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July 3, 2015
Flag Quilts from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I’m reporting to you from beautiful, Door County, Wisconsin. I have so much to share about the whole “Craftsy Experience”…but for now, I hope you’re all enjoying a little Fourth of July fun! Happy Birthday, America! Lori … Continue reading 

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July 1, 2015
What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday - Shape By Shape from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Welcome to the second week of What's on the Bookshelf Wednesday!  If this is your first time stopping by, each Wednesday I'll be reviewing a book from my bookshelf - some old, some new, maybe even some that aren't available for purchase yet!  The one thing I promise is that if I review an older book, it will still be available to purchase - it wouldn't be fair for you to love a book only to find out that it can't be found anywhere!

Last week I reviewed a book that talks about why we ...

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June 30, 2015
Quilt Finishing Marathon from Kat & Cat Quilts


I've got the pedal to the metal on my machine and Netflix on the laptop as I finish several tops that had piled up.  FMQ on everything and now binding is being applied :)


Pretty bindings in the sunlight make me smile. Now we will have some Friday Finishes to look forward to!

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Multicoloured Moods Cushion - A Butterfly's Transformation! from madebychrissied

Love is like a butterfly as soft and gentle as a sigh
The multicoloured moods of love are like its satin wings.
Dolly Parton                                      

Cast your mind back to November 2012 - I know it's a looong time ago quite possibly before you started following my blog but way way back then I did my first ever foundation paper piecing pattern test for Juliet @The Tartankiwi.


I love this 12.5" butterfly block so much and though I had plans for making it larger using this Kaffe Fassett fabric I just never got round to it.  If you want to ...

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June 29, 2015
Black Sea Grand Blocks Done!!! from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I did it, finished all nine grand blocks.  I'm getting pretty excited about this.  Now to put that big ol' nine patch together... Black Sea is my version of Judy Martin's Aegean Sea.  I wasn't sure how it was going to be in black, grey and white, but I must say I'm liking it a lot better now that all the grand blocks are complete.
Black Sea grand blocks
 Speaking of nine patches, I've 52 of the *correct* size nine patch blocks done.  Only 28 more to go.  Still not sure what to do with ...

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June 25, 2015
Soulful Windows Quilt from Kathleen Quilts

I finished up my Etno quilt. For which I have some mad love.

     So a million pictures. Because let’s face it, that’s the best part.   

I had visions of… something that didn’t work in real life for this quilt. But I love how it turned out, so no regrets there.   

In other news, I registered for QuiltCon classes this morning! Pretty exciting stuff.     

 

You can buy your own quilt kit from our store Quilting From The Heart if you want to make one too! (And who wouldn’t?)

Anyway, that’s it for me. Later days!
Kathleen.


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June 22, 2015
Hexie Love - Not your Grammas Flower Garden from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

It's more like a Cottage Garden....

Hello fellow quilters!!  How are things with you?  I hope this post finds you well.

I've had a whirlwind month since I last wrote....

I attended International Quilt Market in Minneapolis (over the top exciting - more on it later)... Do you LOVE my Redbird Wool Applique Shirt?
Took two days of training from the most awesome professional long arm quilter, Karen McTavish, (my quilting life will never be the same) - (more later here too!!)
And, with my sisters Janet and Michele, poured tons of love and attention into a neat modern hexie ...

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June 18, 2015
Two Christmas Mini's Finished! from Red Letter Quilts

Celtic Thistle's Ho!Ho!Ho! is hosted this month at Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner!
Any Christmas project qualifies to link up. It can have a Christmas theme, or a handmade item intended as a Christmas gift. I have enjoyed the gift ideas found with this monthly linkup:-)
12" & 13" Table Mats
I love to try new techniques with small projects, and decided to play with wool batting, as well as one layer of cotton. The texture when quilted is just wonderful, especially for mini's!
The red one sports a hand-finished binding, and the green one has machine-stitched ...

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Free motion quilting practice tips from The Crafty Quilter

You might not know this about me, but the first quilting class I ever took was a free motion quilting class.  That was about 15 years ago.  Now, I teach the class at the same quilt shop that I took the original class from!

Today, I have some free motion quilting practice tips for you.  Much of this is the same information that I shared last week in my weekly tips video for The Quilt Show.  Plus, I’ve added a “spinning feathers” FMQ design here for my blog readers.

Free Motion Quilting Practice Tips @ The Crafty Quilter

 

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but the ...

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June 15, 2015
Free E-Book from I like to Quiltblog

Free Motion Quilting

 Geta Grama stellt uns ein tolles E-Book zur freier Verfügung.
 20 Seiten mit vielen Fotos, Tipps und wertvolle Erfahrungsberichte 
rund um das Freihandquilten von einer Meisterin .

Vielen Dank Geta, das ist total lieb von dir!!!

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June 14, 2015
Lots of catching up to do! from I Patch and Quilt

Hello everyone!

WOW, it has been a month since my last post!!!

