difficult, even scary for quilters.  We are accustom to precisely measuring and stitching our pieces together. With improvisational piecing, you don’t.  There is no […]

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Stash Report – October 23, 2016 from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

No fabric added and nothing used. Fabric Used this Week: 0 yards Fabric Used year to Date: 3.0 yards Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards Fabric Added Year to Date: 0 yards Net Fabric for 2016: 3.0 yards used Way too much yarn was ordered and will have to be counted next week when it […]

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October 22, 2016
JSS Retreat – Scenes from the Walls from Cookie's Creek

I got home from our Fall retreat less than 48 hours ago.  I think I’ve just about recuperated!  You know, going to a quilt retreat is a lot like a kid at summer camp … you stay up late, have tons of fun, eat way too much and come home exhausted!  It’s GREAT!


Looks like we are all working hard….

I’ve gone through my pictures and I’ve really fallen down on the job this time.  Random pictures of quilts and blocks that I have no idea who worked on them.  Oh well, I’ll share them anyways ...

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Fast, fun Tissue Holder you can do in just a few minutes! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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I love these FAST fun projects..Read on ....

Baby Lock has tons of projects and I spotted this super adorable tissue holder video.

They used your serger, but if you don't have one.. here are my photos of mine that I did on my Baby Lock Crescendo! Pattern download is at the end. 

Pat Sloan Tissue holder 1

  • I'm using my Hometown girl fabric. The words are the inside and is the larger rectangle
  • I back stitched at the start and stop
  • When you turn right side out, the large piece creates that adorable edge!
  • Mark the center with pins, it's at ...

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Progress is being made....... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It's a bit cold outside this morning and of course Miss Lexi would NOT miss her time at the dog park. My fingers are still thawing out so typing is a tad slow.  

Lots of last minute details to work out yesterday so only had time to put the binding on ONE quilt.  No worries.  I managed to get one more on this morning - they don't take that long so I'm going to do what I can. 

I came home and emptied the bags and laid the projects all out on the floor again. 

My visual TO ...

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Helen's quilt! from Nestlings By Robin

Helen found me via 2 women in my guild: 1 an appraiser and 1 a long-arm quilter.  Neither of them found this something they would do but they knew someone who would:)  I had let it be known that I wanted to expand my commission clientele and so this delicate piece arrived on my doorstep!
The quilt was started and in 2 sections of 2 rows each.  The applique was complete and what was needed was the final assembly, the hand quilting, borders/quilting, and the binding.  What made it even better was that she knew exactly how she wanted ...

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Striped Quilt: Made by My Daughter from Goer

After finishing her first quilt, Rainbow Swift 2, my daughter decided that she would make a doll quilt as a gift for a friend. I think she was inspired by the fact that my son's second quilt, Rainbow Swift, was a doll quilt that he made to her.

While on our family vacations to Portland and Southern California this summer, she chose some fabric to start her own stash. For this project, she picked solely from her stash. Her first choice was to use the cat fabric for the backing. Then she chose the "stripes" of fabric for the ...

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Sewing Room Tour from Jo's Country Junction


So I had a “turn lemons into lemonade” day on Monday.  The previous week it all started with one of the little ones having a temperature.  From there is turned into a high temperature and from there it turned into Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.  Well it spread.  By Sunday we had two of my families with it and the third and fourth families are out on maternity leave so that left me with an unexpected day off.  I was sad the kiddos were sick but elated for a chance to get the sewing room together.

I started at 8 ...

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October 21, 2016
4-inch Log Cabin Paper Foundations from Felicia's World


The little 4-inch log cabin paper templates are finally available in the shop! Click here to purchase. 

The booklets of 48 templates are available in the shop. They retail at $15.00 

In a few days I will also have the kit for the little model quilt available. Email me at [email protected] if you want one and I will put you on the list for next week when the first ones will be ready to ship. The fabric kit retails at $74 including two books of templates.

I am so excited to offer this product. For me, a ...

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Vending…A Newbie’s Take from Lisa H Calle's Blog


It’s mid October when children, and some parents, are counting down the days until Halloween.  Yes, the one night of the year that delivers it’s evening of trick or treaters, and candy that will keep me on a sugar high for the next 2 months.  Yet, my reality has me counting down the days until I head to Houston.  This trip will have Judy and I gone for nine days; the longest I have been away from my family to attend a show.  Currently I am being attacked by LISTS.  Post-It notes can be found floating like mini ...

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How does a kitchen sink and the Lady of Guadalupe create a friendship? from Pat Sloan's Blog

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How DOES one combine a kitchen sink and the Lady of Guadalupe into a long and wonderful friendship? 

It's really not hard when you admire your friends work like I do.... this is how I got to know Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

Victoria kitchen sink

I first discovered Victoria's website when I was sent to look at her 'Kitchen Sink' quilt in 2010... really.. 2010

After that I stared to read her articles..... leave comments .... and then we started to chat and realized we had a lot in common.

She was always making something awesome, and still does.  As an artist she ...

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