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September 2, 2014
Step by Step, Inch by Inch from 365 days of wonderful


I’m teaching Eleanor Burns Pineapple Table Runner class at Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. and while the pattern is fairly straightforward, I thought it would be beneficial to provide students with samples of the process …..step by step.

This way students could see exactly each step as they progressed through the process. They would be able to overlay their own rulers onto the samples to get a better idea where and when to cut.


Bonus for me….now I have a great start on a lap size quilt…once I catch up!

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O-Christmas Tree from 365 days of wonderful


I pretty much have all the seasons covered now with these lovely table runners from Shabby Fabrics.


I quilted it in the pantograph Happy Times and added a bit of bling  by utilizing Hot Fix Crystals at random to the tree after it was quilted.SAM_0595

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September 1, 2014
September Across The Pond - Butterflies! from Amy Made That

I've been noticing a new trend
in fabric lines and crafts...

Have you seen 'em?
They're featured in so many places
that quilters and sewists love to visit.

One place I love to visit is Susie's Sunroom,
and Susie has chosen a sweet butterfly project
for this month's Across The Pond Sew Along theme...
Origami Butterflies!

{You'll find the free instructions for the one below at Michelle Patterns.}

Look what Susie did...
her butterfly has landed on a pretty quilted basket!

{Stop by her blog to see another one that has metamorphosized into a ...

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Around the World Blog Hop from Living Water Quilter

Thanks Esther, at ipatchandquilt, for the invitation to join the fun!  If you haven’t seen Esther’s work, be ready to be amazed!  She is fabulous quilter.

Welcome! If this is your first visit, I hope you explore beyond this post. Visit the special pages section on the right.

1) What am I working on?

I am always working a several things at once. There are at least 5 quilts that need to be quilted. The twisted log cabin, pictured below, is one. 


A week ago I finished testing 5 different Quilters Dream battings. I will have a detailed ...

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September Progress Report and Goal Setting from ... Cat Patches

Quilting and Flimsies

1. Quilt and bind Joseph's Quilt. I sandwiched this quilt months ago, and I'm determined to finish it in August. Complete!

2. Quilt and bind Happy Campers. I need to have it finished before we take off on our trip on August 31st. Complete!

3. Finish the quilt top for "Hello Moon". No Progress. HOWEVER, I changed my mind about this project mid-month. I started looking at my list of projects, and I've decided to work from the oldest forward. With that in mind, my oldest project was the Gardener's Journal. I've ...

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Guild meeting show and tell and summer retreat! from Tales from the Raspberry Rabbits

Hi ya and Happy Labor Day here in the US!

Today I would like to share some show and tell from my monthly guild meeting and some photos from our summer retreat.

Peggy showed her "Echo of Thunder" quilt. This was on her PHD (Projects Half Done) list. This was an oldie but a goodie. I remembered my block. It's the second one from the right in the second row from the top. My points look pretty good there. Not anymore though! More on that later in this post.

Peggy also shared the quilt from another guild block swap ...

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quilt top in an afternoon from Tim Quilts

I decided to take a break from hand quilting and foundation paper piecing today and make a quilt top.

Sometimes it is fun to make something different and fast.   I purchased a bundle of fat quarters at the Grand Rapids AQS show


The one on the left is what I used.

No pattern here just cutting and sewing.

I started by stacking up 7 of the fat quarters and trimming them even.


Next I cut it into thirds using a rotary cutter…I cut curves (gentle curves are easy to machine piece)


It is hard to tell from the picture ...

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August 31, 2014
Winter’s on it’s way from 365 days of wonderful

I can tell, as I’m starting to get winter quilts to long arm.


I love the fabric…so sweet with the snowman


It’s a nice simple quilt pattern and we opted to quilt it with the pattern called Quirky.

Carol Anne….another wonderful quilt, great job.

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Tumblers and a Rainy Afternoon from Quilts....etc.

Moving right along on the Tumblers – I made a lot of progress today (Aug. 21st) a bit of a rainy day and we were in the camper for most of it. I got this much pressed before we took off this morning – we had a late start as we were not going far […]

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August 30, 2014
Crossing The Border... The Final Chapter! from From the Strawberry Patch...

Potluck dinner at the LQS You'll remember, over the last several months, my agonizing over the border "challenge" (Head For the Border) issued by my LQS.  Every month a design element and a color were each drawn, randomly, from a brown paper lunch bag and the participants set to work on that next border round, satisfying that newest criteria... it wasn't easy, but rather a true "challenge" in

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Crossing The Border... The Final Chapter! from From the Strawberry Patch...

