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October 25, 2020
Works in Progress & Quilted Finish! from Heart Desire Creations

I keep a log of my Works in Progress and completed projects and share it here monthly. Somehow I got away from that this year but became curious as to just where I’m at with everything. I know my project boxes have lessened and as I began my update I could see why! I’ve been busier than I realized! It’s probably because of all the time being spent at home that I wasn’t fully aware of just how much I was actually accomplishing. That and gardening have kept me going.

Note my definitions: Work in Progress ...

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An Alternative Birthday in 2020 from The Quilt Quine

I have been quite busy with customer quilts which I assume means that Christmas is coming. I had a couple of really big ones including a denim one complete with pockets and rivets. The seams were bulky and I only hit one rivet, breaking a needle. It took a while to get the tension right which was a matter of finding a reliable Madeira thread and using a size 100 universal needle, surprisingly not a jeans needle. The finished quilt felt as hefty as a weighted blanket at 4.5kg! 

The other quilts were smaller so I used denser patterns ...

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October 24, 2020
My Midcentury Modern Quilt from Ellyn's Place

Eek! This is a big finish for me. Well, not literally. It's actually not a huge quilt, about 46"x48", but the whole process of the making was fun and new.

Somehow, a couple of months ago, I became intrigued by midcentury modern graphics. At some point I decided to try drafting some into quilt blocks. It began with color selection. Even this part took several days, as I auditioned different colors from my stash, let them sit, switched some out, etc etc. These are all Moda Bella and Kona cottons

Then the designing and assembly began! Some blocks ...

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October 23, 2020
Baby Quilt, and Some Other Things from Thread Head

This week I finished quilting a baby quilt that my Mom and I made.

My Mom pieced the tiny thimbles, and I sewed on the borders and machine quilted it. It is a gift for a family member.

The quilt is 33"x42". 

I free motion quilted it with regular cotton sewing thread in the top and bobbin. It has a 80/20 Cotton/Poly batting, and a flannel backing.

Other recent sewing is that I made my first coat!

It is made from a camel coloured wool that I bought as a remnant from a fundraising sale at the ...

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Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along – Week 4 Updated from From My Carolina Home

Our final row will be sewn this week, and it is a favorite block from years past. Ready for the next one? I hope you have some orange fabrics in your stash for #AutumnJubilee2020!  Resending this post as the link for rafflecopter was missing.

Yes, you probably guessed it. It just isn’t Autumn Jubilee without pumpkins! Mine are orange, but gold would work too, plus if you are doing a dark background, white pumpkins would be fun.

Cutting Instructions
24 scrappy pumpkin color strips 2-1/2-inches x 10-1/2-inches
16 background squares 3-inches
8 background strips 2-1/2-inches x ...

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Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along – Week 4 from From My Carolina Home

Our final row will be sewn this week, and it is a favorite block from years past.  Ready for the next one?  I hope you have some orange fabrics in your stash for #AutumnJubilee2020!

Yes, you probably guessed it.  It just isn’t Autumn Jubilee without pumpkins!  Mine are orange, but gold would work too, plus if you are doing a dark background, white pumpkins would be fun.

Cutting Instructions
24 scrappy pumpkin color strips 2-1/2-inches x 10-1/2-inches
16 background squares 3-inches
8 background strips 2-1/2-inches x 5-1/2-inches
4 squares 2-1/2-inches for the stem

Sew ...

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Quilt Finish: Charm Square Quilt from Jo's Country Junction

Several years ago I went to a garage sale that had fabric.  I bought three projects worth of quilting things.

You can see that I paid, $10, $10, and $8 for the UFOs.

In May when I working so hard on cleaning out the sewing room, I finished this top.  It is the project bag on the bottom left.

You can read about this quilt HERE.

After that one was done I finished the next one…It was the bag for $8 on the right.
Read about the quilt HERE.

Well, now I finished the last one.  It’s been ...

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Confetti Star Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Confetti Quilt from Material Girlfriends Patterns. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Twins have a mysterious connection, even when it comes to quilting! 

In 1999, Lisa Norton decided to learn how to quilt, so she signed up for a Block of the Month program. By some strange coincidence, her identical twin Lora Zmak did the exact same thing—1,000 miles away!

The Confetti Quilt from Material Girlfriends Patterns. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

It must have been fate, because 21 years later, these talented ladies have their very own company, Material Girlfriends Patterns! 

This week, Jenny is stitchin’ up one of their prettiest designs: the quick and easy Confetti Star. It’s an intricate layer cake quilt pattern that comes together with no ...

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Facets ~ Adventure in Improv from Liz Makes Crafts

Earlier this year I made the Scrappy Market Tote, an improv bag by Christina Cameli. I really loved the finished result, but I couldn't get enough of the palette of blue / green / yellows I picked, and I wanted to make a full-sized quilt with the same palette.

The pattern I decided on is Facets by Christa Watson. I love how the improv patchwork is juxtaposed with white fabrics for some breathing room, and the solid column of colors is perfect for a bit of balance.

