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April 24, 2014
Cog + Wheel Quilt Finish from Cactus Needle

Several years ago I bought the pattern 
and fabrics
for Cog + Wheel Quilt
Then it sat in a box
even though it
called to me ever so much.
"Come and play with me!" it purred while hidden away.
 Finally, the best time arrived
to pull out the
wonderful Amy Butler fat quarters
and other matchy friends.
 12 inch blocks
The inner circles were a small challenge
while the outer circles sewed up easily.
Once I got started I couldn't stop.
 Cog + Wheel has the option of being made
in 4 different sizes.
I opted for Twin Size
created with ...

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April 23, 2014
My week of sewing…Progress being made from Factotum of Arts

I am loving my new machine. Thank you all, who commented and wished me fun on my new machine – sorry I have not had a chance to reply. I have a good reason though…I have been sewing most nights…

Over the weekend, I finished all my blocks for Carolyn Friedlander’s Mini Aerial quilt. I used various prints of Lotta Jansdotter’s lines (echo, bella, glimma, mormor and sylvia). I plan to finish the top for Friday.

AerialQuilt_FinishedBlocksI am pleased with how it is turning out. I think I am going to add some Essex-dyed Linen around the edge ...

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Pat Sloan: Sew Along - Never Enough Chocolate Block 1 from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat sloan never enough chocolate block 1 pic 1

It's time to make blocks!  

Hopefully you have bought the pattern (HERE)

and have picked, repicked, mulled over... made a fabric selection. 

Pat sloan never enough chocolate block 1 pic 2

Remember I challenged you to FINALLY use that fabric you've been saving?

The good stuff? Yes?  Are you finally going to use it? 

The first version I'm making is with my new fabric line that I am showing to stores in May so they can order (CLICK HERE for the sneak peek)

Pat sloan never enough chocolate block 1 pic 4

I'm making the block with MORE parts first

That way they are done.. the second block goes faster!

Pat sloan never enough chocolate block 1 pic 5

Here they are in ...

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Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild/ April from Cactus Needle

 Saturday we met with the
Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild
 for our April meeting.
 Rebecca Whaling
provided a wonderful 
Square In A Square tutorial.
We have been asked as a guild
to make 8 inch finished blocks
with fussy cut centers
for charity quilts.
*I've already purchased
a fat quarter to get me started :)
 Rebecca brought her 
work in progress as inspiration.
I love how she is using 
low volume and text fabric 
for her backgrounds.
 More inspiration
 Nice job Rebecca!
Thank you for your help
in organizing our group
for a great cause.
 At the end of our meeting ...

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Work-in-Progress - Where am I, Where am I going Several goals... from Living Water Quilter

Work-in-Progress - Where am I, Where am I going

Several goals have been reached in the last two months. Yippee!

So why do I feel like I am behind?  Could it be that the list of WIPs is too long. Affirmative. Correct. Yes. You got it.  :-)

So, looking at the photos (top to bottom) the status is:

  • Twisted log cabin is pieced, but not quilted.
  • Table runner is pieced & quilted. One side of the binding is attached.
  • Radiance Star wall hanging is pieced, quilted and one side of the binding is  done.
  • Sample baby quilting is pieced & quilted. One side of ...

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a table cloth skirt from block-a-day

table cloth

Did you notice the Australian wildflowers table cloth in last night’s post?  On a lovely heavy cotton/linen blend, with colours so rich and pretty?  I found it at the oppie recently.  Now, truth be told, if you’d dressed your table in this cloth back in the 80s or 90s, I’d have given a little eye roll and thought “ew”.  Wasn’t I horrible!  No appreciation for Australian wildflowers in any way, shape or form back then.  I’d have thought it the height of dagginess.  Throughout the 00s – I left plenty such cloths behind in the ...

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Tutorial: Spring tea towels from The Village Haberdashery

A stack of pretty ric rac spools caught my eye in the shop and I decided to use them in a springtime update on this tea towel tutorial! Whip up a set of these pretty tea towels as a hostess gift or to brighten up your own kitchen. In Easter egg-inspired pastels, sweet ric rac trim adds nostalgic charm to the timeless beauty of natural linen.

