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October 17, 2021
Welcoming Fall on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

I hope that you're having a lovely fall (except those of you on the other side of the world who are enjoying Spring!) The leaves are slowly changing here in Ottawa but all of the rain is pulling them down quickly!

I didn't expect to be writing this post today but Muv is very busy getting ready for her daughter's wedding this weekend. I can't imagine how that must feel. So welcome to week 351 of Free Motion Mavericks. I'm still planning the FMQ design for my son's quilt, so here is a look ...

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October 11, 2021
Planning and FMQ with Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Hi! I've finally started on my son's quilt. I've been planning the designs, which are loosely based on my mother's hand quilted designs from Stéphane's original quilt. I also free motion quilted (FMQ) the first little section.

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September 25, 2021
Florida Sunset Quilt – quilting from I Patch and Quilt

This quilt of many colors, needs threads to match!

The plan was to use the thread colors as elements of the colors shift within the rows.

This did mean MANY thread changes on the longarm, which I really didn’t mind.

I used my longarm rulers to stitch straight lines and circles. I went over each line 3 times to build up the thread. I also used a really small stitch length on the longarm (16 stitches per inch instead of 11) With the straight lines this is doable, but as I later discovered, the circular lines gave me trouble ...

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September 23, 2021
Finally some tea! from I Patch and Quilt

So happy to announce that the ‘Tea with Kate’ kitchen quilt is finished.

This wall hanging will be on display hopefully soon on a wall near my kitchen. I am happy with how it turned out, even though all the stitching seemed to take for ever. </p>
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September 22, 2021
Spool Star introductions from I Patch and Quilt

Quite a few years ago I drew some quilt designs in a notebook, which I promptly forgot about.

When cleaning and sorting through the papers in my sewing room this Summer, I came across this notebook again. One of the designs I had come up with, I want to present to you today. I have named the block ‘Spool Star’.

The block itself is derived from the traditional spool block, but constructed differently, thus making it possible to usetwo different colors in one block. Putting these block together will create interlocking stars. To some they may look like pinwheels instead ...

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September 21, 2021
Fence Art Finish and Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

I was able to finish my Fence Art this week. I really love how it turned out. 

Outdoor Textile Art


It's hanging with the correct hardware (more on that later) and has been weather treated with spray, three times in the front and once in the back. All that's left is to paint and shorten the bottom dowel - which I got done, see last image!

Colours in the Garden - finished!


Garden Art on the fence adds colour when the flowers are fading 

I had a lot of fun FMQ the bee. The appliqué was all black with the ...

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September 12, 2021
One for the brother. from I Patch and Quilt

My brother needed a new quilt, I decided.

A blue, teal and grey one to use on the couch while watching tv.

I found a great free pattern offered by Free Spirit. The design is by Tula Pink and it looks great in her fabric of course. But my brother is not really into pinks, oranges and greens, so I busted out my precious Libs Elliot and Giucy Giuce fabric collections and threw in some more extra goodies!

I started piecing just one type of the blocks and filled in the empty spaces with the second type. This way I ...

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September 9, 2021
My FMQ Fun – part 2 from I Patch and Quilt

Welcome back!

Are you ready for some more FMQ fun? As you may remember I started sharing some smaller samples of all kinds FMQ designs and ideas. Let’s continue!

The s-curve is one of the most versatile shapes there is! Flames, ferns, zebra stripes or peacock feathers can all be constructed using this basic shape. What have you used the s-curve for in quilting?

Thread buildup is unavoidable when traveling over the same stitched lines or when stitching lines closely together. Choosing the right thread color is important!

Do you prefer to match your thread with the fabric or ...

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September 6, 2021
Garden Fence Art from Quilting & Learning

I hope that this post finds you well. The cooler days and nights are with us, hopefully for a while, and I'm very much enjoy them. I never want summer to end, just because it's always too short, but this heat is nuts and I'm glad that fall is in the air. The leaves haven't changed yet but it won't be long!

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September 3, 2021
Coin Flip Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

Back in July, I participated in a book hop for Cheryl Brickey's new book Just One Charm Pack Quilts. You can read all about that quilt finish here. But there were a number of other quilts I wanted to make from the book, and the first one of those was Coin Flip.


I loved making this quilt! I used an older charm pack from 3 Sisters (Papillon) along with a solid teal fabric and Kona Dove as the background.

The backing is fabric I had leftover from a recent quilt finish.


I quilted it with free-motion flowers in light ...

