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I’m a Double Nudger

I spent last weekend having a blast at White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton, NY with Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors. We try to get together at least once a year for a reunion.  We share Ideas and help each other.  If you are looking for a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor, go to Studio180Design.net and click on the Certified Instructor tab and you will see there are many of us available to teach.  Here are some of us at the reunion.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA While at the reunion I worked on my Northern Neighbors quilt.    It only take 3 techniques to make this block: Wing Clipper (Flying Geese), Corner Beam & Split Rects.  Below is a block:

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What do I mean by being a ‘Double Nudger”?  When I’m making Corner Beam units I nudge the side triangles down just a nudge and then sew them down as shown below:

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Press toward the triangle and add the other side triangle again nudging it down just a bit before sewing it.

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It makes all the difference when you learn to nudge!

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This is my favorite leaf block!

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Curtain Rod Quilts

Just Hanging Around

I was searching Pinterest for different ways to store, show or hang quilts. If you haven’t checked out Pinterest for quilt storage you should, they have some wonderful ideas.  The ones I really liked required carpentry, ain’t nobody got time for that!  So I bought some curtain rods and went to work.

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I had enough room for a 60″ rod and if I folded the quilts just right I could fit 3 on a rod and I had room for a 2nd tier. I showed this picture to a Facebook group call “One Block Wonder Quilt Forum” and they loved it so I thought I would share it you too!

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Then I had to go buy 2 more smaller curtain rods to hang two more quilts.

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I couldn’t forget about the back of the couch.

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Of course I have my “Remember Me” obituary quilt on another wall. I guess this means I might not need to paint down here now!

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Upon entering the Quilt Zone I have Grandma Bessie keeping an eye on me.  How do you hang or show off your quilts?

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One Block Wonders at Sew Nice

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I just want to dive into these blocks, looks like water to me.

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Barb had fun with her Cowboy Hat fabric.

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I Love how Bernie’s came out.

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This does look like a big garden. Can you see the path?

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Alice  had a beautiful Asian fabric.

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Next to Alice is are gorgeous blocks from a sunflower fabric.

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Judy didn’t have all her blocks ready to design, but she had enough done to play.

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I absolutely loved Krissy’s fabric. I love grey and this came out so beautiful.

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Rebecca was not pleased with her fabric selection. I thought it was beautiful.

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Tara was making this OBW for her brother. I’m sure he will love it. Her blocks were so much fun!

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Do you see the twister?

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Paula Harr

Patchwork By Paula

Last week I was in Hampton, Virginia at the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival working with Deb Tucker in the Studio 180 Design booth.  We were busier than a one armed paper hanger!  I felt so fortunate to see so many of my friends.  When I first arrived I had time to chat with my friend Paula Harr.

I met Paula about 5 years ago through the Tidewater Quilt Guild in Virginia Beach, VA.  I liked her immediately. She has a wicked sense of humor and a sparkle in her eyes that can light up a room.  Paula was raised by her grandmother and as a child played under the quilt frame as quilts were made by hand.  Paula has been quilting since the 1980’s. She owned a quilt shop in Fairmont, West Virginia called “Uncle Bertie’s”!  I asked questioningly “Uncle Bertie’s”????  Paula replied that for some unknown reason her children called their Great Grandmother “Uncle Bertie” and there you have it!

Paula was a Psychiatric Nurse for 47 years; I think that explains the twinkle in her eyes!  She retired on a Friday the 13th in 2014 just for luck!  Several Years ago Paula was approached by the Neptune Festival Committee in Virginia Beach, and asked if she would make them a T-shirt quilt to raffle as a fund raiser in exchange for a free booth at the fair, she said yes and a new business was born.  Below is the gorgeous quilt she made for the festival.

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The Neptune quilt was fabulous, and Paula enjoyed making it.  I say that because for anyone who has made a T-Shirt quilt and you ask if they will make another, usually the answer is a resounding “NO”!  But, Paula began answering “yes” to those who wanted a T-Shirt quilt made for them.  Paula only uses Quilters Dream Batting when making her quilts.  Her favorite is Dream Select for all its versatility.  Below are examples of Paula’s wonderful T-shirt quilts:

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Paula says “every quilt tells a story”, and she so enjoys meeting the people, hearing their story, creating a T-Shirt Quilt that captures their story and their most cherished memories.  She has made so many that she now has one hour quilt guild presentation on making T-shirt and Memory quilts.

If you would like to have a T-Shirt or Memory quilt made especially for you or if you would like Paula to visit your guild and share her informative presentation please contact her at:

Patchwork by Paula – FB page
patchworkbypaula@gmail.com
757-572-1919

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I Love New York…. & Sew Much More

I’m getting excited. Next week I head south to the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton Virginia.  I will be helping out Deb Tucker at the Studio 180 Design Booth, so please, if you are there stop by and say hello.  I’m sorry I will have to miss my local guild “The Mohawk Valley Quilt Club’s” 35th Anniversary celebration.  Congratulation to a great group of quilters.

I’m test driving my new Nolting quilt frame. It is pretty spectacular.  Having a commercial frame makes my mid-arm work better.  I have dreams of improving my quilt skills immensely.  I bought the frame from Delightful Quilting & Sewing. Joyce and Ron Blowers are Nolting Dealers and drove 3 hours to my house in a snow event and set it up for me. I really liked them a lot!  I need to take some lessons from Joyce.

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I usually finish my quilts in the order they are pieced, (just a little OCD) but I wanted to finish “I Love New York” to celebrate the mountains of snow we have, with more on the way.  There is a group on Facebook called “One Block Wonder Quilt Forum”.  Someone asked me how I quilted my hexagon quilts.  I meander mine, not just because that’s all I know how to do, but by going over every seam and center they lay nice and flat.

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I was trying to be arty and photograph my quilt out in the snow, but there is so much snow (close to 3 feet in parts of my yard) I had a very difficult time getting a good angle.

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So I gave up, scraped off mounds of snow and came inside.

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Where Do I Keep All My Sewing Machines?

David asked where I keep my Vintage Sewing Machines (VSM)?  I just moved and had to give up two VSM, but I keep some of my sewing machines on what I call “the garage”, a shelf in my sewing studio.
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They are scattered around as Knick Knacks so I can see them every day.
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Below I’m working on two different projects requiring two different machines. Nothing beats the 1/4″ seam accuracy on my 1939 Featherweight!
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The treadles are used as bedside tables and end tables throughout  the house.

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I Don’t Think We are in Kansas Anymore Toto

I am a self proclaimed over the top Wizard of Oz fan and Kaleidocally Hexed quilts. I made my first hexagon quilt in 2006.

In 2008 I made “Inside the Twister I” from Wizard of Oz fabric by Quilting Treasures.

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In 2010 I made “Inside the Twister II” as a raffle fund raiser for the New York Mills, NY Historical Society.

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In 2012 I made “Inside the Twister III” as a raffle quilt for the Virginia Quilt Museum.

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I made the “Yellow Brick Road with a Twist”  for my Granddaughter Pepper.

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I have decided to make another one, I have cut the repeats into strips as you can see below.  I wonder if it will come out the same or be completely different?

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The blocks are looking very interesting.

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Below are some of my Wizard of Oz collection:

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