Monthly Archives: April 2016

Seeing Stars: Books, Blogs, and Quilts with Barbara H. Cline

As a quilt designer and teacher with 35+ years of experience, Barbara H. Cline knows her quilts. She uses her experience to inspire and instruct fellow quilters on her popular blog, QuiltinGal, gives various lectures at shops throughout the world, and has published four quilting books in the past six years. Her newest book, Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars, focuses on the process behind the creation of a beautiful quilt, including how to impart your ...

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Stains and Spiders: A Product Review

Judy is our resident merchandising manager and storyteller, two roles she frequently combines with great effect. At our last meeting, she shared a story that was both a product review and a hilarious personal anecdote that left us rolling. This is her story. The Set-Up:  My husband was in the bathroom putting some greasy ointment on our dog’s ear. I was going to bed. As I pulled back the covers before climbing in, a BIG, black, thick-legged, sturdy-looking spider took off running ...

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Building Houses from Scraps – Blue Room Project #5

Project #5 for the Blue Room is the last (maybe?) mini quilt for the walls of our newly remodeled bedroom for foreign exchange students/quiet place to read. To check out the previous projects – all done in a blue palette – please click on the links below. Project #1 Piccadilly Circus Mini Quilt Project #2 Rise and Shine ...

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Spools Mini Quilt

A couple of years ago, when I started redoing my quilting space, I was drawn to the Spools Mini Quilt pattern by Thimble Blossoms. I had lots of colorful scraps in my stash – so many that I decided to make four rows in each spool. I wanted each spool ...

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Pinwheel Mini Quilt – Blue Room Project #4

Blue Room Project #4 is a pinwheel mini quilt I made to use up LOTS of HSTs (half-square triangles) from Project #3 – the Graceful Stars mini quilt. The Blue Room is a small bedroom we added to our house by remodeling an open space over our kitchen table. It will be used for foreign exchange ...

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August Itty Bitty

The August Itty Bitty was a challenge for me, not in the way you would think. It was the most, uh, how shall I put this, plain of all the Itty Bitty’s. I really had a hard time transferring it into wool and I finally came up with an option that I loved!!! Wahoo! Below are ...

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Beginner’s Luck: A Hand-Quilted Rainbow Coaster

Though I’m not the most experienced quilter (or sewer, for that matter!), I really enjoy creating things I can use to decorate my house or gift to the people I care about. Not only does the ability to give something that comes from my heart make me feel good, but seeing the improvements I make each time I pick up a needle and thread is icing on the cake! As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t use a sewing machine (for ...

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Book Review: Scrap-Basket Strips & Squares

I love looking through Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares because the projects have a good balance between modern and vintage-esque fabrics–and the yardage requirements are listed for both precuts and stash options. Kim Brackett’s quilts have a fun optical illusion to them. The blocks seem to appear to overlap and give dimension to the patterns. This book has clear instructions and illustrations ...

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Graceful Stars Mini Quilt – Blue Room Project #3

Here it is! Blue Room Project #3 in my Blue Series – a group of  small projects done in a monochromatic blue palette for a new room we are remodeling in our home. To read about the previous projects, click on the following: Project #1 Piccadilly Circus Mini Quilt Project #2 Rise and Shine Mini Quilt My small projects ...

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Designing Patriotic Minis

The Patriotic Mini’s Fabric Collection for Connecting Threads all started with a sketch.  I always carry a sketchbook and a bag of pens with me wherever I go.  It’s a habit that I started as a ...

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