I can’t believe how fast time flies. I don’t have to tell you that everyday life can prevent us from sharing our quilt projects online. I really want it to be different, but I have had to accept that writing blogposts is not something I can indulge in three times a week anymore.

(Luckily I have been able to show pictures I have been working on through Instagram. You can find me there as ipatchandquilt)

I have been able to quilt though, just not blog about ...

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June 5, 2015
A Super Quick QAYG! from A Quilted Passion

About a year or so after I learned how to quilt, I started looking online for different ways/options to do things such as binding, basting,etc.  As a new quilter, binding was my least favorite part of quilting.  I dreaded it!  There had to be an easier way of binding than how I'd been taught! 

One of the first sites I came across was Quilting In The Rain. It was love at first sight! Jera's instructional and pattern tutorials are simple and quick. I found her binding tutorials very refreshing.  I stalked her blog many a night ...

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June 1, 2015
Free Motion Quilting- A Quick Tip from The Inbox jaunt

Happy Monday, Quilters! Time for another Free Motion Quilting Quick Tip Are you one of those Quilters who ALWAYS and AUTOMATICALLY dons gloves to Free Motion Quilt? Let’s get a little crazy and… Try a little experiment: Grab a quilt … Continue reading 

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May 31, 2015
Allison Glass Friday Finish from Pink Doxies




I sat down with a timer set for half an hour, determined
to finish the quilting. When the alarm rang, I had to run.
Back in the afternoon, I put on some soothing music,
and as you would have guessed, it started to be fun.
There was a moment of disappointment when I ran
out of empty space to quilt. After all that drama!


The light makes the back appear as if there is a lot of
bunching, but there's not. The are one or two little places
near the edge where it's not 'perfect'. If I was ...

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May 28, 2015
HMQS Inspiration: FMQ from Val's Quilting Studio

Why hello friends. Today is the final post in my HMQS Inspiration Series. 
I was completely inspired by Helen and Jenny who developed the Curve-It Up rulers and blog at Sew Kind of Wondeful.  After taking their two hour lecture class, I left with a "can do" attitiude!
They taught us to look at the negative space and not just fill it in, but to echo your peicing:

They taught about point to point quilting and 

to use repeated patterns as fillers. 

They also recommended just quilting one block at a time. 

I really liked their teaching style. Jenny would ...

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Allison Glass Quilt & the Inner Brat from Pink Doxies




Friend to me: "How's the quilt going?"
Me to friend: "It's going."

That's how I'm feeling about this one. 

I'm very thankful to have it well underway, but the
tiniest displeased with the FMQ. I really wanted a 
large looping design on it, but it isn't physically
possibly with my sit-down Janome. All I can manage 
are smaller loops, and you should see how I'm 
hunched down in my chair to see under the machine 
arm. I'm spoiled by my one episode using a long arm. 
It's awful. I should be ...

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May 26, 2015
Bertie's Quilt & Creative Space Tag from Pink Doxies


This little quilt is 47"x47", and has hung on my 
design wall for a few weeks. A friend of mine
pieced it last winter at a class while on vacation
somewhere sunny. She asked me to quilt it 
for her, and gave me free rein as to how.


The colors may be a little truer here.
The sashing and borders are the palest
pink, and it's really a pretty quilt top.



It was a bit of a dilemma for me to decide the 
quilting, as this is a quilt she is looking forward 
to leaving for a great-grandchild ...

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May 21, 2015
Sweet Liberty Quilted Table Runner - American Flag Style! from Red Letter Quilts


Doesn't the Coca-Cola fabric scream Americana?
I pulled several other red and white prints with a similar vibe
Finished Size 21" x 42". I used a double layer of poly batting since it will be stored so often throughout the year.
I really love the Stars block, well I really love friendship blocks and my thought was that it is pretty cool to see them used in a patriotic way.

The following shot was photo-bombed!
Desert wildlife, can you see him?
The pattern I tested for Julie at Intrepid Thread. Memorial Day seemed like a great time to share ...

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May 20, 2015
Am I killing my quilt? from The Quilt Yarn

Honest opinions sought...

Started the FMQ of my Field Guide quilt. After some prolonged pondering on the matter, decided on an overall design as the quilt itself actually looks quite busy.

Choose a fairly common design which I found in Christine Maraccini's book 'Machine Quilting Solutions'  under the name of Heat Wave pattern. I think this design runs under various names.

There is really no trying out the design for a bit to see what it looks like and then maybe changing your mind (although I have done this before)...you either go for it or not. I decided ...

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May 19, 2015
practicing from remember your karma

Spent this past Saturday in the tiny sweatshop. Me and my Tiara, some quality time together. I just wanted to quilt, to let the thread lines go where they wished.

I traced the outline of a large wood embroidery hoop I have, overlapping the lines. A free-motioned mandala.


Then, I needed to do some feathers. 'Cause I haven't in a while. And I stitched the background with invisible thread. I like the contrast.



And the solitary time was a balm to my spirit!

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