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January 9, 2019
My Top Three Sewing Machines for Quilting/Embroidery from Quilter's Hangout

I’ve been quilting since 2010 and have struggled with the small machine I have.  It’s doable, but there is a lot of pulling and tugging involved. Don’t get me wrong,...

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December 30, 2018
Interesting Dresdens from Quilting and More...

During my trip to the Houston Festival in November, I saw a pattern that I thought was just too cute to pass up. Along with the pattern, I also bought a “grab bag” of Cherrywood fabrics — all pieces in different colors and approximately 8″ x 10″ in size — to make the various houses. […]

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December 26, 2018
Enjoy 40% off! from Bear Patch Quilting

Hello Bear Patch Friends! 
Christmas Day is past, wrapping paper has overfilled the garbage can and pine needles are dropping as you read this!  Dinners have been made and consumed, and diets have resumed!  We hope at least one of your own gifts included something for your quilting and sewing projects!
There were no gift certificates from Bear Patch in your stocking this year, but we do want to remind you that any past gift certificates must be spent soon in the store.  After the store closes, any remaining dollars on gift certificates will be voided.

Please be aware we ...

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December 5, 2018
Storewide discount moves to 30% and the Bernina discounts are amazing! from Bear Patch Quilting

Effective Wednesday, December 5, 
our storewide discount moves to 30%!  
The same rules apply as before, if you click this link you will get the full information.  We are still cutting lots of fabric and people are coming in prepared with measurements and colors to get big chunks for backings.  I keep discovering new fabric that catches my eye, like this one--
This is a panel print, it's about 40" square, and would make a wonderfully
creative piece of wall art on stretcher bars.  It really makes a statement! 

All of our notions, rulers, books and patterns are also ...

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November 14, 2018
Houston Quilt Festival from Quilting and More...

I absolutely love going to the Houston Quilt Festival, and I’m very lucky to be able to do so. I left home last Wednesday and returned home on Sunday, and it was so much fun to meet up with old friends and see the gorgeous quilts and the amazing vendors! Since Bernina is celebrating their […]

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October 31, 2018
No Tricks, All Treats! from Bear Patch Quilting

Hello!  We have a big holiday coming up!  Are you ready for some treats?!  
There are enough tricky things in our lives, so we are all about the treats!
Our Going-Out-of-Business Sale continues!  Yes, there are still thousands of yards of fabric for you!  You have been keeping us very busy, and we are still unpacking new fabric.  We want to keep the supply fresh!  
The #1 question we are asked is "What is your last day of business?".  
We don't really have that date set, but we will know when the time is right!  
The #2 question we ...

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October 29, 2018
Borders added from Quilting and More...

I’ve shown you the four adorable little blocks designed by the San Francisco Stitch Company, and they also offered designs for the borders and corners to finish up the project. I’ve just completed the stitching on those, and my Bernina 790+ did a wonderful job with all of it.

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October 19, 2018
Trick or Treat Tote Bag Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers, 

Trick or Treat?! Well if you said treat I have a special treat for you today! Since Halloween is around the corner I decided to whip up a fun Trick or Treat Tote for you to make for your littles to tote all their yummy treats they receive this Oct 31st! Since I am not a fan of anything too spooky and I am a big cat lover,  I decided to go for the classic and cute approach to Halloween by creating a Black Cat Tote bag! You can find the full tutorial by heading to the weallsew ...

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October 16, 2018
Tuesday To-Do: Machine Embroidered Sawtooth Star Name Tag from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Happy Tuesday morning, y'all!  I just have a couple of quick things I wanted to share with you:

Name Tag Embroidered and Sandwiched, Ready for Quilting!
This is an "orphan" 4" sawtooth star block leftover from my Paint Me A Story WIP (that quilt top is finished and waiting for me to quilt it).  When I joined the Charlotte Quilter's Guild last month I discovered that I need to make myself a nifty little name tag to wear at guild meetings.  Since I have plenty of projects in progress already, I decided to repurpose something that I had ...

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October 15, 2018
Kitchen towels and #4 from Quilting and More...

I’ve had a couple of towels hanging around for some time; the designs I’d originally planned to put on them just weren’t exciting me any longer. However, I had two other designs that I do like, so …. Lining up designs like these to get them straight can be pretty tricky, but a feature that […]

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Beaded Lanterns Quilt Along Week 5 – Make a Quilting Plan from Christa Quilts

I love seeing all of the Beaded Lanterns quilts in progress! Remember, you can share your work in my ChristaQuilts facebook group, or on instagram #beadedlanternsqal. For my latest post hosted over on the BERNINA blog, We All Sew, I’m chatting about the quilting plan I created and how I broke the steps down into walking foot quilting and free-motion techniques.

