Only Four More

More Dutchman’s Puzzle blocks have been received from Cathy K., Cathy L, Christa, Julie M., Maree, Susan, and Barbara S. Only four more packages until I can start sewing them together! Hurry up, you know I am sitting here with absolutely nothing to work on until then...

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Love my mailman

Love my mailman

Many Dutchman’s Puzzle blocks have already arrived from Ginny, Karen B., Kathie, Kathy S. Marianne, Peggy M, and Nann. Sashing fabric has been purchased already and I am anxious to get started. While waiting, I have made 3 Broken Dishes for donation since I just won. There will be more of these, I have lots of blues. While searching my stash & scraps for some “Greenery” last month, I began to wonder why we never seem to...

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3 Puzzles

3 Puzzles

Only three blocks for my entry this month. Look closely and perhaps you can guess why. In my life as a semi-professional seam ripper, I have developed lots of time-saving techniques. Watch for my book: The Art of the Rip-Out....

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A Problem Solved

A Problem Solved

My favorite quilt style is Scrappy so I was delighted to see this month’s Lotto block continued the made fabric theme.  By January 3rd I had pulled out a mound of red scraps. January 9th came and I was still looking at the same mound. Why couldn’t I get started on what should be an easyblock? It took me three days to make the first heart and another week to make the second one. In the meantime, to avoid that pile of red, I cleaned...

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A Fly on the Wall …

A Fly on the Wall …

…saw many famous designers mingling at Block Lotto last night. Noticed: AMH & KF cozied up harmoniously ; strange partnerships being formed in every corner. Excitement builds as we await the December Finale where a masterpiece of collaboration is the expected...

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Surprise! Dresdens Are Easy.

Surprise! Dresdens Are Easy.

Dresden Plate blocks have always looked super time consuming, so I was delighted to find these going together quickly. After my rough start, that is. My first tries were too big, the fans reached way up past the top trim and did not meet the right side edge. Quite a lot of investigation followed, beginning with careful checking of my seam allowances and ending with some Illustrator geometry.  When I re-drew the fan template 1/8″ shorter...

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Where Did August Go?

Where Did August Go?

Actually, what has happened to this whole year? 2016 has just flown by. I will only have this one entry into the drawing for September. The dark areas in the red fabric are a very dark red, not black. I checked the colors in the selvedge before using. I have already mailed the Split 9 Patch I made in August and managed to make 4 Barn Doors for my Sampler.  Gee, that sounds so organized; if only the rest of my days were so...

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Time Leaks

Time Leaks

There has been so little time for sewing for the past 2 months, surely I have sprung a leak somewhere. I did manage to sew up this month’s blocks for my sampler plus one for an entry. Look at the transparent holes that magically appeared—a whole quilt would look like purple and white squares set on point covered by a webbing with holes in...

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A Big Surprise

A Big Surprise

Every month I struggle to make my pieces meet perfectly and the edges straight and tidy. And then this month we have the Bullseye, the perfect block for me. No careful cutting needed, no points to match, perfectly straight edges. I am in love!  After a false start using some unqualified fabrics, I quickly remade those and present my 10 blocks for the drawing. I made them using the Sneak Peak instructions and before reading the official download...

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Leaflets

Leaflets

Well, these went together quickly! Scrounging around for a lot of greens was fun too. Here are 3 sets from me for donation. Below that is my rainbow sampler...

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Out of time

Out of time

Too late for the sneak peak and without inspiration for a title, I post without fanfare these 5 butterflies for donation: And below is my block for the Rainbow Sampler. I was delighted to see the secondary pattern formed when these are set solid. Notice that they have to be tail to tail (or head to head) in order for the sky parts to form into even triangles as the head sky is larger than the tail...

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