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May 26, 2015
Bertie's Quilt & Creative Space Tag from Pink Doxies

This little quilt is 47"x47", and has hung on my 
design wall for a few weeks. A friend of mine
pieced it last winter at a class while on vacation
somewhere sunny. She asked me to quilt it 
for her, and gave me free rein as to how.

The colors may be a little truer here.
The sashing and borders are the palest
pink, and it's really a pretty quilt top.

It was a bit of a dilemma for me to decide the 
quilting, as this is a quilt she is looking forward 
to leaving for a great-grandchild ...

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May 21, 2015
Sweet Liberty Quilted Table Runner - American Flag Style! from Red Letter Quilts

Doesn't the Coca-Cola fabric scream Americana?
I pulled several other red and white prints with a similar vibe
Finished Size 21" x 42". I used a double layer of poly batting since it will be stored so often throughout the year.
I really love the Stars block, well I really love friendship blocks and my thought was that it is pretty cool to see them used in a patriotic way.

The following shot was photo-bombed!
Desert wildlife, can you see him?
The pattern I tested for Julie at Intrepid Thread. Memorial Day seemed like a great time to share ...

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May 20, 2015
Am I killing my quilt? from The Quilt Yarn

Honest opinions sought...

Started the FMQ of my Field Guide quilt. After some prolonged pondering on the matter, decided on an overall design as the quilt itself actually looks quite busy.

Choose a fairly common design which I found in Christine Maraccini's book 'Machine Quilting Solutions'  under the name of Heat Wave pattern. I think this design runs under various names.

There is really no trying out the design for a bit to see what it looks like and then maybe changing your mind (although I have done this before) either go for it or not. I decided ...

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May 19, 2015
practicing from remember your karma

Spent this past Saturday in the tiny sweatshop. Me and my Tiara, some quality time together. I just wanted to quilt, to let the thread lines go where they wished.

I traced the outline of a large wood embroidery hoop I have, overlapping the lines. A free-motioned mandala.

Then, I needed to do some feathers. 'Cause I haven't in a while. And I stitched the background with invisible thread. I like the contrast.

And the solitary time was a balm to my spirit!

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Second Entry for 2015 Blogger's Quilt Festival-"Zombies, Zombies, Zombies!" from Pink Doxies

We took advantage of a quick break in the
rainstorms, and snapped a few new pictures
Another post telling the whole backstory can
be found HERE.

This quilt was made for my son, who happens
to hate zombies, so it's a little tongue-in-cheek.
Regardless, he liked his quilt I made last fall.

This marks my second entry into the
Amy's Creative Side. This is a smaller
quilt than "Chicago, 2007", which is entered in 
the large quilt category. Measuring in at "52x61", 
this will be entered ...

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May 16, 2015
Custom iPad Sleeve & Pet Project Show #20 from Pink Doxies

I have had the fabric for this iPad sleeve
since January. My mother-in-law requested
something simple yet fairly well padded
to carry while travelling. The project
sat on the back burner while other things
took its place. I had it on my list of 
and I've checked it off.

This is for a bird lover, and the fabrics
seemed suited. I especially love the Acacia
print from Tula Pink used as the 
background fabric. A fantasy print, she's
mixed hummingbirds with what looks
like anemones.

Please Note
The closure is ...

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May 15, 2015
Blogger Quilt Festival – Mini from I Patch and Quilt

This is my entry post for the Blogger Quilt Festival  for the Mini Category.

In February I created a flower pillow that I wanted to share with you today.

As the pillow is about 20 inches across I am entering it in the mini category. If it was square it would be about 80 inches around.

It is a mixture of clever patchwork and lovely free motion quilting (FMQ)

The front and back are quilted differently.

For the straight lines and arches I used longarm rulers. To be able to quilt with the rulers you do need a special ruler ...

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More Ruler Work from My Inner Thread

I've continued playing with my Westalee rulers.  See here and here for previous posts.  

Note I've been using the Westalee ruler foot and not the freemotion foot that comes with my sewing machine.

Trying the set of 4 feathers rulers ranging from 2" to 5".

While you could just pick up these rulers and use them I found watching (and sometimes rewatching) the Westalee video sped up the learning process quite a bit.  

No marking of the individual feathers is required however having a basting line or marking straight lines on either side of the feathers helps to ...

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May 14, 2015
A few quick finishes. from Sew Simple Life

I am trying really hard to stick to my goal of finishing projects I have already started. And while I did venture from that goal and make some candle mats, for the most part I have stuck to my goal.

These candle mats were new projects (tsk tsk).

These dresdan plates I had orginally planned to use to make a table runner, but to get them finished I decided to just turn them into three candle mats. I made the plates back in March 2014. And now in May 2015 I can finally cross these off my list.

Here is ...

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May 12, 2015
What's Next? Dealing with It. from Pink Doxies

An artsy friend sent me this card last week, and 
I'm stuck on it. It pushes me to think. She 
would never call herself a great motivator, but 
she has a way of dropping Thought Bombs 
that stops me in my tracks.

Neither of us are empty nesters, but it's on our

 horizons. (I'm laughing because we have 11 kids 
between us. Will either of us ever be?) But we are 
mentally preparing for the next season of our lives, 
and it comes up in our conversations a lot. I know 
many of you who visit Pink ...

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May 11, 2015
HMQS Utah...Here I Come! from Val's Quilting Studio

Yep! I'm on a plane very early in the morning! Destination: Salt Lake City,Utah.  
I can't think of a better way to use two personal days from teaching than attending a huge quilt show and classes with a friend! We are taking a class by Gina Perkes. 

