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September 9, 2019
Weekly update: a finish and playing with scraps from With Strings Attached

It's apple season!  The produce/flower market just up the road from us gets several dozen varieties of apples from Twin Maples Orchard in southwestern Michigan.

I get three or four of each kind and put a slip of paper with the variety in each bag -- but usually the slips, bags, and apples get separated.

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Play Your Song is finished!   I used a six-piece panel and Bonnie Hunter's Random Ohio Stars  design.   60 x 72, 6-1/4 yards used.  It will be donated to the Lake County Symphony Orchestra for their fall gala.

I thought I had kept ...

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Old Quilt from Quilts....etc.

I decided to have a week or so of scheduled post as there is usually not much to write in the beginning days of a trip – also this is forcing me to unplug for a little bit and take a forced vacation from the blog.  We are all so dependent on the internet — […]

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September 6, 2019
Donuts (The Size of your Head) from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Funny title, huh!  But that is the real name of the pattern for today's finished quilt.

Each donut measures 18" across so my quilt ended up at 66" square.  The pattern in the book adds two more rows - that was just too big for my liking.

This pattern is found in Amanda Jean Nyberg's book "No Scrap Left Behind".  It is filled with wonderful ideas for scraps.

I thought it would be fitting to use Amanda Jean's Asterisk fabric in red for the background.  I picked this up at Connecting Threads during one of their sales and ...

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September 2, 2019
Weekly update: teal mini, WIP, stash report, and OMG declaration from With Strings Attached

"Where did the summer go?" I join the chorus this September 1.  I did remember to say, "Rabbit rabbit," as I woke up today.  (Here is the origin of the custom.  I learned about it in from a Trixie Belden mystery that I read circa 1963 but only in recent years have I remembered to say the magic words.)

Bright Bouquet is my entry in the 2019 Teal Mini Swap . My swap buddy Lisa received it mid-week. She likes it!   The swap fabric is the teal used in the vase. The design is by Linderella, published in McCall's Quick ...

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August 28, 2019
A Quilt Update from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I thought I would update you on my progress to finishing the top for my RSC Garden Quilt.  Even though I have been working on some Orphan Block quilts, I am still sewing up blocks and components for many other quilts.

That is always how I sew!

I think the last two blocks I showed you were these pink ones.  I decided I just did NOT like that bottom flower block in my quilt so I modified it some and made another one...

This block is so much better!

I pulled out my brown scraps and made a few more ...

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August 23, 2019
Geese Migration Table Runner from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

When I originally started working on my Geese Migration quilt, I had a few different layout ideas.   For the magazine publication, I ended up using an on-point design.  But one of the designs I considered was a staggered layout.

When I teach this class, I like to talk about some optional layouts, so I have been wanting to make a small sample of this layout for visual purposes.

So I whipped up four blocks and made a tablerunner.

I set the blocks in a nice gray and backed it with a fun floral that has been in my stash for ...

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August 16, 2019
Off The List from Quilt Paint Create

I finally finished the 30s quilt.
finished 30s quiltThe pattern is Bundled Up In Batiks by Holly Daniels. You can access the PDF here. I scaled it back to throw size from twin size. I used bamboo batting and Coats & Clarks quilting thread in off-white. I free motion quilted in on my Pfaff wide bed machine.
I expect I’ll make this pattern again. Depending on the fabric choices, it can suit any recipient. As written, it’s the perfect size for a charity quilt.
It went together quickly and was fun to sew. It’s a winner all around.

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August 9, 2019
Brookside Quiltworks Exhibits my Quilts! from Selvage Blog

Brookside Quiltworks in South Egremont, Massachusetts is exhibiting 25 of my quilts until the end of August. There are downloadable patterns available for many of the quilts. Many quilts are available for sale too. This quilt shop offers 2,800 bolts of gorgeous fabric, plus tools, books, patterns, longarm quilting services, and lessons...That must be why they call it "Quiltworks," they have the works!

 L to R: Fandango, Blue Lagoon, and a Gee's Bend-style Retro Christmas quilt.

Winding Trails (center), and my sister Eileen Lovett's green Hummingbird quilt (draped on the table) which was the featured quilt ...

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August 2019 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

This is the latest I’ve ever posted The Short List. I’m so late, in fact, the One Monthly Goal link up has closed. A work trip last week really put me off my game. I’ve struggled to get back in the flow ever since.
I finished one project in July, the Gemma tank.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, and creative play/design. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories as my interests change.
Something Old – The 9 patch leader and ...

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August 7, 2019
Up on the Design Wall from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I am trying really hard not to start any new quilt designs this month so I thought I would bring in some of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks and put them up on the design wall in my sewing room.

Yes, it is time to finish up this garden quilt!

I am sure some blocks will get moved around a bit.  I still need some purple blocks and I have plans for a few brown and gray items.

