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    Half Square Triangle Party – and an Invitation to Party with Me!

    Like most quilters, I love a half Square Triangle! I have been developing some classes I want to teach and want to do one on the Magic 8 HST method and all the great blocks you can do. So the first step is to make a bunch of half Square triangles – I had fun making these and playing with a different layout. I think I’m going to offer this as a beginner quilt class in the fall. I have a beginner quilting class all set up for June I am pretty excited about it. Enrollments open this week so check it outif you live in the Cincinnati area! I…

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    Circles Scrap Quilt

    So I need another project like a hole in the head. And this project has so many things wrong with it, but I just love it and can’t let it go. A while ago, a fellow quilter gave me a bag of fabric that she didn’t want, that someone else who didn’t want it had dumped on her. I know someone who uses old fabric to make dog beds, so I took the bag for that purpose, but of course I couldn’t resist looking through it real quick just to see if there was anything I had to have. There are a couple of big pieces of old floral yardage…

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    Linen Stars Quilt

    Forever ago – I’m going to say about 10 years ago – wait I found a blog post from 2012!– I made a wedding quilt for a customer using some beige and pink linen fabric. I was I was really in love with the color combination so I used the small bit of scraps I had left to piece together this little mini quilt. Then I was on to the next thing, but I quickly quilted it with some really sloppy stars and swirls which I have always been unhappy with. Set the quilt set in a box forever. Or for 6 years to be exact. I was just talking…

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    Dream Maps Quilt

    This is a quilt I am working on called Dream Maps. I have also been calling it my stained glass quilt but I like the idea of it being a map to a dreamed city. It is part of my #pinkgrayscrapsaga – basically and endless (ok 5 so far) series of quilts from my piles of pink and gray scraps. Others include my Mad Farmers Medallion Quiltand my Women Make Beauty from Garbage plus quilt. I started the piecing years ago and put it away in a box half done. Then in November I thought I might finish it to enter in Quiltcon, but decided not to rush a finish…

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    #QuiltsforPulse #OHCraft

    The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild put out a call for local guilds to make blocks and quilts for the survivors and families of the horrible Pulse Nightclub shooting earlier this year. The response has been astounding – over 1,000 quilts! Here is one more to add to the mix. The Group #OHCraft is a crafting community that includes people from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.  Volunteers from the group made the blocks, Lorna put them together, and I quilted the finished project.

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    P4P Sunshine Dress Lined Bodice Tutorial

    I have a favorite hiking dress made by Eddie Bauer, which I have outlined my quest to re-create here (using the Colette Wren) and here (using the Patterns for Pirates Sunshine Dress) I loved the Sunshine Dress but wanted to have the bodice lined, so I experimented a bit and came up with the method below. My first two dresses I made using this pattern are really low cut – due to some bad adjustments I made, but I am happy to layer them I know I’ll wear them all the time. Adding the lining takes a while longer, especially the first time, but I am really happy with the…

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    My Quest for the Perfect Wrap Dress Part 2: P4P Sunshine Dress

    I have detailed the first part of my quest for the Perfect wrap dress using Colette Wren Pattern – which I liked but didn’t love – especially the neckline which wasn’t what I was looking for. For reference, this is my favorite dress that I was trying to copy. So when the Patterns for Pirates Sunshine dress came out I bought it immediately! I then immediately made a dress in the wrong size. Ooopsies! Measure twice cut once, right? Patterns for Pirates patterns always have a lot of options and they make a lot of special adjustments to make their patterns more user-friendly for pdf printing. I highly recommend them for beginner sewists! About…

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    My Quest for the Perfect Wrap Dress Part 1: Colette Wren

    I have a favorite dress, which I call my hiking dress. I got it at an Eddie Bauer warehouse sale about 4 years ago for $4.  How do I love it? Let me count the ways! It’s easy, flattering, doesn’t wrinkle, and you can nurse in it. I wear it hiking, to weddings, and chase toddlers in 90 degree heat at the zoo. Though I have been gifted the perfect dress, perfection is never enough. I want more. I have been on a quest to copy the dress ever since I had a vision of it made with this fabric from Peek a Boo Fabric Shop. I immediately ordered the fabric (it…

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    Toddler Party Dresses! Playgroup, Snapdragon, and Bonny Leggings!

    I have been making some little party dresses for my animal loving toddler. First up, the Fox dress! The pattern is the Playgroup Dress by Fresh Stitch Patterns. I like this simple pattern, which uses woven fabrics (like quilting cottons) with a fully lined bodice and an option for a cute decorative panel. My only complaint is it doesn’t come with a print guide (that I saw – I have been known to miss things) so I had to manually go through the pattern pages to see which I needed to print. Either that or print out the larger sizes which go all the way up to 10 years – and…

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    Giant Star Improv Quilt

    I don’t even know how to talk about this quilt. It was a headache from the first second – I changed my design about 10,000 times. They say improv is harder than traditional piecing – because you’re waiting for the quilt to speak to you instead of having a pattern to follow. I used Sherri Lynn Wood’s Improv book – the floating squares pattern. I copied the quilting from one of the quilts in the book. I loved the dreamy watercolor style fabric, but I couldn’t get it to mix right with the others. I just kept adding more and more white until I liked it.