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September 20, 2014
Pat Sloan: Featured Friend Ann Weber from Pat Sloan's Blog

I am SO happy to have my dear friend Ann Weber featured today! Ann and I have known each other since she took my workshop, sliced her finger and we enjoyed getting to know each other in the emergency room.. yes.. we are blood sisters!  Ann is an incredible designer, I adore all her projects, her sense of color and her outlook on life. Ann is has a beautiful spirit and I'm so thrilled to call her a good friend all these year. Now she designs with her Sister Joanne Rowicki as the Gingham Girls and you see their ...

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Slice-N-Diced! from Val's Quilting Studio

Go from this.... 
...to this, real quick:

Take a charm pack or any ol' bundle of 5" squares and sew them into 9-patch blocks.
Then cut the 9-patch block in half lengthwise:

and crosswise: 

Now rotate the small cut squares one turn to left from the center:

Sew the four small blocks back together into a larger block and walla:
Sew your larger blocks together  (don't forget to nest those seams!) and you are done.
Just a little spin to my baby quilt WIP. This is ready to quilt...maybe a Friday Finish??
Hope your sewing week is ...

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September 19, 2014
Rust Dyeing….. from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I am currently working on a series of Barn Lot Quilts.

My supply of rust dyed fabric is getting low…

Time to make more Rust Dyed Fabric:











100% White Cotton Fabric

Kosher Salt

White Vinegar







2 Yards of Fabric

1/4 cup of salt

Enough vinegar to saturate the fabric well






Scrunch up the fabric to mix in the salt and vinegar.

The fabric is wet, but not sitting in a puddle of liquid.





Most any rusty object works well for rust dyeing:



I am rusting yardage, 

so I am using a very large culvert screen.

40 inches wide x ...

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Pat Sloan: My Featured Friend Christa Watson from Pat Sloan's Blog

I have asked a group of my very talented friends to share with me their 'current' favorite quilt in my 'Featured Friend' series of articles!  Today Christa Watson shares her favorite.. and a new generation that is learning to quilt!

Listen to my chat with Christa on 6/23/14 CLICK HERE

Charmingchevrons_christa_je

Hi Pat! Here's a picture of my favorite quilt, Charming Chevrons (with me and my daughter at a local show - she's now learning to quilt!)
 

Charming Chevrons is my favorite because it was my first modern quilt! It was originally made as a free quilt along ...

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September 18, 2014
Spool and Nine Patch Quilt ~ A Tutorial and Templates from Red Pepper Quilts

Two traditional quilt blocks ~ a Spool Block and a Nine Patch Block ~ are all that are required to make this quilt; neither block is difficult to piece however I thought I would share with you a tutorial, and provide templates for those of you who prefer not to draft your own.

Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS
Click on any Image for LARGER view.
Let's get started.

SPOOL BLOCK TUTORIAL

Fabric Requirements for each Spool Block:
1 center square 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches
2 contrasting fabrics for side pieces ~ each fabric piece measuring 12.5 inches x 2.5 inches
(which makes ...

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Ribbon Dog Leash Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

Taking my dog for a walk is one of my favorite things to do.  They love the outdoors and exploring everywhere.  A leash is a must have for any pet owner– and even pets need a little bit of something extra special sometimes.

dog leash tutorial with ribbon | patchworkposse | easy sewing projects and free quilt patterns

Sew up a leash using your scrap ribbon and fabric for a customized leash for your favorite pet.

Sew a leash using scrap ribbon and fabric | dog leash tutorial #pets

Ribbon Leash Tutorial

Materials Needed:

ribbon scraps 1/4″ wide X any length

fabric- 28  3″ X 6″

swivel clip

dog leash tutorial with ribbon | patchworkposse | easy sewing projects and free quilt patternsDog Leash Tutorial:

Sew your fabric pieces end to end so you have one long piece

1)  Fold in ...

