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August 30, 2019
Star Light Star BrightFrom concept to reality, the black, grey... from Living Water Quilter

Star Light Star Bright

From concept to reality, the black, grey and white star quilt was a fun project for the Island Batik Ambassador challenge.


Star quilts are plentiful, so I wanted to design an unexpected star quilt by playing with high contrast and a large scale design.  The Island Batik provided Batik Foundations fabrics, black, grey and white are the right combination.


Printing each foundation paper-pieced star block helped with color placement accuracy.

The dancing stars and thoughtful color placement created a secondary design, three four-leaf clovers.


The final element, thread, creates a beautiful texture across the surface of ...

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August 15, 2019
Braided Tote RemixFat Quarter Shop is hosting a Jolly Braid Tote... from Living Water Quilter

Braided Tote Remix

Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a Jolly Braid Tote Remix  It’s an opportunity to get acquainted or see the Jolly Braid tote in a new light.

With the Fat Quarter Shop provided Jolly Braid Tote pattern and Triangles on a Roll Fat Jelly Braid and Island Batik provided Stash Builder 5-inch fabric rolls I made a tote bag and a matching zippered pouch.


Stitching up the tote with paper guided braid pattern is quick and easy. Watch Fat Quarter Shop’s video tutorial for step-by-step instructions.


Instead of a multi-color tote bag like the first Jolly ...

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March 18, 2019
Domestic Machine Ruler QuiltingHave you tried ruler quilting?  I... from Living Water Quilter

Domestic Machine Ruler Quilting

Have you tried ruler quilting?  I love it. Some might say, I am obsessed  LOL :-D  I enjoy exploring the outer limits of designing with rulers.

It’s a fun challenge to see what can be designed with one ruler. The quilt above, featuring Island Batik Bazaar fabric by Kathy Engle is quilted with the Spin An Echo 6 and straight edge rulers.

NOTE: I am an Island Batik Ambassador. As such, they provide me with fabric for sewing and quilting projects.


The Star Cross quilt, a pattern by Karen Pharr, is predominately quilted with the ...

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February 3, 2019
2018 Island Batik Ambassador  ReviewI am (almost) speechless. ... from Living Water Quilter

2018 Island Batik Ambassador  Review

I am (almost) speechless.  My first year as an Island Batik Ambassador has been, no kidding, life changing.  Island Batik gave each ambassadors two large boxes filled with fabrics and goodies from industry partners. 


The combined generous supply of Island Batik fabrics and products from industry partners, Aurifil and Hobbs Batting, gave me the resources  to try new quilting challenges and make quilts, totes, pillow, postcards and more.


Let’s review the Island Batik Ambassador year in pictures. It includes monthly challenges, some just because projects and pattern releases.

February & March - Straight to the Heart ...

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January 7, 2019
The Island Batik Getaway Blog HopYay, let the travel excursions begin!  The Island Batik Ambassador... from Living Water Quilter

The Island Batik Getaway Blog HopYay, let the travel excursions begin!  The Island Batik Ambassador...

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December 31, 2018
Shaded Star Debut from Living Water Quilter

Woohoo!  One of my quilts is featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts! Shaded Star is a fast, easy and...

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August 29, 2018
Concept to Design - A Business Logo By now you have seen the new... from Living Water Quilter

Concept to Design - A Business Logo

By now you have seen the new Living Water Quilter logo and banners.  Designing a logo from concept to final design is a journey. The journey begins the moment we decide to start a business.

As Living Water Quilter developed and grew the need for an identifying logo increased. An early attempt postponed it’s development. However, it was not a setback, but an opportunity for a logo to represent what the business is today, not yesteryear.


New business opportunities in 2018 increased the need for a defined and professional identity. Around the same ...

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July 30, 2018
Abundance - Secondary Pattern ChallengeAbundance was designed in... from Living Water Quilter

Abundance - Secondary Pattern Challenge

Abundance was designed in early June for the Island Batik Ambassador July challenge, Secondary Pattern . I am thankful for the generosity of Island Batik, who supplied the fabric that helped moved Abundance from digital design to quilt.


