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January “almost finish”

I am linking up with Melissa for the Lovely Year of Finishes. At the beginning of January I started my "treasure map quilt" and set my goal to finish it this month.I came soooo close, will definitely finish it in the next two weeks or so.I did finish the top and have it half quilted. so that's pretty good, right??I am quilting it Sashiko-style in cross-hatching around each "x"I think it is a pretty fun quilt. I think it would be fun to make another with a solid background and bright "x"'s. I am writing a pattern for this...

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Do You Hexi?

This Hexigon quilt top was made by my mom. It is a totally different palette than she usually uses and I am crazy about it! the turquoise, lime and gray are sooooo pretty together and there is such a fun assortment of offbeat fabric prints.She is so daring, just throws a collection together and it always look fabulous! I am going to quilt this for her in exchange for borrowing it for a bit to enjoy.People say that sewing hexagons is addictive. I think my mom has caught the bug....She is going to make a "low volume" version next...

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I visited, did you?

You have probably heard that today is Visit Your Local Quilt Shop day. If you needed an excuse to go to said shop, this was it!Since my mom is visiting, we actually visited two shops here in Columbus, Ohio.My favorite is, of course,QB SawmillSince I am a teacher at Quilt Beginnings and count the owner a friend, it is my favorite shop around  here. Today we got a free pin for visiting on V.Y.L.Q.S day. This is where all my pins go:I am a bag ladyQB has  a program where they keep track of your spendings at the store...

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Book Giveaway Winner!

Drumroll....the winner of my new favorite book, Modern Designs for Classic Quilts, is.....comment #18:  Vickie H.Vickie, there is no email on your blogger profile. Email me to claim your prize!I want to thank all of the lovelies who read my blog regularly. It is so much fun for me to share my project ideas (and occasional mishap!) with other creative folks, and to see what you create for those of you who also blog. Thank you for tuning in!This weekend has been so much fun! My mom came to visit me (naturally, I have set her to working on...

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Recommended Reading…win this book!

I really like quilting books.I have a new favorite and I want to share it with you readers!I picked up this book last week and it is fabulous. Seriously, I actually READ it after I bought it, not just drooled over the pictures. I actually plan to MAKE something out of it! Every quilt in it is good and I like that it has something for all skill levels.There is basic piecing, paper-foundation piecing, and curves, even English paper piecing!One of the best things, and the reason I actually read it, is the introduction to quilting. It does not...

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treasure map quilt by Sharon McConnell for color girl quilts, modern cross quilt
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Treasure Map Quilt

So, I have been working hard to meet my goal of finishing a quilt this month: the one using my Mod Century bundle combined with the Essex linens and shot cottons. I am actually on target to finish two, since I am binding my jewel box quilt, too! here are some blocks sewn, but not squared up. I finished trimming all 48 blocks today and hope to start  putting them together tomorrow. I am calling it treasure map in honor of the little pirate in my life. kind of funny: we found a show on Smithsonian channel this afternoon about the...

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Project Progress!

First of all, thanks for the sweet support on my binding hang-up! I found that there are others like me who don't want to sit still long enough to sew on binding, and others who enjoy it.I did get my binding sewn on my Jewel Box quilt and started the hand stitching, so making progress! Last night I worked on polishing up the pattern, so I am so excited to share that with you!There are some new things around here!when I had the idea to make my bikini quilt a sew-along this year, I wanted to make a button...

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Piece, Quilt, Bind

Binding is not my favorite part of quilting.I now have three quilts that are quilted and need binding.I am going to try to motivate myself by commiting here to get one quilt bound this week month.the thing is, it shouldn't be hard for me to get motivated to bind! two of the quilts are new patterns for me and I am always super anxious to show you those. I am starting with this quilt:Jewel BoxI finished quilting my Jewel Box with my new Sashiko machine (see it in action here)...and I love it! can you see the cute little stitches?I...

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paper foundation piecing a mariners compass quilt block
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No More Nipples! a tutorial

This post is dedicated to showing my technique for preventing those pesky Nipples and keeping points sharp where lots of seams come together. I am using my December compass block to demonstrate. My monthly compass blocks are all paper foundation pieced and have lots of points that come together in the center. This technique works just as well for non-foundation pieced blocks where you have to intersect many seams and want to keep your points sharp and not have a hard lump where they meet. Piece the components of your block as usual. In the case of this compass block, it...

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Mod Century: Palette Play

Mod Century: a fun collection of colorful printsFor my birthday last fall, my mom gave me a gift certificate to a great (little) local quilt shop, Sew to Speak. I actually went in on my birthday and they had a remnant of essex linen (linen/cotton blend fabric) that caught my attention.I am a sucker for remnants. Therefore, I purchased this beautiful piece of fabric with a wee bit of my gift.The piece I bought that day is the beige/grayish that looks just like classic linen and I realized it would be perfect with my Mod Century fabrics.A bit of...

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