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May 30, 2019
border auditions..................... from Exuberant Color

I was busy with lots of things yesterday so it was late before I tried a few more fabrics for borders for this small quilt.  The reason for bordering is to make it big enough for an adult small throw quilt.

Photo one - three choices

Photo 2 - 2 new choices, one the same as in photo 1.

Photo 3, narrow border added before grape fabric plus 2 new choices.

Any opinons?

The little white star flowers are everywhere in the back garden.  When they are done the grass (leaves) will die back.  It is a real pain to dig out ...

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May 29, 2019
When you fall off the horse … from Stash Overflow

Get back on. No, I haven’t been horse riding. The horse I fell off of was keeping notes about what I’ve done in the studio and writing about them. Even though I wasn’t keeping notes all the time, I’ve got a lot to share.

4/23 – I sorted the scrap bin from the garage. Yay! All the scraps have now been sorted and I have an empty bin to put to use doing other things.

I also completed the assembly of the fussy cut animal quilt body (i.e., no borders yet). I have since ordered ...

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Border fabric............. from Exuberant Color

After looking through fabrics for a possible border I came across this grape print.  I think it might work.  I need to open up the fabric and hang it on the design wall so I can see it from a distance.

Also while in the basement looking around I came across the box of pastel 16 patches that I made 6 years ago.  I tried a couple times to lay them out in a pleasing order with no success.  I think this is the year to make it a success story.  There are 56 eight inch blocks in the box ...

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May 19, 2019
Polka Dot Fun from Heart Desire Creations

When I was getting ready for my April Quilt & Sew-In, I prepped an easy and quick quilt using the many polka dot fabrics I have.  I paired them with some striped fabric I had and cut all into 2 1/2 inch strips.  I got the inspiration for this quilt here, which she called the Ernie Quilt. For me, it’s best to have something fairly mindless, quick and gratifying for when I am facilitating a retreat. This worked!

Here is the quilt top on the design wall at the retreat:



And, very unlike me, I quilted it as soon ...

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May 16, 2019
Backing fabric maybe........... from Exuberant Color

I spent a lot of time yesterday preparing for my last live broadcast today for the Colorwash360 online class.  In between gathering things and writing notes I looked through fabrics for the back of Downtown.  This is one of Hoffman's earliest batiks and I have enough of it for the back.
Here is a distance view of it by the quilt top.

A close up shows that the lightest color has a turquoise tinge to it.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to use it.

I was looking out at my bird feeders and see my little raider ...

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May 6, 2019
Scrap Happy from Hills Creek Quilter

A couple of posts ago, I wrote about cutting my scrap fabrics into usable pieces like strips and squares. I cut up enough of them (100 different fabrics) to make this quick and easy scrap quilt. There are 99 blocks on the front and one on the back that became the label.

The pattern is "Boxed Squares" from Click here for the free pattern. Mary's site is filled with lots of free patterns.

(click on photos for a larger view)

I don't have much yardage left in my stash (or what I do have didn't ...

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May 4, 2019
Trying To Get Organized from Hills Creek Quilter

My quilt guild has decided to make a scrappy quilt as our next raffle quilt. We had a raffle quilt preparation bee earlier this week, so the call went out for members to donate their assorted scraps -- all colors/patterns/value. It's amazing how many different fabrics were in the piles to be pressed and cut into usable sizes for the pattern that was chosen. We have quilters who love batiks, quilters who love country colors, quilters who love novelty fabrics, quilters who love modern fabrics, quilters who love bright get the picture. It's going to ...

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May 3, 2019
Wall Hanging Progress and New Blocks from Grandma's Red Needle

Where did the first months of this year go?! May already and the Southern Hemisphere is heading towards 'winter'. We've got a touch of 'winter' already; temperatures dropped 5-6 degrees C beginning this week. After a very hot summer, the 'winter' climate suits me better. I'm warning you; soon I'll be complaining about the cold weather! LOL

Not much new has happened on the sewing table, except I've been busy working intensively on one item; the NYB / sunflower wall hanging

More progress after I took this photo. Yesterday I finished quilting the eight 'sunflowers ...

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May 1, 2019
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this idea for a while now. A somewhat crazy idea.

I printed this hand embroidery design from Urban Threads poster-size because I want to use applique to make a mermaid quilt. I went to YouTube to find a tutorial for raw edge applique. I found this one from Nancy, which was great, but with these big pieces I really wanted something that didn't mean I'd have to go shopping.
YouTube was kind enough to let me know that I might be interested in another video called: Raw Edge Applique using Freezer Paper & Elmer's Glue ...

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April 27, 2019
Prepping and More Prepping from Heart Desire Creations

Off to another retreat! I’m a  guest at this one, so I get to do a lot more sewing. Prepping has been going on for about a week and I am SO ready! There’s something wonderful about being in a room full of creative quilters that serves to feed my creativity and productivity.

First – a scrappy flimsy that needs a border. It’s a strip quilt and I’ll be doing more strip blocks, making them into small half square triangles with a white-on-white, and adding as a border.


Second – a baby scrappy quilt that was started a ...

