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December 16, 2014
There's No Soot In This Santa Sack!!! from madebychrissied


When Santa got stuck up the chimney, he began to shout,
"You girls and boys won't get any toys, if you don't pull me out!
My beard is black, there's soot in my sack, my nose is tickling too."
When Santa got stuck up the chimney. Achoo! Achoo! Achoo!

When I was little I had a Santa Sack - well when I was really, really little it was a pillowcase and then Mum bought 2 heavy paper, super large Santa Sacks - one was green with red Christmas trees and the other was red with green Christmas trees,  we ...

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December 12, 2014
QuiltBlog Nisser 2014 from I like to Quiltblog

Sie heißen Lise & Peter,
sind 110 cm groß,
und total verliebt ♥
Das Grundmuster für Lise und Peter
ist Dieses von Stoff und Stil.
Das habe ich vergrößert, die Mützen und die
Stiefel etwas verändert.
Genäht habe ich sie schon im Februar, als Test-Objekte
 für Maileen, aber mehr dazu demnächst ☺

Link-Tipp

Freemotion Quilt Ideen 

2 tolle Blogs!

und hier u.a. ein tolles Tutorial für ein Mistelzweig-Muster

 LG
-sehr wahrscheinlich am Nähen,
denn heute kommt der 3. Teil des 
Grand Illusion Winter Mystrys *freu*

 (Foto 1, 3 und 6 mit PicsArt bearbeitet)

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December 5, 2014
Small quilts part 02 – Twins from I Patch and Quilt

An colleague of mine who retired a few years ago had twin granddaughters this month. He and his wife are Argentine Tango dancers, just like my parents. They meet up regularly. (For those who have never seen this tango, here and here are some clips. Most tango dancers to don’t dance this vigorously and “wild”. The dancers in the first clip are show dancers.)

So… two more pink quilts for two little girls!

Quilt 1:

I started with squares 12,5 inches and turned them into one large pinwheel block. I trimmed that pinwheel down a bit so I ...

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December 2, 2014
Baby Quilts from Swink Girl Quilts

Catching up on some blog posting and looking back through my pictures I see not one but three   baby quilts!  This first one was a gift for a co-worker of my husband.  I had a very cute scrap piece of fabric with a camping theme and so I pulled some complimentary fabrics and cut  bricks.   The piecing is simple but super cute.  I did a mod improv type free motion quilting pattern  which I think turned out pretty nice.  I think the recipient liked it but to tell the truth I never really heard from her.


Next is the baby ...

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December 1, 2014
Happy December!! from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

December, I won't lie.  I always love the first month of Winter (which I consider December not January).   I love the first snow, I love the brisk air and all the giving spirit.  By January 2 I usually come to my senses and can't wait to be done with the Winter.  But right now, on the first day of December I'm loving it!  Just a few things on the design was, design table, design frame.  I've got stuff all over!!  On the table a few less bags a few more connected logs and it's getting ...

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November 29, 2014
Binding Stage from Jackie's Art Quilts

I am putting the binding on my quilt.  I love this stage. It signifies that the end is in sight and after hours of work, I will finally have a finished product. Right after the sleeve goes on=)


What I always have trouble on is squaring it up and getting it to hang flat. I use my special 90 degree steel ruler that carpenters use, but still can't get it quite perfect.


I try very hard not to pull the binding too tight so the corners don't curl, and so it hangs without ripples.


This is the best ...

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Binding Stage from Jackie's Art Quilts

I am putting the binding on my quilt.  I love this stage. It signifies that the end is in sight and after hours of work, I will finally have a finished product. Right after the sleeve goes on=)


What I always have trouble on is squaring it up and getting it to hang flat. I use my special 90 degree steel ruler that carpenters use, but still can't get it quite perfect.


I try very hard not to pull the binding too tight so the corners don't curl, and so it hangs without ripples.


This is the best ...

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November 25, 2014
The Winner is... from Tartankiwi

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for the book "Free Motion Quilting for Beginners and those who think they can't". I loved reading all your fmq experiences and really want to encourage you all to keep going. Sort out your basics and work from there, it really is possible for everyone to free motion quilt!


Unfortunately there can only be one winner and it is:


I have sent you an email. Please respond asap. If I haven't heard from you within 5 days I will draw a new winner.

For all of you ...

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The Winner is... from Tartankiwi

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for the book "Free Motion Quilting for Beginners and those who think they can't". I loved reading all your fmq experiences and really want to encourage you all to keep going. Sort out your basics and work from there, it really is possible for everyone to free motion quilt!


Unfortunately there can only be one winner and it is:


I have sent you an email. Please respond asap. If I haven't heard from you within 5 days I will draw a new winner.

For all of you ...

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November 24, 2014
Small quilts part 01 – Wrapped Gift from I Patch and Quilt

Long time no see!

I hope you are all fine, warm and happy! The weather here is nothing like the snow in Buffalo, I only had to clean my frozen car windows once last week. I surely can’t complain!  And I won’t… I will turn on the central heating and count my blessings.

