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April 16, 2014
Autumn Leaves Art Quilt Series #2 from Mulberry Patch Quilts

I’m working on the second in the “Autumn Leaves” series for the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts.

It begins with one of my hand-dyed turquoise blue fabrics as a background.

This time I sandwiched the top and backing fabrics with low-loft Pellon batting, and a layer of craft interfacing (Pellon 809 Deco-Bond) before beginning.

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Next I added more colors of shredded hand-dyed and batik fabrics to “paint with” and started sprinkling them on.  It takes a long time to adjust them just so.  I find a tweezers (or in this case a dental tool) works much better than fingers ...

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WIP Wednesday from Crazy Mom Quilts

I've been trying to make it a point to work on a WIP...any ol' WIP...for a few hours each day. I figure that if I keep at it, eventually I will finish something! The problem is for every one I work on, I think of two more projects I want to start. Hmmm. I think we are getting to the root of the problem!
I pulled out my mini nines again. While I was working on them I wavered between "oh-my-goodness, I can't believe how cute these are!" to "what on earth was I thinking ...

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Starry Night Topper from BADLANDS QUILTS: Rugged & Refined


 

Today I am sharing a gift that I've been meaning to finish for the last several weeks and finally completed.  It is a table topper make using Sherri K Falls Starry Night pattern.

My mom had mentioned before Christmas she needed a new sugar shaker (which is pretty important for lefse eating Norwegians like my family!).  I gave her a salt/pepper/sugar set that was green depression-like glass.  This topper is for her table and I am hoping the pomegranate tonga treat fabric I used will go nicely with her new table items/decor.


The topper is 24x24 ...

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Quilting giveaway from Sew Shabby Quilting from Diary of a Quilter

I have mentioned Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting many times on my blog. Melissa has quilted numerous quilts for me. I am not ashamed to say that the actual 'quilting' part of making a quilt is my least favorite part of the process. It's the part I am least confident in and as a result, I just don't enjoy it. Plus I find I get more of my projects actually completed if I turn them over to someone else for quilting.
So I am SO grateful when I find a professional long-arm quilter who I can trust with ...

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Sunshine On A Cloudy Day Quilt Finish from Cactus Needle

 I've now finished the top of
Sunshine On A Cloudy Day
and it's ready to be sent off to
for the long arm quilting.
 If you look closely 
you can see all of this quilt is made up
of 
Half Square Triangles
Pattern Design by 
Emily Bailey (Aunt Em's Quilts)
 I love how the placement of the 
half square triangles make up
the center block to be a 
pinwheel surrounded by a star.
 Using 5 inch Half Square Triangle paper
made each HST so accurate
that ...

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WIP Wednesday: 5th Grade Raffle Quilt Continues from Cheeky Cognoscenti


School Raffle Quilt On the Design Wall
I've been busy working on the 5th grade raffle quilt and I've made a lot of progress over the last few days!  We had the students' acrylic paintings scanned in at high resolution at the UPS store, and I printed them onto the EQ Printables Inkjet Fabric Sheets without any trouble at all.  I set my Epson inkjet printer to highest resolution, matte photo presentation paper, and completely filled each 8 1/2" x 11" fabric sheet with the students' artwork.  I love how clearly every detail of the artwork transferred ...

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Bargello U: Easy Bargello Piecing from Threadbender's Quilt Shop

We've talked a bit about how to make things in strips that look so much harder than they are.


Bargello piecing is so impressive looking. All those little pieces, done square after square. And it took you, how long? 
Don't be silly. We don't do hard here and we don't do time consuming. Bargello piecing is lightning fast.
These great fabrics are all part of the same fabric line and they're in stock in the store. You can sew along, if you want.



Take a number of strips. Sew them together. 
Cut them into segments ...

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No-reply has become No Comment! from From My Carolina Home

If you are a Blogspot or Blogger platform blogger, I want you to know that I would love to comment on your posts, but I can’t.  If you are using comments for contest entries, I can’t play.   It seems to be an extension of the issue that begin with being a no-reply blogger.  I cannot do anything about that no-reply status either, it is a problem with the Blogger and Blogspot platforms.

For some time, I have been corresponding with a couple of bloggers via email to talk about this.  But I have come to realize that this ...

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A Little More Stitching from Sew What!

Two more blocks to go, that is what I have left to do on the Snowman A to Zzzzz quilt before I get to put the top together.

I had some time during the month of March for some uninterrupted hand stitching.  I had all my blocks prepped and ready to go and away I went.  During that week I completed 6 of the remaining 10 blocks.

Since then I finished up two more blocks leaving only two more to go.  I’m dragging my heels a bit with these last ones because I’ve enjoyed stitching them and am ...

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Sew Down Nashville: FMQ and improvisational piecing + Winner from Factotum of Arts

Sew Down Nashville was fantastic. Heather, Elizabeth and Jen, from The Modern Quilt Guild, organized the best weekend activity/conference, I have ever attended.

