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January 20, 2020
Challenge 11-1 Project Quilting - Flower of Life from Quilting & Learning

Challenge 11.1 of Project Quilting is due tomorrow morning. The theme is Notably Numeric which includes geometry. The Flower of Life is part of what is known as Sacred Geometry. It's all very intriguing stuff.

Flower of Life

I'm not mathematically inclined, but geometry, especially if I don't have to calculate anything, can be quite beautiful. In fact, geometry is the basis for traditional quilting. Although I don't do much traditional quilting anymore, that's how most of us learned to quilt.

Flower of life - a series of circles or orange peels
Since I love ...

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January 17, 2020
Free Motion Quilting Star Flower Stipple – Design #503 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I have a fun mash up of free motion quilting designs this week! Learn how to quilt Star Flower Stipple, a terrific combination of Stippling and Star Flower:

Quick Links from this free motion quilting tutorial:

Click Here to learn more about my home sewing machine – This small, affordable sewing machine is quite a workhorse! I love the bright lights and ability to drop the needle down with a tap of the foot pedal.

Deluxe Foot Set – This set includes two styles of walking feet, a darning foot, and a ruler foot! These are the feet I use for machine ...

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January 15, 2020
Sacred Geometry for Project Quilting at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

It's that time of the year again - Project Quilting! Since it's the first Challenge of the 11th season (11.1), this week's challenge is Notably Numeric - celebrating all things numerical including geometry.

Project Quilting Challenge 11.1 - Notably Numbers

Flower of Life
Sacred Geometry
To be honest, my first reaction was oh... but then as I was reading, the word geometry leaped off the page. Not that I'm into geometry but I love hexagons (hexies) and recently learned about Shri Yantra, that intriguing pattern made of triangles. Like the proverbial rabbit hole that is the internet ...

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January 13, 2020
Easy Heart Meander Free Motion Quilting Design Perfect for Valentine’s Day Quilts from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

We’ve got about a month until Valentine’s Day and that means it is time to finish up all those red, white and pink quilts! We’ve got the perfect free motion quilting stitch for all your Valentine’s Day projects, the Sweetheart Meander.

This stencil and quilt design looks a lot more complicated than it actually is. When you break it down, it is essentially a series of curved swoops with lots of points for you to stop at and reassess where you are going next.

The all over design is great for Valentine’s or kids quilts ...

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January 11, 2020
December UFO & WIP Winner and my own WIP’s from The Crafty Quilter

Hi everyone! It’s been a crazy week of loved ones falling ill, but I think everyone’s finally back on the healthy list. Without further delay, I have a winner for the December UFO & WIP Challenge. We had 60 entries last month and many Christmas projects and gifts made!

December UFO & WIP Challenge prize @ The Crafty Quilter

Entry number 46 was randomly chosen and that goes to Kathy J. for her quilt, “Peace On Earth”. This is a beautiful combination of applique and piecing! Congratulations Kathy!

Peace on Earth made by Kathy J. and winner of the December UFO & WIP Challenge at The Crafty Quilter
Peace on Earth Quilt by Kathy J.

I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s finished projects in 2019. I completed quite a ...

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Slow Stitching and Free Motion Quilting from Quilting & Learning

I love being able to create something using techniques that aren't usually put together - such as slow stitching and free motion quilting (FMQ). It's not that they don't go together, but rather that it's not usually done.

Slow Stitching and FMQ in Exit Strategy 1

In September I introduced my Exit Strategy...and got caught up with all kinds of projects and distractions. Then, while writing my 2020 Planning post, I realised that creating art quilts had become daunting and that my expectations were too high and too serious. So enough of that! It's time ...

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January 10, 2020
Finished Quilting! from Thread Head

 I am so pleased to have finished quilting my Mother's quilt.

The pattern is Verdant Valley by Vicki Stratton. It is 52" x 65".

I quilted with Bottom Line thread in the top and bobbin. I think my Mom stitched in the ditch with it too. The backing is plush, and the batting is Hobbs Tuscany Silk (she glue basted the quilt).

In the beginning the thread was not co-operating, so I put a thread net over the cone and that really helped.

The quilt is echo quilted, and I just followed along with the edge of the free ...

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Electric Pulse Machine Quilting Tutorial – Design #502 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I’m feeling wired, so I guess it’s great that I’m quilting Electric Pulse today! Welcome back to Free Motion Friday! Each week I’m sharing new quilting designs and teaching you how to quilt both a home machine and a longarm frame. This will give you two different perspectives on how to quilt a design and lots of ideas for using it in your quilts.

Quick Links from this machine quilting tutorial:

Click Here to learn more about my home sewing machine – This small, affordable sewing machine is quite a workhorse! I love the bright lights and ...

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Quilting and Pets from Thread Head

Free motion quilting on my Mother's quilt is going well.

I think I am finished with the centre, now I have to figure out what to quilt in the border.

Our pets-
 Miss Maggie
Miss Molly

All the best!♥︎

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January 9, 2020
Free Motion Quilting from Thread Head

 My Mother was really pleased that I had started quilting her quilt.

