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August 24, 2016
Bunny Hill Fun from Sharon's Seams 2 B

These beauties were pieced & appliquéd by Dianne. I love all of the Bunny Hill Design patterns. 
They are so fun to quilt!

This one is the Simple Pleasures pattern.

So many fun details. I really loved the bird picnic!

This one is Pumpkin Hill.

The back always show the quilting details.

If you hear a buzzing sound. That's me & my machine. Busy & loving it!

Here are a couple pics of sunset from this week. Don't forget to look!


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August 23, 2016
Continuous Path Quilting Design from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

How to Quilt Clamshells in a Continuous Stitching Line The quilting lines pictured above are in a continuous line. One single stitching line is made, without breaking or stopping, to create the whole...

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

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August 22, 2016
Bright! Stripey! and Cheap Entertainment/Red Hats/Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

If this doesn't keep her warm and cozy this winter I don't know what will.

Oh, I just love these colours!

Great pattern - lots of movement.

I could get myself in all kinds of trouble now.  The new DSW has opened in Ancaster.  I stopped in after our Red Hat Pot Luck/Pool Party, where we got into complex discussions about things like folding & rolling your underwear.  Which I actually DID when I got home.   :-)

I made up for the shoe purchase by getting free entertainment.  Waterdown hosted a brand new festival this past weekend, so ...

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August 19, 2016
BERNINA Longarm…. Basting stitch from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Hi all,

I had a request the other day to see how I do the basting with my BERNINA longarm.  So bear with me….  I need to purchase a tripod adapter for my iPhone so videoing will be easier.

When I am working on a quilt of my own, I will make a minimum of 3 passes through the quilt.  My first pass will be all of my dividing lines and stitch in the ditch work.  If you are saying to yourself… dividing lines?  Here is a link to my DVD  Divide and Design.   Or if you like online classes ...

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August 17, 2016
T-Shirt Quilt Camp – Wrap-Up! from Quilted Joy

On Saturday, our fearless adventurers finished up their T-shirt quilts on the third day of T-Shirt Quilt Camp.  In their first session, they learned how to use the heat press to stabilize their T-shirts, then selected a layout for their tops.  In the second session, they cut out sashings and borders and assembled much of their tops.  Once their tops were finished, both students chose to go through longarm certification so they could quilt their quilts (as well as others in the future!) on our APQS longarm quilting machines.

Barb tests different layouts for her T-shirt quiltRent the Heat Press from Quilted Joy to interface your shirts for t-shirt quilts quickly and easily!

Liz discusses the different options for laying out T-shirts in a quilt at Quilted Joy

Pam brought T-shirts and other athletic clothing from her daughter’s ...

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Hello again! from Scraps of Life

Have you had a good Summer so Far? I sure have, and a busy one too as you can probably tell because there haven't been many posts here.  But that is what Summer is about right? 
Slow down and enjoy it!

We have had a family reunion, a couple of road trips & lots of time at our Summer Home at Trestle Creek Golf resort. Perfect!

I worked on a project for me
 Family Reunion in SK
 Hexies are perfect for  Road Trips 

A visit To Hamels Fabrics in BC on one of our trips
 The Grands came for 10 ...

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August 15, 2016
Saving a Relic, Zucchini Report & Recipe from caledonia quilter

Who can explain why we decide to "love" something?  The owner of this old coverlet doesn't know why she felt the need to save it, but save it we have.

It was originally hand quilted without batting, making it a summer coverlet.  It was still lovely though, and very contemporary (think Modern, Solid Fabrics, Geometric).  The original coverlet was left untouched. We added a thin batting of 100% cotton and a white muslin backing.  Then I did s.i.d.  Period.

Here's a shot of the new back.  The original Baptist Fan quilting is still evident on the ...

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My Quilting Project…. from Lisa H Calle's Blog

So I have taken some time to get back to my quilting.  It feels like its been ages.   I’d have to look but I think I finished piecing this 2 years ago.  I ‘m sure Facebook will remind me at some point . LOL  I remember piecing this center…. it just about killed me trying to make the corners work…


So it is loaded on my machine and this is where I’m at…

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doing some grid based quilting…. ala Gina Perkes…. also using my ProPebble ruler 1-2  to make the arcs…


Here is a great picture of the texture ...

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August 14, 2016
Renter Roundup – Chickens, 54-40 or Fight, and the Fence Rail from Quilted Joy

Time to catch up with the renters!  We get to know our renters more and more each time they finish a quilt on one of our APQS machines.  Tracie is an excellent example.  She has quilted several quilts recently and we’ve noticed a certain tendency towards…CHICKENS!!!  Backyard chicken farming has been very popular in the past few years so she’s on trend with these two quilts.

Tracie's applique chickens quilt with the Jessie's Swirls quilting design

In this first quilt, Tracie has combined large patterned setting blocks, blocks made up of four half-square triangle units, and solid fabric setting blocks with appliqued chickens.  If you look closely ...

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August 10, 2016
New York Beauty… con’t from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Here is where we left off on Tuesday… its worth repeating… if you don’t like your dividing lines (the scrolls on this design that are dividing up the areas) you won’t like your end product!!


You all know that I love feathers so that is what I decided to go with…. however, this design would look good if you skipped over the design work and just did fills…


I added some  feather and some little pebbles along the scrolls.


