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August 19, 2017
So Let’s Catch Up from On The Go Quilting

I just haven’t taken the time lately to keep you up with all I’ve been doing.  The days go by so quickly and I’m just amazed that it’s almost the end of August!

I want to share some of my August highlights with you.

I was involved with the montly IG swap where I get an unknown person to make a swap gift for.  In return, someone else gets my name and I receive a surprise gift.  I haven’t received mine yet, but here’s what I sent to Liz.  She’s a “Walking Dead ...

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Two More Quilted Beauties. from Sew Grateful Quilts

Anne made this interesting purple quilt. The Bubbles pantograph she picked out was perfect for it.

Jean finished a quilt that she started in a class, maybe 2 years ago. Teacher was Kimberly Einmo. She enlarged the design. I also took the class but didn’t even get 1 block done and I abandoned the project. Way to go Jean. Pantograph was Shell Shock.

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Quilted Block of the Month August 2017 from Terificreations's Weblog

I may have let out a little bit squeal when the idea hit for how to quilt this last section of this August Block. I’ve been playing with curved cross hatching a lot lately and loving it. In giving thought to the shape, that corners look like a house and wanting the Visual to draw … Continue reading Quilted Block of the Month August 2017

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Colorado from Ruth Powers Blog

Since returning from our recent trip to Colorado, I haven’t done a whole lot, due to a summer cold.

Some weeding in the mornings when it is cool and some hand quilting in the afternoons.  I’m determined to finish the “Oak and Acorn” quilt  and am out to the borders now.  One long side is done and one short side, almost, so the end is in sight!

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Family Picnic from Jo's Country Junction


Every month I team up with U.S. Cellular and share a little about my Samsung Galaxy S8 Smart Phone. This is one of those posts.

Each year my extended family gets together in August for a family picnic.  I love going and actually always look forward to it.  Each year we go to the same location, Pilot Knob State Park.  It’s near Forest City.  Long ago when part of the cousins lived in Iowa and park in Minnesota, it was deemed the “central location”.  It still is for the majority.  Of course we’ve had some move off ...

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Craftsy Makers Black Friday Sale from 120 Blocks

Okay, that is what they’re calling it, but this sale lasts all weekend long. It started this morning at 12:01AM MST and ends Sunday August 20th at 11:59 PM MST. It features the lowest prices of the year on supplies to make gifts for the upcoming holidays. Click Here to take advantage of the sale …

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August 18, 2017
Friends Quilts from Sew Grateful Quilts

There’s two friends quilts I didn’t post before I left on my trip.

Carolyn gave me two of these cute baby Quilts with Minkie backing. So soft and cuddly.

Marian made a lovely quilt that reminded me of the sea and sunsets. Pantograph is Ocean Froth.

Picture above shows backing with quilt top.

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A roundup of raw edge applique techniques from The Crafty Quilter

It’s time for another roundup and this one is of raw edge applique techniques.  This is probably my “go to” way to create applique projects.  I love how fast you can get it done, but there is a learning curve to stitching those shapes down.

A Roundup of Raw Edge Machine Applique Techniques @ The Crafty Quilter

Raw Edge Machine Applique

I’ll start things off with my own applique series from a few years ago.  It begins with using fusible web for machine applique and then focuses on the machine applique stitches.  You’ll find close-up pictures of the blanket stitch and zig zag stitch and how to approach corners ...

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“Color My World” from All Pressing Matters

A wedding gift for a special couple. I’m assuming the groom is special, because I know the bride is awesome! I made this quilt earlier this year, to try a new pattern and use up some batiks. Honestly, I was not thrilled with it because I don’t like working with batik fabrics much. But! Oh my goodness!

Once I put a border on it and quilted it, oh I just love it. By this point I had decided (with her mama’s help) that it’d go to our sweet bride. I sent it off yesterday, before I ...

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O-Kaffe That’s A Bright Bedroom from Wedding Dress Blue

With new rugs, curtains, pillows and a quilt, the bedroom is complete!


I really like it.


Husband, who started all this, says we’ll save money on nightlights and alarm clocks.


The quilt is very simply quilted with an all over pantograph.  I realize that lacks style, but it is the first quilt I have ever done myself on a longarm machine.  My local quilt shop offers classes and rentals, so I took the plunge and am pleased with the results.  Not perfect, but not too bad all things considered.DSC00670

Oh, and don’t forget the pillow that I shared ...

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Ghoulies & Ghosties Halloweeen Quilt from McCall's Quilting

Ghoulies Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Ghoulies & Ghosties Halloweeen QuiltThe Ghoulies & Ghosties Halloween Quilt is the perfect project to get a jump-start on autumn quilting. This delightful, cozy lap quilt pattern is a great project to make-ahead for Halloweeen…and it’s frightfully easy!

