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I have been busy working on my Cico Books project as of late but before I was smashed, I finished up a few more quilts for Quilt Now! Here is one!

On one of my strolls through Pinterest I found this cool little postcard that used a bracket as a graphic pattern. I’m a designer or was not to long ago so I came up with this idea and pattern.

While creating curved blocks is not a favorite pastime I knew to make this work as I wanted it had to be number 1 on my list. The thing with piecing 1/4 curves is that you generally have to pin the heck out of them and inevitably end up sticking yourself all afternoon. Then I remembered I have the curved piecing foot I bought from the Festival of Quilts a few years back. After reaching through the studio for the unopened set, snapped it onto my Janome Horizon and I got to work.  First by making the template….

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Then by tracing and cutting the endless sections.  Remember each block has two parts.  There are something like 180 little 2 1/2″ blocks.  Oh Joy!!!

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And once we had all the pieces in the correct color and direction we were off with a vengeance! I started by adjusting my foot so we had the proper 1/4″ seam allowance and the positioned both curves in place like below.
(note: I added extra fabric to the outer curve just to make sure we could trim them down so they all matched)

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Carefully and slowly I made way through the curves.

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Once you get close to the end it is best to use a pair of tweezers to hold both ends aligning as you go.

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Press the curved section flat and you will be ready to trim to your final size.

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Line up the 1/4″ marks on both seams and trim two sides square.

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Rotate the block and trim to the final 2 1/2″ size.

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Ready to be added to the rows and finish the quilt.

Victoria likes this quilt so it will make it to our bed. Looks good in either direction!

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For the complete pattern and directions please find yourself a copy of issue 11 from Quilt Now!

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What’s In The Box?

I have been very lucky that I have been super busy the last few months.
It is very exciting to have several projects in many different magazines.
This month I have the pleasure of being in not one,

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not two,

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but three magazines.

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One of the coolest patterns I have worked on was this optical illusion quilt for Jenny at Love Patchwork & Quilting.

As always it starts with a bit of looking around online and through my photos. After a chat with Jenny on what would be a good selection of fabrics I narrowed it down to a few of the new lines from Art Gallery. Because most new fabric ranges are available online as jpegs, I can easily create my quilt digitally before even ordering the fabrics. This method allows me to shift and reposition the prints to best suit the design. I like doing this!

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Once a decision on the fabric was made ( Winged by Bonnie Christine) I was ready to get quilting so the great people at Hantex sent me over what I needed and away I got to cutting.

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As you can see the finished quilt looks virtually identical to the image above which was made digitally.

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Once it was pinned out the spiral was started on my Janome Horizon 7700.  This machine makes quick and easy work of the full size quilt.
(Thank you to RayStitch for always letting me use the big green table to pin my projects)

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I really like the way this turned out.  Looking forward to sitting warmly under it on the sofa watching some bad tv!

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I even seam matched the back so you won’t be able to find the join.  I dare you to try and find it!