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Announcements, Fabric, Giveaway, Sponsors

Sponsor Giveaway: Canton Village Quilt Works

Today I am so happy to have a giveaway from my sponsor, Jackie, of Canton Village Quilt Works! She is both a regular sponsor of my blog and also of the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt Along, so she is a great friend here at Fabrics & Flowers. Jackie has been a quilt shop owner for four years and specializes in fabrics you won't find in other online fabric shops, like the Australian aboriginal prints and all things Kaffe Fassett (love those Spots!). She has recently remodeled her website and it looks beautiful: so bright and colorful, and easy to navigate. Canton Village is a full service shop, with classes (you-tube), patterns, notions and kits in addition to...

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Midnight at the Oasis QAL, Work in progress

Work in Progress (still quilting)

Popping in with a W.I.P. I am determined not to let my Midnight at the Oasis quilt languish in Unfinished Quilt Limbo. In between piecing on my Bikini blocks for the Quilt Along, I am squeezing a bit a of quilting on this each week. I am loving this leaf pattern on the churn dash corners. I am still a total novice at FMQ, but it is true that practice makes it. If you are on the fence, go for it! Even though I am growing a bit more confident with the FMQ, my favorite is still the straight line quilting....

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On the Newsstand: Fresh Quilts

I don't subscribe to quilting magazines, but I do love to go to Barnes and Noble and flip through the current issues to see what's new. Recently I ran across a brand new title, Fresh Quilts, and it is a lovely magazine. I actually decided to buy this one and post about it for two reasons: Inspiration and Challenge.This is the first issue, and it is full of a variety of projects, from quilts, to clothing, to "snugglies" (that's what my boys call stuffed animals and the like).This quilt is inspiring to me. I love the idea of each...

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Polka Dot Bikini: QAL, Border Blocks

Good Evening, it is February 20th, and that means it's time to check our progress on the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt Along. Our goal for today is to have 16 of the center blocks done, how did you do? I have seen some great pictures on Instagram and Flickr…so exciting to see the projects and different ideas for colors. Tonight's post topic is the border blocks. Our goal for the next link up, March 6th, is to have four border blocks plus the four corner blocks completed. I got my markers out again to experiment with some ideas for those checker borders....

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Finished Quilts, Patchwork, Quilting Interest

Quilt Flashback: 2007

I haven't done a flashback post in a while, so tonight I want to share a quilt I finished in 2007. I love how the creation of a quilt helps me remember certain times in my life, they all have some association for me. This quilt was a collaboration. I found the appliqué blocks in a pattern by Hopscotch Quilts, but I wanted to create my own design around them. Since I didn't appliqué then (still don't), I recruited my mom to sew the appliqué blocks while I did the piecing. This quilt holds a happy memory for me as I worked...

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Finished Quilts, Marcelle Medallion QAL, Patchwork

Finished! Marcelle Medallion Quilt

it is finally finished! I had my Marcelle Medallion quilted professionally, so it took a little bit. I posted about the finished top back in September, but I just go it back and bound! (thanks for the binding help, mom) It now resides at Quilt Beginnings, in Columbus, as the sample for a class I am teaching. If you are in the central Ohio area, I am doing a monthly class (six months starting next Friday, February 21) on making this quilt…consider joining me! This quilt is really fun to make. It is no wonder it's popularity exploded last year. I so...

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Twirling fans quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell, modern tradition fan quilt
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Twirling Fans, Twirling Fans QAL

Twirling Fans, the pattern is here!

The Twirling Fans pattern has arrived in my website shop and Craftsy shop! I have created a page on this blog to accompany this pattern, including links to tutorials on the piecing and appliqué of the fans as well as options for piecing the half-square triangle border and the optional scrappy border. I love how the photo above captures the spectacular quilting, done by Jenny Pedigo of Sew Kind of Wonderful. The pattern includes instructions and fabric requirements to make the twin size like mine as well as a four-block crib quilt. Full size templates are included, too. It is a great way...

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Polka Dot Bikini QAL: six blocks

Here we are at February 6th (already?!) It is the first goal day for the Polka Dot Bikini Quilt Along. Does anybody have their six blocks done?? I am more than a little excited to show you these! I can't take credit for sewing them, though. My mom asked me if I would like her to make a version with one of my variation ideas, so I got her started on this….and she took off! at this stage your blocks should be 10 1/2" square (with the little corners missing on two sides) I have seen a little bit of rumbling on Instagram...

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Announcements, Giveaway, Midnight at the Oasis QAL, Sponsors

MATO projects and winners!

Did you check out all the great projects linked up for the finale of the Midnight at the Oasis QAL? all great! Thank you to all who joined in. I have winners: Maureen: you won a fat quarter bundle of Acacia (blue color way) from Fat Quarter Shop Mary-Clare: you won a fat quarter bundle from Sew Me A Song (Mary Clare, please email me so I can send your contact info to Sew Me A Song) Jo: you won a $25 gift certificate to Polka Dot Tea Ladies, the shops will be contacting you to claim your prizes. If you are in the market to...

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Book Club 2013-14, Recommended Reading

February Book Club: Material Obsession 2

Happy February! Rumor has it that those of us in the north are in for some improvement in temperatures in February, hope that's true. Each month I choose a book from my quilting library to review, look at quilts and find new inspiration. This month I am looking at Material Obsession 2 by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke. Anyone familiar with either of these ladies and their quilting knows that their books are filled with beautiful photography and a variety of interesting projects, mostly contemporary quilts with a strong traditional influence. Lots of scraps. Lots of color. This book does not...

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