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September 16, 2018
Live Well Live Strong Quilt Sew Along from Stitching Through Life Blog

Live Well Live Strong Quilt Sew Along

I’m bursting at the seams – excited to introduce the Live Well Live Strong Quilt Sew Along.  The Live Well Live Strong Quilt is all about Women’s Health & Wellness!  This quilt is a reflection of my growth as I have stitched & quilted through the years.  I wanted to share this with all of YOU!

Live Well Live Stong Quilt Summary

You will find 26 blocks in this quilt with 26 different meanings of Health and Wellness!  The Live Well Live Strong Quilt with be a 6 month sew along with us making a block each week!  Live Videos ...

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September 11, 2018
Step 1 of the Sew your Stash Along from Butterfly Threads


If you are following along with the Sew Along that I announced last week HERE. You will notice that it is called the "SEW YOUR STASH ALONG" and is meant to help you use up your stash. I had a birthday recently and I decided to buy the new Christmas fabric bundle from Fig Tree. And while I was at it, I picked up 2.5 yards of the cream with green print for the background and .5 yards of the tiny red check for the binding.

Okay, I know what you're thinking. But aren't we supposed to ...

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September 7, 2018
2018 Sew Your Stash Quilt Along! from Butterfly Threads

2018 Medallion Sew Along (c) BTQ 2018

I am the BOM (block of the month) person for my guild this year and we've decided to a sew along!

I asked for opinions (when will I learn !?! LOL) and it was decided that the guild did NOT want to do a block exchange, and they did NOT want to do a mystery, and they did NOT want shop for lots of fabric and they did NOT want to be surprised or confused.

They DO want to sew their own step each month, and they DO want to be able to ...

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August 31, 2018
Friendship Quilt Along Block 14 ~ Enduring from A Few Loose Threads

Enduring quilt block

This is it, the last block in the
Friendship Quilt Along!

Enduring. That’s what great friendships are. They last through thick and thin. The circle of buttons makes me think of how good friends are a constant. Even with the ups and downs of day to day life. Sometimes long periods of time go by without seeing a friend – life happens – but the friendship is still there.

I’m a big fan of figuring out how to work smarter not harder. I quilted the quilt before adding the buttons. Keeping the buttons in place was tricky. In the past ...

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August 24, 2018
Friendship Quilt Along Block 13 ~ Devoted from A Few Loose Threads

Woo hoo! Almost finished!! I love how these Devoted blocks turned out.

Another method I like to use when I make Flying Geese blocks is with the Folded Corner Clipper by Prairie Sky Quilting. You trim the perfect seam allowance before you sew….NO drawing lines! How cool is that?

Step 1 is easy. Place the small square right sides together on one end of the rectangle. Align raw edges. Place ruler and trim! Sew with a 1/4″ seam, press.

 Step 2 is easy too! Place the small square right sides together on the other end of the rectangle ...

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August 17, 2018
Friendship Quilt Along Block 12 ~ Considerate from A Few Loose Threads

 And here we have Considerate, Block #12.

I had some fun with this block. There are so many combinations that you can do. Here are a few that I came up with….you could do an entire quilt!

Considerate block options

Only a few more blocks to go….Be sure to visit Amanda’s blog for the free pattern and details on assembly. Stop by next week to see the last block!!

The post Friendship Quilt Along Block 12 ~ Considerate appeared first on Perkins Dry Goods.

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August 10, 2018
Friendship Quilt Along Block 11 ~ Helpful from A Few Loose Threads

Introducing Helpful, Block #11 in the Friendship Quilt Along!

I really enjoyed playing with the different combinations of fabrics in these three lovlies.

I kept all of the flower centers the same, but played with the contrast between the petals and background.

Only a few more weeks to go and all of the blocks will be finished. I can’t wait to see what everyone has done!

This is a happy quilt, isn’t it?

Be sure to visit Amanda’s blog for the free pattern and details on assembly. Stop by next week to see what I’m up ...

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August 3, 2018
Friendship Quilt Along Block 10 ~ Patient from A Few Loose Threads

Friendship QAL Block 10 ~ PatientNow for block #10 ~ Patient. 

These are words that make me think of my most patient friends ~ a pretty cool list!

Persevering, persistent, tenacious, determined, uncomplaining, tolerant, calm, composed, even-tempered, accommodating, understanding, indulgent …

We’re on the home stretch. . . Just a few more blocks!Friendship Quilt LayoutBe sure to visit Amanda’s blog for the free pattern and details on assembly. Stop by next week to see what I’m up to!

The post Friendship Quilt Along Block 10 ~ Patient appeared first on Perkins Dry Goods.

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August 1, 2018
Getting Back on Track from Needle and Foot

July was one of those non-stop months. We were on vacation from the 1st to the 12th. Came home and got caught up on household and gardening chores and then hosted a bridal shower last weekend. Of course amidst all of this there was the usual number of migraines. Because of all of this, I did very little sewing and not a whole lot of blogging.

Yesterday I found a little bit of time and did the July piecing for Tish’s Fireburst Mystery Quilt. Fortunately, the piecing for July consisted of a number of flying geese blocks in different ...

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July 27, 2018
Friendship Quilt Along Block 9 ~ Empathetic from A Few Loose Threads

Amanda outdid herself with this quilt. As I’ve made each block, different friends have come to mind. I think I can count myself as lucky to have the friends I do. I hope you all know how much I appreciate you!

Since there were four of these blocks, I wanted to make sure they were all a little different from one another. This is how I set up making one block using a variety of  fabrics. And the Ruby Ruler from Wisecraft really came in handy for getting the contrast in value just right.

