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November 28, 2015
Pat Sloan: Easy Peasy So Breezy Mystery Rows! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I am so excited to announce my other mystery series for 2016!  I designed and a mystery for the best quilting magazine there is, American Patchwork & Quilting!  They asked me to create an exclusive mystery for them and I decided on .... 

Pat sloan mystery row quilt

A fun 6 part Row quilt! There is piecing and some applique, and in the end you'll have a great lap size quilt! The row above is the first row, and it's in the Feb 2016 issue that is at the store now.

But I highly recommend you subscribe so you get all the future issues! 

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Scrappy Split 9-Patch Quilt & Entertainment from caledonia quilter

As you know, I love scrappy quilts.  I could seriously keep this one.  It might be my favorite out of everything I've quilted this month.

Did you know I also love yellow?  If you've been to my house you'd have noticed that my living room is yellow.

In keeping with the sunny theme, I quilted this with butterflies, using thread in a mustard colour.

Several people have asked how the quilt sale went last week.  Well, it went.  I sold some quilts and DH sold one of his cute little Christmas trees.  I came out ahead, but ...

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Getting back in the swing from Cats in the Quiltoriium

Been away from my computer for a while, first to take a short road trip, and then to prepare for Thanksgiving, which involved cooking part of the meal (including the turkey) and taking it to mom's house. Traffic was awful and we arrived an hour later than planned.

In the Quiltorium, I had been working on some Sew Together Bags, but that got interrupted because I was out of fusible interfacing.  I have four of them cut out (one to keep and three to give away), and hope that I can make good progress on them tomorrow.

In the ...

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What day is it? from Field Trips in Fiber

I’m so confused. All day it has felt like Sunday. It’s bad enough that I work from home so I seem to get confused all the time but it’s worse when there’s a holiday involved. I just realized that it’s really Friday and I had not posted today so I thought I’d check in.

Like at most all US homes there’s a lot of eating going on around here. Also lots of football watching even though 2 of the 3 games yesterday were boring. We had Thanksgiving dinner with just the 2 of ...

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Rail Fence Layout Options from High Road Quilter

Here is the layout that is similar to the cover of Cultural Fusion. All of these are trying to figure out the orientation of the blocks.  Once I decide on the orientation, I will work on block placement - I will decide which blocks go where later.

When I went to test the layout of my rail fence quilt, I realized that I did not have enough blocks.  I had read a couple of blogs where people said they did not have enough contrast in their quilt because it was missing a contrasting color - a blue or a green in my ...

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November 27, 2015
What I've Been Up To from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

My sewing time is about to come to a halt for a while, but its for a good reason. Our girl and her pup arrived yesterday and have settled in for a week:


Good thing he likes a bath. He's discovering all sorts of treasures around here:


 She even brought a delicious apple pie she had baked the day before. Her Daddy loves apple pie and he loves it twice as much for breakfast!


We've been spending lots of time putting out mineral:

Searching for cattle:


And filling up the hay shed:

Hubby brought home a deer on ...

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Pat Sloan Round Up with a 25% off everything bonus! from Pat Sloan's Blog

When I see a GREAT deal I want to pass it along.. and if you are looking to get Mon Ami fabric for my 2016 FREE Mystery My Secret Garden.. then check out the Fat Quarter Shop's Black Friday Sale– from 11pm EST (Thursday at 10pm CST) to Midnight CST on Saturday, November 28.  

Fat Quarter shop has 25% OFF all orders  No code necessary. (Excludes purchases of gift cards). Here is what I recommend... because some of this JUST might be in my Shopping cart!

FIRST jump in on the MASSIVE Flash sale.. limited items.. BUY HERE

Pat Sloan my secret garden  fabrics 1 kit

The ...

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Christmas Table Topper Step 4 from From My Carolina Home

Happy Thanksgiving, hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and has some fun sewing time planned for this weekend.  Are you ready to sew?  I realized that last week I really didn’t show you my progress, so I went back and edited that post to show you more.  If you are still in element assembly, click on Step 3 to see more of my assembly with pressing information.  Block assembly is next.  Using your elements from last week, and the 4-1/2 inch black background squares, assemble into blocks.

Christmas Block

And here’s mine, you know I like to sew in ...

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Mystery Morning from Jo's Country Junction


I was up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.  It was after midnight so I’ll confess…I hoped over to Quiltville to see if Bonnie Hunter had the first mystery clue up.  She didn’t.  Back to sleep for me.

I have the day off today but sadly, I accidentaly set my alarm for 5:30 so when it went off I laid there a minute thinking I’d go back to sleep but then my mind started processing the day.  IT’S MYSTERY DAY!!  What am I doing in bed.  So off I ...

