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August 5, 2019
Zen Life Quilt from Pieced Brain

Photograph by American Quilter magazine. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Today I introduce you to Zen Life, my quilt just published in the September 2019 issue of American Quilter magazine. Since I received it back from the publisher, I have had it in front of my office so I see it all the time. The vibes!

Zen Life measures 70-3/4" x 83-1/2" and the blocks finish at 9". I worked with the amazing Tonga Vivid batik collection by Timeless Treasures and the quilting was done by Melissa Kelly from Sew Shabby Quilting.

The blocks are made up ...

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August 2, 2019
Wonky Stars – Bright Beginnings from Clever Chameleon

Wonky Stars quilt flimsy first section

This month I am getting into my Island Batik Ambassador challenge really early. What a Star!

If you think that the enthusiasm is caused by new supplies, you’d be spot on! A new box of goodies from Island Batik always gets the creative juices flowing. The Island Batik Ambassador Challenge for me for August is to make a project featuring a star block of my choosing. I have long wanted to do something with wonky stars, so now is the time.

Blueberry Patch fabric collection by Island Batik.

I’ve already finished my August flimsy, and I didn’t even change my mind about what I ...

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June 17, 2019
Fourth of July Mini Quilt from Pieced Brain

This is All-Star, a pattern I designed with beautiful fabrics from the Tonga Patriot collection by Timeless Treasures. I know you have seen this quilt before - it measures 74” x 88” and the blocks finish at 12”. They are so easy to make!

I had one of these blocks on my design wall for the longest time, made with scraps. Before I began working on another project, I pulled the block down and turned it into a mini quilt.

I made a sandwich and stitched in the ditch using monofilament.

Then, using 40 wt navy blue thread and large stitches ...

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January 30, 2019
Vera’s Star 1, 2, 3, 4 from Virtual Quilter

I asked for some suggestions for names for the blocks with no names in my collection, particularly names starting with the least used letters of the alphabet. First suggestion was for Vera, and my first thought was that all the stars I had drawn had names.

I opened My Favorite Blocks library, and there was a star with no name.

It has now been named, and with some playing with colour placements I had more than enough for a One Block Quilt series.

The star in the centre is Vera’s Star … all the other blocks are exactly the same ...

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January 16, 2019
Stellar BOM – Block 5 from Blossom Heart Quilts

Block 5 for the Stellar BOM is now out! This one uses squares, small and large HSTs, and quarter-square triangles to create a different look of a sawtooth star block.

Stellar BOM Block 5 with AccuQuilt Qube by

Click here for the tutorial at AccuQuilt Australia

Did you know that there’s an AccuQuilt Addicts group on Facebook? AccuQuilt Australia run it and are actively involved, it’s great!


The post Stellar BOM – Block 5 appeared first on Blossom Heart Quilts.

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October 15, 2018
Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along – Block B from From My Carolina Home

The Autumn Jubilee quilt along continues today with the second block to mix with the pumpkins.  Did you get some pumpkins made?  You’ll see more of my quilt retreat photos as I constructed most of these blocks there.  Staying ahead of the quilt along was a challenge this year, LOL!!  Quilt retreat came at just the right time.

Going big with 12-inch finished blocks, let’s mix a star with them.   I figured out this Nine Patch Star last Christmas with the quilt Table Topper Quilt Along, and thought it would be a major stashbuster for Autumn Jubilee.  So ...

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September 24, 2018
Seeing Stars: Modified Blocks from Wedding Dress Blue

I caught up on the “curvy” blocks by not doing them curvy.


See, I knew that there was little chance I could complete 28 applique blocks and there needed to be some connection in the quilt.


So, (ta-dah!) I have started on these little blocks that mirror the center of the modified curvy blocks.

Good choice?

Thanks to Melissa for the Seeing Stars Quiltalong.  Even though I have changed a few things, I have found it most inspiring.

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September 17, 2018
Seeing Stars: (Non)Improv Blocks And Basic Blocks from Wedding Dress Blue

Still playing catch up. 20180915_203203

I wasn’t feeling very “improv” myself, I guess, but the Improv Blocks came out as Basic Blocks.  Maybe I should have varied the centers somehow?   But, at least they are done.


And the Basic Blocks, too.

Nearly caught up and looking forward to next week’s final release of the Seeing Stars Quiltalong.

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August 19, 2018
Seeing Stars Quiltalong: Three BIG Blocks from Wedding Dress Blue

The first blocks of the Seeing Stars quilt-along came out this week:  24″ Double Star Block.  DSC01187

People will sometimes comment that they are surprised I can work with such small pieces.  Actually, the challenge this week was working with such LARGE pieces.  It has been a long time.  When working across long seams and big pieces things like direction of grain and  pinning become much more important.

Also, my thanks to Melissa for a great tip this week.  Check out her post and see how she pins pieces to help her flying geese be more precise.  It really makes a ...

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April 17, 2018
Star Spangled BOM with Fort Worth Fabric Studio: Corner Stars from Carried Away Quilting

Hello quilting friends!  I’m popping in today to share my progress on the “Star Spangled” block of the month hosted by Fort Worth Fabric Studio and designer Lindsey Weight. Last night I made the darling corner star blocks for this patriotic quilt, and I love how they came out.   

Lindsey’s instructions called for two different pairs of red and blue corner star blocks, and hers are so pretty. But I got it into my head that I wanted to make mine tonal, red-on-red. After I made the first one, I liked it so well that I made the ...

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March 26, 2018
Christmas All Year Block of the Month - Block Three - Star Quartet from Pamela Quilts

Time for the next block of the Christmas all year Block of the Month! 

This month's block is Star Quartet.  This block is actually made from four smaller blocks!  So cute - and you can almost count this as a mini...

Two of the blocks are made with Dark green for the star, and two are made with the background as the star.  Be warned, it can be tricky to sew the background as the star, it was very confusing to my brain at times!

Download the instruction sheet on Craftsy:

Christmas Star Quartet

For this block you will need ...

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February 21, 2018
GTKH, Now in a 6-Inch Wide Strip Bundle! from Marcus Fabrics

Nancy Rink’s GTKH: Getting to Know Hue collection inspires a fresh new look for 2018, with a new 6″ WIDE precut bundle (24 prints) and two new patterns designed by Tiffany Hayes, a friend of Nancy’s, and the owner of Needle in a Hayes Stack.

Tiffany created the “Stars Over Hue” pattern specifically for the new 6” wide strip bundles, then quickly followed up with a second quilt, a re-work of her existing Double Churn block.  Tiffany  manipulated the block design until she was able to utilize all of the pieces in the strip bundle, and the result ...

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September 25, 2017
Philippians 4:8. Sewing Studio Tour Part 7. A Scrappy Finish. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 4:8
A list of what we should think you sometimes have stinky thinking?  I know I do.  Here is our solution.  Right in verse 8.

Here's my application:
It's not very pretty - it's part of an unedited paint chip card. 
 Oh, I've written about making various types of Scripture Memorization cards here and here.  I even made a Portable Prayer Journal.  

But this one is different.  
It's real.  
It's simply what God wants me to learn.  
It's not about pretty this time. It's about God ...

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