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August 26, 2019
Meet Missouri Star Academy Instructor, Monique Jacobs from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Monique Jacobs of Open Gate Quilts, is also the instructor of one of our Missouri Star Academy Online Classes! She teaches how to color coordinate and piece together beautiful quilts from just picking through the loose ends of your already-made stash. Learn more about Monique and then join her in Stash Busting with Style!

Have you always had an eye for color combinations or was it something you had to teach yourself to do/look for?

I’ll be honest. I had to learn. According to my mom, she had doubts about my sense of color when I was young ...

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July 15, 2019
On to another project from Northern Deb Quilts

It has been raining since 7am and it hasn't let up...probably won't stop at all today if the weather app is correct. SO, it's a sew day. Al and I had plans to build the second window well on the new house...aww shucks...guess I'm stuck in the sewing room today. (Can't you just FEEL my disappointment?)
So here's todays project...

While making my Sister's Quilt, I made a pile of "leaders & enders".
My scrap bin is huge and almost overflowing...it was time to slice and dice.

 I cut a ...

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June 4, 2019
Another Stash Busting Project from The Quilt Rat

Okay, first of all let me clarify......it was someone else's stash...and I had help (thank you Susan). A few years back, a good friend showed me some wool fabric she was planning to rid herself of. She had been a rug hooker for many years but had pretty much given up that hobby for several others, so of course, I could not resist these beautiful hand dyed wools and said that perhaps I could do something with it. Well...guess what...it came to my house only to sit on a shelf until I finally decided I ...

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February 11, 2019
Licorice allsorts blanket from Granny Maud's Girl

I have almost knitted up all the 4 kilograms of Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 10 ply yarn I bought in 2014 when I seriously miscalculated how much I would need for the wedding blanket. Hurrah!

In late 2017, I started crocheting a Catherine wheel blanket that would use up the bulk of the remaining yarn. A little tired of the sight of the same two shades of grey and one of blue that I had been knitting with for so long, I added two 200-gram balls of purple (out of character for me, I know) and one of cream (I ...

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January 6, 2019
Sunday Evening String from Ravelly1

Greetings all! I didn't think I'd get back to sewing but Mr. Cowboy didn't need me for feeding so I was able to sew a couple of days and was able to finish the string quilt top.
I used a type of tissue paper as a foundation and had to peel off the pieces from the back of each block.  Whew! That took a bit of time.
Then it was on to the borders. Gene asked about the size of the blocks. They are 9 1/2 inches unfinished. Also, someone asked about the coordinating colors.....that ...

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December 10, 2018
Inspired by a Painting - A Quilt Gift from Studio Dragonfly Quilts


Sometimes a quilt takes time to evolve. This is one of those. Last year, we went to visit my son and his girlfriend. This was the first time I had met her. She is an artist and had a painting on the wall in their living room that I was really drawn to.


This was from a college class where the assignment was to paint something using only circles. I wanted to use the colors in this painting to make a quilt for them. The mixture of colors in the painting made me think about batik fabrics first, so a ...

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November 16, 2018
Bits and Pieces {Scrappy Sewing} from Little Bunny Quilts

Today I had been planning to share a bigger finish however a deluge of snow and ice interfered with my picture taking intentions! Hopefully next week I will have *multiple* finishes to show off. Instead, I have two small project finishes!

My church's ladies group is doing a craft table to raise money for service projects and I decided that I could easily make some table runners and place mats using scraps and some long-languishing yardage in my stash. This was a quick and easy way to whittle down some scrap piles of fabric and batting before we start ...

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September 30, 2018
Hunter’s star from Granny Maud's Girl

During my January tidy of my sewing room, I rediscovered a bag of blue fabrics that I had pulled out of my stash and set aside to make a quilt. I had long ago chosen the pattern I wanted to make: a hunter’s star. I just needed to start sewing!

I did not have quite enough variety, so I bought four more 30-centimetre cuts from a local fabric shop when it was closing down. Everything else in the quilt top – the cream background fabric, the two borders and most of the blue fabrics – came from my stash. Now it ...

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September 12, 2018
Welcome to My House blog hop from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.



Carol, who blogs HERE is hosting another great blog hop. . . this one is all about houses:







I am so happy that I was able to participate in this hop. . . .but, I will admit, I had hoped to be further along with my project than I got.


However, we all know that life has a way of getting in the way of fun times. . . but I am further ahead that what I was a week ago, so that is a plus.


I am making a birdhouse quilt; here is the one block that I have finished (except for the entry hole ...

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June 17, 2018
Small things from Granny Maud's Girl

I have a month-long break from study, so I hope to find a bit of time on the weekends to complete a few sewing or knitting projects. To celebrate the freedom, I allowed myself to make a couple of little things just for fun, without guilt about the unfinished projects that are still waiting for attention.

I made a simple bag from a pattern in a library book, Sew-licious Little Things by Kate Haxell. The bag needs a lot of fabric for not much carrying capacity, but it is so quick and easy to make that any novice could make ...

