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September 8, 2020
It’s A Garden Party Row-Along, with FREE PATTERNS and a GIVE-AWAY from Made By Marney

Thanks so much for stopping to visit. I feel so honored to be able to kick off our 2020 It’s A Garden Party Row-Along on it’s first day! We have the fabulous Marian Pena from Seams To Be Sew to thank for organizing the 54 different quilt bloggers/designers participating this year! And…lots of great FREE STUFF! I am offering not only a super hot Give-away from one of our major sponsors, but also a free paper piecing pattern designed by little ole’ me, AND a pattern to create a super cute wall hanging with my row ...

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July 21, 2020
Behind the scenes of BLOCK Magazine – August 2020 from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

A Note from Jenny

Dear Quilters,

This year has been so completely out of the ordinary, and challenging in so many ways, that I find myself simplifying again and experiencing great joy in the things that I have often taken for granted. Now, preparing for the holiday season is less about the hustle and bustle of finding just the right present, but taking the time to help create a warm, welcoming spirit in my home and in my community. 

As I contemplate the spirit of generosity, I recognize that giving comes in many forms. Some give of their time and energy, some share love ...

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FREEE Paper Pieced Christmas Blocks from Gray Barn Designs

Hello!  It’s Cindy bragging about Sandy designing the cutest paper pieced Christmas block patterns.  2 trees black backgroundSince Sandy designed 4 very adorable blocks, we’re hosting a PAPER PIECING SEW ALONG.  You can make a Christmas banner, a table runner or a mini wall hanging.  We think either one is guaranteed to make your 2020 holidays brighter!

The first block is a rustic evergreen tree.  For printing these patterns, we suggest using thin copy paper or a special paper made for paper piecing from your favorite quilting store.

Since I am a novice at paper piecing, I used colored pencils to ...

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May 20, 2020
Sneak Peek: BLOCK Magazine Summer 2020 from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

A note from Jenny.

My hope is by the time I’ve written this letter to you and BLOCK arrives at your home, that life will have returned to normal. My hope is the sun will be shining outside your window… you’ll be free to gather with friends and family… you’ll feel comfortable greeting neighbors and walking the dog again, and a trip to the beach might be just around the corner. It’s hard to imagine after weeks of being separated from loved ones and anxiously watching the television, but I have great hope that we’ll make it through…many ...

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May 11, 2020
Night Blossoms from Live a Colorful Life

I've been fortunate to be friends with Amy Friend since the early days of blogging, so when she asked if I would be interested in participating in the sew-along for her new book, Petal + Stem, I said yes right away.

The quilt she chose for the sew-along is Whimsy Garden, a row quilt.  The thing I enjoy most about the book is that it can be a "choose your own adventure," because the blocks are easy to mix and match.


I have long been intrigued by "night gardens," gardens planted with flowers that bloom at night. A lot of ...

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Night Blossoms from Live a Colorful Life

I've been fortunate to be friends with Amy Friend since the early days of blogging, so when she asked if I would be interested in participating in the sew-along for her new book, Petal + Stem, I said yes right away.

The quilt she chose for the sew-along is Whimsy Garden, a row quilt.  The thing I enjoy most about the book is that it can be a "choose your own adventure," because the blocks are easy to mix and match.


I have long been intrigued by "night gardens," gardens planted with flowers that bloom at night. A lot of ...

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Summer Sampler 2020 | Easy-Piecing Summer from A Quilting Life

Summer Sampler 2020 featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life

Happy Monday! I’m super excited to share with you today a very fun project! Today we are announcing the Summer Sampler 2020: Easy-Piecing Summer. This sampler quilt along will include 16 blocks that are all easier than they look! This fun block of the week program will help you create a quilt that only looks […]

The post Summer Sampler 2020 | Easy-Piecing Summer appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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April 8, 2020
Face mask pattern updates and a finished quilt top from The Crafty Quilter

There is a silver lining to most everything and one of them is all of the new followers to my blog. Thank you for joining me here! It’s been a week full of face mask activity and I wanted to let you know that I have made some face mask pattern updates. I also finished a quilt top in one week!

Face mask pattern updates

I have created a downloadable face mask pattern that includes the instructions and the templates. You can find that on the original blog post or for your convenience, you can download it here:

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April 6, 2020
The Kindness Project: Mystery quilt top is complete from Carried Away Quilting


This past weekend, I enjoyed time outdoors in the sunshine with my family. The weather was nice enough to complete some spring yard work and talk to the neighbors . . . from a safe social distance of course. I also found just enough time at the sewing machine to finish my quilt top for The Kindness Project.  


If you had time to read my earlier posts, you'll know that The Kindness Project was a mystery quilt sew-along hosted by Sweet Treasures Quilts. The goal was to sew a quilt to gift to someone affected by the COVID-19 outbreak or someone who ...

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March 30, 2020
The Kindness Project: A mystery quilt sew along (Day 3) from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends! I'm back sharing my progress on The Kindness Project, a mystery quilt sew-along hosted by Sweet Treasures Quilts. Today is Sew Day 3, a super fun sewing day where we put together two large blocks. My blocks are nearly identical, so I've just shown one in this photo.


