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December 16, 2014
A Christmas Card for All of My Readers from Quilts....etc.

I have been sitting around all afternoon getting my Christmas Cards done and then realized I could share one with all of my readers – so click on the link and view. Merry Christmas 

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Liberty Coins Cat Quilt Block Pattern from Curlicue Creations

It's finally here.  The twelfth and final installment in the Basket Cat quilt block series - Liberty Coins Cat.  

The Liberty Coins Cat Quilt Block is a foundation piecing pattern.  Such a cute little kitty, peeking over the basket edge.  You could customize the cat by using the fabrics of your choice for the fur and eyes.  Sew a few to match your own furry family members!  

I chose to make my Liberty Coins Cat a bit of a rebel.  I added a little kitty "mohawk" on top of his head.  It was fun to quilt all those little spikes ...

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More Nordic Mini’s from The Crafty Quilter

I have more Nordic Mini’s to show you from followers and friends of mine.  It makes me so happy when I see other people’s interpretations of my tutorials.  If you want to know more about the Nordic Mini quilt and get instructions, you can find them here.

The first quilt that I saw finished was this one by Amanda at The Patchsmith.  I love the gingham and the hand quilting!

Nordic Mini Complete

Amanda was kind of enough to give me feedback (pattern corrections) along the way.  It’s never easy to get it right the first time, and I was ...

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Rock & Roll progress from Always Quilts

I worked a bit more on the rock & roll quilt last night. All that’s left is to add the borders. I haven’t quite decided what I will do with the borders as I would like to put the words Rock & Roll from the panel somewhere in the border. We’ll see…..


When I was deciding on the blocks for this, I needed 8″ blocks, but when you put them into sets of 4 they become 16″ blocks. I didn’t like the size it was ending up using 3 blocks per row, so I used 3 1/2 ...

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Geometric Rainbow – Kona Hexies Quilt from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends, today I am sharing some photos of the Kona hexie quilt I made last month as my…

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A Christmas Design Wall from Quilting Nonnie

It was June of this year. Hot. Bright sun. Long days.

My quilty friend, JP, and I decided to make Christmas tree skirts. JP and I get together every Monday to quilt and in June decided to do a mutual project.

I was happy to get such an early start on these two skirts. I knew that they would be done well before Christmas. (Can you tell something is coming?)

Last year I had made a Christmas tree skirt for Noel Heart. You can read the story here and see the gorgeous quilt. I finished it right before Christmas, but ...

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All Quilting, All the Time from ... Cat Patches

Over the weekend, I was a good little housekeeper and got all caught up on my housekeeping. Today I have no place to go and nothing to do. I started a recipe in my crockpot this morning, this Busy Day Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup. I haven't tried it before, and so I'll have to let you know whether we like it or not. For starters, I thought it needed more chicken broth, and so I added twice as much as that listed. Beyond that, who can say? And even though I'm not doing anything important (paid ...

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Christmas photos from Tim Quilts

A few years I decided to make a Christmas quilt every year.  I take a picture of Teddy with the quilt .

Here is the first one I made


The next year I Hand quilted an antique red and green top

Christmas Quilt Finished

The back shows the quilting better



The next year I hand quilted a vintage table cloth


I added the red border



I didn’t get one done last year :(   I finished 12 quilts but no Christmas quilt.

This year I am counting the Reindeer Snowflake quilt as the Christmas Quilt


and the tree skirt


I didn’t make a full-sized ...

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December 15, 2014
Finding Designs from Quilting Solutions

I design my own quilts.  Have you ever tried it?  Of course you have.  You may have used a published pattern, but if you chose your own color palette you have taken a baby step into designing.   There are many ways to design, but here are a few:

*Try mixing two standard blocks.  It is amazing what you can come up with.

*Use a one or more of a familiar block and place them creatively in space.

*Add something new and different to your block.

*Make a grid of triangles on paper and fill them in with color.  See what ...

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Sweet Seasons – Appliqué Sew-Along Block 3 from Quilter Chic

Sweet Seasons appliqué sew along

Hey, all you appliqué-ers! Welcome to block 3 of Sweet Seasons. This block is, of course, spring! I love this block for a couple of reasons: First, I think it’s cute, and second, we can start thinking about spring! Now, I know that we should wait until after Christmas to start yearning for spring, but I hate being cold, and always look forward to warmer temperatures and those lovely greens that show up in the spring.

I hope you’re enjoying the sew along, and it’s not too late to start! All of the previous patterns are available ...

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Design wall Monday- Rock & Roll! from Always Quilts

A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders when I sent off my quilts and manuscript for my upcoming book. I didn’t realize how stressed I was until I finished everything and sent it off. Now I will work on stress free stuff! LOL!!

