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May 5, 2020
My Pattern Design Business Experience - Part Two! from Quilting Affection



Welcome back to the second part of my blog series about my experiences in starting and running a quilting business. Last week, I gave a quick introduction to myself and how Quilting Affections Designs came about. This week I am going to focus on the question on if starting a quilt pattern design business is right for you.


To start, I know everyone is different, with different dreams, talents, lifestyles, and financial needs. Which means that everyone’s reason for wanting to start a business will be different. For me, I think it came down to wanting to quit the ...

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April 28, 2020
My Pattern Design Business Experience - Part One! from Quilting Affection


Starting a quilt pattern design business may sound like a lot of fun and a great way to earn extra income. The reality is that quilt pattern design is a challenging profession that requires and a lot of time and dedication with a lot of hard work. With that in mind, I decided to devote a blog series to my experiences in running a pattern design business from my home. I hope that in sharing the struggles that I have faced and what I have learned will help others decide whether they would want to take the challenge of professionally ...

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April 15, 2020
Stellar from Appalachian Quilts

I made the little girl quilt....but what about a boy??  The most recent baby quilts I have sold have not at all been what I thought people would be shopping for in a baby quilt.  In listening to the shoppers, I took mental notes.  That's how I came up with Stellar.  Stellar is a commercial pattern that utilizes 12 fat quarters.


I probably spent more time fiddling with these background pieces that I did piecing them together.  I was so thankful to have that new design wall!


After I laid out the background, I had to put the ...

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April 13, 2020
Tea for Kate Kitchen Quilt. from I Patch and Quilt

It has been a while since you saw anything from this kitchen project. The blocks are from the ‘Tea for Kate’ set that I designed in 2016.

This is what I started out planning.

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I used lots of Alison Glass fabrics combined with lots of ‘pretty friends’. The blocks are 12x 12 inch and I added a 3 inch border. It will be a 30″x42″ wallhanging.  I used all different white-on-white fabrics for the background.

This quilt will go on a wall near my kitchen, and I decided to use a double batting: 100% cotton on the bottom an ...

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April 11, 2020
Quilting around the corner – type 5 from I Patch and Quilt

Happy Saturday!

The sun is out, the flowers are in bloom, enough fabric to quilt up, good music on the radio… Let’s focus on the good today!

Here is the fifth way you could quilt around the corner with a ribbon candy. I have dubbed it ‘Curl’ as that is last shape you stitch before reaching the corner.

Do you see how, in the drawing below, the blue Ribbon Candy (coming in from the left), turns into a purple curl? You stitch that curl when you are the closest as possible to the corner/diagonal (white dotted line). Finish ...

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April 5, 2020
Quilting around the corner – type 4 from I Patch and Quilt

Welcome everybody!

Today I will show you a fourth option for going around corners using the Ribbon Candy pattern.

The concept of this option ‘Flow’ is quilting up to the diagonal in the corner (white dotted line). Once you are close to that diagonal you quilt, in one fluent movement, a corner flourish.

You can create a full stop of course, before going into that flourish. I actually prefer that full stop, so I can have a moment to think and plan my next movement.

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You can merge your lines in the inner corner or use loops to get to ...

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March 25, 2020
Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 10 from I Patch and Quilt

Hello everybody!

I hope you are all safe and healthy. Many of you are homeschooling children, taking care of family members and / or friends and trying your best to stay healthy and shelter in place. I do hope you can make some time for yourself and enjoy some quilting or just look at pretty quilts.

I have new 4 pattern ideas with several variations for you today to feast your eyes on.

The first pattern is one that is pretty easy to grasp: a simple curl or swirl is added at the tops and bottoms of the Ribbon Candy. Click ...

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rug finish from Making A Lather


It's bad enough as a home body, with everything cancelled, I have no frame of reference.

I finished this little rug hooking wall hanging. It needed pressed and blocked. And I needed a little finish.


I used a piece of the background wool to make the back.


I finished the customer quilt I was working on last week and it was delivered.


and I am cutting scraps a little at a time. I seem to be wanting triangles.


I am linking:

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March 18, 2020
what I'm working on today from Making A Lather

What I'm working on is catching up on some customer quilts. They have waited far too long. Hubby is sleeping in the chair and the quilts are calling me.


I love scrappy quilters - they leave happy surprises in the quilt which makes me smile.




I am linking:

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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
Quilting around the corner – type 2 + 3 from I Patch and Quilt

Welcome to the second post on quilting around the corner with a Ribbon Candy pattern. Thank you all for your positive reactions to the first post. I hope that the explanation of type 2 and 3 will be as equally motivating to go and tackles those corners.

