Old Dogs, New Tricks

June 23, 2015 at 5:00 am 223 comments

I’m developing a new workshop called Beautiful Basic Binding for Beginners. I know; that’s a lot of B’s. Apparently I’m into alliteration. In preparation for my “guinea pig” class this spring I needed samples. I had originally thought of putting some really nice bindings on pre-quilted muslin squares (ick) but I just couldn’t bear to waste my time on it. So then, naturally, I went into “overkill” mode and thought I’d make five or six new quilts just for the class.

After a shor while my sanity returned and I decided to pilfer blocks from a UFO and turn them into some smaller quilts, which I thought I might actually be able to finish in time for the class. Great plan! I got most of the mini quilts done, showed the rest “in progress,” and pulled about 75 pounds of quilts from around the house for a killer Show & Tell. (I was teaching in my @Home Classroom, after all.)

Well, the class came and went, and I learned a lot! More on that some other time. Today I want to share the deconstruction of the UFO, what has become of the blocks, and why I am so excited about this project.

PuppusDoggusDeconstruction'Those of you who took my Puppus Doggus workshop at Houston Quilt Festival way back in 2002 might remember this quilt top. Still not quilted after 14 years, I figured it was fair game.

At first I thought it was a little sad. I had spent quite a bit of time making the blocks, and sashing them together.  I had also gone a little around the bend painting all the white dots in the border fabric purple. (The white stuck out.)  Plus I had the backing fabric already pieced and the batting cut to just the right size. Should I have let sleeping dogs lie? Not with a seam ripper so close at hand. Besides it fit no known bed and was too large to hang on a wall. And, remember, I was on a mission.

I may have backed into this particular project for all the wrong reasons, but it is turning out to be quite exciting. At first, my plan was to take one block, border it, and bind it. Done; next? But, as I sewed I kept thinking what a great opportunity this was turning out to be.

First, I was working in a “series,” like all great artists are supposed to to. Variation on a theme and all that. I’m sure it’s in the Great Artist Bylaws somewhere. I have never worked in a series. (Sitting up a little taller in my chair as I write this now.)

Second, it was so much fun thinking of all the different ways I could bind each little quilt that I started thinking of all the different ways I could border the quilts too! YES! This is getting REALLY fun now!

Third, as long as I was going to bind them and border them I realized that I should probably quilt them too. How many different ways could I come up with to quilt them?

Finally,  I could share all the quilts one at a time here on the blog so that I could challenge YOU to play along with me. Aren’t you glad you’re reading this?

So lets recap, what do we get to learn, practice, experiment with, and have fun doing? Bordering, Quilting, AND Binding! Why am I so jazzed? We’re talking small quilts here. Small is “do-able.” Small is manageable. Small is why not take a risk and try something you’ve never tried before. What’s the worst that could happen?

Comment below if you want to join this Old Dog and learn some New Tricks with me. Don’t worry, I won’t hold you to anything and, as with all my challenges, you can embrace them or ignore them—no guilt either way.

The Old Dogs/New Tricks Challenge will begin officially with the next blog. If you have any suggestions, let me have them in the comments below. Just remember I get to embrace or ignore them too. Fair is fair.

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  • 1. MaryJean Bower  |  June 23, 2015 at 8:15 am

    My absolute favorite part of quilting is binding…making it, stitching it to the quilt with walking foot, and hand sewing it down, not to mention the challenge of getting the corners to be perfect. I even volunteer to bind our quilt guilds projects at times. But who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks? I’M IN!

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    • 2. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Awesome, MaryJean! Glad to have you along for the ride.

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  • 3. Sharon Highfield  |  June 23, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I can always learn something new. Actually I want to see what happens with the Puppus Dogus quilt?

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    • 4. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:17 am

      You and me both, Sharon! I’m not in any big hurry. Just enjoying the process.

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  • 5. Amy Robertson  |  June 23, 2015 at 8:51 am

    This sounds like fun!

