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January 14, 2022
Australian Update from Quilting with Kimberly

Pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in for a newsy update…

Many of you have been following our newest big adventure I first wrote about last summer. (In case you missed it, CLICK HERE.) Admittedly, my blog posts were rather sparse during the last quarter of 2021 because we put our plan into motion and my husband actually made the big transition and moved down under in early November. We spent the holidays apart for the first time in 34 years, but we chose to make the season merry despite our circumstances. As for my poor husband’s ...

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December 31, 2021
Storm at Sea Finish! from Curlicue Creations

My Storm at Sea quilt is complete!  If you remember, this quilt was only a top when it was my day on the Island Batik Storm at Sea blog hop.  Click here to read my original post.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this quilt were generously given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
We had a terrific cloudy day to take photos, all day until I hung the quilt.  Then the sun came out and made tree shadows all over the side of my house and the quilt.  Oh well.  My son said it makes it more ...

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Farewell 2021, hello 2022 from Quilting with Kimberly

Let the sun set on 2021……

I’ve sat down to write a blog post dozens of times. I’ve written paragraphs, then deleted them and tried to write again. Always the same: I just couldn’t find the right words. I try to be very mindful when I do write a blog post, I never want to add to the “noise” of this clamoring world. There’s already too much negativity and nonsense being put into the universe. I don’t wish to contribute more of the same. But it’s time for an update and what better time ...

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November 19, 2021
Spangled Quilt and Pattern from Curlicue Creations

This is the Spangled quilt.  It's the featured Quilt of Valor pattern in the current issue of Love of Quilting.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this quilt were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.

It's the November/December 2021 Issue.  This issue has been out for a few weeks.  You should be able to find it at your local quilt shop now.

Spangled features a variety of star and crossing blocks in an on-point setting to create the design.

I used Island Batik's Midnight Dazzle fabric collection by Kathy Engle, plus Island Batik ...

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October 12, 2021
A move, a trip, Shoo Fly blocks, and more from Quilting with Kimberly

Hello! My goodness, it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to post. The past 8 weeks have truly been a blur. We put our home on the market, sold it, and then went through the arduous process of arranging for and managing three separate household goods shipments. It was a lot of work! We were authorized to ship a small amount by air, 14K pounds of household goods by sea (which isn’t all that much weight, really!) and everything else was either donated or put into a long term storage unit. Kent and I did much of ...

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October 5, 2021
Violet Spice Quilt and Pattern from Curlicue Creations

I have a new pattern to introduce to you today:  Violet Spice.

This pattern features the Violet Spice fusible applique block.  (I love this block!)

It's paired with a pieced crossing block.

And finished with a pretty pieced border.

This quilt features Island Batik's new Peacock Plumes fabric collection, available in your local quilt shops now.

I also used Hobbs batting, Aurifil thread, and Schmetz needles to get this look.

Quilt backing in this gorgeous Island Batik fabric.  

Binding in blue.

This quilt would be charming as a baby gift, couch throw, or wall decor.

Violet Spice
Quilt ...

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September 29, 2021
Mill House Spring Quilt and Pattern from Curlicue Creations

New Quilt and Pattern Alert!  This is my Mill House Spring quilt in the beautiful new Flutterfly fabric collection by Island Batik.

This pattern includes a quick and accurate method for making the hourglass units featured in this quilt.

The gold and green borders frame the bright hourglass blocks perfectly.

This sweet quilt finishes at 41" x 49".  It's a great size for a baby gift or to brighten up a wall in your home.

I quilted Mill House Spring with Hobbs Heirloom Cotton batting and a rainbow variegated thread in a fun loopy meander design. 

It adds a ...

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September 24, 2021
Gnomes All Around Quilt from Curlicue Creations

Let me introduce you to these four little guys:  Gnomes All Around.

This quilt and pattern is featured in the new Annie's Quilting book, Quilted Gnomes for your Home.  If you love Gnomes, this book is for you.  There is a variety of projects and each one is cuter than the last.  Most of them look quick to make, too.  I have an extra copy of this book to give away at the end of this post for one lucky reader.

I designed and made four of the Gnome blocks for my quilt.  The blocks are partly paper pieced ...

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August 31, 2021
A new adventure and a favor from Quilting with Kimberly

I’ve been away from posting on my blog and and I’ve missed sharing updates. But there has been a good reason for my absence: we’ve been making some life-changing decisions about our future. 

Four years ago, my sweet husband was offered the opportunity to take on a new challenge with a large defense contractor and we moved from Northern Virginia to Southern California. At the time, we hoped we might be able to stay here until it would be time for him to retire (8 years from now) from his full-time career as an IT specialist. We ...

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August 18, 2021
Sundress on the Janome M7 from Art and Quilting in Camden

Another new make on the Janome M7 using various stitches and features to make a great dress perfect! I found a link to a free blouse pattern on the Australian Peppermint Magazine on Spoonflower. Following the trail of cookie crumbs (or thread bits), I then found the Wide-Strap Maxi dress pattern, which is a free PDF download. They ask if you’d like to make a donation to support the cost of the site, so I did, and I GOT A THANK YOU! Nice! Click on the pattern name or here for the hotlink. Along the way I took pictures ...

