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March 14, 2019
Welcome Our Newest Elements - Decostitch + Icon from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers, 

Are you looking for some new blenders for your next quilty project?! The usual go-to's are often solids, but we wanted to create something different that added some texture and felt just more unique! So, this time around we decided to expand our collection of Elements by adding two new designs, “DECOSTITCH” and “ICON.” Both of these different designs can be used to sew with a wide variety of prints and colors or be used on their own as well.

For “DECOSTITCH,” we were inspired by stitching motifs and decided to fuse them together with neutral shades ...

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Things have been taking place....... from Mimi's Passions

It's been quiet on the blog, but that doesn't mean I have been sitting around with my feet up......well, I have.....but in between I have been busy getting that baby quilt ready for the shower which is tomorrow!  In fact, I had it ready a good two weeks prior to the shower other than the label

If you recall, the only information I received from the mom was that the baby's room was going to be gray and beige; one wall was going to have birch tree decals and the theme was woodland animals.

I ...

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Leaders/Enders Progress from Heart Desire Creations

It’s amazing how quickly a quilt top goes together when using leaders and enders.  I placed this L/E project at my sewing machine the beginning of the year and now I have the main section together! I set aside all my 1 1/2″ green strips and sewed them all around the outside.


Now I will continue to piece the L/E’s and make a border of two squares across and as many down as needed for the sides, top and bottom.


Unfortunately, I haven’t made much progress on those because I have been doing  string ...

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March 13, 2019
Ask Sassy! Quilting Questions… from The Sassy Quilter

Ask Sassy!

Today’s quilty question:

What do I try if my thread keeps breaking???

Well, first things first… Completely re-thread your machine and bobbin.

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Photo by Jonas Kakaroto on

If that doesn’t do the trick… Let’s look at your thread and needle!

When quilting we are generally using a 40 or 50wt cotton thread. If using a special type of thread, you may need a special needle. Otherwise, a universal needle should be fine.

Secondly…. When did you last change your needle??? This is one of the biggest things we as quilters forget to do ...

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Gee’s Bend Quilts from Patchwork Posse

This past year or so has been a little bit of a journey of sorts- through exploring Gee’s Bend Quilts. 

During 2018 in the Salt Lake Modern quilt group, I designed a Gee’s Bend Inspired quilt along.  

The whole idea was to allow everyone the freedom of sewing blocks, with a little bit of structure and consistency.  This consistency of sizes allows you to put the blocks together in different combinations, but overall- they all worked together. 

Each month a new ‘theme’ of block was given.  Including log cabin, flying geese, half square triangles, courthouse steps, checkerboard, plus ...

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Learning a new technique from Quilting and More...

If you’ve seen many of the quilts I’ve posted here, you may have noticed that I love to use corded piping next to the binding. Now, though, I may be “kicking it up a notch.” I learned of a class online offered by Bethanne Nemesh, whose work I’ve long admired, so I gave in to […]

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March 12, 2019
photo shoot from Ellyn's Place

Sunday was a cloudy day, perfect for outdoor photography, so hubby & I headed to the local playground. It's one of my favorite places to take outdoor photos of my quilts.
climbing! not something I could easily do a year ago.
I had brought several of my recent quilt finishes, including my Solid Seven Gnome in the Christmas Forest quilt.

And my most recent finish, Take Note...
After a while, the wind kicked up, making quilt photography very difficult...

Ah well, it was a fun day nonetheless!

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Sew Let's Quilt Along: Sewing Machine from Snowy Days Quilting


Sew Let’s Quilt Along has started! It’s a free, sewing-themed mystery quilt along, and I’m so excited to share our first block with you. If you missed the intro, you can get all of the details here. I also have a handy dandy quilt along page with links to each block as it comes out.

Our very first block is a sewing machine! I don’t know about you, but I don’t think there’s any better way to kick off a sewing-themed quilt along than with a sewing machine. And Sandra did a fabulous job ...

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March 11, 2019
Butterfly Wreaths -- Quilted Scalloped and Bound from High Road Quilter

I finished quilting the scallops for Butterfly Wreaths.  It wasn't as hard as I expected it to be.  I wound up having the exact amount of thread I needed to make that last row of quilting. I switched to another slightly darker thread, which will be fine because it shows on the back and not the front. I followed the instructions to make bias binding, and I wound up having the exact amount of fabric for binding this quilt. When you add in the seam allowance, the scallops don't wind up being as deep as they looked when ...

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To Stitch every day for a year, pop ups, learning, and creativity today! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Guests Kelly Parker Smith, Joanne Hillestad, Kim Jamieson-Hirst, Michelle May join Pat for a chat!

CLICK THE PLAYER & Listen to Show 413 -- My favorite find at the end!

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 413 Kelly Parker Smith

I might have found Kelly Parker Smith from Hello World via her witty engraved items .. Coffee Coffee Coffee anyone? But once I found out she has turned her graphics into fabric ...

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My Fireside chat, FREE Table runner & thoughts on when we make... from Pat Sloan's Blog

It was so fun to do a Fireside chat yesterday evening! If you've not watched one they are about 30 minutes long with a giveaway!  

