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October 15, 2019
Cleopatra’s Wild Child from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik. It’s Island Batik Ambassador Challenge time Again! October is “Top it Off” month.

I was charged with making a table topper any size, any holiday, but must include “applique techniques”. Last month I made a child inspired quilt, I was supposed to use my “BOB” (Block on Board) die from AccuQuilt. My BOB was Cleopatra’s Fan. Somehow I messed up and did not use my Cleopatra’s fan die in my design. So, I decided to combine it with my October challenge in an effort ...

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October 14, 2019
More Rocks and Plants from Quilts....etc.

we took a hike that goes over the top of the rocks – where it starts it is flat land and then the trail disappears into the rocks that the campground surrounds – this is where it starts and it comes out close to the visitor center – the trail is not really marked once […]

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Mom's Flannel Quilt from The Inquiring Quilter

I’ve made it a goal to document my earliest quilts, and the quilt I made for my mom was definitely one of those!

My very first quilt was made for my daughter. You can read more about that quilt here.

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Katie’s quilt took several years to make because I learned fairly quickly that the pattern I’d chosen for her quilt was simply not beginner friendly. When I finally decided to put her quilt aside to learn the basics of quilting so I could finish it with confidence, I turned my attention to simpler quilts. One of those ...

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Going In and Out of Circles ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings



Being in a funk for the past several weeks has been no fun.....no fun at all!  Reality check time!
Are you alive?  Yes
Do you hurt?  No
Are you sad?  Yes.....Well, now, missy, miss....if that's all that is wrong with you, we can take care of  that! You know the remedy without being preached to.  Just get sewing to get out of that funk mood.  Sew, she did and conquered the blues  while sewing in and out of circles. 








The first circles quilt picture taken a couple of years ago....for the Improv to the Nine ...

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Let the Sunflowers shine... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Way back in September 2011, I visited my online quilting friend in small town Kansas - Parsons to be exact.  It was a very special time for me and I so enjoyed meeting Barbara and her daughter Jackie.  Because of Parsons geographical position, it was easy to visit four states within a couple of hours - it sits near the crossroads of Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas.  Such fun!
While I was there, Barbara asked me to give a talk to her local guild, then it became a few of the little outlying guilds until we ended up with 70 plus people ...

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: F O O D from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Sure, why not let food be an inspiration? It's full of color, texture, shape. Certainly I've seen quilts with apple motifs. 

Pixel Apple Quilt Tutorial

I'm just popping in to finally share this fun quilt I finished about a week or two ago.  I've been at the very end of a tight deadline (lik...
And there's the apple core block, which is rare these days because of the difficulty, I suppose.

Feedsack Fun! Vintage 30s Apple Core QUILT TOP 101x72"

Cornbreadandbeansquilting.wordpress.com Wonderful apple core quilt! I like this... it makes it wonderful... with the white!!!

Then there are pumpkin quilts that are also popular at this time of year. 
New Sewing Patterns - Pumpkin Pot Holder Sewing PatternFall Flight is a 66” x 76” throw quilt featuring Carried Away Quiltings signature pumpkin block, alternating with scrappy flying geese blocks. The sample quilt features fabric by Fig Tree & Company for Moda, with the orange prints coming specifically from the Farmhouse II collection. Eight fat

An idea for a stripes, boxes, and triangles quilt in rainbow????


And summer veggies, like tomatoes, squash blossoms, and chili peppers.
Quilting tomatoes. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Chile Pepper Quilt - I just love this quilt, especially the freehand quilting that looks like bricks!Antique Handmade SQUASH BLOSSOM Applique Quilt ..

Made by @Marsha Myrum, this comment is from her:  My original design for hot chili peppers.  Made this for a friend.

Are you convinced that food can inspire us to make yummy quilts? Enjoy your week and your supper!

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City of Rocks from Quilts....etc.

I’m not sure where I left off – needless to say very little WiFi lately – City of Rocks is a state park in New Mexico and we enjoyed 3 days there.  It is a simply beautiful place made from a volcano many years ago some of the rocks have disappeared others are majestic in […]

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October 13, 2019
Sewing Marathon from ... Cat Patches

It was all sewing, all the time yesterday...except for laundry. Laundry days make good sewing days, I've found. I can be completely decadent with my sewing time, all the while feeling as if I'm accomplishing something on the housework front. So let's just see what happened, shall we?

First...slow stitching. Always slow stitching, if I have my way about it. I've stitched up the left side of the latest Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs block.


Now I've moved the hoop to the right side, and this one should be finished in a couple ...

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Sewing Marathon from Cat Patches

It was all sewing, all the time yesterday...except for laundry. Laundry days make good sewing days, I've found. I can be completely decadent with my sewing time, all the while feeling as if I'm accomplishing something on the housework front. So let's just see what happened, shall we?

First...slow stitching. Always slow stitching, if I have my way about it. I've stitched up the left side of the latest Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs block.


Now I've moved the hoop to the right side, and this one should be finished in a couple ...

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October 12, 2019
Pumpkin time! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Finally, my newest pumpkin quilt:  "A Taste of Autumn".  So perfect for this time of year and I'm so thrilled with it!



