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July 21, 2016
Clarity Ruler Foot Review / Video from The Quilt Journal

I am so excited about the Clarity Ruler Foot review / video . The Clarity ruler foot is made by Carol Olson of Fine Line  Accents in Design.   I am honored, proud, excited ( and many other adjectives ) to say that I was included in the beta testing of this new ruler foot. I … Continue reading Clarity Ruler Foot Review / Video

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Raw Edged Flower Lap Quilt Finish from Val's Quilting Studio

 My mom wanted a little lap quilt to keep her warm. So using the left-over fabric from her Chevron quilt I made her back in 2014, I made this little flower quilt for her. It measures 33' x 51".
This is it BEFORE I washed it.

 The Quilting

 Soooo after psyching myself out by looking on Pinterest and others blogs for quilting ideas, I finally just jumped in and first started by FMQ on and around the flowers.  I then added a little "anchor" flower in the center where four corners of the flowers met. I also stitched in the ...

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July 15, 2016
How To Quilt Christmas Quilts from Blossom Heart Quilts

I don’t know about you, but when I’m working on a special project (although, what quilt isn’t special?!), I like to think carefully about the quilting designs that I choose. Sometimes an all-over basic design is what the quilt needs, like for a sampler quilt to help unify all the different blocks together. Sometimes a quilt needs some more careful quilting in the background so as to accentuate the piecing. With quilts that feature an image or are more themed, like Garland, sometimes you can use your quilting to add to the design. Given that this is ...

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July 10, 2016
Only 146 blocks to go! from Quilting & Learning

Splashes of Color Quilt
Many years ago I fell in love with the Splashes of Color quilt at allpeoplequilt.com – with a simple pattern of pastel batiks, it looked both soft and yummy! Perfect for sweet dreams. Over the next few months I made the quilt.

When it was finished, I was disappointed. It didn’t look like the quilt that I had fallen in love with. I put it away since I wasn’t ready to quilt it yet. I didn’t have a sewing machine that did FMQ and I was told not to hand-quilt it since batiks ...

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July 9, 2016
Great Sales from The Quilt Journal

I am currently up in Georgia at a wedding and realized that there was a few great sales going on out there and I know I am not the only quilter who appreciates a good value :). First on my list of purchases was a Flash sale from Patsy Thompson. All Fabric cutting dies are … Continue reading Great Sales

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June 28, 2016
A Beautiful Day Baby Quilt from Quilting & Learning

I started last week, finished it last night, washed it, sewed on the label, took a few pictures and it was given this morning. That was the creation and life of my latest baby quilt. It has now moved on to another mother who will cherish it with her child.

I know that it sounds sappy, but my quilts, like my children, are a part of me. As joyful and sometimes cranky as a child. They are my creations. Some will grow old with me while others will leave the nest too early. The one thing that is consistent is ...

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The Square Daisy-A Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Happy Morning, Quilters! How does YOUR garden grow?  The daisies in my garden are just about to shine! I LOVE daisies! Today’s machine quilted daisy –perfect for any square block–is a variation of The Basic Block we learned last Tuesday– The Square … Continue reading

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June 27, 2016
My First Swap from Quilting & Learning

I've been avoiding them for years but I finally succumbed to a swap through my guild, the Common Thread Quilt Guild. In the excitement of the moment I just forgot that I don't do swaps. Don't get me wrong, it's a great idea, but I know myself - it'll mean another deadline, agonizing over what to make, is it good enough, will she like it, etc. At least this swap is in person, so I don't have to mail it. That would have added another layer of anxiety.

I really tried to plan ahead and ...

