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July 17, 2019
Fat Quarter Flourish autumn bundles from Carried Away Quilting


Hello quilting friends! After I posted about my autumn quilt ideas earlier this week, I got to thinking that I would love to see my Fat Quarter Flourish pattern sewn up in fall fabrics. So, I mocked up some options using green, orange and black prints from Fig Tree’s Farmhouse II collection.

The great thing about my Fat Quarter Flourish pattern is that it only requires five fat quarters to make the top. And you can easily switch up the fabric placement depending upon what looks best to your creative eye!

Here is the fat quarter bundle I created ...

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February 24, 2019
Flower Tile: a charm pack quilt for spring from Carried Away Quilting


February may be winding down, but winter is not. Today we’re in a blizzard warning and the week ahead will bring more snow and cold temps. Once again, I looked to my quilts to bring a vision of spring to the inside of my home since mother nature is not cooperating.  Yesterday I graced our table with my Flower Tile quilt, and it cheered me right up!


Flower Tile is a charm pack quilt that finishes at 44 1/2" square. My sample features the Strawberry Fields Revisited collection by Fig Tree & Company, but I think this pattern would ...

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January 21, 2019
First Finish of 2019 from Stitchin at Home

 It feels good to have a finish this soon in the new year. I wanted something new for my table, you can read more about that here. I like the soft colours I used in this piece. That new star block ain't too bad either. It is paper pieced using one of my favourite methods freezer paper.

first finish of 2019

As you can tell the picture was taken on a cloudy overcast day. I apologize but ladies it's way to cold to go play outside today, it's -15 Celsius feeling like -25 with the windchill in ...

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December 7, 2018
A Lighter Shade of Christmas 5, 6 from Virtual Quilter

This would be a great table topper!

Wonder if I can make it fade a bit more …..

Now it looks like the first version might look after a lot of Christmas Days have been and gone.

Instant vintage item!

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November 11, 2018
NEW BOOKS NEW IDEAS from ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Did you see the new books at the Attic Window Quilt Shop when you were on the Jingle Bell Hop this past weekend?  I was tempted, but figured I best get busy and finish up some projects first.
Christmas is coming and it is time for me to start thinking about gift making. I made this table topper.  You can see the previous one I made and blogged about here. The pattern is from Becky Goldsmith's Hexie Garden Quilt.  This pattern is versatile.  You can make a table topper as I did above, or make a table runner, or ...

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October 25, 2018
Christmas version of Fat Quarter Flourish (plus kits!) from Carried Away Quilting


Earlier this year I introduced you to a new pattern called Fat Quarter Flourish, a pretty 20 1/2" square table topper or wall hanging made from just five fat quarters! I’ve been waiting for the chance to sew this pattern in a holiday collection, so here goes . . . Fat Quarter Flourish featuring Christmas Figs by Fig Tree & Company for Moda.


There are so many lovely prints in the Christmas Figs collection that it was difficult to choose which five to feature. But that's what makes this pattern so fun. I don’t think you can go wrong, no ...

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October 24, 2018
Zakka Home book tour from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Zakka (from the Japanese ‘zak-ka’(雑貨)or ‘miscellaneous things’) is a fashion and design phenomenon that has spread from Japan throughout Asia. The term refers to everything and anything that improves your home, life and appearance. (ref Wikipedia). I am very excited to join the Zakka Home book tour, hosted by Sedef Imer from Down Grapevine Lane. On my...

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September 26, 2018
DO YOU LOVE APPLIQUE? from ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

I love applique and have been having a little applique withdrawal lately.  I've looked at patterns but nothing grabbed me.  Then I saw Becky Goldsmith's Hexie Garden Quilt pattern and had to have it.
This pattern is versatile.  You can make a table topper as I did above, or make a table runner, or make a big quilt.  Since this project involves using a 60 deg. ruler and some math is involved, I chose to make the small table topper first. 
Here it is on a dark background so you can see it a little better.  The pattern ...

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September 14, 2018
Quick Table Topper from Pieced Brain

Are you looking for a quick project for your Christmas handmade gifts list? How about the Poinsettia Topper above which I made with Maywood Studio's beautiful collection Poinsettia & Pine? It was just published in Annie's Quilting Terrific Table Toppers - a book with 9 great quilted table toppers to jazz up your decor. 

The table toppers in this book are beautiful and can be displayed year-round (mine is the only one for Christmas). They feature applique', log cabin, Dresden plate, and other creative piecing techniques and designs.

The Poinsettia Topper is fun and easy to make. It measures 22 ...

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September 9, 2018
fall's fluttering in . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's been a fairly productive week . . . I love having a bunch of little handwork projects to work on because I can skip around and work in the evenings and at lunch time without a lot of fuss, and I get things done!
So now, along with the acorn mug rug, I've finished my little harvest stitchery mug rug.  I really love how that turned out! It used a nice, wide variety of embroidery stitches, and I even learned a new one -- the wheatear or wheat stitch. Can you tell which one that is (aside from it being the ...

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August 23, 2018
needs attention now . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

You know how when you get an idea for a project and it doesn't matter how many *other* projects you're in the middle of, this idea is just begging demanding your attention, so you drop everything else and attend to it?

