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July 28, 2020
UFO Show n Tell from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I thought I'd share the UFO show and tell with you today.

Last year, I started a UFO club. Each person paid a fee to join the club and then put some money in the kitty that they would get back once they finished their assignment for the month. Each person gets to choose how much or how little they do, depending on their schedule for that month. I think that at least half of the group members work full time - some at home and some at their actual place of work.  It's a small amount - $10 per ...

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May 8, 2020
Snow, snow go away! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

This is what we woke up to this morning ..... we are so tired of snow!  Still, snow or rain is welcome because we didn't have a whole lot of snow over the winter and the prediction for forest fires this summer is real.  Still ...... 

In case any of you are wondering what the flags are for, they are there to indicate that bulbs were planted in the fall and we should start to see some spring flowers coming up .... hopefully!  LOL  The flags will stay there until we finish doing whatever planting has been done and then that should ...

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March 4, 2020
SHOP HOP - Sew Fresh Quilts Spring Quilt Along from Sew Fresh Quilts

Introducing my SHOP HOP baby quilt!

Complete with chimneys, and snow covered rooftops, windowsills and doorsteps.

The windows and doorways, neatly trimmed in white, are strip pieced and crosscut, to help make the process quick and accurate.

Knock, Knock!

Who's there?

This crib sized quilt was made using the first two blocks in the SHOP HOP quilt pattern, that will be used as this year's spring quilt along.

Each block represents a SHOP, set in a wintery scene.

The Baby quilt uses the first two blocks in the pattern.

I quilted organic wavy lines using my walking foot ...

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February 24, 2020
Hoezo....zomerbloeiers? from Quilts Van Kippetje en Meer

Spaanse margrieten zijn één jarige, niet winterharde 

zomerbloeiers. Ze kunnen een heel klein beetje vorst hebben maar als je die vorst, zoals in deze winter niet of nauwelijks hebt. Kan het zomaar zijn dat ze in november, december. januari en februari gewoon doorbloeien.

Oké, de bloemen zijn wat kleiner maar met volop knoppen beloofd dat nog meer moois!

Op deze manier bleken de Spaanse Margrieten een goede investering waar je lang plezier van hebt!
Ik ben erg benieuwd of er toch nog iets van winter komt dat ze uiteindelijk nekt of dat de bloei en groei zich voortzet naar de ...

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January 27, 2020
Twin Size Quilts & a Winner from Heart Desire Creations

Each year at the Quilt & Sew-in Retreats, the retreaters sew blocks that are then put together for Hospice quilts. This spring, however we’ll be putting twin size quilt tops together for another great cause – Snuggled in Hope Quilts. They accept quilt tops for volunteers to quilt and/or tie and bind. The quilts are then sent to Flying Horse Farms, which is a camp in Mt. Gilead, Ohio for children with serious illnesses and is part of Paul Newman’s Serious Fun Network Camps. Thank you to Kayla, a beautiful young woman who attends the Quilt & Sew-In Retreats for ...

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January 24, 2020
Levende molshopen.... patrijzen in een berijpt weiland. from Quilts Van Kippetje en Meer

We hadden al heel wat vogels gezien bij onze excursie naar de Lierderholt en Herxen met de 

vogelwerkgroep uit Deventer op een koude vroege decemberochtend, toen we langs een berijpt weiland reden. De heenweg hadden we de bulten niet bijzonder genoeg ingeschat. Maar op de terugweg werden we hierop attent gemaakt: geen molshopen maar slapende patrijzen! 

Al vlot gingen ze aan de wandel! Wat een prachtige vogels. Ik had ze nog niet eerder gezien maar het contrast met dat oranje en bruin tegen het berijpte witte weiland maakt het extra mooi.

Als ik het goed onthouden heb zaten er een ...

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January 20, 2020
Sunday Scenery, Part 1 from Allen Quilts

Today, I thought I’d share some pictures I took while my mister and I were doing a little hiking on some family farm & ranch land I share with my brother and my cousin Dee. It belonged to our grandparents on Mom’s side. Someday soon I’ll try to write a longer post about it, but… Continue reading Sunday Scenery, Part 1

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January 17, 2020
Frozen to Melting from Allen Quilts

The day dawned dreary and frozen here. Noon-time has brought sunshine breaking through and the ice is releasing its hold on the captives it has encased in its frosty, glistening coating. Some is simply dripping away, and from time to time I hear large chunks crash onto the patio out back. It’s pretty to look… Continue reading Frozen to Melting

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January 13, 2020
Pestvogel.... from Quilts Van Kippetje en Meer

Heel vaak zie je ze niet en ik had ze zelfs nog nooit gezien in het echt.

Maar pestvogels zijn invasieve wintervogels in Nederland.
Ze komen vanuit Scandinavië en Siberië naar Nederland als de kou in hun eigen land de intrede doet en daarmee het voedselaanbod afneemt.

Ze zijn dan ook steevast te vinden op struiken vol met bessen zoals de Gelderse Roos. Het ene jaar zijn het er meer dan het andere jaar. De grootste groep dit jaar is tot nu toe een aantal van 50 a 60 stuks bij het Lauwersmeer. 

Ik moest het doen met één enkel ...

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January 11, 2020
Gouden zonsopkomst.... from Quilts Van Kippetje en Meer

Hoewel de zonsopkomst in de afgelopen kerstvakantie vaker heel mooi was,

was het toch heel verleidelijk om 's morgens vroeg in een warm bed te blijven liggen. Toch zette ik mijn wekker een keer om op de Wilpse zomerdijk, vlak bij mijn huis, dicht ingepakt mét camera en statief de zon te zien op komen. 

Nou ik heb geen spijt!
Warm was anders maar mooi was het wel...

