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October 17, 2019
Itty Bitty Roses quilt from Pieced Brain

We've had beautiful Fall days in Utah with chillier weather, though this week the temperatures are back up into the 60s (F). Lest you think I am consumed by Christmas projects, here is a mini quilt I finished last week. It measures 12", the blocks are 2-1/2", and it shows off one of my favorite Fall fabrics!

I machine appliqued the tiny roses with matching thread and quilted it using monofilament and hearts. Hearts? Yeah, just to register the fact that I absolutely love this border fabric and this time of the year. Although the leaves on these ...

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October 11, 2019
Quilted Wall Hanging Tutorial from Pieced Brain

Happy Friday, quilty friends everywhere! This week has flown by and I got a lot done, including the quilting and binding of this wall hanging I made for my grandsons. It began with my need to test the snowball blocks for an upcoming pattern. Upon opening a random fabric drawer I saw these fabrics (Trekking collection, remnants from a project I made for Michael Miller for last year's QuiltCon). As I cut them I had the idea of turning this test-block session into a present for the boys.

I took photos as I went along and here you have ...

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Finished...But not as Planned from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have finished another little quilt from the orphan block stash. I think this makes project number four.  This one was originally planned to be quite different but I never did find some purple fabric I swore I had.  But I still really like the finished wall hanging.

I featured an improv orphan block I received in a bag of scraps.  I love the colors and fabrics in it.
I have used the purple and white striped fabric (second in from both ends) in a previous quilt and thought I had more in my stash.  
I was originally going to ...

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October 1, 2019
The Fun Never Ends Around Here from Quilty Folk

Time to get back to the Ormes Inspired quilt! You can read about the original inspiration in the link. I've been puttering around with it here and there and finally got the last of the boxed-in leaves stitched down. So glad I went with reverse applique as it made for a very stable base for these very curvy leaves.

Loving these applique scissors
This summer I had an online order that needed just a little bit more for cheaper shipping. These little Olpha applique scissors were the best impulse buy I've made in a long time. They have ...

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September 19, 2019
Embroidering the seasons Giveaway from Pieced Brain

I just realized that Autumn is almost here! The past few months have flown by and I still did not have a chance to make one of the projects in Gail Pan's Changing Seasons - 17 Embroideries to Mix and Match, published by Martingale. I have kept it in my studio hoping I could squeeze one of the projects in one Saturday but it has not happened yet. It is time I get it out and show you why I love it so much.

The project on the cover is the one I want to make: you can swap the ...

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July 27, 2019
Modern God’s Eye – A New Pattern from Gray Barn Designs

Sandy and I are excited to tell you about our latest project!  Last November we submitted several designs to FaveQuilts and Leisure Arts  for a book dedicated to quilted wall hangings.  We are thrilled that one of our designs was chosen for this book of eleven unique projects!
Book pic 1Currently, the book is available for purchase on the Leisure Arts Website and on Amazon.  In August, the book will be available in Joann Fabric and Craft Stores.

Last November, we were reminiscing about Girl Scout Camp and how we used to make God’s Eye crafts from sticks we found in ...

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July 22, 2019
Moose panel with Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the Free Motion Mavericks link-up (week 238).

Free motion quilting a moose panel

The moose panel is coming along nicely. I did learn some things which is what the whole exercise was about (other than giving my brother a wall hanging for his cottage).

As I mentioned in the last Free Motion Mavericks post, I started by outlining the background behind the moose, the water under the moose, as well as the gray trees.

I was also wondering how to proceed with the multi-coloured foliage and how much free motion quilting (FMQ) to add in that area. My ...

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July 17, 2019
Fat Quarter Flourish autumn bundles from Carried Away Quilting

Hello quilting friends! After I posted about my autumn quilt ideas earlier this week, I got to thinking that I would love to see my Fat Quarter Flourish pattern sewn up in fall fabrics. So, I mocked up some options using green, orange and black prints from Fig Tree’s Farmhouse II collection.

The great thing about my Fat Quarter Flourish pattern is that it only requires five fat quarters to make the top. And you can easily switch up the fabric placement depending upon what looks best to your creative eye!

Here is the fat quarter bundle I created ...

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July 12, 2019
Free Quilt Pattern - Chromaview from Pieced Brain

Happy Colorful July! I have been wanting to share two free quilt patterns with you and only now had a chance. I made them with Chromaview, a fabric collection from Blank Quilting shipping this month to stores. Those colors are sure to brighten any room in your house or add cheer to a friend's life.

Quilt #1 above showcases the amazing panel of the collection with vibrant prints on the simple borders. It measures 46" x 66". The stripe fabric adds such beautiful texture to the quilt!

Quilt #2 shows the fabrics in the collection with a fun lattice ...

