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December 9, 2019
Ask Jo: Longarm Quilt Machine Follow Up from Jo's Country Junction

I had a ton of responses after last week’s post on my longarm quilting machine.  I have an APQS Millenium that I purchased after having lots of problems with my Pfaff Grand Quilter and Next Generation Frame.   Read the previous post HERE  to get all the details.

Here are some of the follow up comments.

Janet made a comment, “You also have to be physically able to do it (longarming). There is a lot of bending involved.”

This is a very good point.  I had shoulder issues for some time.  Running the quilting machine was really hard on my ...

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Reworking My Ironing Board from From My Carolina Home

This unusual shaped ironing board has been in my sewing room for many years.  It isn’t made anymore, but was great when I was sewing most of my clothing.  That hasn’t been the case for the past 15 years, as I have been doing much more quilting.  I’ve recovered it twice and did a tutorial on that process (Recovering an Ironing Board), showing the process of getting around all those curves.

Remaking an Ironing Board at

The previous cover lasted 3 years, but with pressing piecework, I tend to use the same section over and over.  Naturally, it gets very brittle and ...

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A Gift for Me from Goer

Yesterday I shared the gift I made for the BAM holiday gift exchange. Today I'm showing off the lovely gift I received from Cheri.

First, she made this adorable Hanukkah gift bag to wrap my gift in. As I declared at the party, this could have been the gift! In case you missed my earlier tutorial post, I'm on a quest to make a bunch of reusable Hanukkah gift bags.

I opened the gift and was a little perplexed. Thankfully it came with an introductory note explaining that it is a magic wallet for quilt blocks. It fits ...

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Short On Time? from Quilt Doodle Doodles

It's that time of year that we are busy running around getting ready for the holidays. If you are like me, time is short and you are trying to cram as much as possible into your days. Well I've got a quick gift for you to make and I bet you already have what you need to make it in your fabric stash! Plus, spending some quiet time in your sewing room stitching will help you destress. So grab a cup of coffee and lets go do some sewing.

After you set your coffee down, go dig thru ...

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Short On Time? from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

It's that time of year that we are busy running around getting ready for the holidays. If you are like me, time is short and you are trying to cram as much as possible into your days. Well I've got a quick gift for you to make and I bet you already have what you need to make it in your fabric stash! Plus, spending some quiet time in your sewing room stitching will help you destress. So grab a cup of coffee and lets go do some sewing.

After you set your coffee down, go dig thru ...

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Return of the 365 Circles from High Road Quilter

I am happy with my progress for this year so instead of rushing to finish anything else, I decided to move a number of projects forward so they don't feel left out and I can continue to call them WIPs (work in progress) instead of UFOs (unfinished objects).

Here are a few more circles I made for my circle 365 project. It is a project I started a couple of years ago, and was supposed to make one block a day. I decided not to keep my circles simple to avoid tedium, but circles that are not simple take ...

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December 8, 2019
First Ladies Quilt from caledonia quilter

Lordy, I'm behind with my pretty-quilts-pictures.  I finished this at the end of October.  In general, I don't post pics until after the customer has picked up the quilt, just in case, and this gal was unable to get here for a while because her own life was pretty hectic at the time.

First Ladies Quilt

This is a very large quilt, and it was beautifully pieced.

There was lots of negative space for some pretty quilting.

The blocks were all quilted individually.

In order to keep some continuity between the blocks, I restricted the quilting to straight ...

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A Few Finishes! from Heart Desire Creations

Oh how I like to say “finished!”  Two of these are little, one bigger, but all make me happy.

First, for a couple of little Christmas time gifts, I embellished these towels.  From my stash, I made prairie points and cut strips.  These make great hostess gifts and guild gift exchanges.  They’re also pretty quick!


These next are, as my hubby declared, “Cute, Cute, Cute!”  I found these little dishes at our local Habitat Store.  Buttons added around the rim and magnets on the bottom and voila! Pin dishes.  I am struggling though, I want to keep one.  I ...

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Teal and Purple Open Wide Zippered Pouch from Goer

Today was our holiday part at Bay Area Modern Quilting. There's an annual tradition of a gift swap among members. In 2017, I made this apron for Gerre. And last year I made a pair of fabric trays for Joelle. This year I was assigned to make for Mary, and she indicated that her favorite colors were purple and teal and that she'd like "anything." I knew immediately that it would be fun to create something for her and decided her "anything" would be a bag, making it a twofer as it fits the requirements for the November ...

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December 7, 2019
Do you like BIG Trees?? + Glow Row #4 from Pat Sloan's Blog

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*** Drive Down Bonnie Lane Kick off! ***

Time to sew the gorgeous BIG Trees in my 'Drive Down Bonnie Lane' sew along using Coach House Designs pattern that Barb created just for my fabric, it's so darling!

In this post

  • Videos for fusible applique
  • Photo steps to show how to make the trees
  • Glow Pattern  Sew along - Last Row
  • My Table runner kit


Pat sloan drive down bonnie lane trees button

*** How we'll sew the rows ***

  • The pattern is set up to sew in rows.
  • We'll do the Trees before the clothes line so everyone can ...

