A Four Star Pattern

A Four Star Pattern

Sadly, I wasn’t able to make the November stars. Instead of an entry in the Lotto, I donated 2 entries to the trash bin! These December ones were easier and I have managed 2 blues and 2 purples for...

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Fast, Easy, Fun?

Fast, Easy, Fun?

What’s not to like about this month’s block? Simple blocks in really fun colors, what could be easier? I resolved to make blocks from all my Halloween fabrics since I don’t have any young people to sew for and there is plenty of orange, lime green, and purple in my stash. So I did and here they are, all both of...

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Dutchman’s Puzzle Finish

Dutchman’s Puzzle Finish

This Block Lotto win from February 2017 has been on my WIP list for a very long time. I worked on it immediately,  finished the flimsy by the end of May, and sent it off to my long arm quilter along with 5 others. It was the last one in line and she found that my special, super great fabric backing was too small. Not just a little bit either, it lacked 6 inches in width and 15 inches in length. What was I smoking when I prepared that?? Of...

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Baskets R Us

Baskets R Us

Cut and sew two blocks in 30 minutes? “Not slow and uber-picky me,” I said, “Can’t be done.” Well, I was totally wrong, it does only take 30 minutes to make 2 blocks from this nifty pattern.The next best part is that if you line up the pointy edges exactly, the join of the two parts of the basket comes out perfect every time. Below are the 4 sets that I made and really  enjoyed embellishing with the...

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Flaw in Stash Discovered

Flaw in Stash Discovered

Busy month here and I almost didn’t find time to  make the Poppy Field blocks. What a great idea for a quilt. Today was a sewing day and I enjoyed digging through my scrap baskets. Oranges and yellows abounded, but there were almost no blue toned greens. It is true, I have finished two green themed quilts in the last 12 months, but there is still a huge pile of greens in the cupboard. Strangely, all are in the yellow-green family,...

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A Collection of Stands

A Collection of Stands

What Google said: A forest stand is a contiguous community of trees sufficiently uniform in composition, structure, age and size class distribution, spatial arrangement, site quality, condition, or location to distinguish it from adjacent communities. A forest is a “collection of stands“. I made a stand of 6 to add to the forest, a donation, since I recently...

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Remember Susannah?

Remember Susannah?

Oh Susannah! was our March Block Lotto assignment and I won 47 beautiful blocks. Fourteen more were needed for the size I wanted for an on point set. When only making a few blocks for a monthly drawing, each one is a little production of its own but a whole quilt is another thing entirely. While making those 14 extra blocks, I learned that these blocks sew up super quickly in a production situation. There are only 5 sewing steps and the first 3...

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Summer Reading Done

Summer Reading Done

Give me a block pattern with angles and I will unerringly choose fabrics with a strong directional print. It might be very easily made, but not after I get through with it! I feel especially compelled when sewing paper pieced blocks where a challenging fabric choice becomes almost impossible to match. There should be a name for this syndrome better than just plain crazy. Anyway, however late, my summer reading is done and here are my 4 for...

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