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August 20, 2021
A Crib Size Pulsar Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

I'm not a huge fan of the colour orange and yet, this is my fourth or fifth orange quilt now. Turns out my stash had quite a few orange fat quarters in it and I do like it with a black background, so when I made the decision to work on the Pulsar quilt and make a crib size quilt from it, I pulled four orange fat quarters and Kona Black.


I cannot tell you how much I love this pattern! It was super fun to make and I just love the results. This design is so versatile, I ...

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August 13, 2021
A Pillow Sham for Debbie from Dizzy Quilts

A few weeks ago, my very good friend Debbie asked me if I'd be able to make her a pillow sham inspired by a photo she had of Eddy Van Halen's guitar (she's a huge VH fan). Her birthday was coming up at the time (it has now just passed), so I started planning the make hoping to have it finished by then.

Here is the picture she sent me:


And here is the pillow sham I made for her:


I started with about half a yard of Kona Cardinal and used the slash and insert method ...

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August 12, 2021
Improv piecing and FMQ from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week   of Free Motion Mavericks linking party. I'm not sure if the eye candy will show up today since I waited too late in the day to take pictures.

Playing with improv piecing and FMQ

I'm really into mindless at this time. The heat is back and Chevy is not letting me sleep as much as I need to! All that to say that last night I wanted to sew but I didn't want to follow a pattern or plan, therefore, improv piecing! Since I also wanted some free motion quilting for today's post ...

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August 6, 2021
Plus Plus Quilt for Marianne from Dizzy Quilts

Over the years, I've made many quilts for my children and grand-children. Nothing pleases me more than seeing my quilts displayed in their homes or seeing my grand-babies wrapped in them. And when my youngest daughter moved out on her own, she requested a quilt for her bed. 

I haven't made a quilt this big in a long while and I knew it would take a long time for me to piece and quilt so I decided to go with a simple pattern: Plus Plus by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs.


The pattern comes in three sizes ...

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July 27, 2021
Just One Charm Pack Quilts Book Hop from Dizzy Quilts

Over the years, I've made many quilts from patterns designed by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. When Cheryl asked me if I would be willing to participate in the Book Hop organized to celebrate her latest book Just One Charm Pack Quilts, I didn't hesitate to accept!

All of the quilts in the book can be made from just one charm pack, an accent and a background fabric. The sizes ranges from baby quilts to small lap size.

The quilt I made from the book is the 9-Patch Challenge.


For my version of 9-Patch Challenge, I used ...

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July 23, 2021
More Embroidered Mixed-media Botany at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

This is the second post about my Embroidered Botany Workshop with Amanda McCavour. You can find the first post in Related links below.

Mixed-media flowers

This was actually the first day of the weekend virtual workshop. We used an assortment of mixed-media to fill in our embroidered botany piece. During the workshop I made a flower and that evening, since I was so inspired, I made a second piece - an Allium flower.

On that first day, we made our sample using FMQ on both the Sulky Solvy and Fabri-Solvy. The Sulky Solvy sticks to itself when ironed, so it's ...

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July 10, 2021
Embroidered Botany Workshop at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

A few weeks ago I took a wonderful weekend virtual workshop with Amanda McCavour - Embroidered Botany and Water Soluble Stabilizer. It was offered through the Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS), which is usually held in Ohio. 

Sculptured flower 

Amanda is a great teacher and we got to play and make many samples using FMQ on Sulky Solvy and Fabri-Solvy. Both are water soluble stabilizers that you can free motion quilt on. When you are finished, you simply rinse or soak your piece to dissolve the background, leaving your FMQ design. If you're not familiar with the product, it does ...

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July 1, 2021
Thread, Tension & Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week 337 of Free Motion Mavericks. Here is a short update of what's going on with Version 2.0.

Thread & Tension 

Whether I've wanted to or not, I've learned a lot of things making my son's Version 2.0 quilt. At the beginning it was math - the hard way, and now it's quilting with black batting, choosing the thread and making sure that my thread tension is good. 

Back and front of stitching-in-the-ditch

Stitching-in-the-ditch












I was really hoping that I could use the same colour of thread for the back, but still have ...

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June 24, 2021
Fairy Tales Blog Hop from Quilting & Learning

 Thanks to much Joan for organising this blog hop, and I'm so sorry for being late to the party.

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June 18, 2021
Modular Motion - A Small Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

If I'm going to be completely honest, I've had a couple of small finishes lately because I'm procrastinating getting started on a very large project and I'm not looking forward to all the cutting it requires. Here is my latest small quilt which will probably end up on the wall of my sewing room...


The Modular Motion quilt pattern was included in Issue 31 of the Make Modern magazine and was designed by Jamie Siel. I added it to my list of projects because I really liked the modern feel of it and all that negative ...

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