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August 1, 2015
Midnight Squares Finished from Fret Not Yourself

Midnight Snacks is quilted and bound. The straight lines are 3/8" from the seam lines. Very simple.


As usual, the quilting is much more visible on the back. The section of scraps adds some interest to the back.

Midnight Snacks quilt back
More leftovers make the binding. They include the last scrap of the print fabric on the front,  gold fabric used in this pillow, and some cotton plaid seersucker.  It's such fun to create these simple bindings.


Here's a shot of the quilt folded to show the binding better.

View of the binding of Midnight Snacks ...

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Snowball Baseball Blocks from Goer

My July ALYoF goal was to make some progress on my oldest WIP. Specifically, it was to finish the snowball blocks so I could reassess what my next step would be on this project.

I "gave" this quilt to my brother in 2004 for Christmas. I had 8 blocks done at the time. As of the beginning of this month I had... 8 block done. ;-) Now I have 40 completed blocks, and I've decided that I'll set them in a 5 block by 8 block rectangle and add a 10-12" border (in some boring solid, probably) to make ...

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Whirlwind in West Union from Jo's Country Junction


Oh my goodness….What a crazy couple of days.  It’s all a good kind of crazy…the crazy fun and crazy tired kind of days!!

If you don’t know Bonnie Hunter is in my neighborhood.  Three long years ago we Kelli and I looked at Bonnie’s schedule hoping to see her again and just couldn’t quite figure out how we could travel to do it.  That’s when we decided hey…we are Iowa girls.  So if “we build it they will come”….and that’s what we did.  We booked Bonnie to come and started ...

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Machine Musings from IVORY SPRING

Happy Friday, Friends!  I hope you have had a good week.  One question I frequently receive from quilters is about the machine (make and model) with which I sew/quilt.  I have, at various times, indicated that I sew and quilt on a Bernina Artista 640 machine.  I had purchased this machine new back in 2006. And with this particular machine, I made 99.9% of the quilts in this list.  I loved this particular machine so much I eventually bought a second one.

I really like the precise stitches I can get with my machines.  Precision is quite important ...

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fun time from Tim Quilts

Having some fun with my leftovers from the last quilt.

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Just a few garden pictures today

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And Teddy
Back to hand quilting……so much to quilt!


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July 31, 2015
Autumn Issue - Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine is Now Available! from Kitty and Me Designs

The Autumn issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available:


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Another Animal Has Arrived for the Elephant Parade from High Road Quilter

I was minding my own business, hurrying up to finish the Irish Chain quilt so I could start something new, when lo and behold, this animal showed up in the sewing machine.  Yeah, it is one of those whatever you think it is animals. What do you think it is? Yes, that is exactly what it is.

I like that he is on an incline. Keeps the parade more interesting when the road isn't exactly flat. I lost his ear - I didn't want to fuse any of the applique on until I was sure, so this is a ...

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Alex Anderson Workshop Tomorrow -- Woo Hoo! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Quilt Basket Rendezvous by Alex Anderson
I am SO EXCITED to be attending a quilting workshop with the legendary Alex Anderson tomorrow!  The workshop is hosted by my Bernina dealer, Lee's Creative Sewing and Vacuum of Charlotte, Hickory and Shelby, North Carolina, and we're going to be making a smaller version of Alex's Quilt Basket Rendezvous project.  I really love her version made with Kaffe Fassett prints, shown above, but my Bernina dealer says the kits for tomorrow's workshop are all batik fabrics.  This makes me pout -- I love me some batiks for applique projects, and ...

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doe quilt complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I'm excited to have another quilt finish to share today!
This quilt started out as a contact print pillow cover, but as I was making it, I decided to add large
borders and make it a wall/baby quilt size instead. I'm so glad I made that decision! This is a bit of a departure from my usual work, but I love it for that reason. It's good to stretch yourself once in awhile!
For the fabric, I used a mini charm pack of doe, plus Kona cotton in white and ...

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Pat Sloan: Vacation Time in the Dog Days of summer, with a Twist! from Pat Sloan's Blog

It's the Dog Days of summer, August and guess what? I am giving you something to work on that is easy... with a twist!

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Woohooo! Salt Water Taffy!  This is actually the block for the Inner Border. I'm giving you this simple block that you can make for that space. you do neeed a few of them,  and you have plenty of time to do them!

Pat sloan saltwater taffy on deck chair

This is great mindless work for summer. I suggest  you cut out all the squares, then work on them at a pace that is nice and comfortable! 

When you go over to ...

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Scrap Dance Sharing Step 5 from From My Carolina Home

The mystery is really getting close to the end now, and the variety of color palettes are really wonderful.  A few shares are up on our Flickr group, so here are a few of your step 5 photos.  First, here’s mine again…

Mystery Scrappy Step 5a

Here’s Emily’s, such a great color combination.

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I love Laura’s background choice, such a pretty tone on tone.

Scrap Dance Step 5

Susan in Dublin shared her progress.


