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April 23, 2014
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

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 – Feb & Apr DONE
  • In the ...

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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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Party Dresses from Mama Love Quilts

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

I made a couple of Easter dresses for my girls. What a joy it was to watch them wear them!

Here's the little one.

Easter Dresses1

I had a totally different fabric combo in mind for the dress for the big one, but once she saw the dress I made for her sister, she wanted one just like it. Thankfully, I had enough fabric left over from making the first dress.
Easter Dresses2

I'll say that the dresses were well received by the girls.

Easter Dresses3

I used the Party Dress pattern by the Cottage Mama. It ...

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My new obsession from Quilternity's Place

This seems to be my latest obsession! I love these bags and I love making them. It's so much fun to match fabrics, zippers and hardware.

I finished up the Two-zip Hipster I made for a friend yesterday morning and then, since I already had this bag all cut out, I went ahead and made it up too. I'm almost at the point where I can do it without consulting the pattern now. :)

I used Amy Butler's Soul Blossom Peacock Feathers fabric for the outside of the bag and Rhapsodia by Art Gallery Fabrics for the lining ...

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Quilt Design a Day – 4/21/2014 from What the Bobbin?




Surf block


This is the block I created using Electric Quilt 7*affiliate link*. The design seeds picture serves as color and shape inspiration.


Surf 1




Joint the fun over on the Quilt Design a Day Facebook group.

wtb orange




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Frowny Frog baby booties & Easter Basket from What the Bobbin?



The perfect gift for a new baby? Booties, of course! I have made a couple different versions so far, here and here. Everyone I know that has recently had a baby or are about to, will probably be getting some similar booties.

Isn’t the frowny frog print fantastic? I love this Happy Drawing Organic Frog White/Green Fabric. *affiliate link


I made these booties for my friend Stephanie @ QuarterIncher. I just love how tiny they are. They almost make me want to have another baby…almost.


While making Stephanie’s new baby some booties I thought it would be ...

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City and Guilds Module 3 from Quilting Along the Grain

Last term was filled with teaching classes and working on Module 3: Colour and Applique.

I love colour and have 3/4 books by my bed all about the chemistry of colour, the meaning of colour and the development of synthetic pigments.

As usual I had to investigate colour, which was fun! Then I had to choose an artist to research. In February I visited a exhibition about Henri Matisse's paper cuts at Strouds Museum in the Park.

His paper cuts were completed when he was too ill to paint and sculpt, but the need to create art remained ...

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Easy Skirt for Little Girls- DIY Video Tutorial from Crafty Gemini

This week I'm bringing you a DIY tutorial for a little girl's skirt.

Now that the weather is warming up it's the perfect time to whip up a few (or a dozen!) of these.

This project is great for beginners who want to try their hand at some simple garment sewing.  Kid sewing projects are the best to practice your skills on because they whip up quickly and don't require much fabric. 

easy skirt for little girls tutorial

The skirt has an elastic waistband and only requires two measurements, about 1/2 yard of fabric (for up to a 3T size) and ...

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Selfish sewing: Blue Bird Sureau from The Village Haberdashery

I made a new dress! I’ve had my eye on the Sureau Dress pattern from Deer & Doe* for ages and when I was organising my stash the other day I found the perfect fabric to team it with: the Blue Bird design from Gennine Zlatkis’ Alegria collection for Cloud9! This collection was one of the first I stocked in the shop and I loved it all. When I saw how fast the Blue Birds were going I took some for myself and it’s been on my shelf ever since.


I love this dress and I’m so pleased ...

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April 20, 2014
Quilt Design a Day – 4/20/2014 from What the Bobbin?




Easter hues block


This is the block I created using Electric Quilt 7*affiliate link*. The design seeds picture serves as color and shape inspiration.


Easter hues2



Happy Easter!



Joint the fun over on the Quilt Design a Day Facebook group.

wtb orange




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Another Pretty from MQX and the STASH REPORT from caledonia quilter

This wasn't an award winner at MQX, but I think it's so pretty.  I didn't photo the card with the name of the maker, so if you know who it is let me know and I'll update this.
I love the way she (he?) fussy cut the blades.

And here is my TFUQ - the Batik Cats.  Formerly the March/April Challenge.  Yay - it's on the frame right now being quilted.  Since it's Easter weekend I thought I'd take some time to work on my own stuff.
I dragged out my invoice from New ...

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Sunday Stash – 4/20/14 from What the Bobbin?

Molli Sparkles

Happy Easter!



Some stashin’ ain’t so exciting y’all. Though, it is quite necessary :)



And because you can never have enough cute prints in your stash…in my opinion. I scooped these little guys up from Bunny’s Designs. Left to right, Licein Kawaii school lunch cheater, Licein Kawaii school on grey, and various scraps. Ahhhdorable! That school lunch print will come in handy for the next round of my Fussy Square Swap.


What have you been stashin’?

wtb orange

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