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December 17, 2021
Christmas Star for Selina 1, 2 from Virtual Quilter

I have had some fun with colours out of my comfort zone in project files I have been playing with for years. Colours are as I said, out of my comfort zone, but I like the designs!

Like the second design more than the first. Perhaps the colours are growing on me.

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October 12, 2021
Christmas quilting for decoration or gifts from Pieced Brain

Christmas quilting for decoration or gifts

Do you like Christmas quilting for decoration or gifts? Here is an idea to turn the blocks you have already made into a finished project!

You saw this quilt before it was quilted and bound (click here for the post), where I worked with 12″ blocks I had made to test quilt patterns. It has become part of my work process: test patterns using similar fabrics so that, one day, I can turn those blocks into a quilt.

It reminds me of the “leaders and enders” process, where you begin and end chain-piecing with scraps of fabrics that you then ...

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October 7, 2021
Christmas quilt pattern with poinsettias from Pieced Brain

Christmas quilt pattern with poinsettias

Make this beautiful Christmas quilt pattern with poinsettias in one weekend! Display it on the wall, the table, or as a throw. However you use it, it is sure to contribute to the warm welcome you will extend to your family and friends this holiday, and for many to come!

Photo by American Quilter. Used with permission.

“Holiday Cheer” was just published in the November 2021 issue of the American Quilter magazine. I love this photograph so much! It provides the perfect setting for this bold, geometric design. And the colors!!!

The quilt measures 63-1/2″ x 63-1/2″ and ...

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September 30, 2021
Stars on Ramsay Terrace 7, 8 from Virtual Quilter

Love the first design for today …

… love the second one too.

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July 20, 2021
Star for Selina OP 11, 12 from Virtual Quilter

A formation dance team made up of stars!

The stars in the second design look as though they are trying to imitate a major star.

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June 28, 2021
Christmas Quilts with 12-inch Quilt Blocks from Pieced Brain

Christmas Quilts with 12-inch Quilt Blocks

Make quick Christmas Quilts with 12-inch Quilt Blocks that you forgot you had! Simple layouts translate into fast gifts or holiday decor.

Last Saturday, after writing a pattern I decided I wanted to spend the rest of the day sewing. I actually wanted to see if I could make a quilt with some test blocks I had. You know that when I test blocks I try to use similar fabrics for many of them so, down the line, I can just put them together into a quilt. That was my mood that day.

The quilt above was the first one ...

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June 22, 2021
2 Free Quilt Patterns to Download Now from Pieced Brain

2 Free Quilt Patterns to Download Now

Here are 2 Free Quilt Patterns to Download Now! Both with jewel tones – perfect as gifts or to add color to your home decor. Choose from a panel quilt or a row-by-row design, or make the two projects.

Swan Lake Quilt #1

I designed two quilts (click on their names to download them) for the Swan Lake collection by David Stavitzski for Blank Quilting. The fabrics will be in stores in July, so read on for all the details because they are a must-have! The more I look at the prints, the more I remember the cloisonné earrings I love ...

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June 10, 2021
Fran’s Five Patches 3, 4 from Virtual Quilter

Very feminine!

Not to mention, pretty!

The butterfly fluttering by is pretty too!

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December 6, 2020
Oh Scrap! : More Stars from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I have been making good progress on all of my current scrap quilts, but I thought I would share with you today my pink star blocks.

Last week I shared how I started making these pink and gray stars from some scraps I thought looked great together.

From the scraps I had, I was able to cut enough bits to make a total of nine blocks - three blocks of each pink print.  I have been slowly sewing them together this week.  Sorry about the nighttime photos (it is when I sew) but you can see the plaid really overpowers the ...

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December 2, 2020
Sometimes Quilts Start Themselves from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework


I finished my red scrap blocks so I moved onto my pink color bin.  I am trying to just use my smaller scraps to clean them out of my scrap bins.  So it takes a lot of sorting to find just the right size.

As I was pulling out all the larger chunks of scraps, I saw all these pink and black scraps.  And instantly thought.....Hmmm, I might be able to do something with those!

So I grabbed some Shadow Gray solid and soon had a star block.

I am not sure how many blocks I will be able ...

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October 19, 2020
Sealink Starr OP 6, 7, 8 from Virtual Quilter

I love the first design for today.

The blocks shine, and so does the quilting.

Love the second one too, for the same reasons I love the first one.

The last design is interesting, but one of the first two is the winner for today. You can choose which one.

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October 17, 2020
Vivienne’s Star Quilt 5, 6 from Virtual Quilter

Love it, love it, love it!

A bit too busy, but I do like it, but it is not my favourite for today.

I have just noticed that i have used Mum’s favourite colour, purple, Dad’s favourite green, and Viv rather liked pink when she was little. The combination is one of my favourite combinations.

Jinny Beyer is my favourite quilter, and her use of colour is wonderful.

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August 20, 2020
Star for Selina 13, 14 from Virtual Quilter

The Star for Selina block is in full colour in the centre of the design above, and all the other blocks are the same block designs with some pieces left out. Look closely and you can see where the seam lines should be … I would use those lines as quilting lines.

I like stars on a dark background … after all, we cannot see stars during the day when the sun is shining.

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July 29, 2020
Ratification Stars from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Recently, I watched the 4 hour American Experience documentary "The Vote".  I realized I had forgotten so much about the struggle women endured for generations to obtain my right to vote.  I highly recommend the show.    Here is what is said about the show:

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

In its final decade, from 1909 to ...

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July 10, 2020
Get this free quilting pattern for a Christmas wall hanging from Pieced Brain

Get this free quilting pattern for a Christmas wall hanging

Download today this free quilting pattern that I designed for Moda Fabrics and begin making a beautiful and easy Christmas quilt for the perfect Holiday home decor! It will look fantastic by the mantel or as a table topper – you decide!

Starry Eve

“Starry Eve” measures 59-1/2″ x 59-1/2″, the blocks finish at 20-1/2″, and the center block is machine appliqued. The gorgeous fabrics are from the Poinsettias and Pine Metallic collection by Moda Fabrics. It has all our favorite traditional holiday colors, with aqua for added brightness.

This Christmas quilt pattern is ideal to display all ...

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