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

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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 {Read More}

One Flower Wednesday

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I can usually do one complete flower each time I sit down to watch TV.  These are my latest ones!

15 – Hexagons, Pinwheels, Survey Results and Upcoming Trips

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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

14 – A Quilted Fabric Basket, Upcoming Swaps, How to Task Manage Your Crafts

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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 {Read More}

Photo Update of Projects & Such

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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!

08 – Cruise, English Paper Piecing, a Quilters Survey, Finished Top

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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 {Read More}

A Travel Project – English Paper Piecing

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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.  {Read More}

Paper Piecing

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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 {Read More}