We hope you enjoy this free Ghoulies & Ghosties Halloween lap quilt pattern, including the full-size cat, ghost and bat templates, compliments of McCall’s Quilting.

Looking for more great Halloween patterns? You’ll find seven more for FREE at our Halloween Quilt Patterns index!

Click here if you’ve missed any of our other Friday Freebies.


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Love Baby Quilt from Jo's Country Junction


Earlier this week I told you that I was able to finish the “Love” baby quilt that I was working on for my niece.  I finished it on time and took it to the family picnic.  Ariel wasn’t there as she was three days over her due date and the picnic was a couple hours from home.  It made more sense to stay home “just in case” baby McGinnis wanted to make her appearance.

I passed the quilt on to “Grandma” and she delivered it to “mom to be” that night….and here it is.  The pattern came from ...

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A Long Time Ago (AQS Post 1) from 120 Blocks

In a galaxy right here, I posted. Sigh. And I missed a Books on Monday. Double Sigh. About that Books on Monday thing, I think I will be taking a break from that for a while. I am just not feeling it at this point in time. I think there is just too much stuff …

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Cutting Into My Last Twelve Panels from Hexy Lady

I have twelve panels remaining from my Embracing Horses collection of fabric created by Laurel Burch. I decided that I needed to cut into these last twelve panels to create more large hexagons for my Blue Star Quilt. Notice how nicely the individual panels were packaged by PM Quilting. I bought every panel that they had, and have been hoarding them for a long time.

I pressed my panels on my work table, then cut them into sections. I made two layer stacks of the large horse section of the panel. I then cut into those panels to extract the ...

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August 17, 2017
What I’m Reading: The Magnolia Story from Jo's Country Junction


I just finished up listening to The Magnolia Story by  Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines and Mark Dagostino.   Most people know that this is the story about Chip and Joanna Gaines the due behind the HGTV show Fixer Uppers.  I’ll admit that I did a little binge watching of Fixer Uppers last year when I was on the couch with my foot surgery.    Although it’s a cheesy show, I surprisingly found myself not minding watching.  

I saw that they had a book out and decided to give it a try.

It’s kind of fun to learn how people ...

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Playing with Sunny Isle by Piccolo Studio from Sisboom

By Sara of Piccolo Studio August! I can’t even ….. {insert all the hand covering eyes emojis here} It has been a miserable few weeks of winter – rain, hail, storms you name it! And while I generally am a huge fan of snuggling up with quilts and layers I must admit the frustration has been real when it comes to photographing my beautiful Sunny Isle quilt. I had a vision in my head of blue skies and blue water and I just couldn’t shake it – no other photos would have come even slightly close. Of course trying to get ...

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August 16, 2017
RAGBRAI 2017 from Jo's Country Junction


A post from Kelli–

Reember a while back when mom told you all about making strawberry pie?  Well I had the pleasure of delivering and helping to serve the pie to the Ragbrai riders as they came through my adopted hometown of Castalia.

Prior to the Ragbrai Riders coming through town, my church discovered that they would need to do some extensive repairs to their steeple and had decided that selling pie when Ragbrai came through would be a great opportunity to raise money to do so.  There were a few different groups that got together to make pie in ...

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How to Make A Great Hanging Sleeve from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone!

As I finish up Opal 2, I have the next task up, which is- make a show ready hanging sleeve. For this task, I always follow the instructions of Libby Lehman, the great quilter. Here is a link to her wonderful book: ThreadPlay.  

I bought this book many years ago, and it my go- to book for bindings, etc.  What follows is a step by step using her method. Why I like this method? It makes a standard size pocket, which any show will accept, that allows for ...

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Nursery Rhyme Paper Pieced Quilt Pattern from Made By Marney

You probably know how I design in tangents…well lately I’ve been on a nursery rhyme obsession. I was inspired by a very old Richard Scary “Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme” book.

This paper pieced pattern has nine different nursery rhymes…can you figure out what they are by the images? Here are a few:

This one is pretty easy…The Cow Jumped Over the Moon from the nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle”.

This one is perhaps not as well known, “The Owl and the Pussycat”.

These blocks were so much fun to put together. They remind me of reading ...

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Connections Quilt Festival from Terificreations's Weblog

Remember a few weeks ago that I mentioned I had some news. I’m teaching at Connections Quilt Festival November 9, 10, and 11. And! Bonus! The Generation Q Magazine Quilt as Desired Exhibit will be there! Melinda Bula, Judy Damon, Lynn Wheatley, Tracy Zimmerman Szanto, Margaret Mew, Lynn Thibault and Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill are all headlining this … Continue reading Connections Quilt Festival

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