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April 23, 2017
Thirty Year Sampler from Fret Not Yourself

What can I say that you don't already know? We've all heard the adage "the longest journey begins with the first step," but starting wasn't the problem. Consistency was.

All are traditional blocks for which I drafted and cut plastic templates. Then I pieced each by hand. In 1989. After that it seemed logical to hand quilt. Elaborate feathers were planned but I took this on a data shoot to work on in the evenings. Since the light was bad I just stippled everywhere. Now that seems like a lost opportunity. And I also lost interest.

I ...

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April 21, 2017
A Whole Cloth Baby Quilt from The Inbox jaunt

  Good Morning, Quilters! Have the singing birds been waking you up each morning? Spring is finally here! A WHOLE CLOTH BABY QUILT FOR LITTLE MISS I recently finished this baby quilt for a friend’s granddaughter. It started with lots … Continue reading

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April 19, 2017
Creative Free Time from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Do YOU give yourself creative free time? Do you take time to play with your supplies and materials without following a plan? No? Neither do I… at least not often enough! Last week, I needed a little … Continue reading

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April 18, 2017
A Free Motion Quilting Finale from Free Motion Quilting Adventures

Look! I'm making binding, which means I must have finished quilting something. Yay me! Ombre Triangles is done. (I think I need a better name for this project.)


This poor quilt had so much start and stop quilting that I kept forgetting how I wanted to quilt it between sessions, so it lost its cohesive look. But I had fun playing around with these triangles and groups of triangles. Some were done as diamonds, others as hexagons, but all pretty different.


Most of it was ruler work, with the QP Edge (12") but I also used a QP Curve ...

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Comfort Quilt For Ralph... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



I have been doing some stitching and trying 

out new motifs and fillers on a 

practice sandwich



I have been getting way too much assistance

from Ralph, the Quilting Kitty...






This practice sandwich 

is one of my hand dyes...







It has been fun to try out background fills

with contrasting threads






Ralph spent so much time on this practice piece

that I decided to bind it and give it to 

Ralph as a comfort quilt






I stitched his name into the quilt...












Look closely...

you can see Ralph's hair

This piece started out 100% cotton...

it is now 80 ...

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Daisy Crazy-A Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Are you crazy for daisies like I am?  If so, this motif is going to bloom in your quilted garden! Daisy Crazy can be used as a single motif in the center of a block, stitched in … Continue reading

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April 17, 2017
PIGS: String Theory – A Queen-size PIG from McCall's Quilting

I try to complete one of my PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) every month. Here it is nearly the end of April and I have only finished three. This quilt was actually the first PIG I completed in 2017 but I didn’t ever tell you about it so let me do that now.

stringtheory 300x293 PIGS: String Theory – A Queen size PIG

String Theory

String Theory was a joint project. A few months ago, Elijah, one of our adult sons, was staying with us and pretty bored during the day when both my husband and I were gone to work. He’s an artist and he likes to ...

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April 16, 2017
Mystical Mermaid {Finished} from Little Bunny Quilts

Today, I'm so excited to share my FINISHED Mystical Mermaid quilt with you, as part of Island Batik's April theme of Adventurous Applique.



When last I shared, Ariel looked like this:


For the machine applique, I used Superior Threads' Fantastico in Duchess 5079 (a purple and blue variegated thread -- not an affiliate link) in a small blanket stitch around my mermaid. I will say that this is the most detailed machine applique project I have done to date -- I have done quite a bit of machine applique in other projects but I really had to slow down and ...

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Feather Quilting Tutorial + Free printable template from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

In this post, I will be sharing with you a simple tutorial how to free motion quilt feathers and examples of feather quilting. While there are many ways to go about quilting feathers, the method I am going to teach in this post is one of the methods that I have found that works for me in order to create those organic looking feathers with practically boundless possibility.

Examples of feather quilting

Feathers are one of the most versatile and classic quilting design that is widely used in the quilting world. I personally have fallen in love with feather quilting ...

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April 15, 2017
I Love You to the Moon.... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Time for FUN...



I installed the straight stitch throat plate

and the open toe free motion foot...







The I Love You to the Moon panel is

basted and ready to go under the needle...

I plan to stitch feathers everywhere!






Now that was a blast!






