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Finished Quilts, Patchwork, Summer Quilt Blockbuster 2013

April is for Finishes!

April is a new beginning for me. I finally quit my regular day job at the end of March. It was really a negative in my life, and I wanted to spend more time quilting and developing the potential in that (Huge Thanks to those who buy my patterns, visit my blog, and support my sponsor!), as well as focus more on quality time with my kids.I did start a new "real" job, but only very part time. I am spending my newly increased quilty time to get some of my unfinished projects finished.I have (finally) finished my Summer...

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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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Midnight at the Oasis QAL, Patchwork

Midnight at the Oasis: a finished top!

wow! has it really been three months? this is the last link up before our final quilt finish party later this month. I just added the last border to my Midnight at the Oasis Quilt, and I am pretty pleased. I have to admit it was a bit touch and go for a minute, and I got to be good friends with my seam ripper…but it came together. If you like mitered corners like I do, check out my tutorial (not as scary as you might think). You see, I started out making the courthouse steps blocks like the original pattern....

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Curved Piecing, Curved PIecing, Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL, Tutorials

Curved Piecing Tutorial; plus help with steps 13-14

I had a request from the audience to publish a tutorial on curved piecing to go along with the Polka Dot Bikini pattern. I plan to do lots of tutorials related to skills, along with tips and ideas for my patterns, so I thought this made a perfect place to start. **Important note: when you print your templates for the Polka Dot Bikini, make sure they print at actual size. Check your settings to make sure the printer isn't resizing "to fit". The straight sides of the template A should measure 9 1/2" and the template B should be...

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Midnight at the Oasis QAL, Patchwork, Sponsors

Midnight at the Oasis Progress, and: to wash or not to wash?

finally finished the checker border on my MATO quilt! although the green and blue don't contrast a whole bunch, I really love the scraps in this. I started the courthouse steps blocks, too, and I am so excited to be so close to a finished top! Our next link up, hopefully with finished tops, is January third. If you are sewing along with me, go to this post to link up your progress. Today I want to give a big "thank you" to the kind fabric shops who have agreed to sponsor prizes to the Quilt Along participants… The Fat Quarter...

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For Beginners, Modern Mini QAL, Patchwork

Make A Mini Quilt

This is a fun little quilt design that will be quick to make up if you are a seasoned quilter, or a good one for learning if you are new to quilt making. As you can see in the photo above, mine is not quilted, so this will give me some motivation to get this project all finished up. **Once you have made your quilt top, find the Basting Tutorial and Binding Tutorial** You'll need basic quilting supplies: rotary cutter, cutting board, rulers, sewing machine with thread Fabric Requirements: 1/2 yard each of the white and natural-color background (actual need is 15" x...

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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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paper foundation piecing a mariners compass quilt block
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"No Nipples", Paper Piecing

No More Nipples! a tutorial

This post is dedicated to showing my technique for preventing those pesky Nipples and keeping points sharp where lots of seams come together. I am using my December compass block to demonstrate. My monthly compass blocks are all paper foundation pieced and have lots of points that come together in the center. This technique works just as well for non-foundation pieced blocks where you have to intersect many seams and want to keep your points sharp and not have a hard lump where they meet. Piece the components of your block as usual. In the case of this compass block, it...

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paper piecing new york beauty quilt
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Finished Quilts, Paper Piecing

a finish, ahoy!

Well, Almost a finish. My three-year-old wants to be a pirate when he grows up. He runs around saying things like, "come on, you slugs!" to his friends, and "arrrgh, you scurvy dog" to me. He has a plastic sword that goes everywhere with him (including bed). So we are all starting to get into the pirate talk thing, thus, you are getting an Ahoy! as I share my newly quilted NY beauty. these blocks take a REALLY long time to make but they are so worth it! I really like these teeny flying geese, they are each about an inch. it...

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