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April 26, 2015
Sunday from Susan P Blog

A very grey, windy day here in Wellington. The rain is not far away. It is a long weekend and I don’t have to go to work tomorrow – it will hopefully a day full of sewing. I am still struggling to get the smell of smoke out of my house. I just turned the Scentsy on with some new wax, it will be a test to see how good it really is

When I grew up my mother made all our clothes. She was always busy, never sat down relaxing without knitting or some kind of needlework. Mum taught ...

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April 25, 2015
And the Winner Is… from Hexy Lady



She has won the autographed copy of the book, and will be receiving it through the mail shortly.

If you liked what you saw during the blog hop, and really wanted to win this book, then please head on over to Amazon where you can get your own copy.

By the way, the item above is no longer in my collection. I took it with me to the First Slow Stitching Movement Retreat where I used it as my entry in a Yankee swap. I had never participated in one of those before, and I wanted to give something ...

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Signs of Spring from Ruth Powers Blog

Two firsts for 2015–yesterday the first Oriole visited the hummingbird feeder and we found the first Morel mushroom. Only one, but it was a big one. I fried it up and we shared it, along with the first Asparagus and some ham! Yum!! Spring is officially here.

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Smash Your Precut Stash Blog Tour! from The Studiolo

Good morning! It’s my pleasure today to be a stop on the blog tour for Kate Carlson Colleran’s and Elizabeth Veit Balderrama’s new book, Smash Your Precut Stash!


I am a tiny bit addicted to precuts, so when I learned there would be a new book devoted just to them, I jumped at the chance to review it. There is just something about having a piece of each design in an entire collection that deeply satisfies the collector in me. Although I love to mix and match fabrics as much as the next person, and that was ...

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Really angry with myself from Susan P Blog

It is long weekend here in New Zealand. I planned to just relax and do nothing else. This morning I cut the pieces for 12 more blocks, which I am really happy about. Although in the process I ignored the bacon on the stove and it burnt to an unrecognisable black mess. And my house smells, everything smells and I am burning candles and sprayed air refresher about a dozen times already :(

And then, to make matters worse, I opened the junk mail and the fabric shop were selling fat quarters – 10 for $20!!!!!! I am looking at making the ...

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MAY GUILD MEETING from Limestone Quilter's Guild

Date:  6 May 2015
Place:  56 Francis Street
Kingston Seniors’ Centre
Time:  6:30 for 7pm meeting

Our guest speaker will be
Elizabeth Dillinger

Tickets will be sold for our June dinner   $15.00

Assistance and snacks will be provided by the Bear Paw Group
Please check to see if your name is on the list!

Don’t forget…..

Indoor shoes if the weather is nasty
mug for coffee or tea
items for “show and tell”
books to return to the library
projects and completed quilts for Community Quilts

Quilt Show Boutique Items will be collected at each meeting!

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Stash Accounting, Jan 2015 from Stash Overflow

Last year I rashly claimed that I was going to track incoming and outgoing fabric. That didn’t work out so well. If I’m going to track it this year, I’d better get started because it’s already the end of April.

I fell off the no-buy wagon very early in the year. On Jan 6, Mimi Dietrich’s grad school class met at Bear’s Paw. Judy came in to tell us the sale fabrics were on clearance.I’m sorry to say that I joined in the feeding frenzy. There was an extra bonus amount off ...

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April 24, 2015
It’s All Patty’s Fault! from Stash Overflow

Patty and I went to the Friendship Star Quilters show at the Montgomery Co, MD fairgrounds. I didn’t take a lot of pictures but here’s a fun Row by Row experience quilt. It’s a two-sided quilt but they hung it so only one side shows. Darn. The other side is 8 different row designs and license plates.

Fun X Fun by Susan Holman. Artist's statement: Each license plate has the name of the shop and city/state where I purchased the kit. . . I machine quilted the rows back to back and attached them to each other with binding. Incredibly FUN to make!

Fun X Fun by Susan Holman.
Artist’s statement: Each license plate has the name of the shop and city/state where I purchased the kit. . . I machine quilted the rows back to back and attached them to each other ...

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Sneek Peek: E is for Elephant Part Duex from Pipersgirls's Weblog

e is for Elephant IIWe loved our E is for Elephant quilt so much, we decided to make another one, this time with a little more modern look. There were also a lot of you who were asking for a way to make it a little more boyish and we feel as though this meets that mark too. What do you think? Do you like this one more or the original with the pinwheels? or both like me! Again we used machine applique, but you can use your favorite method, whatever that may be. We made some kits, just like ours, if you would ...

