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September 4, 2015
Another Quilt Complete: Modern Spin from Felicia's World

Here is another quilt that I finished in the late spring. This pattern is available in one of Kathy Doughty’s books and it called Modern Spin. I made this entire quilt form fabrics that were already in my stash. It actually made a dent in it:)

I made my version of the quilt large, it measure about 100″x 100″. I used wool batting in it and only quilted it as densely as I had to in order to secure the batting. I wanted it to be a functional bed quilt and my husband and I have indeed been ...

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Flannel Scraps Quilted for Covered in Love from Kat & Cat Quilts

So remember back ages ago when I cut up my flannel scraps into 2.5", 4.5", and 8.5" squares to make scrap quilts?  Well the first one is finally done. This is the one that had more manly colors.

The scrap quilt finished at 56"x72" and it's super cuddly with a flannel back and everything.  I used a slightly fat seam allowance to make sure my seams wouldn't ravel.

This is another quilt to be donated to Covered in Love.  With the latest batch of quilts we are up to over 20 donated!

20 families ...

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September 3, 2015
Mixed bindings for a finish from Stitchin' Therapy

This quilt began in February...see the post here.   In this post, I referred to it as the 2+4 patch rail fence variation.   In July, I got it assembled and hunted for a border this post. 

    Last month I got it quilted.  I used swirls for the center and the stylized leaf and vine for the border.  This is a nice loose design that can fill a space without becoming too dense. Adding those extra curls helped to keep the design open and to turn the corners.

  I guess you want to see the front too.  I ...

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60-Degree Triangle Stars from Felicia's World

60degree_flatThis quilt was finished a while back but I never posted about it. It was a result of me wanting to learn to piece 60-degree triangles. I thought it would be difficult, but it really isn’t. I used the absolutely fantastic 60-degree triangle ruler from Creative Grids which made it super easy.

One of my favorite things about this quilt is all the fabric I ended up using. I decided to pick blacks and reds without regard for the “style” of the fabrics. Then I loosely defined black to also included dark purple, brown, grey etc. And red included ...

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September 1, 2015
Let's Book It and August ends from Stitchin' Therapy

  My Let's Book It project was a carry over from July.   I did the quilting this month.,,,, here to see the feather wreath post.   For a simple runner using the Hot Dish Chain pattern, it took me long enough!

 I also have a Let's Book It project from the end of June that got set aside.   Very little progress has been made as I just could not get my motivation to work on a big project.  I have tons of squares marked.....I just need to sit and sew to make some headway.

   In the meantime.....I ...

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August 25, 2015
Woven Quilted Dishes from Gefilte Quilt

Sometimes you just need to weave. I made a bunch of woven batik wallhangings a few months ago (Basic technique here). 

More recently, while rummaging through my silk stash, I found an assortment of cotton/nylon blend fat quarters, in gorgeous colors, with a hand-dyed look and a silken sheen. I cut strips. and wove them on top of a piece of muslin backed with batting. The resulting strip measured about 9" x 18"
I zigzagged over all the raw edges with holographic thread: 
Cut the weaving into two pieces, each about 9"x 9". 
On the first piece, I ...

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August 21, 2015
Free Mini quilt pattern - Grow Up from Podunk Pretties

At the beginning of the year I promised myself to make all the free mini quilts in the Aurifil Designer of the month program.  For those of you that follow my blog regularly you know I've failed at my attempt to be part of a quilty group once again.   This is  the second mini completed.  My January Aurifil mini, can be seen here.  The excuses for not honoring the promise to myself are many.  So let's just act like it never happened and take a look at the one I made this month.  In true Podunk style sticking ...

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Everything But Sewing from Patchwork Sampler Blog

My husband, Jim, retired July 10 and it has been a summer of major adjustment for me.  For the past 35 years I have been used to him being gone from home for at least 12 hours five days a week.  Now he’s here all the time and I’m not getting anything accomplished.  It isn’t necessarily that we are doing things together all the time, it’s just more of a distraction.

Since his retirement we’ve taken a few short trips and gone to more local events so it’s not all bad. All the fun ...

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August 12, 2015
Scalloped quilt border from Podunk Pretties

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you a mini made from some miscut fabric.  Several of you wanted a tutorial for the scallop border.  Being that the quilt was already made and I don't want to make another doing a tutorial was out of the question.  I knew I had seen this as a tutorial somewhere but my mind was drawing a blank.

So I googled "scalloped quilt border tutorial".  Google is my own personal library full of everything I could ever want to know, how did I ever live without it!?  Remember the days of running ...

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Freezer paper applique WARNING!! from Podunk Pretties

After yesterdays internal struggle things didn't get any easier in the studio.  By the looks of the picture below you'd never know expletives were bouncing around the studio walls like a flock of birds trapped in glass house.  Oh yes, the foulest of words with a few paper crumbling, foot stomping, scissor slamming temper tantrums.   Normally I'd just fix the issue and move on, but with my time being so limited it the better of me.  So what's my problem?

Shrinkage!  The little red arrow areas I can live with.  Once in the ...

