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August 21, 2014
So long, Vera from Swink Girl Quilts

This past Saturday, the 17th, was the village-wide yard sale in the rural town I live in. I always set up a table since we live on the main street through town. Last year I sold tie dye shirts and made more than $200 in just a few hours. This year I didn't have any tie dye done up or even all that much junk to put out. I actually ended up selling almost all of the Vera Bradley that I've collected since college. I really had quite a bit; wallets, duffle bags, lunch name it ...

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August 18, 2014
Jelly Roll Jam II quilt from Charm About You

The Fat Quarter Shop have a new free pattern, it's perfect for making baby quilts because you can make two from one jelly roll or even make a double sided quilt. They asked me which Jelly Roll I would like to use to make up a quilt and I chose the beautiful April Showers by Bonnie and Camille

This quilt will be given to my friend who is having a baby boy and it measures about 36 x 38". I chose to take out all the flowery prints and stick with the blenders, raindrops and umbrellas. It was a ...

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Pteronophobia from Slightly Off Quilter


Hello, my name is Tina, and I used to have Pteronophobia.

In case you are not aware of what that large 5 dollar word means, it is a phobia that I think alot of quilters start out with. It is an abnormal fear of FEATHERS ! Though I don’t think  most scientists would include our quilting feathers in that same category. The fear for me was quite real, though given the number of quilters who are deathly afraid of attempting free motion ( or any other kind for that matter ) feathers, perhaps not so abnormal !

Now you will see that my ...

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August 17, 2014
The Rockin' Robot Laminate Backed Picnic Playmat from madebychrissied


Not long now until my grandson, Oliver, will be with us and son, Jack and Ana have been busy planning and equipping their nursery.  A few weeks ago they sent me this pic of Jack, and my daughter, Flicky, painting the room

and when they sent this finished paintwork pic they said they were going with a space theme.

In my stash was this panel - same colours and a space theme - all robots, space ships and rockets - Blue Sky Studio "Rockets and Robots" for Benartex

Sending back this pic we started discussing what I could make it into - a wall ...

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August 16, 2014
Practice from remember your karma

My goal for 2013 was to impove my FMQ feathers. 

There are 3 ways to accomplish this:
1. Practice
2. Practice
3. Practice

Draw them:

And stitch them:

Love them!

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Feather wreath tutorial from I Patch and Quilt

Have you ever tried to FMQ a feather wreath? Did you know you do not need a stencil to do one?

I have taken lots of pictures to show you how. Soooo… get ready for this picture heavy post!


Before we start:

- I used a Frixion pen to draw on the fabric. The lines disappear when heated (iron), but may appear when the fabric gets really cold. So maybe not the best pen to use on fabric that will be used in freezing temperatures, like in a car.

- In order to create this tutorial I did have to break thread ...

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August 15, 2014
Friday Finishes from I Patch and Quilt

Three finishes today, or actually two and a half!


My Mom requested these hearts to hang on to fridge door and the cookie cabinet door. They will remind her to snack more “greens”  and not to grab the candy and cookies! I think it is a great visual reminder!

I also FINALLY finished the second pillow with the weird home dec fabric.

The last finish of today only need it binding now, so not completely done yet!

I started out with a big nine patch of 9 inch squares in two fabrics. I cut that in half like it was ...

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August 13, 2014
Learning from the pros. 2 from I Patch and Quilt

Hello again!

I wrote yesterday that I was using the Frixion pen for drawing lines on my fabrics. There is a lot to do about these pens in the quilting world. Please do a google search on them as many people have experimented with them on fabrics. There were positive outcomes and not so positive outcomes. Please make an informed decision on using these pens on your fabric. I am not using the pens on a real quilt, just cheap fabric that is learning material or me, like a notebook is for a high school student.

Still obsessed with the ...

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August 12, 2014
Learning from the pros from I Patch and Quilt

Last week I got some quilt books back that I lended out to a friend. I had not seen the books in a while and that was a good thing. This time around I saw different things in these books than I did a few months ago. (I hope to do a review on these books, next week maybe.)

Today I want to share some FMQ samples I did after studying page after page. I tried to copy the designs to find out how they flow and what works best for me. Some designs are my own but were inspired ...

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Quilting, Bobbins and Tension from The Champ Life

Quilting is underway on the Fractions quilt!

IMG_5715In case you were wondering, that’s a magnetic tool bar I picked up at Home Depot. I got that handy tip from Linda Thielfoldt, to help stabilize floating tops. It works great! It is also a very effective foot smasher if you drop it onto your foot. Anyway, in my last post I showed a rough sketch of what I was planning on quilting in this quilt, and that’s what I went with.

IMG_5706Insofar as constructing the actual design is concerned, quilting has been going quite well. However, I have been ...

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August 10, 2014
Rain? FMQ! from I Patch and Quilt

We are getting lots and lots of rain, cloudy days and lowish temperatures for summer. I am even wearing a long sleeve top… SUMMER???

