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January 25, 2015
Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me from Riddle and Whimsy

When I read my ‘official’ partner’s survey on the Disney mini swap, she specified she’s not much of a Princess fan, her favourite characters are Mickey Mouse and Mike Wazowski, and her favourite movie is Mary Poppins. Oh, and did I mention my partner works for Disney?! Oh the pressure!! For a little while I was stumped as I didn’t have any pre-thought ideas like I did with my angel mini.

The first idea I had was Thimbleblossoms’ mini Raincheck (Mary Poppins umbrellas) but when the inspiration mosaics started popping up amongst the #disneyquiltswap2015 tag, there was ...

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January 23, 2015
FMQ Challenge from A Stitch in Time

Darlene from QuiltShopGal  (formally known as SewCalGal) is sponsoring a 2015 Free Motion Challenge.   There were several options for a January challenge all ending in a pillow.  I chose the feathered star.

I like to FMQ but am still learning.  Feathers are my favorite but I suffer from the blank slate problem - I look at the empty fabric canvas and can't figure out what to do.  So for this one, I just followed the instructions!

Here is is all quilted

My actual pillow form did not arrive yet so I've just basted things together and covered another pillow ...

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January 21, 2015
Wer schön sein will muss leiden, from I like to Quiltblog

und wer große Quilts nähen möchte
muss sie auch mal quilten.....
Damit will ich sagen, dass mein Vergnügen beim
Quilten auf dem selben Niveau liegt wie wenn ich Sport mache *lol*

Es ist Anstrengend und nimmt kein Ende..
 Doch, doch es geht schon weiter aber ich finde es erheblich
interessanter kleine Stoffstückchen an einander zu nähen
als dieses endlose Quilten. 
Aber okay;
Das Leben ist kein Picknick und so quilte ich weiter und weiter,
(und mache natürlich weiterhin ein bisschen Sport ;-)
denn ich möchte ganz viele große Quilts nähen.

So wie z.B. der Tula Pink City Sampler und da ...

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January 20, 2015
Part 3 - Free Motion Quilting - Rang de - the desi quilters cushion cover swap jan - feb 2015 from RK Embroidery and Quilting

Part 1 - Pattern Making

Part 2 - Sewing the Block

This is the final installment of my "Rang de" posting.  I have done my Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) on the cushion cover.  Can't say its perfect but its a good effort.  See photos below:

After selecting the type of pattern I wanted to FMQ, I sketched it out to see if it will work with my patchwork.

Then I transferred it onto a tracing paper and placed on my patchwork piece to see if  the design will work.

Then I prepared my Cushion Cover top for quilting.  If you will ...

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Part 3 - Free Motion Quilting - Rang de - the desi quilters cushion cover swap jan - feb 2015 from For the Love of Fabric and Colour

Part 1 - Pattern Making

Part 2 - Sewing the Block

This is the final installment of my "Rang de" posting.  I have done my Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) on the cushion cover.  Can't say its perfect but its a good effort.  See photos below:

After selecting the type of pattern I wanted to FMQ, I sketched it out to see if it will work with my patchwork.

Then I transferred it onto a tracing paper and placed on my patchwork piece to see if  the design will work.

Then I prepared my Cushion Cover top for quilting.  If you will ...

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Tuesday Archives #46: Modern Quilts from Val's Quilting Studio

Val's Quilting Studio
Happy Tuesday Archives everyone!

Today's theme is Modern Quilts.

A quote from the Modern Quilt Guild helps us define the genre today:
"Modern Quilters bring a new bold new aethetic to a craft dominated by traditional and art quilting. The clean lines and stylish color schemes prevalent in moder quilting appeal to fans of sophisticated modern design."

I'm a huge fan of Victoria Findlay Wolfe and follow her blog for Modern inspiration!
I'll be on Pat Sloan's Show

In 2012 (preblogging) I made this Modern Style quilt for our son-in-law.  He was a paramedic at the time so collecting this variety of fabric was ...

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Graffiti Quilting by Karlee Porter from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Graffiti Quilting

Have you guys seen all the Graffiti Quilting posts on Pinterest and Instagram.  Do a search for #graffitiquilting.  I’ll wait….