Truth be told, I am hooked on designing now that I have dived into the deep end of the design pool. I still have a lot to learn. I am learning new skills with each pattern. One lesson is learning how to design with fabric selection and prominence the goal and free-motion quilting in a supporting role. 

In addition ...

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July 20, 2018
Pre-Printed Mini Wholecloth - Skill Builder Free-motion quilting... from Living Water Quilter

Pre-Printed Mini Wholecloth - Skill Builder

Free-motion quilting is one of those skills that you can loose if you don’t use it.  So, I practice often. Mini pre-printed wholecloth quilts are a great way to maintain my skills and practice new designs, techniques and threads.

I purchase them at The Stencil Company. The pre-printed lines are guides that can be stitched, ignored or embellished. I choose to embellish the lines. Then Mctavishing, a fun filler design by quilter Karen McTavish is quilted around the tulips with Bottomline 60wt thread and the outside border with Glide 40wt thread.

Once finished, the ...

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April 14, 2018
Windings Ways - Modern Vintage Part 2There are several phases to... from Living Water Quilter

Windings Ways - Modern Vintage Part 2

There are several phases to making a quilt. Each phase has many steps. The phases are fabric selection, the quilt top pattern design and finally, the surface quilting design. Each of these can be simultaneously challenging and fun. 


Selecting  Southern Blooms and Neutral Vanilla  was indeed fun!  As an Island Batik Ambassador, several gorgeous fabrics we given to me for the April challenge - Looking Back, Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations.


Selecting the thread for free-motion quilting is also fun and challenging. Should the thread blend or contrast with the fabric? I choose Aurifil 50wt ...

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April 9, 2018
Line Drawing with Thread - Third in a SeriesThe Butterfly is... from Living Water Quilter

Line Drawing with Thread - Third in a Series

The Butterfly is third in a series of Line Drawing with Thread mini quilts.  Have you seen the tree, Abide and The Ladybug? Have you noticed they are all on a Log Cabin block? While it’s a series of stories on the garden it is also a study on Log Cabin blocks and different free motion quilting techniques.


The Butterfly is stitched on a Log Cabin where the center fabric is BIG surrounded on three sides with narrow strips. The traditional Log Cabin has a small center square that is historically ...

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February 3, 2018
New JUKI Sit-down Longarm ClassYes, the time has finally... from Living Water Quilter

New JUKI Sit-down Longarm Class

Yes, the time has finally arrived. I have been preparing the new two-day JUKI longarm sit-down class for JUKI QVP TL2200S owners.


The class includes top to bottom information, tips, and discussion on the QVP TL 2200S and setting up our machines for success.


Then we move to free motion quilting techniques with the included ruler foot, as well as three available accessories, the new Glide(clear bowl-shaped foot), Couching and Open-toe feet.


Students will learn about threads, needles and tension for the QVP TL2200S.


The first class will be held at Linda Zs in ...

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January 7, 2018
Swimming Up Stream - A Minimal Mini QuiltCurated Quilts current... from Living Water Quilter

Swimming Up Stream - A Minimal Mini Quilt

Curated Quilts current small quilt challenge is Minimal Mini Quilts. The color palette for the challenge is light grey, leaf green, grey, orchid pink, blue grey, black.


It’s important to carefully read the challenge requirements. I missed the word SQUARE. My minimal is a rectangle. Oh well! I still enjoyed the process.


I choose light grey and pink ( The photo doesn’t capture the pink accurately). I used on of my favorite quilting ruler, the Squiggle to quilt the waves. Visit a previous post that describes and show quilting samples of the ...

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October 15, 2017
Filling the Background Have you heard about Westalee Design... from Living Water Quilter

Filling the Background

Have you heard about Westalee Design Mini Fills template set? The set includes five different patterns. Each template pattern includes four sizes.

Building a brick wall without marking a million lines made for quick and accurate quilting!

I chose to build the wall first and add the appliquéd vine after.

Considering appliqué is not my forte or cup of tea I gave it ago. Not to shabby for a novice.

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