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June 23, 2017
Inspirational Design for the Quilter from Pink Doxies

Wynn Las Vegas

There is no greater place under one roof than Wynn Las Vegas if you are a quilter looking for design inspiration. Of course, this is my humble opinion, but allow me to show you just one small part. 

The arrangement above was in the middle of a long promenade. Notice how it was tilted slightly off center. I thought to myself, 'It eliminated that centering issue we often have with a motif, and the eye naturally adjust to saying it's skewed on purpose rather than off. I can use that.'

Another quick lesson in breaking up ...

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June 20, 2017
Puppies! from Wolf Creek Quilting


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Dazzling orphan from I Patch and Quilt

While rummaging for more scraps I found this old orphan block from 2013 hiding in a box. That year I designed this foundation paper piecing pattern called Dazzle and I tested the block in different fabric combinations. I don’t think this particular block ever made it to the blog that I had just started that year.

Back then I did not own a lot of quilting fabrics and my choice of fabric stores was limited. I had to make do with regular cottons which are a little bit thicker and coarser than quilting cotton.


I still adore the bright ...

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The Spring Sampler–The Double Loop Vine from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! How are YOUR Spring Samplers coming along? Do you have any questions? Last week I received a few questions on stabilization…I will discuss my method more on Friday–and we will open it up to “Open Line Friday”–Would … Continue reading

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June 18, 2017
Any and all! from I Patch and Quilt

My oldest friend just had her first baby. The little boy is so incredible wanted, I can’t even tell you! When I asked the mother about what colors she would like for a baby quilt, she told me “any and all color!”. I emptied my precious fabric scraps bin and put several economy blocks together and added lots of monochrome blocks in “any and all colors”.


Every bit of fabric that I could fussy cut was pulled from my stash… I thought I had a large stash, but it mostly consist of so-called blenders; small scale patterns.


My favorite ...

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June 16, 2017
FMQ samples – part 19 from I Patch and Quilt

This pattern must be my new favorite…

Pattern WARPSPEED. Stitched on an 1 inch grid with a pre-marked 2 inch orange peel.



Pattern TUMBLE; leaves tumbling through the air on their way down to earth. Stitched on an 1 inch grid with pre-marked 2 inch orange peels.



Pattern CROSS STAR. Stitched on an 1 inch grid.



Pattern GARLAND. Stitched on an 1 inch grid . Stitch a complete flower and travel horizontally to the next flower. Add loops to your travel line; a curved line looks best.35051563691_1af22c7330_z_d

And yes… I used a NEON thread again…



Pattern SEVENTIES. I stitched this on ...

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June 15, 2017
Playing and Trying New Techniques from Quilting & Learning

Appliquéd English Paper Pieced flag
I've enjoyed making Canada 150 quilts, but following other people's patterns and doing traditional quilting for any length of time is difficult for me. I need time to create and play with fabrics without a pattern or clear idea of where I'm going. So I decided to create a Canada 150 art quilt with some of the techniques I learned during Hillary Rice's surface design workshop.

As you may have read in my post, several weeks ago I took a two-day surface design and embellishment course with Hillary Rice. It was ...

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June 14, 2017
Today’s work from Wolf Creek Quilting

Today’s work

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June 12, 2017
We and I from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

We are all unique and different from each other, yet we often have to run in the same direction and do  as we are told - or do we?

Maybe sometimes we have to look around and ask ourselves if "we" is really more important than "I" and if what everybody does if really the right thing to do.

Those were the thoughts I tried to render in this piece, which - from sketch to sleeve - took over a year to complete. You can have a look at the previous stages here and here. This post is about the quilting and finishing ...

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Sergeant Sesquicentennial from Quilting & Learning

Completed Sergeant Sesquicentennial  block from Quilting Pleasures
Completed Sergeant Sesquicentennial
block from Quilting Pleasures
The Sergeant Sesquicentennial block from Quilting Pleasures is done! No offence, but I hope I never have to write those two words again! I keep spelling the first word wrong and I don't even want to pronounce the second - thank goodness for copy and paste. Canada's 150 will have to do!

This gentleman is part of the Northcott's Trans-Canada Block Party and is sold exclusively at Quilty Pleasures in Orleans. I picked up the kit for the block and fabric for the border and binding last month.

The piecing went ...

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June 9, 2017
FMQ samples – part 18 TUTORIAL from I Patch and Quilt

This week’s tutorial is based on a zentangle drawing tutorial I found on Pinterest. The specific drawing pattern is called Clem and is designed by Erika Bonham Kehlet and can be found on the Pattern Collection website. I am in love with this flower!


Stitched on an 1 inch grid; the flower totals 2 inches.



