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October 2, 2014
A Special Gift for a Special Friend from Marelize Ries


My best friend and sewing buddy has been away for a couple of months now, touring through the southern parts of Africa and South Africa, and during this time she left her sewing machine for me to use and for safe keeping while they're away.  

Looking at the picture below her Bernina B580 looks remarkably bigger than my little Artista, keeping in mind that my machine is dropped inside the table.  There is not much difference between the two machines except maybe the sleek modern design and a few technical advances.  


Anyway, I wanted to give her a little ...

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Mikey's Quilt from Swink Girl Quilts

The short story: back in August I volunteered to long arm a quilt. 

The long story: back in August I volunteered to long arm a quilt for a boy named Mikey. Mikey is 8 years old and has cystic fibrosis. In September, he traveled to California to have a liver transplant. The procedure was successful, and as I write this he is at home, watching a movie on the couch with his brother and their dog. An online community I am involved with, Fandom in Stitches, pieced an amazing super hero themed quilt for Mikey. The founder of FiS, Jennifer ...

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Quilty THIS or THAT #2 from IVORY SPRING

… well, more like this, this, this, or that for this round of Quilty THIS or THAT!  The question for this THIS or THAT round is runner, baby, throw or bed?  What size of quilted projects do you like or usually make?

Runner (or Banner)?

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Baby?

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Throw?

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Large or Bed Quilt?

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Let our little game begin, and do let me hear from you!

Thank you for stopping by, Dear Friends!  Everything is converging on me this week.  Nonetheless, please know that I appreciate your visits and comments.  Hugs to you all!

p.s.  Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #1 ...

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Anna Pavlova 15 from Virtual Quilter

Anna Pavlova 15

The quilt top.

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A quilting design.

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Finished.

If only I could make a real quilt as quickly as a virtual quilt.


Filed under: Anna Pavlova, Applique Tagged: Applique, Patchwork, Pieced, Quilt, Quilting, Quilting Design

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First New Quilt Project of the Year from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

I've been chipping away at the UFO list thus far, but I got a hankering to start a new project a few months ago, and yes, I am just now getting it posted. :)  I've been working on it here and there and now its October and this is my my first new project of the year. I know - I'm a sad excuse for a quilter.

I have a long list of projects I want to start and since I haven't made a Christmas quilt, I decided this was the year to fix that. I saw this ...

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October 1, 2014
Tell It To The Stars - October from Field Trips in Fiber

This is the 10th clue for the mystery quilt and this is the easiest month. In fact, I showed this month's clue last month and you can see the photos here. Judy's clue and post are here so you can link up your progress. Get your top together and rest up, the borders start next month!

You can links to all previous clues here

 

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An Offer You Can’t Refuse? from Sandra Leichner

 

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As may of you know from a previous post, my quilt “Vivaldi by Moonlight” will grace the November/December 2014 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine.

I really should have said in the title, “two offers you can’t refuse”.

 

The First Offer:

To celebrate having my wholecloth on the cover, I am going to give away a one year’s print subscription to the magazine. Comment on my blog with your name, your email and what technique you use to quilt your quilts (see below at end of post).

I will draw the lucky winner of the one year ...

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An Offer You Can’t Refuse? from Sandra's Snippets

 

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As may of you know from a previous post, my quilt “Vivaldi by Moonlight” will grace the November/December 2014 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine.

I really should have said in the title, “two offers you can’t refuse”.

 

The First Offer:

To celebrate having my wholecloth on the cover, I am going to give away a one year’s print subscription to the magazine. Comment on my blog with your name, your email and what technique you use to quilt your quilts (see below at end of post).

I will draw the lucky winner of the one year ...

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Black is Back! from Field Trips in Fiber

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you will know that the black dye that I use was discontinued over a year ago. I have spent a lot of time and fabric creating my own black blend. I came really close with my new Spooky gradient but I still wanted black.

For those of you who dye my solution came by adding a bit of vinyl sulphon dye to my black dye mix and with a few mroe sets of samples I am ahppy to share my new Black Gradient and Black Shades pack!

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plenty of pineapples from Crazy Mom Quilts

I've been playing with my scraps again and that means I am a happy girl! These pineapple blocks are not paper pieced, but pieced 'freestyle', if you will. I have taken photos for a block tutorial, to be posted on another day. These blocks are 16" unfinished.
Scrap quilting is a messy job, but someone has to do it!
And I don't mind THIS kind of mess one single bit. :)

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Short and Sweet: Pineapple Log Cabin Blocks and Apple iPhone 6 Plus from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I am still working on the same projects, and no, nothing particularly exciting has been accomplished.  I finished another of my 17 3/4" paper pieced pineapple log cabin blocks:

So that's four down, thirty-two more to go.  I had to go buy some more neutral fabric prints to get through with the fourth block, not because I didn't have any more of the fabrics I used for the first three blocks, but because I was bored of those fabrics already.  Looking around my studio, you can see that I have chopped up LOTS of different fabrics into ...

