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Midnight at the Oasis QAL

Midnight at the Oasis: Churn Dash Border

Wow! I just barely got this finished to post this week. Those churn dash blocks take some time to piece, but I think they turned out really cute. *to see previous posts, or if you want to join us, visit the QAL page here* I decided to go with the soft blue background for these to balance all the navy blue in the previous borders. I also wanted to try something a bit different by emphasizing the pieces of the block in a different way, adding the pink and orange strips to form squares. Something I have noticed about myself as I...

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Finished Quilts, Patchwork

A finish: Modern Twist Double Wedding Ring

So thrilled to show my entry in the NY Modern Quilt guild show on the classic Double Wedding Ring quilt. I decided to go with my own interpretation of this classic quilting design. The pink and orange background is a mix of scrappy squares and the rings are pieced strips (in keeping with the classic design of the pieced arcs) of various shades of aqua, lime and yellow. This design evolved a couple of times during the making as I got to piecing and made adjustments for maximum impact, but I am pretty  happy with how it turned out! *Edited: A...

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Quilt Flashback: 2003

Once a month, I like to take a look back at where I have been as a quilter. This is an example of one of my very traditional style quilts.Ohio celebrated its bicentennial in 2003 and there was a big quilt show at the state fair that year. It was a competition, they wanted quilters to make something that represented Ohio themes.I think at that point I didn't actually know what an Ohio Star block was, but I loved the look of this classic block (don't know the official name), so I figured I would use color placement to...

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Fabric, Giveaway

Quilting Gallery blog hop giveaway week

It is time for another fun Quilting Gallery bloghop. The theme for this time is giving thanks, appropriate as we in the States celebrate Thanksgiving next week and start the Holiday Season. If you are a new visitor, Welcome to Fabrics & Flowers! We have a lot of great quilting projects here. This week, I am working on getting my modern double wedding ring quilted in time for the NY Modern Quilt Guild challenge on December 1. I am so excited to see all the fabulous quilts on display and innovative variations on this classic pattern. I am also hosting a...

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Midnight at the Oasis QAL

Oasis QAL: quick piecing the churn dashes

This week I am working on two things: quilting my double wedding ring quilt and piecing the churn dash blocks for the Midnight at the Oasis QAL. for those of you sewing along with me, have you noticed how tiny the pieces are for these babies? I thought I would post some suggestions for making this a little less tedious... First: triangle paper. This is my favorite way to piece large quantities of half square triangles. The only drawback is that they all end up the same, so if you want a more scrappy look, I have a tutorial about different options...

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Basting and Quilting Weekend

It is Sunday and that usually means that my friend Rissa comes over to sew with me. I wrote previously about her working on her first quilt…and she has finished the top! Today I showed her how to baste it to get ready for quilting.And she was totally game to get after the quilting! As she was going along she kept giggling and saying how excited she was and how surprisingly well it was going. Does everybody remember how exciting it was when you realized how much fun quilting is?She asked me today what I think makes it so...

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Fabric, Midnight at the Oasis QAL

Midnight at the Oasis QAL: getting bigger!

Welcome to this installment of the Midnight at the Oasis Quilt Along. We are gathered  here to share the addition of the floral border, or whatever progress you have made. I chose not to do the appliquéd vine and flowers, rather I added solid fabric borders in a fun flowery print. This fabric was the main inspiration for the colors in the rest of my quilt. It is from the Gracie Girl collection from Riley Blake Designs. Cleo likes this one. Next up we have those little tiny churn dashes! I have been choosing my fabrics for those this week and started...

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Double Wedding Ring: finished top

What can I say? this is a bit wild.When the NY Modern Quilt Guild put it out last summer that they were holding a show and tell of double wedding ring quilts, I was really excited to make a modern variation. The design evolved a couple of different times during the sewing, but here is the top. Ready to baste and quilt...racing to get it done by the December 1st deadline!this photo shows the blocks laid out on my sewing room floor before I sewed them together, but I like the close-up of all the fabrics. I started with fat...

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Book Club 2013-14, Recommended Reading

November Book Club: “Quilting Modern”

I usually post about the book club on the first Sunday of the month, but I was on a family trip last week, so here we go. this month I chose "Quilting Modern" by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson. If you like the look of modern improvised or "wonky" piecing, this book definitely belongs in your quilting library. There are a lot of fun projects that are quick to sew up with scraps or your latest favorite yardage. For my book club block of the month, I took inspiration from the pattern, "Blue Ice Quilt" and made a log cabin-type block with my...

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Lots of fun things happening!

How about this amazing quilting?! Jenny is working on my Twirling Fans quilt this week and doing an fantastic job.If you are interested in the pattern for this, the instructions are available right here on my blog. I did it as an informal quilt-along last spring. You can find links to all the posts Here (also a button on the left sidebar).Voting is still open at the Bloggers' quilt festival, so head over and check out the awesome show. My quilt, Rainbow Geese (not the most innovative name) is #17 in the ROYGBIV category.It is not too late to...

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