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September 9, 2021
A little progress from Quilting and More...

I think I’ve cut out all of the major pieces for my current project — it took a while, since I had to wait for the black background fabric to arrive. However, I’ve now pieced the central LeMoyne Star and have begun working on the feathered star that surrounds it. Most of what you see […]

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September 5, 2021
Next project from Quilting and More...

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been taking a fantastic set of online classes from Philippa Naylor. The last class in the series is a tutorial on making a feathered star quilt with a LeMoyne Star center. I’ve always loved both feathered stars and LeMoyne Stars, so this was a no-brainer for me. As I rooted […]

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May 14, 2021
It's a Star Thing from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

From a recent post where I showed my "Pressed Flowers" quilt, a friend asked (when we video chatted last month and I was sewing on the binding) is this where my adventure with that star started?

Indeed, this was the start of all my quilts and tops with those stars.  I just love, love, love that star.

So, sit back and enjoy all of those stars.  Stars on the brain!  LOL

First off is my "Pressed Flowers"

Next and so on are all my finished quilts.

A quilt for my great nephew who is a star!

How about a vase ...

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January 14, 2021
crumb star from Making A Lather

I haven't been able to add to the pink drawer of 2 1/2 inch strips in a long time. It is full. I noticed some red had worked it's way into the drawer when I wasn't looking, too. I have a new rainbow scrap challenge block I want to make to use from this drawer and help clean and organize it.

The first step was to divide the strips into width of fabric strips and shorter. I was curious about how many would fall into each category. I grabbed a part of the pile for the ...

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December 21, 2020
Famous French Sablés de Noël Recipe from Quilting Stories

French Christmas Cookies

French Christmas Cookies

French Christmas Cookies

Family big success : I have not the time to cook a batch that I have to prepare the next one, as those cookies are eaten in no time!! 

Therefore I thought of writing for you the recipe of my own family very easy French Stars sablés de Noêl.

Regarding the glazed hazelnut and almond biscuits I followed Christelle's recipe in her French blog Cookismo : Click


  • Flour                    190 g
  • Butter (soft)         125 g
  • Sugar                   125 g
  • Eggs                     3 egg yolks (keep the whites for the hazelnut cookies)
  • Salt                       1 pinch
  • Ginger powder     1 tablespoon 
  • Baking powder ...

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November 9, 2020
Two Antique Quilts from Quilting Stories

Summer in France

Summer in France

Two antique quilts

Hi everyone! Back to Greece... and to my blog after a long summer in France. I am still busy there restoring my 19th century summer house bought five years ago. I love doing this job and especially  decorating, with the drawback that it keeps me temporarily away from quilting. 

I have sent most of my quilts, the antique ones and those done by me, from Greece to France, with the aim of a future exhibition, but not only : my house is going to be filled with quilts on beds, on couches, hanged on walls...

The above picture ...

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November 5, 2020
Couldn't help myself! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

LOL ..... I just couldn't do it!  Make the pattern as is?  Nope.  Not me.  Mind you, the pattern looks ok as is.

So, I was staring at my design wall and thinking ..... you know, it is dangerous when I think ...... what could I do to make it different?

Stars.  Stars are needed.  What kind of stars?  The perfect pattern was found on my EQ 7 and Blockbase.

This is a start.  It may not be the final layout, but a good start.  The stars will float across two rows right into the border.

I feel good about this new ...

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August 21, 2020
LeMoyne Star Quilt Finished from Fret Not Yourself

"The evil that is inside men is at the last a matter for men to control. 
The responsibility and the hope and the promise are in your hands - your hands and 
the hands of the children of all men on this earth.
 The future cannot blame the present, just as the present cannot blame the past.
The hope is always here, always alive,
but only your fierce caring can fan it into a fire to warm the world."
~Susan Cooper in Silver on the Tree

LeMoyne String Stars quilt is finally finished. Hooray! Quilting started last week and now the ...

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August 19, 2020
Rustic Christmas – FREE Pattern from Gray Barn Designs

Good morning, everyone!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio on this sunny August day.  Sandy and I are excited to show you the final version of our Rustic Christmas FREE Pattern.  Santa on Bush branded

The great thing about this FREE PATTERN is you have several options for finishing your paper pieced blocks.  Want some cute mini pillows to bring some charm to your home?  Give this FREE PATTERN a try!

Mini Pillows branded

Maybe you would like a cute banner for your fireplace!  Give this FREE PATTERN a try!