Well, I love the look.  The Graffiti Quilting is based off a new, self-published book by Karlee Porter.  I cannot imagine self-publishing, but boy, she gives me hope.  This book is everywhere!  I got my copy for Christmas.

I started with some of the design motifs she describes in the book to work on designs in markers.

Graffiti Quilting Style Doodle | ReannaLily Designs

Eh.  Blue was ok.  It isn’t my favorite.  Luckily, I had more markers and more paper.

Graffiti Quilting Style Doodle | ReannaLily Designs

The orange I ...

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Tikkausvinkki - Free motion quilting hint from Tikkutaiwas

Jos olet jo jonkin verran harrastanut vapaata tikkausta, tämä Quiltshopgalin haaste voisi sopia sinulle! Se kestää koko vuoden, ja joka kuukausi julkaistaan tikkausaiheita, joiden avulla voi harjoitella tikkausta ja oppia uutta. Joka kuukausi myös nimetty tikkaustaitaja tarjoaa ohjeita kuukauden tikkausharjoitukseen ja sen työstämiseen tilkkutyöksi. Esim. tammikuun harjoituksesta ohjeistetaan tekemään tyynynpäällinen. Kuukausittain arvotaan myös palkintoja osallistujien kesken, jos laittaa tekosensa näkyville - osa palkinnoista jaetaan maailmanlaajuisesti.

Kun selaat linkin kautta aukeavalla sivulla vähän matkaa alaspäin, näet kaksi listaa: ensimmäisellä listalla näkyvät kuukausittaiseen haasteeseen liittyvät linkit, toisena on taulukko, josta näkyvät kunkin kuukauden palkinnot. Molemmat listat päivittyvät vuoden edetessä.

Tammikuussa voit esimerkiksi harjoitella ...

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Feathered Frenzy Fresh from the Frame from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Marie's Square Pants quilt finally is done!! Yahoo!  This one took 29 magna glide bobbins just on the quilt alone.  It has two layers of batting, hobbs 80/20 on the bottom, wool on top.  Premo Soft thread on top for the feathers and Glide for the printed areas.  I don't think I've ever used that many bobbins on a quilt before.  Now I just need to finish up the two pillow shames and two throw pillows and the entire set will be done.  I need a nap!

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January 19, 2015
This N That Week 3 from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Now let's see:  I added 2.48 yards to my orphan block quilt in borders and blocks. Made two charity tops for another 3.3 yards. That includes one back.  Made some of my border for WIP #1 for another .10 yard for a grand total of 5.88 yards - that's a lot for me. So my total YTD is 7.88 yards, nothing in and nothing donated yet. Nothing has changed on my design wall as I was quilting a different

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January 14, 2015
Ready - Steady - Quilt from I like to Quiltblog

Aber erst muss rund um den Nähtisch angebaut werden,
Vorne, Hinten und zur Seite denn so ein Quilt in der Größe
225x225 cm ist sehr schwer!
 Es ist übrigens der erste Quilt in der Größe den ich mit der 
Maschine quilten möchte/muss.
So angefangen -  uha die Übung fehlt - na nützt nichts und
Knapp 50% ist geschafft, ich habe mich bemüht 
nicht zu eng zu quilten, das ist gar nicht einfach...
-aber es funktioniert super mit den Tischen rundum .
Foto in S/W weil man so besser die Quilt-linien
erkennen kann, komischerweise sehen sie
hinter kleiner aus als vorne...-hmm ...

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January 12, 2015
Small quilts part 05 from I Patch and Quilt

Just before Christmas, I came across the Anita’s Arrowhead pattern.

The block is created through a very clever cutting technique starting with the squares: one light and one dark. At the moment the pattern is still FREE to download.

I really liked working with this new type of block construction. Very inspiring!

The pattern starts with two 8 inch squares and the block you end up with is 9×9.

Well, I didn’t… I had to cut down the block a tad bit to 8,5 inches, but ...

