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September 20, 2014
Last Day to Win Little Quilts Book from Cactus Needle

As a reminder
to enter your name in
the drawing 
the wonderful Mini Quilts book
Little Quilts
by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger
If you haven't had a chance to leave a comment
make sure to run over to Monday's post
The drawing will close at Midnight tonight
and I will announced 
a winner
on Sunday.

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Bali Wedding Star from Hulahoop

I have been very busy this summer assisting my father and step-mother with their move to a great retirement community.  My quilting projects took a back seat.  This weekend was the first since the beginning of June that I had any sewing time.  

This project is the Bali Wedding Star by Judy Niemeyer and will be a king-size quilt in batiks.  Today, I finished the 360 ring sections.

This on is going to take me awhile.  At last count, I think there will be over 6,000 itty-bitty pieces of fabric in it.  I am planning to use a bamboo ...

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Clearing the deck with a wonky nine patch from Tim Quilts

I made a new top today.  I decided it was better to use up the piles of fabric on the work table (which is actually the dining room table…but if you never put away the sewing machine you can call it a studio) than to put them away.  It seems like when I put things away they are gone forever.

Anyway I made a new top with 12 fat quarters.

I started by cutting them all into 9 inch squares (4 per fat quarter)


pick 2 and stack them (right sides up)

then cut them into 9


no measuring ...

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Ring Toss: a quilt for Beckham from Nita Dances

Last month a young family that I know lost their home to fire.


Beckham and his big sister lost everything they own.


So I got busy making quilts.


This one is for Beckham, who is an energetic toddler. I used Thomas the Tank Engine fabric because what two-year-old boy doesn’t love Thomas? And woah! Thomas the Tank Engine backing, too! What’s not to love?


The pattern is called Ring Toss, from the book Quilt it with Love: the Project Linus Story. I hand quilted it using the Big Stitch method with yellow-gold Perle cotton. The center of each ...

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September 19, 2014
Monaluna Meadow Challenge from BADLANDS QUILTS: Rugged & Refined

 As a recent challenge for the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild, we were given several fat eighths from the Monaluna Meadow collection.  The only criteria was to "Challenge Ourself" to do something out of our comfort zone or on our bucket list.

My inspiration came from a Hudson Bay blanket that my parents have.  I know when they are ready to downsize and give it up, both myself and my two sisters would love to have it.  Since that is not possible, I thought sometime I should make two quilt replicas for the two sisters that don't end up with ...

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Quilt As You Go Denim Quilt Finish from BADLANDS QUILTS: Rugged & Refined

This denim quilt was intended to be finished for a Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild upcycle project, but my original vision ended in a bit of a kerfuffle and got set aside.  My husband has wanted a denim quilt to take to deer camp for sometime, so last fall I decided to finally tackle the project.

My inspiration came from a post of Krista's that she shared about a Gee's Bend class that she attended. She used brown pant legs for portions of a large courthouse step block.  From there, my mind turned my jean leg portions into strips ...

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First of Infinity & Architextures Text and Solid Chevron Quilt from BADLANDS QUILTS: Rugged & Refined

I have a new nephew so of course the occasion called for a quilt! His mom had a gray and white chevron quilt on her pinterest board and his room is painted gray so the design choice was easy.  I picked a Moda Bella solid color to match the paint in the room and several Kaufman Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander and prints from the First of Infinity collection to make the quilt.  I am hoping the busy text prints will discuise any future stains that are stubborn to remove.

The quilt is made of 6.75" finished HSTs for a ...

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Happenings – The Sewing Party and More! from Inside Quilters Newsletter

It used to be that Quilters Newsletter could spread the news about the goings-on in the quilting world in each monthly issue and if something exciting came up, it would have to wait until it could be featured in the next issue, by which time the event or happening might already be over. But now we live in a world of constant events and information, so I have some quilting happenings to share with you now.

There is to be an online event called The Sewing Party. Starting Saturday, November 8th, 2014, it’s the first ever online-all-day sewing and ...

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Gold Fish Crackers Quilt Blocks from Cactus Needle

 I've had a very productive few days
in getting caught up making my
Bees Knees Blocks
For the month of September
Melissa Corry  (Happy Quilting)
asked us to make any kind of quilt block
with a Camping/ Outdoor Theme
She sent us the cutest fabrics
from the Smoors Love Collection
by Cosmo Cricket
 I opted to make
Gold Fish Crackers
12 1/2 " X 12 1/2" Unfinished
from a 
Free Tutorial offered by the
Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild
 I even added in a few of my own fabrics
for the backgrounds 
with one in blue
to ...

