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January 19, 2018
27 Quilt Finishes in 2017 from Pink Doxies



Quilting Mandalas: 
New Work from Old

I labored and debated when titling this post. It's packed with so many big ideas while trying to be subtle. Yes, I know 27 finishes is not so subtle. But I'm excited--newly inspired, and self-directed for the New Year. But first, more about last year.



Worthwhile Working Vacation

It's hard to work on vacation, but last weekend I forced myself. It was foggy and cold in Florida even for a northerner, and the wind was fierce. After a chilly swim I stayed in, and worked on Pink Doxies' webpage. 

I pinned ...

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Playtime Plus in Modern By the Yard from MMM Quilts

I can finally show you a quilt I worked on at the end of November and finished in early December. It is in the newest edition of Benartex's e-zine, Modern By the Yard, which goes live today, and which you can download by visiting their blog, Sew In Love With Fabric.

I actually broke into a massive GRIN when I saw this photograph! Ah how I'd love to get all my quilts professionally photographed...

Here's the cover. You will find it available for download on the top right sidebar of their blog. There is also a link ...

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Playtime Plus in Modern By the Yard from MMM Quilts

I can finally show you a quilt I worked on at the end of November and finished in early December. It is in the newest edition of Benartex's e-zine, Modern By the Yard, which goes live today, and which you can download by visiting their blog, Sew In Love With Fabric.

I actually broke into a massive GRIN when I saw this photograph! Ah how I'd love to get all my quilts professionally photographed...

Here's the cover. You will find it available for download on the top right sidebar of their blog. There is also a link ...

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January 18, 2018
Free Motion Quilting Tips: Moving the Quilt from Free Motion Quilting Adventures

I was asked a question in an older post the other day, but had no way to really answer the question so that the person could see it, as it was posted as a comment on someone else's comment. Since no email was given and it was a good question (And seriously, I need to post something! New employee begins soon, so let's hope I can get some time to write.) so I figured I'd answer it on the blog as a post.

Question: I am having a terrible time trying to move the quilt for fmq ...

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January 17, 2018
Whole Cloth Ruler QuiltingWhole cloth ruler quilting isn’t new.... from Living Water Quilter



Whole Cloth Ruler Quilting

Whole cloth ruler quilting isn’t new. What is new is the HUGE variety of acrylic rulers now available to domestic machine quilters. As we accumulate rulers for specific purposes, we should also consider how they can be used across a wide range of applications.

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Combining some old favorites with a new spinning template is a fun exercise for learning, applying and designing with rulers.  I didn’t plan.

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January 16, 2018
How to Quilt a Guitar Motif from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Today’s tutorial, How to Quilt a Guitar Motif, is one YOU requested. I am working on creating continuous line designs for motif requests from readers.  Please let me know if there is a motif YOU would like … Continue reading

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Quilting with Rulers: Ruler Thickness Revisited from Free Motion Quilting Adventures

I was poking through some of my websites and videos recently and came across one of the videos I did just before ruler work really hit the mainstream of the quilting world.

I think this was shot with prototypes of the Westalee ruler foot and rulers, just as they were bringing them into the American market.

It's a bit rough and loooong....but does a good job at showing why I don't toe the line when it comes to what rulers work with a low shank sewing machine. This was done on a Janome 3160, a smaller Janome ...

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January 13, 2018
Coquette Jelly Roll Race Finish – UFO from 2012…. also a rant about borders from The Quilted Magnolia

I am working my way through my UFOs and obliterating them one by one. This UFO is from 2012 and originated as a jelly roll race that my mom began sewing and then she sent it back to me to finish....

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Black and White Finish from Stitchin at Home

A finish! I love this piece! It was my entry for the Splash of Colour QAL hosted by [email protected] Hands Quilts. I won the grand prize! I was shocked when Myra notified me that I was the winner. Thank you Myra!

cold but sunny photo shoot this morning
 I quickly and I mean quickly went out this morning to get some pictures it is -12 Celsius but feels like -21 brrrrrr. A big change from yesterday morning when it was +12 and raining.

The pop of green brings this piece to life. Being as green is my favourite colour ...

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January 12, 2018
Garden Plots {New Moda Bake Shop Pattern} from Little Bunny Quilts

I'm so excited to share about my newest Moda Bake Shop Pattern -- Garden Plots!


This is a complicated looking quilt that has all straight seams! This could easily be accomplished by a confident beginner or intermediate quilter! A single block is a grand 18" square, so only a few blocks make a rather large quilt! Each block uses two jelly roll strips -- I chose to make each block using two different fabrics.


