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June 28, 2021
Diabolical Jane from Becca's Crazy Projects

I think it was a couple months ago that I saw several people posting their Diabolical Jane quilt tops. Jesse Aller posted a free tutorial for this quick and striking quilt on her blog in 2016. I had that tab open in my browser for what seemed a long time. It was time to start cutting and planning. 
I started with this one little square. Granted, that's the idea, but it's so small! This isn't even the center square that found its way into the final quilt. Because that's how design works. 
I've been trying ...

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June 7, 2021
more sea swept from Making A Lather

I have been making 7- 10 sea swept blocks every Friday with my quilt group. I have collected a nice size pile. I thought I would take an accounting and decide where to go from here. I was pleasantly surprised to realize I have 38 made. and 7 in process with 2 rounds. I need 42. This pattern calls for a sashing that will make a wonderful star. The pattern is also for paperpiecing. And the finished piece is smaller than what I am doing. SO, I will need to "invent" what I will need for my block. I think ...

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May 31, 2021
sea swept again from Making A Lather

I feel like a broken record.... sea swept, easy breezy, aunt eliza.. repeat. I am really trying to stick to these and making progress however small. Our Friday group met again... on Friday... and I have a new batch of sea swept blocks finished.  I really like making these. I need to cut more background if I am to continue. I only work on these on Friday. I need 42 blocks to do the pattern. I think I have 20 +.

My friend Linda is making her sea swept with the smaller blocks and paper piecing. We had a chance to ...

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May 24, 2021
progress from Making A Lather

My Friday quilt group met, and, I had a chance to work on sea swept. I made 7 more blocks.

And, there are still more easy breezy blocks. Completed blocks are taking over the box, which means I am making progress.

2 a day keeps the scraps at bay

I am linking:

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April 13, 2021
Week 2 of #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) from Quilting & Learning

I've managed to stay organised and on time for week 2 of the #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art). My next challenge is to do the same for week 3

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April 5, 2021
Week 1 of #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) from Quilting & Learning

The #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt started April 1 and I posted my first three letters on Instagram. If you didn't catch them, here is a recap.

A is for Art appliqué 

The piece is A White History of Art and the image that I used to illustrate Art Appliqué is the close-up of the representation of The White Girl by Whistler.

It was created for Art with Fabric Blog Hop, Fall 2018. It is based on a BBC series called History of Art in Three Colours. This piece is an interpretation of the White episode and the picture below portrays  The White ...

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February 15, 2021
Plaid-ish Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

I'm still working on my Plaid-ish quilt. This quilt took all week to cut and lay out. I'm sure it will all come out in the end. 
Once I had it all cut I made a few changes. 
At this point I'm not changing anything. A block put wrong will just be part of the finished quilt. I didn't assemble individual blocks. I webbed the entire quilt. It took most of Saturday. Bonnie Hunter has a blog post on webbing a quilt if you want to learn more about it. It's great! I used the ...

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February 8, 2021
Plaid-ish from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have so many batik fabrics. I keep making quilts and I still have so many. I decided to grab them and get to work on a new quilt. This time I'm going to use the free pattern Plaid-ish from Kitchen Table Quilting. I've had it on my list for a while. I sorted my fabrics into dark, medium, and light. 
How do you know if you have good separation between those darks, mediums, and lights? use the filter on your camera to see them in black and white. This makes it easier to see the differences without ...

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January 29, 2021
Border the Blues from Becca's Crazy Projects

This week I managed to squeeze in a little sewing time. I finished sewing the blocks together. 
I also managed to attach one border. I have one more border to attach. Evening photos have such poor lighting. Sorry about the quality.  

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):

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January 25, 2021
The Blues from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this one for a while but picked it back up this month. 
I'm almost ready to join the rows and add a couple borders. This part of the quilt is about 72" by 72". Stay tuned to see how this one finishes up. 

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):

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Map making from Quilting & Learning

Hi, I've been hibernating for a bit. It's always good to get back to creating art and blogging. I hope that you're surviving the winter so far.

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January 6, 2021
Picking Up the Pieces from Becca's Crazy Projects

Sometimes a project will get set aside. 
I'm not even sure when I stopped working on this quilt. It must have been at least a year ago. It was time to pull it out and make some more blocks. 
So much fabric and so many more blocks to go. I don't know if I'll finish it this time around but it is nice to pick up the pieces and keep moving. 

Like batiks? Want to see another of my quilts made with batik fabrics? Check out this post from 2018. My Jewel Box Stars was made using ...

