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March 21, 2021
Project Quilting 12.6 Ab Intra from Stitchin at Home

 Up until this morning, I was not going to do this challenge. This week's challenge is Ab Intra, or "from within." At first glance, I think the theme is a little intimidating and I have too many raw emotions to contemplate putting them into this. 

But, you know there is always a but somewhere. While having a coffee this morning I thought of this challenge and how we as quilters give freely and put our heart into all we do. We are all stars! 

 So the challenge started at 7:27 AM, nothing like the last minute to do ...

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March 19, 2021
Small updates on small things from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! I hope you have been having a good week. It has been another busy one here, but today I hit a milestone: I have walked 150 kilometers since January 1. That's 93 miles! There's either something seriously wrong with me or I'm having a lot of stress. It may be both because I really wanted to hit this milestone today so I went out walking in the rain. At least it was warm-ish. Wet, though.

Today I just wanted to say hello to everyone so I just have a couple of small updates. I finished ...

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March 18, 2021
A Beauty of a Quilt from Ann Quilts

 Here's a gorgeous quilt.  It's as simple as that.

This quilt came to me for repair.  The quilt dates to c1850.  As old as it is, it is in nearly pristine condition, save for a place in the center where it got wet somehow with something.

Here's how fabric looks in an undamaged block.

You can see that whatever spilled on the quilt ate away at the brown fabric, and also carried some of the dye into the white background.  It's interesting (though sad, of course) to witness how the liquid ran along the fibers of ...

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February 13, 2021
Stars in snow from The Academic Quilter

 Hello everyone! A new blog post-- what a surprise! Life has been happening around here. Oh, well. The good news is that I have *one* working light in my sewing room now, and I have a new floor in the living area, which was a real adventure. A good story for another time! It does involve a mini jackhammer, though.

Anyway, in these weird circumstances, I finished my Ohio Stars quilt top! Here she is:

It's winter, it's pretty cold, and there is a lot of snow (for Maryland) on the ground, but she still shines, right? 
This ...

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February 5, 2021
Dogwood Stars from Nestlings By Robin

Welcome Dogwood Stars
featuring Connecting Threads' 
new fabric line.......

During testing I made my
own version using these
fabrics because the 
color way spoke to me 
but wasn't available yet.
I am a sucker for pretty
much any fabric with 
script on it!!

This design has simple
piecing along with 
fusible applique'.

The diamonds in the border 
sections are all applique'
vs. piecing so cut and stick:)

These little tweezers make
placement of small pieces
so much easier.  
sheet so that these bits
are all applied making 
completed flowers BEFORE
fusing to ...

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November 17, 2020
Works in progress from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! How are you all doing? Yesterday, while I was trying valiantly to teach a class to students who are seriously exhausted, several dump trucks came and dumped fill dirt outside the almost-finished garage. I was annoyed as all get out and happy as a clam at the same time. It was loud and disturbing, but it means that my garage only has one more step to go. So I guess my current mood would best be  described as annoyed-happy. Or maybe happily annoyed?

Today I just have a couple of updates on things I'm working on, a ...

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October 30, 2020
Hsts for fall from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! Yeah, I know, it's been a while. What can I say? Thanks for your emails checking up on me! I'm okay, really. There has been stitching happening, but not writing. I do what I can, you know? And some things are looking up. A huge problem that we were having at work looks like it's going to resolve (hurray!) and I finished an 8-week class that I was teaching, so now I have a tiny bit more time. Zoom remains exhausting, but in between classes I sometimes play videos of my grandkids singing the ABCs ...

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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 5, 2020
Sunnyside Quilt Kit in True Colors by Tula Pink! from Busy Hands Quilts

I'm super excited to share with you that Sunnyside has been kitted by Quilted Works in St. George, Utah!  Isn't it stunning in a rainbow of Tula Pink! I sure think so.

And I love it when you all take my patterns and make them your own.  I had never envisioned Sunnyside in more than two colors as shown in yellow and gray in the pattern cover below!  Now a multi-colored version is on my must-make list. 

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October 4, 2020
Hello, Autumn, Darling Quilt from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!

Are you enjoying autumn as much as I am?
It makes me want to curl up with a new quilt,
for keeping cozy on these cool evenings.

I was stricken with All-Hallows-Eve fever
from the moment I discovered this beautiful fabric
from Fig Tree Quilts.
I first saw it used with the "Merry Christmas, Darling" quilt pattern
from Cotton Way, and it shot to the top of my must-make list.

I found this pattern to be extremely enjoyable to sew.

At first, I planned to stick with the color arrangement
shown on the pattern cover.

Pretty soon, though ...

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September 2, 2020
Multi-Color Stars from TheEclecticAbuela

 Another string quilt!

Multi-Colored Stars 78" x 78"


Multi-Colored Stars (detail)


Multi-Colored Stars (back and binding detail)


 It's a little crazy--I have another in the works that I think will show the secondary pattern to better effect.


