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June 3, 2020
A Warm Hearted Quilt - English Paper Piecing from Red Pepper Quilts

A Finished Quilt

Warm Hearted Quilt - Pattern by Jodi Godfrey from Tales of Cloth | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020 #englishpaperpiecing #patchworkquilt

English Paper Piecing (EPP) has kept my hands busy and my mind at ease during the long and frightful pandemic days that were the month of March 2020. We will surely never forget these days. I really do enjoy EPP and can happily spend hours basting papers and whip stitching. The quilt top - pictured above - was started and completed during the month of March, then quilted and bound in April.

Warm Hearted Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020 #englishpaperpiecing #patchworkquilt

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June 2, 2020
Masked Hexagons, Socially Distanced: An English Paper Pieced Mystery Scrap Quilt from Gefilte Quilt

If you are one of the thousands of quilters giving time and fabric to make lifesaving masks, thank you. For me, making masks is not only a good deed, but a powerful way to reduce anxiety in a tragic and scary time. 

You may also be putting mask scraps aside, to someday make a  quilt. Here’s one idea that you can work on as you continue to make masks: 

And here's what it would have looked like on white:

It's not finished - it's just a top - because as I continue to make masks, I will grow ...

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June 1, 2020
Monday Making from Love Laugh Quilt

I rolled THREE quilts up today
and found some gift bags to place them in.

I'm looking forward to driving around this week
and passing out some graduation quilts!!!

The girls all like similar colors...
so making them similar yet different was kind of fun!

I have a photo HERE of all of them BEFORE quilting.
The ladies at my church spent a Saturday making blocks
and then I put them all together and finished the quilts.

It is a yearly tradition that I LOVE.

What are YOU making this week??

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May 30, 2020
Virtual Sewing Retreat - Day Three from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

H MY GOD -- we had so much fun yesterday at the Virtual Sewing Retreat. Fran from Sudbury poped in, Mary from Scarborough, Carol from Parry Sound, Susan from London, and many others more local and are too numerous to mention. Sorry!!!  But what a fun time. OK - so I didn't get a lot of sewing done, and I'm perfectly OK with that. 

It was great to actually have a NORMAL conversation with a group. I love it!!!!

We got to see other people's sewing rooms, projects, pets, and a whole lot of stuff. We got to sew ...

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May 27, 2020
A New Herd from Wedding Dress Blue

The second Cow Quilt is finished.  For the second son of my cousin.


Thanks to Sew Fresh Quilts, I had the adorable pattern to work with.


And a perfect back.


Sometimes it all comes together.  YAY!

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Twirling at the Disco Quilt (a finished top) from Samelia's Mum

Guess what?!?!?

I've finished my Twirling at the Disco quilt top! Yaaaay! 

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May 26, 2020
More Hatcheting from Fret Not Yourself

Every test in our life makes us bitter or better, every problem comes to break us or make us. The choice is our whether we become a victim or victor.
~Lorenzo Dozier


Following my usual plan, I made so many of these blocks there's enough for a second quilt. This one  had even more iterations because they blocks had been culled once for the previous Hatchet quilt. First the blocks were laid in the order they were sewn.

Blocks laid out as originally sewn
Hatchet 2 baby quilt original blocks

At first I regrouped some streamers and removed the light blue ones on the ...

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May 24, 2020
Monday Making from Love Laugh Quilt

It's been a good week.
One of my quilts is featured in an article in
Art Quilting Studio  magazine.

It is a fun quilt celebrating my husband's garden.
I used an old linen napkin
and did a lot of fusible applique in a collage style method.

I also began a new project.
I'm trying to make alternate squares for an old embroidery quilt project.
I'll keep you posted.
Little scrappy squares are SO fun to use!

What are YOU making?

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May 21, 2020
Leader-Ender from Wedding Dress Blue

It was time to start a new leader-ender project.  It has become such a habit to have fabric under the needle constantly that I feel a little lost without one.

I wanted to use up more of the small background scraps that were threatening to take over, so I have started to sort them and cut them small:  1-1/2″ squares.

That is a size I also precut as colored scraps after I clean up after projects, so there were enough in the bin to get started.


I am no sure where this will go in the end, but I ...

