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September 24, 2016
Brickyard: BQF Modern Quilt from The Inquiring Quilter

Earlier today I wrote about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy’s Creative Side. Bloggers like me can enter up to two quilts in the festival, and today I present my second entry, Brickyard.

Brickyard is an original design inspired by my love of the Indianapolis 500. Going to the 500 every year has become a family tradition, and I wanted a quilt to remind me of that.

I was also inspired by the fabric to create this design. All the members of my bee purchased the same jelly roll, Woodland from the Gradations line by ...

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Rainbow Connection: BQF ROYGBIV Quilt from The Inquiring Quilter

Recently online I’ve been seeing posts about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy’s Creative Side, and I thought I’d join in the fun! The festival provides a way for quilt bloggers like me to share their work and to inspire each other.

Bloggers can enter up to two quilts—each with its own blog post, and in separate categories. My first entry is a recent finish for me, and I call it Rainbow Connection.

I was inspired to design this quilt after hearing about the recent events at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando ...

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A Little of This and a Little of That from Cat Patches

Yesterday was my day for the Big Squash. You know what I'm talking about. Since my health insurance changed this year, I went to a different facility than the previous ten years or so. Always before, I've put on a sort of top-half of the hospital gown. It always worked fine at providing a modicum of modesty. Yesterday's covering was described as a "cape," but was actually more like a small handkerchief. And let me tell you, when you take off your brassiere and things start flapping in the breeze, it didn't cover much. It was ...

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A Little of This and a Little of That from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday was my day for the Big Squash. You know what I'm talking about. Since my health insurance changed this year, I went to a different facility than the previous ten years or so. Always before, I've put on a sort of top-half of the hospital gown. It always worked fine at providing a modicum of modesty. Yesterday's covering was described as a "cape," but was actually more like a small handkerchief. And let me tell you, when you take off your brassiere and things start flapping in the breeze, it didn't cover much. It was ...

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September 23, 2016
Blogger’s Quilt Festival from Quilter Chic

It’s time for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival again! If you’re new to it, the Blogger’s Quilt Festival is a place where you can look at tons of beautiful quilts, vote for your favorite, and even submit your own, if you’d like. You can look at the quilts this week, but you must go back next week to vote! There are lots of different categories, so you’re sure to find something you like.

The quilt I am submitting is new, and is called Dance In Circles. It is a baby quilt, and is very simple ...

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Two Days, Two Finishes from ... Cat Patches

As expected, I was able to get the binding sewn onto my FMQ Sampler this morning. I like the way that candy stripe fabric blends in with the variegated quilting thread. While I chose the fabric from my stash to match the quilt, it was just a happy accident that I bought it somewhere along the dusty trail.


Miss Sadie seems to be able to hear a quilt hit the floor from ten miles away because she's always there to pose for her picture.

It sets off my eyes nicely, wouldn't you say? Can we have this one ...

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Two Days, Two Finishes from Cat Patches

As expected, I was able to get the binding sewn onto my FMQ Sampler this morning. I like the way that candy stripe fabric blends in with the variegated quilting thread. While I chose the fabric from my stash to match the quilt, it was just a happy accident that I bought it somewhere along the dusty trail.


Miss Sadie seems to be able to hear a quilt hit the floor from ten miles away because she's always there to pose for her picture.

It sets off my eyes nicely, wouldn't you say? Can we have this one ...

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still running in circles from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I have another finished quilt to share today. Hurray! I started this quilt in the spring because I was teaching a class in Brainerd on curved piecing. A few weeks ago, I taught the same class in Minneapolis. I'm very glad to have the quilt completed already! There is a tutorial here, if you'd like to give curved piecing a try.

Most (if not all) of the fabrics are 30's prints. That means that the quilt has a vintage feeling already, even though it's new. I love that!
I did ...

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Cats and Quilt Show from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters and Cat-Lovers! THIS JUST IN….All Craftsy Classes are under $20–FLASH SALE…Use my affiliate link to get the BEST PRICES!   Thank you so much for sending in photos of your sewing room companions. They are all adorable! … Continue reading

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Northwest Quilting Expo from ... Cat Patches

This morning I made my way to the Northwest Quilting Expo. It was opening day for the show, and it was surprisingly crowded for a Thursday morning. I found myself trying to get through the quilts as quickly as possible so that I could get out of there. Maybe I've just been to too many quilt shows, but this one left me feeling a little disappointed. There were lots of special exhibits, and within each one, the quilts started seeming repetitive. The special exhibits far outnumbered entries into the show from "regular" quilters.

Because I was overwhelmed by the ...

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Northwest Quilting Expo from Cat Patches

This morning I made my way to the Northwest Quilting Expo. It was opening day for the show, and it was surprisingly crowded for a Thursday morning. I found myself trying to get through the quilts as quickly as possible so that I could get out of there. Maybe I've just been to too many quilt shows, but this one left me feeling a little disappointed. There were lots of special exhibits, and within each one, the quilts started seeming repetitive. The special exhibits far outnumbered entries into the show from "regular" quilters.

Because I was overwhelmed by the ...