Since it is an Hawaiian style quilt I figured that it would look best with echo quilting, I am just trying to work out exactly how much I can do.

woodpecker on the peanut feeder
All the best!♥︎

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January 8, 2020
Video: How to Quilt the Spiked Clover Border from Quilted Joy

I’ve got another free motion quilting video tutorial for you today! This video shows off a fun border design I call the Spiked Clover Border, and it might challenge your mind a little bit.

This design will have you practicing common shapes in different directions. Watch the video below to see how to quilt the spiked clover border.

How to Quilt the Spiked Clover Border

Doesn’t this design have a fun look to it? But it is a little more challenging than some of the other designs I’ve shared in the past. There are a few main ...

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January 3, 2020
Best of 2019 from Quilting & Learning

This year has been very productive if not overwhelming at times. I had a great start to 2019 with many art quilts for two Out of the Box (OOTB) textile artists group exhibition. That kept me creatively fulfilled until I over-did it. After that I enjoyed working on more traditional quilts and minis.

Art Quilts

I made 4 mini art quilts and learned a lot since they had to been seen as a particular colour and were mounted on canvas. It was tricky and my first one was very monochromatic, but they got better as I made more.

Peek-a-boo Red ...

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Happy New Year and Finishing up stuff - PHD in 2020 from Quilting & Learning

Happy New Year!

You may have heard of UFO (UnFinished Objects) but did you know that there are PHD (Projects Half Done)? Quilting Gail is hosting PHD link-ups twice a month to encourage us all to finish these lovelies. Some projects may be almost done while others are probably much less than half done. It doesn't matter. In 2020 we will work on finishing 12 of these!

And that's not all. We also have to finish the projects we start in 2020 so that we don't contribute to more UFO or PHD. It may be very optimistic ...

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January 2, 2020
Boxy Pouch Tutorial from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

Small projects make the best practice pieces for free motion quilting. In this post I have a tutorial on how to make a boxy pouch and get you to practice free motion quilting!

This project will not only allow you to make use of your practice sandwich but also allows you to have the option of hiding those stitches, should you feel like they’re not that pretty yet. Everyone was there before they get better. It is a practice piece after all.  

If you are interested to learn more about free motion quilting, make sure you check these related ...

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December 30, 2019
3D - Float Your Hills and Valleys from Creatin' in the Sticks

The December Challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is

today I'm excited to share
Float Your Hills and Valleys.

As an Island Batik Ambassador for 2019
every month there is an ambassador challenge.

December's 3D Challenge is all about using
optical illusions,
textures, trapunto, or whatever else makes
a quilt pop into life.

For this month's project, I started with a block pattern
I had designed for the
A Time For All Seasons Block of the Month
I added another column to make the block
12" x 12" finished.

Next, I picked ...

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December 29, 2019
Swirly Whirly from Quilting and More...

And … it’s done! I had originally envisioned doing swirling feathers in all of the colored areas, but that was an impossible task. The bulk created by all of those tiny seams just meant that my free motion foot kept getting hung up; it’s rather difficult to do smooth curves and even stitches when the […]

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More quilted gifts, an OMG and a Christmas runner from Quilting & Learning

I can't believe that I've got so many posts this month! I've been busy finishing up my two Christmas gifts. Actually there was supposed to be one, but a squirrel came for a visit!

More quilted gifts

My December One Monthly Goal (OMG) was another free motion quilted (FMQ) fabric basket. I used some incredibly lovely Japanese fabric for the FMQ.

The light was at its best outside on the snow :-)

I took an indoor shot the next day
I also created another journal cover. Unfortunately I misread my notes and didn't cut the fabric big ...

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December 28, 2019
Lonestar Quilt from Quiltmanufaktur

Im April 2017 habe ich diesen Lone Star Quilt als Beispiel mit den Kursteilnehmern im BERNINA Creative Center genäht. Er lag lange Zeit unvollendet im Regal, bis ihm Maria Dlugosch jetzt dieses fantastische Quilting verabreicht hat. Eigentlich muss ich entsprechend sagen Not my work!

Not my Work! weil es augenscheinlich das wahnsinnig tolle Quilting ist, das aus dem Patchwork Top erst diesen tollen Quilt macht. Um es gleich vorneweg zu sagen: Maria nimmt keine Kundenaufträge an... daher bin ich wirklich froh, dass sie sich dennoch die Zeit für dieses Stück genommen hat. Es sieht auf jeden Fall nach viel Spaß ...

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December 23, 2019
8 strategies for surviving the holidays with Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Do you want to know the secret to surviving the holidays? These are my suggestions. BTW I can’t be held responsible if others in your family don’t approve of these great innovative ideas!

8 strategies for surviving the holidays


This is my favourite idea! Hide out in your quilting studio and don’t come out till the holidays are over – or better yet, when spring is in the air. If you just can’t swing this, try asking for at least one day to yourself, in your quilting studio during the holidays. Hopefully that will be ...

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December 20, 2019
Making a few gifts from Quilting & Learning

I'm really trying to avoid deadlines and I didn't decide to make a few gifts for Christmas lightly since I don't want these to be IOU gifts!

Christmas gift exchange

I am going to a potluck with my colleagues and of course there is a gift exchange. You know....unisex and under $20 (not including taxes). Personally I usually go for something edible but this year, I had a Christmas mug rug that's been hanging around my sewing room for the last year since I made it after Christmas. That seemed like a good way to ...

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