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May 23, 2015
Tiger Stripes Finished from Fret Not Yourself

In the Just in Time inventory management system, products are made as demand requires. Usually my quilts finish shortly before the event... sometimes very shortly. My quilting style mimics modern business management! Who knew?

Free-hand cut strips of purple and gold create a rail fence variation in this quilt.

I sewed the binding the evening before we left and buried threads on the way. And so it goes.

My son is quite accustomed to my odd sense of humor. He mentioned two college chants, "Hold that tiger" and "Geaux Tigers", that are now quilted into the rails.

Purple and gold fabrics in a rail fence design.
Tiger Stripes, detail showing "Hold that tiger" quilted in cursive.
After pin basting, I used my walking foot ...

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May 22, 2015
Itty Bitty Change from Podunk Pretties

Does it surprise you that I've made a few changes to my little quilt plan?  I didn't think so.  Earlier in the week I attached a white border to the center panel of my itty bitty block. you can see it here.  It wasn't tickling my fancy.  A few quick flicks with the seam ripper and a new design idea and TADA....Oh so cute!   

I often design on the fly, not really knowing how a quilt will look.  A general idea is born, then I just let the creativity and playing take over.  This type of ...

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May 20, 2015
Philadelphia Finish from Fret Not Yourself

It's quilted, bound, labeled, washed and presented. Hooray! And he likes it very much. It finished 77" by 89".

Nine-inch Philadelphia blocks in reproduction fabrics and muslin sashed with floral stripe.

Wanting soft and comfy, I quilted a diagonal grid in gold colored cotton Gutermann thread. This 50-weight thread is a bit thicker than some other brands and was perfect for this use. To me, it is the machine equivalent of utility quilting. (The blocks were previously ditch stitched with invisible thread.) I had planned to use brown thread but it was too harsh against the muslin.

Philadelphia, detail ...

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May 19, 2015
By George! - I think I have it!!!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

If you are a frequent reader, you know that technology and I don't always get along. Don't get me wrong - I love technology and I think I am a somewhat intelligent user, but sometimes - well things don't work the way they are supposed to.

Take my iPod.

my iPod

I love my iPod and I only listen to audio books on it. FREE ones that I download from the library. There is such a huge choice of books available on their web site that I see no need to buy one. And I am behind in so ...

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My Scrappy Rainbow Quilt Finished in Time for Bloggers' Quilt Festival from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

 I finished the binding on this yesterday, just in time to enter it in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival!  As you can see in the pic, I had some enthusiastic helpers for photography.
 It's my own design.  I just played around with the HSTs to get the block I wanted.  Then I added the two white blocks in the opposite corners to really give it a modern offset look.  This isn't a big quilt, but it has 288 pieces.  I used my coloured and white scraps.
 I quilted it very simply with straight and diagonal lines.
 I think the ...

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May 17, 2015
Lots and Lots of Scrappy HSTs from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

So this is the latest on the design wall ...
 These are 4" HSTs that will finish at 3.5".  There are 300 of them.
 This is a "bucket list" quilt for me in that I have always wanted to make an HST quilt that was super simple -- just the triangles lined up in rows.
 I don't have an exact count of how many different fabrics are in this, but it's more than 100 for sure.
 Nothing's arranged yet, just on the wall.  I move a square now and then.
Until next time ...
Posted by Riel Nason

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Oh Say Can You See... from Podunk Pretties

 ....That I started a new quilt.  Well technically it can be called working on a UFO, because the nine patches were made over a year ago... I think.  This all started while moving things around in the studio.  You know a little spring cleaning.  It quickly became the purging of EVERYTHING.  2 garbage bags full of decor fabric, 1 medium size box things I don't need or use, and a bolt of decor fabric and a lot of dust bunnies

There's still some math to work out and some serious brainstorming ...

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May 15, 2015
How Did I Forget This? from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Still not much sewing going on around here but I was looking through some pictures and came across this.


How could I forget this quilt?  There was just a bit of binding left to finish and now it’s DONE!  So, I guess I have finished one of my own quilts this year.  It’s still way below my usual output but there’s plenty of year left to catch up.

The pattern is Hourglass from Scrap-Basket Beauties by Kim Brackett (the cover quilt).  I rarely use a black background in a quilt but I really like how it made ...

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May 12, 2015
Cowboys, Pinwheels, and Presents from Fret Not Yourself

Patricia Belyea emailed me last Friday that I'd won an Okan Arts giveaway. Look what arrived Monday via Priority mail! Patricia graciously inscribed the book so I have a permanent memento of her kindness. I'm so thrilled to own Sherri's book. Guess what I'm doing as soon as I finish the roommate quilt? The scissors are comfortable, fabulously sharp and cut like a dream. Thank you, Patricia!

Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood and a pair of Kai scissors from the Okan Arts giveaway.
Roommate 2 is a Dallas Cowboys fan so my ...

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Podunk Posy Final Assembly Tutorial from Podunk Pretties

Before starting the tutorial I'd like to thank everyone for the overwhelming response to this quilt.  When the idea was born I never dreamed that so many quilters would fall in love with it.   I'd also like to welcome and thank the new followers of my blog.  
So lets get this Posy party started with a few reminders about the quilt.  First, all the tutorials for the Podunk Posy quilt can be found in the tutorials tab at the top of this blog.  I'll also list them at the bottom of this post.  Second, I've given ...

