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Here is my friend Karen’s Batik HST quilt.  Four of us had the same fabric kit (from Karen’s stash) to work with.  We each chose a pattern out of the book Friendship Triangles by Edyta Sitar of Laundrybasket Quilts.  Love it!  You can see what I made with my kit HERE.

 

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And here are two quilts that are on her design wall.  The rail fence is from the same batiks – the last little 1″ cut remaining from when we put the kits together.

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This is her current leader/ender project.  Stunning in its simplicity.

 

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This picture turned out a bit fuzzy but you can get the drift.  I love this pattern also – called Granny squares.  I’ve thought about doing this in a paper pieced method but Karen assures me I can do it with the sewing machine.  At least by doing it on the machine – there is a chance I will someday finish it.  I have always envisioned it in Japanese taupes but my stash of those fabrics is getting low so I might need to rethink my plan.

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Spring Valley FINISHED!

 

 

Put your sunglasses on before viewing these pictures!  :)

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I love this quilt.  Love how I changed it from the original design to what it is.  Love the quilting I did.  Yup…..I’m puffed up like a peacock on this one.  :)

Used a facing rather than a binding for the edge.  It’s a free tutorial from Blue Moon River.  I’m also going to use her technique for attaching the sleeve.  I typically do a sleeve very similar to how she does it but she adds a (new to me) step that adds a little slack to the sleeve so that the quilt hangs better.

Once the sleeve is attached, it will be ready to hang in the local show in early 2015.

And just for reference, here is Paula Storm‘s version called Summer Rain.  My quilt sprung from a class I took from her on using the dresden rulers and her non-needleturn appliqué method.

Summer Rain

No wonder our suitcases were BULGING!  Oh, and full disclosure – there were a FEW other items that returned with us – including my serger/overlocker.

This is the first time in years though that I haven’t had to pay for an additional suitcase.

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Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt

These are the fabrics I’ve gathered for my Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusions Mystery Quilt.  I’m about 2 weeks late in starting the mystery because of our travels.  I LOVE my fabrics so I’m sure I’ll love the quilt (or whatever it morphs into….hint, hint).  Stay tuned for progress shots.

And…..it’s not too late to start.  Clues are posted weekly until New Years.  Mom and Mary are joining me on this adventure.  Although I wasn’t crazy about all the triangle blocks in last years mystery quilt – I do enjoy the mystery quilt process.  I like the unknown aspect of it all – plus the excitement and conversation of others (on Facebook) is such fun.

 

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Knitting is out because of knitters elbow.  Same with hexagon stitching.  It’s too hot for hand quilting.  I struggle to sit and do nothing (ADHD or genetics?).

I’m going to try crocheting and see if that aggravates my elbow.  I ran across this bright and cheerful crochet blanket from Lucy at Attic24.  Lucy pulled yarns based upon the Autumn colors in her neck of the woods (UK) and put together a kit with Wool Warehouse.  They aren’t colors that I would normally choose – but I think they will be fun to crochet with and I’m sure someone will love it when it’s finished.  I’m excited that my friend Karen is joining me with this project.

Here’s one of Lucy’s pictures of the first section of the blanket.

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