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June 23, 2017
Canada Quilts, Red Hats in the Rain...rain...rain, the Potty Incident from caledonia quilter

Three great Canada quilts for the kids in this gal's family.
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#2

#3

This is (ahem) MINE.  When I was at Quilt Canada last week I bought the license plate panel, then came home and made up a quickie for the front door.  Now to get it bound and actually hang it on the front door.

Yesterday was Red Hat day.  Our outing was to Whistling Gardens.  Our admission included a tour and the water fountains choreographed to music.  What fun!  In the pouring rain!

It wasn't really pouring during the show.  But it was definitely raining ...

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June 16, 2017
Moda Modern Building Blocks Off the Frame from Pink Doxies


First Round Done


Yesterday was a challenge to get through the last pass on this Moda Modern Building Blocks. I was pretty excited to finally unpin, and evaluate its progress.



Several people have asked why I didn't quilt the whole thing in one run. I've been explaining behind the scenes, but it's because of the size of the blocks. Some are 36"!


If you look to the top right hand corner of this picture, the teal-grey-red star block has sections unquilted. Those sections laid on the sides of the block rather than the top and bottom. In ...

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June 14, 2017
Scrappy Circles Quilt – Finished from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

This Scrappy Circles Quilt has been a long time in the making! Based on my blog, I made this quilt top back in December of 2014. I finally felt confident enough to quilt this big ‘ole thing....

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

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June 12, 2017
That Crazy 365 Quilt, and garden update from caledonia quilter

This is the Crazy 365 Quilt.  (crazy is my word, not really the name of the quilt)  A block per day for a whole year.  The little ones are only 3" x 3".

Never in my life would I make a quilt like this.  Kudos to all the crazy quilters who did.

This gal likes blue, so here's number two quilt.

Those ice cream cones are too stinkin' cute.

Sigh.  The garden.
Here's a view from the east.  The cutting garden is on the left, with the veggie bed on the right.  Food seems to be creeping into ...

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June 5, 2017
Believing in Tomorrow from McCall's Quilting

believing style 200x300 Believing in Tomorrow

Believing in Tomorrow

This pretty wall hanging is my latest quilt in print. You’ll find Believing in Tomorrow in the July/August 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting. It is on newsstands now and our subscribers should have their copy.  It’s available in print or digital format from QuiltandSewShop.com; you can purchase the stand-alone pattern at QuiltandSewShop as well.

I generally like the quilts I make for publication and this one is a favorite. Its name comes from a quote attributed to Audrey Hepburn:

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

I love the fabric ...

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June 3, 2017
Quilt Pattern Round-Up by ReannaLily Designs from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Don’t wait ’til Christmas to dive into those holiday quilt gifts! Here’s a collection of easy quilt projects to sew while you are relaxing this summer. No need to rush through them...

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

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June 1, 2017
Finished Science Quilt: Corona from Flying Parrot Quilts

When I went to the AQS Chattanooga show back in the fall of 2015, I really fell in love with Zen Chic’s Modern Background Ink line. All that was left in the Moda both was a jelly roll. I don’t use precuts very often (mostly because I’m a pre-washer), but I had to have this one. So, what to make with a jelly roll? The answer, for me, was a whole lot of half square triangles (HSTs).

Corona | Flying Parrot Quilts

This quilt is inspired by the Sun’s corona, the superheated zone of gas (actually, plasma) surrounding the star itself ...

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May 31, 2017
Longarm Quilting "Moda Modern in Print" from Pink Doxies


Loaded Lengthwise: The Starting Block


"Moda Modern in Print"

Long on my list to quilt, Moda Modern Building Blocks is finally in the frame. You can see above that I was all "anti-solid" fabrics, and substituted my beloved prints. 90% were from my stash, but a few odd ones were picked because they matched the shade in the pattern. You can read about individual block construction (and errata) below. This was a fun quilt, but shockingly begun nearly 2 years ago to the day!


June 9, 2015 Moda Modern Mashup
June ...

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May 29, 2017
Sampler in Black & White, Asparagus Recipe from caledonia quilter

I can't make up my mind what I love more - the Black & White part, or the Sampler part.

This quilt was interesting to work on because in spite of the "modern" appearance, the maker requested the quilting be done in a more "traditional" style.

I tried to accommodate her request for 1/4" outline quilting as much as possible.

 Many places required MORE quilting (in my opinion) so I used straight lines to continue the mood.

Some curves were needed too, to soften the hard, angular edges.

Yum.  I love curved piecing.

If I live to be one hundred ...

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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.

GARDEN UPDATE

  • 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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