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September 1, 2014
Recent projects from remember your karma

A FMQ initial for a friend who spoke at our guild. I love making these!
Detail:

A pillow, gift for a beloved cousin.

My machined binding:
Love the finished look.

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August 31, 2014
A Very Large Slightly Finished Finish ! from Slightly Off Quilter

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So for the past few weeks I have been sharing with you the progress of my current project. The one that allowed me to overcome my fear of feathers ! Well it is now ALMOST finished. It still needs a binding, but other than that, she is done !

It was not until I started putting my quilted blocks together that I realized just HOW large this quilt was ! It finishes out at 90 x 105 ! That is HUGE ! It is by far the largest quilt I have done to date. I am extremely proud of myself on this one, not just ...

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August 29, 2014
Hexie Weekend from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Wednesday, I went to the doctor and took my Hexie kit with me to finish up my yellow flower from last week and start another, but I was hardly there enough time in the waiting room to even do one side of my last hexagon.  I was in and out of the office in 35 minutes.

So, as I'm always saying when I open the linky that we love all kinds of eye candy, I'm going to show today a couple of no hexie  finishes:  one a piecing finish and one an FMQ finish.

Here's the latest ...

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Share a Finish Friday - Time Flies from Red Letter Quilts

I refer to this guy as, 'Time Flies'

These little hour glass squares were leftover after piecing my donation quilt from last year's 100 Quilt for Kids. I can't believe a year has gone by and it is time again to link up our donation quilts! Hosted this year by Heather of Quilts in the Queue , she has worked hard to obtain oodles of incentives! I thought about what to make and remembered all the odd scraps I had saved, dug them up, made some pinwheels, and finally arranged everything with some negative space.
(This pool was closed ...

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August 25, 2014
Around the World Blog Hop from I Patch and Quilt

You have probably have come across blogposts on the Around the World Blog Hop, right? I have been asked by Dorien of Just-do to participate. If you would also like to join us on this worldwide trip, please read the bit at the end!

So, it is my turn today to write about my quilty projects!

1) What am I working on?

There are several projects going on at this moment. I have been adding to my FMQ sampler books. They are growing and growing. I have already 4 books on feathers now and there are some more feather styles ...

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August 24, 2014
Sentään yksi UFO taklattu - At least one UFO tackled from Tikkutaiwas

Tilkkuinspiraatio on ollut totaalisen hukassa viime päivät - viimeinen lomaviikko on takana, eikä juuri mitään valmistunut. Eilen tartuin kuitenkin härkää sarvista, marssin yläkertaan ja nappasin ensimmäisenä vastaan tulleen työn käsiini. Töihin pääsin heti, koska sentään helteitä uhmaten olin siivonnut ompeluhuoneen heti loman alkaessa.

Joku muistanee nämä liinat, jotka valmistuivat - kamalaa mutta totta - neljä vuotta sitten.


Tai siis kolme valmistui, kun taas niiden jämäpätkistä jäänyt neljäs (yläkuvan alareunassa) jäi vaiheeseen. En aikanaan ollut tyytyväinen liinojen "pliisuuteen", joten noihin kolmeen lisäsin applikoinnit, mutta neljänteen ei enää sitä intoa riittänyt. Olin valmistellut sen tikkaamista varten vanuineen ja vuorikankaineen, kerroksetkin jo yhdisteltyinä. Ne oli tullut ...

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August 22, 2014
The Rockin' Robot Laminate Backed Picnic Playmat from madebychrissied

   

Not long now until my grandson, Oliver, will be with us and son, Jack and Ana have been busy planning and equipping their nursery.  A few weeks ago they sent me this pic of Jack, and my daughter, Flicky, painting the room


and when they sent this finished paintwork pic they said they were going with a space theme.


In my stash was this panel - same colours and a space theme - all robots, space ships and rockets - Blue Sky Studio "Rockets and Robots" for Benartex


Sending back this pic we started discussing what I could make it into - a wall ...

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August 21, 2014
So long, Vera from Swink Girl Quilts

This past Saturday, the 17th, was the village-wide yard sale in the rural town I live in. I always set up a table since we live on the main street through town. Last year I sold tie dye shirts and made more than $200 in just a few hours. This year I didn't have any tie dye done up or even all that much junk to put out. I actually ended up selling almost all of the Vera Bradley that I've collected since college. I really had quite a bit; wallets, duffle bags, lunch pails...you name it ...

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August 18, 2014
Jelly Roll Jam II quilt from Charm About You


The Fat Quarter Shop have a new free pattern, it's perfect for making baby quilts because you can make two from one jelly roll or even make a double sided quilt. They asked me which Jelly Roll I would like to use to make up a quilt and I chose the beautiful April Showers by Bonnie and Camille


This quilt will be given to my friend who is having a baby boy and it measures about 36 x 38". I chose to take out all the flowery prints and stick with the blenders, raindrops and umbrellas. It was a ...

