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September 16, 2014
Tuesday Archives #27: FMQ & Funniest Quilt Made! from Val's Quilting Studio

Welcome to the linky party that let's you rejuvenate your old quilting/sewing posts! 
(Check over in my right margin for the list of  upcoming September themes)

Val's Quilting Studio
This week is all about skimming through those archives and finding quilts 
that showcase your Free Motion Quilting  & your Funniest Quilt made! Heck, feel free to make a new post about this one if ya want!  


I am always to very inspired by the FMQ work of  Hilary Florence. Everytime I stop by her blog I'm amazed! If you've never stopped by Hilary's blog and are ...

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September 12, 2014
Hexie Weekend plus FMQ from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Home from Duarte and babysitting for 36 hours while DS and DDIL went to a concert.  Since they were coming home late, I stayed the night.

Here are the hexies I made while waiting at the Doctor's office last Friday. It was a 2 hour wait this time.

One can get a lot done while waiting around.

I finished and bound my  Modern charity quilt.  I quilted it a lot more than any other.  I found that you do need a bit more around the edges of batting and backing when one quilts so heavily.  I had to add ...

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September 5, 2014
Moxie from Georgia Girl Quilts

Well, I finally finished another quilt.  Christine at Red's Needles & Threads and I decided to tackle curves together with Tula Pink's Moxie pattern. She hasn't posted pics of her finished quilt yet, but you've absolutely got to check out her blog. She's got all sorts of awesomeness over there and she posted a super cool tutorial last week for converting your ironing board to a pressing board!

Y'all.  This pattern is so easy.  It sews up super quick; and the shallow curves make Moxie the perfect project for those of you who are new ...

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September 4, 2014
September Pillow from Quilting by the River

I was going through some projects that needed quilting and saw this block. I can't remember if I was going to make a table topper or a I decided to make another pillow know I love pillows.

Here is a closeup of the quilting. I'm still using the Glide thread, can you see the sheen?
Feather quilting on pillow at Freemotion by the River
My blog is giving me fits - trying to write this post has been terrible so I'm giving up and will just post it. I'll show the diagram for the block another time.
Quilted pillow at Freemotion by the River
I used a template and ...

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Pöytäliina - Tablerunner from Tikkutaiwas

Työkaveri esitteli alkukesästä kotinsa pintaremonttia ja mm. olohuoneen uusia paneeliverhoja. Sain päähäni tehdä hänen ruokapöydälleen verhojen kanssa yhteensopivan liinan - äitinsä kautta sain vaivihkaa pöydän mitat, jotta yllätys säilyi loppuun asti. Kaupasta löytyi vielä samoja paneeliverhoja, ja tikkauskoneeni pääsi viikonloppuna tositoimiin lomatauon jälkeen.

Tikkasin valkoisella langalla köynnösten ympäri ja värittelin itse köynnöksiä vaaleanpunaisella, vaaleansinisellä, vaaleanvihreällä ja keltaisella langalla. Tämä oli hyvä harjoitus tauon jälkeen ja ennen varsinaisiin tilkkutöihin tarttumista. Ja kertaalleen taas osoitus siitä, miten vaikeaa on seurata painokuvion reunaa tasaisesti tietyllä etäisyydellä...

Eilen liina viimein pääsi omaan kotiinsa.

 (Outoja varjoa kuvassa yllä, tausta on kyllä ihan valkoinen.
Strange shadows in ...

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September 1, 2014
Recent projects from remember your karma

A FMQ initial for a friend who spoke at our guild. I love making these!

A pillow, gift for a beloved cousin.

My machined binding:
Love the finished look.

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August 31, 2014
A Very Large Slightly Finished Finish ! from Slightly Off Quilter


So for the past few weeks I have been sharing with you the progress of my current project. The one that allowed me to overcome my fear of feathers ! Well it is now ALMOST finished. It still needs a binding, but other than that, she is done !

It was not until I started putting my quilted blocks together that I realized just HOW large this quilt was ! It finishes out at 90 x 105 ! That is HUGE ! It is by far the largest quilt I have done to date. I am extremely proud of myself on this one, not just ...

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August 29, 2014
Hexie Weekend from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Wednesday, I went to the doctor and took my Hexie kit with me to finish up my yellow flower from last week and start another, but I was hardly there enough time in the waiting room to even do one side of my last hexagon.  I was in and out of the office in 35 minutes.

So, as I'm always saying when I open the linky that we love all kinds of eye candy, I'm going to show today a couple of no hexie  finishes:  one a piecing finish and one an FMQ finish.

Here's the latest ...

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Share a Finish Friday - Time Flies from Red Letter Quilts

I refer to this guy as, 'Time Flies'

These little hour glass squares were leftover after piecing my donation quilt from last year's 100 Quilt for Kids. I can't believe a year has gone by and it is time again to link up our donation quilts! Hosted this year by Heather of Quilts in the Queue , she has worked hard to obtain oodles of incentives! I thought about what to make and remembered all the odd scraps I had saved, dug them up, made some pinwheels, and finally arranged everything with some negative space.
(This pool was closed ...

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August 25, 2014
Around the World Blog Hop from I Patch and Quilt

You have probably have come across blogposts on the Around the World Blog Hop, right? I have been asked by Dorien of Just-do to participate. If you would also like to join us on this worldwide trip, please read the bit at the end!

So, it is my turn today to write about my quilty projects!

1) What am I working on?

There are several projects going on at this moment. I have been adding to my FMQ sampler books. They are growing and growing. I have already 4 books on feathers now and there are some more feather styles ...

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August 24, 2014
Sentään yksi UFO taklattu - At least one UFO tackled from Tikkutaiwas

Tilkkuinspiraatio on ollut totaalisen hukassa viime päivät - viimeinen lomaviikko on takana, eikä juuri mitään valmistunut. Eilen tartuin kuitenkin härkää sarvista, marssin yläkertaan ja nappasin ensimmäisenä vastaan tulleen työn käsiini. Töihin pääsin heti, koska sentään helteitä uhmaten olin siivonnut ompeluhuoneen heti loman alkaessa.

Joku muistanee nämä liinat, jotka valmistuivat - kamalaa mutta totta - neljä vuotta sitten.

Tai siis kolme valmistui, kun taas niiden jämäpätkistä jäänyt neljäs (yläkuvan alareunassa) jäi vaiheeseen. En aikanaan ollut tyytyväinen liinojen "pliisuuteen", joten noihin kolmeen lisäsin applikoinnit, mutta neljänteen ei enää sitä intoa riittänyt. Olin valmistellut sen tikkaamista varten vanuineen ja vuorikankaineen, kerroksetkin jo yhdisteltyinä. Ne oli tullut ...

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August 22, 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 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 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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