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    • 6. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Cool! Glad you’re intrigued, Amy!

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  • 7. Mary Ann  |  June 23, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Well I may not be able to play along Ami but I will certain stop, listen and learn!

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    • 8. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:18 am

      That works for me, Mary Ann!

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  • 9. Patti A.  |  June 23, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I had to laugh so many times reading this, sound like fun to me. I ripped apart half a quilt yesterday just to get to one block that was bothering me, no I am not a perfectionist I just had to fix this block. Long story. Anyway I am interested in your next blog for sure.

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    • 10. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Glad you’re looking forward to the next blog, Patti!

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  • 11. Pam  |  June 23, 2015 at 9:22 am

    This sounds like fun! (Can cats come, too, or only dogs allowed?)

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    • 12. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Yes, cats are welcome for sure, Pam!

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  • 13. maureen Farr  |  June 23, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I am excited

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  • 15. Judy Snook  |  June 23, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Wow! Sounds really interesting. And I like the idea of small and do-able.

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    • 16. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Thanks, Judy! I like small too.

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  • 17. debbierhodes  |  June 23, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I am in

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  • 19. Sara Jane Spaulding  |  June 23, 2015 at 9:27 am

    New tricks sound like a winner.

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    • 20. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Everybody loves a good trick, right Sara Jane?

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  • 21. Kesten  |  June 23, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Sure, I’ll give it a whirl if only to see what you do!

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  • 23. Lynn Baird  |  June 23, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Sounds like fun! I may watch more than do, but I’m sure I’ll learn something.

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  • 25. Claire G  |  June 23, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Puppus Dogus sounds so fun

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    • 26. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Just trying to be technically correct, Claire.

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  • 27. Terry  |  June 23, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Sounds interesting. I’d love to watch and learn. Count me in, please.

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    • 28. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Yay! Glad you’re going to be tuning in, Terry.

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  • 29. Barb Murdock  |  June 23, 2015 at 9:51 am

    please add me to your list, this sounds like fun and maybe something I could do with things I have started

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    • 30. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:25 am

      I’m really enjoying the project, taking my time and savoring…

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  • 31. Chris Bowyer  |  June 23, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Great idea! I have lots of “independent” blocks that refuse to play together!

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    • 32. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Chris, that sounds like the perfect solution.

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  • 33. Bev DeMaria  |  June 23, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Yes, count me in.

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    • 34. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:25 am

      1, 2, 3, ….. OK, you’re IN!

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  • 35. Laurel Schaap  |  June 23, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I’d love to join you in Old Dogs/New Tricks. I’m anxious to hear about the deconstruction as well! I’ve been quilting since 1985, and that’s A LOT of UFOs. A lot. Many.

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    • 36. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Glad you’ll be along for the ride, Laurel!

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  • 37. Abbie  |  June 23, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I’ll have do a new technology too…Blogs or will my email get me each challenge? Oh good looks like my answer is the box to check below. Great I’ve missed reading your notes.
    Abbie

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    • 38. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Abbie, I will mention each new blog in my newsletter. They also go automatically to my FaceBook and Twitter account. Or, you can (as you just found out) sign up to get an email notification when each new blog posts.

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  • 39. lindybigd  |  June 23, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Great idea! I’ll follow you anywhere! I wish you would come back to Dallas for more workshops! I think of you every time I iron strips together (I took your strips workshop).

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    • 40. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:28 am

      So glad you’ll be following me! If you want me back to Dallas, all you have to do is tell your Program Chair. I have openings next year and 2017 is almost totally open.

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  • 41. Carolyn Schwartz  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Sounds like fun.

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  • 43. Debrah Beck  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:41 am

    There are several UFO’s lurking in my “studio”/chaotic sewing room – I need INSPIRATION! Ami, your Great Experiment sounds like the push I need to finish SOMETHING!

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    • 44. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      My pleasure, as long as I don’t push you over the edge.

