Modern Plus Sampler - Binding
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Modern Plus Sampler {2020 Goals}

As I mentioned on Monday, I am taking a bit of a detour so that I can wrap up a long term WIP. It has been a little over a year and a half since I pieced the Modern Plus Sampler quilt top. The Modern Plus Sampler was a quilt along hosted by my friends Cheryl (Meadow Mist Designs)...

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Basting
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Bonus Bouquet {Quilting}

I have had a really productive week. Not only was I able to finish squaring up the Bonus Bouquet blocks, but I got the quilt top pieced and it is now basted and ready for quilting. I really love this design, so to not spoil it too much, I'm going to wait to give you the full reveal next...

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Bonus Blocks
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Bonus Bouquet {Work in Progress}

I had a really fun and productive week quilting last week. The air quality in my California town continues to be bad enough that I am not able to go outdoors for my evening walk, and I started sewing in the evenings after dinner for a bit instead. I'm definitely stir crazy but thankful our area isn't near any...

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Free Motion Quilting Sample
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Works in Progress

I am currently working on a lot of different "secret sewing" projects, which is both exciting and frustrating. I definitely look forward to being able to share details about these projects when I can (stay tuned for more about some on Friday), but it's frustrating because I have less that I can share and talk about in the mean...

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Quilting Prep
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Bonus Quilt Progress

Last week was a long week of computer work. Between preparing to release the pattern for Mum's Garden and laying the ground work for the next few patterns (Sky Full of Stars, which will include instructions for this bonus quilt, is out for review with my technical editor, Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs), I didn't make too much progress...

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Sky Full of Stars Bonus Blocks
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Sky Full of Stars {Bonus Quilt}

When piecing the curve star blocks and inset curve stars for the Sky Full of Stars quilt, (4) large convex scraps were created from each of the prints that I used to create the stars, for a total of (68) large scraps. I quickly trimmed them down using 5" finished / 5 1/2" unfinished convex templates. I looked through...

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Sky Full of Stars - Mapping Out Quilting Reference Lines
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Sky Full of Stars {Quilting}

I don't know about anyone else, but I was really busy at the end of July. I was really glad at the end of last week when I was able to take a deep breath, start working on writing up a pattern for Mum's Garden, and dive into quilting Sky Full of Stars. I took a quick photo of the...

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Sky Full of Stars Piecing Detail
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Sky Full of Stars {Curved Piecing Explorations}

After finishing Mum's Garden, I dove straight into more curved piecing exploration. These ideas all started with the pieced stars in the borders of Mum's Garden: Instead of making four Drunkard's Path blocks and sewing them together into a block to create the star shape, I used a single piece of fabric for the star. Four curved seams later, and...

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Color Palette
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Mum’s Garden {Design Process}

When I purchased all the Kona Cotton yardage from my local quilt shop that is closing, I was intrigued by the Yarrow/Spice/Burgundy color combination. Last week I decided to start thinking about what I could made using those fabrics. To start, I went to my cut up Kona Cotton color card and found the color swatches for the 4...

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Ready for Quilting
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MDL Mini Quilt Challenge {Improv Piecing}

Earlier this month I shared my fabric pull and test block for the MDL mini quilt challenge. Since then I've had some time to work on some improv piecing for the quilt top and I wanted to share how that process evolved for me. In order to do that, I am going to back up a little bit and...

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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt
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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt: Complete!

It is my great pleasure to share with you the completed Stone Sheep Mini quilt today! I put a lot of thought and time into alternate ways of finishing this mini quilt: should I stretch it across a canvas or frame it or put it in a shadow box? After exploring all my options, I opted for a black binding...

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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt - Aurifil Threads Used
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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt: Layering & Blocking

Well, we have made it home. The tail end of our trip felt like a whirlwind; getting back into the lower 48 meant much higher population density than we had been used to all summer which made finding camp spots harder. We were also super fortunate to be able to stop and visit with friends along the way, so...

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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt: Basting
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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt: Basting & Background

After finishing the preparation for the Stone Sheep Mini quilt and writing the layout blog post, I had some time to consider how I wanted to start. Another reality about quilting while traveling this summer: when the weather is beautiful, we are outside. When it is raining, I have more ample time in the afternoons and evenings for other...

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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt Layout
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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt: Layout

Another fact of life that I have come to embrace while traveling: I have learned how to slow down. At the beginning of the trip, I voraciously worked my way through tech editing and reading (all) the books I had brought with me for the summer. Now, nearly 5 months later, I savor the time to sit and think;...

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Aurifil Thread for Stone Sheep Mini Quilt
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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt: Fabric and Thread Selection

There have been many wonderful aspects to my summer travels, but the opportunity to get to see wildlife in their natural habitat has been special and at times magical. I made the conscious decision to not spend a lot of time taking photographs of this trip. For one thing, my husband is a fabulous photographer and he often gets...

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