Silhouetten zijn altijd mooi maar dit kleine beeld stak wel heel mooi af tegen alle kleuren in de lucht.

En eenmaal weer thuis?
Een heerlijke kop thee en een vers broodje van ...

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January 7, 2020
Free Snowman and Friend Embroidery Pattern from Jacquelynne Steves

Winter is here (in the northern hemisphere, anyway!!) It’s perfect cozy stitching weather, and this happy snowman & his cute little friend are waiting for you to stitch them up!

What will you make with this pattern? You can reduce or enlarge this to any size you want for any project- it would be great on any type of home decor or kitchen item, such as a wall hanging, pot holder, dish towel, etc. (Hand embroidery pattern only, this pattern not available for machine embroidery.) You could also use it for coloring and make note cards, etc.

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January 1, 2020
A Snowy Owl at the Library of Congress! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Well today sure started off well…. got an email from curator and exhibit organizer extraordinaire Donne DeSoto that my Snowy Owl, from Acadia National Park, will be on display at the Library of Congress soon! Here’s the LoC’s information on the exhibit–I SO wish I lived close enough to go see it!

Here’s my owl, based on photographs I took at nearby Clarry Hill Ridge. Of course I had to pick something from Acadia National Park, here in Maine. The fabrics are my hand dyes, include a little bit of paint, and lots of threadwork!

This ...

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December 22, 2019
Christmas Bag tutorial and fine finishing tips from Art and Quilting in Camden

A quick Gift Bag Tutorial–took about half an hour even *with* being fussy! Used leftover flannel, and a trimmed off bit of fabric from a quilt back or edge as the ribbon! Read on….

Sometimes it is possible to whip up a quick something just before Christmas…I’ll have to back-to-back posts (I hope) about sewing for the holidays that include this tutorial on zipping up a quick gift bag and, next, the wonderful York Pinafore pattern from Helen’s Closet patterns.

Last year Shannon Fabrics sent me a number of different fabrics including Cuddle and Luxe, fleece ...

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December 10, 2019
Free Embroidery Pattern- Comfort & Joy Christmas Stocking! from Jacquelynne Steves

It’s time for a little cozy stitching! This Free Comfort & Joy Christmas Stocking Embroidery Pattern is perfect for this time of year- because I find sitting & working on my hand embroidery in the evenings both comforting and joyful! What about you? It would be cute on a little mug rug or table topper mini quilt- what about making it for a gift and including a few tea bags, hot cocoa mix & home made cookies? Maybe you could even include an inexpensive mug as well!

Click here to download the free PDF pattern.

Getting creative with a pattern is something ...

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December 7, 2019
RU Ready4Winter? I am NOW! from Sew Fresh Quilts

RU Ready4Winter?

I am NOW! This sweet squirrel quilt makes me feel all cozy just looking at it!

I am so pleased with the combination of fabrics used for this quilt!!!

The acorns in that background fabric?!!!!!

I am simply NUTS about this quilt!

Those little itty bitty paw prints?!!!!

Adorable... Especially on the binding.

The backing is a bit of what was left of the paw prints and another sweet animal faces print I found lingering in my stash. Speaking of STASHES..... These squirrels certainly know how to pack their stash for the winter. Meanwhile, as much as I ...

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December 6, 2019
Oh, DEER! from Sew Fresh Quilts

Things were pretty quiet around here for the entire month of November....

But LOOK OUT!!!! Here I come!

I have been quilting up a storm and sewin' while it's snowin'. 


This is my finished Oh, DEER! wall hanging. It finished at 26" x 42". I used the same Holiday Sparkle fabric for the backing that I used on the Koala Love quilt shown in this post.

This finished quilt is now listed in my shop, where you can find all of my finished goods for sale.

If you are interested in making your own, you can also find the ...

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December 4, 2019
DEEP discount on Oliso Irons and How are you doing as we end November 2019? from Pat Sloan's Blog

I have a great Friday Roundup of things, Deals, Finishes, and blocks to do! Then a preview of what is coming up

Purple iron
If you really want to try the Oliso Iron but want to spend less, you can purchase the blue model for 20% off and FREE Shipping. Blue Blue iron has a different sole plate and a few less features. It is still an amazing iron and a chance to try it for 20% off is a great way to see if you like using it! There are mine so you can see the difference is material. 

Use my ...

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November 22, 2019
RU Ready4Winter? from Sew Fresh Quilts

Fall has pretty much....
Left the building.


RU Ready4Winter?

All I know is winter is windy and a Flimsy Photo Shoot is NUTS!!!

The RU Ready4Winter Full Pattern provides instructions for two sizes - 38” x 45” or 76" x 90"

The RU Nuts? Single Block pattern is also listed in my shop. 

The RU Nuts? Single Block pattern provides instructions for one size of the Squirrel and Nut Stash blocks and finishes at 12” x 27”

You can find the RU Nuts? Single Block pattern HERE.


In the Sew Fresh Quilts' Santa Shop....

It's beginning to ...

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November 15, 2019
Winter Wonderland Block #12 All Wrapped up in a bow! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Block 12 perfectly 'wraps up' this sew along!  On Nov 22 we'll show off the full quilt! 

There is a gorgeous kit using the same fabrics I am using! Even if you don't start this year, grab a kit before they are gone!


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November 12, 2019
25 Free Super Cute Christmas Ornaments to Sew and Quilt from Jacquelynne Steves

Whenever we post a Christmas ornament project, it tends to be very popular- probably because no matter the time of year, we are all looking for quick projects that we can actually complete in just a few hours (or less!) We’ve looked around and gathered 25 Free Super Cute Christmas ornaments to sew and quilt! You’re sure to find something here that you LOVE and can make in a jiffy!

Please note that at the time of this writing, all links are correct. If you have a question about a particular project, please contact the owner of that ...

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