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March 3, 2015
Life after QuiltCon from The Craft Divas

It’s been crazy for me since we got back from QuiltCon. So within this week back,  I had to take my car in which resulted in getting a new vehicle.

These are a few gifts that I received in my QuiltCon Swag Bag.


While in are Carolyn Friedlander’s class, we were sewing on  a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8900 and I fell in love with it so much and the great deal they had for it, I had to get one. So my new toy came yesterday and now it’s time to play with it. I love ...

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Meet my new helper from Tink Squared

Meet my new helper

I’ve needed a “helper” to pose in my quilt photos for sometime now… and I finally have one!

Isn’t she sweet?  I commissioned her from a wonderful artist in Bulgaria.  She’s beautifully made, and I know she will look so sweet posing on my quilts!

I am tickled to say I finished the binding on my quilt of valor this morning, got it washed and it’s draped over my longarm drying, to be delivered shortly!  I’d hoped to have it done a bit sooner, but darned if I didn’t keep stabbing my thumb over ...

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March 2, 2015
7 hours of quilting later from Grace Quilts & Stitches

20150301_054543All through yesterday I had thought I had totally lost what little marbles I seem to have left – and trust me, it’s not many most days! Initially quarter circles were speaking to me for the background – I got a smidge of the way through and then they didn’t speak so much – so I let it be overnight and looked at it the next day. Nope – didn’t work so much for me afterall – so out they came!  The whole background of this quilt is negative space to highlight the flower pot and flowers.  I really love the ...

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By the Sea from Sewn With Grace

I am home from three weeks of traveling.  I had a unique opportunity that will probably not happen again.  Three trips back to back.  I started out in Manasota Key.  It was just what this girl from frigid Michigan needed to get back on track with life.  Hunting for shark teeth, cocktails in the sun, laughter and exploring with friends and hexie making in between.  I even read two books.  I'm hoping the time in the sun will get me through to spring.  I'll be back to take you to the next stop.  Happy Monday!

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Mark Lipinski’s Slow Stitching Movement from Quilty Joyjoy

This weekend at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo, I had the fabulous opportunity to listen to a seminar from Mark Lipinski about The Slow Stitching Movement.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit Mark’s website, or you haven’t heard about slow stitching, I highly encourage you to stop by The Slow Stitching Movement blog and learn a little bit more about it.

Slow stitching isn’t about hand stitching, or slowing down the speed on your sewing machine.  The Slow Stitching Movement is about being mindful and open to learning and looking for inspiration all around ...

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Book Premise #3: Friendship / How to use the book from IVORY SPRING

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In my experience, one very sweet hallmark of the quilting community is the strong bonds of friendship among quilters!  Honestly, my quilting journey has taken me to exciting places because of the great friends I have made at the various stages of the journey.

This snippet is from about quilting bee:
The quilting bee was an important means of socializing for colonial and pioneer women (and men). Through the winter months, the women would piece their quilt tops. Since there was no central heating in these homes, there was usually only one main heated room that was too ...

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Spring Cleaning Giveaway, March 9 - 14! from Field Trips in Fiber

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I haven't hosted a big giveaway week in a few months and several things have converged to make next week the perfect time for another one.

I've been doing a lot of real Spring cleaning in my sewing room and there's a pile of hand dyed fabric looking for some great new homes. Also Mom and I will be ...

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Dealing with leftovers from Field Trips in Fiber

Note: The UFO link up will be Friday.

Today I want to share this.

Mar 1 DP QOV 1

I couldn't decide what I wanted to work on Saturday but when I walked in the sewing room I saw the blocks for this on the design wall. I didn't need another UFO so I got to work and had this top done in a few hours. The original plan was to make this veteran's quilt size (about 48 x 60). That would have only allowed me a couple of inches for a border. With the gradient I really felt that this needed ...

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The Retreat that Was from Katy Did Art

Oh Happy Day!! We were able to get together this weekend and spend some time sewing and chatting. This weekend we all decided to play with our hand sewing projects, so we didn’t have to talk over the sound of running sewing machines. It was very pleasant and very relaxing. I’m so glad that Bev and Barb were willing to brave the storm.

I’m supposed to go into the office again today, to work for the other boss. I’m not looking forward to the drive in, because the weather is really yucky this morning. If I ...

