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My Bears in the Farmhouse quilt top, now renamed “Bears in the Art Museum,” is finished!

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This project was part of Judy Laquidara‘s Quilt Along.  Finished quilt tops by other participants can be viewed here.  Judy said about 300 participants started the project, and more than 150 carried on through the final step.

Thank you, Judy, for this beautiful pattern.  I’ve learned some new techniques and a more efficient method of assembling a quilt top.  This is also the most technically perfect quilt top I’ve ever made — and I had to unpick a few seams and redo them to make sure of that!  😉

It was really good fun, too.   🙂

Happy Sewing!

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I’ve finished my second UFO for the Stashbuster UFO Challenge for 2009.

It was originally planned as a wallhanging for our old house, and I started it in 2000 with blocks and scraps left over from the larger quilt featured in my homepage banner.  We don’t really have a good wall for it to hang in this house, and my husband and daughter both said they liked it better as a table topper, so…table topper it is!

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The quilting was done on my domestic sewing machine.  I drew the motif on the fabric with a white pencil using the stencil as a guide, and modified it to use only a single line of stitching instead of the double line.  I thought the double line of stitching might be too heavy for this small project.  It measures approximately 31 inches square.

Now I get to report it on the Stashbuster list as a Finish, just in time for the end of the first quarter of the year!

Happy Sewing!

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The HeartStrings Quilt Project group is making Quilt As You Go (QAYG) blocks for Jan MacFadyen of Victoria, Australia, during the months of March and April.

Jan is a member of HeartStrings, and she will be finishing these blocks into quilts for Victoria, Australia Bushfire survivors.   Volunteers estimate approximately 5000 quilts will be needed for this project.  Jan has two blogs with photos and complete details on her work, including her postal address if you can send her anything to help with this project:

http://sewmanyquiltstoolittletime.blogspot.com/

http://ozcomfortquilts.blogspot.com/

She also has an excellent two-part Tutorial on the method used for constructing these blocks from strips of fabric (strings) and scrap pieces of batting.

Part 1:

http://sewmanyquiltstoolittletime.blogspot.com/2009/02/quilt-as-you-go-block-tutorial.html

Part 2:

http://sewmanyquiltstoolittletime.blogspot.com/2009/02/finally-tutorial-part-2.html

Here are some of the QAYG blocks that I have made for Jan so far.  I’ve finished 23 blocks, and need to make 12 more to have enough for one entire quilt.  These blocks will be for men’s and teenage boys’ quilts.  My husband helped me choose the fabrics to make sure they are suitably “manly.”  😉

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Here is my Stash Report for Week 12:

  • Bought          0
  • Used               5  yds (for QAYG blocks – fronts and backs)
  • YTD Bought    10.75 yds
  • YTD Used       72.5 yds

Happy Sewing!

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Here are 12 of my favourite Block of the Month sites.   Several of the patterns are PDF files and require Adobe Acrobat Reader, but that is easy to get.  Some of the sites have links for downloading the software, if you need it.

I have no affiliation with any of these groups — I just love to visit them for inspiration and to learn new techniques.

1.  Block of the Month (AZPatch)

http://www.azpatch.com/bom/index.htm

The archives go all the way back to 1999 for pieced blocks, with some paper piecing patterns as well.  Nice colour drawings, too.

2.  Citrus Belt Quilters of Redlands, California

http://www.citrusbeltquilters.org/blockmonth/blockmonth.html

They are currently featuring some cute “boy blocks” of trucks and cars.

3.  Delaware Quilts

http://www.delawarequilts.com/BOMs/index.html

Free block patterns, with full quilt patterns for sale with proceeds being donated to the American Cancer Society. (more…)

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Judy L. has posted the next step for the Stash Project, and I got my fabrics paired up with their partners just in time to keep up the suspense!  It’s such a cute pattern, perfect for donation quilts.   And it has setting triangles!  I have been wanting to (more…)

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Today I met with the coordinator of the Quilts of Valor-UK project and delivered the two quilt tops described in my blog on Sunday.  The coordinator, Jean Morris, was very pleased with the quilts, and I felt so happy to help with such an important mission.  We had a nice cup of coffee and a good long chat.  It was lots of fun to meet another (more…)

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I have four Quilts of Valor tops ready for donation on Monday.

These two are going to the QOV-UK group.

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The UK coordinator lives hundreds of miles away in another part of the United Kingdom, but she is going to be in my area tomorrow visiting relatives so we have arranged to meet for coffee and (more…)

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