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August 3, 2015
Sampling bigger from My Inner Thread

Here I posted about my freemotion quilting samples. While making them I also created a mini quilt sampler.  

I'd sorted some hand dyed fabric that I'd purchased ages ago on Trademe (NZ's version of ebay) and had never used mostly because the fabric was quite flimsy and the colours a little light.  

For the initial piecing of the front used gentle curves then the back with straight piecing. Then the back became the front!  

For each segment a different quilting pattern was used with varying threads. 

closer look


One of my favourites is the fill in ...

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July 28, 2015
The Sweet Cherry-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Do YOU prefer sweet or sour cherries?  My family is split…but one of our favorite places to visit is Door County, Wisconsin known for it’s sour cherries and delicious cherry pies, salsas, salad dressings, etc.  Since visiting The … Continue reading

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July 25, 2015
Santa Sack Tute & Giveaway - Christmas In July 2015 from madebychrissied

Welcome to day 1 on the Christmas in July Blog Hop, as always let me start with a great big "hi" to my regular readers and a huge welcome to anyone visiting for the first time from the Benartex blog Sew in Love {with Fabric}.

Today you'll find my Santa Sack tutorial over at the Benartex blog Sew in Love {with Fabric}.  The Christmas in July Blog Hop continues through to Tuesday, 28 July with a new project tute and giveaway each week day (not Sat and Sun).  

Want To Make You're Own Santa Sack With Different Fabric ...

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WIPs Be Gone Finish from The Quilting Reader's Garden

When I saw Lorna's Elephant Parade's first block, I knew I had to make a baby quilt using it since my God Daughter in Law[who was expecting a baby] is from Thailand, and the elephant is the symbol of the nation.  I got busy finding the right fabrics from my stash. Then I had to wait til I knew if it was going to be a girl or boy before I picked something for the little elephant.  Then I realized

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July 23, 2015
Two Quilts Are Better Than One! from Quilting & Learning

Charley Harper Quilt
My version of the Charley Harper Quilt

In the winter of 2014, after reading the International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene magazine (2013\2014), I fell in love with the Charley Harper Quilt by Melissa Lunden (it's featured on the cover of the magazine, at the bottom right).

I had bought many modern fabrics a couple of years earlier and wanted to make something with a lot of negative space for free motion quilting (FMQ). My fabrics were more in the brown, gold and red so I decided to use a darker brown fabric that would bring ...

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July 21, 2015
Poppies-The Free Motion Quilt Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Collectors! I really enjoyed reading about all of YOUR collections on Open Line Friday last week. I did have a favorite though–Eliz, the quilter whose HUSBAND collects sewing machines and has more than 55 machines … Continue reading

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July 20, 2015
Pari harjoitusta - A couple of exercises from Tikkutaiwas

Sain vielä lomareissun alkua edeltävänä päivänä päähäni ommella nopeasti muutaman matkatuliaisen. Ensin kyllä oli niin tervan juontia koko homma, että olin jo antaa periksi ja jäädä ostotuliaisten varaan. Mutta kun tuli aika tikata nopsasti kangasrasioiden aihioiden kerrokset yhteen, niin meni sellainen vaihde päälle, ettei sitä pysäyttänyt mikään - ei edes auton pakkaaminen, se sai jäädä seuraavaan aamuun. En ole aikoihin tikannut "pikkukoneella", joten olin kai jo unohtanut, miten kivaa sekin on.

Kangas on Marimekon Kivi, se kyllä jää nyt vähän tikkausten varjoon, mutta siinä oli painovirheitäkin, jotka nyt kyllä hukkuvat tuonne tikkaukseen. Ensimmäinen meni pipertämiseksi, ja jouduin toiseen vaihtamaan langankin, kun ...

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July 17, 2015
Sampling from My Inner Thread

I've been practicing my freemotion quilting.  Previously when I've created practice/sample pieces they tended to be on scrappy fabric/batting or larger pieces.  

I've been looking for an efficient way to have a quick reference to refer to when deciding what designs to use on a quilt.  Often I find that I've used a quilting design then forgotten about it or can't quite remember what it looked like or how I did it.  

On Candy Glendening's website she shows how she created a freemotion quilting sampler book, with small quilt samples loosely bound ...

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July 15, 2015
A Small Fantasy Art Quilt from Quilting & Learning

Fantaisie 1
I had a couple of days off and was actually getting ready to do homework when we had a power outage. After a while, I turned off the electric things around the house and wondered what to do - I couldn't even use my sewing machine!!!