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Happy Giggle Day! from Podunk Pretties

So what's Giggle Day?  Any day that is spent with my two boys is Giggle day.  Derek(oldest son on the left) and Trever(my baby on the right) have a love for life and laughter.  Even when life is kicking them around a bit they find a way to joke about it and laugh. 

And they're always willing to help momma with anything.  Even when the weather isn't the best for the task at hand.   All I wanted was pictures of the backing I pieced last week for my Podunk Posy quilt and good pictures of ...

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May 7, 2015
Kati's Striped Quilt from Selvage Blog

This fresh modern quilt was made by Kati and is featured on her blog: from the blue chair, a good source of inspiration for modern quilts. Nice work, Kati!

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May 6, 2015
Quilt top Done from Podunk Pretties

Podunk Posy quilt top DONE!    The last stitch was made yesterday morning.  I was waiting for the perfect lighting to get pictures.  Well I waited to long.  But did manage to get some tomatoes and sweet banana peppers planted and mulched, hoed the garden, watered the new seedlings and got a small garden wagon load of grass clippings from the neighbor for garden mulch.
So we'll try again today for better pictures and writing the last tutorial for the borders assembly.  I'm glad it was finished while my ugly tulips were still blooming.  These are the only tulips ...

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May 5, 2015
Way More Work Than It Should Have Been from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Did you ever have a project where it seemed that something went wrong every step of the way?  Well that is this project for me.  The quilt is called Porch Swing from Kim Brackett’s book Scrap-Basket Beauties.  Since it uses 2-1/2” strips I thought it would be a good quilt for my 40 yard dash.  The instructions are straightforward and the blocks really aren’t difficult, it was all just operator error!

First off, I cut the wrong fabric for my outside blocks.  I didn’t catch the mistake even after cutting all 32 of them so compounded ...

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May 4, 2015
Design Wall Monday from Podunk Pretties

Here we are again, it's Monday and I've very little progress to share.  Excuse?   Oh you bet ya!  Tons of them, none of them really good but I'm a master at giving them.  The Posy's are all together, all that's needed is three more corner blocks we'll have a flimsy.   That is if I don't get distracted by other things.

Like this little stack of cuteness.  I also made my own 2.5 template for cutting scrap patches.  Quicker and cheaper than running into town to buy one.  I won't be using ...

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May 2, 2015
The Posy's are Blooming from Podunk Pretties

 It took awhile for all my posy blocks to bloom, but they're all ready to be planted in place.  Since this is a scrappy quilt with repeats in prints and color, I thought it would be best to leave the Posy heads and stems separate, this allows me to adjust the arrangement if needed.

Now that the Posy's are in place I can work on the corner blocks.    The pink butterfly will need to flutter to another corner.

The Tutorials for this quilt can be found in the TUTORIALS tab at the top of the blog.  The final ...

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My New Favourite Scrappy Rainbow Quilt from The Q and the U (Quilt Blog)

 So I believe it was last year sometime that I made the red, blue, yellow and orange blocks, then stopped.  I didn't really know what to do with them other than I figured I'd probably make a whole bunch of different colours and put them in a quilt.
I also don't know what this block is called although I'm sure it must have some traditional name.  I just made a bunch of HSTs and experimented until I got an arrangement I liked.
 But after making those first four blocks last year, I moved on to something ...

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May 1, 2015
Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

A Finished Quilt.

Scrappy Color Wheel Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.
12 Color Wheel Blocks.
48 Foundation paper pieced arcs.
384 patchwork pieces.
Each finished Color Wheel Block measures 17" x 17".
The finished quilt measures 51 inches x 68 inches.

Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.
Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.
Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.

Home! Sweet Home! April has been such a crazy busy month with travel, TEACHING CLASSES AT SEWTOPIA, CHICAGO! (the most amazing experience yet in my quilting journey, and I hope to have some photos to share with you soon), long haul flights and now a lingering dose of jet lag.  

Scrappy Color Wheel Block Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts | Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern and Templates available.

It does feel good to be back in my "normal" work space, playing with ...

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April 29, 2015
40 Yard Dash from Patchwork Sampler Blog

It was so fun owning a quilt shop.  Like most shop owners I got into it because I love fabric and every day the UPS man would deliver boxes and boxes of beautiful fabric. In all those years I think we only ordered about 5 ugly bolts which meant I did some serious stash enhancement!  I still really like buying fabric but my newer purchases don’t play very well with the older stuff so I’ve been making a concentrated effort to turn over my inventory a little quicker.

Recently I pulled 40 yards of older fabric off the ...

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April 27, 2015
My indoor garden from Podunk Pretties

Hey quilty friends!  Top of the morning to everyone!  Did everyone work in the yard or stitch up a storm this weekend?  Me? a little of both.  I'm so excited to get this week started.  There's tons of things on the to-do list.  Mowing, weeding and planting are at the top of the list.  This time of year sewing Posy's takes a backseat to the real ones.  And just like my real flower garden these Podunk Posy are slow to bloom.  Slowly but surely I'm making progress with hopes of a Friday Flimsy.  
All 36 are ...

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