Friday evening, kicked off our sewing with open sew, where you could sew any project with others, in a social environment….like a giant bee. I worked on my hexagon (EPP) lap quilt which is slowly progressing; perfect when traveling. Can you believe it, I finished around midnight.
Hexagon_OpenSew The weekend did not slow down a second from then on. Each class exceeded my expectations. First up, was Angela Walters Free Motion Quilting class. If you ever ...

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Block of the Month – February catch up from From My Carolina Home

February Catch up Block of the Month  is called Waterwheel Variation, and you can find the pattern on Quilters Cache – click here for the pattern – http://www.quilterscache.com/W/WaterwheelVariationBlock.html

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My kit only contained this blue and light gray, but the block image on our handout looked like only two colors so I went on with it.   Here’s me Best Pressing those little devils, and then sewing squares into HSTs.

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I didn’t realize at first that I was missing another color, the printout we got was very close in the blues.  It was just about here ...

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Meandering Along from Hanging On by a Needle and Thread

I used to feel guilty for not doing a lot of fancy quilting on my quilts, but not anymore.  To be honest, I don't particularly enjoy the quilting process. I would much rather just piece tops and stitch bindings, but if I only piece tops, I end up with a mountain of unfinished quilts and I don't get a chance to do many bindings. Most of my quilts are made to be used and aren't show pieces, so I've given myself permission to meander when I can!  I'm pretty sure that one day I'll ...

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WiP Wednesday from Wasn't Quilt in a Day

You guys.  Last night, I got to eat dinner with Michelle of Factotum of Arts.  She and her mother are in NYC having fun, and they came into Newark last night to meet me after work.  It.was.awesome.  Bless her sweet mother, too, for listening to our quilt lingo for hours.  Last night was the best moment – it was such an window into why I’ve loved blogging and what the best part of this journey has been.  Now, I just need her to live closer all the time!

The husband’s quilt is almost finished.  Almost finished.  Woohoo ...

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Finished: plus-sign quilt top from One Million Stitches

I am very happy to share my finished Napoleon plus sign quilt top! This quilt is large enough to cover my bed, and it’s wide enough that it will hide the box spring without a bed skirt.

Getting photos of this hasn’t been easy. Every time I had a chance to grab photos, the weather wouldn’t cooperate. When it was nice out, I didn’t have time. So, I event though I wanted to share more process photos with you guys, it wasn’t meant to be.

As you can see on the photo below, this thing ...

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a few of my favourite things from Itchin to get Stitchin


my favourite thread - DMC Machine Embroidery Thread
perfect for hand-sewing as it doesn't tangle and knot

my favourite pastime - hand stitching
Liberty half-inch hexagons appliqued onto 4" Liberty squares
some new classics
Liberty Lawn 

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Support from The Craft Divas

 

betty boop beat cancer

picture from s1109.photobucket.com via Pinterest

We have all have been touched by Breast Cancer in some way either by knowing someone who experienced it, a friend, family member or being a survivor. Diva Dane and I are participating in a number of initiatives this year to support. The 2014 GLAAQN in October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) will have a dedicated display called Bling-A-Bra. Guild members will be taking bras and decorating them using extreme creativity and imagination. I am excited to design mine, to see others, and share with you. We have already seen a white one designed ...

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Free Motion Quilting: Ruler Work from Living Water Quilter

Seven months ago, I was pleasantly surprised to learn I could do free motion quilting “ruler work” with my Janome domestic sewing machine.

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So, I purchased Janome’s Convertible Free Motion Quilting Foot Set and Free Motion Frame Quilting Feet Set.  The frame set includes the preferred 1/4 inch ruler foot for safe quilting with rulers.

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Recently, through a blogger giveaway, I learned about rulers by  Accents in Design. So, I contacted Carol, at Accents in Design,  hoping she was looking for experienced free motion quilters with blogs to test and write about their experience with her rulers ...

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April 15, 2014
There will be quilting from Terificreations's Weblog

I am going to make a mad dash to finish a few projects by mid/end of May.
This is going to be me on quilting

Day out with Melly Thumbs upand blogging

I’m finishing a few blog posts

And me getting ready to submit some stuff

And me just being happy because I love what I get to do

feather tutorial heading backI love that I get to quilt and try new things

I just saw a sneak preview of a quilt I designed

it’s so pretty, I could just cry!

I have to wait to show it but it’s so bleeping cool.

Happy ...

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Making My First Quilt! from Primitive Quilts and Projects

Hi everyone!

I've decided it's finally time for me to make a quilt. I've grown up in a family of quilters, I've worked for PQP for three years and still haven't learned to quilt. So I wandered around the Woolen Willow this morning and my eyes went straight to Edyta Sitar's Laundry Basket Quilts fabric (I love everything she makes!) I first fell in love with her designs at Spring Quilt Market last year in Portland, OR.
So now I have two jelly rolls and a charm pack:


I'm sure between my mom ...

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The Bag Blogger from Slightly Off Quilter

I feel like such a bad blogger lately ! I have not been keeping up like I want to, but there is a reason ! As a quilt blogger, I like to post pictures and updates on the projects I am working on. The trouble with that, is that my friends and family also read […]

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