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November 7, 2019
A tip from Quilting and More...

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I absolutely agonize over which quilting designs I’m going to use on a quilt. In the past, I’ve begun a motif, only to decide that it simply doesn’t work on that particular area, and then I’ve had to pick it all out. Ugh. However, I took a class […]

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September 25, 2019
Feathers and Faded Grandeur from Celtic Thistle Stitches

Have you tried anything out for the first time this month? If you have, you are in the right place to share your triumphs (or tribulations!) as another New to Me link party opens for submissions today.

My New to Me's in September are a bit of a mixed bag, but aren't they always :)

I used a New to Me "fabric" - cereal packet inner - to provide "crinkle" for my ribbon tag toy for the smaller gorgeous grandson.

I had a go at creating a hat for the bigger gorgeous grandson to go with the woodcutter's outfit I ...

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August 19, 2019
Blue Dot, Blue Dot, Where Are You? - Denniele's Quilt from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I posted a block of this one, but now I"ve gotten permission to post the full quilt and all it's wonderful blooms.  Denniele Bohannan from Louanna Mary Quilt Design made this incredible Blue Dot, Blue Dot Where are you,  quilt designed by Barbara Brackman who has a free BOM - Hospital Sketches  which you can find on facebook.  This one is super sweet.  Two layers of batting, Hobbs 80/20 and Hobbs Wool, I used a 60 wt Glide thread that just blended wonderfully with everything.  Yep only one color of thread on this beauty. And Denniele won a ...

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July 8, 2019
Wedding Dress Quilt for Debi from Mary Manson Quilts

Debi wanted me to make a wedding dress quilt from her dress. Her daughter is getting married, and she wanted to give it to her at her wedding shower.

The gown was champagne lace over satin, with a lace ruffle at the bottom of the skirt. I used the satin for the quilt, with lace from her dress in the center design, and the lace ruffle around the outer border.  SI used a feather design for the quilting.

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June 28, 2019
Wedding Dress Quilt for Connie from Mary Manson Quilts

Connie had a bed runner made from her wedding dress.  She decided she would prefer a quilt, so she sent it to me, with the leftover fabric and lace from her dress.

To adapt the runner into a quilt, I cut about 12" out of the center, matching up the lace going down the quilt, and added a border with lace on each side.   I quilted the center in a feather pattern around the lace, and another feather design in the border.

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June 22, 2019
Kim's Christmas Figs BOM from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Christmas in June!  Oh this was so much fun.  You know how much I love the custom quilting. Well this was custom to the next level.  I was like 20 mini quilts oh so fun!  Different designs in each block but almost all having a feather or two. And ya'll know how I feel about those feathers!!!  Here ya go, some pics of this incredible holiday quilt!
Christmas Figs BOM

The back is a puffy as the front with two layers of Wool batting

A bit of ruler work, Quilted Pineapple curves, 30, 12 and 20.   Circle 2 - 8in ...

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May 19, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Greco Roman columns.

Camillo Boito-Ornamenti di Tutti Gli Stili, 1882  Doric Perfume Oil

Back when I taught Fine Arts Survey at Bunkie High, I studied enough architecture to be able to know the columns of ancient Rome and Greece. When I was pinning earlier in the week, I discovered these drawings. Of course, I had to add them to my "architecture buildings construction edifice structure" board.


Here's the thing: now I love them for a different reason. Oh sure, the architecture is stunning, but the lines, feathers, and scrolls are all motifs that I love to include in my quilting. Studying these drawings may be helpful in preparing for my next quilt ...

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May 13, 2019
Wedding Dress Quilt for Whitney's Mother from Mary Manson Quilts

Whitney wanted a quilt for her Mother, who was married in 1951.  Mother's gown included ivory lace, long sleeve bodice and a satin, chapel length train. She wanted to include the lace and button elements and was interested in an asymmetrical design.

The quilt has a offset circular starburst design, with the center covered in lace, and buttons around the lace.  The lace border from her dress was incorporated into another circular pattern, and a feather border went around the outside.

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April 29, 2019
Becky's bright feathered beauty! from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I don't think I ever properly shared Becky's big beautiful quilt.  I think I may have shared on Facebook and Instagram.  I try to add more details and mores pics here on the blog.  I just love this quilt, it's big, it's bright it's overflowing with feathers in a bed of wool and cotton.  It's just lucious!
hobbs 80/20 on bottom, wool on top
So  Fine thread top and bottom 

solid white backing - again adds to the lusciousness of this beauty

Quilted pinapple curve on top - 20 I think

Circle 2 ruler on ...

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April 18, 2019
Forward Motion from Quilting Solutions

....progress on the quilt at last.  No more pillows or puppies to interrupt the process.

I have a 4 inch wide border on my quilt that I am filling with a continuous feather that curves around itself.  After the feathers were done I went back and embellished them with gold, metallic thread.  I was going to fill the stem with pebbles, but when I got finished with the gold thread I noticed that the stem really stood out and looked pretty cool.  No pebbles - great idea!  I am calling this quilt "Desert Mosaic" because it is made up of the ...

