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March 18, 2018
Beautiful Batik Diamonds from caledonia quilter

Wow, talk about something that looks like stained glass!  I'm pretty sure I would drive myself insane if I attempted to piece this - diamonds surrounded by thin sashing.  In case you're not thinking that far ahead, this leaves bias along all the outside edges.  The quiltmaker did a great job of keeping this flat and square.

I stitched around all the sashing, then along the borders.  The diamonds were quilted with a lovely curly motif that I drafted from the curls in the border design.

It's much easier to see on the back.

While I was away ...

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February 27, 2018
the Patchwork Posse R&R – retreat and reconnect from Patchwork Posse

Learn something new.  Create beautiful quilts.  Share with Friends.

Join us for 3 days of R & R – Retreat & Reconnect

Where you’ll find inspiration, connect with quilty friends, and sew-sew-sew.

This is one of those times when you pinch yourself.  It’s been on the list of to-do for quite a bit and I finally have jumped full in and here we go!

A few months ago I had put out there a survey– thanks to those who entered and made your suggestions! (it’s still open if you are interested in adding your two cents- go here).

Because I ...

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February 26, 2018
the Round Robin Edition 8 – Retreats! from Patchwork Posse

happy monday….

This past week has been a busy one– finalizing some details for the retreat!  more info below. Hope you’ll be joining me this year!

I hope your weekend was wonderful and you got to sneak in a few minutes here and there for some sewing!

in the sewing room…

This past week I’ve been sewing on something old….and making it new again.

I decided to add another border around the center of the quilt (published in Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine in 2015).  I thought that one more time around would make it a little ...

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February 25, 2018
T-Shirt Quilt & Winterruption recap from caledonia quilter

T-shirt quilts are a great way to showcase someone's hobby, or chronicle their life.  Make sure you fuse the shirts to a lightweight interfacing otherwise when you're quilting they are going to slither and slide all over the place.  This was beautifully pieced (and fused!

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February 2, 2018
Road trip!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Oh my - I've been looking forward to this day for a while!  It's time to hit the road.  I was lucky enough to be invited to the inaugural sewing retreat for Forest Road in Midland or near Midland.  Here's a link to the Facebook page so you can see all the fun stuff.  I think I already posted that link, but in case you didn't check it out the first time, you can see it now.

That brings up the question of what did I pack? The retreat is three days so no need to bring ...

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January 29, 2018
Quilt Retreat Recap from Butterfly Threads

 My annual quilt guild retreat has come and gone and as always, I'm feeling so grateful for the wonderful stitching sisters in my life. It's always amazing to me how different our lives are and yet quilting brings us together in such a wonderful way. I love that I get to spend time with these friends and that I learn new things about them every time we spend our annual weekend away.

One of the things that we are never short on is snacks! This is what the snack table looked like when I arrived. I had to ...

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January 23, 2018
Quilt Retreat Preparation Tips from Butterfly Threads

It's time for my annual guild retreat again! I've been doing this for 20 years and I've learned a few things along the way.

I shared how to pack HERE and some good tips HERE so I decided to share my thoughts going into this year's retreat. I hope you find this information helpful to keep in mind before you leave on your next retreat.

Sewing Time

  1. Verify your machine is in good working order and has been serviced. Make sure all of the parts needed are included. Don't show up without your machine foot ...

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January 22, 2018
retreat report card from Frayed Edge

I feel the need to share my accomplishments from my 4 1/2 days of sewing with friends, Nancy and Leisl.  We stayed in a condo at Christmas Mountain Village in the Wisconsin Dells area.  It's a timeshare unit that I was able to use, and it was a 3 bedroom which was a real treat because usually I can only find a 2 bedroom for us.  This was great, we had a whole spare kitchen and living area for stacking all our stuff!
I'll try to follow the order that I posted on my previous blogpost.
First ...

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January 15, 2018
Geese in Flight from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I join in block bees at guild I seem to have trouble picking a block. This year I decided to ask for flying geese blocks. In 2017 I joined in the stash bee. Meaning you were supposed to pull fabrics from your collection and not buy new fabrics. You can read the directions for my bee blocks in this post from April 2017. A paper piecing pattern is available if you want to make big flying geese.

During the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild retreat I pulled out a bunch of geese and decided to use up some of my ...

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January 4, 2018
retreat prep from Frayed Edge

I'm going with friends on a quilting retreat on Sunday, and I've been planning what to take along to work on during the 4 days I'm there.  Some new things, some old things.  It does take some planning so I have the correct fabric, specialty rulers, threads in the right colors, zippers, interfacing, hardware for bags, etc., etc.  It's not a chore to me, I like it as long as I have the time for it.

So this was going to be a post about what I'm taking along and how I get it ready ...

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January 3, 2018
What I Did On My Christmas Holiday, and Happy New Year from caledonia quilter

If I was a slightly more normal person, I'd be posting photos of myself on a beach.  However...taking two weeks off gives me the time to attend to some slightly more practical chores.

