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September 21, 2018
Weekly Update from High Road Quilter

 It's time for my weekly update for my stitching 15 minutes a day. I am happy to report that I spent more than 15 minutes a day every day this week.  I worked on the applique blocks for the Sweet Land of Liberty quiltalong at the beginning of the week. Then knowing that Moda had a Jelly Roll Day on Saturday, I worked on stitching the 2 1/2" strips I bought.  I'm not sure if it is a Jelly Roll (made by Moda) or some other name from some other manufacturer, and I am not honoring a ...

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September 20, 2018
Big Bass Bob- who’s that? from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art


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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the new readers!

I have been commissioned to make a fish quilt.  Not just any fish- has to be a big bass fish. But here’s the back story….
My boyfriend is an avid bass fisherman. He has fished with his buddy, Bob for 20 + years.  As a result I have learned way more than I bargained for about bass fishing, :).  Well, as a gift to his buddy, he asked me to make him an art quilt that documents his love for bass fishing.  Also, I ...

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Stepping out of your comfort zone to make great quilts! from Quilting with Claire

I urge you to try to make a quilt out of your comfort zone!  I was so happy to hear the news that my niece was expecting that I just had to make her a quilt!  But I almost backed out when she requested it to be in gray, black and white tones. That’s when … Continue reading "Stepping out of your comfort zone to make great quilts!"

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This Week in Three from Terificreations's Weblog

This week I’ve been piecing a quilt top for a blog tour with Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios and Banyan Batiks, which happens Saturday, September 22nd. I’ve interviewed Scott, asking him all the weird and wonderful questions that befit a couple of Generation Q Magazine editors. There will be an opportunity to win a… Continue reading This Week in Three

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A new thread catcher/pincushion from Quilting and More...

I like to keep a pincushion with an attached bag next to my sewing machine so as not to end up with a zillion threads all over the floor for my dog to eat.

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September 19, 2018
3 all-over free motion quilting design for a quick finish + free printable templates! from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

Whether that is just to quilt by stitching in the ditch, to stitch straight lines or even free motion quilting it. Or hand quilting it (which I believe will take even longer).

In the end, it will depend mostly on two factors.

One, the final outcome.

Whether you want it densely quilted, the overall fluffiness of the quilt, the look you are targetting for etc.

Two, the time it will take to complete the quilting.

Time will vary for different people depending on their capabilities. However, I do believe that with enough practice and motivation, one can master all type ...

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big stitch ~ small projects from Sotak Handmade

Lately I've been quite enjoying simple, repetitive, and highly meditative nature of hand quilting. Now, the projects I hand quilt are nothing fancy or large in size. They are mostly just pieces of scraps I sew together into small-ish blocks which I then turn into mats or coasters for our home.

Pretty lovely, aren't they? Scraps make my heart sing :)

Here's an in-progress photo for you to see.

I use pins (or safety pins) to hold the scrappy block and cotton batting together and usually mark a line or two for me to start stitching. I space ...

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Fun at the NC Mountain State Fair from From My Carolina Home

We went to the fair multiple times this year.  Between the days to take in competition entries, pick up days, cooking contests, volunteering in the log cabin Heritage Center in the quilting booth, and a day just to see the sights, it has been non-stop for the past two weeks.  We don’t ride the rides or do the midway games, but even so there is plenty to do!  I like watching the crazy people on those rides.

Mountain State Fair 2018 at

We heard a bluegrass band play one evening…

Mountain State Fair at

and a trio on another night.

Mountain State Fair at

We watched the llama competition as they had ...

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September 18, 2018
wedding quilt from Ellyn's Place

My best friend's daughter married her college sweetheart this weekend. We were so thankful to be included in the festivities. She had requested a quilt for their bed, mostly in blues, so of course I was happy to make one for her. I mixed in some greens and purples, mostly grunges and solids.
I used a pattern from the quilt book We Love Color which I had made before, but I enlarged the blocks so the quilt would be bigger. It's a fun pattern because the centers of the pluses are basically improved.

My pal Diann quilted it ...

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Rime Sweater Yarn from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Yarn to be used for my Rime  sweater arrived today. Here’s the pattern link on Ravelry. Yarn from Denmark can get delivered to my house in 7 days. That’s amazing. The yarn is a light fingering weight and I got enough to make a sweater for barely over $30. That price includes shipping to the...

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Knitting Group Project from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Socks in progress – that’s what’s going with me to our knitting group today. Being able to put down a shawl project that requires a lot of attention, and knit socks is relaxing, even in the midst of lots of noise and laughter. Our little group is funny, talkative, friendly and loud. Trying to work...

