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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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MEMORY LANE OF VINTAGE QUILTS

MEMORY LANE OF VINTAGE QUILTS

I needed some inspiration for a small, quilted project this week. This led to going through my scrap books of quilts that I have made or quilted. Which led to “walking” down a memory lane of vintage quilts. Come along with me. Maybe you will get an idea or two for a quilt project. Background for these quilts For many years I had a hand quilting service. It was a great way to make some extra money while being home…

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MY OWN RHODODENDRON TRAIL

MY OWN RHODODENDRON TRAIL

If you have been reading this blog for the past ten months, you know that I was doing the mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter. The title is Rhododendron Trail. I ended up following My Own Rhododendron Trail, but the top is done. I love how it looks. Remember that now the pattern is for sale on Bonnie Hunter’s website. It is a copywrited pattern, and I am going to be diligent not to give away the part counts and/or measurements….

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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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ANTIQUE COMPASS ROSE

ANTIQUE COMPASS ROSE

I purchased this beautiful Antique Compass Rose quilt top at an antique store in Vincennes, IN for $48 in 2010. Another name for Compass Rose is Mariner’s Compass. It is unusual because it is all in solids. I had never seen another one like this. It was hand pieced, and the stitches are wonderful. The quilt did not come with any maker information. Old fabrics: I believe the top was pieced about the time of World War I based on…

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CELEBRATE JULY 4TH QUILTS

CELEBRATE JULY 4TH QUILTS

I love red, white, and blue quilts. Not only are they patriotic, but they are also happy and bright. I thought I would share some red, white, and blue quilts I have made over the years. Use these ideas as a starting place to make one (or more) for yourself. Celebrate July 4th quilts! Using cheater blocks – Cheater blocks make for fun projects. They can be hand or machine quilted. The below small quilt finished at 22″ square. I…

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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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VINTAGE CHURN DASH QUILT

VINTAGE CHURN DASH QUILT

Sometimes a quilt top appeals to me and I just have to bring it home. This happened with this vintage Churn Dash quilt when I saw it at an antique store in Oaktown, IN in 2010. Even better, it fit my budget at $30. The blocks are 8″ square and are made of cheerful 30’s and 40’s prints. A solid orange sashing is between the blocks. Here is an easy pattern to make your own. I kept it where it…

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William Morris Revisited

William Morris Revisited

Once upon a time, this quilter searched out and purchased all the reproduction William Morris fabric I could find. It was fascinating and I was hooked. And so the William Morris Revisited quilt was conceived and born. It was very difficult to find a pattern that showcased these beautiful fabrics. There was no way I was going to just stick these in any quilt. In August 2013, I was going thru the patterns again looking for the perfect pattern. Yes,…

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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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