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May 26, 2018
Many projects from Quilting & Learning

I have so many projects on the go that it's time to post an update on a few. (oops, sorry for clicking on Publish a little too early!)

Free Motion Quilting Challenge Quilt Along

This FMQ Challenge is officially over, but I realized that I haven't posted my last three blocks. The challenge may be over, but if you're interested, Angela Walter's videos are still available on YouTube, so check them out! (see Related Links)

This block is a combination of the techniques from weeks 2 and 3. I'm not really a fan of the ...

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May 18, 2018
Mill Girls BOM is going home from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

It's time, this beauty is being shipped back to CA where she belongs.  I'm gonna miss this one!  We did spend some quality time together.  I managed to finally get some pics in natural light, just love when the sun is pretty low and shadows from the quilting show up so nicely.  You have to forgive my lumpy yard....there wasn't much natural light left and I wanted to get a few pics so no time to look for a flatter spot.  The quilt is nice and flat, it's my yard that isn't!
Mill Girls ...

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May 8, 2018
May updates and plans from Quilting & Learning

The beginning of a brand new month. I'm not sure where April went, but it's now history

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April 27, 2018
FMQ, design wall and a quilt-along from Quilting & Learning

Batik Quilt

As I mentioned in my last post, I liked the Feather Meander pattern so much that I used it in my third batik quilt. I've really had a blast quilting it, until I ran out of thread :-(

Here it is, about half quilted.

The quilted half of my batik quilt 3
I used the Feather Meander that I learned from Angela Walter's FMQ Challenge Quilt Along. I wanted to use an all-over quilt design on this quilt, since I had never done this before. This is a perfect FMQ design that you can make as large ...

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April 24, 2018
The last ones. from I Patch and Quilt

For years I have been making baby quilts on commission from my parents for their friends and co-workers. As my father has just retired this last December, the last of the baby quilts for co-workers are a boy and a girl quilt. I had some time on my hands so I made them extra special, just because I could.

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I adore this color scheme of grayish blues and greens with a dash of yellow ochre/mustard.

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I opted for the ‘trip-around-the-world’ pattern with 2 inch strips. That made all the little squares just 1,5 inches… I had wanted to ...

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April 18, 2018
Free Motion Challenge Quilt Along update from Quilting & Learning

I've got a lot of projects on the go, but they're not really at a stage to include in a post yet. So here's one update:

Free Motion Challenge Quilt Along with Angela Walters

I've really enjoyed the weekly videos that Angela produces, even if I haven't watched them or practiced them in order. Since I'm behind anyway, I've decided to start with the ones I like.

From Week 7 I did both the Swirl and the Feather Meanders

Swirl FMQ pattern

Feather Meanders FMQ pattern

Feather Meanders from the back 

As I ...

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April 12, 2018
March finishes and April beginnings from Quilting & Learning


I've had a great time with a friend. A weekend full of playing, gabbing and eating. Of course the playing involved textile - and even paint!

Colour Vie Pigment System

In the fall, Gunnel Hag was a guest speaker at the September Out of the Box meeting. She is a textile artist who became allergic to commercial dies. She worked with a company to develop the Colour Vie Pigment System which is water-based and eco-friendly. I bought a starter set at the meeting and was hoping to visit my girlfriend, the artist, to try these out. Well my girlfriend is ...

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April 7, 2018
Indian Elephant Has Arrived from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

It's been a long journey for such a small elephant, but along the way he's not only found some temple arches to walk through, but also some bling to adorn himself (that's the exuberant Orient, after all).  And finally, here he is.


You can read more about his journey here and here, I'll just tell about the quilting in this post. I usually prefer some sort of overall quilting pattern for the whole of the quilt or at least for the whole of the background. Here it was evident that each part needed its own quilting ...

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April 6, 2018
“Idiom” Challenge from Flying Parrot Quilts

It’s been quiet around here, but I’ve been working on both some new patterns (more on those soon!) and some just-for-fun personal projects. In the latter category, both of the local quilt groups I’m involved with put out periodic challenges to make a quilt based on certain guidelines. The challenges I’ve enjoyed most are ones where the title of the quilt is chosen ahead of time, and you then have to make a quilt that corresponds to that title (see a previous challenge of this type here).

The guidelines for this challenge were that the quilt ...

