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May 27, 2015
Finding "Mo"Jo from quiltscapes

A couple of months ago, I introduced you to "Mo", my new-to-me Gammill Classic longarm quilting machine with a computerized Statler Stitcher system.

Because I bought it used, it came pre-loaded with hundreds of designs.  My girls and girlfriends have made some great strides in getting to know this little gem of a machine.

Lauren wanted to make quilted ukulele cases.  (I know, cool!)  This is her ukulele, hand-made by her father-in-law - I think it is stunning!

She is making cases for her husband's and his brother's ukuleles too.

We quilted out 3 yards of fabric using Soft ...

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Having a little fun! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

I was having a little fun this weekend.  I found an orphan block and decided to play a little.  I don’t normally use high contrasting threads but thought I would give it a try… doesn’t get more contrasting than black… LOL

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I used the ProSpine Small for the shape around the outside and the ProLine 8 (my personal favorite) for the straight line quilting.  If you have any lonely blocks lying around, get them out and try something different.

Quilt on, My Friends!


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May 25, 2015
Progress on the quilt from Field Trips in Fiber

Chris and I are pretty routine people. We don’t travel a lot because we like home. So Saturday was a big day for us. We took a day trip to Roanoke (3 hours) to attend a surprise 30th anniversary party for friends. It was a beautiful day for a drive and since we were there we stopped by to visit my Aunt Martha and Uncle Geoff (on my Dad’s side). My Dad’s family could have made up an advanced degree course in family dysfunction but my Dad and Geoff kept a close relationship. He and Chris get ...

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A Gorgeous Scrap Quilt or two from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Look at this, I'm back already and it's only been a couple of weeks.  Been quilting flat tack as I seem to have heaps of custom quilts waiting in the pile and they take time, time, time.

This is my dear friend Felicity's lovely wee sheep quilt with hand dyed hearts.  This quilt came up really well and was easy to quilt with an all over loops and star design.  That's Fliss (for short) holding her quilt up!!

 I used a King Tut 901 on the top and Bottom Line in the bobbin.  This variegation had ...

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May 23, 2015
Lost Quilt from The Quilting Queen Blog

William and I were brainstorming the other day about quilt patterns that I need to write.  I have a few quilts in my collection that are my original patterns but had never that about publishing a pattern for them.  One of them was a quilt he had made himself in his early teens.  I commented that I also needed to write the directions for the other quilt he made.... and the argument began.  He was convinced we have all the quilts he had ever made right here in front of us.  I was convinced there was one more; I even ...

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Scrappy Blue & Gold - and hilarious internet site from caledonia quilter

Here's a gorgeous scrappy blue & gold quilt.  Yea, I have the best job, ever.

Quilting pattern:  Gypsy Feather by One Song Needle Arts.  Yum.

So, there is a quilting forum that I read which should be no surprise to anyone. Someone made the comment "SMH".  Since I have NO IDEA what that means, I went to  Lemme tell you - it's much more entertaining than reading the phone book, and it could take just as long.  Here is a tiny selection from the "S" category that made me giggle:

SIUP ...

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May 20, 2015
More blocks on Lura's Choice from Field Trips in Fiber

4 more blocks complete!

May 21 luras choice 1

May 21 luras choice 2

May 21 luras choice 3 May 21 luras choice 4

So much fun!

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May 19, 2015
Longarm Quilting with Rulers from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

This is a small little Christmas Quilt made using the M […] The post Longarm Quilting with Rulers appeared first on ReannaLily Designs.

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

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May 18, 2015
Winner! Peace By Piece from Sharon's Seams 2 B

I started this quilt, Tula Pink's Butterfly, with Kristi Willard. We both wanted to make one.
We met once a month & worked on blocks. Pam & Kay cleaned out their fabric stashes & gave be a big bag of great blues, greens, & purples. Thank you quilting friends. A great start!

I goofed up on the first set of blocks. Check out the big picture of the quilt &
 see if you can see what I did.

Not just the first one, but several. A little "reverse sewing" was in my future.

More blocks. The colors are not traditional, like me.

Somewhere in ...

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Sunday's WIP, Red Hat Art, and a few thoughts on housework from caledonia quilter

Sometimes, feathers are just the prettiest darned things!

My Red Hat group spent Friday night at the local pub.  We're not usually allowed out after dark (ha ha ha) but we made an exception to take a wee art class.  I don't mind doing things badly - there is a quote that I am likely mis-remembering, but it sort of goes "if you want to be good at something, you have to be willing to be bad at it first".
Our teacher set us all up with easels, canvas, brushes, paint, water, and gave us plenty of instructions to ...

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May 15, 2015
Quilts of Valor May 2015 from The Quilting Queen Blog

Last year I had a goal to complete or quilt at least one Quilts of Valor a month.  I failed miserably!  I didn't even come close!  So I still have that same goal for 2015.  It's already May and I'm behind the eight ball already!  But I did redeem myself and am closer to my goal and catching up.