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Seeing Triple from Wedding Dress Blue

Miriam sent along this picture of her THREE Fading Charms quilts.  Aren’t they terrific?!

photo 1

She said:

I started out making the large size of your Fading Charms pattern with the 2 1/2″ squares. I am a scrap quilter and had the squares already cut. While reading and rereading the directions I kept seeing the directions for the 2″ squares. I had that size squares already cut and ready to go so I made the middle size quilt with the 2″ squares. Of course I couldn’t leave out the small 1 1/2″ squares so that size was ...

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September 18, 2014
Sweet Seasons – Appliqué Sew-Along Block 2 from Quilter Chic

Sweet Seasons sew-along

Welcome back, appliqué-ers! I’m a few days late posting the pattern for block 2, or the winter block for Sweet Seasons! This block has lots of pretty winter things, like the poinsettias, and the holly. I do love Christmas, although I’m not a lover of the rest of winter, but hopefully this block will brighten up winter!

Just a reminder, this is a block-of-the-quarter appliqué project, and you can download the pdf fabric requirements/preliminary cutting instructions. The blocks are 18″ x 24″, finished (18 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ cut size). The finishing instructions for the ...

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Yellow Double Wedding Ring Quilt from The Quilt Ladies Book Collection

From"The Antique Mall" in McKinney, TX

Walked around a corner and this is what I saw.

I went around to the other side and the window light changed the fabric color

This quilt was JUST about PERFECT
and VERY expensive, I didn't purchase.

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RV Woes from ... Cat Patches

This morning we're trying for a second time to leave Munising, Michigan. Nothing against, Munising, you understand. It's a nice little town. Somehow the prospect of wintering over with somewhere in the neighborhood of 285 inches of snow (no exaggeration) does not appeal to us. Smitty is absolutely opposed to the idea, and one must always go with the wishes of one's cat. Gracie doesn't care. She just wants to go home, wherever that might be.

We've enlisted the support of some gentlemen from the trailer next door to try to manually shove in the ...

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Mini Tumblers and A Sale from Quilts....etc.

While we were at Casper waiting out the snow storm I got some more work done on the tumblers while watching a movie – it is growing but slowly.  I have continued to have trouble with the arthritis in my thumb and the thumb brace has done nothing but make it hurt more to the […]

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Bees Knees 9-Patch Blocks from Cactus Needle

 Once upon a time
there was a lovely lady named
Shari Butler of Doohikey Designs
who sent each of her fellow 
Bees Knees members
a packet of fabric.
That would have been 
last June of 2014
Unfortunately my package was sent to an old address
and never heard from again.
Lots of e-mails back and forth
and we still had no idea where the package ended up.
Now, there is a happy ending to this sad story:
Just this week I 
finally  (!)
located the long lost package  !!
Inside were some 
wonderful Riley Blake Halloween fabrics
with the instructions ...

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September, So Happy to See You from Creatin' in the Sticks

welcome to my stop in the hop.

Shari over at Living With Purpose has kept this blog hop organized and has been a great cheerleader.
Thank you Shari!

Thank you Madame Samm
for dreaming of this wonderful place 
where quilters can sew and show!

For this hop, participants are to show 3 projects from the summer with one of those projects using 
Riley Blake Designs gingham.

September is a special month here in the sticks.
DH and I were married in September and ...

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Block On from Wedding Dress Blue

In the background I have been blocking, or, rather, spooling.


There are now 25 little spool blocks and I think I am done for now. They will make a wall hanging or table topper or baby quilt or something along those lines. Hopefully some time this week.

There will be a tutorial for both…coming soon!

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September 17, 2014
Reconstruction from Tim Quilts

Reconstruction has begun on the Indian Summer quilt top.


I posted about it here  and I started taking it apart last night.

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It is hard to get a good picture of the damaged blocks but some have all the seam allowances totally gone .  They were only about 1/8 inch and several washings has caused them to fray and separate.


most are just frayed.  The looser the weave on the fabric the more likely they are to fall apart.


After carefully removing all the pieces from the backing I spent some time pressing ...

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Sure, I "could" finish another UFO, but..... from Appalachian Quilts

I'm really enjoying all this hand work!  I have a basket in the studio that has projects I would like to make someday.  It is getting, well, ummmm, kind shall we say it.....FULL!  I am determined to finish one before I allow myself to put another in.  The new Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine came.  I have to leave it on the coffee table, because I am not allowed to put it in that poor basket.  ROFL  So, I pulled out one of the patterns.  I've cut out all of my freezer paper and made ...

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Wednesday’s works from Always Quilts

It’s a rainy day here in Kansas, but that’s ok because i am in my workroom getting as much done as i can! I’m almost finished with the quilt on this machine. I’m using one of my favorite pantagraph patterns on it.


I finished this custom one and just took it off the other machine.

I love when I can work feathers into them. :)

Meanwhile, over at the sewing machine, I sit down every once in a while and sew a few more strips for a strip quilt.


I have a class coming up at my ...

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