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Another APQ Quilt Along Update!

We’ll things were progressing more slowly these past 10 days. I’ve had a bad cold but did manage a bit of progress.

I discovered that somehow I miscounted and didn’t cut enough strips. I had to go back and cut enough strips for an additional 170 strip set segments!


Once past that small detour I finally got my 888 strip set segments made!


Got them all pressed …


And finally between all the tissues and sneezes, somehow managed to get them all trimmed and one block completed!


The plan is to sew as many blocks as I can this week since I’m feeling better!

Only 443 to go!






We’re On The Jolly Jabber Today!

Celebrating our new group “Bandana” …


“Bandana” makes our 27h fabric group shipped from the Moda warehouse!

We couldn’t have had all this fun with out you … so THANKS for all your support.


We’ve been doing this for 10 years now and are as sane as ever!


So hop on over to The Jolly Jabber today and read all about it!

Hope you enjoy Bandana!






It’s All Dutch to Me!

The gals at Martingale sent Mary and I an email the other day with news that our “Simple Quilts” book was reviewed in a Dutch Magazine …

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How Exciting!

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But what does it say??

Hopefully it’s something good!
Happy Quilting!





Jolly Bar Blog Hop ~ Bandana Petals!

When the Fat Quarter Shop contacted me to try out the new Jolly Bar precut I was ready for the challenge! The Jolly Bar is a 5 X 10 inch precut exclusive to Fat Quarter Shop.

I got my Jolly Bar in the mail and started thinking about how to use it …


Ideas started coming together and and a quilt idea was born. I also decided to do my very first free pattern tutorial!


This is what you’ll need to make my “Bandana Petals” quilt …

1 Bandana Jolly Bar

2 1/4 yards white for blocks, sashing and borders

1/2 yard pink print for binding

3 1/2 yards for backing

I cut 8, 3 1/2 X 40 inch strips from the white fabric and cut those strips into 80, 3 1/2 X 3 1/2 inch squares. I marked all my squares with a diagonal line on one side …


Then I placed my white squares onto opposite corners of my Jolly Bar rectangles. You’ll need to place 20 starting in the upper right corner and 20 in the upper left corner. Then stitched on all the marked lines …


Trim …


And press …


I laid my Jolly Bars out in a pleasing manner, alternating as I went …


Next I cut the between block and row sashings. I cut 2, 10 X 40 inch strips and then cut those strips into 35, 2 X 10 inch rectangles. Sew one between each Jolly Bar to make a block …


Then sew another strip between each of the blocks to make a row.


Now cut the between row sashing. Cut 5, 2 X 40 inch strips and sew them end to end to make one long strip. From this strip cut 4, 2 X 47 inch strips. Sew those strips between the rows. Your quilt center should measure 47 X 54 inches at this point.


From the remaining white fabric cut 6, 3 1/2 X 40 inch strips. Sew these end to end to make one long strip. From this strip cut 2, 3 1/2 X 47 inch top and bottom borders and 2, 3 1/2 X 60 inch side borders. Sew the top and bottom borders on first and then sew the sides. Finished quilt measures 53 X 60 inches!

From the binding print cut 7, 2 3/4 X 40 inch strips. Make your binding as you usually do and add it to the quilt after it’s quilted.

A quick trip to the quilter and I’m finished! This is a really fast, fun and easy quilt made with a Jolly Bar!


Hope you enjoyed the free pattern and my very first EVER quilt tutorial.

Please visit the other designers on the hop today …

Caroline of Sew Can She
Megan of My Quilt Story
Kiera of Simply Vanella
Lindsay of The Cottage Mama

Go forth and sew with a Bandana Jolly Bar!






2015 Designer Mystery Hop!

I just love these blog hops and I love a good mystery!


Today we’re visiting with all the designers involved in the Fat Quarter Shop 2015 Designer Mystery Quilt! The fabrics in the 2015 Mystery Quilt were designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. So if your a fan of her designs like I am, your sure to love these fabrics!

