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June 12, 2021
Improv Technique 9... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


It's hard to believe I haven't played with

Improv Piecing

for almost a year...

I pulled out my very meager stash of 

solid fabrics...

I sliced them into strips of random widths:

Darks on the left.....Lights on the right

I decided to create 9 patch blocks:

No measuring....freehand cutting

I don't want the seams to match up...

Improv 9 Patch

I want the blocks to be a bit wonky...

Yes, this is what I want...

Here it is on the design wall...

I also added in a few improv square blocks

to keep it interesting ...

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June 4, 2021
MCKMQG Scrap Jar from Ellyn's Place

 My guild, the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild started a fun tradition a year or so ago. We have a big jar full of scraps. Every meeting, one attendees name is drawn and that person gets to take the jar the next month. They make a fun small item from some of the scraps, refill it to the top and then pass both the jar and the item on to the next person drawn the following month. It's been fun to see the cute little items everyone has made.

Finally, in May, my name was chosen! I won a darling ...

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May 3, 2021
Improv Round Robin from Ellyn's Place

 My fantastic Improv small group (we call ourselves the Comedy Club Quilters) has done speedy improv round robins at the retreat center twice before. You can read about those here, and here. It's a fun event we always look forward to. But, like it has done to so many things, the global pandemic caused us to rethink our process this year. In the end, we pulled off our round robin with car swaps, porch drops, and maybe more than one quilt shop meet up (fully masked of course!).

I started out with this fun block, made up of a ...

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May 2, 2021
This is 60! from Ellyn's Place

When you celebrate a milestone birthday during a global pandemic, what do you do to celebrate? Well, if you are me, you recruit your friends to help you make a joyful quilt!
This is 60 is my last quilt with the Solid Seven bee. I asked my beemates to make me blocks that included at least one triangle (I love triangles, weird, I know) in my prescribed color palette of bright, bright, bright! As always, they did not disappoint!

I added the black/neon borders on two sides and finished off my quilt with faux piped binding (I wrote a ...

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April 12, 2021
baby quilt finish from Ellyn's Place

 Well! I certainly did not intend to take 2 months off from blogging, yet here we are! I have been making making making..... which is not an excuse but it's been fun. 

During Quiltcontogether everyone was sharing the cool things they were creating in their virtual classes. For a couple of reasons I had not signed up for classes, and I found myself feeling a bit of FOMO. A little digging in my WIP pile and I found some blocks I had started at Quiltcon in Austin in 2020. I had forgotten all about these and honestly had not ...

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March 8, 2021
Quilted Placemats from Seaside Stitches

Buona festa della donna! (Happy International Women's Day!) 
 I just finished six quilted placemats for my sister. When she saw the ones I made for myself last summer, she asked for a set. Here are three of my six. We've used them almost every day since July, they've been washed a bunch of times, and still look great. They are improv pieced from scraps, which I find extremely entertaining. The straight parallel quilting lines hold everything together nicely.

 Here is Anita's set. She loves neutrals. I was able to use some of the fabrics that were ...

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February 12, 2021
Some Walking Foot Practice from Dizzy Quilts

I have been having much fun with my walking foot lately! The little quilt I am sharing today started off as simply that - practice with the walking foot and my WALK book by Jacquie Gering.

I started with a half yard of some Kona Tangerine (it looks a little more red than orange in my photos) which I cut in half - one half for the top and one half for the back. I used one layer of cotton/poly batting and Aurifil #2600 (Dove) in 50 wt.

The design I went with is called Crosshatch Mash Up. I used 1 ...

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January 20, 2021
Cold Winter Day from Pinkadot Quilts


Winter and a pandemic can be a dangerous thing! I'm talking about shopping!!! I love this Alison Glass fabric.

It's such a good basic and I love the mini cross stitches.

I think this would be a good substitute for a solid that would give it some texture.

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! Yes Maureen McCormick from the Brady Bunch has a line of fabric out and it definitely has a 1970's vibe. These are the only 3 I got but you never know......

This is one of my first finishes for the year. I am planning on making ...

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Shattered Heart from Stitchin at Home

 In Ontario, where I live, we are in a lockdown situation to try to curb the numbers of Covid cases. Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives. These lockdowns are hard for a person living alone. I have been trying to do more walking to keep myself active. I have also been slowly getting back into quilting. The blog hops I have been in recently have helped, I think my mojo may be returning.

Now let's get to the 'Hearts on Fire' blog hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let me Quilt. The rules ...

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December 22, 2020
Japanese rice bag from Charm About You

This adorable Japanese rice bag was another #justjudecollaborates make, this time it was the turn of lovely Stuart Hillard and his handy bag tutorial! I have made drawstring bags before but nothing like this style or shape of bag so I was really excited to learn how to make it. I'm not always brilliant with making 3D items, thankfully Stuart has a YouTube tutorial that shows every step to making this bag, so easy to follow!

And this is why I should always blog when I actually make the project not months later... I can't actually remember what ...

