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January 21, 2022
Precision Block Academy Open Registration from Quilting Affection

I hope everyone is enjoying the new year so far. It's my pleasure to announce Precision Block Academy (PBA) is open for new students. Just what is PBA? Precision Block Academy (PBA) teaches quilters how to make better blocks so they can make better quilts with less stress and frustration.

PBA is built around Studio 180 Design tools that let you design slightly oversized units, then trim them down to the perfect size. So if you have some Studio 180 Tools lying around collecting dust or want tools that will make creating your blocks easier, these are the ones ...

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January 18, 2022
What will I be finishing soon? from Quilts + Color

 I have at least 4 large Sampler Quilts that are works in progress.

They are in various stages of completion.

I started this sampler quilt in the late 1970's.
This was when I thought every quilt I made had to be king size because we had a king size bed.
I recently realized I could forego the borders I had planned to add and finish some of these quilts.
That is my plan for this one and I hope to finish it soon.
It will still be a large quilt.

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November 11, 2021
It’s Time for Sashing! from QUilting By-You

I bet you thought that we forgot about our ever-so-patiently-waiting Jacob’s Ladder blocks. It is time to do something with them!

When last we left them we had our 3 trouble maker blocks flagged so we knew what we were dealing with. Now is the time to make the decisions for what to do with these blocks. The end goal for this quilt is to have a bit of a sampler at the shop to showcase some different quilting ideas to show customers when talking about how to quilt their quilt (either by us or by them). With 15 ...

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September 17, 2021
Renter Roundup for September from Quilted Joy

We love our renters. They bring in such lovely quilts. The one downfall for me is after seeing all these lovely quilts I now have a long list of quilts that I have to make now. I don’t know if it’s the colors or the piecing that draws my eyes more. You can tell me exactly what makes them so pretty. This is a renter roundup of some of my favorites over the last couple of months.

First up in the renter roundup: A Bright 16 Patch

image of a quilt with lots of rainbow scrappy fabrics

This is a fun quilt by Leann. The bold gray lines ...

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September 14, 2021
Finished! Rise Above Quilt from Fabrics 'n Flowers

So happy to share (another) finished Rise Above quilt! I made my first version of this pattern last winter as

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June 30, 2021
Sampler Spree - Week 3 from twiddletails

 This week's Sampler Spree color is aqua/turquoise/teal. This is one of my favorite colors!! 

The blocks are:

  • #8 - Broken Sash
  • #20 - London Stairs
  • #22 - Dream Ship
  • #31 - Lightning Strikes
  • #35 - Double Shoo-Fly
  • #49 - Opposites
  • #67 - Jack in the Box
  • #71 - Oh Susannah
  • #82 - Scotch
  • #94 - Hayes Corner
  • #96 - Broken Windows
  • #101 - Framed Ohio Star

There is another BONUS PROJECT this week! Be sure to join the Facebook group to download it.

A few ways to participate:

1. Join the Twiddletails Quilt Alongs Facebook group (free projects will be uploaded here.)
2. Join the Moda Blockheads Facebook group ...

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June 28, 2021
Christmas Quilts with 12-inch Quilt Blocks from Pieced Brain

Christmas Quilts with 12-inch Quilt Blocks

Make quick Christmas Quilts with 12-inch Quilt Blocks that you forgot you had! Simple layouts translate into fast gifts or holiday decor.

Last Saturday, after writing a pattern I decided I wanted to spend the rest of the day sewing. I actually wanted to see if I could make a quilt with some test blocks I had. You know that when I test blocks I try to use similar fabrics for many of them so, down the line, I can just put them together into a quilt. That was my mood that day.

The quilt above was the first one ...

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June 6, 2021
Giving Love Quilt or #7, is complete! from Jan's Quilts

This is the 3rd Giving Love Quilt I've made, you can read about why I made another here.  It's for my cousins' daughter, Ellen.

I love the sunlight streaming through the quilt back.  Below is a close-up of the Dragonfly panto that is my current favorite.

May your bobbins always be full,

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May 29, 2021
What time is it? from Jan's Quilts

It's binding time!  These six quilts need binding!  Two are queen-size and the others are lap quilts.  I better get busy because my LAQ has six more; three will be ready at the end of June and three will be ready at the end of July.  

This pandemic has really kept me busy making quilts.  I'd rather be creating than binding, but, "Oh, Well"!


May your bobbins always be full,

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May 21, 2021
Another Quilt Along! from twiddletails

In all honesty, I do not need another quilt-along in my life. This one is too good to pass up though.

Moda is hosting a this quilt-along using the new book by Susan Ache (@yardgrl60 on Instagram):

"Sampler Spree: 100+ Fresh & Fun Quilt Blocks".

