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23 – Projects Galore!, A new Tote, Life Happenings and a Bit about Batting

In no certain order: Two call ins this week – Kim and Charlene The Grandmothers Flower Monstrosity Grows out of its box I start a crazy quilting project at a crazy time and cut up some fabric that I was holding onto Started my Moda Bake Shop sample submission and working on that while I wait on the flannel backing to come in Worked on a dog agility ribbon holder and loved how the appliqué turned out A quick baby quilt was made for a co-worker My sixth anniversary was celebrated with a trip to Orlando I got a new job! My NYC trip gets solidified and my search for a Bed and Breakfast leads to...
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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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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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Photo Update of Projects & Such

All the flowers I’ve sewn together so far and some new petals I’m thread basting. I really like it. Such a fun project. The growing tower of layer cake squares. I’m cutting the yellow fabric now so that will slowly grow to the size of the blue eventually. The cheater wall-hanging panels and the Martelli Quilting Hoops I’ve been talking about in the podcast Some pre-cuts waiting to be shown some love one day!
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08 – Cruise, English Paper Piecing, a Quilters Survey, Finished Top

Lots and lots of stuff to talk about! Lakeland Sewing and Quilt Expo Purchase made of a quilting hoop Demoing Long Arms Cruise Highlights English Paper Piecing & thread basting Results of the Quilter’s Survey (100 Quilters Surveyed) 1. How many years have you been quilting?  Average response: 9.26 years 2. What skill level would you consider yourself?   48% Intermediate, 31% Confident Beginner, 11% Beginner, 9% Advanced, 1% Other 3. Please describe the type of space you use for quilting/sewing/crafting, I.E. – Separate room in your home; corner of the bedroom; sunroom… etc.    A majority had a separate room.   4. Do you produce a quilting podcast?   90% No, 7% Yes, 3% I’m...
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A Travel Project – English Paper Piecing

What travel projects do you take with you for quilting?  Comment and let me know!  I’m curious! I’ve got a cruise coming up in March and I know I’d go nuts if I didn’t have some sort of travel project to take with me when I have downtime.  I posted in the Big Tent Quilting forum to see what other things people took as quilting handwork and English Paper Piecing came up a few times along with Hand Applique projects.  My mom gave me a Hand Applique book for Christmas so I need to take another look at that too. I’ve put in an order for 600 die cut 1″ hexagon paper pieces from PaperPieces.com.  My...
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Paper Piecing

I’ve always loved the way quilts using the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern looked but after seeing how complicated paper piecing could be I thought I’d put it off for a while.  I got my new Clover mini-iron and wanted to start doing a few pieces so I could have a hand sewing project for nights when I didn’t want to be confined to my studio.  These I can hand sew and begin piecing together in front of the TV after the paper pieces are all ironed onto the backs and the sides ironed down.  It really is relaxing to do when it is all said and done.  Also a good way to make use of scraps....
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