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June 8, 2018
Amy's Quilting Juggling Act from Free Motion Quilting Adventures

Hard on the heels of teaching at the Janome Education Summit, I've been dabbling in quite a few quilty projects, though only a few or them involved quilting with rulers or ruler work. Click on the above link to read about the summit and links from other fabulous participants.

Janome passed along some photos from the event, so I thought I'd share them with you too. The Summit was my biggest class yet in teaching free motion quilting with rulers. Thank goodness we all had the same machine (Janome 9400), ruler foot and the Janome Ruler Work Kit ...

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Enhancing Skills with Free-Motion Framework Quilters are... from Living Water Quilter

Enhancing Skills with Free-Motion Framework

Quilters are learners. We want to learn new patterns, techniques and improve our skills. This is part of the creative road of quilt making.

In 2016 Jen of Reannalily Designs contacted me and asked if I would  quilt two 40 x 40 inch wholecloth quilts for her soon to be published book. I said yes to the challenge. Now, the quilts of all the contributing quilters can be seen in Jen’s new book, Free-Motion Framework.

Join the Free-Motion Framework Blog Tour!  It began on Monday June 4. It’s not too late to enter ...

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Playful Pillows from MMM Quilts

Our Island Batik Ambassador assignment for May was to create a pillow, aka cushion, cover, incorporating piecing or quilting. I had so many ideas! That can be not so good when trying to focus. So I thought I'll let things percolate on the back burner of my brain and work on one of my H2H quilts which were also due in May.

And then as you know life threw me a curve ball and before I even got the binding on the H2H quilt, I found myself 2000 miles away and lost nearly three weeks of May. On the ...

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Playful Pillows from MMM Quilts

Our Island Batik Ambassador assignment for May was to create a pillow, aka cushion, cover, incorporating piecing or quilting. I had so many ideas! That can be not so good when trying to focus. So I thought I'll let things percolate on the back burner of my brain and work on one of my H2H quilts which were also due in May.

And then as you know life threw me a curve ball and before I even got the binding on the H2H quilt, I found myself 2000 miles away and lost nearly three weeks of May. On the ...

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June 3, 2018
Animal Inspired Renter Quilts! from Quilted Joy

We are always talking about the different shapes that make up quilt blocks. Squares, triangles, rectangles, even hexagons can be combined in a variety of ways to create tops of wonder to the eye. But besides sewing blocks with shapes, you can have a lot of fun with applique as well. Now not all of these quilts were appliqued, but they are all adorable animal designs!

Judy's Jelly Roll Race quilt with an appliqued Fox!

Judy's Jelly Roll Race quilt with an appliqued Fox!

Judy made this quilt for a baby shower gift. Is it not absolutely adorable? The quilt itself is just a simple jelly roll race. Judy then appliqued that cute fox on top. She even ...

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June 1, 2018
May progress & finishes from Quilting & Learning

May is always a crazy busy month with lots of quilt shows, events and deadlines. You may have been following these in my last few posts. Here are some updates.

Comfort Quilt QAL

I have been participating in the Comfort Quilt QAL based on Amy Ellis' book, Modern Heritage Quilts: New Classics for Every Generation. My version is not her lovely low volume quilt but rather some colourful cuddle quilts using a variation of her pattern. It's great to see everyone's progress on Instagram. There are some fabulous quilts in the making

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May 31, 2018
I Just Wanna Have Fun from Lisa H Calle's Blog



Most of you know it’s with much excitement that I’ve announced that Perfect Plumes has made its big debut.  But what you don’t know is that during the process of constructing my latest class, with a little help, I filmed a little promo video for the launch of my newest addition.  Below you will find the small segment to watch, if you haven’t already. And if you’re about to click “play” keep in mind that there’s nothing I love more than adding a bit of comedy into my work days.

So feel free take ...

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May 29, 2018
Back to the project from Quilting and More...

My shoulder is doing much better now, and I’ll just have to remember not to push myself to do too much at one sitting so as not to strain it again.

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May 28, 2018
Lisa's Mug Rug from Rana Quilts

Lisa took my free motion quilting class at The Sewing Machine Exchange earlier this month. I love seeing student projects--and this one is terrific--love the design and the fabric with the bird is so great. Look it up! A small project like this is a perfect opportunity to practice new skills. Go quilt!

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May 26, 2018
Many projects from Quilting & Learning

I have so many projects on the go that it's time to post an update on a few. (oops, sorry for clicking on Publish a little too early!)

Free Motion Quilting Challenge Quilt Along

This FMQ Challenge is officially over, but I realized that I haven't posted my last three blocks. The challenge may be over, but if you're interested, Angela Walter's videos are still available on YouTube, so check them out! (see Related Links)

This block is a combination of the techniques from weeks 2 and 3. I'm not really a fan of the ...

