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August 24, 2016
Back on Track from Quilting & Learning

My sewing machine is back and I'm on a role! I've spent a good part of my week on holidays quilting. I had really missed doing free motion quilting (FMQ). The good news - my girlfriend's baby quilt is done, only a year later!

Here are some pictures to remind you of the project. It's a Row House Creations pattern called Fox in a Box. You can read more about it in this June post.

At the very beginning, cutting the fabric
Chevy overseeing the project
All the Appliqué is done
This is where I left off ...

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August 23, 2016
Continuous Path Quilting Design from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

How to Quilt Clamshells in a Continuous Stitching Line The quilting lines pictured above are in a continuous line. One single stitching line is made, without breaking or stopping, to create the whole...

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

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August 20, 2016
Block #54 – Shell from Texas Quilting

20160819_171707.jpgI started to write two blog posts, just so I could name this one “Harry Chapin Quilting Design”.  I slept on it and decided the way I wanted to quilt this was straight vertical lines, then straight lines at 60 degree angles to match the large triangles on here, and finally different sizes of circles that overlapped.  There is a controlled randomness in the design of the triangles and length of the strings between them, and I wanted the style of the quilting to match that.  So we have triangles, circles, rectangles and parallelograms. I should give this to a ...

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August 18, 2016
Block #53 – Whirling in Circles from Texas Quilting

20160817_122108.jpgI finished the pinwheel in this and thought – well, this is about as good as anything I’ve sewn; I think I’ll just post a picture of this and call it a day!

I was trying to find  3 fabrics that pretty equally contrasted with each other while still sticking with some of the darker fabrics.  I wish I had switched the rose and lighter tan; the tan would have done a better job than the rose to contrast with the outer star points.

But I’m pretty sure that one day when this quilt is done, no one ...

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August 1, 2016
Published! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I’m back at my desk (and my sewing machine) after two wonderful weeks with Baby Louis–my new grandson!  So grateful to my daughter, Claire and her husband, Andy for sharing this time with me! When I arrived … Continue reading

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July 28, 2016
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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July 24, 2016
FAL 2016 Third Quarter - First Finish! from The Quilt Yarn

2016 FAL

Well, here we first finish for the Finish Along Third Quarter! I have been working on this for a while during the second quarter and obviously could not make it to the Second Quarter deadline, so here is my long overdue finish of the Mandala quilt I have been working on.

You can find the list of my Third Quarter goals HERE

Our Guild is running a Mandala Challenge  for the 2016 Festival of Quilts. The quilt must be circular with a diameter of between 50 - 60cm. Any quilting technique is allowed! If you want to find out ...

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July 21, 2016
Clarity Ruler Foot Review / Video from The Quilt Journal

I am so excited about the Clarity Ruler Foot review / video . The Clarity ruler foot is made by Carol Olson of Fine Line  Accents in Design.   I am honored, proud, excited ( and many other adjectives ) to say that I was included in the beta testing of this new ruler foot. I … Continue reading Clarity Ruler Foot Review / Video

The post Clarity Ruler Foot Review / Video appeared first on The Quilt Journal.

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Raw Edged Flower Lap Quilt Finish from Val's Quilting Studio

 My mom wanted a little lap quilt to keep her warm. So using the left-over fabric from her Chevron quilt I made her back in 2014, I made this little flower quilt for her. It measures 33' x 51".
This is it BEFORE I washed it.

 The Quilting

 Soooo after psyching myself out by looking on Pinterest and others blogs for quilting ideas, I finally just jumped in and first started by FMQ on and around the flowers.  I then added a little "anchor" flower in the center where four corners of the flowers met. I also stitched in the ...

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July 15, 2016
How To Quilt Christmas Quilts from Blossom Heart Quilts

I don’t know about you, but when I’m working on a special project (although, what quilt isn’t special?!), I like to think carefully about the quilting designs that I choose. Sometimes an all-over basic design is what the quilt needs, like for a sampler quilt to help unify all the different blocks together. Sometimes a quilt needs some more careful quilting in the background so as to accentuate the piecing. With quilts that feature an image or are more themed, like Garland, sometimes you can use your quilting to add to the design. Given that this is ...

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July 10, 2016
Only 146 blocks to go! from Quilting & Learning

Splashes of Color Quilt
Many years ago I fell in love with the Splashes of Color quilt at – with a simple pattern of pastel batiks, it looked both soft and yummy! Perfect for sweet dreams. Over the next few months I made the quilt.

When it was finished, I was disappointed. It didn’t look like the quilt that I had fallen in love with. I put it away since I wasn’t ready to quilt it yet. I didn’t have a sewing machine that did FMQ and I was told not to hand-quilt it since batiks ...

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July 9, 2016
Great Sales from The Quilt Journal

I am currently up in Georgia at a wedding and realized that there was a few great sales going on out there and I know I am not the only quilter who appreciates a good value :). First on my list of purchases was a Flash sale from Patsy Thompson. All Fabric cutting dies are … Continue reading Great Sales

The post Great Sales appeared first on The Quilt Journal.

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June 28, 2016
A Beautiful Day Baby Quilt from Quilting & Learning

I started last week, finished it last night, washed it, sewed on the label, took a few pictures and it was given this morning. That was the creation and life of my latest baby quilt. It has now moved on to another mother who will cherish it with her child.

I know that it sounds sappy, but my quilts, like my children, are a part of me. As joyful and sometimes cranky as a child. They are my creations. Some will grow old with me while others will leave the nest too early. The one thing that is consistent is ...

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The Square Daisy-A Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Happy Morning, Quilters! How does YOUR garden grow?  The daisies in my garden are just about to shine! I LOVE daisies! Today’s machine quilted daisy –perfect for any square block–is a variation of The Basic Block we learned last Tuesday– The Square … Continue reading

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June 27, 2016
My First Swap from Quilting & Learning

I've been avoiding them for years but I finally succumbed to a swap through my guild, the Common Thread Quilt Guild. In the excitement of the moment I just forgot that I don't do swaps. Don't get me wrong, it's a great idea, but I know myself - it'll mean another deadline, agonizing over what to make, is it good enough, will she like it, etc. At least this swap is in person, so I don't have to mail it. That would have added another layer of anxiety.

I really tried to plan ahead and ...

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June 18, 2016
Swirl Border Longarm Quilting Design from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Swirl Border Longarm Quilting Design Today I’m sharing a fantastic customer quilt with a swirl border longarm quilting design. Take a closer look at how I created the machine quilted design in...

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

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June 17, 2016
Stars! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! In keeping with our Star theme this month, I found this AMAZING video of Garip Ay-A Turkish artist, recreating Van Gogh’s Starry Night in one of the oldest Turkish traditions of painting on water. I hope YOU … Continue reading

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June 16, 2016
Internal Consistency–Teacups and Quilts from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I laughed out loud this morning as I poured myself a cup of coffee in my favorite tea-cup and prepared to photograph my quilt… Did my favorite tea-cup influence me as I chose the fabrics for this … Continue reading

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June 14, 2016
Shining Stars-A Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters and Star Gazers! Did you know there are 200-400 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy?! Or that most stars are between 1-10 billion years old!? How many constellations can YOU identify?  (I remain at the first … Continue reading

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May 31, 2016
Building Blocks-A FREE Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I trust you had a happy Memorial Day! Did you #losethosefatquarters?  Move More?  Eat Less? I will confess my weekend was a mixed bag -Move More + Eat More…but I’m back on track today! We’re building new attitudes…#No … Continue reading

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