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quilting! quilting! from Terificreations's Weblog

I’m on a mad dash to get 2 quilts done before Quilt Market – and that’s in between blogging for Gen Q, blogging for me, and working four days each week. Whew!!! It’s all good.
1 point 2 billion bubbles and countinghere’s what 1.2 billion bubbles looks like from the back of the quilt.

yes, dear friends, this is a wee bit of hyperbole but it’s the fun kind. And I like it

my view in the morningAs I stitch on Quantum Leap I get really excited. It doesn’t matter if I’m stitching with MonoPoly or Magnifico…it’s pretty. The beauty of ...

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It’s Hard to Choose Just One from Katy Did Art

I have so many projects started and I want to get them all finished. But I can’t seem to settle on just one project. I have all the blocks to lay out for Jamestown Landing and then sew together. But I don’t have a design wall which means I have to use a design floor. Since the only areas with enough open floor space are the living room, the sun room or the master bedroom AND since DH objects to having quilts laid out on said floors, I haven’t been able to work on that right now ...

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retreat fun from Ellyn's Place

Last weekend I went with 7 of my friends from The McKinney Modern Quilt Guild on our first ever retreat. What fun! I was greeted at the door the very first day by this very smelly chicken
 We named him Bobbin. He was a pest ALL weekend!

I already shared with you my two major quilt top finishes.....
Asterisk bee blocks quilt top
Metro Hoops quilt top
I made two little zip bags (Suzy's Sacks by This and That). Here's one of them....
And when I ran out of projects, I started sewing 2 1/2 inch squares ...

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Tell it to the Stars – October from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

You’re getting off easy this month!  All you need to do is sew the complete top together so far . . the sashing rows to the block rows. This will be a good month to get caught up if you aren’t with us already.  November and December will be borders . . some straight and […]

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Around the World Blog Hop aka #myblogfriends from TwynMawrMom

Hey! Susan @ The Bored Zombie nominated me in this fun little trip. She changed the rules a bit so we could all just enjoy each other, as was the original intent of the "Blog Hop Around the World." She had me at "Futurama Quilt."


Rather than answering several questions about the creative process and what I'm working on,  I'm showing a work in progress (we call it: WIP, or UFO un-finished object) in the quilt/sewing/blog world. I don't really remember which world I belong to anymore.

And I'm happy to nominate blogger friends whom ...

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September 30, 2014
Audiobook Review - Factory Man by Beth Macy from Field Trips in Fiber

I grew up in a small town in Southwest Virginia. Once I left home I quickly realized that NO ONE had ever heard of my small hometown. Eventually I was able to make a connection for them. I'd ask if they had ever heard of Bassett Furniture and then spark their memory by reminding them that it was often given away on game shows. Bassett Furniture was a frequent prize package on The Price is Right. I was from Bassett, VA where all of that furniture was made.

That was then.

Nothing is made there now.

When I was ...

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RUSH HOUR Blog Hop...My Turn from Lily Patch Quilts

Happy Tuesday! I am so excited to be joining this RUSH HOUR blog hop put together by the best cheerleaders around, Mdm. Samm and Carol. I had the opportunity to use this beautiful bundle of fabrics from Studio E. This is a beautiful mix of fun modern prints. 


As I think about RUSH hour and what I would really like to design to make life easy for me as I am always in a RUSH these days. Everyone in my family are in high school or college and I need to have something that will take me through my busy ...

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Sandbox Quilt from Lily Patch Quilts

This is my 2nd finish for my 3rd Quarter FAL goal and also my ALYOF July goal. This kit was done by Avlyn Creations I think at least 10 years ago. I have had this quilt top pieced for quite some time. 

I was going to piece a really simple quilt to practice using the quilting machine and free-motion quilting but since I already had good batting I decided to just start quilting. The quilt design had some swirls in the center panel so I went with a swirl pattern for the quilting.

This is the back side. My swirls ...

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Foundation piecing from Tim Quilts

I am working on the Batik project and I thought it might be a good time to talk about foundation piecing.

Paper foundation piecing is very popular these days but it is nothing new.    This vintage top used Montgomery Ward catalog pages as the paper foundation

 

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Older quilts often used Muslin as the foundation…this partially finished quilt used muslin foundation.

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Here is the back of one of the pieces.

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When using fabric as the foundation it is left on….paper is removed

These vintage string star blocks were paper foundation pieced but the paper was removed after they were ...

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