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TTMT #636 – Fronts, Backs, & Crochet

In which I share a surprising amount of finishes! I have been working on some DIY projects over the last week, too, but I’m pacing myself in hopes of avoiding aggravating the repetitive stress injury in my right shoulder. So far, so good!


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TTMT #323 – Making Things

Have a crafty day!


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TTMT #257 – Reluctant Kitty & PoD 2014

The Linus Connection needs yarn donations. April 2014 photo yarndonationsneeded_thelinusconnection_zpsb01796a2.jpg

The following quilts and blanket were seen in today’s video and have all now been donated to The Linus Connection. I share pattern links wherever possible.

2014 04 April Linus Donation (14)

Garden Party blocks (made by me) plus two donated Stars for Linus! Pieced, quilted & bound by me.

2014 04 April Linus Donation (1)



Fleece remnant with crochet edge. Sadly, I photographed the back side, so the edge isn’t as pretty!

2014 04 April Linus Donation (3)


Tumbler quilt made from a kit at the last work day for The Linus Connection.  Quilted by Osie.

2014 04 April Linus Donation (8)


Made from donated orphan blocks and Stars for Linus. Pieced, quilted and bound by me.

2014 04 April Linus Donation (6)

Made from donated orphan blocks with a few nine patches made by me to coordinate. Pieced, quilted and bound by me. Thanks to my friend Marge for the idea to use the black sashing!

2014 04 April Linus Donation (11)

Made from donated orphan blocks and donated sales samples. Pieced, quilted & bound by me.

2014 04 April Linus Donation (16)

A kit started by someone else, finished by me using fabrics I had on hand. Quilted and bound by me.

2014 UFO To Do List

  1. HP Swap Quilt
  2. Vintage Quilt Top
  3. Churn Dash Quilt
  4. 10 Minute Block Quilt – Completed & donated to The Linus Connection
  5. PoD Signature Quilt – Done!
  6. TABABOM Signature Quilt
  7. Embroidered Flower Quilt
  8. Topsy Turvy Trees
  9. Australia Quilt – fabric measured and organized
  10. Flannel orphan blocks – Completed & donated to The Linus Connection
  11. Mustachio
  12. Misc. Blocks (orphan, blog hops, etc.)Five quilts completed & donated to The Linus Connection
  13. Garden Party blocks – Completed & donated to The Linus Connection
  14. NAWWAL
  15. Wedding Quilt Orphan Blocks  – Completed & donated to The Linus Connection
  16. 80s T-Shirts

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 9

I totally forgot to mention that I have a pattern coming out in the next Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks! Be sure to stop by Sewhooked on April 30 for a sneak peek and a chance to win fun prizes!

PPV Prize April 2014

Share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group in April and you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Quilts From 100 Blocks, Fall 2013 (includes a pattern designed by me!) as well as copies of my patterns Poppies from the Past and My Kitchen Window!


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Packing Up For Linus

This is the photo post I promised earlier this week during Talk To Me Tuesday.


We’ve had two sewing days in the last month where Linus volunteers get together to stitch quilt tops. Usually, these tops are pre-cut and ready to sew together. Sometimes it’s a pre-printed panel that just needs borders or a donation of pre-made blocks. These sewing days are always a lot of fun and we get tons accomplished.

After piecing the quilt tops, they go off to our fabulous long-arm quilters who do a beautiful job quilting them for us.

Quilt Tops Pieced at Linus Work Days Dec/Jan

Scrappy Brick Quilt, a favorite pattern for work days

January 2012 donation, made by me

This was my first new crochet project for 2012. These were all yarns that were donated to Linus in December. I brought home a tangled snarl of yarns and turned them into this. It’s all double stranded, DC, and super simple, but I really like how squishy and soft it is!

January 2012 donation, made by me

Box Stitch baby blanket, crocheted by me, end of December, beginning of January.

Quilt Tops Pieced at Linus Work Days Dec/Jan

Pieced during the December work day, blocks donated by Kristel. Kristel, I hope you’ll forgive me for the willy-nilly layout!

Quilt Tops Pieced at Linus Work Days Dec/Jan

Pieced at the January sewing day. This top and the following were pieced out of a huge assorted stack of funky 5 1/2″ pre-cuts fabrics. I just grabbed and stitched! The string pieced blocks were in the stack, too.

Quilt Tops Pieced at Linus Work Days Dec/Jan

Quilt Tops Pieced at Linus Work Days Dec/Jan

A panel that needed borders. Almost instant gratification!

Quilt Tops Pieced at Linus Work Days Dec/Jan

This was a panel that was cleverly puzzle-pieced together by Osie. She did the cutting, I did the stitching.

pieced by clumsy_chord

Wonky Stars quilt, top donated by Kristel. Quilted by Marge.

by ladyoflosttimes

Afghan donated by ladyoflosttimes

made by Terry

Afghan donated by Terry M.

made by Terry

Afghan donated by Terry M.