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I truly wish that I could share our block NOW! You have no idea how hard it is for me to keep a secret but I don’t want to ruin any fun. I love house blocks and I’m not sure why I don’t do more quilts with them? Our house block looks just like the two of us!

Please visit the other Designers participating in this fun event!

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The gals over at the Fat Quarter Shop also thought up a fun quiz to go along with this event!

Click on over and find your “Block Personalty “.


I found that I’m the “Post Office Block”. I’ve never heard of that one before so I learned something today!

Sign up for this great new Mystery Series today!






New Pattern Of The Month!

Every month we feature a new pattern download and put it on sale!

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The bargain for this month is Dandelions! It’s one of our newest patterns. I love a good repetitive block. I have a thing for “factory” sewing and sometimes I just like to sew the same thing over and over.


Dandelions is made using 16 fat quarters and our new Bandana fabrics.


You get a bonus “mini” quilt project included in the pattern booklet. You can see a bit of it here under the fabric bundle.

Hope you enjoy the new pattern of the month. It’s only $7.50 for a limited time. Downloads only please.






APQ Four Patch Quilt Along Update!

Are you quilting along with me?

I’m making the “Scaptacular” quilt by Edyta of Laundry Basket Quilts. It’s featured in the newest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine! There are 3 great quilts to choose from.

I selected a bundle of our new Bandana Fabrics to get me started!


This past week I’ve been pressing my fabrics …


And cutting my strips …


I mixed them all up in a plastic tub and then spent a few hours here and there sewing my strip sets together!


Yesterday I was able to sneak in a few minutes to press my strip sets.
Today I’m cutting my 4 Patch segments.


With just a few stolen minutes everyday I’m making progress!
You could join us!

April Rosenthal
Me and My Sister Designs
Bonnie Hunter
The Quilted Moose
Laundry Basket Quilts
Quilt Jane
Jo Morton Quilts
Fat Quarter Shop
Linda Collins
Primitive Gatherings
Lissa Alexander
Shea Henderson
Sherri McConnell
Thelma Childers
Lella Boutique
American Patchwork & Quilting Staff

Lets see how far I get this week!






New U Tube Video!

Mary and I make a short “guest” appearance on another fun Fat Quarter Shop video!

Give it a try!





Doggie 911

This weekend our dog Bella fell off the steps leading into the RV … that we’re staying in … while the house is being fixed … in our backyard.

Away we all went to the Dog ER Friday night. We had 2 panting, screeching, upset dogs. Yes … Frasier dog was having sympathy pain and anxiety so we had to bring him along. By the time we arrived at the ER I think I was the one who needed treatment! We were there until 2AM.

Then Saturday at noon another trip to our regular vet.
The patient is resting comfortably on pain medication and steroids.


We’ve converted the sleeper sofa in the RV to a doggie hospital bed.

We also have a new dog ramp leading to the RV with an ugly carpet on the end. I have no idea what the carpets function is but I guess my husband thought it was a nice touch. I choose my battles these days.


The ramp is 8 feet long and built for a tank BUT no more falling dogs! OMG! Does it look like that tire on the trailer is going flat? I’ll just worry about that another day …

It rained here all weekend so they’ve both had fun tracking lots of mud into the trailer and hospital bed.


You just can’t make this stuff up!





Quilt Along With Me!

I just received my newest APQ in the mail!


I’m so excited to be a part of the Quilt Along! This a a first for me. I’ve never tried anything like this before, so if you can say the same thing … or even if you can’t … quilt along with me!


Hopefully this will keep me on task and I’ll have a quilt FINISHED at the end.
I’ve chosen to do Edyta’s Scraptacular quilt.

I’ll bet you all thought I’d go for the bright one didn’t you!
Well … I’ll still be doing a bright quilt but at the same time I’ll be showing a totally different look for this quilt!

This should be FUN!
Quilt Along with me!

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