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February 7, 2019
More Catching Up from Hills Creek Quilter

Here's my first finish for 2019. It's one of the layouts that's possible using the Disappearing Hourglass tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company. There are several layouts that can be made from one technique. It just depends on which way you position the blocks. All of the fabrics came from my scraps/stash.

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A closeup shot...

Backing and binding closeup...

Here's a shot of the entire back...again, using my stash...

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February 3, 2019
Wishing for Spring from Hills Creek Quilter

A few years, I treated myself to what I thought was a fat-quarter bundle of Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I finally pulled them out a few months ago, but discovered that most of the designs were by Philip Jacobs and Martha Negley. No matter, I love them just as much as Kaffe's fabrics.

Just loopy meandering quilting...

Backing and binding...I love striped bindings, even when they're not cut on the bias!

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January 25, 2019
Path Interrupted - PQ 10.2 from Sew Sunshine

"Path Interrupted"
 is my Project Quilting 10.2 for the 
red, white and blue theme.
20" x 27"
improv pieced
improv walking foot quilting in a woven pattern of organic lines
made in Ne.
I have to admit that red, white and blue are not my favorite combination of colors. I thought about just using 2 colors but I could not think of what I wanted to make for this challenge. In the mean time I was getting the email updates from Amy's creative Side on getting started with Improv. I adore improv and while I have not been ...

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January 23, 2019
Red, White and Blue Baby Quilt Top from Jan's Quilts

New quilt top. I used the leftover blocks from the Tile quilt, that's going to Quiltcon, as a starting point for this baby quilt.  It measures 42" square. I even had the red Kona in my stash! The star fabric was the backing of the Tile quilt.  It feels good to use m stash!

May your bobbins always be full,

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January 20, 2019
Winter is here.......... from Exuberant Color

The sedum flower heads outside my dining room window.  We got about 4" of snow and it is going to be in the single digits today.  Yesterday morning I went out to shovel the sidewalk for the mailman but that was enough of the cold for me.   

I went through a bag of red pieces of less than a quarter yard and pulled all of the ones that read similar in color and value.  I need to cut 4.5" squares from these and from some of my red yardage.  It is hard to photograph red and they are all ...

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January 19, 2019
Fabric choices........... from Exuberant Color

Last week I was choosing fabrics for my next Marcia Derse fabric quilt.  I just realized 2 days ago that I'm using some of the Pantone Color of the Year 2019 which is Living Coral.  I have many shades of coral in there as well as a couple orange and rust and one red/orange.  I generally get bored making a quilt with too limited of a selection but I think I will be OK with this group.
Each block has 2 colors and the background fabric so I divided them into sets of 2 with some being both ...

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January 18, 2019
Organizing in 2019........... from Exuberant Color

I decided I need to be more organized this year so before I put away this baby quilt top for February I chose the border (plaid), backing (light print) and binding (narrow stripe).  I even found a piece of batting close to the size I need.  I will hang them all together on a hanger until I'm ready to finish it.
I have always wanted to make a quilt like the one on the left and recently found the same quilt (only larger) with a light background.   I have the dies to cut all of the pieces so I ...

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January 6, 2019
Christmas VacationTo-Do List Wrapup from caledonia quilter

Chic Picnic - quilted & bound & labeled.  Many of the fabrics in this have special meaning for me, so the whole time I was hand stitching the binding I just felt... happy.
The fabrics are so busy that the time spent to custom quilt this was wasted, but since it's mine... I figure I'm worth it.

I used up some random fabrics on the back.

In keeping with the "word" theme of the quilt, I included my QUILT GIRL comic strip yardage.  (Spoiler alert:  she saved the day.)
I made two kids drag-around quilts which I'll donate to the ...

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Finding backings.......... from Exuberant Color

I spent several hours yesterday going through my fabric looking for quilt backs.  You have seen all of these quilts before so you will just see small portions this time with the backing fabrics I chose.  This one is going to have 3 fabrics.  Most of the back will be the taupe stripe with a smaller amount of the other 2 inserted in.
The 30s reproduction TAW will have a reproduction back.

The Big Blooms quilt will have some pretty flowers on the back too.  I bought lots of yardage of this one on sale a long time ago.

Kaffe ...

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January 5, 2019
Top sewn......Yay!!!............ from Exuberant Color

I stuck with it yesterday and finished sewing the Kaffe 2 Trip Around the World quilt top.  I'm calling it Kaffe 2 because it is the second attempt to make one I really love for my own bed.  This one is 78.5" x 98" so I had to hang it sideways on a double design wall.

Here is a closer view of the full sequence of fabrics.
I want to play with some solid color fabrics this year and I think I will start with this group of hand dyes by Caryl Fallert from about 15 years ago ...

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January 1, 2019
Stringing in the New Year from Ravelly1

I finally got some time to myself & decided to sew.

