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May 29, 2021
Poppy Pod Lane from Nestlings By Robin

I have a love of poppy flowers and 
have designed some larger quilts 
that the magazines maybe find
overwhelming...?

So I designed a smaller piece and
picked it up:)  YAY!
Their magazine is so full of beauty.

I started previewing my fabrics
to see how they would look
as quarter-square triangles.

Once the top was finished,
it was time to work on the 
embroidery for the 
applique' section.

Once all my applique'
was fused in place,
on to basting....

Yes, I pin baste 
small projects for 
machine quilting.

My quilting was straight
stitching along the diagonal line ...

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March 10, 2021
Reverse Applique Flower Patch from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Hi, Makers!

As of lately, I've been getting urges to work on some handmade items that are filled with details! I don't know about you, but sometimes I don't want to create something large, but focus on a project that I can dedicate time to pack as much texture and details as possible. This brings to today's tutorial that I'm really excited to share, these Reverse Applique Flowers that just hit the mark for me creatively. Reverse Applique is the process of stitching fabric on top of each other, cutting the layer above to reveal ...

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July 8, 2020
Still unpacking from The Academic Quilter

Hi all! I feel like I have to ask how everyone is doing every time I speak to someone now, so-- how are you all doing? I am feeling better than I have since March. Not only have I been out a few times and seen some lovely friends and picked out my own produce for once, but all this time I've also been teaching a summer class, which is now done. Done! I turned in the grades today and I am so remarkably happy.  It's been a long haul, and now I get a (somewhat shorter) summer ...

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June 16, 2020
How to Prepare Your Quilt Backing, Batting and Basting – Optical Illusion Quilt Along Part 4 from Christa Quilts

Welcome to Part 4 of the Optical Illusion Quilt Along! You’ve made it through the piecing, so congratulations! Now we come to what may not be your favorite part of the process: prepping the backing and batting, and basting the layers together in preparation for quilting.

Above is one of the alternate colorways for Optical Illusion. You can make something similar with red, light blue, and white fabric from my online shop.

But if you’ll let me guide you through the next steps, I’ll share some tips to make it less painful and move you along to ...

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March 29, 2020
Meadowland quilt – WIP from Zarkadia Quilts

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February 14, 2020
Valentines and miscellany........... from Exuberant Color

 My grandma used to collect postcards and when she decided she was done with that she gave them to me, a little girl living on a farm in the middle of nowhere.  This one was in the box.








It was sent to my great-uncle Oliver, a bachelor who lived with his mother, my great-grandmother in Bristol IL.  This one is postmarked 1928 and is from Iowa from 2 of Oliver's brothers.  Somebody pulled the stamp off of this at some point.
In my own mailbox I got the Valentine on the left this year and the one on the ...

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February 10, 2020
Pieced Primrose Quilt Along Week 6 – Basting from Christa Quilts

And now we come to everyone’s least favorite part of making a quilt – basting!! But really, if you just set aside the time to do it’s not that bad! Here’s what both versions of Pieced Primose look like up on my design wall that also doubles as my basting area. Read on for helfpul ways to tackle this part of the quilt-making process. It’s easier than you think!

Pieced Primrose Quilts Basted

Get the Pieced Primose kits here – in cool or warm, large or small.

Because I wanted to include all 10 warm or cool fabrics from Abstract Garden in ...

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February 6, 2020
Basting some more............... from Exuberant Color

While the tables were cleaned off I decided to baste another quilt that I am going to quilt on my straight stitch machine.  I got it about 1/3 basted while I watched 2 hours of Criminal Minds.

It's snowing again here but really it has been mild weather for winter in IL since the first of the year.  I think I'll stay inside all day and maybe even turn on the sewing machine.

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February 5, 2020
Basting.............. from Exuberant Color

I'm happy so many people enjoyed the posts the last 2 days.  I have wanted to have all of the collages in one spot for a long time so this week was the time to do it.

I did lots of cutting of triangles yesterday and then basted this quilt for next in line to finish.  I want to quilt it on my straight stitch machine.

My grandson from Colorado was home for his dad's birthday yesterday so we had our party last night.  My son is 59 this year, hard to believe.  My grandson will be 30 ...

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January 29, 2020
Basting away again from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone! Well, it's still January, the longest month ever. It looks like today is starting out very gray, but I was definitely promised sunshine later. We'll see how that works out.

I am basting away again, but alas, not in Margaritaville.  I am trying very hard to make progress on the many unquilted tops I have in the closet. I have recently sent out four of them to be quilted, and then I have some smaller ones and more personal ones that I am quilting up myself.  First up is this one:


This is a quilt top ...

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