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April 25, 2015
Dresden Plate from caledonia quilter

I have a major fondness for Dresden Plate quilts.  I already have two finished quilts of my own, and I have another one in the works from donated 'plates'.  Quilting this beauty was a real pleasure, that's for sure!

The red background fabric is not a common sight, and really makes the colours pop.

The plates were s.i.d. around the outer edge and the inner circle, and the blades were simply quilted with continuous long loops.  The centers were trapuntoed with a second layer of Hobbs 80/20 batting for added pouf.

A lacey motif fills the ...

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April Block of the Month: Cross-Cut Block from Childlike Fascination

It’s my month to create a block for the Boston Modern Quilt Guild’s block of the month. I’d signed up to try and get myself more involved with the group and actually made it to a meeting this month: yay me! It sounds small but it’s a big change from sewing quietly, by myself from my sewing room with the company of the Internet.

Note: For once I was actually early with a commitment (I was scheduled for May) but we decided to swap my block into April since the April block was delayed cause: life ...

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Replenishing from Jo's Country Junction


Well I counted out my Pineapple Crazy blocks.  I’m just over half way finished with them.  I found I was starting to run out of color variety.

I was especially short on oranges and greens….

But after I had them all replenished then I seemed to be short of other colors so I cut up fabric that was recently gifted to me and then headed into my own stash.

I think I’ll be able to sew quite awhile now without being short on anything.  I am going to try to see how far I can get before I ...

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Cleaning and Reorganizing My Quilting/Sewing Closet from Nebraska Views

Don’t hold this messy closet against me but this is what my quilting/sewing closet looked like the Saturday morning, April 18th and probably would still look like this if it would have been a sunny day.IMG_3963That rainy Saturday morning John was sitting at his desk and commented to me that he really didn’t know what he would do that day since he couldn’t be in the field planting corn.  I suggested that we make the changes in the closet that we had planned and had supplies for.  He thought that was a good idea so ...

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Garden in my studio from Pieced Brain

The sun shined very briefly this morning, right after I took these pictures; yet, I think you will be able to enjoy them. I am really happy with this wall hanging called "Studio Garden" - when I made it there were no flowers outside, so I had to make up my own in my quilting studio. The wall hanging is 35" long and 18" wide and is fat quarter friendly.

There is a lot of machine applique in this wall hanging, including the flowers, leaves and stems, and... surprise - the borders!

No triangles were sewn: those appearing on the borders are ...

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April 24, 2015
Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along with Bee In My Bonnet from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Only one more week until the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along starts! What's that, you say? It's the new sew along by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet. Each Friday, two new tutorials will be available from two of the 45 featured bloggers on how to make each of the 45 Farm Girl blocks featured in Lori's new book, Farm Girl Vintage. You can make them as 6" blocks as shown on the cover of her book, or you can make them as 12" blocks in a variety of projects featured in the book. It should ...

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This week on the wall from Field Trips in Fiber


It was a good week on the wall. I got 2 full sections and a floor border section done. I also bought grout so I might start doing some grouting soon!

Apr 25 mosaic home sweet home

This section started with 2 tacky plates that I found at Goodwill. What I wanted was the patchwork quilt edge on the dishes. I think it turned out pretty cute.

Apr 25 mosaic sun burst 

This is one of my favorite sections so far. The silver bars were from a tile sheet that I got at Lowe’s. They had a table of clearance tiles and this sheet of silver bars in varying lengths ...

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Yay! I Finally Finished a Quilt! Can I Get a Parade, Please? from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Drumroll, please...

Amish Baby 54-40 Or Fight, 50" x 50", with Minky Backing and Satin Blanket Binding

IT IS FINISHED!!!  Arm slings, thumb splints, frozen shoulder, surgery, and uncooperative satin blanket binding could not defeat me.  My Amish Baby 54-40 Or Fight quilt is finished, and I like it!  I even ended up loving the double row of zigzagging on the satin binding (a functional necessity since I did not manage to perfectly align the inner edge of the binding in a couple of places on the first pass).  I think it looks decorative, almost like another skinny border coming ...

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Working In A Series Link Up from Field Trips in Fiber

Working In A Series
It’s the last Friday of April and time to see where we are on our series. This link up post has become very important for me. It’s very clear to me that I work best with a deadline and having this post looming helps to keep me focused on my real priorities. I think a lot of us are magpies jumping onto the next shiny object or letting things slide because of other priorities.
That was my problem this month. Losing a week to that cold really and then putting together materials for a guild presentation and a ...

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Balancing Act from Katy Did Art

Some days it feels like things are just out of whack! I know why that is – because I have too many things that I have to do and not enough time to do the things that I want to do.

