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November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving from Marty's Fiber Musings

Happy Thanksgiving ~ Marty Mason

Happy Thanksgiving from a quilter's point of view.  One of my favorite vintage quilts I saw while at Houston Quilt Festival, 2014.....artfully draped over a prop in one of the vendor's booths. 


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A Flair for Fabric from Cowtown Quilts

Martingale - A Flair for Fabric (Print version + eBook bundle)

I was excited to do this book review, because the very talented Linda Lum DeBono is the one who compiled the projects from 15 different fabric designers with Henry Glass Fabrics that are in this book.  If you know of any of these designers, you will want to get your hands on this book: Leanne Anderson; Dana Brooks; Linda Lum DeBono; Kim Diehl; Anni Downs; Jill Finley; Amy Hamberlin; Liz Hawkins and Beth Hawkins of Lizzie B Cre8ive; Margot Languedoc; Janet Nesbitt and Pam Soliday of Buggy Barn; Vicki Oehlke; Heather Mulder Peterson; Jacquelynne Steves; and Mary Ellen Von Holt ...

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Forgotten Books from Quilt Paint Create

When we were at the thrift shop a few weeks ago I picked up two books. I don’t NEED any more, but I couldn’t resist these.


The first is Creative Quilt Collection from That Patchwork Place. This one came out in 2007, and I bought it because it had quilt patterns in it that I’ve never seen before. I found a few of the patterns oddly compelling. Every pattern in the book was previously published in a different book. I think of it as a “best of” collection.
The second book is The Art Of Silk Ribbon ...

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November 26, 2014
Hey Mama! Sew Along – Block 1 from Quilter Chic

Quilting sew along

Hey, everyone! Here is the first block for my Hey Mama! sew along! First, a couple of explanations: I tried to take pictures of each step, but forgot many times! So, I’ll have diagrams where I’ve forgotten to take photos. Also, I’ll always have a pdf download for each pattern that you can print off. All seams are 1/4″, and cut sizes reflect that. Some blocks have traditional names, which I’ll share, but if I don’t know the traditional name, I won’t share it!

So, here is the block, double 4-patch. This is ...

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Trees and Quilts from Tim Quilts

Last night after teaching class I stopped by the State Capital.   I only live a few blocks away and I wanted to get a look at the State Christmas Tree.

Here are some pictures of the Capital building and the State Tree.    Unfortunately one section of the lights on one side were out but I am sure that they will be fixed soon. (click pictures to enlarge)

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The Big Tree lighting was last week.    I usually put up my tree (actually trees) after thanksgiving.   I do plan to do that one on Friday, but I did one early.   I have ...

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Happy Thanksgiving and Thank You from The Quilt Ladies Book Collection

Happy Thanksgiving

I have learned that quilts are my happy place, they quite my mind, and remind me of times, places and people. On this weekend of Thanksgiving, please take a few moments to remember in thought, in words, in phone calls all that are with you and all those in your heart.

Star Quilt Top

This past September we attended a 5K run for our dear nephew Nick Strub and the wonderful charity Ewing's Sarcoma, if you’d like to donate HERE 

This quilt is one of the great donations to the silent auction and I’m honored to be sleeping ...

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Black and White challenge from Terificreations's Weblog

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Happy Thanksgiving!
There is a lovely black and white challenge all over facebook. I like photos for a lot of reasons. My dad was an Air Force photographer, his love of photography carried through the rest of his life.
I’ve picked up a touch of his love for photography. One of my sisters has his touch with photos, particularly with food shots. I love that I can take images with my phone or point and shoot, lovin’ those 12 megapixels!

black and white challenge quantum styleOne reason I love taking photos is that it informs my quilting. I love taking photos of ...

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Craftsy Sale & More on the Kansas Twister from Quilts....etc.

As I was getting the house ready for family for our Thanksgiving feast I would occasionally take a break from it all and go to the sewing room and cut some fabric – a nice 10 minute time out now and then!  I am even cutting my leftover scraps immediately and putting them in my […]

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November 25, 2014
Psycatdelic from ... Cat Patches

That's the name I settled on. I like it better without hyphens. It was hard to choose a name, but I decided to go with Mike's favorite. Some of you liked it best as well. Today I finished the whole quilt top. It took longer than expected, but it's good to have it all finished. Now I'll set aside until January or February because there are four quilts waiting in line to be quilted ahead of it.

Before I could finish, I needed to pick a fabric for the narrow stop border. I auditioned a few ...

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The Final Feline from ... Cat Patches

It seems like a night to pop open a bottle of champagne because the cat blocks are FINISHED!!

This morning I went down and did all the top-stitching on the final feline.

Only, the second I snapped that image, I remembered that I still hadn't stitched the whiskers on. Doh! So I took care of that before continuing.

