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September 1, 2015
Yo Espero Update... from Patchwork Stories


                           ~~~~~~~I Spy quilt for Village of Hope-Guatemala, 2013.

I first heard about A Village of Hope-Guatemala through a blog that I had been following, Margaret's Hope Chest ( Margaret was Carin Vogelsang's grandmother who was killed by an assault in a grocery store parking lot. Carin turned this tragedy into tangible projects for healing. She had been distributing donated quilts to children of prisoners for several years, and I made a few quilts for this hopeful project. Later she asked for quilt donations that would be taken to a new facility in Guatemala for orphaned ...

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Bed of Roses – Block 4 from Simple Bird Applique

Block 4 of Sue Garman’s “Bed of Roses” could very well be my favourite block…so far!  Do not be intimidated.  This block is very simple.  Yes…even for a beginner.  First, I started with the bias strips.


Next, I added the leaves.


The flowers are sooooo easy!  They are really all the same shapes, just different sizes.  It is the fabrics that make them come alive!.  I have added 3 more fabrics to this block, so there is a good variety of light, medium and dark pink.





I mean, really, could it get any easier?


So once all ...

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EQ Seasons Row-A-Long Kick Off from Quilt Shop Gal

note:  Today is a two post day.  Later today, If you are looking for the SEPTEMBER Free-Motion Quilting Challenge it should be released later today.  For now, I want to share insights with you about a super fun blog hop that starts today and encourage you to click thru to check it out.


Marian Pena of  Seams To Be Sew is hosting EQ7 Seasons Row-A-Long, where each stop in this fun blog hop will share a ROW quilt pattern that they designed in EQ7 and you can download a FREE PDF pattern.  Along the way you will have plenty of ...

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QuiltCon 2016 Show Entries from Carol Lyles Shaw

Modern Quilts Wanted…for QuiltCon 2016!

Are you a member of the Modern Quilt Guild?  Are you busy making awesome quilts for the 2016 show!?!  Well, QuiltCon entries are now open!

Not a member?  Go here for information on joining MQG as an individual member OR to find MQG affiliated guilds in your area.  MQG is international!

Here’s some basic information from the Modern Quilt Guild about the show.

Quilts will be juried into the show and may be either shown for exhibit only, or entered into competition and judged.

Important dates

  • Deadline for entries: Nov. 30, 2015
  • Notifications ...

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I love my sewing machine! from A Pieceful Journey

Good morning!

I have been sewing on this 40+ year old Pfaff for at least the last 20 years and I really wouldn’t sew on any other machine.  Look as this beauty!  She really isn’t showing her age at all!

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My Gram gave me this machine around 20 years ago when she upgraded to a newer Pfaff.  I have had her every since.

Sewing machines are such a personal choice and once you find one you love you become so loyal to it that you can’t imagine ever having another machine.  At least that is how I ...

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White Sox Towel from Eric the Quilter

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I’ve been piecing away on commissions and I needed a break from looking at my sewing machine, so I jumped over to my embroidery machine for a bit to stitch out this design. It turned out alright, but when I digitized it, I forgot to add an underlay. Shame on me! In fact, I already remade the design with an underlay. Wish me luck next time I embroider it!

Tagged: Baseball, embroidery, Logo, Towel, White Sox

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Triple Finish from On The Go Quilting

I managed a little time to get a finish for you today.   I quilted and finished the three Ocean Curve fabric postcards that got their start last week in my Tuesday Tutorial on stitching curves HERE.


Using my Wonder Clips really helped me keep my layers together and I didn’t even have to use the more expensive double-sided fusible interfacing this time, and I didn’t use spray basting.  I just clipped my Wonder Clips and the layers stayed in place.  That saves on time but also on the cost of making the fabric postcards so I hope to ...

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Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop: Watermelon Plate from Goer

Watermelon Plate is a simple, traditionally-pieced, geometric block featuring a secondary pattern when tiled. It goes together fast and I'm showing it in two block layouts.

I chose to use Coral, Chartreuse, White and Lapis Blue for my block. You'll need a fat eighth of each color.

Cutting Directions

  • Fabric A (Coral): Cut (1) 4.5-inch by 12.5-inch rectangle.
  • Fabric B (Chartreuse): Cut (2) 2.5-inch by 12.5-inch rectangles.
  • Fabric C (White): Cut (2) 2.5-inch by 12.5-inch rectangles.
  • Fabric D (Lapis Blue): Cut (4) 4.5-inch squares.

Piecing Directions

All seams are sewn at ...

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August 31, 2015
Quilting Fun On The Weekend from Katy Did Art

As you may know, (since I mentioned it quite a few times!) I went to a couple of Bonnie Hunter workshops this weekend.

Oh what fun!!

On Friday evening I met with one of my QFFs, Barb. We checked into our temporary home, had a light supper, and then joined a roomful of like-minded women for a lecture from Bonnie. It was more like a chat, where we all had a chance to ask questions and visit with a good friend.

She showed us an antique quilt that she had just purchased:


Isn’t it lovely?

