Playing with April….

Playing with April….

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you know…April Cornell.  :)  (har-har)  I just couldn’t resist any longer.  I just had to rip open a honey-bun.   Oh the possibilities I have found playing with the beautiful color combinations.

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Mmmm…..I can’t wait to show you.

Have a great WEDNESDAY!!  (can you believe that this week is almost halfway over!??!)

*Just a reminder to head on over the the forums, answer my ridiculous question and you’ll be entered in our giveaway!  Fun for all.  (hey free fabric anytime  = a good time to me!)   :)

When Snippets Collide

When Snippets Collide

Check out the little “Snippet” of joy I’ve been working on at my house!

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As seems to be the case for me it looks nothing like the pattern I started with but I think I like it :)

Can you see the pattern in there?  It started out with blocks like these,

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And it turned into this little thing :)

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Quite the happy little mix of a quilt, I think!

With a few borders to accent those little polka dot pathways we’ll be in business!

Mini Quilts!

Mini Quilts!

I have recently joined a few of the mini quilt swaps that are going on around the internet. It has been really fun to make mini quilts. Its totally new to me as I have always made larger quilts, or table runners. But, mini quilts are so small that you can really be creative and try out all kinds of new things. You can do things that seemed hard or too time consuming. I have experimented with embroidery, new blocks (Dresden plate!), free motion quilting, and using scraps in a creative way.  It is something I highly recommend! So, enjoy these pics of a few of my mini quilts!

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My first Mini Quilt. I adapted a pattern for a pillow from a magazine! Its made with Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks Fabric and measures 13 X 20. I did some free motion quilting on the squares then finished off the bottom of the quilt with an all over pattern called “just roses”. I love this one!

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This was my first attempt at a Dresden plate! Of course, I used the nifty Dresden plate ruler! It is made using a Tranquility Charm pack and some solid yardage from my stash. It is quilted in an allover pattern we have here at the shop called “flower”. It measures approx. 25 X 20

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This is my most recent mini quilt! It was made for Doll Quilt Swap 7. (Such a great swap group!) I used Riley Blake Fabric and after sewing a large four patch for my background, I appliqued the rings in a large circle using a blanket stitch. It is machine quilted using an allover pattern called “jills bubbles” It is adorable! It measures 24 X 25.

Making mini quilts is so  much fun…and you can try all kinds of quilting challenges out on a small scale! So, get brave and try something new! Then show us a pic in our forums!

Happy Quilting!

Ironing board toot

In this ironing board tutorial, Jenny shows you how to make a great crafting/quilting ironing board that you will love! It saves so much time. This is in response to a request from our forum quilters here,

A little show and tell…

A little show and tell…

Our Friday night ladies LOVE to show off what they are making!  We have been extremely impressed with them!  Here are a few projects that they have been working on.

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A great stash buster. And I love the florals. Wow!

This is a floral log cabin, that is set to make a swirl pattern.  We all loved how she took a basic block and was able to modernize it.  Think of all the possibilities!

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We love that she chose the Figgy Pudding line…perfect for a gift!

Check this awesome charm pack quilt out.  You may  have seen this in our tutorials already but….the idea is this:  take 5 charm packs, DON’T even cut them, sew them together.  I sewed mine in four patches, then assemble the top!  (told ya, easy peasy!)  Then cut your borders , 2-1/2 inches for the inner border and 5 inches for the outer border.  You will need 3/4 yard for your inner border and a yard and a half for your second border.  SO basically you are looking at total cost being,  $65.00 for your ENTIRE quilt!  Is that NOT exciting!??!  That my friends is WHY we love precuts!  :)  Your finished quilt measures 62X81  approx.  It will really depend on how many charm squares are in your particular pack.  But it goes together in a jiffy, and leaves you excited to start a new project!  (and I love that figgy pudding line!)

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She calls this the “getting her medication right” quilt!

Last, but certainly NOT least this amazing quilt is done by one of our ‘hand piece’ girls!  I kid you NOT….every seam, circle, curve…you name it, it is hand stitched.  (we have three of these ladies that will KNOCK your socks off, with there amazing work.  Their amazing stitches look better than if a machine had done the work.)  I am so impressed with them.

This quilt is on it’s way to Idaho to meet Kaffe Fassett himself.  Yes, yes this lucky lady has a fiance that got her one of the last seats to a workshop that Kaffe is doing in Idaho.  Seriously, the LUCKIEST girl ever!  I can’t wait to hear how it goes….

So, that is a little sneak peak into our amazing quilter’s we have out here…..

What have you been up to?  Any projects that have you busy?  Started in on Christmas gifts yet?   I’d love to know what you are doing….