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April 23, 2017
Thirty Year Sampler from Fret Not Yourself

What can I say that you don't already know? We've all heard the adage "the longest journey begins with the first step," but starting wasn't the problem. Consistency was.

All are traditional blocks for which I drafted and cut plastic templates. Then I pieced each by hand. In 1989. After that it seemed logical to hand quilt. Elaborate feathers were planned but I took this on a data shoot to work on in the evenings. Since the light was bad I just stippled everywhere. Now that seems like a lost opportunity. And I also lost interest.

I ...

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April 13, 2017
Sewcial Bee Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I thought I would pop in and share a few more Sewcial Bee Sampler blocks.  Block #11 was released today and I am already finished.  I can't believe I am up to date on a QAL!

Here are the two blocks I finished last week.  I love, love, love the blue and gold one. 

Unfortunately I got a couple of the orange "butterflies" in the top block turned.  But I am not sure about the fabrics I picked for the block so no need to fix it now until I decide if I am going to use the block ...

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April 9, 2017
A 1930s Sampler Quilt from Ann Quilts

OK, folks, I totally love this quilt!

It's a super fun collection of well-loved blocks, other more uncommon blocks, and a couple of wonderful appliqué creations.  The fabrics are pure 1930s style.  One really fun detail that you can watch for in the photos is that the ties are placed according to the design on each individual block.  There were some previous repairs here and there, including a new binding.

I just couldn't help myself, and took a photo of each block.  You can click to enlarge them.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do ...

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April 2, 2017
Kaleidoscope of Butterflies 15, Bees and the Guild Show Prep from Fret Not Yourself

Bees and Butterflies

My darling QS sent this butterfly card she made. It's beautifully tinted. So clever of her!

Butterfly card

From April 2015 to April 2016 the cultivated honeybee population declined 44%. Bees typically die off in the winter when food sources disappear but for the last two years we've lost as many during the summer as the winter. You understand why this is a problem: bees pollinate 35% of the world's food.

Scientists generally agree that species face extinction due to habitat loss, climate change, and rampant chemical use. We can help by not using ...

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February 25, 2017
Outlining the Stars from Fret Not Yourself

 I bordered the stars with straight stitching. Each star has its own stitching. Lots of threads to tie off.

Stars bordered with walking foot stitching
Here's the view from the back.

View of stitching from the back

Next step will be to fill in the spiderwebs and stars. I may use the same method for the spiderwebs as Suhavi's Stars but I'm thinking about different FMQ designs for the stars themselves.

I'm plugging away on the Sampler quilt. Someone suggested I fold and baste the edges to keep them from fraying and the batting from becoming ...

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Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along and quilting as you go from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

I am joining Sewcial Bee Sampler, a sampler sew-along hosted and designed by the talented Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell, which is already running beginning of February and will be finishing in August. You can find out more about the schedule here or here.

We are already onto our 4th block out of 25 blocks all together. So far, I really enjoyed making the block and the sew-along. The instructions were clear and the design of the finished quilt really looks amazing. I even have mine planned with their free colouring page. Well, the final might look a little different ...

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February 14, 2017
Into the Ditch from Fret Not Yourself

As many of you know, I quilt on an older domestic Bernina with a fairly small throat plate. With a large quilt, it helps to stitch in the ditch along major seam lines.

I started by stitching the block boundaries vertically and horizontally. Each block contains a "star," not a spiderweb. This stitching starts and stops which also means loads of thread tails to bury. Next I stitched the border seams. Now I'm stitching around each spiderweb by rotating as the needle moves from point to point. With care, you can turn the quilt when reaching the borders. That ...

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February 1, 2017
Sewcial Bee Sampler: A Block of the Week Sew Along from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey there, everyone!

Today, we have some exciting news for all of you! If you’ve been trying to venture into quilting, you’re looking for support as a beginner sewist, or simply want to be part of the sewing/quilting community, we have an event that you’re going to love! Our designers Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell are hosting the Sewcial Bee Sampler: A Block of the Week Sew Along.

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Every Wednesday (starting Feb. 1st) they’ll be sharing a new block from the sampler until July. Sharon will be making hers with her upcoming collection Bountiful and ...

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January 20, 2017
Have A Jolly Little Christmas Sampler from Sew Fresh Quilts

Well... Merry Christmas to you!

This is my first finish of 2017. And my first finish using the blocks in the free Have A Jolly Little Christmas quilt along that just started. You can read all about that here.

To be quite honest....

I don't quite recall just exactly how this all started....

I guess during the two weeks that the kids were off school for the Christmas holiday, and also that the hubby was home for a week, I didn't want to spend all my hours closed away in my sewing room. So I sat out where ...

