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October 17, 2017
On my Design Wall from Quilting Reader's Garden

is a mess.  Wanted to make another quilt as last week's, but it went awry.  I thought of making each block have a different solid. Ugh - I didn't like it.  No cohesiveness as before with only one sash color.  So what to do?  I decided to take those blocks I'd made and change them a bit. This I like.  Need to change out the other blocks to decide for sure.  Has this happened to you?  I see

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On my Design Wall from The Quilting Reader's Garden

is a mess.  Wanted to make another quilt as last week's, but it went awry.  I thought of making each block have a different solid. Ugh - I didn't like it.  No cohesiveness as before with only one sash color.  So what to do?  I decided to take those blocks I'd made and change them a bit. This I like.  Need to change out the other blocks to decide for sure.  Has this happened to you?  I see

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October 16, 2017
Free Motion Quilting at Symposium from Wendy's Quilts and More

As most of you know, I don't do Free Motion Quilting (FMQ).  Well, I didn't until I spent a day in Deborah Louie's class at Symposium.

We learnt lots of different patterns, and I now feel ready to start FMQ'ing some of my own quilts.  I won't be pushing huge quilts through my Bernina, but I will certainly feel more confident about tackling some of my smaller quilt tops.

Deborah took us through a class that she has taught many times.  She also covered thread choices and batting.

Deborah likes Matilda's Own 100 ...

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October 13, 2017
Art with Fabric Blog Hop - Gaïa, Mother Earth from Quilting & Learning

It's that time again - the semi-annual Art with Fabric Blog Hop - Fall 2017!

I've been participating in Alida's blog hop for two years now. This will be my fourth entry. It's a great event - I get to make an art quilt from a piece of art that I love, and see all of the participants' creations. Thanks Alida for organising this again!

Gaïa, Mother Earth

This fall event's theme is Mother Nature, sometimes known as Gaïa, the goddess of the earth.

My entry is based on a reproduction statuette of a beautiful Pre-Columbian female figure ...

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October 8, 2017
3 Months ago, Wow! from I Patch and Quilt

Yes, it has been 3 months last my last blogpost. WOW! I didn’t even realize it was that long. I will need several blogpost to share everything with you.

One of the most important things that happened these last 3 months, is that my longarm machine arrived!  I have been wanting a longarm from the moment I first laid eyes on one in a YouTube video somewhere in 2013.

Getting a longarm in Europe means you don’t have a lot of brands to choose from. I selected the Handi Quilter Avanté which gave me the best quality for ...

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October 6, 2017
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Bit of Fancy Quilting... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's Friday again!  Did you see the harvest moon last night? It was spectacular!   Always a sign that fall is finally here.  Have you been doing much sewing this week?  I bet you've got something to whoop about - so let's get our whoop whoop on!!


I've got several things to whoop about this week...

I put the final stitches in this quilt...

Actually, lots and lots of stitches!

This quilt is for a silent auction at an upcoming women's event.

I also finally got to reveal the projects I made using Free Spirit ...

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Neutral lap quilt finished from Quilting & Learning

It's been a long time in the making. I guess since it was never a UFO, it hasn't been that long!

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September 26, 2017
Learning QAL - September Sum Up from Quilting & Learning

It's that time again. In the next few days we'll find out what participants learned this month as part of the Learning Quilt-A-Long.

My thought for choosing my September goal was to minimize my stress level this month by aiming for something fairly easy to accomplish since I have a quilting deadline in early October. I thought that I would explore and practice a few FMQ sites and try some new things. In hindsight, I was pretty ambitious!

Wild Quilting on Craftsy
I ended up spending almost all of my time exploring the Wild Quilting course with Christina ...

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September 22, 2017
Lots of projects! from Quilting & Learning

After the hectic pace of the end of August and the new Learning QAL Goal Setting post, I needed a break. I've been slowly working on many projects - mostly those with deadlines as well as the required procrastination project.

Art with Fabric Blog Hop - Fall 2017

This year's theme is Mother Earth, also known as Gaïa.

I just happen to have a lovely reproduction statue of a beautiful Pre-Columbian female figure from Colombia, South America. I'll be writing more about this beauty in a post just before my blog hop date of Wednesday, October 11, 2017. In ...

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September 15, 2017
CMYK quilt from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Back to school - back to basics. I started the new season by assembling my tie-dye samples turned quilting samples into a little wallhanging.

It reminds me of printing swatches of the four colours used in most printing jobs - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (meaning black).

I wrote previously about my quilting practice on tie-dye pieces here and here, so I won't go into separate pieces again. I don't really like UFOs sitting around, so I decided to put them together the quilt-as-you-go method without any particular aim in sight.

Going by the smallest piece I started trimming the ...

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September 14, 2017
Learning QAL - September Goal Setting from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the Learning Quilt-A-Long (QAL)

Have you thought about your learning goal for September yet? Since September is traditionally the time for returning to school, it's a good time to consider what you'd like to learn this month.

