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December 9, 2016
From fail to finish from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone!  Are you ready for the new and improved polar vortex?  I hear that it's coming and there is no escape.  The temps were dropping Thursday afternoon, and several people I saw were already shivery.  It would probably help if they wore coats, but hey, that's not my business.  I finally did pull out my winter coat, too.  I didn't think it had been cold enough for a "real" coat, but that wind will just go right through you.

This week I have an actual finish, one that I've salvaged from a failed attempt a ...

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New Friday Tutorial: 9 Patch Swap from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Learn to make Jenny's 9 Patch Swap

 

Step 1: Make a basic 9 patch.

Step 2: Slice it up like a madman.

Step 3: Swap, rearrange, and restitch.

Step 4: Gasp/weep/rejoice at the wonder of your magnificence.

Optional: Show off your handiwork, leaving out the part about how easy it was to make!

 

9 Patch Swap Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company

 

Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

 

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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Less Writing, More Reading. Less Planning, More Making. from Jump Cut Arts

I wasn't expecting it, nor was I looking for it, but there it was - I felt renewed.

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Less Writing, More Reading. Less Planning, More Making. from Jump Cut Arts

I wasn't expecting it, nor was I looking for it, but there it was - I felt renewed.

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FREE PATTERN: Wind Chimes using Windham’s Soleil from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, I hope you have been well.  I have been busy working on pattern designs, pattern writing and quilt samples.  I pulled a few all nighters to get a quilt out going to Australia.  Can’t quite show you how it looks like, but it does have these delightful blocks.  I am excited to share that next year will see quite a few Australian features to my quilting friends.

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And now for our latest free pattern — Wind Chimes using Windham’s Soleil fabrics is solely constructed with HST units!

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Click here to view fabric line.

Click here to download ...

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Old German Christmas 5 from Virtual Quilter

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Love this whole series … and it is quilted! Virtually and only a little bit, but quilted.


Filed under: Old German Christmas, Old German Design, Quilt Tagged: Applique Quilt, Christmas Quilt, Medallion Quilt, Quilting

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December 8, 2016
pillow swap four seasons - a wonderful experience from easypatchwork

Hi everyone! The closing round of Pillow Swap Four Seasons is coming to a close. All pillows have been shipped and more than half have been received. I have to admit too, I have gotten very sad over the last few weeks, because our group is breaking up. Sandra (hohenbrunnquilterin) and I decided not to extend the swap another year. We had two very successful years of designing and quilting

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Patience and Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

A friend of mine asked me to quilt this quilt for her. I don't do this often and it takes a big portion of patience to wait for me to do such a thing. Yes. I quilt most days. I do not however, do it on a schedule and being on a schedule makes me rebellious. This one has been hanging around for more than a couple months waiting for me to be inspired.

A real beauty made entirely with batiks. Such pretty fabric. Beautiful piecing, too.
I picked this lovely light blue thread for the quilting. It is ...

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En Provence Clue #2 from Lily Patch Quilts

Yesterday I finished the En Provence mystery quilt clue #1. That was such a long process but I kept on going little by little it got done. Last night I started cutting for the second clue.. This is a breeze compared to first clue. I have a bunch of fabrics leftover from a project I did for Art Gallery Fabrics so I am using this pretty print for the background this time around.


The whole reason why I started this project was to us up small pieces and scraps so I pulled out the pink scrap bag that I have ...

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December 7, 2016
Pin It Weekly #182 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

What have you been pinning recently? As always, I've added some quilts (or quilt tops) to my "heart, quilts" board

Freshly Pieced: Wavelength pattern can be paper pieced or use a traditional Kite template.:
You'd think that I'd get all the quilts on Pinterest on that board and be, like, here. They are all right here. But somehow I keep finding more. 
Florette quilt made with all Kona Cottons.:

Sure, there are people who add more quilts to the collective (like me) but those should be easy to keep up with, right? 

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I should never say those kinds of things: they get me thinking! Now I wonder how many quilt pins are added to Pinterest each day. I ...

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WIP Wednesday: Final Bee Blocks from Goer

I have really enjoyed participating in quilt bees over the past two years. I was in Stash Bee in 2015 and both The Bee Hive and do. Good Stitches in 2015 and 2016. Today I mailed off my final blocks and I'll be taking a break from online quilt bees. I have two quilts in progress from my beautiful Bee Hive blocks and have contributed to many charity quilts with my do. Good Stitches blocks. I look forward to finishing my two quilts, one of which I may even keep for myself, as well as seeing the blocks I ...

