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June 5, 2021
TWO of my own finished and the Garden Terrorist from caledonia quilter

 I set a few challenges for myself every year, in a feeble attempt to accomplish something.  Otherwise, Facebook, you know?  This year's UFO portion was to finish any three UFOs, and I completed that at the end of May.  I already showed you the Vintage Tulips a couple months ago - that was #1.

#2 completion is the sampler quilt that the Binbrook guild ran as a block of the month from 2017 through 2018.  I managed to finish it in only three years!  Woo hoo!

The objective was to make each block twice, but reverse the colours on the ...

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March 3, 2021
The Never Ending Sampler Panel 7 Band 2 from Kitty and Me Designs

 If you're working on the Never Ending Sampler, this is Panel 7 Band 2:

Click here to download the PDF file.

As you can see, Band 2 will take a little bit longer to stitch than Band 1 so I'll give ya'll a week before releasing Band 3.

Happy Stitching!

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February 24, 2021
BLOCK 7 from Heirloom Quilting Co.

 Divided Hearts Block 7

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January 27, 2021
DIVIDED HEARTS BOM from Heirloom Quilting Co.

 Block six

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January 25, 2021
A Little Mojo In Me & A New Favorite Song from Ravelly1

 I haven’t been sewing anything lately so my quilting sisters kept encouraging me to try. I made up my mind to jump in the game with both feet. We are making samplers with different sized blocks or whatever works for the individual. 

I'm doing a Wood Duck:

I need to add a little something but have a mind block for the moment.....LOL! 

Now for the song (Eclectic Me)........I love some commercials and saw the one where the kid was under the table eating the whole dish of dessert. The song that went with it is from ...

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January 9, 2021
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December 31, 2020
Comfort and Blessing Quilt and 2020 Year End Posting from caledonia quilter

 This was the last custom quilt of the year.  I love working on sampler quilts.  This is Comfort and Blessing by Piecing The Past Quilts.

Lots of s.i.d. with some common elements throughout the blocks.

It's a little easier to see the quilting on the back.

Here's a shot of the borders.

This is such a pretty pic of a sunset on December 10th.

Hmm.  What else?... Christmas was quiet with just DH, Sadie and me.  I had to cook a turkey, which I'd almost forgotten how to do.  Normally 1-800-LUKE takes pity on us ...

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September 5, 2020
Beyond the Stars quilting from Jean's Quilting Page

 I've been working on quilting the Beyond the Stars Sampler 15 this week, along with doing some fabric sorting and other cleaning. The room the quilt frame is in can be a dumping ground for the leftovers from projects since I store my fabric in that room, too. When I'm working on a project, I save most scraps because you never know if you'll need every bit you have until you're finished. I've been going through those scraps and organizing them into usuable, unusable and won't use. Some pieces are big enough for a ...

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August 5, 2020
Sunbonnet Sue Sampler 1 from Jean's Quilting Page

I designed this very basic sampler to using traditional blocks to teach quilters how to move on from Beginning Quilting and learn new techniques, including half square triangles and blocked sashing. 

As you can tell from the fabrics, this is about 15 years old, give or take a year or two. The students also made Sunbonnet Sue using fusible webbing and then handstitched around the pieces. 
This is probably the oldest one of my quilts that was not quilted until recently. After several years of using it,  I made a different, brighter version of this quilt as I had grown ...

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August 2, 2020
Divided Hearts Block one from Heirloom Quilting Co.

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June 12, 2020
countryside cottage finish from Making A Lather

 This is a 2004 Joann block of the month that I have had for some time. I needed to finish it. The colors are rich and lovely. I have a couple in mind that I want to gift this. It is queen size. I have many joann quilts block of the months that I bought each year. I was so excited when I found them. The fabric was included and precut. The instructions had cute little hints that were actually helpful. I bought them each year, and then they have waited in a project box. Some I haven't even ...

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May 4, 2020
Scissors and Piecework Buttonhole Sampler from Collector with a Needle

Velma on my NEW project
I have a couple new projects to tell you about!
I have been heads down stitching - and enjoying every minute.

First, it seems to take longer as Velma wants to be in the center of it ALL!  Yes, that's an all white project...needless to say it is a bit fortified with cat hair.

That's OK.

See more details below.

