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August 19, 2019
Machine Embroidery Snap Tabs from Becca's Crazy Projects

This weekend I had a terrible time managing to crank out a sock. Those of you who are here for all the other crazy projects I guess this is good news. For me, it was cranking five socks to have one suitable sock. I did manage to kitchener some of the toes on socks from last week, so I was productive. 
I decided to take a break from socks to stitch up a snap tab for a friend. 
The design is from String Theory Fabric Art. They have so many amazing and geeky designs.
I know a Star Wars person ...

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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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July 2, 2019
Star Spangled Banner 5-pointed paper pieced star in 2 sizes: 6″ and 12″ from Wisonsin Quilting

Celebrate a bit of US history with your own 5-pointed star. Paper piecing gives you precise points and lets you easily adjust the background to your needs. The original Star Spangled Banner, sewed in 1813 by Mary Pickersgill originally had cotton stars measuring 24″ across. Purchase the 6 inch and 12 inch paper pieced stars for $5 and pass down some history for your own family. The stars themselves measure 5-1/2″ or 11″ from tip to tip. Blocks finish at 6″ and 12.”

Mary Pickersgill, a flag maker in Baltimore in 1813 was commissioned to sew a huge ...

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May 22, 2019
Down by the Lake from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

That is the name of this quilt.  The greens and blues at the cottage in spring/summer months.  The red is for the maple trees that turn a glorious red in the fall.  We opened our cottage for the season this past Sunday and I took this quilt out for photos, but it rained and that opportunity was lost.  So, next best is out back of our home.

This was my inspiration.  Blues and greens.  The colours at our cottage.
This quilt has had a lot of revamping from start to finish.  I wanted to design something special, but ended ...

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May 17, 2019
Stolen: Red, Pink and Yellow Quilted Wall Hanging from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Mitzi is asking for help in locating a beautiful strip star wall hanging sized quilt that was taken from her car when the car was stolen in Seattle Washington. Mitzi reports that on October 30, 2017 her car was stolen. It is believed that in the commission of the crime this quilt, all her quilting fabric, and two nice Bernina sewing machines were taken. The vehicle was later located in Everett, Washington, but not the quilt or quilting related items.

Mitzi machine pieced and quilted this wall hanging as well as hand quilted inside the borders. If you have any ...

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February 24, 2019
Silly Sadie 5 from Virtual Quilter

I haven’t found anything using Serendipity that I would ever want to use, but there are some interesting designs.

This one has some appeal, but not enough to cut up fabric for a real version. The block I used is shown in the border.

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February 4, 2019
Two Blocks -LHQSQ 2.0 from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

For the Left-Handed Quilter Sampler quilt along,  I have made my first two blocks.  Since there are 99 blocks to choose from and we are only making 25 of them, we can choose which ones we want to make.
My fabrics for this will be mostly Kaffe Fassett by Free Spirit.  The 10" squares and some charm packs were on sale and I couldn't resist the colorful delights.

The pieces were cut with my Accuquilt Go! cutter using the 8" Qube set.  These are 6 inch finished blocks, but the 2" square and 2" half-square triangles from that set ...

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January 30, 2019
An oldie, but goodie! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

I'm on a mission to get another UFO to the top stage.  Seven UFO's have been chosen to tackle this year and one of them is already done.  This was on the list and I might as well get it done.  I'm on a five-year plan to tackle my 35 UFO's.  Seven a year will do it.  There will definitely be new starts but ones that can quickly become finished tops.

Pressed Flowers.  This UFO has been hanging around for a long time.  Back in May 2011 and November 2011, I posted about getting borders on ...

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November 15, 2018
Return to Ohio! from Gray Barn Designs

Dear Sandy,

I am just so sneaky!  When you left Ohio in August after our whirlwind week of sewing, I secretly kept a vintage block leftover from your “Christmas in Ohio” table runner.

For anyone reading this,  you can download Sandy’s amazing table runner pattern by clicking on this link:  Christmas in Ohio Nov 2018

So, what was I suppose to do with one leftover vintage Ohio Star block?  Well, I made a cute little mini quilt for you!  It was suppose to be a surprise but I just couldn’t help myself and have to share it with ...

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October 19, 2018
Stars in my eyes from Espritpatch

So I tried very hard to finish my quilt top before the linky party closed but I was too late! Which was good in a way because the final top is too big for my frame so I will quilt it in portions (that will be a first for me!).

So in the end I made 4 parts that I will quilt independently and once quilted I will finalised the top and add the backing:
Part 1:

 Part 2: 
Part 3: 
Part 4:
And all 4 sections together
I am pleased with how this has turned out. And with the ...

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June 6, 2018
Carpenter's Star from Becca's Crazy Projects

This Carpenter's Star quilt was a great stash busting project.