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  • 45. Bev Crabb  |  June 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I think this sounds great! I have a project box filled with orphan blocks that beg for borders and binding! And a new-to-me sewing machine that is begging me to practice with it! Maybe they could turn into doll/teddybear quilts for a guild Xmas project? I am in!!!

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  • 47. Kalli Inman  |  June 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Pondering….

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    • 48. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Pondering is good. This is simply inspiration as needed.

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  • 49. Susan  |  June 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Sign me up. Sounds like fun.

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    • 50. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      No sign-up required. You’re immediately approved, registered, stamped, and ready to go.

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  • 51. Edna Lindemann  |  June 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I think I am up for a challenge. I will give it a whirl.

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  • 53. Bonnie Hensley  |  June 23, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    sounds like fun! I was in that class, so much fun. My furbabies were just puppies themselves; now Buddy has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and Lucy is now an old lady–a very spoiled one!

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    • 54. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks for remembering that class, Bonnie! Sending a belly rub to Lucy.

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  • 55. Nancy Andersen  |  June 23, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    This sounds like fun!

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    • 56. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      I’m having a blast, so I hope you will too, Nancy!

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  • 57. Terri Bergstrom  |  June 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    binding…. the bane of my quilting existence! And don’t get me started on actually finishing something… please count me in :)

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    • 58. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Terri, I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve. Hopefully this will help.

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  • 59. Donna  |  June 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I’m always UP for a challenge. Count me in! When do we start?

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    • 60. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Awesome, Donna! We start with the next blog post. Not sure when that will happen, but soon hopefully.

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  • 61. Shelly Chandhok  |  June 23, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I’m in.

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  • 63. Mary Lou Kirtland  |  June 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Me too! And thank you!!

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  • 65. sharon  |  June 23, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    very intere4sted

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  • 67. Bid Drake  |  June 23, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Reminds me of when we made Priority Alzheimer’s quiltlets!
    Hugs, Bid

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    • 68. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Yup! I never had the time to make any once the project grew legs.

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  • 69. Cindy Gilbrough  |  June 23, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I’m in

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  • 71. Marcia Gilbreath  |  June 23, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Mourning the loss of that beautiful Puppus Doggus quilt, Ami! But I’m looking forward to seeing what it becomes in its next incarnation.

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    • 72. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      I hear you. I loved that top too, but alas, it never morphed into a finished quilt. Change is good.

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  • 73. Deborah  |  June 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I’m getting older as we speak. One more project, why not?

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    • 74. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      I like your attitude, Deborah!

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  • 75. Missmunch  |  June 23, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Let the fun begin.

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    • 76. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      I’ll be sharing the first finished quilt in the next blog. :)

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  • 77. Vicki Medlin  |  June 23, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    i’m in!

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  • 79. Rose  |  June 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I’m ready, set. Go!

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  • 81. Pam  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I want to learn! I want to experiment! I want to practice! Count me IN!

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    • 82. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      You’re in! So happy you’re jazzed about it, Pam!

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  • 83. Julie Shafer  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Please, please let me join!

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    • 84. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Of course, Julie! Consider yourself joined.

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  • 85. Jolly and Delilah  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    In definitely curious about this. I’ll certainly be following along, even if I don’t have time to participate. I always love learning about how other quilters work.

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  • 88. Julie Peterson  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Can’t wait to join the fun! My fabrics are screaming at me saying, “Use me first!” This project puts a big smile on my face!

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    • 89. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Chatty fabric. I think that’s a good thing.

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  • 90. Nancy Gigley  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Sounds like fun and such a cute quilt

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    • 91. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks, Nancy! It used to be! Ha ha.

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  • 92. Karen Lipton  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I have always loved that quilt, sign me up. Game on!

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  • 94. Jennifer  |  June 23, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I’m very interested in seeing what you have come up with!

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  • 96. Ann Parke  |  June 23, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Looks like a fun time! Count me in!

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  • 98. Renie Arrigo  |  June 23, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I’m in! I need some new tricks!

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    • 99. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      I think we all are! Glad you’ll be joining in the fun, Renie!