Since I don't really have any hand sewing to do, I started a mini quilt. It was supposed to be a quilted postcard in the style of Positively Postcards, but I couldn't fit it onto 4" by 6", so it's turned out to be a small wall hanging (7½ ...

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July 14, 2015
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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Oodles of doodles – part 02 from I Patch and Quilt

I am a bit obsessed with drawing at the moment. Here are my newest designs.

I used a black fineliner from my pencil case. I think it is one by Stabilo.

While watching some dumb tv shows, I drew these.

This last one I stitched out. I started with some registration marks.

Everything was freehand from there on. You can see some wonky lines and asymmetrical shapes. BUT… The overal design really is succesful

The overall shape turned out pretty square.

I will add some more quilting around the design, probably in another colour.

Why don’t you all try ...

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Rolling Hills Cushion - Quilt Now Magazine Issue 13 from Mommy's Nap Time

Check it out! My Rolling Hills Cushion is in the new issue of Quilt Now Magazine! You can find this in issue 13 on PocketMags online, on newsstands if you're in Europe, or in Barnes & Nobles (in a month or so). 

I love this little pillow - It was my first project after returning from QuiltCon. I was fueled by loads of inspiration (and some new FMQ to practice). I didn't have the stamina to start a huge project, so this was made with those random FQ's I bought from the QuiltCon vendors. I just love the texture ...

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July 13, 2015
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 11, 2015
An Aurifil Mandala Wholecloth Mini Quilt from Blossom Heart Quilts

When the Fat Quarter Shop announced their new Aurifil thread club, I pounced fast!

Aurifil thread club

Each month, you get 4 small spools (220 yards) in 50w, and these are the first three months from the outside in. As an international purchaser, it works out to be about $6 per spool, which is a great price to build up a stash of different colours of thread. I don’t know about you, but I have a small range of thread colours I constantly use when quilting, but there’s always one colour I don’t have quite the right shade of thread ...

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July 9, 2015
Landscape Art Quilt Challenge Ongoing from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the third post of my Monthly Landscape Art Quilt Challenge. I've even made a button, should anyone choose to join me! Check out the details of the challenge.

My first project was a lone tree, on rocks, with water and sky. It took a lot of adjusting before I liked the results. Here's what the first try looked like. See the details in the June Landscape - the Lone Tree post.

The first try -  "before"

There wasn't enough contrast so that the tree was hidden. I ended up cutting around the tree and inserting a new ...

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July 7, 2015
9-Patch Pizzazz Wall Hanging from Quilting & Learning

9-Patch Pizzazz book cover by Judy Sisneros
9-Patch Pizzazz by Judy Sisneros 
There is a blue-green that has been very popular in the last couple of years. As I shopped, I've been very attracted to fabrics of this colour and have accumulated a lovely collection.

I've put them aside to make something. When I looked at them, I realised that they all blended beautifully, but there was no contrast. What to make that would require blending fabrics and only a little contrast? A 9-Patch Pizzazz wall hanging of course!

I had seen a beautiful wall hanging at a local church quilt show and was told ...

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Make-A-List Monday - I Can Almost Smell the Beach..... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!  Ours was rather rainy, but we still had a great time - got to spend some time with the grandkids, went out on the boat once in between rainy episodes, and went to the movies.  All in all, a fun weekend!  And of course, rain meant that I got to do a good bit of sewing, too....

So let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Make a back for and quilt the second scrappy green quilt top.
Done!  I actually quilted this one today, and while ...

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July 3, 2015
Flag Quilts from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I’m reporting to you from beautiful, Door County, Wisconsin. I have so much to share about the whole “Craftsy Experience”…but for now, I hope you’re all enjoying a little Fourth of July fun! Happy Birthday, America! Lori … Continue reading 

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July 1, 2015
What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday - Shape By Shape from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Welcome to the second week of What's on the Bookshelf Wednesday!  If this is your first time stopping by, each Wednesday I'll be reviewing a book from my bookshelf - some old, some new, maybe even some that aren't available for purchase yet!  The one thing I promise is that if I review an older book, it will still be available to purchase - it wouldn't be fair for you to love a book only to find out that it can't be found anywhere!

Last week I reviewed a book that talks about why we ...

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June 30, 2015
Quilt Finishing Marathon from Kat & Cat Quilts

I've got the pedal to the metal on my machine and Netflix on the laptop as I finish several tops that had piled up.  FMQ on everything and now binding is being applied :)

Pretty bindings in the sunlight make me smile. Now we will have some Friday Finishes to look forward to!

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