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Tutorial on how to create a smaller version of a Pattern using just part of it. from Pat Sloan's Blog

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I have created a lot of designs the last 20 years, and I was thinking the other day that projects look so interesting when you change up the fabrics used. I came across this one.. let me tell you about it. 

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This is Gran's Gingerbread. The rolling pin belong to my Granny, although she didn't do much baking!  The green bowl is for one she had filled with goodies for us each time we visited.

I filled it with gingerbread men, because at Christmas Time Granny figured MORE was better... I may take after her that way as ...

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✖-Quilt from Ritacor

esta é a mais recente manta ritacor. o ponto de partida foram os tecidos: 11 padrões, em tons de preto e branco, da coleção True Love da Libs Elliott para a Andover Fabrics. Para quem não conhece, a Libs é uma das minhas modern quilters favoritas, vejam o site, explorem o trabalho dela e facilmente … More ✖-Quilt

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Preppy the Whale from Trends and Traditions

Earlier this year I started a whale quilt for my oldest son.  His favorite show is Octonauts and he loves learning about ocean creatures.  So, when I saw the Preppy the Whale pattern by Elizabeth Hartman, I wanted to make it for him.

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I just used fabrics from my stash, so my colors aren’t as cute as hers, but he still likes it.  I had leftovers from a bundle of Moda’s Mochi Linens, so I wanted to use them up.  You know how that is . . . .

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I had some fun machine quilting this one.  It looks complicated, but it ...

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Quilt Snips Mini Tutorial: Diamonds Squared Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Missouri Star Quilt Company's Mini Tutorial Diamonds Squared

Got a Jelly Roll burning a hole in your stash? Are you just itching to use it but can’t find the right pattern? Well, this mini tutorial is sure to spark some great creativity using a roll of 2.5″ precut strips and some backround fabric!

Watch the full tutorial and get all your supplies HERE!

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What 50 blocks look like and the story... from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat Sloan Block 85 Splendid Sampler collage

When we started the  The Splendid Sampler™ project and invited all the guest designers to create a block for it, we only asked them to think about something sewing related. And as you've seen, that has taken on so many interesting meanings from designer to designer.

Latifah Saafir's block is called 'Flow' and when she sent me the sketch I knew immediately what it was.

It's a stylized logo for a Cessna Airplane.  

Her story about acheiving the act of flying solo very fast, at a very young age, is inspiring. And she talks about how that ...

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6" Sampler Blocks: Not-Quite-Peaceful Hours from Cheeky Cognoscenti

6" Sampler Block, Not-Quite-Peaceful Hours
Good morning, and Happy Tuesday!  My schedule is nutso these days, but I managed to finish this little sampler block last night that I'd been working on in odd 15-minute increments over the past week.  I'm calling this block Not-Quite-Peaceful Hours because I mistook it for the Farmer's Wife Peaceful Hours block when I was looking for that block in the EQ7 block library so I could preview fabric combinations. 

EQ7 Block Mockup
This is one of my favorite ways to use the EQ7 software, for virtual auditions of color, pattern and ...

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Giveaway Day! from From My Carolina Home

Merry Christmas!  I decided to participate with Giveaway Day on Sew Mama Sew this year, and have a fun prize for you to win just for visiting and commenting, and a link for more giveaways today.  Last summer, I did an event on my blog called Christmas In July where I made a tutorial for a sewing kit or jewelry case for giving as a gift. It was just one of several tutorials during that event.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

It closes with drawstrings and there is no hand sewing!  If you would like to make one for a gift or for yourself, the ...

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Houston Quilt Festival Part 3 from Tales from the Raspberry Rabbits

Hi ya! Well, these are the next group of photos from my trip to Houston. I thought this would be the last one, but I still have over 500 photos to go! Good gracious! I told you it took me hours and hours to photograph all them. What an incredible show.

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Hugs and see ya next Wednesday!
Michelle and the Bunnies

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retreat recap from Frayed Edge

I have prepared a slideshow of the fun things that have been going on during my 5 day retreat at Stitch Supply Company in Altoona, WI.  The shop has a very nice retreat facility that is for rent for groups or individuals on some weekends.


This weekend happened to be one of the "per person" retreats, so Leisl and I decided to sign up and see what a new retreat place would be like.  It's always good to try something new now and then!  There were 11 of us, max capacity is 16, so we weren't crowded.  Meals ...

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