Friday, July 29, 2016

Favorites | Fabric & Thread

Hello and happy Friday! I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am that the weekend is here...it's been a long, hot week, and there are chances for rain this weekend--yay!!!


I have an especially fun Friday Favorites post today...I hope you enjoy it! First

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Works in Progress

Happy Wednesday! It's works in progress day! I finished up another Splendid Sampler block this week. I really need to work on some of the applique' blocks that I haven't yet finished up, but it is easy for me to keep up with the pieced ones.


This block is Block 47 by Sarah Maxwell, Twirl Time! I used two different

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Building a Fabric Stash | Prints

Hello and happy Tuesday! Today I'm back with the next post in my series of building your fabric stash. I'll be posting on this topic every Tuesday for a few weeks, and then when I'm finished I'll link up all of the posts on one page to make it easy to refer to.


Last weeks post covered background and low-volume fabrics, and today we'll be
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Nine-Patch Quilts | New Quilt Book

Hello and happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was a good one! Today I'm excited to share a little bit about a quilt I made awhile ago for a book featuring quilts with one of my favorite blocks, the 9-patch!


This book features 16 different quilts from the 9-patch...so much fun!


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Quilt Guilds and Classes

Hello and happy Thursday! I just returned home this week from a busy couple of weeks of traveling. It's always good to be home, but I had the most wonderful time getting to meet with many quilters from different parts of the country.
My first trip was to Orange County, California where I was able to meet with the
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Building a Fabric Stash | Backgrounds

Hello! Today I'm starting a multi-part series on building, organizing, and using your fabric stash. I've been writing a lot this year about using your stash and making quilts from scraps; however, I know many new quilters are unsure about the best ways to collect a stash of fabrics to use for scrap projects. Most quilters want to have fabric on hand for when they just have to make something now...without running to the store or waiting for an order to come in the mail.



Today's post will focus on tips for building up your supply of background fabrics.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

How to Make a Scrappy Log Cabin Block

Hello and happy Monday! Today I'm happy to share a tutorial for how I make my favorite scrappy log cabin blocks! My directions are for my favorite size...an 8" finished (8 1/2" unfinished) block.


I like this size because it utilizes small pieces of fabric, it goes together quickly, and it's a great size for a variety of projects. Gather up some of your favorite

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Mini Quilts | Giveaway

Happy Saturday! How do you feel about mini quilts? I know they have been a favorite of mine since I began quilting about 24 years ago...


 They work wonderfully as pillow tops, wall hangings, and table toppers, and since they are quick to finish you also get a real sense of accomplishment pretty quickly! When I visited with Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop last March we filmed


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Friday, July 15, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along | Chain Blocks

Hello! Today I'm posting my progress on the Crossroads Quilt Along sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop! I have to say I was a little worried about how much time this month's blocks would take since there are 18 of them to make...


but I was pleasantly surprised in that they actually sewed up pretty quickly!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Family Quilts and Family History

Hello and happy Thursday! If you've been reading my blog for a little while you've probably read a little about my grandmother and her grandmothers who were wonderful quilters. I'm grateful every day for my quilting heritage and for the family members who have made it possible for me to know about those who came before me!  I truly have a love of family history and genealogy, and I'm grateful for those who have worked so hard to make family records available for everyone to search!

 Dresden quilt by Emma Acelia Wakefield Fitzgarrald and Jean Lee Ella Bice Bontrager Wilkins

So...today I'd like to let you know about the upcoming Worldwide Indexing 

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Works in Progress | Splendid Sampler

Happy Wednesday! Slowly but surely I've been keeping on with some of my works in progress.  I've mentioned before that I love having ongoing projects...and my Splendid Sampler project is definitely a favorite right now!


I just have one new block to share this week, but one block is progress, right?


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Monday, July 11, 2016

Little Ruby Quilt Along | Table Runner

Hello! Today is the big reveal day for the Little Ruby Quilt Along sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop. And I'm excited to show you my finished project!



I really loved learning to use new to me rulers in making these blocks (the
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Friday, July 8, 2016

Half-Square Triangle Scrap Quilt

Hello! Happy Friday! This summer I've really been trying to sew with scraps, use my stash, and finish up some some works in progress.  One of my oldest works in progress is my scrappy Bonnie & Camille half-square triangle project.



I've shared my progress on these fun blocks several times over the past couple


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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Scrappy 9-Patch Quilt Tutorial

Hello! My scrappy 9-Patch quilt came home from the quilter on Tuesday! And as I mentioned earlier, I've written a tutorial for this fun project!



You can make this quilt as planned or as scrappy as you like--use one collection
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer Swirls

Happy Tuesday! I hope you  had a wonderful weekend! I was happily surprised at the post office today with some quilty mail!


 If this quilt looks familiar it's because you've seen my original Swirls and Whirls

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July

Happy Fourth of July! This picture sums up a perfect 4th of July afternoon to me...a quilt, a cozy chair, a book, and some lemonade! The quilt is my Hometown Summer quilt...a favorite of mine that I designed a few years ago for publication.



I try to make something new each year to add to my collection of patriotic 

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Mini Quilts | How to Hang a Mini Quilt

Happy Saturday! Hope your weekend will be a good one! First I want to say thank you for all of the lovely comments I got on my blog anniversary yesterday. I tried to reply to every one, but for some there is no email...please know I read every comment and appreciate the time everyone took to write!

Today is Minis and More parade day, and this month's pattern is my Star Bright Mini.


This has been a favorite of mine, and I have loved seeing it worked up in

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy Day | Blogiversary | Sale

Happy Friday! Happy July (can you believe it's July already?)! And happy blogiversary! Yes, exactly eight years ago I started A Quilting Life as a way to journal my sewing  and quilting projects. I hadn't been able to do a very good job of keeping track of things up to that point, and I remember thinking that a blog might be the best way to go...even if nobody ever looked at the blog but me.



 I get a little emotional about it as each blogiversary rolls around, because I am 


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