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February 19, 2019
Trish's Lone Star Quilt from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I just finished quilting this purple beauty for Trish.  She made this for her daughter and started quilting it but some issues prevented her from finishing.  The center of the star was quilted by her.  I found the digitized pattern and used that in one of the border.  That pattern was stars, leaves and curls. I took those and use that through out the quilt.  Trish wanted different designs in different areas and I think I covered that for her.   On the outer most border the more complicated design, the fabric was like a solid so you would be able ...

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February 18, 2019
Quilting a Tree of Life Block on a Longarm Frame from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s time to quilt our second Tree of Life block, this time on a longarm! I admit, I didn’t like my design when I first began quilting. I was VERY tempted to rip out the stitches and start all over again. Learn why and how I muscled through it in this new longarm quilting tutorial:

Click here to find the Tree of Life block pattern. This pattern includes a bonus Tree of Life Quilt pattern so you can make a huge throw sized quilt too!

Quilting Corner to Corner Curves

Last week I quilted Undulation over my first ...

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February 17, 2019
I Love Polka Dots and I Hate Winter from caledonia quilter

Oooh, get a load of those bright grunge polka dots.

Quilted with a "modern" pantograph, oddly enough called Mid Century.  The backing was pieced, using preprinted Stack 'n Whack fabric and more of the grunge polka dots.

THE STORY OF I HATE WINTER

Last week I showed you a pic of my kitchen door covered in ice.  This is the same door, THIS week.  Fresh ice. This was Tuesday morning.

Here's the back yard Tuesday night.

Here's the front yard Wednesday morning.  Now we've got snow on TOP of the ice.  Guild meeting tonight is cancelled.  This ...

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February 13, 2019
Spinning Tops from Prairie Moon Quilts

Back in the fall, I once again had the honor of quilting some quilts for Victoria Findlay Wolfe that she made from her new fabric lines with RJR Fabrics.

She combined her Playmaker prints with her Neutrals collection to make this huge and gorgeous paper-pieced quilt called Spinning Tops:

I’ve waited to talk about this quilt until the pattern and kits were ready, cos I know you’re gonna want this one! Well, the pattern and the kits are now in her shop (HERE), so today I’m gonna talk about how I designed the quilting for it and ...

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February 11, 2019
Blue Stars and Typical February Weather (with a little entertainment) from caledonia quilter

Mmm, pretty stars set into a white background.

S.I.D. around the stars and along the outer border.  Then motifs went inside the stars and into the setting squares.  The background around the stars was filled with some straight line quilting.

You can see the details more easily on the back.

Around these parts, February is known for it's particularly sh*tty weather.
Here's our kitchen door, Wednesday morning, 9 am.  The three customers I had booked all postponed until Thursday.

Here's Wednesday again, at 5 pm.  Lovely rain (?*#@!!?) and temps hovering just below freezing.

By ...

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February 8, 2019
Rhapsody in Blue - Reveal from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Oh boy will you look at this?   Country Quilters of McHenry Quilt guild have been working on this quilt for some time.   Fabrics selected and cut, little block kits made, and came back then trimming, rows and finally a flimsy.  Then guess what happened, that's right I got to quilt this sweet thing!  And quilt I did.  They let me do what I wanted, the only restriction was not too modern.  Ok, but when you leave me unsupervised with a quilt, this is what's gonna happen, some thread is going down!  I had  a lot of fun with ...

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February 3, 2019
Drunkard's Path (or, I Am Not To Be Trusted!) from caledonia quilter

Part I
I used to teach an 8-week quilting class twice a year, and I always wrote my own patterns.  I have an Accuquilt die cutter (see JAWS tab above), so I designed a Drunkard's Path quilt.  I asked a friend to test my pattern instructions, and she made this quilt  That was, I think, in 2009.  When I was visiting her last fall the quilt was STILL flopped over her design wall.  Every time she's mentioned this quilt she would get an unhappy tone in her voice, which always made me think she was having a hate ...

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January 27, 2019
Hallowe'en In January/To-Do List/Technology Whining from caledonia quilter

Because I'm someone who has three Christmas quilts, two sets of Christmas pillowcases, two sets of Christmas placemats, and a set of Christmas napkins, I TOTALLY understand someone's desire to celebrate the seasons with themed quilts.
So cute.

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January 25, 2019
Quilting Paisley on Vinyl Fabric from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I’m quilting on vinyl fabric again this week, this time with Paisley! See how quilting over vinyl works with a bit of travel stitching on a longarm:

Click Here to watch / listen to Katie’s podcast episode. Click to time: 15:26 to hear just the interview about quilting on vinyl and leather.

Check out my other video on quilting with vinyl on my longarm. I quilted Undulation, my newest and most favorite quilting design and I think you’ll love the effect!

Click Here to check out the Grace longarm system I’m using in this video. I ...

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January 21, 2019
Ruler Quilting on the Patchwork Mosaic Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s time for our second quilting adventure on the Patchwork Mosaic block and this time I’m playing with ruler quilting! Learn how I quilted a straight line design with rulers over a quarter of this block at a time in this new tutorial:

Click Here to find the Patchwork Mosaic quilt pattern! This pattern takes 14 scrappy 5-inch squares of your favorite fabrics and turns them into this super sized patchwork block. It’s a great choice for using up scraps and learning how to piece two fun units: quarter square triangles and hourglass squares.

Ruler quilting on a home machine

Last week I ...

