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Showing posts from July, 2014

AnglePlay - Block of the Month

Earlier this year, I joined an AnglePlay® group on facebook. "This is a community of beginning through advanced quilters who love to "reach for the unexpected " using Margaret Miller's AnglePlay® templates." I haven't done much with templates and was looking to branch out and add to my quilting skills. I joined the group, bought the templates and started in with the Block of the Month, "Ribbon Rhythms", for 2014.   Oh my! It was quite the challenge for me at first, but the online videos were very helpful. I just completed Block 6 out of 8 and am getting the hang of this now. We make two of each block every month.  I can't wait to start quilting this project when we finish in the next couple of months. Block 6 BOM Project Taking Shape For more information on AnglePlay, visit the facebook group (linked above) or go to  

TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team

My mom got me started on a new charity sewing project. No, I'm not abandoning Quilts Beyond Borders - far from it! I am adding in a new one - TQPM Small Kennel Quilts .  The TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer organization that is available when disasters strike. It is a way to join a larger effort to help our animal friends in times of need by doing what we love. They supply kennel quilts to shelters in times of need. With the recent Carlton Complex fires here in the Methow Valley in Washington State, over 300 homes were lost in the firestorm. Families, pets and livestock were displaced. My community has been severely impacted and was the impetus for me to give back to those in need. These are small little quilts that don't take much material or time to make. I have been able to use scraps from my QBB quilts and one I made for my son. Our local quilt shop is getting in on the action, too. At our Open

Christmas in July - Doll Quilt Swap

I recently signed up for a facebook group to exchange doll size quilts. I enjoy participating in swaps including one I already do to exchange 1 yard of fabric each month with a new swap partner. July's theme for the doll quilt swap is Christmas in July. I had fun planning my quilt layout and then making and quilting it. I especially enjoyed the quilting part since I did it all freehand and used it as a learning experience for doing filler patterns. I am pleased with how it turned out and I think my swap partner, Sandy, will like it, too. Christmas in July Doll Quilt

2014 Minnesota Quilters' Show & Conference

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of traveling two hours each way to attend the Minnesota Quilters' Show and Conference in St. Cloud. Two hours? Each way? Are you nuts, Sally? Uh, yep. But if you were able to see those gorgeous quilts, you would do it, too. The show had a juried section, a non-juried section and another section with various groupings. Plus they had rows and rows of vendors selling fabrics, quilting supplies, and machines. I only had my cell phone with me so many of the photos I took didn't turn out. I will share some of the ones that did. Under each photo, I will share what was written on the information card for the quilt. Juried Quilts This was one of my favorites. The details were simply amazing! Look closely. "Breaking Wind" by Peggy Kragnes - Felton, Minnesota Pieced by Peggy Kragnes, Quilted by Peggy Kragnes. Not necessarily a Sunbonnet Sue fan, the idea for this quilt was born during a sleepless night. I enjoyed every aspect o