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June 18, 2016
Swirl Border Longarm Quilting Design from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Swirl Border Longarm Quilting Design Today I’m sharing a fantastic customer quilt with a swirl border longarm quilting design. Take a closer look at how I created the machine quilted design in...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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June 17, 2016
Stars! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! In keeping with our Star theme this month, I found this AMAZING video of Garip Ay-A Turkish artist, recreating Van Gogh’s Starry Night in one of the oldest Turkish traditions of painting on water. I hope YOU … Continue reading

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June 16, 2016
Internal Consistency–Teacups and Quilts from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I laughed out loud this morning as I poured myself a cup of coffee in my favorite tea-cup and prepared to photograph my quilt… Did my favorite tea-cup influence me as I chose the fabrics for this … Continue reading

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June 14, 2016
Shining Stars-A Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters and Star Gazers! Did you know there are 200-400 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy?! Or that most stars are between 1-10 billion years old!? How many constellations can YOU identify?  (I remain at the first … Continue reading

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May 31, 2016
Building Blocks-A FREE Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I trust you had a happy Memorial Day! Did you #losethosefatquarters?  Move More?  Eat Less? I will confess my weekend was a mixed bag -Move More + Eat More…but I’m back on track today! We’re building new attitudes…#No … Continue reading

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May 29, 2016
Coral, Mustard and Jade – part 1 from I Patch and Quilt

Okay, I jumped in… maybe a bit too quickly… but I have started with my quilting the F2F blocks. Here is the collection again from last June. There will be more blocks added to create a bigger quilt for my bed. It has been almost a year… So why did I jump in too soon?

I should have thought about how the blocks might shrink differently due to more dense quilting…and how that would affect the construction of the quilt. I have come up with a solution to get all blocks to the same size, but it would have ...

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May 20, 2016
Art with Fabric - Light at the End of the Tunnel from Quilting & Learning

Original painting by Sheila Langlois of Kirkland Lake Ontario
Welcome to the Art with Fabric Blog Hop.

My art quilt is based on a painting by Northern Ontario artist Sheila Langlois (1930-1996). More about Sheila and how I met her at the end of my blog.

I love this art work. Sheila painted it when she went back to art school as an adult. It was a study in primary colours. I call it "Study in Primary Colours or Light at the End of the Tunnel".

This is the first piece of original art that I owned. It's been ...

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Art Quilt Practice Pieces from Quilting & Learning

After last week's whirlwind (a guild quilt show and the Art with Fabric blog hop) I didn't think I'd want to quilt for a few weeks. Well, I stayed away from my quilting for 3 whole days! However, the two little projects I made were pressure-free playing using new techniques or materials.

So far, I've participated in 3 of the Colour Me Positive 2016 Weekly Journal Challenge, by creating mini art quilts that are mostly words with free motion quilting (FMQ). I love seeing everyone's art work on the dedicated Facebook page. The pieces are ...

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May 8, 2016
Swoon x2 and one tiny raindrop. from Sew Simple Life


I made this little rain drop because I wanted to try hand quilting, and I figured while I was at it I would try hand sewing too. I did not touch my sewing machine at all while making this little quilt. Here is the binding being hand sewn on.


The finished quilt, if you can call it that, is 4 3/4" x 7".

Hand quilting!!! I am not sure I could hand quilt anything much larger than this.


Mini swoon which measures 9 3/4" x 9 3/4".


Swoon which measures 17" x 17".


That is what I ...

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Floral Fantasy Wholecloth Quilt from Quilting & Learning

It's finished and now hanging at the CTQG So full of love quilt show this weekend. If you're in Ottawa, I hope you'll consider attending. We have very talented quilters. It should be a great show.
Almost finished Floral Fantasy Wholecloth Quilt









I didn't take a final picture of this beauty before it left home because the deadline for handing in the quilts was Tuesday at 6 pm. At 5:40 I was still beading. Thank goodness an extra hour wasn't a problem, but there was no time for pictures.

I've added a couple ...

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April 28, 2016
Quilting The Big Quilt-Personalizing from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Join me in a Happy Dance-My sister’s Basket Quilt is finished! Can you guess how many hours of quilting it required (a king size quilt)?  Keep reading… The Basket Quilt was a group quilt stitched for my sister … Continue reading

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April 27, 2016
Exploring London - The Village Haberdashery from madebychrissied


I have spent the last 10 days in England, visiting friends old and new and I even squeezed in time for a bit of sewing.  An internet friend of several years, Trudi Wood, was teaching free motion quilting at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead, London so I met up with her and sat in on her class.


Even if you haven't heard of Trudi I know you'll have seen her work - in magazines, display quilts for fabric companies and quilting events far and wide Trudi is the queen of British long arm quilting and you can see ...

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