At my last visit to my local quilt shop I found this awesome NEON thread. I like my bright colors for stitching, but neon??? I wasn’t sure… but BOY OH BOY… it is stunning on black fabric! I think it is my new ...

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June 5, 2017
Green Thumb? from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! While I love gardens, I don’t always have a green thumb… After weeding all day, -I picked up a scrap of fabric–a tutorial (see the yellow flowers?) and just started quilting. These little exercises allow me a chance … Continue reading

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June 4, 2017
FMQ samples – part 17 – TUTORIALS from I Patch and Quilt

What a lovely weekend it has been! Spending time with the people you love, doing the things we love.

And too boot extra time to sew! Can’t beat that, right? So let’s start this blog post with the two tutorials!!!

Pattern DANDELION. The golden thread made me think of the dandelion flower. 34956931266_e856ec0c3f_z_d

Stitched on an 1 inch grid. Besides each diagonal you add two slender leaves and move on to the next diagonal.



Pattern PARIS. An elegant pattern which resembles the French pattern Fleur de Lil. Stitched on an 1 inch grid.

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The stitch path ...

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June 3, 2017
Classy and Scrappy from Quilting & Learning

This crazy month of May is almost over - and it's still raining in Ottawa. Hopefully not enough to cause more flooding! Everything is very green when the sun does shine :-)
I haven't been quilting as much as I think I should. But I have been reading books (not audio or even digital). What a treat!

Classic side of the placemat
Classic side of the placemat

This weekend I made a placemat for a very special friend. Tipi was one of my mother's best friends. She didn't want anything big, but said that a placemat would be great. She mentioned dark red ...

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May 31, 2017
Baby, baby, baby! Sudoku Quilt TUTORIAL from I Patch and Quilt

One of my all-time favorite ways to create a baby quilt is to use a sudoku puzzle answer key. I have described my technique before, but as so many new followers have signed up, I will explain again. This tutorial will explain how to make a baby quilt, finished size 36 x 36 inches.  I believe this size creates a quilt handy for taking with you in a car or using in the baby carriage.


I find one of these answer keys to a sudoku puzzle in the newspaper or online. The picture above is not the one exact one ...

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May 30, 2017
FMQ samples – part 16 – TUTORIALS from I Patch and Quilt

After finishing the Hot Green quilt top last weekend, I am happy to return to the 100 Days Project with my Free Motion Quilting patterns. This post starts the second half of the 100 patterns. BUT FIRST…


BUT FIRST, I have to ask you to go over the No Hats in the House to cast your vote for the Pantone 2017 Quilt Challenge. There are three categories: “Quilts”, “Mini’s” and “Just the top”. Please select the ones you like best by clicking on the hearts in the corner of each picture. You can select 1 quilt per category. Go ...

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May 29, 2017
Has really been almost a year since my last post??? from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Oh boy, it has been a long time. Sure hope I remember how to do this!  So, what's been going on since June of 2016?  Sold the house, got a new one.  I started a new job.  Now we're all settled in the new job, settled in the new house and I *finally* got to break in the new sewing room.  Part of me loved the space at the old house so much that it was really hard to get started, but that's all behind me now.  Spending time in the new space was like catching up ...

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May 26, 2017
FMQ samples – part 15 – dense fillers from I Patch and Quilt

It feels like summer has arrived! The weather is getting warmer and warmer. The national exams of our senior high school students have passed and the grading has begun. While the seniors are waiting for the results to know if they have passed or not, the other students are still going to regular classes. Our school year doesn’t end till the middle of July… some weeks to go still!

This post marks the halfway point in my 100 Days Challenge. By now I have posted over 50 FMQ patterns of the 100 I set out to do.  As I ...

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May 22, 2017
Joyce Wieland and Art with Fabric from Quilting & Learning

Reason & Passion - based on
Joyce Wieland's Reason Over Passion (1968)
Welcome to Art with Fabric - Spring 2017! I'm thrilled to be participating in this blog hop again - thanks Alida for organizing it! It's so much fun finding an artist's work to use as inspiration. I had to find one that I liked since I spent about 4 months thinking and working on this piece.

The piece I've chosen to interpret is Joyce Wieland's Reason over Passion, created in 1968. Joyce Wieland (1930 - 1998) was an amazing woman. I was introduced to her art by ...

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May 21, 2017
FMQ samples – part 14 – more ORANGE PEEL variations & TUTORIALS from I Patch and Quilt

In my last blogpost I posted a turorial for the pattern FANTASY (below). Lots of people liked it but also wrote that they thought it was too comlex for them.


Today’s new tutorial of the pattern GREEK is based on the same principle but with less flourishes like curls and feathers. You could try this one first and then work your way up to the more decorated FANTASY.

I have called this pattern GREEK as it looked like a wrought iron fence in Greece I saw in a picture once. Instead of the curls you can add feathers too ...

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