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February 21, 2019
Audrey’s Ribbon Box Quilt from The Cloth Parcel

Every once in a while, there’s a quilt that is just begging to be made.  This Ribbon Box Quilt is one of those for us!  This quilt is a free pattern offered by Cloud 9 Fabrics, and we thought it would be a great way to showcase all those beloved prints that you sometimes can’t […]

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February 20, 2019
One of Two from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I have two finishes for the year .... but will talk about just one today.  The one that the swan is sitting on.  Isn't that swan sweet or what!  It was bought at a yard sale for $2.00 a few years ago when I was down in Toronto visiting my friend Debra.  We were on our way to a quilt store and passed by a yard sale and we stopped.   The lady wanted $2.00 and that is what I paid.  There was no way I was going to haggle over that amount.  It made my day and it ...

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Ribbit, Ribbit from Made By Marney

This was such an exciting week! My visit to F&W Media, home of the top quilting magazines, was so inspiring!

Boyfriend Tom (left), Mary (AKA Marney), and brother Jim (right)

When I was visiting my brother Jim who lives near Golden, CO, I asked my friends at F & W Media if I could stop by for a visit.

Mary with Lori Baker

Lori Baker, Acquisitions Editor, was there to meet me at the door and give me a tour.

The F & W “Crew”

Here I am with the F & W Crew. F & W Media publishes our favorite quilting books ...

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February 19, 2019
Sunset in Utah ~~ finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I have been enjoying working on some small hand-quilted pieces lately. They take as much time as they take. There's no pressure to get anything a certain way because I just quilt it the way I put it together: improvisationally and intuitively what might be a straight line of stitching today, could be a curve tomorrow. Everything depends on the mood and moment of having the needle in hand.

While we were traipsing around the Midwest, we visited Salt Lake City, Utah, then moseyed down Hwy. 191, mostly homeward, with day breaks at Arches National Park and Canyonlands National ...

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more improv from Ellyn's Place

Maybe I should rename my blog "ellyn's improv place"? Can you tell I'm totally hooked on improv? I find it so freeing to just sew things together until it looks right. Most recently, I've been limiting myself to small samples, just to try different techniques. This one is my take on Sherri Lynn Wood's Score #6 from her book Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. Our Improv small group, the Comedy Club Quilters, decided to play around with it this past month & this is where I landed.

Basically this is an exploration of modern flying geese. I ...

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Dance of the Poinsettias Progress from Quilt Obsession

Can Can Front, February 18, 2019 IMG_2730wtmk

I’ve now added ten of the 10-point stars to my version of Can Can, now Dance of the Poinsettias. I’d finished the little pink units I showed in my post on Friday and had actually already added one before I remembered to take the progress picture.

Can Can Back, February 18, 2019 IMG_2728wtmk

The back after pressing.  I’m grading the seams right away which helps when pressing.

The next round requires ten  large 10-point stars. I need to make a total of 16 more large 10-point stars for the entire top and I may — I haven’t decided this yet — make all 16 before ...

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Finding Fabric For A Finish. from Sunburnt Quilts

Quite an alliterative title. But not intended that way.

I had completed the three panels for my wall hanging and had auditioned fabrics for the border. Both were tone on tone – one green, one blue. Both were lovely and I was having a hard time deciding. So I took my project to my sewing session ready to finally choose and stitch away. Before I had even unpacked I saw a new fabric range and one fabric jumped out at me. It was a Liberty type print in greens and blues in just the right shade. So of course I bought ...

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February 18, 2019
Show And Tell from Wedding Dress Blue

It is so inspiring to see your creations using WeddingDressBlue patterns and tutorials.  Thank you for sharing them with me:

Nina in Sweden made this smaller size Growing Up Odd quilt. She says, “This quilt is sized for a baby and will be given to a shelter in one of the slum areas in Rio, Brazil that focus on young pregnant girls that have no home, giving them education in purpose of them standing on own feet with their child/children. They are sent there by a Swedish born priest that is connected to this shelter and visit Sweden regularly ...

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Dyed My Fabric from Quilts....etc.

Dying this fabric was an all day event.  Started like this – hot water small load, the dye and delicate cycle although I left the lid up for 10 minute intervals and then shut it to let is swoosh around then lid up – did that 6 times for 60 minutes dying.  Using the stick […]

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February 17, 2019
Propellers from Quilts....etc.