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  • 100. Penny  |  June 23, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    The older I get, the more appealing small projects become to me, so this sounds like it’s going to be great!

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    • 101. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      I can learn faster on smaller projects. I ran out of beds years ago, and there’s not much space on my walls either.

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  • 102. Liz  |  June 23, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I have several ufos so I’m looking forward to seeing how this goes.

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  • 104. dian  |  June 23, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Make that 95 of us!

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  • 106. Meta  |  June 23, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Great idea for some of the block of the month UFOs.

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  • 108. Janie Way Grohs  |  June 23, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Lets give these doggies a whirl!

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    • 109. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Love your enthusiasm, Janie!

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  • 110. Frances Urquhart  |  June 23, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Looks like fun! I really need to get a Facebook page.

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  • 112. velda becker  |  June 23, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Would love to join. Will be a great warm-up for when you come to our guild next year!

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  • 114. Jan Turner  |  June 23, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I always enjoy watching and learning new techniques.

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  • 116. Mary  |  June 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    I rarely get good corners on my quilts. When I do get a sharp one I can’t figure out what I did differently. I am so in!

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    • 117. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      I’ll see if I can help, Mary!

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  • 118. Aunt Danita  |  June 23, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I also like the binding process, so I am very interested in what the outcome of this project will be.

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    • 119. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Me too. We’ll both have to stay tuned, as they say….

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  • 120. Cassandra Plott  |  June 23, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    sounds like my kind of thing–excellent

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    • 121. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Wonderful to have you on board, Cassandra!

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  • 122. Phyllis Y  |  June 23, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Great idea! I’m in, too!

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  • 124. Susan Grum  |  June 23, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Love the dog themed blocks. Can’t wait to see what you do with them. I’m in.

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    • 125. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks, Susan! I can’t wait to see what I do with them too! Ha, ha!

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  • 126. Pam Neil  |  June 23, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I’m in….I would love the challenge(s)!! Besides, it’s just good to hear from you, Ami! Always enjoy your posts/newsletters!

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  • 128. Melanie  |  June 23, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Ami, sounds like a fun challenge. count me in. Thanks for all your designs, ideas, and fun sidelines. Zoey is adorable! I made a Puppus Doggus quilt for charity some time ago and sent you a block in exchange for the pattern. Loved it–so fun to do. I’m ready. What’s next? Melanie

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    • 129. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      So glad that you’re on board, Melanie! for now just hang lose until the next blog post goes up. It will be a few weeks, I’m sure.

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      • 130. Melanie  |  March 2, 2016 at 11:04 pm

        Good. I’ll get caught up on “things” meanwhile. :o)

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  • 131. Judy Woerner  |  June 23, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Okay, let’s try this again, I’m going to follow along and see if i learn some new tricks.

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    • 132. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      That’s a great plan, Judy!

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  • 133. Emalee  |  June 23, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Looking forward to this

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    • 134. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Me too, Emalee!

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    • 135. Rebecca Plummer  |  June 23, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      I’m teaching a total beginners group and think I have over challenged them with a Judy Hopkins (remember her?) “mystery quilt’. I am curious what you are introducing to us. Is it something that an old quilter like me might like?

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      • 136. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 9:39 am

        You’ll just have to wait and see, Rebecca!

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  • 137. Mida  |  June 23, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Why not?? Sounds like fun.

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    • 138. Ami Simms  |  June 23, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Yay! Glad you’ll be tuning in, Mida!

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  • 139. Kathleen S  |  June 23, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I’m in..always looking to learn new things

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  • 141. Cathie  |  June 23, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Let’s do this!

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  • 143. MaryAnne  |  June 23, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I’m in but I probably don’t have to officially join?

    Mary Anne Kingston

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    • 144. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 9:41 am

      We are totally non-official here. :)

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  • 145. Nancy  |  June 23, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Always enjoy learning new techniques and love to read your newsletters. This sounds even more fun.

