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January 17, 2021
Island Batik January Challenge - Placemats from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Island Batik January challenge is Placemats. 

The Island Batik box included a pack of 10" squares of "Blinded by Science" designed by Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quiltworks.  The solid gray yardage was also provided by Island Batiks.

I used the 70/10 Microtex Sharp Needle by Schmetz Needles that was part of the Island Batik Box. 

Schmetz needles 

The four placemats finish at about 12" by 18" each. And I tried appliqué for the first time. 


Well that was the executive summary. The story follows:

Paul: What are you making?
Me (smiling): I am making eggs.

Applique ...

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January 15, 2021
Gather 'Round Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

Yet another Bonjour Quilts pattern all made up! This one is called Gather 'Round and I'm more than a little bit in love with it.

Besides the 3.25 yards of background fabric (which is Kona Ash in my version), this pattern doesn't require a whole lot - one yard of the chevron fabric (Kona White here) and 0.75 yard of the motif fabric (Kona Berry). I can picture it being pieced from a variety of different fabrics in the same colour family though - so you potentially could use fat quarters.

Kristy who is the designer behind Bonjour ...

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January 9, 2021
New Beginnings from Sew Preeti Quilts

Me: I hope this year is a new beginning
Paul: All beginnings are new, by definition
Me: Unless it is old wine in a new bottle
Paul: Wine does not get old
Me: It becomes vintage?
Paul: Absolutely
Me: I am going to add some wine to the beef stew
Paul (with anticipation): You are making beef stew?
Me: After I finish writing this blogpost
Paul (naughtily): I can help you finish.
Me: BRAT.  Just help me take pictures of this big quilt top, will you?

When Via (not her real name) a dear friend/co-worker shared that she was ...

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January 8, 2021
Diamonds in the Deep in Grey from Dizzy Quilts

I pinned the Diamonds in the Deep quilt pattern by Bonjour Quilts a few years ago but I somehow only bought the pattern recently. And then a few weeks ago I finally started cutting the fabric to make it. I hesitated on the colours to use for a while but ended-up settling on Kona White and Kona Coal both of which I had plenty of in my stash.

I wanted to do something a little bit different for the centre squares and used a fat quarter of some sparkly fabric.

For the backing, I used an old sheet my hubby ...

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December 26, 2020
Leela from Sew Preeti Quilts

One week before Christmas

Me: If Dan has no other plans, ask him to join us for dinner on Christmas Eve. 
Paul: Will do.
Me: Do you know what you want to eat?
Paul (excitedly): Let's get in Christmas Story. 
Me (realistically): Are you sure Dan will be OK with it?
Paul: I dunno. 
Me: Let's just do the regular turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes etc.  We can do the Chinese for New Years, when it is just us.
Paul: OK. Then let me pick up the meal from Harris-Teeter.
Me: How much?
Paul: $50 for turkey ...

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December 19, 2020
I Spy a Couple of Baby Quilts from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

I fell in love with the idea of "I-spy" (or "eye-spy"?) quilts several years ago, but my daughters were two big for this kind of games by the time, so I just admired the various interpretations on Pinterest. Now I have two little nieces (on different sides of the family), and I just had to make this play-quilts for both of them.

The problem was that I don't normally use novelty fabrics in my quilt art, but I needed quite a lot of them to make the idea work. So, I rounded up whatever remnants I had from previous ...

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December 11, 2020
Walking Foot Quilting on a Home Sewing Machine! Jelly Roll Tree Skirt – 12 Makes of Christmas from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

We’re onto our 11th Make of Christmas and today is all about quilting on your home sewing machine with a walking foot.

I walk you through using fusible batting to baste your quilt top, how to divide your quilt into sections to get it tacked down with straight line quilting, and then talk you through how I divide up the quilting into sections and maneuver it on a home sewing machine.

To all of you who have been asking for me to demonstrate quilting on an actual quilt, this is your video! While I am showing you how to ...

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Oh Happy Day! Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

The quilt I'm sharing today had been on my list for a long time - since November 2016 to be exact. It was the quilt of the month Modern Quilt Guild members had access to and because I'm a huge fan of its designer - Yvonne Fuchs from Quilting Jetgirl - I just had to download it. Yvonne has since added the pattern to her shop here. It's a great quilt with fabulous instructions - I highly recommend it.

Yvonne's version was in a gorgeous orange and cream. When I flipped through my Kona card, the Emerald green really spoke ...

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December 5, 2020
Amani from Sew Preeti Quilts

Lately several of my sentences begin with "After we get vaccinated..."

Of course this time in our lives has been unlike any other with few guidelines and little direction.  We have had to improvise as we went along. 

A New Finish

But life does not stop for a vaccine. It happens while we wait for other things.

Such is this quilt.

"After I complete the RSC2020 quilts, I will start the Carnavale quilt", I thought. But then life happened. Literally. Nancy's baby boy is due any minute. Therefore the RSC projects were set aside and a rapid baby boy ...

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November 27, 2020
Sprinkle! from Dizzy Quilts

I didn't think I'd like this finish as much as I do. I mean, obviously, I liked the pattern because I bought it, but I was afraid my fabric choices wouldn't be great. When I purchased the pattern, I really wanted to make it out of the same colour but in different values. My stash, however, didn't have enough fat quarters of the same colours to make it work and I really didn't want to order fabric for this.