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December 21, 2020
2020......Highlights from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 A look back at 2020...

January 2020

I needed a fresh start for 2020.

My sewing area went from this:

to this:

February 2020

Calving Season begins @ the Kessi Ranch

Playing with Rayon Threads

March 2020

The Turkey Vultures are BACK

Calving Season....continues:

Fertilizing the Hay Fields

Playing with Improv

April 2020

Improv Technique 2

Improv Technique 3

Improv Technique 4

Improv Technique 5

Improv Technique 6

Improv Technique 7

Improv Technique 8

Sunflower Quilt Finished

May 2020

Zipper Pulls

June 2020

Improv Quilt Top

Messy Painted Canvas

July 2020

Tassel Necklaces

Haying Season ...

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December 20, 2020
Never underestimate the inspiration caused by a group project from Art and Quilting in Camden

Art should be like a holiday: something to give a man the opportunity to see things differently and to change his point of view. -Paul Klee, painter (18 Dec 1879-1940) 

So I’m part of Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild, one of two local groups. This chapter, part of the MQG (Modern Quilt Guild) is the smaller of the two and is almost completely comprised of members of Coastal Quilters (the other group) which is part of the statewide Pine Tree Quilt Guild (Maine is the Pine Tree state). For once, I decided to participate in a round robin sort ...

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November 25, 2020
tiger tiger from Making A Lather

Linda brought a scrap bag to me.... I had found the tiger embroidery at a thrift store...I decided whatever I pulled out of the scrap bag, I would add to the quilt improv style. It has been fun. Some colors, I would not have put together on purpose. But, I like them together here. I think I saw a video on you tube by Beth Shibley from love laugh quilt that made a quilt this way. The last row here of fabric was on the freebie table at the quilt retreat. And I thought it could work.

I am ...

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November 20, 2020
Deconstruction - Finished! from Becca's Crazy Projects

Super quick today as I don't have anything new to share. I did finish my deconstruction quilt. Now it is bound and ready for washing and gifting.  

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November 18, 2020
Deconstruction - Part 3 from Becca's Crazy Projects

I measured the somewhat wonky quilt top and added a border. If you have many bias edges a border can stabilize the overall piece and ensure you have sides that match and aren't wavy. Trust me, it is worth the extra time. 
I pulled this fun coordinating pink from my collection and made up the binding before I even loaded it onto the frame. 
Ready to quilt!
I went with a teal thread on top and bobbin. Swirls, waves, and some wavy lines for an allover design.
These waves are one of my favorites. 
The lighting on this is ...

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November 13, 2020
Deconstruction - Part 2 from Becca's Crazy Projects

 Monday I shared the beginnings of this quilt. 

It isn't done yet but I did make progress. I pieced several more blocks for a total of 35 blocks. My goal is to make this a quilt suitable for a twin bed or as a throw quilt. 

I played with the blocks and got them pieced together. I still need to add a border to stabilize those outer edges and unify the top. I'm really pleased with how it has turned out so far. So much movement!
Now all I have to do is sort out this mess of ...

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November 9, 2020
Deconstruction from Becca's Crazy Projects

Several years ago another quilter gave me this quilt top. You can't tell from this distance but since the half-square triangle blocks were made with nothing but bias edges it is something of a mess. Points don't line up, stitching missed in more than a few places. Overall, not a good piecing method for beginning quilters. I'm not even going to tell you how to do it because it usually ends in disaster even for seasoned piecers. After pressing I grabbed my Tucker Trimmer III and started cutting 10.5" squares. 
Here are the first few. I ...

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October 15, 2020
vote from Ellyn's Place

 Hubby and I early voted in Texas yesterday. I've been voting for more than 50 years and have never felt as passionate about voting as I do this year. There is so much at stake in our nation right now and the obligation (and privilege) to vote has been heavy on my mind.

The line was not long yesterday at the polls, and it moved quickly. They had great safety measures in place and everyone was wearing masks and socially distant. 20 minutes from arrival to finish... not bad!

In a very timely manner, our Improv small group, the ...

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October 5, 2020
"The Retreat" ~~ Finished!! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Way back in July of 2019, I attended a quilt retreat in Baton Rouge with other members of the BRMQG. After I got home, I finished up the top and added it to the bin. A couple of weeks ago I dug through the bin and chose this top to quilt. 

A little blue thread, feathers in the border, and some improv quilting.

I don't know what I did unless I really look at the individual motifs. In other words, I just had fun.

The back of the quilt is this solid blue linen and, because it was too ...

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October 4, 2020
an outdoor photo shoot from Ellyn's Place

 Is anyone else desperately missing their quilting buddies? Our improv small group has been meeting on Zoom since March but it's just not the same. Since the Texas weather is finally cooling down (hooray for fall!) we decided to do an outdoor quilt photo shoot at a nearby park. We met at the park in the morning on a perfect, cool and cloudy day and got some beautiful photos of our quilts.

Five of us met, we all wore masks and social distanced to keep each other safe. There was a pretty gazebo that served as a nice backdrop ...

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