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Dog Potholders

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I was invited over to a friend's place for Christmas Eve dinner, I made these dog potholders for her and was going to take them over there. Unfortunately, I ended up getting the flu and couldn't go. I'll give her the potholders another time. It's not much fun being sick and alone at Christmas, hopefully next year will be better.

Scarf

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This was gifted today so I can show some pictures of the scarf I made for my daughter, Lindsay. I had some nice yarn that I bought in Haines, Alaska, I wanted to try the fan and feather pattern, My mom always made afghans using that pattern. I just about had smoke coming out of my ears trying to figure out how to do it. I ripped it out 6 times before the penny finally dropped. There were only two balls of yarn, I kept going until it was used up. Lindsay said she liked it. :)

Throwback Thursday; "Ed Winter" by Linda H.

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Linda H made "Ed Winter" for me in 2003, I hang him up every Christmas. There isn't much wall space here, so I hang the dowel on some cupboard knobs.

Another Gift Bag

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Here is another gift bag that made. I've got them all done now, the Christmas fabric bin is put away until next year.

Christmas Gift Bag

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I tweaked the pattern a bit and made this gift bag taller so I could fold back the cuff. Every year I make gift bags, but my Christmas fabric stash never seems to reduce. I think it must breed and multiply after I put the lids back on the bins.

First Attempt

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Every year I make some Christmas gift bags, this year I wanted to try something different. I followed a good tutorial from birchfabrics.blogspot.ca for fabric boxes. (Thank you for the free instructions!) The top was supposed to be folded down like a cuff. I thought if I folded down the top on this one, it would be too shallow to be a gift holder. I think I'll increase the measurement for the height on the next one.

Sewing The Binding On The "X" Quilt

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I finished the quilting, now I'm trying to sew the binding on the "X" quilt. I don't know the proper name for the pattern, so I've been calling it by this name all during construction. As you can see, Igor, the Quilt Inspector is not letting me continue right now.

Quilting Completed

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I finished quilting this comfort quilt for the guild. I think the pattern is called "Log Yard", the quilt top was made by some of the other members. Now I'll pass it on to the next person to do the binding and label. Many hands make light work. :)

Autumn Rhythm By Linda H.

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Linda H just completed this quilt called "Autumn Rhythm". She may donate this one to her quilting group's comfort quilt stash.

Quilting In Progress

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I volunteered to quilt one of the guild's comfort quilts. The pattern and fabrics were so busy, I didn't know what to do at first. I decided on this design that was in the book "Step By Step Free Motion Quilting" by Christina Camelli. It won't be too long until it's done, then I'll hand it over to someone else to sew the binding on.

Making Some Progress On "Scrappy Chains"

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I started sewing rows of blocks together on "Scrappy Chains", the pattern was from a Fons and Porter magazine. It was a nice sunny day, so I thought I'd take the photo outside. Igor the Quilt Inspector ordered me to stop sewing for a bit.

Mexican Star Table Mat By Linda H.

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Linda H made this table mat in the traditional Mexican Star pattern. The friend who received it was delighted. It's always nice when someone really appreciates a gift. :)

Throwback Thursday; Quilted Baby Jacket

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I made this quilted baby jacket in 1987 just before my daughter, Lindsay was born. The pattern came from a library book, I don't remember the title or author. The jacket has embroidery and is hand quilted on satin. It was supposed to fit a three to six-month-old baby, but it was too small for Lindsay at three months, so it never was worn. I think it would be a better fit for a doll.

I Don't Usually Do Zippers

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A few days ago the zipper gave out on my winter jacket. I find it annoying how they put such flimsy zippers in clothing that is supposed to be good quality. Yes, that is you, LLBean- start putting better zippers in your outerwear! I wore my old jacket until I could figure out where to get a replacement zipper, the closest fabric store is a three-hour drive from here. Tonight I dug around in my zipper stash and found a royal blue one that was just about the right length. It was a terrible job trying to pick out the old zipper, it was sealed in with a glue-like substance as well as stitched. Finally, I removed it and proceeded to attach the replacement zipper. It's not exactly the right colour to go with the jacket, but it will do. If anybody wants me to put a zipper in their jacket, that answer is NO, I'm a quilter. :)

Giveaway Quilt #2 By Linda H.

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This is the second quilt that Linda H has given to a friend for a worthy cause. She used some orphan blocks combined with others and created this design.

Crazy Quilt Completed

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I finished this Crazy Quilt last night. I went a little overboard with doodle quilting and kept adding more and more. The quilting along the border looks a little bizarre, oh well. There are all kinds of odds and ends in this one- orphan quilt blocks, leftovers from other quilts and lots of scraps.

Day Three Of Our Fall Quilting Retreat

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On Sunday I made several more Scrappy Chains blocks. I think I'm about half done, 143 blocks are needed for the quilt. We had a good time, eating and talking with a little bit of sewing. :)

Day Two Of Our Fall Quilting Retreat

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For most of the day I was free motion quilting, then switched to piecing Scrappy Chains blocks. I started these blocks when we had the last retreat, then put them away until now.

Day One Of Our Fall Quilting Retreat

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I did a little baking for the ladies, quilting all day requires lots of fuel. There was more talking than sewing today, though.

String Stars by Linda H.

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Linda H completed "String Stars" recently, it was a well aged UFO that sat in the pile for seventeen years. Worth the wait, it turned out to be a beautiful quilt! I like how the black background makes the colours pop and the backing fabric is pretty.

Granny Squares

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"Quilt Top #2" is now a completed quilt, which I named "Granny Squares". I quilted it with a simple diagonal grid, using Sew Fine thread. A large piece of Thimbleberries fabric that was in my stash became the backing. It wasn't the nicest colour and print, so it was good to "get rid" of it. :) Lots of fabric was left when my quilt shop closed several years ago, I've been trying to use up the stock ever since.

Getting Ready For The Quilting Retreat

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I pin basted Quilt Top #20 to get it ready for quilting at our next retreat. I have no idea what quilting design to use, I've looked through all my books for ideas. Hopefully, inspiration will strike soon!

Slower Than Molasses

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I've been working on "Quilt Top #2", I posted a picture of it on January 14, 2016. The top was made a few years before that. For the past few weeks, I've been quilting a bit at a time, it'll eventually get finished.

Giveaway Quilt By Linda H.

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Linda H just completed this quilt to give to a friend, she said the Hourglass blocks went together quickly. I'm sure the recipient will love it! I really like the bright colours.