Colors of August Improv Table Topper

Finishing up the placemats in the Colors of August, I realized I needed a pad for the center of the table, so out came all the scraps left over.  Once again, a bit of improv was needed. I had two extra squares sets made, and one large piece of the focal floral, so I cut …

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Finishing the Colors of August Placemats

Quilting my Colors of August placemats began as always with a thread audition.  I had a couple of good choices here because of all the colors in the prints.  If you missed the construction of the placemats, click on Colors of August. I rarely get to use the gold-green variegated thread, so I went with …

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The Colors of August

What are the colors of August? It is the only month that doesn't really have an identity, aside from being hot, or having the dog days to endure. There are no holidays in August, nothing to take inspiration from like Mardi Gras, Christmas, or Halloween.  So, when Bernie at Needle and Foot asked me to …

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Sunday Stitching

Sunday is a fine time to slow down, take a break from the week and relax.  I've been taking some time to do some handwork, starting a Redwork Project a couple of weeks ago.  Only a little bit has been accomplished so far though. I did get the bottom section finished last time I had …

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Chocolate Cherries Quilt Pattern

Here's my latest new design incorporating chocolate triangles with pink cherry background, accented with creamy cordial, this pattern will eat up your cake layer leftovers, or clean out your scraps.  The design is primarily for a single color background, in this case pink, with scraps of a single tone (browns) and accents of a lighter …

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Teacups Quilt Along

Thanks to the very positive response to my idea of doing a teacups quilt along, it is a go!  Today we will begin to stretch just a little, come just a small distance out of the comfort zone and learn together.  Make as many or as few as you like.  Do several all the same …

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Paper Piecing Basics and Tips

The Teacups Quilt Along is a go, so I thought I would do a primer on paper piecing in advance of the kickoff post.  Today, I'll show you how I sew paper pieced blocks, and give you some tips and tricks I use to make it easier.  This is a long and picture heavy post, …

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Quilting the Teacup Candle Mat

Finishing up the candle mat from last week, I did the quilting on my domestic machine.  Beginning the quilting, the edge was stitched all the way around.  Note that I am using a walking foot for this. Next, stitching in the ditch all the way around the paper pieced section. Then, I wanted to stitch …

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Square Dance Finish

The 2018 mystery quilt along finished up last month, and I got busy on the quilting pretty quickly. Loading it on the longarm, I had to make decisions on thread and quilt design. I did my trick of folding it up to be sure all those borders were straight before beginning quilting.  If they hadn't …

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