Since I have a deadline in early October (see you at the Art with Fabric Blog Hop!),  I am going to keep this month's learning simple.

September Learning Goal: To learn a few more free motion quilting (FMQ) patterns.

There are so many great resources available - on the internet, in books, magazines, courses, etc. What I will be ...

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August 28, 2017
Classy and Scrappy 2 from Quilting & Learning

First placemat - Classy side
In May I made a placemat for a dear friend. She liked it so much that she asked for a second one :-)
First placemat - Scrappy side

Of course I couldn't make two identical placemats...that would be boring, but they do match!

Simply Strips Placemats
by Cindi Edgerton

For this second placemat, I used some of the original fabric, some new fabric, as well as fabric from the same line. I looked in my collection of placemat and table runner patterns (yes I have one of those!) and found a Little Bits Simply Strips Placemats ...

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August 18, 2017
The Big Finish from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

I want to start this post by expressing my deepest admiration for people who make bed-size quilts on a regular basis. People, you're heroes! So far, I've only made four large quilts, and every one has been an Endeavour. This is the latest one, the finally finished one block wonder:

If you're interested in the process, here's the full journey:
post 1
post 2
post 3

Because the quilt is destined for my daughter's bed, I decided to pull out the bright colours for the border, rather than the grey, and you may say the ...

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August 10, 2017
Horses on a Quilt from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Today is the start of the annual Pets on Quilts show over at Lily Pad Quilting! Everyone is welcome to share the photos of their pets posing on quilts and pet-themed quilts, if don't happen to have any you can still enjoy the cuteness and vote for your favourites.

I don't have a pet, but I do have quilted pets - like, about 20 of them:

They were actually meant to be wild horses, but for the sake of the show we'll call it a pet-themed quilt, ok?

I have already written about it in a previous post ...

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August 5, 2017
Learning QAL - August Goal Setting from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the first 
Learning Quilt-A-Long Goal Setting post and link-up.

I've tried to keep things simple. Here's a recap of how it works:
  • The August Goal Setting link-up is open for ten days - from August 1st to August 10th, 2017. Here you link-up a post that tells us what you plan on learning this month. It can be an entire post or a short mention within the post. What ever works for you!
  • The August Sum Up link-up opens a week before the end of the month - from August 25th to August 31st ...

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August 2, 2017
Line Dancing from machinequilter

Fred & Ginger in Swing Time
"Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did, and she did it backwards and in high heels!"
What a brilliant line! It makes me smile. It also brings to mind the second reason why I love machine quilting on a frame:

A machine quilting frame lets you draw with your needle.

I think, perhaps the coolest feature of a machine quilting frame is the carriage that rides on a set of tracks. Sit your sewing machine on this carriage and you can glide your sewing machine effortlessly every-which-way across the top of your perfectly tensioned ...

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Perfectly Tensioned Layers from machinequilter

Reason Number 1: A machine quilting frame perfectly tensions the layers of your quilt so you NEVER have to baste, pin, glue or tack again. Ever! When I was machine quilting sitting at the sewing machine, I hated trying to get all the layers of the quilt sandwich to stay together, steady enough to machine quilt without shifting while I was stitching. No matter how many hours I spent on my hands and knees and no matter how many safety pins I used, it was never quite right. Despite my best efforts, there were always some rucks and wrinkles on ...

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July 31, 2017
modern machine quilting (book review + giveaway) from Sotak Handmade

My friend Catherine Redford is an incredible quilter. I greatly admire all the gorgeous quilting she does on her domestic machine so when she asked if I wanted to review her new book Modern Machine Quilting I was more than happy to jump at the opportunity.

The book is divided into five chapters. In the first chapter Catherine shares lots of info on fabric, batting, thread, needles, quilt basting, as well as quilting room set up.

Second chapter is all about Walking Foot Quilting and, once again, there's lots of very useful info on supplies, stitch length, tension, as ...

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July 28, 2017
Slow Projects from Quilting & Learning

EPP project from Make Modern
In the last couple of week, I've barely made it up to my sewing room (except to sleep since it's also my bedroom!). I was wondering if it was a summer heat problem so I checked out what I was doing last July. Turns out my sewing machine was in the shop and I was doing hand appliqué and was going to try my hand at English Paper Piecing. This is pretty much what I'm doing now, except that my machine is running great.

Isn't the pillow project to the right ...

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July 22, 2017
at long last... from remember your karma

Gah! I had such plans! I was going to blog weekly. Then monthly. Then life and work just got in the way. So to catch up, some FMQ practice!

I like stitching these wavy lines and filling the spaces, very zen.

Using Aurifil Mako 50 wt in top and bobbin. Also using Glide in top on second piece.
Practice keeps me happy!
Just need more time to piece quilts!


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