For the stems, I like ...

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July 24, 2018
Rose and Dot ~ Splendid Sampler II ~ Block #6 from A Few Loose Threads

Rose and Dot blockRose and Dot by Lori Kennedy.

Who struggles with applique? I personally do, I have hand issues…. and I’m trying to figure out the best way for me to get that edge turned under! I think this block turned out pretty well!

What’s your favorite way to do it? What works the best? I’ve been trying freezer paper and starch recently. That’s how I did this block.
I made a big mess too!

Starting the block Applique prep

Did you know about the fabulous resources available on the Splendid Sampler website? Click this link to go to the Applique tutorial page ...

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July 20, 2018
Friendship Quilt Along Block 8 ~ Humorous from A Few Loose Threads

I think the best times are had laughing with good friends. Quilt retreats, classes, shopping, lunch with the girls…

I thought it would be fun to dig through my button jar for the buttons on this block.  I like the variety that I was able to find. I’ve collected these buttons over the past 40 years or so. I think my collection started with a few donations from my Grandmother! Do you have a button jar? Just starting to collect? This layout is starting to look really good!!    

Be sure to visit Amanda’s blog for the free pattern ...

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July 16, 2018
Point Taken ~ Splendid Sampler II ~ Block #5 from A Few Loose Threads

Point Taken by Susan Ache

 Point Taken by Susan Ache.

A great block to practice “pressing for success”.

  • The spot where the seams meet will be bulky with all the layers of fabric.
  • To avoid this problem, press half of the seams toward the triangles and half away from the triangles.
  • This allows the seams to “nest” or go opposite directions from one another.
  • When the block is assembled, press the seams with triangles open.

Point Taken Pressing

For more information about how to participate in the Splendid Sampler II Sew Along, click >>here.

The post Point Taken ~ Splendid Sampler II ~ Block #5 appeared first on Perkins Dry ...

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July 13, 2018
Friendship Quilt Along Block 7 ~ Loyal from A Few Loose Threads

Introducing Loyal, Block #3 in the Friendship QAL. There is nothing better than a truly loyal friend who always has your back.

When I went to choose fabrics for this block, one of the options didn’t have a lot of contrast – can you see which one?
I have this nifty ruler from Wisecraft that helps a ton with value and being able to make sure blocks have enough contrast. It’s called the Ruby Ruler by Wisecraft. It’s a handy 5 1/2″ ruler and I love using it! Click >>here for more information.

One of my favorite ...

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July 9, 2018
Balance ~ Splendid Sampler II ~ Block #4 from A Few Loose Threads

Yes! Another applique and embroidery block.

Balance by Wenche Wolff Hatling.

These last two blocks have been total skill builders for me.
I love how this one turned out!

For more information about how to participate in the Splendid Sampler II Sew Along, click >>here.

The post Balance ~ Splendid Sampler II ~ Block #4 appeared first on Perkins Dry Goods.

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July 6, 2018
Friendship Quilt Along Block 6 ~ Warm from A Few Loose Threads

 

When I think of good friends, I think of warm welcoming smiles.

This block reminds me of the sun with the array of petals around the outer circle. 

And because there are multiple layers in this block, it’s especially important to use the windowpane technique if you are using fusible web.

Be sure to visit Amanda’s blog for the free pattern and details on assembly. I hope you stop by next week to see what I’m up to!

The post Friendship Quilt Along Block 6 ~ Warm appeared first on Perkins Dry Goods.

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July 2, 2018
Clamshells ~ Splendid Sampler II ~ Block #3 from A Few Loose Threads

Clamshells - Splendid Sampler Block #3

Appliqué and Embroidery all in one super cute block!

It is true that I fumble with both applique and embroidery – fumbly fingers, bifocals, fear of making a mistake….you name it! But I was determined to make this block by hand. And I did (with a few re-do’s). It didn’t take long – it was finished in an afternoon! I’m looking forward to more skill building in this area. How about You?

I saw an opportunity to organize my supplies and found this cute little divided dish at TARGET for $0.59!

Tool Dish

For more information about how to ...

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June 29, 2018
Friendship Quilt Along Block 5 ~ Honest from A Few Loose Threads

Introducing Block #5 ~ Honest. So many great friendship attributes! I can’t help but think about how being honest is such a special part of being friends. Everything from pulling threads off after a long day of sewing to helping un-sew a mistake. 

I find that when I’m making a block like this, that I like to cut the triangles just a hair larger. Then I can trim to size and make sure I have full seam allowances at the corner of each square.

              

This layout is starting to take shape!

Be sure to visit Amanda’s blog for ...

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June 28, 2018
AGF Community Sampler GRAND FINALE REVEAL from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Fabric Friends,

 WE DID IT!!  The Community Sampler sew along hosted by Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland has come to an end and today we reveal our finished quilt! These beauties below each had a hand in the creation of this quilt and I couldn’t be more proud. With the majority of the girls sewing experience ranging from never touching a sewing machine to dabbling a bit in the sewing world I am so honored to have had the opportunity to get to teach each one of these gals the basics to sewing and creating a quilt block ...

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June 22, 2018
Friendship Quilt Along Block 4 ~ Dependable from A Few Loose Threads

Moving right along with Dependable block #3. This is a block that is super easy to do. Just be sure your seam allowance is spot on for a perfectly sized block!

Click >>here to check out the Perfect Piecing Seam guide. Use the code DEPENDABLE18 for a special discount!

I know I depend on my friends and hope they can depend on me! It’s what friendship is all about, isn’t it?

Be sure to visit Amanda’s blog for the free pattern and details on how to do the piecing. The next block is up on June 29th ...

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