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May 22, 2017
Joyce Wieland and Art with Fabric from Quilting & Learning

Reason & Passion - based on
Joyce Wieland's Reason Over Passion (1968)
Welcome to Art with Fabric - Spring 2017! I'm thrilled to be participating in this blog hop again - thanks Alida for organizing it! It's so much fun finding an artist's work to use as inspiration. I had to find one that I liked since I spent about 4 months thinking and working on this piece.

The piece I've chosen to interpret is Joyce Wieland's Reason over Passion, created in 1968. Joyce Wieland (1930 - 1998) was an amazing woman. I was introduced to her art by ...

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May 21, 2017
FMQ samples – part 14 – more ORANGE PEEL variations & TUTORIALS from I Patch and Quilt

In my last blogpost I posted a turorial for the pattern FANTASY (below). Lots of people liked it but also wrote that they thought it was too comlex for them.


Today’s new tutorial of the pattern GREEK is based on the same principle but with less flourishes like curls and feathers. You could try this one first and then work your way up to the more decorated FANTASY.

I have called this pattern GREEK as it looked like a wrought iron fence in Greece I saw in a picture once. Instead of the curls you can add feathers too ...

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May 18, 2017
FMQ samples – part 13 – ORANGE PEEL variations from I Patch and Quilt

This Spring is my first as a home-and-garden-owner. In my previous houses I only had a balcony and now I have a decently sized garden with flowering plants. The gorgeous blooms inspired this pattern which I have called FANTASY.


The red sample above shows the elaborated version of the pattern shown in the tutorial in blue pen. The blue variation is stitched out the same on the first pass (from left to right).  I have added a little leaf-like shape in the tip of the flower petal while hopping back on the second pass  to the beginning of the pattern ...

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May 15, 2017
Art with Fabric Preview from Quilting & Learning

The Art with Fabric blog hop is almost upon us....and I actually finished my piece on time! We need to send an image of our work one week before our post date to Alida of Tweety Loves Quilting blog so that she can get the  blog hop ready. The picture I sent her didn't include any embellishments, but it's still very recognizable.

Our theme this time is Women. I had been planning this project since the fall blog hop - but the theme changed all of my plans. I could have ignored the theme, and I probably would ...

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May 13, 2017
FMQ samples – part 12 – tutorial Orange Peel from I Patch and Quilt

Hello all my quilty friends!

It was a fantastically beautiful day today with bright sunshine and dramatic dark clouds. The garden is coming into bloom and the bulbs I planted a few weeks ago are starting to show their first leaves.

Tomorrow we will celebrate Mother’s Day and certain nephew’s 5th birthday… I forsee lots of birthday presents that look like James Bond’s cars, Formula 1 race cars and Kitt from Knight Rider. </p>
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May 12, 2017
Happy Friday! from Texas Quilting

curated quiltWoo hoo!  I just saw this email from the fabulous Amy Ellis regarding my entry for the Curated Quilt mini. My daughter is home from college for a couple of weeks before she heads back for summer classes so we’ve been catching up on everything since the start of the semester.  Just yesterday she asked me why someone would make a mini quilt.

Pulled In Every Direction

We had been watching Eleanor Burns (and she thought that the RFD channel was a hoot in and of itself) who had made a wall hanging so I explained some people hang ...

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May 10, 2017
building blocks from Texas Quilting

20170509_143211I’ve quilted the main portion of the quilt and now I’m on the corners which are just big open spaces.  I’ve spent a couple of weeks trying to figure out what I was going to put in here.

It’s definitely not done yet; in fact, I’m not even done with one of four corners yet.  I spent time yesterday trying out all sorts of different stencils that would work well together.

20170509_143154Dividing spaces is still a challenge for me.  I  quilted the pattern that will go next to the edges – it’s not in this ...

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Applique & Quilting Progress from Modern Sunbonnet Sue

I am excited to write about my progress this week.  I have actually made headway on two of my current WIPs: the Craftsy applique class project and the Sew Sweet Simplicity quilt. The star block was a quick applique, even with the sharp points.  Using freezer paper templates gives the edges crisp lines.  I was […]

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May 9, 2017
FMQ samples – part 11 – tutorial BAPTIST FANS flourishes from I Patch and Quilt

Hello everyone!

A special welcome to all the new followers! It was quite a suprise to see about 50 quilters signing up this last weekend to receive my blogpost by email. I was wondering how you new followers have found my blog. Was it through Quiltersblogs? Please do tell!

This blogpost is the 11th already in the FMQ series I have set myself to do. I am aiming for 100 different samples in 100 days. The first picture in this blogpost will be sample 36 in 34 days, so I am over a third of my goal.

Okay, you came ...