At this point I stopped because I had to make a quick trip to the grocery store. There were only 18 items on my list for Thanksgiving, and so it wasn't too bad. The store wasn't even very crowded ...

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I'm having a snack attack! from Marty's Fiber Musings

Do I multi-task?   If I'm quilting:  YES.  I do enjoy having more than one delicious snack right at my fingertips to grab and stich on.  It's my snack attack buffet.   I enjoy gathering fabrics that might add to one project or the other  'cause one never knows when the attack might hit!

Here's Snack No. 1 all packaged and ready to bite into:

modern, improvisational - orange peel quilt block - Marty Mason
I've made up a few orange peel blocks in various fabrics to keep me reminded of where this idea is going.  It ultimately will be a modern improvisational orange peel quilt! 

 Snack Attack ...

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My Crazy Christmas Trees Quilt from Mulberry Patch Quilts

I can’t believe all the snow we’ve gotten in Wisconsin over the past few weeks, and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet!  But, two good things have come of it:  (1) I’m grateful I can keep warm inside and work on my projects, and (2) it puts me in the mood to begin a project for Christmas!

Snow covered bird feeder

Snow covered bird feeder with birds








I’ve been interested in a pattern by “Pieces from my Heart” for a beautiful crazy patchwork Christmas Tree quilt and just bought the entire fat quarter line of fabric from Moda called “Winterlude” by Three Sisters (see below) that ...

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My New Kitchen/Dining Room from Quilts....etc.

I thought I had taken some “before” shots and now I can’t find them.  So we are just about done with the kitchen/dining room make over and I can’t find the old photos – oh well – all that is left to do is the countertop on the new cabinets – trim work around some […]

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Nordic Star Table Runner from Cactus Needle

 I just finished sewing a table runner
as a sample for
Mad B's Quilt and Sew
Nordic Star
From the book
On The Run Again
by Heather Mulder Peterson
 3 Nordic Stars
in happy Christmas colors:
Owner MaDonna requested that I use:
 Chalkboard Snowman (Studio E. Fabrics)
Warm Wishes (by Red Rooster)
for the fabrics
I even braved it,
and used the beautiful Bernina Sewing machines
available in the store to machine quilt the table runner
myself  :)
*Book and fabrics
available at 

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Daisy Chain Cottage from 365 days of wonderful

By Wendy Sheppard with fabric by Lynette Anderson called Pocketful  of Daisies

I did want to show you the finished quilt that will be offered as a BOM at Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. in the new year. I am in the process ( you may remember the houses in an earlier post) of completing the sample for the store.

My pictures did not do the quilt justice so I wanted you to see just how beautiful it is.


These are my 3 little cottages completed and sewn together, picket fences and all. It all looks very complex, however we are breaking ...

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layout from Tim Quilts

I finished piecing the Luxury Essentials blocks.


I made 48 blocks and the layout is 8 rows of 6, finishing at 72″ x 96″.    I think I am going to make one more block and make it 7 rows of 7 blocks to finish at 84″ square.

I do have enough fabric to make another block

here is one block


If I layout all the blocks in this orientation (long pieces at top and bottom) This is how it looks


If I alternate the blocks by turning every other block the look changes


Not a huge difference but I think ...

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November 24, 2014
Autumn Table Topper Finish & Giveaway from Farm Road Ramblings

Yesterday I finished up a new table topper for fall.  Yay!   

It measures 31" square.  I used one charm pack and a solid creamy white for the background.  I love the modern color palette and prints of this collection (Autumn Woods by Kate & Birdie/Moda).  I backed it with a soft yellow print and bound it with a medium yellow, so I could use it for other seasons (like spring).  I machine quilted it in a crosshatch design and finished the binding by machine too.

It was so easy to put together.  I used the Moda Love pattern; it's ...

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Sew Sweet Simplicity: Block Two from Wedding Dress Blue

Wow!  A month has flown by.  Most of my sewing time has been invested in the memory quilt project, but it was easy to set aside a little time for Sew Sweet Simplicty:  Block 2.


And here they are–two of them.

I plan to make two each of the six blocks Jacquelynne designed and set them in a design of my choosing (still to be finalized).

If you haven’t signed up already, you still can.  Just stop by the Art of Home and let her know you want to be part of the fun.

In the meantime, you ...

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Kansas Twister from Quilts....etc.

These big blocks for the Kansas Twister quilt sure do go fast.  Right now they were on the wall but beginning to take up too much room so they are now stacked in a pile in color groups – I won’t get them back to the design wall now until I’m ready to sew.  I […]

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Super Size Me from 365 days of wonderful


This is a new pattern for Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. to showcase the fabric line they got in called Made with Love by Kanvas Studios. The quilt measures approximately 38 X 45 and showcases the fabric in Super Sized Spools.


I quilted it with linear rows of stitching at various increments, no rhyme or reason.


I inset jumbo white rick rack under the binding to add a bit of cutesy flair.

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