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March 28, 2017
Kentucky Stars from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

It has been a while since I last worked on this project.  The hand quilting was 3/4 done.  So, a few weeks ago out it came and I've been busy working on it since.  Before I knew it the quilt was done! Then a bout of stomach flu got in the way and so it sat for five days.  Once I recovered from that, the binding was done a little bit at a time. When I got tired and needed to stop and rest (

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my new old quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Hello, hello! My kids went back to school today, so it's time to get back into a routine. We had a lovely spring break, but after 10 days I'm ready to get back to a normal schedule again. Phew!
Our family went on a little road trip south, in search of warmer weather. I'm happy to say that we were successful. :) I found a gem of a quilt at an antique store in Missouri. It's quite the souvenir!

I debated whether to buy it on not, because I certainly do not need another quilt...ahem....but ...

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Quilting the Scrappy Green from Grandma's Red Needle

HAPPY TUESDAY!

Tuesday is at its end this side of the globe, but for some of my readers Tuesday is about to begin. 
If you read my previous post, you know I had to order thread for quilting the 'scrappy green'. I finally got the thread yesterday, after the package was stuck in local custom for one week. I could have gone to pick it up, but no way do I bother to line up in the heat and humidity to get a package of thread! I'm not in a hurry to get the quilt done! 


I started the ...

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Slow Stitching ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings


Hand stitching is slow.  It's a time for relaxing, for thinking, for watching a long movie or listening to good music.  It's my time to let go of preconceived ideas that all quilt stitches must be small and that they must be equal in size and in distance apart or that the quilting thread must be small.   Hand stitching is personal. 


hand quilting, Jogakbo stitching and layering - slow stitching on thrift store linen  by Marty Mason

It was in a QuiltCon 2017, Heidi Parkes workshop that I learned about layering.   Just another interesting dimension - a buried  snippit of perle cotton thread between the quilt top and batting.  Quilting through the layers holds the ...

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Review: Wanderlust Quilts from Craft Gossip

Amanda (Mandy) Leins put a novel twist on a quilt book when she dug into her love of the past and mixed it with modern patterns. Wanderlust Quilts, by C&T Publishing, has 10 projects from easy-to-sew pillows to moderate and more complex quilts. All are informed by what she saw studying abroad for a PhD. in classical archaeology. Each creation in the book sits alongside the ancient image that inspired it.

The cover quilt, “Flowing Fabric”, “Eggs and Darts”, and “Aqueducts” are the ones I would tackle first, though all are worthy of your time. Each project is visually ...

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March 27, 2017
Design wall 3/27/17 Midnight Magic-gelato style from Always Quilts

I am making progress on using the gelato fabric with our Midnight Magic pattern. It was easier than I thought it would be. After I made all the blocks and side triangles I sewed them into the rows and put them up on my design wall. 

Did you notice it??? I didn’t until I had the first 3 rows sewn together! Ugh! I was on my way out of the room and heading to bed when I saw it……..at first I thought, maybe I could leave it and nobody would notice it……….but I couldn’t do that ...

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OMG: March Goal Complete from ... Cat Patches

My brother's quilt so took over my life this month, that I had no expectation of finishing up my monthly goal for OMG. Then, it all happened faster than I thought it would. I give credit to the crappy weather, since there isn't much else to do around here. 

When I started the EI-EI-OH section of And on that Farm, I was thinking all of the three poultry pictures were roosters. Actually, the middle section of the triptych is a hen. Sorry, ma'am.


When she was finished and fused down, Sadie wondered if she could help with ...

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OMG: March Goal Complete from Cat Patches

My brother's quilt so took over my life this month, that I had no expectation of finishing up my monthly goal for OMG. Then, it all happened faster than I thought it would. I give credit to the crappy weather, since there isn't much else to do around here. 

When I started the EI-EI-OH section of And on that Farm, I was thinking all of the three poultry pictures were roosters. Actually, the middle section of the triptych is a hen. Sorry, ma'am.


When she was finished and fused down, Sadie wondered if she could help with ...

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Finish Along first quarter finishes from Ellyn's Place

I'm so happy I have been playing along with the 2017 Finish-along! It really motivates me to get things done. This quarter I challenged myself to complete five specific items.
And I finished all five! Yay me! 

First up, my word of the year quilt (which still isn't hanging on the wall but it is FINISHED!)
My Liberty EPP Plus project became a beautiful pillow which I love to look at every day...
And another pillow finish! Our scrap swap project for the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild that now lives with Chris...
I love the way my Modern ...

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Vintage Look Flying Geese Quilt Finish from Pink Doxies


A Friday Finish To Show On Sunday


Last week was very productive here. Keester up-- head down. Work hard, and try to keep from getting distracted. I had some long time WIP's, UFO's, etc., which I gritted my teeth and tackled. I'll show those later, but as a treat for cleaning off the shelf I also did some long arming.



 I had been watching an Angela Walter's class on Craftsy, Dot to Dot Quilting, and she demonstrated some techniques I was dying to try out. I've never been one to mark everything out on my ...

