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October 31, 2014
A finish at least! from quilting prolifically

I have so much to catch up with for blogging

But at least I can show you a finish.  

Remember this from my FAL list?
I know, its only been on there all year!

( Know that because that fabric loaded on the long arm was the first fabric loaded up on it when it arrived back in January!)

 I first started this quilt way back, on my very first visit to Lynne's, and finished the blocks in July 2011!

Anyway, back in September, in between customer quilts and before the teaching started back, I hunted down a suitable backing ...

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I’m In Houston! from Inside Quilters Newsletter

Well, something that I made is in Houston. But, it’s not exactly a quilt. More of a little quilt. OK, a quilt block. I made a quilt block and sent it to the Star Block Challenge organized by astronaut Karen Nyberg, and it got sewn into a quilt which is hanging up in Houston. I blogged about the block I made before I sent it off, but here’s a photo as a reminder.

starblock Im In Houston!

9 1/2″ star block made by Gigi

It looks like I was in good company, since a lot of people used their space print ...

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Cross the Drunkard's Path Quilt Along from Field Trips in Fiber

Cross the Drunkard’s Path Quilt Along
Check out what everyone did on their DP projects last week!
I didn't expect to make a lot of progress this week with that darned cold. That thing lasted 10 days and really slowed me down. I slept at least 9 hours every night. During one of the football games this week I did sit down to sew a few DP blocks. The game was kind of dull so I kept going and got all of them sewn together! They aren't trimmed or ironed but they will be this weekend.
Meanwhile I needed to settle on a design ...

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Black Cat Crossing Reveal and Blog Hop from From My Carolina Home

Now I can show you what I did with my Maywood Studios fabrics.  I cut the panel apart and rearranged the motifs into two table toppers.  They could easily be wall hangings too.    I sashed the motifs with the purple and black harlequin print.  The backing is the orange graveyard print.  They are bound in the black tone on tone.  I had to add a bit here and there to make the measurements work.

Black Cat Crossing design stage 7

And I decided to make two, one more square and one more elongated.

Black Cat Crossing design stage 9

I made them so the orange graveyard print could be the backing for ...

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Bloggers’ Quilt Festival: Polka Dot Bikini Quilt from Fabrics 'n Flowers

I know. If you have been following my blog, you have seen the Polka Dot Bikini quilt more than you want to. Here is one more post for my entry into the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side. This is one of my favorite quilts, and definitely my best selling pattern to date (you can […]

The post Bloggers’ Quilt Festival: Polka Dot Bikini Quilt appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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October 30, 2014
Why I Quilt from From the Strawberry Patch...

...wrapping the world with love, one quilt at a time... Life is Good!

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Why I Quilt from From the Strawberry Patch...

...wrapping the world with love, one quilt at a time... Life is Good!

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Facing a Quilt Tutorial from Field Trips in Fiber

When I showed my Zombie ball quilt last week I mentioned that I finished it with a facing. One of my blog friends asked how I did that. If nothing else, I'm here to please! Today I have a tutorial for how to face a quilt.

ZB 9

Here's the faced backing of Zombie Ball. A facing is a great alternative to binding on art quilts. I wouldn't recommend it for a bed quilt or quilt that's going to be used and washed often. I think that a faced edge would wear faster than the quilt.

Step 8

Here's ...

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Christmas Star Quilt Pattern from The Champ Life

Periodically I get emails or comments asking if I have a pattern available for my Christmas Star quilt. I thought I’d take a second to formally announce that yes, I do!

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It’s available on Craftsy as well as in my Etsy shop as a digital download. Enjoy!

The post Christmas Star Quilt Pattern appeared first on The Champ Life.

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productivity from Quilt Nut Creations

I had a fabulous day of sewing on Tuesday; been a long time since I have cranked out this many goodies in a day.

Got the binding sewn on a newly quilted quilt.

Added a border on my second Elementary runner.

I debated adding the border on the top and bottom but since it just fits my table now, this is the way it will be. I did second guess my border choice but I think it really finishes it off.

I also started and finished an new baby quilt.

pattern is Pow-Wow by CluckCluckSew

What I love most about ...

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Signed copies: Recreating Antique Quilts from IVORY SPRING

Dear Friends, I hope you are well.  I am slowly getting back to the swing of things. I didn’t know just how exhausted I was from Market.  I made some blocks yesterday, and hope to finish up the entire quilt by this weekend.  This is going to be a very fun “on the fence” design. :)  Stay tuned for designs.


