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Celebrating National Quilting Day with a New Pattern for Timeless Treasures!

Happy National Quilting Day and Worldwide Quilting Day! I hope you’re in your sewing room, quilting up a storm! If you don’t have anything to make, I offer this easy pattern.

I designed my latest pattern for Timeless Treasures and it’s called “True Patriot.” True Patriot is designed to use the fabrics from the Tonga Patriot batik collection, which is in stores now.

True Patriot finishes at 52-1/2" x 68-1/2" and would make a great Quilt of Valor. It would also be an awesome quilt for your own American hero, or as a welcome banner to your home.

The pattern is a free download that you'll find here, on my free downloadable quilt patterns page.

If you make True Patriot or any other quilt pattern of mine, I'd love to see it!

I have a weekly linkup that's just perfect for sharing your works in progress and quilt finishes. Drop by any Wednesday to share what you're working on in my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Happy National Quilting Day and Worldwide Quilting Day!

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Wednesday Wait Loss 74

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss, where you can share your quilty works in progress and recent finished quilts with us!

Happy Fourth of July! Let me tell you what I've been up to.

This week I finally got my June Island Batik challenge done! Yippee! It turned out pretty special so I'll save the details for a separate post.

The challenge, by the way, was to make a modern quilt. I can't wait to share it with you!

 

 

 

I also worked on my Bee Inspired block for the May queen. It's basically done except for some applique I wanted to add, so you'll see it soon. I think it's pretty special, and hopefully Velda, our May queen, will love it too.

Meanwhile, last night I did what's becoming a Fourth of July tradition--helping my sister plant flags on the lawns of her neighbors. Here are some photos I took last year in the daylight.

The planting of flags on the evening before the Fourth of July has been a tradition in my sister's neighborhood for years. The flags are bought by two elderly ladies who like to share their patriotism. My sister Pat has been helping them plant the flags for a while now. Recently though, one of the ladies has found it too hard to get around, so that leaves only Norma so a few years ago Pat has asked me to help. This year, my husband and daughter decided to join in the fun! (My dh is behind the camera in this shot.)

The flags are planted at night so they are a surprise. I love how these two women have been doing this in secret for years, and also how I now get to take part. It feels a bit like Christmas, leaving little flag "presents" on everyone's lawn.

I hope I get to do it for many years to come.

Well, that's what I've been up to this week.! Let's see who made this week's feature.

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After last night's flag planting adventure, I'm in a patriotic mood! Although my special red, white, and blue link up is coming up later this month, it's the Fourth of July so I just can't help myself. Let me share some patriotic quilts.

First up is Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts. Laura designed this baseball quilt for her son's coach. What could be more American than baseball?

Next, I want to feature Kathy @ Hazel's Daughter. Kathy shared two flag pillows, a wall hanging, and a table runner. I love all this red, white, and blue!

Congratulations Laura and Kathy! Thank you so much for sharing your quilts with us.  Here's an I Was Featured badge for your blogs.

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Our next special link up will be July 18th. Since the United States celebrates it's independence on July 4th (today), I'd like to celebrate the month of July with red, white, and blue quilts. I'll be having another giveaway, so get your quilts ready for the link up! To qualify, quilts do not need to be patriotic or have anything to do with the Fourth of July, but they do need to contain at least some red, some white, and some blue (all three colors).


 

Time to link up! Remember, if you need help linking up, click here for detailed step by steps.

Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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Wednesday Wait Loss 61

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss where you can share your unfinished quilt projects and receive encouragement to finally finish them!

Me, I finished Wicked Envy last week but it's been either raining or snowing since. I may have to give up on an outdoor photo shoot. Sigh.

I do have some happy news though. I got some more shamrock blocks in the mail from my friends in Bee Inspired! Here's what Janice @ Color Creating and Quilting sent me.

Here are the blocks I received from Sue @ Seven Oaks Street Quilts.

And Kate @ Smiles from Kate sent these to me all the way from England!

I'm getting quite the collection!

On Saturday, I finished my March Island Batik challenge. The challenge was to try a quilting technique new to us. I tried making a Lone Star quilt and ended up checking off an item from my bucket list! You can read all about it here.

Finally, I'm sponsoring a quilt along that just kicked off this week. Yep, there are prizes for participating and this week the prize is one of my patterns. Jump over to Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts and join the fun!

 

Well, that's what I've been up to! Let's see who made this week's feature.

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This week I want to feature a new quilter to our WWL family: Danette @ Nettie Sews and Lucky Quilts. Last week, Danette shared some fabric Easter baskets with us.

Aren't they adorable? Congratulations Danette! Here's an I Was Featured badge for your blog.

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Last week, a lot of you shared your special Easter and Spring quilts with us. Thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in my special link up. If you missed the quilts, you simply must see them!

I don't know about you, but I'm liking these special link ups, and I've decided to have one each month. We had two in March, so I think the next one will be in May. How about basket quilts (May baskets) for May? We'll have our next special linkup on May 16th, featuring basket quilts.

Until then, feel free to link up any quilty work in progress or a recent finish. I can't wait to see what you're up to!

Remember, if you need help linking up, click here for detailed step by steps.

Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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Happy Easter! What a Dog Gone Cute Quilt!

Hi! Hope you had a lovely Easter!

Last year, I made a cute little doggie block for my friend Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting who was Queen that month in my online bee, Bee Inspired. The block was the creation of Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts. You'll find Lorna's dog blocks here.

Ann's sample block--Lorna's design

Well, Ann said we needed to make the block look like a dog in our life, so I modified the block to add long floppy ears like my childhood dog, Shamrock.

Here's my floppy eared dog block. You'll find the directions for my modifications here.

Well, after I made my block for Ann and blogged about it, one thing led to another then Lorna heard about the modifications I'd made and endorsed them on her blog! Well, other people heard about the modifications of course and started making my version of the dog block in addition to Lorna's. The other day, I got a wonderful email from Karen Graham, who shared her floppy eared dog quilt with Lorna and me.

Isn't it cute? The only modification Karen did to my block was to fussy cut the eyes so the dots in the fabric formed perfect pupils. Isn't that a great idea? Karen told us that she used the layout from "Toy Trucks" @ Virginia Quilter for her quilt.

Thanks Karen for sharing your quilt with us!

Remember: if you make a quilt from any of my patterns I'd love to see it and to share it here right on my blog! You can share it on my weekly Wednesday Wait Loss, or simply email me.

Oh! Before I go, I want to encourage you to share photos of your Easter and Spring quilts on my special Easter Wednesday Wait Loss!

Happy Easter to you! We had a sunny day for egg hunting, then we had a beautiful snow. What an April Fools! <grin>

Oh, oh! Almost forgot to tell you. My friend and fellow Island Batik Ambassador Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts is kicking off her new Blocked Rainbow Quilt Along today, and guess what! If you make the first block by Sunday and post it on social media, you might win her giveaway which this week is a free PDF pattern from yours truly. <grin> Be sure to click over and pay Alison a visit!

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