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April 25, 2014
Bloming Bias Top Is Ready To Be Quilted! from Eric the Quilter

The top is all ready to be quilted! I really hope the binding fluffs up and it looks super cute! To be honest, with the binding not fluffed up, the quilt looks a little bit boring… Oh well, I hope it turns out better once it is quilted and washed! Wish me luck!

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Tagged: Blooming Bias, Rail Fence

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April 24, 2014
Finishing up some BOM blocks for the month from The Crafty Quilter

I have spent the past few days finishing up some BOM blocks for the month of April.  The days are just flying by and I never seem to be caught up!  I think that’s true for most quilters.  We have a bad habit of starting new projects before finishing up the old ones.

I finished April’s block for the Classic Meets Modern QAL at Sew at Home Mummy.  It’s called the Double Z block and I love the simplicity of it:

Block 4 of Classic Meets Modern BOM, made by Julie Cefalu

I’m using up my scraps and stash for this quilt along and it’s looking ...

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Buster the Foster Pup from Jo's Country Junction


Last night I got a message that there was a pup that needed fostering.  Ruby is feeling better and back to her normal self so I volunteered.

This is Buster.  He’s a beagle-collie mix.


He is 8 1/2 weeks old and is a little cutie.


He is unique in that he has one blue eye and one brown eye.

I think it’s going to be more on the collie side of things.  The coloring is collie…He’s bigger too.

He is socializing wonderfully with the other dogs.  Ruby likes him even.


Kelli is completely distracted with ...

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Apples & Oranges: Generation Q from The Studiolo

The latest issue of Generation Q came out this Tuesday, so of course I ran all over town searching for a copy on newsstands. I was excited because this issue features one of my designs, Apples and Oranges, and now I finally get to share it with all of you!

CaseyYork_ApplesAndOranges_GenerationQ2014I’m so thrilled with the styled shot that they took for the magazine. I always have such a hard time shooting my quilts–all that white makes it difficult to get images that show any texture and don’t look washed out. But Gen Q’s photographers and stylists ...

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High Flying from On The Go Quilting

Have you ever seen a Blue Angels demonstration?   They are truly remarkable.

IMG_6216We have friends from Wyoming visiting us this week (so not much quilting is being done) and they had never seen the Blue Angels.  Yesterday was the only time they were practicing that they (and we) would be here for.  Weather was perfect, if a bit warm for sitting a long time in the sun.

The Blue Angels are based in Pensacola, Florida which is only 45 minutes from us.  With the performance at 11:30, we set out at 9:30 which got us there an hour ...

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Blooming Bias Rail Fence Quilt from Eric the Quilter

So, I started this lap quilt with the blooming bias… I’m really hoping it turns out well. I’ve never done anything quite like it before. I’m not really an embellishments type of person, but we’ll see how it turns out! Hopefully it doesn’t look too hideous!

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Tagged: Blooming Bias, embellishments, Rail Fence

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Betty Ann in Beauty Queen! from Sisboom

What do you get when you cross the Betty Ann PDF pattern with Beauty Queen‘s Valerie and Katie Stripe?! One good lookin dress!

Clearly we have our Betty Ann in a sassy pink zebra, below, but we’re now imagining it in array of stripes with a contrasting strap.

What beauty Queen fabric would you use for your Betty Ann?!



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Grand Opening – The Art Gallery of Royal Oak from Fabric Constructions

Grand Opening Gallery


The Grand Opening of The Art Gallery of Royal Oak is April 24 at 5:30 pm when the Mayor of the city will have the ceremonial ribbon cutting.  Blackfinn will be providing food and all purchases will be 15% during the evening. Ralph and I have a wall setup with some of our work for sale.  He even has a new small fish which I of course forgot to photograph made from old markers, computer parts, spoon and a Tropicana lid!  I don’t know how he thinks of them.

I have a couple of smaller quilts, wool scarves ...

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Knotty Business from The Unfinished Quilter

PictureThe Green Man by the author

I didn't sign up for this year's Leonardo Challenge with its theme of Knots, sponsored by the Eli Whitney Museum, but I have to credit the event with inspiring me to finish my Green Man. Sometimes the best way to stay passionate about quilting is to take a break and indulge yourself with some other kind of threadwork. Besides, it's spring and time for a bit of Celtic fun.

My Green Man is based on the Green Man of pagan mythology. He's made of 100% cotton string worked in crochet ...

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April 23, 2014
Hexies Everywhere! from Simple Bird Applique

Recently, my hubby and I took a very last minute road trip to New York City, just for the fun of it.  Of course, we did all must-do things when you visit NYC.  See the Statue of Liberty…check.  Figure out the subway system…check. Walk in Central Park..check.  Visit The City Quilter…check!

When we visited Central Park, I couldn’t help but notice the sidewalk stones.  Hexagons…everywhere.  I was inspired!


