low volume quilt, modern double wedding ring quilt
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Paper Piecing, Patchwork, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Modern Rings

I am finally getting back to finishing this quilt! I started quilting it in early June, only to have my Sashiko machine malfunction. Now, I am unpicking what I did with the Sashiko machine and starting over with my regular sewing machine. This quilt was pieced by my mom, based on a design I created which is also a variation on my original Modern Wedding Ring quilt. You can see the full top of this quilt Here. There will be  pattern coming to my shop also. How does one decide on a quilting design? For me, it usually comes down...

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Marcelle Medallion QAL, Paper Piecing, Patchwork, Work in progress

Quilt in Progress: Mini Marcelle

In my quest to spend July on my Works in Progress, I have made a little progress on my Mini Marcelle Medallion quilt. I have added the brick-like rectangle border and the solid fabric border, which is white with tiny green dots. I am really happy with how this is coming along: the colors are so cheerful and sweet, and there is just something fun about a tiny quilt. At this stage, it's not too tiny anymore, about 27" square. I made a full size version of this popular pattern, you can see it Here. I have said before how much...

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Curved PIecing, Finished Quilts, Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Finally Finished! Bikini Quilt #2

I did it! I finally finished my second Polka Dot Bikini Quilt. I started this quilt back in January to work along with the Bikini Quilt-along I hosted here on the blog. It has been one I worked on off-and-on since then, often getting set aside for other projects. This month I have been making a big effort to finish up some works-in-progress and this quilt was top of my list. It's funny, as I was making this it seemed like such a big project: lots of piecing (curves take extra time) and lots of quilting (for me, anyway). Then...

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Free Quilt Patterns, Patchwork, Summer Blockbuster 2014

Summer Blockbuster take 2: Sashing Blocks

Happy Sunday! Last week I introduced this year's Summer Blockbuster quilt project: a setting design for finishing up your orphan quilt blocks. Get fabric and cutting instructions Here. Today, we start sewing! **if your blocks are different size from mine (which are 12 1/2" unfinished), read all the instructions before cutting fabric and then adjust measurements for your block size)   This design calls for nine pieced sampler blocks plus four "background" squares. You may choose to use 13 pieced blocks and no plain blocks (or any combination). First determine the layout that you want your blocks in the finished quilt. My favorite...

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Adding a Hanging Sleeve, For Beginners

Honey, Do: Adding Hanging Sleeves to Quilts

I was so thrilled back in December to have my Polka Dot Bikini Quilt and my Twirling Fans Quilt invited to be included in an MQX (machine quilting exposition) show in Portland in August. The show is a special exhibition focusing on examples of combining traditional and modern quilting styles. It will be on display during their regular show and festival August 14-16 in Portland, Oregon. So that brings me to today's topic: I needed to add hanging sleeves to both quilts as well as label them before I send them off in a couple of weeks. This is a great...

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Patchwork, Work in progress

Work in Progress Hiccups

I love this quilt! I feel like it's okay to gush a bit because I didn't actually make it. This is variation on my modern wedding ring quilt that I designed and made for the NY Modern Quilt Guild challenge last fall. I created the design for this version and my Mom sewed it up while she was here last month. She is a master at the low volume concept, and I think this quilt has so much interest. The finished quilt will be a bit of both of us. You see, I am going to quilt and bind it...

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Curved PIecing, Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL, Work in progress

Polka Dot Bikini Quilt Along: Progress and Troubleshooting

Happy Bikini Day! It also happens to be really sunny outside and almost Friday, so it's a good day! Today is the last check in for the Bikini Quilt Along, do you have all of your blocks sewn up? During the next two weeks we should be sewing the blocks together to make the finished top. I am so excited! Just wanted to give you a bit of a peek at mine so far, here are some blocks laid out… I decided on this layout, turning every other block so that the patchwork squares alternate with solid blue fabrics. Some of...

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Bikini Quilt Along Progress

Happy April! For our Polka Dot Bikini quilt along schedule, you should have four more border blocks and the last of the center blocks sewn up. How did you do? Today I want to share some great inspiration: the finished Bikini top made by my mom, Marian. I showed you this as a work in progress back at the start of the quilt-along. Didn't this turn out stunning? Marian made her blocks by piecing the setting arcs with half black and half white, this creates the neat pinwheel where the blocks come together. I like how this makes the individual blocks disappear and...

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Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Polka Dot Bikini Quilt Along: Giveaway Day!

Ok. I know I am a day late. I am also a few pounds lighter. I was completely wiped out of commission yesterday by a stomach bug. I will spare you the gory details and just say, better late than never! Today's Bikini Quilt Along check in is sponsored by our friend, Brenda, at Pink Castle Fabrics. More on that in a minute…how about the quilts? coming along? if you still need the pattern, you can purchase it Here. I rearranged some of my border blocks so all the patchwork squares are in the center…I think it looks really cool, what do you...

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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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