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Preeti's Bird from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

So I have a wonderful bloggy friend. You may know her. She is the sweet Preeti of Sew Pretti Quilts. Not long ago she posted pictures and a story about a flimsy she had just finished. This quilt top has oh, 63 birds on it, but she had made 64. What to do with the extra? Mail it to a friend, of course! She's generous like that.


My mention that her top reminded me of my mom, who was a birder, was the impetus for the sweet mail. How sweet can a girl be? Apparently very. 



And there's ...

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March 25, 2017
Lazy Friday from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday was a continuation of my stretch of sloth days. After quilting into the early morning hours Friday morning, there wasn't much energy left for Friday afternoon. I don't know about you, but I can never catch up on a night of missed sleep, even with an afternoon nap. No worries though. I made up for it with a good night's sleep last night. Today, I'm raring to go. If, by "raring to go," you mean putting on my slip-ons and filling the bird feeders. That's probably about all the energy I'll muster today ...

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Lazy Friday from Cat Patches

Yesterday was a continuation of my stretch of sloth days. After quilting into the early morning hours Friday morning, there wasn't much energy left for Friday afternoon. I don't know about you, but I can never catch up on a night of missed sleep, even with an afternoon nap. No worries though. I made up for it with a good night's sleep last night. Today, I'm raring to go. If, by "raring to go," you mean putting on my slip-ons and filling the bird feeders. That's probably about all the energy I'll muster today ...

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Whole Lotta Love Quilt from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Whole Lotta Love Quilt top

I am done!! My Whole Lotta Love Quilt is finished. Working with Art Gallery Fabrics was a joy. The quality of their fabric is wonderful. It is softer than most quilting fabrics and lighter, too. It is almost like a lawn.

Quilting close up

Quilting the Whole Lotta Love Quilt

Something that I did that was different with this quilt than all of my other quilts, was what I choose for batting. Usually I use a polyester blend of batting with a medium loft. However, Stephanie from Modern Sewciety always talks about how she loves cotton and her trick is that she doubles ...

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Four Crowns Quilt Block from The Quilting Room with Mel

I love obscure quilt blocks.  If I don't recognize the block it likely means that the block is really old and isn't use much anymore.  I don't always go by names because quilt block names can be vary by region, not sure how many times someone has asked me about a quilt block and I am clueless until I see it.  This block is listed as four crowns but upon further research it also came up as union, an effective square, union block, and union square. There are some great website out there today that have cataloged ...

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March 24, 2017
Win fabrics with our new quilt challenge! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey there, makers!

How’s spring treating you so far? The weather is getting warmer, the flowers have starting to bloom, and it’s time to start sewing with all the bright fabrics from your stash! If you’re looking to make a new quilt this season and would like to win some fabrics, we have a new challenge for you!

Get ready to join the “Bring the Joy with Here Comes the Fun” Modern Quilt Challenge! Some time ago, we introduced this challenge around the time of Quiltcon since we were inspired by all the quilts that were on ...

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A Late Night/Early Morning Finish from ... Cat Patches

For all that Wednesday was a productive day, Thursday couldn't have been more slug-like. There was just one small housekeeping task to accomplish, and I did it early so that I could spend the afternoon sewing. Then I headed off for my monthly pedicure, making a couple of stops along the way home. When I got home, I had some lunch, and then sat down in a chair. After that, there was little movement, but a whole lotta sloth. Finally, I made my way to the sewing room at around 4:30 p.m., but Mike arrived home early ...

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A Late Night/Early Morning Finish from Cat Patches

For all that Wednesday was a productive day, Thursday couldn't have been more slug-like. There was just one small housekeeping task to accomplish, and I did it early so that I could spend the afternoon sewing. Then I headed off for my monthly pedicure, making a couple of stops along the way home. When I got home, I had some lunch, and then sat down in a chair. After that, there was little movement, but a whole lotta sloth. Finally, I made my way to the sewing room at around 4:30 p.m., but Mike arrived home early ...

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Spring Break-Through from Marty's Fiber Musings


Yes, I've been in a long winter hibernation and just broke through into my spring revival.  Lots of quilt-making has been going on in the studio during those cold days. 

One of my favorite finishes is this improvisational log cabin made from thrift store linen blouses and skirts and cotton jersey t-shirts.  It's heavy since I had to back the linen for stabilization, but it looks just right for a spring night on the back porch rocker. 

improv log cabin using thrift store linen - marty mason
 
Quilted on my Martelli:  Life can't be any better than being able to get up, bounce into the sewing studio ...

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HST Rodeo Rider Baby Quit from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

I haven't been doing any sewing this past month, but I have had a couple of quilts to bind and I've worked on those a little bit off and on: This little quilt top came together awfully fast last year. I had 2 charm packs of a Riley Bake line called Rodeo Rider, but I didn't have a clue as to what pattern to use until I ran across a HST layout on Pinterest that originated here

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