In type 1 we worked our way to the outer corner of the border. Today I have two options for reaching the inner corner. In type 2 we will use the same principe as in type 1 with a straight premarked straight line. In type 3 we use a premarked curved line to ...

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March 12, 2020
Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 9 from I Patch and Quilt

Now that we have studied the basic shape of the Ribbon Candy pattern in part 8 of this series, we can ‘pretty it up’!

Start with a large Ribbon Candy and then add a second ribbon where you cross at the middle line of the pattern. Click here, to be direct to YouTube to see this pattern come to life.

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Animated tutorial 032 – Ribbon Candy – Lush

Yes, we can try that with three ribbons of course. Just make sure you have enough height in that border. In my sample the stitched pattern is 2″ high. I have found this it ...

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March 10, 2020
Quilting around the corner – type 1 from I Patch and Quilt

Several people who commented on my posts on my blog or on Facebook/Instagram requested information on how they could quilt around a corner using the Ribbon Candy pattern, just like you would do in borders around a quilt.

So I started drawing to see what I could come up with.  Almost directly, I came to the conclusion I had to order the corner options into different types. These types are not definitive as some options/types are similar, but I hope they will help you decide which ones you would like to try.

Today I will share a few ...

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February 18, 2020
Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 7 from I Patch and Quilt

Welcome back for another round of freemotion tutorials! This is the last of the posts dedicated to the WISHBONE pattern variations, but there will be more tutorials, do not worry! I have a whole set of ideas planned out concerning the RIBBON CANDY pattern. Endless possibilities!

Some of you may have noticed that somewhere in the blogposts, I skipped tutorial number 18.  Oops!  So…. here is then; an elegant curl variation. You backtrack a little bit in this variation to add the little curl inside of the loop. Click on this LINK to be directed to YouTube for the animated ...

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February 6, 2020
Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 6 from I Patch and Quilt

Hello again to you all!

This is 6th installment of this series of Freemotion pattern ideas based on the Wishbone pattern. In this blogpost I am focusing on changing the shape the loops of the Wishbone.

First up for today is this triangular design. The regular round loops are now turned into triangles. I did spruce it up a bit by changing heights. Click on this LINK to be directed to YouTube.

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Animated tutorial Wishbone – 019 Egyptian.

 

While scrolling through Pinterest I encountered an image of a tutorial created by Lori Kennedy based on a the exact same idea of ...

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January 24, 2020
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been slowing cutting and piecing 6.5" squares for Annapolis Quilts for Kids. I came to the realization that I would never be able to make all those squares into quilts so I packed them up and dropped them off with the coordinator. I'm sure she will bundle them up with other blocks, borders, and send them to her piecers to construct tops. I'm sure I'll see some of these blocks in finished tops at some point. I'm looking forward to it.
Panel with pieced border constructed by another member of Annapolis Quilts for ...

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January 23, 2020
Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 5 from I Patch and Quilt

Hello again!

Are you ready for some more wishbone variations?

The last two tutorials (in part 4 of this series) may have been a bit complex for some quilters with all of that mirroring going on. These next two new tutorials will have hearts as well, but not the complexity of the previous patterns.

Two regular wishbone loops and one heart… ready, get set, GO!

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Animated tutorial Wishbone Variations 013 – Loving Hearts

 

You have the option to create the heart shapes as you like them. For me, it really depends on the rhythm of a pattern to do one heart-shape ...

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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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January 14, 2020
Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 4 from I Patch and Quilt

Hello dear quilty friends,

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my previous posts on the series of wishbone variations! It is truly heartwarming to see so many people being enthusiastic about this project of mine. There have been quilters on Facebook who have shared their work inspired by the tutorials… it is just wonderful! If any of you too have tried to create wishbones with one of these tutorials,  please let me know. I would LOVE to see your work!!!

I would like like to share one specific FaceBook group with you that wholeheartedly welcomes quilters who use ...

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January 4, 2020
Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 3 from I Patch and Quilt

Happy New Year to you all!

Let’s start these ‘Roaring Twenties’ with some new tutorials based on the Wishbone Quilting pattern with some Ribbon Candy thrown in too.

In the previous post I shared two options of alternating a large and small wishbone. But there are more options, of course!

The first one is really dense and consists of a large, medium and small wishbone being repeated from large to small and back. It may look more structured if you widen the loops. Is there anybody willing to try ?

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Tutorial Wishbone Sequence A.

 

For my taste it is a ...

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