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March 28, 2017
Platinum Garden: Satin Wholecloth Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

I’m crazy for this platinum satin whole cloth quilt! It is named Platinum Garden and started out as a wild experiment. A 60″ x 60″ quilting adventure! What I wanted was one of those...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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March 27, 2017
Adventure #1 with the Q’nique Longarm Quilting Machine from McCall's Quilting

We recently got a new Grace Q’nique 14+ longarm quilting machine and frame here at work.

As things happen, the day we were to get lessons from Nathan with Grace, the weather didn’t cooperate. It was a nasty, snowy day. Another editor Tricia, our photographer Mellisa and I were the only people able to attend. We set up a phone so Content Director Carolyn could watch on FaceTime.

3 27 8 225x300 Adventure #1 with the Q’nique Longarm Quilting Machine

Our Hi-tech Camera Mount

Here’s Mellisa with the phone taped to a tripod with masking tape so Carolyn could see.

That was in January. Things were pretty harried here ...

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March 16, 2017
8 + 2 + 1 = ? from Quilting with Care

8 + 2 + 1 = ? I’m a numbers person. I struggle with scrappy, I try to find a pattern even if it is hidden deep, I want some sort of order to things.  I look for numbers.  I think this is the only reason I can work up a pattern from a picture.  […]

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March 13, 2017
Kyle's Brookie from Snowy Days Quilting

custom quilted about trout quilt

The ever talented Tese Shekitka made this wall hanging for her brother-in-law, Kyle. It features a lifelike brook trout and embroidered fishing flies.

Tese has made several of these quilts in the past, and each one is a little better than the last. Though, this one is so gorgeous, I'm not sure how she could improve it any more! One thing she did differently this time was to put a layer batting behind the fish to give it a bit more pop. Combined with the double layer of batting in the rest of the quilt, it provides a nice ...

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March 12, 2017
Trees 'n Stars #2 and Bitchin' About the Season from caledonia quilter

What a difference a change in colour makes.  This is the same quilt as two posts ago.

I swear (a lot, but that's beside the point) that ribbon border is one of my all time favorites.

Everything was s.i.d.  The background was cross-hatched, inside the stars got a circle & bowknot motif, the trees were quilted with a continuous loopy-thing, and the ribbon border was inside 1/4 inched.

Much easier to see the quilting on the back.  I love the Celtic Braid in the outer border.

Today is the SPRING FORWARD time change.  You have no ...

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March 9, 2017
T-Shirt Quilts, Teacup Spinning, and Team Work from Quilting with Care

Do you ever feel like you are cramming a week’s worth of living into one weekend. It is the end of the week, but everything starts spinning in fast forward motion. I feel like I am on the teacup ride at Disney World with my husband and a family friend crammed into this little tea […]

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March 5, 2017
Podcast: Longarm Quilting Business with Julie Persinger from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! This week I have an awesome interview with Julie Persinger talking all about running a longarm quilting business.

I've been fascinated about longarm businesses for a long time and it's great to hear Julie's perspective and how she got into machine quilting after being a hand quilter for many years.

Julie doesn't have a website or blog, but you can find her right here on Instagram. Just message her through the Instagram app if you're interested learning more about her longarm quilting services.

Julie quilted over 31 quilts for Luke Haynes ...

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February 28, 2017
Traveling through Hyperspace… Or Just a Weekend from Quilting with Care

Weekends used to mean a time to relax, clean house, catch up on laundry, and go grocery shopping.  Now, they mean sewing and being surrounded by fabric! I’m fine with this tradeoff, but my house might be included in the next State of Emergency Alert.  Long days doing what I love, and an extremely understanding […]

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February 23, 2017
2 ways to use WonderFil DecoBob thread for longarm machine quilting from Quilt Social


Yesterday on QUILTsocial, I tackled three more of my UFOs and showed you 3 designs to machine quilt with Master Quilter thread. That thread is a dream to quilt with, and my super picky Gammill seemed to think so too!! Today, I’m going to talk about 2 ways to use WonderFil DecoBob thread for longarm machine quilting, and I’m going to show you a few more machine quilting designs.


WonderFil's DecoBob thread on a grey hexagon tablerunner.
DecoBob thread on the hexagon tablerunner


DecoBob for machine quilting

Because DecoBob thread is so fine, it blends nicely with the fabrics in a quilt so that the quilting ...

