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September 16, 2019
Garden and Pond finished for Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks (Week 246) link-up.

FMQ Garden & Pond finished!

Free Motion Quilted Garden & Pond
Stitched with grey thread

The journey began in March with a quick free motion quilting (FMQ) project for the Free Motion Mavericks post. I started outlining the flowers and pond in grey, which looked fine in person but not so great on the images

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August 23, 2019
Trellis Vines from Dizzy Quilts

I pieced this quilt top back in the Spring, got it basted a few weeks ago and then during my recent vacation, I finally got it quilted and bound. This is Trellis Vines from the 2019 Quilter's Planner Magazine.

I didn't take notes about the fabrics I used and it's been so long now I really don't remember. But they are all Kona solids in greens and a light grey for the background.

I once again went with flowers quilted with the FMQ foot on my Juki sewing machine. I really love this design - it's ...

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August 19, 2019
Only 115 blocks left on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks link up (Week 242).

Only 115 blocks left to FMQ

Batik king-sized bed quilt
I don't think that you've seen this beauty since 2016! In July of that year, I only had 146 blocks left to quilt out of 169 (13 x 13).

I haven't posted about this project since then but I have photos from April 2018 of a few blocks that I FMQ at the time.

This is the king-sized quilt.

I counted the quilted blocks - from the back of the quilt, since that was much easier! That's when ...

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August 9, 2019
Postage Plus Finish from Dizzy Quilts

After what feels like many, many months, I finally have a finish to share. I have to say - being able to sit down at my machine for any length of time and actually get stuff done feels really good.

Postage Plus is a pattern from the book Modern Plus Sign Quilts by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander. This specific quilt was designed by Cheryl. I loved the book's version so much, I pretty much copied it - used blue scraps for the plus sign in the middle along with Kona solids for the bars (not sure which colours exactly).

This ...

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August 2, 2019
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Finally Finished... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's finally Friday!  It's been quite a week, with lots of sewing going on around here - I hope you can say the same!  And Friday means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on, so let's get started!


I'm so happy to be able to report that I have finally finished a project I started a couple of months ago...

This was on my scrappy "want to do" list for a while - with intentions of making a whole quilt. Once I got this much done, though, I decided I could live ...

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July 22, 2019
Moose panel with Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the Free Motion Mavericks link-up (week 238).

Free motion quilting a moose panel

The moose panel is coming along nicely. I did learn some things which is what the whole exercise was about (other than giving my brother a wall hanging for his cottage).

As I mentioned in the last Free Motion Mavericks post, I started by outlining the background behind the moose, the water under the moose, as well as the gray trees.

I was also wondering how to proceed with the multi-coloured foliage and how much free motion quilting (FMQ) to add in that area. My ...

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July 11, 2019
FMQ a panel with Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the Free Motion Mavericks link-up (week 236).

Free Motion Quilting a panel for fun and practice

Sharon's FMQ panel
I have free motion quilted (FMQ) a few wholecloth quilts but have stayed away from panels since they are not really considered quilts....but not anymore! Since I want to practice and I don't really like piecing, why not work on a panel? I need to get over my snobbishness!!!

I got the idea when I attended Sharon Blackstone's demo at Quilt Canada. She showed us a panel that was made up to look like different ...

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July 8, 2019
Relaxing and Playing from Quilting & Learning

With its deadlines and general busyness, June was a pretty difficult month. I'm glad that the rush is over, but I'm sorry to see spring come to an end. I just love the cool weather and the beautiful early flowers - now it looks like the heat and humidity is back! Oh well, if I can't play in the garden, I'll just have to play indoors with my fabrics

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July 3, 2019
Gaïa's Garden from Quilting & Learning

If you're interested, Gaïa's Garden is now on display at the Mississippi Mills Textile Museum as part of the Out of the Box (OOTB) artists group's Summer Fibrations Art Show.

Gaïa's Garden

It's been a long time coming. I've been thinking of this piece for about a year, wondering how I would make it.

Gaïa's Garden art quilt
I played with the placement of the fabric, one section at a time, until I liked what I saw. Some parts were easy while others were a real struggle. I'm not sure why. It ...

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June 26, 2019
Fluffy and Lacy with Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the Free Motion Mavericks link-up (week 234)

Fluffy and Lacy

Last week at Quilt Canada, I took a great workshop with Amanda McCavour. She's a Toronto based artist whose textile art is generally beautifully light and lacy. She really is an expert at working and teaching with Sulky Solvy products.

During the workshop, I worked on my first two panels. The first one was more fluffy and included layers of thread, embroidery floss, yarn, ribbon and wool roving with an organza backing. I attached all of this with some meandering FMQ.

Top layer of the first panel ...

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June 22, 2019
Kim's Christmas Figs BOM from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Christmas in June!  Oh this was so much fun.  You know how much I love the custom quilting. Well this was custom to the next level.  I was like 20 mini quilts oh so fun!  Different designs in each block but almost all having a feather or two. And ya'll know how I feel about those feathers!!!  Here ya go, some pics of this incredible holiday quilt!
Christmas Figs BOM

The back is a puffy as the front with two layers of Wool batting

A bit of ruler work, Quilted Pineapple curves, 30, 12 and 20.   Circle 2 - 8in ...