At some point she ...

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Just In Time For Halloween – Hocus Pocus Towel from Eric the Quilter

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I still need to wash out the stabilizer I used, but I just love it! I’m going to make the design in a couple of different sizes. I’m still not sure how I feel about the textured moon, but I might just stick with it! We’ll see! Wish me luck!

Tagged: embroidery, Halloween, Hocus Pocus, Moon, Towel

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My Cousin Is Making Gorgeous Bracelets! from Eric the Quilter

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Here is a blurb my cousin wrote for her Etsy Shop.

Welcome to jazzytoaster beads! I believe that beautiful, genuine gemstone bracelets don’t need to cost an arm and a leg. I strive to make top quality bracelets at affordable prices for everyone. Making bracelets is a side hobby of mine. I teach high school, and during a summer off, I decided to get into bracelet making and absolutely fell in love with it. Each bracelet is made from genuine gemstone and love.

Tagged: Beads, Bracelets, Etsy

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Low Volume Quilt Progress: Post Eleven from Hexy Lady

This week I cut into my fat quarter of Kona Putty.

I made eight new flowers for my Low Volume Quilt using the Putty fabric.

I am linking back to Jessica’s Monday Morning Star Count. Those of you visiting from the Star Count may enjoy reading about my new walking foot, and about my the progress on setting up my Kona Fabrics Sample Pieces.

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Design wall 8/31/15 quick stash quilt from Always Quilts

I thought this would be a quick quilt to make and so far it has been. I sewed on it yesterday, when I needed a break from the LongArm. I have all the blocks pieced and up on the wall.

I found several pieces of a purple batik and I think I have enough of it for sashings and the borders. I’m hoping the binding too, but probably not………

I cut the sashing strips and cornerstones and put them on the wall with the blocks. Also a couple of strips of the purple. So this is how it should ...

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Fat Quarter Shop’s Hope Blooms from Jo's Country Junction


Fat Quarter Shop has a fun series that they call Classic & Vintage.  Kelli and I love it as classic and vintage quilt blocks are featured and they are our favorite.  We love to check out and see what block they are featuring….this time around, it’s Log Cabin blocks.  Of course we’re in love!

Kimberly put together a great demo video showing how she makes the block with a Creative Grids ruler.  It looks really easy to do although we’ve never tried it using the ruler.

You can find a free link to the pattern HERE…you ...

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Books on Monday – Big Book of Scrap Quilts from 120 Blocks

This is the third (and last) of the books I purchased at AQS Grand Rapids. It is Big Book of Scrap Quilts by L. Amanda Owens (editor) and Patricia Wilens (editor).  This might be my favorite of the three. (Amazon … Continue reading

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What I’m Working On…. from Jo's Country Junction


Yes, I am still working on the wedding quilt.  It’s been hectic here but I’ve squeezed in every drop of time that I could…let’s just say this:

1-The end is in sight.
2-It’s a good thing I love Kalissa and Craig.
3-It’s a good thing Hubby is patient with me.
4-It’s a good thing Kelli is willing to save me when I need saving.

So you might remember that I injured both my shoulder and my ankle.  Some things have been harder for me because of it so Kelli has taken pity on ...

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Row by Row: Central Illinois from Stash Overflow

Of course, I had to visit some quilt shops while I was home. Didn’t have time to visit all the shops in surrounding towns so I picked two that had nice row patterns and that I’d never been to before. I’d heard about them from a couple of people I met at my first Jinny Beyer Hilton Head seminar. Who would have thought I’d meet people from my Illinois home town down in South Carolina?

I would like to have stopped at the shop in Arthur, IL but I didn’t want to cut the timing ...

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Happily Ever After: The Finish from Stash Overflow

While I was talking to Becky about the shopping trip she mentioned that they had samples in the store. Could I do a scalloped border? Oh, crap. Well, I’ve never done one but, yes, I can do that. I sent her pictures of the 2 types of scalloped borders: serpentine which is easier and what I think of as the Baltimore album border which is harder to get the binding right. She said the serpentine border was fine. Good. I’ve also never done bias binding before so not having to do the tight turns was a relief.

The ...

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Rsil-Fence Wtih Blooming Bias Is Taking Shape from Eric the Quilter

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I finally got around to taking the blocks and putting them together! I swear, going over it twice with the tiny stitches for the blooming bias takes forever, but it is well worth it! I’ve already got a few more rows on, so I’ll add pictures later!

Tagged: Blooming Bias, Rail Fence

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A Modern Flourish–the structure of a fabric collection from 3 am Inspiration

Been awhile since I’ve posted–between forgetting all the sign in details and transitioning to a new position with EBI Fabrics Corp–it’s been awhile. So new direction in my life with lots of challenges, so I thought I would use this to share.

At last Spring Quilt Market we showcased a few fabric collections under the EBI Fabrics Studio Collections. These were fun compilations of designs, mixed together to share a new direction the market is demanding for cotton prints. So let’s start with A Modern Flourish!

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A Modern Flourish by EBI Fabrics Corporation

This collection ...

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