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May 25, 2018
Free Motion Quilting on Block Mosaic | Sewcial Bee Sampler from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

I am sharing with you today how I quilted block 22 – Mosaic. In this post, you’ll learn how to free motion quilt a meandering leaf motif and two more motif to quilt a flying geese block.

If you are new here, this post is a part of my quilt-as-you-go my Sewcial Bee Sampler, a sew-along hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. I plan to share along the process with some tips and tutorial.

As usual, I have two blocks made for two quilts, one with custom quilting and one with allover quilting. Both would be a great practice ...

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How to Quilt Windy Feathers from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I'm taking a break from walking foot quilting this week to bring you a new free motion quilting tutorial! Learn how to quilt Windy Feathers with me in this new quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find the full tutorial and extra video on Windy Feathers!

James is chomping at the bit to get out of the house and off on a short trip. I'm looking forward to a bit of time away so I can come home refreshed and ready to hit the ground running with the Eternal Love Quilt Along in June.

I hope you have an ...

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May 22, 2018
Playtime on My New Machine from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I'm still getting to know my new sewing machine and the best way to get acquainted is to play! I decided it was time to update my walls with new hoop quilts for the spring so I pulled out some cheerful purple fabric, picked a handful of designs, and began quilting.

Join in this free motion quilting playtime with me:

Click Here to learn more about the Eversewn Sparrow 20, the machine I'm quilting on in this video.

No, I'm not using a stitch regulator. This is just my hands moving the quilt and my foot pressing ...

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May 18, 2018
Finally! My Sister’s Project is a Finish from Needle and Foot

Last November (a full six months ago) my sister asked if I would make two small runners to put in the window boxes in her flat in London.  She shares her time between Colorado and London due to her husband’s career. Once their kids were up and out, it became possible for her to travel back and forth so she could actually spend some time with her husband.  It is an exciting time for her as she makes new friends and learns to live the city life.

When they rented a little flat, she started to fix it up ...

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Diamond Sunrise {Modern By The Yard} from Little Bunny Quilts

I'm excited to share that I have another project featured in Benartex's Modern By The Yard ezine!

My project in this issue called "Diamond Sunrise" -- an advanced level table runner pattern that uses strip pieced diamonds for an ombre effect!

This project uses the Sunburst line from Kanvas. I used all five of the color collage prints together to strip piece the sections.

For the quilting, I quilted wishbones within each of the diamond shapes. Here's a picture of the backing where you can see some of the quilting! This one was a lot of fun to ...

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Pillow ChallengeA woven fabric pillow is my submission for the... from Living Water Quilter

Pillow Challenge

A woven fabric pillow is my submission for the May Island Batik Playful Pillow Challenge. Island Batik generously supplied the fabric for the challenge.


An assorted roll of Island Batik 5-inch strips is perfect for a woven pillow. The strips were cut in half lengthwise for a 2.5-inch woven fabric strip pillow.


Next, each strip is heat fused side-by-side to a lightweight double-sided fusible interfacing. Once fused, each strip is free-motion quilted. Then each strip is finished with a three-thread rolled hem. I used Superior Threads Poly Quilter, a 40 wt. 2-ply (Tex 30) variegated poly-wrapped poly ...

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May 16, 2018
NICU Quilt from Goer

Shortly after I joined Bay Area Modern I took home a charity quilt top to quilt and finish. I don't know who pieced it. (If you know, please let me know and I'll update the post.) Once I brought it home it was initially set aside and for the past couple months I've been moving it around in my work space. I decided this week it was time to get it done. And it's like cleaning, because I can bring it to the guild meeting to drop it off on Saturday. ;-)

I opted for a large ...

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May 11, 2018
Free Wheeling Free Motion {Traveling Quilt Bee Update} from Little Bunny Quilts

Since I posted my first quilting-in-progress update on my Traveling Quilt Bee quilt, I have quilted two more sections of the quilt.

For the fourth section, I did a feather filler inspired by Angela Walters. This motif ended up *slightly* more dense than I had originally planned (and compared to the other sections of quilting) but I'm happy overall with how it turned out.

For the fifth section, I did my new go-to motif of leafy meandering.

I have two more block sections to quilt as well as the border. I still plan to use a wood grain motif ...

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May 10, 2018
The Making of Surplus Strips Part 3 – Machine Quilting and Binding from Christa Quilts

Although machine quilting is my favorite part of making any quilt, I really enjoy the entire process from start to finish. Even though I’m on a tight deadline, it’s been fun to document my progress on Surplus Strips as I go. Be sure to check out my last post for tips on piecing the quilt top and basting it.

Choosing Thread Color

Aurifil Thread Variegated Pink

Audition thread to see which color blends in best. For multicolor quilts, go with a lighter thread on a darker fabric, rather than darker thread on lighter fabric.

I’ve been playing around lately with Aurifil ...

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May 8, 2018
May updates and plans from Quilting & Learning

The beginning of a brand new month. I'm not sure where April went, but it's now history

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