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August 3, 2019
Machine Applique Progress and Continued Long Arm Tweaking from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Testing, tinkering and troubleshooting makes for boring blog posts, which is why I haven't posted in awhile.  Last night I took a break from all of that and spent some time playing with the machine appliqué project from Karen Kay Buckley's workshop.

Leaf By Leaf, KKB Workshop Project Coming Together
I'm enjoying the prepared edge, invisible machine stitched technique and the prep time really is minimal compared to other methods I've tried.  The reason this project isn't finished yet is that I've been having so much fun (and wasting so much TIME!) digging through ...

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July 25, 2019
Millie's DIY Spa Staycation With Bernie, My Reluctant Sewing Machine Technician from Cheeky Cognoscenti

It is amazing how quickly a man who is not interested in taking apart your sewing machine changes his tune upon learning how EXPENSIVE it is to ship the darned thing back to the factory to have it worked on by someone else.  Meet my newly cooperative sewing machine technician:

He's Not Just a Cutie; He's HANDY!!
My husband Bernie can take just about anything apart and put it back together again to get it working: lawn mowers, ovens, cars, air conditioning units, computers, commercial espresso machines...  We were all scheduled to send Thoroughly Modern Millie (my 2013 ...

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July 16, 2019
To Do On Tuesday: Longarm Quilting Practice! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin', into the future...  It's Tuesday again!  My schedule was pretty chaotic last week, considering this is summer "vacation" -- bee meeting, guild meeting, workshops, shopping for everything my son will need when he heads to college (in FOUR AND A HALF WEEKS!), and lots of time spent helping both boys conduct a long overdue Deep Purge of old toys and outgrown books that were taking up too much space and collecting unhealthy quantities of dust in their bedrooms.  

Well-Read, Well-Loved, and Ready for Donation
Don't worry -- there are still PLENTY of books to ...

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June 5, 2019
OMG (One Monthly Goal) for June, 2019: Modern Baby Clam Shells and Longarm Troubleshooting from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I'm still riding the high from finishing Mission Impossible, my son's graduation quilt, a few days ago (either that or I'm high on Mucinex Sinus medicine), but it's a new month and that means it's time to set a new OMG (One Monthly Goal).

The next quilt on my agenda is my Modern Baby Clam Shell quilt, which was promised to a baby who was born on December 14th.  The nerve of these babies, sneaking out of the womb before their quilts are finished!  I'm sure her mommy wouldn't have minded entering the ...

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May 17, 2019
Making a Start: Mission Impossible is Finally Under the Longarm Needle! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I started quilting Mission Impossible last night and I'm SO EXCITED!!!  This is how it looked when I shut off the machine and called it quits for the night:

FINALLY Started Quilting Mission Impossible!
I spent four hours at the machine and got the purple background areas of four 12" blocks quilted during that time.  Since there are 48 of these blocks in the quilt, that means I have 44 hours to go -- and then I have to go back and quilt the flying geese, and then trim the quilt and bind it...  But maybe my pace will quicken ...

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April 8, 2019
The Photo Shoot I from Busy Needle Quilting

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

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March 26, 2019
Hey, Rebecca! This Is How You Prepare Your Quilt Backings! Reminders To Myself for Next Time from Cheeky Cognoscenti

The flying geese arcs for my son's graduation quilt are coming along nicely.  39 are finished, and 9 more are needed.  Each paper pieced arc of geese is taking approximately an hour and a half to two hours to complete.  So this week, even before I finish piecing those arcs, I think I need to start cutting out the purple background fabric and working out the kinks of the curved piecing required to turn these arcs of geese into quilt blocks.

This Week's Accomplishments, Bagged, Labeled and Ready for Quilting
But meanwhile, I had some loose ends to ...

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October 11, 2018
October OMG Charity Quilts Finished, Pineapples Progressing, and New Outreach Quilt Headed to My Frame from Cheeky Cognoscenti

First, I have to show my friend Colleen that YES, I am still working on my pineapple log cabin quilt:

S.L.O.W.L.Y., Joining These Blocks Into Rows
I timed myself, and it takes me a solid ten minutes just to get two blocks pinned together and ready to sew, due to all of the seam allowances stacking rather than nesting.  Once they're pinned, I'm sewing them together at a fairly slow machine speed, watching out so my needle doesn't hit any of the pins, using my stiletto to swipe beneath the work to ...

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October 3, 2018
My One Monthly Goal for October: Church Charity Tops Quilted and Delivered from Cheeky Cognoscenti

This is the third time I'm linking up with One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts.  I did not manage to ACCOMPLISH my goals for either of those previous months, but what the heck -- I'm giving it another go.

Just. ONE. Goal...  Hmmm...

OMG for October: Load and Quilt Second Church Charity Quilt Top
Okay, you guys, here's my goal: I have already quilted the first of two charity tops that I volunteered to quilt for my church, and struggled with it dreadfully due to the mix of fabrics in the top itself and the tightly ...

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September 15, 2018
Longarm Learning Curve: Directional Tension Troubles from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good Morning, Lovelies!  I've had both teenagers home from school since Thursday due to the Red Cross taking over their high school as an emergency shelter for Hurricane  Tropical Storm Florence evacuees.  Here in Charlotte, we're expecting heavy rains and flooding, and I'm hoping we don't lose power because I need to do some SEWING!

