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March 31, 2020
Entertainment During The Pandemic, UFO's, Quilt Ideas, Local Happenings from caledonia quilter

At the moment I still have seven quilts here that I will be working on.  As they're ready I'll contact you and arrange a porch pickup.
I am not taking in any quilts until the provincial restriction on non-essential businesses has been lifted.  I realize you might find that to be an inconvenience, but as a rule I do what the "people in charge" tell me to do. Depending on how long this situation persists it might mean your booking in May gets delayed until Julember, or whenever.  With all the UFO's that are being ...

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March 23, 2020
Jason Yenter Quilt and the Caledonia Pandemic Update from caledonia quilter

This is one of those quilts that scares me a little bit... I used lots of the "stand-and-stare" technique.

I will probably NEVER tackle a quilt like this - so much applique and paper piecing, with an on-point medallion setting.

I think at one point I had seven longarm rulers out - straight rulers, curvy rulers, circles, ...

I also needed chalk, a blue wash-out marker, and the IQ.  Along with some collaboration from the Beach Girls. 

Beautiful back.

In my last post I mentioned that some things had been cancelled with the Coronavirus epidemic, and that the grocery store was out of ...

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March 17, 2020
Current Goings on…… from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Hi all, I hope you are all well and surviving our nationwide quarantine!  We are social creatures and this surely is gonna test us… what’s the saying… what doesn’t kill us will make us stronger.  Please follow all the directives so this can be over sooner rather than later.  While I realize that this is serious,  I need to try and maintain my sense of humor (hence the picture above) or I will go absolutely crazy.

First things first…. my online classes (not iQuilt) are on sale 25% off!  Use code 25OFF   The kits associated with both the ...

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March 15, 2020
What happened to February???? Lovely Embroidery from caledonia quilter

I have obviously been M.I.A. ...almost a month since I last posted?  Well, let me catch you up.

Oh, such a beautiful embroidered topper... tablecloth?

The maker is such a wonderful woman, she embroidered my name on there too.

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February 20, 2020
The Space Between Heartbeats from Prairie Moon Quilts

If you watched the Craft in America episode on Quilts, and you paid close enough attention during Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s portion, you would have seen her working on a quilt on her design wall during the episode.

After Victoria finished the top, she sent it to me for quilting, and we had several discussions about how I was to quilt it. As she usually does, which helps me a lot, she sent me a full photo of the quilt top, and I printed out several copies and scribbled my ideas from our conversations all over them until I had ...

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February 17, 2020
Winterruption Recap from caledonia quilter

This year Winterruption took place from Feb. 13th to Feb. 18th.  Since Feb. 13th is GALENTINES Day, I made us all tiaras.  These girls are such a fun bunch, we wore them every night.

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February 14, 2020
Rulers for Rookies 2: The Next Step!!!!! 15% off this weekend from Lisa H Calle's Blog

So I realize that it’s been a while!  I apologize.  I have started to accept customer quilts again, it’s difficult  to try and get it all done but I’m trying!

I have had this new Rulers for Rookies 2 Kit in the works for quite a while now.  I can say as of today…. it is done!   I had so much fun designing this panel!  It comes with 5 different rulers.  ProCircle 7, ProEcho 12, ProPebble 3/4 – 1.75, Pro and my favorite…. the ProLine 8!

There is also a class to go along with this ...

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February 2, 2020
Two More Off The List, Superbowl Prep, and the 2020 Pet Peeve from caledonia quilter

Every year I make a list of projects that I want to complete.  I call it my DO-IT CHALLENGE.  The first week of January my new list for 2020 included "complete 3 UFO's".  Well, by golly, here it is just past the first month end and I've knocked that one out of the park already.   

APPLE CORE  The pieces were cut using JAWS, and I used a pattern from the Accuquilt web site.  I increased the size of the quilt by quite a bit - it's plenty big enough for DH to take a nap under.

This is ...

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January 30, 2020
Circular Reasoning quilt from Flying Parrot Quilts

I realized I hadn’t posted about Circular Reasoning, one of the three quilts I’ll have hanging at QuiltCon this year. I actually started this quilt several years ago, but only finally finished it this summer. This is the first time I have a quilt in the Appliqué category, though it was a bit of a debate whether to put it there or in the handwork category, because it’s all handwork.

The quilt was (very!) loosely inspired by an ad for a rug that popped up on my Facebook feed; the pattern of slubs in it gave me ...

