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February 20, 2019
Hand Quilting Tips from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

One of the perks of being under the weather with bronchitis for most of the past three weeks has been lots of quiet time in my little stitching nest.  I've made terrific progress on the hand quilting of my huge reproduction English paper pieced hexagon quilt.  I pieced it during 2015(?) and I started the quilting early in 2017 and my goal is to finish by the end of this month!
Many years ago (1975) when I took my first quilt making course, the teacher taught us to hand quilt in a hoop.  Her name was Fran Soika and ...

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February 19, 2019
Sunset in Utah ~~ finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I have been enjoying working on some small hand-quilted pieces lately. They take as much time as they take. There's no pressure to get anything a certain way because I just quilt it the way I put it together: improvisationally and intuitively what might be a straight line of stitching today, could be a curve tomorrow. Everything depends on the mood and moment of having the needle in hand.

While we were traipsing around the Midwest, we visited Salt Lake City, Utah, then moseyed down Hwy. 191, mostly homeward, with day breaks at Arches National Park and Canyonlands National ...

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February 8, 2019
A Final Walk "In the Garden" from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

I (Teri) thought it might be fun to take a walk together In the Garden and revisit each block. Below the block is a link to the original post, so you can review any special skills covered for that block. Enjoy!

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January 28, 2019
Honesty about my UFOs! from Quilted-Hearts

 I have decided it is time to be totally honest regarding my UFOs this year. I have made it my goal to work on them and try to move them forward and complete them this year.  At the moment I have two memory quilts I am working on that are not UFOs, one I am currently piecing and one I am working on cutting out. I do have one or two new things I plan to start including the Gypsy Wife quilt, but I really plan to spend the majority of my time focusing on completing my UFOs.

To be ...

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January 23, 2019
How to hand baste a quilt top from Patchwork Posse

Learn how to hand baste a quilt top. This is for prepping the quilt either for machine quilting or hand quilting. Hints and tips to help as well!

This past year I’ve been attending and actually was the president of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild.

It’s been a lot of fun exploring new techniques and styles of quilting.

One of the things I did as the president was set up a quilt along for the year.

It was based on the GeeBend Quilts- trying to get to know the style and step out a little bit of ...

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January 17, 2019
Welsh Quilt Museum from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

The view from our hike.
This past November, my husband and I (Kara) had the opportunity to visit the spectacular country of Wales. This was to be our relaxing treat after such a crazy past year of visitors and travel. We chose the location based on its proximity to Snowdonia National Park—renowned for its beauty—and it did not disappoint. The scenery was spectacular and the hikes through various areas of the park were diverse in landscape and beauty. While hiking through the hills was one of our main goals, seeing some of the towns and castles was another ...

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January 14, 2019
Winner of the Giveaway and the first 2019 Finish! from Quilty Folk

First of all, the winner of the Strip Quilt Secrets giveaway is Kyle, who wrote, '...Don't know if I have a true favorite book, but I love looking at all the different states documentary quilt books.' As do I! So much inspiration in many of those books. Lots of ideas for further reading in all of the comments, so be sure and check them out too!
Looking at the stitching
My Rising Sun quilt has become the first 2019 quilt finish of the year! It was the one that kept me company late in the evenings, all through the ...

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January 10, 2019
"Inspired Free Motion Quilting: 90 Antique Designs Reinterpreted for Today’s Quilter" from Nestlings By Robin

Bill Volckening and Amanda Leins have joined forces to bring us a quilting book full of antique quilt eye candy!  As an antique quilt student and avid hand quilter, these quilts and designs overwhelmed me with their beauty and creativity. Bill I have been following for a few years now and he provided the gorgeous quilts from his collection. Mandy is a newer name to me and I am so intrigued!! A history in archaeology......Wow! She brings her long arm quilting expertise to the design recreation process all the while making us feel how easy it is to do ...

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January 9, 2019
Looking Forward from Creating Chaos

 I gave up writing new year targets and goals a few years ago and as it made no difference to the amount of creativity that happened during the year, so I see no reason to change!

My plans for the year so far are to take part in Contemporary Quilts Journal Quilt challenge, restart working daily in my sketchbook and complete a 'year of stitches', all of which are underway.

Journal Quilt

This year's challenge is a little different to the previous few years in that there are guidelines for each set of four months.   The first set (January ...

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January 5, 2019
Home Sweet Home from A Ditchin' Time Quilts

Quilt finish for my work daughter Kait who just moved into her first home with her new hubby.  They were recently married and now they have their home.  I found this adorable quilt pattern on Etsy and just had to purchase it.  Find it here!   

Kait and Nate

My goal was to try to include their chihuahua babies in the quilt.  Found this fabric on Spoonflower and just had to get it!  Find it here! 

Home Sweet Home.  

I hand quilted this and then added some boro stitching with some DMC thread.  It ended up looking like the road.  Love ...

