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April 15, 2014
Herringbone WIP – Simple Stipples and FMQ Tips from Christa Quilts

Today I’ll share with you how I’m quilting my Herringbone quilt. Just call me the stipple queen. :-) I did all piecing and quilting on my Bernina 710 without a stitch regulator.

stipplingHerringbone by Christa Watson; free quilt pattern designed for Camelot Fabrics

I spent the first 10 years of my quilting career stippling everything I could get my hands and needle on! Then I took a break due to stipple burnout and starting spending way too much time quilting more labor intensive custom designs on my quilts. However, for Herringbone, I returned to my favorite go-to allover motif ...

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April 14, 2014
Trendy from I Patch and Quilt

This weekend we went to IKEA. I found some great cotton fabric on sale. It was a precut package of 44×197″ for just 15 euros!!! The cotton feels really nice, and is not so translucent as the famous words fabric you see on so many quilts.

I bought the goldfish cotton fabric in the middle of the picture below.

I also saw the left design in the store. I am guessing the one on the right has sold out.

I “stole” the picture  from this blog, because I could not get a good one of the IKEA site properly ...

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April 13, 2014
Free Motion Quilting Frustration from Modern Sunbonnet Sue

Practice! Practice! Practice! Anyone that does FMQ (free motion quilting) knows that you need to practice regularly. I have been doing FMQ on my domestic sewing machine for several years. Before I begin quilting a new project, I practice on a sample square. My quilting has progressed over the years, but still has room for […]

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SAMQG President’s Challenge Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Purple Polka Dot Doll Quilt | ReannaLily Designs


It is square in person, I promise.

The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild issues a challenge each year… well, I say that, this is only the second time we’ve done it.  So EVERY year, the SAMQG current President issues a challenge.

Purple Polka Dot Doll Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

Last year the challenge was Pantone Color of the Year (Emerald)  based.  This year it is Pantone Color of the Year (Radiant Orchid) + a fabric based.  The challenge – “Use this polka dot fabric and make something quilted, and under 36″ on each side.”  Pretty straight forward.

I decided to use some Learn to Sew Easy Curves techniques to ...

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April 12, 2014
Craftsy Class Review – Elizabeth Dackson’s Start Free-Motion Quilting from Christa Quilts

I’m excited to review another fantastic Craftsy class with you today! It’s Elizabeth Dackson’s “Start Free-Motion Quilting” and I love it on so many levels! Although machine quilting is one of my favorite subjects to teach, I cannot get enough free-motion quilting education myself. :-)

ed_fmqEveryone has their own different ways of teaching which is why I highly recommend taking as many classes as you can from as many different instructors as you can. When it comes to free-motion quilting, it really helps to learn those techniques over and over again so they really sink in.

Elizabeth’s ...

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April 11, 2014
Friday Finish from I Patch and Quilt

Thank you all very much for all of your kind words on my last two posts. I have not had a chance to answer all of your comments. Please know that I have read them all and am very grateful for such kind people!!!

The last four weeks have not been super productive on the sewing front, maybe except for the Soy Amado quilt. I did accomplish to work on some FMQ and the fourth Sew Kitschy block. I skipped the third block of the BOM because I had an orphan block that fit perfectly in its place.

The fourth ...

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April 9, 2014
Bear Quilt Finish! from The Champ Life

Hurray! The Bear Quilt is done and on its way to its new home with baby Elijah.

bear quilt 1.jpg

I love how a quilt looks when it’s all crinkly in natural light. The stippling gave it such an awesome texture, and I’m so glad that I decided to go with that when it came time to quilt it. The back is just as crinkletastic:

bear quilt 2.jpg

Here’s a shot that more clearly shows the top:

bear quilt 3

And of course, in the focal block I quilted Elijah’s name:


I really love how this turned out, and I think it’s such a ...

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April 6, 2014
4 von 5 from Grit's Life

Hallo Ihr Lieben,

heute zeige ich Euch ein Update meiner Tischläuferparade genäht nach
*** Maja`s *** Macchiato-Läufer.

Zwei sind ganz fertig, bei Nr.3 muß noch das Binding hinten per Hand festgenäht werden und bei Nr. 4 fehlt das komplette Binding. Und Nr. 5 wartet darauf gequiltet zu werden. Sie sind bisher alle unterschiedlich Freihand gequiltet, kein Muster ist doppelt.

Hi everyone,

I show you an update of my table runner`s parade today. I sewed the table runners
from *** Maja`s ** Macchiato table runner.

Two are quite ready, Nr. 3 and 4 just the Binding. And Nr. 5 is waiting ...

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Oops - Almost forgot to post the finished batik! from Swink Girl Quilts

This quilting is for my first long arm customer! I am so excited and a little bit nervous. Her quilt top is so beautiful I was hesitant to get started for fear of somehow ruining it! However all went well (not without some thread shredding issues solved with help from the Innova tech) and I am pleased with how it turned out.

I was aiming for the quilting to create a secondary diamond shape pattern and I think I succeeded. It is not very obvious in the pictures of the front of the quilt but shows up great on the ...

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Do.Good Stitches- Sapphire Dreams (quilting) from Swink Girl Quilts

So...I finished up the batik and immediately loaded the next quilt. This one is the January Do. Good Stitches - Hope circle improv log cabins quilt.

I had requested the Bee team make log cabins with a light center and gradually use darker blues to end with a gray border around the entire block. The sashing is a dark gray tone on tone that I picked up at Wal-Mart (sometimes they have good stuff!). I have been worried the quilt will be too dark but the Aurifil thread I am using lightens it up quite a bit. The quilting in ...