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April 2, 2018
TGIFF: Noodle’s Baby Quilt! from Hobbies Up To Here

Not too long ago I finished a small baby quilt for my nephew, Noodle. No, he’s not actually named Noodle but that’s pretty much what I call him 100% of the time! It was a cute little nickname that stuck and now he is forever my Noodle! He turned 1 in February and I had … Continue reading TGIFF: Noodle’s Baby Quilt!

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April 1, 2018
Art Imitating Life from Texas Quilting

20180328_192535.jpgI had an idea about a year or so ago. I thought at some point down the road I could buy a digital laser cutting machine to make custom applique quilts. I looked into several and knew which one I wanted, but filed it under “some day”. I was on the company’s refurbished email list (their refurbs are from customers who have upgraded to a larger machine). Lo and behold, the exact machine I wanted showed up on the list last week. The short story is while this looks really small, it’s really a 90 pound machine! And ...

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March 28, 2018
Scrappy Triangle Baby Quilt Finish from Quilting & Learning

It's done! Another UFO busted

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March 27, 2018
Street Art My Way is finished from Quilting & Learning

I am happy to announce the finish of a 2014 UFO, Street Art My Way (aka "Not playing the supporting role!" quilt). It's not one of my oldest UFOs but I'm glad that it's done since it's going to be my quilt to cuddle under when I'm reading in the living room.

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March 24, 2018
Nested 9-Patch Quilt Finished by Jen Eskridge from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

  Custom Quilted Nested 9-Patch Pattern In early October 2017, I had the honor of quilting Nested 9-Patch Quilts for Nancy Zieman. I work as the free-lance blog and social media person for Nancy...

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

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March 23, 2018
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Under The Sea... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

The days have flown by so fast, and it's finally Friday again!  And that means it's time to get our whoop whoop on - are you ready?  Let's get started!

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Welcome to springtime in Tennessee!

Where if it's not raining, it's so windy you can only get horizontal pictures of quilts on the line...


But out of the fifty or so pics I took, I did manage to get a few that showed most of the quilt.  This quilt has a very funny story behind it....

Remember the pillowcase dresses?  I took one with ...

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March 10, 2018
Charity quilts 2018 – part 2 from I Patch and Quilt

In the Autumn of 2017 I was contacted by a quilter that I had met at the Dutch Modern Quilt Guild. She asked me if I would be willing to quilt for a charity she was participating in. The charity is called Verdanda which donates quilts to people with a disability. If you Dutch quilters would like to participate in making quilts or donate fabric to this charity, please check out their website and facebook page.

As I wanted to get more practice on my new longarm , I agreed to help them out. I received 5 quilts top, batting and ...

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borders and corners from Texas Quilting

20180304_182322708230747.jpgArgh! It always helps me to let a quilt hang for a few days so that I can see if I’ve messed anything up. This quilt is 96×96″ so sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees, so I took a picture of it and it was immediately obvious that the dark red fabric had flowers in some sections but not others.  That’s driving me nuts so I’m going to take that off and sew another piece in there. I texted it to a friend and thankfully she also spotted a couple of ...

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March 8, 2018
Charming Baby Pattern - Make Modern Issue 21 from Quilting & Learning

It's here! The March/April issue (21) of Make Modern Magazine. As much as I love this magazine, this issue is special - because from pages 78 to 81 is my baby quilt pattern - Charmed!
First page of the Charming pattern in
Make Modern magazine, issue 21 

What a thrill. This is something that I've always wanted to do. I'm not sure if I will write more patterns (although I do have an idea for another one

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March 2, 2018
February FMQ Finish from Quilting & Learning

My OMG (One Monthly Goal) for February was to finish free motion quilting (FMQ) my "Not playing the supporting role!" quilt. I did it with one day to spare. Sometimes I think that I'm crazy for setting an OMG, but on the other hand, it was reached this month (It would have been very quiet here if I hadn't reached it - so no big deal)

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March 1, 2018
Little ones. from I Patch and Quilt

My colleagues are having babies again… ha ha !

I had asked the mother-to-be what color they had used for the baby’s room as an inspiration for this quilt. MINT! Seems like mint is extremely popular here. I added a dash of pink as I love that combination for little girls.

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I used my tried and trusted Sudoku quilt pattern and also used up some fabric I have been hoarding for years. I have written a tutorial for this pattern a while back. You can find the tutorial here. 

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Swirl hooks quilting on top for the sweet little girl!

I ...

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