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March 31, 2020
a patriotic finish from Making A Lather

This is a project I remember starting in the 90s, when a new quilt shop opened here in Kokomo, Indiana. It didn't last long, but, it was wonderful while it was open. I had taken a "real " quilting class, and loved stopping in the shop to pet the fabric. It has sat in the ufo stage for that many years.
I pulled this project out again here and here in 2019. I finished the top and it fell into the "to be quilted" pile.
It seemed like a quick finish for these trying times. I had it on the ...

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Entertainment During The Pandemic, UFO's, Quilt Ideas, Local Happenings from caledonia quilter

At the moment I still have seven quilts here that I will be working on.  As they're ready I'll contact you and arrange a porch pickup.
I am not taking in any quilts until the provincial restriction on non-essential businesses has been lifted.  I realize you might find that to be an inconvenience, but as a rule I do what the "people in charge" tell me to do. Depending on how long this situation persists it might mean your booking in May gets delayed until Julember, or whenever.  With all the UFO's that are being ...

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March 29, 2020
stash report March 29, 2020 from Making A Lather

These were fabric purchases from the thrift store before covid -19. I was thrilled  to find a quilter's cast offs. There was about 9 1/2 yards.

Stash report 

Fabric Used this month -nothing yet for March as I haven't finished a quilt
Fabric Used year to Date: 53.25 yards

Fabric Added this month: 9.5  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date: 54.75 yards
net fabric: 1.5 yards bought more than used

I sewed at least 15 minutes per day

I have an old ufo on the frame and hope to have it quilted and ...

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March 23, 2020
National Quilting Day @home from Sew Sunshine

My goal for National Quilting day this year, since the International Quilt Museum festivities here in Lincoln were cancelled, was to quilt this baby quilt. 
The blocks are leftovers from another quilt I made for this ones big brother. (I have a 2 week old great nephew to get to now) :)
It measures 53" x 53"
I did a diagonal crosshatch because the blocks and the borders I put on the corners made it sort of stretchy. 

I started marking the lines on Saturday morning with the hera marker. So easy to use and no messy marks to wash out ...

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My current wanderings .... from Winter Wanderings

Currently, the world is awash with a fast traveling coronavirus causing a worldwide pandemic. 
Sadly, it has reached my home town ....  
I've been safely self-quarantining and am hopeful others will do the same soon even thought it is not mandated by any government official... yet. 

Will social distancing and self-quarantining help to successfully flatten the curve experts are concerned with?

I have no idea. 

Time will tell.
While this is a Hawaiian block made of my own design, it is giving me pause .... 
should I try to make a another that resembles covid19? 

I'm just not sure .... what ...

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March 15, 2020
What happened to February???? Lovely Embroidery from caledonia quilter

I have obviously been M.I.A. ...almost a month since I last posted?  Well, let me catch you up.

Oh, such a beautiful embroidered topper... tablecloth?

The maker is such a wonderful woman, she embroidered my name on there too.

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March 13, 2020
UFO Sampler: Borders Part III from From Edge 2 Edge

After much thinking and decision making, I decided to quilt the inside block borders following the fabric. I actually had fun doing this and using my dual feed walking foot. I was able to fly up and down these borders with just a few slow downs for deciding how I was going to cross the center squares and make them interesting.

Originally I was thinking of putting a motif in the cornerstones but decided I like the modern more organic stitching of crossing.

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March 6, 2020
UFO Sampler Part II from From Edge 2 Edge

This quilt is NEVER going to be visiting any quilt show or other place where a critical eye will be seeing it. It will only be at a guild for 'show and tell' or friends will see it. As such, I gave myself permission to not rip out little issues and just test different threads and design choices.

I can definitely see that I was not as accurate with my seams as I thought I was. The good news, I have gotten better over the years. I am mostly having fun with it and enjoying the mental gymnastics I am ...

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February 28, 2020
Back to an oldie.... from Espritpatch

Last year I started several projects at the beginning of the year and I don't think I finished any. I parked them while working on presents and other stuff and they've been sliding down the pile quietly. Well this week I digged out one of them. I picked the Threadology quilt-along again. I had made the first 3 series of blocks last year. I made serie 4 this week, 1 large churn dash block and 4 smaller ones.

And with these additional 5 blocks I'm half way through the blocks for this quilt top. Let's hope ...

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Next UFO: Sampler Part I from From Edge 2 Edge

This will be my next UFO to work on. I do think this was the very first quilt I did. Can you tell it is from the 80's? I took this class from Arlene Stamper and what a great teacher she was/is. Very patient and tolerant of my color choices. I learned all the basics you need to know to make a great quilt, either art or traditional from her and Sharyn Craig. I took the feather star block class from Sharyn during the sampler class because Arlene didn't think you could do a 12 inch feathered ...

