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September 1, 2016
Let's Book It: Sliding in Under the Wire from ... Cat Patches


My goal was to get a start on the Let's Book It Challenge for August, and there was some time today to spend sewing. The project for August was this "Summer Holiday" quilt 


from Lynette Anderson's book:


There were a lot of fabrics to choose for this start, and there's no way I could have selected the propurr ones without help from my furry furriends.


Today my mission was to get a start on the pieced blocks. These are double nine patch blocks, and so there were lots of little squares to cut. Had I followed Lynette ...

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Let's Book It: Sliding in Under the Wire from Cat Patches


My goal was to get a start on the Let's Book It Challenge for August, and there was some time today to spend sewing. The project for August was this "Summer Holiday" quilt 


from Lynette Anderson's book:


There were a lot of fabrics to choose for this start, and there's no way I could have selected the propurr ones without help from my furry furriends.


Today my mission was to get a start on the pieced blocks. These are double nine patch blocks, and so there were lots of little squares to cut. Had I followed Lynette ...

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August 31, 2016
Summer Solstice from If These Threads Could Talk

Summer Solstice…that would be what Deb Tucker named her pattern:

Summer Solstice

The bright colors she chose are gorgeous.  I chose warm country colors:

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Rise & Shine, Summer’s Over!

My light background fabric has chickens on it, hence the name Rise & Shine.  This beautiful quilt finishes at 64″ by 80″.

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Summer Solstice Block

This is a companion pattern for Studio 180 Design’s Wing Clipper I,  V Block & Corner Beam tools.  This block has 25 units in it, but Deb’s tools make it a breeze.

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Summer Solstice Block

One of 12 finished blocks that make up this great quilt.

 


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So Little Sewing from Cat Patches

Despite my determination not to spend the entire day in the kitchen yesterday, I still managed to spend most of the day there. It's okay. It always ends up this way as we're gearing up for a trip. The refrigerator has to be cleaned out, and a lot of foods are prepared ahead just to make it easier on both of us for the first few days on the road. Also, there were plums to can, and I ended up with 8 half pints for my effort.


Also yesterday, I roasted some beets. They were piling up in ...

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So Little Sewing from ... Cat Patches

Despite my determination not to spend the entire day in the kitchen yesterday, I still managed to spend most of the day there. It's okay. It always ends up this way as we're gearing up for a trip. The refrigerator has to be cleaned out, and a lot of foods are prepared ahead just to make it easier on both of us for the first few days on the road. Also, there were plums to can, and I ended up with 8 half pints for my effort.


Also yesterday, I roasted some beets. They were piling up in ...

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Cutting from Wedding Dress Blue

Once you have your fabrics organized, it is time to cut.  The great thing about the My Size Stars (see TUTORIALS above) block is that there is only one number to remember:  your base block.  All other cuts are either half-that-number or quarter-that-number.

Thus, my 4-1/2″ blocks are surrounded by pieces 2-1/4″2-1/4″ or 2-1/4″ x 4-1/2″.  Cutting goes pretty quickly, even when it is scrappy.

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These are all the colored pieces, organized and ready to go.


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August UFO link-up from The Crafty Quilter

Welcome to the August UFO link-up!  I hope you’re still motivated to whittle away at that list (or pile) of UFO projects.  (The link-up is at the end of this post.)

I had a successful month as far as UFO’s go.  I finished my project for this month AND I finished last month’s quilt, too.  Well, I still need to sew on the binding of that one, but I’m hoping to make a tutorial with it so I need to get my ducks in a row first.

Hello 2016, Goodbye UFO's

This month’s goal was to finish a quilt ...

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August 30, 2016
Pulling Fabric from Wedding Dress Blue

A recent scrap bag held a small-ish piece of this fun fish fabric.  It looked like a baby quilt to me.  But at only 15″x18″, what could I do?

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I am trying for a 16-block My Size Stars quilt using the fish as 4-1/2″ centers of 12 of the blocks.  The rest will be scrappy-happy.

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Pulling fabric is fun.

 


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Closer and closer to a finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I may get this one finished. This big, huge king-sized quilt. The one I've been working on for such a long time. Since July 23rd, in fact. Over a month. That's a long time for a quilt made entirely by machine. Especially for me. 






And it's not even finished. Yet. But I'm getting closer.  I took this picture to before pulling it off the machine so that I could show you just how big the quilt is. My machine is 120 inches wide, the quilt backing has a wingspan that stretches from one end of the ...

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August 29, 2016
Design wall 8/29/16 Uneven bars, Kaffe HST’s & apple pies from Always Quilts

I got the borders added onto the Uneven bars quilt top. Since I pulled the solid fabric strips for the quilt from a couple packages of precuts, I didn’t have yardage of any one solid color. I debated over what to do and then decided to pull more precut strips of the pinks and use them for the inside border. You’ll notice they are light on the top and then get darker towards the bottom.

It’s now ready to be quilted. It will have to wait for now as I have several customer quilts that need edge ...

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Mug Rugs Made with New and Recycled Fabrics – white foundation from France Nadeau

Mug Rugs made with recycled fabric - francenadeau.com

Color scheme: white house by the beach.

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Color scheme: mostly-orange flower garden.

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Color scheme: mostly-orange flower garden on a clear-sky day.

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Color scheme: strawberries and limes.

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These mug rugs were sewn with the quilt-as-you-go technique. A first for me, but not a last. I just love how easy and fast this method is. The bindings were made with the backing, sewn by hand on the front.

