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January 11, 2019
Introducing Butterfly Wreaths and Four Rails from High Road Quilter

As you know, I have planned to work on a lot of new quilts this year - not just trying to finish WIPS and UFOs but to start as many quilts as I want.  I am not going to give myself any limits and see if I can manage to stay in control without limits. The plan is to start what I want, and when I am starting to get tired of it, turn it into a quilt and call it done, no matter how small it turns out to be. The process is more important than the product.

In order ...

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January 8, 2019
Improv triangles from High Road Quilter

I have been cutting and sewing improv triangles for a border of the rail fence quilt. I am thoroughly enjoying the process.

Today, I am appreciating the sun and the rainbow, and my sister for telling me to go outside to see it.

Yesterday, I appreciated my coworkers for their helpful advice and for showing that they have the same concerns I do.

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September 28, 2018
Stolen: Nine Patch and Rail Fence Quilt from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Shasta Mantova is asking for help locating a quilt stolen from a parked car in Columbus, Ohio. This nine patch and rail fence quilt disappeared when a friend’s car was stolen. The car was recovered but the quilt was not. Shasta made this quilt. “The person I gave it to was going to take it to his dorm room for his first year of college” The quilt was made from green fabrics, with brown and purple scraps. It was last seen in Columbus, Ohio in September, 2018. If you know anything about this quilt please contact Shasta at h ...

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August 11, 2018
Missing: Mountain Quilt from Lost Quilt Come Home Page


Sally Schultz reports that a quilt made in 2018 by her mother in law has gone missing in the process of moving from one apartment to another in Monroe, Iowa. This queen sized “Mountain” quilt is the quiltmaker’s original design hand pieced of blue and purple batik fabrics with green and gold quilting cotton fabric. The quilt was finished with celtic knots, and has a label which states, “Made by Jo Ann Schultz” sewn on the back.

Sally reports, “I think it happened when we were moving… I am missing other miscellaneous things also. I didn’t report it ...

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July 6, 2018
Final Two Leaders and Ender Quilts from TheEclecticAbuela

These are my last two Two-Rail Fence leader and ender quilts for my year-long project. I have enjoyed making and donating these. I've experimented with colors, fabrics, layouts, and quilting methods. And after making 11 of these, I'm done!

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May 30, 2018
Busybusy May from TheEclecticAbuela

Long time, no post! May is usually consumed with finishing up the semester, and this year was no exception. Add to that a shift change from days to nights in the household, and May has felt a bit topsy-turvy.

I have been working on projects--it just seems that I haven't finished anything, so I'll have a bunch of finishes at once one of these days.

I have been continuing my two-rail fence leader and ender project. This one is number ten for the year. I call it my Easter egg quilt--not because any part of it is egg-shaped ...

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April 11, 2018
Another Leader and Ender Donation Quilt from TheEclecticAbuela

I tried a different layout with this one (#9 of the project). It is also only two colors which is something I rarely do. For me, the more different fabrics, the better!

Two-Rail Fence Donation Quilt (62" x 74")

Two-Rail Fence (detail)

Two-Rail Fence (backing and binding detail)

I do like the simple effect of only two colors. Sometimes it is good to push your own boundaries a bit!

Previous leader and ender donation quilts can be found HERE.

I am linking to Fiber Tuesday 152 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction: Whatever Wednesday.

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April 4, 2018
Meet Cute from Sew Preeti Quilts

I am thrilled to present Meet Cute. This is my second project for Moda Bake Shop and I am very happy about it.

Meet Cute
Unlike Esmeralda which was not for the faint-hearted, Meet Cute is easygoing and very adaptable.

Simple Block - 17.5" square

Large and simple block finishes at 17.5" square. This means that you only need 4 blocks for a baby quilt (36" square).  This lap quilt uses 12 blocks and finishes at about 53" by 70".

There are no seams to match, which makes it a an easy beginner project. Or a speedy one for ...