Stitching in the ditch walking foot quilting

One of the easiest ways to quilt a quilt is to stitch in the ditch and then echo it to highlight certain areas of the quilt. For more tips and to check out the rest of the quilt ...

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October 9, 2018
Introducing Garret X. Gobble jr. from Gray Barn Designs

Although I’ve lived in my current home for about 5 years, there is still a lot of decorating to do in it. For some reason, the idea of ‘all at once’ decorating has never appealed to me. I’d rather live with bare walls and spaces while I look for just the right piece of art or furniture that speaks to me. I know I need to work on this more diligently, because my son often reports back about “cozy homes” when he visits his friends — gulp.

My formal living room has been the most barren room since we ...

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October 3, 2018
BERNINA Quilt Along Week 3 – Quilt Top Assembly from Christa Quilts

Great news for those of you following the BERNINA quilt along to make Beaded Lanterns. More of the kits are back in stock at

beaded lanterns

Last Thursday, the lastest installment was shared over at We All Sew. The next step in the process  is to sew the blocks to make the quilt top. Click the links below to catch up on the Quilt Along and feel free to jump in at any time!

Beaded Lanterns

BERNINA Beaded Lanterns Quilt Along Links

Week 1 – Supply List and Schedule
Week 2 – Sewing the Blocks
Week 3 – Quilt Top Assembly

Click here to ...

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September 20, 2018
A new thread catcher/pincushion from Quilting and More...

I like to keep a pincushion with an attached bag next to my sewing machine so as not to end up with a zillion threads all over the floor for my dog to eat.

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September 19, 2018
Beaded Lanterns Quilt Along Part 2 – Making the Blocks (on the BERNINA Blog) from Christa Quilts

Are you having fun with my quilt alongs? I know it’s kinda crazy that I’m doing two at once (Dot ‘n Dash on my blog and Beaded Lanterns over on the BERNINA blog). But seriously, if I didn’t have deadlines for my quilting, I wouldn’t get anything done, LOL!!

Fortunately – just so you know, I actually made both quilts ahead of time since I knew I would be out of the country teaching when they were scheduled to be shared. (More about my Australia trip later, so stay tuned!)

Beaded Lanterns Blocks

Click here to purchase Fandangle precuts, bundles ...

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September 17, 2018
Taking a Break From Longarm Tension Tantrums -- Because I Needed a Win from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I needed a break from playing Sherlock Holmes with the longarm machine over the weekend, and APQS Tech Support was closed anyway, so I dug around my studio looking for a small victory, something I could cross off my list easily without pulling out any of my hair or screaming profanity.

Remember This Quilted Machine Cover for My Bernina?
I started this quilted machine cover for my Bernina 750QEE back in 2014, and you can read about how I made it in this post.  The fabric was heavily free motion quilted on the Bernina (this was before I was even ...

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September 14, 2018
My Mother, Margaret Heatwole from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I'm over the moon and my head is spinning. Today I was notified that my art quilt "My Mother, Margaret Heatwole" is accepted into the exhibit "The Power of Women" for the Houston Quilt Show this November. It measures 24"X72." I posted a few pictures on a recent post HERE.


This picture didn't make it into the quilt. It depicts Father & Mother at their fabric store, 'The ClothesLine' where they sold Bernina sewing machines. Both Mother & Father were Bernina mechanics.

I couldn't find a picture of Mother with her school bus; but she drove for ...

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September 12, 2018
Beaded Lanterns Quilt Along Part 1: over on the BERNINA Blog from Christa Quilts

This week kicks off another fun quilt along that I created to help promote my Fandangle fabric collection. Over the next 7 week’s I’ll be sharing step by step tutorials over on BERNINA’s Blog – We All Sew. We will make my Beaded Lanterns quilt – a free pattern I designed that is precut friendly.

Beaded Lanterns Quilt

Of course, all of the patterns I design would look fabulous in any fabrics you choose, but I really love the excuse to design and make quilts with my own fabric lines.

All you need is one jelly roll or Fandangle “strip-pie” plus 4 ...

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September 4, 2018
Christmas Angel from Quilting and More...

We needed a new angel for the top of our Christmas tree since the previous one had to “retire” last year. I’ve had the design for this one for over a year, and I’ve finally gotten around to making her. She’s all lace embroidery over organza; the fiddliest part was putting all of the sections […]

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September 2, 2018
Zippered jewelry bag from Quilting and More...

Years ago I made a jewelry bag for travel, but I’ve always thought it was far too large for my needs, though I really liked all of its features. However, I recently saw a pattern from Indygo Junction for the Store & Go Zipper Case and thought it might work better for me. The pattern […]

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