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January 17, 2017
The Storyteller Quilt and "business casual" fashion advice from caledonia quilter

Here is a Block of the Month from Connecting Threads:  "The Storyteller".

The central medallion gave me some challenges as far as quilting designs, but I think it turned out well.

Six borders.  Yah.

Gorgeous back.

This is the only way you can see the Celtic Braid design in the outer border.

BUSINESS CASUAL ATTIRE
This does not qualify.  My advice, if you are expecting customers, is to NOT dress like this.  I was painting the bedroom.  That took me longer than I anticipated, and the customers arrived earlier than anticipated, so, you know... I look bad.
Speaking of painting ...

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January 16, 2017
The Little Engine That Could from Quilting with Care

19 days! There are only NINETEEN days until our grand opening.  Between picking up fabric, ordering notions, planning greatness, and so much more, I have barely had any time to sit at my machine and have a sew date.  “Soon” I keep telling myself… soon.     Soon the shop opens. Soon I will be able […]

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January 14, 2017
Niemeyer Vintage Compass from Emily's Quilting

Judy Neimeyer Vintage Compass

Judy Niemeyer makes fantastic paper pieced quilt patterns!  This quilt is called Vintage Compass, and I had the pleasure of longarm quilting it!

Niemeyer Paper Pieced QuiltWonky QuiltPleasure, that is, once I decided how to quilt it.  Judy Niemeyer’s quilts are showstoppers!  Someone was trusting me to enhance their masterpiece.  I don’t take this lightly.  As someone who loves to sew, I know the hours this person took to get their quilt to this point.  Gulp….

Paper pieced quilts are wonderful in their precise points.  They’re not so wonderful because of seam bulk, however. Any seam not sewn perfectly will make ...

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January 9, 2017
9-Patch Beauty & Meryl Streep from caledonia quilter

The simple 9-Patch block in pastels.  This is such a pretty effect.

The quilting request was to enhance the diamond shapes, and quilt feathers.

That shell feather border is so pretty.

The backing was a nice muted fabric that shows the quilting beautifully.

Last night, I decided to watch the Golden Globe awards.  Normally, I don't watch award shows.  Hubby was glued to the football games, so I figured I could escape upstairs, keep one eye on the tv and the other eye on the weekend Sudoku puzzle.  Lots of pretty clothes, and lots of nice speeches.  I have ...

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January 8, 2017
The Quilt That Kicked My Butt from Emily's Quilting

Machine Quilting Example

Creating longarm quilting designs for quilts is enjoyable to me.  When I’m given the opportunity to “quilt as desired”, I’m even happier.  And that is why this quilt stumped me.  Absolutely just stymied my mind….

Dimensions of the quilt are 104″ x 104″ (even though the customer said 100″ x  100″).  The quilt is well-made, meaning the seams are in alignment more or less as they should be.  A quilt that lays well on my Gammill machine makes my job easier when I’m not patting and smoothing every section of the quilt top.  Also, I was given ...

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January 5, 2017
Back to Quilting: Less is Better from Patchwork Sampler Blog

It’s a cold day today (predicted high of 4 degrees F) and all I really want to do is crawl back into bed under the electric blanket, but there are quilts to be made!

After a month’s hiatus, I finally got back to quilting Jen’s quilt.  She will be using this on her bed and asked me to minimally quilt it so it’s not stiff with thread. After a little deliberation, I decided on this:

Freehand swirly flowers in the floral blocks. 

walkabout quilting

As you can see, the fabric is pretty busy so the quilting doesn’t ...

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January 4, 2017
Gina’s Nine-Patch Challenge from Prairie Moon Quilts

Last fall, I quilted a quilt for a friend and customer, Gina. (I think it’s great that so many of my customers are also my friends!)

Gina received a bunch of 9-patch blocks from a group challenge, and this is what she did with hers!

She sure made them go far — this quilt is huge! And what a great way to tie a bunch of scrappy blocks together.

Here are a few shots of the quilting in progress:

I did a lot of feathers and swirls.

And some close-ups after it was finished:

Here’s the back:

It always ...

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January 2, 2017
Moving, Quilting, & Sew Much More from Quilting with Care

2017 is the year we unlock the doors to Quilter’s Hideaway.  Every day we are one step closer and yesterday was no exception.   Millie moved into her new and final home at the shop yesterday.   Before we moved her I wanted to play with quilting a quilt using a custom design instead of […]

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January 1, 2017
2016- Walking Down Memory Lane from Quilting with Care

2016- A year of finished quilts and dreams in the making.   2016 was a big year.  I started this blog, finished a handful of quilts from my WIP stack (hopefully you were able to, too), Millie joined our family, and we made the decision to open the quilt shop– Quilter’s Hideaway.  2016 was a […]

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December 30, 2016
Did you miss me? from Scraps of Life

Wow it has been a long time and I'm still really not sure how long I will keep this Blog going.

Do people read blogs anymore?

I'm on Instagram and it seems to be the way to go now days. You can find me by searching institchesquiltstudio
I update it almost daily or whenever I have news to share.

SO whats new?
After the rush of Client Quilts in November, the Mr & I took a trip to Mexico for some R&R

And our Daughter & SIL announced that we are going to be Grandparents again!


