Category: Designs

Never Forget

My mother always said that she remembered everything about the moment she heard the news the JFK was shot. Similarly, most of us, who are old enough, probably remember where we were on 9/11/2001. Personally, I received the news about the twin towers after I walked through a deserted airport, which normally would have been […]

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Play Date

Do you remember simple toys  and times when you were a kid? The times when punishment was being sent to your room? You had to come inside by dusk. You and your friends took hikes in the nearby woods or park and built forts from fallen limbs. A bike ride around the neighborhood or a […]

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Star Gazing

Do you look up into the night sky and gaze at the constellations? Can you find Orion, the Big Dipper, and the Little Dipper? Have you see the morning star also known as Venus? I like learning about the constellations and the beautiful stories that also accompany them. Maybe the fox in this quilt is […]

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Maple Prism

Do you remember playing with kaleidoscopes when you were a kid? They could take an image and distort it into a totally different but very cool image? Well, the design software EQ8 has a feature called “Serendipity” that acts a bit like a kaleidoscope. I used this feature with a maple leaf block to create […]

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Spring Fling

The Cherry Blossom festival in Washington DC marks the beginning of spring here. It starts the first weekend in spring and lasts a few weeks. During that time, the skyline is filled with pink and white buds, while the streets are filled with people (maybe not so many people this year). Leaves are just starting […]

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Charming Crocus

Each month EQ8 initiates a Block Spotlight. For March, it was a very simple block, the 8-Grid Chain. This is a block that you may have used on an Irish Chain quilt or as a good connector block on a quilt. I wanted to do something to jazz it up a little. The first thing, […]

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Cats and Mice

The second block of the Kitty in the Middle Quilt is Cats and Mice. It was originally published in 1897 by Ladies Art Company for two fabric colors. We changed the color scheme to add two more colors, which really changes the look. The block is comprised of squares, triangles and quarter square triangles. Today, […]

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My Design Board Saved the Day!

I was sewing the first block of my Kitty in the Middle Quilt – Puss in the Corner. There are several versions of this block most of which are based upon a nine patch. I am not sure if the name of puss or kitty relates to a cat’s nine lives, but it seems to […]

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Fanning the Flames of Love

February seems to be all about spreading love to our special someone as well as to others around us. The symbol of that love is often a heart. In keeping with this theme, EQ8 used the Striped Heart as this month’s spotlight. To be honest, it isn’t my favorite heart block (I am a bit […]

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Snowflake Whimsy

Snowflake Whimsy is underway! I am having so much fun putting this together and want to share what I have accomplished so far.  The first step was washing all of the fabric. Why wash them? There are two very good reasons. The first reason is that fabrics have a little bit of sizing in them […]

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