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    July 31-August 27, 2020

    July is almost over. and what have I done? What haven't I done? It seems we wait all year for summer to happen, then it hits us all at once. We certainly have broken all the weather records in our capital, longest # of hottest temps and rain, no rain. Lots of t-storms.

    I have worked almost every day in the sewing room. I seem to be like a squirrel, going from one thing to another - a bit unfocussed, overwhelmed. I have been getting acquainted with the LA and have quilted 7 lap size quilts since end of June. These are donation quilts, so I have been using to practice. I turned them in for the next person to sew on the binding, and my friend was in awe. I feel ready to load one of my large quilt tops. I just need to press the backing and load. The only issue is that we are having lots of thunder storms, so I don't plug it in if there's a chance. We leave it unplugged all the time, even though we have a surge protector bar. Not going to risk it.

    I hope to post pictures of new finishes. What's under your needle, or on your lap?

    Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

    Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

    #2
    I am almost done with a curved log cabin, the binding is pinned on and ready to stitch. I will be happy when it is done even though it has no real purpose. It is masculine so having it in stock in case I need to gift something to a man is good.
    I have strip sets sewn together and ready to press then cut for a 60% diamond lap quilt. I think I will starch the strips before cutting even though I starched the fabric prior to cutting. I would like the extra precaution on all those bias edges.
    I also have a little falling charms sandwiched and ready to fmq. Almost all of these quilts were made from stash fabric that has been hanging around a while. I did have to buy a little yardage for the 60% one and backing for the log cabin.
    Lots going on in the sewing room.

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      #3
      The Smoke & Fire quilt blocks are laid out on the fam. rm. floor. I have 2.5 rows yet of snowballing to do. I've been busy with other stuff lately & haven't sewed in several days. I need to get back at it.

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        #4
        I'm making table runners for family and close friends. I'm giving them one for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter, Easter & Memorial Day/4th of July/Labor Day. I'm using patterns that were featured here on MSQC over the years:
        Fall :
        This is a Fall Leaf or Maple Leaf Block :
        https://youtu.be/8jNUZt7wBRE
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        Halloween :
        https://youtu.be/NpCrxbr9hjE
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        Thanksgiving :
        This link is from December 2009 (right after Jenny started doing Video Tutorials for MSQC !!) It's a Turkey made from Dresdens!
        https://youtu.be/KHBW_VbX6QY
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        Christmas : Christmas Tree Runner
        https://youtu.be/27r6eGwDzXA
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        This is the same link I posted for the Halloween table topper however, if you scroll thru the video until 9:15 you'll see another way to make this for a Christmas table runner !!
        https://youtu.be/NpCrxbr9hjE
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        Christmas (2nd idea)
        This is a quilt tutorial HOWEVER, I'm making this into a Table-Top Runner:
        Present Table Top Runner (Made from the Quilt Tutorial called Present Quilt)
        https://youtu.be/cOFCY7-2Uo4
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        Winter Time
        Here's a "Snowman" Table Runner : (made with the Half-Hexie (Large) ruler)
        https://youtu.be/NF7GY4GCQpc
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        This is the same link I posted for the Halloween table topper however, if you scroll thru the video until 9:15 you'll see another way to make this for a Christmas table runner !!
        https://youtu.be/NpCrxbr9hjE
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        Here's a "Snowman" Table Runner made with the Large Half-Hexie ruler)
        https://youtu.be/NF7GY4GCQpc
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        Valentine's Day : (scroll to 11:28)
        This starts at 36....I have no idea why....just re-start it to watch the entire video!
        https://youtu.be/1-8Rxd87ygo
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        Easter/Spring Tulip Table Runner :
        https://youtu.be/1-8Rxd87ygo
        This is a Triple Play Video with Jenny, Misty & Natalie
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        4th Of July/Memorial Day/Labor Day: This is a table runner Misty Doan made a while back :
        https://youtu.be/VYZ2jhczE6I
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        Of course you can find a lot of other tutorials out there to make. Jordan Fabrics has some great tutorials that you could make as well:
        Here's a great Bunny Quilt Tutorial from Jordan Fabrics but you could use this to make a table runner :
        https://youtu.be/lIxkG5NegUY
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        Here's Jordan Fabrics (Donna Jordan) with a Jack O' Lantern Placemat that you could make into a table runner :
        https://youtu.be/kOExFxFKhRI
        Here's a table runner from Donna Jordan for Halloween/Thanksgiving :
        https://youtu.be/Y6CLCZBpTt8

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        So do you have any table runner tutorials that you enjoy making?
        Last edited by redcaboose1717; August 2, 2020, 01:17 PM.
        Jacqueline ( Sugar ) Dorer-Russell
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        "I miss the me I was when you were here"

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        • SuzanneOrleansOntario
          SuzanneOrleansOntario commented
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          Thanks for sharing. These are great references for all occasions.

