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April 21, 2018
Shredded Thread? Four Things to Check from Free Motion Quilting Adventures

Today, I thought I'd share with you four tips for troubleshooting shredded threads, especially when quilting in free motion. Three are fairly straightforward, but the fourth can be a real challenge to describe well and I have yet to remember to take a picture when it has happened to me. But I have a graphic to help.


But first, let me mention a few other things that can cause thread shredding, particularly when stitching in free motion. Free motion is a real test of all the variables of your machine and set-up because you're doing things very differently ...

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Giveaway! Make Something Pretty from Fabrics 'n Flowers

Is it spring yet? I laughed the other day when we were having snow flurries and one of my neighbors

The post Giveaway! Make Something Pretty appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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150 Canadian Wonen from Quilts and More - Home Made Creations





At quilt retreat this weekend, and the theme is "I didn't bring enough fabric for this quilt". So far 3 out of 4 projects have hit that blockade. But this one I did manage to put together. It still needs borders, tomorrow. This is 80 out my 150 blocks from the 150 Canadian Women quilt project which started in 2016.

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April Studio Tour: 4 must-have irons for quilting from Cut Stitch and Piece

In my February Quilting Studio Tour, I showed you how to make your own quilting ironing board. This month I’m going to talk about irons for quilting and introduce you to the four irons that I've used over the years with good results. A quilter’s ironing needs are very specific. We might need several types of irons depending on our projects, but there are so many irons on the market it can be

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Presenting Starfall from Canuck Quilter

It's ready!  It's finally ready!  Drumroll please!

Cover of Starfall pattern by Canuck Quilter Designs

My Starfall pattern is now available for purchase on Payhip and on Craftsy.

This pattern has been in the works for some time now.  The concept has been kicking around in my head for about 3 years and I finally pinned it down last fall.  I shared a peek of the top in September, and a second version in my 2017 round-up in January, but I haven't shared an official reveal here.  It took me longer than I liked to write this pattern because I wrote it two ways:  one ...

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Little Planter Turned Pin Cushion from Val's Quilting Studio

I received this little Love Bug planter for Valentines Day this year and after the plant didn't make it she's been sitting on my cutting board as a catch all. Yet, today I decided to change her into a little
pin cushion. Cute huh! It was quick and easy and I know she'll be used a lot.
To see more pin cushion inspiration, click HERE stop by this week's Tuesday Archives Linky.
It's not too late to share yours too.

I specialize in edge to edge pantographs with over 100 designs to choose from.

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1930s baby Quilt–Finished from Romany Quilting

It’s good to have a finish, and I have to admit that this one was an easy finish.  With the quilt top and backing layered and pinned, it didn't take to long to do some simple machine quilting with my walking foot.  Then stitch the binding on.

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Last night I sat and stitched the binding down by hand while Robin was engrossed in a rugby game on TV.  I quite enjoy doing this step, quietly hand stitching on the back, and watching it get nearer and nearer to completion. 

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Blowing in the wind on the trellis

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On the ...

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White On Colour 8 from Virtual Quilter

White On Colour 8

A rather formal style!

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Not My First Time at the Rodeo from Priscilla's Workshop

This move makes the 30th time I have moved. There were 9 moves with my parents as an Army brat and now 21 moves since 1970 married to my husband. I am definitely not complaining about any of that even though there were always sorrows and regrets involved in any move. But unfortunately I haven't gotten any smarter.

Unpacking the boxes in the kitchen today was a smack in the face. Why do I have four different sets of china? Why do I have four different kinds of rice? Where did I put the --- (fill in the blank). The ...

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Chocolate Pie from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

My uncle loves chocolate pie but, he really loved my grandma’s chocolate pie. I kinda remember it but he remembers everything about it – the texture, the crust, the “not so chocolate-y taste”. I made a chocolate pie when I was here at Christmas but, from what he remembers, it was more chocolate-y than my...

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The usual! from Adventurous Quilter

Lately this is a common sight in our house, breakfast and a book to proof/edit. 
I'm really enjoying the journey though :)


Click on my Quilt Books tab above for more details about the two books I currently have published and available on Amazon.



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Spelling Bee Saturday ...... from Lilabelle Lane


Wow, time really does fly and it is my turn again on the 

Spelling Bee Saturday Sew Along
with The Fat Quarter Shop and Lori Holt.




  

The lower case 'v' was super fast to sew. It actually took me longer to select a fabric from my Bonnie and Camille scrap box!

Following on from my first stop on the sew along I have again decided to create a word, with the eventual plan of adding these words to a quilt.  So todays word ........


I have also used the small heart book included in the 'Spelling Bee' book.


"Create" was made ...