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The Spring Sampler QAL-Piecing the Quilt Top from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Let’s get started with our Spring Sampler Quilt tops! REVIEW  Last week, we choose a color scheme and picked fabrics. Some of you may have stitched your  40 half square triangles. And YOU may have made a … Continue reading

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May 8, 2017
sew, sew, sew and quilt, quilt, quilt from Texas Quilting

20170503_101120I had signed up for a workshop last week.  The class assignment was making a quilt that was designed by the guest speaker.  More on that at another time; I’ll leave this one where it is until I finish the Irish chain and then it should be a quick finish for the top after that.  One thing I learned during the class was from my  table mate, who happens to be in the same quilting bee as me.  If you need to make a cut and it’s wider than your ruler, slide another ruler next to it which ...

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May 7, 2017
FMQ samples – part 10 – tutorial MOD POMME from I Patch and Quilt

Today’s set of patterns and tutorial reminds me of a cross section of an apple with its seeds. So here is a seventies-style apple design , which I have named MOD POMME because using some French instantly gives something style, right? </p>
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May 3, 2017
FMQ samples – part 9 – Orange Peel variations from I Patch and Quilt

Four beautiful Orange Peel variations today!

For each of these samples I have pre-marked the Orange Peel pattern using a craft ruler I found in a hobby & art supply store in Aachen, Germany. It has circles in various sizes. I believe these rulers are supposed to be used for paper crafts, but it is one of the best tools I have ever found for my samples. The circles are in inches, where most rulers here in Europe only come in centimeters. I will have to go back to the craft store and see if they also have the oval rulers ...

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May 2, 2017
Lily the Dragon from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

No sun to be expected in the next couple of days, but I couldn't wait for a chance to take nice pics. I just had to hare this with you as soon as the sleeve was on it.

ticker tape quilt

She's going to my daughter's room and was already named Lily. Nice to meet you too.

I've shown the beginnings of her when I wrote about the fun workshop Ruth of Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner taught at our branch of the Irish Patchwork Society. I made a point of finishing this quilt asap, but it did ...

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April 30, 2017
FMQ samples – part 8 – tutorial TWIST and play from I Patch and Quilt

Last two blogposts gave you several variations of the TWIST pattern. Here are some more ideas using the same pattern elements.


I have called this pattern ‘ONION FLOWER’ as the curves in each grid remind me of a quartered onion. Thinking about the onion helped me to keep the shapes uniform while stitching.

The pattern is stitched out per row.


And this next funky pattern is based on only two of those twist elements. Technically (mathematically) this type of pattern is called a tessellation. A tessellation is a shape that that can be repeated and fits together whiteout overlapping, so ...

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April 27, 2017
FMQ samples – part 7 – tutorial TWIST some more from I Patch and Quilt

This tutorial will focus on the more complex  possibilities for the TWIST pattern.

The next set of ideas is based on stitching the TWIST pattern and on your way back, you add in the flourishes.

Here is the stitch path again for the basic TWIST pattern.


As you can see, the first pass (from left to right) stitches out 75% of the basic TWIST pattern, and the second pass (from right to left) finishes it off.

Before moving over to the next grid to finish the shape, you could pause there and add in flourishes.

It is important though to ...

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April 24, 2017
FMQ samples – part 6 – tutorial TWIST from I Patch and Quilt

Let’s twist!

This is one of my favorite grid patterns out there. I have called it TWIST. I have seen it many times on people’s quilts and I am always struck by the energy it brings to the patchwork.

Even though it looks difficult, it is relatively easy to do.


The pattern is stitched out row by row.


You can go in a second time to echo the twist shape.


When you are using a larger grid you can of course add more echoes. (In the samples with the black fabric, I used a 2 inch grid instead ...

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April 21, 2017
Spring is in the Air (Again) from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Another of my year-old curve pieced flimsies used for FMQ practice, this time coupled with the the book Nemeshing by Bethanne Nemesh (if you haven't seen her quilts, check them out here, her new style is absolutely mind-blowing).

Nemeshing is the name used for a quilting style she developed - free-hand feather motifs combined with a dense backfill that allows the feather to pop up. The "vintage" florals in this little wallhanging seemed very suitable for this kind of quilting, but they also make it difficult to see any texture.

I'm not very happy with the shape and positioning ...

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Chasing the Waves (Again) from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Almost a year ago I designed and tested several curve piecing patterns for a workshop at the Eastern branch of Irish Patchwork Society. I left the tops as flimsies so that the participants could see the seams, and so they spend this year as UFOs. Now in my drive to practice FMQ I decided to use my remaining flimsies as well.

For the dolphin quilt I used the book Mastering the Art of McTavishing by Karen McTavish. My version of McTavishing is somewhat different because I wanted to retain the piecing lines in the waves and quilt inside each fabric ...

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April 19, 2017
Creative Free Time from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Do YOU give yourself creative free time? Do you take time to play with your supplies and materials without following a plan? No? Neither do I… at least not often enough! Last week, I needed a little … Continue reading

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