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January 29, 2020
Sunshine on a Cloudy Day from Allen Quilts

I had this adorable, cheerful client quilt under my needle to brighten the cloudy, cold, wet day we had. We were supposed to get 4″ or more of snow overnight and into the afternoon, but we ended up with only a dusting. I spent the rest of my quilting time today working on more star… Continue reading Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

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January 24, 2020
Good Day from Allen Quilts

Today was just a good day. I had my two youngest grandsons and they were a blast today. A client dropped off a quilt for me to longarm quilt for her. And, I got a nice squishy in the mail from Missouri Star Quilt Company. In addition to the two lovely quilt backs I bought,… Continue reading Good Day

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January 19, 2020
Jelly Roll Heart Quilt & New Year's Happenings (1 UFO down...) from caledonia quilter

This is a lovely, modern Jelly Roll quilt.

I really like the way the pantograph echoes the heart shape.

On New Years Day I stuck with my traditional activity - a friend came over, we stitched the afternoon away, then had Chinese Food for supper.
I started the year off by putting these UFO blocks together - this was a Block of the Month project at the Caledonia guild in 2016/2017.  After I completed the blocks I decided I was tired of the colours - I think I have too much red/yellow/blue in my house these days.

I completed the ...

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January 18, 2020
Prairie Points & Mug/Rug Swap from caledonia quilter

This is another one of those quilts where I hoped the maker would not come and pick it up after quilting.  Sadly, that didn't happen and it has gone back home.  The name of the block is Granny's Stars.

Prairie Points are definitely a challenge.  Once it's loaded on the longarm, flip the points OUT, baste one inch inside the base of the points, and leave the basting in.  Don't quilt anything beyond that - the maker will be turning the backing under and needs that space to work in.

The yoyo's added another bit of ...

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January 16, 2020
Late Start to a Busy Day from Allen Quilts

Today and tomorrow are my son’s days off so I’m not keeping my two littles and have my days filled with my own activities. However, I really overslept this morning. On the to do list is a workout, paperwork for our oilfield business, some stitching on a commissioned quilt for a client, and cooking up… Continue reading Late Start to a Busy Day

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January 15, 2020
Having a Bear of a Time! from Appalachian Quilts

It occurred to me that I haven't shown you anything quilty in a while.  I've been trying to balance things out between the farm, the workshop, etc.

Today's quilts were two somewhat identical projects.  Both were quilted with the panto "Baby Bear".  Sorry about the lighting, to get the whole quilt in the shot we had to hold it up there pretty high.  :)

The customer used lots of fun batik fabrics and having the black background just made those colors *pop*.

I tried to get a close-up of the actual pantograph.  This one came out pretty well ...

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Orange from Allen Quilts

I loved this orange and white Irish Chain client quilt that I had the pleasure of quilting recently. My client asked me to keep the quilting simple. I decided an orange peel design would be perfect. Sometimes less is more and simple can be stunning. … Continue reading Orange

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January 8, 2020
The best alternative from Gayle Bong Quilts Too

It's winter in Wisconsin. We don't have snow now, but it's coldish. The best alternative I know to being out in the cold is spending time in the sewing room. Our temperatures have been a bit above normal the last month, so I get outside on good days for a hike. Now that hunting season is over Mark and I have started to work in the woods again, thinning the understory and stacking brush and wood from fallen trees. It's great to work in the woods when there is no snow and the leaves are off ...

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January 3, 2020
How to Attach an Idler Rail to Your Continuum Frame from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Yep, I’m modifying my Continuum Frame once again, this time by adding an Idler Rail to the back! Learn what this rail does and how to install it in this video:

Click Here to find an Idler Rail for your Continuum Frame! – It’s never too late to add extra rails and make quilting easier and faster. The Idler Rail is a very easy upgrade and will speed up the process of advancing your quilts.

Click Here to learn more about the Continuum Quilting Frame – This is my favorite frame because it will continually grow with you (hence the ...

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December 22, 2019
Christmas Quilts from caledonia quilter

Most years I show you my same three Christmas quilts - one for the King bed, one for the Queen bed, and one for the living room.  THIS year I'm showing you some customer quilts.

This is a gorgeous selection of Cardinal fabrics.  It's not exactly a Christmas quilt, but the birds always evoke winter.

This one's really cute - just squares of Christmas fabrics stitched into a throw.

There's a ton of work in this one - Round the Twist or Garden Trellis quilt.  This version used a lot of half-square triangles.

And a very Canadian hockey quilt ...

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December 15, 2019
Hong Kong Nights Quilt & Donation Quilts (2019 personal challenge) from caledonia quilter

This quilt is realllly big.  I had to tip the tablet cattywampus to get a pic.

The maker used a beautiful collection of Asian prints for the blocks.

And I absolutely love the corner triangle she added.  That provides such an interesting touch.

Oddly enough, those print blocks are all cut on the bias.  I was really impressed that they were not stretched out of square when the 3-d flange was added to them, and then additional sashing too.  She's a really, really good piecer. ⭐
The setting triangles were a design challenge for me.  When you actually LOOK at ...

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