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September 2, 2019
I'm Late, and Later Still from Quilting Reader's Garden

to post for Thursday and Friday - ah, me - such is life. But I've been puttering along in this very warm August in SoCal, and now it's Sept 1.  Some say I have it good - at least I don't have humidity with our 95-100 degrees like some parts of the South. And I'm praying for all in the path of Hurricane Dorian. On the quilty side, I've been struggling to make the pieced units for my applique

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I'm Late, and Later Still from The Quilting Reader's Garden

to post for Thursday and Friday - ah, me - such is life. But I've been puttering along in this very warm August in SoCal, and now it's Sept 1.  Some say I have it good - at least I don't have humidity with our 95-100 degrees like some parts of the South. And I'm praying for all in the path of Hurricane Dorian. On the quilty side, I've been struggling to make the pieced units for my applique

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September 1, 2019
Summer Entertainment and Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

The summer has turned into that beautiful time of year when it's perfect weather during the day... like 25 c., and then nice and cool at night so you can sleep.  Staying indoors with the quilting machine gets hard to do, especially when the weeds are two feet high and the beans are spilling all over the place.
I played the long game when I was booking quilts earlier this year, and allowed myself some breathing room.  And ta-da... I finally loaded the Singapore Batiks that my niece gifted me many years ago.  My plan was to have the ...

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August 31, 2019
Dear Jane blocks from Espritpatch

I have fallen behind the Dear Jane sew along very quickly... I know,  no surprises there! Making the blocks is not the most time consuming part actually, it's preparing them (cutting the pieces) that takes time. And so many times I have found that I ran out of prep time before travelling so I didn't have anything to sew while out and about.  Finally I was able to finish a few blocks over the last few weeks.

The first one I finished was G12, Gloriae (3 pieces, mainly reverse applique). This one had been prepared years ago

The ...

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August 30, 2019
Black and white from Espritpatch

Finished! Finally... the black and white quilt that was on the frame in June is officially finished. And June is a little misleading since the blocks date from 2 bees that I participated in several years ago so this is a true UFO!

I used fabric from my stash, bought years ago with no real projects in mind, for the backing and also 2 leftover blocks that I couldn't fit in the top.
All I had left with this one was the binding. A return trip to France a few weekends ago gave me just the opportunity to do ...

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August 17, 2019
It's officially finished!! lots of photos from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I said to myself - I'm not posting again until Danielle's quilt is finished because you would all be sick of getting updates showing so little progress.  Well, it is done and dusted and as I type it is winging its way up to Danielle in Te Awamutu.  Our youngest son and his family are going up to visit his siblings up that way, so he is loaded down with the quilt and five beanies for delivery!!!

I'm sure most of you think I have fallen off the planet as I didn't realise it had been quite ...

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July 4, 2019
July OMG Stars Around the Garden from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Stars Around the Garden is another UFO that has aged in the bin for quite awhile. It was a block of the month from the Patchwork Sampler brick and mortar shop. I like the quilt but like so many others, never got around to quilting it. I’m never sure how to quilt the tops that have both piecing and applique. This quilt really isn’t worth custom quilting but I don’t like to go over applique with edge to edge designs. I watched some quilting videos and am now ready to jump in and quilt! Done is better ...

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July 1, 2019
Straight out of Line!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

That sounds like me! Always out of line! But actually, it's the name of a ruler by Creative Grids. Seriously? Yep. I see they have a video on their web site. Perhaps I should have looked at the video for tips?

In the midst of all this chaos, I still needed to sew and not having anything super urgent on the list, I grabbed a UFO box that was sitting upstairs. Funny how we do NOT forget our UFOs. I seem to remember each and every one.

This quilt was started as a sample for a demo on rulers ...

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June 28, 2019
UFO Friday and Some other cool stuff from Pat Sloan's Blog

Welcome to our first UFO Friday!  I talked about this idea of mine on my Fireside chat this week about having 1 or 2 days a week where I plan to work on something specific. I don't want to be TOO crazy by having each day be a scheduled task, that doesn't work for my brain. But maybe Tues and Friday will be a day I plan to work at least a little bit on a specific category, like UFOs (which is an UnFinished Object) . Friday is UFOs. So if nothing else but 10 minutes on a UFO ...

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June 20, 2019
sugar mountain quilt from Making A Lather

The second day of retreat, I decided it was time to open an old ufo box and make decisions. In 2013 Pam Buda held a workshop in our guild, and talked about how quilters would often make do with what they had. This was the pattern called sugar mountain. Our instructions were to intentionally make some blocks different, as though we had run out of material. The pattern calls for 12 blocks, and I don't really do small quilts, so I had made more, but I didn't know how many to make because I didn't have a ...

