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December 16, 2017
More Rulerwork from The Quilt Yarn

I have been bitten by the ruler bug! After reading a number of blog posts over at Patsy Thompson's blog the other day, I went and finally got myself an arc ruler and a set of circle rulers. This was not cheap, however I did research this quite intensely and concluded that I was not going to get around spending a fair amount of money. I looked at all sorts of options, some of them in the US but also over here. I have tried the Westalee circles ruler before and while it did the job I thought that ...

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December 14, 2017
Longarm Quilting Edge-to-Edge Designs from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Longarm Quilting Edge-to-Edge Designs The blog has been quiet for a month as I’ve longarm machine quilted on a collection on customer quilts. I’m happy to share a quick slide show with...

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

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December 5, 2017
Playing with colour and Learning QAL Goal from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the December Learning QAL Goal Setting Link-Up

I'm trying to learn from experience, therefore my goal for December is less ambitious - besides, with Christmas in a few weeks, who knows how things will go :-)

December's Goal

In November, I was able to work on two wholecloth quilts using different batting. In December, I want to keep FMQ (free motion quilting) Wholecloth 2, the one that was made with the cotton-wool batting. I'm going to experiment with colour and texture to put some pizzazz into that piece.

Here's what I've done so far:
Adding ...

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December 2, 2017
Nordic Christmas from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

It's been a year coming, and it's finally here:

Nordic Christmas quilt

I planned to make it for last Christmas, I had the pattern ready, and the fabrics bought, but only got round to it this year. It's the same technique that I described in the Nordic mug rug tutorial, it's known as "pixellated quilt" or "watercolour quilt" and it's made of 1'' (finished) squares arranged on fusible interfacing to keep them in place.


I had two sets of red and white fabrics, and I decided to use both of them - stars for the top and bottom parts ...

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November 30, 2017
Wholecloth Quilt 2 and Goal Sum Up from Quilting & Learning

In the November Learning QAL, I very optimistically said that I would try out the 4 types of batting on wholecloth quilts.

So far, I made the beginnings of a wholecloth quilt with the silk batting. The quilting is mostly done, although I do want to try quilting some kind of grid pattern in the border. The project won't be finished for a while because I will be painting within the FMQ. (See the Wholecloth link in Related Links below for more details.)



First Wholecloth quilt - the back
First Wholecloth quilt - the front













This will be the front of ...

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November 8, 2017
More learning and updates from Quilting & Learning

For the October Learning Quilt-A-Long, I made and quilted 4 improv pieced blocks using different batting.

I've had a chance to bind, wash, air dry and iron them - it's made quite a difference, but unfortunately, not easily seen on the images.

Here are the results:

Log Cabin block after washing

Log Cabin block














The Log Cabin block was made using Warm 100 Cotton with 100% cotton scrim



X block 
X Block after washing














The X block was made using Hobbs Tuscany Collection silk and fine polyester (90%-10%) with resin bonded.



Half-Square Triangle block
Half-Square Triangle block after ...

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November 6, 2017
Learning QAL - November Goal Setting Link-up from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the fourth month of the Learning QAL.

I hope you'll join me on my learning adventure - and make it yours!

The rules are easy - post what you would like to learn this month (it doesn't have to be complicated!) and link-up your post. At the end of the month we will have a Learning Sum Up and share our learning. You don't even have to finish the project as long as you post about what you learned. There is even a prize for a lucky person who has linked up to both the Goal Setting ...

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November 3, 2017
Falling Leaves... Finally from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Now that most of the autumn leaves outside have already fallen, I finally have this inside:


I chose to quilt the background of each block separately, in almost matchstick quilting style, but slightly more irregular, varying the direction of the lines.


The leaves have just a few quilting lines to keep them flat, but they are supposed to pop up from the background.


It turned out to be quite a lengthy process, because making parallel lines with the FMQ foot was very tedious and I couldn't do a lot in one sitting.

Anyway I like how it turned out ...

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October 28, 2017
Quilted, Bound and Shown. from Quilting Reader's Garden

Commission quilt is done.        Quilted, bound, and shown to recipient: It's a t-shirt quilt. That's why it was so hard to guess the quilting motif.  Some of these fronts of the garments have a lot of paint on them, so all I could do was go around the designs. Measures 55" by 59". Quilted on my domestic Juki. Still have to clip some threads. My mom put the top together and then handed

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Quilted, Bound and Shown. from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Commission quilt is done.        Quilted, bound, and shown to recipient: It's a t-shirt quilt. That's why it was so hard to guess the quilting motif.  Some of these fronts of the garments have a lot of paint on them, so all I could do was go around the designs. Measures 55" by 59". Quilted on my domestic Juki. Still have to clip some threads. My mom put the top together and then handed

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October 24, 2017
Whew! An update! from Texas Quilting

20170818_125023.jpgIt’s been a crazy few months.  I’ve been taking classes full-time which quite honestly has kept me absolutely swamped night and day.  A friend called me today and said if that was the case I was probably regretting my decision to go back for another degree. Not at all!  I like a challenge and this has certainly been one.  I made all A’s this summer and then found out they don’t have the dean’s list for the summer session.  Say what!!!  So far I’m on track to repeat that this fall but there is ...

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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.

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!!

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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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