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August 12, 2021
Try a Tool Blog Hop featuring the Orchid Table Runner from Curlicue Creations

Hello!  Welcome to my little corner of the Island Batik Try a Tool blog hop.  This is what I made, the Orchid table runner.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.

For this blog hop, I was pleased to use this glorious new fabric collection, Fancy Feathers, by Kathy Engle, for Island Batik.  I love all colors, but purples are my favorite.  This collection sings to my heart.
If you love it as much as I do, these should be in your local quilt shop now.  Also, I will ...

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June 22, 2021
Janome, Military Makeovers, and GIVE-AWAYS! from Quilting with Kimberly

Several months ago, I was invited to participate in an incredible effort to honor and support a very deserving veteran and his family by the television show, Military Makeovers, on behalf of Janome-America. Due to contractual obligations, I wasn’t allowed to share anything publicly until after the episode aired but now that it has been featured on network television, I can share the behind-the-scenes story and some photos with you all! 

Daniel Burgess, his wife, Genette, and their two daughters were the recipients of a complete home makeover by Military Makeovers, hosted by Montel Williams. Dan was severely injured ...

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June 12, 2021
Eva Dress from Art and Quilting in Camden

It’s a miracle…sewing for pure fun! Last summer I ordered the PDF download of this Eva Dress pattern by Tessuti Fabrics in Australia (don’t ask me what delightful rabbit hole I fell into that led me to a fabric shop half-way around the world). I had 2 1/2 yards of art quilter Leslie Tucker Jenison’s fantastic Warehouse District design printed on Kaufman’s Essex cotton-linen blend, a perfect weight for this jumper (there’s also a short sleeve version). Be sure to see the short video below!

With Phineas the Phlamingo and his bestie Sven ...

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April 27, 2021
I’m teaching classes for VQF@Home! from Quilting with Kimberly

I’m very excited to share that I’ll be teaching at VQF@HOME — the virtual Vermont Quilt Festival for 2021!

Since we can’t be together in person this year, I was asked to teach four classes for the Vermont Quilt Festival online — and I’m excited to share these special classes with you! Although I’d much rather be together in Vermont in June, meeting via ZOOM does have it’s advantages. So why not choose to look on the bright side with me and sign up for one, two, or all of my workshops (plus a lecture ...

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April 15, 2021
Join me in Japan, 2022! from Quilting with Kimberly

Now that it seems as though COVID and travel restrictions will eventually be in our rearview mirror, who’s ready to begin planning for travel in the future? I’m absolutely thrilled to invite YOU to join me from May 25 – June 4, 2022 as we will journey to Japan for the trip of a lifetime! I’ve been working closely with Judy Berry of Opulent Quilt Journeys to plan a very special, exclusive textile-focused trip with an itinerary that will, quite simply, blow your socks off! 

Opulent Quilt Journeys does everything with the utmost personal focus of the quilter ...

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April 1, 2021
A very special day from Quilting with Kimberly

Happy Anniversary!

April 1st is a very meaningful day for a variety of reasons. First and most importantly, it was three years ago today I became the National Spokesperson for Janome-America, Inc. In my 25+ years in this industry this is one of the biggest honors I could ever have dared to dream; and it is a roll I cherish very much! Janome is a company I believe in down to my core for their products manufactured with the highest quality materials and engineering, and for their ease of use and responsiveness — and attention — to their customers.

But it is ...

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March 17, 2021
My Favorite Things from Quilting with Kimberly


I’m personally inviting you to join me for a FUN FRIDAY FACEBOOK LIVE event this Friday, March 19th at 3pm ET (noon Pacific) for something just a little different. 

There are so many new Janome Continental M7 owners — and many more considering making this absolutely amazing machine part of their sewing studios — that I thought it would be informative and helpful to share my most favorite presser feet and accessories with you! I’ve put together a FREE list of all these items, complete with the correct part numbers and some ...

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March 7, 2021
My best tips for buying a sewing machine from Quilting with Claire

Looking for a new sewing machine but don't know where to begin? Start by reading this blog!

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February 21, 2021
Absolutely PERFECT Bindings on the Janome M7 from Art and Quilting in Camden

This time I surprised even myself. After cutting 850″ of 2 1/4″ bias, I sewed it to twelve (what was I thinking???? clearly I was not thinking….) placemats and a 44 by 15″ table runner, ironed it, glued it to prep for machine sewing. Then, in about 65 minutes I got the second side of ALL the placemats AND the table runner SEWN! Check out the pictures and video!

First, I select my favorite buttonhole stitch: one forward stitch, then one to the side and back. I use the mirror image function to switch it so the sideways stitch ...

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February 17, 2021
Celebrating Janome’s 100th Anniversary! from Quilting with Kimberly

Janome is celebrating their 100th Anniversary and in honor of this very special year, they commissioned this beautiful cotton fabric! So, to celebrate this most special occasion, I’m in the process of making some wonderful things for my studio using this special print! If you love this as much as I do, be sure to stop by (or contact) your local Janome dealer to get YOUR own yardage because when it’s gone, it’s GONE!

Last autumn I created a fun, FREE, easy little pattern called Holiday Star. I created holiday-themed quilts with this pattern so I could ...

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