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Month: December 2019

PROUD POLAR BEARS

PROUD POLAR BEARS

Don’t have a lot of time? Want something fun, quick, and personalized in a quilt? Pre-printed fabric panels or blocks are a great way to do this. This quilt, Proud Polar Bears, went together super quick and easy. I used two coordinating prints to go with the polar bear blocks. I chose a fabric that looked like snow flakes for alternate blocks. The second fabric was all white animals for the border. The quilt top was simple and easy to…

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AMERICAN MELTING POT

AMERICAN MELTING POT

AMERICAN MELTING POT: No doubt you have done this too. Purchased some fabric because it really “spoke” to you, and then had to figure out a quilt to go with it. This is the story of the quilt that used this fabric of eagles and flags. I pieced the top during 2008. The blocks are a mix of left over shapes of fabric, so there are both “strings” and “crumbs”. I pieced this to scrap paper for stability, then when…

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QUILTING GOALS FOR 2020

QUILTING GOALS FOR 2020

Quilting Goals for 2020 – I cannot believe how fast 2019 flew by! It was such a crazy busy year on so many levels: job, personal, and quilting. However, I can honestly say that I completed all my quilting goals for the year. I need to really pat myself on the back! So how did you do on your quilting goals for 2019? It’s alright if you didn’t get them all done – any progress is better than nothing. If…

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LETTUCE BE BERRY CHRISTMAS QUILT

LETTUCE BE BERRY CHRISTMAS QUILT

Lettuce Be Berry Christmas Quilt – it is not the average Christmas quilt. This top was sewn together in a day and a half while on my annual trip to Maine in Sept. 2014. It is named for the lettuce and berry fabrics in it. When I decided to make this quilt, I was looking for fabrics that read “red” or “green”, not the theme of the fabric. The center blocks and inside border are a solid black with gold…

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GRANDMA CAME FOR CHRISTMAS (hand quilted)

GRANDMA CAME FOR CHRISTMAS (hand quilted)

GRANDMA CAME FOR CHRISTMAS – The last time grandma and I went fabric shopping together, she told me that I didn’t have to buy scraps (I was buying 1/4 yd. pieces of Christmas fabric) because she had plenty and would be glad to share. I pieced the center 16 Log Cabin blocks in 1988 while living in West Germany. The red center block is 2.5″ and the logs are 1.5″ in width when cut. I used green and red scraps…

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THE COLOR RED WITH DOGS & CATS QUILT

THE COLOR RED WITH DOGS & CATS QUILT

I made this large lap/small twin size quilt for my nephew, who turned 16 in July 2018. He requested the color red with dogs and cats for the quilt. It was fun to work with fabric that is not a theme (the dogs and cats) I would normally have or use. It forced me to shop for fabric I would not normally even look at. I had plenty of solid red on hand already. I like to make One Patch…

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SUGGESTIONS TO HELP YOUR MACHINE QUILTER

SUGGESTIONS TO HELP YOUR MACHINE QUILTER

The gentleman who does my machine quilting always has a list of quilts to quilt and tells me when I drop off a quilt how much he enjoys quilting the quilts I bring to him because they are well made and he doesn’t have to struggle to get them quilted. I asked him for some suggestions to help a machine quilter do a great job on your quilt. His suggestions to help a machine quilter: Pre-wash all the fabric, both…

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MY FABRIC IRONING AREA (a folding table for ironing)

MY FABRIC IRONING AREA (a folding table for ironing)

I have nothing against a real ironing board, I just usually seem to need more space than what a “real” ironing board provides. Many years ago, I discovered that in my ironing area, I preferred to use a plastic folding table for ironing. Some days, I just do not want to struggle with large pieces of fabric and small ironing boards. On this particular day, the antique wooden ironing board that did belong to my husband’s grandma was folded and…

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