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January 4, 2019
Best of 2018 from Quilting & Learning

It's almost over. Unbelievable! I'm always fascinated by time - how it rushes by and then slows down to a crawl. I still think that the best super power ever would be to stop time whenever I wanted to. Just me, so that I could quilt, rest and sleep more

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December 29, 2018
Quilt Block Exchanges & CompuServe from a daily dose of fiber

I have been thinking about quilt block exchanges, which used to be a very popular activity for quilters. My friend Louann reminded me of the Christmas one I ran in Evergreen Colorado and ever since I have been looking for it! It’s somewhere but I don’t know where.

Flash back to 1990’s. I was weaving and spinning and dyeing. When my DH Peter informed me that we were moving to Singapore, I realized that big floor looms were not going to be reasonable items to move around the world. So oh gee, I started to learn how ...

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December 19, 2018
Hand Quilting Since 1981 with Sue Griffeth from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This week I chatted Sue Griffeth who celebrated her 84th birthday this year. Sue made her first quilt in 1981 and shared her perspective on how things have changed and what she values most these days:

Listen to the podcast or download it to your computer using this player:

Leah’s Quilting Friends News

During the podcast introduction I was starching and pressing dupioni silk fabric. I’ve been stashing away this special fabric for years. The idea was that “one day” I’d have a project to use it or “one day” I’d have time to experiment with ...

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December 14, 2018
Day 14: Procrastination! from Nestlings By Robin

I would like to say that I was procrastinating because there is one thing that I just don't want to do. 
Unfortunately I have a life long struggle with this issue.  The work list is long and I tend to feel overwhelmed easily somedays so that day's list doesn't get done which adds to the next and the next and the …… Now I am deep in the rabbit hole so why bother?? !!!

I like to have a pic or two for you when you take the time to come over to the blog and not just click ...

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December 11, 2018
Throwback Thursday - my very first quilt from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Throwback Thursday!
I'm hosting the linky party this month for Sandra at mmm! Quilts while she's busy with family and a wedding :-) I hope that you will link up with me below for this final Throwback Thursday of the year.

My very first quilt!
My mother started quilting after she retired. She loved to sew and quilt but I was very intimidated by all of the rules involved - if you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a bit of a rebel

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December 9, 2018
Day 9: Football Sunday from Nestlings By Robin

Today as I tidied up leftover items from decorating yesterday, I pondered how Football Sunday has changed around here lately.  I used to loathe this day of the week but it worked out well because I would go hole up in my work room and let the husband have the whole living room to himself:) When he was still working, I know he appreciated that bit of alone time.

In years I vended at Market this was fantastic dedicated work time/preps.  At some point I stopped doing NESTLINGS work on Sundays and allowed that quilting time for myself,  to ...

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December 7, 2018
Handquilting BTCT from Humble Quilts

I've done a few Instagram posts lately on this quilt so I thought I was due for a blog post on my handquilting of Beyond the Cherry Tree quilt. 
This lovely quilt pattern was reproduced from a vintage quilt that Gay from Sentimental Stitches owns. The patterns are still available in her online shop. 

I started the quilt in 2010, not sure when I started hand quilting it.(probably 2013)
The quilt measures approx 100x100 so I am feeling pretty happy about having all the blocks quilted and on to the borders

 My cross hatch is 1 1/2 ...

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Take One Out of the Hoop, Put Another One Right Back In.... from Quilty Folk

Time to put another quilt in the hoop! Once the Christmas tree goes up, there is zero room on the living room floor for pinning larger quilts. And hello? One thing that does not need to happen around here during the holidays is an empty hoop! Those of you who enjoy hand quilting, totally know what I'm talking about. lol

Rising Sun quilt
I put all the names of those interested in the Kaffe floral vase panel {offered in the previous post},in a bowl today and drew out the lucky person. Congratulations GranChris! You are the winner! I ...

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December 6, 2018
Two Special Exhibits from France and the British Isles from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Quilts de Légende

Last fall, Kara posted about the Quilts de Légende exhibit at the European Patchwork Meeting in France. As their exhibit was a favorite when we visited Houston in 2016, I (Teri) tried to keep my jealousy to a minimum. I was thrilled, then, to see that this exhibit would be at Houston again this year. So while Kara and I didn't get to see the quilts together, there was something special about the fact that we both were able to view the same quilts—an ocean and a year apart! 

Quilts de Légende is a biennial ...

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December 2, 2018
Scrappy Love & Social Outings With Guild Members from caledonia quilter

I love scrappy quilts.  Love, love, love.

Quilts that are visually busy just need a pantograph.  Something simple and blendy.

As you (should) know, I work at home.  Alone.  In my basement.  DH would dispute the "basement" part of that with a black/grey/white argument that "it's not a basement".  When we first moved to the country he corrected me for years when I said "our street".  According to him, it's not a street, it's a road.  Picky, picky, picky.
So ok,  I will clarify:  I work at home.  Alone.  In a room that is  below ...

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