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April 15, 2014
The Bag Blogger from Slightly Off Quilter

I feel like such a bad blogger lately ! I have not been keeping up like I want to, but there is a reason ! As a quilt blogger, I like to post pictures and updates on the projects I am working on. The trouble with that, is that my friends and family also read […]

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More HST quilts from Field Trips in Fiber

The votes are in and I'm going to take the popular opinion and make the Diamond Echos layout. Besides it's the one that's still up on the design wall so it's all ready to sew together.


While I was playing around with the quilt blocks I started thinking about this block. It was kind of odd that I naturally thought to put my HST blocks into a 4-patch before playing around with the quilt layout. It took some time but I eventually figured out why.

Apr 15 guest house quilt

This quilt is why. 

Sometime around 1999 I took a Spectacular ...

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April 14, 2014
Design wall Monday 4/14/14 blue scraps from Always Quilts

Since devoting 10 minutes a day to my blue blocks, I have completed 3 more of them. I still have a long way to go but at least my design wall changed since last week! Woo Hoo! I now have 13 of 32 done.


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April 12, 2014
Strings and Robots baby quilt from Kat & Cat Quilts

A fun small finish to show this week!  This quilt was made from the leftovers bits of strings from the Sidewalk Puddles quilt.  I shared a WIP shot of this quilt when it was a top and I hadn't added the red yet. I decided to tear it apart and added the 1/4" red strips and I am sooo glad, because I LOVE it!

The quilt measures 31"x36" and uses the same aqua string scraps and Moda grey as the Sidewalk Puddles quilt.  I'm not sure of the name of the red solid I used, but ...

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April 10, 2014
Too Much, Too Little from Slightly Off Quilter

Too much to do and not enough time to do it, that is ! It seems like I have a million and one ideas running around my head, but I can’t seem to find enough time to do them all! I did want to share the cute gift I made for my grandmother for her […]

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10 minutes a day-4/10/14 from Always Quilts

My design wall has had the same blocks on it for several weeks now. During that time I’ve completed several other quilts, but those poor scrappy little blue blocks are getting neglected. So I am hereby going to dedicate 10 minutes each day to sew on the blue blocks.
As of today I have 10 blocks sewn and I need 32.
My goal is to have the top done by July. Hmmm….better go do my 10 minutes for today…..luckily I have a few 9 patches sewn already, maybe I can finish a block in my 10 minute ...

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April 9, 2014
Pat Sloan: Scrap Happy Sew Along ((My Quilts Progress)) from Pat Sloan's Blog

I hope you don't get tired of hearing about my Scrap Happy ShooFly quilt! To say I love this quilt ALMOST as much as I love coffee is telling the truth! (you know I love coffee!)

Pat Sloan Scrap Happy Shoofly quilt along

I am doing a lot of writing.. and when I'm doing a lot of writing my brain shifts gears and can pretty much either write.. or surf the internet.. yes.. that's how it works.

But I WANT to sew and I find doing little bits of my shoofly blocks is the perfect solution! This is the last photo I took of ...

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Selvage Easter Eggs from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

Once the idea popped into my head, I knew it had to be done.
Had to.
 I think they turned out pretty cool.  I'd be happy if the Easter Bunny showed up with these for me.
 Close up.
 I used real eggs to make them. 
Selvages were applied with watered down glue and a paint brush.  
My daughter Tess (6) made these patchwork eggs while I made my selvage eggs.
Selvages also make nice "grass" for a basket. 
Have a great weekend!  And hopefully no one missed the part on the bottom of my last post where I said ...

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April 7, 2014
St. George, Utah and Design Wall Monday from Patchwork Sampler Blog

This post is out of order, but I wanted to end the vacation posts on a quilty note!

Very often when we take trips to places where the weather is better (everywhere!) I get ideas of moving.  Many times near the end of trips, I’ll drag Jim to open houses trying to convince him we need another place somewhere warm!  On this trip, though, I was mostly thinking what great places they are to visit, but they were very isolated so I wouldn’t want to live there.  That is until we got to St. George.  It is a ...

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April 5, 2014
A bit of therapy from Stitchin' Therapy

  My brother and nephew arrived for a few days this week.....even so I have managed  to squeeze in a bit of sewing while they were out doing the park and shopping thing.  I fed them a big breakfast today and sent them off  and I ran to the sewing room for a bit of therapy!

Here's a peek at my Let's Book It project for the month.   It is very close to being done, and quite small.   Picking the fabrics to use made this one a lot of fun to work on.  I may need to make ...

