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July 9, 2018
Modern DecorWhen my niece, Amanda and her husband, Darnell,... from Living Water Quilter



 Modern Decor

When my niece, Amanda and her husband, Darnell, came for a visit a few months ago they requested I make a pillow.  The young couple have been diligently making their house a home.

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Before I made their pillows, (pictured above), I did a little experimenting with stitch patterns.  The fabric was the inspiration for the surface thread design so any added elements should be simple and elegant. 

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After I finished her pillows, I decided to experiment a little more and use the new Westalee Design Decorative Ruler Foot to stitch rattail cord. The black cord was used to ...

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June 16, 2018
Modern Quilt Challenge - Taffy CandyThis was a super fun project... from Living Water Quilter



Modern Quilt Challenge - Taffy Candy

This was a super fun project from beginning to end. I designed Taffy Candy for the June Island Batik Ambassador challenge. The fun pink, red and black fabrics were generously provided by Island Batik.

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The bold reds against the black fabric is striking. The black fabric is called Snowflake and the color name is called Gun Metal. It’s part of the Winter collection Alpine Ice.

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Using Hobbs Heirloom Black batting makes a difference. I also used black thread for piecing.

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Straight line quilting is perfect for a clean modern look. First, the quilt  sandwich ...

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June 8, 2018
Enhancing Skills with Free-Motion Framework Quilters are... from Living Water Quilter



Enhancing Skills with Free-Motion Framework

Quilters are learners. We want to learn new patterns, techniques and improve our skills. This is part of the creative road of quilt making.

In 2016 Jen of Reannalily Designs contacted me and asked if I would  quilt two 40 x 40 inch wholecloth quilts for her soon to be published book. I said yes to the challenge. Now, the quilts of all the contributing quilters can be seen in Jen’s new book, Free-Motion Framework.

Join the Free-Motion Framework Blog Tour!  It began on Monday June 4. It’s not too late to enter ...

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May 18, 2018
Pillow ChallengeA woven fabric pillow is my submission for the... from Living Water Quilter









Pillow Challenge

A woven fabric pillow is my submission for the May Island Batik Playful Pillow Challenge. Island Batik generously supplied the fabric for the challenge.

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An assorted roll of Island Batik 5-inch strips is perfect for a woven pillow. The strips were cut in half lengthwise for a 2.5-inch woven fabric strip pillow.

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Next, each strip is heat fused side-by-side to a lightweight double-sided fusible interfacing. Once fused, each strip is free-motion quilted. Then each strip is finished with a three-thread rolled hem. I used Superior Threads Poly Quilter, a 40 wt. 2-ply (Tex 30) variegated poly-wrapped poly ...

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May 5, 2018
Moonlit Flowers - Fourth in a SeriesA setting sun does not mean... from Living Water Quilter



Moonlit Flowers - Fourth in a Series

A setting sun does not mean it’s bedtime for all flowers. Did you know plants have nocturnal habits? There are 20 plants that showoff blooms or emit a sweet fragrance after dusk.

The process of creating Moonlit Flowers is what students will learn in my Line Drawing with Thread class at the Mid-Appalachian Quilter’s Retreat  July 13th. The one-day class will review the materials, techniques and free motion quilting designs used in the small art piece.

For instance, learn different image transferring techniques.

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As dusk turns into a starry night there is ...

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