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June 18, 2019
Not your Granny Bee from Espritpatch

Another UFO bites the dust! I have got these blocks out a few times in the last few years thanks to the APQ UFO challenge,  but I never got very far with them....
This pile of granny square blocks came from a number of bees I was participating to in 2013 and 2014. I even wrote a tutorial for the block at some point!.... I know, this is a long time ago... but  better late than never, right?
Now as with all swaps/bees, it is hard to get great consistency and while squaring the blocks, I realised that they ...

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June 8, 2019
Another UFO from Espritpatch

In Flicker's days, I used to be a hopeless joiner, signing up for all the bees and swaps I could find. I have stopped doing so a few years back when I realised that almost all the sewing I was doing was "for others". Although it was great and much fun to swap, exchange, get to know people, I needed to do something a little different. Also I soon realised that in most bees, you end up with 12 blocks (if you are lucky and everyone plays nicely along - almost never) or less... And those blocks are invariably not ...

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June 7, 2019
Scrappy trip around the world from Espritpatch

Finally a finished quilt! I started this quilt during the quilt-along on IG last year, with the aim to make it for my brother's 40th birthday, thinking that, for once I had plenty of time! It sounded like a perfect stash busting project too. I picked a rainbow layout and started making blocks during the quilt-along. I managed about half of the blocks last year in July, not even in time for the quilt-along, but didn't make any since. I didn't even cut any of the missing 84 strips I needed to make the missing red and ...

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May 18, 2019
Of Theories and Friday Finishes from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Yesterday I decided that I wanted to see a finish. Something. Anything. Since sitting is a bit of a problem still, I decided to finish something at the long arm. Hey, if you can't sit, stand.

So I dug around in the bin of "ready to quilt" tops (RTQ--they aren't UFOs if I intend to finish them) and found the easiest, smallest little pink quilt in the pile. I didn't count how many are in there, because some things are best left alone. As you can see, the bin is full. 

Now, don't think I'm ...

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May 11, 2019
UFO revival from Espritpatch

Over the 2 years I made blocks for the 365 challenge, I completed January to April but started to have (big) gaps from May so I thought it would be time to try an fill some gaps (I am not holding my breath to be honest!)

And with that I managed to make 4 blocks in the last week or so, which means that I am now caught up until 8th May, 2 more to catch up until I am behind again. It was worth than a see-saw really! 
Linking tMonday MakingMonday Design WallWednesday Wait ...

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April 26, 2019
All Aboard :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

This one was another shop sample that we are done with.

This one is pretty big finishing at 78" by 85". Check out the back.

This one is now in the "Ready Made" section of my shop. Occasionally we have folks come in and ask if we have any finished items for sale so I started selling finished samples that we are no longer using. Admittedly, we don't sell a lot of finished items throughout the year, but October, November and December we sell quite a few.

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April 24, 2019
Dear Jane - Row B from Espritpatch

Second month of the quilt along calls for the second row of the Dear Jane quilt to be completed. Row B is not as advanced as Row A for me since I am missing 4 blocks: B9, B10, B11 and B13 but being away from home and travelling gives me some time for hand sewing...

B13 is most probably the easiest block from the whole quilt and interestingly, it is rather different from the others since it is using more than one fabric and no background fabric. 
I finished this block Sunday last week with its 9 pieces.
And assembled ...

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April 16, 2019
Adventures Quilt :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I made up this top over a year ago. After it was finished I found out that it is too big for the organization I planned to donate it to. Thus it has sat unquilted.

Recently I have gotten into quilting with template rulers. I ordered some of the Creative Grids ones designed by Angela Walters and used one of them, Squiggy, to quilt this up. Now that it is finished I'm sure I will be able to find someone for which this one is perfect. Here is what the back looks like.

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The UFO class from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm being totally lazy this morning. I think I'm exhausted from the lack of sleep the night before. And travel days can be crazy even though you don't really seem to be doing anything.

I have to tell you about the plane ride. I get a check-in notification 24 hours in advance, but often don't get a chance to check in right away. DH tells me that I NEED to do it immediately as that is why I keep getting in a middle seat. Yep - in the middle seat again. Not a big deal. It's ...

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April 12, 2019
this and that from Making A Lather

Remember how full my closet is of quilts to be quilted? This is one of them. Sister's 9 patch is a quiltville quilt that I thought had been done for awhile, waiting in the closet to be quilted. I told myself I can not start anything new, until, I quilt a quilt, of my own, from the closet. I grabbed this one.
But, it is not ready. The back wasn't actually pieced and then, I realized it needs borders as well, and binding.

 This was the first finished quilt block from a student in the workshop I taught ...

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