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January 13, 2020
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 5, the finale.

I used the trimmings from the backing to make the binding. I did have to add a short strip to make it work. 
I always accordion fold my binding. This makes it easy to store and easy to use without getting twisted like it does if it is coiled. 
Bound and hanging sleeve attached. It might be overly big as a wall hanging but that's what I intend on doing with it.

Read more about this quilt and the techniques used in these previous posts:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Tools and ...

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January 12, 2020
Progress on 2................ from Exuberant Color

Here is the photo I promised yesterday with the half triangles in the end positions of the rows.  I still only have half of my lights in this studio so the photo is a little dark.  I still need to add 2 rows to the bottom but there isn't any room so I'll start sewing the top section and then design the bottom 2 rows.
I found some backing fabrics for my pastel 16 patch top that I finished late last year.  The 2 pieces on the left are from my "long strips" box and the one on ...

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January 10, 2020
A little more playing........ from Exuberant Color

I have an 8' bulb burnt out in my main floor studio so I took the yellow blocks to the basement to play on a design wall.  I had one smaller block that just needed one more strip so I added that and trimmed it.  I pulled that black with white print that looks like it would be a good addition to the mix.  I'll continue playing.
I sewed the table runner top that I showed in pieces about 2 weeks ago.  I think I have about 5 or 6 table runners waiting to be quilted.  I know I ...

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January 9, 2020
Temperature quilt from Always Quilts

Have you heard of a temperature quilt? I hadn’t until I was over at my friend Barbs house and she had one on her design wall. She explained what they are and told me to check them out online. Wow! I found all kinds of different ways that people are making them. Basically what you do is have a color assigned to different temps and then you sew your pieces together according to what the temp is for that day. Some do high temps while others do low temps and some do both. Barb is doing low temps and ...

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January 8, 2020
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 4 - Quilting

It has been a while since I updated you on this fun quilt. This post will have loads of photos as I tried to capture the quilting as I went. I pieced the backing for this quilt. The backing doesn't even really matter since my plan is to hang this quilt once it is done.
I used a matching pale blue for the background quilting. I tried to capture shapes you might see underwater. Waves. 
Seaweed and underwater currents. 
Green to accentuate the tail fin. 
Echoes and echoes. 
Fish scales. 
I try to match my top ...

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January 6, 2020
A New Year of ? . . . from Heart Desire Creations

Quilting, creating, travel and fun with friends! A two night sew-in with friends in March, three retreats in April and one in November. No firm travel plans yet, but I’m working on it!

First up is prepping to make a quilt for a baby girl due this spring.  The requested colors are red, gray and black. Here are the reds I’ve chosen:

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And here are the grays and blacks:

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My plan is to make a scrappy sawtooth star, with four patches between each star block. The fabrics are all prewashed and pressed. I’d like to get them ...

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January 5, 2020
Choosing a backing........... from Exuberant Color

I decided my next quilt backing was going to be a combination of several long strips from this box.  The label has slipped down but it says long strips leftover from backings.  It is so full I pulled the batiks out and will start a second box.
Here are the 3 strips I chose for this quilt.  I put a note on each strip with approximate measurements and whether it needs to be trimmed to straighten it.  These 3 are longer than I need but the best match for colors in the front of the quilt.
Our Friday night snow ...

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December 28, 2019
Something new............ from Exuberant Color

That was fun yesterday reading all of the comments about me being the queen of procrastination.  I don't know for sure if I have been de-throned or just joined in my reign!  We all are good at procrastination, that is for sure.  So instead of getting backings pieced I played with an idea for a new quilt.  I am pulling the background fabrics.  This is the first batch.
I kept looking and came up with all of these, 29 in total so far.  I know I will add to them.







I don't think my orange/peach cactus has ...

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December 27, 2019
Everything Old is New Again! from HummingBird Quilter

I decided to get a jump on New Year’s resolutions and began organizing my fabric stash. Since I haven’t done much garment sewing since I started quilting (nearly 20 years ago) I decided to start with the fabric normally used for that purpose ie. non-cotton fabrics. I came across a pattern         that I had cut out and embroidered when I found out that I would become a grandmother for the first time (More than 28 years ago!!).

My daughter had decided on a carousel theme for the nursery. I embroidered a carousal horse and when we learned that ...

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December 23, 2019
Future project........ from Exuberant Color

Two in my art quilters group are going to make a Blooming 9 patch quilt.  I want to make another one too so I chose some fabrics and started cutting while they were here a couple weeks ago.  The rust is the center and the dark green will be the outside edge.  The fabrics above the group were in consideration for the back.  I don't have enough of the zebra print for the whole back but I do have enough of the floral fabric.  This will be a project for night sewing, no hurry on it.  For anyone who ...

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December 16, 2019
Nine More Days! from Heart Desire Creations

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It’s been a fun and busy week.  A friend has a family farm and invited two of us for a 3 day sew-in.  All that time concentrated on sewing and friends (and food) was such a treat! I put the main body of this batik and black & white quilt together.  I cut the squares after I reorganized my batiks a while back.  Now I’m working on the borders.  I need to cut a little more and look forward to a finish before the end of the year.