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June 21, 2019
Quilt Canada in Ottawa from Quilting & Learning

I'm thrilled that Quilt Canada was in Ottawa this year. I read somewhere that the last time it was here was in 2006 - so it was definitely due.

Quilt Canada

Quilt Canada is the Canadian Quilter's Association / Association Canadienne de la courtepointe's yearly show which includes a national juried show (NJS). This year the NJS included 150 wonderful quilts, predominantly from around Canada, as well as a few from other countries. Additionally, there were over 250 quilts in several concurrent quilt shows.

As with other shows, there were classes, demos and presentations on all kinds of quilting ...

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June 7, 2019
Butterflies in the FMQ garden and pond from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks link-up (Week 232) - If you're looking for Throw Back Thursday, click here!

Free Motion Mavericks Link-up

I think that I'm finished! What do you think? Is there anything else that I should add to this free motion quilted (FMQ) practice piece?

FMQ garden and pond
I think that it has done quite well, considering its very humble beginnings as a gray FMQ piece three months ago!
Original FMQ piece
Here are a few details. I used the Kimono Silk Thread that I've been working with on my Gaïa's Garden.
A few ...

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May 28, 2019
Free Motion Mavericks link up from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks (week 230).

I've only written one post since the last time I hosted Free Motion Mavericks - I've been really busy at work and sick with some kind of bug. Nothing serious but I feel like I've been hit with a ton of bricks! So this is going to be a very short post.

Here is a mini that I made three years ago when I was learning to write again. I followed a video by Joanne Sharpe, read her books and practiced writing my letters for a while.
Be Here Now - a ...

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May 17, 2019
Dance of the Dragonflies and Snowman A to ZZZ from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Will you look at Ann's beautiful quilt????  This just glows from the center out.  The fabrics are incredible and so vibrant. The last border is dragonfly wings that are laced with gold, ya just gotta see it in person!!
Dance of the Butterflies
I had a lot of fun with this one, lots and lots of free motion quilting.  I wanted to push the background back so there is some really dense quilting, some fluffy leafy feathers and lots of pebbles.  Note to self - next time use a slightly different color thread.  I used 60 wt Bottom Line thread ...

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May 15, 2019
FMQ garden and pond from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the Free Motion Mavericks link-up (Week 228).

FMQ garden and pond

You may have been watching this free motion quilted (FMQ) practice piece progress in the last couple of months.

Latest of the FMQ garden and pond
It started off as a quick FMQ drawing in grey thread.
FMQ garden and pond in grey thread

Adding colour to the FMQ garden and pond
Since this "practice piece" has so much potential, I've continued adding to it. I made a list of things that could be added:
Last night's results
  • more flowers ✔
  • shrub
  • grass ✔
  • butterfly
  • bird
  • rocks ...

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Four Easy Quilting Motifs Every Quilter Should Learn from The Inbox jaunt

  Good Morning, Quilters! Today, our goal is to keep machine quilting fun with four easy quilting motifs! Quilting does not need to be difficult! Many motifs add character AND are easy! I’ve chosen four motifs that are my favorites (today)—I may need to add to this list in the future. OOPS! The Rose and…

The post Four Easy Quilting Motifs Every Quilter Should Learn appeared first on Lori Kennedy Quilts.

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May 14, 2019
Fantasy Flower Motif-A Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Today, we have a tutorial for another flower motif, the Fantasy Flower.  Stitch this fun motif as a background in any size, from small to very large.  I think an 12 inch Fantasy Flower would be beautiful in the center of a quilt block! The Fantasy Flower in the above photo was stitched…

The post Fantasy Flower Motif-A Machine Quilting Tutorial appeared first on Lori Kennedy Quilts.

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May 7, 2019
Make-A-List Monday - The End is In Sight! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Here we are at Monday again!  And May, to boot - how in the world did that happen?  My grandkids tell me they only have thirteen days of school left, but it only seems like a few months ago that they were starting the school year!  Oh well, there's always summer fun to look forward to, right?

Let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Definitely work on the vintage quilt!
I was SUCH a good quilter this week - I made some serious progress on this project!  Here's where I was at the beginning of ...

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May 5, 2019
Hands 2 Help 2019 May 5 sync up - you're gonna be amazed! from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

One of my favorites - this is going to one of our care givers.
Is it May already?  Oh my where does time go?  I'm happy to say that we have a number of new members.  Bob, Liane, Laurie, Dorothy, and Veronika - all have been hanging around for years and I love them all so much.  We have some new helpers in the sweatshop this year, Abby, Sue, Jodi, and Kim have been with us and it's been amazing.   Kathleen is helping with quilting and binding and Cari has helped to bind a quilt as well.  Annette also donated ...

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