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Ruth McCormick shared her recently finished “Underlying Condition” quilt, which measures 34″ x 35″.  She used the virus designs from my Searching for Beauty pattern, and the heart came from the website

I am impressed with the way Ruth tells her story in such a clear and precise way. My DIL also has an underlying heart condition which makes living through this pandemic very scary for her, her family, and those of us who share their ‘bubble’.

Ruth made this quilt for a Guild challenge, with the theme Hearts and Flowers.  The viruses look like flowers to me, but just to be safe, I inserted two pieces of flower fabric (orange viruses).

Thank you, Ruth, for sharing your vision with us! Well done!

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Here is another block from the virtual Bullseye class that I taught for the Golden Triangle Quilters in Beaumont. this is Jean Aguilar’s finished block. It graphic and stunning—well done, Jean!

I don’t know if the braided chicken mat in the background was use for inspiration, but it definitely could have been. They look very nice together on the table :-).

Thank you, Jean, for sharing your block!

Golden Triangle Quilters…

Last week I visited (virtually) the quilt guild in Beaumont, TX. It was so much fun! I taught my Bullseye class on foundation paper piecing all day Friday. Two quilters sent me photos of their finished blocks before Hurricane Laura turned in their direction. They are wonderful! Look at those perfect points and the happy color combinations!

Laura shifted to the east so Beaumont ended up not being in the direct path but Louisiana has been hit hard. I am sure you join me in the sincere hope that those who are/were in harm’s way have made it through the storm. I cannot begin to imagine what it must be like to be evacuated, to know that your home might be gone when you get back. There are no words.

By Melinda Stanton
By Laurie Hayes

Stay strong, ladies. Be safe.

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Dee Dalton sent me this photo of her quilt from the 2nd edition of our book, the Applique Sampler. I love the pieced border that she added to the quilt… it definitely pulls everything together. Congrats, Dee, on making a lovely quilt!

Here is an excerpt from Dee’s email, talking about her applique journey. I do like hearing that my teaching is helpful (always a nice thing) but I was particularly happy to hear that changing the way she holds her needle made such a big difference! For those of you who have not had a class with me, read the Best-Ever Applique Sampler, or watched any of my videos: I teach you to hold the needle a little differently and it really does make a difference in your stitches.

I read through it and set the book aside for awhile. I then started a journey on how to improve my applique. I saw that you were teaching at a symposium in Raleigh, NC so I signed up for the class. Best class ever. I am a visual person and need to see hands on how things work. Changing how I hold the needle was a game changer for me. Ha!! Now I can’t hold the needle any other way. For me when I started applique, I knew I would love it and I do, but taking classes and learning for me answered a lot of my questions. After taking many classes on the subject, I place you and Suzanne Marshall at the top of my list.

Dee Dalton

Wednesday Giveaway

Wendy Thibodeau will receive the slightly crunched copy of The Best-Ever Applique Sampler! Congrats to Wendy!

This book will teach you how to appliqué the Piece O’ Cake way. It is a comprehensive guide where you will find everything you need to know about hand appliqué. The written instructions are clear and complete. The photos are up-close and informative. If you are not Wendy, you might want to order a copy now :-).

I’ll be back with another Giveaway next Wednesday. Until then you can shop for all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at!

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Mary Hubbard from Green Valley, AZ, saw our Whimsical Quilt Garden quilt on Pinterest, found the pattern, and made the her quilt. Isn’t it lovely! Mary worked on her quilt for about 7 to 9 months all hand appliquéd and hand quilted. She put on a different border that she saw somewhere online. I do love that border, it frames the blocks very well.

Thank you, Mary, for sharing!

The pattern is out of print but you can find the digital pattern here:–Patterns/eBooks/p/My-Whimsical-Quilt-Garden-Digital-Download-x31059772.htm.

You might find an old copy of the pattern for sale online as Mary did, but before you buy, be sure that all of the pattern pages are with it.