I am now able to ship you signed copies for my book Recreating Antique Quilts. However, I am a one-woman operation – I hope you understand.  And I have a limited number of books.

So, while I am trying to waiting ...

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Tessellating Leaves Paper Piecing from Mulberry Patch Quilts

So I found a pattern I’ve had for ages—“Little Bits: Fallen Leaves” by Cindi Edgerton (2001) for paper piecing tessellating leaves.  It’s a beautiful pattern and includes tissue paper patterns for each of the 25 leaves in the piece.  It’s one of those patterns that’s been sitting in my stash too long.

I’ve had a fascination with tessellating patterns for awhile now.  I think they’re so interesting.  So when I found this particular pattern, I had to give it a try.  Instead of the tissue paper patterns included in the pattern envelope, I ...

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what’s been going on… from Sue Bleiweiss

I got some very exciting news this week about my quilt Tutti Frutti City Skyline:

Tutti Frutti City Skyline 72” x 33” hand dyed cotton, machine quilted

It won second place in the Art Whimsical category at the Houston International Quilt Festival!  You can see all of the winners here.

I’ve been so busy with projects lately that I haven’t had much time to sit and write any blog posts and I’ve gotten into the habit of just posting updates on my facebook page instead.  Last week I was in San Diego teaching at the SDBA.  To ...

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Quilt #30 - Laurel's Police quilt from Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor

In July, I quilted this quilt for Laurel. She gave it to her brother at his retirement party. I quilted it with the Dazzle panto and white So Fine in the top.  

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UFO’s Here I Come! from Heart Desire Creations

Oh how I enjoy to get away for a weekend to sew.  Many of you know that I used to facilitate several quilting retreats a year.  I enjoyed those immensely, but much of the time was not my own.  I now only facilitate the Quilt & Sew-in Retreat in Blowing Rock, NC and have a ball.  When a few of us quilters get together for a sewing weekend, I thoroughly enjoy to sew, sew, and sew.  I am packed for this weekend and am taking several projects that are already started.  Most are on my list of UFO’s with my ...

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Sewing and Quilting from Lily Patch Quilts

I am a bit behind on my Aurifil BOM blocks. I manage to sew this month's block and it still took me two days to do one block. I am glad I got some sewing in though.

I also needed to sew DD a pencil skirt for school. One of her teacher requires business dress with a pencil skirt. This skirt did not take long to sew at all. I might make some more in fun prints.

I also have a BOM that I would like to make from Jacquelynne Steves. I am waiting for the pattern to get ...

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blogger´s quilt festival from Ritacor

every 6 months it´s a pleasure to just sit back a couple of hours and delight the eyes with the festival of Quilts that Amy puts together. specialy for the ones like me, too far away – an ocean apart … Continuar a ler

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FREE PATTERN: Expressions of Faith Tablerunner from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, yesterday I shared with you the free-to-use Expressions of Faith sofa quilt pattern!  Click here for information on how to download the pattern.

High Res_sofa quilt_58 x 72

Today I am sharing with you another free-to-use table runner design using the non-panel prints in the same Expressions of Faith fabric line. You can easily make more blogs to enlarge the design into a quilt design if you are wish.

High Res_runner_45.25 x 20.5

The blocks are probably one of my favorite cross blocks because I think one can have so many possibilities with them!

Click here to view the complete fabric line.

Click here to download the ...

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Quilting from The Craft Divas

Hey Everyone,

I was very nervous with the thought of quilting my own quilts. I would tell Bizzy Lady all the time I can’t get it a hang of it or I would never do it. But as the saying goes never say never.  I’ve watched a few videos on Modern quilting and just how people quilted their quilts. The one thing with quilting a Modern quilt, there are no rules as it is in Traditional quilting.  You can cross over lines you quilted and it can be improv quilting. Nothing has to be precise.

This past weekend ...

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October 29, 2014
Ask Jo: This and That from Jo's Country Junction


I often get question and comments from blog readers via my email or just in the comment section.  Sometimes I answer them here on the blog as I feel other blog readers might be able to offer advice or that others might have the same question.  Today is one of those days.

After trying to use our strip calculator we got a question from Carolyn, “Is the width in the calculation with or without seam allowances my strips are 2.5 but do I use that or 2 allowing for 1/4′ seams same questions for length of strips.”


If ...

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