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July 29, 2016
THE Hundred Patch Quilt from Wedding Dress Blue

Nearly three years ago I got the notion that I  could take my standard Hundred Patch quilt and change the scale.  Instead of basing it on 2″ squares, why not 1-1/2″?

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It turns out that there are probably several reason why not, but I forged ahead anyway.  I knew I would need A LOT of 1-1/2″ squares, so I made a point of cutting scrap nearly daily for a year.  That way I had a good supply built up.  Many of the pieces of fabric were very small, but they were enough and over time the box was ...

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Give Me a Head with Hair, Long Beautiful Hair from Cat Patches

Yesterday I saw a new hairdresser who trimmed my hair. And before I go on, I should tell you that I absolutely hate my hair. I never minded having fine straight hair when I was a teenager during the 14th Century, and when it was in style. You know...when the Cowsills were at the top of the charts. (Please tell me you're old enough to remember the Cowsills.) 



Now, I'm wishing for thicker locks that will hold some curl. And it doesn't help that I've been unhappy with my hairdresser literally for years ...

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Give Me a Head with Hair, Long Beautiful Hair from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday I saw a new hairdresser who trimmed my hair. And before I go on, I should tell you that I absolutely hate my hair. I never minded having fine straight hair when I was a teenager during the 14th Century, and when it was in style. You know...when the Cowsills were at the top of the charts. (Please tell me you're old enough to remember the Cowsills.) 



Now, I'm wishing for thicker locks that will hold some curl. And it doesn't help that I've been unhappy with my hairdresser literally for years ...

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A Lonely Lone Star from Prairie Moon Quilts

Next door to my favorite quilt shop, Sew Sweet Quilt Shop in Brunswick, Missouri, is an antique/gift shop called Plantation.

I drop in there whenever I have enough time, just to check out the offerings, and I can usually find something I’d like to have, even if I don’t buy it.

The last four times I’ve been in there, they’ve had a vintage Lone Star quilt top for sale.

I’ve looked at it every time, and left it behind every time.

The last time I was in there, I was with my friend, Edie ...

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Range Quilt Pattern Now Available! from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends, Today is one of my happiest “quilt” days ever – my first ever quilt pattern is finally ready! The Range quilt has been a serious work in progress, not that it is difficult to make… it just took […]

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crosscut quilt along from Ellyn's Place



Ever since Debbie at A Quilter's Table posted a tutorial for her awesome Crosscut Quilt I've wanted to make one. When she announced that she would be hosting a quilt along this past week via Instagram I was all over it! I quickly prepped my fabric and was ready to start on Monday when she posted her first step.
I chose a variety of low volume prints from my stash for the background and an assortment of red strips for the accent. Honestly, I chose red because that's what I had the most strips of!

Day one ...

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July 28, 2016
Flowers, Fruits, and Frankenfood from ... Cat Patches

Just in a nick of time, I'm finishing up the July block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Yesterday I finished up the top-stitching and embellishing. Of course, the cat has the most comfortable spot...unless you think Ken and Barbie are inside, and then...oh, never mind.


Earlier in the day I needed to water the annuals and feed the birds. I stopped off first in the greenhouse and spoke encouraging words to the tomatoes. It's the best tomato crop I've ever grown. Switching to Romas this year was the right choice. Every plant is loaded with ...

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Flowers, Fruits, and Frankenfood from Cat Patches

Just in a nick of time, I'm finishing up the July block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Yesterday I finished up the top-stitching and embellishing. Of course, the cat has the most comfortable spot...unless you think Ken and Barbie are inside, and then...oh, never mind.


Earlier in the day I needed to water the annuals and feed the birds. I stopped off first in the greenhouse and spoke encouraging words to the tomatoes. It's the best tomato crop I've ever grown. Switching to Romas this year was the right choice. Every plant is loaded with ...

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A Sisterly Collaboration from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Have you ever purged your quilt tops and wished you hadn’t??? Sometimes it’s all about vision! Years ago, when I was really having fun with fabric dyeing, I made this kaleidoscope quilt top. It was so long … Continue reading

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Tessellations from Jinny's Corner

People have been fascinated with interlocking designs throughout the ages.  I became interested in this type of design in the 1990’s and diligently studied the work of Dutch artist M.C. Escher to try and figure out how he created his amazing tessellations. One day the light bulb went off and it all fell into place. It is so simple!

 

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Closeup of Day Lilies

 

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Close up of Rhapsody

 

The first question is “What is a tessellation?” A tessellation is any shape that can be repeated over and over to fill a surface without gaps or overlaps.

Squares, triangles, hexagons ...

