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September 15, 2019
Two Quilts, a Top, and WHY WHY WHY??? Oh yeah - zucchini report too. from caledonia quilter

This is a cute Yellow Brick Road quilt.

Love that panto pattern:  Ba Da Boom from Urban Elementz.

This intrigued me.

It's a block I've never seen before, so I had to examine it closely.

Oh and here's THE TOP.  Yeah, I can be a real idiot.  One of the guild members brought this top and put it on a give-away table, hoping someone would decide to take it home and give it some love.  Apparently (!) that someone was me.  Aaand, now I have another UFO.

Most of it is very wonky but ... it just has something ...

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September 5, 2019
Riddle Me This from Appalachian Quilts

I've seen a lot of posts on social media where a quilt was given as a gift and no "Thank You" was received.  Recently, someone posted that she had given a couple a quilt as a wedding gift and had received no acknowledgement.  In her words (loosely), there was no thank you, no why did you give us this thing, no I don't like it.....nothing.  Now the couple is pregnant and she is wondering if she should make them a baby quilt.

By definition, a gift is just that - it is something that we give without any ...

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September 1, 2019
Summer Entertainment and Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

The summer has turned into that beautiful time of year when it's perfect weather during the day... like 25 c., and then nice and cool at night so you can sleep.  Staying indoors with the quilting machine gets hard to do, especially when the weeds are two feet high and the beans are spilling all over the place.
I played the long game when I was booking quilts earlier this year, and allowed myself some breathing room.  And ta-da... I finally loaded the Singapore Batiks that my niece gifted me many years ago.  My plan was to have the ...

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August 23, 2019
Dealing with Quilt Issues from From My Carolina Home

You know, I don’t ask for much when I agree to do longarm quilting for charity.  All I ask is that the quilt have 8 inches of extra fabric both lengthwise and crosswise on the batting and backing.  Particularly when I am quilting for charity (and by that I mean for free, no matter which organization it is for), if I am going to give away over $100 in value for longarm quilting, the least that can be done is provide the proper size backing and batting.  Recently, I was given this one to do, and it had some ...

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Install Red Snappers on Your Longarm Leader Cloth from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Last month I stitched my leader cloth up a notch and added Renae’s Red Snappers to my longarm frame. Red Snappers are basically plastic clamps that secure your backing fabric and quilt top to the frame with no pinning! See how much time this saves in this quilting video:

Click Here to find Renae’s Red Snappers in my Quilt Shop! I’m so happy I gave this clamping system a try because it has already saved me at least ten hours of time I used to spend pinning!

Click Here to learn more about the longarm I’m ...

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August 22, 2019
Save the Date! from Appalachian Quilts

October 4 & 5 Heart of Ohio Quilt Guild will have their biennial quilt show.

Friday, October 4  Hours are 10 am - 7 pm
Saturday. October 5  Hours are 10 am - 3 pm
at     Bryn Du Mansion
         537 Jones Rd
         Granville, Ohio

The Bryn Du Mansion Arts Center will ALSO be sponsoring a Licking County Barn Quilt Tour on that Saturday, October 5.  We will be a part of that tour!  

So, we will be having an Open House that Saturday.  More details to follow in a later post about the Open House, but here is more info on the quilt ...

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August 19, 2019
Quilting Crown of Scraps on a New Style of Sit Down Longarm from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I’m quilting my Crown of Scraps quilt block a second time this week and using a new style of sit down longarm to do it! The Q-Zone Hoop Frame can be set up low so you can sit and quilt. But this is so much easier than quilting on a typical sit down / table mounted longarm because the machine is moving! See what I mean in this video:

Click Here to check out this Q-Zone Frame and Qnique 14+ / 15R longarm. I can also set up this frame taller and stand and quilt too. Lately I’ve been building ...

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August 16, 2019
Three Quilting Designs to Practice Travel Stitching from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Travel stitching is a super important quilting skill to build. It’s basically the ability to stitch a line, then quilt back along that line perfectly. Today I have three fun quilting designs that will be perfect for practicing travel stitching. Learn all three and practice along with me in this video:

Click Here to check out my new sit down longarm! This is the Q-Zone Hoop Frame with the Grace Qnique 15R and I’ve adjust the legs down so I can sit in a chair and quilt. You can also adjust the legs to be tall so you ...

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August 5, 2019
Summer Blue Quilts, Beach Day, & Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

Blue & White quilts are the perfect choice for summer.

This was quilted with "Tracery" pantograph.

Blue & Cream for a little softer effect.

Quilted with "Chocolate Leaves" pantograph.

BEACH DAY
This is the annual get-away celebrated by the Beach Girls (my longarm pack) for two nights to Diane's house.  If you've ever been on any of her bus trips - Diane's Destinations - you know that she is a super organizer who likes to keep her girls entertained.  This year she took us on a shopping adventure to Exeter, St. Mary's, and Coldstream.  I think we all bought stuff ...

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August 1, 2019
How to Attach Longarm Encoders from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I’ve received several questions about how to attach longarm encoders to the wheels of a new longarm.  I decided to shoot a video on how to attach them to both a Grace Qnique 15 and 21 longarm. Enjoy!

Click Here to learn more about the Grace Qnique 21. This larger longarm is only compatible with the larger Continuum Quilting Frame which is available in 8 foot, 10 foot, and 12 foot lengths.