This was the neighbour's barn.  I painted it many years ago when I was still working for RBC and going through a great deal of stress.  I'd come home from work, open a bottle of wine and get rather snockered while I painted the evening away.  Maybe not the best way to handle stress, but it worked for me.




Since ...

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December 13, 2017
Sparkle - A Scrap Quilt Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last month I shared a scrappy quilt I made during the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild annual retreat.

I got back to work on it. I loaded up my backing, batting and quilt top. Basted it on the frame and got quilting.
I had planned on using several quilting motifs, but mostly it ended up just being a bunch of swirls. I like swirls.
I also planned on using several colors of thread. I ended up using only two colors. A somewhat mustard color that blended with the borders and white for the big white section.
Some feathers made there way ...

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December 11, 2017
Once Upon A Quilt from Lisa H Calle's Blog



Recently I had the pleasure of traveling to Ft Lauderdale and taught at a retreat with Angie Steveson and Carol Ann Waugh.  Wow, I had a blast!  Let’s begin by saying this always freezing cold girl was headed somewhere warm!  Oh yeah!  The only downside was that it was the perfect weather for doing my favorites thing in the world, besides quilting, which is playing golf.   The mild temperatures and the bright shining sun teased me with their amazing golfing conditions.  I made a silent pact with weather gods of Ft Lauderdale that I would return, in the not ...

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December 4, 2017
2018 Patchwork Posse Quilt Retreat Survey from Patchwork Posse

This past year has gone by fast, and while there has been a lot happening– it seems like it’s been the last month that everything has come to crazy!!!

I got it into my head to design, order and start shipping the Patchwork Journal & Calendar (from start to order, this was literally 3 weeks- crazy), the IAQ online quilt group will open it’s doors in another week (4th year and there is sooo much planned, plus you will actually see the block of the month and other projects that will be happening during the year!- super excited about ...

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November 18, 2017
It's the little things from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

The week before last was the Girl Gang retreat, held at a new venue. And the best thing that came out of was a bunch of little things.

And I'm not talking about makes.

Our surroundings were more intimate than ones in the past. We were in a large log cabin that was extremely dark. Mary had warned us to bring lots of lighting, and we all obliged.

We all arrived on Wednesday afternoon. We took turns cooking meals, and the fridge was overflowing! Snacks of all kinds lined the counters. No one was going to be hungry on ...

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November 14, 2017
Retreat Fun from Sew........This Is My Blog

I had the opportunity during Halloween week to spend a few days with some very dear quilty friends, ladies I have known a long time and have really missed since our move to Alabama six years ago.  I was used to meeting with them monthly before our move, and I have been on retreat with them only once since, so it was good to see them and catch up, laugh, gab, and oh, yeah -- sew!  We met at Spragues Kinderhook Lodge in Barry, Illinois for the best retreat ever!

Rita quilted a baby quilt she had prepped at home and ...

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November 8, 2017
Sparkle - A Scrap Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

I grabbed my bin of 4.5" crumb blocks as a project I might, maybe get to during the Baltimore MQG retreat. Somehow, this became my primary project on Thursday. I started playing with the hundreds of squares and encouraged my guild-mates to lend a hand. I would go to my station, sew some half-square triangle units and look over to see what the design wall looked like.
I rearranged units regularly until I had something I thought would work. Then, it was late and I had had enough of sewing for the day. (Crazy, I know.)
Friday morning I ...

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November 6, 2017
Baltimore MQG Retreat 2017 from Becca's Crazy Projects

This past weekend I attended my very first quilting retreat with the wonderful members of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild.

As this was my first retreat, I packed more things than I could accomplish. I packed this fun 30's reproduction print quilt. 400 half-square triangle units cut and ready to assemble. I also packed a few other things but this one was one I really wanted to make great strides with.
I set up my sewing station. That brilliant little clamp-on ironing board is available from Penny Marble Quilting. The travel iron (Steamfast SF-717 Home-and-Away Mini Steam Iron) is ...

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October 28, 2017
Retreat Withdrawls from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
Here are the "retreaters" in all of their glory on the last day of the Sew'n Wild Oaks retreat.  I miss these ladies, their companionship, and the laughter that continued for days!

I miss seeing their beautiful works of art.

I miss seeing their fabric selections.

I miss seeing their creativity.

I miss chatting with them each and every day.

I miss their sense of humor.

I miss the endless buzzing of their machines.

I miss the delicious food.

I miss the ladies who stayed with me at my cabin and our marathon slumber party.  We laughed ...

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October 26, 2017
Where oh where does FEAR come from? from caledonia quilter

In Tobermory, on retreat with the Beach Girls, normally I share a room with Deb.  Because Karen couldn't make it this year, Deb and I each got our own room.  I was praying to the Universe that I didn't have to take Karen's room... because it has patio doors.  I might be sitting up in bed reading, with the light on.  A bear might see the light through the curtains, burst through the glass, tear me to shreds, and then eat me.  Right!?  Right!?  One year I got up in the middle of the night to make ...

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