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So Much Crafty Goodness!

This post is dedicated to paying complement to those who inspire and awe me...First, to mention some fabric I have a crush on right now, Kaffe Fassett's "spot"The colors on these are so bold and I love that the dots and backgrounds come in such unusual color combinations. They are a really great blender for your stash.I think a lot of you follow Leanne at Nifty Quilts? Well, I hope you didn't miss this post where she featured her many Red quilts. You should probably be sitting down while you view them.If you are like me and have serious challenges...

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half square triangles on a quilt, how to sew triangles, border on quilt
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Borders, Piecing Half-Square Trangles, Twirling Fans, Twirling Fans QAL

Borders: 1/2 square triangles!

If you have been following along as I show how to make the fan quilt (above), below are instructions for piecing the half-square triangle border. I love HST borders! I will show you some different ways of piecing the triangles. You can choose the option that works best for you and your quilt. The method you choose depends on the look you want. for the border above, which includes half square triangles of all the same fabrics (orange and white), the best method is using pre-printed triangle paper (thangles, etc). Instructions below... for the border above, which consists of scraps of many different...

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Twirling Fans by Color Girl Designs
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Quilt-Along: Adding Borders

Here is post #5 on the Fan Quilt-along. If you just tuned in, look here for the first steps. We are nearing the end and I just want to say a bit about borders. Adjust measurements below to match your quilt top if you used a different setting for your blocks. A simple border option, and what I will show in this post is adding solid fabric inner and outer borders. Experienced quilters know this technique, but if you are new to quilting, this is an essential bit of knowledge to pick up: how to add borders that lay flat. Tutorial for making...

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Quilt Show, shops and something new!

Last weekend, my mom and I drove to Cincinnati for the International Quilt Festival show and I found a pattern for the adorable pillowcase dress. When I got home on Saturday, I sewed one up for my friend's little girl...there she is wearing it above.... isn't that so cute? My first foray into sewing clothing.Along the way on our little road trip, we stopped atin Waynesville, Ohio. This is a quilt shop in a tiny town with HUGE selection of great fabrics. They also have an online store. I scored a remnant of an architextures print.In Cincinnati, we discovered...

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A little sewing, a lot of planting

Fabrics,The first rows of my "noteworthy" quilt. I LOVE the colors and fabrics, but it is not working quite as I envisioned it, which is disappointing!I want to do another version with different color placement.......so that the rings formed by the strips stand out more.& flowers,My garden is coming to life!!Happy Week,--Sharon Linking up with WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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My Crafty Crush

Have you ever been surfing crafty blogs or flick'r, or attended a class and been so amazed by someone's talent or the beauty of something handmade that you just wanted to shout to the world?I feel this way all the time and think, "I wish everyone could see how great this is!". So I want to start doing that on this blog once in a while and invite you to do the same. After all, it is a bit embarrassing when you only talk about yourself all the time.For the inaugural post of "My Crafty Crush", it seems fitting...

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Recipe for a Great Weekend

Last weekend was about as good as it gets in this life.Here is the formula for a great weekend:1 handful of great neighbors1 neighbor with a swing set1 pile of fresh mulch (even better with a sword and snow boots, but these are optional)Plenty of good company while quilting (that's Cleo, she just blends in with the dark furniture)heaping amounts of sunshine and warmthpinch of takeout pizza (to prevent cooking obligations)Mix all of these together and you get:2 very happy, tired boys who smell like horsesthe start of a beautiful gardening seasonlots of laughs1 very happy gal with a...

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Fan Quiltalong Part 4: partial seams, blocks, quilt center

Welcome to part four of the series on making a "twirling fans" quilt. if you are just joining us, click here to see the previous steps. Please sew along!! This is a tutorial on using partial seams to set in the square at the center of this block. If you have not already done so, cut the center squares from your chosen fabric (mine is the light gray circle print). In the last step, you should have sewn your fan units to the white background fabric rectangles. 1. place the center square right sides together with the first fan unit. The square should be...

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This is Noteworthy

Every once in a while (like once a week), I get really excited about a collection of fabric. My latest favorite is PB&J from Moda. Have you seen it!? I had to order a fat eighth bundle from Green Fairy.Anyway. The Noteworthy collection from Sweetwater for Moda was released in January, and it was one that I got excited about. Here are a few of the prints (I may have also bought a fat eighth bundle of this one....Green Fairy loves me):The colors are so sweet and fresh and the prints are good "read as solids", which I like...

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A Quiet (scrap) Riot

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was starting a quilt with my Lucy's Crab Shack layer cake. I took out all the "low volume" prints and added some complimentary solids and this little number was born. (I added other light prints to fill out the pre-cut squares)I like to think it is just dipping my toes in the low volume craze but staying true to my first love of color! I am getting ready to baste this one and get it quilted.This will be a pattern coming to my shop...I was just too excited about it...

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