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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Tire Tracks - photograph taken by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter in Costa Rica
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Tire Tracks in the 2020 Quilter’s Planner

It continues to be a huge honor for me to have a quilt pattern included in The Quilter's Planner companion magazine every year. This year, I am very excited to introduce you to Tire Tracks, a modern two-color lap quilt that I created for the 2020 Quilter's Planner (affiliate link). I made Tire Tracks using Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solids in...

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Mirage and Sprig {Double Pattern Release}

One of the benefits of my time traveling this summer is that I have had the opportunity to work through my backlog of patterns waiting to be released. The new patterns I get to introduce today both use 6 fat quarters and background yardage. Mirage was originally included in the 2019 Quilter's Planner companion magazine as a large lap size...

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Filler Blocks for Group Quilt
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Log Cabin Filler Blocks for Design Group Quilt

After sending off my first set of blocks for the Design Group quilt and seeing how all the blocks made related to one another, I made a few smaller blocks to use a potential filler blocks as the quilt top is assembled. I made sure to use each of the 8 colors this time, and my personal touch was to...

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River Antoine Mini Quilt
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River Antoine Mini Quilt Top {Design Group}

The design group that I participate in was given a set of 3 inspiration images to work with last month. They were all taken at the River Antoine Rum Distillery on Grenada. I was drawn to the wheel and the isosceles triangle shapes in the wheel in the top image along with the bright colors in the third image. I quickly...

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Sparkler Mini Quilt Sewing
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Sparkler Mini Quilt

The first quilting project that I have been working on while traveling is making a Sparkler Mini Quilt. The Sparkler block is my block design for the 2019 Summer Sampler, and I envisioned it as a full mini quilt block. I learned in the first week of living in our space that everything needs to be done at a slightly...

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First Three Group Quilt Blocks
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Group Quilt Blocks

The design group I am a part of is working on a group quilt. The overarching goal is to create a group quilt that is both cohesive in design while reflecting each quilter within the group. I would like to thank Painter's Palette and Hobbs for supplying fabric and batting. I had a beautifully washed, pressed, and stacked fabric bundle...

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Fabrication Block by Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl for the OLFA 40th Anniversary Quilt and Quilt Along
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Fabrication {OLFA 40th Anniversary Quilt Along}

Today, it is my pleasure to share about the special block I designed to be included in the OLFA 40th Anniversary Quilt and Quilt Along. When I shared the OLFA 40th anniversary celebration quilt a few weeks ago, I think many of you were able to quickly hone in on the block I designed. It's my pleasure to introduce the...

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Outline Quilting - Circle on the Left is Quilted Around the Perimeter and Circle on the Right is Not
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Outline Quilting

All over quilting motifs can be the perfect way to finish a quilt, but when I do not select an all over motif, I outline quilt or foundation quilt around each quilting shape to help stabilize and define the quilt. The difference in how a quilt looks before and after the outline quilting can be quite dramatic, and I...

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Butterfly Inspiration Mini - Detail
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Butterfly Inspiration Mini Quilt Top {Design Bee Challenge}

After sharing my Crop Circles Table Runner with the design bee group in December, I was asked to submit the inspiration photograph for the next challenge. I went through photographs I have taken and even some of my favorite photographs that my husband has taken. In the end I chose a photograph of a butterfly that I took while...

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Celebrating 10k with an Instagram Giveaway

I just wanted to pop in with a quick announcement this morning: I have reached 10,000 followers (gulp) on Instagram and am celebrating with a giveaway there today. Instagram is weird in that it only shows "relevant" posts, so I wanted to make sure that you had the most possible notification to go and check it out / enter...

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Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project

Today, I want to share about a huge effort that Carole from My Carolina Home has been organizing: the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project. In Carole's own words: The Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project is well underway, collecting new and nearly new bed size quilts for the victims of Hurricane Florence and Michael on the North Carolina coast. Just to define the...

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Fox Wholecloth Quilt - Background Quilting Complete and Bound
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Fox Wholecloth Quilt {Bound But Not Finished}

On Monday, I finished quilting the background of the fox wholecloth quilt and I buried all the last threads. I squared the quilt on Christmas morning and spent Christmas afternoon starting to bind the quilt. On Wednesday, I was able to put the finishing hand stitches on the binding. I used a laser square and tape to help get mark...

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2019 Goal Setting

First things first: happiest of happy birthday wishes to my husband today (this is his 40th birthday)!! I realized that I had better sit down and write down my goals for 2019 before I missed linking up with my own hosted #2019PlanningParty! Before I jump into sharing my goals for 2019, I want to look back on my 2018 goals...

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Fox Wholecloth Quilt - Positioning Foxes
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Fox Wholecloth Quilt {Background Quilting}

First of all, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. I hope that you are able to be with friends, family, and even possibly find some moments of peaceful solitude and joy. I am excited to report in with progress on the Fox Wholecloth Quilt today. My goal is to have the quilt complete before the end...

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