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Adding Borders…and a New Website!! from Simple Bird Applique

I am happy to announce that my new (and improved!) website is now up and running.  We still have to add some more products and the free patterns (Peggy’s Puzzle and Circle of Tulips). Thank you for your patience.  I wish time would stand still, just until I catch my breath!

In the meantime, I have been busy stitching the borders on “To Everything There Is A Season” a BOM I launched last April.  I am so close to being finished I can hardly believe it!

After some consideration, I decided to miter the corners of the light blue ...

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Fab Friday from 120 Blocks

Okay, I have no idea what that title means, and I don’t think you should naturally assume that this will actually be an ongoing feature, but we’ll go with it for today. First on the agenda is a little Show … Continue reading

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I can die happy!!! from Sisboom

Hey that’s me on the cover of my own thread box!!  Thank you Aurifil!!  I feel like the luckiest girl alive and to think I get to share the cover with George of customer service.  My life keeps getting better.   A big shout out to all the other designers I share the stage with and all of the peeps that keep our thread at the ready.  We love Aurifil and love the colors so perfect for your next Sis Boom Sew.  So get your 40 weight thread this summer and tell them I sent you!!!  I hope I get ...

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Artful Machine Quilting AKA 250th Blog Post from Tales of a Stitcher

What you are reading right now is my 250th blog post. Can you believe it? I’m not sure I can. I started writing Tales of a Stitcher in December 2012 and two-and-a-half- years later, I am still stitching and writing. I want to thank all of you for taking this journey with me.

Maria Shell 250th Blog Post

I’ve shared my life in Alaska both in the studio and out with you readers. It has been a amazing experience. Who knows what the next 250th blog posts will be about, but no matter what, I am glad very grateful for you dear readers ...

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Sold A Quilt! from Ruth Powers Blog

ravenbringslightIt’s always wonderful when someone loves and appreciates a piece enough to buy it. “Raven Brings Light To The World” has a new home with just such a person! This is one of my favorites, too.

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Happy Baby. Happy Quilter. from Wedding Dress Blue

There are few sights more heartwarming than a quilt in use.

I recently gifted a quilt to the baby of a coworker…

2015-02-07 16.11.16

 and they sent me this picture.


Awww…happy baby.  Happy quilter.

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Quilting a Modern Quilt from On Point Quilter

Two weeks ago I introduced my first "modern" quilt.  Modern Maze has significantly more negative space then most of my quilts which called for a specialized quilting design.  I would like to share how I came up with a modern quilting design for this quilt.

I hope this will assist you with your next modern quilt.

Like all my quilts, I like to start by identifying the spaces within the quilt that can be used for custom quilting.  The five unique spaces I identified are noted below.
I went to some of my favorite quilting design sites and did ...

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Pretty in Paisley Queen Size Quilt from McCall's Quilting

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Pretty in Paisley Queen Size QuiltMaking a queen size quilt can be a very time-consuming effort. And it’s an effort most quilters enjoy, especially for those heritage quilts we hope to pass on from generation to generation.

But what about when you simply want to update a bedroom, show off sumptuous new fabrics, or get a gift quilt ready to go? If you’re looking for a truly quick queen size quilt pattern, this week’s Friday Freebie is for you! Here’s Pretty in Paisley, an upsize of a quilt designed by Metropolitan Quilt for the June/July 2015 issue of McCall’s ...

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Construction up in Tiny Town! – Crazy Quilter on a Bike! from Quilt Social

Wouldn’t you love to have the time to sew everything you want to sew?  I see so many awesome designs that I would love to make, so many things I would love to experiment with and then let’s not forget the designs in my head. If only we had the time.  I can’t eek out any more time and I have no suggestions for you. Well maybe one – FOCUS!!!! Anyway – it’s time to check in on the construction in Tiny Town to see what’s happened ...

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Spring Has Sprung! (Sponsored Post) from 120 Blocks

Spring has officially sprung! Have you treated your stash to any fresh picks yet? This weekend you can save up to 60% on top kits, fabric and yarn on Craftsy! Florals, pastels and on-trend spring selections for many different crafts … Continue reading

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Stars and Scraps Forever Returns Home from Jo's Country Junction


So did you get your copy of the newest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting?  Did you see our quilt?

We got our courtesy copy along with our quilt, Stars and Scraps Forever, sent to us.  The issue is a pretty good one.  I love our quilt (of course) but I love the cover quilt too.

We can have quilts in magazines time and time again but it never really quite seems like it happened until the quilt and the magazine are both in my hands together.  Isn’t that silly?

Well here’s the quilt….It’s hanging off ...

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