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July 27, 2016
Dwell Block Swap from The Cloth Parcel

Recently, we decided to participate in a block swap with a few of our quilting friends.  This was Audrey’s first swap, and it was quite fun!  The idea behind this swap was to use the pattern for the Dwell Quilt from Camille Roskelley‘s Simplify book for the outside of the houses, then for the inside […]

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I walked and slept at the same time ~ oh, dear ! from Marty's Fiber Musings

A perfect daytime nap quilt  at 53" x 66".  I've read that I will seldom walk in my sleep while napping  - if I keep it brief.

Hand quilted  - baby building blocks - kaffe fassett fabric ~ Marty Mason



 I've been told through the years that as a child, I walked in my sleep.  My mom or grandmother or whoever found me walking about in the night would just nudge me back to bed without waking me.  I never remembered any part of it so don't know the truth of my walking about in the night.   I did  jar myself awake many, many years ago as I rattled the safety ...

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When Difficult Quilts Happen to Determined People from Pink Doxies



The Best Part So Far 

Just in case you're asking yourself why on Earth I would make this my opening photo, it's because it's the best part of the quilt at this point. 



I created these two monoprints above a few weeks ago because there was something about the colors that really drew me in. I found I chose them a lot, and yet, if someone asked me what my favorite colors were, these would never come out of my mouth: red, black, yellow, peach, pink, and grey lavender. Visually, I choose them. Consciously, I would never ...

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Barbie's Camper from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday I was able to do all the fusing for the latest Wheel Estate Block. This is the July block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. July's colors were inspired by watermelon: pink and a hint of lime green. Here's my block.


It kinda makes you think Barbie and Ken are inside, doesn't it? So, it still needs top-stitching, and then I'll be stitching in stems for the flowers, a pole for the flag, and a line where the window is divided. Also, I'm going to put a couple of small hotfix nailheads in the flower ...

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Barbie's Camper from Cat Patches

Yesterday I was able to do all the fusing for the latest Wheel Estate Block. This is the July block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. July's colors were inspired by watermelon: pink and a hint of lime green. Here's my block.


It kinda makes you think Barbie and Ken are inside, doesn't it? So, it still needs top-stitching, and then I'll be stitching in stems for the flowers, a pole for the flag, and a line where the window is divided. Also, I'm going to put a couple of small hotfix nailheads in the flower ...

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Minis: Quilts and Disciplined Progress In the Studio from Pink Doxies



"I spy with my little eye--a flounder, a whale tail, porpoises, kelp,..."

Behind all the fun I am having in the studio, I am working toward a big goal. This goal has a deadline, and I should have begun earlier. Even starting at the last hour I calculated that I could make it, but frankly, it's kicking my keester. (Can I say that here?) I have become very disciplined at showing up in the studio, systematically working through problems, and making good progress. Will I make the deadline? I don't know, but I will work until the end ...

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Happy Wedding, Chris and Arissa! from L&R Designs Quilting

Rectangles and SquaresLast month we celebrated with Chris and Arissa at their wedding and this was my present to them.  This quilt, “Rectangles and Squares” is a result of my moratorium on sewing triangles and I’m still not sewing too many triangles!! I love the simplicity of it and it’s a fun way to use a collection of fabrics.  I have a mini-tutorial for making this quilt here!  A scrappy version of this is on my quilts to make list.front and backI love how the swirly quilting compliments the backing fabric and the rectangles on the front.front detailIt looks like a ...

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July 26, 2016
Double Irish Chain from Tim Quilts

I posted a few days ago about the quilt I put in the frame for basting.

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I pin basted it in the frame and then took it out to machine quilt it on my treadle

I had a few questions about how the frame worked and how to do the set up so next time I do this I will take pictures to show the process.

Here is a picture that shows the rails on the frame.

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I got some of the treadle quilting done.

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And did a video about that part of it.

Happy Quilting

Tim

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Finished quilts............ from Better than I deserve!

 Another one of the many panels I have.It's going to be donated also.
 This is from a pack of strips I won from a quilters giveaway.
 The middle is paper pieced and then I just added strips and used what was left for the binding.
 This is the wild print I used for the backing.

The boys and I put out some game cams and we got 500 hundred pictures of this tree!!!
Needless to say it's not there anymore:)..........JMF

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Ninth of Nine from ... Cat Patches

This morning I sat and finished stitching the last block for the Gingerbread Square quilt. Since I started the first block back in December of 2014, it's been a long time coming. This one is called "Main Street Shops".


With all the blocks finished, I'm ready to start piecing together the quilt top, but I probably won't get to that until the end of the year. There are lots of quilt tops in line ahead of it.

The new block for the Bee-utiful Quilt-A-Long is out now. This one is called "Bee Grateful".


After I trimmed the ...

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