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May 22, 2017
PIGS: A PIG for All Seasons from McCall's Quilting

With one PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) finish for May under my belt and a weekend looming, I decided to see if I could get another project well under way.

I went through my PIGS on Wednesday and decided to see if I could make a quick and easy quilt from some batiks that I’d tested thread on a couple of years ago. I had used lots of different colors, weights, types and brands of thread. I’d stitched a row of straight stitches, a row of decorative stitches and then did a band of free-motion meandering. I had ...

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May 17, 2017
Workshop Wednesday: 5 Beginning Longarm Tips from McCall's Quilting

Out of the wide variety of techniques and tools quilters use today, I would say that longarm quilting is the most intimidating and seemingly out of reach, and for good reason.

First of all, the machines themselves are big, much bigger than domestic sewing machines. Second of all, there’s the price tag, which again is much bigger than those of most domestic sewing machines.

IMG 3604 225x300 Workshop Wednesday: 5 Beginning Longarm Tips

my first queen-size quilt top loaded on the Grace Q’nique longarm and ready to go

And then there’s having to learn a new way of sewing; with a longarm, you move the machine ...

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May 15, 2017
Freefall Quilt Along Step 5 from MMM Quilts

Woo hoo!  We are HERE!  Some of you are all, 'been there done that' because you've got your tops all sewn up, but here is the official final step to assemble the 25 blocks into a flimsy along with some quilting ideas.
Here is Freefall, in flimsy form.  Tish based her colouring page on this layout, which is also downloadable from my Craftsy store (affiliate link) for free.

I stand before you to say do not follow this layout to a 'T'.  Yup.  I've said this in several places here on the blog and in the PDFs to ...

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Freefall Quilt Along Step 5 from MMM Quilts

Woo hoo!  We are HERE!  Some of you are all, 'been there done that' because you've got your tops all sewn up, but here is the official final step to assemble the 25 blocks into a flimsy along with some quilting ideas.
Here is Freefall, in flimsy form.  Tish based her colouring page on this layout, which is also downloadable from my Craftsy store (affiliate link) for free.

I stand before you to say do not follow this layout to a 'T'.  Yup.  I've said this in several places here on the blog and in the PDFs to ...

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May 14, 2017
Card Trick in Taupes & Gardening Update from caledonia quilter

Taupe quilts are very Japanese, and very restful.

Muted greens, blues & reds work beautifully to add some gentle colour.

It was quilted with lots of s.i.d. & feathers.

Mmm, nice definition on the back.


  • I've picked seven more spears of asparagus.
  • DH rototilled the garden last fall and that was the best thing, ever!  It's all ready for me now, except for the wee challenge of a zillion thistle plants.  Those horrid things spread by runners that are easily a foot or more deep.  Every time a root gets chopped apart (by, say, a rototiller ...

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May 12, 2017
Did You Hear Me? from Lisa H Calle's Blog



What is a business without good communication? There is none.  How vital is communication with our customers?  It’s pretty darn vital.  I know that when I was quilting for customers,  I composed an intake sheet that allowed me to notate information regarding each client and specifics on what they wanted on their quilt.  Why was this so important?  Well, hello I am no super hero when it comes to retaining every single word my customer shared with during consultation.  I could review my notes and realized “I completely forget she had mentioned this, or requested that”.  We all have ...

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May 3, 2017
Rose Marie’s “Abloom” Quilt from Prairie Moon Quilts

I recently quilted a quilt for my friend, Rose Marie. She made this “Abloom” quilt from a pattern in Amy Ellis’s book “Modern Heritage Quilts“.

Since the quilt is chock full of negative space, Rose Marie asked me if I would quilt it and fill up all that negative space with lots of modern quilting. I said, “I can do that!”

So what follows here is a whole lot of pictures of how I filled up all the negative space on this quilt!

In this section, I extended the circle formed by the piecing into the negative space:

I ...

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May 2, 2017
Under My Needle Tuesday.... from Appalachian Quilts

There is just something extra sweet about the quilt I just longarmed for a customer.  I love this fabric.  It has "little girl" written all over it!  The white fabric with little flowers is just precious.

My customer had me use the same color thread as the pink border.  This is another one of the newer pantographs.  It was just perfect!

Here is another sneak peak at the quilt I am working on with the custom machine.  I finally got all those pebbles done.  *whew*  That was a neckbreaker!  These blocks have all been stitched in the ditch.

Ditto here ...

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May 1, 2017
Machine Quilting and Binding PIGS Finish #4 for 2017 from McCall's Quilting

In last week’s blog, I told you about this pretty little PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) quilt. I’m working hard at finishing at least one PIG a month. I had to hurry to get this project finished while it was still April.

When I wrote last week’s blog, I was stitching the straight-line quilting in the yellow border on the Handi Quilter Avante longarm quilting machine that we have in the sewing studio at work. The straight-line quilting went wonderfully well.

The whole thing 294x300 Machine Quilting and Binding PIGS Finish #4 for 2017

April’s PIGS Project

love the quilting 300x225 Machine Quilting and Binding PIGS Finish #4 for 2017

I love the quilting.

