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July 30, 2022
So Many Projects: A Good Thing from Quilting Studio Adventures

Sometimes I’m happiest when plotting what projects I want to work on next.  And I’m also aware my stash is dangerously close to being out of hand.  Wait.  Let me restate the truth: my stash is out of hand.  See all these 2” strips?  Leftovers from a community project.  These aren’t my favorite colors to work with, but they are lovely.  I’m looking at a Fence Rail  design that will create a woven effect.  
Throw stuff on the wall and see what sticks…

One of the quilts that drew me into the modern movement over a ...

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June 3, 2022
Workshop met Brigitte Heitland. from M. Brito de Campos

Eind mei zijn mijn vriendin Carla en ik naar Lochem gereden voor een workshop bij Margreet Otto. Brigitte Heitland toonde quilts uit haar nieuwe boek "Modern Building Blocks' en gaf een workshop met haar patroon Jewels. Een low volume quilt! Is weer eens iets totaal anders.


De quilts uit het nieuwe boek zijn erg mooi en de mogelijkheden met de buiding  blocks natuurlijk eindeloos. 

De zwart-witte tafel loper lijkt mij wel leuk.

Ook het Bauhaus patroon kwam ter sprake. Ik vind dit een erg leuk patroon, maar de oorspronkelijke quilt is heeeel groot en daar was ik niet zo enthousiast ...

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April 24, 2022
Crushing on Fabric from Quilting Studio Adventures

Sometimes when looking at fabrics, I fall pretty hard.  Designer Janet Clare did some wonderful stuff for Moda with a line called Wordsmith.  I've made several quilts simply because I love working with these fabrics.  Grandson Sam has one of these quilts, and I can't even remember who has others.  When I got low on one of these fabrics, I would look at Etsy and buy more.  This line is way out of print, and it's time to simply let them go.  I think I may have enough for one more quilt, not counting the one that ...

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January 25, 2022

Do you ever have that one FQ bundle that you just can't cut.
NOT because you don't want to use it...but because
you keep changing your mind about the pattern you want to use.

I love all fabrics by Zen Chic and her beautiful pattern designs.
I have had this bundle of White Christmas for...
well many years.
Its so amazing and I want to make sure whatever pattern
I will be the best pattern to showcase it!

Brigitte Heitland, Zen Chic Designer
offered this FREE Christmas Star Pattern...
I really love it.  You can ...

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October 28, 2021
Paper Chain from Liz Makes Crafts

After the ultra-colorful and bright Glass Candies, I wanted to pick a quilt top with more subdued colors for my next finish. I decided on Paper Chain, which is a block-of-the-month quilt that I made last year.

The fabric collection I chose is Breeze by Zen Chic, and the layout is from the Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson. This quilt really gives me a Japanese vibe!

I have never done free-motion quilting on a sampler quilt before, so this was a bit of a new experience. But at the end of the day, it's not that different from ...

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February 18, 2021
Bohemian Spark from Liz Makes Crafts

I wanted to finish Bohemian Spark for Valentine's Day, and while I didn't quite make that deadline ... at least it's still February! Both the pattern and the fabric (Just Red) are designed by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic.

I was very excited to make this quilt, but it was certainly one of the tougher ones I've made. It was paper-pieced, which I usually love, but the pieces are huge, which made them more challenging to line up correctly, and to add to the difficulty, the edges of most of these blocks are bias. I breathed a ...

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February 5, 2021
Friday Finish: The Neighborhood Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

This week’s Friday Finish is The Neighborhood Quilt. This was a quick and easy quilt and I just love how it turned out. The pattern is “The Neighborhood” (of course!) by Villa Rosa Designs. You can find the pattern here and it is available as a pdf download or a little “Rose Card.”

The Neighborhood quilt

This pattern uses two charm packs plus background, border and binding fabrics. All of my fabric is from Moda’s Quotation line by Zen Chic. The fabrics I used are in my little Etsy shop here. The background, an off-white with gray and black dots is ...

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January 29, 2021
Quilting. Literally... from Quilting Studio Adventures


While I’m working on current projects, I’m always scheming future ones. These fabrics are a Japanese linen - I’m not sure how they will quilt and wash.  Their feel is so much different from the meaty softness of peppered shot cottons.   But the colors...I love them.

During 2019 I participated in a one block a week sew-a-long with the Canadian Quilters Association - #52blocks52weeks.  The weekly instructions were all in greyscale, which suited my scrap stash perfectly.  At the beginning of 2020, with a couple of extra blocks, I put what I had into a layout with generous ...