So, when we visited The City Quilter, I picked up some paper foundations to make some hexies.  Ok, maybe I went a little overboard!


I couldn ...

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Superpower Blog Hop Prize Winner from The Late Night Quilter from Late Night Quilter

Thanks to all of you who took the time to comment on my Superpower Blog Hop post.

I numbered the comments from 1 to 83 in the order in which I received them and used the True Random Number Generator to pick the winner of my blog hop prize - a $30 gift certificate to Green Fairy Quilts.

And the prize goes to….


I will email her the coupon code for her prize.

Thank you to Green Fairy Quilts for adding a complimentary $5 to our blog hop prize! And thank you to DMC for sponsoring our hop!

Random Integer ...

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Nearly 100 bolts of fabric now on sale – plus new Tonga batiks from Flare Fabrics

We’ve added dozens of new bolts of fabric to our sale page – from batiks to flannels to textured cottons. You’ll even find our newest black and whites on sale!

These are top quality fabrics we’re offering at great prices to make room for new merchandise arriving weekly.

You’ll also find great patterns – for purses, totes and Kindle/iPad covers.

Shop early so you won’t be disappointed.

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Rockport Tonga Batiks by Timeless Treasure. We have yardage, fat quarter bundles and jelly rolls.  









Neptune Tonga Batiks by Timeless Treasure in yardage, fat quarter bundles and ...

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WiP Wednesday from Wasn't Quilt in a Day

I’ve been feeling rather lethargic this week, and I’ve ignored my sewing machine since I finished all of the flying geese. Which, speaking of…


I have all of the remaining blocks back… and I LOVE it!

Last night I had the sudden urge to sew.  Luckily I’ve had a baby quilt basted for quite some time, and it was great just to knock it out!  Sometimes simple sewing is the best.


Before I knew it, it was quilted.


And now I’m ready for binding!


I need to keep a store of baby quilts so that I ...

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Angie in Lucky Girl from Sisboom

Loving this Angie in a big rose print from Lucky Girl! Complete with a belt made from Lucky Girl’s Emma, pair this summer dress with a navy cardigan, some neutral wedges and a bright pink purse! Done and done!



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Wandering Wednesday: The Amateur Quilt has a swap from The Curious Quilter

AmateurQuilter scrappy Charm SwapThere are so many interesting quilters and fabric lovers in cyberland these days. Sometimes you meet one that motivates or inspires you to try something different. About the time that a friend gave me a Fiskar die cutter for 1″ hexagon English Paper Piecing (EPP) papers, I found Mike at The Amateur Quilter on Instagram (IG). His IG feed is full of pictures of his adventures while creating hexies on the commute to work every day. What a great way to spend time on a train! Check out #hexyinpublic on IG to see some of his daily stitching.

Seeing his ...

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Sharing For No Reason from Eric the Quilter


Tagged: debauchery, Shenanigans

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Orange you glad we have a log cabin? from Not Sew Serious Sew Gal

My quilting experience would not be complete without me tackling making a log cabin quilt.  I had seen countless patterns, pictures, and videos about log cabin quilts but none really caught my eye or "spoke to me" as I so often phrase it.  It wasn't until I made it almost halfway through my Quilty, Summer 2012 issue, when I fell in love with the Curved Log Cabin Quilt!  Yes it was those I love me some curves!  Usually, I like to change up the pattern, do something just slightly different to make it my own.  This time ...

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My Next Work Project…. Blooming Bias from Eric the Quilter

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I’ve never used it before, but I’m going to do something with it, not sure what, but something! I was thinking about an accent for a quilt, but I’m not sure how I’m going to use it, and on what quilt block. Anyone have any ideas?

Tagged: Blooming Bias

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April 22, 2014
Precut Tuesday! from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Ambrosia by Jennifer Young for Benartex


Ambrosia collage

1. Kona Cotton – White Yardage 2. Designer Solids – True Red Yardage 3. Designer Solids – Hot Rose Yardage

4.Designer Solids – Aqua Yardage

American Basic for Windham

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American Basic collage

1. Kona Cotton – White Yardage 2. Designer Solids – True Red Yardage 3. Bella Solids Royal Yardage

Summer Breeze by Bella BLVD for Riley Blake

Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze collage

1. Kona Cotton – Aqua 2. Designer Solids – Rose Yardage 3. Cuddle 3 – Canary 60″ Minky

4. Cuddle 3 – Apple Green 60″ Minky

Happy Matching!


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Quilt Block 107 - Northwind from Home Sewn By Carolyn

Northwind is in the top three of my favorite quilt blocks for the simple reason that you can put different color blocks next to each other and make magic happen.  This works because of the lights and darks.  It's that simple.  And of course, I didn't know this until I started putting the blocks together. 

At first I made four blocks all the same color.  I used different colors, but had all four blocks the same.  It was really boring.  (I forgot to take a picture of this.)

Then I decided to mix up the colors and wow ...

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