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ISSUE 78 :: WHAT'S UP :: WORTH A READ :: ON TREND :: GOTTA LOVE IT! :: OFF TOPIC

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WHAT'S UP

It's been a busy few weeks and there's plenty to show for it! On top of our city having the snowiest month in 50 years(!) and marking Eight Years of blogging, I've completed a variety of projects.
A long-term finish was my Summer Sampler Road Trip quilt! You may remember that the sewalong had us sewing one block a week throughout the summer, with all blocks based on exotic places around the world. Considering how much I enjoyed the sewalong, it feels really great having this one done. Oh, and the quilting was done by Cascadia Quilts, and Cindy's handiwork really added to the vibe of the quilt.
Another project I'm really enamored with is Quad, a table runner I created after participating in a One Week Improv Challenge hosted by Amy's Creative Side. Receiving daily prompts, I played with several improvisational techniques, which was really enjoyable in among other projects. I just couldn't resist finishing the runner with one more improv tweak. Check out my blog post if you're curious what that was!

 

WORTH A READ

ON TREND

Considering last issue's links about Marie Kondo and her Tidying Up series got alot of attention, I thought you'd enjoy Blossom Heart QuiltsHow to KonMari the Fabric Stash.

And then my guild-mate
Blair/wise craft handmade has invited us to share her experience applying the KonMari method to her studio in Follow Me On My KonMari Journey with Heywood Park Collective. After week one, she reports My First KonMari Assignment (Books) Finished!

 

GOTTA LOVE IT!

Mary/[marymenzerdesigns]'s Stormy Waters used one of my favorite improv techniques - the basic line. The quilt's name totally fits! Look close to see Mary's dense quilting and how it accentuates those lines.
(14" x 14")
I've been back numerous times to gaze at Claire/
[peonyandfern]'s Triangulation Quilt. What a fascinating way of combining half-rectangle triangle blocks, and the palette is spot on. Here's a link to her blog post about it in case you want to see and hear more, like I did.

(56" x 58")
 
I was hard-pressed when I happened upon this Log Cabin quilt made by Rebecca/
[greenandbell]. I had just finished blogging about some gorgeous quilt photoshoots when I saw Rebecca's stunning shot of her lovely quilt. Love it. Love the quilt! Win-win.
(36" x 48")

 
Krystina/KH QuiltsTidal Wave is another one that I've explored again and again! The design is just so clever! And isn't that pale peach background the perfect - and unique - choice?! Indeed.
[khquilts]

(62" x 62")

 
And then. To see At the Junction by Marla/penny lane quilts just made my week. I enjoyed reading its story on her blog, and hearing how decisions made along the way as to color, blocks, squaring up, and of course quilting, all led to this stunner. 
(71" x 69")

OFF TOPIC

I had never heard of Manx Quilting before Amy/Diary of a Quilter shared her experience 
Manx Quilting from the Isle of Man, and to top it off showing us How to Make a Manx Quilt Block.

 
P.S. Celebrate National Quilting Month by joining in Amy Ellis' daily photo challenge! She'll be sharing the month of prompts soon! [amyscreativeside]
 
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