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April 24, 2014
Konfirmationsquilt from Grit's Life

Hallo Ihr Lieben,

ich habe die Mitte vom Konfirmationsquilt gequiltet.
Mit dem Ergebnis bin ich bisher sehr zufrieden und hoffe es geht so gut weiter.

Hi everyone,

I quilted the middle from the Konfirmationsquilt.
I am very satisfied so far and hope it continues as well.

Liebe Grüße Grit

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April 20, 2014
Flower Power Quilt an Oblongagonalong Finish! from The Sassy Quilter


So excited to have finished up my Flower Power quilt!

This one was part of a quilt along over at Sew Fresh Quilts, called the Oblongagonalong. This unique take on a hexagon…a slightly different shape created by accident was fun to play with! It is made with all Y-seams so that was the challenging part…but, I finally got those down pat I think:) Lorna@SewFreshQuilts did a great tutorial for learning how to do those tricky seams HERE.


It finishes at 35″ x 44″ and was made using fabrics from the Cuzco line by Kate Spain for Moda ...

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April 19, 2014
Shirttails top is quilted at last! from Adventurous Quilter

I started this quilt in about August 2013 I think and I have worked on it at the two retreats I have attended with quilt club.

I have a new Juki machine that I adore but like my old Pfaff it doesn't like FMQing when I use spray basting.  My little $200 Brother machine has no difficulty with the spray though!!! So I decided to try pin basting:

It took ages to put all those pins on and make sure the layers were flat, spray basting is MUCH easier, but my new Juki can FMQ so fast that I ...

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April 17, 2014
How I bury SHORT threads... A 'How I do it Tutorial' from Red Letter Quilts

One of the blogs I enjoy following, Quilter in the Closet, has begun a new linkup for quilter's to share tips and tutorials. I love the concept and thought I would share her link and add a tip of my own!

The blog is written by Newbie Jen, and today her host-post is a tutorial titled 'How to bury threads' (when Free Motion Quilting). Her procedure is the same as my own. Reading it really made me smile though, recalling how much more time I used to spend doing this in the past, before I discovered self-threading needles! When ...

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Pillows and Fancy Free Motion Quilting from Mommy's Nap Time

Recently I've been working on honing my skills at free motion quilting. I've been working mostly on smaller projects which lend themselves well to being densely / intricately quilted. I'm still not where I want to be with this, but I'm working on getting the movement and flow down so that it will translate easily into all my quilts.

On a whim this week I decided to make a pair of pillow covers for my cousin and his fiance. They are getting married this weekend, and as of last weekend I still hadn't decided on a ...

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April 16, 2014
Es fehlt noch der Rand from Grit's Life

Hallo Ihr Lieben,

nun ist er fast fertig gequiltet mein erster großer Quilt mit meinem neuen Baby.
Es ist schon ein Unterschied, ob ein Tischläufer oder so ein großes Teil unter der Maschine ist. Ich habe alles Freihand gequiltet, daher gibt es auch mal Linien die nicht ganz gerade sind.  Es ist eine tolle Übung gewesen und macht mir nach wie vor riesig viel Spaß.
Jetzt fehlt mir noch ein Muster für den Rand, aber da wird mir noch etwas einfallen.

Hi everyone,

now I almost finished quilting my first big quilt with my new baby.
There is quite a ...

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Sew Down Nashville: FMQ and improvisational piecing + Winner from Factotum of Arts

Sew Down Nashville was fantastic. Heather, Elizabeth and Jen, from The Modern Quilt Guild, organized the best weekend activity/conference, I have ever attended.

Friday evening, kicked off our sewing with open sew, where you could sew any project with others, in a social environment….like a giant bee. I worked on my hexagon (EPP) lap quilt which is slowly progressing; perfect when traveling. Can you believe it, I finished around midnight.
Hexagon_OpenSew The weekend did not slow down a second from then on. Each class exceeded my expectations. First up, was Angela Walters Free Motion Quilting class. If you ever ...

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April 15, 2014
Herringbone WIP – Simple Stipples and FMQ Tips from Christa Quilts

Today I’ll share with you how I’m quilting my Herringbone quilt. Just call me the stipple queen. :-) I did all piecing and quilting on my Bernina 710 without a stitch regulator.

stipplingHerringbone by Christa Watson; free quilt pattern designed for Camelot Fabrics

I spent the first 10 years of my quilting career stippling everything I could get my hands and needle on! Then I took a break due to stipple burnout and starting spending way too much time quilting more labor intensive custom designs on my quilts. However, for Herringbone, I returned to my favorite go-to allover motif ...

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April 14, 2014
Trendy from I Patch and Quilt

This weekend we went to IKEA. I found some great cotton fabric on sale. It was a precut package of 44×197″ for just 15 euros!!! The cotton feels really nice, and is not so translucent as the famous words fabric you see on so many quilts.

I bought the goldfish cotton fabric in the middle of the picture below.

I also saw the left design in the store. I am guessing the one on the right has sold out.

I “stole” the picture  from this blog, because I could not get a good one of the IKEA site properly ...

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April 13, 2014
Free Motion Quilting Frustration from Modern Sunbonnet Sue

Practice! Practice! Practice! Anyone that does FMQ (free motion quilting) knows that you need to practice regularly. I have been doing FMQ on my domestic sewing machine for several years. Before I begin quilting a new project, I practice on a sample square. My quilting has progressed over the years, but still has room for […]

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SAMQG President’s Challenge Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Purple Polka Dot Doll Quilt | ReannaLily Designs


It is square in person, I promise.