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April 25, 2019
This and That from Grandma's Red Needle

Hello everyone! 
 I hope you all had a nice Easter. No public holidays here, just normal days for us. 

How are you doing and what have you been up to recently?
First days of this week have just flown away. Today is actually the first day this week I'm not going anywhere! It's raining too, so what's better than playing with some fabrics and a little bit sewing?! 

Thanks for your comments on the daisy blocks! Since my previous post, I played around a little bit and decided to make three more blocks of each and turn ...

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April 12, 2019
Quilting Love from Becca's Crazy Projects

I shared this fun paper pieced mini love quilt with you last week. I quilted it up but it isn't quite finished. Pattern is paper pieced Love Stamp Quilt by Sam Hunter.
I used one of my rulers to help me quilt the background with a coordinating gray thread. 
The square meander in the letters was done free-hand. so were some of the straight lines in the background, but most were done with a ruler. I trimmed it up and all it needs now is binding and a label.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Fiskars Rotary Cutter ...

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April 1, 2019
Paper Piecing Love from Becca's Crazy Projects

Sam Hunter is a quilt designer and a great advocate for knowing your worth. I have had a copy of one of her patterns in my collection for a while now. In truth, I have several of her patterns. I decided to do some paper piecing and make up a version of her paper pieced Love Stamp Quilt.

I basically learned to paper piece using her book Quilt Talk. If you want to make your quilts speak, and aren't afraid to learn something new, I recommend her book. If you buy it directly from her, she makes a little ...

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March 30, 2019
Started a new one... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Thanks for the wonderful comments on my SIL's quilt.  :)  She gave it to my brother and he loved it.  :)

I worked on my applique block.  I had it ironed to the background but hadn't stitched around it.  I got all of the green done but not the tulips yet.  After I get this first block done I will prep another.
 While I was working on the applique Richard built a grape arbor for me!!!  He is just so awesome!!!  I love it!!!
 He's still on vacation and Thursday had some nice weather so we took the motorcycle ...

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March 29, 2019
From the mending pile from Sew Sunshine

"From the mending pile" 
41" x 50"... ish, as it is finished as it was with no squaring up,
improv design,
up/re/cycled materials of denim, twill, stretch twill and denim
machine pieced and hand quilted in a long stitch fashion

These textiles originally came from some leftover scraps my mom had in her sewing room box. I realized they were bits of her old jeans and a bit of denim off cut from some she made herself.  I happened to look in my repair pile and I had a pair of worn out stretch denim leggings that I ...

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Inspiration all around from Sew Sunshine

It was a really snowy day but I wanted the chance to take a photo of my newly finished "Chihuly Inspired" quilt outside of the Josleyn Musuem. The snow was still everywhere so I got the courage to go in and ask if I could take a quick pic onthe rails.  Afterall, it was inside that I first saw the large installation of the Chihuly Glowing Gemstone Polyvito Chandelier. (blown plastic) 

Up close you can see the fun quilting design. I worked with Marsha from Dog Ear Creek Quilts to come up with something that would enhance but not take ...

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March 27, 2019
Crazy at Walmart from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Our local Walmart is making some changes. Well, apparently lots of changes. One of the many is that they are closing down the fabric department. Bad news, good news. 

The bad news is long-term: some of the elderly who sew won't have easy access to fabric. The closest is about a hour away and few drive through Alexandria to get there.

The good news is short-term: fabric is on clearance. For $1 a yard. Yes indeed, you read that right. $1. Per. Yard.

Now I'd heard that there was a big clearance. But I wasn't impressed when ...

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March 26, 2019
Re-purposed group of stash........ from Exuberant Color

Several years ago this group of fabric was put in light to dark order for a Trip Around the World quilt.  I have decided I will now choose pairs of fabric and cut them for quilt blocks.  I think there will be 2 blocks of each combination.  Stay tuned......I hope to start cutting soon.

The second offering of my online Colorwash360 class will be open for enrollment later this week.  If you haven't previously signed up for early access on my mailing list and would like info on the class go HERE to sign up.

This is one ...

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March 24, 2019
Some Pretty Spring Inspiration and Retreat Quilts from caledonia quilter

This was quilted last month, when I R.E.A.L.L.Y. needed something pretty.  It's Rainbow Trip from the book Garden Fresh Quilts.

The maker chose a lovely panto featuring feathers and flowers which suited the quilt perfectly.  I'm always so impressed by quilters who can tackle a challenging project like this and keep all their pieces where they belong.

Every year the Binbrook guild goes on a three day retreat to Crieff Hills in Puslinch.  It's less than an hour away from home so it's a really easy trip to take ...

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March 13, 2019
Glam Clam Farmer's Market from Becca's Crazy Projects

I shared the assembly of this fun quilt last week. All the details for construction tools are at the bottom of the post.
I decided to quilt it with swirls and waves.
This was a quilt to use up a bunch of fabrics I collected over several years. For the binding, I used leftover strips from the backing from another quilt. When I added the binding, I realized I was short by several inches. I grabbed some of the leftovers from the scrap pile leftover from this quilt and spliced in some orange slices. 
This was a great project to ...

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