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May 19, 2024
Mixture of Sun and Clouds on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Hello! I hope that Spring has found you and that you have a little sunshine in your days. We've had lots of clouds and rain, but I've been busy making my own Suns and clouds in the studio, getting the second part of my Outdoor Hanging Sculpture ready.

Finished Suns

The three Suns are ready - there's Sunrise, Noon Sun and Sunset. They were finished so I hung them out in the back yard to see how they would do. 

Sunrise, Noon Sun and Sunset hanging off the umbrella

Once I had done both Sunrise and Noon Sun ...

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May 6, 2024
April's Yellow Table Scrap Challenge from Quilting & Learning

Hi! This is just a quick post so that I can participate in the April Table Scraps Challenge.

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Spring Tulips in 3D on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Hi and welcome! I have a very Spring-like finish this week. My 3D Spring Tulips

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April 29, 2024
April 2024 OMG Finish from Quilt Paint Create

My OMG for April was finishing the April challenge quilt, which had no name in March. The quilt was based on a pattern called Ruffles by Sew Be It. I ended up naming it Freeze Frame.

I painted the background fabric because I didn’t have anything in my stash that I liked with the reds I picked for the flower petals. The fabric in the flower center was painted years ago and textured with salt. I added a second layer of batting under the center that I thought made it too puffy. I added beads to the center to ...

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April 15, 2024
Spring Tulips is coming along on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Hi and welcome. Spring is finally here after our last snow storm. The snow really encouraged the Spring bulbs to appear! What a wonderful sight! I've been appliquéing, quilting and making my 3D Spring Tulips piece. There sure is lots of learning going on here!

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April 14, 2024
Sunday Stash April 14, 2024 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in this week and a half yard out from the declutter challenge. I’m still working through my scrap containers. I finished green and yellow/brown/orange and started on red/pink.

I’m also working on quilting the challenge piece. I haven’t come up with a name yet, but I will finish the quilting soon.

Once I finish this quilt, it’s back to quilting Remember Me.

Fabric In: .33 yards

Fabric out: 11.875 yards

Net Fabric Used: 11.545 yards

How did you do this week?

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party ...

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April 2, 2024
Celebrating 12 Years of Blogging from Quilting & Learning

Hi and welcome

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March 28, 2024
Irish Chain - Project Quilting, Challenge 6 of Season 15 from Quilting & Learning

Hi and welcome! A quick and short post to join in the Project Quilting (PQ) 15.6, Irish Chain. 

Scrappy Irish Chain Cuddle Quilt

Scrappy Irish Chain cuddle quilt

It's done with less than an hour to spare. And now I'm quickly writing up this short post

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March 11, 2024
Horse Quilt... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Remember this horse panel quilt top?

It has been sitting around long enough...

time to get it....under the needle !

It is a fair sized quilt, so I will quilt it

on my Big Girl Machine...

Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen

This is a Sit-Down Long Arm

and I love it for larger projects...

I used the Handi Quilter Wave Ruler

to quilt the center of the panel...

I used the Hand Quilter Ditch Ruler

for all of the straight line quilting...

To mark the spine of the feather,

I used my very favorite marking tool...

Ultimate Marking Pencil

You just ...

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Moda Love Quilt...2 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I have made 3 of these 

Moda Love Quilts...

46 x 46 inches

I just finished the machine quilting

and binding on this one...

You can make them with

Layer Cakes, 5 inch charm squares or

2.5 inch mini charm squares...

It is a wonderful way to work with

an entire line of fabric...

I have completed 3 of these quilts

and I am in the process of the 4th one...

We start our day on the calving grounds

checking on the mamas and new babies...

The Cowboy does his walk-through to check

and see who will be calving ...

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March 10, 2024
FMQ a Friend's Quilt on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

I have a free motion quilting (FMQ) finish this week. It's my girlfriend's first quilt and I offered to quilt it. It's gorgeous!  

FMQ with Wavy Lines

Sylvie, my friend, took a quilting course last winter. We pinned it in May last year and I finally started doing the stitch-in-the-ditch in August. I was busy with my niece's quilt in the fall but started the FMQ in February. I was about a ⅓ of the way through so to motivate myself to get it done, my March One Monthly Goal (OMG) was finishing the FMQ. It ...