        #5
        I have been making mini quilts lately.....I don't know why, but I like it! I guess it's using up scrap fabric and getting a sense of accomplishment.....

        Sherri

        "Don't let someone else's ugly spoil your beautiful. " Thanks, Bubby!!!!!!

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          #6
          I've been obsessed with the twister tool. I forgot I bought the big one so trying to pick which layer cake to use. Today I was going through UFO's and pulled one out to work on the blocks. I have another that is paper pieced turtles. I have so many so I'm going to do them one at a time. I really want to finish my turkey quilt I designed. I made my grand daughter some masks. I've been all over the place working on projects.

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            #7
            New Mini quilt completed yesterday! This was fun and I think the message describes most us when it comes to the fabric we have!

            Sherri

            "Don't let someone else's ugly spoil your beautiful. " Thanks, Bubby!!!!!!

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            • Nwmnteacher
              Nwmnteacher commented
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              That's perfect!

            #8
            Another Mini Quilt whipped out today.....Goodness, the scrap fabric that is getting used up! Woo Hoo!

            Sherri

            "Don't let someone else's ugly spoil your beautiful. " Thanks, Bubby!!!!!!

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              #9
              The log cabin is done.😁IMG_1350.JPG
              It is sitting on top of an ivory spread, the red leaf print is the outside border.

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              • SuzanneOrleansOntario
                SuzanneOrleansOntario commented
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                I love your log cabin colours. Great job Claire.

              • Cathy F
                Cathy F commented
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                Beautiful!

              • minipinlady
                minipinlady commented
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                Absolutely gorgeous. Love the colors as well. Some quilts are gifts but that is keeper quilt for sure. Perfect quilt. Think that's the first time I ever called a quilt perfect =)

              #10
              It's been one busy summer, good thing we had no holidays planned. I have been getting some practice on LA, and have quilted 7 VQC donation quilts, quilt DH made and a large D-9patch. None are loaded and I haven't turned it on in a week. Its by spits and spurts, depending what needs our attention. Summer is so short that we scramble when the weather is decent to do chores outside. The new side fence was installed this week, so there's some landscaping that needs tending to.
              VQC3-loaded.jpg

              Here are some of the VQC tops quilted. The tops are made by members of our group, so just the quilting. I will be kept busy, as we have in excess of 30 tops finished by members since start of Covid that need quilting.

              I've also been making more masks for family. I started sewing some (8) baby sets (bib, burp pad, change pad and large blanket) and individual bibs and burps. I know the craft shows will probably be camcelled but sewing these helps put some normlacy to what we are living.

              24patch.jpgAline's back.jpgAline's top.jpgTeen-1.jpgTeen-1-back.jpg

              VQC2-meander Fr.jpgStained Glass.jpg

              Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

              Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

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              • ktdid
                ktdid commented
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                All your projects are always so lovely, you're getting very talented on the long arm. I love the diagonal leaf quilting, how did you do that??

              • SuzanneOrleansOntario
                SuzanneOrleansOntario commented
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                ktdid -- its a computerized pattern on the long-arm.

              #11
              Those look fantastic. Are you doing pantographs or computer or hand guided? Really nice however you are accomplishing them.

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              • Cathy F
                Cathy F commented
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                Beautiful quilts, hard pressed to pick a favorite!

              • SuzanneOrleansOntario
                SuzanneOrleansOntario commented
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                I am using computer ProStitcher with HandiQuilter Amara. So far I am just practicing using edge to edge designs. I want to try blocks and other FMQ and rulers. Its so easy with computer. Pick design, measure and hit <proceed>,

              #12
              Well...it will be quite some time before I get to create again. This was the last project I had under the needle of my jazz before I started packing everything up. Frenchie Applique 08.08.20.jpg
              Sherri

              "Don't let someone else's ugly spoil your beautiful. " Thanks, Bubby!!!!!!

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              • ktdid
                ktdid commented
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                All I can say is "WOW"

              #13
              I quilted another (I think #7) Victoria quilt a few weeks ago. I also FMQ 4 placemats that I made.

              PoppyPlacemat1.jpgPoppyPlacemat2.jpg

              Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

              Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

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