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Reason #3 not to blog.... from Nestlings By Robin


Even with my deadlines, I have to throw 
the husband a bone now and again.
He starts to feel trapped being home
all the time when I am working.
I can just hibernate here in the house
for weeks (if the schedule allows)
and never leave because I am in my
own little quilty world!

The new movie, KNIVES OUT, is
one we both agreed to see so part of my
Saturday will be at the movies and 
out to eat... YAY!
I love dates with my man:)

What will you be doing this weekend?
Whatever it is ...

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Barn Quilt BOM Month 3 & 4 from Quilt in Piece

Welcome to Month Three and Four of the Barn Quilt BOM from Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting. In the first month in August we showed off our fabric choices and I think I might have changed my mind several times during that month. My previous post with the fabric choices can be found here. Then for September, the first block of the BOM was release, you can see that post here. I did decide in the end to stick with the green that I didn’t like last month. The second month we made the in between strip that ...

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Shake and Bake Quilt Top from Goer

My friend Sarah Ruiz at Saroy has a new pattern that she just released yesterday. I was able to test the pattern for her and make this vibrant version from the Sassafras Lane Foundation collection.

This is a super quick sew with numerous layout variations included in the pattern. And there are countless other options for arranging blocks. I chose an alternate layout for my blocks.

Hop over to Sarah's blog to see the numerous awesome tester versions of Shake and Bake or straight to Etsy to get your copy (on sale through Sunday, December 8).


I'm participating ...

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December 6, 2019
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Another scrappy charity quilt for Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
Isn't this one fun!

If you want to contribute but don't have the time or skills, you can support the national Quilts for Kids by shopping through Amazon Smile. I don't earn anything from this link. This link lets your purchases support Quilts for Kids through Amazon. I don't add affiliate links to my charity quit posts on purpose. I donate my time, my machine, my thread, and my skill to the cause. 

Here is the EpochConverter for 2019. 

2019 Charity Quilt Count: 68

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Holiday Tea from Goer

My mother and I have a holiday tradition of the last few years to attend a holiday tea. For the past two years we have gone to Shadelands Ranch Museum in Walnut Creek, California. This year we changed things up and attended a holiday tea much closer to home. Today we attended the Ainsley House 25th annual holiday tea in Campbell, CA.

The Ainsley House was build in 1925 during the Arts and Crafts movement in the style of an English Tudor Cotswald cottage. I love the roof!

The Ainsley House tea includes tea time (with champagne, sparkling cider, delicious ...

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My Fabric Collecting from Jo's Country Junction

Before I start today’s post I want to say we had tons of comments on my post about my long arm.   I had a few follow questions and I’m putting together the answers for them and will be posting that on Monday afternoon.  That will give you a little time to get more questions in if you have them…and it’s been a busy week here and I haven’t gotten time to get some pictures snapped to go with the post…so you have until noonish on Sunday to get your questions in.

Now for today ...

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December 5, 2019
FREE.Perfect 5 Sampler Layouts from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Pat sloan single block sampler version pic 1

*** My Sampler *** 

This has been SO MUCH FUN! I am thinking we need to do this again so more of you can join in. What do you think? 

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Pat sloan single block sampler version pic 2

*** Quilting *** 

  • I wanted an overall that had a tile feel to it... love this! 
  • Quilted by Cindy and Dennis Dickinson 

Pat sloan single block sampler version pic 3

*** Backing *** 

  • Backing is my Bonnie Lane
  • So is the binding

Pat Sloan blocks bonus star 2

*** Bonus Star *** 

  • Made from the snickerdoodle Sew and Flip corners.
  • Down load directions along with the the 2 sampler layouts ...

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Three Stitching Projects, There's Power in Kindness from Canadian Needle Nana

As I ate my late breakfast, oatmeal, walnuts and blueberries, this morning...

I thought of this.
Hubby lies down every day for a nap and it is not a factor of his age; he has been able to achieve this feat as long as memory serves him. He can be reminding me of our car appointment or what to say if so and so calls and the next moment be breathing deeply like somebody already past the dreaming stage. I marvel at this. As you know sleep is like a foreign country to me and I definitely can't lie ...

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Swooning Over Swoon from Liz Makes Crafts

Possibly the most exciting but simultaneously the most stressful part of making a quilt for me is fabric selection. Out of the quilts I've made, if I messed up somewhere, that was almost always where I messed up. That's why I love to buy kits.

But once in awhile, I get an idea to marry a quilt pattern with a fabric collection in my stash, and I get so excited about it that I drop everything else. That happened to me when I envisioned Camille Roskelley's Swoon quilt in Katarina Roccella's Mediterraneo collection.

Mediterraneo features amazing ...

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FREE Wreaths for Everyone! (pattern that is...) from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat Sloan Nov Button club pic 1

*** Project ***

My FREE wreath pattern is very quick to do!  And I must say I gave myself a challenge with this one that I'll explain below.  The Fat Quarter Shop's button club kit is called 'Jolly' so I used the letters on the sashing! Then decorated the wreath with the super cute buttons. 

My Pattern Download is after my tutorial below along with the fabrics and supplies I used


*** Fabric ***

  1. I started with this Fat Quarter bundle of Winterberry
  2. There were so many cute options! The text print is amazing.  But I had to narrow it down to ...

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