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June 24, 2016
A Beautiful Day Baby Quilt from Quilting & Learning

I started last week, finished it last night, washed it, sewed on the label, took a few pictures and it was given this morning. That was the creation and life of my latest baby quilt. It has now moved on to another mother who will cherish it with her child.

I know that it sounds sappy, but my quilts, like my children, are a part of me. As joyful and sometimes cranky as a child. They are my creations. Some will grow old with me while others will leave the nest too early. The one thing that is consistent is ...

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June 20, 2016
My First Swap from Quilting & Learning

I've been avoiding them for years but I finally succumbed to a swap through my guild, the Common Thread Quilt Guild. In the excitement of the moment I just forgot that I don't do swaps. Don't get me wrong, it's a great idea, but I know myself - it'll mean another deadline, agonizing over what to make, is it good enough, will she like it, etc. At least this swap is in person, so I don't have to mail it. That would have added another layer of anxiety.

I really tried to plan ahead and ...

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June 18, 2016
Swirl Border Longarm Quilting Design from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Swirl Border Longarm Quilting Design Today I’m sharing a fantastic customer quilt with a swirl border longarm quilting design. Take a closer look at how I created the machine quilted design in...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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June 17, 2016
Stars! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! In keeping with our Star theme this month, I found this AMAZING video of Garip Ay-A Turkish artist, recreating Van Gogh’s Starry Night in one of the oldest Turkish traditions of painting on water. I hope YOU … Continue reading

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June 16, 2016
Internal Consistency–Teacups and Quilts from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I laughed out loud this morning as I poured myself a cup of coffee in my favorite tea-cup and prepared to photograph my quilt… Did my favorite tea-cup influence me as I chose the fabrics for this … Continue reading

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June 14, 2016
Shining Stars-A Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters and Star Gazers! Did you know there are 200-400 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy?! Or that most stars are between 1-10 billion years old!? How many constellations can YOU identify?  (I remain at the first … Continue reading

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May 31, 2016
Building Blocks-A FREE Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I trust you had a happy Memorial Day! Did you #losethosefatquarters?  Move More?  Eat Less? I will confess my weekend was a mixed bag -Move More + Eat More…but I’m back on track today! We’re building new attitudes…#No … Continue reading

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May 29, 2016
Coral, Mustard and Jade – part 1 from I Patch and Quilt

Okay, I jumped in… maybe a bit too quickly… but I have started with my quilting the F2F blocks. Here is the collection again from last June. There will be more blocks added to create a bigger quilt for my bed. It has been almost a year… So why did I jump in too soon?

I should have thought about how the blocks might shrink differently due to more dense quilting…and how that would affect the construction of the quilt. I have come up with a solution to get all blocks to the same size, but it would have ...

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May 20, 2016
Art with Fabric - Light at the End of the Tunnel from Quilting & Learning

Original painting by Sheila Langlois of Kirkland Lake Ontario
Welcome to the Art with Fabric Blog Hop.

My art quilt is based on a painting by Northern Ontario artist Sheila Langlois (1930-1996). More about Sheila and how I met her at the end of my blog.

I love this art work. Sheila painted it when she went back to art school as an adult. It was a study in primary colours. I call it "Study in Primary Colours or Light at the End of the Tunnel".

This is the first piece of original art that I owned. It's been ...

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Art Quilt Practice Pieces from Quilting & Learning

After last week's whirlwind (a guild quilt show and the Art with Fabric blog hop) I didn't think I'd want to quilt for a few weeks. Well, I stayed away from my quilting for 3 whole days! However, the two little projects I made were pressure-free playing using new techniques or materials.

So far, I've participated in 3 of the Colour Me Positive 2016 Weekly Journal Challenge, by creating mini art quilts that are mostly words with free motion quilting (FMQ). I love seeing everyone's art work on the dedicated Facebook page. The pieces are ...

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May 8, 2016
Swoon x2 and one tiny raindrop. from Sew Simple Life


I made this little rain drop because I wanted to try hand quilting, and I figured while I was at it I would try hand sewing too. I did not touch my sewing machine at all while making this little quilt. Here is the binding being hand sewn on.


