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January 14, 2019
New Year, New Project from Mama Love Quilts

Dear Reader,

I hope the new year is off to a good start for you. I jumped right into the new year with a new project!

I started working on samples for my upcoming class at this year’s QuiltCon: Big and Bold Freezer Paper Quilt Making. In this class, I will teach on how to use freezer paper to create quilts with large, irregular shapes.

The thing I love about this technique is how quickly and easily the quilt top comes together.

After cutting out the templates, it was a breeze to put the top together.

The top came ...

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January 12, 2019
An Honest Moment from Wedding Dress Blue

Just a few days ago I shared a proud picture of my sewing space looking quite tidy. Like this…

Today, it looks like this.

Let’s call it a burst of New Year Creative Energy.

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Quilting Community Events: Join the Fun! from Fabrics 'n Flowers

I am sponsoring prizes for a couple quilting world events that start this month and I thought you might like

The post Quilting Community Events: Join the Fun! appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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January 11, 2019
2019 Finish-Along Q1 from Luna Lovequilts

The Finish-A-Long continues in 2019 and so here is my usual post summarizing the completed projects from the previous quarter and revealing the new list.

Le Finish-A-Long continue in 2019 et voici donc mon article habituel résumant les projets terminés le trimestre précédent et révélant la nouvelle liste.

Click on the links below the pictures if you would like to see these three finishes in full. A few non listed items were finished these past weeks as well and you can find them on my Small projects page.

Cliquez sur les liens en dessous des photos si vous avez envie ...

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December 28, 2018
Quilting Up A Storm from Wedding Dress Blue

Three quilts stand (in various stages of completion) between me and a goal date of January 1.


This one needs binding stitched down on two sides.


This one needs binding made, attached and stitched down all around. It was quilted yesterday (Thursday).


This one needs a back, quilting, binding made, attached and stitched down.  Scheduled for quilting today).

Racing for the finish and quilting up a storm!

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December 10, 2018
red and white trees! from Crazy Mom Quilts

I made the first block for this quilt LAST year on December 20th, because I'm brilliant like that.....hahaha! Over the weekend I finished the last two blocks and assembled the top. It was a TREAT to have only 9 blocks to sew together to make that happen. Woohoo! The plan is to back it with the red and white polka dots (shocking, eh?) and one of the red fabrics shown will be the binding. I hope to finish it up this year yet and hang it in my entryway. The nice thing about the restrained color scheme is ...

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December 6, 2018
Roundabout Baby Flimsy from Wedding Dress Blue

A few leftover pieces and a cute pattern and, Ta-dah!  You have a quilt!


This idea came from “Another Bite of Schnibbles.”  The pattern is called Roundabout.

I added a narrow outer border using the background fabric.  The top finishes at 34″ square.

DSC01267.JPGAnother one in the to-be-quilted pile.

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December 3, 2018
Three Wishes Flimsy from Wedding Dress Blue

Things are smoothing out a little here, and winter has arrived.  So, I am have more personal time and the snow provides a good excuse for fewer outside chores. (Yep, that mountain really is the view directly north from my house.)


Because of that, I have another finished flimsy:  Three Wishes.


I resized the pattern to 2/3 the original size.  If I did it again I might go for 3/4, just to make it a larger lap size.


I hope to schedule some quilting time to finish it before the end of the year, but at least I ...

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What are your special sewing plans for the season? from Mama Love Quilts

Happy December to you!

I’m still in a bit of denial and shock that the last month of the year has arrived, but doesn’t it always?!? And with it has come my predictable desire to work on a Christmas quilt! But for now, I’m denying myself the pleasure. I have a couple of quilting deadlines that will have me stitching up a storm over the next few weeks. Then there’s also the ambitious Christmas sewing to make presents…but first, there’s this quilt that has been languishing in my W.i.P. bin.

I’ve ...

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November 26, 2018
still quilting and a few small projects from Crazy Mom Quilts

I hope all of you who celebrated had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! We had a lovely weekend full of family, delicious food, and time to relax together. I could use a few more weekends just like it!

I did not accomplish my goal of getting the binding on this quilt before Thanksgiving. In fact, I'm still working on the quilting today. Turns out it needed more quilting than I was originally planning. That, and I spent a lot more time in the kitchen than I thought I would. (Isn't that always the way?) I figured it's best ...

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November 24, 2018
Setting Your Sampler Blocks: Hourglass Tutorial from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Progress! How are you coming on your Super Simple Sampler blocks? I feel like sewing time has been short lately,

The post Setting Your Sampler Blocks: Hourglass Tutorial appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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November 22, 2018
Slightly Slower Assembly from Wedding Dress Blue

After sprint sewing Tuesday night, Wednesday’s pace was more measured.  After all, there were people at home and other things to do.  While I voted for popcorn for dinner today, the family vetoed.  We are going over to a friend’s house to share with them.