The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild issues a challenge each year… well, I say that, this is only the second time we’ve done it.  So EVERY year, the SAMQG current President issues a challenge.

Purple Polka Dot Doll Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

Last year the challenge was Pantone Color of the Year (Emerald)  based.  This year it is Pantone Color of the Year (Radiant Orchid) + a fabric based.  The challenge – “Use this polka dot fabric and make something quilted, and under 36″ on each side.”  Pretty straight forward.

I decided to use some Learn to Sew Easy Curves techniques to ...

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April 12, 2014
Craftsy Class Review – Elizabeth Dackson’s Start Free-Motion Quilting from Christa Quilts

I’m excited to review another fantastic Craftsy class with you today! It’s Elizabeth Dackson’s “Start Free-Motion Quilting” and I love it on so many levels! Although machine quilting is one of my favorite subjects to teach, I cannot get enough free-motion quilting education myself. :-)

ed_fmqEveryone has their own different ways of teaching which is why I highly recommend taking as many classes as you can from as many different instructors as you can. When it comes to free-motion quilting, it really helps to learn those techniques over and over again so they really sink in.

Elizabeth’s ...

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April 11, 2014
Friday Finish from I Patch and Quilt

Thank you all very much for all of your kind words on my last two posts. I have not had a chance to answer all of your comments. Please know that I have read them all and am very grateful for such kind people!!!

The last four weeks have not been super productive on the sewing front, maybe except for the Soy Amado quilt. I did accomplish to work on some FMQ and the fourth Sew Kitschy block. I skipped the third block of the BOM because I had an orphan block that fit perfectly in its place.

The fourth ...

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April 9, 2014
Bear Quilt Finish! from The Champ Life

Hurray! The Bear Quilt is done and on its way to its new home with baby Elijah.

bear quilt 1.jpg

I love how a quilt looks when it’s all crinkly in natural light. The stippling gave it such an awesome texture, and I’m so glad that I decided to go with that when it came time to quilt it. The back is just as crinkletastic:

bear quilt 2.jpg

Here’s a shot that more clearly shows the top:

bear quilt 3

And of course, in the focal block I quilted Elijah’s name:


I really love how this turned out, and I think it’s such a ...

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April 6, 2014
4 von 5 from Grit's Life

Hallo Ihr Lieben,

heute zeige ich Euch ein Update meiner Tischläuferparade genäht nach
*** Maja`s *** Macchiato-Läufer.

Zwei sind ganz fertig, bei Nr.3 muß noch das Binding hinten per Hand festgenäht werden und bei Nr. 4 fehlt das komplette Binding. Und Nr. 5 wartet darauf gequiltet zu werden. Sie sind bisher alle unterschiedlich Freihand gequiltet, kein Muster ist doppelt.

Hi everyone,

I show you an update of my table runner`s parade today. I sewed the table runners
from *** Maja`s ** Macchiato table runner.

Two are quite ready, Nr. 3 and 4 just the Binding. And Nr. 5 is waiting ...

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Oops - Almost forgot to post the finished batik! from Swink Girl Quilts

This quilting is for my first long arm customer! I am so excited and a little bit nervous. Her quilt top is so beautiful I was hesitant to get started for fear of somehow ruining it! However all went well (not without some thread shredding issues solved with help from the Innova tech) and I am pleased with how it turned out.

I was aiming for the quilting to create a secondary diamond shape pattern and I think I succeeded. It is not very obvious in the pictures of the front of the quilt but shows up great on the ...

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Do.Good Stitches- Sapphire Dreams (quilting) from Swink Girl Quilts

So...I finished up the batik and immediately loaded the next quilt. This one is the January Do. Good Stitches - Hope circle improv log cabins quilt.

I had requested the Bee team make log cabins with a light center and gradually use darker blues to end with a gray border around the entire block. The sashing is a dark gray tone on tone that I picked up at Wal-Mart (sometimes they have good stuff!). I have been worried the quilt will be too dark but the Aurifil thread I am using lightens it up quite a bit. The quilting in ...

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April 5, 2014
Katie’s FMQ round-up from Craft Gossip

FMQ Inspiration and class Katie Did

Katie understands the key to mastering free motion quilting (FMQ) is getting in a ton of practice. To inspire potential learners to do just that, she shares on her blog, a round-up of FMQ patterns along with a plug for a local studio where FMQ classes are taught. Photos 8, Greek Key, is my favorite. Do you have one?

Image credit: Sew Katie Did

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April 4, 2014
Spreading the love from I Patch and Quilt

What a wonderful Friday!

I have just finished the Soy Amado quilt!


I am so happy with the orange sashing. Orange and blue are opposites in the colour wheel and therefore enhance each other! The quilt now POPS!

Just compare with this picture without the orange!

Much better, right?

Some fabrics in this quilt are new and some are vintage.

The blocks were all quilted before assembly. The orange fabric is the join between the blocks.

I used this video tutorial for the assembly of the blocks. I like the look of this, but came to the conclusion that ...

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April 2, 2014
Min Skatt complete! from Swink Girl Quilts

Yay!  The quilt is all finished !  I finished up the last stitiching on the binding and Iam happy to call her complete.  I LOVE this quilt!  The colors are just gorgeous - thanks to Jeni B for designing such a beautiful fabric line! 

I am so pleased with how the quilting turned out.  The black border is probably my favorite and mostly because it is an original idea.  I sometimes feel like I am very good at copying, but not so good at having my own ideas, so this feels  good to me.    I also love the gray border.  The leaves ...

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