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January 20, 2019
Chris's minis pack some big personality!!! from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I just finished two mini quilts for Chris who blogs over at Chrisknitssews.  She made this two beauties! The first is the feathered star - oh oh oh my!! This sweet lil charmer is 29x29 inches - so you know those HST's gotta be tiny!  I just adore this red and white little quilt.  If I weren't so afraid of piecing I might even try my own. But remember my last finish?  The HSTs were 18 in square!!  One of these days I'll try.   Until then, I"m am just so happy that I get to quilt the works ...

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January 18, 2019
Quilting Vinyl on a Longarm Machine from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I’m quilting on vinyl fabric today! This wonderful adventure started with a podcast with Katie Baker where we chatted about quilting on weird fabrics like vinyl and leather. Then we decided to do a collaboration and Katie sent me some pieces of black vinyl to play with. See how it went in this new tutorial:

Click Here to watch / listen to Katie’s podcast episode. Click to time: xx to hear just the interview about quilting on vinyl and leather.

Click Here to check out the Grace longarm system I’m using in this video. I’m a dealer ...

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January 14, 2019
Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop and Giveaway! from Goer

This is the beginning of week two of a month of posts by Island Batik Ambassadors featuring all of the newest collections of fabric. Today I'm sharing what I made with my bundle of Fortune Teller fabric. Way back in July I was so excited to open this beautiful rainbow of fabric.

My quilt features all 20 fabrics from the collection and is 80" x 96"! I think that makes it one of the three largest quilts I've made. I optimized for using all I had of the twelve fabrics that make up the center of the quilt ...

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January 11, 2019
How to Quilt Undulation, Design #501 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I have a gorgeous new quilting design for you today called Undulation. It’s very simple, intentionally irregular echoes, but it’s quickly become my favorite design. See how to quilt it in this new quilting tutorial:

This is Design #501 on the Free Motion Quilting Project! Click Here to find all the other designs I’ve shared since 2009.

Click Here to find the book 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs. This is a beautiful picture book filled with hundreds of quilting designs of every shape and texture you can imagine. This is the perfect book to keep next to ...

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January 7, 2019
June's Home and Hearth Log Cabin from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I just finished this custom beauty for June.  First I'll show the pictures then a little bit on how we collaborated on the quilting design and the tools used.  There were things flying everywhere in the studio with this one!  Templates, rulers, stencils, marking tools, manila folders, all of it all over all the time, what fun! You can find June Bacchi on Facebook for more info on the wonderful quilt.  This one has two layers of batting, Hobbs wool on top, heirloom 80/20 on the bottom. Glide 40 wt thread on top and 60 wt in the ...

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January 6, 2019
Christmas VacationTo-Do List Wrapup from caledonia quilter

Chic Picnic - quilted & bound & labeled.  Many of the fabrics in this have special meaning for me, so the whole time I was hand stitching the binding I just felt... happy.
The fabrics are so busy that the time spent to custom quilt this was wasted, but since it's mine... I figure I'm worth it.

I used up some random fabrics on the back.

In keeping with the "word" theme of the quilt, I included my QUILT GIRL comic strip yardage.  (Spoiler alert:  she saved the day.)
I made two kids drag-around quilts which I'll donate to the ...

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January 1, 2019
Happy New Year! from L&R Designs Quilting


Happy 2019!

Here’s my 2018 by the numbers! I ended the year with a career grand total of 998 quilts! I keep a diary of every quilt that was loaded on my longarm since starting my business and soon I’ll hit that 1000 mark! Last year I quilted 44 customer quilts, 9 charity quilt and 6 personal quilts. Here’s a sampling of 2018 customer quilts. Click any picture for a larger view.

As usual, I made wedding and baby quilts. Here’s a sampling of those!

I should keep diary of crafty sewing projects. I have no ...

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December 31, 2018
The end of 2018 from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Thought I had better try and catch up with you all before the year is gone.  November/December have been hard months for me health wise and I got back home for Christmas on Christmas Eve Day.  Yay, thank you Lord.  Spent Christmas with some of our family.  Photos coming.
Might not be a lot more posts in 2019, we will see what progress I can make.  However, there is still a strong urge to kill that stash, so I'm hoping to do a little more stitching yet.  Hoping to infect (lol) one of my granddaughters with the bug ...

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December 29, 2018
Longarm Quilter of the Month: December from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Longarm Quilter of the Month

Whether you aspire to use a longarm sewing machine yourself or want to learn more about the art and craft of quilting, this post is for you. In our monthly series on longarm quilters, we called on Amy Bouchard, owner of Cascading Quiltsto find out more about how she got started and her process for longarm quilting. Here’s what she had to say:

1. How long have you been longarm quilting?

I have been long arm quilting for 8+ years. I purchased my first longarm in 2010. I had zero experience with longarm quilting, although I had a ...

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December 28, 2018
Dennielle's Yankee Diary - fresh off the frame from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Sigh.....big Sigh Christmas shenanigans are done!!  Loved every minute with my crazy family.  Individually they a bundle of energy each, get them in one room and it all grows exponentially!  It was a wonderful day.  I was able to sneak down to the long arm and get a few stitches in before everyone got here.  Pulled off this beauty from the frame.

This is Dennielle's Yankee Diary, you can find her on Facebook at Louanna Mary Quilt Design and on Instagram Denniele Bohannon.  The pattern is Barbara Brackman Yankee Liberty - it was a block of the month in ...

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