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October 31, 2014
Can I get a giant Swoon from 365 days of wonderful


This fabric…Spooktacular by Blend, needed a pattern that allowed the large prints to shine.  This large swwon block was perfect to show off the fabric designs.


I had a set of 6 fat quarters, all fairly large prints that were just too nice to cut up into small pieces. I really liked the potion bottles so I left that the largest and used it for the centre block. The grey and orange look great together. It finishes at 40 X 40.


Armed with 1 fat quarter and a few scraps leftover from the Swoon Tabletopper I was determined to ...

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Quilters Dream Batting from Living Water Quilter

While this is not the definitive post on batting, I hope my experience will encourage crafters and quilters alike to make their own samples of Quilters Dream batting and as well as others.


For a few years I only used a low loft 80/20 fusible batting. However, it wasn’t suitable for all projects. I needed to branch out.


This hunter star wall hanging was quilted with two layers of Quilters Dream batting. The bottom layer is Dream Poly select, a mid loft and the top layer is Dream Puff.

Quilters Dream batting, popular among many quilters whose opinion ...

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Pumpkin Quilt from The Quilt Ladies Book Collection


Have a safe day tomorrow and don't eat to much Candy ! !


Squares and triangles.
Simple pattern with a fusible face.

Happy Halloween and pumpkin quilt

Crazy Quilt Squares, cut strips, sew to an edge, open, press add to next side, going around the dark center.

Photo's taken at Missouri Star Quilt Company, 9-2014

I am the Author of The Quilt Ladies Book Collection
and Little Quilt Ladies Quilt Patterns
I make/design all the quilt blocks on this site

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Idle Hands from ... Cat Patches

Having finished up my latest stitchery yesterday, I found myself with no hand work to do this morning. Frankly, I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself. Housework? Nah. I opted for a few more cups of coffee and a snuggle with Gracie.

After a while, I decided to get started on my next project, which is quite small. It's going to be a combination of applique and embroidery, and I wasn't really able to draw on the embroidery design until the applique was fused and stitched down. This is a pay-it-forward surprise for a Facebook ...

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October 30, 2014
More from International Quilt Market 2014 from Inside Quilters Newsletter

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This quilt made up of blocks from each quilting and sewing title in the F+W family was displayed at the F+W booth at Quilt Market 2014. Quilters Newsletter’s improvisationally pieced block is in  the lower right corner.

If you follow any quilt-related social media at all, you know that International Quilt Market happened last weekend in Houston, and International Quilt Festival opened today. Just to clarify, Market is the trade show component and is mostly geared toward quilt shop owners so they can see all the latest and greatest in one location and plan their purchasing for ...

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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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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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I’m Seeing Stars from Quilt Obsession


First lots of little kaleidoscope stars made with the .50″/1.0″ star point and .50″ hexagons.


They will join this group and more that have been finished for a grand total of 28 little treasures. Now I’m going to start playing with a different layout to make a small quilt with all of them. I had started with this layout but decided I didn’t like it so have taken it apart. A different connecting shape will be used and definitely a different connecting fabric.


Then a larger star – a 9″ Inklingo Star.  This is the first one ...

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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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TBT – The Halloween Edition from Sew What's Cooking

With tomorrow being Halloween, I thought it would be fun to share our many Halloweens.  There are a couple thrown in with my niece & nephew and one of Tom.  Too cute to resist throwing them in. :)

Happy Halloween!

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Sew Sweet Simplicity Block One–Times TWO! from Wedding Dress Blue

I was late posting my block, but I did deliver twice the goods.  When a pattern is this pretty and goes together this easily, why not make two?!


Yes, this is my take on the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM Block 1 being sponsored by Art of Home. It is a more jewel-tone color scheme,  and I am making the centers dark.  I  have a twist planned for the setting, but we’ll see how the blocks turn out before I give that much away. Next month I really hope to be on time sharing my block(s).  Why don’t ...

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The Three Witches from Prairie Moon Quilts

I know I promised this back in August, but I got hit harder than I thought I would with pre-Market work. And that always causes me to push my own projects to the back burner. I only get to work on mine during my “spare time”. Ha!

But here it finally is — The Three Witches:


This is the larger version of the smaller quilt I showed back in July HERE. The pattern for the smaller quilt and the pillow is a free download from Riley Blake’s Cutting Corners College.