I then decided ribbon candy would look good in the 1/4 circle.  What do you think?  it will ...

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August 9, 2016
New York Beauty!! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Hi all,

This post is a little late.  But better late then never.  :)

New York Beauty…. I think I am going to be making one of these now.

I thought for this one, I would go a little more in depth of my thought process so bear with me…



I wanted to start by dividing this block but I didn’t want to just go with curves or straight lines.  I love how scrolls can look especially when they intertwine and go behind things… The first thing I started with was the middle diamond.  I was unsure of how this ...

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August 8, 2016
Design wall 8/8/16 string borders from Always Quilts

Here it is, another Monday has rolled around. I missed posting my design wall last week as we were on our way home from a quick vacation and then jumped right into work that needed to be done. Fruits and vegetables were ready to be picked and dealt with. I’ve got a freezer full of peaches, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and cantaloupe, all ready for smoothies! Yum!! The tomatoes are slowing coming around, but finally did get enough to can a few quarts yesterday.

We went through Omaha on our way home, so we stopped at Accuquilt and I finally ...

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Pink & Brown 9-Patch, An Outing Recommendation, and Zucchini Report with Recipe from caledonia quilter

There is something about pink & brown that reminds me of my childhood.  That must have been a popular colour combination in the sixties.

All of the piecing was s.i.d., then a motif was added to the setting squares.

Mmmm, love the back.

If you enjoy ART QUILTS you should take a drive to the Stratford Perth Museum and visit the SAQA exhibit.  Wonderful quilts!  The exhibit is on until Sept. 5th, and the museum is open seven days a week.

Picked this week:  6
Picked YTD:        18

If you assume that a zucchini would cost one ...

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August 5, 2016
Friendship Star.. take? from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Hi all,

I am trying to get caught up and organized after that sale.  It was a whirlwind and the feedback on the new site and new packaging was great.  Thank you.

I did not get a chance to draw up a new design but Dagmar Eu was kind enough to send me her design and I must say I really like it.

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I am hoping to get back to drawing and quilting… I actually came close to turning on my machine but it hasn’t happened.  I am determined to work on my quilt next week, I need to ...

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August 3, 2016
Home Sweet Home from Snowy Days Quilting

This precious Home Sweet Home quilt was made by an anonymous client. She had me custom quilt it, so each part of the quilt got its own special treatment.

custom quilted home sweet home quilt with quilted mariner's compass

In the wide house borders, I freehand quilted bushy trees. They evoke the feeling of a tree lined street in a cozy neighborhood. I left the narrow red brick borders blank so my client can embroider "home sweet home" around the quilt.

custom quilted home sweet home quilt

The houses were a lot of fun to quilt. I matched each house to its own thread color. I used a ruler to keep the lines in the roofs ...

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August 2, 2016
I Have a Finish! from Allen Quilts

Oh it feels so good! I finished Baby C’s quilt tonight. I can’t wait to get it washed and take it to him. ❤️ I love the 10 Minute Block pattern and tutorial. Such a fun, fast and easy pattern.  I have so many WIP’s … Continue reading I Have a Finish!

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August 1, 2016
Friendship Star – Take 1 from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Today is the last day for the 15% off sale over at!  Don’t miss out!

I have skipped over the Hunter’s Star since the Lemoyne star was so much like it.  I am going to slow down on these posts as I want to actually have some time to quilt my next competition piece.  So I will be posting progress pictures of that.  I am hoping you all will give me some motivation to finish it… or at least get a move on it. LOL   So I will post blocks pictures on Monday and Friday and ...

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July 31, 2016
Log Cabin with Panels & Super-romantic Anniversary Gift & Strawberry Rescue from caledonia quilter

Here's a woods-ey, autumn-ey Courthouse Steps Log Cabin with 16-patch centers.  And panels for the alternate blocks.

Whew - that's a lot of description!  I cross-hatched the panels.

I quilted s.i.d. in the logs, with a motif in the 16-p centers.

The borders were s.i.d., and border designs were quilted in.

This is a yummy light blue flannel back.  But OMG, it was so HOT when I was quilting this, that just the thought of flannel was making me feel faint.

Aah, the romantic anniversary gift.  Nothin' says lovin' like a new roof and insulation ...

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July 29, 2016
Storm at Sea – Take 3 from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Here is the last design for the storm at  sea… let me know what you think..

Step 1:  I used some wavy lines and scrolls to divide up this block.



Step 2:  Some fun continuous curves…


Step 3:  Straight line echoing around the exterior…


Here is the view of the “quilt”




I’d say this is lightly quilted for me.  LOL

Next up is the Hunter’s Star block!


Have you made it over to yet…. don’t miss out on the sale.


What will you create?


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July 28, 2016
Mountain Biking Quilt from Snowy Days Quilting

Bonnie Andes made this quilt as a wedding gift for a couple of mountain bikers. Since mountain biking is their passion, she wanted that to be reflected in their quilt. She used a variety of bicycle prints from the Cycles of Life fabric line by Kristen Berger for Maywood Studio.

disappearing hourglass quilt bicycles and hills pantograph

Bonnie requested bicycles in the quilting to tie it all together. After some searching, I found the perfect design: Bicycles and Hills by Marci Gore.

Since the quilt already has so much white, she decided to go with a darker thread to add interest to the lighter areas. We went ...

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