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March 14, 2018
Batik Leader and Ender Rail Fence Donation Quilts from TheEclecticAbuela

My personal leader/ender project has been fruitful this year. These are donation quilts #7 and #8!

Numbers 5 and  6 can be found HERE.

Numbers 3 and 4 are HERE.

Numbers 1 and 2 are HERE.

This time, I went with an uneven Rail Fence block to better show off the colors in the batiks I used. I did one in a stairstep layout and the other in a windmill layout.

#7 Batik and Black Rail Fence (stairstep layout)--66" x 74"

#7 Batik and Black Rail Fence (detail)

#7 Batik and Black Rail Fence (backing and binding detail ...

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December 28, 2017
Two More for the Ongoing Leader/Ender Project from TheEclecticAbuela

I'm continuing my new habit of leaders and enders. I have made six quilts so far (since about June 2017) by doing this. All will be for donation.

The latest two use black instead of the light neutrals of those before. Previous quilts can be found HERE (#1 and #2) and HERE (#3 and #4).

62" x 74"

68" x 74"

I'm working on a batik and black version now. I'm looking forward to seeing how much I can accomplish next year.

I'm linking with Jo's Country Junction UFO Challenge.

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December 20, 2017
Two More Donation Quilts From My Leader/Ender Project This Year from TheEclecticAbuela

I'm pleased to have finished these two quilts, and I have two more almost done!

This is my Leader/Ender project this year--a two-rail fence block.

Stairstep Layout

Stairstep Layout (backing detail)

Windmill Layout (backing detail)
Windmill Layout 

The previous two quilts can be found HERE.

I have two more near completion and one more underway--I'm really enjoying the process of finding different ways to use this simple block!

I'm linking with Jo's Country Junction UFO Challenge.

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October 31, 2017
October....and on and on it goes. from Stitchin' Therapy

   I had 2 projects to work on this month........ The scrappy floral mountains is under the needle....only not finished.   I am about half way thru the quilting, and easy meandering loop.  I debated on trying something more complicated or with detail.   But common sense prevailed and I knew the florals were so busy nothing much would show, so why invest that much time.

   The other got finished...... the rail fence in florals.

   I worked on the leader and ender ---Double 4 Patch---as I assembled both of these quilts.   Talk about a bonus.....I will probably work on hourglass blocks ...

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October 30, 2017
Fence Rail, or is it Rail Fence? from Elaine Adair Pieces

This inspiration came from - thanks Bonnie!

Simple stash user, but those black and white checks took some getting used to!  In the end, they make the quilt!  (Where have we heard those kinds of comments before?)

I quilted it with light blue variegated in a topographic type design.  There's a lot of quilting in there, more than necessary for a kid's quilt - wish I had done something simpler but it sure gives it a nice texture.

Above - the last of that cute fabric!

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October 23, 2017
New Pattern "Entangled Paths" Coming Soon! from Quilting Affection

The next couple days, I'm going to introduce you to my newest Fall/Winter 2017 patterns that will be launched at Quilt Market this week.  I'm so excited about these designs.

Today I would like to introduce you to "Entangled Paths."

This eye-catching lap size quilt measures 64" x 76" would be great for the particular person in your life.  This exciting pattern uses a combination of the drunkard's path and rail fence blocks.  

The pattern was designed with the 6" Drunkards Path Bloc_LocⓇ Ruler, but the pattern does include templates for completing the blocks.  The pattern ...

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October 17, 2017
Floral rail fence from Stitchin' Therapy

   I had to hunt a bit for the earlier post for when I started this one.  Here is one with the rail fence blocks on the design wall.     Blocks were begun in May as a leader and ender project. 

  It has been pinned and waiting for quilting for a couple of weeks. 

  I used my 2'' floral strips to cut 6 1/2'' pieces.  I planned out the blocks according to value....dark, medium, and light.  Please note, I used 4 strips per block and not the usual 3. 
  So you might find 2 dark, 1 medium, and 1 light ...

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