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December 8, 2016
Greek blocks from Texas Quilting

img_20161207_051414.jpgThe Splendid Sampler is winding down with just 14 blocks to go.  Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt is fast and furious, running only through sometime in January typically. I’m finishing up the last 2 blocks for Leah Day’s quilt-as-you-go.  I learn a lot from these large groups so when Amy Ellis started a group to make a sampler quilt from her latest book, I jumped on board.

Last month we made the larger of 2 cross blocks.  This month are large Greek cross blocks.I spent a lot more time picking out fabrics than I did making these ...

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December 6, 2016
Ten Free Motion Quilting Motifs for Christmas and the Holidays from The Inbox jaunt

The Poinsettia Free Motion Quilt Tutorial Good Morning, Quilters! Happy Tuesday!  Today isn’t just Tuesday… It’s TEN Tutorial Tuesday–All Christmas and Holiday motifs! There’s everything from flowers to leaves and central motifs to background fills. Traditional?  Modern? YOU can find the … Continue reading

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Winners and More Winter Bliss Details from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Many thanks to all that participated in the first ever Redbird Quilt Co Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale and Thank You for your continued support and encouragement.    
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I'm excited to announce 3 winners (Blog, Instagram and Facebook) of the Really Mini Redbird and Berries Wool Quilt Kits
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....Before I share the quilt kit winners I thought I'd share a few "process" pics and information about my recent "Winter Bliss" finish.   
My Version of Winter Bliss -- Original Design by Pat Sloan
Winter Bliss is a pattern by Pat Sloan and can be found in Pat's latest book ...

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December 4, 2016
Feather Faster Wall hanging from The Quilt Yarn

Making good progress on my Feather Faster wall hanging. What a great practice piece! Learned so much from stitching this out. As mentioned before this wall hanging came from a class called Feather Faster that I did earlier this year with Bethanne Nemesh. In her class Bethanne taught us her method of producing gorgeous, free flowing, no marking feathers that are easier and faster to execute.
I was very curious about this and stitched out one of my more formal feathers first. I am a self taught quilter and have come to like the backtracking method (in comparison to the ...

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November 30, 2016
Pat Sloan's Book Tour and Giveaway! from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

 Welcome fellow quilters!!

You've landed in upstate New York, USA
for one of the many stops along
A book tour you say ?
YES !!  
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Pat Sloan has done it again with a new book in her "Teach Me" series -- this one is focused on one of my favorite topics,
Machine Quilting.    
Did you know:
Pat has published 33 books in 16 years?
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Holy WOW -- See some of them here.
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For this book,
Pat invited 41 of her Quilty friends
including !! ME !!
to participate in the tour.
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If you haven't been following along ...

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November 29, 2016
Virtual Trunk Show from Quilting & Learning

For the second year in a row, Whims and Fancies is hosting the virtual Trunk full of Quilts. To prepare for this special event, I reviewed all of my 2016 posts. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount and the variety of my creations this year. There are:

I'm going to show you a sample of my favourites from each category. 

The Great Hockey Jersey Quilt

A few of my quilts have traveled far this ...

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Just Like Heaven from Texas Quilting

20161128_193108.jpgHot off the press – I just finished the hand binding on this quilt.  It’s in the washing machine and I’ll need to trim threads after it’s out but otherwise it’s ready to go in the mail to my nephew.  The pattern is called Just Like Heaven from Libs Elliott.  I knew when I originally saw it that I would end up making it and was just waiting for the right opportunity.

My official “quilt holder for the photo” isn’t home this evening so I just draped it over a chair to get a couple of ...

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November 27, 2016
Giveaway & Sales, Sales, Sales!! from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Black Friday -- Cyber Monday
So Many Sales... !!!

I'm excited to host the first ever sale on
my printed patterns
and
 A Quilter's Doodle I FMQ Inspiration and Coloring book...

Here's the deal...
 I have 2 published Wool Applique Patterns...
and
One Free Motion Quilting Inspiration & Coloring Book
Buy any two items for $18* and get any 3rd item free!

The patterns, Wooly Wren and Spring Basket, are darling little wool applique designs that I created on cotton backgrounds.

The printed pattern comes complete with detailed instructions AND applique templates already printed on freezer paper -- making the wool ...

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November 25, 2016
En Provence première semaine from Texas Quilting

20161125_070610.jpgI might just write all my blog posts about this quilt in French.  I could do it!  I took 8 years of French! Actually, I’ve forgotten entirely too much; I can still read it pretty well but writing it is another matter.

I almost signed up for Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt last year; I didn’t and I later regretted it after I saw how pretty it was.  This mystery quilt has everything.  First, it’s free, free, free! Second, it uses scraps and while she has suggested colors you can change it to whatever you want.  Third ...

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Star Wars fabric from Texas Quilting

20161124_171339.jpgThanks for the prompting, I realized I never posted photos close enough to see the fabric I used in the 2 Star Wars quilts.  It’s also obvious that I haven’t trimmed the threads yet – haha!

