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AUTUMN TABLE RUNNER

AUTUMN TABLE RUNNER

Do you need a quick and easy project to decorate for fall? It could not get simpler than this Autumn Table Runner. Table runners are great projects for trying out a new pattern or technique.  The size and small number of needed blocks makes them perfect for beginner quilters too. And it is a great way to try out color combinations, and machine vs. hand quilting. Autumn is my favorite season. I love the colors, the weather, and the activities…

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YO-YO DOLL QUILT MEMORIES

YO-YO DOLL QUILT MEMORIES

We were so poor growing up, and my mom hated to sew. I don’t remember ever using anything for a doll quilt around my “babies” but old worn-out towels. However, I do have special memories of a doll quilt my mom kept safe and gave me as an adult. This is a brief story of my yo-yo doll quilt memories. Apparently, these quilts were popular during the 1920’s to 1940’s. They were portable, could be used for scraps, only required…

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GREEN & WHITE IRISH CHAIN

GREEN & WHITE IRISH CHAIN

What is not to adore about the simple beauty of Irish Chain quilts!? Today I thought I would share this lovely quilt I made years ago for my wonderful hubby. This beautiful green & white Irish Chain uses many St. Patrick Day themed fabrics collected over many years. And since he has a lot of Irish ancestry the idea seemed to fit together well. Easy to assemble: The nine patch blocks are made of 3″ squares. The white alternate block…

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CATCHING UP ON PROJECTS

CATCHING UP ON PROJECTS

Finally, some time to be catching up on projects. My sewing time has been so limited the last several months. However, over the past month, I have been able to carve out a few more minutes of sewing each day. I thought my readers would like to see what I have been doing. Maybe it will inspire you to fit in a few more minutes of quilting time each day or week. More Time: How do I get more time…

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FOUNDING FATHER WALL HANGING

FOUNDING FATHER WALL HANGING

The Founding Father wall hanging was fun and easy to make. I love Americana and have all kinds of it throughout the main living areas of my home. The log cabin blocks are made from a 4″ center block and 2.5″ strips.  The George blocks had to have a “frame” around them because they did not match the size of the log cabin blocks.  There is always a way to creatively make quilt blocks fit. I pieced this quilt top…

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SUPER EASY RAIL FENCE QUILTS

SUPER EASY RAIL FENCE QUILTS

Are you looking for another way to use up those strips you have pre-cut or leftover? These super easy rail fence quilts are another quick solution for using those fabric strips. It is usually made of strips in three colors or patterns. I made these three back in the 1990’s after seeing a completed rail fence quilt at a guild meeting. By this point in my quilting journey, I had already figured out I liked working with fabric strips that…

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HOT CHOCOLATE AND PEPPERMINT QUILT

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PEPPERMINT QUILT

On that winter day, Hot Chocolate and Peppermint just sound so good. I can almost smell them both. There are two really great things about this quilt – it used a lot of scraps, and there are no calories involved. I have to admit that it took a long time for me to warm up to log cabin quilts. I didn’t like how they looked, and I really didn’t like all the seams. The first one I can remember making…

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WINDMILL BLADES QUILT

WINDMILL BLADES QUILT

This scrap quilt is an easy one patch pattern. However, this Windmill Blades Quilt is also the story of what happens when the quilter does not pay attention to the directions and ends up with enough cut for two quilts. Ugh…the “mistake” The pattern and lay out were simple. I saw it and thought it was a great way to use up more of those pesky scraps that continue to multiply in the scrap bins. After choosing the scraps and…

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HOW TO MAKE EASY PLACEMATS

HOW TO MAKE EASY PLACEMATS

Back in October, I posted about the overwhelming list of UFOs I needed to work on. One of those projects was some Christmas placemats. So…here is how to make easy placemats. These directions could easily apply to any holiday or theme you would like to make for placemats. Have fun and enjoy the process. Supplies: 2.5″ strips of fabric to make “patchwork” front of placemat (I pulled several out of my precut box of this size strips in “Christmasy” colors)….

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PRAYERFUL LEADER (a George Washington Quilt)

PRAYERFUL LEADER (a George Washington Quilt)

Prayerful Leader (a George Washington Quilt) started with a single leftover print block from another quilt. I built out from that block by framing the center block with borders until it was the size I wanted for a large wall hanging. It can easily be adjusted to fit any size desired by simply shrinking or enlarging the border sizes. Super easy quilt to piece – I pieced it in a long day of sorting, cutting, and piecing. The center block…

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