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November 30, 2022
Quilting Tools: Accuquilt Go! from Becca's Crazy Projects

I recently ordered the 8 Inch Qube from Accuquilt. I was inspired by Chris Marchini, Rose City Originals, to buy the Qube. He has a series of random quilt blocks made with the Qube and it just seemed like so much fun! Accuquilt was having a sale so that made it even better. 
I've had my Accuquilt Go! for several years now. When I wanted to see how long I've had it, I found a post from 2014. Not as nice as this post from 2015 that shows a fun tumbler quilt. That quilt is on my bed ...

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Improv Ladder Bee Blocks from Goer

In October, Allie asked us to make ladders for her Quilts Unscripted Bee. She asked that we make blocks that are at least 8" on each side with a ladder going all the way across the block, edge to edge. "The ladder can be curved, straight, leaning, have mismatched rungs, be missing rungs, anything. It can go halfway up the block and make a sharp 90 degree turn. It can be wide at the base and narrow at the top or vice versa." Allie provided the white background fabric and asked us to use choose from a palette of bright ...

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2-Cent Tuesday from IVORY SPRING

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Hello Friends, I hope you are keeping well. Christmas is HERE – it truly is my favorite time of year.

Thank you to those of you who purchased Pine-ing for Christmas pattern over the weekend. I am most appreciative of your support. Pine-ing for Christmas is entirely scrap-friendly. The most tedious part would be to make the 3″ finished Ohio star units, but beyond that, everything else should be a breeze. Honestly, once you get used to ...

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November 29, 2022
Just Some Recent Quilts because I Haven’t Forgotten How To Sew Yet from Eric the Quilter

Just wanted to share some pieces I’ve had on the backburner. I almost forgot I had this blog. It’s been a crazy 2 years. Hopefully After the Holidays I’ll get back on it.

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Two Online Goodies, Department Store Muffins, Yuletide Blanket, Friendship Stars from Canadian Needle Nana

It was fun to read about everyone's American Thanksgivings. From the small and quiet ones to the large family gatherings. Thank you for sharing.
 Last week Hubby got the snow tires on the car just in time for downpours of rain. I'm always happy to have someone else do that chore though when he told me how enjoyable the garage waiting room was with t.v., free good coffee and comfy chairs, it doesn't sound too bad. 

This fellow is back around the feeders. I always wonder if it is the same ones that come and go ...

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Christmas Moose Quilt from From My Carolina Home

When I last showed this quilt’s progress before the holiday, it was assembled and the quilting had been started. I am using a snowflake pantograph called Flurry, with silver grey Glide thread on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin.

Quilting had to be done over several days, one pass at a time as I had time to work on it.

The moose is really cute in his sweater.

The pantograph is not very dense, so this will be a cuddly quilt.

As I finished, and was checking the back, the stitching looked fine, but there are a couple ...

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November 28, 2022
New Videos from Jo's Country Junction

I’m busy cleaning from when the wood trim got installed.  Read about that in the morning post. I thought about not doing a post at all but I know that makes many of you sad.  So I’m doing a very quilt post.   I managed to get two new videos up this past week. The first […]

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Tree Skirts for the Holidays from Made By Marney

As I started putting up my Christmas decorations, I realized I have plenty of Christmas tree skirts to choose from. They are all handmade and, of course, all paper pieced.

BEAR-Y CHRISTMAS TREE SKIRT

Any tree skirt pattern can be created as a table topper instead, just don’t cut the hole in the center. The BEARY-Y CHRISTMAS TREE SKIRT would also make a super cute table centerpiece.

When I am decorating using a more farmhouse look, I use this tree skirt.

RED TRUCK TREE SKIRT

LITTLE RED TRUCK TREE SKIRT is so easy! Consider using fabric photos to paper ...

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Three Free Patterns, Super Scrappy Finish, Costco Buys, Autumn Poem from Canadian Needle Nana

I just had to share another of my turkey shots in honour of the great American Thanksgiving 2022 occurring as I write this post. 

It's been a good week and I've managed to keep up my fitness, visit older daughter and older grandson, and do some Christmas shopping. SIL always drops me off a Costco chicken which I appreciate as I seldom get there myself. They are a good size and I get to use them right down to boiling the bones to make a little bone broth. Speaking of Costco...

Look what's on my bed...Black ...

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Improv “Hope” Blocks from Goer

In May, E. A. asked us to make two-color blocks that contained the word "hope."

For my first block I chose Kona Cerise and green to make some skinny strip letters. My skinny strips finish at 1/8" wide. I created boxy letters improvisationally, but aimed for the letters to all be about the same height. The letters are about 6 1/2" tall and the block finished at about 12" x 10".

In my second block I chose a much lower contrast color combination with dark purple and dark grey. I improv cut all the pieces for my letters ...