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August 10, 2015
That inner voice from Podunk Pretties

The ideas have been flowing in like a tidal wave!  So many cute ideas.  The problem with that is I'm a visual/hands on kinda quilter.  Which means I need to see it, feel it, play around with it and that makes scrap pieces when there's several ideas.  I could use EQ7 to draft a quilt, but it can take longer, especially when drawing applique pieces.  So most of the time I use good old paper and pencil.  Another problem is my mind sees elaborate applique that me, myself and I have no interest in making.  The little ...

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August 7, 2015
That Quirky Scrap Quilt (along) Link Up from Sewn

 I finish That Quirky Scrap Quilt!  I quilted it with a very loose meandering design mostly for speed, but also because it is such a busy design I think that any detailed quilting would get lost.  It was harder than usual to keep it moving smoothly, but I figured I was just out of practice.  I think there was some of that, but it also didn't help that I had forgotten to put the feed dogs down.  !!!  No wonder it was easier to move the quilt in some directions.

I used a length of Denyse Schmidt fabric that I ...

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August 5, 2015
WIP - In two color ways from Sewn

This week I have been working on making some 8" quilt blocks.  I decided to make them in two different colorways.  I am liking the orange/blue/purple/brown blocks a lot more than I thought I would.  Now to add some more orange and yellow blocks!

I also basted That Quirky Scrap Quilt today.  I am going to do some simple quilting tonight (if I can find my free motion quilting foot!) and have it bound by Friday.  If you have finished (even the top) of That Quirky Scrap Quilt I would love to see in in the link-up ...

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August 4, 2015
Sewing Therapy: Can This Scrap Project Be Saved? from Gefilte Quilt

Warning: This post contains the opposite of eye candy. Eye-liverwurst? Eye-Cheez Whiz?

Like most quilters, I quilt as much for the process as outcome. I have a great time making it, but the results, ugh. C'est la vie. It was still deeply therapeutic. This is especially likely with scrap projects. I hate to say it but sometimes: Garbage in, garbage out.

Lately, I've been playing with silk dupioni, the fabric I hate to love, and vice versa. On the down side, dupioni frays like mad, and some colors run. (Long story here). On the upside, the shine! the ...

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August 1, 2015
July wrap-up from Stitchin' Therapy

  July is a wrap......with some finishes!  That's a good thing.

   The small block Carolina Chain was done in floral fabrics with batik accent squares.  The border was any leftover small pieces framed with a dark batik.  I love the striking effect it created along with the center shimmer.

  The rail fence variation was pieced and bordered...finally.  It's up for quilting next month.

  The other finish is on the bottom row in the center.  This is a bargello done in floral fabrics.  It was a Let's Book It project that has been hanging around for a ...

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July 31, 2015
Picking binding from Stitchin' Therapy

   I had a question about how I chose fabrics to bind a quilt from Linda. And what was I going to use on the latest scrappy quilt.   A flood of things came to mind.  Along the way I have  learned a few things....mainly to follow my instinct at the end.     I know some quilters plan ahead and cut binding strips as they cut pieces and borders.  I don't always think about binding fabrics until I get to that stage.   It is just a matter of preference and what effect you want.

   So I will share my thought process ...

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July 28, 2015
Scrappy Fall Leaves Table Runner from Sew Simple Life

I finished my table runner! I can't remember the last time I finished something so quickly. I just finished binding it. All it needs now is to be washed. But here it is before washing (pattern can be found here)

I realize I am not the greatest free motion quilter... but oh well. It's mine... actually I was thinking I would give it to the wife of someone my husband works with since my husband has taken over their garage while building me a rocking chair.

I'm just glad to finally be using up my scraps.

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Scraptastic {a finished quilt!} from Material Girl Quilts

If you recall, at the beginning of the month I shared my scrap vortex quilt top with you and said that I was planning to use more scraps on the back…well, here is the finished quilt!

Scraptastic Quilt

This is certainly the most colorful quilt that I’ve EVER made, and I LOVE IT!!  Everything except the binding in this quilt is from the scrap bin (even the batting!).  I thought about using scraps for the binding as well, but I think the black and white Cotton & Steel print finishes off the busy quilt very nicely.

Scraptastic side 1

The “scrap vortex” side is ...

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July 27, 2015
Rail Fence flimsy surprise from Stitchin' Therapy

  The leader/ender project that had been on the design wall gave me a little surprise.  Hanging on the design wall, it was colorful, and a little bit plain.  So I knew a border of some sort was required.

  Shopping in the stash closet----- I was looking for something to bring it all together.   I had enough of the cream rail fabric for the outer border...which would help float the design.  Yet I wanted a narrower inner border to frame it.   A large print just made it busier.  A small  print looked alike dots and was distracting to me ...

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Strings Finally Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

The last time I have a record of working on this quilt was August 2013.   I know it set around for quite a while.  (The nice thing about re-reading that post is that all three projects are now complete!) Obviously, I worked on it again later because it started this year as a finished top.


Now it is a finished quilt.


Yay me!


I quilted it myself on my faithful Pfaff 130.  You can’t really see it in these pictures, but I just did a giant spiral starting at the point of the square and then working out around ...

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