For Slow Sunday Stitching this Sunday with Kathy and the gang I will be working on my crochet shown yesterday and hand quilting on my Propellers – this quilt has really moved along quickly. On Friday night I worked on this section Which means last night I moved over here and Sunday I will be […]

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February 16, 2019
Fried on Friday from ... Cat Patches

Lately, Friday has been my day to be a lazy slug. It was wet and cold for my walk with Sue yesterday, and on those days, I get chilled to the bone. When I get home, I first have to ice my knee, and that only serves to make me colder than ever. And so I get my heating pad (which I think of as my portable electric blanket), and snuggle up under the quilts, never to be heard from again for at least a couple of hours. And then, I'm so warm and toasty that I've turned ...

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Fried on Friday from Cat Patches

Lately, Friday has been my day to be a lazy slug. It was wet and cold for my walk with Sue yesterday, and on those days, I get chilled to the bone. When I get home, I first have to ice my knee, and that only serves to make me colder than ever. And so I get my heating pad (which I think of as my portable electric blanket), and snuggle up under the quilts, never to be heard from again for at least a couple of hours. And then, I'm so warm and toasty that I've turned ...

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Shine On Top Complete from Wedding Dress Blue

A quilt for my grandson and upcoming tutorial is now a complete flimsy.


You may recognize some of the same black and white fabrics used in my recent house quilt.

At 80″ square, it is tough to have enough room inside during the wet, snowy weather.  At night.

But you get the idea.

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I’ve Been Wearing the Same Shirt for 20 Years! from If These Threads Could Talk

Whaaaaaat?  I started making this shirt 20 years ago and love it so much I’m still making it.  I learned to sew in high school 50 years ago (boy it hurts to say that out loud)!


I first made this shirt in 1999.  I love it.


But, I did alter it.  I’m always hot, so I did away with the collar.  I folded the pattern front center edge to give a smooth V neck and do away with the collar.  But then I needed to create a facing.  So I laid the pattern piece on tracing paper and ...

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February 15, 2019
A Little Late from Quilts....etc.

Last night I was exhausted and we had to get up early today to go with Melanie to her procedure 85 miles away to get the renegade gall stone removed by endoscopy and have a patch put on where it had damaged a duct.   We probably didn’t have to go as this was a procedure […]

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Introducing Our AGF "Rayon Striped!" from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Calling all you rayon lovers! We have some SUPER EXCITING news for you! For the FIRST TIME EVER, we’re launching four, new rayons that are filled with STRIPES...meaning you’ll have more options to play with regarding prints. From a white and black combination to blue, teal, and a mustard (my fave), these RAYON STRIPED fabrics are timeless go-to’s and extremely versatile for so many different kinds of sewing projects. 

Our rayon is 100% natural (made from wood pulp), so it’s extremely lightweight and flowy that creates an ultra smooth hand and delicate drape. If you ...

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Hybrid Piecing from Quilt Obsession

Pink Unit IMG_2750wtmk

I need to make 10 of these for the next round of my Dance of the Poinsettias – which is now the name of my Can Can quilt, thanks to a comment left on my last post!

I really am enjoying making this top but I wanted to see if I could speed it up with some hybrid piecing. This little pink and white unit is perfect for that.

Machine pieced pink skinny diamonds IMG_2733wtmk

The centre two skinny pink diamonds are machine pieced.

Machine pieced white large diamonds IMG_2731wtmk

As are the pairs of two larger white diamonds that are on either side of the unit.

Pnk unit laid out for hand piecing IMG_2734wtmk

The piecing that’s left to ...

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Retreating with the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild from Ellyn's Place

Last weekend, our guild had a day retreat at the Best Little Retreat Center in Texas. Such a wonderful facility... AND you get to go home and sleep in your own bed at night. Can't beat it. 

There were so many wonderful projects in the works....

I finished up a couple of children's quilt tops to send to my mom. Her church group is working on quilts for each of their Angel Tree children at Christmas...
And I finished up this quilt top, with improv Xs made with the strip sets from the Sherri Lynn Wood workshop I ...

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February 14, 2019
vermietet / to rent out from quilts und mehr

Für ein halbes Jahr habe ich meinen Quilt "getrennt?" oder wie der Mieter ihn nennt "Hörner" ausgeliehen und so hängt er nun im neuen zu Hause auf Zeit.

For half a year I have rent out my quilt "seperated?" or as the renter calls it "horns" and so it is hanging in his new home over time.

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Five DIY projects for your car from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Meow and Forever Fabric

Oh my goodness!! I just love this line. Its fishes just make me giggle. The cat whiskers and ears flood me with nostalgia because they make me think of a staple in my home growing up, muisjes (the American word would be sprinkles). Bread with butter and dark chocolate sprinkles was a totally acceptable breakfast for my Dutch parents. And don’t get me started about those cat heads. My Mind’s Eye created all of these mischievous fabrics for Riley Blake Designs. That green and pink combo has been enchanting all of my sewing projects ...

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