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July 1, 2019
Quilt Kit Giveaway Winner from Pieced Brain

Happy July everyone! In the midst of all the preparations for the Fourth of July celebrations, let's stop to congratulate the winner of the Grace quilt kit:

1 Set of 1 Unique Number
Range: From 1 to 24
Set #1
What a fun quilt! Great job! I follow you via IG and Bloglovin.

Jodi, I will email you soon to get your address so I can mail the quilt kit. I know you will enjoy making it and the easy machine applique' will ensure this project does not go ...

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June 27, 2019
Grace wall hanging Giveaway from Pieced Brain

This is my 800th post and I am celebrating by showing you a finish. Yepee! My Grace wall hanging is finally quilted and it is hanging in my family room where I see it every day. The quilting is very simple - in the ditch on the blocks (no quilting on the narrow border because I was too giddy to finish it), and stippling on the center to make the applique' pop.

This happy quilt measures 26-1/2” x 30-1/2” and the blocks on the border finish at 4". The machine applique' is super easy to do using the blanket ...

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Lost: Cityscape Quilt Top from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Lauren Kermode is asking for help in locating a quilt top that she calls Waters Edge Nighttime Cityscape. This quilt is the quilt maker’s original design, approximately 45″ x 60″ made of black, orange, and off white fabrics.  The skyscrapers on the cityscape quilt are made from a black fabric that has tiny red (and some gray?) squares on it. Lauren explained, ” This guy is a city sky at Sunset with a large Rising Moon. All of the skyscrapers are also reflected into the blue black swirling water.”

This is the style of the citiscape although not the exact ...

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June 26, 2019
Nature Lover - Butterflies quilt from Pieced Brain

I am releasing today my new pattern "Nature Lover". The quilt measures 47" x 47" and the blocks finish at 8". Naturally, it is made with batiks and these are by Timeless Treasures. They are so beautiful!

Although I designed it with batiks, Nature Lover would look fantastic made with scraps of your favorite fabrics, print or solids, don't you think? I have already begun pulling out my scraps - but batiks again! The butterflies are machine applique' using the blanket stitch. The block above is not appliqued yet - I do it when all the blocks are fused.

The wide ...

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Scrap Challenge and more from Grandma's Red Needle

Midsummer came and went, can you believe we are heading towards Christmas and New Year again?! 

I've been super busy and I'm not sure where to start. Quite a lot to share, I may share it into two posts. Why don't I post more often?! :) 
OK, let's start with the Advent Calendars.

 When I wrote the previous post, four Calendars were already quilted and the binding thread basted. A little progress; the 24 felt bags and a lined drawstring bag (to keep the felt bags) are completed. Next step is to add 'gold' metal rings (to ...

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June 19, 2019
Is Enough, Ever Enough? from Asianartandquilt's Blog

“Fog”, finished at last, whew! If you feel I’ve been neglecting my blog postings this last year, you would be right. I’ve been working on five art quilts & several … Continue reading Is Enough, Ever Enough?

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June 10, 2019
Welcome to Winter from Romany Quilting

Winter arrived on 1st June down here in New Zealand.  We were told by the weather experts that June would be a lot colder than the balmy days of May which we had been enjoying.  It’s time to change a couple of wall hangings in honour of the new season. First up is Welcome Winter, hanging just inside the main door.  We don’t have snow on the ground where we live, although the Tararua Ranges behind us often have a dusting of snow on the tops during winter.

Welcome Winter

First snow fall of the season

Hanging on ...

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May 27, 2019
The Secret Life of of Cats from Romany Quilting

Our cat Gemma gets up to all sorts of mischief at night.  Mind you, she does this very quietly and we don't hear a thing.  Come morning however, we see what she has been getting up to while we have been sleeping.  Not content with dropping her little mouse toys into her water bowl, as reported last week, she has been inflicting the same punishment on her toy snake.

Toy snake in the water bowl

Gemma often takes a swipe at the small wall hangings too.  She knows there is dingly-dangly cord hanging behind each one and this is ...

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May 17, 2019
Located: Goddess Tree (1 of 5 parts) from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

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Stolen: Red, Pink and Yellow Quilted Wall Hanging from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Mitzi is asking for help in locating a beautiful strip star wall hanging sized quilt that was taken from her car when the car was stolen in Seattle Washington. Mitzi reports that on October 30, 2017 her car was stolen. It is believed that in the commission of the crime this quilt, all her quilting fabric, and two nice Bernina sewing machines were taken. The vehicle was later located in Everett, Washington, but not the quilt or quilting related items.

Mitzi machine pieced and quilted this wall hanging as well as hand quilted inside the borders. If you have any ...

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May 12, 2019
Lost: Steelers Colors Quilt from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Noel Bliman is asking for help in finding a quilt she made in 2017 for her son and his family. This quilt, which Noel calls her “Steelers Colors Quilt” is approximately 48″ square. It was made from a paper piecing pattern of black, gold, and white fabrics. The quilt consists of 16 blocks in all, 2 of each block type. This stunningly complex quilt was machine pieced and quilted. On the back of the quilt a had sewn label says something like, “Steelers/Penguins Quilt made with love for the Todd Bliman family by Gram Bliman.”

Noel shipped the quilt ...

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