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August 20, 2014
Sweet and Simple Table Runner from Cactus Needle

 My friend Lori Holt (Bee In My Bonnet)
has been designing the most fun
quilty type projects for summer.
She calls it her
Scrappy Summer Sew Along
and she has provided quite a few
Free Tutorials
Today I finished her
This was a fun way to use up some
leftover scrap fabrics.
 I have a lot of orange in my dining room
and wanted to accent with some aqua's and teal blues.
 I sure have loved my new Juki 2010Q
and have been practicing with some of the features.
This table runner was a ...

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August 19, 2014
never say never from Ellyn's Place

although I've never written it out, I have a list in my head of things I'll never do. 

I'll never go skydiving.
I'll never be a runner.
I'll never go back to college.
I'll never sew curves.


you know the saying.... never say never? I had no intention of ever sewing curves. Everyone (ok, mostly my friend Sarah) has been raving about the quick curve ruler, and all of the wonderful patterns by Sew Kind of Wonderful. I like them. They are all very cool patterns. They look awesome and other people are ...

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Winning Sunflower from ... Cat Patches

Last night I attended my guild meeting. It was the big reveal of the challenge quilts we made for the "Initially Yours" challenge. I was absolutely flabbergasted when Blooming Sunflower was voted the winner of the challenge by the membership. Truly unbelievable. I won a $50 gift card to Fabric Depot, a huge fabric store on the other side of town. Can't beat it! Because, as everyone knows, one can never have too much fabric. Quilt challenges are probably my favorite part of belonging to a guild. It was great fun, and when you see some of the creativity ...

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Interplay Quilt Finish from Tim Quilts

On July 30 I started a new quilt.   I got a bundle of 12 fat quarters from P&B Textiles called Interplay.

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You can see the post about the design and cutting the pieces here (

Here is the completed top on August 11.


I hand quilted it using size 8 perle cotton thread and a size 5 embroidery needle …black thread on the more solid fabrics and green on the prints.


I used Nature’s Touch cotton batting and black backing fabric.   I always pin baste and don’t use very many pins ...

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Tumblers and A Light Review from Quilts....etc.

I really and truly have made progress on the tumblers and I haven’t grown tired of them yet.  My first “block” finished – 10 tumblers to a row by 10 rows.  For some reason I thought this would end up being a square it isn’t obviously.  This piece isn’t pressed but I have a rough […]

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Winter Wonderland Panel from Cactus Needle

 Brainchild of Raymond Steeves
Pattern designed by Denise Holland
You can insert any panel 
inside this pinwheel border.
For this sample I used
Winter Wonderland
by Bunny Hill
 Can you believe it's time to think about Christmas?
 The Winter Wonderland panel,
along with many other panel choices
can be found at 
 It's always nice to have an easy holiday project that works up fast.
I made this in a day.
Bright happy red pinwheels just say Christmas.
If you would like a peek,
this Sample is currently hanging at 

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There’s a rooster in the hen house from 365 days of wonderful

Dear Eldest Daughter is now a chicken farmer….5 little chicks and a rooster. They are just planning to have the chickens for eggs, but she is know a chicken fanatic.
I just happened to have this cute Sunnyside Farm panel in my stash and knew it would be perfect for her. It’s cute, even has the little add on about Farm Fresh Grade A Eggs… was fate.SAM_9810

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August 18, 2014
Half Dresden Baby Quilt for Sizzix from Modern Handcraft

Today I am sharing a quilt tutorial featuring the Dresden plate die from Sizzix... Read more...

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Making a Quilt Top with Wool from France Nadeau

I am working on a quilt for fall. The top is made of wool in three different colors: golden beige, dark pink and burgundy. Those pieces of wools come from old skirts. The finished top is a square that measures … Continue reading

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My Quilting Project from The Quilt Ladies Book Collection

Just home from my quilting group. This is my hand quilting I've been working on. Have just 8 more blocks to finish. The pattern will be here  on this site next Monday!

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Whacky Ladies Show and Tell from All Things Quilty

It's been a couple of weeks, but I have some pictures to share of the August meeting of the Whacky Ladies Quilt Bee.

Donna made some memory quilts for a customer using a family member's shirts.

And a T-shirt quilt for a middle school principal.

Mary used her favorite pattern to make this Nine-Patch Pizazz quilt featuring bird fabric.

 That's also Mary hiding behind this Strips and Curves quilt that she made at a quilting workshop in Tennessee.