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April 4, 2014
String 'Splosion is a Finish! from Kat & Cat Quilts

Another week, another finish :) This small scrap quilt is made from the leftovers from the Country Home quilt.  It's kind of hard to tell with all the busy-ness, but there are 4 crumb blocks, bordered by muslin sashing, floating in a sea of strings.

I finally got to take some "snowy" quilt pics like everyone else in blog land.  This isn't exactly snow, but what passes for it in Texas. A couple of inches of sleet, frozen into a solid sheet of ice.  Note the lack of footprints in these pictures-- that's because this stuff doesn't ...

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Splashin' in Sidewalk Puddles {String Quilt & Tutorial} from Kat & Cat Quilts

I finally made a list of all the things I need to blog about, and realized how behind I am! March just got the better of me, it seems.   Partly I spent a lot more time at work than I normally do, and blogging was what go dropped out of the schedule. I have been quilting like a fiend, however! (I quilt as a stress reliever, so the more stressed I get the more I sew!)

This quilt I named Sidewalk Puddles got done a while ago.  I even posted the tutorial, but I waited so long for a sunny ...

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April 3, 2014
March's Block of the Month 2014 from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

March is finally here! February has been a really long month here in Minnesota, I hope that March is warmer. At least the days are getting longer. I've enjoyed watching everyone's Cozy Cabins being built! I love them all! The fun thing about this quilt is you can choose to do it scrappy or not scrappy, I'm doing a little of both. It's a great project to use up some of your stash. But remember, tone on tone fabrics will work the best with this mystery design. This month we will work on a block that ...

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February's Block Of The Month 2014 from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

February is here! Everyone's Chilly Silly Snowmen are so stinkin cute! I love them all! The fun thing about this quilt is you can choose to do it scrappy or not scrappy, I'm doing a little of both. It's a great project to use up some of your stash. But remember, tone on tone fabrics will work the best with this mystery design. This month we will work on a block that I have named 'Cozy Cabin'. Imagine, sitting in a nice cozy cabin with the fireplace going.... some chocolate, a good book, maybe a little glass ...

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April 2, 2014
Dreaming of Summer ! from Slightly Off Quilter

My quilt for the “Make Children Smile – Summer Camp Edition” fundraiser is almost finished ! All that is left is the binding and the label, and it will be ready to go for May 17th ! ( better pics to come once its finished ) I am so happy to be participating in this […]

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April 1, 2014
The quilt that nobody loved from Quilt Notes


The scrap quilt project … rejected by me and sewn by my mother.

This is a sad story with a happy ending.

It began at a quilt retreat about 3 years ago. The project was to create a mystery quilt, which turned out to be a scrap quilt. Instead of getting a kit of brand new fabrics, the quilt shop staff had been asked to donate their scraps. Many of these scraps, we all recognized, were from discount shops and not good quality fabric. Since I’m too much of a control freak to enjoy mystery quilts, I hadn’t planned ...

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March 31, 2014
Adirondack Quilt from Selvage Blog

This is my new camp quilt "Adirondack." It was beautifully machine quilted by Linda Aquavia of New Hartford, CT. The quilt measures 65" x 88," good for a tall person's bed quilt. I like the saw-tooth borders and the odd fabrics. Some are the latest prints and some are oldies. 

Take a close look in the photo below to see the quilting, a digital design called "Curly Arcs." The quilt top is so busy that the quilting doesn't show up very much.

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March 30, 2014
Working On My Next Crazy Quilt from Eric the Quilter

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Since I liked the last Crazy Quilt so much, I decided to do another one. This one will be shades of grey and black, and then all of the thread is going to be shades of red. I’ll also be teaching a class on this at the shop soon, so I better hurry up and make it! Now that I bought a new machine, I can do the decorative stitches at home, so I should be pretty far along by Monday morning. We shall see! Wish me luck!

Follow the jump to see pictures of my last Crazy Quilt ...

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March 28, 2014
The Mathmatics of Quilting – HST from Slightly Off Quilter

Let me pose a seemingly simple multiple choice quilting math question to you all …   If Mary is making a quilt that calls for 50 – 2 inch finished half square triangles, what size, and how many squares does she need to cut ? A.) 25 – 2 7/8 inch squares B.) 13 – […]

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March 26, 2014
HST Scrap Quilt from Selvage Blog

Here's another quilt that I made years ago, during my HST* and 1" strip phase. 
I'm sure that phase has passed because making that many HSTs doesn't tempt me now.
But I do like the little red frames around the coin border. Not so sure about the yoyos in the corners. 

*HST = half square triangles (for you new quilters out there) 

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