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March 29, 2019
Stars in Her Crown : Victoria's royal Childern - a ten week quilt along from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I recently had the honor of quilting this gorgeous quilt made by Dennielle Bohannon. You can find her on Facebook @Louanna Mary Quilt Design and Instagram @danniellebohannon.  The quilt is designed by Barbra Brackman and can be found here. The colors of this quilt are just amazing,  that deep purple, can you get any more royal than that?  The blocks were so creative and fun to quilt.  I added the touch of a crown in the last border.  This beauty will be hanging in Chicago at the Quilt Festival, stop by and take a peak!.

The quilt has two layers ...

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March 9, 2019
Fun with Free-motion from Quilting and More...

I’m going to be taking an online class soon, and part of the prep work was to quilt a reasonably large piece of fabric prior to cutting it  into smaller pieces for the various steps of the class. Rather than doing one type of quilting over the entire surface — I figured that would be […]

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March 5, 2019
Feathered RainbowI am excited to share that my new class,... from Living Water Quilter

Feathered Rainbow

I am excited to share that my new class, Feathered Rainbow, is a two-day class offered at the next Mid-Appalachian Quilter’s Retreat. 


The class will review three free-form feathers.

Also learn how to creatively place feathers in quilt projects. 


Finally, stitch feathers in the mini quilt, Feathered Rainbow quilt.


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January 7, 2019
June's Home and Hearth Log Cabin from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I just finished this custom beauty for June.  First I'll show the pictures then a little bit on how we collaborated on the quilting design and the tools used.  There were things flying everywhere in the studio with this one!  Templates, rulers, stencils, marking tools, manila folders, all of it all over all the time, what fun! You can find June Bacchi on Facebook for more info on the wonderful quilt.  This one has two layers of batting, Hobbs wool on top, heirloom 80/20 on the bottom. Glide 40 wt thread on top and 60 wt in the ...

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January 2, 2019
Wedding Dress Quilt for Nancy from Mary Manson Quilts

Nancy was married 45 years ago, and wanted me to make her dress into  quilt.  The dress was made from a very lightweight fabric, with lace sleeves and a beaded yoke.  There was a wide lace ruffle around the bottom of the skirt.

The fabric in the dress was too sheer, so we decided to use a nice satin for the quilt, and just use the  lace and trim from dress.  

In the center, lace and beading from bodice and sleeves were made into a circle with lace embellishments from skirt in the center. The center was also divided into ...

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December 31, 2018
Mary Beth's Wedding Dress Quilt and Pillow from Mary Manson Quilts

Mary Beth had a beautiful dress from her wedding 32 years ago.  Lots of satin with heavily beaded lace, and a beautiful lace around the bottom of the skirt and train.  She also sent me a flower centerpiece she hoped I could use in the pillow.

The quilt is satin, with lace from her dress skirt on the outer border.  Lace from the dress was incorporated into the inner border ribbon design.  

The center of the quilt had more of the ribbon design, with feathers in the corners. Beaded lace from the bodice is in a circle around the names ...

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Wedding Dress Quilt from Beth's Mother's Handmade Dress from Mary Manson Quilts

Beth wanted me to make a wedding dress quilt from her Mother's dress. She was married in 1957, and made the dress herself.  The bodice and sleeves were a beautiful lace, skirt was tulle and the underskirt was satin.  There were buttons down the back of the dress which Beth asked to be included in the design.

I used the satin underskirt for the base of the quilt. The lace was very delicate, so I put it in a heart in the center of the quilt with a few lace motifs. with a quilted design. I put buttons around ...

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December 10, 2018
Hexie Quilt done from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Well Becky's big beautiful girl is done!  I love the back as much as I love the front.  So sad to see her go (lol, she's still sitting in the box in  my living room).  I went over that quilt three times, top and botton and thought I found all the items that I missed.  I *ALWAYS* always, find something I missed on custom quilting after I take it off the frame (this is why I don't put thread away first).  This is also a large part of the reason I do take a lot of pictures ...

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November 27, 2018
Marking a quilt - Becky's quilt from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I hope everyone had a safe, relaxing Thanksgiving break filled all the things that make you grateful.  I spent a little time in Indiana with daughter number one.  We chilled, did a puzzle, cooked, watched some football and just enjoyed the little time we had together, very grateful.   I normally like to share finishes for the week but well, Becky's quilt is gonna take a bit of time! It's a big one and takes up the entire frame.  So I thought I'd share what I have completed and show how I mark my quilt and things that ...

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November 22, 2018
Turkey..Pie..Nap…Oh MY! from Lisa H Calle's Blog


The sun is shining brightly in Hilton Head where I prepare to tee off for a round of golf; my second love in life. But before I venture into the rolling, green hills composed of 19 holes I wanted to wish all my fellow followers a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope your plans include eating WAY too much turkey, indulging in a few holiday drinks and slumbering peacefully as Mr. Tryptophan slips you into nappy land.  Those are my intentions for the next 24 hours!

     What would Thanksgiving be without including Black Friday and Cyber Monday? So let’s whoop it ...

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