This is a scrappy quilt. Every week, we will make 10-12 blocks. Every week will be assigned a different color, for instance the color for week 1 is blue, so we'll make all 10 blocks using blue scraps.

You can, of course, use any fabrics and colors you choose. A couple of layer cakes would ...

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May 11, 2021
2 Cool Ideas for Halloween and Fall quilts from Pieced Brain

2 Cool Ideas for Halloween and Fall quilts

These 2 Cool Ideas for Halloween and Fall quilts will jazz up your home decor or make a friend happy as they are great gifts! They are my latest finishes and I am so happy to see how they turned out.

This is Witches Party, the Halloween pattern I designed with my favorite Moda Fabrics collection for Halloween: Ghouls and Goodies. This is the third quilt I made with this collection (here are the other two), and I am not quite sure it will be the last. Why? Because of the bright colors, the dimensions of the motifs, the variety ...

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April 20, 2021
Giving Love Quilt Top, or a #7 Please from Jan's Quilts

Recently I did a quilt giveaway for 4 of my cousins.  I have many cousins, about 50, but these 4 are special.  I sent an email showing the 8 quilts I was willing to part with and asked them to choose 1 or two.  Ginny chose 1, Chris chose 2, Karen picked 3, and I didn't hear from Ellen.  The quilts were mailed off; then weeks later I got an email from Ellen, she'd picked a quilt and didn't hit send on her mail.  There was only one quilt left and I asked if she'd accept ...

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March 4, 2021
Vintage Jewel Block of the Month quilt from Pieced Brain

Vintage Jewel Block of the Month quilt

Don’t miss the sign-up at your local quilt store for the Vintage Jewel Block of the Month quilt that I designed for Blank Quilting. Must-make!

Here is Vintage Jewel right before I delivered it to Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting for quilting. I designed it for and made it with the Jot Dot collection by Blank Quilting. How do you like the bright colors I chose?

Vintage Jewel measures 72″ x 86″ with blocks that are very easy to make. Follow the monthly program and put together a few blocks at a time. After 10 months, your quilt will ...

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February 28, 2021
Sunday Meditation: Isaiah 54:10 from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Zephaniah 3: 17

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord who has compassion on you.
Isaiah 54:10 

Earlier posts about love were teachings on how we, as God’s people, are to love one another. I didn’t want the love series to end without writing about God’s great love for all his people.  

Isaiah is such a treasure trove of wisdom, hope, and prophecy. My small church group spent almost TWO YEARS studying this one book of ...

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February 27, 2021
Tips for Quilt As You Go from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

A little more on the progress update of my quilt as you go Sewcial Bee Sampler Quilt. I have some tips for the Quilt As You Go method as well in this post, so if you are into trying this method, it is worth reading through the lessons I have learned from making this quilt. 

Quilt As You Go (QAYG) Sampler quilt

For those who have not seen the progress of this quilt before, here is a little summary of the quilt.

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February 14, 2021
Sunday Meditation: 1 Peter 4:8-11 from Patchwork Sampler Blog

1 Peter 4

8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 4:8-11

What better day than Valentine’s Day ...

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December 29, 2020
A New Experience for 2021 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 The new year is just about here and I have been working making plans for what I want to do in 2021.  There is one thing I have always been intrigued with after a friend was telling me about a Quilt Along she was doing.  Each month she read a chapter for a book and made a quilt block...Both were a mystery of course!

So I am all signed up for A Pattern for Murder - one of Annie's Mystery Quilt Stitch Alongs!

I think the first chapter comes out in January but we were sent the material requirements ...

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December 15, 2020
How to Free Motion Quilt a Sampler Quilt from Blossom Heart Quilts

As many of you know, I took a 3-month hiatus from work obligations and deadlines and it was amazing. During that time, in between supervising home learning and my one hour a day of legally-permitted time outside the house, I was able to work on a special passion project that was to become Women of Advent. I had no idea at the time just how much this quilt was to become a symbol of hope in 2020 for myself and many others too. It became a daily reminder that through all that life throws in our way, there is a ...

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November 14, 2020
Sampler Blocks Layout: Hourglass Design from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Ready for another layout design for your Stitch Pink Sampler blocks? This is our third tutorial and I hope that

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November 5, 2020
Sampler quilt with stars made by three friends from Pieced Brain

Sampler quilt with stars made by three friends

Choose your favorite star blocks, a fabric collection, and make a sampler quilt with stars like we did. Exchange blocks once a month!

I am calling this my Friendship Star quilt! Deb, Lisa, and I agreed to work with the Gretel fabric collection by Amy Smart for Riley Blake Designs. I love Amy’s fabrics! Deb suggested our blocks should be 12″ stars, any stars we liked. So, we met every month or so to exchange the blocks we made.

We would choose a design, make three blocks of it, and share. We each had purchased a fat quarter bundle ...

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