AND at the end of this article is a download of my FREE table runner pattern we'll sew for Quilt day Sat Mach 16!

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Coming Soon to Quilt Shops Near You… from Marcus Fabrics

We know…spring weather is “thisclose” and we can’t wait!  And our upcoming collections prove that there’s fresh inspiration to be found everywhere, from traditional prints and palettes to silk neckties, from a tranquil garden to a coastal paradise, from an elegant manor to America’s Favorite Pastime  If you’re in need of a creative boost, check out what’s coming to quilt shops near you in the coming months:

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Joint Venture with Karen Miller: Mystery Quilt Along – Part 8 from IVORY SPRING

Jan 7: Announcement post
Jan 21:  Planning, basting, batting, etc
Jan 28:  Stabilization quilting or just to catch up
Feb 4, Feb 11: Inside center panel
Feb 25: Top and Bottom Rectangles
March 4: Top and Bottom Squares
***March 11: Left and Right Side panels
Mach 18: Narrow Sashing
April 1: Outside (wider) Border
April 8: Binding & Hanging


Hello Friends, it’s Monday again — can you believe it?  It’s been busy around here, but all’s well.  I hope things are going well at your end too, especially in the free-motion machine quilting department.  I hope those baby steps ...

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Log Cabins and a Giveaway! from The Sassy Quilter

Log Cabins!


Aren’t they so fun? I live in one so I am a little biased:)

I bought this quilt kit from Fat Quarter Shop HERE and am slowly working my way through these blocks. 

The fabric line used is Smitten by Bonnie and Camille for MODA Fabrics.

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Sweet Escape is a Thimble Blossoms pattern by  Camille Roskelley.

Log Cabin blocks are not super quick, but do look awesome when your done.

I just love these sweet fabrics.

This will be the first entire quilt I have made with just log cabin blocks.  

It finishes at 80 x 80 ...

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March 10, 2019
I Am Enough Quilt Along Top Finish from A Ditchin' Time Quilts

Finally finished this quilt top!  I have loved making all the squares. I am using all my mom's old fabric from her stash that I inherited when she passed away.  Every time I look at this quilt it reminds me of her.  It reminds me of all the things she made of these fabrics.  It gives me such happiness to see this come together.  

Check out Havel's Sewing Blog for their wonderful sewing tools and batting! There you can find this pattern, designed by Melanie from Southern Charm Quilts. Just such fun! Details here!

Time to quilt this ...

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A Word About Retreats from Heart Desire Creations

Recently there have been several inquiries about the Quilt & Sew-In Retreats held in the Spring and Fall in Blowing Rock, NC.  This is a great time where quilters/sewers/knitters, etc. come together to work on their projects, share, laugh, shop and enjoy the wonderful restaurants and all that downtown Blowing Rock has to offer.

Where’s the registration?  Returning retreaters have an exclusive early sign-up period. After that time, if there are openings, information and the registration form will be posted on this site.

Spring 2019 Quilt & Sew-In

April 3 through April 7

The Spring retreat is currently FULL ...

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Take Note from Ellyn's Place

My latest quilt, Take Note, was started in Melanie Tuazon's class at Quiltcon. At the end of class, we all shared our work and the stories behind it. It was a bit embarrassing to tell the truth! My story? ummm, well, I chose the solids because they match my newly renovated guest bathroom. Yeah. that's all I had. Ladies were sharing beautiful stories about what inspired their improv work and I was playing with solids that match my bathroom. Really? Pretty lame. One lady shared about her young grandson with a brain tumor. Amazing, powerful stories. Oh well ...

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Too Many Choices from The Quilt Quine

I had a varied selection of tasks to choose to work on this week, starting with encouraging Fergus to knuckle down with his essay on Rap-Metal music. Let’s just say that I now consider myself an expert on the politics and angst of the genre from Rage Against the Machine to Lil Peep;)

Since I have done no free-motion quilting since I stitched my FOQ samples, I decided that I needed some practice so I loaded the Dream Big panel that so many longarm quilters have been using to showcase their fillers. It took a while to stitch around ...

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Sew Hot ~ GIVEAWAY! from Charm About You

I am thrilled to welcome Sew Hot as my newest sponsor. They are one of my favourite online shops, in part because of their amazing range of interfacing, notions and hardware, and (of course) the most gorgeous fabric collections. I don't know about you but when I'm ordering online I like to find shops that have everything I need. Sew Hot covers so many bases and also stocks Kona solids, Aurifil thread, Richard Hemming needles, Emmaline Bags hardware, Paper Pieces and much, much more.

Not only that but Sew Hot are now also open as a bricks and ...

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Project QUILTING 10.5: Abecedarius from Goer

After a two week hiatus, I managed to crank out a *very tiny* finish for this week's Project QUILTING challenge. I took my word of the year and turned it into a quilt. Mostly my technique was slice and insert and it was all a bit of planned improv, I wanted skinny lines and to make all the letters about the same height as the E which I finished first.

The strips finish at about 1/8" wide and the quilt finished at 2 1/4" x 9". It ties my Patchwork City mini mini quilt for the smallest ...

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