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June 2, 2018
June OMG: Bee Happy! from Val's Quilting Studio

HELLLLOOO SUMMER!!!!!!!
I want to continue to be intentional about using projects in my stash this year, so I have decided to get my Lori Holt's Bee Happy! quilt done and sewn into a flimsy by month's end as my OMG. 
I had purchased the kit with my last year's Piggy Bank Savings so I'd like to get it done before this year's Piggy Bank Challenge comes around again NEXT month already! 
(Savers mark your calendars for our linky coming July 6th.)
 I'm using the fuse applique method and machine stitching these with a ...

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May 29, 2018
May OMG: Eye-Spy Name Quilt Finished. from Val's Quilting Studio

Take me to the May OMG LInk-up
Linking up w ith everyone else at May's One Monthly Goal. (OMG)
As previously posted, I wanted to turn my last stack of Eye-Spy fabrics into a baby name quilt.

A young couple we know are having their first baby in August: Kash Joel. 
Since this is my seventh stash busting project for the year, I got to play with a lot of fabric combos for the name plate. I finally settled on a solid black for the name and a fun pirate print for the background. I think it works, especially for an Eye-Spy Quilt.

This finish  measures ...

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May 28, 2018
Tuesday Archives #196: Guess it's time for a break... from Val's Quilting Studio

Wow! Okay I missed my own linky party. 
Val's Quilting Studio
Seriously....if that's not a sign I don't what is.
It's May...and May is always full of surprises for a teacher.
Personally, I've been thrown off course this past week.
Too many changes at work and at home...all at the same time.
Nothing bad. But never-the-less change and adjusting to the fact things will be different.
June first I'll also be on summer break...which means yet, another change. 
 I find myself tranquil on my days off as I enjoy mornings of movie watching, afternoon ...

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April 30, 2018
Mini Tutorial from Ravelly1

Several of my blogger friends have expressed an interest as to how I go about making my minis. So I've decided to attempt to explain in a sort of step by step process.
BTW, this post is loaded with photos.
First, I like to either look thru photos that I've taken in the past or look at some of the clipart photos on the subject I'm interested in from the Internet.
Today I decided to do a sunrise or sunset scene. So I'll need to choose from several photos.
This photo has subtle colors and appears ...

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April 28, 2018
H2H: Spring Finish for Happy Chemo from Val's Quilting Studio

   I used this square in a square pattern once again called Summer Song by Villa Rosa Design. It used ten fat quarters and 20 5" squares. Again, it was quick and easy.
I love this picture as while I was taking my "quilt" pictures, Jackson suddenly 
pokes his head out from behind the quilt....as if to say...."oh there you are!"

It measures 46"x 58" and with this soft flannel backing I think it will make a
comfy lap quilt for a Happy Chemo recipient.
Then he returns with a look that begs:  "Are you still doing this ...

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April 6, 2018
H2H: Spring Flower Finish for Little Lambs from Val's Quilting Studio

  I finished this little backpack quilt measuring 36"x42" using the left-overs from my 2014-15 Sat. Sampler quilt. I had the panel that goes with this line of Deb Strain's Bloomin' Fresh fabrics so I just squared them up and alternated them with polka-dotted blocks. I'm hoping this quilty hug finds its way to a preteen/teen in need through the Little Lambs Foundation for Kids.

I think my flowered backing and Daisy on a String Pantograph finished this one off nicely.

 Jackson loves it. 

 Spring is sure slow coming this year, but it's nice to see ...

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April 2, 2018
2018 Ambitions: Successes and Failures from Life In Pieces

You had to wonder if Mother Nature decided to play along with April Fool's Day this year.  We had freezing rain most of the way home yesterday.  It wasn't heavy enough to make the roads bad, but it certainly was nerve racking wondering if conditions would get any worse.  We got home without incident and thankfully the Scientist in Training only hit one minor patch on her way back to school last night.  We are under a winter weather watch this morning for more freezing rain.   The calendar may say spring, but winter hasn't left yet. 

Speaking ...

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February 26, 2018
Finished from The Quilt Rat

This quilt was made with the intention of  "busting my stash". It is finished, but my stash is only slightly dented. I find it interesting to see how the wonderfully all the fabrics work together as this quilt is made up entirely from a wide variety of fat quarters I had accumulated over the years....the exception being the duvet cover I used as backing and that neutral grey I purchased for the sashing/binding
you can find the earlier posts about this project here.


I made pillow shams to carry out the same look of the quilt. The backs ...

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February 2, 2018
70273 Project Update and a Stash Report from Sew........This Is My Blog

In this post I told you about The 70273 Project and that I was putting together quilt tops from bundles of blocks I had volunteered to sew together.   There was a bit of a learning curve figuring out how to get the blocks to all fit into one top, but I enjoyed it.   I learned on the second top that I had made it harder than it needed to be, and it went a lot faster.








Each block is numbered and records are kept of who made which block.  The challenging part for me was drawing a map of how ...

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January 8, 2018
Stash Busting Ahead from On The Go Quilting

It’s 2018.  Incredible, isn’t it?   I’m wishing for all of us a grand year. Let’s make sure we tell all our loved ones OFTEN how much they mean to us.  That’s my New Year’s resolution, and wish for all of you.

Do you think of a special word that is going to be your touchstone for the year?  I’ve never done that and I don’t make actual resolutions each New Year.   I know I’m not going to keep up with that word throughout the year.   Unless I emblazon it upon my ...

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