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January 18, 2017
Golden Coins Baby Lock Love of Sewing Challenge Construction tips! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Today are my thoughts on putting the coins together. This really is a quick quilt, I saw several in progress at my Facebook group plus one that as done!

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Here is the full quilt hanging outside on a chilly day when we in Virginia had a dusting of snow.

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The pattern is below if you have not yet downloaded it.

I am using a jelly roll because

  1. The strips are already cut into 2.5" wide
  2. And I wanted to variety of the full line of fabric .. because I love working that way!
  3. you can use your scraps or other ...

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Latifah Saafir Lecture and Trunk Show, part two from Jan's Quilts


I decided to break up this post into two parts.


Convergence from the No Attitude pattern.  This s her first Bias Tape Quilt!





This is her Grafic fabric line being shown in a Clam Shell BOM pattern.


This is the first Clam Shell quilt Latifah made, the clam shells are 8 inches.


These next two photos show her 2nd Clam Shell quilt, much bolder using 12 inch clam shells.



More evolution, with this Hexi-Clam-Shell.


This quilt is "Up in the Air", it was her first exploration of Improv. 


Front and Back of a Modern Log Cabin.




These two quilts are ...

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Latifah Saafir Lecture and Trunk Show, part one from Jan's Quilts



I was invited to attend this event at the Ontario Museum of History and Art, how could I pass that up!  I went up really early because this is SoCal and our traffic is notorious; I found a diner to have dinner and had plenty of time.  I had to arrange for my dogs to be walked and fed but it all worked out great.

I must warn you this is photo overload.



Latifah is very animated and I had a hard time getting a clear photo of her.  I think this one works.  Below is the photo I asked ...

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WIP Wednesday-All Sizes from Crazy Mom Quilts

I've been working on this quilt for a little over a month now. Slow and steady is key when you are making so many triangles! The pattern is called All Sizes, which is in my new book, No Scrap Left Behind. (I don't know the exact release date yet, but it's sometime next month. I'm starting to get excited about it! Still plenty nervous...)

It may seem odd to show a WIP of the alternate quilt before I show the original, but I thought that would be kind of fun, actually! This quilt has triangles that ...

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January 17, 2017
Packing Charity Quilts for Shipment: Day 17 from Pink Doxies



Do you remember me telling you the MCC Connections Store and warehouse was like a well oiled machine? Well, a machine is only as good as its parts, and today I have another example. Two brothers team up to make sure the donated comforters that arrive in the warehouse are properly packed for shipment around the world. I stuck with them from start to finish, and so can you to see how it's managed.


All comforters are visually inspected for pins. That could be a nasty surprise to a recipient or someone on the other end. While I could ...

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Quilting, Applique & and a Basket from Quilts....etc.

Monday was a busy day, I’m trying to get a few things done around the house and prepare an applique block for my trip.    The lady I ordered my thread from is sending the thread to my sister’s place so I well be able to work on my block after all  — The Teacher’s Pet […]

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Monday Making and a Birthday from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Today was a holiday from school, so I was able to spend a couple of minutes stitching. It's also Richard's birthday, which means that I spent most of the day with him. Lunch at Cracker Barrel (his favorite) and shopping, then a quick trip to Hobby Lobby. More on that later in the week.







After we returned home, Rich decided to rest his back on the sofa, which gave me those few minutes in the studio. I pulled the fabric that I'd gotten from Preeti all the way back in September when she had a giveaway. (Read ...

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January 16, 2017
Introducing 11 Fabulous Designers and a Quilt-Along from Quilter Chic

We had a neighbor that hated us. It started out fine, with children of similar ages, and a lot of pleasant conversations. Over the years, there were a few minor incidents that always happen when you live near people. Kids arguing, a small fence issue, and their son continually walking into our house unannounced one summer. The tension just seemed to increase little by little.

Some time after that, the neighbor came over and told us that our daughter had scratched their truck with her bike. We were mortified, and my husband went to assess the damage. When he looked ...

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Design wall 1/16/17 Dutchman’s puzzle blocks from Always Quilts

We are having a row by row exchange next month at my guild and the theme is 1930’s prints. I decided not to procrastinate this time and get them done early. I still need to sew the 2 halves of the blocks together and then make 6 rows with 6 blocks in each of them. Good thing I started early on these. One down, 35 more to go……..</p>
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2017 Finish-A-Long ~ Meet the Global Host Team ~ Nicky from Charm About You


Each month we are going to be introducing the hosts of this years Finish-A-Long so you can get to know a bit more about us! First up is my lovely friend Nicky...



Hi !  My name is Nicky Eglinton and I'm one of the global 2017 Finish-A-Along hosts.  This is my second year as co-host so I should know what I'm doing.  


