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Free Pattern Friday – Digital Inspiration Board Edition

Inspiration Board Example Last year I found something that I thought was pretty cool – the fact that some people keep a cork board (or something similar) in their craft/quilting studios with little things pinned to it as a way to get design inspiration. Quilted Cupcake podcast introduced me to the digital equivalent of this idea!  Pinterest is a fun way to make one or several inspiration boards as you browse the internet and organize them in a really useful way.  Your boards will save the photo, any notes you make on it and a link back to the original page where you found the photo.  Caution if you are using Google Images – it won’t...
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WIP Wednesday

Firstly I’ll let you take a peek on what I’ve been doing when I’m not working on 10-minute blocks: Charm Square Pinwheel Blocks made with Origins by Basic Grey for Moda Cute right? I love them. I’ve got another charm pack I need to break into and I’ll either do more of these for a top full of pinwheels or make 4 patch blocks out of them. Then I’ll work on the final placement.  There are a lot of darks in this fabric line so I’ve got to be careful to balance them out. I am hoping I can get this quilt done and quilted before the next guild meeting. Other stuff I’ve been working on:...
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15 – Hexagons, Pinwheels, Survey Results and Upcoming Trips

Better photos of my quilted fabric bowl: Hexagon Playtime Results of trying out the MSQC Charm Square Pinwheel technique: Stocking up on batting Craft Store finds and Free Pattern Friday inspired a future project idea Planning some new land vacation trips – need tips on where to go in Asheville, NC and New York City! Quilting Survey Results Dog Food Information
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Free Pattern Friday – May Flowers!

April showers bring May Flowers and here are some free patterns on how to make your own fabric flowers. Pink Paper Peppermints wrote a great tutorial on how to make these cute fabric flowers!  I can see adapting them for all sorts of stuff from applique’ to a fun piece of wall art.  I also think this would be a great way to use up scraps you aren’t sure what to do with.  This flower was part of her project for 31 Crafty Flowers in 31 Days!  Go take a look at the cute projects she came up with.  I love them! Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous wrote a fun tutorial on making a pleated flower and...
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Weekly Goals

Finish 12 blocks for the 2nd quilt top Begin appliqué for blocks with names Begin piecing tops together Sew hexagon soccer balls for name blocks I finished the blocks for one quilt top on Sunday and can now begin on the 2nd set of blocks.  Once I get the name blocks done I can piece the rest of the tops together and I’ll have two more quilt tops done.   I’ve been keeping my eye out for sports fabric but it seems to be hard to find.  I’m thinking my design might change to some solid colors with the focus fabric as the center block for those since it seems to be difficult to locate the...
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14 – A Quilted Fabric Basket, Upcoming Swaps, How to Task Manage Your Crafts

Procrastination Project of the Week: Quilted Fabric Bowl This is the fabric basket from my recent Free Pattern Friday post.  It is reversible.  The only issue I had was when I zig-zagged the edges some of the batting was poking through.  Not sure how to solve that quite yet. Note to self:  Make sure to test a chalk pencil before actually using it to draw lines.  The Dritz Dressmakers mechanical pencil worked great until you tried to wipe the chalk off the fabric after stitching on top of it.  Not happy!  At least it was on this and not on a quilt or something.  My quest to find a good quilting pencil continues. Cutting out all...
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New Survey – Quilting Your Quilts

I was curious how other people typically quilted their quilts. I created a new survey! Please take a few minutes and fill it out. The results will be shared on a future podcast.
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Sunbonnet Sue Revealed!

This was my gift to my wonderful mother for Mother’s Day.  I know she likes Sunbonnet Sue and while I didn’t have time to do a large project I thought something she could hang in her home to enjoy would be nice too.  So I found a template and added my own twist onto it.   The sun was a collection of templates sitting in my drawer normally used to make quilted feathers with.  I traced them onto fusible web and placed them in a “sun” shape.  I think they turned out nicely! I wish I had done more echo quilting since I think it suited the project really well but overall it turned out nice....
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Free Pattern Friday – A Quilted Fabric Bowl!

Ok you know how much I love my fabric bowls (I realized this past weekend I needed to make a new one to hold my binding clips) and in doing a search I found a NEW pattern for a quilted fabric bowl! Geta’s Quilting Studio – Quilted Fabric Bowl How cute is this?  And what a fun way to practice trapunto or another quilting technique that you want to try on the small scale while still finishing something you can display (and use!)
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