Transparent Building Blocks Fabric Pull
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Transparent Building Blocks {Design and Fabric Pull}

Some friends are expecting their first child later this year, and I have been working with them on a design and fabric selection to make a baby quilt. They are not going to learn the gender until birth, and other than not wanting something that read as stereotypically gender related, I had pretty free reign to come up with...

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Bonus Blocks
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Love is Love Fabric Collection – Bonus Blocks

As I mentioned on Friday, the curve star blocks in the Sky Full of Stars quilt create great scraps that can easily be made into 5" finished drunkard's path bonus blocks. Each star can create 4 of the bonus blocks, so with 17 stars in the quilt top, that's a total of 68 bonus blocks. Score! I spent the weekend...

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Love is Love Fabric Collection Sky Full of Stars Quilt
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Love is Love Fabric Collection Sky Full of Stars, Piecing Part 2

I'd like to continue and expand on the conversation about change that I only very briefly touched on last Friday. There are lots of reasons we, as human beings, can be resistant to change. The amygdala, a part of our brain, interprets change as a threat and releases the hormones for fear, fight, or flight. So our initial reactions to...

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Love is Love Fabric Collection Sky Full of Stars Quilt
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Love is Love Fabric Collection Sky Full of Stars, Piecing Part 1

Without change, we are stagnant and do not grow. To transform, we have to accept and embrace change. There is so much about the process of creating a quilt that I enjoy. But nothing is quite as magical as seeing the transformation that occurs as a quilt top is pieced.   Time to sew a few more seams so we can see...

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May Stripey Cartwheels Blocks
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Stripey Cartwheels Blocks {Old School BOM}

Since the April hexie block is going to take me some time to hand piece, after prepping and getting it ready for hand sewing, I went ahead and pieced the May block for the Old School block of the month sew along. The block for May is from Natalie Santini from Sew Hungry Hippie, and it's a fun two-for-one...

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April Hexie Block Preparation - Old School BOM
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Old School BOM – April Hexie Block

Once I had my sewing machine set up for quilting Pulsar, I stayed focused and only worked on finishing the quilting. That means that when I finished up the quilt, I was 2 months behind in the Old School Block of the Month sew along. Grateful to have smaller piecing projects to focus on, I started by turning my...

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Quilting - 1 Week
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Pulsar {Quilting Progress}

In order to match the vision and quilting plan that I have for Pulsar, I have been consistently putting in 2-4 hour days of quilting 4-6 days of the week for 6 weeks; and it's not quite finished yet. The first week of quilting was all about changing thread colors and establishing the boundary for the radiating, pulsing star in...

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MQG Retrospective

In a January newsletter, the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) announced that it had opened submissions for a modern quilt exhibit at the National Quilt Museum. "The National Quilt Museum will be highlighting a selection of quilts made by MQG members over the past ten years from April 9 through July 27, 2021." I submitted a few quilts for consideration,...

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Pin Basting Tip
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Pulsar – Pin Basting Tip

I tested out the lap size of the soon-to-be-released Pulsar quilt pattern, which finishes at 72" square. I knew that basting a quilt this size was going to be stretch in our cozy 512 square foot (47.5 square meter) cottage, so after a few days of measuring and planning how to make it work, I was able to give...

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January, February, and March Blocks
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Fussy Cut Block {Old School BOM}

Today, Missie Carpenter (Traditional Primitives) will be releasing the next block in the Old School Block of the Month series, so today I am sharing the block that I made based on Quilt Jane‘s instructions LAST month for the Fussy Cut block. I had previously decided to work with my stash of Carolyn Friedlander's prints to make these blocks, but...

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Pulsar - Pieced Quilt Top
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Pulsar – Quilting Plan Doodling

Now that quilting is my "job", I've tried a lot of different time and organization strategies to see what works for me and keeps my creative juices flowing and my work/life in a reasonable alignment (what is balance anyway?). Right now, what's working for me is this rough schedule: Monday - Friday mornings: Technical Editing + life needs (laundry,...

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Pulsar - Piecing
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Pulsar Piecing and Musings on Storage

My biggest hurdle when working on a project is getting the fabrics cut. I've had my fabrics selected for Pulsar (that I shared earlier this week) for a while, but sharing my fabric pull was finally the push I needed to overcome the inertia and get everything cut out. After that, I've had a fun week of piecing. I learned...

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Pulsar Fabric Pull
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Pulsar 2.0 Pattern Writing and Fabric Pull

Ever since I made Pulsar in December of 2019, I have intended to come back to it and write a full pattern for the design. Here is what the first quilt looked like: I snatched bits of time over the past several weeks and have finally sorted out the math for how to set the corner blocks for a range...

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Variable Star Block
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Variable Star Block {Old School BOM}

Today, Quilt Jane will be releasing the next block in the Old School Block of the Month series, so it's only fitting that I share the block that I made based on Nancy Scott from Masterpiece Quilting's instructions LAST month for the Variable Star block. As I mentioned in my post about the first block (Patched Friendship Star Block), I'll...

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Bokeh Quilt Along {Piecing #3}

Now that we have all the sub-units pieced, it's time to start putting things together! If you have already purchased the Bokeh Quilt Along pattern, you will receive an email today with the Piecing #3 instructions. Look for an email from newsletter@quiltingjetgirl.com with the subject Bokeh Quilt Along – Piecing #3. If you haven’t joined in yet, simply purchase...

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