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Avoiding an Aching Back while You Quilt

Before and after the holidays, I logged some long days at the sewing machine, making presents. I made lots of different things —quilts and double-sided napkins, fabric bags and pajama pants. One of the unfortunate side effects of all that sewing was a sore back and shoulders. I’ve also been reading depressing news about how […]

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Happy New Year from Quilter’s Diary

We have big plans for our quilting and for this blog during the new year. Well, little plans. Well okay, no plans. But lots of quilting and sewing projects already almost finished, some well underway, quite a few half thought of, and surely some not even imagined yet. This is the year we’re going to […]

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Work in Progress: Chinese Coins Quilt Top

When my daughter had her wisdom teeth out last week, she wanted to spend every waking minute in my sewing room with me so I could provide comfort and watch her favorite TV shows with her. I wanted to make her Christmas present (leopard-print fleece pajama pants) but couldn’t, because she was right there on […]

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Sewing Bags for Days for Girls International

I haven’t sewed any fabric gift bags or wine bottle bags this year, but that doesn’t mean I have stopped making bags!  This crop of drawstring bags will be headed to the Days for Girls foundation, where they will be used to hold feminine hygiene kits for girls who would otherwise have to stay home from […]

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Floral Rail Fence Quilt

Here’s what I was doing instead of cooking for Thanksgiving: This little rail fence quilt is the same one I made for Felicity Walker’s new ebook, but in a different set of fabrics. I used two layers of wool batting to make the quilt extra warm. The quilt is stiffer and a bit heavier with […]

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Blog Giveaway Winner!

First, a big thank-you to all you wonderful quilters who commented on the giveaway post and are following Quilter’s Diary. It’s a pleasure to share our quilting adventures and misadventures with you. Now, the winner of the blog giveaway!  Missmoozie, a new quilter, will be receiving a free copy of Hand & Machine Quilting Tips […]

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Quilt-as-you-Go Thanksgiving Table Runner

My Thanksgiving table runner got started with this orphan star block: The star had somehow been left behind when I found new homes for the other blocks I inherited from a very old quilter. I got tired of seeing it float around my sewing room, looking wrinkled and lonely — it made me sad, seeing […]

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Christmas Cat Quilt

I know my effort to clean up my sewing room by making all the projects in my unfinished pile is misguided. I’m perfectly well aware that each project only generates another new pile of scraps which takes up even more room than the unfinished project did. But that doesn’t stop me from trying. My latest […]

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Quilt-as-You-Go Strip Quilt

53 x 42 Here’s the story of this quilt: I had some fabric left over after making a table runner for my friend Felicity Walker’s new quilting book. (The book includes a complete tutorial for a quilt-as-you-go table runner.) Instead of cutting the fabric into small blocks, I decided to make this lap-sized strip quilt. Here’s what […]

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Quilted Beauty, 2013

Last week I went to the Pacific International Quilt Show in Santa Clara, California. PIQF is a large show (at least, the largest one I’ve been to) and always features an exhibit of quilts from top international quilters. Seeing the work of these consummate artists is humbling for an everyday quilter like me, but it’s […]

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Friendship Star Quilt Block: Yet Another Take

I found this sweet red-and-white Friendship Star block a couple of days ago in a pile of the blocks I inherited from a longtime quilter.  Two things set  this block apart from the basic Friendship Star (tutorial here):  or this easy variation: The contrasting triangles in the four corners of the block. The quarter-square triangle in […]

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