The Linus Connection meets tomorrow to collect and distribut blankets to children in need throughout Central Texas, I hope to see you there!

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Blog Hop Call for designers – We’ve had some great people sign up so far, but there is still space available! If you think you might like to design a block for April, please check out the post and fill out the form. We’re going to have a blast sharing Garden Party patterns for the entire month of April!


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The Linus Connection – A Year of Blankets

This is The Linus Connection, my favorite charitable cause since I first volunteered in 2002.


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TTMT #137 – Shorter Than Usual

A short video with some Show & Tell…


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November Linus

Quilts for Linus

With my Babylock back in working order and all missing stitches found, I was able to complete Stars for Linus quilts #3 and #4, as well as quilting a Scrappy Brick quilt top donated by Aalia.

Quilt Backs
Something I need to do more often: photograph quilts from the back. My free-motion is improving, but I think I need to only quilt one per day from on!

Sideways Shell
Finished after a month off from crocheting after repetitive stress kicked my crochet muscles sideways.

November Linus donation from Amber

Granny Ghan donated by Amber

All the blankets above were donated to The Linus Connection during yesterday’s meeting. You can lots of great Show & Tell photos right here, including a couple of photos of yours truly!


It’s been such a busy time around the O household, that I completely forgot that yesterday marked my 9-year Linus anniversary!

I went to my first meeting in November 2002, invited by Osie, who I barely knew at the time. Our daughters were in first grade and in Brownies together. I heard her talking about Linus to another mom and mentioned I had made some baby blankets over the summer and would like to donate them. She encourage met to bring the blankets to the meeting.

It’s no small statement to say that volunteering for The Linus Connection changed my life. It gave my craft a cause, and encouraged me to learn to do things I had never before considered. It gave me friends I would not have had otherwise. At a time when I was a stay-at-home mom with two small children, it gave me something that was my very own. It’s really hard to sum up what the last nine years have meant to me.

These are my very first Linus blankets, donated in November 2002:
November 2002
The predecessor to Oh Wavy Baby

November 2002
…and Oh Wavy Baby is born

November 2002
Linus Sideways Shell…see, I told you I’ve been making this one forever!!

You might be wondering where the quilts are. Well, I wasn’t a quilter nine years ago…

May 2003
This is my first, very ugly quilt, donated in May 2003. I didn’t know about quarter-inch seams or rotary cutters. As horrible as it is, it was my first nudge toward quilting. I was ready to learn. The yellow afghan is a knitted sampler that was donated in pieces and I finished putting together.

November 2003
My first real quilt, donated November 2003, one year after I started volunteering for Linus. I pieced, tied and bound this myself, encouraged by Osie.  This was the result of my first ever Linus Work Day.

What a wonderful journey it has been. I found a passion for volunteer work I didn’t realize I had and made some of the best friends that I’ve ever had. Not least is the personal satisfaction that I receive knowing that my quilts and afghans have been providing comfort for children in their time of crisis all across Central Texas for the last nine years.


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TTMT #128 – Froggy Returns

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When Dorothy Met Linus

Action Shot!

We had some really great Show & Tell at The Linus Connection meeting today, which you can see in this post on the Linus blog. It’s entirely possible you might recognize the writing style. 😉

Since I take the pictures at Show & Tell, I rarely actually Show.  Today, I donated the Wizard of Oz quilt I’ve been working on and really wanted to share it with the group before it headed off to it’s final destination; one of the facilities getting blankets in the hands of children affected by the Central Texas fires.

The fabrics were donated to Linus as sales samples, then the tumbler blocks were cut out at the last meeting on an AccuQuilt.

I stitched the top, added an emerald city sparkly border, quilted it on the Linus long-arm (I’m still a novice, but it sure is fun!) and bound it.

Linus Donation September 2011
You can see the colors better in this one.

Linus Donation September 2011
Using up some leftovers. Linus Sideways Shell baby blanket.

Linus Donation September 2011
Also a Linus Sideways Shell. I’m sort of embarrassed to admit that I started this in June. When I ran out of yarn, it sat until I bought two skeins yesterday morning and finished it last night.

Stars For Linus continue to come in! Keep them coming and we’ll have a quilt to show here soon!

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I hope you’re all having a lovely, craft-filled weekend!



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A Little Help From My friends

It’s Linus Saturday today and I’m one of the willing and happy distributor of blankets. We sort them by size, fold them and pack them off to send out to children in crisis in Central Texas.

This month, I’m taking four blankets to the monthly meeting, three courtesy of wonderful friends.

afghan by Amber
Pretend Plaid by Amber

Quilt by Kristel

Quilt by Kristel, quilted by Marge, bound by me 🙂

afghan by Amber

Eye of the Tiger by Amber

Oh Wavy Baby

Oh Wavy Baby, by me