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November 27, 2022
Polar Bear block — Paper Piecing design in two sizes from Wisonsin Quilting

This simple paper piecing Polar Bear block comes in two sizes 8″ x 8″ and 15″ x 15″.. both sizes included in the same purchase for $8.60

The pattern comes as a PDF download for you to print, the smaller version prints on one piece of paper, the larger on 4. Click here for pattern.

The eyes and nose are appliqued, the ears are free to flap and are inserted into the seams as you assemble the block. This is a great, quick, fun to make pattern. I’d love to see what you come up with.. don’t ...

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November 26, 2022
“Sharing the Process” - Part 4 from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

Just a bit more progress.  


I reported in the last progress update that I used scraps from the project to make a decorative border for the center panel.  It took some tweaking, but I’m very happy with it. I had so much fun making these strips that I’m thinking of making a quilt with nothing but these.  Another retirement project!

I played with the placement of blocks around the center panel.  Once I was happy, I left it all on the design wall to marinate.

A couple of weeks later I thought, “what if the center panel wasn ...

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Winning Quilts from International Quilt Festival 2022 from Gwen's Quilts

International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX for 2022 is in the books. Festival, as it is affectionately known, is the big show each year in Houston. It is held at the end of October / beginning of November. Quilters from all over the globe come together to celebrate the art of quilting. They enjoy classes, quilt displays, vendors, lectures, and a judged contest. It is a real treat to see the winning quilts.

Handi Quilter is proud to sponsor the Best of Show award for the judged contest. Along with Best of Show, the show presents 5 Master Awards, and 1st ...

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Winning Quilts from International Quilt Festival 2022 from Essie's Quilts

International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX for 2022 is in the books. Festival, as it is affectionately known, is the big show each year in Houston. It is held at the end of October / beginning of November. Quilters from all over the globe come together to celebrate the art of quilting. They enjoy classes, quilt displays, vendors, lectures, and a judged contest. It is a real treat to see the winning quilts.

Handi Quilter is proud to sponsor the Best of Show award for the judged contest. Along with Best of Show, the show presents 5 Master Awards, and 1st ...

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Improv Confetti Bee Blocks from Goer

In April, Isabelle asked us to make confetti inspired pieces for her. She gave us tons of flexibility in what we made for her. "Please create blocks that are abstract, and feature small pieces (1”-ish) within the design. The percentage of small piecing that makes up the block is less important than the impact of the small pieces used in the overall design of the block. Negative space, strip piecing, curved piecing, geometric design – anything goes."

 

I pulled out my smallest solid scraps, including some pieced bits. Do you see the legs from my "watch me grow" block for ...

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November 23, 2022
Chunk of the Month-Coming in January from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Many years ago I made this quilt as a block of the month. It is really a “chunk of the month quilt” as it is made with a 12″ block and small filler blocks. I still love the quilt, but the Thimbleberries fabrics, not so much (it’s not a good photo, but you get the idea!).

I think it would be fun to offer an updated version of this as a skill-builder chunk of the month quilt. Starting in January, I will offer a pattern that will make a chunk of this quilt. The quilt shown is throw-size, but ...

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https://livingwaterquilter.com/post/701717504136003584 from Living Water Quilter

Change Is GoodThank you for joining me here for so many years. We have been through many tutorials...

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Blueberry Charm from Becca's Crazy Projects

How old is that fabric? Well, according to the label, this is from the December 2011 Moda Charm Pack Club. Fat Quarter Shop still has a charm pack club if you want to stock up for the next decade or so. 
I'm a big fan of webbing the top when sewing blocks into rows. New to the idea? Check Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville. Her great tutorial gives your the in, outs, and whys of webbing a quilt top. I mostly like it because I am less likely to make layout mistakes. 
The center of the quilt is ready for ...

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Ikat from Liz Makes Crafts

Ikat is a pattern by Brigitte Heitland featuring fabric from her Fragile collection, one of my favorite fabric collections ever. I've made so many quilts with it, including Fragile, Paradox, and Critical Sunshine, and that's just the ones I've finished quilting! What can I say, I'm a sucker for black and gold.

Ikat was one of those quilts that I really wanted to have, but not necessarily to make. Piecing this quilt was a royal pain, due to the jelly rolls. But once I was done with it, I really loved the quilt top, and I ...

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November 22, 2022
Three Free Patterns, 25 No Bake Cookies and Squares, Friendship Star Blocks from Canadian Needle Nana

A November pond view, the day before our snow fall. 

Yes, it snowed overnight Monday into Tuesday and we have a couple of centimeters on the ground. The pond was caught over with ice this morning. The air was cold and crisp on our walk. Here is Ned relaxing with Tony but with an eye on the door. A squirrel ran across his veranda. How dare it!!

LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color's prompt this week is to share a favourite dish for Thanksgiving, that would be the great American Thanksgiving which is coming up.  I cook a traditional ...

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