Charity Quilt is On the Frame, Ready for Quilting
I've been stalled out with some Technical Difficulties for the past week.  I know we learn more from these challenges than we do when it's all smooth sailing, but it ...

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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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August 8, 2018
ONE DAY AWAY from Quilting with Care

We are updating our Point of Sale system at my quilt shop, Quilter's Hideaway. This has been a crazy week, but we have also managed to quilt several customer quilt's.

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April 20, 2018
You need an engineering degree for this from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

So the long arm was disassembled and sent away for its upgrade and spa treatment. It almost didn't get the upgrade, but all that got worked out. Then it was supposed to be delivered on Friday last week, but arrived on Monday instead right in the aftermath of the ice storm!

Two big boxes arrived. I waited two hours before I had the courage to open them up. I knew that it was going to take some time to get the machine back up and running as I had set it up by myself when I first got the ...

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April 4, 2018
Adventures In Longarm Quilting Continue! Beginner Ruler Work, SID, Winding Bobbins, and Tips for Terrific Tension from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello and Happy Easter!  Despite a busy weekend full of rehearsals and multiple Easter worship services, I did manage to snatch about an hour a day for working on my Tabby Mountain quilt.  I'm almost done with the ruler work, and it's SO MUCH FUN!!!

It's the Second to Last Row of Solid Triangles!  Yay!!
I am really happy with how the straight quilted lines are enhancing my solid triangles, and it's amazing how much better I'm getting at quilting the long diagonal lines without my ruler slipping.  Each time I advance the quilt, the ...

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March 28, 2018
YAY!!! I DID IT!! I WOUND MY OWN BOBBIN with my APQS Turbo Terror! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

This is going to be one of those posts where you all get to shake your heads and have a chuckle at my expense.  When I brought my APQS Millenium home in early April of last year, I stocked up on a variety of colors of Fil-Tec Glide thread cones and Magna Glide magnetic prewound bobbins to get me started, and there was a Magna Glide prewound already in the bobbin case on Day One.  Of course you don't HAVE to use prewound bobbins in APQS machines -- in fact, the Millenium and Freedom models both come standard with a ...

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March 27, 2018
To-Do Tuesday: Monofilament Stitching In the Ditches With the Disco Kitties from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Quilting Away on Tabby Mountain
And now it is Tuesday.  Does anyone remember Once Upon a Time, A Long, Long Time Ago, the last time I posted weekly goals for the To-Do On Tuesday linky party?  Some of you may not be old enough to remember back that far, all the way back to March 6th when I posted the following goals that I was planning and fully expecting to finish in ONE week:
  1. I need to design and embroider a quilt label and decide whether it goes on the front of the quilt or on the back.
  2. I need ...

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March 26, 2018
HEY, YOU GUYS! I Am Hosting the TGIFF Linky Party This Friday! Finish Up So You Can Link Up! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

So are we all familiar with the TGIFF -- "Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday" -- Linky Party?  It's a floating linky party that is hosted by different bloggers each week, and I get a chance to be the Hostess With the Mostest right here at Cheeky Cognoscenti this coming Friday, March 30th!  Woo hoo!!  

I am so excited, I just might vomit.  You see, the TGIFF Linky Hostess has to write a post about his or her OWN finish to kick off the party, and as my longtime readers can attest, I am so much better at starting than I ...

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March 14, 2018
Will You Join Me for the APQS Road Show? from Quilted Joy

Are you ready to take the next leap in your quilting journey? Join me at the Quilted Joy showroom on Saturday April 7, 2018 1:00pm-4:00pm, for a special seminar about all the wonderful APQS machines! Come and test-drive each model firsthand to find the perfect fit for you and your quilting goals. What better way to discover how a longarm can make your quilting more fun, fulfilling, and even profitable?

The APQS Road Show will be visiting Quilted Joy on Saturday April 7, 2018 1-4pm

Designed for quilters who do not currently own a longarm machine, this seminar includes valuable information about owning your first longarm.

  • Discover resources for templates, batting, freehand instruction ...

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March 4, 2018
Would You Like to Welcome Lenni into Your Home? from Quilted Joy

Right now we have brand new APQS Lenni machines on new tables (10′ or 12′) with the amazing Bliss drive system and the APQS LIFETIME warranty for $2,000 cash off! Lenni is a 20″ throat longarm machine with a stitch regulator. He has a manual channel lock, adjustable ergo handles and he is ready to take a computer should you wish to add one to him at any point.

Normally this dreamy package would be $11,900 but we’ve got it for only $9,900.

If you’d like to welcome your very own Lenni into your home ...

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January 20, 2018
You Guys!! Look What I Quilted Yesterday! My Math Quilt Is Ready for Binding! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Our so-called "winter storm" shut down the entire city of Charlotte for three whole days, y'all.  And apparently all it takes for me to get over my Quilter's Block is three unexpected days off from EVERYTHING, spent in my pajamas, in my studio, watching YouTube tutorials.  I started -- and finished -- quilting my first real quilt on my longarm machine.  This particular quilt has been a WIP (Work In Progress) for me for two and a half years, inspired by doodling that my son Lars did on graph paper in his 8th grade math notebook.  Hence the black math ...

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