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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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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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I’m trying to finish — or at least make significant progress on one unfinished quilt top per month.  This Sampler Quilt is my second-oldest UFO and one of my first efforts, from probably 15 or 16 years ago.

This was a finished quilt top, but the sashing and border fabrics never matched the blocks properly, and it always bothered me.  I’m sure it was the best fabric I could afford at the time, but I knew I would never be happy with the finished product, and it was so horrible that I didn’t even take a “before” photo.  😉

However, I love the “pinky-ness” of these fabrics, so this top is getting a total makeover.

I had such a good time with the cornerstones and sashings on the turquoise quilt that I am using cornerstones again.  This time in reverse values, with dark sashings and light cornerstones.

When I was unpicking the seams from the old sashings, some of the blocks frayed badly, so I have trimmed them all down to 12-inch squares.  I will lose some of the tiny points, but I’m not going to worry about that.

It’s an experiment quilt and won’t be a great loss if it doesn’t turn out well.  After all, it’s already been sitting in boxes and cupboards, unused and unloved, for many years!  But I’m sure it’s going to be just fine now.

Happy Quilting!

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I finished quilting the Turquoise Scraps birthday quilt today, just in time to deliver it to our oldest daughter when she came over for dinner and cake to celebrate her birthday this evening.

Here’s the front…

and the back…

and our beautiful Birthday Girl.   She likes her quilt.  🙂   Happy 19th Birthday, Sweetheart!

Happy Quilting!

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I was very excited to see batik fabrics on Judy’s blog earlier this week because I have a batik project of my own to show for Design Wall Monday.

This is one of the Easter quilts I am working to finish for our family visit next month.   It’s a two-rail fence design, with 2.5 inch strips sewed together and then cut into 4.5 inch squares.

I  remember buying some of this fabric, but I’m not sure where the rest of it came from — possibly from a Fat Quarter club about 10 years ago?   Some of the colours are a bit dark and wouldn’t be my first choice to buy, but when they are paired with cheerful brights, I think they look very nice!

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

Happy Quilting!

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I’ve made 11 more blocks this week for the purple and green quilt, for a total of 23.

This is the last of these particular fabrics, but happily there are reinforcements in the same colour families in my stash.  Won’t have to buy a single thing!   🙂

I’ll probably stop working on this one for a bit now.  The turquoise birthday quilt has taken a detour (change of pattern) and needs finishing in the next two weeks, and I am also very eager to baste and quilt the purple and pink Flying Geese top that I completed on Saturday.

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

Happy Quilting!

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Here are more purple and green blocks, but without the white squares this time.  Thank you for all your comments last week — it was unanimous to leave out the white, and you were so right!  I’m crazy for 4-patches, and I love the secondary 4-patch design that is emerging.   🙂

Nigel the dog has me SO well trained now!  Whenever I lay out quilt blocks on the floor, he runs straight over and sits on them.  Then he gives me a cute look.  Then I tell him how cute he is.  And then I give him a dog biscuit.  He’s a clever boy.  😉

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, head on over to Judy’s blog to find a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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