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February 25, 2017
Second in the Series from Quilting & Learning

Two fabric flowers
Two fabric flowers
My second Escape Art Quilt is done! It had to sit and percolate a while before I was ready to finish it.

I knew that there would be 2 fabric flowers that I had made, although I wasn't sure of their placement. I also wanted to add more embellishment, but didn't want to go overboard (something I can easily do!)

I went in my jewelry box and found a lovely chunky red flower - it's perfect!

Details of Escape 2: English Garden Art Quilt
I really wanted to add some rose quartz, but where and ...

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finished quilting the blocks from Texas Quilting

I had 2 rows to go by the time I picked this up this evening and decided one way or the other I was going to finish the blocks tonight.  I still have the borders to go but I’ve drawn something out that I’m hoping to use.  I can’t believe I quilted all of that without micro handles!  For the cover photo, I echoed the zig zag and then just kept it going around the rest of the block.

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I decided to quilt little balls around the block with the 3 balls in it.  And that block ...

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February 23, 2017
still quilting the Splendid Sampler from Texas Quilting

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I went to a machine quilting bee this evening – my first time there – and it was a lot of fun! There were quilters who quilt on a domestic machine, sit-down, and long arms.  Some who quilt for themselves, some who get paid or even make a profession of it, some who have quilts in shows coming up.  Some who have just started and others who’ve been at it for years.  It was a lot of fun!

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I’m still quilting on the Splendid Sampler.  I figure since I know so many people who are working on theirs also or ...

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February 22, 2017
more Splendid Sampler quilting from Texas Quilting

I am officially halfway finished with quilting the Splendid Sampler.  Needless to say, I haven’t been sewing at all.  I’ve been trying to come up with some different quilting designs in as many blocks as I can.  Just as I shut down tonight, I realized I haven’t even done some easy ones, like meandering circles.

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I think my favorite from this evening was the swirls in the top right hand picture here.  It’s not perfect, nothing fancy but I like it because it just came to me and wasn’t something I saw in a book ...

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February 20, 2017
sampler quilting on the Splendid Sampler from Texas Quilting

20170218_163107.jpg2017 has been off to a crazy start. I’m going to my second funeral of the month in 2 days and we have a new car after a teen driver didn’t see our SUV and totaled our car – hers doesn’t look much better.  Instead of sewing, it seems like I’ve spent all my free time on the phone with insurance agents, etc.

But I did finally get the border sewn on to the Splendid Sampler.  Actually I had originally planned on 2 borders but after putting the first one on, I laid it on the bed ...

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February 18, 2017
Let's Quilt It - A Valentine and Giveaway For You! from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Greetings quilty friends...

I'm excited to share a Free Motion Quilting
recipe on the Moda Bake Shop today.
We start with a little

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February 15, 2017
McTavishing from Texas Quilting

20170214_145755.jpgOne style of quilting that particularly intrigues me is McTavishing.  It’s named after Karen McTavish (her friends named her style of quilting after her). If you’ve never read her book on how she got started in quilting, I definitely suggest it – she has a unique path that doesn’t match anyone I’ve heard of.

There are several variations on how to quilt it, but the basic premise is divide and conquer.  And the second premise is there are no hard and fast rules, although she does describe the method that she goes through for the quilting style ...

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February 10, 2017
The Meadow Beyond Grandmother's Garden from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Thanks to the gods of weather for smiling at Dublin fair city today! Lots of sun (probably too much for a good shot) and here we go:

Somehow the mood of quilt chimes in with the mood of the day, with the daffodils opening all around and the grass greener than ever.

The whole idea was inspired by the pretty green fabric with itsy-bitsy flowers:

I have mentioned before that this project started about half a year ago, but I then realized that the first flowers were made last April, so that's more like year really. I don't ...

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February 7, 2017
February bench pillow from Texas Quilting

20170207_090321.jpgI had someone skim my debit card at Christmas time so I had to order a new one and forgot it was attached to my account at Shabby Fabrics for their pillow of the month kit club.  It was almost the end of the month before I remembered, then I was out of town and back before I finally caught back up to them.  Fortunately they are very easy to work with, and shipped me out the February kit soon after that.

20170207_135627.jpgThese kits are great but I probably am just repeating myself from December.  The pieces are all laser ...

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Hugs and Kisses–A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to give you Hugs and Kisses! This adorable motif is perfect for any quilt you are giving as a gift–Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Christmas…Send your love with your next … Continue reading

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January 31, 2017
Block 95 – Sunshine from Texas Quilting

20170129_180608.jpgLast week had a lot of unexpected turns; I’ll talk about that at a later date but I’ve been playing catch-up on quilting. I actually knocked out blocks 95 and 96 yesterday but I’ll save 96 for tomorrow.  It’s so strange to look at my design wall and see that I’m nearly out of places to pin the blocks.

