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Happy Nurses Day!

I know that there is a big over lap of nurses and quilters so I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to all the nurses on here that give so much of themselves everyday. Your work is so appreciated!!! 

Added by Amanda Best on May 6, 2017 at 7:25pm — 4 Comments

Austen Family Album blocks

Here are the first three blocks for the Block of the Week Program, Austen Family Album. A program about the life and times of Jane Austen by Barbara Brackman.

Her blog and patterns: http://austenfamilyalbumquilt.blogspot.com/2014/04/block-1-bright-star-for-jane-austen.html

The group here on Connecting Threads that has a few of us participating:…


Added by Amanda Best on April 23, 2014 at 5:25pm — 8 Comments

Quilt Show Entries

My local quilt guild is having it's bi-annual  show next weekend and I am happy to have all my entries done!

They had five categories, and it was my personal goal to have one thing finished for each of them.\

So here is my Small quilt:

 Large quilt:…


Added by Amanda Best on April 19, 2014 at 1:00pm — 23 Comments

Jane Austen Family Album free block of the week quilt along

Noted historian and author, Barbara Brackman has created another free block of the week program. It is about Jane Austen and her era. There will be a bit of interesting history and a 12" block pattern each week. It started today. I thought I would let you all know in case some of you are interested. 

Austen Family Album

Here is the link to the blog/patterns:…


Added by Amanda Best on April 6, 2014 at 7:34pm — 5 Comments

Looks like fun!

Here is the link for an upcoming quilt-along at Happy Quilting with Melissa Cory:


She has fun prizes to giveaway weekly; if you post pictures in her Flickr group of your progress.

I am thinking of trying this even though I know I have a gazillion things already started. I just wanted to share it with you all in…


Added by Amanda Best on January 22, 2014 at 5:23pm — 4 Comments

Dream Garden Applique Block of the Month

Sentimental Stitches started a new free block of the month yesterday. It is called Dream Garden. I think it is a beautiful quilt.

Dream Garden        If you would like to make this applique and hand embroidered quilt the link for the information and free patterns is:


If you…


Added by Amanda Best on January 16, 2014 at 8:49am — 8 Comments

Just Takes 2 Free Block of the Month

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Gay at Sentimental Stitches and Brenda at Dear Jane are hosting an amazing free block of the month applique quilt. It is the Benjamin Biggs quilt. Each pattern is free is the month it comes out then after that month is over it becomes $6.00. So if you are interested you should download and print each pattern monthly. I am going to collect the patterns, but I don't know if I will be starting the actual quilt soon. It is a masterpiece! Check it out! Here is the…


Added by Amanda Best on January 3, 2014 at 4:45pm — 7 Comments

Dixie Diary Block of the Month

Hi everyone, I thought I would let you know, Barbara Brackman has a new Block of the Month, called Dixie Diary, free on her blog; http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/ She writes a short article about a portion of Sarah Morgan's Civil War Diary, and has a quilt block pattern to go with it. She has the instructions listed for either a 12" or 8" finished size block. The blocks are much easier than her block of…


Added by Amanda Best on February 6, 2013 at 9:52am — No Comments

New Group for Grandmother's Choice Block of the Week

My new group for people participating in Barbara Brackman's free new Block of the Week "Grandmother's Choice" was approved today. Thank you Quilt with Us! If you are going to be making the blocks weekly and would like to see what others are doing please feel free to join in! Or if you would just like to follow every one's progress check it out. Thank you! 

Here is the link for…


Added by Amanda Best on September 4, 2012 at 6:14pm — 5 Comments

Civil War Block Swap

The deadline for joining the Civil War block swap here on Quilt with Us is today. There are 3 more available spots if anyone is interested. The complete rules and details are on the Block Swappers page. Hope every one is having a nice day!

Added by Amanda Best on July 30, 2012 at 11:48pm — No Comments

Spring Batik Block Swap

Hello everyone! My friend Sally is setting up a new block swap. Anyone is welcome to join. She is an experienced paper piecer so she can answer questions if you have them. The 6" finished blocks will not be due until the beginning of March, 2013, so there is plenty of time to make these beautiful tulip blocks.  If you would like to join please add your name to the list in the Block Swappers group here on Quilt with Us.…


Added by Amanda Best on July 24, 2012 at 4:42pm — 2 Comments

Sewing Space

Awhile back I entered a VERY amateur yodeling contest and I won the 1st prize, two thousand dollars worth of Wal-Mart gift cards. (The Grand Prize was a trip to Germany) So I bought myself a dining table so I have a place all my own that I can sew on instead of having to clean off a part of the kitchen table. The rest of the money will go for essential stuff, but the table was something I really wanted.  Now, I just have to finish painting the basement, and putting the flooring in so I…


Added by Amanda Best on March 13, 2012 at 5:35am — 11 Comments

1st quilting class

Today, I took my first quilt class, we did hand applique, Rose of Sharon. It is in purple and green, I love it. It was a lot of fun. I hope to take more classes soon.

Added by Amanda Best on February 21, 2012 at 6:13pm — 5 Comments

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