I can’t wait to see Heidi’s quilt with the blue background.

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Everyone, welcome Brenda, who is starting a bit late, but catching up fast!  Is her background teal ...

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Big Ass Heart - a Lovely Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

This quilt started out a little as a challenge and a little to use up some of my 5" charms that I've picked up from a couple swaps.  Angelina (@weenachaween on Instagram) made a wonderful quilt and she dubbed it her Big Ass Heart Quilt.  I wanted to make my own.

My collection of 5" charms has been growing.  Some are from swaps.  I participated in three or four rounds of swaps for 5" charms.  These swaps were hosted by the amazing Amateur Quilter.
Some are from when I trim up my leftovers from other projects or from quilt ...

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Crafty Comment Karma and a Poll About Preferred Method of Quilting from Prairie Sewn Studios

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

It's been another quiet week on the sewing/blogging/crafting front as I'm traveling for my day job again! But there's always time for poll results and the Crafty Comment Karma link-up!

Last week we asked about thread choice for piecing: matching thread, neutral thread or whatever is on hand! Neutral thread won out with 90% of the votes, with the remaining 10% going to Whatever is on hand. Be sure to read the comments on last week's post for great discussion about thread choice for machine piecing versus hand piecing ...

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Free Motion Quilting from Scraps of My Life

Hello again!

I seem to keep gushing about so many new and exciting (to me) things lately, and I'm going to share another with you today.  Having recently finished my Red Velvet layer cake quilt top, I'd been feeling a little gun shy at the prospects of starting quilting.  But I finally knuckled down and put together some small practise squares, beginning with some meander/stipple quilting and then doing some border doodle designs.

I managed to get my Ricky Tims harmonic convergence wallhanging spray basted without the help of Greta (cat) and then I was good to ...

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Stash Sunday: Anna Maria Horner Stash Sale Bonanza! from Sew Psyched

I recently saw that Anna Maria Horner was having a stash sale over on her website... And you know I HAD to answer that clarion call of savings!! First the voiles called to me... Banner days Magenta, and Echinacea Sparkle, from Pretty Potent And then they called some more!! Pretty Potent But then, oh THEN... Let's see that AGAIN! Field Study and Cherry Aloe Vera Voile

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Whew! Just made it in time … from Me 'n' Henry Lee

ALYOF logoThis month’s ALYoF project has at last reached the flimsy stage, just in time for me to post before the 31 July deadline expires!  For some reason I procrastinated again and again on working on this project, until it almost got to the stage where I was going to flag it altogether …  But a day off work today has allowed me get it finished, thank goodness (I’m one of those people who hates to admit defeat …).  Anyway, here’s a photo, taken inside under lights due to the lateness of the finish, so please excuse the shadows and ...

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Advice for the Quilty Inclined from Late Night Quilter

Dear Stephanie v2I finally finished up my first cozy rag quilt, made from some hard-to-find flannel Marmalade, by Bonnie & Camille. It was relaxing, thought-free sewing at its best.  My kids and I love cuddling up with it on the couch.  The snapshot of it made the perfect backdrop as a header for my newest project….

I’m starting something new in my blogging life called Dear Stephanie, which ties to my career as a psychologist. Friends frequently ask for my thoughts on tricky situations  because of my background… so I figure, why not just write about my opinions here?

Once a month ...

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Spoolin’ Around is FINISHED!! from Jo's Country Junction


Whoot! Whoot!! Spooling Around is finished.  I am so happy to have this one off the list.  I’ve been sewing on it for a LONG time.  The spool block was a challenge block for Bonnie Hunter years ago…like in 2012.  I didn’t jump on the band wagon until 2013.  At the beginning I didn’t cave but once I saw the blocks put together I wanted in and I jumped in hard.  I worked and worked on the blocks until I have over 350 or so done then I quit.

Bonnie had announced that she had taken ...

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WIP - FMQ, Class Prep, & Secret ProjectAugust is starting... from Living Water Quilter

WIP - FMQ, Class Prep, & Secret Project

August is starting with a long list of projects in various stages of completion. 

It has been fun to doodle and create new free-motion quilting designs. I am focusing on designs I call linear. Each design is based on moving along or in a straight line across a quilt top to bottom or left to right.


In the Modern Hexie class at Sew Easy Sewing students will create a hexie table runner to showcase linear free-motion quilting designs. The designs above, Galactic Jacks and Fanned Flower, are two of several designs students will learn ...

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Hello Friends, thank you for visiting again!  I am happy to share with you about another newly released fabric line, featured in another free-to-use design — Dream Blossom by Hoffman Fabrics.

Dream Blossom

Here you can see the quilts better…

High Res_Peach_54 x 66

High Res_Blue_54 x 66

Click here to view the entire fabric range.

Click here to download pattern instructions.

So – tell me which colorway you like better – the blue or the peach?

Thank you for stopping by.  I have got to fly again to get some more work done before the weekend is here.  I shall catch up with you later.  Love you all!


[My free to use ...

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