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Free quilt Patterns!

I thought I would start the day off offering some of my free quilt patterns on my blog.
Most of these are available on Craftsy but I know not everyone has an account at Craftsy.

First up is a quilt I made for my Grandsons.  I call it "Which way is up!"  It is made with large flying geese.  Click for free PDF Pattern.

This quilt would look great in a variety of fabric.  I colored it in fabric from Laundry Basket Quilts and I think it would look fantastic with this color way!

Next is my "Rose Pineapple Quilt".  I love this little quilt.  The pattern does not include the appliqué you see in the picture.  It only has the paper piecing blocks. Click for Rose Pineapple Pattern.

The last free pattern for today is the Flying Kite paper pieced block.  Click here for the Flying Kite Pattern.  This is a fun block to make and a super simple paper pieced pattern if you have never tried paper piecing. I don't have a picture of the actual block I made.  I must of forgotten t…
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At first I thought I could repair the sashing and divide the top into two as she suggested.  But the sashing was partly machine sewn and hand sewn.  Very strange.
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I then Ironed and starched every piece.  After that I trimmed everything even.  The sashing was different sizes.  No wonder it looked weird.  I don't have any pictures of the before quilt top.

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Accuquilt Gone to the Dogs Pattern

Wow it looks like I haven't posted anything new in two years.
My life is crazy busy. I work full-time at an awesome company as a Information Analyst and I work part-time creating quilting patterns.

Lately I have been writing patterns for our local quilt shop.  The patterns are theirs, I am just creating the final product.  I have also been writing patterns for Accuquilt. I design the patterns, choose the fabric and submit it for consideration.  If they like it then I create the pattern for them.

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The first time I remember ever seeing a Double Wedding Ring quilt was about 20 years ago.  
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When I went to the department store I found this lovely wedding ring quilt! It was on sale but I think I paid almost $200 dollars for it! That was a big purchase for me. That quilt is still in the family, though it was a quilt from the department store I loved it just the same.

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He even told me to get a new machine because I said I liked the way the APQS machine stitched! Crazy guy! I was tempted but I am a little more practical.  I have been trying to plan for retirement so I don't go too crazy on my spending.  I will be 51 in a few days but I only want to work until 60 if I can.

I thought I would post some pictures of the quilts from the quilt show.

I loved this butterfly quilt! I didn't catch the names of all the makers so forgive me if I don't post them. 

Here is my husband admiring one of the quilts!  The show got an interview from him to see why he was there! He kind of …

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End of the year catch up!

The year is almost over.  
Here are some things I have been working on.

I finish my little Christmas Tree Paper Pieced quilt pattern.  My son had filmed a video of me making it that I wanted to post on my website, but he has been distracted and hasn't finished it.

If you are interested in the pattern it is located on my website.   Please understand that I wrote the instructions quickly because I meant to also post the video.  If my son completes it I will.

I know this is really late in posting this since Christmas is over, but you could always just make it a tree quilt!

I also created a small quilt for the turkey hand contest at work.  So I won second place.  I didn't see the first place winner.

I just realized that the turkey is missing his eyes in this picture!  They must of came off when I brought it home.  Just picture it with those movable eyes!  I will have to find some more eyes to put on it.

I finished quilting a …