Daughter did her part yesterday producing vast quantities of PIE.  That has become a tradition at our house.  We will assemble a buffet tray later and drop it off at the local fire station–We are grateful for the people who work so we can play today.

Anyway, I started assembly on the ...

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November 21, 2018
Sprint Sewing from Wedding Dress Blue

After a sewing drought, I found myself with an evening to myself.

Ah–blissful sewing time!


I hauled out an idea that I had started to cut for a while back and cut a little more to go with it.

Then started sewing!


Three hours later I have over half of a top.  With any luck at all I will have MORE sewing time today.  Hmmm…would the family be ok with popcorn for dinner tomorrow?

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An Animal Day. from Sunburnt Quilts

All the photos of projects in this post have animals. Not planned that way and I didn’t realise until I was preparing the photos.

First up are the Little Penguins from a McKenna Ryan block. I am back to working on these blocks. I think there are 3 more to go.

I am being very sensible and hoping to have this one ready for next Christmas – 2019. I know my limits.

Then I have a finished stitchery. It fits in a 6 inch hoop. Not sure if to finish it that way or to frame it. No rush there ...

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November 20, 2018
Luminary from Snowy Days Quilting

Luminary quilt by Jamie Swanson for Alison Glass with Island Batik Blue Moon fabric

A few weeks ago, the Gallatin Quilt Guild had their annual retreat. Each year, we have a retreat quilt that participants can choose to make. This year’s quilt is Luminary by Jamie Swanson for Alison Glass. I decided to make mine with a layer cake of Blue Moon by Island Batik.

The quilt uses an organized improv technique. The first step was to cut all of my fabric into various width strips. It was really fun to get a good look at all of the fabrics as I cut them into strips. That one layer cake turned into quite ...

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November 19, 2018
black licorice quilt progress from Crazy Mom Quilts

My sewing room is feeling a little full these days because I have so many works in progress...I'm afraid to count how many! I figured it was high time to get working on a finish, so this weekend I decided to baste my black licorice quilt. I prefer to pin baste because I get the best results. (I have a basting tutorial here that you might find helpful.)
I'm quilting a simple cross hatch through the black rectangles. I'm living on the edge and I'm NOT marking my lines before I quilt them. So far ...

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November 12, 2018
lost in the crowd construction begins from Crazy Mom Quilts

I constructed my first block for my lost in the crowd quilt today! Originally I was going to assemble the quilt in rows rather than blocks, but oh, Mylanta, that would be a pain. I figured out pressing directions to ensure that ALL the seams in the entire quilt should nest in the final quilt assembly, even if I construct it in a block based format. Nesting seams is very important to me because it produces a neat and tidy quilt top.
Here's a rustic pressing diagram that shows my plan. (Arrows indicate pressing direction.) When I sew the ...

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So Dearly QAL #8 and finished top from Luna Lovequilts

And here is the eighth and last part of the So Dearly QAL hosted by Gosia at Quilts My Way.
Et voici la huitième et dernière partie du So Dearly QAL organisé par Gosia de Quilts My Way.

Luna Lovequilts - So Dearly QAL 2018 by Quilts My Way - Part #8

To be honest I had a couple of troubles while making this part ...
Pour être honnête, j'ai eu quelques problèmes dans la réalisaton de cette partie ...

Luna Lovequilts - So Dearly QAL 2018 by Quilts My Way - Part #8 in progress

I only had one seam to stitch when I realised that the two sections were not the same size ... How could it be possible when working with Paper Piecing ?!
It took me a while to ...

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November Hearts. from Sunburnt Quilts

This is the second last month for the year of Bunny Hill Snow Hearts. I have kept this one simple and have removed the words as Australia does not celebrate Thanksgiving. They still look lovely.

I often find that I am working on several projects at one time and often have nothing in particular to show in posts. Then after a while all the projects seem to come to a finish all at once. That is the case at the moment with at least half a dozen items nearing completion.

This is the quilt top using the bird fabric and ...

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November 5, 2018
biased projects from Crazy Mom Quilts

Later this week I will traveling to Michigan for glamp stitch-a-lot, where I'll be teaching improv string piecing to the students. I made the class sample many months ago, so I decided to immerse myself in a few "biased" projects to get warmed up for this weekend. It's been fun to revisit this technique! (You can see my biased tutorial here and the finished quilt here.)

I made a few pincushions from scraps to get started, because pincushions are ALWAYS a good idea!
They each measure about 3" x 5" and are filled with crushed walnut shells.
Then ...

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