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October 31, 2014
Book Review ~ Learn to Sew with Lauren from Tea Rose Home

In case you are wondering... yes, how to make this cute top she is wearing in the photo is also included in the book!

I was so thrilled when I received a copy of "Learn to Sew with Lauren" to review. Lauren Guthrie was a very popular finalist in BBC TV's Great British Sewing Bee. You can learn more about her, news, projets and tutorials on her blog.

Flipping through the pages, the thought came to my mind was, "I wish I had a book like this when I was learning to sew as a little girl!". The title ...

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Kona Solids Quilt from Quilty Therapy

How do you take two opposing color schemes and blend them together?  Careful selection of the colors and placement.  Any other way Hello Kitty and Chicago Bears clash.  Don’t believe me, check out the back of this quilt below.
This wedding quilt is made from all Kona solids half square triangles.  Pomegranate, Nautical, White, Black, Ash, and Kumquat were the selected colors.  A collaboration with my husband made this quilt possible.  He helped with the pressing and backing selection.  Poor guy had to go to Jo-Ann’s by himself.
kaplan wedding quilt The finished quilt measures 64″ x 72″ and I’m ...

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Halloween Mini from Swink Girl Quilts

I don't really do much holiday crafting. I'm not that girl on your IG feed who has made 6 pillows, 4 bags, a throw blanket, 2 baskets and some bunting out of her never ending supply of 'Boo Crew' fabric. I mean, it's one day, people. If you want to make and post something cool; make your kid a costume! Anyway, a few weeks ago Kimberly gave me this skeleton fabric scrap, so I gave in and decided to make one Halloween mini quilt. Especially after I realized the fabric glows in the dark!!

I drew the ...

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Nomadic Triangles from Quilty Therapy

Thanks to Amy for hosting the Blogger’s Quilt Festival again this fall.  For this festival I am submitting over Nomadic Triangles in the Original Design Category.

nomadic triangles quiltThis improv pieced quilt was entered in the Indiana State Fair Sewing Challenge.  The inspiration comes from the Kona color Champagne.  The Arizona fabrics from April Rhodes really complimented the more neutral color palette.  Once I pulled these fabrics at the store, the design and triangles started dancing in my head.

For quilting I traced a triangle and continued moving outward at 1.5 inches for each following triangle.  The gold thread matches ...

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October 30, 2014
Pat Sloan: Quilting the New Classics Book Review and GIVEAWAY from Pat Sloan's Blog

Sometimes wonderful opportunities come my way. Like meeting Michele Muska. I first meet Michele when I was doing some work in the craft industry and we have been great friends ever since!

Michele muska

As I arrived at the trade show a few months back I was greeted by a huge hug and a request from Michele! She asked if I would contribute a quilt to her book called "Quilting the New Classics".  OF COURSE I would! 

pat sloan quilting the new classics review 1

The book is finally here and it is beautiful!

The 2nd quilt on that stack is MINE!  

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Michele wanted to show how quilts using a ...

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Sewing and Quilting from Lily Patch Quilts

I am a bit behind on my Aurifil BOM blocks. I manage to sew this month's block and it still took me two days to do one block. I am glad I got some sewing in though.

I also needed to sew DD a pencil skirt for school. One of her teacher requires business dress with a pencil skirt. This skirt did not take long to sew at all. I might make some more in fun prints.

I also have a BOM that I would like to make from Jacquelynne Steves. I am waiting for the pattern to get ...

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October 29, 2014
WW# 10 Plus Talk from Weezy Works On

In this episode, I talk about purses, plus size sewing, a baby quilt and job update. This is the purse pattern I've been using lately. The little blue bag is the pattern I used for the wedding bag I made a few weeks ago. The rose on black bag is the larger of the 2, and the one I used for the bag I revamped this week. I didn't take before shots, but this is the after. The difference is the vinyl bottom, corners and handles. I love that it's almost like new, but in future bags ...

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So Many T-shirt Quilts from Quilty Therapy

Not really so many, but two.  Two that I haven’t been focused on until recently.  Deadline is November 1st, I’m ready to get onto new projects.

First up is a Delta Zeta quilt.  This quilt is HUGE, the biggest quilt I have ever made.  Take that wedding quilt.  For the layout of the strips I had to move everything out of my dining room.

rebeccas tshirt quilt 1The backing I originally bought months ago isn’t big enough.  Thankfully I have a large collection of vintage sheets and I had one that was big enough.

Quilting required quite a bit of ...

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WIP- 10/29/2014 from What the Bobbin?


Look! Rory finally accepts his pillow likeness! It was bound to happen eventually. ;)

Secret sewing is keeping me busy lately. I’ve been sneaking in these pillows and a dress for my girl to keep my sanity. The end of the year is sneaking up on us! I’ve already decided to try keep myself from signing up for swaps next year. I find the spur of the moment makes to be the most fulfilling. I also want to cut down my list since we’ll be renovating our house sometime next year and I’ll have to pack away ...

