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Are you ready?

Remember my fans? the ones that seemed to be coming along at the speed of molasses in winter?Well, I have been sewing...and this is the quilt so far! it is so cute and I am really tickled about it. So I have the blocks sewn up, and now just have to do the borders.This quilt was actually a bit of a challenge for me. My fingers were itching the entire time to add more, more. should I piece the center square? should I put something in the corners to take up the white space where the blocks come together?...

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“Cheerful” defined in color

Several years ago Deb Strain designed a fabric collection called "fresh". Does anybody remember it? I fell in love at the time, bought several of the pieces and added lots more in similar colors and patterns. These fabrics say "happy" to me.I am teaching a class on Saturday of my "Merry-go-round" quilt, so I am making up blocks and partial blocks for demonstrating the piecing.                                                                     ...

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Saturday Sampler #6

FabricsSuzy Ultman fabric BundleKites with large Eyeballs!Transportation fabricMy mom and I visited an adorable local fabric shop today, "Sew to Speak", because they were hosting designer Suzy Ultman. The fabrics above are from her newest collection and I WON this bundle of ten fat quarters! they were giving away several items of her art as door prizes and my mom and I both won a fabric bundle. can you believe it? I think they are really cute.And Flowers (and fall foliage, too)the winners of the newest Yankee Quilter pattern, Reflections, are...drumroll....Tiffany and Mimi!You have a treat in your inbox.Thank...

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Ready for Spring?

daisiez and butterfliezMy mom is here visiting and I love to brag on her fun quilts! She brought this one for me take to the quilter along with my Circus Compass quilt. Isn't this just cute? the blocks are made with patterns by Jan Mullen (her wonky style was way before it's time) and my mom put them all together along with some scraps.We had a lovely fall day today, so I spent the afternoon planting tulip bulbs and some iris bulbs in my garden. It is a bit hard for me to get motivated to plant bulbs in...

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Hi, Ho, Hi, Ho

It's off to be quilted I go!Circus, CircusChecking another "to do" off of my 100 day hustle list, I have sewn up the backing and bought a batting for my Circus quilt. I know it is a bad photo (poor light), but can you see why I nicknamed this my compass circus quilt? Even I had to laugh when I got this sewn up. I am used to trying some unexpected combos, but this is a bit over the top.The background patches and some of the pieces in the compasses were a layer cake, sorry I don't know the...

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FFO giveaway!

That is Finally Finished Object with a capital F!"Reflections" by Yankee Quilter I am finally sharing my finished Reunion Charm Quilt. I am calling the pattern "reflections" and it is available in my shop as a PDF file.I am going to give away a copy of the pattern to two of you readers, too. Since it's my birthday month and I love birthdays, leave me a comment on this post telling me what is your birthday month (you don't have to tell the year!). Followers of this blog will get an extra chance to win.I am so excited about this...

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My Stash Overfloweth

I have to confess that I have not been very well behaved this week.I went to Starbucks twice yesterday.I bought fabric yesterday and today (why do I fool myself that I can just "stop in" to quilt shops and not give in to temptation?)Now, you are probably thinking, what is so bad about fabric shopping? well, the thing is, on Tuesday, my mailbox was filled with three (three!!) packages of fabric (to be fair, one of them was fabric I won for the Remember September project giveaway). My stash is exploding. And there is still so much beautiful fabric...

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Green, gold, purple: orphan stars

Happy Monday!Whew! I survived a harrowing weekend of parents- and siblings-in-law and cousins visit...You know that overwhelmed feeling of way too much stimulation, way too long?Anyway, my boys had fun playing with their cousins and overall the visit went well, just noisy.So, I am thinking about my 100 day hustle to-do list. One of the things I have on it is to make progress on my orphan Lemoyne stars.I started with this fabric, it is soooo pretty, water-colory leaves in shades of green, gold, purple with little touches of pink.I took the palette and started making stars in four...

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Saturday Sampler #5

FabricsOctober Compass BlockAnd FlowersCoreopsis "cosmic evolution"Heuchera, mixed varietiesBlanket Flower "oranges and lemons"I have a house full of company (in-laws) this weekend, but have managed to flee to my sewing room for long enough to finish my monthly compass. I have three of them done now, all pinned to my sewing room wall.Loving the beautiful transformations happening in my garden right now, too. Those coreopsis that are now pink were yellow during the summer when it's hot, then turned pink in cool weather. Cool.Enjoy your weekend.Sharon

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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday to All!I am excited to share my piece for the member's gallery show in October, featuring String QuiltsMy mom and I started our string quilts together (see hers in the gallery, Marian's String Thing) some years ago. Isn't it amazing the different directions you can go with the same pattern or concept? I just love hers with the many colors and black mixed in, I am so lucky to be the new owner of it!Miki is showing her Kaleidoscope quilt, a style I really like. Check out her blog by clicking on the photo of her quilt...

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