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June 23, 2017
Geese in Flight ~ A Heart Builders Quilt from Liz Makes Crafts

I recently received this quilt top pieced by Annette Z to quilt for Stash Builder Box's Heart Builders charity. It is gorgeous, with tons of flying geese in different formations.

Photo credit: @annettezee

I loaded the quilt on my frame and got to work. When I first got my longarm, for some reason I was most fearful about learning to load. I've watched videos, and they didn't make any sense. But once I actually did it, I realized it's not that bad, and even kind of enjoyable! (Preparing the backing, on the other hand, is not ...

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Canada Quilts, Red Hats in the Rain...rain...rain, the Potty Incident from caledonia quilter

Three great Canada quilts for the kids in this gal's family.



This is (ahem) MINE.  When I was at Quilt Canada last week I bought the license plate panel, then came home and made up a quickie for the front door.  Now to get it bound and actually hang it on the front door.

Yesterday was Red Hat day.  Our outing was to Whistling Gardens.  Our admission included a tour and the water fountains choreographed to music.  What fun!  In the pouring rain!

It wasn't really pouring during the show.  But it was definitely raining ...

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Friday Happenings from Sewn With Grace

I have been on an interesting journey since the last time I blogged.  On May 1 I fell on the basement stairs and broke my ankle.  Since then all sewing has stopped and I have been knitting my way through surgery and recovery.  It wasn't until this week that I started playing with my sewing machine again but can only do it for short intervals of time.  I have a long way to go till I'm literally back on my feet again.  I am thankful for the prayers and support of so many of you. 

"God is our ...

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A Radical Idea to Handle a Wavy Border from From My Carolina Home

It must just be my year for bad borders.  I am not going to reveal where this particular quilt came from, I work with several charity quilter groups to do Quilts of Valor, and I do not want to embarrass anyone.  I am reasonably sure that this piecer doesn’t read my blog, and I want to show you all one more radical idea to take up a mess of a border.  The quilt is a tumbler style, which has a problem to begin with as the sides are often on the bias and more prone to stretching out of ...

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Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I dropped off five quilts with the Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
One quilt was this string block quilt I pieced and quilted. No matter how many of these I make I still have scraps. Want to learn about string piecing? Check out Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog for some great tutorials.

2017 Charity Quilt Count: 25

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So, there’s this! from Terificreations's Weblog

Maddie Kertay, and Cheryl Sleboda encouraged me to submit classes for Fall Quilt Market. After some thought I submitted three classes, and two are accepted. First up on Saturday October 28 is Creating Consumer Confidence—Machine Sales; the second is Sunday October 29th Creating Confidence in the In-Store Talent. Having worked in quilt shops on and off … Continue reading So, there’s this!

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New Friday Tutorial – Snail Trail from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

In this week’s tutorial, Jenny is working on a tricky old block. Of course, with precuts and a few tips and tricks, you’ll have no trouble whipping up this pretty quilt!

It’s called Snail Trail, but those fantastic swirls remind me of ocean waves, whirligigs, or swirling tornadoes. This quilt is so full of movement and energy, no one would ever guess how easy it is to put together!

And! To make things even more easy-peasy, our team has put together an awesome, printable, PDF file that breaks down exactly how to cut up your 10″ squares ...

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June 22, 2017
Tricks For Preparing Wool Applique Shapes from Trends and Traditions

As part of the Summer Stitch Along that I’m doing for my Joyful Stitcher book, I wanted to quickly share some basics steps on preparing the wool applique shapes.  These steps will apply to any of the projects from the book.


The method I use is the freezer paper method.  (Sometimes I substitute contact paper, which I will talk about below.)  I’ve tried other methods, but these are my favorite.

I have read and heard on many podcasts that people love Steam a Seam 2 for wool applique.  I bought some and tried it, but didn’t care ...

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Glimpse Into The Future Episode #70 from Hobbies Up To Here

Summer is here and we’re ready to get crafty!! A few of the big California quilting events have us excited and pumped to get out there and mingle with our quilty friends. So Cal Quilt Run 2017 It’s time for the annual quilt shop hop here around Southern California! We’re excited that this year my … Continue reading Glimpse Into The Future Episode #70

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Philippians 3:17 Part 1. For Marley! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:17 Part 1
Paul confidently tells the Philippians - and us - to 
1) join together and follow his example, 2)use him as a model and 3) keep our eyes on those who live as we do. 
Again, unity in following Christ.  Awesome.
Do you have a model for your walk? Perhaps a sister/brother in the LORD that you admire?  