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Flora and Fauna Quilt for BQF 2016 from Sew Some Sunshine

Amy Ellis is once again hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival. This online event showcases so many wonderful quilts from the blogging world.  This is a great opportunity to share finished quilts, see what everyone's working on, and discover new blogs.




I'm entering my Flora and Fauna quilt into the ROYGBIV category.  I love how this quilt shows off the fabrics and I love the simple design.  

You can see the pretty swirl quilting done by AB Quilting Studio below:



The quilt finishes at 48" by 54".  The design is an alternate layout of Amy Smart's Craftsman ...

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September 22, 2016
quilt guild challenge from Ellyn's Place

Well hello friends! I honestly didn't mean to take a blogging break. To be truthful, I've kind of been jumping from project to project lately, not really finishing anything. Until today! Whew. I finally have something to share with you.

At our last meeting of the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild, we were issued a new challenge. First off, we all brought a one yard piece of fabric that was one of the two Pantone colors of the year. (let me just say, WHY ARE THERE TWO? pick one, silly people! Also, seriously? I feel like I'm back ...

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What’s Black & White & Read All Over? from If These Threads Could Talk

Oops, I mean what’s black & white RED all over…why my quilt of course.  Deb Tucker released “Hidden Treasures in 2015.

hidden-treasures

This fabulous book gives you the opportunity to learn to make Hunter Star quilts like you’ve never seen them before.  There are 36 different patterns in this book. 29 of them make a throw size quilt that requires 8 light and 8 dark fat quarters plus fabric for your inner & outer borders and there are 7 bed runner patterns.

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Black & White & Red All Over

I chose to make one made by Sue Tucker called Painted Desert.  You ...

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My Favorite Craftsy Classes from Living Water Quilter

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Craftsy SALE!!!!!  All classes are...

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Cotton Cuts Subscription Box Giveaway from The Quilting Room with Mel

Have you guys heard of Cotton Cuts?  It's a new subscription box service for us quilters sending us fabric!  I've been watching them on social media while they worked to get everything up and running.  Well, the good news is they are up and running.  The better news is one of you are going to get a free box!  That's right Cotton Cuts and I have teamed up to celebrate the founding of their company and my birthday!!  This isn't your normal subscription box where we will all end up with the same thing.  There are ...

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Pin It Weekly #171 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Jacqueline Freeman is a Pinterest follower who has 20 boards with a great variety of pins. Here are a few of my favorites.

Jars of buttons.  If you don't have enough buttons to fill a large jar, make a…

In the Bank... Stacks of pretty quilting fabrics are sorted and identified by color using shelf labels. Eighteen spice drawers house notions and supplies. Designed to hold labels, the drawer pulls ensure that everything is easily found and returned to the proper place.

,  BARN QUILT INSTRUCTIONS  by John Elberfeld, co-founder of Helderberg Quilt…:

Mailbox Barn Quilt by McGee Town Barn Quilts:
Like barn quilts? Check out this one on a mailbox post!

“Underground Railroad”, hidden messages  are believed to have been conveyed by…:
One of her boards is strictly about Underground Railroad quilts.


fabric scrap birdsJeanette Shouse, another follower, has only 12 boards but almost 2,000 pins--mostly all of them are quilting related. How adorable is this first one on her applique/embroidery board?



another disappearing 9-patch  variation- argyle:


like the 2 color combo variations, could use any color

Video tutorial: Disappearing shoofly block - variation 1:

Quilt Block


And what have I been pinning? Well, "Milk, glass" for one. In fact, I started a new board and already have over 100 pins already.

McKee Hickman-Milk Glass at Replacements, LtdWestmoreland Milk Glass Love Birds Covered Candy Dish    Just got this for my…

Fenton White Hobnail Milk Glass Spoon Holder/Rest by catiques, $55.00:


Milk glass totem ---- thought you'd like this idea!  (original pinner said this…: milk glass compotes - I have a couple like these:



I ...

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Modern Meadow Single Girl {a finished quilt!} from Material Girl Quilts

Guys, look! I have proof that I actually have been doing some sewing this summer :)  If you follow me

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September 21, 2016
Friendly with Feathers from ... Cat Patches

It's no secret that I'm not fond of feathers in quilting. To my eye, they're overdone. When I'm at a quilt show sometimes, it seems as if I see quilt after quilt after quilt with feathers, feathers, and more feathers. Because of that, I've avoided using them in my own quilts. Until now. For several days, I've been considering how to quilt the little Written in Thread wallhanging.


Right up until this morning, I didn't know for sure what I was going to do with it. The embroidery is very close to the ...

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Friendly with Feathers from Cat Patches

It's no secret that I'm not fond of feathers in quilting. To my eye, they're overdone. When I'm at a quilt show sometimes, it seems as if I see quilt after quilt after quilt with feathers, feathers, and more feathers. Because of that, I've avoided using them in my own quilts. Until now. For several days, I've been considering how to quilt the little Written in Thread wallhanging.


Right up until this morning, I didn't know for sure what I was going to do with it. The embroidery is very close to the ...

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