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I can’t believe that Greg’s eldest is old enough to play his first tackle football game. Time’s going too fast.

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I decided which quilt project should be next. It’s on my machine and hopefully will be quilted tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.
Linda

Lacking Quilt Focus

Now that I feel I have more time, I feel like a quilter on speed. My mind jumps from one idea to another at a frenzied speed.

Should I just focus on finishing one of many projects? But some need to “marinate” while I figure out how to solve a problem (such as bird quilt). Some need my skills to improve (curve seams for Batik Wheels and double wedding ring). Some are good projects for transporting to my friend’s house for JEL Bee (mitered log cabin).

New fabrics grab my attention. I was given a layer cake last Christmas which I love and now know where to get it locally. I know it won’t be there long. I think I know what to make with it. Should I?????

Then there’s the old table topper on my coffee table that needs replacing. And I wish I had placemats and more seasonal table runners.

And then there’s the Queen Bee sale for which I need to get busy making things.

There’s 4 of my quilt tops hanging up with customer’s quilts waiting to be quilted.

Then today I see a post on She Can Quilt and I’m thinking that’s the kind of quilts I should make. Simple piecing, relatively quick but with lots of gorgeous quilting.

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Morning Star by Heidi Teachout – Bed Quilts

What should I do? What should I do? What should I do? What should I do?

First up is a sweet flower basket appliqué and pieced quilt by Marian. I love the colors-bright and cheerful. I outlined the flower blocks and then filled in with a leaf and loop design. The nine patches have large leaves quilted so that the center stem of the leaves is on point in the block.

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The back

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The next one is an adorable Dr Seuss quilt, quilted with the Popcorn pantograph.

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I plant tomatoes every summer in the backyard. It’s hard to find a place that gets enough sun but I’ve found two little patches where there’s just barely enough. This year I planted a couple of different heirloom plants along with the beefsteak. The beefsteak usually gives me large tomatoes and I did get a few, but mostly they are the little ones on the plate.

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The large 1 pounder is the heirloom tomato called Strippy. It never gets red, just yellow with red stripes. Delicious and definitely one I’ll plant next year.

I grilled shrimp for the first time. Corn was also cooked in the husk on the grill. Of course, we always have a salad. It was a good meal and the shrimp were really delicious.

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Hungry?
Thanks for stopping by.
Linda

This quilt looks almost identical to a quilt I’ve made. I liked the color palette and the quilting. Relatively simple but effective.

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Hexagon Row Quilt

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Bright and cherry with yo-yo’s

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Love the idea of the unquilted circles with thread design in them.

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Birds are a favorite of mine. Since I’m working on a bird quilt (very slowly), I took a close look at this one.

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Awesome flower quilt. Great quilting and like the idea of divided color background.

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Southwestern beauty

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This quilt blew my mind. It was so well done, so realistic. I tried to figure out how the trees across the lake were done. It appeared there were layers of fabric with layers of thread. It was 3-dimensional. Awesome.

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Hope you enjoyed the show. Thanks for stopping by.
Linda

Inner border is done. Lots of triangles. Some with 1/4″ spacing and some with 3/8″. Flying geese with snowflakes and curls. Pictures taken while still on the machine.

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I was concerned about stitching clouds in the embroidered area. I took a drawing class recently and talked to the teacher about it. My clouds are usually “first grade-ish” with 3 humps but the class gave me confidence to do better. I walked into the longarm room and suddenly realized the clouds looked pretty good. Yeah!!!

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Next post-more quilts from AQS Charlotte.

Thanks for stopping by.
Linda

I’ve been working on my Snowy Woods quilt. All the star block and embroidered areas are quilted. Working on the square-in-square blocks. So far I’ve quilted this.

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Now I need to decide on the blue triangles. Should I quilt feathers, feathers and a snowflake, three snowflakes, or repeat the design in the flying geese. Ummmm. Guess I’ll find out when I’m standing there and start moving the machine! Hopefully I won’t be picking out anything tonight.

Thanks for stopping by.
Linda

Even though I like the intricate piecing of traditional quilts, I’m also drawn to the simplicity and “clean” look of modern quilts. That fact that they are usually heavily quilted adds to my interest.

The circles are interesting. I love the square in the middle of them. Sort of describes me! Interesting at this distance, but walk closer and see the quilting. (WordPress is loading pics in wrong order. Oh well.)

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Love the design of the first quilt and design and quilting of second one.

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Even though this shade of green is not my favorite, I was interested in the bottom portion quilted with one design. . .

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And the top portion in another. I probably wouldn’t have thought to to that, but I like it.

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Tomorrow I’ll post some of the other quilts that I liked including my favorite. Strangely, I didn’t take a picture of any of the big winners.

Thanks for stopping by.
Linda

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