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April 22, 2017
From full to finished...almost! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've spent the last two days cutting scraps into strips and sewing those strips into wide strips.


And then what did I do? Cut the wide strips into blocks, of course. I've been meaning to make a strip quilt using scraps, which (let's face it) I have plenty of. Out came the green scrap bucket and I cut strips of 2½", 2", and 1½". 


This is what the green bucket looks like now. I forgot to take a before picture, but the yellow bucket is a good example of what it looked like.

  
 I tossed ...

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April 21, 2017
Sharon Holland Shares Inspiration For Bountiful Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey there, makers!

It’s been a busy week here at the AGF HQ! We’ve been diligently preparing for our next lookbook release. Can you guess what it is? If you thought of Bountiful by Sharon Holland you’re right! This collection has been so much fun to work with because Sharon has made us take a trip to the Midwest with the earthy prints in this collection.

SHARON PINTEREST GRAPHIC

With every collection that our designers make, it’s always interesting to hear the stories that drive them to create their artistic bodies of work. We recently had the opportunity to ...

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Harnessing Houdini from ... Cat Patches

Well, back to the drawing board, as they say. We got Miss Sadie out on her harness again yesterday afternoon.


She hunted squirrels with Smitty for a few minutes. Smitty gave her a wide berth. It's almost as if he thought he might "catch" the harness from her if he got too close...like some dread disease.


Then, quick as a wink, she twisted her little body out of that harness, as if she'd just been humoring us up to that point. Doh!

Okay, so ix-nay on the arness-hay for now. We went shopping at our favorite mall ...

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Harnessing Houdini from Cat Patches

Well, back to the drawing board, as they say. We got Miss Sadie out on her harness again yesterday afternoon.


She hunted squirrels with Smitty for a few minutes. Smitty gave her a wide berth. It's almost as if he thought he might "catch" the harness from her if he got too close...like some dread disease.


Then, quick as a wink, she twisted her little body out of that harness, as if she'd just been humoring us up to that point. Doh!

Okay, so ix-nay on the arness-hay for now. We went shopping at our favorite mall ...

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A Whole Cloth Baby Quilt from The Inbox jaunt

  Good Morning, Quilters! Have the singing birds been waking you up each morning? Spring is finally here! A WHOLE CLOTH BABY QUILT FOR LITTLE MISS I recently finished this baby quilt for a friend’s granddaughter. It started with lots … Continue reading

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Thursday, April 20 from Marty's Fiber Musings

 
 
 
Pat Sloan workshop sampler - Trash Bag Quilts
Pat Sloan applique - improv flower petals
 sampler quilt on display at her
Trash Bag Quilts workshop
 
 
I drove over to Ruston yesterday to be a part of Pat Sloan's "Trash Bag Quilts" workshop.  This workshop is totally about making yardage out of scraps and reusing that yardage in a quilt project.  This workshop is totally about improvisational quilt-making......I loved every minute of it. 

She put me in a comfort zone when I spotted this improvisational use of fabric in one of her quilt blocks.  A stripe with a stripe!  Yikes.

Pat Sloan workshop sampler - Trash Bag Quilts
 


While not all of the workshop was new ...

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More Half Pickled Ladies from Quilt Obsession

The final eight half clamshell pickles are done – so now it’s time to start sewing them on to the top. But first, here are the final eight.

I was happy to find so many of my floral fabrics had flowers small enough for all the clamshell pickles, including all the partial ones. Some very small.

Some quite a bit larger.

Some light.

Some darker.

Lots of roses, large …

… and small.

Another light one.

And one of my favourites.

Now that all the half Pickled Ladies are done, it’s time for lots of curved piecing and continuous stitching as ...

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Scrappy Green UFO is FINISHED! from Grandma's Red Needle

I hope you all that a wonderful Easter; some relaxing days and lots of yummy food. 

If you read my previous post, I was in the process of quilting the Scrappy Green quilt. Actually it didn't take that long to FMQ (Free Motion Quilting) it. What took time was to wait for the right day (light) to take photos. 


Love all those different shades of green


Took me some time to decide on how to quilt it. It ended up FMQ in my favorite pattern; loopy swirls :)


Just love the scrappy border and corner stones! 


... and the scrappy back ...

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A Day At AQC. from Sunburnt Quilts

I enjoyed a lovely day at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. Perfect weather to walk through the garden to the Exhibition Building and enjoy the displays inside. This building lends itself so well to displays of this kind. It is worth going to just to look at the lovely restoration work on the building itself.

First up I met up with Rachael from Blue Mountain Daisy.  Rachael is here for the four days of the convention and will be talking to visitors about her quilt, Whiz Bang. It was a delight to be able to share time looking at ...

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April 20, 2017
60 Amazing Quilts from Pre-cut Strips from Quilter Chic

Do you have pre-cut strip sets around your sewing room that you bought just because they were cute? Or you acquired them when you cleaned out your mother-in-law’s house? (Personal experience!)

