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April 18, 2015
Blooming Piano Keys from Quilting by the River

Piano Keys table runner made with Full Bloom from Island Batik
So has anyone else made a runner from my Piano Keys tutorial? I still had some Full Bloom by Island Batik. The background fabric which looks like it is little rain drops is also a batik called Heavenly Hues Halo from Island Batik.
Freemotion by the River is now a Island Batik Ambassador

Close up of batiks used in runner
Last Monday Debbie from Stitchn' Therapy showed a couple Piano Keys table runners that she made and when I read her post I realized that I didn't mention in my tutorial that you had to switch just 2 of the 7 ½ in strips to make sure the colors don't line up across from each ...

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Square in a Square Block... from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

This is gonna be sorta a long blog posting when it comes to pictures so let me apologize first off for the l--o--n--g posting. It will be worth it in the end. I'm posting this early but based on the picture I'm sure you have figured out there will be a square in a square block. And if you have downloaded the write up I have available for borders and sashing, you have the directions to make this section of the quilt. The great news is, you can work on this part of the quilt anytime. Now or ...

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April 17, 2015
Quilting Triangles II from Factotum of Arts

I have managed to get back to my “It takes a Village” quilt. It has in total Forty-four (44) 4″ triangles. I had previously posted two of the quilting designs I was using for my triangles. Again, using my walking foot, here is the third…

Diamonds within:
I love the simplicity of this design, where you can see the equilateral triangles and then the intersecting lines to form a diamond. I did do some initial marking for this block. I marked the 2” center line, and on the two sides I marked the 2″ height mark for the intersecting lines ...

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Pat Sloan: String Bean Challenge - Enter your Quilt! from Pat Sloan's Blog

It's time to enter YOUR quilt top (or quilted quilt!) in my 2015 String Bean Quilt Challenge! I have seen some AMAZING pieces over the last few weeks, now it's time to enter!

pat sloan string bean challenge banner

This is my quilt, done to use up pink and green scraps and have some fun. I love this quilt a LOT. It's been so wonderful to share it with you for the challange!

The Challenge Details were..

  • Cut a lot of scraps into strips. 
  • Use my block pattern for this Logcabin block (see below)
  • THE ONE CRITERIA to be edible to win my ...

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April 16, 2015
Tutorial: Starflower quilt block from Craft Gossip

Starflower quilt block tutorialEasy is not the first word that comes to mind when describing quilt making. But Jennie, of Coral & Co., shares on her blog a secret she uses that makes the process much less intimidating. Even better, it will save you time.

Click the link below to get started on your quilting journey:

Starflower Quilt Block Tutorial

{Image credit: Coral and Co.}

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Doodle Lesson Three: Slowing Down from The Inbox jaunt

Hello Doodlers! You don’t have to be a quilter to be a doodler–but I DO think it’s very helpful to be doodler if you’re a quilter! Doodling helps you create patterns and develop an eye for balance.  It also helps create … Continue reading 

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Pat Sloan: Deals I've spotted for you! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Sometimes a little retail therapy is needed. Have you been checking the deals over at craftsy? Never? Well let me show you what I spotted

Aloha girl 4

My current favorite Moda line is Aloha Girl! I love the blue and green in this line, paired with that yummy peach.. yeah!  

BUY a jelly roll HERE to try it out, how fun!

Vintage quilt kit

What I love about the kits is the ease. Everything is selected for you and all you have to do is open the package and sew! 

I was really excited to find this 'Vintage Quilt' in a Kit from Moda featuring ...

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April 15, 2015
stop the abuse ~ how to clean your cutting mat from Charm About You


***enter my Black Sheep Wools £25 GIVEAWAY here, ends 20/4/15***

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NB I must preface this by stating you should always follow manufacturers instructions for caring and cleaning your mat. I am no expert.

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Hello. My name is Lucy and I have been abusing my self healing cutting mat. I generally just want to get on with the sewing and have neglected my poor mat. Here it is in it's sad state:


Notice the warping at the top, ironed on it by accident I think - whatever, just DON'T ever put hot stuff on your mat ok?!

After ...

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Pat Sloan: FREE April Aurifil Mini Quilt from Pat Sloan's Blog

I LOVE my job!!  I have so much fun interviewing designers for Aurifil. This month is my friend John Kubiniec.. let's take a look at my version of his mini.  If  you are reading this in your email notice, click the header to come to my page to see all the photos!

pat sloan aurifil thread april 2015

When I get ready to quilt I think I am going to use my variegated thread from my latest Aurifil Kit (buy here .. it's a limited edition!) 

pat sloan april aurifil mini

This is such a GREAT mini. I love the inspiration behind it, John's so creative!

pat sloan Aurifil Mini april 2015

And my full ...

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A LITTLE SHARING AND CARING GOING ON HERE from ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

This is just one example of what I mean by caring and sharing and creating smiles.  I find that the women who come to the Attic Window Quilt Shop are caring and sharing women.  Above Rosa shows us how to make a hot pad/coaster.
You have your batting, and two pieces each of three different fabrics.  You choose the size you want to make this project.
Rosa shows us how to sandwich the two yellow fabrics with the batting, then folding the rest of the squares into half square triangles you place them on the sandwich.  Note, the fold ...

