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January 21, 2019
Barn Lot Quilts....Quilting and Binding from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I completed the machine quilting on 

3 of the Barn Lot Quilts

Trying to keep the quilting design masculine

is tough for me......I am a feather girl all the way.

I threw a few triangles in with the wavy lines

and finished up the quilting on Thursday...

I started the binding work on Friday:

I cobbled bindings together with leftover

border strips...

I like the way the 

quilting stands out in the borders

and blends in with the images 

and rust dyed fabric

As always, the quilting shows up

nicely on the backing fabric:

Today is Sunday...

I am ...

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January 20, 2019
First Finish of 2019 from Stitchin at Home

 It feels good to have a finish this soon in the new year. I wanted something new for my table, you can read more about that here. I like the soft colours I used in this piece. That new star block ain't too bad either. It is paper pieced using one of my favourite methods freezer paper.

first finish of 2019

As you can tell the picture was taken on a cloudy overcast day. I apologize but ladies it's way to cold to go play outside today, it's -15 Celsius feeling like -25 with the windchill in ...

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January 18, 2019
Free Motion Mavericks Link-up from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to...
Free Motion Mavericks (Week 212)

As some of you may know, Muv of Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing has been hosting Free Motion Mavericks for a while (two hundred and eleven times in fact!). A few months ago she asked me to co-host the weekly link-up. I was thrilled and said YES! So Muv and I will be taking turns hosting this trans-Atlantic event. We're still working out the details, but I'm sure we'll figure it out

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Mini Art Quilts and Slow Stitching from Quilting & Learning

Mini Art Quilts
✔Two minis done, and two more to go!

Blooming Yellow

The yellow mini art quilt is finished.

My original intention was to wrap the mini over the canvas. I had a difficult time because the seams in the background made the corners bulky. When I trimmed on of  the seams to reduce the bulk in the corners, I ended up ripping it. It was a pretty frustrating mess!
Blooming Yellow Mini Art Quilt
I ended up finishing the art quilt like a pillow case. I then added a background using one of the fabrics on the mini ...

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January 15, 2019
Dresden Neighborhood from Quilting and More...

I’ve just finished this quilt, called Dresden Neighborhood, but I think it should probably be called “Cursed”!

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How to quilt an overall swirl using Full Line Stencil and the Pounce Pad from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

When you start free motion quilting, you are told to just do an all over meander, keep everything curvy and don’t overlap your lines. It sounds easy to someone who has been quilting for a while. But to a true beginner, that can be very intimidating.

In today’s tutorial I show you how to use stencils as a guide to learn and master the overall swirl. Once you have got the muscle memory down and have practiced moving throughout the quilt creating an even quilting texture, you can ditch the stencil and start getting creative.

Supplies we used ...

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January 14, 2019
A few mini art quilts to make from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to my first post of 2019!

One Monthly Goal (OMG) for January

I'm not sure what happened at the last Out of the Box Fibre Artists Group meeting in November...I know I wasn't drunk because I was driving (lol)...but somehow I got over-excited and ambitious and put my name down for another two mini art quilts. That's above the other two that I signed up for in September - that makes four! They may be mini, but that doesn't mean that they're easy or quick to make.

So that's what I need ...

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Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop and Giveaway! from Goer

This is the beginning of week two of a month of posts by Island Batik Ambassadors featuring all of the newest collections of fabric. Today I'm sharing what I made with my bundle of Fortune Teller fabric. Way back in July I was so excited to open this beautiful rainbow of fabric.

My quilt features all 20 fabrics from the collection and is 80" x 96"! I think that makes it one of the three largest quilts I've made. I optimized for using all I had of the twelve fabrics that make up the center of the quilt ...

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January 11, 2019
Planning 2019 and finishing Charlotte's quilt from Quilting & Learning

In a few hours, 2019 will be upon us....and I sure hope it's a good one :-) Thank you so much Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl for hosting this annual party!

#2019 Planning Party

I've been thinking a lot about what I want for 2019 and it's a lot like my planning for 2018. My goal is to keep learning and creating, and to minimize the stress. Easier said than done, but last year was better than 2017 and with any luck, other than January, I will be able to keep this in mind.

After posting my ...

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How to Quilt Undulation, Design #501 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I have a gorgeous new quilting design for you today called Undulation. It’s very simple, intentionally irregular echoes, but it’s quickly become my favorite design. See how to quilt it in this new quilting tutorial:

This is Design #501 on the Free Motion Quilting Project! Click Here to find all the other designs I’ve shared since 2009.

Click Here to find the book 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs. This is a beautiful picture book filled with hundreds of quilting designs of every shape and texture you can imagine. This is the perfect book to keep next to ...

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January 10, 2019
Project Quilting Inspiration from Mulberry Patch Quilts

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are over, and it’s time for Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams to begin the first week of the Project Quilting Season 10 challenge.