Lori showed off her finished shawl.

 And she also had a couple of spectacular quilts made from Bonnie Hunter ...

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Quiltspiration from Inside Quilters Newsletter

I think it’s wonderful to find quilting inspiration in unexpected places. On Saturday, my husband and I visited an art exhibit at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Arvada, Colorado, and I found some ideas. I’ll have to mull some of them over for a while to see how they can become something in my quilts. Three of the displays in the main gallery particularly caught my eye.

Do you remember the string art of the 1970s and 1980s? Back then I had great fun using colored thread and found lumber to create string art ...

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dreamin' quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

My family and I spent the past few days in Iowa for a little vacation. We visited the area where my husband spent most of his childhood and we enjoyed some quality family time. I had a lot of time to hand bind in the car, so on Saturday I was able to finish not one, but two quilts! Hurray!

I am thankful my husband was willing to help me photograph my quilts there. I LOVE old buildings. There is a LOT of patina in Iowa and I have the photos to prove it! Hahahaha! I need to take my ...

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Jelly Roll Jam 2 from Crafty Tammie

Fat Quarter Shop has another shortcut quilt, and this one is super fun! Jelly Roll Jam 2 lets you make 2 quilts from 1 jelly roll! Or make 1 quilt using strips for the front and back. Perfect for the next time you need a baby gift (or two). Seriously, I had this top put together in no time at all. I think this free pattern would be great for quilt retreats and charity projects. You could easily do a scrappy version too.

Kimberly Jolly from Fat Quarter Shop shows you how to make your own Jelly Roll Jam 2 ...

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Home stretch from Tim Quilts

I am on the home stretch with the Interplay quilt.


When I get near the end on a quilt it becomes difficult for me to stop until it is done.   This past weekend I worked on it exclusively and I have only 2 corners left to go.

Teddy will be glad when I am done.


he gets a bit bored watching me quilt.

But he loves to get the chance to try out a quilt… he is testing the back.

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He approved it.  You can the unquilted corners better from the back.  The 2 corners on the left.


Back ...

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Sew A Modern Home Give Away! from Cactus Needle

 I have had the pleasure of working with quilt designer
Melissa Lunden
this last year on a few projects.
 I'm especially excited for her
as she has just released her first book!
Quilts and More for Every Room
"Designer Melissa Lunden presents 19 contemporary patterns 
for sewing and quilting to refresh living rooms, 
bedrooms, dining rooms, and nurseries. 
With beginner-friendly instructions and a range of techniques, 
this collection is ideal for all skill levels."
 *Photos by Martingale/ Brent Kane
So many fun projects to choose from!
I love her clean line designs.
These projects look ...

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Quilting Jack’s Quilt from L&R Designs Quilting

Jack is quilting itOnce in a great while, I invite the quilt maker into my studio to quilt their quilt!  Meet Jack, the quilt maker of this awesome scrappy batik quilt.Jack is ready to goWe had a great time quilting looped spirals together!Jack and his quiltPretty awesome first quilt!  I’m excited to see what he does next!  He’s lucky to have a grandma to encourage and teach him.overlapping looped spiralsThe thread is Superior Rainbows and the batting is Quilter’s Dream Puff.

Teach a kid to sew today!

Thanks!  :) Linda

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Placemats Galore from 365 days of wonderful

This is always a fun class to teach. Students love it, as they get a set of placemats completed in class….or almost. The choices and designs are limitless and so quick and easy with the Bosal adhesive shapes.
I can’t decide if I like the traditional or funky ones best. Great job ladies.

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August 17, 2014
Texas QAL from SunFlower Seeds

I joined late in the game but as soon as I came across the Deep in the Heart of Texas QAL I HAD to make a Texas quilt!  Being born and raised in Texas and living in the great state for 19 years, I needed to make a Texas quilt (I mean come on, I've been hoarding special Texas fabrics for years!  When I saw  the QAL over at Pretty Little Quilts, I jumped in and made the quilt in a few days!  It went together fast and the directions were great.  I had to adjust mine just a ...

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The third module of the Block Lotto quilt along is stitched. I... from Living Water Quilter

The third module of the Block Lotto quilt along is stitched. I love how the this scrappy quilt is coming together. It shows me how much can be done with fabric scraps and without running to the fabric store. :-)

I’m linking up with

Marelize’s Anything Goes Monday

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