You know how daily tasks can sneak up on you and claim your free time and energy? Well that is what happened this last month.  One thing had to give, and that was blogging. I did find moments to sew, and I loved every minute ...

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Recreating Antique Quilts Giveaway ~ Reveal ~ Review! from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Hi everyone and Welcome!!
I'm honored to be participating in a Blog Hop celebrating the release of Wendy Sheppard's new book:  
Recreating Antique Quilts

You're going to Love this book!  

Many thanks to Landauer Publishing for sponsoring this hop and giveaway!
Image Credit Landauer Publishing

I know, I know... I've been feeding you teasers about this book for weeks now - but the time has finally come to share some sweet projects from the book and show you a quilt that I made using
the Garden Lattice pattern.

First let me say that Wendy Sheppard is one ...

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Freedom Quilt Complete from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

The only thing left is the label.  The last two post have had the details of this quilt so I won't add those again.  I lost 2 inches on this in the quilting, it's now 88x88.  I'll lose a couple more inches when I was it as well.  But for the most part I'm pleased with how it turned out. I took a very simple pattern and complicated it as much as I possibly could!!  It really was an emotional quilt to complete.  My dad was in the Korean War and my niece as been in ...

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November 23, 2014
A Finish! from Inky Threads

Finished quilting Mom's Log Cabin. I'm not going to say how long it's been that I've had it, but if you search through my archives, you'll go back LOTS of pages. She has it now, putting the binding on, so I can share pics here. I guess I didn't get pics of the quilt as a whole, so when she posts one, I'll put it on here, too.





Quilting this one now. McTavishing, 45 minutes at a time:


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November 17, 2014
Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners and those who think they can't from Tartankiwi

I'd like to  introduce you to my friend Molly. She is one of the first online quilting friends that I made and over the years she has provided me with heaps of great quilting advice.
Photo Courtesy of Martingale, Brent Kane photographer
Molly has always been there to answer my questions and she has had an unwavering faith in my ability. When I decided to buy a darning foot, it was Molly who I turned to for advice and when I took my first wavering steps in fmq, she cheered me on all the way.

I am ashamed to ...

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Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners and those who think they can't from Tartankiwi

I'd like to  introduce you to my friend Molly. She is one of the first online quilting friends that I made and over the years she has provided me with heaps of great quilting advice.
Photo Courtesy of Martingale, Brent Kane photographer
Molly has always been there to answer my questions and she has had an unwavering faith in my ability. When I decided to buy a darning foot, it was Molly who I turned to for advice and when I took my first wavering steps in fmq, she cheered me on all the way.

I am ashamed to ...

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Work in progress - Freedom Quilt from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Nothing new on the design wall, but I do have something on the frame, the Freedom quilt.  I thought I would show a little about the quilting motif and how I came up with it.  LOL, it's all I got this week :)  I knew I wanted something special for this quilt (you've heard the story fund raiser for my nieces' army unit that just returned from Afghanistan).  But was really at a loss. I do have a 19 in round stencil that I like and haven't used yet.  Now I don't have room for the entire ...

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November 10, 2014
Quilting Is Done! from Jackie's Art Quilts

I finished!   I spent the last few weeks grabbing minutes when I could to finish the free motion quilting on my latest leaves quilt. It was white thread on white fabric. And I didn't have a plan, just quilted whatever design popped into my head at that moment.



I was a bit worried that I would get bored without any use of colour but it wasn't until I had only 20 minutes of quilting left that I thought how much fun it would be to be using pink!  For the most part though, I was concentrating so hard ...

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Quilting Is Done! from Jackie's Art Quilts

I finished!   I spent the last few weeks grabbing minutes when I could to finish the free motion quilting on my latest leaves quilt. It was white thread on white fabric. And I didn't have a plan, just quilted whatever design popped into my head at that moment.



I was a bit worried that I would get bored without any use of colour but it wasn't until I had only 20 minutes of quilting left that I thought how much fun it would be to be using pink!  For the most part though, I was concentrating so hard ...

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November 9, 2014
Quilts on Show – Veldhoven part 2 from I Patch and Quilt

This morning I woke to discover I had won the Blogger Quilt Festival in the MINI category.

Thank you all for voting for my paint tube quilt!

I am amazed by all of the support you have given me.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

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As promised some more pictures with quilts from the open European Quilt Championship of this October.

This quilt won the prize for longarm quilting, I think.

I do not know which painting this quilt is based on, but maybe it is one by Casper David Friedrich.

Several different thread colours were used in the background ...

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How to Practice FMQ from Quilting Solutions

How do you learn and continue to improve your free motion quilting?  Every teacher, every book, every online tutorial has thoughts on this process so this post reflects my own journey.  When you sit down at the machine for the first time you'll find that the quilting foot doesn't hold the fabric down,  the foot pedal wants to send the machine into outer space, your eye doesn't know what to look at, your hands are helpless, and the quilt bulk is totally unmanageable.  At least that is the way I felt.

1.  CHALLENGE:  Back and neck get ...

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