The last couple of days I spent my time working on reference books for FMQ. A while ago I saw a similar book and wanted one of my own. Just ONE!

Who was I kidding?

We need more than ONE! Don’t we?


Here are some of the covers, some finished some just need the satin stitch around. (And getting rid of all those pesky little loose threads…)

2014-08-10-cover fillers 01

2014-08-10-cover swirls 01

2014-08-10-cover swirls 02

2014-08-10-cover feathers 01

2014-08-10-cover feathers 02

Some details…

2014-08-10-cover feathers 02 detail 02

2014-08-10-cover feathers 02 detail 01

2014-08-10-cover feathers 01

There is lots more to show ...

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August 5, 2014
Learn to Machine Quilt - A Great Giveaway... from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Hi everyone -- I wanted to take a minute and share with you a Giveaway that the lovely and talented Wendy Sheppard from Ivory Spring Blog has open through end of Day August 6th.

Wendy is giving away one copy of her online "Learn to Machine Quilt" class that is hosted at Annie's.

I was fortunate to enroll and complete this class more than a year ago and it really improved my machine quilting.

Wendy is patient and confident, and her machine quilting speaks for itself.  Here is one of my favorite Wendy Sheppard quilts:
Image Courtesy Ivory Spring Blog ...

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August 4, 2014
Vihreät niityt - Green fields from Tikkutaiwas

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July 31, 2014
New Mystery Fabric from I Patch and Quilt

This week left me with more mystery fabric to play with!

Absolutely not cotton.

Very very thick.

A little bit stretchy.

Very easy to damage with an sharp object.

BUT super fun to quilt!

Have great Friday!


Linking up with:
Free Motion Mavericks

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Book Review: Mastering the Art of McTavishing 2nd Edition Expanded and Revised from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Hello everyone and welcome to a book tour and review of Karen McTavish's latest release  "Mastering the Art of McTavishing 2nd Edition ~ Expanded and Revised" ~ published June 2014 and available for purchase from

Photo Courtesy On-Word Bound Books
You all know that I absolutely love using McTavishing on my quilts -- especially as a background for wool applique.
If you're looking to learn Karen's beautiful signature technique to enhance your quilts, 
this is the book for you!

I received a "review" copy from the delightful Sara at On-Word Bound Books, and couldn't wait to ...

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July 29, 2014
Tischläufer, Guter Zweck und Grit`s NYB from Grit's Life

Hallo Ihr Lieben,

heute kann ich auch wieder etwas posten.
Bei mir ist es im Moment alles etwas durcheinander, daher werde ich über Sommer auch nicht oft posten können.
Ich danke Euch allen für die Blogbesuche und die lieben Kommentare. Ich freue mich immer über jeden einzelnen sehr.

Heute zeige ich Euch 2 Wellenläufer, die ich zum verschenken genäht habe. Da mir die Zeit etwas im Nacken saß habe ich bei der Quiltarbeit nicht experimentiert, sondern Muster genommen, die ich schon geübt habe.

Dann haben wir in unserer Gruppe 2 Kinderquilts für einen guten Zweck genäht. Für welche Aktion sie ...

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July 28, 2014
One for Mom (and me) from remember your karma

We are nearing the 1 year mark of the passing of my Dad. While I know rationally that no one makes it out of here alive, and that Dad so dearly deserves this rest, this past 11 months has been so hard.

During this, natural occurances have taken on new meaning, as we look for comfort & assurance. Butterflies, with their annual transformation, have special meaning. This project has been in me for a while, but it needed to gestate, before I could do it. 
2 weeks ago, the time was right. So I made this small whole cloth quilt for ...

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July 26, 2014
Feather-holic from I Patch and Quilt

I took advantage of the Craftsy Sales of this last week. I finally signed up for Angela Walters Free-Motion with Feather Class.

I have been quilting feathers for a while now, so the first part of the class did not reveal new techniques for me, but it did help me with getting the right shapes of the petals, as Angela call them, in the right half-heart shape. The second part of the class contained more new information. I enjoyed the class, and really wanted to see more after it finished.

Testing my new skills in a 20×20 inches piece ...

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July 25, 2014
FMQ this Weekend from The Quilting Reader's Garden

You may remember I did a major shift in my sewing room to make room for a new machine. Well, I was successful and now trying to reduce all the stuff in there.  Yesterday, I spent an entire day sorting through one box!  And I still have 16 more to go!  One day at a time, one day at a time.  Sigh.  In going through the box I found a quilt top I had made maybe 10-12 years ago that actually was

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July 24, 2014
Lazy Sunday 3 from remember your karma

Third quilt with May Chappell's Lazy Sunday pattern. Added borders with flange. Will be a wedding gift:

I love the soft mix of colors with chocolate and teal!
FMQ on my Tiara.

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