This first one is the back to one of the quilts.  My initial plan to make them slightly different from each other was to change up the backing.  Who knew at the time that I would also end up changing the front design on one of them as well!

It was a quiet Thanksgiving at our house.  I don’t have any relatives ...

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November 22, 2016
Block 79 – Spool of Inspirational Threads from Texas Quilting

20161117_112607.jpgWhen I was sewing this block, I was mystified by the length of the top and the bottom as it relates to the “thread”.  It seemed like the spools should match the thread.  But now that I’m done I am the first to admit it looks better this way.  Two minutes into a new spool and it looks more like this, so it’s realistic.

The nice thing about this block is I had a chance to get rid of some really small scraps in my bin.  I think the width of each of these is roughly quarter of ...

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November 17, 2016
All You Need is Love Quilt and Pillow - The Process.... Sew Fun! from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Welcome fellow quilters -- many thanks for stopping by!
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If you're wondering what I've been up to....
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This fall I had the pleasure to work with some fantastic new Susannah Bee Fabric by Susy Bleasby for World of Susybee.  It was exciting to work with this bright, new, modern line that consists of snippets of Susy's hand painted art.

The challenge was to create a quilt and a few pillows for the grand introduction at Fall International Quilt Market -- Houston.

You Know I'm always up for a Quilty Challenge!

Today I'm excited to share some of ...

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November 16, 2016
Natural History from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

It could have been a Friday (or even Thursday) Finish, but I couldn't catch the light to take pictures. Even today is mostly overcast, but still - here it is, the Natural History quilt.


If you're new here and like looking at WIP photos, you can see its beginnings here and here, and even here for the humble beginnings.

The quilt is made with quilt-as-you-go technique and it was fun to play with the different sashings and the scrappy binding. I love how all of the fabrics I used, have some texture of their own, which makes them blend ...

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November 10, 2016
The value of Value from Quilting & Learning

Quilting Arts Magazine
I read an interesting article in the latest Quilting Art magazine (Oct-Nov 2016) about value. Call it serendipity - it came as I was wondering what was wrong with my latest landscape art quilt. Why was my quilt not as amazing as the vision in my mind? I usually create landscape art quilts from photographs, but I knew what I wanted, so I tried creating it using only my memory and imagination. Darn it - it seems that I had a new lesson to learn!
Landscape Art Quilt
Landscape Art Quilt

Since I've also been reading about the usefulness of working ...

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November 3, 2016
Autumn POP Quilt from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Yesterday we talked about Pop Quilting-– a term I use to describe the machine quilting technique of alternating high density quilting with areas that are unquilted.  The areas that are unquilted become a focal point. I received several requests … Continue reading

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November 1, 2016
Sunflower Sampler-Week 3-Linear Fills from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Okay…be honest…how many of you are unwrapping a Halloween candy as you read this? (I’ll admit, I was unconsciously twirling open candies while I wrote this…) Just one question…Is it worth it?  (I asked myself…) I decided … Continue reading

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October 28, 2016
Welcoming Fall from Quilting & Learning

Buck at Omega Park
Buck at Omega Park
This post is dedicated to fall in all of its glories.

The leaves are turning and there's lots of red this year! The nights are getting colder and the bucks are checking out the ladies. This is one of the bucks my sister-in-law, niece and I saw at the Omega Park near Ottawa a couple of weeks ago. We didn't approach some of the bucks, but this big guy was more hungry than protective :-)

Fall door hanging
Fall door hanging








As you may know, I have hangings for my front door for every season - yes, the door ...

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Fossil Quilt - October OMG from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

This is still a work in progress, but I thought I might share some pictures of the previous stage as it represents my minimum goal for October - making the blocks for my fossil quilt.


This is the final (hopefully) layout and I have already started putting them together using the quilt-as-you-go method. Sorry for picture quality - I couldn't take it all off my design wall and the light in the room is not good enough.

I had a lot of fun quilting the blocks. Some are based on photos of real fossils (with a lot of artistic license), others ...

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October 18, 2016
Art with Fabric - Stained-glass window from Quilting & Learning

Art with Fabric blog hop
Welcome to the Art with Fabric blog hop. My art quilt is based on the stained-glass windows of Gaudì's Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona, Spain.

The windows within the Sagrada Familia are a beautiful progression of colours from blue, green and yellow, to orange, red and purple. My piece is a depiction of the colours found in these windows.

Stained-glass windows
of the Sagrada Familia





The stained-glass windows were created by Joan Vila-Grau based on architect Antoni Gaudi's plans. The shapes of the glass pieces are a mixture of curves and lines. Since ...

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October 11, 2016
Quilting a Double Wedding Ring Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

The double wedding ring quilt is absolutely classic. It is on my “probably won’t ever make it” list, but I love the look. Thankfully, I have the best longarm quilting customers! My...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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