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February 25, 2017
Roseate ~~ Finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

On Tuesday I finished up a pretty little pink baby quilt, which I'm calling "Roseate." It's a modern mash-up of all that I've been reading and enjoying for the last couple of months. 





Most of that has been modern quilting books and several blogs that also toy in modern quilting. Of course, I also read a few blogs that are serious about modern quilting. Together, all this reading and playing has sucked me into a spiral of scrap quilting. It's unbelievable how many pounds of scrap fabric I have. And I honestly don't think I ...

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Southwest Motif Throw Pillows from Quilts by Joyce

I pieced and quilted some coverings for six throw pillows using Southwest motifs I gleaned from the internet:

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I used hand dyed fabrics from Cherrywood Fabrics with a Kona Cotton gray background fabric. I had to add a batik here and there:
Brick:
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Teal:
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Brown:
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Watermelon:
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Orange:
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Yellow:
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I quilted the tops using my Janome 8900 sewing machine with the AccuFeed foot which is like a walking foot, but it is built in on the Janome. I used a variegated, brownish King Tut thread by Superior Threads. Here are some closeups of the quilting:
Brick:
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Teal:
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Brown:
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Watermelon:
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Orange:
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Yellow ...

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Outlining the Stars from Fret Not Yourself

 I bordered the stars with straight stitching. Each star has its own stitching. Lots of threads to tie off.

Stars bordered with walking foot stitching
Here's the view from the back.

View of stitching from the back

Next step will be to fill in the spiderwebs and stars. I may use the same method for the spiderwebs as Suhavi's Stars but I'm thinking about different FMQ designs for the stars themselves.

I'm plugging away on the Sampler quilt. Someone suggested I fold and baste the edges to keep them from fraying and the batting from becoming ...

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It’s all about the bass from Terificreations's Weblog

Reading Jasper Fford lately has reminded me of this love of playing with words. I sometimes wear people out (yeah, sorry about that Melissa, you’re so good at it though!) with this love, needing to be slightly more mindful of this…however it’s so fun. This guy was a character. I’ve written about dad a few … Continue reading It’s all about the bass

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Growing Up QAL Block 2 from Hobbies Up To Here

I recently discovered that I had a plethora of red, white, and/or black fabric stuffed everywhere about my craft room. I found them while looking for a scrap to cut up for a block. I was stunned that I had so much within that color combo! What can I say? I’m addicted to reds! But … Continue reading Growing Up QAL Block 2 

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February 24, 2017
Let’s Turn That “Quilt Lemon” into Lemonade from Adele Mogavero

Once in a while a quilting project ends up being a Lemon
When that happens, what do you do? Well you could just toss it or…
you could turn that Lemon into Lemonade.

Turn that Quilt Lemon into Lemonade

Yeah, I know and overused cliche…but it works.

If you don’t do something with it, the quilt lemon,
it ends up hanging around turning into a UFO.
The UFO will clutter up your work space.
The cluttered works space also blocks your creativity
We don’t want that.

So let’s turn that Lemon of a project into something useful

My quilt lemon was intended ...

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I ain’t doing that!!! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

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When I began quilting, I chose fairly subdued fabrics.  I had a tendency to lean towards blues, browns. burgundy’s; and gravitated towards material that displayed busy prints.  Oh and the busier the better; bring on the BUSY for this designer.  Over time my quilting journey has me constantly evolving, and I’ve discovered new likes and dislikes.  Those super busy prints that I was a fanatic about has lost it’s luster.  I now find that my choices in fabric has followed a new path.  I am now drawn towards materials that possess bright colors and has me wearing ...

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EXPERIMENTING WITH COLORS from Quilting with Claire

Earlier this month I offered you to experiment with colors for the month of February. “Try a project using a color you have never used before, I dare you to try with a color you actually hate!  I did that one year and it was my first pattern that got published by Quilter’s World!  This … Continue reading "EXPERIMENTING WITH COLORS"

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{ A Winter Quilt - A Gathering of Snowmen } from {The Sweetest Dreams}

It's back from the quilter, bound, washed and being used.
I loved having snow on the ground for photos.




The pattern is a freebie from Moda Bake Shop called
Charming Stars
I'll be making this pattern again!
It finished at 68x68
The fabric is Snowman Gatherings 2 by Primitive Gatherings
Quilting in a snowflake pattern by Melissa at 
Sew Shabby Quilting

I'm linking up with


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bruiser quilt complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

It's been over a month since I finished a quilt. That seems like a long time. Hahaha!

I am so glad that this one is finished! I absolutely love how it turned out! I started calling this the bruiser quilt as a joke, but the name stuck. The pattern is called All Sizes, and it can be found in my book, No Scrap Left Behind.
There are a whole lot of triangles in this quilt, but making them in batches (10, 20 or 50 at a time) really helped to break up the ...