The finished quilt, if you can call it that, is 4 3/4" x 7".

Hand quilting!!! I am not sure I could hand quilt anything much larger than this.


Mini swoon which measures 9 3/4" x 9 3/4".


Swoon which measures 17" x 17".


That is what I ...

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Floral Fantasy Wholecloth Quilt from Quilting & Learning

It's finished and now hanging at the CTQG So full of love quilt show this weekend. If you're in Ottawa, I hope you'll consider attending. We have very talented quilters. It should be a great show.
Almost finished Floral Fantasy Wholecloth Quilt









I didn't take a final picture of this beauty before it left home because the deadline for handing in the quilts was Tuesday at 6 pm. At 5:40 I was still beading. Thank goodness an extra hour wasn't a problem, but there was no time for pictures.

I've added a couple ...

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April 28, 2016
Quilting The Big Quilt-Personalizing from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Join me in a Happy Dance-My sister’s Basket Quilt is finished! Can you guess how many hours of quilting it required (a king size quilt)?  Keep reading… The Basket Quilt was a group quilt stitched for my sister … Continue reading

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April 27, 2016
Exploring London - The Village Haberdashery from madebychrissied


I have spent the last 10 days in England, visiting friends old and new and I even squeezed in time for a bit of sewing.  An internet friend of several years, Trudi Wood, was teaching free motion quilting at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead, London so I met up with her and sat in on her class.


Even if you haven't heard of Trudi I know you'll have seen her work - in magazines, display quilts for fabric companies and quilting events far and wide Trudi is the queen of British long arm quilting and you can see ...

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A Baby Quilt for Henry from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters and Baby-Lovers! Henry’s Quilt has made it to the finish line! Celebrate with me!  Henry’s Quilt is complete-binding and all! Henry will be so happy! He’s as cute as a button and he’s always happy! This quilt is … Continue reading

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April 26, 2016
The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting - A Book Review from Red Delicious Life

Hey Quilty Friends! If you don't already have the latest and greatest machine quilting book, The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting co-authored by Angela Walters and Christa Watson, please stop reading right now and go get it! Okay, maybe finish reading this post first. :) Seriously, this book is amazing from start to finish. I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of the book in

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Mystery Quilt-a-Long — Swimming Along! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Fishermen! Hope your quilts are coming along swimmingly… Last week we stitched Rows 3, 5, 12, and 13 HERE We are stitching Rows 7 and 11 this week. Row 11 Let’s add a little character to … Continue reading

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April 25, 2016
More deadlines from Quilting & Learning

I've often said in my blog that I don't like quilting under deadlines. Well, I still don't like it, even if I sometimes have to!

The first deadline was getting ready for the Fibre Fling 5 Show & Sale earlier this month. It was a huge success. The art was fabulous and I got everything done on time.












My two next deadlines are the Sew full of love quilt show with the Common Threads Quilt Guild (CTQG) from May 6 to 8 and the Art with Fabric Blog Hop (May 9th).

Sew full of love Quilt Show

Our ...

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April 23, 2016
Hurry! Time Is Running Out!!! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict





Hi, all!

In case you haven't heard already, Craftsy is having a fabulous sale on their top quilting classes right now!  But the sale ends tonight, 4/23/16 at 11:59 MDT, so you are running out of time!!  

You all know how much I love Christina Cameli as a free-motion quilting teacher, right?  Well right now, all three of her classes. INCLUDING her newest class, Wild Quilting, are $19.99 each!!!

So click here to be taken directly to the class sale - hundreds of classes are on sale, and you are sure to find something you will ...

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April 22, 2016
A Sneak Preview and Open Line Friday from The Inbox jaunt

Happy Friday, Quilters! I’m off on a road trip to Chicago this weekend–a round up of family…. Just thought I’d show a sneak preview of a quilt I recently finished–more details next week. In the mean time, I’m counting on YOU … Continue reading

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