I actually love the process of putting all these odd sized blocks all together.  My plan is to just use low volume ...

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July 31, 2019
DNA from Tales of a Stitcher

A while ago, I wrote an essay called Notes on Being an Abstract Artist. If you have time, I hope you will read it. It explains a lot about my process if that sort of thing interests you. It also explains a lot about how the quilt DNA came into being.

I am part of a international art quilt group called Cloth in Common. You can read more about our group in this blog post, and you can visit the actual group’s website here

We are embarking on our second round of prompts. The  first prompt for the second ...

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July 29, 2019
Double Delight {Finished Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

Finishes make me so happy!

I started this quilt last year after I finished my On Ringo Lake quilt top and wanted a new scrap project. This is another Bonnie Hunter quilt pattern, it is available on her site for free currently, and was a mystery quilt of hers a long while ago. 

I swapped some of the colors in my quilt (burgundy instead of red/brown, chartreuse instead of goldenrod) but for the most part my quilt is pretty similar to the original. I modified my borders slightly so that my top and bottom borders were wider than the ...

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July 28, 2019
Sunday Stash July 28, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in the numbers this week.
I’m half way through quilting the 30s quilt, maybe a little more. The stems are sewn down on the acorn runner. I pulled the back, batting and binding fabric together for it.
Last night I cleaned up and stacked everything on the bed in order with the runner on top.
project lineupLeft to right, possible choices for the 30s binding, the acorn runner with backing, batting and binding, the 9 patch top with backing and binding, and the project box for the next UFO. Looks like a sewing plan for the next few ...

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July 25, 2019
Single Family Household from From the Strawberry Patch...

It's quiet around here again; Chez Goodneedle has gone back to being a single family household. In the uncharacteristic stillness I have loaded "Scarlet Stars" onto Snowbird this morning and begun quilting it.  I sure do miss my little garden helper! Every day after lunch Lynnleigh and I would go out and do the deadheading, watering, or bird feeder filling;  she was always quick to remind me

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Single Family Household from From the Strawberry Patch...

It's quiet around here again; Chez Goodneedle has gone back to being a single family household. In the uncharacteristic stillness I have loaded "Scarlet Stars" onto Snowbird this morning and begun quilting it.  I sure do miss my little garden helper! Every day after lunch Lynnleigh and I would go out and do the deadheading, watering, or bird feeder filling;  she was always quick to remind me

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Good Fortune {Finished Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

I am so happy that my version of Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune mystery quilt is now finished!

I made a scaled down version of last year's mystery quilt -- I made half as many blocks for the center of the quilt -- and then adjusted my borders slightly to fit the size of my quilt.

My mom quilted this for me on her mid-arm. She used a chrysanthemum motif for the quilting.

The backing is a red extra wide backing, I also used this fabric for the binding. I decided to hand stitch the binding on this quilt; I typically ...

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July 22, 2019
Weekly update: accomplishments while procrastinating . . . and a meet up (with fabric!) from With Strings Attached

I caught the sunrise over Lake Michigan early in the week.  A few days later we had the hottest temperatures of the year.   The heat wave broke Saturday evening.  We are grateful for central air conditioning! 

I'm still stuck on the guild challenge, but being stuck does not mean no sewing.  Here's Purple Peaks.  It's 60 x 72 with 6" blocks.  (The batik version I showed last week has 9" blocks.) The pattern is by Amy Ellis.

I made the penultimate block for the guild Wonky House BOM.

The AAUW-IL state board met in Bloomington on Friday ...

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A Little Jingle-Jangling {Scrappy Sewing} from Little Bunny Quilts

Back in April, I had gotten to a stopping point with my scrappy Jingle Bell Square blocks since I had exhausted my stash of neutral fabrics. Since then, I made and completed my Christmas Churns quilt for Moda Bake Shop using the Little Tree line -- now I have new piles of scraps to work with for this project.

I made a batch of five blocks that used the Little Tree fabrics exclusively, with the exception of the black and cream dot fabric in the bottom row of blocks.

Before I started working on these blocks again this week, I took ...

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July 19, 2019
The Log Cabin Scrap Buster from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

It must just be the way I cut my fabric, but my scrap bins are always full of strings.  So I am constantly trying to find quilt designs that will accommodate these strips.  One such design is the good old log cabin block!

I made my blocks starting with a 2.5" square center in black and using 1.5" wide strips for the logs.  I focused on my blue and green scraps because the bins were overflowing!

I laid them out in this barn raising design.  

As I was laying out the blocks on my design wall, I realized ...

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July 18, 2019
Split Hexies from RobynsPatch

What was I Thinking … Found some very old hexie blocks in the dark depths of the stash – perhaps they should have stayed there! Another blast from the past when making first attempts at exploring hand piecing, hexagons, weird … Continue reading

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