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Recommended Reading II

This fabulous book is finally available here in the States,Making Quilts by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession.The projects in this book are really fun, with a wide range from basic piecing to very complicated curves, points and even appliqué.I have been thinking a lot lately about my style of quilting...The subtitle of the book is "21 Authentic Projects"I wonder what Ms. Doughty was thinking when she used the word "authentic". what does it mean to you?As I read the book and looked at the pictures, "authentic" came to mean being true to yourself and creating what you love. Most...

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Just Summer Fun

“it's a smile, it's a kiss, it's a sip of wine ... it's summertime!” ― Kenny ChesneyMonte Rosa, Italyseven!my three constant companionsThe winners of my anniversary giveaway are:Little Busy Bee in Germany will get her favorite Yankee Quilter PDF patternNikita will get her own copy of the Tula Pink Modern Sampler bookTammy gets two charm packs of Parson's Gray fabricsCourtney Sews gets two charm packs of Parson's Gray fabricsThanks for joining me this summer and over the past year....Sharon

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Blogaversary Giveaway Day!

Today marks the one year birthday of this little blog! I have had so much fun writing about and cataloging my quilting times, a little bit of life, and sharing some of my wisdom (ha! yeah, right.) with you readers.We have had some fun this year, right?we did the fan quilt-along (boo, mine is still waiting to be long-arm quilted)....I shared some fun times from teaching classes at my local quilt shop...I sewed like crazy to keep up with my wild imagination and even created some patterns....Today I am celebrating you readers by offering some fun giveaways!A little while...

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Color Me Fun!

If you have not yet made a Marcelle Medallion quilt, I highly recommend it! They are so fun.The finished top above was made by my mom. We set out to make them together, but she got way ahead of me, as you can see.Here is mine so for, still a Work in Progress,Mom's quilt follows the pattern and is a small wall quilt or baby quilt size. I decided to make mine bigger by adding the triangles of fabric that set the center star on point and then also enlarging the first triangle border. Right now I am working...

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Summer Blockbuster: Take 3

Let's finish this top! Welcome to the last step of the Summer Blockbuster sew along. Today I will show how to add the final borders to turn those blocks into a finished top, wahoo! In Take 2 we sewed the blocks together with the sashing strips. Next, If you haven't already cut them, cut 5 strips 1 1/2" by width of fabric from the Sashing B fabric. (you may need more or fewer strips depending on the size of your quilt at this point. These strips are for the inner border) Measure the width of the quilt to determine the length of the first...

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Marcelle, Supersize Me!

zippity doo dah! I am totally tickled with this project.This is progress on my Marcelle Medallion quilt. I added border 1, the light gray strips with bright green cornerstones. But I wanted my quilt to be bigger...and I am totally in love with this floral print, so I cut big triangles out of it to set the medallion on point. (I know those day-glo green corner squares are kind of out there, but I love how they coordinate with the floral print)I have two of the four border 2 strips done, piecing the equilateral triangles on freezer paper as...

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My Crafty Crush No. 3

It has been a while since I did a Crafty Crush post, and there are so many exciting things going on!This is where I tell you what I am loving right now in the crafty world...in project news:I finally got my copy of the new Tula Pink sampler book. Have you seen this? it is so much fun.I see this as the modern quilter's Dear Jane sampler. Right at the top of my "to do" list.Remember the Dresden Plate quilt challenge from last summer? Well, the NY modern quilt guild is sponsoring a challenge this year using the classic...

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Summer Blockbuster: take 2

I am so excited at how quickly this quilt is coming together! who knew that having the blocks already sewn would be such a headstart?! ( -; If you just tuned in, click here to read about the summer blockbuster quilt In the previous scene, we cut sashing strips from three different fabrics and sewed the A sashing strips to the four edges of the blocks, framing them, like this: press toward the sashing strips (purple) Next, we will sew up the sashing B and C strips to create the center of our quilt. in the first step, you cut 6 strips of sashing B...

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Drafting Foundation Patterns

Rachel asked in a comment on the last post about drafting a pattern to foundation paper, like I did with my Marcelle Medallion star block. So, I thought I would show a bit of how I did it.Any block pattern can be converted to a paper foundation pattern to make it easier to piece and/or improve accuracy with points or very small pieces. I did the Marcelle this way because the original pattern is made up of templates meant to be traced and cut out of fabric (rather than rotary cut pieces) and also contains Y seams, which seemed...

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My friend, Marcelle

I know I am a little late to this party, but I have been wanting to make a Marcelle Medallion quilt, so I have started! this is my center "medallion" block.My mom and I had talked about doing this together as a long-distance sew along. She started first and already has me lapped. Here is the start of hers, medallion along with some borders added:Her center star block is hand pieced (she is amazing at handwork), while I translated the original pattern into paper foundations and pieced mine that way.Mom's is made from scraps, aren't the colors just so...

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