Like my starburst fabric and the hexie topper.  Why yes, exactly like that. I knew I'd have some down time (five hours, round trip) as we (Todd, myself and a co-worker) traveled to and from Rome, Georgia, yesterday, so I decided Tuesday evening that I'd do some hexi-prepping.
It served me well, because I was ...

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August 15, 2018
2019 Quilter’s Planner pattern from Flying Parrot Quilts

I love using a paper planner, so I’m very excited to share that I’ve got a pattern in the 2019 Quilter’s Planner (affiliate link). If you’re not familiar with this planner, it’s designed especially for the needs of quilters, with reference pages, pages to track your projects, and much more!

 

The planner comes with an accompanying magazine that features 13 patterns. My pattern is called Rainbow Arrows. It features two layout options, so you can decide whether you’d rather make a table runner or a table topper!

Photo taken by Kitty Wilkin for The ...

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July 2, 2018
A TOPPER FOR EVERY SEASON from ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

When recently at the Attic Window Quilt Shop, Vickie S. showed us a couple of table toppers that she made.  This one is all ready for the Christmas Holidays.
And this one is ready for autumn.  I can see one of these table toppers made in fabrics appropriate for every month or holiday.  Vickie said she would have a Make It Take It class on how to make this quick and easy table topper.  Watch for an upcoming announcement of dates and time.
Marilyn showed us this adorable baby blanket that she just finished. 
 It is made from border fabric ...

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June 7, 2018
Flutterby Blue – A Free Quilt Pattern from Gray Barn Designs

I’ve mentioned my sewing room clean up in previous posts. Norma, my Bearded Collie was telling me in her subtle way that I needed to get a handle on all these scraps.

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Since a lot of my scraps were smaller pieces, I cut them into convenient 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5 inch squares.  After taking inventory, I had a lot of 1.5 inch squares to create something fun.

What to do?  I made a butterfly!

flutterby_03

Wall Hanging or Table Topper…you get to choose!

I know sewing all these 1.5 inch squares together may seem ...

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May 2, 2018
One Monthly Goal - May from Georgia Girl Quilter

Linking up with One Monthly Goal for my May WIP. It would be great to get this project completed now in order to use this coming Christmas.

Not sure when I pieced this 36 x 36 table topper/wall hanging...maybe 7 or 8 years ago.  It seems all my UFOs were started around that time. I wonder what was going on in my life?

My goal is to machine embroider a simple Christmas themed design in each of the white squares and the snowball centers, using silver or gold thread...not sure which. I'll then quilt and bind ...

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April 22, 2018
Our Renters Quilt Some Fancy Blocks from Quilted Joy

Everyone likes the classic quilt made up of simple square blocks. But fancy blocks can be a lot of fun, too. These quilts from my longarm renters break the mold on the simple square blocks. We’ve got stars and circles, and crazy log cabin creations.

French Braid quilt inspired table topper

Debbie needed to make a sample quilt for a class being taught at a local quilt shop here in town. This beautiful wall hanging is made of batik fabrics. She chose to use our “Feathers” design board. For those who don’t know, a design board is a board with a pattern carved into ...

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March 19, 2018
Dragonfly Dream Table Runner from Quilt Doodle Doodles

I just know spring is right around the corner even though we have a ton of snow on the ground here in Minnesota. How do I know? The days are longer, the sun is brighter and most importantly, the birds are singing! Yes! There was actual singing this morning when I let the dogs out to do their thing. I actually braved the 31 degrees in a sweatshirt and listened to the birds chatter and sing this morning. It was glorious. It would have been perfect if I would have remembered my cup full of coffee. I have spring fever ...

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Dragonfly Dream Table Runner from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

I just know spring is right around the corner even though we have a ton of snow on the ground here in Minnesota. How do I know? The days are longer, the sun is brighter and most importantly, the birds are singing! Yes! There was actual singing this morning when I let the dogs out to do their thing. I actually braved the 31 degrees in a sweatshirt and listened to the birds chatter and sing this morning. It was glorious. It would have been perfect if I would have remembered my cup full of coffee. I have spring fever ...

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March 10, 2018
Kitchen table quilts from Carried Away Quilting


I really love a kitchen table quilt. To me it says, “Sit a spell, sip some coffee, share your news with me.” I don’t think we do enough of that these days, but we used to.  Some of my best memories of my Grandma Arlene include sitting at her kitchen table, where we would all gather and eat cookies and talk. We would beg Grandpa Ed to take out his dentures and talk funny to us.  Grandma would make tea on the stove top and stir in a teaspoon of Orange Tang to give it some zest. And I ...

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March 6, 2018
Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles


Thank you for stopping by today to check out what I came up for this blog hop. Thanks to Carol too for organizing this fun hop and awesome group. Small, smaller, smallest...I have been thinking about this hop and thinking, geez what can I do.... ideas didn't come easily for this one. I thought of what I would do late one night. You know, those nights when it's hard to get to sleep. Well that's when it dawned on me what to do and share with you. Lately I have been doing a little catching up ...

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