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January 16, 2017
A New Sampler Quilt. from Jan's Quilts

My quilt guild, The Temecula Valley MQG is starting a Block of the Month program this year.  The goal is two-fold; first to make quilt blocks to be donated to our Charity Quilt Committee and the second goal is to have the BOM be a skill builder.  We're encouraging members to make another block or more each month for their own Sampler Quilt.

Each month a member will introduce a 12 inch BOM, it'll be posted on the TVMQG blog with a tutorial.  This is all new for us, but it should be fun.

Here is the fabric ...

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November 14, 2016
How to Quilt a Glitter Star Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It's hard to believe we're quilting our 11th quilt block for the Machine Quilting Block Party. It's been so much fun to quilt along together this year and we just have one more block to go and our Sunshine Surprise quilt will be complete!

Glitter Star Block quilting tutorial

I used a wide variety of quilting designs in this block including Zippling and Fuse Fire with lots of straight lines to balance them out. It took a bit longer to quilt this block because I switched from free motion quilting to walking foot quilting and back again. Switching machine quilting styles like ...

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November 8, 2016
Some Splendid Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I am still making blocks for my Splendid Sampler quilt.  I need to settle on a layout soon as I might be getting close to having enough blocks completed.

I am being very choosy about the blocks I am completing.  And some I am not quite making the exact block but a version that better highlights the fabrics I am using. 
I like that I am making this sampler my own!

This block was paper-pieced and really threw me for a loop.  I can't even count how often I had to get my seam ripper out for this little ...

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October 23, 2016
Oh Scrap! : Rainbow Scrap Challenge Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

The month of October means that the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for 2016 is coming to a close.  This year I also participated in the scrap sampler Angela hosted and have now completed all of the blocks. 

Recently, she posted the directions for the last block design.  She decided to change the design of the block into something with less background.  I really liked her initial block so I decided to design up something of my own.  I already had all the pieces cut when I discovered my little math error but I still like the resulting blocks.

Now it is ...

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October 11, 2016
All Finished - Well Almost from Joy of Quilting

I've just finished my Lynne Edwards Sampler Quilt. I really like it.
We did use  a few non Lynne Edwards blocks. Just because I liked them.
I intend doing some hand quilting in the sashing. But that can wait a while.
Meanwhile here are some pictures.

I made twenty blocks.

This is the back of the quilt.
I used up all my scrap pieces to make the back.

Close ups of the quilting - back view.

Close up of some patterned stitching I used for quilting.

See the black blur/smudge at the bottom of the quilt?

That was my ...

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October 6, 2016
I have a Wild Rose for you.. click to download! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat Sloan block 68 Splendid Sampler pic 2

Block 68 in our Splendid Sampler project is my Wild Rose. I tell you in the pattern a bit about the rose, and why it means a lot to me... but there is more to the story....


DOWNLOAD, then come right back!


Pat Sloan Oct 6 2016 pic 3

Flowers have been a HUGE part of my life and I can almost remember the instance that they became my muse and my inspiration. 

When I was in High School I lived in Brussels Belgium. When I'd go to the center of town .... to the Grand Place on the weekends, they would have a large gorgeous market ...

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October 5, 2016
WIP Wednesday: More City Sampler Blocks from Patchwork Sampler Blog

I didn’t bring a lot of sewing on the trip to Kansas City, but one of the projects was the City Sampler.  I also didn’t bring my regular sewing machine and brought this one instead.


I like the consistency of piecing on the same machine all the time, but this little workhorse does a nice job.  It’s fun to take it out every once in a while and use it a bit.  The stitch quality is awesome and it’s easy to get an accurate 1/4” seam allowance so it’s great for piecing.

Most of ...

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October 4, 2016
A Splendid September from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

September was a splendidly busy month.  Not only did I decide to complete a number of the block designs for the Splendid Sampler, but many of them were pretty intricate.

Here are the eight blocks I added over the last month.  These bring me up to a total of 50 blocks.  I plan on putting my quilt blocks on point so I will need less than the 100 block designs to make a nice sized quilt.

Block 58 Homeward Bound
This paper pieced block is a favorite! 

Block 61 The Traveler

Block 62 Hen and Chicks (I really like this ...

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September 7, 2016
Cardinal Blocks - More Sampler Block Shuffle from Studio Dragonfly Quilts

Four blocks were added to my cardinal sampler project this weekend. This project has been on the shelf for a while so it was fun to revisit all the blocks and add some new ones to the mix. There are 30 blocks in the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle. With the weekend additions, 19 have been made.

This is block #26 and was designed by Amy Ellis. This is the first time I have used this black Joel Dewberry print. It may be the last time, too, as I only had a small scrap to work with. I was holding out ...

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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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