I quilted not one, but three Quilts of Valor Quilts this month.  My friend Marsha in Oklahoma (who used to live in Texas) makes a lot of Quilts of Valor Quilt tops.  She sends them to me and ...

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Luras Choice update from Field Trips in Fiber

Since I shared the mosaic wall yesterday, today I’ll catch you up on Lura’s Choice. I did all of this Thursday. Yesterday was errands day and today I’m teaching the new owner’s class at Virginia Longarm. Tomorrow I should have the whole day to myself.

The lighting didn’t work out so well but I think you can see most of the quilting on these. I have 7 of 35 blocks done so I’m 1/5 done on the blocks. I’m probably about 1/15th done for the whole quilt!

May 16 - luras choice 1

May 16 - luras choice 2

May 16 - luras choice 3

May 16 - luras choice 4

May 16 - luras choice 5

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This week from Scraps of Life

It has been a real busy week as I am trying to finish up the many quilts that clients have dropped off as well as prepare for an upcoming trip. We are going on an Alaskan Cruise! 
Here are this weeks finishes.
A Fall Strippy for Heather
A baby quilt for Heather
And a Chrstmas Wall hanging, also for Heather. She has been a busy gal! It's always a pleasure to do Heathers quilts.
Last week we had the  most incredible sky at our Summer Home on the golf course. Take a look.
Isn't that amazing! I took ...

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Spring Clean Your a Studio Blog Hop from Petaquilts

Here in Chicago, it seems like spring might have forgotten us, but today was - at least for a few minutes - glorious.  For the first time in about eight months.  I spent the day in my sewing studio.

When I heard that Cheryl Sleboda over at was hosting a spring cleaning blog hop, I knew I had to sign on. My sewing area had turned into a full on hotmess.   Several upgrades,  and a desire to expand my longarm to its full 12 feet created some urgency to get things under control. This blog hop was just the high-pressure ...

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May 14, 2015
A block, a UFO and piles of mulch from Field Trips in Fiber

If I were to post honest photos of what’s going on around here all you would see are a bunch of trees surrounded in mulch. I’ve spread at least 10 truckloads and have only one left. I don’t mind doing it because it’s great exercise and it’s a good break from my normal exercise routine but my wrist is really sore from all the raking so I’m glad to have only one truckload left to do and I won’t bore you with photos.

Yesterday after mulch duty I had my weekly dyeing day ...

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In God's Country! from Bear Patch Quilting

Yup, I'm in Iowa!  Where if you build it, they will come!

Well, a lot of people came to Cedar Rapids yesterday and today for the Machine Quilters Showcase presented by the IMQA (International Machine Quilters Association).  I came for 2 days of classes on a variety of topics.  Some of my sessions are about specialty rulers, quilt photography, and specifics of quilting for shows.  That last class was taught by Gina Perkes, someone I have heard of and read about for quite awhile.  Last week she won a $12,000 prize at the Paducah Quilt Festival for her ...

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May 13, 2015
Quilting Eye Candy 05-13-15 from The Quilting Queen Blog

Yesterday I was run through the wringer... I went to a new doctor here in DeKalb.  I really like her.  She is very personable and quite obvious she's caring.  She is very passionate about medicine and is so thorough.  She ordered a bone density test, a mammogram, all kinds of blood tests, an xray of my elbows that have been in constant pain since before the move, gave me a tetanus shot, and recommended I get a shingles shot.  Wow, she only missed a colonoscopy and a pap smear; which I only have to have every 2-3 years and ...

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A beach, a hill and an almost finished quilt top.... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Hello everyone, finally made it back to say hi and what's happening in my world.  Life has been rather hectic, and of course I managed to get sick again.  All better now and getting back on track.

Anzac Weekend saw my friend Donna and I troop off to Pongaroa to have lunch with my sister.  We used to visit this tiny village with our parents who had close friends living there for some years.  Sounds terrible to say that we have not been back for about 50 years!!!  After lunch we drove on out to Akitio Beach where we ...

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May 12, 2015
Starting the blocks on Lura's Choice from Field Trips in Fiber

May 12 Lura's choice

I finished the SID on the green sashing and made myself start on the sampler blocks. I have to constantly remind myself that I’m not trying to win awards with this quilt. I’m just trying to finish it AND practice custom quilting. I’ve decided to use MonoPoly thread on the blocks because I’m not up for 500 thread changes. I’m going to follow the shibori when I can and use pebbles for filler. In this one I extended the shobori lines into the plain yellow triangles. I think I might need to add some pebbles ...

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Making your backing fabric bigger than your top. from A Pieceful Journey

Let’s take a look at the backside, shall we? Here are a few reasons why your longarm quilter needs you to make your backing fabric bigger than your quilt top.

I talked about squaring up your backing fabric in this post. And I wanted to touch on why your longarm quilter needs you to make your backing 3″-4″ wider and longer. I require a minimum of 3″ more all the way around but I prefer 4″ more all the way around, and this is why. Most often I need to square up the backing, and when I do ...

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