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January 18, 2019
Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik
Deb Tucker’s Twilight Chic by Island Batik

Well, if you can’t getaway, go to the library for a good book! The Utica, NY Public Library opened in 1904. I love the inside of this Library.

Shaded Chic

The upper floors of the Utica Library are made of thick glass. I used to love coming here as a child.

In every box of fabric we Island Batik Ambassador’s receive, there is a secret bundle of the newly released batiks. I was lucky enough to be ...

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My Visit to Tehachapi Mountain Quilters from Goer

Last week I traveled down to Tehachapi for a visit to the Tehachapi Mountain Quilters. I met the program chairs from the group last April at the SCCQG Meet the Teachers event.

After a long drive, I rolled into town on Sunday evening, ready to join them Monday morning for their guild meeting. My new Island Batik scarf made it's debut since it was the perfect match the my top. I couldn't resist stopping for a quick photo of the beautiful mountain view on my way to the meeting.

I shared my My Quilting Journey lecture with a ...

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January 17, 2019
Grandparents, Birds, Dogs, Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

My elderly grandparents liked to sit in a darkening kitchen and listen to the clock tick.
 I was always too shy to ask that a light be turned on so sat with my book in my lap and pretended it wasn't there for I didn't want them to feel badly they had neglected to turn on a light for me. It would seem to be a surprise to them that suddenly it was dark and we needed a light. I would have to say they had a high level of contentment just sitting like that with each other ...

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My Dutch Treat And my New book! from Pat Sloan's Blog

FIRST.. so excited to share with you my news book that is coming soon!!! 

Pat Sloan Celebrate the Seaasons

I can FINALLY tell you about my "Celebrate the Seasons" book!

It's my 37th book and I can't wait for you to get a copy. I created a full book of quilts, pillows, table runners and mats to decorate for each season. They are fun and can be tailored to fit you beautiful home. 

You can see the quilts and Pre-order HERE. 

My New book ships in March and then the fun begins!

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Pat Sloan Splendid Sampler Block 46 pic 2

Today is my day on the Splendid Sample tour! 

My block ...

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Clearing off the sewing table. from Mimi's Passions

Got into the sewing room over a few days with the need to get things cleared out of there; and I started a guild challenge quilt where they supplied six fat quarters and we are to come up with a quilt to keep or give to charity.  Since that one is going to be judged and there is a point system where depending on certain achievements with this quilt such as size, adding extra fabric, quilting it, binding it, etc., the winner will be chosen at our June meeting.   I will hold off showing that for now, but the center ...

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January 16, 2019
Lots of Color Scrappy Strips from Heart Desire Creations

Two packs of bright narrow strips (Windham Foundation) turned into lots of sewing fun. What a joy to work with such bright prints! I decided to work with columns of the strips and added a wider black and white piece every so often. No real plan here, just fun sewing. This wasn’t going to be very big and when I finished this much, I took a picture. Oh dear, much too busy. It was almost enough for me to put aside but I knew if I did that it might not see the light of day for a long ...

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orca bay from Making A Lather

This is finally happening. Orca Bay is on the long arm. After all the piecework, it is good to see it stretched out on the frame and looking pretty straight. But, it is the end of the quilting, that the fat hits the fan, when all the wonkyness might show itself.


and isn't the backing snazzy? yeehaw. I had it in my stash from a thrift store, sometime. It had 6 yards so, it was the perfect size and the colors are the same. Where else would a midwest girl use this fabric?


I am linking to:

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A Quick Dresser Runner from From My Carolina Home

One of the things I received in a Christmas gift exchange was a pack of charm squares in these gorgeous greens, purples and tans.  With my current lack of inspiration, I thought perhaps I’d just do something simple, just to be able to put thread into fabric.  So, I laid out the squares, putting the prints into three rows, setting the solids aside.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I sewed the sets of three, pressing the seams opposite on adjoining rows.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

In no time at all, the runner was assembled.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I began auditioning fabrics for a border.

Dresser Runner at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Eliminating the very lightest, I tried several ...

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Q1 Finish Along Goals from Goer

It's once again time to reassess the project list. I have already finished three quilts this month and I'm excited to get working on some others. Q1 is full of Project QUILTING challenge plans, and I have some Planned Improv: All About Angles projects in progress, but I'm hoping to also get back to some of my older WIPs in the coming months. This quarter will also see me moving back into my newly renovated sewing room. Most excitingly, I have some awesome new lighting. :-) And in February and March I'll be making some updates to ...

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January 15, 2019
Dresden Neighborhood from Quilting and More...

I’ve just finished this quilt, called Dresden Neighborhood, but I think it should probably be called “Cursed”!

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holiday sewing from Quilt Nut Creations

I was spoiled at Christmas and got a great quilt kit and a loverly stack of fat quarters.