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November 23, 2020
Pandemic Porch Quilt Show Day 34 - 35: My Two Weirdest Quilts in Two Days from Gefilte Quilt

Day #34: Blooming Cactus
Choosing an eye-pleasing color palette did not come naturally to me, and here's the evidence. Let's breathe slowly as we approach this bed-size quilt, so as not to trigger sea-sickness. 
It's slightly less terrible when you get very close,  thanks to the blue oasis. 
Longtime quilters will recognize this pattern immediately, as a Blooming Nine Patch, from the bestselling 1996 quilt book 'Traditions with a Twist' by Blanche Young and Dalene Young Stone, still widely available (used) online - and sooooo worth it, just for this one pattern. 

Sure, I knew that the orange ...

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November 21, 2020
Creating a stitcher's journal with paper and fabric from Quilting & Learning

I'm back to making hand-stitched projects based on our latest workshop at's 2020 Stitch Club. This week's teacher is Ali Ferguson who showed us how to make a stitcher's sketchbook or journal with paper, and then to cover and embellish it with fabrics.

Making the Journal

This is the first workshop that I finished the project only a few days after it had started. I was hooked! I couldn't leave it. 

My new stitching journal

For my paper, I chose some printing paper (one with a gardening motif that I bought years ago ...

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November 9, 2020
Batik Bowtie Quilt from Appalachian Quilts

Yup - I finished another UFO!  This was a class I taught - I'm pretty sure it was one of our mystery quilts.  I miss those Friday Night Mystery Quilt nights!  We had so much fun.  Usually, we brought potluck.  Class started at 6 and went until midnight-ish.  The best part of it was the fellowship.  Why does this virus have to take away our fellowship?  *sigh*

I do love batiks.  I go back and forth between traditional and batiks when it comes to fabric.  I think that's why we stock so many.  (We have hundreds of bolts in stock ...

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November 4, 2020
Batik Bunnies from Appalachian Quilts

Batik fabrics are so bold and full of life.  There is just something about them that draws you in.  I haven't been able to show you most of the quilts I have been longarming for customers because they have been Christmas gifts.  One was a show quilt and there are 'rules'....

These two bunny quilts aren't Christmas gifts, so I am comfortable in showing them to you.  The customer wanted the bunny allover design.

The one that starts with a pink bunny at the top has a beautiful pink batik for the backing.

The one that starts with ...

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October 26, 2020
To Pre-Wash or Not To Pre-Wash? from QUilting By-You

That is the question!

Who is right or wrong in this decision?

Should we all be doing the same?

Is it better to discover dye that runs

or use a catcher and end it?

First, my apologies to William Shakespeare for my poor parody.

Second, who is right? Those that pre-wash or those that don’t? The answer is neither. As I stepped into the quilting world, pre-washing was talked about in terms of fabric shrinkage with regard to flannels and whether or not the fabric was color fast (or would the dye bleed into other items) especially with regards ...

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October 13, 2020
Pandemic Porch Quilt Show, Days 11- 12: A Batik Chandelier and a Millenium Quilt from Gefilte Quilt

Day #11: "Chandelier, Shaken"

This quilt is improv paper pieced, using batik fabrics.


Much closer:

A little to the left: 

Finally, from the back - I like the way the light creates a stained glass effect!

It was pure fun, with minimal measuring. The techniques I used (though not this actual pattern) are in my booklet, "Modern Paper Piece Log Cabin Triangles," in my etsy shop, CathyPstudio, here.

Day #12: A Millenium Quilt

This large quilt (74" x 93", it almost hit the ceiling) is made of 2,000 squares, cut 2.5".

A little closer:


Backstory: In the ...

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October 4, 2020
300 Posts Party at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Happy 300th to Free Motion Mavericks! 

What a special anniversary to be celebrating. Muv from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing started Free 
300th Linking up Party
Motion Mavericks on Thursday, 5 June 2014, to fill the void after Leah Day stopped hosting her Free Motion Friday. I had a wonderful trip down memory lane going through all of the posts to get to the first, original Free Motion Mavericks post. 

I discovered the Free Motion Mavericks linking party in March of 2015, at Muv's 36th post. I was free motion quilting (FMQ) a wholecloth quilt based on ...

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September 11, 2020
How many more blocks to FMQ? from Quilting & Learning

Two free motion quilting (FMQ) posts in a week - wow! I had the weekend to myself and spent most of it fixing and continuing to FMQ our king size batik bed quilt. At 13 x 13 blocks, it's huge! It wasn't always pleasant but I did get a lot done.

After this weekend,
only 49 blocks left to FMQ

Fixing ripped blocks

When I sandwiched this quilt in July of 2016, I stitched-in-the-ditch around each block. However, since each block is 8", that really wasn't enough quilting, especially considering that we've been sleeping under this quilt ...

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