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Patterns & Treasures

I’ve had many friends describe quilts they are wanting to make and I have worked up a quick how-to for them. I’ve done it on old envelopes, a paper towel, scrap paper, the computer, and graph paper. Taking into consideration their skill level, I have scribbled down pictures, diagrams and instructions for them to use, but never something for public viewing; until yesterday. Yesterday I nervously, marched myself into a print shop and printed my first pattern made for a public eye. Today I dropped that pattern into a big blue mailbox for it to face a stranger. We will see what happens.

Last night, thinking of all the things I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve done on the pattern, I was sent a picture. Growing up there was a lady who was like an extra grandma and had the brightest smile and sweetest soul. As her daughter was going through a few boxes, a treasure was found.


This picture is of a 1910 Dresden Plate quilt pattern. I cannot even believe this still exists and that it is in pretty great shape. What I find most unbelievable is how anyone actually made their quilt using this. I do not understand the pattern at all, but I am going to do more research and try figuring it out. This treasure will be framed and admired for years to come. Maybe in one of those years I will figure out how they expected the pattern to be used. Do you have any insight??

I’ve actually made a Dresden Plate quilt before. I, however, did not use this pattern.


I hope you enjoy and relish in the fact that our patterns are no longer what they were but that does not mean old patterns don’t have to be a thing of the past. Patterns may be easier to follow and use modern tools, rulers, and often sewing machines that were not around then, but something about the simplicity of hand sewing is relaxing. Thinking of the stories and laughter that surrounded this pattern years ago brings happiness and wonder.
See you at the machine,

Care

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WIP Week Update-Time Keeps Spinning Away

{WIP = Work in Progress}
It is Thursday, but it feels like Tuesday or maybe even Monday… Does anyone else feel this way? 


I was hoping to finally get this quilt knocked out; however, it is looking like it might take me all week just to sit down at the machine and start sewing.

I have finally decided on a layout I’m happy with. I’m also still hoping to get it finished by Sunday. Stick around to see what happens!


I’m curious- how often do you make it to your sewing place? Once a day, all day (oh.. how I wish), weekly, or are you lucky to find your machine every month. 
I go in phases. I have several projects going on right now and have been trying to get in their every couple days to work on a block or two. I’m falling short this week, but I hope it is not a new pattern- someone redirect me if I get too distracted 😉 . 

See you at the machine, (hopefully sooner than later)
Care

 

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Poppies & Pinwheels

I’m working on a few projects going on around the house, but I finished the binding on this little jewel, Poppies & Pinwheels, and thought I would share.

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It might have been sprinkling when I had the chance to run down the street and snap these pictures, but there’s no harm in getting a little wet 😉 .  Ever since I started this quilt I imagined this picture and I just could not wait!

 

And lastly, my favorite picture I took while finishing the binding on a road trip..

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See you at the machine,

Care

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The Magic Ruler Strikes Again

Hello! Hello! How was your weekend?

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We have been working through different blocks a ruler I was shown recently can make. I decided to use a charm pack and make a quilt using these blocks.

 

 

As you can see, this ruler really is magic.  Cindy Casciato is the master mind behind it and you can purchase it here in her shop.

I just love how this block comes together.  The squares always have a great point and making it with a stripe pattern really show it off.

 

To see the other blocks we have been creating, you can visit them here and here.

We almost have an entire quilt pieced.  Tomorrow I will share the last block and then how I put them together.  Check back soon to see a fun quilt using a charm pack and this magic ruler. It is pretty cute if I do say so myself. 🙂

 

See you at the machine,

Care

 

 

 

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Fabulous, Fun Find (A Magic Ruler)

The first block you can create using this fabulous tool is a half square triangle.

And of course, since I love pinwheels, I made a handy-dandy pinwheel using today’s blocks.

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Check back tomorrow to see what other fantastic blocks this magic tool can create.

See you at the machine,

Care

{Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any products shown or mentioned in this post. I am just sharing what I love.}

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WIP Challenge

Hello, hello! Happy Thursday.  There are TWO (and a half) days left in our WIP Challenge.  How are you doing? Is your project starting to look a little more finished? Mine is getting there… slowly. IMG_1541

There have been many changes made to my pattern as different ideas pop into my mind.  I’m going to need an off button if I ever want to get this little gem finished by Saturday.  But, I can assure you that there will be a FINISHED quilt top soon.  Stay tuned, you won’t want to miss this one.

Now, how about your projects?  I know some of you are working on phenomenal quilts and crafts.  Don’t forget that we are in this together.  If you haven’t jumped in yet, there is still time to do so.  Grab one of those WIPs you are almost finished with and let’s get it complete.

See you at the machine,

Care