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April 20, 2018
more hippie baby from Making A Lather

I have been arranging blocks for hippie baby. And I am never very good at this part. I just keep moving things around and not satisfied. So, I just did it.


 I think it is smaller than I envisioned. But the top is together and I am ready to find borders.

But, wait, I have an idea.... so much for a simple, quick finish.
A few more stars.


I am linking to:
Finished or Not Fridays   
Whoop Whoop


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April 19, 2018
free Christmas quilt along from Making A Lather

I have been scouring the internet on several occasions to find a pattern for Homespun Holiday for purchase in case anyone else would like to make one.



I haven't found any. My pattern is from a 2013 magazine that I had cut and saved for myself. Tanya Finken, who designed the pattern for Quilt magazine, doesn't seem to have an internet presence. and it looks like Quilt magazine went out of business. So I am baffled.  I don't want to step on any copyright laws, but I feel I have done my due diligence.
So, on that ...

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April 18, 2018
hippie baby part 2 from Making A Lather

Project #1, in the project box, was to take odds and ends blocks and leftover pieces from a quilt I did a few years ago and make a baby quilt with it.
I first had to take a rail off the rail fence blocks since mine had 5 rails and the pattern called for 4. But I knew I would use that rail as another piece.


Then I needed to cut the blocks into 4 1/2 inch strip sets.


 I added 7/8 of a yard of the light fabric that I showed in my blog post on Monday ...

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April 16, 2018
Let's Talk Stash from Sew Preeti Quilts

Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation recently wrote a book - Stash Statement.  Then she sent me an email. And I burst into a song...


The email was fantastic.
When I received it, I was ecstatic.
Stash Statement Quilts was on its way
Would I like to play?
I jumped in with both feet.
Watch this space, it is going to be a treat.




With rhyme and reason, excitement and anticipation, I have to tell you that today is the day when the Blog Hop for Stash Statement begins. 



The book is full of eye-candy, cool techniques and fabulous patterns. I ...

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Stash Statement Blog Hop Kickoff! from Liz Makes Crafts

Today is the kickoff day for the Stash Statement Blog Hop tour. Stash Statement is a new book from Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation, and I'm thrilled to be part of this blog hop!

I love the look of improv, but I'm afraid of doing it. As a former software engineer and current owner of a very mathematical brain, it is a challenge for me to improvise even under guidance. That is why I so welcome Kelly's approach which combines improv piecing and traditional piecing for one-of-a-kind quilts that caters to my need of order and ...

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April 7, 2018
rsc soul from Making A Lather

April is the start of yellow for the rainbow scrap challenge. I finished the soul searching block.


this is the customer quilt finished


And this is a memory quilt made with shirts. Great machine quilting.



I am linking to
 SewCan She

rsc18 super saturday

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April 6, 2018
road block from Making A Lather

With my hubby home all the time, I have to find a new normal. We are getting to some of those things that have been bothering us for so long done. That is very good. But, I am not finding the time to really sew like I am used to yet. And then this happens to my cutting table ...


Oh my.
I am still trying to cut for 2 more Christmas quilts. I have rainbow scrap challenge blocks I need to keep going. and I am rug hooking. And every day I am making little friendship blocks for a ...

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April 4, 2018
Meet Cute from Sew Preeti Quilts

I am thrilled to present Meet Cute. This is my second project for Moda Bake Shop and I am very happy about it.


Meet Cute
Unlike Esmeralda which was not for the faint-hearted, Meet Cute is easygoing and very adaptable.



Simple Block - 17.5" square


Large and simple block finishes at 17.5" square. This means that you only need 4 blocks for a baby quilt (36" square).  This lap quilt uses 12 blocks and finishes at about 53" by 70".

There are no seams to match, which makes it a an easy beginner project. Or a speedy one for ...

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March 28, 2018
little fabric friends from Making A Lather

Jingle bell square is officially cut, boxed, labeled and sent to the project shelves. This quilt pattern can be found here


remember these little darlings? I just couldn't wait to get started.


My drawer of 1 1/2 inch strips


and cutting began. I am making 2 of every block so that I can swap with my friend Lucy. For one block, I need a 1 1/2 inch strip at least 7 1/2 inches. But I may play around later with smaller pieces that can be combined with others.


I love cutting for a scrap quilt, visiting ...

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March 22, 2018
Crumb Block Top Completed from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

It took a lot of pinning and sewing  and refilling a bobbin - they always seem run out on a long seam - but the Crumb Quilt top is complete.  After pressing the last seam, I took it outside to hang in the sun for a photoshoot.   Of course there was wind.

 But I managed to get a few shots anyway.  If you see the dirt on my car in the background - that is pollen.  We are having a rather early pollen season I think.  And in other photos you may see grass/weeds that haven't been dealt with - If the ...

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March 19, 2018
64 Blocks and Decisions to be made from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

Sunday evening, after just a few minutes of making more crumb blocks, I decided to rest a bit.  Gathering all the crumb blocks I counted them to see just how close I had gotten.

