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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.


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.


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


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

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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.


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.


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.


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

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April 29, 2018
Vintage Inspired - A Remake Of Winding WaysHere is the final... from Living Water Quilter

Vintage Inspired - A Remake Of Winding Ways

Here is the final installment of the Island Batik April Challenge. My Winding Ways quilt remake includes these modern elements:

  • A diagonally bisection to emphasize the two fabric
  • An overlapping square layout of the winding ways blocks

These elements add a little tension to the curvy design of the traditional quilt block.  The fabrics, Southern Blooms and Neutral Vanilla, were provided by Island Batik.


If you missed the first and second installment, they are worth a look. They have the details of piecing the block using the AccuQuilt die, as well as ...

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April 20, 2018
Free-Motion Framework - Contributing QuilterI am excited and... from Living Water Quilter

Free-Motion Framework - Contributing Quilter

I am excited and thrilled for Jen of JeannaLily Designs. Her new book, Free-Motion Framework is now available to preview and  pre-order.


It was fun to work through Jen’s designs to create two whole cloth quilts with my quilting style. 


In the coming months there will be a blog hop and more to celebrate the completion of her free motion quilting skill building book.

Stay tuned!

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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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March 31, 2018
Line Drawing with Thread - What’s your Story?I love flowers and... from Living Water Quilter

Line Drawing with Thread - What’s your Story?

I love flowers and ornamental gardening. I haven’t had much time to play and work in my garden now that I am a full-time quilter and teacher.  Here is picture of my garden a few years ago. Each plant was nurtured and tended for 5 years to reach what is seen in the photo below.


While preparing for a Line Drawing with Thread class, I decided to incorporate my love of gardening in a wall art series. Each piece has a log cabin block as the background. Each tells a different ...

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March 25, 2018
Winding Ways - Modern VintageI have a head start on the Island... from Living Water Quilter

Winding Ways - Modern Vintage

I have a head start on the Island Batik Ambassador challenge for April. Vintage is the challenge inspiration. As an Ambassador the fabrics featured were given to me by Island Batik.

One of the two fabric is from Southern Blooms, a fabric collection by Kathy Engle for Ebony Love - LoveBug Studios.


It is paired with a Island Batik neutral, vanilla.


Before cutting the Island Batik fabric I tested my curve piecing skills using the AccuQuilt Go die, Winding Ways. It’s important to follow the seams pressing instructions included with the die.


The piecing isn’t ...

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March 1, 2018
Island Batik Mini Love Challenge Did I mention that I have the... from Living Water Quilter

Island Batik Mini Love Challenge

Did I mention that I have the pleasure of being an Island Batik Ambassador?


The first shipment of Island Batik fabrics arrived a few weeks ago. The fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.


Each Ambassador received a BIG box of goodies. In addition to Island Batik fabrics we were generously given samples from Aurifil  and Hobbs Batting. These are available at my affiliates Fat Quarter Shop and Connecting Threads.

Mini Love Challenge


I had fun designing and quilting, Straight to the Heart, my first Island Batik challenge. Mini quilts ...

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February 8, 2018
Couching and Ruler quiltingHave you tried yarn couching? It is a... from Living Water Quilter

Couching and Ruler quilting

Have you tried yarn couching? It is a technique I tried over a year ago. It was an experiment that left me wanting to do more. This time I used the JUKI couching foot on the QVP TL2200S, a sit-down longarm quilting machine.


First, the squiggle ruler was used to mark the curves. The JUKI couching foot has two attachments. One has a large hole for thick yarn and one has a smaller hole for thinner yarn. I used the larger hole to couch the yarn along the marked curves.

Then, using the squiggle acrylic ruler ...

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January 22, 2018
Ruler Quilting MarathonLast December I was finally home more... from Living Water Quilter

Ruler Quilting Marathon

Last December I was finally home more than a week. So it was a good time to start learning how to use a few more templates. The Honeycomb template by Westalee Design was one.


The Honeycomb is a fun template with many possibilities.


I used the spacing gauge with each quilted rotation to help ensure the first and final rotation met and completed a uniform design.


Another template I am falling in love with is Spin an Echo # 6. Isn’t it a gorgeous design?!  Westalee Design has a Spin an Echo Sampler set that includes ...

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December 24, 2017
New Ruler Designs for a New Year In 2017 many quilters have... from Living Water Quilter

New Ruler Designs for a New Year

In 2017 many quilters have joined the free motion ruler quilting craze and are quilting with rulers on their domestic machines.  It’s becoming a central part of finishing our quilt projects. This small quilt top was completely quilted with rulers. 


For 2018, I am working on NEW designs(top) for the Westalee Design’s Sampler Set 1. The set has six templates that when the basics of the techniques are learned, the quilter will have the skills to use many of Westalee Design’s 250 plus templates. 


If you are ready to ...

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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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October 4, 2017
Just For Fun & Practice Just for fun and a little variety a... from Living Water Quilter

Just For Fun & Practice

Just for fun and a little variety a hunter star orphan block and pre-printed whole-cloth quilt were combined to make a pillow.

It was fun to combine different free motion quilting techniques. Both sides had some ruler quilting.

The wholecloth feathers were good for practicing control and following a line.

Most likely it will be used as a teaching sample.

What are you stitching this week?

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September 25, 2017
Abide, Log Cabin Mini Quilt EntryOn August 31st, Curated Quilts,... from Living Water Quilter

Abide, Log Cabin Mini Quilt Entry

On August 31st, Curated Quilts, a printed quilt magazine, announced a call for entries for their next issue.  It was just what I needed to break the cycle of only quilting teaching samples.


The rules were simple

  • use colors from the selected color palette
  • create a mini log cabin quilt 10″x 10″ up to 16″ x 16″
  • enter by Oct 1
  • selected entries due Oct 15th

Abide, is a two-color curved log cabin mini quilt inspired by Psalms 1 and John 15. In part, they describe what is necessary for a fruitful life ...

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September 18, 2017
Westalee Design Accreditation Wow!  I had the honor of being one... from Living Water Quilter

Westalee Design Accreditation

Wow!  I had the honor of being one of five U.S. quilting teachers selected to become a Westalee Design by Sew Steady Accredited Teacher. We spent two days training with Leonie and Bill West, the creators of the Westalee Design ruler foot and template system for domestic machines.


We all met in Eugene, OR, the headquarters of Sew Steady, the U.S. manufacturer and distributor of the Westalee Design foot and ruler system.


I was excited to meet and learn from this amazing team of quilting educators. Please join me in congratulating Paula Reid, Donna McCauley ...

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