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October 6, 2020
LAL#10: Creating a Manual "No Sew Zone" for Appliqué in a Hand-Guided Pantograph Design from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 Good morning, my lovelies!  Welcome to another episode of Long Arm Learning, where the focus is on honing our machine quilting skills, regardless of what kind of machine you're using.

As for myself, although I spent much of the week mired in English paper piecing of another baby quilt top, I did finally get around the impasse of procrastination and got about 2/3 of my Modern Baby Clam Shells quilted yesterday.  The hardest part was starting; I really did not want to mess it up after spending so much time on the curved piecing and the appliqué.  I ...

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August 11, 2020
Tuesday To-Do List: Finish All the Stuff I Didn't Get Done Last Week from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning and Happy Tuesday!  My post for today's Long Arm Linky party got awfully long, so I thought it would be best to put my To Do's and Ta-Done's in a separate post this week.  Without further ado:  

Last Week's To-Do List:

  • Stay on top of the linky party and continue to spread the word to other machine quilters.  Get the linky post written and scheduled to publish in advance.
  • Finish the three remaining in-progress blocks for my MMBB quilt before I clear off my cutting table.
  • Trim excess batting & backing from Spirit Song
  • Digitize ...
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    August 4, 2020
    Tuesday's To-Do List: Quilty Goals for the Upcoming Week from Cheeky Cognoscenti

    Good morning and Happy Tuesday!  Here's the view from my studio this morning:

    Just to recap (and to keep myself honest!), these were the weekly goals I set for myself last Tuesday:

    Last Tuesday's Weekly To-Do List:

    1. Write and schedule publication of my first linky party post for next Tuesday
    2. Continue to spread the word about the new linky party 
    3. Trim excess batting & backing from Spirit Song
    4. Digitize, machine embroider, & hand stitch Spirit Song label to back of quilt
    5. Make binding for Spirit Song, machine stitch to front of quilt, & begin hand stitching binding to the backing

    Hmmm ...

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    May 24, 2020
    The Tension Wrecker Apprehended: Pigtail Guide on M-Class Bobbin Case Increases Bobbin Tension! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

    Good morning, friends, and happy Sunday!  I've just returned from "Drive By Communion" in my church parking lot!  I kid you not -- Crazy times.  We watched the live streamed worship online this morning as usual (or, as has BECOME usual since early March), but this is the first Sunday since early March that they've offered in-person communion in the parking lot, served by masked and gloved pastors.  We are blessed at Christ Lutheran with church leadership that is faithful, creative, and prudent.  We didn't see a lot of cars when we went for Drive-By communion following the ...

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    April 16, 2020
    Spirit Song On the Frame, ALMOST Ready to Quilt... Of Partial Floats, Frame Design and Texas Hold 'Em Brackets from Cheeky Cognoscenti

    Spirit Song Quilt On the Frame, Top Fully Floated
    Good morning, Happy Thursday, Happy Easter, and Happy Passover!  The Spring holidays have been different for sure this year, haven't they?  I got this far with loading my Spirit Song quilt on Easter Sunday before sitting down to dinner with my family, but then I had to switch gears and figure out how to sew a face mask for my son to wear to work at the grocery store for his 6 AM shift on Easter Monday.  I've been working on making more masks for the rest of my ...

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    September 17, 2019
    What to do when a quilt backing is too short for your quilt from DaySpringQuilter

    So this happened in my studio yesterday...math isn't my best skill and I readily admit seeking assistance from my math saavy friend when needed.  I had a customer quilt to load and it made use of some leftover diamond pieces to form a star on the back of the quilt.

    Quilt back

    I think I was so concerned about centering the star on the back of the quilt that I didn't really pay attention to  the measurements I had taken of the quilt back and the quilt top.  She had allowed 4" total backing to the length ...

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    April 8, 2019
    The Photo Shoot from Busy Needle Quilting

    You may have noticed that my website is getting a bit of a makeover.

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    August 16, 2018
    The Fastest Moda Trip from Quilting with Care

    At the start of this week we went on a road trip.  Cindy (mom), Tracy, Misty and myself piled in a Honda Pilot and set off towards Dallas.  We drove late Sunday night after the shop closed. We laughed more than humanly possible, ate yummy food, and arrived at the hotel without any limbs lost. There… Continue reading The Fastest Moda Trip

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