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August 15, 2019
Hawaiian Dreams Quilt Lost in New Jersey from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Mary is asking for help in locating her 40” by 50” Hawaiian Dreams quilt. This bright quilt is made from fabrics purchased when Mary’s sister traveled to Hawaii in 2000.


The fabrics are Hawaiian prints of bright green, light blue, yellow with white flowers, and red with turtles and fish.  The quilt also has black accents,and a red backing that draped around to the front. Mary machine pieced the quilt and has nearly completed hand quilting it. The binding was not done.

On July 24,2019 Mary was driving on Asbury Anderson Road, in Warren County New Jersey ...

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August 9, 2019
Vintage Project Layout: Applique Butterflies from Wedding Dress Blue

The past several days brought the Vintage Applique Butterfly quilt started by my Great-grandmother, Mina Opal, to a completed top.

As I picked apart the previous setting, I noticed that there were 6 blocks where the butterflies were straight on the block and 48 blocks where they were angled.  Considering the care and attention to detail in the work generally, I was certain that was not an accident.  But, why?

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Research revealed that that there is a layout for 54 blocks that has a six block center–a medallion!

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After that the process went relatively quickly. I created a six ...

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August 2, 2019
Another Vintage Project from Wedding Dress Blue

This year is the year–of Vintage Projects.

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Recently, my mother surrendered two quilts started by HER grandmother, Mina Opal, (my Great-grandmother) in the 1930-40s.  Today we will take a look at the first one.

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Mina Opal created 53 applique butterfly blocks.  My mother added one.  She then added sashing and started to build a top (early-to-mid 1980s).  But she was unhappy with the results and put the whole project away for about 35 years.

ASIDE:  Now that I think about it, my mother quit on the quilt about the time Mina Opal became ill and died (1987). Hmm…I ...

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July 30, 2019
.....and then insanity follows from Marty's Fiber Musings



Admitting time....that the Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Ruler (QCR) is just about to drive me into insanity.  It wasn't the first finish that did it, Chic Diamonds Pattern #415 done up in my favorite barn and turkey reds...actually the back side of reds in the grunge collection.











































 nor even the second - A Gaggle Battle out of One Wonderful Curve 12 Contemporary Quilts.






























but, yesterday after spending the day prepping a project to sew at our annual "Five O'Clock Quilters" retreat this upcoming weekend, the notion that I'm crazy about this ruler was set ...

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July 23, 2019
That Is More Than I Expected from Wedding Dress Blue

As I am preparing the Irish Stars top for quilting, I decided to add a new step to preparation:  use a lint roller on the back to remove the little bits that are so very common when using little pieces.

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Wow!  That is more than I expected.  Hm…maybe I should do this more often.

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July 20, 2019
Can This Quilt Be Saved? from Wedding Dress Blue

In a recent hand-me-down quilting box was a ziplock bag with this partial lone star quilt in it.  I am fairly sure it was started at least 20 years ago and most of the work was hand piecing.

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However, over the years some of the pieces were lost,  or at least they weren’t found in this bag.

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And, the top had numerous stains.  Yikes!  Can this quilt be saved?

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While I wouldn’t generally recommend it, I washed the assembled section.  Carefully stain treated.  By hand.  Air dry.  Much pressing. There were still a few stains, but I could ...

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July 16, 2019
2019 Finish-Along Q3 from Luna Lovequilts


Two quilts finished in the previous quarter !
Deux quilts terminé ce dernier trimestre !

Luna Lovequilts - 2019 Finish-Along - Finished project of the previous quarter
Half Circle quilt - Curaçao

Here are the projects I am working on at the moment and that could be finished in the next few weeks.
Voici les projets sur lesquels je travaille en ce moment et qui pourraient être terminé ces prochaines semaines.

1 - The quilting on my LOVE quilt is almost finished.
1- Le matelassage de mon quilt LOVE est presque terminé.

Luna Lovequilts - 2019 Finish-Along Q3 - Project #1


2 - This project is a finished top now and I have to baste it and to think about a quilting design.
2 - Ce projet ...

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July 12, 2019
Irish Stars Top Complete from Wedding Dress Blue

On Wednesday…

I did not work in the garden.

I did not vacuum.

I did not do the dishes.

I did not do laundry.

I did not read a book.

I did none of these things.

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What I DID do was assemble the Irish Stars Quilt top.

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When there are 323 blocks constructed primarily of 1-1/2″ squares, it is slow going.

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Seemingly tiny mistakes matter, and have to be picked out and done again.

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But, in the end, it is worth it!

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July 10, 2019
Improv curve top from Luna Lovequilts

You maybe remember the improv curve project I shared last week. After having pieced a few more blocks I thought it was a bit boring and that it needed a little something like the addition of an extra colour or a print.

Vous vous souvenez peut-être du projet de courbes improvisées que j'ai montré la semaine dernière. Après avoir piécé quelques blocs de plus j'ai trouvé qu'il était un peu ennuyeux et qu'il avait besoin d'un petit quelque chose comme l'ajout d'une couleur supplémentaire ou un imprimé.