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August 23, 2020
School Colors Quilt - The Perfect Graduation and Sports Team Quilt Pattern! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm sharing this Moda Grunge School Colors quilt.  It's definitely on my favorite list!

School Colors is available in the Busy Hands Quilts Pattern Shop.

School Colors Quilt

I've been on a Moda Grunge kick recently, making several quilts in this super versatile fabric.  The variation in colors gives amazing depth and texture to quilts that would be impossible to achieve with solids.

Stunning Two-Color Quilt

What do school colors and sports teams have in common?  They generally have two colors, sometimes with an accent thrown in.  My hometown colors are bright blue, red, and white ...

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August 3, 2020
Star Struck Quilt in American Patchwork & Quilting from A Quilting Life

Star Struck Quilt featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life:

Hello and happy Monday! Today I’m sharing my new Star Struck quilt in American Patchwork & Quilting. This quilt appears in the October 2020 issue which hits newsstands this week. I used our Balboa collection for this fun star quilt and can’t wait to share more about it with you. Star Struck Quilt My Star […]

The post Star Struck Quilt in American Patchwork & Quilting appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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July 27, 2020
Timeless Star Quilt Pattern from A Quilting Life

Timeless Star Quilt Pattern featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends, and happy Monday! I can’t believe this is the final week of July. I’m definitely ready for August because that brings us one month closer to some cooler weather here in the southwest. I’ve been super busy behind the scenes and this weekend finished my fourth quilt since July 6th. I can’t wait […]

The post Timeless Star Quilt Pattern appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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June 30, 2020
to do: something new from Making A Lather

I uncovered a small box with 6 inch squares. I believe, I bought it at a quilt show garage sale. I often wonder what the original quilter was planning and thinking while cutting her fabric into squares.
By donating her scraps, she has brought pleasure to my little world.
I didn't want to cut them down to 5 inch squares, but, I did look for inspiration in the charm pack patterns. I would just make the squares bigger, and, then, the quilt would be bigger.

I thought the squares looked coordinated enough, to just use them scrappy.  The squares ...

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June 17, 2020
The Patriot Mini Quilt from Expect Moore

I’m so excited to share with you this month’s ruler of the month quilt! The Patriot Mini Quilt is a quilt inspired by the American Flag. This mini quilt makes a great wall hanging, but is also perfectly sized to hang on your door for a patriotic holiday (or anytime, really)! And as a mini […]

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June 12, 2020
Rockets Red Glare from Nestlings By Robin

LOOK what hit mailboxes
last week!!
The July issue is now out
and yours truly
has a new quilt within
titled, 'Rockets Red Glare'.
THANK YOU Connecting Threads for 
the perfect fabric line,
Hometown Americana II.
It saddens me that so many quilters
feel overwhelmed by applique' 
because, to me, it is such a 
creative and relaxing form of quilting.
Yes, there are sometimes
many pieces to handle but
no more than some of 
the pieced quilts I have seen.
There are times that even I look
at one of my designs and ask,
"who designed all this work?".
Then ...

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June 9, 2020
Ladybirds for Luck: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Ladybug colour board at Clever Chameleon

Ladybirds for Luck

So…… This week, things are going pretty well here…… Covid restrictions easing. My latest assignment written (and submitted!) on time. Three more blocks on the Lunarcy finished….. which gives me some breathing space to do some of the pattern writing for a change. And a four day weekend due to a public holiday yesterday combined with a student-free day today…. Puts me in the mood for a lighthearted look at Lady Luck, since that’s where the themes in my sewing room, the great outdoors and my linky inbox seem to intersect this week.

Why luck? The ...

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June 2, 2020
Finally--Some Photos! from TheEclecticAbuela

I am bad about putting off the photography of my quilts--and a blog post without pictures is a bit boring. I finally got some taken today--yay me!

Here is my version of Frolic--the Bonnie Hunter Mystery.

Frolic 88" x 88"

Frolic (detail)--I wanted to add Kermit the Frog because of a funny segment on Sesame Street that ended, "Everybody Frolic!"

Frolic (detail)--What's a busy scrap quilt without a Waldo to Find?

Frolic (border and backing detail)--Excuse the chalk lines; they will wash out.

Frolic (detail)--Cats, elephants, funny faces, and the Eiffel Tower

Frolic (detail)--Mary ...

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April 27, 2020
Adeline - a New Quilt Pattern in 4 Sizes + Quilty Sales! from Busy Hands Quilts

Meet Adeline, a new star quilt pattern in 4 sizes - Throw, Twin, Queen, and King!  

Adeline is a big block quilt with several designs created when the blocks are joined together.

Don'tcha love the floral fabric?  Oh my, it makes my heart sing, and I had to have it when I first saw it.  It's Country Fair from Connecting Threads.  All fabrics except one in this quilt are from the collection, and all are from CT.

While you don't see Flying Geese in very many of my quilt patterns, this one called for them in order to ...

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