Potluck dinner at the LQS You'll remember, over the last several months, my agonizing over the border "challenge" (Head For the Border) issued by my LQS.  Every month a design element and a color were each drawn, randomly, from a brown paper lunch bag and the participants set to work on that next border round, satisfying that newest criteria... it wasn't easy, but rather a true "challenge" in

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Sew A Modern Home Quilt Book from Cactus Needle

 As I have mentioned in previous posts,
I have had an opportunity to get to know
Melissa Lunden 
this last year 
through working with her on a few quilt projects.
Melissa just published her first book
Quilts and More for Every Room
and asked me to participate in her Blog Tour
and Give Away
(which I was very happy to do)
Yesterday as I opened my mail
I received my very own copy
as a gift.
Thank You Melissa!
 There are so many fun projects in this book
I almost don ...

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Crazy As Ever from KT Quilts 4 Fun

Well, on my last real post I was working on this quilt.  It has been finished for a long time.  This twin size double hour glass quilt made with moda Hunky Dory was a love gift for a VIP.  I used a jelly roll and some kona solids for the top.  I also ended up finding a good deal on one of my favorite prints in the line, so about three quarters of the backing is that.  The other backing piece is a print of a girl's I can't show the back.  The simple straight line ...

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What does the fox say….. from 365 days of wonderful

I told you I liked this pattern called Zoey’s Zoo….The fox was just too cute not to whip up. The churndash border really adds nice detail to the pattern and it was simple to put together.
The fabric for the border was the perfect choice with all the little critters all over it.

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Spiral Quilt from Quilting Solutions

When I first saw RaNae Merrill's book, "Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts" I was so fascinated that I bought a copy.  I didn't get inside it for awhile because I kept looking at the cover photo trying to figure out how she did that quilt (why open the book when it is such fun to challenge your brain to solve the problem).  I was so thrilled when I figured out that the basic design was nothing but a pentagon and triangle kaleidoscope that I immediately sat down and read the book.  During this time I went to the Rocky ...

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A Day of Lasts from ... Cat Patches

Today I canned the last of the tomatoes.

Thanks to Dasha who convinced me to try red tomato chutney for the last of this season's tomatoes. She sent me her recipe, but as a dumb American, I couldn't get comfortable making the conversion from metric measurements to whatever it is we use here. Even though I studied it and figured it, it ended up seeming like an awful lot of vinegar, and so I resorted to the recipe in one of my favorite preserving cookbooks, Marisa McClellan's Food in Jars.

The chutney is so delicious and sweet ...

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August 29, 2014
The Thinker from Tim Quilts

Teddy has been thinking about this quilt……I think he is trying to calculate how much more work it will be to finish it.

He doesn’t know this one will be a wall hanging and he won’t be able to sit on it when it is done.


I have about 1/4 of it finished.

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I started work on the Batik Project.

Batik plan

since there are so many long skinny points on this I am going to paper foundation piece it.  I printed up a pile of patterns.


I don’t do Paper piecing very often so I am ...

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In the Frame and a Finish from Nita Dances

I finally finished the top (flimsy) of the garden quilt!


It’s the bow-tie pattern with hand-appliqued hexie rosettes.


It is now sandwiched, basted and in the frame – ready to be quilted.


And here is another Because You Matter quilt. This little double Irish chain will go to a child through the RCMP Victim’s Services Unit here in Salmon Arm (via the Shuswap Quilt Guild.)  Fabric & batting donated by the Shuswap Quilt Guild. Labour donated by yours truly.


Officially Samson-approved!


linking in with:

My Quilt Infatuation


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Aria’s Hawkeye Rainbow Twister from L&R Designs Quilting

Aria's Hawkeye Rainbow TwisterWe celebrated Aria’s first birthday last weekend and like Landon, I made a Lil’ Twister for her.  Iowa Hawkeye fabric is perfect for this family and I added a 2 1/2″ border after sewing the twisters together.  This is so fun to make, but I’ll need to get another pack of Kona charms squares to make more!lil twister and itty bitty twister before cuttingHere’s what the quilt looks like before the Lil’ Twister cutting.  The smaller one is the waste squares from Landon’s Lil’ Twister before cutting with the Itty Bitty template.Itty Bitty TwisterHere’s the Itty Bitty Twister sewn together.  The ...

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Kitschy Scissors from Cactus Needle

"Kitschy Scissors"
as opposed to 
"Kitchen Scissors"
*Austin, Texas
Definition of Kitschy (noun)
"Things (such as movies or works of art)
that are of low quality
and that many people
find amusing and enjoyable."
Well, If the scissors fit, 
wear them :)

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