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October 18, 2017
Aurifil Block Challenge, Block 10 by Helen Stubbings - Enter your block! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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This month you will have fun exploring English Paper piecing and embroidery techniques with my wonderful Friend Helen Stubbings. Our Aurifiil Designer challenge theme this year is the rainbow of colors found in the color wheel. Each designer is assigned a color going around the wheel and October is Green/Yellow.

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I'm so excited about Helen's gorgeous block!

 DOWNLOAD the pattern at the end of the interview and come right back!.

Read on to enter your block for a chance to win! >>> 

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Pat sloan aurifil blocks 1 to 9

I need to get October ...

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October 17, 2017
Myrtle's broken dishes quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

This is one of the quilts that I made to showcase the prints in my Emma & Myrtle fabric line. I finished the quilt back in May, so that's why there is green grass and green leaves in my photos! :)
This quilt is based on the traditional broken dishes block pattern. I even added borders to this one....something that I don't do very often! It's good to change it up once in awhile.
The background fabric in this quilt is a solid Ivory by Connecting Threads. For a few of the blocks I used a light print ...

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it was a good day from Charm About You

Half square triangle quilt

Life has been a whirlwind recently, with such a busy schedule and not much time to play. Then a funny thing happened, in the way that sometimes things just come together and everything works out to give you just what you need. First up though I'm going to show you the quilt I made for the Sewing Quarter last week, using fat quarters of Kaffe Fassett and a simple HST layout from Modern Baby Quilts by Fons & Porter. The dark background fabric allows the prints to shine and gives it a bold, modern feel.

HST quilt, quilt blocks

I really like this action ...

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Embracing Quirk, and a new class from Terificreations's Weblog

Happy Tuesday! Last spring I asked a trusted friend what her impressions were: confidence was the number one take away from that conversation. Honestly, I like that she picked up on that. It’s taken a lot of time to become confident at the machine, moving the quilt under the needle and watching the quilting motifs … Continue reading Embracing Quirk, and a new class

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All Kinds of Fall Fun from Katy Did Art

We’ve managed to get through another Autumn Glory Festival quilt show! The Heritage Quilters (my quilt group) put on a show each year. A lot of people did an enormous amount of work to make it come together. And it was fantastic.

I entered two of my quilts and received a lot of compliments on them:

I only helped with setting up and some of the taking down. We have family activities during Autumn Glory that prevent me from being there for the actual show.

So family and friends joined us at the cabin for a weekend get together ...

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this and that from Quilt Nut Creations

A few months ago I was contacted by Paper Garden to review some envelopes. I was eagerly awaiting the envelops and the ones I got, fantastic!

This isn't even all of them. There were so many different shapes and the colours? Amazing. My favourite was a soft pastel pink. Thanks again!

I also finally(!!) broke open a long hoarderd jelly roll of Shangri La. I even have yardage! 
I kept changing my mind on what I wanted to make but I think I finally decided.

And I think I like where this is going.

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Focus, Jocelyn, Focus from Canadian Needle Nana

A maudlin kind of day.  Mildish but wet off and on. But the best kind of day to stay indoors, forget the gardening you had planned, and settle in with various pursuits.
 Like having a pot of soup simmering on the stove.  This is my Red Cabbage Soup, as I call it.  Really it could more aptly be termed "clean out the fridge" soup, as whatever vegetables I can find go in it.  I just start with chicken broth, an onion, lots of sliced cabbage and go from there.  At some point a can of good tomatoes goes in to ...

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Around the Retreat Walls from Just Sayin' Sew

I know, I know….. I said I was gonna blog again.  And here it’s already been a whole week!  But alas, life gets in the way sometimes.  And I had a retreat to pack for and things to get ready.  Because JSS Retreat is a major event!

But you all need to see quilts, don’t you?  So without further ado, here is what’s happening on the design walls so far.  Hopefully I am attributing them to the correct quilter!

Cookie’s.  Love these cool applique designs.

Lynda’s.  I think she is required to make a few ...

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QUILTING: Bittersweet Symphony Quilt {another progress post} from Samelia's Mum

Why yes, this is another progress post about my Bittersweet Symphony Quilt. Good things take time, right? Looking back through my blog, I realised that this quilt has been well over a year in the making. Honestly, I'm normally a sew, sew, sew until it's finished kind of person - rather than a long term 'work in progress' person.

You can see previous Bittersweet Symphony Quilt posts HERE and HERE and HERE

Well can you guess what happened the other day?!?! I FINALLY finished the hand quilting. Oh my goodness, what a relief! Those little crosses in the border ...

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October 16, 2017
How we are inspired, machine tips and more all on Chat with Pat + my Weekly Deal! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Marcia Harmening, Paige Alexander, Lindsay Conner, & Debbie Jeske Chat with Pat!

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SHOW #355 Talk Show with Pat Sloan

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 355 Marcia Harmening

Marcia Harmening is the designer of Happy Stash Quilting, what a great name! She is an author, teacher and contributor to American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. You’ll recognize her quilts from the magazine pages, including the cover ...

