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November 17, 2021
Forever Stars Throw Quilt Kit in Hometown Americana Vol 3! from Busy Hands Quilts

Forever Stars has been kitted in the Throw size by Connecting Threads in their Hometown Americana Vol 3 fabric collection!  This is a big bold star quilt in lovely Americana colors of navy and brick red.

The Forever Stars quilt pattern includes 6 sizes - Baby, Lap, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King, and is very quick with those huge stars!

The quilt kit is available right here.

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November 13, 2021
Shooting Stars Throw Quilt Kit in Oxford Hall! from Busy Hands Quilts

Shooting Stars has been kitted by Connecting Threads in the Throw size in their Oxford Hall fabric collection!  This is a bold, masculine quilt in blues and deep red on a background of black.

The Shooting Stars quilt pattern includes two sizes - Throw and Queen - and both sizes are the exact same design with different block sizes.  The queen size quilt will have big, bold stars!

The quilt kit is available right here.

The Shooting Stars quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop.

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November 9, 2021
Giant Star Quilt Pattern - A Throw Quilt in Moda Grunge Blues and Black! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I have another Giant Star quilt to share with you!  This one is the Throw size in bold black and blues. 

This is a quick and easy quilt pattern that includes four sizes and looks great in so many color combinations.  

Four Sizes!

Giant Star includes four sizes - Lap, Throw, Queen, and King - all rectangular with the length just a bit larger than the width.  All four sizes are the exact same design with a different size of block in each size.  This means that the ...

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November 8, 2021
Giant Star Quilt Pattern - a Throw in Moda Grunge Gris! from Busy Hands Quilts

Stars are popular designs in quilts, and today I have a Giant Star quilt to share with you!  This is a quick and easy quilt that will look great in the favorite colors of whomever you're making your quilt for.  

Scroll down in this post for more ideas of fabric combinations for Giant Star.

This is a great pattern to make quilts for guys.  It looks great in man colors, as well as sports team colors.

Four Sizes!

Giant Star includes four sizes - Lap, Throw, Queen, and King - all ...

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October 22, 2021
Shooting Stars Quilt Pattern - The Throw Size in Belle Isle by Moda! from Busy Hands Quilts

I have a fun patriotic quilt to share today!  This is Shooting Stars, a new quilt pattern for you!

Of course, Shooting Stars can be made in your favorite colors and doesn't have to be Americana.

Shooting Stars Quilt Pattern

The Shooting Stars quilt pattern is a great way to let a large print focus sparkle as the star points.  The oversized floral from the Belle Isle collection is perfect for the points.  

The Irish Chain quilt blocks are made with two different fabrics placed in ...

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September 10, 2021
Spool Stars and Stitches Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Spools and Stitches Quilt by Jenny Doan for the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

In 1820 – for the very first time – thread was sold on spools. (Before that, it was skeins or hanks. Can you imagine the tangles?!)

The spools were made by a local woodturner, and the thread was wound by hand at the Clark Brothers’ factory in Paisley, Scotland. Like old fashioned soda bottles, these wooden spools came with an extra half-penny charge that was refunded when the empty spool was returned to the shop. My, how times have changed!

Spools and Stitches by Jenny Doan for the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

This week, Jenny is whipping up a homage to the magnificent spool with a brand new jelly roll quilt.

Spool Stars and ...

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September 3, 2021
A quilt to end the summer from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! Well, we made it through the first week of school and here we are, suddenly a few days into September. 2021 is now in its last quarter. Yikes! And right on schedule, we had a huge storm and the temperatures and humidity dropped lower than they have been in ages. It feels great out there today. Plus, I'm happy to report really good compliance on mask-wearing and distancing from my students so far. Hurray!

I have a finished quilt to show today, and it's a quilt from earlier this summer. I saved it just for the ...

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August 27, 2021
Forever Stars Throw Quilt in Hometown Americana! from Busy Hands Quilts

This week I finished a Forever Stars quilt in the Throw size.  Oh my, how I love those giant stars!  

The Quilt Kit!

Forever Stars has been kitted in the Throw size by Connecting Threads in their Hometown Americana Vol 3 fabric collection.  This quilt is made from their kit.  This fabric collection is printed on premium Luxe cotton grown in the USA.  It's a lovely collection of muted reds and navys.  The background fabric is a Faux Linen in navy, adding a lovely dimension to ...

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March 21, 2021
Project Quilting 12.6 Ab Intra from Stitchin at Home

 Up until this morning, I was not going to do this challenge. This week's challenge is Ab Intra, or "from within." At first glance, I think the theme is a little intimidating and I have too many raw emotions to contemplate putting them into this. 

But, you know there is always a but somewhere. While having a coffee this morning I thought of this challenge and how we as quilters give freely and put our heart into all we do. We are all stars! 

 So the challenge started at 7:27 AM, nothing like the last minute to do ...

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March 19, 2021
Small updates on small things from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! I hope you have been having a good week. It has been another busy one here, but today I hit a milestone: I have walked 150 kilometers since January 1. That's 93 miles! There's either something seriously wrong with me or I'm having a lot of stress. It may be both because I really wanted to hit this milestone today so I went out walking in the rain. At least it was warm-ish. Wet, though.

Today I just wanted to say hello to everyone so I just have a couple of small updates. I finished ...

