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August 1, 2014
Look Through my Window from Tim Quilts

I was looking at some quilt blocks on the floor (my design area is the floor) and it occurred to me that I never remember to look out the window. (the window is on the second floor  and I have to look out and down to see the garden)   Earlier today we had a bit of a hail storm so when I looked out I was afraid that I might see all my flowers flattened.   Fortunately flowers a tough!

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When I typed Look Through My Window the song by the Mamas and the Papas came to mind.


The blocks I ...

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Decisions, Decisions from Inside Quilters Newsletter

At a local thrift store over the weekend, where I often go to look for odd lengths of fabric, I came across something else, besides fabric, that I found really interesting. But then I also found some fabric I liked and that’s where the difficult decisions came into play. With a set spending limit and so many choices, what is a quilter to do?

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Unique cut-outs of traditional quilt blocks

What I found was this really interesting little framed piece. On the back it says it was manufactured by Designs with Scissors in Atlanta, Georgia, and it has a ...

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Quilting Anonymous by Superior Threads from Cactus Needle

Before moving to Arizona
I used to work for 
The names in this video have been 
changed to protect the innocent,
but I know these men 
Can you help me to help them?

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A Trunk Show at Our House from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

When Cindy A. asked to bring 19 quilters to our house to see and talk quilts, I was more than happy to oblige.
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I draped quilts over the balcony and told stories of each one and then flipped it back to the couch on the loft.
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Then they gathered in my bedroom for a …
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… bed turning.
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I showed them my sewing room and talked about my fiber art quilts.
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Lunch was next on the agenda.
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It was a beautiful day and some of the ladies chose to …

… eat outside on the carport.

Then we gathered back into the living room ...

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Would you Overdye a Quilt? from Quilting on the Edge

Image Here's a half view of a table runner I made about a year ago. While I like it, it isn't something I'm crazy about. I read about people over dyeing quilts and other items and decided I would try it with this table runner. I had three dyes available, red, navy and teal. Since I'm a big fan of any shade of blue I went with the navy. I only kept it in the dye bath about 15 minutes because I could see it was very dark in shade. Here's the result! Image Now I love ...

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Last Chance Winner! from The Sassy Quilter


The winner of the Last Chance Link-up for the Triangle QAL is……

Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs!

Congrats Sarah! Here is her beautiful little doll quilt.

You can check out her blog HERE for a tutorial and to download a free Forest Friends template to applique on a quilt of your own!

Sarah gets a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop, a pattern from Swirly Girls Design and a thread sampler from Aurifil.

Oh how I wish I could give all you guys a prize! Everyone worked so hard and really pushed to get these quilts finished up. Each ...

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August Progress Report and Goal Setting from ... Cat Patches

It's been a busy month here at the Three Cats Ranch, but I still managed to accomplish quite a few of my goals. I'm writing this post ahead because as you read this, I'm in Tacoma, Washington, for the 2014 Association of Pacific West Quilters Symposium. I'll have more to tell you about that in separate post(s). For now, I'll tell you how I did for my July goals.

Quilting and Flimsies

July was kind of devoted to quilting, and I'm happy to say I got quite a few crossed off my list ...

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On a straight and narrow path from 365 days of wonderful


Kindred Spirits Quilt Company has been getting a lot of new deliveries at the store including this newest line called Through the Winter Woods by Holly Taylor for Moda.

It’s so rich and warm looking, perfect for the holiday season.  This was the perfect fabric to sew my new runner pattern with. It’s a nice simple pattern to make and is designed for the novice or beginner quilter, but I like it because it showcases your favourite fabric.


I love the pinecone fabric and I really like the way the red and green co-ordinated fabrics compliment each other ...

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July 31, 2014
There's A Party Goin' On... from From the Strawberry Patch...

Best of Show quilt: "Chiluly's Gondola" by Melissa Sobotka of Richardson TX ... in Charlotte, North Carolina and it's the very best kind; a QUILT party. thrown by AQS! It's an A+++ party too: Amazing quilts... Abundant vendors... Awesome classes and instructors! I had the privilege of attending the festivities on opening day yesterday and will include here some of the highlights; first,

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There's A Party Goin' On... from From the Strawberry Patch...

Best of Show quilt: "Chiluly's Gondola" by Melissa Sobotka of Richardson TX ... in Charlotte, North Carolina and it's the very best kind; a QUILT party. thrown by AQS! It's an A+++ party too: Amazing quilts... Abundant vendors... Awesome classes and instructors! I had the privilege of attending the festivities on opening day yesterday and will include here some of the highlights; first,

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Flowers and quilts from Tim Quilts

I am working on the border of the star quilt.


in the picture you can see the pencil I use to do the marking.  The pencil washes out pretty easily so when the quilt is done it goes into the washing machine and then the dryer.