Would you believe there are exactly 64 in that stack.  Yes, I stopped at just the right spot.  I need exactly 64.  Aren't our brains interesting?  I thought I had no clue how many I had made, but I was right on target.

So why is the scrap drawer still overflowing?
And I also have these pieces neatly laid out for working with:

And strips ...

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March 15, 2018
Oh Scrap blog hop from Moda Lissa

Welcome to the first stop on the Oh Scrap blog hop.

Oh Scrap was just the working title for this book, but it stuck in a good way.

I had accumilated a notebook full of “stuff” in case I ever wrote a book. Tips, ideas, notes, colors filled the pages. And then, dah, dah dahdun, mid-March 2016 I decided to write a book. (See previous post about Lissa 2.0)

What could little ol’ me offer in a book that so many other authors, quilt designers and artists have not already covered? I work behind the scenes with some of ...

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March 13, 2018
row by row from Making A Lather

My friends at Friday group have been doing a row by row together using Jen Kingwell patterns. The only block I have done is the glitter block. I just have felt that I needed to finish up what I already have, but I knew as soon as I saw it I would be sorry I didn't sew along. sigh...


Isn't it wonderful!?

This is Linda O.'s quilt


Such fun fabrics


I am linking to:
Free Motion by the River
to do tuesday
too cute tuesday

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March 10, 2018
My Whimsical Flower Garden quilt..blocks 1-7 from Amalie's Armfuls

Feb 24th, I sat down to start this quilt.  I spent 6 hours that day working on the first 3 blocks.  It was actually such a great moment of relaxation.  I have been going like crazy for a while now.  Between the last Sat in Jan and the 3rd sat in Feb I had a ballet performance that I was in as a pianist or worked or attended that occupied all my spare weekend moments.  Of course, I thoroughly love my professional job, so no complaints about spending hours performing, but it does wear a person out!  Then we spent ...

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Midnight Mystery Quilt Finish from Goer

Some finishes are a long time coming. I participated in Cheryl's 2015-2016 Midnight Mystery Quilt and had a finished quilt top in March 2016 at the end of the the quilt along. My projects without deadlines often get stuck at this stage. In April 2017 I had it quilted, then it sat folded up in a pile... with the binding all made and ready to attach. Projects with deadlines, including challenges and patterns, took priority. Well... I finally attended my first sew day with Bay Area Modern last Saturday and brought my mystery quilt along. It was a rocky ...

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March 8, 2018
My whimsical garden quilt...in progress from Amalie's Armfuls

Back in 2011, I purchased this pattern and wrote a post on it!!  That was 7 years ago?  Oh, heavens.  Over the course of those years I did the following in hopes that I would get to making the quilt.

1.  I cut up the 12in by 12in white background blocks and stored them in my storage room.  (I eventually started using those blocks for other projects and when I pulled them out a couple weeks ago I only had 12 left of the original 20.  Oh well.)

2.  I copied all of the pages of the pattern and put ...

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St Patrick's Table Runner from Amalie's Armfuls

Since my last blog post, I have finished 2 large quilts and several small projects.  It seems like I either take the time to quilt in my spare moments during the day or to post pictures.  Either way, it is super fun to constantly be working on things.

Yesterday, I went and spent 6 hours at my best friends house and we whipped up a fun St. Patrick's day table runner.  We copied the idea from a post I saw on instagram from the quilt shop Pines and Needles.  Their kit is super super cute, but we already had ...

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March 3, 2018
On the frame this weekend... from Val's Quilting Studio

This is a fun, scrappy customer quilt that I'll be working on today. She chose a fun Dragonfly Fantasy pantograph that I think will look fun among these wonky log cabins.

I'm also inspired by her use of decorative stitches she included in each block:

Note to self: I totally want to do this!
 How about you? What creative ways have your used your machine's decorative stitches?
My curious mind is wondering.

I specialize in edge to edge pantographs with over 100 designs to choose from.

Check out my Long-Arm Quilting page for details.
I offer FREE ...

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February 24, 2018
squared away in purple from Making A Lather

The rainbow scrap challenge has a quilt along sampler called squared away. Last month's block here

This month's block is called wishing ring  and February's color is purple. This gave me an opportunity to dig into my purple scraps. It's a free pattern and a great tutorial. Link here






There are so many colors of purple, at least in my scrap drawers.

I am linking to
 SewCan She





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February 19, 2018
The legacy of Hawaiian shirts and their subsequent quilts from Amalie's Armfuls

Back in 2011-12, I was out in my in-laws storage shed with my mother-in-law as she was going through boxes of dress up clothes to send home to our house with us.  She pulled a box of fabric off the shelf and I asked her what it was.  For several years she had asked me how to make a rag quilt and I didn't realize that the reason she wanted to know how was so she could use this fabric she had been storing for several years and make one for her bed. The box of fabric were left ...

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