Click Here to learn more about the smaller Qzone hoop frame – You can use your home sewing machine on this frame or our Qnique 15 inch longarm ...

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July 28, 2019
Kaffe Fasset Chevrons, the Annual Zucchini Report, Recipe from caledonia quilter

I love bright quilts.  It must be the inner child in me.  And lord knows, enough people have told me to "grow up" over the years.  Not sure that will ever happen...

**Note - this is a Kaffe pattern, not necessarily Kaffe fabrics.
The simplicity of the design really makes the bright fabrics pop.

S.I.D. and simple motifs.

What a lovely view on the back.

So... after last week's post a friend of mine made reference to me losing my title as Zucchini Queen.  Dammit.  I picked this little guy - it's about the size of my thumb ...

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July 21, 2019
Rosewood Quilt & Garden update from caledonia quilter

Just like with children, you're not supposed to have a favorite.  But I can't help having a few favorite customers.
This is ROSEWOOD, by Moda.  So pretty.

As usual, when I do "custom" quilting there is a ton of stitch-in-the-ditch.

When the s.i.d. is complete I go back and put in the motifs.

This quilt got lots of feathers.

GARDEN UPDATE & THE NO-ZUCCHINI REPORT

Well, this is really embarrassing.  Downright humiliating.  I have a buddy who lives on Manitoulin Island and she has picked her first zucchini.  Me?  I got nothin'.  There is no excuse for ...

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July 15, 2019
Super Spiral on a Longarm Machine? from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This week I’m quilting Super Spiral on my new longarm – the Grace Qnique 21! But wait – aren’t super spirals hard to quilt on a longarm frame? See how this worked because of my super sized longarm:

Click Here to find the pattern for the Patchy Octagon block. Each month I’m sharing two different quilting tutorials: one on a home machine and one on a longarm. This way you can see two different ways of quilting the quilt block using two very different styles of quilting.

Click Here to check out the Grace Qnique 21. This super sized ...

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July 14, 2019
Blue Stripes For Summer & Some Cooking from caledonia quilter

I've got a really interesting customer who designs her own quilts.  Medallion quilts are a challenge at the best of times, so I was VERY impressed by this one.

The quilting was kept simple (by that I mean visually, not technically - anyone who's done stitch-in-the-ditch on a longarm will understand what I'm saying).

Oh, I just LOVE pieced backs.

You can see most of the quilting designs in this pic.

OK, here's my "brag" shot.  That clematis was so gorgeous this year.  Likely because of the cool and rainy spring.  People didn't like that, but ...

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June 25, 2019
Meet two more caregivers from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

This week I'd like to introduce another two caregivers. Caregivers are those that care and often time put the needs of others ahead of their own.   They are driven to insure that others are comforted, loved and their needs are met.  They do this without expectation of reward or recognition. They simply can't themselves, it's just how they are with every fiber of their being.  Even caregivers need some care and that's what Helping Hands is about, trying to provide a little self-care when they need it.  I hope each of the caregivers will wrap ...

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June 23, 2019
Dresden Plate with a Jelly Roll from Cowtown Quilts

Making a Dresden Plate quilt was on my Bucket List (the mental list of the many, many quilts I want to try before I die). Problem is that I really am trying to use fabric I already have. I’m bad about buying jelly rolls, because I figure I can easily make something without having to cut all those strips. But, they sit in my studio.

So, for this quilt, I decided to use one of my Riley Blake jelly rolls. I don’t know if you can see or not, but there are 20 points on these Dresden Plates ...

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Dresden Plate with a Jelly Roll from Cowtown Quilts

Making a Dresden Plate quilt was on my Bucket List (the mental list of the many, many quilts I want to try before I die). Problem is that I really am trying to use fabric I already have. I’m bad about buying jelly rolls, because I figure I can easily make something without having to cut all those strips. But, they sit in my studio.

So, for this quilt, I decided to use one of my Riley Blake jelly rolls. I don’t know if you can see or not, but there are 20 points on these Dresden Plates ...

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A Few More Vintage Quilts from caledonia quilter

Back in April I posted a vintage quilt and the same customer brought a few more.  I always get such a warm fuzzy feeling when these are finished and OUT of the closet.

Log cabin.  Love.

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June 19, 2019
How to Wind a Bobbin on a Grace Qnique Longarm from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I’ve been getting lots of very basic questions on things like how to wind bobbins so I figured it’s time to go back to the basics and cover each of these topics with a short video. Learn how to wind a bobbin on the Grace Qnique 15R /14+ and the Grace Qnique 21 in this video:

Click Here to learn more about the Grace Qnique 15R / 14+I’ve set up this machine on my Q-Zone Hoop Frame in a corner of my office because it only takes up 4 1/2-feet of space!

Click Here to learn ...

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June 17, 2019
Longarm Quilting a Bears Claw Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s time for our last quilting video for the Bears Claw quilt block! I decided to use my new Grace Qnique 21 longarm and quilt this block with zig-zaggy Zippling!

Click Here to order the Bears Claw block pattern for the Friendship Quilt Along.

Quilting the Bears Claw Block with Zippling

I chose Zippling as the design for the border of the Bears Claw block. Zippling is an all-over quilting design so the Cruise setting for the Grace Qnique 21 was perfect. This is a stitch regulated setting that keeps the needle bouncing up and down, even if you ...

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