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    • 146. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Thanks, Nancy! I appreciate the kind words.

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  • 147. Jeanmarie  |  June 23, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Maybe…just maybe…. this will help me do something with all those not-so-orphan blocks just waiting for a brainstorm to occur!

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  • 149. Diane Austen  |  June 23, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Could hardly find the end of the list!
    Add me, please!

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  • 151. HelenMarie Marshall  |  June 23, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I am always up for a new challenge!

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  • 153. Moira  |  June 23, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Sounds like fun, count me in!

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  • 155. Deanne  |  June 23, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Great idea! I’ve got a “few” old UFOs lurking. Count me in!

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  • 157. kemosabaycampground  |  June 23, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    This might be just what I need to get some small quilts done. I am great at making them but bad at actually finishing them. So I think when you post something I will pick one of my little quilts and use it to do the techniques on.
    Thanks

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  • 159. Julia Macpherson  |  June 24, 2015 at 12:21 am

    This sounds like great fun and there is always more to learn!

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    • 160. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Glad you’ll be following along, Julia!

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  • 161. cathie  |  June 24, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Very clever idea and it has me thinking! LOL I don’t have a Puppus quilt to use but maybe something else possibly?
    thanks for the inspiration

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    • 162. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Any blocks will do, BOM’s, orphans, total rejects you don’t want to pitch.

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  • 163. Helen Tulip  |  June 24, 2015 at 2:29 am

    i like binding, but don’t always do a good job, I’d like to do better, Helen

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    • 164. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Let’s see if I can help, Helen!

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  • 165. Cathy Hasse  |  June 24, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Definitely sounds interesting and fun. Love your blogs

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    • 166. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Thanks, Cathy! Glad you’ll be tuning in.

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  • 167. Mary Ellen Tardiff  |  June 24, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I’;d love to get all the information and watch the fun. Right now I’m a bit busy with a full time plus job and two very new grandbabies – twins, boy and girl, born 8 weeks early and FINALLY home. They weren’t supposed to be here until July 8th (born May 15th at almost 3 1/2 pounds each and about 16 inches long) They are T I N Y – but so perfect and I’m loving just watching them. I can hardly wait until they giggle and sit and then crawl. Then the real fun begins. But soon I will be back to making lots of quilts and I’d love to know a few new things. I remember when the puppus doggus pattern was around. Guess I’ve been following you for a while. Keep up the good work and I love the grandma news, too !!

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    • 168. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Hi Mary Ellen! Congrats on the new grandbabies! Tune in when you can.

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  • 169. Kathy Holmertz  |  June 24, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Sounds like great fun ! Thanks for inspiring us :)

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    • 170. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Kathy!

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  • 171. Dorothy Washburn  |  June 24, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Great idea for trying new things. And I love the pups!

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    • 172. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Cool! Glad you’re along for the ride, Dorothy!

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  • 173. Cheryl Sommers  |  June 24, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Please add me to the list. Sounds like fun!

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    • 174. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      You’re already on the list, Cheryl!

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  • 175. Gerorgia Kelsch  |  June 24, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Love watching “new, different” techniques to add to my “stash of ideas’

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    • 176. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Glad you’ll be joining us, Gerorgia!

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  • 177. Ginger Hale  |  June 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Absolutely this old dog wants to learn some new tricks. Count me in, too.

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  • 179. Pat Zepp  |  June 24, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Ami, Like challenges. Count me in

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    • 180. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Pat, glad you’ll be tuning in.

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  • 181. Gwen  |  June 24, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    It looks like fun. I would love to be part of this.

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    • 182. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      It’s settled then! You’re in!

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  • 183. Linda Bradley  |  June 24, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Count me in! I love your chatty newsletter and Scooter.

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    • 184. Ami Simms  |  June 24, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks, Linda! Glad to have you along.

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  • 185. Jean  |  June 24, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Sounds like fun

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  • 187. Shirl  |  June 24, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I am willing to learn some new tricks.

