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August 2, 2015
Four Fabric Forest from Cat Patches

It was a very enjoyable day with Lisa Crnich yesterday learning her method for making a four fabric forest. The weather was hot outside, but we were cool and comfortable at the North Plains Senior Center, and we enjoyed a nice potluck lunch. Fruit was in abundance among the potluck dishes, and so even lunch was cool and comfortable.


Before starting, we had a chance to look again at Lisa's beautiful quilts made in the style of Ruth McDowell.


There are a number of books for sale on Ruth McDowell's website, and so it's worth taking a ...

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Four Fabric Forest from ... Cat Patches

It was a very enjoyable day with Lisa Crnich yesterday learning her method for making a four fabric forest. The weather was hot outside, but we were cool and comfortable at the North Plains Senior Center, and we enjoyed a nice potluck lunch. Fruit was in abundance among the potluck dishes, and so even lunch was cool and comfortable.


Before starting, we had a chance to look again at Lisa's beautiful quilts made in the style of Ruth McDowell.


There are a number of books for sale on Ruth McDowell's website, and so it's worth taking a ...

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New Gallery Of Quilts On Stairwell from Quilts + Color

My son Greg was able to hang the 5 quilts on the studio stairwell last night.


This new grouping is much brighter than the previous one.
I am enjoying the color.
With one exception these quilts are relatively recent finishes.

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A finish or two from Pointless Quilter

Okay so more than two but they are small.  The first is this kit quilt.


 I bought this kit at Road to California this past year from Nancy Rink.  It's called Trafalgar Square.

The quilt is an art quilt for our next art theme challenge - Art Nouveau.  I used the Tsukineko Inks.  No water used so I can get full coverage.  I got the design from one of those design source books.
The next three items are for our guild's boutique in October.


I spent all last weekend embroidering and one of the things I finished was the ...

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Teddy is a designer from Tim Quilts

When I am upstairs sewing Teddy likes to look out “his” window.    It is in the hall and he can see out into the yard easily because it is so low.    Here he is by his window….posing rather than looking out.

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he did spend some time helping design the layout of the next quilt top.

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I think it is going to be very cool!

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Happy quilting

Tim


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August 1, 2015
July is done! from Ellyn's Place

Well you'd never know it from my blogging (or lack there-of!) but I had an incredibly productive July in the sewing room. When I checked my list (do you keep a list of finishes?) I had SEVENTEEN finished items for the month! Wow! Some of them I've shared with you here. Some you'll see down the road because they are gifts, swaps or pattern tests which cannot be revealed quite yet. Here are a few of my finishes:

I even managed to keep up with my calendar journal, something that has been hit or miss this year ...

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July 2015 in Review from Quilting by the River

July in Review at Freemotion by the River
July was a busy month and again.....just flew by! I did several guest posts for AccuQuilt and Fabri-Quilt, introduced a new pattern called Summer Flowers and worked with quite a few fun projects. I also power sprayed our huge deck and......actually got the floor all stained! It looks beautiful. If you missed any of the posts this month - you'll find them below.

AccuQuilt Big Sale 
 Big Sale at AccuQuilt
 Table Topper Tutorial
Table Topper Tutorial
 June 2015 Review
June 2015 in review at Freemotion by the River
Full Bloom Table Runner
Piano Keys tablerunner on the deck
Stash Additions
Marblehead Pleasing Pastel Bundle by Fabri-Quilt

Tute-Happy Summer Giveaway Placemats
Tutorial for placemats
Star Light Star Bright
Star Light wall hanging finished
Summer Flowers pattern
Summer Flowers pattern
Deck Work
Another Tute-Happy ...

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Moda Modern Blocks #6--Red from Pink Doxies


Back to Moda Modern Building Blocks

The studio was in shambles a few weeks ago. (Really. The other side of the shelved stash was worse.) I could live with it, and work in bare feet or socks so I don't step on anything vital, but toward the end I was patting at piles trying to find things. (Don't lie. I know you've done this.)
That's my signal to clean up, but WIP's were first.

The red, white and blue quilt on the floor came together, and is now a flimsy. The backing is washed, and ...

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The Wedding Quilt, Part 1 from Prairie Moon Quilts

My youngest daughter is getting married at the end of August. When she announced her plans, I said to her: “You realize that, as a professional quilter, I can’t NOT make you a quilt for your wedding, right? But, I would like for you to tell me exactly what you want in the way of a quilt, so that I don’t work my tail off on something that you won’t like or use.”

After a couple days, she responded: “We’ve talked it over. We want it all white, and king-sized. Whatever else you do is up ...