I'm sure you remember this beginning from the other day.
I decided to use gray on the one side & included a strip of black to accent those colors.

On the other side I'm using a pale green, another black strip & a large black floral.
Here's what the blocks look when turned with the florals in the center.
Here's what it looks like wth the black in the center.
Stay tuned for more later.
What are you doing this week? I'd love to hear from you.

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December 31, 2018
And the last label goes to.......Ugly Christmas Sweater Mini quilt from Sew Sunshine

Ugly Christmas Sweater mini 
pattern by Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts
27x 27
scrappy quilt
 My local modern quilt guild had an ugly christmas sweater holiday party. I did not nor do I want to own any actual sweater so I came up with using Lorna's sweater blocks on a faux knit tree skirt. I stapled garland and added felt mittens to go with the blocks.  oh and faux washi taped them on. haha

What I discovered? it is hard even if you try to pick ugly colors and combo fabrics...Lorna's pattern is just so darn cute ...

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The way to use the last two 2018 quilt scrappy from Sew Sunshine

I should have been making more holiday presents or finishing ufo or phd projects  I got distracted by an overflowing bag of neutral scraps and I have time to make something and use up some of these scraps before the end of the year don't I? :)

 I gallon zip lock bag full of bits
Sew similar pieces together to make strips

 Cut up a bunch of scrap batting too but forgot to take a pic of the stack of 30 pieces I was able to cut out of batting bits from other quilts. Decided on ...

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December 30, 2018
Progress on the To-Do List, and Random Stuff from caledonia quilter

As you can see, I am making some headway on my list of "things intended to keep me amused" for two weeks.
That pantry job took waaay longer than expected.  Several  years ago, well ok - more like a decade ago, I bought hanging files to try and get myself better organized with paperwork.  I set up folders for every month.  And folders for "vacation", and folders for research for Mom - first for Retirement Homes and then later for Long Term Care Homes.  There were folders for banking and folders for paperwork that I needed to read.  And more folders for ...

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December 29, 2018
Stringing With Some Friends from Ravelly1

Gene & a couple of other blogging friends prodding me into the string fever so I got into the sewing room, pulled out some tissue like paper for foundation, decided on a center & got that glued in place. Like Gene, I'm a bit OCD, which means for me, I can't just go with totally pulling random strips from a bag. I had to at least have a center in one fabric all the way through.

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December 26, 2018
Jewel Box Stars from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this quilt for several months. It's nice to have another finish for the year. You can read more about this quilt in my first or second post about the project.

When I loaded this quilt I didn't have a quilting plan. This happens more often than I care to admit.
I manage this problem by finding inspiration within the pages of a couple of Angela Walter's quilting books. Shape by Shape and Shape by Shape Collection 2 are great for finding the perfect quilting design to finish a quilt.
My favorite part ...

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December 24, 2018
Treat for me............. from Exuberant Color

I treated myself to a selection of Marcia Derse's new fabric line Art History: 101.  I will mix them in with all of her other fabrics and use them in my next quilt.

I did a little more unpicking of loops on the Kaffe 2 Trip Around the World and now I will probably start sewing top and bottom halves of columns together and then sew the sections of 10 columns.  There isn't room on the double design wall for the last 9 strips so sewing 2 sections will give me room to move it all to the ...

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December 21, 2018
red and white trees!-a completed quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

I finished my red and white trees! quilt last week. It took me a few days to get around to hanging it up, but I think it was worth the wait. I LOVE how it looks in my entryway!!! It's so nice to have a seasonal quilt hanging there and I'm thrilled that I was able to complete it BEFORE Christmas. Amazing.

(There is a free tutorial here for the snowflake pillow sitting on the fireplace.)
Most of the fabrics in the quilt are red and white dots, with the exception of the asterisk print, which is from ...

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December 19, 2018
Jewel Box Stars from Becca's Crazy Projects

I finished up the piecing on my Jewel Box Stars quilt.

This is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter. You can find the block directions in the free patterns section of her blog. I've been working on this quilt for a few months. It just looks like a bunch of progress because once you get all the units done things seem to pick up speed. Sort of like that snowball rolling downhill.
I pieced the smaller blocks into these huge 16" by 16" blocks and put them up on the design wall. I didn't spend too much time ...

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December 13, 2018
Days Away Sewing from Heart Desire Creations

A few of us were supposed to head to the beach for a week of sewing at a big retreat. Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence did much damage to the host hotel and it was cancelled. I quickly found someplace closer for us to go for a few days of sewing – sometimes you just need to get away!

I didn’t do a crazy amount of sewing, but did enjoy the sewing I did. I did a fair amount of hand quilting too.  This Kaffe scrappy quilt top will get several more rows and then borders.

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Judy was so proud of herself ...

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