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April 27, 2015
Let Me Show You the Door from ... Cat Patches

The doors are finished! (Insert celebratory fanfare here.) I'll bet you thought this day would never come! Certainly, I've had my doubts along the way. The first door block was created on July 20, 2012. It seems a lifetime ago. Yesterday I was able to finish the 11th door. This morning I put the finishing touches on door #12.

First, door #11: When I checked back on my travel posts, I was able to remind myself that this is O'Brien Tower at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. You can read what I said the day I ...

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Let Me Show You the Door from Cat Patches

The doors are finished! (Insert celebratory fanfare here.) I'll bet you thought this day would never come! Certainly, I've had my doubts along the way. The first door block was created on July 20, 2012. It seems a lifetime ago. Yesterday I was able to finish the 11th door. This morning I put the finishing touches on door #12.

First, door #11: When I checked back on my travel posts, I was able to remind myself that this is O'Brien Tower at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. You can read what I said the day I ...

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Rectangles: How Square ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

I was thinking one day not too long ago about how much I enjoy half-squares and how much this little square with not much of a personality by its' self, when put with other blocks, makes a quilt top just sing. 

But wait.....this post isn't about half-squares!  We are into half-rectangles....also a triangle! 

It was a totally scrap-happy day spent cutting up all these rectangles then re-stitching into half rectangle triangles.  

Just a sampling of what's to come:


half-rectangle triangle, oh, my!
Let's Go Sailing!
 
 
 


half-rectangle triangle, oh, my!
Sky Diving Anyone?




half-rectangle triangle, oh, my!
Oh, Go Fly A Kite!




Modern take on the half-rectangle triangle
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad ...

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Quilting Rules? from Tim Quilts

One of the Facebook quilting groups has been having a discussion about quilting rules.   The question is are there really rules and where did they come from and do we need to follow them.

Here are a few rules you might have heard (these aren’t necessarily rules I follow but are rules I have read or heard)

  1. always sew a 1/4 inch seam, or on some lists always sew a scant 1/4 inch seam (but how much less than 1/4 inch is a scant 1/4 inch)
  2. always press toward the dark fabric
  3. never press open ...

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Superior Quilt Show from SEW, RIP, SEW

This week-end was the Superior Quilt Show here in Thunder Bay Canada.  It was a great success with over 177 quilts on display.  There were antique quilts, donation quilts and teddy bears with their quilts that are donated at Christmas time to Christmas Cheer Fund.

I thought that I would post pictures of some of the quilts.  These are just random pictures, I didn't know who had quilted them, I just walked around and selected a few.









This wall is all the challenge quilts that were handed in,  We were given three fabrics and could add up to three ...

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Superior Quilt Show from Sew, Rip, Sew

This week-end was the Superior Quilt Show here in Thunder Bay Canada.  It was a great success with over 177 quilts on display.  There were antique quilts, donation quilts and teddy bears with their quilts that are donated at Christmas time to Christmas Cheer Fund.

I thought that I would post pictures of some of the quilts.  These are just random pictures, I didn't know who had quilted them, I just walked around and selected a few.









This wall is all the challenge quilts that were handed in,  We were given three fabrics and could add up to three ...

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April 26, 2015
Spring is here from Tim Quilts

I spent some time in the garden this morning doing a little weeding and pruning .   Here are some pictures. (click pictures to enlarge)

Bleeding Heart starting to bloom The garden beginning to grow Hellebore Weeping Cherry Pasque Flower Pasque Flower Pasque Flower Climbing Hydrangea bud Hellebore Weeping Cherry The Bees are having a great time DSCN6402 DSCN6403 Robbin hunting worms DSCN6406

I got started hand quilting this quilt.

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Not much done but a start

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More on that next time.

Teddy says HI

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Happy Quilting

Tim


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Basting the next one from Tim Quilts

I got the next quilt pin basted today.

I used this fabric for the backing.

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I had a few questions about a source for the fabric.  You can see all the information on the selvedge to do a search for the fabric.

I got mine at Marshall Dry Goods for $4.99/yd It looks like they are sold out of black, but have it in a few other colors here  http://www.marshalldrygoods.com/product-category/riley-blake-designs/

A lot of books and “experts” tell you not to seam the backing in the center.  I always do.  It seems like extra ...

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April 25, 2015
WIP - Block of the Month I’m stitching up blocks for blocklotto.... from Living Water Quilter


The Tric Recs Ruler is great for piecing accurate star points.


The Twist ane Stitch Ruler is known for the spinning pinwheel quilt, but can be used for any block.


a 2-inch and 1-inch strip are sewn together and subcut into 2.5-inch units. The units are sewn into a four patch. The four patch is cut with the Twister ruler.



WIP - Block of the Month

I’m stitching up blocks for blocklotto. The block is a star with “made” fabric in the center. 

I use two tools to make my blocks. I used the Tri Recs ruler to make ...

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Inspired to be a nine-patch from Marty's Fiber Musings



What are friends for?  You know, the ones that give you scraps of fabric and left overs of things that they no longer want or need and knowing you will take them and eventually do something with each little tidbit. 


What?  I thought I was inspired to be a nine-patch!!!


Having tripped and fallen over a stash of hand-dyed fabric for way too long,  I decided that now was the time to put to great use the hand dyes given to me by Kathy and Madeleine, along with those purchased from VickiW,  Cherrywood Fabrics Laura W ,  Freida A and those dyed by self in a hand dyed fabric workshop with ...