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Pat Sloan: My Featured Victoria Findlay Wolfe from Pat Sloan's Blog

I have asked a group of my very talented friends to share with me their 'current' favorite quilt in my 'Featured Friend' series of articles!  I am hearing stories that give me goosebumps, make me smile and make me want to quilt! Today my very amazing friend and super talented artist, Victoria Findlay Wolfe shares her current favorite quilt.  

Listen to my chats with Victoria on 5/19/14, 11/12/12 and 4/9/12! CLICK HERE

VFWFavquilt

Asking me which quilt is my favorite is like asking me what flavor of ice cream do I like...  Really? Do I ...

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September 17, 2014
Celestial Star QAL: BINDING from From Blank Pages . . .

Celestial Star QAL with from blank pages...


Today's Topic: Binding
Assignment: Finish your quilting, square up your quilt, and BIND
On the Blog: Blog about it and link it up using the link up at the end of this post. OR you can also link up photos from Flickr* or Instagram.  

On Instagram: Take a picture and tag it using hashtag #CelestialStarQAL.
 
 
You can pick up a pattern on Craftsy and in my new shop!.


*If you are sharing pictures from Flickr, I started a Celestial Star QAL group, where you can also share your photos, or start up a discussion, ask questions, etc. I don ...

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Learning to Quilt - Basic Information from The Quilt Ladies Book Collection

Here is some information that is nice to have when you start quilting, the need to knows.

simple quilt pattern block


Basic Quilt Making Information
Standard Cut Sizes of Fabric
Fat Quarter – 18” x 22”
Fat Eighth – 9” x 22”
Fat Sixteenth – 4 ½” x 22”

1 Yards is 36” x 44" to 45”(width may be different per fabric company)

Standard Mattress Sizes
Crib – 23’ x 46’ or 28” x 52”
Twin Single – 39” x 75”
Double/Full – 54” x 75”
Queen – 60” x 80”
King – 76” x 80” or 78” x 80”

Standard Batting Sizes
Crib Size – 45’ x 60”
Twin – 72 ...

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Pat Sloan: My Featured Friend Amy Ellis from Pat Sloan's Blog

As it works in the world, we meet people and then become fast friends, even when we live a zillions miles away and don't see each other often. The friends where you chat like it was just yesterday you saw each other.

Amy Ellis and I started by commenting on each other's blogs, to chatting about work.. and along the way we keep up with each other! Amy is my Featured Friend today and shares her Current Favorite quilt! 

Listen to my Chat with Amy on  10/15/12 CLICK HERE

Amy ellis favorite quilt

Hi Pat!
My favorite quilt (right now ...

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September 15, 2014
Celestial Star QAL: Guest Blogger: Courtney Lyons & Finishing Your Quilt Block from From Blank Pages . . .

Celestial Star QAL with from blank pages...

I am SO excited to introduce you to Courtney Lyons, of petit lyons. Courtney and I first "met" while co-hosting a blog event a few years ago with Rachel of imagine gnats. Over the years she has made me some beautiful items, always including her precious Anna Maria Horner prints (she's so generous!), and I just have to say that she has been a great friend! We also had our youngest boys in the same week last year, so watching them grow together has been so much fun! I feel like they should be best friends. I hope that ...

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Celestial Star QAL: JOIN WEDGES & CREATE A QUILT BLOCK from From Blank Pages . . .


Celestial Star QAL with from blank pages...

Today's Topic: Join wedges and finish block
Assignment: Join all 12 wedges and complete your block.
On the Blog: Write a blog post about it, sharing pictures of your completed block(s), and link it up using the link up at the end of this post. OR you can also link up photos from Flickr* or Instagram.  
On Instagram: Complete the assignment, take a picture and tag it using hashtag #CelestialStarQAL AND #CelestialStarBlock.


Fat Quarter Shop
2 - $25 Gift Certificates

When you link up you completed quilt blocks, you are automatically entered to win one of two $25 gift certificates to The ...

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Celestial Star QAL: TRIM and JOIN from From Blank Pages . . .

Before we get into today's post, next week will be a progress week, and I don't have any posts scheduled. It will be a great time to answer any of your questions, or go into more detail on any of the topics. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, please ask them in the comments below, or in the comments on any of the posts. I am working on a step-by-step photo tutorial to add to the Paper Piecing post, and will have that up tonight, in addition to the video, if that helps anyone. If there is anything else, Please ...

