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August 19, 2019
Little Hourglass Quilt from Repro Quilt Lover

Last post, I laid out goals and a plan for getting more projects to the completion stage.  Now is when I should probably report back on those but, ahem, I’m not ready.  Okay, I’ll be honest because both the goals and the plan accomplished what I hoped they would which was sticking to the same projects long enough to make progress on all three.

quilt blocks in a tray
Three projects…contained by a box and by a plan.
  • Pink Sprinkles: I finished all the squares. That is if you call finishing 105 of 120 all the squares. I am, because the remaining ...

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June 4, 2019
Pink Sprinkles in progress from Repro Quilt Lover

Ever since I started making these pink and white Shoo Fly blocks a couple of months ago, I’ve been craving cupcakes with a big dollop of pink frosting. Last night, I made a batch and today I spent way more time than is practical taking pictures of pink and white quilt blocks and pink and white cupcakes. Tomorrow, I take the results (the cupcakes) to work and distribute the calories around the office.

Since this is a quilt in progress, I don’t have the finished image to share with you yet and actual yardage hasn’t been calculated ...

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May 30, 2019
Best Little Quilt Shop from Repro Quilt Lover

This year is my ten year anniversary with Temecula Quilt Company. No, I am not really affiliated with them, I’m just a devoted customer. I first discovered TQC in 2009 when it was featured as one of the top ten quilt shops in Quilt Sampler magazine. It was one of those shops I noted as “must visit if at all humanly possible” and to my delight I was visiting southern California just two months after the magazine was published. That year, 2009, was also my first year of blogging about my obsession love of reproduction quilts so I described ...

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November 24, 2018
Quilts de Légende from Quilt & Textile Collections

Quilts de Légende
The Houston International Quilt Festival has a large hall for of a variety of exhibits each year. This year one of the exhibits displayed reproductions of 19th and early 20th century masterpiece quilts made with reproductions fabrics. The biennial event was sponsored by the France Patchwork nonprofit organization, one of the largest member organizations in the European Quilt Association. With more than 12,500 members, I suspect selecting the 30 quilts for the exhibition was difficult. Each quilt artist selects a quilt which inspired the reproduction. It is a wonderful bonus for the exhibition viewers when the quilter cites the ...

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October 22, 2018
Birthday FQ Club from frog cottage designs

I received some vary Happy Mail today from my lovely friends in our FQ Birthday Group.

Id love to thank me FQ buddies all for the lovely fabric......I get soo excited receiving the envelopes in the mail and waiting for the day to open them...hehehe.....tis the small things....thank you again!

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September 27, 2018
Small and pretty quilts from Pieced Brain

I was looking through my fabric drawers the other day and found little bags with orphan blocks: half-square triangles, flying geese with beautiful colors and perfect points, leftover blocks from quilts. Wondering aloud what I would do with all those 'half-way' quilts as I call them, I began to put them in bigger bags ( ! ), combining the colors that might go together well and thinking of how I could work them all into quilts. 

That is when I remembered I had received for review a book from Martingale by Kim Diehl: Simple Whatnots - A Batch of Satisfyingly Scrappy Little Quilts. That ...

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June 29, 2018
Sunday Stash #441 Sugar Sack by Whistler Studios from Red Pepper Quilts

Sugar Sack by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts #redpepperquilts #sugarsackfabric #sundaystash
Sugar Sack by Whistler Studios 
for Windham Fabrics

We're in for a treat today! Sugar Sack by Whistler Studios has arrived and I adore this reproduction fabric collection; presented in a bright color palette of vivacious red, classic blue, white, spring green and sunny yellow. Classic gingham and small to medium scale florals round out this collection with geometric prints.

Sugar Sack by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts #redpepperquilts #sugarsackfabric #sundaystash
Sugar Sack by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts #redpepperquilts #sugarsackfabric #sundaystash
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The collection consists of eight designs each available in up to five different color ways. I adore several of the floral prints (especially the two designs featured above) and love how ...

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May 1, 2018
Economics and my poison green phase from Repro Quilt Lover

Have you had "Phases" in  your quilting?  By that, I generally mean choosing certain colors or patterns such as cheddar, pink and brown, red as a neutral, or hexis, stars, log cabins...  I am currently in a poison green phase.  I love it and find myself putting it in everything.  I've seen antique quilts that will have a stray piece of poison green amidst mostly brown or other fabrics and am AMAZED at the quilter's restraint.  Of course, that tiny bit of poison green is, to me, the most striking thing in some quilts and something I endeavor ...

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April 18, 2018
Civil War Legacies IV from Pieced Brain

All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used with permission.

