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August 18, 2017
The Big Finish from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

I want to start this post by expressing my deepest admiration for people who make bed-size quilts on a regular basis. People, you're heroes! So far, I've only made four large quilts, and every one has been an Endeavour. This is the latest one, the finally finished one block wonder:

If you're interested in the process, here's the full journey:
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Because the quilt is destined for my daughter's bed, I decided to pull out the bright colours for the border, rather than the grey, and you may say the ...

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August 10, 2017
Horses on a Quilt from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Today is the start of the annual Pets on Quilts show over at Lily Pad Quilting! Everyone is welcome to share the photos of their pets posing on quilts and pet-themed quilts, if don't happen to have any you can still enjoy the cuteness and vote for your favourites.

I don't have a pet, but I do have quilted pets - like, about 20 of them:

They were actually meant to be wild horses, but for the sake of the show we'll call it a pet-themed quilt, ok?

I have already written about it in a previous post ...

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August 5, 2017
Learning QAL - August Goal Setting from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the first 
Learning Quilt-A-Long Goal Setting post and link-up.

I've tried to keep things simple. Here's a recap of how it works:
  • The August Goal Setting link-up is open for ten days - from August 1st to August 10th, 2017. Here you link-up a post that tells us what you plan on learning this month. It can be an entire post or a short mention within the post. What ever works for you!
  • The August Sum Up link-up opens a week before the end of the month - from August 25th to August 31st ...

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August 2, 2017
Line Dancing from machinequilter

Fred & Ginger in Swing Time
"Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did, and she did it backwards and in high heels!"
What a brilliant line! It makes me smile. It also brings to mind the second reason why I love machine quilting on a frame:

A machine quilting frame lets you draw with your needle.

I think, perhaps the coolest feature of a machine quilting frame is the carriage that rides on a set of tracks. Sit your sewing machine on this carriage and you can glide your sewing machine effortlessly every-which-way across the top of your perfectly tensioned ...

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Perfectly Tensioned Layers from machinequilter

Reason Number 1: A machine quilting frame perfectly tensions the layers of your quilt so you NEVER have to baste, pin, glue or tack again. Ever! When I was machine quilting sitting at the sewing machine, I hated trying to get all the layers of the quilt sandwich to stay together, steady enough to machine quilt without shifting while I was stitching. No matter how many hours I spent on my hands and knees and no matter how many safety pins I used, it was never quite right. Despite my best efforts, there were always some rucks and wrinkles on ...

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July 31, 2017
modern machine quilting (book review + giveaway) from Sotak Handmade

My friend Catherine Redford is an incredible quilter. I greatly admire all the gorgeous quilting she does on her domestic machine so when she asked if I wanted to review her new book Modern Machine Quilting I was more than happy to jump at the opportunity.

The book is divided into five chapters. In the first chapter Catherine shares lots of info on fabric, batting, thread, needles, quilt basting, as well as quilting room set up.

Second chapter is all about Walking Foot Quilting and, once again, there's lots of very useful info on supplies, stitch length, tension, as ...

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July 28, 2017
Slow Projects from Quilting & Learning

EPP project from Make Modern
In the last couple of week, I've barely made it up to my sewing room (except to sleep since it's also my bedroom!). I was wondering if it was a summer heat problem so I checked out what I was doing last July. Turns out my sewing machine was in the shop and I was doing hand appliqué and was going to try my hand at English Paper Piecing. This is pretty much what I'm doing now, except that my machine is running great.

Isn't the pillow project to the right ...

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July 22, 2017
at long last... from remember your karma

Gah! I had such plans! I was going to blog weekly. Then monthly. Then life and work just got in the way. So to catch up, some FMQ practice!

I like stitching these wavy lines and filling the spaces, very zen.

Using Aurifil Mako 50 wt in top and bobbin. Also using Glide in top on second piece.
Practice keeps me happy!
Just need more time to piece quilts!