I put this under Sew My Stash 2018 because Other than the backing fabric, I didn't buy anything to finish this project.
I pulled out all the quilting books (links at the bottom of the post) to try to figure out what to do with the quilting.
In the end it didn't end up being fancy quilting, but I think it is effective. Swirls are my favorite!
This is the back of the quilt so you can see the details of the quilting on the center star ...

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April 26, 2018
Angles and Squares from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Another quilt ..... another finish!  Oh, how happy am I to finally have this quilt done.

I really do need to thank my garage girl friends again and again and again for pushing me to get my quilts done by either me or by someone else.  They are so happy to see a finished quilt and that means my list is dwindling.  Any top that a LAer can do, off they go now.  No more hoarding with wishful thinking that it can be hand quilted.  Sadly, those days are fading into the sunset and only the special ones I hold onto ...

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April 20, 2018
Pauline’s Quilted Stars from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Pam Carnes hopes to recover a quilt she made for her late mother, Pauline James. The quilt was last seen in 2016 in Vassar, Michigan. The family believes a friend who visited Pauline may have taken the quilt because no one was able to find it any where in the home after Pauline passed away. The quilt may possibly have been sold at a garage sale.

This quilt is a large lap quilt, possibly about 40″ wide. The main colors are blue, black, yellow, red, and florals. It has an iron-on label on the back lower left corner. The label ...

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April 16, 2018
A Star, I Think - Part 3 from Ravelly1

I had the front pocket area of each shirt left over & thought, 'why not make a pillow from the mix.' As you can see, I kept the pockets, thinking, they would be perfect to place little momentos inside. 
What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear from you.

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April 13, 2018
Star, I'm Thinking - Part 2 from Ravelly1

I've added a row at the top and bottom of the body of the quilt to lend some length and that's that!!!

Now to get to work on the backing which sometimes takes longer to do than the top.....sigh
I'm using a couple of the t-shirts provided and the rest of the HSTs.

Finally done with the backing. Yeah!!! 
Now I'll need to quilt everything and present it to her.........I'm going to buckle down and get this done. You've heard it here!!

This is my own design that I sketched out a ...

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April 9, 2018
Star, I'm Thinking from Ravelly1

I think I'll name this "Morning Star." I'm making it for a family friend whose husband passed away last fall. Some of the blocks are made from his old shirts. I dug thru the stash, pulled out the dark fabrics to make the star come to life. I need to sew the rows together, add a border & make a backing from the extra HST. Hopefully this won't take long. Fingers crossed & all.

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March 3, 2018
3D Groovy Wrapped Star Finish from Pink Doxies

Wrapped Star

I have been buried deep in books about making 8 pointed stars. Construction methods, math, templates, names, and yes, new quilts I want to make this year! I think I'm in love with these versatile blocks! Technically, my 3D Groovy star is a Wrapped star as it has 4 strips to each star point, and perhaps also because of the 4 patches in the corner. I could not tease out if the pattern would still be called 'wrapped' without those, or if there were variations related to how the colors/values were used. It's nitty-gritty, but ...

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January 30, 2018
Star Crossed Quilt Top from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Joni Thomson is searching for her Star Crossed Quilt. The quilt top was last seen during August 2016 when it was shipped from Davenport, Florida to Salt Lake City, Utah. Some of the contents of the box were found and returned to her, but not this quilt top or the fabrics and scraps that were with it. In the box with the quilt top, there were several large pieces of fabric yardage in the aqua check, the solid white, the yellow dot, and three or four different red fabrics along with the pattern she used.

This quilt top is 48 ...

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Drumroll, Please: MORE New Projects! Feathered Star Baby Quilt Variations Designed in EQ8 from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Oh, SHHH!!!  I hear you all, clucking your tongues at me in disapproval!  Designing new projects in EQ8 is GOOD for me, and this little detour from my immediate projects only took me about 20 minutes, I swear.

44" x 44" Feathered Star Baby Quilt, Designed in EQ8
Okay, so designing the "bones" of this baby quilt only took 15-20 minutes.  Click, click, click, done!  Then I spent another 45 minutes playing with different color schemes and fabric possibilities.

Same Quilt, This Time With Novelty Prints
And This One in Kaffe Fassett Collective Prints
How fun is that, to see ...

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January 29, 2018
Farmhouse Baby Quilt & Stars from Pink Doxies

Farmhouse Star 

The plan I had for January was to sew a stack of baby quilts with stash so I had some on hand. Little did I know that most of what I sewed would be spoken for before I had finished. The baby announcements just keep coming! 

This scrappy star was born from the strips on my cutting table. I mixed in a few new stash fabrics for interest this time, but I keep recycling the scraps with the intent they will disappear. (I think they multiply when I look away.) I've been working on accuracy with these ...

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