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April 20, 2018
Past the 300 Mark! from Kat & Cat Quilts

 Big news! With the latest quilt drop off today CiL officially crossed the 300-quilt-mark donated!


That's right, the latest quilt delivery brought us up to a grand total of 305 quilts donated to mourning families in the East Texas area!  So many people from around the country, and even around the world, have contributed to those quilts to make this possible for Covered in Love.


This week I quilted up the last 3 of the tops Theresa had sent me. Theresa sent me 13 quilt tops last Fall!


Really pretty fabrics in this brown one. I found the perfect ...

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Color Inspiration Everywhere, Debbie Jeske's Improv Quilt, Color Wow! from Crazy Victoriana


Photo of moss in rain, color inspiration for my 'Uptown' quilt.
A color/design influence on "Uptown'.

'Uptown' also inspired by a Tonye Belinda Phillips' pattern, 28" x 28".

'Attract' quilt top 30" x 38".

Close up, Kona solids, navy blue, purple, yellows, oranges, pink etc.


'Attract', my improv design with final borders, started last summer.


Mt. Rainier, a definite color inspiration in the Seattle area.

The snow last Christmas 2017, an influence of grey and white.

Fall pumpkins, look at that orange and the colors that go along with it!
'Open wide pouch', pattern by Anna Graham. I finished ...

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Another Good Louisiana Dinner from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

At home, I’d been working on losing weight, eating healthy! Here . . not so much. Last night I had crawfish. Any time I’m in Louisiana this time of year, crawfish are required eating! These were big, easy to peel and seasoned just right. I’m trying to figure out how I can have crawfish one...

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I'm back! from Notes from Studio B

I've had a very busy 2 weeks. It started with a 2 day class with Lisa Flowers Ross on Abstraction from Nature. I love the way Lisa does abstraction and the class was excellent, I highly recommend it.

Next up we drove to western Washington to stay at my daughters and take a trip up to the Skagit Valley for the annual tulip festival. What I hadn't planned on was the surprise my kids had planned for me. They had rented a large house in the town of Langley on Whidbey Island, and they all showed up to ...

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Courtney’s Leaf Quilt from Quilted Joy

Many quilts out there are made entirely of one repeated block. Sampler quilts can have as many as a hundred or more different blocks, without a single block repeating. Courtney made this beautiful quilt with two repeating blocks, and I think it came out amazing!

Courtney asked me to quilt her gorgeous Leaf Block quilt. I can tell she had lots of fun playing with color, finding the perfect contrast of bold and neutral. She asked me to quilt this with a swirly edge to edge design that balanced the structured rigidity of her quilt.

One of the blocks is a simple maple leaf in a cream square on point with a darker tan and black fabric in the corners. She picked different colors for each of her leaves giving us the full spectrum of fall in the quilt.

Courtney asked me to quilt her gorgeous Leaf Block quilt. I can tell she had lots of fun playing with color, finding the perfect contrast of bold and neutral. She asked me to quilt this with a swirly edge to edge design that balanced the structured rigidity of her quilt.

Between the leaves are blocks that are half log cabin blocks ...

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Hubby and Kalissa’s Adventure from Jo's Country Junction

Remember earlier this week I told you that Hubby and I went thrifting and found this….

We bought it for $50.  Our intention was to re-sell it somewhere but weren’t sure where.  We had been setting up a booth at the Antiques in the Park show in Clear Lake but started reassessing if we wanted to continue doing that.  It seems like there are shows all of the weekends now days and it’s plain and simple a lot of work.

I talked to a friend of mine that has a booth in Harmony Minnesota at an antique store ...

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Postcard from Sweden and Starry Bright Sky from Quilting & Learning

Postcard from Sweden

It's done! The quilt top for Postcard from Sweden is finished.

Finished Postcard from Sweden quilt top in batiks
I absolutely love the quilt in the original Kona colours but could never have managed to follow the pattern. Instead I used batiks and roughly followed the values of the original, except for the last row. I didn't have enough of the correct valued fabric cut out but had many other half-square triangles, so I made due. I'm sure that this would work for the whole quilt since it's more about mixing the colours ...

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FMQ, design wall and a quilt-along from Quilting & Learning

Batik Quilt

As I mentioned in my last post, I liked the Feather Meander pattern so much that I used it in my third batik quilt. I've really had a blast quilting it, until I ran out of thread :-(

Here it is, about half quilted.

The quilted half of my batik quilt 3
I used the Feather Meander that I learned from Angela Walter's FMQ Challenge Quilt Along. I wanted to use an all-over quilt design on this quilt, since I had never done this before. This is a perfect FMQ design that you can make as large ...

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