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Bonus Feather!!! The Formal Feather.. from Lisa H Calle's Blog

or hump and bump as it is also known as.

Enjoy!  let me know if you have any questions!!


Quilt on, My Friends!


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Design Wall – March 2, 2015 from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Nothing has changed on my design wall.

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Sew My Stash 2015 March Challenge. It's on!! from Sew Psyched

Woo!!! It's March, the heat's back on (after three weeks, brrr!), and the Sun is shinin'! Now what could be better than that?? I know what!! Another Sew My Stash 2015 Throwdown!! You haven't seen me here for awhile, 'cause it was too cold to sit next to the window, without heat, and type. But that doesn't mean that I didn't accomplish anything during February! No, I and my handy dandy sit-upon

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Retreat! from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

January is never one of my best months. After the thrill and fun of the holidays I needed a break, but didn't like the funk that came over me once January settled in. We received some bleak news about Will and his future, the workload was insane and...I needed to find a way to make it better. I realized late in the month that this would be my second year to miss the Girl Gang retreat which took place the first week of February...another year where I did not have an entire week of quilting without the ...

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March 1, 2015
March 2015 Goals - ALYoF, 350 Blocks Project and other stuff! from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

I don't expect to make nearly as much progress in March as I did in February, but here's what I'd like to accomplish:

First - Finish a UFO. Chinese Nachos IMT quilt has been impatiently waiting to go on the frame for several months. How do I know it's impatient? The quilt and backing have occupied my cutting table since September (or I've been too lazy to move them out of the way). It's on the frame now and I didn't get a photo of the flimsy before I loaded it; here's the ...

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A Lovely Year of Finishes – March Goal from Grey Cat Quilts

So far, I’ve done fairly well in keeping up with my monthly goals for A Lovely Year of Finishes. I’m pleased that I’ve managed to keep myself to the goals I’ve assigned myself – that’s not typical for me, when it comes to quilting. I usually let myself work on projects as the mood strikes. […]

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President’s UFO Challenge Completed from Tarheel Piecemakers

Several members finished up the President’s UFO challenge on the last day completing their lists.  First up was Claire Warner with her pink nine patch.

PresUFO - Claire

Then Karen Rhoads showed off several quilts to complete her list, one a block of the month.

PresUFO - Karen 1

PresUFO - Karen 3

PresUFO - Karen 4

Marilyn Burghardt showed her Eek! quilt, and another Halloween inspired table quilt.

PresUFO - Marilyn 1

PresUFO - Marilyn 2

Marion Cosgrove showed a lovely bed quilt.

PresUFO - Marion

And Carole almost forgot to show her Basket quilt UFO now finished with wool flowers.

PresUFO - Carole

Everyone above finished their lists, so were awarded prizes. The names were drawn from a bag for participants to choose from a variety ...

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Angel quilt finished from April Sewing Journal

Yes- finished.


Filed under: quilting

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Fabric Report – Week 9, 2015 from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Nothing in and nothing out. Another exciting fabric report. Used this Week: 0 yards Used year to Date: 5.75 yards Added this Week: 0 yards Added Year to Date: 0 yards Yards to Goal: 194.25 yards Net for 2015: 5.75 yards used

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How to Quilt Multiple Placemats, and UFO Report from caledonia quilter

Here is a little tutorial on how to get a zillion placemats done for Meals on Wheels.

Start with a customer who gives you a large bag of remnants - mostly man-stuff like fishing & camping fabrics.

Add another customer who gives you a box of started scrappy quilt blocks.
Take those two items to your quilt guild, and guilt the members into taking some of that stuff home to make wee placemat tops that measure somewhere in the vicinity of 12-ish inches by 18-ish inches.  While they are groaning and rolling their eyes at you, remind them that they DO NOT ...

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Basket UFO Finished from From My Carolina Home

Thanks to everyone that commented with suggestions on how to finish off this Basket Quilt UFO.  I had a deadline, and I actually made the deadline.  I almost forgot to show it at the meeting because I had so much more on my mind that day.  Several key members couldn’t be there, and I was trying to do all my stuff and theirs too.  Thank you to my friend, Karen, who reminded me about it during Show and Tell.  So, here it is!

Baskets of Flowers - 3

I decided to use wool felt for the flowers. Looking at the pantograph I used to ...

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