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April 5, 2014
Katie’s FMQ round-up from Craft Gossip

FMQ Inspiration and class Katie Did

Katie understands the key to mastering free motion quilting (FMQ) is getting in a ton of practice. To inspire potential learners to do just that, she shares on her blog, a round-up of FMQ patterns along with a plug for a local studio where FMQ classes are taught. Photos 8, Greek Key, is my favorite. Do you have one?

Image credit: Sew Katie Did

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April 4, 2014
Spreading the love from I Patch and Quilt

What a wonderful Friday!

I have just finished the Soy Amado quilt!


I am so happy with the orange sashing. Orange and blue are opposites in the colour wheel and therefore enhance each other! The quilt now POPS!

Just compare with this picture without the orange!

Much better, right?

Some fabrics in this quilt are new and some are vintage.

The blocks were all quilted before assembly. The orange fabric is the join between the blocks.

I used this video tutorial for the assembly of the blocks. I like the look of this, but came to the conclusion that ...

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April 2, 2014
Min Skatt complete! from Swink Girl Quilts

Yay!  The quilt is all finished !  I finished up the last stitiching on the binding and Iam happy to call her complete.  I LOVE this quilt!  The colors are just gorgeous - thanks to Jeni B for designing such a beautiful fabric line! 

I am so pleased with how the quilting turned out.  The black border is probably my favorite and mostly because it is an original idea.  I sometimes feel like I am very good at copying, but not so good at having my own ideas, so this feels  good to me.    I also love the gray border.  The leaves ...

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Bear Quilt Progress! from The Champ Life

I really got underway on the bear quilt over the weekend. It is for the newborn baby boy of a very good friend of mine. The theme of his bedroom is bears, and I found a really cute bear print. When I saw S’More Love by Eric & Julie Comstock for Moda, I knew the outdoorsy prints and bright colors would be a perfect complement. Here’s what the top looked like before I added borders:

bear quilt top

That center square that the diamond HSTs echo is adorable, and when I found it in the charm pack I wanted to make it ...

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Quilten und Nachschub from Grit's Life

Hallo Ihr Lieben,

ich zeige Euch heute einen Ausblick auf meine Quiltarbeit
der " Maja " Läufer. Und ich konnte es nicht lassen, ich habe gestern in unserer Nähgruppe noch 2 weiter Tops des Läufers genäht mit Stoffen von ++ Maja ** .

Hi lovelies,

I show you today my Free motion quilting start on my Maja table runners.
And I sew two new of this pattern in our quilt group yesterday with fabrics 
from ** Maja ** .

Das Muster einmal etwas anders zusammen genäht.

Liebe Grüße Grit

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April 1, 2014
Free Motion Quilted Flowers from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Guess who quilted one of her 4 Plus Quilts??  This girl!

Quilting the Plus Quilt | ReannaLily DesignsClick Image to Enlarge


I decided to try a flower design.  Someone posted a flower tutorial – it might have been a free Craftsy sneak-peek video deal.  Anywhoo, I watched a few weeks ago and decided I had to try it.  I think I kinda screwed it up, since you can’t exactly see the flowers.

In the video they make the “stem” and “circle middle” part, then build a flower around it.  They took a couple laps around to make the petals.  I think they may have done a ...

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March 31, 2014
Grandma to the rescue from I Patch and Quilt

… or actually not grandma, but grandma’s!

The old Pfaff, that used to be my grandma’s, was still purring with joy when I worked on her this evening. I made one more heart shape block.

This time I tried to use a different feather technique. Here you bump back from the top of the feather to create a new one. Every other feather has the backtracking on the top. I found this harder to do, compared to the normal backtracking (back to the spine of the feather). I think I prefer the other technique even though that uses much ...

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Comfort quilt kinda of weekend from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Alright, not any piecing going on, but April sure got a work out with all the frame quilting!!  First up are a couple of quilts for a woman in our area  that takes in foster kids.  She likes to give all the kids blankets. Right now she has a couple of boys.  I pieced the jelly roll quilts and Tom quilted, he did a great job didn't he???
Blue Jelly Roll Quilt - Inside out Pantograph, Hobbs Poly down batting, glide thread on top, bottom line in the bobbin 
Back of Blue Jelly Roll Quilt

Orange Jelly Roll Quilt - Pantograph ...

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March 30, 2014
Sunday Love from I Patch and Quilt

Here are more blocks for the Soy Amado quilt. I knew I would not have any time to quilt this week :-( so I saved these pictures from last week.

Anyway, I hope to be able to a bit of quilting tomorrow and thursday. I still have 4 more blocks to go to get to the 20 needed for the quilt. The new blocks will be similar to these next ones.

For this first block I used very very simple patchwork but let the quilting take over the show. I did start with a stitch-in-the-ditch around the centre, but that was ...

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Lessons in the Sunshine! from Tartankiwi

When I originally started this quilt (almost two years ago), it was going to be called the Birthday Quilt as the fabrics to make it were birthday gifts from three different friends.

Seeing the happy cheerful fabrics all sewn together, I quickly changed my mind and renamed it the Sunshine Quilt.

But these days I'm thinking it should be called the Learning Quilt. You see I have learnt loads and loads during the sewing of this quilt.

Some of my lessons were more straight forward than others:

  • Don't stress about finding the perfect backing. You'll never find ...

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