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May 19, 2020
Taking a Hatchet to my Scraps from Fret Not Yourself

"The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving."
~Oliver Wendell Holmes


It's way past time to use up my remnants and scraps. I used the largest to make a simple four-patch called Hatchet that is often seen as a signature block. In fact, I used the block for my first guild name tag. My rule was to two to twelve center squares 5.5" squares with pairs of 3" squares for the triangle sides. Five inches is fairly wide for the scrap bag but I grabbed ...

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May 14, 2020
Twirling at the Disco Quilt from Samelia's Mum

My 'Twirling at the Disco' quilt has been sitting and waiting patiently for a little bit of attention. I think that the one thing I'm enjoying most about this quilt is using up my 2.5" scrap fabrics and trying to remember the projects I made with the fabrics originally.

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May 6, 2020
Pandemic Sewing from Pinkadot Quilts

I have many, many UFO's that I could be working on. I decided to start a new quilt. I needed mindless, few choices and something that did not require much brain power. I also need a few rules to keep me on track.
I have always wanted to make this pattern. I chose to do it paper pieced. Why? Because it is 2 seams and no measuring. The center spoke is about 8" long and 3 1/2" wide. The 2 matching outsides are 4" wide and 8" long. No templates to cut, no "precise " sewing just sit and ...

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May 1, 2020
Sticks and Bricks FINISHED! from Wedding Dress Blue

YAY!  Finished and delivered.


I am so pleased with the final results.  And the happy couple (wedding quilt) is pleased, too.


Mini-tutorial available HERE.


I hope to have more quilting time soon. There are several tops in the “waiting” pile.



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April 29, 2020
Star Kissed Quiltalong: Another Layout from Wedding Dress Blue

How are you doing with your Star Kissed blocks?  Remember there is no hurry, but I do like to know how it is going and if there is anything I can do to help.


Today I am sharing another option for your blocks.  (Information on the entire quiltalong HERE.) Since the quilt is designed in four different block sizes, I decided to make four different quilts to show some ideas that might work for you.

These blocks are based on 1-1/2″ squares.  Four of them, with triple sashing (also based on 1-1/2″) makes a 37″ baby quilt or ...

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April 27, 2020
Monday, Monday from Pinkadot Quilts

So of course now is a great time to start a new project? I should be working on all the UFO's but for right now this is fast and easy. I also found out I do not have many dark fabrics......I wanted this to look different from what I usually do with light, bright, happy colors. Maybe this is a reflection of the times?

This is the state of my sewing room, last week. It looks much more chaotic right now! I am using a lot of big prints that can be hard to work with in a ...

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April 22, 2020
That's a wrap! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

What's with the weather? Not only have we almost been blown out of this country by the constant winds which, with the lower temperatures, makes for some chilly walks but this morning? The cars are dusted with snow! I suppose we should be happy that we don't have to shovel, but really? I'd like one nice WARM morning for a walk. At least there is no wind this morning and the sun is out.

Another crazy, wild day around my house! OK - so not crazy at all, but still, lots of stuff got done. I'm happy ...

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April 20, 2020
Lost track of the day/week from Stitchin' Therapy

  Before I get emails checking on me, I thought I needed to stick my head up and do a post!  Days have run together as there is nothing to set forth a routine any more.  Regular household chores of cooking and laundry, time reading, and sitting outside in the sun, doing jig-saw puzzle fill in the hours between small bouts of sewing and making masks to fill requests.  I am now out of what little elastic I found hidden in the closet. 

  Sewing.....I did some big quilt wrangling and wrestling to get the wonky courthouse steps quilted!  What a ...

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April 17, 2020
Star Kissed Quiltalong: Star Points And Block Assembly from Wedding Dress Blue

Welcome if you are new!  Welcome back if you have been here for a while!  It is time for the Star Kissed Quiltalong! This is an ongoing quiltalong with no deadlines and no race to the finish.  It is a great day to get started.

You can find all you might want to know about previous steps in the quiltalong HERE, or you can link from the button to the right or the menu above.

Today’s focus is the star points, and then block assembly.  It is possible that there will be some concern about fabric waste due to ...

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April 15, 2020
Project Progress from Wedding Dress Blue

I am working on another layout variation for the Star Kissed Quilt.


How is yours coming?

Any questions?

The final step in the quiltalong and a number of alternate ideas coming soon.

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April 14, 2020
Twirling at the Disco Quilt {Progress} from Samelia's Mum

This past week/s (probably longer) I haven't been in the mood to play in the sewing room. It all felt as though concentrating was going to take too much effort. 
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