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August Goals and Progress Report from Cat Patches

It's been a hot, hot summer here in the Pacific Northwest. We've lived here since 1978, and we've never seen such a string of hot days and weeks, nor temperatures as high as they've been. We left Phoenix to escape the heat, and this summer has felt so much more like the desert than the Portland we know and love.


The basement sewing room is the best place to be in hot weather, and so my list of goals for the month has been easy and comfortable to accomplish. Here's what happened in July:

Quilting ...

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August Goals and Progress Report from ... Cat Patches

It's been a hot, hot summer here in the Pacific Northwest. We've lived here since 1978, and we've never seen such a string of hot days and weeks, nor temperatures as high as they've been. We left Phoenix to escape the heat, and this summer has felt so much more like the desert than the Portland we know and love.


The basement sewing room is the best place to be in hot weather, and so my list of goals for the month has been easy and comfortable to accomplish. Here's what happened in July:

Quilting ...

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Just One of Those Days! from Quilts....etc.

Frustration!!  I know we all have those days don’t we – I got the Juki put away and got the Janome out to start working on the winter embroidery quilt and first off it was clean the machine as I couldn’t remember if I had after I used it last – I hadn’t – full […]

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How Many Trees Make A Forest? from Wedding Dress Blue

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I sure hope so, because a forest quilt is what was intended!

This was my happy project this week.  I built nine super scrappy blocks using THIS TUTORIAL.   There are more than 40 different green fabrics and a wide assortment of brown/tan/gold/orange in the trunks.  You might not think of orange when you think of tree trunks, but I think it adds interest and whimsy.

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I added a 1-1/2″ strip of background fabric on alternating columns to give a more organic or natural look to the layout.  I ...

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fun time from Tim Quilts

Having some fun with my leftovers from the last quilt.

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Just a few garden pictures today

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And Teddy
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Back to hand quilting……so much to quilt!

Tim


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July 31, 2015
Anxiously Awaiting the Wells Fargo Wagon from ... Cat Patches

This morning I finished sewing together the remaining borders to go with the rest of the component pieces for the Vintage Tin quilt.


The bottom two borders will go at the top and bottom of the quilt. Here it is all laid out, sans sashings.


The sashing fabric is supposed to come today, and I've been checking the door every five minutes. C'mon UPS Man! If I could call him on the phone, I'd tell him there are cookies in the deal for him.

That's probably all the sewing I'll do today. I'll need ...

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Anxiously Awaiting the Wells Fargo Wagon from Cat Patches

This morning I finished sewing together the remaining borders to go with the rest of the component pieces for the Vintage Tin quilt.


The bottom two borders will go at the top and bottom of the quilt. Here it is all laid out, sans sashings.


The sashing fabric is supposed to come today, and I've been checking the door every five minutes. C'mon UPS Man! If I could call him on the phone, I'd tell him there are cookies in the deal for him.

That's probably all the sewing I'll do today. I'll need ...

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doe quilt complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I'm excited to have another quilt finish to share today!
This quilt started out as a contact print pillow cover, but as I was making it, I decided to add large
borders and make it a wall/baby quilt size instead. I'm so glad I made that decision! This is a bit of a departure from my usual work, but I love it for that reason. It's good to stretch yourself once in awhile!
 
For the fabric, I used a mini charm pack of doe, plus Kona cotton in white and ...

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It's Art....for Art's Sake ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

I'm a proud member of a group known as "Art Quilts Around The World"  Every two months we are given a theme and then the 20 of us in the group complete an art quilt in our own interpretation of that designated theme.  Well, the theme for this month's art quilt is "Snowflake."   


Art Quilts Around The World:  Snowflakes by Marty Mason








So, off I go in the middle of July sitting under a 100 degree heat wave thinking about snowflakes.  The thought did cool me off a bit.  

I've been wanting to make a paper quilt!  And this seemed the time to do it....in ...

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Several Lazy Days from Quilts....etc.

Yesterday I just didn’t feel much like sewing again – I guess I was ready for a couple days break from quilts.  I did get a pair of pants for Mike repaired and now I am ready to put my Juki back on the shelf and get the Janome out again to start work on […]

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WIP - FMQ, Class Prep, & Secret ProjectAugust is starting... from Living Water Quilter







WIP - FMQ, Class Prep, & Secret Project

August is starting with a long list of projects in various stages of completion. 

It has been fun to doodle and create new free-motion quilting designs. I am focusing on designs I call linear. Each design is based on moving along or in a straight line across a quilt top to bottom or left to right.

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In the Modern Hexie class at Sew Easy Sewing students will create a hexie table runner to showcase linear free-motion quilting designs. The designs above, Galactic Jacks and Fanned Flower, are two of several designs students will learn ...

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