In order to gather fabric however and for a truly scrappy look, I had ...

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Quilts Do Talk! from The Quilt Yarn

I made a start on my Scrappy Houses quilt. I pieced this during lockdown and had everything prepared, even the binding. First I needed to cut my pieced backing to size.

Pin-basted for a good half day to preserve my back taking it real easy.

Thinking I was going to do either an edge-to-edge or an overall design, I spent some time machine basting the whole thing to get rid of all the pins in preparation for this. I used a fairly thin (Warm & Natural) batting for a bit of a change and while I was machine basting  I was ...

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October 22, 2020
Reflection – OBW #79 from If These Threads Could Talk

I don’t know about your fabric stash, but sometimes mine has years to mellow. Some of you may know that I am undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Before chemo started I went to my One Block Wonder Stash to choose fabrics to cut. I thought even if I don’t feel well most of the time, surely if I have my equilateral triangles cut out I should be able to do some sewing.

English Countryside

In 2008 I purchased English Countryside by Sue Beevers in two color ways, green and purple.

I made this One Block Wonder for my ...

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Bearded Santa Paper-Pieced Quilted wall hanging from Wisonsin Quilting

22×44″ Santa: easy enough for newbies, satisfying enough for pros, fast enough for Christmas

This is a great pattern for a Christmas wall-hanging, door decoration, or advent calendar. Get into your stash and make some stacks of light, medium and darker grays, 3 flesh tones, some whites, dark and bright reds and green for the background. Most of the squares are just 2-1/2″ squares with scattered paper piecing. You’ll be piecing columns as shown at right above. When you get to a white bit, you’ll stop and piece that from the two indicated colors continuing down ...

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October 20, 2020
Where Did I Go? from The Quilting Hiker

You haven’t heard from me in a while. You might have been wondering where I went. Well, I’ve been busy redesigning my website. It’s almost finished. The site will have more quilting tutorials with printables for you to use. I will be launching the new site at the end of the month. Watch for more […]

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Patchwork Barn Quilt in Progress from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

A little more update on the progress of my blue and white Patchwork Barn quilt.

I have posted the previous progress HERE>  and HERE>

From the last post, I have made 12 more blocks and I am happy to say that I only have 9 more blocks to go to complete 72 blocks required for the quilt. 

There are affiliate links within this post in which I may earn a small commission from the links. 

Blue and White Quilt Pattern: Patchwork Barn by Edyta Sitar

The pattern is Patchwork Barn by Edyta Sitar but I may change the layout since ...

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October 19, 2020
Sewing Machines – How to Choose? from QUilting By-You

I will come right out and say that Char and I have Viking machines. It’s not the only machine that we have sewn on, but it is the brand of sewing machine that we currently use for our every day sewing needs.

This will not be a run down on every machine brand out there, because I’m sure there are some brands that I am not familiar with, and I’m not sure that would really be helpful. My favorite brand may not be what is best for you!

So, how do you choose? There are lots of ...

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Buckaroo Cross Quilt from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

I've had these fabrics for quite a few years. I'm pretty sure I bought them online at some point and 2 years ago I decided it was time to get them into a quilt. I settled on a Plus or Cross quilt because I've never seen one I didn't like. I paired it with this wood fabric from my stash thinking it'd make the crosses look like they were hanging on a barn wall:I cut 5 squares for each crossI used

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Which Witch is Which? from Made By Marney

I’ve just designed two new witch blocks just in time for Halloween…


This is such an easy pattern…using a striped fabric for Wanda The Witch’s hair makes it look like it has lots of texture. Wanda has such a beautiful wonky nose! Very witchy indeed!


My Goofy Witch has 2 sparkling teeth and a giant wart on her nose. Wouldn’t it be fun to make potholders from these two lovely witches? Which witch is which????

Here are a few more adorable Halloween projects made from my paper pieced witch and cat ...

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: B O O K S from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


Since I've broken the news of my forthcoming book, A World So Fierce, I thought I'd take a look at the quilts that represent books. 

There are many bookshelf quilts. I knew that going in, but wow! I didn't expect to find so many more since the last time I pinned some to the "books" section of "heart, quilts." 

There are  over 150 pins on this board alone. I imagine there are a few duplicates, since it's difficult to remember them as I go along. 

Have you made or considered making a quilt with books? What ...

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October 18, 2020
DIVIDED HEARTS BLOCK 3 from Heirloom Quilting Co.

 Thank you Christa for sending me your block!

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Keep the Quilts Coming from The Quilt Quine

The rate at which customer quilts are coming in proves that Christmas is looming! I am not doing any in-person tuition or DIY quilts but I am able to offer simple all-over quilting and binding if requested. This week I have managed to complete 4 quilts for a Welsh customer and have got a really big denim one ready to do for a new client. Nessie thinks she is being helpful by trying to attack any wadding that hangs down or by attempting to chew the zips while I try to attach the backing.

I finished the binding on the ...

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