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Celestial Star QAL: Guest Blogger: Cristy Fincher & Paperless Paper Piecing from From Blank Pages . . .


Celestial Star QAL with from blank pages...


I am thrilled to introduce you to today's guest blogger: Cristy Fincher. I have had nothing but positive experiences interacting with her. Not only is she one of the nicest people I've ever *met* (online only, we have yet to meet in person, and look forward to the day), but she is nothing but generous in sharing herself, her knowledge, and her talents. Of which she has many. I can't say enough good things about her. She has been a great support and friend to me along my journey of quilting and I continually learn so much ...

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Celestial Star QAL: PAPER PIECING from From Blank Pages . . .

Celestial Star QAL with from blank pages...


Today's Topic: Paper Piecing  
Assignment: Piece all the pattern sections.    
On the Blog: Write a blog post about it, sharing pictures of your patterns pieced, pre-joining segments, and link it up using the link up at the end of this post. OR you can also link up photos from Flickr* or Instagram.  
On Instagram: Complete the assignment (piece your patterns), take a picture and tag it using hashtag #CelestialStarQAL.
There is no giveaway in conjunction with this topic.  

You can pick up a pattern on Craftsy and Etsy.



*If you are sharing pictures from Flickr, I started a Celestial ...

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Patchwork Pumpkin quilt block and table runner tutorial from Diary of a Quilter

A couple of years ago I made this simple patchwork pumpkin throw pillow. It's an easy project perfect for using up scraps. Here's a tutorial for this quilt block as well as some other patchwork pumpkin projects to make some quick scrappy Halloween decorations.  Quilt Block tutorial (13 1/2" x 13 1/2" finished) Fabric requirements: 16 orange squares 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"  17 black squares 2

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Free Pattern & Tutorial: The Cupcake Block, featuring Therm O Web! from Sew at Home Mummy

Recently, I signed up to create a block for a charity quilt the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild was organizing.

The project, which will be raffled off, and proceeds going to breast cancer research, had a 'boob' theme.

We had to pick from a list of terms, and create a block reflective of that term. I picked "cupcakes".

I went pretty literal with my block -

Here's the free pattern/tutorial for you. The awesome people from Therm O Web helped this project out with a few their fantastic products!

Materials:
Pink scraps and strips (cupcake 'cake')
Brown scraps/strips (cupcake ...

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Other people's scaled star blocks (and an update to the tutorial) from On the Windy Side

It's been super exciting to see a few people using my Scaled Stars tutorial to make blocks.


Megan from Jaffa Quilts made these gorgeous 12" blocks using low volume backgrounds and super saturated fabrics for the stars.  She's used a lot of Anna Maria Horner fabrics, which of course, I love.   I'd find it hard to explain why, but these colours remind me of sour lollies - yum!

6" Scrappy Scaled Star

The lovely Julie from JulieLou made this 6" version, which is fussy cutting perfection.  I love how she kept the block really monochromatic as well.


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How to Make a Quilt Triangle from The Quilt Ladies Book Collection

As with everything there are MANY ways to make quick pieced Triangles. This is the way "I" like to do mine.
 How to do Square's HERE


Take the FINISHED size of the square you want and add 7/8 of an inch.
example:
for a finished size 2 inch square you will cut your fabric 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
for a finished size 3 inch square you will cut your fabric 3 7/8" x 3 7/8"

for a finished size 4 inch square you will cut your fabric 4 7/8" x 4 7 ...

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September 14, 2014
Top 10 Tips for New Quilters - Quick Piecing Techniques from Sew Fresh Quilts

Welcome to this week's installment of the Top 10 Tips for new quilters.  Today's topic is Quick Piecing Techniques.  For the complete line up of weekly tips, please see this page.   Chain Piecing Technique Chain Piecing is one of the most basic time saving methods.  This method involves lining up your sets and sewing without cutting the threads between units. Line up your pairs of

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