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April 14, 2015
Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - Half Square Triangles Charms from The Quilting Queen Blog

Last week on Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday we made 4 patch units out of charms (5" squares).  In keeping with that, this week we're making Half Square Triangles out of charm squares.  Now I know you probably already know how to make half square triangles.  We've made them before on here.   But to make it easier so you don't have to go searching for previous posts.  I'll show them to you again.

Begin by pairing two 5" charm squares right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line across the lightest one.

Sew 1/4" from the ...

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Philadelphia Block Tutorial from Fret Not Yourself

Several people emailed me for the pattern for Philadelphia.

Philadelphia block
Here's a sketch of the block. It's a nine-patch on a six by six grid which simply means the block evenly divides into three segments on each side and those segments might be divided in half (into units.)

Sketch of Philadelphia block
Just like a block, a "unit" can be any measurement. You may choose the length of a single unit or decide the finished block size first and subdivide. My blocks finished 9". That means the major segments are 3" each (9"/3) and the subdivided ...

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Pat Sloan: Let's Go Sew, an ADORABLE hanger you won't want to miss! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I wanted to share some of the ADORABLE Let's Go Sew quilts that people sent me recently!  If you are reading in your email, click the banner to come see all the photos. The notice only shows you one and NO links.. don't miss out!

Pat sloan your lets go sew pic 6

Quilts left to right by KS, Sherry, cover by Rhonda, and  Fiona

Pat sloan your lets go sew pic 5

Quilts left to right by Dianna, Debra, Nancy and Julle (love that stripe stem!)

Pat sloan your lets go sew pic 3

Quilts left to right by Lynn, Rhonda, Elaine, and Anna

Rhonda Weaver

Rhonda W. shared her version with my custom Hanger, isn't it adorable!

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DIY Drop-In Sewing Table Hack- Yes, you can! from Late Night Quilter

Welcome to another week of Tips and Tutorials Tuesdays!

If you have an idea or tutorial of your own to link up, scroll to the bottom and click to add yours.

17 and Cover

I found this table at a flee market and I just loved how quirky it was. Its crooked legs, banged up and dented top, with paint splatters and cracks from the screws. I think that’s why I was so drawn to it –  it has a workshop feel. I could do anything with/to this table and I wouldn’t feel like I ruined it. I’ve been using ...

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Tuesday Archives #58: Prairie Points from Val's Quilting Studio

Welcome to the linky party that rejuvenates your old quilting/sewing posts! 
Please click here to read more about this linky party.  
Val's Quilting Studio

This week's theme is: Prairie Points

Prairie Points are definitely on my "To-Do" list. I soooo want to add these to the border of a quilt or two! I found this detailed Prairie Point tutorial on Craftsy. It includes an illustrated 10-step method for making and nesting prairie points to create a special edge on your quilt. 

Prairie point binding on quilt

I've also had my eye on this Pinwheel Baby Quilt posted in 2009 at the Moda Bake Shop. This ...

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The Basic Bow–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Hope you are all doodling and quilting, and maybe a little gardening?? It’s that time of year-Mother’s Day, Graduations, Picnics, parties.  I thought we could use a little festive motif–a pretty little bow. The Basic Bow would … Continue reading 

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Making Selfie Bias Strips from Quilting Solutions

I made a lot of of bias tape for the stained glass and lattice work on Fenestra Rosa.  I prefer to make my own, but first I'll clue you in to what helps are available.

You can use the ordinary double fold bias tape sold in most stores selling notions.

You can now buy fusible bias tape in a roll.  I have not tried this, nor have I seen it in the stores.  However, I have never looked for it either.  I just know you can get it online
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Clover, and maybe other companies, produce a tool in different ...

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April 13, 2015
Pat Sloan: Mini design board tutorial, tricks to fix problems, and free patterns from my guests from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Pat Sloan: Free pattern from my guests  Holly Holderman, Lori Holt and Joan Ford! All the links are at the END to FREE patterns and tutorials from my guests! 

American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast guests Holly Holderman April 2015

Holly Holderman is the amazing designer and owner of Lakehouse Dry Good fabrics. Holly  has more creative ideas before lunch than most of us have in a year! She has creates super creative fabric lines and I'm excited to have her tell us about the ...

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happy flags from Crazy Mom Quilts

Each summer, some friends and I (from all over the country) meet up at Gruber's for a weekend retreat. We look forward to it with great anticipation all year long! During that weekend, it has become a tradition to exchange "happies", which are nothing more than little gifts to make the recipient happy. Last year, I gave spools of Aurifil thread with a little happy flag in the middle. Someone discovered that the flag fits well on the spool holder of most sewing machines, which was a "happy" accident. (har, har, har!)

I had a request from a reader ...

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Pre-cut Party and giveaway! from Quilting by the River

Welcome to my day on the Pre-cut Party blog hop by Inspired by Fabric a blog by Fabri-Quilt. All week there will be tutorials and fabric giveaways so be sure and visit Inspired by Fabric daily.
Rainbow quilt with my granddaughters on it
Yesterday I gave you a sneak peek at my cute little granddaughters laying on my new quilt made with a Snack Pack of Marblehead Global Brights by Ro Gregg. There are 42 - 2 ½" strips in the snack pack and I'll be giving one away but first.....how about a tutorial!
Marblehead Global Brights Snack Pack
Quilt Size: 48" x 64"

You will need:
  • 1 - Snack Pack Marblehead ...

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