Our hands-on, long-arm quilting class with Gina is called Modern Love.
Description: Modern quilts provide a fabulous canvas for showcasing gorgeous quilting designs! Discover new quilting designs which will enhance your modern quilt tops. You will learn the basics of ruler/grid work, new modern fill designs and more ...

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Dresden Plates on Mother's day from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Happy Mothers' day to all the moms out there.  Hope the day was filled with all the wonderful things that makes your heart sing.  My girls are coming out next weekend, so the hubs let me do whatever I wanted and you know what I wanted to do, yep quilt. And quilt I did.  I finished up this beauty.  .I love this quilt, I need one for me!!  This quilt will be donated to Sage Cancer Center in McHenry as part of our Hands 2 Help Quilt Drive, 5 Quilts for Happy Chemo and 5 quilts for the local Cancer ...

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May 8, 2015
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Stained Glass at Night, and a Winner! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's Friday again - are you ready to get your whoop whoop on?  I know I am, but first of all, let's take care of some business, and see who won last Friday's Fabrics N Quilts giveaway!  Little Miss Random picked...

Congratulations!  I'll be contacting you and Shannon by email to hook you up so you can get your swag!


And now it's time to share my finish for the week! 

Stained Glass at Night is finished!
Check out all that texture!

I had a great time with the quilting on this one!  I ...

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Gerade noch tiefenentspannt... from I like to Quiltblog

-und dann steht ALLES nach einer Routineuntersuchung auf dem Kopf.

Weglaufen gilt nicht, also nehme ich auch diesen Kampf auf !
Ich mache mal die Lichter hier im Blog für eine Zeit aus,
meine Nähmaschine ist weggepackt, 
denn zum Nähen habe ich tatsächlich gerade so gar keine Lust.
Meine Listen und Pläne laufen nicht weg.
Wenn ich wieder so weit bin knipse ich das Licht 
wieder an und mache weiter!

Ja so ist die Lage seit Mittwoch und eigentlich wollte 
ich nur über einen fertigen Quilt posten.
Sehr froh bin ich darüber, dass mein 

Surprise Mystery Quilt 

fertig geworden ist .
Freihandgequiltet ...

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May 7, 2015
First Finish in May! from Sew Simple Life

It seems like this quilt took days and days and days, but the reality is that it only took about 9 hours. I only get about an hour or two a day to quilt so that's why it felt like it took forever. I downloaded an app on my phone called Task Timer and timed the whole process, which I have never done before, and I was surprised to find this quilt took 9 hours, start to finish and 2 hours of that time was spent hand sewing on the binding and hanging sleeve.

#ad Celebrate Mom this weekend ...

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May 5, 2015
Tuesday Archives # 61: QAYG from Val's Quilting Studio

Welcome to the linky party that rejuvenates your old quilting/sewing posts! 
Please click here to read more about this linky party.  
Val's Quilting Studio

This week's theme is: QAYG: Quilt As You Go

Admittably, I've never tried this method of quilting.  I found myself poking around the internet and found this very informative (and cute!) website/blog. It's called Shiny Happy World and she has an entire series of QAYG video tutorials!  I found myself thinking as I watched some of the vides, that even if you don't use the QAYG method, these are some great FMQ tips ...

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Make-A-List Monday - Pedal to the Metal Time!! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Can you believe it's May already???  The months seem to go by so fast - but at least it's warm and green outside, instead of snowy and cold! Spring and summer always makes me want to pull out the brighter colors in my stash and play - how about you?

I'm grateful this week to finally have time to do some playing with fabric - last week I had the little girls all week, so not much got done.  Let's see how the week went...

1.  Finalize a design for the stained glass quilt and start quilting ...

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May 4, 2015
Tikattua - Free-motion quilted from Tikkutaiwas

Tämä on se tikkausharjoitukseni, josta aiemmin vilautin pari vihjekuvaa. Oppilaani oli tehnyt avian mahtavan pohjatyön, ja uskalsi ehdottaa sitä minulle harjoituskappaleeksi tikkauskoneeseen! Tilkkupinta syntyi kuulema kolmessa viikossa, kun hän sai uuden ompelukoneen (Berninan), ja sen kanssa kaikki alkoi sujua kuin tanssi.

This is the free-motion quilting exercise from which I showed two teaser photos earlier. It's a quilt made by my student - in about three weeks ater she got a new sewing machine (Bernina) and everything worked with it problem free and smoothly. She had the courage to give it to me as a practice piece for my Handi ...

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Free Motion Quilting-Quick Tip from The Inbox jaunt

Happy Monday, Quilters! Today, a Free Motion Quilting Quick Tip DON’T ROTATE YOUR QUILT Try this little experiment… Begin with a small quilt sandwich. Choose your favorite motif. (The motif above is The Easiest Flower Ever.) Place the quilt sandwich … Continue reading 

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Recommended Sewing Machine Features for Free-Motion Machine Quilting from Christa Quilts

In my latest Craftsy blog post, I’ve made a list of 6 things to look for when considering purchasing a domestic sewing machine for machine quilting. My favorite feature is the extra wide throat space my Bernina has, which makes it much easier to “squish and smoosh” my quilts as I go.


Closeup of my String of Pearls Quilt in progress

Click here to read the rest of my recommendations!

Filed under: Tutorials Tagged: blogging, Craftsy, FMQ, machine quilting

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