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August 1, 2019
STINKING Cute!!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I can't believe how focused I've been these last two days. Head down the entire day - no napping in the gazebo and I don't even have a deadline. An imminent one that is.

Having so much fun - it's crazy! I've been listening to an audiobook which I finished yesterday. It's called The Gown by Jennifer Robson. I think someone told me about - probably Helen Anne since she's the only one I know who has read it. It's sad, it's funny, it's uplifting. It's so not my typical style, but ...

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July 3, 2019
Batting – What NOT to Use from From My Carolina Home

Doing quilts for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project, I went far beyond my original goal with more tops and backings sent to me than I had batting available.  Thanks to some kind friends, I was gifted with several to help fill the gap.  One of them was a raw wool batting that I have not seen before.  It looked like it would be a really high loft, but what the hey, free batting is free batting.  So I unrolled it and loaded the longarm with this lovely donated top and backing.  I have lost the piecer’s name that I ...

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May 30, 2019
Make It Modern with Hobbs - Trig Play from Creatin' in the Sticks

The May challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is
Make it Modern with Hobbs.

Today is my day to show
Trig Play
with a new, to me, batting technique.


As Island Batik Ambassadors,
this month is our second industry partner spotlight challenge
and
we are to use any of the Hobbs Battings provided to create a Modern Quilt.


The biggest challenge this month for me was deciding which of the modern characteristics my quilt might include.
A modern quilt as defined by the Modern Quilt Guild (the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid ...

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April 19, 2019
Longarm Quilter of the Month: Sarah Yetman from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Longarm Quilter of the Month

Some quilters love piecing, while others live for the string art that dances across the quilt. These days you can get almost any quilting pattern you can imagine added to a quilt. A skilled longarmer can add custom designs to enhance the style of the quilt, or they can use computer software to run readymade patterns in an all-over design. In our monthly series on longarm quilters, we called on Sarah Yetman, owner of Spooled Rotten Quiltsto find out more about how she got started and her process for longarm quilting. Here’s what she had to say:

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April 10, 2019
What's Under Foot? from From the Strawberry Patch...

What's under foot at your house?  There's something colorful, soft and scrappy at mine! I have always wanted to make a Jelly Roll rug. I have all the components, I just haven't actually gotten around to making one yet. Something about cutting ten miles of batting into 2.5" strips has been enough of a deterrent toward progress on that front that it has stopped me in my tracks. Then, someone

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What's Under Foot? from From the Strawberry Patch...

What's under foot at your house?  There's something colorful, soft and scrappy at mine! I have always wanted to make a Jelly Roll rug. I have all the components, I just haven't actually gotten around to making one yet. Something about cutting ten miles of batting into 2.5" strips has been enough of a deterrent toward progress on that front that it has stopped me in my tracks. Then, someone

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March 20, 2019
Longarm Quilter of the Month: Sheryl Highsmith from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Longarm Quilter of the Month

It’s not uncommon for quilters to try longarm quilting out of necessity. If you can’t quilt it on your home machine or find someone to do the work quickly, why not rent or buy a longarm machine and get to quilting? Such is the case for Sheryl Highsmith of Hedgehog Quilting. To find out more about how she got started and her process for longarm quilting, please read on!

Sheryl Highsmith, Longarm quilter

1. How long have you been longarm quilting?

I’ve been longarming for four years, and longarming as a business for just about 3.5 years.

2. What ...

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Beautiful Cardinal Quilt from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Yesterday I quilted this beautiful customer quilt.  I just love it!  She did an awesome job piecing it too.  As I was quilting it I kept thinking that I needed one of those Cardinal panels.  I may end up buying one but then again who knows when I would have time to sew it up.  :)  Anyway...I enjoyed quilting this beauty. 
 We decided to use this quilting design because she didn't want the quilting to compete with the cardinals.  That's also another reason that I love Glide thread.  It's so fine that it doesn't take away ...

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February 28, 2019
Longarm Quilter of the Month: February from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Longarm Quilter of the Month

Some quilters love piecing, while others live for the style of stitching on the finished piece. These days you can get almost any quilting pattern you can imagine added to a quilt. A skilled longarmer can add custom designs to enhance the style of the quilt, or they can use computer software to run readymade patterns in an all-over design. In our monthly series on longarm quilters, we called on Allison Black, owner of AB Quilting Studioto find out more about how she got started and her process for longarm quilting. Here’s what she had to say:

Allison Black of AB Quilting Studio 1 ...

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February 17, 2019
Step 5 – quilting, how and how much, add the finishing touch from Quilt Social

Welcome back. We’re at day five and have already accomplished so much!

All we gathered our supplies, did our cutting and preparation work, pieced and added borders then accented our Artisan Spirit Water Garden panel with both trapunto work and thread painting.

As an added benefit we’ve been putting our needle and thread knowledge to work by pairing SCHMETZ needles with a variety of Sulky and Gütermann threads for beautiful successful stitching.

For today’s fifth and final post in this series, we’ll put that knowledge to good use once again as we add the finishing touches ...

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February 14, 2019
Step 4 – thread painting for incredible lifelike detail from Quilt Social

I had a wonderful time yesterday showing you how I used basic trapunto techniques with SCHMETZ NeedlesSulky Thread and Fairfield Batting to add extra dimension our Artisan Spirit Water Garden heron panel.