If you do you’re going to love the new book, The Big Book of Strip Quilts from Martingale & Co. This mammoth new book has 60 gorgeous quilt patterns using precut 2 1/2” strips. I have two quilts featured in the book. The first is Purple Daze. You can also see it on the cover, on the right-hand side.

Big Book of Strip Quilts

The Big Book of Strip Quilts ©2017 That ...

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Much Sewing from ... Cat Patches

It was a day at home yesterday, and I was able to get quite a bit done in the sewing room. This first piece wasn't a part of the day's plan. 


Remember when I was practicing to quilt Stars and Stripes? Those practice pieces didn't turn out half bad, and I've had this one sitting in a chair where Smitty likes to nap. It keeps the fuzz off the chair, dontcha know. Today I decided I would finish the quilting in the upper right-hand corner and then bind it. So, I did the quilting, and then ...

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Much Sewing from Cat Patches

It was a day at home yesterday, and I was able to get quite a bit done in the sewing room. This first piece wasn't a part of the day's plan. 


Remember when I was practicing to quilt Stars and Stripes? Those practice pieces didn't turn out half bad, and I've had this one sitting in a chair where Smitty likes to nap. It keeps the fuzz off the chair, dontcha know. Today I decided I would finish the quilting in the upper right-hand corner and then bind it. So, I did the quilting, and then ...

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April 19, 2017
Color Calamity from ... Cat Patches

There was no sewing yesterday. I plum wore myself out running around. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, there were five planned stops, and then I added one more unplanned stop at Joann's. It was the only fabric store close to where my travels would take me. Add to that the fact that I had to resist killing a woman at the post office (long story), and it made for one tiring day. When I got home, I took a long nap. Okay, so here's my sad tale...or if you're a cat (Molly), it's ...

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Color Calamity from Cat Patches

There was no sewing yesterday. I plum wore myself out running around. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, there were five planned stops, and then I added one more unplanned stop at Joann's. It was the only fabric store close to where my travels would take me. Add to that the fact that I had to resist killing a woman at the post office (long story), and it made for one tiring day. When I got home, I took a long nap. Okay, so here's my sad tale...or if you're a cat (Molly), it's ...

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Frida [El dolor, El placer Y la muerte] from Ritacor

23/100 #100diasnoblogue esta manta, à semelhança desta, nasceu de um painel central do magnífico tecido “Todo para Ti” da Alexander Henry. as cores são o amarelo da dor, o vermelho do prazer e o preto da morte. o padrão, geométrico, foi criado como uma moldura à volta do painel central. é mais uma peça Frida … More Frida [El dolor, El placer Y la muerte]

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BEFORE YOU BUY! T SHIRT QUILT QUESTIONS TO ASK from Maria the Quilter

Hello my friends, I know it’s been a while, but t’is truly the season. Meaning, this is THE season for quilters to be busy. June is second to the holiday season for reason of graduation gifts. But a far second, let me tell you.

I felt the need to take a moment to share a few thoughts, as I have recently found yet another “t shirt quilt maker” that offers a pretty sad result. This “company” brings customers in by way of a very low price. For those of you who want a t shirt (or memory, clothing ...

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Half Pickled Ladies on the Side from Quilt Obsession

I had made the little strips of triangles for the side halves of the Clamshell Pickles a long time ago and they’ve been sitting waiting, all this time, for me to finally get the fabrics chosen and half Pickled Ladies printed for each one.

All that was left was some nice curved piecing to add the little strips of the triangles to the half clamshell pickles, which went very quickly, and all the ones needed for one side are now done.

Using the window template made it very quick to find fabrics that worked for the side halves. The ...

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True Blue Quilts Book Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY from The Quilting Room with Mel

I'm so excited to be showing off Annette Plog's new quilt book True Blue Quilts.  I'm so thankful that C&T Publishing asked me to be part of this blog hop.  What quilter is going to turn down the chance to see a quilt book before everyone else and be able to give a copy of the book to one of her friends? The book has fifteen patterns for you plus each chapter has a little history behind the fabrics.  This book is focused on not only teaching us about the quilts of the 19th century but ...

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April 18, 2017
Popping the Cork from ... Cat Patches

There's plenty to celebrate here at the Three Cats Ranch. We're not quite to Mike's retirement date, but we're just ten days out now. This is when most normal people would start counting the days, but we've always been overachievers that way. Also, the Quiltmaker's Garden quilt top is finished!!!!!
Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay! Let that play in your head for a minute and then feast your eyes.


I don't think I've ever been so happy to finish a quilt top. Of course, it still needs quilting and binding, but that should be easy ...

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Popping the Cork from Cat Patches

There's plenty to celebrate here at the Three Cats Ranch. We're not quite to Mike's retirement date, but we're just ten days out now. This is when most normal people would start counting the days, but we've always been overachievers that way. Also, the Quiltmaker's Garden quilt top is finished!!!!!
Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay! Let that play in your head for a minute and then feast your eyes.


I don't think I've ever been so happy to finish a quilt top. Of course, it still needs quilting and binding, but that should be easy ...

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