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Friday Finish: Quick Strippie from Patchwork Sampler Blog

A few weeks ago I posted about the baby quilts I’m making with the mountain of Cat Nap’n fabric in my stash.  I’m trying these quilts finished so I can drop them off at the Project Linus sewing day in March.  I know I could drop them off anytime and one of the quilt shops here in town, but having that deadline motivates me to get them finished and out of here. 

Here are the first two finished Quick Strippies.  This is a free pattern at MaryQuilts.com (pattern link here).  I follow her blog and over ...

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what have I been doing?? from Frayed Edge

Last time I was sharing here, I was on vacation, and now that seems like so long ago even though it hasn't really been that long!  I have been trying to make the most of my time at home for sewing, but that has become more limited as I have been working more at the store.  We have needed to rearrange some hours and duties there, and some of that has come my way.  It's all things that I enjoy doing, I really love being a part of the quilt shop.  

We are adjusting to the absence of ...

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Blithe Fabrics Blog Tour - Part twoSo, what do you when you left... from Living Water Quilter











Blithe Fabrics Blog Tour - Part two

So, what do you when you left over half hexagon pieces of beautiful Blithe Fabrics by Katarina Roccella?  You make a tote bag!

OK, can say I love the quilting on this project?  Straight line quilting can have major impact. Using the hexagon shape for the quilting design reinforces the piecing and bold black accents against the Blithe Fabrics.

Oh, you know me, I always want to incorporate something new in every project. This was the first time I used “curtain” rings for a tote. It was quick, easy and fun!

When time permits ...

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How Can Quilts Tell a Story?-Open Line Friday from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I believe that quilts that tell a story are more likely to be cherished by our family and friends and consequently, more likely to stand the test of time..(as in not become a painter’s drop cloth–read more … Continue reading

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Oh man! from Monkey's on the Porch

Oh man!  I am so riding an emotional high!  I really need to thank Vera (Thank you Vera!!). Vera turned me on to that UFO challenge that I mentioned before and I have been so excited to finish things!  It’s so wonderful. So much so that I’ve totally neglected writing because I keep thinking about the projects I’m working on and also trying to clear up my yarn UFO’s in the evenings. It has felt so empowering to get started on this endeavor.

I should probably mention (if I haven’t already) that I managed to ...

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February 23, 2017
Machine quilting practice from Quilting and More...

Not too long ago I found out about a challenge sponsored by Teri Lucas on her Facebook page. It’s a slow challenge, with the steps — two so far — coming every few weeks. The challenge is intended to give the participants some practice in free-motion quilting, and so far it’s been fun. The first step was to select […]

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How to Sew a Heart Mug Rug Quilting Tutorial from Craftcore

In this tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to make this super cute heart mug rug. I’ve made mine in red, white and pinks, giving off a major Valentine’s Day vibe, but you could easily swap up the colours for a totally different look all year round.

You can watch my video tutorial or read the transcript below.  I’ve included a few photos for reference but the main tutorial is on the video portion of this posting.

How to Sew a Heart Mug Rug – Video Tutorial:

This is a great project to use up fabric ...

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Joy of Quilting

My grandson has this week discovered the Joys of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. A little cabin in the woods that I made for my granddaughters about fifteen years ago.
I really enjoyed designing and constructing The Three Bears Log Cabin.


 The Three Little Quilts were a bit of a challenge.
I enjoyed choosing the fabrics for the curtains, night sky and wallpaper.
I made the mattress on Daddy Bear's Bed Too Hard
Manny Bear's Too Soft
And
Baby Bear's Just Right.
It really was a lot of fun working out how to make The Three Bears ...

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Country Traditions -- A Movie In the Making from Paula Reid - Machine Quilter

There are a lot of Christmas trees and decorations throughout the store and it's what? Mid February?

 

 


Turns out that there's a movie crew in town shooting a film that will be sold to possibly the Hallmark Channel. People were talking about it all weekend and Leslie and her husband Kevin even got to be extras!

There was also some V-Day charm mixed in:


Liked this pattern a lot and bought it. Easy peasy from jelly roll strips. I just wandered around the store with my shopping bag....a box is following me home so I'll have ...

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Jolly Bar DONE! And let's do another! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I am declaring this a FINISH of a UFO for February. Top is done, binding cut, and it's been shipped off to the 'spa' to be quilted. 

Pat sloan jolly bar top

This is a fantastic Jolly Bar quilt to do as you 'stop and start' other projects. That is mostly how i did it. Cut it all out, then sewed it between other projects.  

Jolly Bars are a Fat Quarter shop exclusive precut of 5" x 10" rectangles... yummy stuff and... 

Pat sloan jolly bar ready to quilt

Sending off to be quilted is a sweet finish indeed!

I made this quilt using Sundrops.. not much of it left but ...

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