All of the information (fabric selection, fabric requirements, block instructions) for this mystery sew along is available through social media on the Sweet Treasures Facebook page and the Sweet Treasures Instagram feed.  Please check out those links, as shop owner Terri was kind enough to offer some ...

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March 27, 2020
The Kindness Project: A mystery quilt sew along (Days 1 & 2) from Carried Away Quilting


Earlier this week I introduced you to The Kindness Project, a mystery quilt sew-along hosted by Sweet Treasures Quilts. The goal is for us each to sew a lap quilt which we gift to someone else . . . someone who has been affected by COVID-19, or maybe someone who has served as a hero during this crisis. (Check out my earlier post for all the details.)

Sweet Treasures Quilts released the Day 1 block instructions yesterday and the Day 2 block instructions today.  So I'm popping in to show you my progress. I've also included the Sweet Treasures Quilts instruction ...

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March 25, 2020
“Home is Where the Quilts Are” – Behind the scenes of BLOCK Magazine Volume 7 Issue 2 from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

A Note From Jenny BLOCK Magazine

Writing to you from the comfort of home is a privilege in this fast-paced world. I often find myself between places, driving long distances or flying to far-off locations to visit quilters around the world. It can be hard to feel comfortable in such circumstances, but I’ve found out something incredible about the quilting world. No matter where I go, as long as I can find a quilt shop, I feel right at home. After all, home is where the quilts are! 

Home is such a lovely place to be. I recently dug into my sewing studio for some ...

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March 24, 2020
Kindness Project: a mystery quilt sew along with Sweet Treasures Quilts from Carried Away Quilting


In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us are turning to sewing as mental health therapy. If we are in a stay-home/stay-safe situation, it’s a great way to keep our minds and hands busy. It’s also a great time to sew service projects.

Terri Staats, shop owner of Sweet Treasures Quilts in Keizer, OR, has come up with a wonderful idea: The Kindness Project, a mystery quilt sew-along in which we all sew a lap quilt that we will gift to someone else! The recipient could be someone who has been hit hard by COVID-19 ...

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March 17, 2020
Bloomtopia Update & Podcast Interview from A Quilting Life

Bloomtopia Update & Podcast Interview featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of Bloomtopia quilt

Hello! I hope your week is off to a great start and that you and your family are well. Monday was a busy day for me, but a fun one, as I was able to take the first of my Balboa quilts to be quilted. Hopefully I’ll be sharing it with you soon. Today I’m […]

The post Bloomtopia Update & Podcast Interview appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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March 2, 2020
Improv triangle sew along from Ellyn's Place

Ever since I received  Nicholas Ball's book, Inspiring Improv, for Christmas I've been intrigued with his techniques. So when he announced his improv triangle sew along on Instagram, I was gently nudged by friends and decided to join in. With Quiltcon smack dab in the middle of the sew along and other commitments I had made, I decided to join on a small level. To start, I made 30 triangle units to assemble into a mini quilt.
I made these all from my scrap bins, using solids and prints that read solid in pinks and aquas.

By the ...

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February 25, 2020
Hitting the Road, and Hitting a WALL! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I'm packing today, and hitting the road tomorrow; yes, it's that time again! Are any of you going? I'm excited to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, see the always AWESOME quilt show and to visit the vendors mall. I'm taking a machine quilting class from Bethanne Nemesh on Friday. This is the class that I've signed up for: "Fast to Fancy Freehand Feathers", isn't this photo tempting?

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Hitting the Road, and Hitting a WALL! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I'm packing today, and hitting the road tomorrow; yes, it's that time again! Are any of you going? I'm excited to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, see the always AWESOME quilt show and to visit the vendors mall. I'm taking a machine quilting class from Bethanne Nemesh on Friday. This is the class that I've signed up for: "Fast to Fancy Freehand Feathers", isn't this photo tempting?

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February 19, 2020
Progress and Pet Peeves from From the Strawberry Patch...

I've been keeping up with the Temecula Quilt Co.'s  Scavenger Hunt  Sew-along through their blog. So far I've been able to keep up week to week, this week's installment, however, is a bit delayed due to an immense amount of piecing required and the fact that we have two additional people under our roof right now (ages 7 and 9); I have no spare time. But, I'm happy to report that I can easily

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Progress and Pet Peeves from From the Strawberry Patch...

I've been keeping up with the Temecula Quilt Co.'s  Scavenger Hunt  Sew-along through their blog. So far I've been able to keep up week to week, this week's installment, however, is a bit delayed due to an immense amount of piecing required and the fact that we have two additional people under our roof right now (ages 7 and 9); I have no spare time. But, I'm happy to report that I can easily

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February 14, 2020
Bloomtopia Quilt Along Release 2 from A Quilting Life

Bloomtopia Quilt Along Release 2 featured by Top US Quilting Blog A Quilting Life: image of Carolina Lily quilt block

Hello and happy Friday, and happy Valentines day! I hope your day is a good one. Today I’m sharing the Bloomtopia Quilt Along Release 2 which means that the next free PDF block pattern is available for download today. Bloomtopia Quilt Along Release 2: Carolina Lily I was super excited when I saw that there […]

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