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October 21, 2014
autumn 2 from Tim Quilts

We had a hard frost so many plants in my garden have bitten the dust :(   but there are still lots of fall colors around.    I have been thinking of a new quilt idea in fall colors so I drew up a plan.

fall idea

I am not sure when I will actually make it….I decided to work on the snowflake quilt and get it finished….


the #11 between needle I use for hand quilting this one sure seems small compared to the size 5 embroidery needle I used on the last one


I also want to finish the batik quilt top ...

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October 20, 2014
Door #8 from ... Cat Patches

Today I put the finishing touches on the latest door for the Doors of Ireland quilt. This is the door I'm working with this time around.

It was hard to decide to do this, but I used one of my grandmother's vintage handkerchiefs for the curtains in the windows. They haven't seen the light of day in more than 50 years at least, and I decided it was time for this one to come out into the sunshine, even if it did mean cutting it up. 

First, I fused the black section to the background fabric, and ...

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Design Wall Monday - Front to Back from Life In Pieces

It was a relaxing four day weekend.  Sunday afternoon was spent in the sewing room, but I did a lot more cutting than I did stitching.  That's OK, all the cutting sets me up to be able to do a lot of stitching during the week when the time in the sewing room is typically a lot shorter.  

Scrappy Stars is finally off the design wall, it's a finished flimsy now.  

Pattern is Folk Art Christmas Stars
by Robyn Pandolph

I'm happy with how it turned out.  Scrappy Stars is my oldest UFO, started 11 years ago ...

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Finished from Tim Quilts

I finished the hand quilting and binding today.

Here is how the top was made

And here is a post about the prep for quilting 

And about the quilting

Teddy decided he wanted to model it before I added the binding


Here are a bunch of pictures of the finished quilt.   I need to take some in daylight …the colors are not as accurate as I would like because I used the flash .    (click pictures to enlarge)

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Happy quilting


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Free Accuquilt Patterns These are just three of many free... from Living Water Quilter

Hexagons to Go! pattern by AccuQuilt

Free Accuquilt Patterns

These are just three of many free AccuQuilt   patterns.

Go! Diamond Tree pattern

Go! Hexagons to Go! pattern

Springtime Party pattern designed by Kay Gentry of Noble Needle Quilting & Sewing

It’s not a secret that I have and love my AccuQuilt cutter and dies. One of my favorite dies is the Tumbler. Here is a quilt I made from scraps.

Baby Quilt

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Another Irish Door from ... Cat Patches

Finally, I'm getting under way with the 8th of my Irish doors. I'm actually not sure how many of these I'm going to do. Originally, I thought I would do twelve, but I might decide only to do nine. Either way, today I got a start on Door #8.

This quilt has been sitting idle since way back in February. It's taken me all that time to decide how I wanted to attack this. When I finish one door, I choose the next one I'd like to make, and then hang it in my sewing ...

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October 19, 2014
Sew Sweetness embroidery pattern from Ellyn's Place

I'm excited to share a project I got to work on this summer for Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. Sara put a call out on Instagram for testers for her new embroidery pattern, Fantasia. Since I love to do embroidery I jumped on the opportunity. I ended up making this mini quilt using one of her floral motifs....

It was such a fun project for m and I just loved the floral motif that was included in her pattern. I also tried out two tone binding on this project which was new to me. I've used it again ...

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Slow Sunday Stitching: Phew! A Phinish! from ... Cat Patches

This might go down on record as the quickest quilt from start to finish that I've made. What can I say? I wanted a fall table runner and so here it is:

I'm calling this quilt "Leafpeeping". Here's how it looks from the back:

Yesterday I had taken it to the slow stitching phase, and this morning I sat and stitched the whole binding all 222 inches of it. This quilt measures 88-1/2 x 22-1/5 inches.

Now it is fulfilling its destiny as a runner for my table. 

This is my "Let's Book It ...

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Marking the Quilt from Quilting Solutions

I promised to talk about the quilting of my spiral quilt this week, but I think it is important to address marking techniques before I go into the actual sewing process.  As a newbie I was deeply puzzled about how to mark my quilts, but slowly I learned many different methods with varying degrees of success. I will share with you my opinions about the tools that I have used over the years.

1. Chalk
Chalk for marking is available in pencil form and powder form.  The pencil form has pieces of chalk that fit in a mechanical type pencil ...

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Scrapbuster Sunday – Failure! from Heart Desire Creations

I have been wanting to do a Christmas quilt for my home for quite some time. I found this pattern from Moda and decided to do it scrappy. This quilt is proof that scrappy doesn’t work for everything. The pieces I used were true scrappy – not all from the same line. Big mistake – I never went to the design board until all the pieces were done. I did the big pinwheels one week, and then a month later made the little pinwheels and so on. I’ve rearranged the blocks and colors at least a hundred times and it ...