Stocking Branded

How about a cute wall hanging, table topper or table runner?  Give this FREE PATTERN a ...

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July 14, 2020
Tuesday Tangents: AQS QAL Complicated and Resized, Under the Stars Kit Augmented, and Block #5 Planned for Beware the Ishmaelites Sampler from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, and Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I spent some time tidying up my studio yesterday, so I rewarded myself with a few design diversions this morning before getting back to work on my Spirit Song quilt.  

First Tangent: AQS Summer Star QAL

First I played in EQ8, redrafting the AQS Summer Star QAL project that caught my eye in their email newsletter.  Here's what I came up with:

The original design by Betsey Langford, shown below, finishes at 72" x 72", which is not a useful size for me right now.  I thought this would make a good baby ...

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July 10, 2020
New pattern: Buffalo Check Autumn from Carried Away Quilting

If you’re a quilter, chances are you love buffalo check and gingham. These timeless fabrics exude a sense of warmth, comfort, and belonging. Buffalo check in particular has become a hot design trend, a contemporary classic. I’m excited to share a new quilt pattern with you today, one that pairs a buffalo check motif with oversized, modern pumpkins and bold, classic stars: Buffalo Check Autumn!

Buffalo Check Autumnfinishes at 72 1/2” x 84 1/2”. For your reference, in my photographs I have layered it atop a coverlet on a queen-sized bed. The quilt fits the ...

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June 30, 2020
Last Day to Enter the Electric Quilt Design Challenge + Andover Fabrics Giveaway! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, my lovelies, and Happy Tuesday!

Today's post is just a quickie -- I stumbled across an Electric Quilt software design contest sponsored by Andover Fabrics to promote their new Century Solids line of solids.  The winner gets a free collection of beautiful muted, historically inspired solid fabrics to add to their stash, and you still have time to enter -- but today is the deadline.  

Here's my entry:

These are 20" star blocks that could be made from either a jelly roll or a honey bun (although you'd need to go skimpy on your seam allowances if ...

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June 20, 2020
☆ Land of Magic Quilt ☆ from Charm About You

Land of Magic quilt by Charm About You pattern by Kid Giddy

I'm popping in to share a finish, which was actually done last month but what with all the nothingness going on I got sidetracked. The quilt top finally got finished in April and I was excited to quilt it. Honestly it's been a while since I made a quilt, there has been some hand sewing / cross stitch / blackwork in my life and I have been working on piecing another quilt top but my other projects seem to have all turned into cushions!

quilt being quilted on an Elna sewing machine

The quilt pattern is the Land of Magic Quilt by Kid Giddy, you can purchase the ...

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June 6, 2020
Should I Jump Into BERNINA's Summer Sparkle QAL? from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Oh my gosh, you guys -- I'm so smitten with a new quilt idea that I'm tempted to mask up and head to my not-quite-local quilt shop right NOW to buy fabric.  Never mind that I'm still slogging away at the long arm machine on my Spirit Song quilt, or that my son's Beware the Ishmaelites sampler is still languishing, untouched and barely begun, and my Modern Baby Clam Shells quilt has been cut out and waiting for me to start piecing it for an entire year...  I have eight works in progress at the moment, and ...

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April 11, 2020
Daniel's Stars, Disaster averted from Art In Search

     Over 7 years ago, I made Daniel a baby quilt. He was born with a terrible disease called Nemaline Myopathy. He can't swallow food or have much muscle control. He has had a hard time but is a determined fighter. Back then, I made him a Laurel Burch quilt called Running with the Horses
     Now, it dawned on me, he needed another quilt. With schools closed down, he is not getting help and instruction and all his care falls on his mom. I asked her what he liked and she said super heroes, animals, and the color red. 
      I ...

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March 26, 2020
» Charm About You

modern quilted rainbow fabric star

Colour has a big impact on us, it can affect our mood and bring us happiness, especially when its in the form of a rainbow

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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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April 30, 2016
Freedom from Sewn With Curves

How the year has flown by. I didn't believe adults when I was younger telling me that time just flies by as you get older but I am a believer. Now that I am 40, I can only imagine how quickly things will happen. Fingers crossed that I am ready for it.

I lost my sewing mojo for a while, hence the lack of posts in recent months. This was the first time in years that I didn't sew everyone's Christmas presents. I have decided to not put any stress on myself for any reason to finish ...

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