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#AGFMakerMonday - Our First Feature! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers, 

HAPPY MONDAY! I'm sure we all can use some "Monday Motivation" today! Here at AGF, we started a new way to feature  our inspiring makers' work that allows them to also win our fabrics, but THE BEST PART is that we all get to know a little more about you! We encouraged makers to post their sewing projects using our fabrics via their social media using the hashtag #AGFMakerMonday, so we could see how talented you are and the amazing work you all do! Once we decide on the winner for the month, the maker receives a ...

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Retreat Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

During a recent trip to the Twin Cities I saw a fun quilt hanging in a shop. It had the sentiment “She was a nice girl until she took up quilting.” At the time I didn’t think much about it, but then realized it would be a great quilt for my bed at retreat. I did a quick Google search which revealed it is from the book “Quilt Talk: Paper Pieced Alphabet with Symbols and Numbers.” Bummer, I avoid paper piecing if at all possible. I knew I wouldn’t make THAT quilt. It continued to be in the ...

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Oh My Red Stars! from Just Sayin' Sew

My friends better sit down for this post.  I’m finishing quilts.  Don’t faint.  It’s a whole new me.  Funny what a brand spanking new quilting machine will do for a person’s energy and motivation levels.  And a clean and organized sewing room!  I love my room.  I could put a pallet on the floor and sleep in here and never leave.

But oh, my!  Finished quilts?  It’s a whole new Barb.  My friends will be amazed.

I started this quilt back in the dark ages.  At least 17 or 18 years ago.  And it languished ...

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Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Ten from Quilt in Piece

Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Ten Today brings a fantastic pattern for block 10 in the Fall Into A QAL. Wow, I was tickled pink, when I saw today’s block! Today’s block is the Pickles in jars and is designed by Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs. I loved picking colors from my stash for this block. Here they are. Full instructions is in the pattern that you will download. You can download the pattern here. I have not appliqued the carrots and pears yet, as that will be done, when I ...

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Fall into a Quilt Along: Canning Jars from Snowy Days Quilting

canning jars pieced quilt block

Welcome to block 10 of Fall into a Quilt Along! We’ve rounded into the home stretch of this quilt along with fall quickly approaching. If you missed any of the previous blocks, my quilt along page has everything you need. All of the patterns will be free until November 13, 2018.

Fall is harvest season, and for many of us, harvest means canning. Sandra Healy designed these wonderful canning jars for our quilt. Head on over to her blog post for the pattern.

canning jars pieced quilt block

Tips for Success

As a quilt along host, I’m here to make these blocks as ...

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September 17, 2018
Chatting machine quilting, road trips, serendipitous moments and organizing charities quilting on my Podcast from Pat Sloan's Blog

Guests Jude Spero, Amy Johnson, Amber Johnson, and Berene Campbell join Pat for a chat!

CLICK THE PLAYER & Listen to Show 392 -- My WEEKLY FIND is at the end!

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 392 Jude Spero

I spotted Jude Spero’s beautiful project using my fabric on the front of the Table Runner Round up book, I had to see her other work. Jude is the designer at Little Louise Designs.

BUY the ...

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Retreat Progress and Week 38 Goals from Patchwork Sampler Blog

This past week I was in Duluth, Minnesota at a reunion retreat with women I met at last year’s Bonnie Hunter retreat in Oelwein, IA. This was the longest time I’ve ever been on a retreat and I’m happy to say I made nice progress on a number of projects. I want to continue working on these projects to get them out of my sewing room. A couple will be my Week 38 goals.

For me it works best to precut projects and work on piecing blocks and simple tops. With all the chatter and interruptions that ...

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Happy 2018 and BOOM, September already! from Nestlings By Robin

Why do we always say that we don't know where the year went already?  HAPPY NEW YEAR......Boom.....March...Boom

We do know, we just can't believe that time goes so fast!  I have been SUPER busy this year and no signs of slowing until December.
Here is a quick run down of the year so far.....

We were given tickets to see Jim Gaffigan on New Year's Eve at Amelie Arena here in Tampa.  His opening act was hilarious!  It is great to see so many people come out to see a comedian vs. watching ...

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Flat Out Fabulous – Starch Recipe and Wool Pressing Mat from Cookie's Creek

One of the things quilters strive for are flat seams – crisp, sharp and flat!  No icky starchy flakes, no wrinkles, no stretched out fabric.  Flat out fabulous!  A couple tricks of the trade are a good starch and a wool pressing mat.

One of my favorite starches comes from a recipe in our 2012 Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild cookbook.   Here are the ingredients:

I keep the recipe on a rather large spray bottle so I don’t have to go looking for it:

Now, the vodka should be cheap, but I don’t buy cheap vodka, so I use what ...

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