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Retreat! from caledonia quilter

Sleep.  Sweet, deep sleep.   In spite of two glasses of wine and a two-pak of Dark Chocolate Reeces Pieces.
Yesterday I started at 5 am, so I could pick up Deb at 7 am, so we could be in Elmira by 9 am, so we could enjoy a trunk show/demo by Kelly Cline before we headed up to Tobermory.

Kelly was fabulous, she works with heirloom linens and creates beautiful works of art, drawing on her art degree and interior design background.  Excellent day!
Following that was a very tedious drive which seemed to take forever, up to Tobermory ...

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Embroidery and New Sewing Project from Lily Patch Quilts

Happy Monday! I have been working on some minor revisions to one of the patterns I did a few years ago. I pulled it and had been meaning to get it done but time passes so quickly and other projects got in the way. Over the past few weeks in between class assignments I managed to get the pattern done.

I pulled these fat quarters to use for the pattern. I love the blue and yellow combo. I think it will turn out be a very pretty finish.  On another note, I have a proud mom moment to share with ...

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Sewing with Nancy-A Behind the Scenes Laugh from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! By now many of you have seen my episodes of Sewing with Nancy on your public television station.  (Also available FREE from Nancy here: Part One HERE  Part Two HERE If you have seen the shows, I … Continue reading

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FREE Paper Pieced Halloween Patterns from Made By Marney from Made By Marney

I just can’t stop!!! Designing these Halloween blocks is so much fun! Here are 4 more paper pieced blocks which I am calling my “Black and White Series”.

These are 8″x 8″ unfinished blocks. I used them for potholders, but they also work great in my pillow pattern

or could be used in my “Boo” Table Runner pattern.

Or, put the entire collection of Halloween blocks together to make a quilt.

These FREE blocks can be found on Craftsy and Etsy. Or you may download them here: BLACK-AND-WHITE-BLOCKS-MERGED-AND-UPDATED.pdf (203 downloads) .

Thanks so much for being loyal customers ...

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October 15, 2017
Creative Borders – Fall Table Topper from Heart Desire Creations

An Island Batik Adventure

Creative Borders and Binding Graphic

October’s assignmentBorders and bindings. There was no specific IB group required, so I pulled out my bins of Island Batiks and chose a few fall colors.  Just having finished a Round Robin, and loving it, I decided to do my very own little Round Robin!  I started with a very simple center.

Pumpkin TT center (Medium)

Then one by one, the borders got added.

Full TT Pumpkin (Medium)

No, I did not sketch this out or put it on EQ – sometimes I just like to move ahead as I’m led. I did need to stop and do math, however (ich). After ...

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Filling the Background Have you heard about Westalee Design... from Living Water Quilter

Filling the Background

Have you heard about Westalee Design Mini Fills template set? The set includes five different patterns. Each template pattern includes four sizes.

Building a brick wall without marking a million lines made for quick and accurate quilting!

I chose to build the wall first and add the appliquéd vine after.

Considering appliqué is not my forte or cup of tea I gave it ago. Not to shabby for a novice.

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Remind Me Not To Do This Again! from The Quilt Quine


I finished the first sample for my classes in Germany – a small whole cloth loosely based on BzB. I actually got a bit carried away and did more quilting than I intended so by the time I quilted the background with a twin needle it was quite stitchy;) The project took a fair while so I will have to make my pupils sew FAST! I have a couple of other samples to run up by the end of October so the students have some idea of what they will be working on.


Bumble was not speaking to me after her ...

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International Quilt Market & Apple Pie from Terificreations's Weblog

I’m honored to share my years of experience working and teaching in quilt shops, teaching nationally, talking with shop owners, and working with Generation Q Magazine in each one of these talks. Join me at International Quilt Market. Check out Ebony Love, Cheryl Sleboda, Tracy Mooney, Maddie Kertay, Heather Kubiak, Pepper Cory and so many … Continue reading International Quilt Market & Apple Pie

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2017 Finish-A-Long ~ Meet the Global Host Team ~ Felicity from Charm About You


I'm Felicity

and this is my family - Husband of 17 years K and our nearly-10-year-old daughter G:

being silly, something we do very well

I am lucky enough to live in Naramata, British Columbia. It's a village of fewer than 2,000 people nestled on the Naramata Bench in one of Canada's fruit- and wine-producing regions, the Okanagan Valley.

As you can see, we're on the side of a lake, and it's a big tourist destination because our summer weather is hot and dry.

We moved to Naramata from Vancouver just over a year ...

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Why can't I be like normal people??? from caledonia quilter

Before we get to talkin' about me, we will discuss the change of the seasons.
This is the end of the Summer Quilt for 2017. (Washing quilts:  do it in the washing machine, on gentle "wash" cycle but full "spin" cycle.  Use a gentle detergent.)

Say "Hello" to the fall/winter quilt.  This was made with the fabrics I collected in Asia in 2009.  Wool batting, which is my absolute favorite.  Wash as noted above, but use cold water.

Now... Why can't I be like normal people?  This is a patio planter.  A big pot, about two feet across ...

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