Our other Daughter ...

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December 27, 2016
A Black & White Christmas from caledonia quilter

Modern quilt, from a Drunkard's Path base.

Love the pillow ticking fabric.

Modern Dresden Fan.

The turquoise really pumps up the black & white prints.

Labyrinth quilt.  So graphic!

You don't dare mix up your piecing with this quilt.

I knocked off work at 2:30 pm on the 24th.  Went directly upstairs and cracked open the Baileys.

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December 14, 2016
Graffiti Quilting Dream Strip Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Graffiti Quilting on my Dream Strip Quilt Graffiti quilting was the plan for this old old old unfinished object, UFO, quilt. The larger solid stripes were perfect to showcase designs and the printed...

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

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December 12, 2016
Santa & Sew Parties from Quilting with Care

Do you have any fun Christmas or holiday traditions? I thought I would share a few of the fun things we did this weekend and a little about how WIP Week wrapped up.  Over the weekend we had our good friends come over and we went to see Santa, ate dinner together, and even made […]

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December 10, 2016
Trout of Montana Trailhead Country from Snowy Days Quilting

custom quilted About Trout quilt

This is the most unique quilt I have had the pleasure of working on. It was made by Tese Shekitka to benefit the Montana Trailhead Country chapter of Casting for Recovery. The quilt is currently being auctioned here. The auction will be open until 10:00 pm Eastern time tomorrow (12/11/2016).

Tese is an artist with exquisite attention to detail. She thought through every element of this quilt, and even modified the pattern to make it more true to life. The blue behind the fish goes from light to dark to look like sunlight is filtering through the ...

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December 8, 2016
Ivy Is Home! from Prairie Moon Quilts

After ten days away, Ivy is home from her spa treatment. (Wouldn’t YOU love to spend ten days at a spa? I know I would!)

While she was gone, I was a nervous wreck, fretting over all the quilts I have yet to get done before Christmas.

But she came home yesterday. The guys from Nolting brought her back, complete with a new frame to ride on, and they set her up in the new room I had all ready for her (finally):

setup

I’ll give you a tour of the room . . .

Here’s Ivy, set up in her ...

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Christmas Envelope Quilt from Snowy Days Quilting

Christmas envelopes quilt sealed with a kiss

Sharon Stoneberger made this festive envelopes quilt to be a Christmas wall hanging in her home. The quilt itself is perfectly square, though my photography makes it appear otherwise. The pattern for this quilt is Sealed with a Kiss. It's in the Hearts Aplenty book by Lynda Milligan and Nancy Smith.

What's really fun about this quilt is that all of the envelopes are 3-dimensional.  Each of them can be opened to hide a little trinket if desired.  I don't think Sharon is planning on stuffing the envelopes, but she did say she will likely add a ...

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December 5, 2016
Bear Paw Quilt and the First Cold of the Season from caledonia quilter

Isn't this a beautiful Bears Paw quilt?  I love the addition of trees in the border.

Stitch-in-the-ditch: the borders, the trees, setting triangles, sashing, perimeter of the bear paw block, and green ribbons.

Half inch straight lines in the background.  Motifs in all the pieced units.

With the colour variation between the brown border and the brown setting triangles, I treated them separately instead of quilting as all one unit.

Evergreens were added to the tree border, along with windy/cloud background fill.  In between the pieced trees there is a bit of grass quilted in to fill the ...

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December 2, 2016
Crazy Daisy from Snowy Days Quilting

craisy daisy wallflower quilt

This quilt was made by a client that prefers to remain anonymous. She was inspired by Missouri Star Quilt Company's Wallflower Quilt tutorial. I love that she went off-pattern to add the centers, stems, and leaves to the flowers.

She named the quilt Crazy Daisy because one flower isn't quite like the others. It's falling through the quilt and its petals are all mixed up! I love the creative flourish.

craisy daisy wallflower quilt

The other unique detail on this quilt is the small yellow flange between the quilt center and border. It adds just a little peek of interest and ...

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December 1, 2016
Happy Wedding, Stephanie and Christopher!! from L&R Designs Quilting

labeled-and-ready

Last month we celebrated the marriage of our daughter, Stephanie to Christopher!  It was a magical night and couldn’t have been more perfect for two very special people.  I’m a quilter but Stephanie is a photographer!  Check out her amazing work here!

The quilt I chose for Stephanie and Christopher is a quilt I made a few years ago.  It’s the quilt she asked to inherit but I didn’t want to wait that long to give it to her!  It’s also one of my bucket list quilt and one of my favorites.  It’s a ...

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November 27, 2016
Is Your Longarm Quilter A Drinker? Maybe This Is Why... from caledonia quilter

If you are a longarm quilter yourself, you'll look at these photos and (probably) laugh.  Or at least snort a little.  If you have ever heard me refer to someone as "a sweet little old lady", this is the kind of customer I'm referring to.  And there is no need to "tsk tsk" me - this particular woman is in her 80's and does not have a computer, so she'll never see this.  Considering her failing vision I'm happy that she is still quilting at all.  But getting her tops quilted is still a bit of ...

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