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May 14, 2020
Breezy Quilt, #2 from Jan's Quilts


While making the Breezy #1 quilt top, I thought it'd be fun to have more colors in the background.  For Breezy #1, I used Kona Windsor and Coty.  For Breezy #2, I used Kona Turquoise, Chartreuse, Citrus, Red, and Surf.  Thank heavens for a fabric stash!

This is a fun finish for me.  Each month I make 4 quilt blocks, 2 to donate to my quilt guilds' Charity BOM project, and 2 to keep for quilts like this one.  One of the blocks in this quilt are from a class I took at Quiltcon a couple of years ago ...

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Breezy, Quilt #1 from Jan's Quilts

 

This is a fun finish for me.  Each month I make 4 quilt blocks, 2 to donate to my quilt guilds' Charity BOM project, and 2 to keep for quilts like this one.  Three of the blocks in this quilt are from a class I took at Quiltcon a couple of years ago.  The quilt back is made from fabric I purchased; I thought it was printed madras patchwork.  So much for thinking, it's actually pieced; lots of squares of madras sewn together.

May your bobbins always be full,

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March 6, 2020
Pandora's Box from Sew Preeti Quilts

Paul: There is a lot going on here.
Me: Yup. Do you like it?

A new finish

Paul: It kinda works.
Me: Doesn't it?
Paul: What is this one called?
Me: Pandora's Box.


Orphan Blocks

Paul was shocked!!!  He proceeded to relate the story where all the monsters (death and sickness) were unleashed and all that was found at the bottom of the box was Hope.

Gathered and Captured


I tried to (somewhat calmly) explain. I did not open the Pandora's Box. I did not release the monsters. I captured them and put them back in the ...

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February 2, 2020
Mini Masterpieces QAL: Strip Piecing from Blossom Heart Quilts

Welcome to February, and month two of the Mini Masterpieces QAL! I have been blown away by the amazing blocks and minis that you creative folk made last month for the Simple Squares lesson. You can find out the winners here, but here’s a quick snapshot of just some of the gorgeous makes shared on Instagram using #MiniMasterpiecesQAL:

Patchwork quilt blocks

You can find more in the Facebook group and also see the Playground version of the Building Blocks quilt I made here.

FEBRUARY – STRIP PIECING

This month is all about the quilting technique of strip piecing – a method where you piece ...

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January 31, 2020
Finish – Squared Away! from Needle and Foot

It has been a while since I actually finished a quilt. Hurray for Squared Away – all finished and so pretty! I started this quilt in the beginning of 2018. The block of the month was hosted by Mari at Academic Quilter. Somehow I didn’t end up following along all year though. I can’t honestly remember why. Then the blocks sat and waited, all lonely and sad, until I stitched them together last spring. Since I didn’t have enough blocks for an entire quilt, I interspersed them with a modern print of Pat Bravo’s. It was from ...

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January 17, 2020
Pizza Box Challenge from Magpie Quilts

Last year my guild held a pizza box challenge. Everyone was given a pizza box and the instructions were that you could put any instructions in the box and also a piece of fabric if you wanted. The boxes were passed from person to person and at the end, everyone in the exchange would have made a block for your quilt with your instructions.

I didn't spend too much time thinking about what I wanted as I wanted to keep things simple. I put in a piece of bright blue fabric (I think it was about 1.5m) and ...

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January 8, 2020
Sewing Day from The Cozy Quilter

I spent Monday at the weekly Oxford Guild sewing day.  I try to go every week, but was doing some volunteer work during November and December on Mondays, so have not been for a while.  It was fun to get back into sewing after the holidays.  I have been working on Tula Pink's 100 Modern Blocks sampler off and on since March 2019.  On Monday, I finished putting the top together...here is a peek at part of it.



I will be making the backing this week and then taking it to the long arm quilter's house.  I ...

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November 24, 2019
Mini Masterpieces: Triangles from Blossom Heart Quilts

The second section of Mini Masterpieces is all about triangles – half-square triangles, flying geese, and half-rectangle triangles. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of triangles and what they add to a quilt design with the dynamic angles they create!

Mini Masterpieces book and thread collection

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Half-Square Triangles 

HST quilt block

It’s no secret that I love half-square triangles! *coughModernHSTsamplercough* I also love any excuse to pop in a little fussy cut to make a quilt block extra special.

And Caitlin concurs! Having made her sampler block in greys and yellows, with the cutest little fussy cut ...

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November 21, 2019
Mini Masterpieces: Squares and Strips from Blossom Heart Quilts

With 24 amazing friends joining in on the Mini Masterpieces blog hop, I am breaking down the sharing of their work into the sections of the book. Starting with the first three lessons – Squares, Strips and Snowballs!

Mini Masterpieces book and thread set

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Simple Squares

Nine patch quilt block

The first lesson in Mini Masterpieces covers working with Simple Squares. Whether you’re practising accurate seams, or want a simple project to develop your skills of fussy cutting or working with colour, this is a nice and easy introduction to Mini Masterpieces.

Janice from Better Off Thread used the opportunity to make a new ...

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October 18, 2019
Jodi’s Festival of Stars Quilt from Quilted Joy

I’m a big fan of block of the month quilts, especially for new quilters. Taking on a quilt in small, monthly bites keeps it manageable and motivating. Take a look at Jodi’s Festival of Stars quilt, a block of the month she picked up at a local quilt shop. It’s gorgeous and I immediately fell in love with the polka dot fabrics. Jodi asked me to custom quilt this for her and she gave me permission to play!

Jodi's Festival of Stars Quilt, Longarm Quilting by Angela Huffman of Quilted Joy

How I Quilted the Festival of Stars Quilt

Don’t you love the jewel tone stars? They really stand ...

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October 12, 2019
A Modern Take on a Classic Sampler Quilt from Quilted Joy

There are a few quilts that every quilter should make at some point in their quilting career. Everyone should make a scrappy quilt, because of all the remnants that we gather over the years. What else are you going to do with them? Everyone should make a quilt for charity. It is just good for the soul.

Mary Jo's modern sampler quilt, quilting by Angela Huffman

And everyone should make a sampler quilt. It doesn’t matter if you are a traditionalist or a modernist, a sampler quilt is a great way to try multiple blocks and create something beautiful. A classic sampler quilt would have the different blocks ...

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October 10, 2019
Comfort Quilt Assembly and a Few More Blocks from The Cozy Quilter

After a one hour walk this morning, I came home and got to work in the sewing room.  Pat and I are working together to put the Navy and White blocks together for the Elgin Piecemakers' September Comfort quilt.  19 blocks were handed in at our September meeting so I started my day by making one more block so I could do a 4X5 block layout for this quilt. I found the pattern for this block in one of my 100 blocks magazines. 


Next, I laid out all of the blocks on the floor in the hall outside my sewing ...

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February 10, 2015
WIP's from Kara Rist Threads

Here are a few works in progress, as if i needed to start any more new projects... Scrappy Hexie's can be found in the march/april issue of McCall's quilting, this quilt was designed by Bea Lee. I love that it is scrappy and i have hope after making a half dozen blocks that this will be my first success working with scrap fabric. I believe my success is due to the fact that each block is done in the similar colour way, this is the perfect project to do now and then as, all fabrics can find ...

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