Ad for one style of scissor

Second, I have a web article for Piecework magazine - just out today.
You can read it HERE.

What does my project and article have in common?


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May 1, 2020
kindness & fortitude from Charm About You

Last year I chose a cross stitch pattern to work on throughout the year. This was started in January 2019 and finished in December 2019 (only just got round to properly blogging about it), 15605 crosses in total. Of course I worked on other things too during that time but it was lovely to have this project to pick up in between. It was serendipity because my word for 2019 was fortitude. Obviously it wasn't just the title of the pattern that drew me to it, it is full of beautiful Quaker motifs inspired by antique samplers. There is ...

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April 26, 2020
A Triple Bonus from Heart Desire Creations

3 quilts

A friend of mine who also happens to be an amazing quilter, will be soon moving to another part of the state.  She will be sorely missed, but we will still be bound by friendship and our passion for quilting. As part of her move, she did a cleanout! Look what came to live here until Hospice donation time:

This leaf deer head is so full of life – sure to give comfort to a patient and their loved ones.


This picnic quilt screams “Fun!” My hubby got a kick out of the watermelon fabric and especially the picnic ants!

picnic quilt

All ...

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April 17, 2020
The Never Ending Sampler - Panel 6 Band 10 - Complete from Kitty and Me Designs

Today I have Panel 6 Band 10 of The Never Ending Sampler.  Band 10 completes Panel 6.

Download the PDF file for the Never Ending Sampler Panel 6 Band 10

Last week I talked a little about Panel 7.  I'll post more information on that soon.  I like to give everyone some time to get caught up so we'll start the next panel in a couple of weeks.  Before that, I'll give you the floss list so you can gather your supplies.

Have a great weekend!

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April 2, 2020
Now Available - The Bird Samper Series from Kitty and Me Designs

If you enjoy the Never Ending Sampler, I'm sure you'll love working on the Bird Sampler Series!

These beautiful band samplers feature several specialty stitches include the Rhodes stitch, Satin Stitch flowers and leaves, Eyelet stitches and the Smyrna Cross.

Worked in DMC threads on 28 count White Lugana.

Click here to order the patterns:

Cross Stitch Bird Sampler Series on Etsy

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April 1, 2020
Bright and cheery from Jean's Quilting Page

I designed and made the My Little Pretties Sampler quilt a long tme ago, but never quilted it as I didn't have time. Plus it hung on the wall in the classroom so nicely unquilted. I recently asked my friend Cindy to quilt it for me and she did! I love what she did! 
Cindy does free motion quilting and said she was trying out a new design idea. She quilted in yellow and I really like that color choice. I used this pink/orange stripey fabric that I got not long ago because I knew it would go ...

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March 6, 2020
UFO Sampler Part II from From Edge 2 Edge

This quilt is NEVER going to be visiting any quilt show or other place where a critical eye will be seeing it. It will only be at a guild for 'show and tell' or friends will see it. As such, I gave myself permission to not rip out little issues and just test different threads and design choices.

I can definitely see that I was not as accurate with my seams as I thought I was. The good news, I have gotten better over the years. I am mostly having fun with it and enjoying the mental gymnastics I am ...

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February 6, 2020
Stitching a Sampler and More! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

This time of year for Teri and me (Kara) is a little crazy. We are getting prepped and ready for our Academy of Appliqué class, and this year we have two new teaching venues, all around the same time. Needless to say we are stitching, cutting, and typing our little hearts out!

Our first class will be our Academy class, and we are teaching the first two blocks from our Woodland Reverie Quilt. We are excited about these two dimensional blocks, and we hope our students are, too! There are a few seats left in the class, so if you ...

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November 27, 2019
The Patchsmith's Sampler Sew-Along - blocks 1, 2, and 3 from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!
Have you ever joined a sew-along?
I would highly recommend one that is going on right now

over at The Patchsmith's lovely blog:

To get started, order your copy of the book,
The Patchsmith's Sampler Quilt Blocks here on Craftsy.
There are 50 amazing blocks,
fun for anyone to create, 
whether you are an experienced stitcher, 
or someone who is just developing your sewing skills!

The book is priced at only $12.99 - what a bargain!
It's in PDF format, and you can choose to print any or all pages.
I'm just using the ...

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