Quilt Details:
Block size:  10" x 12" finished
Quilt Size:  57-1/4" x 78-3/4" (top size before quilting, washing and drying: 60-1/4" x 81-3/4")
Top Started:  Nov. 2018
Top Finished:  Nov. 2018
Quilt Finished:  Sept. 2019
Pattern Source:  based on quilt by Thimblecreek Quilts called "Rotogravure"
Batting:  Hobbs polyester
Machine quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

This quilt was made as a sew-along with my friend, Mary, from Toronto.  When I showed her my finished ...

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Back at the Flea Market–Halloween from Quilts....etc.

I forgot about the cute displays we saw at the flea market so got back on to schedule one more post from Tucson – we hadn’t seen any elaborate displays for Halloween at the campground like we had the previous year – but at the flea market we did – Not sure what this one […]

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Gum Leaf Quilt. from Sunburnt Quilts

It was time to dig out a few UFOs and make a finish. This gum leaf quilt had been started in 2011 so it really deserved to be quilted and finished.

Each leaf was made individually with many strips of fabrics which had been stitched together then cut into the leaf shape.

The leaves were then stitched down and secured with a bias made from one of the fabrics.

In the Australian bush the bark often peels off the trees and looks like strings hanging from the branches. I thought I would use that idea to make lines with variegated ...

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October 11, 2019
Doves of Hope from If These Threads Could Talk

I just finished my “Doves of Hope” quilt and wanted to share it with you.

Deb Tucker designed this quilt for Marie Bostwick’s book “Hope on the Inside”. Deb’s pattern Doves of Hope is a twist on a traditional block titled Dove in the Window. She actually nestled a small dove block inside a large dove block to create a quarter section for each 19½” .

I will be teaching Doves of Hope in January 2020 at Copper Canyon Quilting in Lake Havasu, AZ.

I absolutely love how it came out. I pulled out my Island Batik scraps for ...

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UFO Friday..And a FREE Pattern! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat sloan swell top

*** UFO BUSTING *** 

This is more of an 'in progress' but I want to have it done for this December. 

My FINISHES for last week - 2 binding done!

Pat sloan swell pic 2

What UFO ...

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Desert Botanical Gardens from Quilts....etc.

Pretty place that we visited but it was just too hot the day we went for me to thoroughly enjoy it. We went early – got there within a half hour of opening at 8:30 AM and by 10:30 I was on a café patio in the shade drinking Prickly Pear Lemonade waiting for Mike […]

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Perfect timing for fall quilt patterns! from Quilt Social

The air out there is becoming crisp! Fresh air and the warm sun are ideal for taking long walks on trails, admiring colorful foliage! As I walk, the crisp air inspires warm quilts, quilt patterns and quilting designs, and I dream.

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking,” observed Nietzsche.

To help you along with your fall quilting ideas, Emily Bailey, of Em’s Scrapbag, has put together a fall quilt feature including 15 quilt patterns you don’t want to miss.

 

Featuring 15 fall quilts

 

Enjoy the experience!

Cheerfully,

Carla

 

Take a walk, it clears out the cobwebs ...

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5 tips to create the best ever quilt binding finish from Quilt Social

In yesterday’s post, I quilted my table runner so in this final blog post of the week, I want to share my 5 tips to create the best ever binding finish. This project, made with the beautiful Kayana Autumn Collection by Banyan Batiks is the perfect example of how you can play with the fabric in your binding to get the final touch just right in your table runner.

 

5 tips to create the best ever binding finish

 

I usually make a binding by adding the strips at an angle so that it’s virtually impossible to determine where ...

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A Visit to a Large Flea Market–Antique Machines! from Quilts....etc.

This was a very large flea market (antique mall) and there were many lovely things that I would have loved to have bought – but just no room in this camper to carry much home so I left it all behind. this one is obviously newer – mid 60’s perhaps – I had never heard […]

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October 10, 2019
Download the Beginner Layout from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat sloan beginner layout pic button

*** DETAILS in this post ***

I can't WAIT to see your blocks sewn into your quilt top! So many gorgeous blocks have been shown, you have really done a fabulous  job keeping up!

  • The FREE Layout Pattern to download at the end it's in PINK 
  • A Video from Kimberly at the Fat Quarter shop
  • Borders I auditioned
  • SHARE YOUR block at the end

Pat sloan beginner 2 tops

*** My Fabric for the Quilt along ***

I have not set the solid fabric blocks from the kit yet. That might be a winter project. Or I might just get it done soon!

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TGIF from ... Cat Patches

What? Is it Friday already? No. It's Finished. Thank Goodness It's Finished [and I can get on with my life]. Holy Moly. The Sundress quilt was possibly the longest finishing project I've ever undertaken. It isn't the oldest and longest-running UFO, but the piecing to finish it off took forever.

Oh wait...but that's not all. I finished the third of three blocks for the "I Believe in Snowmen" project. There are 16 embroidered blocks for this quilt. I did the first one on its own, but with 15 remaining, it made sense to do ...

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