Got my January truenorth blocks done on time.

Christmas themed raspberry kiss blocks.


And fantastically simple pink 4patches.


I also finished up another ModCharms quilt for Boy 3.


I'm calling it a successful holiday.

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FREE Aurifil Designer Block Challenge, 2019 Block #1 from Pat Sloan's Blog

I love starting the Aurifil Designer of the month each year! This is my 9th year hosting it. 

Aurifil Quilt Block (1)

Each year I pick a theme and give the designer a set of color criteria for their challenge block. Then I interview the monthly designer at the Aurifil  blog.

Our January designer is my friend Beverly McCullough of Flamingo Toes!  You got to know her during the book tour I did for her the other week. This is her block, isn't it gorgeous! 

And each month share your block at the Aurifil interview page to be in the running to win ...

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January 14, 2019
Do you have UFOs? you'll want to listen to week's show! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Guests Barbara Persing, Debbi MacInnis, Nancy Halvorsen, and Rosenn Kermes join Pat for a chat!

CLICK THE PLAYER & Listen to Show 406 -- My WEEKLY DEAL the end, it's a great one!

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

Enjoy my recap of my show plus some goings on in Pat's Quilting Neighborhood! 

PLUS LISTEN for TWO discounts!!!  

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 406 Barbara Persing

I first meet Barbara Persing over our love of Aurifil thread. I have always ...

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Wool Pressing Mats for Quilting from Patchwork Posse

Learn how using a wool pressing mat can be wonderful! They are great for all kinds of quilt or sewing projects. I even used it for a Cricut project and it worked perfectly.  I’ll walk you through my set up in the video. 

I’ve had the opportunity to use wool pressing mats— and I seriously cannot say enough good things about these!

Have you ever used one or have one yet?

Today I’ll be sharing a quick video showing them to you, some tips and hints as well as where you can find yourself some!

They could ...

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Flannel Finish from Heart Desire Creations

The first Hospice quilt of the year is done! It’s such a happy and bright quilt and the flannel is so warm and cozy. This was such an easy finish as the donated blocks had been quilted onto batting.  I squared the blocks, pieced them, backed and did simple quilting along the seam lines and then diagonally.

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I’m thrilled to have a Hospice finish this early in the year. My gratitude to the donor for all the hours of work that were put into the blocks before they were sent to me. Our little quilting group meets this ...

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Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop and Giveaway! from Goer

This is the beginning of week two of a month of posts by Island Batik Ambassadors featuring all of the newest collections of fabric. Today I'm sharing what I made with my bundle of Fortune Teller fabric. Way back in July I was so excited to open this beautiful rainbow of fabric.

My quilt features all 20 fabrics from the collection and is 80" x 96"! I think that makes it one of the three largest quilts I've made. I optimized for using all I had of the twelve fabrics that make up the center of the quilt ...

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January 13, 2019
My Birthday Quilt is done! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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I think the angels sang!

Pat sloan birthday top nov 2017 lrg

It took a little while to get from the last photo I shared of the top. 

Pat Sloan Birthday Quilt Done Jan 2019 pic 1

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To my finished quilt!

A few years ago I put a call out to quilters to make a block for me to put into a memory quilt. I called it my birthday quilt as I put the call out on my birthday.

I had very few guidelines

  • Mail me a block you made for me that was red, white, aqua with a splash of black
  • No size limit ...

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Project QUILTING 10.1: Hope Springs Eternal from Goer

Last Sunday was the beginning of season 10 of Project QUILTING, a series of one-week quilt challenges. I've participated for the past two years and this year I'm a sponsor. The theme for this week's challenge is Hope Springs Eternal. Well... I was out of town for the first 4 days of the one week challenge, and then I had to spend Thursday and Friday making serious progress on a quilt deadline that I'll be posting on my blog tonight. This means I didn't even have time to think too much about this challenge until ...

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Creativity at Last from The Quilt Quine

I am frustrated that I am not good at drawing yet that I have plenty of technology to “cheat” although that technology can be a puzzling minefield. I watched Youtube tutorials on how to create a spiral design with repeating motifs but it was for a PC version of Adobe Illustrator which I don’t have. There are so many things I think I could do with an iPad so I will see about going to the Apple Store for some training sessions.

My printer only works to a maximum of A4 so creating a larger design is tricky. I ...

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Scrap Madness from From My Carolina Home

Scraps, scraps and more scraps!  Every project means more and more, bits and pieces, and what is it about quilters that we cannot throw anything out?  Well, for a confirmed recycler like me, it is just not possible to send something to a landfill that I can use somehow.  But this is getting out of hand.  I have made dog beds before with the leftovers and batting scraps, but the shelter now won’t take them.  Seems that there is some new rule that says the beds mustn’t be anything that a dog could chew or choke on.  So ...

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