Yard/house chores have taken some of my time.  We mainly ...

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Fabric Shopping from Becca's Crazy Projects

Disclaimer: This post was prepared for publication on Friday the 13th. It seems I failed to actually set it to post. Therefore, this year I'm short a post and this one is a little late. Hopefully I'll do better in the new year.

Every year I vow to buy less fabric than I use. This might be the first year I accomplished that lofty goal.

The day after Thanksgiving, I ventured out to Spring Water Designs to shop their sale. I picked up some great fabrics. A couple were in the holiday prints (on sale) and the others ...

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December 15, 2019
Hong Kong Nights Quilt & Donation Quilts (2019 personal challenge) from caledonia quilter

This quilt is realllly big.  I had to tip the tablet cattywampus to get a pic.

The maker used a beautiful collection of Asian prints for the blocks.

And I absolutely love the corner triangle she added.  That provides such an interesting touch.

Oddly enough, those print blocks are all cut on the bias.  I was really impressed that they were not stretched out of square when the 3-d flange was added to them, and then additional sashing too.  She's a really, really good piecer. ⭐
The setting triangles were a design challenge for me.  When you actually LOOK at ...

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December 8, 2019
A Few Finishes! from Heart Desire Creations

Oh how I like to say “finished!”  Two of these are little, one bigger, but all make me happy.

First, for a couple of little Christmas time gifts, I embellished these towels.  From my stash, I made prairie points and cut strips.  These make great hostess gifts and guild gift exchanges.  They’re also pretty quick!

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These next are, as my hubby declared, “Cute, Cute, Cute!”  I found these little dishes at our local Habitat Store.  Buttons added around the rim and magnets on the bottom and voila! Pin dishes.  I am struggling though, I want to keep one.  I ...

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November 22, 2019
RU Ready4Winter? from Sew Fresh Quilts

Fall has pretty much....
Left the building.




HELLO WINTER!!!





RU Ready4Winter?

All I know is winter is windy and a Flimsy Photo Shoot is NUTS!!!




The RU Ready4Winter Full Pattern provides instructions for two sizes - 38” x 45” or 76" x 90"








The RU Nuts? Single Block pattern is also listed in my shop. 




The RU Nuts? Single Block pattern provides instructions for one size of the Squirrel and Nut Stash blocks and finishes at 12” x 27”

You can find the RU Nuts? Single Block pattern HERE.







MEANWHILE....

In the Sew Fresh Quilts' Santa Shop....


It's beginning to ...

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November 15, 2019
Stash assessment from Gayle Bong Quilts Too

I thought I better write before I forget everything I did. I've been pretty busy in my sewing rooms.
To finish where I left off in the last post, here is one more top that I put together this summer from a layer cake. I added a few more fabrics to the mix to reach this size. I like it. Even these huge 16" stars. I think I'll do it again someday but with smaller pieces.  I'm still trying to decide if I want to add a border.



Last Friday I brought home from Studio 3 a ...

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November 13, 2019
Still Quilting.......... from Sew Sunshine



I have been doing a few quilts in a QAL hosted by Homemade Emily Jane. It has been really fun to dig into my stash and see what I can come up with. 
My first one was inspired by this great rainbow gradation fabric. 
You can see some of the fabric here. 

and here!!! so fun. I used a very light celery green thread for most of the straight line quilting. 


Next up I was trying to think more baby boyish. 
 Okay ...pretty cool if you see that beam of light slanting down right to my quilt!!! Here is my ...

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November 6, 2019
Next quilt on the list please.... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I'm trying to keep this roll going after the Sunflower quilt.  I managed to put two baby quilts together for Shala's newest grandchildren and enjoyed making something that was small and simple. The little pink quilt has an embroidered centre that I did while re-familiarising myself with the Janome MC500e Embroidery machine.  It was totally from my stash.  The boy's quilt is a little range of fabric I fell in love with in a quilt shop after Lucas was born.  Couldn't resist of course.

Now I have Kea's Star Wars quilt up on my design ...

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October 31, 2019
Prep & Progress from Heart Desire Creations

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Lots of prep has been going on here.  Saturday I leave for the mountains for the Fall Quilt & Sew-In! Even though I’ve been doing retreats for thirteen years, I still get a little antsy and anxious a few days before it begins.

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Blocks have been prepped for the charity quilts from the bin of precut scraps above. There are a couple of layout possibilities for one:

And here is the layout for another quilt:

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A bucket of blocks with instructions are available for anyone who chooses to complete one or more blocks. They then put their name in for ...

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October 20, 2019
Well that was fun............ from Exuberant Color














Anytime I can did through my stash is a fun day!  This is what I came up with for possibilities for 8" fill in blocks with the 16 patch blocks.  

The big pieces of floral fabric on the left and the right are in the 16 patch blocks and I have enough of both of them for serious backing fabric.  

The lower fabric on the left is a green print and might be too plain (click on photo for a larger view).  

I only have enough of the scenery one on the bottom right for about 8 blocks.  The 2 ...

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