When I saw the first challenge phrase, “Hope Springs Eternal“, I instantly thought of a photo my son & daughter-in-law sent us of our sweet little granddaughter looking up in awe as she “helped” decorate their Christmas tree.

Isn’t she a sweetie? She’s just between 1-1/2 & 2…So this is the first time she’s really enjoying the tree. And that look on her face ...

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January 9, 2019
2019 Free Motion Quilt Along: Lewe the Ewe from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Greetings fellow quilters  --  Happy 2019! 

I hope you had a joyous Holiday Season.

I'm excited to share that I've teamed up with my long time Free Motion Quilting mentor and blogging friend Wendy Sheppard for a 2019 Free Motion Quilt Along.    
It's like a dream come true!  

You see I've stalked followed Wendy for years and years -- getting inspired by and learning from her quilting projects and tutorials -- taking her lead to purchase and use Aurifil thread -- being encouraged to quilt out of my comfort zone...  
Wendy says "put some McTavishing on it Karen"
 -- being tutored ...

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January 6, 2019
Q1 Finish #1 from 120 Blocks

All I needed to do with the Jinny Beyer BOM from 2015 was take the four completed blocks, turn them into placemats and quilt them. I pulled the fabrics I was not going to use out of the project box … Continue reading

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January 3, 2019
Echo Quilting Practice on a Longarm Machine from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This week I’m practicing echo quilting as I quilt River Path through another square on this small quilt. See how I played around with changing my grip on the longarm once again to see if that made a difference:

Click here to find more Frame Quilting Friday videos. I’ve been sharing new videos on my Grace Qnique Longarm for several months now and I love to hear your suggestions for new videos and tutorials. Make sure to share your ideas in the comments below.

Click here to learn more about the Grace Qnique and Continuum quilting frame I ...

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December 27, 2018
Build from Terificreations's Weblog

I commented to a friend that BUILD is such a great word for 2019, at least for me. This morning while working on what my day will look like I hit this moment of overwhelm that nearly stopped me in my tracks. Said friend reminded me to take a deep breath, and that I can… Continue reading Build

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December 24, 2018
Whimsical Winter Table Runner The theme for the Island Batik... from Living Water Quilter

Whimsical Winter Table Runner 

The theme for the Island Batik Ambassador December challenge is Whimsical and Wonky.  The  Island Batik supplied Alpine Ice 10-inch stack of pre-cuts is perfect for my Whimsical Winter table runner.


Two traditional quilt blocks, the Churn Dash and Snowball, are constructed with wonky and random patches. The Churn Dash has Alpine Ice trees. The Snowball blocks feature Island Batik Blender, Ravine.


Stars fill the center of the Churn Dash and  wonky snowflakes fill the Snowball blocks. The Westalee Design mini Crosshair Square, top left image, helps mark evenly spaced reference lines quickly and accurately.


The ...

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December 20, 2018
Baseball Baby Quilts {Finished Quilts} from Little Bunny Quilts

These two quilts are ready to be sent off for snuggling! The best news is that the boys have "graduated" from the NICU and are at home!

I quilted both of these quilts with a loop-and-stars meander in white thread. I picked out this great flannel print for the backings of both quilts. I made a tiny mistake and underestimated how much the flannel would shrink in washer and dryer (I always pre-wash flannel!) so I ended up trimming my quilts to be square rather than rectangular. Next time I'll just get the extra half yard!

I bound one ...

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December 19, 2018
Vintage Sewing … from Quilting and More...

… is the name of this little quilted piece. Obviously, that came from what’s printed on one of the panels, but it also refers to the age of all of the pictured objects. The panels and dotted setting fabrics are all linen, from l’Atelier d’Isabelle, and I found them at the Houston show last month. […]

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December 14, 2018
Crosscut Table Runner {Whimsical and Wonky} from Little Bunny Quilts

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics to use and share with you!

While I still might not be done with Clue #3 for Good Fortune (and Clue #4 comes out tomorrow!), I did finish up my Island Batik Ambassador project for December! In my last post, I shared about how I used the Crosscut technique from A Quilter's Table to make the top of this table runner!

I quilted my table runner with grey Aurifil thread in both the top and the bobbin, and it looks great against ...

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Quilting Pebbling for Travel Stitching Practice from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This week I’m practicing travel stitching on my longarm with the perfect design: pebbling! See how I’m changing up my grip to determine if that helps me gain more control over the design and my travel stitching:

I’m quilting on my Grace Qnique Longarm on the Continuum quilting frame. I love this machine because it’s small and has just the right number of features I need to quilt my own quilts.

I love the Continuum frame because it can grow with me and if I ever decide to get a bigger longarm machine this frame can ...

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