I quilted this quilt with an all-over meander with flowers -- my go to motif as of late!


This quilt uses one jelly roll and a total of ...

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January 10, 2018
Yes! You Can Machine Quilt on a Treadle Sewing Machine! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! What is the BEST machine for free motion quilting?  My friend, Christa Watson has a few pointers —Six Features You’ll Want for FMQ at The Craftsy Blog... But really…features like automatic needle down and feed dogs that … Continue reading

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January 9, 2018
How to Quilt Triangle Pop from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! One of my favorite texture motifs is Grid Pop.  I use it frequently in my quilts including Mr. Nutcracker and Fall Harvest. The Grid Pop technique can easily be modified to create texture in different shapes. If … Continue reading

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January 8, 2018
Quilted Block of the Month January 2018 from Terificreations's Weblog

Welcome to the Quilted Block of the Month for January 2018. We’re going to have a good time exploring Letha’s Electric Fan, I’m thinking this will be the block for February as well. This block has been on my “list” of blocks to make since I first saw it about 9 years ago because the… Continue reading Quilted Block of the Month January 2018

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Books on Monday – Free Motion Meandering from 120 Blocks

Today we are looking at Free-Motion Meandering: A Beginners Guide to Machine Quilting by Angela Walters. It is available for Kindle as well as in paperback and the second link below is to the Kindle version. Both links are, as usual, … Continue reading

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January 7, 2018
Swimming Up Stream - A Minimal Mini QuiltCurated Quilts current... from Living Water Quilter



Swimming Up Stream - A Minimal Mini Quilt

Curated Quilts current small quilt challenge is Minimal Mini Quilts. The color palette for the challenge is light grey, leaf green, grey, orchid pink, blue grey, black.

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It’s important to carefully read the challenge requirements. I missed the word SQUARE. My minimal is a rectangle. Oh well! I still enjoyed the process.

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I choose light grey and pink ( The photo doesn’t capture the pink accurately). I used on of my favorite quilting ruler, the Squiggle to quilt the waves. Visit a previous post that describes and show quilting samples of the ...

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Airplane Quilt.....DONE! from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I spent the day in the Thread Shed

putting the finishing touches on

the airplane quilt...



It has been through the washer an dryer

and is yummy soft...





I did a bit of straight line ruler work 

on the planes...





The background is swirls and bubbles...






This is a gift for a new baby boy...





I think I will name it.....The Red Baron





2 days to piece....2 days to quilt and bind.

Now to sew on the label and get it wrapped up!






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January 6, 2018
Formulating a Quilting Plan from Shadows of the Blue Ridge

In my last post I made reference to joining in with Aby Quilts to complete an unfinished quilt each quarter. I'm actually hoping to complete three this first quarter - all of them for the Faith Circle of do. Good Stitches. Last year, with moving to our new home, I was able to coordinate the planning of these quilts from my circle, but not able to pull off getting them completed. Now that the new year is upon us I will be coordinating two quilts in 2018, so I need to get myself in gear and finish the 2017 quilts ...

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Upcoming Hands on Class: Break into Freemotion Quilting! from Quilted Joy

In February I’ll be teaching my hands on Breaking into Freemotion on the Longarm Class and I’d love for you to join me!

I designed this class with my wonderful longarm renters in mind. These folks have experience quilting with pantographs and design boards on the longarms here in the shop, but they’ve never taken the leap to the front of the machine. We’ll spend a few hours practicing easy free motion quilting designs starting from a worksheet of designs to practice on paper. Then you and a partner will move to the machines and practice ...

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January 5, 2018
The Conspiracy in My Sewing Room from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning Afternoon, Quilters! Everyone knows The Golden Rule of Quilting: Never let your sewing machine know you’re in a hurry!!! I have been working away on an exciting joint project with Kimberly Einmo for the May edition of American Quilter … Continue reading

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Claire's Butterflies {Finished Baby Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

Our friends had a baby girl right after Christmas, so I needed to get moving on a baby quilt for her right away! I made this quilt for her big sister two years ago.

I decided on our Ready, Set, Soar! pattern because it's such a versatile and quick pattern. I pulled medium-toned pinks, purples, and blues from my Island Batik stash for this version. My previous version of this quilt is my Mystical Mermaid quilt. 


The top zipped together very quickly! Here's the top after I gave it a bit of a "haircut" at the bottom. 


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