I'm blessed that I do.  In fact I have several. 

One particular comes to mind.  
I knew her when we lived in Clovis, NM. A close relative of hers had been found deceased.  The ...

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Charity Sew Along Block #6 .. the blocks are so great!! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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This is my 3rd year making a quilt to be auctioned for Charity. It's an honor to do this and I am partnering with the Fat Quarter shop & Moda fabrics to raise money for Make a Wish this year. 

The Patchwork Quilt Along is a year full of quilting fun for a great cause! PLUS darling blocks that I'm doing in a totally different colorway than the original.
The Fat Quarter's shop quilt is so beautiful... soft and pretty. 
If you love this exact quilt you can Order the Patchwork Quilt ...

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New Purple Batik fabric and more in the Curlicue Creations shop ~ week of June 22, 2017 from Curlicue Creations

This beautiful piece of Cotton has been individually hand dyed by Island Batik fabric artists in the garden village of Sanur, Bali. It is 100 percent cotton, 44" wide. Easy care, machine wash cold water, delicate dry cycle, cool iron.

The design on this fabric features shades of purple buttons on a purple background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. This fabric can also be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!

Quilts with Style Magazine, the March/April 2004 issue. This magazine features ...

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A Wimp No More! Part 1 Stash Report. Patrick's Strength from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

A Wimp No More! Part 1
Part 2 is here
I'm going to deviate a bit from our study on Philippians to share a testimony.  I have had a HUGE breakthrough in my walk with Christ!

There has been a situation in our lives that has been negatively affecting me - reducing me to tears,
weak prayers,
you know the drill. 


Yesterday as I reached out to friends for prayer, one of them called me.  Basically, she told me I needed to stand strong in my faith so that those involved would be strong as ...

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June 21, 2017
A New Way to Win Fabrics: Show a bundle of AGF from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, fabulous makers!

Today, I’m going to keep it short and sweet but exciting! I’m happy to announce a new Instagram contest you’ll love. As fabric enthusiasts we know that you probably have a stash of fabrics you haven’t looked at in a while. This is why we want you to dig through your stash and create a bundle of your AGF prints to win a new bundle from us! You'll get to rediscover all the beauties in your stash while getting new fabrics. Hence, show us a bundle to win a bundle!

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Here’s ...

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Houses (quilting and sewing) from France Nadeau

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First came the House Keychain. The same pattern was used afterward to make a card and a coaster.

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Button Season Quilted from High Road Quilter

I've finished quilting Button Season.  Some simple straight lines.

I think whole cloth quilts are highly underrated.  When you find a pretty fabric, you don't always need to cut it up just to sew it again. This backing fabric has 2006 written on the selvedge.

Next I have to bind it, and then add the buttons. This fabric is newer, and has pretty little birds on the selvedge.

I think I bought this last year or the year before when I bought other border fabric for another quilt.

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Quilt Snips Mini Tutorial – Sail Away from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Learn to creating this fun sail boat block in a few simple steps!

We love creating fast versions of previous tutorials we have featured. This Quilt Snip is of the Sail Away Block that comes together so quickly and it’s truly a BREEZE! … Get it? It’s a Sail Boat block… haha. </p>
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Flamingo Fever Table Runner from The Cloth Parcel

As current sewing ambassadors for ADORNit, we got the chance to play with some of their newest fabric, Flamingo Fever.  This fabric is so perfect for summer!  We used the Let’s Flamingle panel as the star of the show, then added basic stars from some of the other prints, and borders between each row with […]

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Making Progress from Paula Reid - Machine Quilter

All of my Pacific quilt blocks are finished and the first row is put together. I also sewed an additional four blocks to put on the back per the pattern instructions.

I like a lot of piecing on the back and have a pile of colorful scraps left over. I am thinking of getting some grey fabric for the binding and also using it to put a narrow border around the 4 block piece, then start piecing the colored scraps around. We'll see how big it gets and then use my low volume prints for the rest. I think ...

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Pacific Quilt and a Point Matching Tutorial from Paula Reid - Machine Quilter

Took almost a day of off and on trimming, but got all the flying geese tamed into accuracy and laid them out on my sewing room floor with the background pieces.

Assembling the geese into rows with the background fabric is quick and pretty easy, but sewing the four rows into a block has a tricky place where the top of one goose joins the corner seam of the one above it.

After a few rips on the first block, fewer on the second, I figured out how to pin this to make it work. No rips on this green ...

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