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Scraps of Summer from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

As I haven't still got all the stuff I need to finish my One Block Wonder, I took a change of direction  to make a quilt for our branch exhibition, which has to be in by the end of August anyway. The theme of the exhibition is "Scrap Happy" (and the required size is 16'' by 35''), and I like kind of tone it sets. I was (and am) thinking about my kids who are on a seaside holiday with their grandparents - playing on the beach, eating ice-cream, wearing sundresses - you know the lot. So I decided to put ...

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July 16, 2017
Blue from Tim Quilts

I worked some more on the Blue tree quilt.    I took a break from quilting to start on the painting.    I am using acrylic paint and water……I am not worried about a fabric medium since this is a wall hanging and will not need to stand up to washings.

I have a lot of painting to go and a lot of quilting.   This is the small practice version (30″ x 45″)

the bigger one is 60″ square and I will start that soon.

Here is a tour of the garden today (click pictures to enlarge)

I got the old ...

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July 8, 2017
FMQ samples – part 22 – it’s a WRAP!! from I Patch and Quilt

Can you believe it? This is the last official post on the 100 FMQ patterns.


We made it to 100 different patterns based on a square grid, orange peel, clamshell and a triangular/hexie grid. YAY!

I am so glad I partook in this challenge and also kept going when things got a bit difficult time wise. The project has brought me much joy and it has also created the opportunity to meet new quilters especially on Facebook in the Free motion Quilting Frenzy group.

You may be aware that I actually didn’t stitch a pattern each day ...

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July 7, 2017
Planning Post from Quilting & Learning

3Q FAL (3rd quarter Finish-A-Long)
I've just discovered the 2017 Finish-A-Long. The idea is to create a post with a list of projects you want to finish for a quarter (this one is the 3rd) and link up. Since I'm writing a post for the One Monthly Goal (OMG), I may as well participate in the 3Q FAL (3rd quarter Finish-A-Long) as well. I do have a few projects that need to get done, and this might provide some additional motivation. :-)
July OM 

July One Monthly Goal

My June OMG was to sandwich and start FMQ my Neutral ...

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July 3, 2017
Progress from Quilting & Learning

Yikes! June is almost finished - just a few hours left!

Dahlia flower (although I see tulips!)
This is a quick post to prove that progress has been made! My June OMG (One Monthly Goal) was "to do some free motion quilting on my Neutral Lap Quilt - Take 5 Loves Coffee Milk", and I did!

I sandwiched it on the weekend, did some stitching-in-the-ditch around each block and then decided on a few stencils to use.

This quilted block is made from a large dahlia stencil but I'll be adding a little something later so that it fills out the ...

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June 30, 2017
June Birthday Flower of the Month-The Rose from The Inbox jaunt

  Good Morning, Quilters! If your birthday was in June–Happy Birthday! Roses are YOUR birth flower. Roses mean love, honor, faith, confidence…depending on the color and have been grown for more than 5000 years! ROSES ARE EASY! Roses were my … Continue reading

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June 29, 2017
FMQ samples – part 21 from I Patch and Quilt

The countdown to Summer vacation is on; just two more weeks of school!

14 Days until Summer and 16 patterns left on my set of 100 patterns.

3…2…1… let’s get to it!

Number 84: pattern CLAM ECHO. Based on the classic clamshell design. The inside of each clamshell is echoed in an spiral toward the centre. Work your way out on the bottom.


The concept of the above pattern is the same as this next one from the beginning of my series (link).



Number 85: pattern PENINSULA. Like number 84, this pattern is also a clamshell variation ...

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June 23, 2017
FMQ samples – part 20 from I Patch and Quilt

The 100 Days project is now officially at the three-quarters mark. I really never imagined to be able to reach 100 different patterns and more than a few tutorials to go with them. There are still 23 patterns left in the set of 100! That is a little over 3 weeks of patterns left…

Number 77 – Pattern CLAM LOVE: squishy hearts in a clamshell. As you can see in the photo, I marked the grids and the curves, but not the organic hearts.  I would stitch this pattern with the thread color matching the fabric. I personally don’t really ...

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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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