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Today I’m working on my “Too Good to Cut” Challenge quilt.  Poor little project, I’ve been neglecting it for several weeks and working on other quilts instead.  But…according to the guidelines of the challenge, it has to be totally finished — quilted, bound and labelled — by December 31, 2010, so I’d better get busy!  I know how I am.  😉

I finished the first block some time ago, and now I have two blocks.   Only 10 more to go!

I’m using Judy Laquidara’s pattern, Bears in the Farmhouse, which I thought was just perfect for this focus fabric, which contains many colours.   My focus fabric is “Kaleidoscope,” which was the Hoffman Challenge fabric for 1997.

I sewed a quilt top from this pattern last year as a participant in Judy’s Quilt Along but used radically different fabrics.  My version is called “Bears in the Art Museum”, as my focus fabric was based on the artwork of Paul Klee.

So, even though these two quilts will be from the same pattern, they won’t look anything alike.

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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Good progress this week on my pink and green Summer Holiday Quilt!  I’ve made all 48 quarter blocks and have started assembling the large blocks.  Five big blocks are now finished.

My design wall is only tiny, so I have to lay out larger projects on my “design floor.”  And of course, Nigel the quilting dog is helping me by inspecting my work.  😉

My other block sets are lined up and waiting to be assembled.

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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We had a fantastic holiday in Northumberland.  We went to the beach, explored castles and took long walks every day.

I took my Featherweight (Singer 221K) with me for a little relaxation sewing in the evenings, along with a box of pink and green strings that I’ve been saving for a travel project.

I like string blocks because they are so easy and stress-free when I am sewing in less-than-ideal conditions.  There are no instructions to follow, and the seam allowances don’t have to be a perfect 1/4 inch.  I was sewing on the dining table, so I used thick bath towels folded over as an ironing pad for my travel iron.

Here are the first four blocks where the pattern is beginning to emerge.

I finished three more blocks this morning, and this is what I have so far.

We didn’t find any quilt shops in our travels, but I did buy a lovely bar of soap that was wrapped in nice quilting cotton.

And that little piece of fabric wrapping has found its way into my quilt!  🙂

It’s going to be a very nice memento of a beautiful summer getaway.

Happy Quilting!

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I have a zillion projects in the works right now, but as soon as I saw Judy Laquidara’s new pattern, Paint Stix, I loved it and knew I had to try it right away!

I’m using some fabric from stash that I have always liked but found difficult to use before.  This pattern seems just right for it.

Here are the first six blocks:

I am sewing on “Ethne” today, which is my Singer 319K from 1960.  She uses special 206×13 needles, which are difficult to find these days.  Just last week I was lucky enough to find some more needles for her, so now we are off and running again.  She has many amazing features for a 50-year-old sewing machine, including some incredible embroidery patterns.

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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This is what my “Pinky Girl” quilt is going to look like when it’s finished — sort of.  I had to improvise on some of the block designs in the drawing.  It’s a good representation, anyway.

I drew this with my Quilt Design Wizard software, which makes a nice change from my usual method of doodling little pictures of quilts on scrap paper!  😉

This is a UFO quilt that I have been working on for the past few months, and here is my progress so far on the “real” fabric version:

I’m hoping to get the 9-patch borders on this week!

To see other quilters’ Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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We had a lovely holiday with our family, lots of beautiful sunny weather and fun activities.  Since we were in the area, I went to The Quilt Room, which is a lovely quilt shop in Dorking, Surrey, and bought some fabrics to continue with my purple-orange-green UFO.  I had got to the point where I couldn’t proceed any further because I didn’t have any more of these colours in my stash.

This is the original project, which was on my Design Wall a few months ago.

I bought 4.5 metres of these fabrics, which is about 5 yards.  I also bought a fat quarter of another fabric, but I used that to make cushion ties for my father-in-law’s conservatory chairs.

So, my totals for the week are:

  • Bought this week:  5.25 yards
  • Bought year-to-date:  16 yards
  • Used this week:  .25 yards
  • Used year-to-date:  24.5 yards
  • Used (net):  8.5 yards

To see how others are getting along with their Stashbusting, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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I’m still working on my ancient pink UFO which is getting a total makeover, and I’m having so much fun with it!  There is no formal pattern — it’s just 12 salvaged sampler blocks, and I’m making it up as I go along.

The cornerstones and sashings are finished.

And now I’m making 9-patch blocks for the borders.

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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