I took a quilt break to go look at the garden….here are pictures of the garden today (click pictures to enlarge)

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I made a few more blocks from the Interplay fabrics (see yesterdays post) and I decided to set 4 like blocks together



If I were to make a quilt with just these ...

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Landon’s Lil’ Rainbow Twister from L&R Designs Quilting

Wrapped and readyLandon’s one year birthday party is this weekend!  We can’t attend his party so I gave him his present last night.  Of course, I decided on Monday night to make this Lil’ Rainbow Twister!  No fear, it’s a fast project and I was finished Tuesday night.Landon's Rainbow Lil TwisterI used a neutral Superior So Fine! #5o thread for the quilting and Quilter’s Dream Puff for the batting.  The quilted pinwheel is freehand fun!Mickey Mouse backing fabricLandon loves Mickey Mouse and I was lucky to find some locally!look at those colors!He found the Mickey fabric right away!

I took pictures as I was ...

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Happy Quilting from Southern Fabric

Have you guys ever seen this lovely blog called Happy Quilting?

Let me tell ya, you are going to love it.
So many fun ideas and dang cute patterns that you are gonna wanna stick around for awhile.

I was browsing the other day and found this little gem;

The Way the Crow Flies.

Is this just gorgeous {obviously the fabric: Simply Style by V and Co. is awesome too!}
You gotta go check Melissa out.

Then, wouldn't ya know, I was browsing Moda Bake Shop as well... and ran into another one of Melissa's gems.

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July NewFO Challenge and Giveaway from ... Cat Patches

Holy Moly. Here it is the end of July, and I'm going to say it's getting dangerously close to Christmas. It's been a busy, busy, busy month here at the Three Cats Ranch. And as you're reading this I'm on my way to Tacoma for the 2014 Association of Pacific West Quilters Symposium. My newest talent is free-motion-being-two-places-at-once (FMBTPAO to you). And given I have this extraordinary new talent, I'm here today to say that we'll be playing for the red and blue Shoo Fly lapel pin today:

All you have to do ...

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The Best Birthday Gift a Teacher Could Receive from Jinny's Corner

!_MAX7115For three years in a row I taught classes in Ukraine. The students were so diligent and were like sponges for the information I had to give them. The best part was that I was teaching them design ideas and not a specific project.

Recently I celebrated my birthday and two of my Ukranian students, Lena Koroleva and Miri Tsoi gathered together several of their quilts and took these wonderful photographs and sent then to me along with birthday wishes. I remember with joy each of the classes I taught in Ukraine and it makes me so proud to see ...

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Interplay from Tim Quilts

I recently received a bundle of fat quarters from P&B Textiles.   It is from a new line of 12 fabrics called Interplay, a fabric collection by Nancy Heffron.


They have some really great fabrics, here are some of the other coming soon lines at P&B.

I really love the colors and the scale of the prints….not too big.   For what I have in mind the smaller scale is perfect.


Almost immediately I knew what I wanted to make with them. Even though these are contemporary fabrics I like to take inspiration from traditional blocks.

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The design is ...

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July 30, 2014
Under the Needle - Here is a sneak peek at the Hunter star quilt... from Living Water Quilter

Under the Needle - Here is a sneak peek at the Hunter star quilt I’m quilting.

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another vintage top from Tim Quilts

I have another vintage top to share today.


The top measures 80″ x 104″ and is in pretty good shape.    The red is really not a true red  it is more orange-red, sort of the color of a tomato.

The pattern is a version of “Carpenters Square”  but there are likely other names for the pattern as well.

Here is one single block


It is a mix of machine and hand piecing


and it needs a good pressing!  other than that it really doesn’t need much work to be ready for hand quilting.

More pictures (click pictures to enlarge ...

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One for the Angels from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday I was able to finish the Where Angels Walk quilt. I've been working on this quilt since November of last year, which seems like a short time in my sewing room these days.

It's hard to see in the image above, but the floral binding really brings out the main floral fabric in the quilt.

This morning I was able to print off the label, and I'll get it sewn on sometime today. I wanted to use the same fabric from the quilt back, but I was afraid the printing (and especially the image) wouldn't ...

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Cutting and Piecing the Concerto Quilt // In the “Studio” from Pile O' Fabric

This week I have been making another version of the Concerto Quilt pattern, but this time I am using printed fabric. This is the quilt my students are making in my Beginner Modern Quilting Class and I am making a sample along with them.

The fabric choice is a little out of my comfort zone, but I wanted something super fun and child friendly since I am making it in a crib size. For this weeks In the “Studio” Episode 11, I am cutting and glue basting the fabrics to begin piecing the Concerto quilt.



I have all my rows ...

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