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March 18, 2021
A Beauty of a Quilt from Ann Quilts

 Here's a gorgeous quilt.  It's as simple as that.

This quilt came to me for repair.  The quilt dates to c1850.  As old as it is, it is in nearly pristine condition, save for a place in the center where it got wet somehow with something.

Here's how fabric looks in an undamaged block.

You can see that whatever spilled on the quilt ate away at the brown fabric, and also carried some of the dye into the white background.  It's interesting (though sad, of course) to witness how the liquid ran along the fibers of ...

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February 13, 2021
Stars in snow from The Academic Quilter

 Hello everyone! A new blog post-- what a surprise! Life has been happening around here. Oh, well. The good news is that I have *one* working light in my sewing room now, and I have a new floor in the living area, which was a real adventure. A good story for another time! It does involve a mini jackhammer, though.

Anyway, in these weird circumstances, I finished my Ohio Stars quilt top! Here she is:

It's winter, it's pretty cold, and there is a lot of snow (for Maryland) on the ground, but she still shines, right? 
This ...

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February 5, 2021
Dogwood Stars from Nestlings By Robin

Welcome Dogwood Stars
featuring Connecting Threads' 
new fabric line.......

During testing I made my
own version using these
fabrics because the 
color way spoke to me 
but wasn't available yet.
I am a sucker for pretty
much any fabric with 
script on it!!

This design has simple
piecing along with 
fusible applique'.

The diamonds in the border 
sections are all applique'
vs. piecing so cut and stick:)

These little tweezers make
placement of small pieces
so much easier.  
sheet so that these bits
are all applied making 
completed flowers BEFORE
fusing to ...

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November 17, 2020
Works in progress from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! How are you all doing? Yesterday, while I was trying valiantly to teach a class to students who are seriously exhausted, several dump trucks came and dumped fill dirt outside the almost-finished garage. I was annoyed as all get out and happy as a clam at the same time. It was loud and disturbing, but it means that my garage only has one more step to go. So I guess my current mood would best be  described as annoyed-happy. Or maybe happily annoyed?

Today I just have a couple of updates on things I'm working on, a ...

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October 30, 2020
Hsts for fall from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! Yeah, I know, it's been a while. What can I say? Thanks for your emails checking up on me! I'm okay, really. There has been stitching happening, but not writing. I do what I can, you know? And some things are looking up. A huge problem that we were having at work looks like it's going to resolve (hurray!) and I finished an 8-week class that I was teaching, so now I have a tiny bit more time. Zoom remains exhausting, but in between classes I sometimes play videos of my grandkids singing the ABCs ...

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October 13, 2020
Pandemic Porch Quilt Show, Days 11- 12: A Batik Chandelier and a Millenium Quilt from Gefilte Quilt

Day #11: "Chandelier, Shaken"

This quilt is improv paper pieced, using batik fabrics.


Much closer:

A little to the left: 

Finally, from the back - I like the way the light creates a stained glass effect!

It was pure fun, with minimal measuring. The techniques I used (though not this actual pattern) are in my booklet, "Modern Paper Piece Log Cabin Triangles," in my etsy shop, CathyPstudio, here.

Day #12: A Millenium Quilt

This large quilt (74" x 93", it almost hit the ceiling) is made of 2,000 squares, cut 2.5".

A little closer:


Backstory: In the ...

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October 5, 2020
Sunnyside Quilt Kit in True Colors by Tula Pink! from Busy Hands Quilts

I'm super excited to share with you that Sunnyside has been kitted by Quilted Works in St. George, Utah!  Isn't it stunning in a rainbow of Tula Pink! I sure think so.

And I love it when you all take my patterns and make them your own.  I had never envisioned Sunnyside in more than two colors as shown in yellow and gray in the pattern cover below!  Now a multi-colored version is on my must-make list. 

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October 4, 2020
Hello, Autumn, Darling Quilt from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!

Are you enjoying autumn as much as I am?
It makes me want to curl up with a new quilt,
for keeping cozy on these cool evenings.

I was stricken with All-Hallows-Eve fever
from the moment I discovered this beautiful fabric
from Fig Tree Quilts.
I first saw it used with the "Merry Christmas, Darling" quilt pattern
from Cotton Way, and it shot to the top of my must-make list.

I found this pattern to be extremely enjoyable to sew.

At first, I planned to stick with the color arrangement
shown on the pattern cover.

Pretty soon, though ...

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September 2, 2020
Multi-Color Stars from TheEclecticAbuela

 Another string quilt!

Multi-Colored Stars 78" x 78"


Multi-Colored Stars (detail)


Multi-Colored Stars (back and binding detail)


 It's a little crazy--I have another in the works that I think will show the secondary pattern to better effect.


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August 23, 2020
School Colors Quilt - The Perfect Graduation and Sports Team Quilt Pattern! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm sharing this Moda Grunge School Colors quilt.  It's definitely on my favorite list!

School Colors is available in the Busy Hands Quilts Pattern Shop.

School Colors Quilt

I've been on a Moda Grunge kick recently, making several quilts in this super versatile fabric.  The variation in colors gives amazing depth and texture to quilts that would be impossible to achieve with solids.

Stunning Two-Color Quilt

What do school colors and sports teams have in common?  They generally have two colors, sometimes with an accent thrown in.  My hometown colors are bright blue, red, and white ...

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