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A Long Overdue Update from Quilting with Care

Well, I jumped off the deep end for a moment and forgot to clue you all in. It’s been a little while since my last post.   On top of the quilt shop, I am still working a full time job. This week I had a business trip, so I did what every quilter would do […]

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February 21, 2017
Trees 'n Stars, and UFOs from caledonia quilter

This quilt belongs to one of my favorite piecers.  She is VERY accurate and her quilts are always perfectly flat.

I will really miss her - she's moving out-of-country soon.

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February 17, 2017
Blithe Fabrics - Winter Crystals I was thrilled to learn I would... from Living Water Quilter

Blithe Fabrics - Winter Crystals

I was thrilled to learn I would join a host of international makers in designer Katarina Roccella’s blog tour for her new Art Gallery Fabrics fabric line, Blithe. The fabrics I choose for Winter Crystals are:

  • Arcadia Bliss Shine
  • Philosophers Thoughts
  • Dear Deer Teal
  • Deer Hound’s-tooth Fair
  • Bows in Silence
  • Birds Songs Moon
  • Birds Songs Sun
  • Glacier Path Aqua
  • Evergreens Frozen

Designing quilts is so much fun! The final result of Winter Crystals is very close to the original vision. The placement and number of crystals falls between the second and third design.


The ...

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February 15, 2017
Big Secret Sewing Project – Still Secret from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

My blog has been a bit quieter in 2017. Sorry about that! I have a really good reason, I promise. I’m working on a big project. I thought I’d show you some frustratingly-vague photos...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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February 13, 2017
First Red & White of the Year & Winterruption & Winner!! from caledonia quilter

As you may (or may not?) know, this is Canada's sesquicentennial year.

Quilters LOOOVE to celebrate.  Any excuse will do.

How better to celebrate than to make a quilt to memorialize the occasion?

Mmm, plain backs with custom quilting are so pretty.


Another winter holiday with my girlies has come & gone.  Girlies = my longarm besties:  Diane, Deb, Carol Anne & Karen.  We missed Karen this year - she stayed home to teach her new puppy proper potty etiquette.  (don't try and say that when you're on your second martini)
I managed to get almost caught up on ...

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WIP Week Wrap Up from Quilting with Care

{WIP= Work In Progress} Wow! The week flew past, yet somehow I was able to finish a few things. I sure hope you were able to as well.  First, I worked on a class sample. Our first class is February 25th and it is a beginner quilt class on making a Disappearing Nine Patch; although, […]

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February 12, 2017
Two Roller Rink Quilts from Snowy Days Quilting

Every fall the local quilt guild does a quilt retreat. Some of us have decided it's fun to choose a pattern that we all work on at the retreat. This year, we went with Roller Rink by Elizabeth Hartman. The pattern can be found in her book Modern Patchwork.

So far, two people have finished their quilts and allowed me to quilt them. It's always fun to see the same quilt pattern done up in different colors. Sharon Stoneberger made hers with reds, oranges, and purples.

Roller Rink quilt

For the quilting, we chose a design that reflects the fabric. The ...

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Control Your Speed Without a Stitch Regulator - Sit Down Quilting Sunday #3 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It's Sunday which means it's time to jump on the Grace Qnique 14+ and share a new Sit Down Quilting Sunday video! This week I'm answering one of the most common questions about this machine:
Does the Grace Qnique machine come with a stitch regulator? 
The answer to this question is no. This machine does not come with a stitch regulator when it's set up as a sit down / table mounted machine. Only when you upgrade the machine to roll over a quilting frame will you get a stitch regulator.

This means that quilting on the ...

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February 7, 2017
Quilter’s Hideaway is Open! from Quilting with Care

I do not even know how to begin telling you about this past weekend. I’ve talked to several people about how to start this post, what to write, how to translate what is in my head out into words. I guess I should start with a deep breath.  *breathe in*   *breathe out*  I’m somewhere lost in […]

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February 5, 2017
Quilting Tension Test! Sit Down Quilting Sunday #2 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Wow! I've been really happy with the response to our new Sit Down Quilting Sunday series. I received lots of questions about the Grace Qnique quilting machine and how it works as a sit down / table mounted longarm.

The most common question I received was about adjusting your tension so in this week's video let's learn how to do a tension test:

Click Here to read more about the Grace Qnique.

Apparently in forums and reviews, tension issues were the most common complaint about the Grace Qnique. All I can speak for is my personal experience and ...

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Valentines Hearts, Roman Blinds, the Current Book from caledonia quilter

Here are your February hearts.

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