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December 23, 2020
Paper Chain ~ Final Assembly from Liz Makes Crafts

I've finally completed my last block-of-the-month of the year! Paper Chain is a paper-pieced block-of-the-month designed by Freshly Pieced. Out of the 4 block-of-the-months I've done this year, this one is perhaps the most traditional: 12 blocks, one block a month.

For me, fabric selection is always going to be the most challenging part of a quilt. This is why I like kits so much, but I decided not to do a kit for Paper Chain and instead curate my own fabric. I decided to use Breeze by Zen Chic.

Paper piecing requires a lot more prep work ...

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December 16, 2020
Finally . . . a flannel quilt for Brad from Carried Away Quilting

Last spring, I made a college graduation quilt for Haley’s boyfriend. When I showed it to my husband, he asked, “Is that for me?” He knew darn well that it was for Cameron, but I felt a twinge of guilt. I realized I hadn’t made a quilt just for Brad in several years. When I told him that I’d make him one for Christmas, he asked for an exact replica of Cam’s quilt. Even though it won’t be much of a surprise, I’m still excited to see him open his present next week. I ...

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October 8, 2020
Fragile from Liz Makes Crafts

It's been 3 years since Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic released her Fragile collection, and to this day it remains one of my favorite collections ever. I have made quite a few quilts with it, including Critical Sunshine and Paradox. And, it was because of Paradox that I have this new quilt.

Paradox was a quilt full of large flying geese made in the traditional way, and that meant I had a lot of leftover half-square triangles. I couldn't throw them away, so I decided to try to arrange them to see if I could come up with ...

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September 24, 2020
Pick-Up Sticks from Liz Makes Crafts

Pick-Up Sticks is such a fun and unusual quilt for me. The original pattern is called On the Ball by Brigitte Heitland (of Zen Chic). I really liked the pattern, but it was made with the splice and insert technique which will be incredibly difficult on this scale. So instead, I made it with the applique technique. Details on how I made this top is here.

When it comes to quilting it, I decided to keep this one simple in concept. I extended each "stick" into the background space, and I love the way it divides up the background.

I ...

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September 14, 2020
X & + from Liz Makes Crafts

There's no question that Brigitte Heitland from Zen Chic is my favorite fabric designer. I have loved most of her collections, to the point of collecting them obsessively, but I was a little disappointed when Day in Paris first came out. But when I actually saw it in person, it began to grow on me, and when I saw X & + made with Day in Paris, I fell madly in love with it.

I really enjoyed working on this quilt because of the gorgeous fabrics, and I knew the quilting just had two jobs: play up the huge borders and ...

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May 20, 2020
BlockHeads3- Zen Chic-block 19 from Moda Lissa

I have fallen a bit behind on my Blockheads blocks. Between making masks and planning a virtual quilt market there are many balls to juggle. In the pre-pandemic world, I would have just gotten home from Quilt Market. I would have been showing you all the projects I was working on with sneak peeks of what the Moda designers have new for you this fall. Excuses, Excuses, right? How are you doing? The sales of sewing machines have increased during this time which is so exciting. More people of all ages sewing whether making masks, clothing, or crafts. More MAKERS ...

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March 17, 2020
Cross Play Quilt test complete! from Sew Sunshine

CrossPlay Quilt test 
Pattern by Simone Quilts 
check for her new release soon.

I tested the baby size CrossPlay and chose mostly ZenChic Spotted fabrics.
I wanted bold colors and a rainbow feel. 
Quilting is a serpentine stitch
40.5" x 40.5"

Luckily I have a park near by. 
Added a bit of color to this blah landscape don't you think??

I have been working on an old scrap project and made a tutorial for inset scrap circles. Check it out Here

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February 12, 2020
BlockHeads- Zen Chic- 2-12 from Moda Lissa

Today’s Block Heads post is all about LOVE.

LOVE block by Zen Chic

Love from Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic pictured with some of my pins that are a word and pic combo. No, I am not a train wreck or a drama queen but I am a Lucky Duck to be a part of the Moda Blockheads.

You can find the pattern here.

Last week was applique. This week is paper foundation piecing. Both are a challenge to think outside the box and do something a bit different.
I have become obsessed about this block and will be ...

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January 12, 2020
Happy New Year 2020 from Pinkadot Quilts

Happy New Year about 2 weeks late! How is everyone doing with those resolutions? I don't do them but choose to do goals instead.
One of my goals is to start a new sew along with some friends. This is the first block and it is due to be finished on January 31. The cutting is very order to make it scrappy. I like the happy colors.

It came as a kit. It's called Spotted by Zen Chic. I decided just to go with the kit instead of finding all the fabrics. I am going to ...

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