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19 – A Mondo Bag/Product Review, Update on FriXion Pen, life update and quilt guild show happenings

I talk about the Quiltsmart interfacing product that I’ve tried out, I give some updates on the Pilot FriXion pen I spoke of in Episode 18 and some other life and quilt guild happenings. QuiltSmart Printed Interfacing Mondo Bag Fun Pack (this is the one I’m working on now – see photo) Lone Star Classic Pack (the one I eventually want to purchase) Video of the Lone Star Quilt using QuiltSmart Printed Interfacing (the sound is not good on the video but you can watch the technique) See my Episode 18 notes for warnings on the Pilot FriXion pen Download the puppy training e-books for free that I spoke of!
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Free Pattern Friday – Creepy Crawlie Edition

As a child, you would often find me catching frogs, bugs, mice, and other various creatures of the woods.  My mom loves to tell a story of the time I caught a mouse (while trying to bait and catch a squirrel) and brought it inside to show her my catch – only to have it jump out of the coat hat I used as a trap into the house.  We had a nice little mouse house guest for two weeks before the real trap got him. Here are two quilts to commemorate those creepy crawlie things I love so much! Victoriana Quilt Designs – Harlequin Frog Quilt Pattern This pattern comes with a catch but it...
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18 – My Scrappy Day Out, a Longarm Plan and a New Marking Pen

If you missed my very short post on my Bonnie K. Hunter class go see it if not just to look at all the wonderful photos!  I obviously had lots of fun and talk in detail about the class.  I met some wonderful people! Free String Block Tutorial Word Play Quilts:  Easy Techniques for the UnRuly Quilter by Tonya Ricucci (easy pieced letters) Adventures With Leaders and Enders by Bonnie Hunter Scraps and Shirttails – The Art of Quilting Green by Bonnie Hunter Scraps and Shirttails II – Continuing the Art of Quilting Green by Bonnie Hunter I found a long-arm for rent an hour from my home so I can start quilting on a long-arm for...
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A Scrappy Day Out

In the May guild meeting I heard about the Bonnie Hunter workshop and lecture in my area and immediately signed up. I had two workshops to choose from and I chose the project that would result in the smaller UFO smaller project. The Love Shack wall hanging is not a pattern available in any of her books or on her website. Somehow I lucked out choosing this one because we learned so many new techniques. String Blocks using foundation paper (I used coffee filters cut to size) Wonky Stars Wonky hearts Tilted Scrappy Houses Pieced letters Bonnie was a fantastic instructor and very positive.  She put the kibosh on anyone bad mouthing their own skills right...
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17 – Accuquilt Go! Review, Mystery Quilt Progress, Class Preparation

Accuquilt Go! Review Progress on my Delectable Delights Mystery Quilt Deciding on borders How I prep for a quilting class Fabric closet reorganization A listener’s sewing machine quest update Quilt Show Ribbon research What do you think about my border ideas for this mystery quilt?  I’ve discussed several options in this episode.  Not sure what to go with! Sewing Studio Before Operation Cleanup End of the Bolt Selections I Received from Fabric.com Some of the fabric notions I won at the guild Chinese Auction I love the little carrying case The Robert Kaufman Panda Fabric I won: My Newly Reorganized Fabric Closet (it’s not perfect but it is WAY better than what it was):   And...
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Free Pattern Friday – Quick Gifts x 3

Now is the time to start thinking about those pesky holiday gifts that always seem to sneak up on you.  Start now and you’ll have plenty to pass out for co-workers, family and friends when holiday season hits!  Here are a few ideas: Geta’s Quilting Studio – Fabric Boxes I love how handy these are!  Quick to make and a great way to use up those extra bits of interfacing you might have lying around.  Dig into your scrap bin and get an even better use out of your scraps!  You can embellish with buttons, flowers, applique and more to make them super unique. It would be easy to adjust the size if you needed to...
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Breaking News…..

My birthday gift came in (the Accuquilt Go!) and….. drumroll please…. I finished piecing the blocks for my mystery quilt top!  Just need to put them together and add borders.  I’m very tempted to send this one out for longarming because I’ve become rather attached to it. I was testing placement here.  What do you think?  Had to use the flash since it is dark outside so no natural lighting available.  I love it though!  Can’t wait to see it with borders on.  
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16 – Busy, Busy, Busy, Plans, Fabric Basket and Mystery Quilt

I haven’t been podcasting because I’ve been sewing a good deal lately working away on the lap quilt commissions.  Took a few days break before jumping into the next set of tops I need to cut fabric for and piece. Firstly – apologies for the dog barking in previous episodes!   I got my first critical review in iTunes and that was the main complaint.  I do spend a good deal of time editing the sound and try to take out any big spikes I see – I know I miss some on occasion (I listened to episode 15 and jumped in my car hearing one instance).  I’ll try to do better about keeping the dogs...
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Free Pattern Friday – Quillow

What is a Quillow? Quillow |kwi – lo| noun 1: a quilt that folds into a pillow 2: a pillow that unfolds into a quilt. I first heard of these when I joined my quilt guild and heard them talking about charity projects.  I had no idea what in the world they were talking about and envisioned something involving an old fashioned quill used for writing.  I was wrong! These make for handy gifts for family members, children, friends that travel often or folks that just like to cuddle up with a small quilt. Nora over at A Cuppa and a Catch Up wrote a handy tutorial on how to make these quillows!  I just love...
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