In the four corner blocks of the border ...

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Batik quilt from Flying Parrot Quilts

This is the second quilt I’ve finished on my new Handi Quilter Avanté! (The first one is lovely, too, but I’m afraid I have to make you wait a little while to see that one.)

Batik Quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

I haven’t worked with batiks much lately, so it was fun to dig back into that stash. I also worked from someone else’s pattern for a change—this is “Four Square Lap Quilt” from Cozy Modern Quilts by Kim Schaefer (no relation).

Batik Quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

For my first free-motion quilted quilt on the new toy, I chose an all-over feathered swirl pattern, and I ...

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April 26, 2017
Minor Quilt Corrections & Followup to SOLO Meeting from caledonia quilter

This past Sunday was the semi-annual SOLO meeting (Southern Ontario Longarm Operators).  We had a big show & share, a brown bag lunch, and then we split into groups and discussed multiple topics.  Afterwards we shared a recap of our discussions with the whole group.

One of the topics of discussion was "What do you do with a quilt that has issues?"  Issues could be wonky borders, turned blocks, open seams, etc.  I was really surprised at the number of quilters who send those quilts home to be fixed.  If you've followed my blog for any length of time you ...

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My new toy from Flying Parrot Quilts

Man oh man, I’ve been so busy quilting that life got away from me and I neglected to blog! I hinted at a big purchase at QuiltCon, and it’s arrived and been set up for a little while now. That’s right, I finally bought a longarm!

I’m not sure what the UPS guy thought, but he certainly got his workout that day.

A few days after that, representatives from the local dealership came over to set up and train me on it. The assembly took several hours on its own—first, the table.

This is clean ...

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April 19, 2017
Podcast: Quilting Superwoman Jackie Kunkel from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! This week I'm getting to know Jackie Kunkel, an amazing quilter who runs an online business at Canton Village Quilt Works

Jackie also writes books and patterns, teaches online classes, and is a certified Judy Neimeyer teacher. She is truly a quilting Superwoman and I hope you enjoy learning more about Jackie!

Now for a few links from Jackie's interview:

Click Here to find Jackie's website Canton Village Quilt Works. 

Jackie began longarm quilting in 2000 because it allowed her to work from home and fit her hours around her kid's schedule ...

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April 17, 2017
Flannel House Quilt, and a Colour-Themed Evening from caledonia quilter

Yup, this happy quilt is all flannel.  If you've ever worked with flannel you know how s.t.r.e.t.c.h.y. it is.  This piecer did a wonderful job - everything was nice and FLAT.

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April 13, 2017
Edge to Edge Quilting Favorites from Snowy Days Quilting

This is day three of my week in the New Quilter's Blog Hop, and I'm having fun by sharing a new post every day. I introduced myself on Monday, and I shared some of my favorite custom quilting projects yesterday. Today I would like to share a few of my favorite edge to edge quilting designs.

Edge to edge designs are a great way to add interest and texture to many quilts. With so many great designs out there, it's easy to find one to suit whatever quilt you're working on.

Most of the quilts I ...

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April 11, 2017
Custom Quilting Favorites from Snowy Days Quilting

Today I would like to share some of my favorite projects that I have had the pleasure to custom quilt. One of the best parts of quilting for customers is the wide variety of tops I get to work on. I'm always amazed by the creativity of quilters.

My most recent favorite is this brookie wall hanging by Tese Shekitka. She made it for her cousin and allowed me the pleasure of custom quilting it. Each element of the quilting is intended to relate to fishing. I blogged about it here if you are interested in the details.

custom quilted about trout quilt

Another ...

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April 7, 2017
Well Hello New Hampshire! from Lisa H Calle's Blog


Manchester, New England will never be the same after these girls claim their territory in booth 188!  Classes, vending, and lots of fun are creating a few days of quilters heaven!

Kicked off MQX with a Totally Templates Class

What a great way to begin my time here in New Hampshire.  There’s nothing better than starting the Quilting Show with a class that consists of amazing students eager to learn!

I was extremely proud to give my Teacher’s Ribbon to:

Marie Alexander from Groton MA


BUSY, BUSY, BUSY…What a Great Machine ...

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April 2, 2017
Fancy Feathers' Incredible Longarm Quilting! from Selvage Blog

Have you ever seen a modern whole cloth quilt like this? It's the work of longarm quilter Rose Bell in Canada. Her website is Fancy Feathers. Nice work, Rose!

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March 31, 2017
Don’t despair, your personal quilting studio is back! from Laurena's Longarm Quilting

Laurena’s Longarm Quilting is opening under new management on April 4, 2017.  You’ll still enjoy the same longarm machines and the same cozy studio, but with a new person helping you accomplish your quilting dreams – Louise Rains.

Our new name is Burlington Electric Quilters – a name that should give a large spark to your creativity!  We’re still at the same location, same phone number, and website.

As your new manager, I’m so excited to welcome you and to continue with the fun and joy that quilting brings to us all.  I have been a longtime renter ...

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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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