Today I’ll use a variety of Sulky threads and SCHMETZ needles to accent the heron with beautiful thread painted detail.

Let’s have some fun!

What is thread painting?

Thread painting is a free motion quilting technique that involves using the machine needle and thread the way an artist would use a brush and paint. It can be used to add detail to applique and printed ...

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February 13, 2019
Step 3 – how to machine trapunto for added dimension from Quilt Social

Welcome back.

Yesterday was a busy day trimming the lovely Heron panel from the Artisan Spirit Water Garden, ironing the Sulky stabilizer in place, and using SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread to construct and attach borders to the panel.

Today I’ll use Sulky threadSCHMETZ needles and Fairfield batting to add extra dimension to our panel with easy machine trapunto.

You may remember that we used trapunto in part three of my post Say it with quilting, a designer cushion to give a raised appearance to the words and motifs.

This technique will help add extra visual depth to ...

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February 12, 2019
Step 2 – framing up a quilt panel using a patchwork border from Quilt Social

Welcome back to our continuing journey of perfect pairings for our SCHMETZ needles, Sulky and Gütermann threads.

Yesterday I listed the materials required to make a thread painted and quilted panel.

Today I’ll do some preparation work, a little bit of piecing and add borders to our beautiful Artisan Spirit Water Garden panel from Northcott.

You’ll see how the correct needle and thread make each step along the way both fun and easy.

Good preparation is the key to success when adding pieced borders to a printed panel. A tutorial on thread painting using SCHMETZ needles/ Gütermann threads / Northcott fabric
Good preparation is the key to success!

Good preparation is the key to success

I start by trimming a little bit off our panel.

I ...

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February 11, 2019
Step 1 – needles and threads for a thread painting tutorial from Quilt Social

During my previous QUILTsocial post, Perfect Pairings-needles and threads work together for successful quilting I described how to choose the best SCHMETZ needles to work with a variety of Sulky and Gütermann threads.

This week I’ll show you in 5 easy steps how to use these new skills to make a beautiful quilt from a printed panel using a variety of needles and threads.

I’m using the Heron panel from the Water Garden collection by Northcott to work with.

Let’s get started.

What you’ll need

Water Garden Printed panel DP21916-44 from Northcott

This beautiful, artistic depiction ...

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February 6, 2019
I May Have A Scrap Problem... Buried in Batting! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

As I work each week to dig out from under my never-ending supply of scraps, I end up making more quilt tops, which then need to be quilted.  And of course that means batting!  But in the course of cleaning up last month, I pulled out all my batting scraps, and.....


Oh my gosh!!!  How did THAT happen?  Well, it happened because it's easier to cut off a new piece from the roll than to piece batting scraps together, right?  But this is more than ridiculous.  Time to make some frankenbatting!  So I thought, for those of ...

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WEEKEND FUN from The Proficient Needle

I spent some time over the weekend piecing batting.  I had used parts of 3 queen batts over the past couple of months, and decided to make some "Franken-batts".  I needed one for my second mystery quilt, as I had pieced the backing fabric, and pressed the backing and the quilt top, using a bit of spray starch, ready for pin basting.
First, I used all the smaller pieces of batting to make one the correct size for a panel quilt that I had planned to finish for donation.  I managed to pin baste the quilt top on my cutting ...

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February 4, 2019
Island Batik Ambassador 2019 Unboxing from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

As I have mentioned previously,  I applied to be an Island Batik Ambassador for 2019 and was accepted to the program.



Island Batik is "The best from Bali."  The fabric is outstanding. In a few days I will be showing you my first project as an ambassador.

Full Disclosure:  Island Batik along with partners, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Thread and Accuquilt have provided the items I received free of charge as an Ambassador. 

I will also say that I have purchased and used products from all of these companies prior to becoming an Island Batik Ambassador. 

So now, enjoy watching as ...

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January 19, 2019
Get Away – Storm at Sea from Carol Lyles Shaw

Get Away is the Island Batik Blog Hop theme for January 2019. And, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to make Storm at Sea, a traditional block–but I ended up altering it in a modern way.

First…the Fabrics! My fabrics are from the Soul Song Collection by Island Batik.

This collection goes from brights to muted black/cream.

I decided to use these fabrics shown below in the project–you’ll see why in a moment.

I used these Island Batik Soul Song fabrics and added an Island Batik neutral called Whip Cream.
I love the words ...

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December 29, 2018
Longarm Quilter of the Month: December from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Longarm Quilter of the Month

Whether you aspire to use a longarm sewing machine yourself or want to learn more about the art and craft of quilting, this post is for you. In our monthly series on longarm quilters, we called on Amy Bouchard, owner of Cascading Quiltsto find out more about how she got started and her process for longarm quilting. Here’s what she had to say:

1. How long have you been longarm quilting?

I have been long arm quilting for 8+ years. I purchased my first longarm in 2010. I had zero experience with longarm quilting, although I had a ...

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December 14, 2018
Mini quilt with buttons becomes very adorable from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use buttons from the bottle o’ buttons purple collection to make a small button wall quilt. Today we’ll be using buttons from the blue collection for another quick and easy button quilt. This quilt is 14″ square.

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