2019 its a wrap!

2019 its a wrap!

December 31, 2019

2019 PNQS year in review.

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Retirement? Ummmm...No!

November 22, 2019

Come on along Peeps!  Suzie, Joy, our marvelous staff and I are going to take you on another exciting experience as we travel down the PNQS road into the future!  Guaranteed smiles ahead.

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Fall Travels (or back & forth to the shop on County 1!)

Fall Travels (or back & forth to the shop on County 1!)

October 26, 2019

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My Secret Garden - Block 6 with Brenda

My Secret Garden - Block 6 with Brenda

April 05, 2019

It’s time for our last block!  I cut this one out quickly with my Accuquilt cutter and the 6” Qube.  Many people think that with a 6” Qube, you are limited to 6” blocks, but I hope this quilt along has shown that there are many possibilities when you combine the shapes.  This 12” block has over 70 pieces!  The center section is a bit smaller than the other blocks so I did end up cutting the small triangles and rectangles with a ruler and rotary cutter.  Here is the block all cut and ready to be sewn.

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My Secret Garden - Block 6 with Joy

My Secret Garden - Block 6 with Joy

March 28, 2019

Here we are on the final block. Our time together has flown past. Ideally, slightly darker fabric for the beige choice would have provided a more floral looking block. However, in this color choice the navy takes the front stage in the design choice.

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My Secret Garden - Block 5 with Brenda

My Secret Garden - Block 5 with Brenda

March 05, 2019

We are getting so close to finishing our blocks!  I love how the pattern designer used a pinwheel block as the center of the first three blocks, and now a nine patch for the last three blocks.  It is a clever way to change things around.  I find that the nine patches go together quickly and I am eager to see these blocks completed. 

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My Secret Garden - Block 4 with Joy

My Secret Garden - Block 4 with Joy

February 19, 2019

Can you believe it? We have tipped past the half way mark and I hope you are enjoying this quilt as much as I have.  I love the elegant colors and the imaginative flowers that unfold with each block.  This one looks a bit like a star flower.

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My Secret Garden - Block 4 with Brenda

My Secret Garden - Block 4 with Brenda

February 05, 2019

This block was a fast and fun one to make!  It was also the first time I used a #6 Accuquilt die to cut units.  Don’t you love the square on point?  It was easy to figure out which die to use.  When you look at this block, it is essentially a 9 patch block.

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My Secret Garden - Block 3 with Joy!

My Secret Garden - Block 3 with Joy!

January 11, 2019

Grids…..let’s consider them for a moment or two.  When I consider translating a quilt pattern from the original pattern and instructions for AccuQuilt or my specialty rulers---Half Square Triangle and Quarter Square Triangle Ruler---I consider how the block is divided. At this point, it does not matter what size the block is or what size the pieces are, what matters is how the block is divided into segments.  If you look closely at the block above, this block is a 4 x 4 grid.

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Bonnie Hunter's Big Reveal with Joy!

Bonnie Hunter's Big Reveal with Joy!

January 08, 2019

The Big Reveal and other matters…..

Christmas and New Years came and went so fast…..as always I’m an early bird and waiting for the clue is a challenge for me...I’m with the Aussie’s, feels like I have been waiting all day to begin the fun.

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My Secret Garden - Piecing with Brenda

My Secret Garden - Piecing with Brenda

January 01, 2019

For this block, I thought I would share the process that I use when I piece blocks like these.  After cutting all of my units on my Accuquilt cutter, I laid them out on a flannel board to verify placement.  You can make your own with a piece of cardboard foam board.  I simply wrapped it with white flannel and taped it to the back. I’ve used this for a number of years and it really helps to keep your block pieces in order, especially if you need to move them around at all.

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Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt Along - Good Fortune with Joy - Week 5

Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt Along - Good Fortune with Joy - Week 5

December 27, 2018

What a fun, busy week I’ve had….kids home from college, last minute shoppers at the store and the early arrival of my parents had me scratching my head and wondering if I could sneak off for some sewing.  Most people could probably just get up early ahead of their family but most people don’t have early rising parents like mine ( I inherited the trait).  Fortunately for me, my mom is always willing to play in the sewing studio with me.

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