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October 28, 2014
Pat Sloan: American Patchwork & Quilting Editors from Pat Sloan's Blog

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The American Patchwork and Quilting editors bring you a show full of tips and tricks! 

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Frozen costume add-ons: Halloween post! from TwynMawrMom

So every Halloween I post about the twyns' various outfits and adventures, and for this year, we have a cliffhanger! 

As you know I spent a lot of time on an Elsa costume. But what you may not know, if you haven't been following me on Facebook, is that I also, on request, spent a tiny amount of time on a witch costume. (We are talking - 3 full days of time for Elsa, 3 full hours for Witch.) 

Let's watch and see which she picks for trick-or-treating. 

We also have the Halloween parade at school, which is why ...

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October 27, 2014
Popsicle The Sally Dress from What the Bobbin?



I scored this super cute Popsicle fabric on sale. I just had to sew something up with it right away! Queue my second The Sally Dress.  Check out my first Sally dress here.



I decided to go sleeveless this time. It did hit 90 degrees again!



This sleeveless version sewed up so quickly. It just took a day…and not all day either. So fun!



My Popsicle princess!



She said the sweetest thing ever when we were changing her into Pjs. “Mom, can I put this over here so I can wear it again tomorrow?” I may have teared up ...

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Birthday Bash – October from What the Bobbin?



Y’all know I love a pillow….so here’s another one!




Happy Birthday, Leona!  I totally forgot to take a pic of the goodies I sent along. Hope you like the pumpkin pillow!


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Happy Unicorn Swap from What the Bobbin?



My partner requested anything Unicorn and she loves purple. I thought a unicorn rainbow ticker tape mini was in order. It took some time playing around with little bits of fabric and fussy cutting those unicorns. I  followed this tutorial for the ticker tape technique.




I decided to continue the fun theme with the multi-color stars for binding. Love it.









There it is. I found a bunch of fun goodies to include….of course!


I hope my partner loves it!

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October 26, 2014
New turn on a old friend from April Sewing Journal

This fabric has been with me for a long time. This is a group of Steve’s Hawaiian shirts. He hardly ever wears this type of thing, but because he was born in Hawaii, he has an attachment to Hawaiian things. Initially, I sewed cut them up and sewed them together randomly. This was not successful. Then I made a muslin dress base. I cut them up more randomly and sewed them on to that base. This was also not successful.

The dress hung on my design wall for some time. Then, I machine quilted across the large sections in ...

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It was all about the PUPPY (and a Stash Report) from caledonia quilter

At retreat I managed to get this assembled without incident.  Now added to the TFUQ listing.

But in reality, this year's Tobermory Retreat was all about ANNI.
There was a bit of swearing at the little twit gentle persuasion, asking the little darling to give back the pieces.  And I learned a new term:  F.R.A.P.  Doggie crazies.  Click here.

Anyhow... this was Thursday's project.  The Double Wedding Ring that has not seen the light of day since March.  And it probably won't see daylight again until next March.  I figured out that this needs ...

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New Season – New Bag from Heart Desire Creations

hanging bag 1 (Large)

I have some great home dec fabric in my stash. For quite some time  I have been wanting to make something from an elegant fabric from Free Spirit – Vicki Payne’s For Your Home “Chain.”  Finally, I came up with the perfect project for it – a new bag! I found the pattern on the blog Ric Rac and was excited when I read that it only took an hour to make. Silly me – of course it took me much longer. I’ll fess up – a whole day.









One of my changes added to the project time – I used a heavy ...

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October 25, 2014
Cosmetic Bags from caledonia quilter

Today's mission was to make a few cosmetic bags. The Caledonia guild will be donating these, filled with toiletries, to the local women's shelter. Diane & Karen cleaned out some of their travel size products and brought them along to help stuff the bags. The real pattern that was handed out at the guild meeting has gone missing, so I had to wing it.
Additionally, I've finished a top for the Binbrook guild challenge, made four placemat tops, and made four cell phone wallets for my girlies here. I think my KP duties are finally over, after the ...

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#kittyminiquiltswap from Swink Girl Quilts

Boy, these instagram swaps are addictive!  My second foray into IG swapping was the #kittyminiquiltswap. I had a couple ideas but all that fell to the wayside when I spotted Elizabeth Hartman's cat quilt. I'm a sucker for a rainbow quilt, folks, all day long. I followed Elizabeth's tutorial for making cat blocks and here's what I came up with. My partner, Holly, said she likes grey, purple, and green, so I though I did pretty well color wise. I also quilted it with a very light purple variegated aurifil thread.

Before quilting.

Quilted and bound ...

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Starbucks Mugrug/Coaster Swap from What the Bobbin?



Here are the coasters I made up for my swap partner.


The hexie is from the pretty in patchwork book.
Juice glass block
Hedgehog block
Tea pot block




Of course, I had to add in a Austin Starbucks mug. :)




Here’s the whole lot. I hope my partner enjoys all the goodies!


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