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November 26, 2015
the one hour basket reviewed (and improved) from Easy Patchwork

If you read my blog post yesterday, I reviewed two baskets tutorials. They are very excellent tutorials to be checked out!  But, I still wasn't totally happy with my baskets. These were going to become my Christmas presents for the year, and I wanted to get them right for all of my friends and family. I made another version of the one hour basket from Kelby. This time using the heaviest

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the one-hour basket reviewed from Easy Patchwork

I sewed my very first "one-hour-basket" for a friend of ours that was having their first baby back in February/March of this year. I used the Fabric Basket Tutorial from Trina from Will Cook for Shoes for the Fort Worth Fabric company. I thought the pattern went well. The handles were on the front and back of the basket. Then I saw the 1 Hour Basket all over IG (Instagram) with the hashtag #

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Happy Thanksgiving from High Road Quilter

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Hope you are having a great day with family and friends.  I wanted to make a quick post to show you my circles and rails progress. I had been running behind the circles already - making yesterday's circle today for several days, and since I caught up yesterday, I wanted to post today and make sure that I didn't get behind in posting too!

Yesterday, I looked out the window all day long waiting for a package to come.  I have ordered a special quilt book from Amazon and was expecting it to come.  It was ...

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Tutorial: Improv patchwork denim bag from Craft Gossip

improv quilted Bluejean travel bagWhen my fridge is empty, I head straight to my cupboard for beans and rice. Similarly, a sewer can use what she has on-hand to create a pantry project. Teresa at Sewn Up TeresaDownUnder took a castaway pair of jeans and fabric scraps and made a travel bag. Brilliant! Minimal skills are needed here, making it great for beginners in two craft categories –  sewing and quilting.

Besides taking you step-by-step through the process, she points you to her previous tutorial for how to do improv patchwork piecing.

Click the link below to learn more.

Upcycled Denim Pants Travel Bag With ...

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Happy Thanksgiving… from a daily dose of fiber

Quilting the bird

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Stash Bee (part four) from Granny Maud's Girl

Here is my last Stash Bee update, at least until I finish assembling my quilt top.

I am going to take a break from Stash Bee next year for a bit of selfish sewing, but I would recommend it. It has made me try different blocks and different colour combinations, some I love so much I want to make a whole quilt of them, and I have crossed paths with a new group of talented sewers.


Lori asked for deep red, dark blue and tan/off-white star blocks in any size. I had a stack of these colours already ...

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Happy Thanksgiving! from Quilting and More...

If, like me, you live in the US, you may be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, and I hope it’s a very happy one for you. I haven’t posted much in the past couple of weeks for a few reasons. First, my knitting project was “off” due to my mismeasuring. I’ve had to begin again with corrected measurements. […]

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Trash Circle and Blender Rails from High Road Quilter

That's a much better title than just circles and rails, isn't it, even though this is just another post showing another circle and more rail fence blocks.

First, I will show you my trash.  These are selvages and other trash that is made during the quilt making process. Everything is less than an inch.  I just hate throwing it away, but gosh, I won't have any room in my house if I save everything, including the last little snippet.  I have been forcing myself to throw away the snippets, but this time I decided to use these ...

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Pat Sloan: what this means to me from Pat Sloan's Blog

At the end of November.. I give thanks. 

Give thanks banner

I am one of the lucky people who, every 7 years, shares their birthday with Thanksgiving day.  It's wonderful because on this day, the 4th Thursday in November, we all stop and reflect. Think about what we are thankful for.

Pat sloan birthday quilt aug 7 2014 pic 5

Remembering to do that is important to me. 

This year is 2 years since I asked if anyone wanted to send me a block for my birthday so I could make a quilt from them.

The out pouring was amazing, and I am humbled.  

I also got a LOT of blocks ...

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Lovin’ Spoonful 19 from Virtual Quilter

Lovin' Spoonful 19

This is from the series which started with an old spoon handed to me by an aunt. The engraved bowl has inspired a large collection of applique and quilting designs which work together in an ever growing collection of quilt designs. I added a couple of blocks and several quilt designs yesterday.

I find it hard not to examine the design on every piece of cutlery I handle, and am now finding I am going through the cutlery in op shops to see if there are any interesting designs on any of them. I have even borrowed a couple of ...

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November 25, 2015
Creative New Quilts & Projects Project Highlight #2: Birds Of A Feather Runner from IVORY SPRING


Hello Friends, I hope you are well!  Some of you had written to tell me you like my Birds Of A Feather runner quilt in my book Creative Quilts & Projects from Precuts or Stash.

bird runner

I thought I would share with you snippets of the autumn version of the same runner, made with Spice Pumpkin fabrics by dear friend Lynette Anderson for RJR Fabrics.


Once the folds are fanned out, you see the same bird applique as shown in the bright summery version.


Here are a couple pictures taken at various angles.



Quilting was done with Aurifil Mako 50 cotton over ...

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