Today is one of those days. I didn’t get much done at home because I got a call from my “other” boss, who wanted me to do some work for him. Then I got a call from my other, “other” boss, who also needed me to take care of some things. So I was busy into the evening hours ...

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Feathered Star Success! from a daily dose of fiber

Feathered star success!


The tiny feathered star top is done! The partial seam piecing wasn’t too bad and I only had trouble with one seam; the last one of course! I had to do what I always tell my students – only rip out three times. Because of the Fun-dation, it’s all quite square with no wonkiness. I could not have pieced such small half square triangles accurately without it.

It finished up at 10″ and then I added a bit of background around the star so that the points really show. I would have liked to have made the border of ...

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Yippee! It’s Friday! from Lisa H Calle's Blog



This has been an interesting week.  On Sunday, I watched a news program where a well respected older business man said if you only do one thing….. keep up on technology!  Ugh, it is changing so fast but ok, i’ll give it a try.

First up, I need to update my Quickbooks to 2015 (I have updated every 2 years so I can get support)  so instead of updating I decided to migrate to QB online.  So the migration went easily enough but once there, it is like learning a whole new program… ok  Lisa, just stick with it ...

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Flower Garden from Becca's Crazy Projects

What do you do when you look through your stash and find all these floral prints?
You plan a quilt that will take advantage of these fabrics.  I used my Accuquilt Go! die cutter with the 6.5" tumbler die to cut all these pieces.
The label was a great opportunity to use a set of embroidery designs by Urban Threads.
All the embroidery designs used in this quilt are from Urban Threads.  The set is called Miniature Menagerie.  I recommend you check out their great embroidery designs.
I used several from this collection to add detail to some of ...

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Stars and Scraps Forever Returns Home from Jo's Country Junction


So did you get your copy of the newest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting?  Did you see our quilt?

We got our courtesy copy along with our quilt, Stars and Scraps Forever, sent to us.  The issue is a pretty good one.  I love our quilt (of course) but I love the cover quilt too.

We can have quilts in magazines time and time again but it never really quite seems like it happened until the quilt and the magazine are both in my hands together.  Isn’t that silly?

Well here’s the quilt….It’s hanging off ...

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Mini Messenger Bag - An Easy Beginner Purse You'll Love! from Sew Psyched

Welcome back to Finish It Up Friday!! It's been quite a week what with deliveries of long awaited materials, and a new lens for my camera! Woo!  But what I really want to show you is this just Adorable Mini Messenger Bag by Katy Cameron over at The Littlest Thistle.  Pics taken with my iphone, pre-fabulacamera ;) Katy is an experienced bag designer, with more than 10 years of pattern

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The Poppy from Always Playing with Thread

I began sewing my poppy in 2007 after visiting a Quilters Unlimited show in Herndon, Virginia, USA. I purchased the Carol Morrissey pattern at their merchant’s mall and then spent several years deciding on which fabric to use.
The years sped by and the applique took place a petal at a time with other projects started and finished as the poppy was pushed to the bottom of the ‘to do’ pile.
The poppy has special significance as a flower of remembrance world wide. After the first World War the following resolution was passed:
“The Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial ...

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Annie Clover and Pieces 18 from Virtual Quilter

Annie Clover and Pieces 18

I love it.

Filed under: Annie Clover Pieces Tagged: Applique, Patchwork, Pieced, Quilt, Quilting

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Next project from Tim Quilts

A few weeks ago I finished this top


I ordered some backing fabric for it.


And today I bought the batting.


I have used it before and I really like it.   I will post pictures when I get started on it.

It has been cold the last few days but the weeping cherry tree is in full bloom.    When I got the camera and told Teddy to come outside for pictures he just stared at me.


I guess he wants to wait for it to warm up again.

Here are some garden pictures without Teddy (click pictures to enlarge)

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I ...

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April 23, 2015
A frustrating sewing day! from Tink Squared

A frustrating sewing day!

Today was dreary and a bit chilly, and since I had a ton of leftover in the fridge and no pressing yard or garden work, I decided to sew!  My plan (oh that dirty four letter word!) was to finish the appliqué on the table runner project my quilt guild is working on, then cut out and sew on the really cool border.

I was a couple of hours into the appliqué when I decided to take a break and go walk Cosmo.  I was just in time to catch one of the bee hives swarming, and that of course ...

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For The Birds, # 58 from If These Threads Could Talk

Somebody stop me!  I need to be working on Studio 180 Design class samples. But I just had to make one more One Block Wonder.  This great fabric is Brazilia by Alexander Henry.  I wanted to try a different design approach.

1 Design wall_crop

I like the unevenness.  Once I sewed the blocks together I bound the uneven edge with a burgundy fabric. I then laid the blocks over the original fabric and adjusted it until it was in a position I liked. I sewed the two together and then squared up the top.


It is a very subtle edge, but I like ...

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