Luna Lovequilts - Improv curve quilt - Piecing in progress


A medium blue solid was an ...

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July 8, 2019
A Sparkle Jane Project from Wedding Dress Blue

Daughter, known as Sparkle Jane, is also having a productive sewing summer.

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This is a project she started and put away a few years ago.  As sometimes happens, it was time to get it out and make a decision.  The funny thing is that both of us thought of it as a dark, slightly depressing, quilt.  It isn’t!  She was able to quickly finish and assemble the top.

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Next step is finding the perfect backing fabric.

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July 5, 2019
Irish Stars Layout from Wedding Dress Blue

The end is in sight.

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Hoping to have an assembled top in the next week or so.

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A few new projects from Luna Lovequilts

Despite the heat ... I got a lot of work done on two quilts I would like to submit to next Quiltcon.
Malgré la chaleur ... J'ai bien avancé sur deux quilts que j'aimerais soumettre au prochain Quiltcon.

Luna Lovequilts - LOVE quilt - Work in progress

Bold design and bright colours for the second one as well !
Un design fort et des couleurs vives pour le deuxième également !

Luna Lovequilts - A new top finished

I designed these two projects completely on my computer and even chose the colours while designing. So I was in need of a bit of improvisation ... I don't know where these blocks will lead me or even if this ...

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June 29, 2019
Two Color Quilts: Better Than… from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Two color quilts (specifically black and white) are better than I expected! I thought it was going to be more

The post Two Color Quilts: Better Than… appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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June 27, 2019
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 21, 2019
Crazy Quilt Top from Wedding Dress Blue

What to do with those curtains?
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Following the advice of Susan and others, I settled on Option #1: Just square them up and stitch them together.

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First, I picked out the hem and all edges, removing the hanging sleeve, which was not part of the pieced unit.

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Then, while ironing, I scanned for loose seams and holes.  I marked them with a pin as I found them.

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There were a few, but not too many, all things considered.  There is some fading, but not as much as you might expect, considering that they hung in windows for years.

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After considering ...

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June 20, 2019
323 of 323 from Wedding Dress Blue

The blocks for the Irish Stars quilt are finally complete:  323.

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I started piecing in June of 2017, approximately two years ago. The original plan was for a 19 x 19 layout (which would have been 361 blocks), but fatigue and good advice suggested it was possible to finish at 17 x 19 and still have a quilt 85″ x 95″ and NOT square, which can seem awkward on beds.

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It seemed a worthwhile suggestion and a functional compromise.  Obviously, as quilters know, done with the blocks is a long ways from DONE-done, but it is one step closer.

Layout ...

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June 14, 2019
Vintage Crazy Quilt Curtains from Wedding Dress Blue

My grandmother (Mary Emma–father’s mother) made these curtains sometime in the 60s or 70s.  I can still vaguely remember them hanging in a bedroom window at her house.

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They are in quite good condition.

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She foundation pieced before it was popular.

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Each curtain is about 40″ square.  I could make 4 baby quilts, but they will not probably get used that way.

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My thought is to combine them somehow into a larger quilt.

  1. Just square them up and stitch them together.
  2. Cut into smaller blocks and sort of mix and match.
  3. Put narrow sashing between the smaller blocks ...

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May 27, 2019
Lots Of Animals. from Sunburnt Quilts

The Aussie animal blocks have come together to make a quilt top.

There are still no eyes but that will happen when the quilting is done.

This is the Land Down Under pattern from the Red Boots Quilt Company.

I was also able to stitch the banner together that was in my last post. All ready to display at the end of the year.

That’s it. Short and sweet for today.

I am taking a break from my blog but will be back in a few weeks. I may get to check on your posts but not sure if ...

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May 24, 2019
Is serendipity a noun? from Marty's Fiber Musings



so, you've been invited to be a local quilt guild presenter?  now what?  make a decision, get a grip!

who will be there?  some modern, some traditional, some spontaneous, some subdued,  some young, some still young at heart.   how does one provide food for 25 when some eat fish, some are off carbs,    some are gluten free and some eat it all?  same rules apply when prepping for a quilt meeting presentation - provide a little bit of a variety.







so, the hint to the presentation will be entitled (appropriately) 'serendipity to a 9-patch' .   using only donated fabric, i'm ...

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May 14, 2019
Pattern testing from Luna Lovequilts

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of testing 'Diaspora', a pattern designed by my friend Pachy @psbquilts.
Il y a quelques semaines, j'ai eu le plaisir de tester "Diaspora" un modèle dessiné par mon amie Pachy @psbquilts.

Luna Lovequilts - A finished quilt top - Diaspora pattern designed by psbquilts - Snap to Grid collection by Kimberly Kight

While at Quiltcon last February I bought a bundle of Snap to Grid collection by Kimberly Kight for Cotton and Steel Fabrics that I was very anxious to use. So I decided it was the perfect fabric pull for Pachy's pattern and combined it to matching solids :-) For the background I used two Essex Linen fabrics, Charcoal and Black ...

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