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Pteronophobia from Slightly Off Quilter

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Hello, my name is Tina, and I used to have Pteronophobia.

In case you are not aware of what that large 5 dollar word means, it is a phobia that I think alot of quilters start out with. It is an abnormal fear of FEATHERS ! Though I don’t think  most scientists would include our quilting feathers in that same category. The fear for me was quite real, though given the number of quilters who are deathly afraid of attempting free motion ( or any other kind for that matter ) feathers, perhaps not so abnormal !

Now you will see that my ...

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August 16, 2014
Practice from remember your karma

My goal for 2013 was to impove my FMQ feathers. 

There are 3 ways to accomplish this:
1. Practice
2. Practice
3. Practice

Draw them:


And stitch them:

Love them!

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Feather wreath tutorial from I Patch and Quilt

Have you ever tried to FMQ a feather wreath? Did you know you do not need a stencil to do one?

I have taken lots of pictures to show you how. Soooo… get ready for this picture heavy post!

 

Before we start:

- I used a Frixion pen to draw on the fabric. The lines disappear when heated (iron), but may appear when the fabric gets really cold. So maybe not the best pen to use on fabric that will be used in freezing temperatures, like in a car.

- In order to create this tutorial I did have to break thread ...

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August 15, 2014
Friday Finishes from I Patch and Quilt

Three finishes today, or actually two and a half!

:-)

My Mom requested these hearts to hang on to fridge door and the cookie cabinet door. They will remind her to snack more “greens”  and not to grab the candy and cookies! I think it is a great visual reminder!

I also FINALLY finished the second pillow with the weird home dec fabric.

The last finish of today only need it binding now, so not completely done yet!

I started out with a big nine patch of 9 inch squares in two fabrics. I cut that in half like it was ...

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August 13, 2014
Learning from the pros. 2 from I Patch and Quilt

Hello again!

I wrote yesterday that I was using the Frixion pen for drawing lines on my fabrics. There is a lot to do about these pens in the quilting world. Please do a google search on them as many people have experimented with them on fabrics. There were positive outcomes and not so positive outcomes. Please make an informed decision on using these pens on your fabric. I am not using the pens on a real quilt, just cheap fabric that is learning material or me, like a notebook is for a high school student.

Still obsessed with the ...

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August 12, 2014
Learning from the pros from I Patch and Quilt

Last week I got some quilt books back that I lended out to a friend. I had not seen the books in a while and that was a good thing. This time around I saw different things in these books than I did a few months ago. (I hope to do a review on these books, next week maybe.)

Today I want to share some FMQ samples I did after studying page after page. I tried to copy the designs to find out how they flow and what works best for me. Some designs are my own but were inspired ...

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Quilting, Bobbins and Tension from The Champ Life

Quilting is underway on the Fractions quilt!

IMG_5715In case you were wondering, that’s a magnetic tool bar I picked up at Home Depot. I got that handy tip from Linda Thielfoldt, to help stabilize floating tops. It works great! It is also a very effective foot smasher if you drop it onto your foot. Anyway, in my last post I showed a rough sketch of what I was planning on quilting in this quilt, and that’s what I went with.

IMG_5706Insofar as constructing the actual design is concerned, quilting has been going quite well. However, I have been ...

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August 10, 2014
Rain? FMQ! from I Patch and Quilt

We are getting lots and lots of rain, cloudy days and lowish temperatures for summer. I am even wearing a long sleeve top… SUMMER???

The last couple of days I spent my time working on reference books for FMQ. A while ago I saw a similar book and wanted one of my own. Just ONE!

Who was I kidding?

We need more than ONE! Don’t we?

:-)

Here are some of the covers, some finished some just need the satin stitch around. (And getting rid of all those pesky little loose threads…)

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2014-08-10-cover feathers 01

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Some details…

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2014-08-10-cover feathers 02 detail 01

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There is lots more to show ...

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August 5, 2014
Learn to Machine Quilt - A Great Giveaway... from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Hi everyone -- I wanted to take a minute and share with you a Giveaway that the lovely and talented Wendy Sheppard from Ivory Spring Blog has open through end of Day August 6th.

Wendy is giving away one copy of her online "Learn to Machine Quilt" class that is hosted at Annie's.

I was fortunate to enroll and complete this class more than a year ago and it really improved my machine quilting.

Wendy is patient and confident, and her machine quilting speaks for itself.  Here is one of my favorite Wendy Sheppard quilts:
Image Courtesy Ivory Spring Blog ...

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August 4, 2014
Vihreät niityt - Green fields from Tikkutaiwas














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July 31, 2014
New Mystery Fabric from I Patch and Quilt

This week left me with more mystery fabric to play with!

Absolutely not cotton.

Very very thick.

A little bit stretchy.

Very easy to damage with an sharp object.

BUT super fun to quilt!

Have great Friday!

Esther

 
Linking up with:
Free Motion Mavericks


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