As always, the easiest tutorials come from me so read on for a quick but absolutely lovely project! This tutorial is light on photos because the last, similar tutorial is heavy on them so ...

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WIP – 4/23/2014 from What the Bobbin?





sneaky peek


This is a sneaky peek of my Four-in-art “Urban Landmark” challenge quilt. It’s a little wild. Come back on May 1st for the big reveal.





Thanks to #thefridaynightsewalong on Instagram, I am finally caught up on my Sew Kitschy BOMs. Yay!


Quiet Play


Don’t forget to enter my Don’t Drool on the Fabric FQ bundle giveaway.


What have you been working on?

wtb orange

Linking up with Freshly Pieced.

Needle and Thread Thursday

April To-DO

  • Frowny frog secret DONE
  • Birthday Bash – Nicole 4/20 DONE
  • Birthday Bandy – Joey 4/30 DONE
  • Four-in-art “Landmark” 5/1 DONE
  • College Days Blog Hop 6/17 DONE
  • Sew Kitschy ...

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WIP Wednesday – Lots Of Quilting Done from Pieced With Love


Sun is coming out already, Im sure it will be a great day, especially Amelie is going back to kindergarten after a long time illness and more than 1 week easter vacation. And its really a relief to have the normal days back. And totally excited, this evening I will join my first ever guild meeting. Preparing some handbinding stuff to take with me.


Every Which Way Pillow – coordinated pillow to Amelies quilt is nearly finished. First Time I did so much quilting on a project, but the texture is amazing, totally love it. not perfect, especially in the ...

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April 22, 2014
Don’t Drool on the Fabric – Giveaway! from What the Bobbin?

Dont drool on the fabric giveaway


My friend Emily over Sew ET has opened a fabric shop, Don’t Drool on the Fabric. How fun is that!? To celebrate her new venture, we decided to put together a fat quarter bundle for a giveaway. Actually, Emily is so sweet, she has decided to giveaway 2 FQ bundles. Nice, right?

Two random winners will receive a fat quarter bundle of the 6 pictured fabrics above:

- Moda Happy Halloween Stars
- Moda California Girl Seaglass by Fig Tree & Co
- Moda Serenade by Kate Spain
- Moda Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille
- Robert Kaufman Metro Living
- Free Spirit Habitat by Jay McCarroll ...

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All About Quilt Fabric and Printable Reminder Cards from Patchwork Posse

Saving time is what this is all about.  Having one place to go to for all the good stuff.  There are a few basics that come in handy when shopping for fabric– like what the pre-cut bundles are made of, how many inches is an 1/8 cut?  What is a fat quarters dimensions….things like that.

I am always on pause mode when someone mentions one of these type of subjects.  I don’t know!

Well, really I do. But for the life of me I can’t remember.

That is where the printable share cards come in handy ...

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Serger Camp 2014 from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I attended Serger Camp.  Three days of serger class put together by Ellicott City Sew-Vac.

I purchased the Enlighten, a great serger, last year during the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Baltimore.  During the class, I had an opportunity to work with the Evolution.  The Evolution is an over-lock and a cover-stitch machine.  It does the job of two machines.
That means that I had to box up this pretty little thing to make room for my new machine.
This is the Evolution.  It does everything. It has over-lock stitches, cover-stitches and is just plain awesome. 
I reviewed ...

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April 21, 2014
Easter Sunday and a pattern review from Ellyn's Place

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! Ours was fantastic! After church, we went to visit some friends who have a beautiful field of Texas Bluebonnets in their yard. Ally got dressed up all pretty and let me take some pictures of her in the bluebonnets....

Back at home, Ally had made me a basket this year! What a treat (you can see her basket behind mine)
 My basket has a pretty candle, a puzzle, socks and notebooks and pens.

I spent the rest of the day sewing. I had bought the Washi Dress pattern months ago. I confess ...

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Pat Sloan: Editor show from Pat Sloan's Blog


Be sure to CLICK HERE to catch up on my prior shows!

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Jennifer Keltner and Jody Sanders chat about Stash RX and studio reorganization in this tip filled show! They recorded the show at the American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine office in Des Moines Iowa. 

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