I live in the South of England but was born in bonnie Scotland and after a few years studying in Aberdeen and Glasgow, I came to London to get my first job!   I loved ...

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My day on the Baby Lock Love of Sewing Challenge + Free Quilt Pattern! from Pat Sloan's Blog

SEW excited to be kicking off my week in the Baby Lock 'Love of Sewing' challenge!  I have a yummy free quilt pattern for you ... let me tell you about it the project.  

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Each of the 12 designers is showing you a different feature on the Baby Lock Destiny II.

You can see all the designers, their projects & videos at loveofsewingchallenge.html

Since I quilt, I'm showcasing quilting with the walking foot. And I've designed a fast and easy quilt for you so that you can use your walking foot to quilt it! In my 2nd video I ...

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Same-But-Different Blocks from Wedding Dress Blue

The blocks for the twin quilts are coming along nicely.  It will take 32 for both tops and 24 are complete.

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Notice the same-but-different look.  The blocks on the left are for the “boy” quilt.  The right is for the “girl.” By using two of the same colors–green and yellow–and two different colors (boy = red and brown, girl = pink and purple) there is enough to make each distinct and enough to bring them together.  At least that is my operating theory.

I hope to have all blocks finished and the tops assembled by the end of the week ...

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More on the Quilts from Quilts....etc.

I was thinking I had 10 rows of blocks on The Postage Stamp quilt but it is actually 8 x 10 and I had it the the shorter way across the quilting frame – when I said I was on the 6th of 10 rows it was actually 6th out of 8 rows – so […]

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January 15, 2017
Purposeful Imperfection from ... Cat Patches

When I finished up my embroidery yesterday, I told myself I would finished the latest Wine Country block this morning, and I did.


This being Sunday, I'm linking up to

Slow Sunday Stitching

This is the fourth of 12 blocks. Here are the ones I've finished so far.


This latest one has an error. Do you see it? I didn't notice it until I'd completely finished stitching the little area I was working on. Just then, Mike walked up to say something and I showed it to him. "I made a mistake," I said. "Do you see it?" He ...

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Purposeful Imperfection from Cat Patches

When I finished up my embroidery yesterday, I told myself I would finished the latest Wine Country block this morning, and I did.


This being Sunday, I'm linking up to

Slow Sunday Stitching

This is the fourth of 12 blocks. Here are the ones I've finished so far.


This latest one has an error. Do you see it? I didn't notice it until I'd completely finished stitching the little area I was working on. Just then, Mike walked up to say something and I showed it to him. "I made a mistake," I said. "Do you see it?" He ...

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Pink Quilt for Linus from Creating Chaos

Please to say my second project of the year is complete!

This time I have used the pink fabric from my stash, together with a couple of fat quarters I bought to match, to make a quilt for Project Linus.   It's a simple design of 6" squares but I appliqued some hearts on the plain fabric using some left over bits of the other fabric.   

I'm never sure how to quilt and usually end up quilting in the ditch.  This time I did some free hand random swirls, avoiding the squares with the hearts.  Can't say I ...

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Saturday Was a Very Busy Day from Quilts....etc.

I was busy all day! Even when I was sitting down I was busy.    First of all I have gotten as comfortable as I can with The Postage Stamp on a hoop and it joined me on the couch Friday night for 1 and a half hours! – it was draped all over the place […]

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Murky Waters ~~ FINISHED! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

This scrap quilt is a finish! I thought it was started in 2017, but blogs tend to be a fairly accurate way of keeping track of things and mine says this was started on or before December 27. So I guess it's a 2016-17 completion. 

When I began the quilt I had one goal: to bust up some scraps. Well, that it did. Every bit of fabric in this one is from a scrap bin. In fact, the top is from the beige-to-brown bin and the bottom from the calicoes bin. I pieced the calico together.



How is it ...

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January 14, 2017
What I’m Working On from Heart Desire Creations

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For quite some time I’ve wanted to do a postage stamp quilt – a true postage stamp with 1 inch finished squares. I pulled out a bunch of my Kaffe prints and found a neutral batik that I love. This is a wall hanging – another day I will do a larger one (maybe?). The arrangement is somewhat of a colorburst. I did have fun arranging all the pieces.

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Now for the border. After sketching on paper and deciding on dimensions, Hubby put it in EQ for me so I could print out paper piecing patterns. The sewn piece on the ...

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Baby Scrap Quilt from Quilts....etc.

Finally I got back to work machine quilting the small baby quilt that I had taken a break from the other day as it was giving me fits.  I decided I didn’t like how I was working it – I was making too much work for myself.  I have to remind myself sometimes when making […]

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