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March 8, 2024
We Can Quilt It... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I have had this panel for many years

and it is time to put it together... 

I sandwiched this together with 

Pellon Fusible Foam...

The foam gives incredible definition 

to the machine quilting...

This is mostly free motion quilting

with a little bit of ruler work...

Back side...

Back Side...

I stitched both pieces together

then cut out the bottom corners

to create a bag with a flat bottom...

The lining is in and I am

topstitching around the top edge...

I used heavy cardboard and covered it

with fabric to put in the bottom of the bag...

Bottom of ...

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March 2, 2024
Moda Love Quilt....Machine Quilting from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

It is time to get this Moda Love quilt

under the needle... 

I am machine quilting on my

Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen...

My Big Girl machine !

This is a sit-down long arm machine...

Above the machine are dark blue clamps.

They hold the quilt up so there is no drag

while I am quilting.

You can see the blue clamps holding up the quilt.

These purple Gypsy Quilter hoops

help grip the fabric...

On the back side are the purple rubber grips...

they really work !

You hang on to the sides and move the

quilt in any direction while quilting ...

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February 29, 2024
Got the Point? from Quilting and More...

Got the Point? That’s what I’ve named my latest quilt. It was a fun one to make, and it’s now hanging in my sewing room, replacing a quilt that had hung there for over 20 years! It was time for a change, wouldn’t you agree? As you may be able to tell, the quilt is […]

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February 12, 2024
School Agenda Cover on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Hi and welcome to week 568 of Free Motion Mavericks. At the end of January I made a school agenda cover for my niece while she was visiting. It was quickly done and it's now keeping her organised in Copenhagen!

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February 11, 2024
Migrating Geese....Quilting Continues from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I spent the last two days finishing up

the machine quilting on the

Migrating Geese Table Runners... 

Piecing these table runners is FUN...

Quilting them is even better !

feathery plumes is always a favorite...

Leaves and curly vines work great

on this runner with the green border...

Back side of green runner...

Large swirls in the center of the runner...

Straight piano key lines in the border...

Nothing left to do but trim

and bind these.

This is how I start my day...

Feeding Cattle

I drive the feed wagon and this 

is the view from the side view mirror ...

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February 9, 2024
Migrating Geese...Quilting from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I spent the day cutting batting and backing 

fabrics and making quilt sandwiches...


Then I spray basted all of the sandwiches

 with my favorite 505 Spray...

The table runners are ready to go...

under the needle !

For small projects like these,

I use my Bernina Artista 200...

My favorite free motion foot

looks like a cookie with a bite out of it...

this foot allows me unobstructed visibility

when I am machine quilting.

This is the BEFORE image....not quilted yet.

This is the AFTER quilting image...

Don't you love all that Quilty goodness !

This is the back side ...

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January 28, 2024
Project Quilting 15.2 - Sky Colour, Challenge 2 from Quilting & Learning

Hi and welcome to my second challenge of Project Quilting (PQ), Season 15. The theme this week is sky colour - "take inspiration from the colours of the sky, but exclude or use less than 10% of the usual blue" (cerulean). Thanks Trish for this great prompt and Kim for hosting! 

A landscape and sky for my agenda cover

For the last few years, one of the first projects that I've made in January is a new agenda cover. They've had many interesting, colourful fabrics that are usually hand-dyed. This year I combined my agenda cover with the PQ ...

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January 25, 2024
Resist Painted Wallhanging for #ProjectQuilting Season 15.2 from Mulberry Patch Quilts

I try to participate in Project Quilting every year. It’s a great excuse to try a new technique and play.

This week’s challenge is “Sky Color (not blue). We’re supposed to create a quilted item within one week start to finish.

I decided to try a resist technique I saw demonstrated by Quilter Julie B. Booth on Quilting Arts TV (Episode 1703 “You can’t resist this”). She demonstrated how to use ordinary liquid dishwashing soap as a resist on fabric.

Here’s a youtube Quilting Arts TV preview… see it on the end:

Intro to the ...

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January 19, 2024
Project Quilting 15.1 - Bird House Challenge 1 from Quilting & Learning

Hi and welcome! I did it! I've finished the first challenge of Project Quilting (PQ) season 15. I "discovered" PQ at the end of their 10th season, in March, 2019. Each year I've done as many of the challenges as I could. In fact, my first challenge was done within 16 hours!

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