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May 31, 2020
Masked Hexagons, Socially Distanced: An English Paper Pieced Mystery Scrap Quilt from Gefilte Quilt

If you are one of the thousands of quilters giving time and fabric to make lifesaving masks, thank you. For me, making masks is not only a good deed, but a powerful way to reduce anxiety in a tragic and scary time. 

You may also be putting mask scraps aside, to someday make a  quilt. Here’s one idea that you can work on as you continue to make masks: 

And here's what it would have looked like on white:

It's not finished - it's just a top - because as I continue to make masks, I will grow ...

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May 28, 2020
Going Around in Circles from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Last week, Kara share a tutorial for appliquéing tiny circles. It seems that we appliqué artists never run out of circles to stitch in our designs, so I (Teri) thought we might look at a few other methods, and focus on one of my favorites.

Circles, like the soul, are neverending and turn round and round without a stop. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

As Kara noted last week, when we taught this first class a few years ago, this block (an Elly Sienkiewicz design) needed some small berries. In my version of the block, I made the berries in three different ...

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May 26, 2020
Surgical Caps for Kids {Photo Heavy} from Alamosa Quilter

What you will need:

Fabric and the pattern, download it here, you will need to scroll down a bit. Below the header image is a link to download the pattern for the surgical cap. 5/8 yard of fabric will make four caps but you can also use scraps. The pieces don't have to all be from the same fabric.

Be sure your printer settings are correct: no scaling, print at 100%, uncheck the "fit to page" box if it is checked. If you have problems printing the pattern and want me to mail you a printed copy send ...

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May 24, 2020
Hands2Help 2020 - Our Final Guest Blogger! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I hope you are all having a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!  Please keep social distancing in mind while you are celebrating this weekend and stay safe - but I hope, like me, you are enjoying lots of beautiful weather, grilling and family time.

Today we are welcoming our final guest blogger, Kathy Bruckman. You may already be familiar with her blog, Kathy's Kwilts and More - always a fun place to visit!  Kathy loves blog hops and sharing her creations - and today, despite being in the middle of a remodel at her house, she has a tutorial for ...

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May 9, 2020
Easy & Versatile Face Mask, Updated! from Gefilte Quilt

A free printable PDF version of this tutorial is available from Dropbox, HERE. (Version 2a, 5/1/20). If you can't download it email me at, and I will send it to you. 

If you want to make a snug, well fitting, fast mask, consider this one. Like a quilt, it's all rectangles and squares - no pattern to trace. It's built a lot like a quilt, with three layers (but none are batting), and (two modified) bindings on the sides.

My first tutorial for this mask went on my blog in early March ...

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April 29, 2020
Star Kissed Quiltalong: Another Layout from Wedding Dress Blue

How are you doing with your Star Kissed blocks?  Remember there is no hurry, but I do like to know how it is going and if there is anything I can do to help.


Today I am sharing another option for your blocks.  (Information on the entire quiltalong HERE.) Since the quilt is designed in four different block sizes, I decided to make four different quilts to show some ideas that might work for you.

These blocks are based on 1-1/2″ squares.  Four of them, with triple sashing (also based on 1-1/2″) makes a 37″ baby quilt or ...

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April 28, 2020
Split Complementary Scrappy Slab Sawtooth Star Tutorial from Goer

This morning I shared a tutorial of this block with a few dozen fellow guild members of SCVQA during our virtual meeting. We miss having meetings and are enjoying the Virtual Coffee Break Zoom meetings that Mel and Geri have been hosting. Have your local quilt groups been meeting virtually?

Also, this is your final reminder to link up your improv projects by the end of the month for Show Me Something Improv. :-)


Split Complementary

My color palette for this block grew out of some color play with my Kona fabric chips. Analogous Colors are a group of three colors ...

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April 27, 2020
Passover Masks; I Couldn't Help Myself from Gefilte Quilt

Passover is April 8. With the world in the throes of the COVID epidemic, public health authorities and rabbis agree that people should stay home, and connect with farflung loved ones at the seder via Zoom, Skype, or whatever. 

I don't have any matzoh in my house yet - but of course, I always have plenty of matzoh fabric. So this morning, I broke away from making (somewhat) normal masks for friends and family; and I made these, just to make myself laugh.  First....

(I buy matzoh fabric here.)

The next mask covers two plagues: Frogs and hail. 

(The dots ...

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April 20, 2020
Fancier Face Mask, More Work, Maybe Better, from Your Stash from Gefilte Quilt

4/19/20: This pattern has been significantly improved and streamlined. If you downloaded a version before this date, please download the latest version, V. 5a, hereSpecial thanks to all who've tried it and made suggestions, especially Susan Brooks of Ambler, PA, whose knowledge  knocked an entire page out of the directions!

This tutorial is for a very comfortable, roomy, two or three-layer mask that has quickly became my family's favorite.

Quilters' cottons are ideal. The new small/medium size fits my petite adult daughter, above, and my husband, below, who has a large brain but a ...

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April 19, 2020
Lil' Orphan Scrappy Tutorial Part Three from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

 Hello Everyone,

This tutorial is the 3rd and last one in the series for Lil' Orphan Scrappy.  The tutorial will cover the final border and how to put the quilt together.

Begin by cutting (26) 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" light squares and (26) 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" dark squares.

Place the squares right sides together.