My husband is confused as to why I haven’t started sewing any of the blocks together but I want to wait until I get the last ones up so that I’m 100% sure. It ...

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January 29, 2017
Some of This, Some of That from Quilting Reader's Garden

First off the EPP papers giveaway is still active. See top, sidebar.  As to the stash:  Nothing came in - yeah.  Used bits of scraps for my applique block and hexies to the total of a 0.06 yd.  Another bit of scraps in leaders and enders hourglass blocks for another measly 0.04 yd.  Then I made a neonatal top using .62 yd.  and donated 2.13 yds of fabric to the guild. My YTD is now 12.93 yds

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Some of This, Some of That from The Quilting Reader's Garden

First off the EPP papers giveaway is still active. See top, sidebar.  As to the stash:  Nothing came in - yeah.  Used bits of scraps for my applique block and hexies to the total of a 0.06 yd.  Another bit of scraps in leaders and enders hourglass blocks for another measly 0.04 yd.  Then I made a neonatal top using .62 yd.  and donated 2.13 yds of fabric to the guild. My YTD is now 12.93 yds

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January 27, 2017
Colour Unboxed Exhibition from Quilting & Learning

Colour Unboxed Exhibition
January 14th was the Vernissage of the Colour Unboxed exhibition at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, Ontario. The museum has an amazing exhibition space which the fiber art work of members of the Out of the Box group filled up nicely.

I attended the opening but there were a lot of people and my camera battery was dead - so I socialized a little bit, had a quick look around and vowed to come back with my camera at a quieter time.

Details of the Lone Tree 2: Tired or Overachiever?
I went back this Saturday ...

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January 21, 2017
En Provence – finished! from Texas Quilting

20170120_181656.jpgFriends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.  No rhetoric, just a quilt.  I put the pedal to the metal on the back end of this quilt and it’s finished, other than trimming threads.  Oh who am I kidding?  That will take me another week!

I was quilting at some crazy non-quilting hours of the day for me.  5:30am, lunch, 7pm.  In other words, before work, during lunch and after work.  I learned a lot working on a large (99″ x 99″) quilt on a long arm.  First of all, there’s a better way to square a quilt ...

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January 19, 2017
Block 91 – Gran’s Button Jar from Texas Quilting

20170118_053958_001.jpgI’ve been quilting on En Provence night and day.  Mostly morning; I’m not a night owl and decided it wasn’t a good idea for me to work on it when I was tired.  Usually, I am in the middle of a row when I stop for the day but yesterday I was at the end of a row, so I took the time to advance the quilt to the next section, clamped it down and basted the edges so I could get a fresh start today.

Well…I forgot that I did all of that last night ...

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January 17, 2017
January practice from remember your karma

I decided that instead of doing practice pieces that I toss, I would create an entire composition for FMQ practice.

I started with trying a different style of feathers. In a flower shape. With a cross-hatch background.

I added formal feathers in the corners. 

Then I pondered the border. It needed even quilting to balance the intense FMQ in the center. 

I did ruler work to create an architectural border. With loops in the cornerstones.

Finished at 24"square. I used a layer of Quilters Dream mid-loft poly on the bottom under a layer of Quilters Dream Puff. Quilted with ...

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January 14, 2017
border half finished from Texas Quilting

20170113181913_img_0508.jpgI made more headway on the Craftsy block of the month.  The border is actually the same blocks as the ones lined out for January, although it doesn’t immediately look like it.  I’m always amazed at just how much variety there is with half square triangles!

The border is made from blocks that I don’t have in dies and in fact they don’t make, so short of buying custom made dies – which aren’t cheap and also take time to have made and shipped to me – I rotary cut the pieces for it.   The quilt will ...

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January 13, 2017
Catching up on World Quilting Travel Adventure from Quilting & Learning

with JoJo Hall
I have a lot of catching up for the World Quilting Travel Adventure with JoJo Hall. We are going on a wonderful world tour and making souvenirs from our destinations.
Souvenir from Oregon
Oregon, United States

Our first stop was in Oregon, where JoJo comes from. I made a smaller, more whimsical version of her landscape. Check out her original landscape, it's gorgeous!

Hawaii, United States

The second stop was Hawaii. It's certainly an attractive destination, especially with the -25 C weather we were having in Ottawa! In November I started ...

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Finish Along - Q1 Planned Finishes from Red Delicious Life

Click here for the 2017 Finish-Along Details

Last year I attribute a lot of my successful finishes to my participation in the 2016 Finish Along so it should come as no surprise that I will be participating again this year. It really helped to keep me focused and was a great motivator for me, being able to check a project off of my to-do list. So, here is my list for the first quarter of the year. Yes, it's ambitious, but it's supposed to be. Better to have too much and roll it over, than to have too ...

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