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  • 189. Mary Ellen Adams  |  June 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Always up for a challenge and learning something new!mik

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  • 191. Susan  |  June 26, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Sounds like fun. Small projects seem to get done before larger ones!

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  • 193. Wanda  |  June 27, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Ya!!

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  • 195. Gini  |  June 28, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Count me in. I’ve been working on a needleturn applique extra large queen size quilt for ages. It would be great to work on something small and get it DONE!

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    • 196. Ami Simms  |  June 28, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Glad to have you along for the ride, Gini!

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  • 197. Eileen Kicken  |  June 28, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I’m an old dog who needs new tricks.

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    • 198. Ami Simms  |  July 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Aroooof! Me too. Bark! Bark!

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  • 199. sbvore  |  June 28, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Amazing that you respond to all of these comments! You must have Scooter do some of them for you. I miss seeing you, your sense of humor, and tapping into your knowledge and skills. I will enjoy this.

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    • 200. Ami Simms  |  July 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

      Yes, I am certifiable. But I’m glad you appreciate it. Miss you too!

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  • 201. Peggy Frahm  |  June 29, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    I would like to join too always ready for a new trick.

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  • 203. viburnam  |  July 7, 2015 at 9:52 am

    What a great idea! I hate binding, but love taking something to a different place (that is a better place). In my over-60ness, I have become a major recycler of all kinds of things in the garage and attic, whether it’s for the garden, the chicken coop, or a fiber project. And it’s fun to actually finish something once in a while. Go Ami !

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  • 205. Judy Forkner  |  July 11, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Hope it’s not too late to join in–maybe I can get the table runner I made in a class in April bordered & bound!

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    • 206. Ami Simms  |  July 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Of course not! Welcome, Judy!

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  • 207. Old Dog #1 | Through The Eyes Of A Quilter  |  July 30, 2015 at 6:57 am

    […] the first quilt created in the “Old Dogs, New Tricks” series.  Pretty basic stuff. I’m just getting my feet wet. I added a blue border and […]

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  • 208. Linda Parshall  |  July 30, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Not sure how I missed this, but I’d like to follow along too. Love those old dogs. Looking forward to learning some new tricks. Enjoy your humor!

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  • 210. Kathleen  |  July 30, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Count me in…can’t wait…

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    • 211. Ami Simms  |  July 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

      You’re in! Welcome, Kathleen!

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  • 212. Sandi  |  July 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I’m in, always willing to learn something new or different than how I might do it. Your puppy blocks are precious. Hugs,

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    • 213. Ami Simms  |  August 3, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Thanks, Sandi! Glad you’re in on the adventure.

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  • 214. Wanda  |  July 30, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I’m in , maybe this will get me to like binding

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  • 216. Old Dog #2 | Through The Eyes Of A Quilter  |  March 1, 2016 at 9:29 am

    […] another quilt today in the Old Dog: New Tricks Series.  The original block, from my now de-constructed quilt, ended at the edge of the blue background […]

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  • 217. pat  |  March 1, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Sounds great to me! Count me in!

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  • 218. Terry Sheldon  |  March 1, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Ami, looking forward to learning from you again…I was in New Hampshire last October. (Hard to believe you haven’t done bias binding until now!!!) l am a dog lover from way back and look forward to seeing what this class actually is…got confused when reading your commentary. But YAY!!!

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    • 219. Ami Simms  |  March 1, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Hadn’t done bias binding with a stripe. :)

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  • 220. Beth Pachniak  |  March 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Always love to learn new things! Thanks for being such an awesome teacher/creative force/person.

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    • 221. Ami Simms  |  March 2, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      Aren’t you sweet, Beth! I’m sitting a little taller in my chair.

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  • 222. Melanie  |  March 2, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Can’t wait to join in. I made the Puppus Doggus quilt for charity years ago after sending you the payment block and receiving the pattern. So much fun, and will enjoy this process along with you as I’m still intimidated by machine quilting! Go, Ami! I’ll tag along, too. :o)

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