Based on the three witches from Shakespeare’s play, “Macbeth ...

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October 29, 2014
Making Progress from Tim Quilts

I have been busy hand quilting.  Here are some update pictures….making progress (click pictures to enlarge)

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The second picture is the real color…..without the flash it sort of looks cream colored but it is white

More updates soon

Happy Quilting


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I revisited some Kaffe Fabric from Marty's Fiber Musings

Just a few wonderful choices of which I had not too much was gathered and put into a quilt top.....

Revisited:  a quilt top by Marty Mason

quilted it up

Revisited:  a quilt top by Marty Mason

and decided that I needed to revisit this one.  Something about it just wasn't to my liking

Revisited:  a quilt top by Marty Mason
so, I chopped, sliced and diced and re-attached. 

No, it's still not to my liking.  Perhaps I should have left it alone.  Perhaps I should have chopped, sliced and diced even more.  Perhaps I'm giving this one way to much attention. 

Revisited:  a quilt top by Marty Mason

What I really think is that I should revisit this one at a later time.  Perhaps ...

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Great Things to Make from Sew What's Cooking

Good morning!  I had promised a tutorial for Tuesday but I’m afraid my day got hijacked and I wasn’t able to get to the computer.

Today I’d like to share a few of the tutorials/free patterns I’ll be making over the next couple of months. Some may be for gifts and others to practice skills.  I hope you like them!  I know I can’t wait to get started!  In no particular order…


I really, really love this Kennedy bag by Sara Lawson and she generously offers it for free.



These portfolio covers from Amy ...

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Sunflower Times Two from Quilt Obsession


I think I’m back to jumping from project to project. Right now I seem a little fixated on sunflowers. Probably because we’re into the grey, windy, cool days of fall. I want something that makes me think of the warmer days of summer. And so sunflower number 28 has now been made and added to the group.


As has sunflower number 29.


When there were 20 of them done, I had put them up on the temporary design wall. When I get 40 of them done I’ll have to do that again.


I have no idea how ...

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A Tummy Time Quilt for Wyatt! from L&R Designs Quilting

Wyatt's Tummy Time ready for givingI’m always excited to personally deliver a Tummy Time quilt, especially when it involves holding babies!  Wyatt’s quilt is my favorite Rectangle Strings with a soft flannel backing.  And thanks to this quilt hanging out in my studio before I was able to deliver it, lots of my clients chose Overlapping Looped Spirals for their quilts, too.Wyatt's Tummy Time QuiltThe strings are color and novelties creating a mass of little “I Spy” fun!  Some of the strings are flannel for textures changes.  My Tummy Time quilts are for car rides, floor playing and park days!

Whenever I finish this pattern ...

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Stars and Stripes from Tim Quilts

I am quilting away on the snowflake quilt but not much new to show


so I decided to show one of my vintage treasures

Stars and Stripes quilt kit.


All the pieces are pre-cut


and the instructions are really funny to me


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Here are the pieces for one block


and here is the price


$12.95….not sure what year this was from but I can easily spend that one just one yard of fabric today.

It will be a while before I put this together but it is going to be a fun quilt.

Happy Quilting


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October 28, 2014
Eliza's First Project from ... Cat Patches

Before I tell you about my day spent with Eliza, I want to be sure to link up to:

Val's Quilting Studio

This week's theme is "Halloween". Oh my goodness. I really had to dig into the archives for this one. In the same way my kids make me feel old sometimes, my blog is starting to make me feel old too. I considered linking to my Grim Ripper quilt, 

but that one was just from this past month. I decided to try to go back further...into the real archives...where the spider webs are. And I came up with this ...

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Someone Dropped a House On My Sister from If These Threads Could Talk

The tune “Back in the Saddle Again” is playing in my head as I stare into the Shultz & Dooley mirror hanging over my sewing machine.


I’m getting ready to work on the Wicked Witch Panel below. I’m a Wizard of Oz fan!  This is my first project in the new house.  The panel measures 34″x42″.  I decided to add Lemoyne Star cornerstones and stripped borders.  I pulled the colors from the panel, Kona Black, Midnight Blue and Grass green to match the Witch’s Skin.


I know I have blogged about the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler ...

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