Mug Rugs made with new and recycled fabric - francenadeau.com

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Time Off for a Show from Quilting Solutions

My daughter and I went to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival.  This is where the Hoffman Challenge traditionally displays all the entries that were accepted into the show.  Imagine our surprise to find hardly any of the Challenge...maybe 15-20.  I didn't count.  No dolls.  No apparel.  No booth for information.  On the way out we asked about it, and apparently Hoffman has changed things around and this was all they sent.  The lady at the ticket table said they were as surprised as we were.  What a disappointment.  I did take a few photos of some of those ...

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What I Did Last Summer from Pink Doxies



Pinned and ready for many glorious 
evenings of hand quilting!

Summer's Accomplishments


I feel like I've spent my summer as a true holiday. Not R&R, but catching up. There are still many things on the long list, but we've powered through some Herculean tasks. Tree removal from the Emerald Ash Bore--6 mature trees, house and property restoration, and so on. Nothing that was neat and tidy, and it all spilled over onto the rest of lives. Piles of things in the house were designated by project, and that was disruptive in itself. I'm happy to ...

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Teddy from Tim Quilts

I decided to try doing a portrait of Teddy.   I drew a picture a bit over life size and did embroidery on my treadle

Here is how it looked after day one of work

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Here it is after adding the rest

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and framing (the glass makes for glare :(  )

 

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I wanted to see if there was a way to do this for those who aren’t good at drawing and here is what I came up with (video in 2 parts)

 

 

 

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I have also been having trouble answering your comments .   Every time I try to add a response my computer freezes ...

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Can close count in quilting? from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've been working on this big ole quilt for weeks now. I know, I know, it's taking me longer than I anticipated forever, but what can I say? I have a full time job that does not include time for quilting. 



For some reason there's this idea in places (where there are no teachers) that we teachers work from 8 to 3 and then we go home to eat bonbons do nothing.  Well, let me dispel that lie myth: I start work at 7 a.m. and, while I may not get paid after 3 p ...

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August 28, 2016
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: O R I G A M I from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



Macaw by Anna Trundle. This one is such a beauty, a paper sculpture made of…:

origami cats: Origami Whale ~ So cute! <3:
Muntazar Kusudama Tutorial – Origami Tutorials:

15 Tutorials for Dollar Bill Origami Tooth Fairy Gifts:


5 paper origami star box…:

Cute Origami hedgehog:

Awesome Math Art: Transforming Ninja Star:



Additional Images of Move Over Quilt Kit by Mari Martin - ConnectingThreads.com. xxx: Simplicity at it's best: Like a quilter's eye chart the scale of the squares becomes smaller and smaller. This quilt WRITE ON WHITE features only the white fabric scale of the REEL TIME collection by ZEN CHIC:

Colour Explosion Quilt Tutorial | Bonjour Quilts | Bloglovin’:


What a dreamy quilt. It's so simple just using the one fabric but the overall design is so effective. Love stripes!:

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So, it's been a pretty exciting week for me.  Last Friday I announced my calendar quilt and today I get to share another publication with you...somebody pinch me because I can hardly believe it!!  ...:

Stripes and Herringbone by Sarah Thomas of Bluprint Textiles  A Free Pattern from Robert Kaufman Fabric Company:

What a happy quilt:

Additional Images of Bedroom Style Perfectly Pieced by April Rosenthal - ConnectingThreads.com:

Piece N Quilt: Nonchalant - Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts:



























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New York Garden Trellis from Sew Quilt

What to do with all the blue and yellow fabrics after making a traditional kaleidoscope king size quilt in 2013. The quilt has 144 7” blocks using over 50 different blue and yellow fabrics so I really had a lot of fabric left over.

Kaleidoscope Quilt

Pam, my cousin who lives near Batavia New York, lives in a house built circa 1840. In 2015, she finally did a full remodel of the second floor so she now has beautiful new master bedroom with new closets, windows, flooring and the room is painted a lovely yellow with white baseboards. Yes, a blue and ...

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August 27, 2016
Christmas is for Cowboys from Sew Quilt

It is summer in Phoenix, I was thinking about the cooler weather to come in December while I was binding the Christmas is for Cowboys quilt. I actually do not mind summers in Phoenix but I am thankful for air conditioning.
Christmas is for Cowboys

I took a machine embroidery class with Claudia Dinnell of Claudia's Creations in January. Claudia designed a new rework style design for machine embroidery call "Boot"iful Bouquets which has 3 boot types and 3 different bouquets to choose from, "Boot"iful Bouquets is the ultimate pick and chose machine embroidery design. The boot types are a cowboy ...

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Leaving the Nest from ... Cat Patches

It was kind of a lazy day yesterday if you don't count the awake hours in the middle of the night. The morning was a little busier, and then the afternoon was reserved for napping and slow stitching.

Before picking up tomatoes from our farmers yesterday morning, I took the time to pick some plums and make an Original Plum Torte.


The recipe was silent on whether to grease the pan or not. I lightly sprayed it with Baker's Joy. Next time (and there will be a next time...probably in a day or two), I'll use ...

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Leaving the Nest from Cat Patches

It was kind of a lazy day yesterday if you don't count the awake hours in the middle of the night. The morning was a little busier, and then the afternoon was reserved for napping and slow stitching.

Before picking up tomatoes from our farmers yesterday morning, I took the time to pick some plums and make an Original Plum Torte.


The recipe was silent on whether to grease the pan or not. I lightly sprayed it with Baker's Joy. Next time (and there will be a next time...probably in a day or two), I'll use ...

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