©      I use a small Omnigrid™ ruler that has a centerline ¼” from both sides of the ruler.  Place the ruler diagonally on the wrong side of the light fabric and draw a faint line on each side of the ruler using a marking ...

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Hands2Help 2020 - With Susan and her Scrappy Strippy Chevron Quilt! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Welcome back!  I hope everyone is staying healthy and busy - there's certainly plenty to do these days, even if you are stuck at home.  I know I've discovered hidden treasures in my own stash AND it seems like lots of folks have been cleaning and organizing, which means that I'm getting calls about t-shirt quilts more and more lately!  

Today we've got another great guest blogger joining us - Susan of Stitched by Susan!  I do hope you'll check out her blog - just a quick glance through her posts and you'll find so ...

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April 18, 2020
Fabric Mask Tutorial from Luna Lovequilts

When I decided to make a few masks last week I read several tutorials and posts. I chose the version that spoke to me the most among those available on the Internet and for which I had all supplies. I hadn't any elastic in my stash so I went for the ties. Actually this may be a better option with the thought of repeated cleaning. I also heard that elastic can be irritating around the ears over time.

Quand j'ai décidé de réaliser quelques masques la semaine dernière, j'ai lu plusieurs tutoriels et publications. J'ai choisi ...

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Picket Star Quilt Block from Sew Preeti Quilts

Hello Quilty Buddies,

Here are the detailed instructions for making the Picket Star Block, named because the star points look like slats of a picket fence.

For the 17" finished block.

Picket Star Block

Fabric Requirements

Background - Two squares 3.5", Two squares 9.5", Four squares 2.5"

Fabric A - Two squares 3.5", two rectangles 3.5" by 9.5"
Fabric B - Two squares 3.5", two rectangles 3.5" by 9.5"

I am using medium pink and dark pink.  My recommendation is to use two fabrics that have some difference in value - not too close and ...

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April 13, 2020
Tea for Kate Kitchen Quilt. from I Patch and Quilt

It has been a while since you saw anything from this kitchen project. The blocks are from the ‘Tea for Kate’ set that I designed in 2016.

This is what I started out planning.


I used lots of Alison Glass fabrics combined with lots of ‘pretty friends’. The blocks are 12x 12 inch and I added a 3 inch border. It will be a 30″x42″ wallhanging.  I used all different white-on-white fabrics for the background.

This quilt will go on a wall near my kitchen, and I decided to use a double batting: 100% cotton on the bottom an ...

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April 12, 2020
Patchwork Sailboat Quilt Block Hot Pad | Week 23 of 52 Weeks of Hot Pads from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

Welcome to the 23rd week post of the 52 weeks of hot pads / quilted pot holders. This week we’re making sailboat quilt block.

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Hands2Help 2020 - Smooches From Today's Guest Blogger Sandra! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Guess what?  It's Sunday (if you're anything like me, that may come as news!) and that means it's time for another great guest blogger for this year's Hands2Help Challenge!  Today we are so fortunate to be hearing from my friend Sandra Walker, who is a blogger, quilter, quilt designer, and practicer of yoga.  In fact, she shared posts about yoga positions in the past and I learned that even I could do it - a great thing to know!  But she's got a great tutorial for us today, and can tell you about herself ...

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April 11, 2020
Lil' Orphan Scrappy Tutorial Part Two from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,

Here is part two of the Lil' Orphan Scrappy tutorial.  I got a little sidetracked when I started making masks.

You can find Part One of this tutorial by clicking HERE  It shows you in great detail how to make an Ohio Star block.  What I failed to tell you is, you will need to make 76 of these blocks.  Slight omission on my part!

This tutorial is going to show you how to attach the setting triangles to the blocks.

I've been busy sewing along with you.

Begin by cutting (152) 5-1/4" x 5-1/4 ...

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Quilting around the corner – type 5 from I Patch and Quilt

Happy Saturday!

The sun is out, the flowers are in bloom, enough fabric to quilt up, good music on the radio… Let’s focus on the good today!

Here is the fifth way you could quilt around the corner with a ribbon candy. I have dubbed it ‘Curl’ as that is last shape you stitch before reaching the corner.

Do you see how, in the drawing below, the blue Ribbon Candy (coming in from the left), turns into a purple curl? You stitch that curl when you are the closest as possible to the corner/diagonal (white dotted line). Finish ...

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April 10, 2020
Going Green with Red! from Buzzing and Bumbling

Note: This posted originally in 2012!  You can use this little tutorial to make a lipstick blotter to save on tissue and toilet paper!!!
Who would have thought we would be worrying about that in this day and age!

         Lipstick Blotter Towel

My husband's Aunt Rubye was an extraordinary seamstress. She had a career embroidering monograms for Neiman Marcus at one time! She shared with me the little embroidery design of the two birds with the word "Lip Stick" in between them. When I asked about it, she said that during World War II, tissues and toilet paper were ...

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April 5, 2020
Quilting around the corner – type 4 from I Patch and Quilt

Welcome everybody!

Today I will show you a fourth option for going around corners using the Ribbon Candy pattern.

The concept of this option ‘Flow’ is quilting up to the diagonal in the corner (white dotted line). Once you are close to that diagonal you quilt, in one fluent movement, a corner flourish.

You can create a full stop of course, before going into that flourish. I actually prefer that full stop, so I can have a moment to think and plan my next movement.



You can merge your lines in the inner corner or use loops to get to ...

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