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July 25, 2014
Block of the Month – July 2014 from From My Carolina Home

This month’s block is Housewife found on Quilt Blocks Galore.  Click HERE for the link to the pattern.  I liked the purples chosen by the quilt store.  I have a secret wish that the whole quilt was in purple, yellow and green.  But, it will be scrappy.  This one has a mistake in the online instructions, so follow along here carefully.


Once again, I am changing the instructions. If you have followed the BOM posts, you know I don’t like the strip method of making half-square triangles, too much turning this way and that. I prefer to chain ...

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Finished: The Atomic Apps Quilt from One Million Stitches

I just can’t begin to tell you all how excited I am to share with you my finished Atomic Apps quilt. This is the one where I served as a pattern tester for Kati at from the blue chair, with its design based on a drawing made by her six-year-old daughter.

atomic_appsKati did a great job with the pattern. In fact, I’d say it was one of the fastest tops I’ve ever finished. The straight-line quilting, however, not so much, but that’s OK, because I’m in love with how it turned out and was the ...

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HSTeria Quilt Along from Field Trips in Fiber

I focused my energy this week and finished my ugly quilt top. I don't think it's ugly at all but I expect it will always be called the ugly quilt.

July 25 HST 1

I am really happy with this quilt. It looks a little washed out from the photo. It's so big that I had to take the photo outside. I just love the mottled dark fabrics all together.

July 25 HST 2

I think that the quilting can make the contrast between the darks and brights stand out even more. Of course who knows when I will get around to quilting this one ...

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Round Robin Blocks for the 21st Century from Always Playing with Thread

This year we have been “Taking the Round Robin into the 21st Century” as a challenge at our work.  In February each staff member had to bring a 6 inch starter block in a designated colour from the colour wheel.  This week we took possession of ‘our’ block and now we have to  feature Aurifil threads on it to make it into a mini quilt with quilting and/or embellishments.

Back in February, I had to work with the colour Violet and make a 6 inch block.

Starting block

Then every two months we were  to add borders of different sizes to ...

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Sandbox Quilt from Lily Patch Quilts

This is my 2nd finish for my 3rd Quarter FAL goal and also my ALYOF July goal. This kit was done by Avlyn Creations I think at least 10 years ago. I have had this quilt top pieced for quite some time. 

I was going to piece a really simple quilt to practice using the quilting machine and free-motion quilting but since I already had good batting I decided to just start quilting. The quilt design had some swirls in the center panel so I went with a swirl pattern for the quilting.

This is the back side. My swirls ...

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Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild Show and Tell from Cactus Needle

The Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild 
really is a diverse group.
I would guess that the median age is mid-30's
but there are also several in my age bracket
Some have been quilters for a long time,
while several have been caught up in the addiction just recently.
One of the nice things about our diversity, is that age really doesn't matter.
It's a friendly group, and everyone is welcome to join us.
 At the end of each meeting
we have 
"Show and Tell"
 One member is a pattern tester for 
Elizabeth Hartman (Oh, Fransson)
 A soon ...

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Hole In The Wall in GENERATION Q (May/June 2014) from IVORY SPRING


Happy Thursday, my Friends!  I hope you are doing well.  As promised, I am sharing another first time feature with you — this time it’s my Hole in The Wall quilt in Generation Q‘s May/June 2014 issue.


You do see why I named this quilt A Hole in The Wall, don’t you?  [Hey, for once, the editor kept the name I had suggested for my quilt!  Maybe there's hope for my quilt-naming skill after all.]

Gramercy Park Redo3



I wish you could see this quilt in person to get a hold of the fabrics used in this quilt.  The ...

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July 24, 2014
Pictures! from Quilting, Piece by Piece

I have to apologize for the quality of these pictures.  I don’t know what I did wrong (I suspect I had changed the camera settings and forgot to change them back.) Anyway, I’ve been promising them for weeks, so here they are:

And, in case I missed showing off the completed DayStars, here it is.  I didn't do the same Baptist Fan pattern I did on Catherine Wheels, but "bubbles."  It's cute!

In case I missed showing off the completed DayStars, here it is. I didn’t do the same Baptist Fan pattern I did on Catherine Wheels, but “bubbles.” It’s cute!

Sunflower Lattice is finally done!  Now I can make a date to meet my cousin and aunt for lunch and give it to her.

Sunflower Lattice is finally done! Now I can make a date to meet my cousin and aunt for lunch and give it to her.

Got Dots looks awesome finished.  My only problem is that I did very complex border quilting and you can't see it at all (which is actually a good thing, since it didn't turn out as nicely as I had envisioned.)

Got ...

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New in the shop! from Field Trips in Fiber

It's been a very busy week in the shop and I have all kinds of new fabrics for you.

First the new gradients:

Spooky 2


Since my new black is so different from the old black I have given it a new name: Spooky. I really love this fabric but if you have bought the old black in the past you will find this one ot be really different. The gray is a beautiful gray and the black is nice but there are reddish/brown halo areas. It's got a nice look to it.


Canyon Blaze



I've ...

