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     I can hardly believe it's been2 years since I last blogged.  I'll have to try harder.  But you know how it is...life gets in the way.  So this year I made Izzy's Choice.  Designed by Jeana Kimball, this delightful quilt was just the ticket to get me through recovery from surgery.  I had prepped the entire quilt, which is just the way I work, and got busy as soon as I was healthy enough.  After all the applique was finished, I handquilted each block and border as separate units.  Then I trimmed them and bound each piece individually.  Then I whipstitched them together and appliqued on the deep purple hexagons.  It was a great experience and I'm glad I tried it but think I'll go back to my normal quilting style.

    I had previously sandwiched a number of quilt tops so they were ready for machine quilting when I felt up to it.  By the time I finished Izzy's Choice, I was ready, so out came Home Sweet Home, a Blackbird Design.  I had seen the original quilt many years ago at a quilt show and was totally enamoured by it.  I love their designs!  So I took a couple of weeks to machine quilt this one very similar to the way the original was quilted. I'm a happy gal.

     Next up, Bachelor Buttons, another Blackbird Design.  Again needleturn applique & machine quilted...I have to finish these tops!!  In a perfect world I would not have had this huge stack of unfinished tops but my world is NOT perfect, so I'm having to machine quilt these so I can handquilt the ones that have taken more time.  So more will follow, machine quilted for a while yet.

   Happy Quilting until next time....Annette

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Comment by Barb/WI on August 29, 2019 at 6:05pm

Beautiful!  Your needle turn applique is amazing, as is your hand quilting.  I can see why you fall in love with the Blackbird Design quilts.  I'm already excited to see your next quilts!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 29, 2019 at 5:58pm

They are fabulous, Annette!  Glad you are recovered from surgery and feeling well enough to accomplish so much!  

Comment by Janet/MO on August 29, 2019 at 4:26pm

Absolutely gorgeous quilts Annette!  It is nice to see a post from you.

Comment by Pam/NY on August 29, 2019 at 1:11pm

Your quilts are stunning!!! So much love...

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on August 29, 2019 at 1:01pm

Oh my goodness, Annette, your quilts are gorgeous!! The potholder style one intrigued me, the way you described it, but who would know by the picture that that is how you assembled it. It's just beautiful!

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