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February 25, 2020
An Unfinished Object from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

To the rest of the world, a UFO is an unknown object seen in the sky.

In the quilt world, a UFO is an UNFINISHED OBJECT. Basically, a quilt or other project that has been shelved. Why did the project get shelved? Let me count the ways...............

  1. Ran into a problem understanding the pattern
  2. Ran out of fabric
  3. Didn't like your initial fabric choices
  4. Lost interest
  5. Lost part of the project
  6. Your friend stopped working on their same project
  7. The store where you were working on the project closed
  8. You made a huge mistake
  9. The maker died
  10. Needed to ...

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February 21, 2020
Finishing the UFO: Blocking from From Edge 2 Edge

This is a step I do on all my quilts. This makes them lay very flat with no wavy edges. This gives your quilt a professional and polished look.

If you have steam dryer, you can put it in and steam it for several minutes but pull it out before it starts the drying process. If you don't have access to a steam dryer, you have two other easy options:
  • You can wet the quilt and spin it out in your washer. The less drippy wet it is, the faster it will dry.
  • You can dampen it by using ...

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Do as I say................. from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Yes - I should be following my own words. I keep saying, I'm going to clean up the office and get everything organized and yet I continue to procrastinate. I'm a maker and I want to be making stuff all the time. Yet - I want this mess cleaned up as well so it's less frustrating. So I need to take the bull by the horns and just do it or stop complaining!!! Thanks, Elle for the pep talk! I don't have time this weekend - well, I have a free day tomorrow - perhaps I could spend ONE hour ...

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February 15, 2020
Learning quilting math the hard way from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to my 350th post! Wow! How cool is that?

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February 14, 2020
Binding the UFO: Part Three from From Edge 2 Edge

Finishing up the binding is an awesome feeling. This part goes pretty fast with just a few areas of concentration.
  • Photo 1: I verify that the ruler and needle are in the proper alignment. I start stitching in the middle of a side leaving about 10 inches of tail. I don't use the binding joining tool but if you have one, follow those instructions.
  • Photo 2: When I get to a corner I fold back the binding and crease it so I know how far down I can stitch. 
  • Photo 3: I then fold the binding so that it ...

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February 10, 2020
Untitled :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

This one took far too long to finish, but I'm excited to finally have it finished!

Click here to read my last post about this project. I started this in 2012. I finished quilting it in 2017 and then it got lost in my sewing room. I recently spent 3 hours cleaning in my sewing room and found this under a pile of other stuff. So I picked a binding fabric from my stash and "got 'er done." This project was inspired by the backing fabric. I didn't take a photo of the back when I finished this ...

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February 7, 2020
Binding the UFO: Part Two from From Edge 2 Edge

This is how I prepare my binding for pressing.
  • Photo 1: First, I verify that all seam allowances are within tolerance. In the first picture the top seam allowance for the red fabric is within a couple of threads of the stitch line. The bottom binding is out of tolerance. There is too much of the red fabric showing and will need to be ripped out and sewn again.
  • Photo 2: I then press open the binding with the seam allowances toward the smaller strip, this is the strip that is folded over. The red fabric will be laying flat ...

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February 2, 2020
Two More Off The List, Superbowl Prep, and the 2020 Pet Peeve from caledonia quilter

Every year I make a list of projects that I want to complete.  I call it my DO-IT CHALLENGE.  The first week of January my new list for 2020 included "complete 3 UFO's".  Well, by golly, here it is just past the first month end and I've knocked that one out of the park already.   

APPLE CORE  The pieces were cut using JAWS, and I used a pattern from the Accuquilt web site.  I increased the size of the quilt by quite a bit - it's plenty big enough for DH to take a nap under.

This is ...

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January 31, 2020
Flange Binding the UFO: Part One from From Edge 2 Edge

I generally pillowcase my quilts but some quilts just beg for a binding, especially if they are more traditional in nature. Here is my prefered way of attaching a traditional type of binding as it requires no hand stitching. 

I used a 1-1/2 red binding and a 1-1/4 inch blue binding that I then joined together. This will give me a small flange of red (1/8 inch) when done. An easy way to remember what will be the flange is the larger fabric will be the smallest showing on the front.

I first overlap the strips and ...

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January 29, 2020
Men in Black from Sew Preeti Quilts

What to do when an UFO (unfinished object) menace strikes?
Summon the Men in Black :-D

Men in Black

It began in 2014.  The basic premise was layer fabrics, cut, shuffle, stitch and repeat.

Blocks from 2014

Once the blocks were made, I struggled with the layout.

I made a flimsy (no pictures of Flimsy #1) and then had second thoughts.
Some blocks were removed to arrive at a better layout. And then it was put away.

Thank you Sandra

On the banks of Lake Ontario

I took the flimsy with me on my trip to Niagara/Buffalo.
These pictures ...

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