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QuiltEd Online FREE COURSE Offer from Dena Crain: Artist/Teacher

QuiltEd Online has opened with a bang! The FREE course offer celebrating the site's opening has brought in a large number of enrollments. I'm teaching online again, and it feels great! School is definitely in session! But the FREE course offer is about to expire. Hurry to sign up now, even if you need to do the work later! Continue reading

The post QuiltEd Online FREE COURSE Offer appeared first on Dena Crain: Artist/Teacher in Kenya.

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Road to California – Thank you!! from Terificreations's Weblog

at play greg caseI logged onto Road to California yesterday to check class sign ups.

I was so thrilled and surprised that all 3 of the machine quilting classes are FULL with waiting lists.

Thank you!!!

I’m excited to go and this just adds to it! You all are the best!

There is still room in Go Mini or Go Home.cherrywood star go mini

I love teaching this class. And yes this is for a confident beginner piecer.

In class we cover the biggest challenges of piecing:
lining the pieces up and stitching
oh and we’ll have fun


just know that in ...

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Time heals all heartache from stuck in a world where nothing makes sense...

So it’s been a long time since I last posted. A very long time. I don’t even dare to look back and see what the last post was, but I’m guessing it’s probably about 18 months or so.

A lot has happened to me over the last 18 months, and I’d like to say it’s all been good, but the truth is, life has not been kind, to myself or my family. There have been losses – oh so many losses, and sickness and just much, much heartache. I’ll admit, that most of the ...

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Early Start from Katy Did Art

New Day

I woke up early this morning, so I was able to sneak some time in the studio. Yay!

I had a pile of HST that were sewn together:


I was able to press them all open. I took this photo before I clipped the dog ears off, should have waited, they would have looked tidier:


I was also able to find some more purple fabrics to add to the variety:


It wasn’t much, but it was something, which is good. Since this is supposed to be a Christmas gift, I really need to get as much done as I ...

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Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild July Meeting/ Part 2 from Cactus Needle

A few more pictures to share with you from
The Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild members
who participated in the
Michael Miller Fabric Challenge
 From our Guild President Michelle Hart
 Michelle even did her own machine quilting
on her domestic machine.
 The circular quilting goes so well with 
the sharp edged Modern Design
 The back has rows of Flying Geese using the
Michael Miller fabric.
 Rebecca Whaling made a large Flying Geese pattern
with a Pinwheel as a secondary block.
 She also quilted a circular pattern 
using her domestic machine.
 Barb's X's and O's Wall hanging
 Modern quilting ...

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The stabilizer saga from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

Things are back to normal after two weeks with family. I always enjoy when my brother and niece come to hang out with us.

After finishing the Aunt Grace quilt top, I wasn’t sure what to work on next. Instead of turning to something new, I pulled a small, fall themed, appliqued wall hanging out of the closet to prepare it for quilting.

First, a little backstory: My go-to product for transferring quilting designs to quilt tops is water soluble stabilizer. Two years ago in September, after quilting an overall design on my niece’s baby quilt (click here ...

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July 23, 2014
teaching kids to sew, big stitch quilting from Ellyn's Place

The girls were back at ellyn's place today to work on their economy block pillows. They liked the big stitch hand quilting I had done on my sample & asked if I could teach them that. Why certainly!
 I love to hand stitch (I know that makes me an oddball to some of you!). I find it very relaxing. And ever since I discovered tiger tape, my hand stitching looks so even and tidy, I love it even more! So I got the tiger tape out and the girls set to work.

They did a wonderful job! Two of them ...

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Busy...being happy!! :) from Fabric of My Life

Hi everyone,

yeah...I am almost hesitant to write this, because it sounds like bragging, because you don't want to jinx it, because... oh well, I just want to share and that is it! :)

Yes, this past week I was kinda busy being - HAPPY!!
And I am not bragging, honestly I am not - and I wish you all with my whole heart to be happy as well, always! But you know what - being happy is often a CHOICE. I know, this sounds so very cliche... it's a saying that we all see and hear all the time these ...

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Star Progress and a crib quilt top from Tim Quilts

I am making progress on the star top.   here is the before picture


after fixing it I started hand quilting it

here it is today.


I will finish up the center  and then do something different on the border

I love the clam-shell fan design but want to add some variety


I will post more about that soon.

It might not be easy to see in the pictures but the diamonds that make up the star are made up of many pieces.   I imagine that the maker used up a lot of scrap pieces to make it .

here is a ...

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Overdoing it from Nita Dances

The creative quilting bug hit hard on Monday and didn’t let go until yesterday afternoon. I worked almost non-stop on an idea for a lap quilt, and as a result I have completely wrecked myself! I don’t believe it! Both hands, wrists, forearms and my shoulders are weak as babies today and man oh man, do they ever ache! I’m afraid I’m going to be on the sewing sidelines for a while!

So….what in the world was so important? Two design roll of Free Spirit’s Wrenly by Valori Wells!

I had a great idea ...

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It Doesn’t Look Epic, But It Is from There's a Thread

Just a single in-progress photo today. I’m super-excited about this one, which is going to be a crib-sized Irish Chain quilt. Believe it or not, it’s almost done, I just need to add some solid blocks and a border.

Irish Chain quilt blocks

I have completely fallen in love with Judi Madsen‘s book Quilting Wide Open Spaces, and this Irish Chain I’m making is a scaled-down version of one of the quilts in the book. The thing I really love about this book is that she walks you through, step-by-step, how she would quilt each quilt. It really demystifies the ...

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