Anyhow - I went with solid fabric in a bunch of different colours and Kona Ash as ...

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October 30, 2020
Tire Tracks Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

When Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl released her Tire Tracks quilt pattern back in June, I immediately clicked the Buy button. But then it took a little bit of time for the project to make it to the top of the queue.

For my version of the quilt, I chose to make the baby quilt size with Kona Ash as the background and Kona Cardinal. 

The pattern looks really complicated, but it's actually quite simple. I followed Yvonne's instructions step-by-step and even labelled my blocks as I was making them. So when it came time to put the top ...

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October 27, 2020
A Red Table Runner for Max from Dizzy Quilts

My son Max moved into a new apartment this last July. Now that his apartment is decorated, furnished and he has a good idea of what his needs are, he asked me to make him a new table runner for his dining area. He didn't have requests in terms of design, but asked for red and white and provided very specific measurements.

I scrolled through Pinterest for some ideas and found a pattern which I thought would be perfect: the Log Cottage runner pattern by Fresh Dew Drops. I already had Kona White and the perfect fat quarter for ...

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October 18, 2020
Blackwork and Binding from The Cozy Quilter

I spent quite a bit of time this week in front of my sewing machine, but most of what I was sewing cannot be revealed yet.  I finished quilting a challenge quilt for the Elgin Piecemakers 20th Anniversary and did the hand stitching on the binding.  This is all I can show you for now.  I quilted this quilt with my walking foot on my DSM. 

While the walking foot was warmed up, I started quilting my London Modern Guild HST BOM.  I'm using orange thread on this baby quilt.  I hope to finish this one shortly and should ...

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October 16, 2020
99 Machine-Quilting Designs – Preorder Now! from Christa Quilts

99 Machine Quilting Designs Today I’m excited to share a sneak peek of a several designs included in my upcoming book, 99 Machine Quilting Designs.  There are still few of days left pre-order my new book and get all the bonus premiums as well as reduced shipping.

When I teach in person, students stitch a series of practice samples to try out different walking foot and free motion designs. Now you can see 99 of those “in the cloth” along with a quilting diagram and instructions on how to quilt it. 

Click here to preorder now!

It was so much fun to dream ...

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October 2, 2020
Shattered Star Table Runner from Dizzy Quilts

Early in September, Shannon Fraser of Shannon Fraser Designs put out a call for testers for the new pattern she'd be releasing on October 1: Shattered Star. I haven't been able to test any patterns lately because of work - the deadlines are typically pretty tight so I always had to say no.

However, when Shannon reached out and I saw the design, I just had to do it! I knew it would be very difficult for me to commit to testing a full size quilt, but she had so many options for her new pattern, I figured I ...

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October 1, 2020
Diamond Star Quilts - Book Review + Giveaway from Sew Preeti Quilts

For some time I had this voice inside me goading me, chiding me.
Shouldn't you try something more advanced?
Isn't it time to add to your skills?
How about attempting something that actually challenges you?

And every time I banished it. Shoo away.
It was comfortable. I am enjoying the popularity of the sisters, basking in the adulation of the Picket Star Blocks and relishing the warmth of comments for Mercyful Quilts.

Then I got an email. The voice had evolved. It was harder to ignore.
Barbara Cline asked me if I'd be interested in reviewing her ...

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September 20, 2020
Nine Lives from Sew Preeti Quilts

Nine Lives finished at 46" by 56"

Paul the model

Nine Lives - 46" by 56"

Of course I have Jonesie (he passed away last month) on my mind and this quilt has become of a reflection of my emotions.

A Sloth and a Cat with Fiery Red Eyes

An Owl and Smiley Cats

Black & White Cats from Bernie

A Llama, a Turtle and Purple Cats too

There are at least nine different cat fabrics and hence the name.
Can you find them all?

There is more than one here

Cattily Yours

Purrfectly Poised

Peeking Panda and Cats Packed Tight

My ...

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September 11, 2020
Scrappy Posie Baby Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

I had so much fun making this baby quilt! The pattern is super quick and easy, I used a bunch of colourful scraps and the quilting is something I hadn't done in a long, long time.

And now that I'm looking at the pictures properly, I love it even more!

The pattern is "Scrappy Posie" by Bonjour Quilts. It's actually a free pattern and it comes in only one size (42" square), but because it's basically just HSTs and squares sewn together, you can easily size up or down. It would be really, really cool made ...

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Quilting denim – it's not as hard as you think from Stitch and Yarn

I've been making quilts from denim for a while now and I thought it was high time I shared some of my tips for quilting it. Denim has some quirks that are good to think about before you embark on quilting, especially as one of those quirks is that it can be a real pain to unpick if the quilting goes along the grain of the fabric.

First though, let's talk backing. Denim quilts are heavy, so think about the quilt's end use beforehand. If it's going to be a bed quilt, you might want to ...

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August 28, 2020
Another "Giant Blocks" Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

Back in November last year, I made a small quilt based on Kitchen Table Quilting's Giant Blocks series. I loved making that quilt so much, when I was planning my to make list for this Summer, I added another Giant Blocks quilt to it.

This is the August block which is crazy simple to sew, but when you put a few of them together in a quilt (in this case 9), they create a really striking design.

When I was planning which fabrics I would use to make this, I misread the tutorial and thought I needed four different ...

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