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Cats and More from ... Cat Patches

It's been a prep morning so far this morning. I've been getting things ready to go, typing things into my recipe database, tracing, petting...basically catching up on utilitarian kinds of things.

The first order of business is to report back on my experiment with baking a Blueberry-Rhubarb Pie for two yesterday. If you missed yesterday's Baking on Friday post, I was adapting a Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie recipe for Mr. I-Can't-Eat-Strawberry-Seeds. It was essential since pie waits for no one. Start getting picky about your fruit and you'll be left in the proverbial dust where this ...

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Cats and More from Cat Patches

It's been a prep morning so far this morning. I've been getting things ready to go, typing things into my recipe database, tracing, petting...basically catching up on utilitarian kinds of things.

The first order of business is to report back on my experiment with baking a Blueberry-Rhubarb Pie for two yesterday. If you missed yesterday's Baking on Friday post, I was adapting a Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie recipe for Mr. I-Can't-Eat-Strawberry-Seeds. It was essential since pie waits for no one. Start getting picky about your fruit and you'll be left in the proverbial dust where this ...

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April 24, 2015
Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along with Bee In My Bonnet from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Only one more week until the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along starts! What's that, you say? It's the new sew along by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet. Each Friday, two new tutorials will be available from two of the 45 featured bloggers on how to make each of the 45 Farm Girl blocks featured in Lori's new book, Farm Girl Vintage. You can make them as 6" blocks as shown on the cover of her book, or you can make them as 12" blocks in a variety of projects featured in the book. It should ...

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Weekend Workshop: Hand Applique Your Way from Inside Quilters Newsletter

Way back when, like in the late 20th century, I took a class on hand applique and ended up with this quilt.

applique quilt detail 1024x916 Weekend Workshop: Hand Applique Your Way

detail of hand-appliqued quilt made (but not designed) by Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Aside from one of the long stems that was first stitched to the background by machine and finished by hand, the whole thing is hand appliqued, mostly with the classic freezer paper-and-thread-basting technique. I won’t lie, it was time consuming — I finished the reverse-appliqued border months after the class ended, and then it sat around for a few years until I added two more rounds ...

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New HQ Promo, Demo Machine Sale Time, and other stuff. :) from Bobbins 'n Threads Sewing Room

I think spring might be here...for 10 minutes, anyway!  ;)  I am SO looking forward to summer and sitting out in the garden.  This winter was not bad, by any means, but enough.  :)




Here are a few websites to look at:

A good explanation of the dreaded batting bearding:
http://quiltersdreambatting.blogspot.com/2012/04/bearding-and-pokies-bane-of-quilting.html

And on how to take care of fabric bleed:  (Vicki does amazing hand dyes!)
http://vickiwelsh.typepad.com/field_trips_in_fiber/2014/01/bleeding-quilts-please-read-this.html

And...a great way to baste a quilt!
http://colormequilty.blogspot.com/2013/04/board-basting.html

This has been a ...

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I can die happy!!! from Sisboom

Hey that’s me on the cover of my own thread box!!  Thank you Aurifil!!  I feel like the luckiest girl alive and to think I get to share the cover with George of customer service.  My life keeps getting better.   A big shout out to all the other designers I share the stage with and all of the peeps that keep our thread at the ready.  We love Aurifil and love the colors so perfect for your next Sis Boom Sew.  So get your 40 weight thread this summer and tell them I sent you!!!  I hope I get ...

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Stars and Yin Yang Blocks from Quilt Obsession

I have been doing some piecing, although not a lot, while I’ve been mostly missing from the blog. The projects I chose to work on were projects for which I already had lots of shapes printed and were ready, waiting for me to pick up those project boxes.

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First up? Some more shabby chic Yin Yang blocks which I’m now thinking may end up turning into a bed runner.  When I saw them on the white duvet cover, I thought they’d be a nice touch of colour at the end of the bed. And, of course, there ...

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Aruba Sunset and Testers from Quilting by the River

Aruba Sunset made with Island Batik fabrics
Here is my newest pattern called Aruba Sunset. It is made with the beautiful Island Batik collection called Flower Fields Collection which is part of the their new Spring collections.  Aruba Sunset is going to International Quilt Market in Minneapolis, MN in May and will be in Island Batik's booth. Quilt stores will be able to buy the pattern and fabrics to kit it at that time.
Freemotion by the River is now a Island Batik Ambassador
I have learned that no matter how many times I read my own pattern.......I miss something so I had a wonderful group of quilters test the pattern. I am tickled to ...

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Next project from Tim Quilts

A few weeks ago I finished this top

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I ordered some backing fabric for it.

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And today I bought the batting.

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I have used it before and I really like it.   I will post pictures when I get started on it.

It has been cold the last few days but the weeping cherry tree is in full bloom.    When I got the camera and told Teddy to come outside for pictures he just stared at me.

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I guess he wants to wait for it to warm up again.

Here are some garden pictures without Teddy (click pictures to enlarge)

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I ...

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April 23, 2015
Sewing Dessert First from ... Cat Patches

Usually I save my sewing for the afternoon, doing whatever else I have on tap for a day first. This might include walking on the treadmill, watering the flowers, feeding the birds, petting the cats, housekeeping, etc. Sewing doesn't necessarily wait for housekeeping, but sometimes it does. I do have my priorities.

This morning, I was so excited about the most recent block for Lisa's retirement quilt that I decided to sew dessert first. Let me show you the process.

I started with this "beta" pattern image. I've been resizing the images to anywhere between 5 and ...

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