I woke up at 5 am and, knowing there was not a snowflake's chance in hot water I was going to fall back asleep, I went to the family room and, dog in tow, settled on my favorite chair to browse through my precious stack of quilt books. Carol Hopkins' new book, Civil War Legacies IV, was at the top because its cover has a quilt (above) with my favorite reproduction fabric color: cheddar. Cheddar adds brightness, warmth, and goes well with brown, blue, burgundy, cream, black... It is ...

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January 26, 2018
A Year’s Worth of Creative Excitement! from Marcus Fabrics

A fresh year means a fresh start for our creative projects…check out just a few of the exciting things coming your way in the coming months from Marcus and Studio 37!

Sneak Peeks!  Watch for these collections online beginning February 1:

And get caught up with our most recent releases, online now:

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December 18, 2017
Reproducing an Antique Quilt from Ann Quilts

I bought this quilt years ago when I was working at an antique quilt shop.  (It was a heavenly place to spend my time, I assure you!)  Whenever the pickers would come in to sell their finds, we had the option to buy things, too.  (Heavenly and then some!)

I bought this quilt from one of those pickers.  The back fabric is in rough condition and there are some tears in the borders through all the layers.  (The faded-looking upper left corner is due to the light coming in my window, though).  Here's why I fell in love with ...

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October 13, 2017
The Netherlands: Quilt Shops from Quilt & Textile Collections

The Netherlands: Quilt Shops
One last adventure from Netherlands...until next year. After leaving the amazing chintz exhibition in Leeuwarden, we traveled to Zutphen, a historic city existing from Roman times. It received the official city designation in 1190 and still has wonderful architecture to see. One of the oldest libraries in Netherlands, with the oldest and rarest books...however, don’t plan on getting to walk in and see the ancient books. Instead simply gape at the architecture. Zutphen was also where we visited our second De Hann & Wagenmakers quilt shop. I needed to pick up some Dutch Heritage fabric for my quilt ...

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October 3, 2017
Introducing Boston Commons by FreeSpirit Fabrics! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

The day has finally arrived - the release of FreeSpirit Fabrics' new line, Boston Commons!  I've been waiting for so long to share this beautiful fabric with you, but first I want to tell you a little bit about the genesis of my projects...

When FreeSpirit contacted me about Boston Commons, they told me that it was inspired by an antique quilt owned by Donna Wilder, who started FreeSpirit Fabrics.  As you may know from my blog, I don't work much in reproduction fabrics, so this was a whole new challenge for me.

remembered a book ...

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September 22, 2017
And the Rest of the Show... from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Three days was barely enough time to see everything at the European Patchwork Meeting quilt show, and one post was not enough to share all the pictures I took! Today you will get to see the most recent edition of the Quilts de Légende—an exhibit that I probably would have missed had I not chatted with a lovely lady from Wales. You will also get to see some of the unique textile art that was displayed from many different places around the world.

The Quilts de Légende exhibit was one of my favorites exhibits at Houston last year, and ...

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September 16, 2017
Fabric...fabric...fabric from frog cottage designs

This week I've been a tad naughty. I bought a few old B&C Layer Cakes and some French General Rural Jardin fat quarters on one of those bad destash pages .. I swear I have no self control. ... I also caught up with the lovely Carol from Cherry Pie Designs at the Orange Craft Alive yesterday...where more yummy fabrics were purchased...
I did NEED more pinks for my Modablockheads stitchalong but the yellows ...well they were an impulsive buy lol

I have been good trying to prep each day so I can just pick up my hand sewing ...

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September 7, 2017
A "Quilty" Visit to Rothenburg from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Moving to a new place and making new friends can be daunting. I (Kara) was pretty nervous about how I would connect with people—in not just a new place, but a new country. Had it not been for the kindness of the Black Forest Quilt Guild and some of their members, I might have become a stitching hermit! In a previous post, Welcome to Germany: Quilter's Style, I shared how I was welcomed to BFQG with open arms. The welcome extended outside of guild meetings: from stitching visits in homes to a field trip to the Zwiegart store ...

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November 15, 2016
Hand Quilting My Little Quilts from Repro Quilt Lover

Quilting...hand or machine?  As quilters, we make decisions, have our preferences, and our biases.  These are individuals choices and when I speak about them I am strictly speaking about my own personal decisions, preferences and biases.  There is no judgment about those of others.  This is my disclaimer because I am going to talk about one of my favorite quilt things, hand quilting, and why I don't quilt my little quilts by machine.

Fine hand quilting and stuffed work - Quilt is in the collection of the DAR Museum

Before I went back to working outside the home full-time ...

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