I had no plan...

I just followed the lines of the words 

and stitched feathers.






If you need a free motion quilting hit...

grab a panel and quilt to your hearts' content!







The Quilting Makes the Quilt!






Farm Life...



Mama Cow with her Twin calves







We continue to ...

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April 14, 2017
make music wherever you go ~ guitar baby quilt from Charm About You


When I saw the Fat Quarter Baby book I knew I was going to make the 'Kevin' quilt for my sister and brother in law (who loves playing guitar). At that point she wasn't even pregnant but I could have given it to them for the cat. Earlier this year, however, my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and so I had a reason to finish the quilt, which I gifted last week. Prepare to be bombarded with baby cuteness...







Fabrics:
Starshine in Nightfall, Rhoda Ruth by Elizabeth Hartman; Lined Grids in Yarrow, Dow by Carolyn Friedlander ...

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April 13, 2017
Hippity-Hoppity! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Hippity-hoppity Easter’s on its way! And Craftsy has a great sale!  It’s a great time to stock up on Aurifil Thread-it’s an amazing price–as well as Boundless fabrics–I love their solids!  as well as other supplies.  Use … Continue reading

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April 12, 2017
Rectangular quilt blocks from Pieced Brain


Last Saturday night I went to bed at 9:30 pm and woke up promptly at 12:30 am. After staying in bed for 30 minutes trying to go back to sleep, I realized my only option was to get up and go do something without waking up the rest of the household. Toby, the dog, looked up as I walked into the family room as if to say: Not again! Yes, again I can't sleep.

The two latest books I received from Martingale for review were standing guard at the coffee table, and I needed no further enticement ...

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April 11, 2017
The Bicycle-A Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Spring is in the air–and it’s time to pump up those bike tires! When you’re back from your cruise, add a two wheeler to your next quilt! This adorable motif stands alone…you don’t need stitch rows of … Continue reading

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April 8, 2017
Quilt Retreat Week... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



It is Friday and I have been




This was my home base for the week...

Ralph the Quilting Kitty is here!






I spent most of my time getting back in the 

groove with free motion quilting...






On Wednesday we had a Tea Party...

lots of FUN!





I tried out a few new quilting designs...




I took a break from quilting and stitched

this photo pillow:


Photo Pillow  20 x 20 inches










A birthday gift for someone very special!




Ralph would like to show off his new Quilt:


Since he spent most of his time sleeping on ...

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Free Motion Quilting on Block July Fourth | Sewcial Bee Sampler from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

I am sharing with you today how I quilted block 5 – July Fourth. I had a lot of fun playing with another feather border with custom quilting and a rather quick to do allover quilting design.

If you are new here, this post is a part of my quilt-as-you-go my Sewcial Bee Sampler, a sewalong 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  and one with allover quilting. Both would be a great practice if you are looking ...

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April 7, 2017
I NEEDED These Scissors! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I recognize the line between Needs and Wants is blurry–especially when it comes to quilt notions…. But when I saw these colorful Tula Pink scissors–they went straight to the need category! I wasn’t sure about the snips…but … Continue reading

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April 6, 2017
Machine Quilting and Paper Piecing from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Today, I am pleased to highlight two quilts made by readers of The Inbox Jaunt. Barbara Dahl and Anne Bullock shared photos of their quilts stitched from the patterns offered  by designer,  Peggy Aare. Peggy is an amazing designer … Continue reading

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April 5, 2017
Wholecloth Pillow... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



I am at Quilt Retreat all week...



A few weeks ago I did some practice quilting

on this Damask napkin

in preparation for a wholecloth quilt 

I am planning.






Today @ retreat I turned it into a pillow

16 x 16 inches






My practice sandwiches usually get thrown into 

a pile or stuffed in the cupboard...






This was just too pretty to get tossed aside...






I am ready to move on and design 

a wholecloth quilt.




I had some time in the afternoon to

play around with this vine design:


You can view my Wild Vine Tutorial HERE







The Wild Vine ...

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April 4, 2017
More Daffodils-Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! The Flower of the month of March was The Daffodil and we stitched The Daffodil Vine HERE I couldn’t get enough of this happy little jonquil, so I kept doodling (YOU doodle too, right?!)… And I came … Continue reading

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