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January 8, 2015
Learn to FMQ and win a book from Craft Gossip

FM practice Rabbit

Start 2015 off right at Rachael Rabbit’s as she kicks off a series of lessons on free motion quilting – FMQ for short. Along with each lesson, she is giving away a related book. She explains what’s happening in January:

This month I talk about the very beginnings of free motion quilting. And people can win a copy of Natalia Bonner’s A Beginners Guide to Free Motion Quilting.

Even accomplished quilters of this method can learn something, as she gives out plenty of tips.

Get the full post, January Lesson (& Giveaway): Beginners Guide to Free-Motion Quilting, at Rachael ...

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January 7, 2015
Scrappy Tulip Bed Quilt from Val's Quilting Studio

After writing yesterday's Tuesday Archive post about Machine Applique, I was reminded of this quilt I made before I started blogging (Oct. 2012). This wonderful assortment of 56 scrappy tulips were inspired by Kim Schaefer's Flower Festival book (it includes 50 Applique Blocks to "grow your garden").I took her Tulip Lap Quilt pattern and grew it into this queen size quilt. After having been displayed in the local quilt store for a bit... found it's way to my parent's geust room. My mom was so kind to actually text me most of these pictures ...

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Small quilts part 04 – W.I.P.s from I Patch and Quilt

Remember this little quilt form last month?

The recipient commissioned me to make another one with the same fabric. This is what I came up with.

This little baby quilt has got its binding by now and is already in its new home.

When digging through my stash I found a pile of cut fabric once destined for another baby quilt. I changed my plan and come up with this little quilt. I really like the pattern I figured out. I will use it idea again.

I think this bright and cheery one will go to another colleague of mine ...

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January 2, 2015
Frame Friday and a couple of top finishes from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Hello 2015!!  What a great quilting start I've gotten on this year.  That humongous log cabin king size quilt - not only are the blocks done but they are all sewn together!!  This thing is plenty big enough to handle the shrinkage from quilting and the first washing, I LOVE it.  It's subtle and colorful and everything I like.  I'm going to go some fancy stitching on the star to bring that out a big more.  Can't wait to get this big ol' thing on the frame.  Oh boy will you at the mess in that room ...

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December 30, 2014
Small quilts part 03 from I Patch and Quilt

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all well and have had wonderful joy filled holidays!

I have been taking some much-needed rest from blogging and sewing. My teaching job has peak moments of intense work and when combined with family holidays and commitments it can all be a bit too much.

Yeah I survived…


It feels like my shoulder is getting better too! Yippee!

I can finally sit at my sewing machine for an hour without feeling like I just survived the bashing of the “hot laundry cycle” in the washing machine. No more OUCH! Yippee again!

I have SLOWLY ...

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December 26, 2014
Catching up/year end 2014 from remember your karma

The day job keeps me so busy. Traveling is fun, the job is too (most days!). But blogging has taken a back seat to Instagram (follow me: kheliwud). BUT as this is my way of journaling my exploits, here is a catch-up since the last post:

I quilted for hire (3 for this lady, a sweet friend of mine!)

This is also for a dear friend, May Chappell, and this quilt went to Quilt Market (more photos and read about it here) in Houston!:

I made a Brickyard by Bearhug Quiltworks 
(great pattern, goes really fast, designed by yet another ...

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December 5, 2014
Small quilts part 02 – Twins from I Patch and Quilt

An colleague of mine who retired a few years ago had twin granddaughters this month. He and his wife are Argentine Tango dancers, just like my parents. They meet up regularly. (For those who have never seen this tango, here and here are some clips. Most tango dancers to don’t dance this vigorously and “wild”. The dancers in the first clip are show dancers.)

So… two more pink quilts for two little girls!

Quilt 1:

I started with squares 12,5 inches and turned them into one large pinwheel block. I trimmed that pinwheel down a bit so I ...

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October 12, 2014
Dresdan Zoo Baby Quilt from Modern Sunbonnet Sue

My two sisters and I collaborated on another baby quilt to commemorate the birth of our great-niece. Even though we live close to one another, it can be challenging to work on a project together. We each have our own activities and projects on which to work. But, we break the project down into manageable […]

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