Anyway, I finally have something new up on my design wall!  I don’t remember when I bought this little panel, so it’s been awhile, but I ran across it this weekend and started thinking about how to use it.


The squares are 8″ finished size, so I needed to come up with 8 ...

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Graduation day! from Ellyn's Place

My handsome son graduates from The Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University today! Seems like yesterday he headed off to Phoenix for college and here we are. So proud of him! He was on the deans list every semester and has really worked hard.

I made him this quilt to celebrate graduation and Christmas. You might remember me working on the curved piecing here....
 Diann's awesome quilting really make it special....
 Quilt pattern: Metro Hoops
Fabric: Moda Figures jelly roll

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Grand Illusion - Step III from Life In Pieces

The holiday madness pretty much dominated the weekend, at least the parts when I wasn't asleep in the recliner.  I'm still feeling a bit under the weather.  Some holiday stuff  got done because it had too.  My Guy's family gifts got wrapped and packaged for shipping.   I signed, addressed and stamped 51 Christmas cards.  That wasn't as bad as it sounds.  Several years ago I set up an Access database with all the addresses.  So each year, all I have to do is update the database, then do a print merge with the Avery address label ...

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Seventeen from Wedding Dress Blue

At first seventeen quilts didn’t seem like much.  Then, for a while, it felt nearly impossible.


Now, it just feels finished.

Seventeen quilts 48″ x 60″ is 340 square feet of quilt.  Many apartments are smaller than that.

Seventeen quilts is 3672 inches of binding.  My binding stitches are about 5/16″.  Seventeen quilts is about 11750 stitches.

Seventeen quilts is nearly 40 yards of backing fabric, if it were standard width.  I purchased 108-wide backing.  Seventeen quilts used the whole bolt.

Seventeen quilts.  I will probably never do it again.  But, I am glad I did it once ...

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December 14, 2014
MIA exhibition: Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 from April Sewing Journal

So I am working on Christmas crafting without much progress. Instead I went on a little Italian vacation at the Minneapolis Art Institute. They are a having an exhibit of Italian fashions from the 1940s to the present.  It was amazing to see that level of craftsmanship and inventiveness.  My only regret is that we couldn’t see more of the construction.  They only showed the interior of one garment. Even so, the preciseness and quality was wonderful to look at.  It is still going on until January 4th.

Filed under: life and family, sewing, style

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Thinking from Tim Quilts

I have spent the day hand quilting the Luxury Essentials quilt.


and while I am quilting I have time to think.   (Teddy thinks too, but I suspect we think about different things. )

I have been thinking and thinking about what I will make with the Bella Suede bundle of fabric.


I have a few dozen Ideas of quilts that I think would be great with these fabrics so it will be hard to make up my mind. I suspect I won’t know for sure until I actually start.  I really hardly ever start with a fully developed plan.

I ...

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A Loaf of Bread, a Jug of Wine, and a Flimsy from ... Cat Patches

Okay, so the jug of wine will come later. Maybe not the whole jug. Maybe I'll stick with just a glass. The loaf of bread and the flimsy, though. Those are real.

Sugar fiend that I am, one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is the baking and candy-making. I've made White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge, Divinity, and regular Fudge fudge so far this year. Mike and I each had a few pieces of each, and then I sent the rest to work with him. Last night I gave Mike his choice of Cranberry Bread, Cranberry Bliss ...

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December 13, 2014
Lady of Guadalupe................ from Better than I deserve!

 Lady of Guadalupe is one of the most beloved images in Hispanic culture and is very well-known within the Catholic faith as well. In the Catholic faith, the feast day for Our Lady of Guadalupe was yesterday Dec 12th. "Our Lady of Guadalupe , also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, ( is a title of the Virgin Mary associated with a celebrated pictorial image housed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in México City. The basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most visited Catholic site in the world, and the third-most visited sacred site in the ...

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Bee Blocks from Ellyn's Place

I realized I haven't shown you my bee block finishes for the last couple of months! Last month, Diann had us make some of the 6 1/2 inch blocks for her Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt. That clever girl, having us make her quilt for her! And the tiniest blocks at that. She's making the whole quilt out of grunge and it's going to be fabulous! Here are the 2 blocks I had to  got to make for her!

 This month, Lisa has us appliquéing orange peels and arranging them however we like. Her fabric choices ...

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Numerous Projects from Quilts....etc.

Thank you to anyone who ordered things on the Craftsy  sale through my links – I appreciate it (I just had to place an order too).  Today I kept busy trying to get from one thing to another.  I did want to get the repairs on So Scrappy finished and did – rewashed it afterwards […]

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