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You all are finishing things right and left! Judie Fleming made a Magical Unicorn 18” pillow for her granddaughter. Judie reports that her granddaughter really likes it, as do I!


I have to admit that I never thought of making the block into a pillow, but that is a fantastic idea! I asked Judie how she got the pattern that small and it turns out that she enlarged the color photo and traced the pattern from that. Quilters are such creative thinkers!

Thank you, Judie, for sharing!

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Laurie Schierer took my Pick-Up Sticks class at the Hands All Around Quilt Guild a couple of weeks ago in Normal, IL. Not only is her quilt amazing, it is also quilted and bound! Way to go, Laurie! (The Pick-Up Sticks pattern is in my book, The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color.)


During the design part of this class, we put together student blocks in a variety of sets. It occurred to me that you could add triangles to the blocks to form a center (wonky) square. Laurie ran with that idea and I’m so glad she did!

Here are just a few of the other settings, combining student blocks, that we played with:



Wednesday Giveaway

Judy Barnett is this week’s lucky winner of the Strawberry Pincushion UFO. If you want to make one, the pattern is in our book, Wool Applique the Piece O’ Cake Way.

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Leave a comment/reply on this blog post to enter the drawing. A winner will be chosen by the random number generator Thursday, March 15.

Tiny Rugs & Embroidery Fun

This is a guest post from Lorna!

A while ago, I had an idea to use the Purl & Loop Minute Weaver to make a design for my Yazzii organizer. I love beautiful thread, and this seemed like a fun way to work with it. The woven squares are sewn to a piece of dark blue wool that is then sewn to the top of my Yazzii.

I decided to just use #3 perle cotton thread (including some Painters Perles) for the loom. The squares are pretty fast to put together, and you can create different looks by switching up the colors, the size of the thread, maybe using wool thread. I made a couple of “tiny rugs” with fringe using the instructions from Jack’s (my 10-year-old) wee weaver. Here’s a picture story I made for you:

After a few tries at finger tying the knots in the fringe, I thought of using the eye of a needle. I grabbed a chenille needle that I’d been using in the weaving (from the assorted pack by Tulip) with a big eye, and it worked perfectly. Varied chenille needles worked for sewing/embroidering the squares to the wool, and later the wool to the yazzii.

Once the squares were made, I arranged them, and pinned them to the wool. Even though, or maybe because, my design was purposefully haphazard, pinning them all down helped a lot.

I embroidered with #8 perle cotton (again, including the painter’s pearl) and Judith Baker Montano’s Embroidery & Crazy Quilt Stitch Tool. Embroidery is new to me, and it was actually really easy to get rolling with the instructions. I picked a simple stitch, and went for it – my very first awkward stitches I kept. Crazy, right?! I tried different stitches, mixing it up, and at some point I thought of embroidering the squares before I attached them.

It was nice to have a project that was small enough to work on anywhere – on the couch, outside on the porch while Bear (my 5-year-old) played. And I discovered I enjoy handwork.

Gran (Becky’s mom) gave Bear the button stash that the two of them had played with when he was a toddler (he still loves to get it out and sort through them). I found some wonderful pieces, and used them as part of securely attaching the whole thing to the Yazzii. I feel like Gran would approve of her tiny puppy on the tiny rug. Altogether, a fun learning project, AND I like it enough to keep looking at it.

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It must be the season for finishing quilts because I have another one to share. Colleen Coiner sent in her version of the unicorn quilt.  She made it for her 7 year old great-granddaughter who just loves unicorns. Isn’t it wonderful!


This is a quilt that is going to be loved and hugged, a lot! Thank you, Colleen, for sharing it with us!

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Marva Gurley sent me the picture of her Simply Delicious wall hanging that she just finished days ago. She reduced the 14″ blocks to 7″… those are 7″ fruit blocks surrounded by 1″ sashing squares!

Simply Delicious

Here’s what Marva says: “My finished piece measures 33.5″ by 42”.  The project took nearly 5.5 months.  I am so happy with my new “baby”, as I have admired this pattern for a long time.  My methods are hand applique and hand quilting.  Thank you so much for making such a beautiful pattern.”

I’m impressed — way to go, Marva! Thank you for sharing your lovely quilt.