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Relish the Chutney from ... Cat Patches

Today was a day of self-indulgence. I only did things I love doing, and it was a great day. The morning started off with me making the Apple Pear Chutney I've been talking about. It turned out so nice. The recipe came from Marisa McClellan's book, Food in Jars, which is my current favorite book for small-batch canning.

She has the best recipes for pickles, chutneys, salsas, and sauces. Whenever I get a mind to try something new, I always check her book first. She also has a second book called Preserving by the Pint, although I haven ...

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October 18, 2014
Autumn from Tim Quilts

Autumn is here.   The trees are really colorful around town and I need to get to work on fall clean up in my garden.

A few things still look good.  I took a few pictures but it is starting to rain so I will try again in a few days.     (click pictures to enlarge)

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If the weather is good I have some bulbs to plant  and there are bags of leaves to rake and plants to cut down and flowers to harvest for drying.

I taught a class today….more floral design, I did get a few pictures.

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I hope ...

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The Wool Quilt Questions Answered from Cornbread and Beans Quilting


( picture of wool top before quilting and binding)

I had quite a few emails asking for specifics about the wool quilt, so I thought I would jot down the answers here for anyone else wondering.

***some people that I already emailed back I made a mistake in telling you the amount of patches in the rows. Sorry =(

Here are the simple instructions :  the wool patches are 5 x 7 1/2 inches and just sewn into rows. I sewed the wool just like I would sew with cotton fabric.  I made the rows 7 patches wide x 13 patches long ...

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Inspirations and Connections from - Barb Robson ::: quilter

Way back in the mid 1980's I decided to work through Roberta Horton's book "An Amish Adventure". I had used very few solid colour fabrics up to this point in my quilting career so this was a real challenge for me. I had also discovered and was fascinated by Amish quilts after hearing a lecture by David Pottinger, author of "Quilts of the Indianna Amish". I was hooked!

After working through many of the exercises in Roberta's book, I decided I needed to take an existing traditional quilt and "make it Amish". I had been using and ...

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October 17, 2014
Noncommittal from ... Cat Patches

Well, my exercise commitment only resulted in a "C" for the week. I think I used up all my resolve while at the dentist's office on Wednesday when I resolved to stay seated through the entire procedure.

This morning I worked on my embroidery, then dutifully did my housework. Then, I decided to do some quilting before heading out to the pool for my lap swim. Then...oh my goodness, look at the time! Not that I was really paying any attention to begin with. And not that I ever had any intention of going to the pool, but ...

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Latest Obession from Cornbread and Beans Quilting

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I am LOVING crocheting rag rugs! It’s so fun, in fact, that it may lead me to crocheting a new wardrobe.  Want some crocheted pants anyone? There is something very soothing about the motions.  Maybe it brings me back to a favorite memory of being home sick when I was a little girl.  My Mom was a bus driver and had to do her afternoon bus run, so she showed me how to crochet a chain stitch to keep busy while she was gone.  When she got back I had chained the whole skein of yarn!! We still giggle ...

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"you can't rush art" quilt finished! from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I finished my quilt! This one took me on quite a journey. It feels so personal and like such a milestone for reasons I can't express. I will say, however, that I am absolutely pleased with how it turned out. I think the amount of photos to follow prove that. :)



The top is made up of 100% scraps. Mainly Kona cottons, but several other brands make an appearance including a few shot cottons and a few Oakshott scraps.
Spiral quilting was done in a light gray Aurifil thread (color 2600).
Binding is Kona ...

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A Finish and A Beginning from Quilt Obsession


Wednesday night I took the last stitch and the butterfly kaleidoscope stars top is finished. All completely hand pieced. And every minute of it was pure enjoyment. It is approximately 55 x 84.  I purposely did half stars at the sides as I love the look of old quilts that just stop. No borders, no finishing a block. Just stopped. And that was what I decided to do with this one. I think I’ll bind it with a red that matches the red in the butterfly print. I started making the stars in August 2013 and finished the top ...

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Updates from Tim Quilts

I have had a very busy week so I have not done a lot of hand quilting.   I did make some progress on this one.


I am working on the borders

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The center is finished

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I love the back


I hope to have a lot of time to quilt on Sunday   so more updates coming soon .


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Colorful Leaves from ... Cat Patches

It was a good choice to decide on this "Leaves" tablerunner for my "Let's Book It" project, because I am thoroughly enjoying this seasonal project. It was just what I needed after spending the morning licking my dental wounds. Today I finished top-stitching the purple leaf:

Then I sandwiched it...still my least favorite part of quilting.

Here's the fabric I selected for the back...and it's what informed my color choices for the whole quilt as well.

All the while I've been working on this, I've been gnashing my teeth about what color thread ...

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