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June 20, 2017
Curvalicious {Pieced Marigold Mini} from Little Bunny Quilts

Thank you for all of the kind words about my Rainbow sampler! It's truly an honor to be temporarily "quilt famous" and have my work recognized in this way. :)

I've been working on piecing my Marigold Mini Quilt this week and now the top is ready to be quilted! As I noted in my intro post, I bought the templates to go along with this project, and it was a very good investment. While it would be nice to have the alignment notches that the Accuquilt cutters add, I didn't find pinning and aligning terribly difficult. I ...

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June 19, 2017
The American Flag Quilt... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Last night I got this awesome American Flag quilt loaded on the frame.  I got the quilting started but it was very hot up there so I stopped. 
 This belongs to a friend of mine.  It's not real big so it shouldn't take me just a few minutes to quilt it.  I'll finish it up this morning before it gets too hot up there and then I will remove it and do the binding today as well.
 I am quilting this with my Becker's Stars or Becker's Shooting Stars panto.  I don't exactly remember ...

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June 16, 2017
Crazy for Crazy Daisy from Butterfly Threads

How cute is my friend Carol Lewis with her version of Crazy Daisy? When I visit guilds I'm always thrilled to see quilts made from Scrap Quilt Secrets and this design was the cover quilt. I just adore her bright colors and energetic version of the quilt, it's like her personality! 

This is my friend Millie's version. She added some really pretty hues of jewel tones and mixed them up with graphic prints as well as brights. Her fun version reversed the flower placement. I like that because it is unique just like Millie. She is wonderful ...

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June 8, 2017
Hernieuwde kennismaking met Susan Smith. from M. Brito de Campos

Afgelopen maandag was ik bij Den Haan en Wagenmakers. Susan Smith gaf er een workshop. Ik heb goede herinneringen aan de vorige keer. Ze heeft mij toen volledig van mijn appliqueer angst afgeholpen. Ik volg haar sindsdien op Instagram en Facebook.
Ik heb voor kleindochter Vera een speelquilt gemaakt van haar ontwerp A day in the Park.

Ik vond het erg leuk haar weer te zien.
Ze vertelt kalm en met passie over haar quilts.
Dit is Chasing Zinnias.
Een geweldig leuk patroon.
Ze had heel veel quilts meegenomen en 
het was erg leuk om ze voorbij te zien komen ...

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June 6, 2017
Christine's Kitchen {My Finished Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

I am excited to share lots of details on my finished Christine's Kitchen Quilt! If you want to see the quilt parade, it is posted here!

I quilted my version of this quilt similarly to my mom's original version -- meanders in the background and loop-de-loop quilting in the dishes. I started with the center dishes and worked my way out -- I did a dish and then all of the meandering around it until I got to the next dish. I used a light tan thread to do the quilting.

For the four patch border, I did loop-de-loops so ...

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May 29, 2017
Introducing Microquilter! from Quilted Joy

Superior Threads recently introduced an awesome new thread called Microquilter. Microquilter is a 100 wt super-fine polyester thread. It is the same weight as Kimono silk (also made by Superior Threads) and Wonderfil Invisafil thread. Microquilter is available in 30 colors including lots of neutrals. Microquilter comes in 3,000 yd cones and is priced at $11.50 per cone.

MicroQuilter Thread quilted on wholecloth
Quilt sample pieced and quilted with MicroQuilter thread by Elizabeth Kodner for a class taught by Judi Madsen.

Microquilter is a very versatile lightweight thread. In the longarm world, its obvious use is for small, dense fillers. It’s perfect ...

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May 28, 2017
Thread Drawing - Wading Bird from Linda's Art Quilts

Today I just couldn't bring myself to toss a remnant of painter's drop cloth so I thought It might be a good pallet on which to practice some improvisational, free motion thread drawing.  Since the remnant was long and narrow, whatever I drew seemed to beg to be elongated.  What better than a long legged wading bird?  This is what emerged.

Here are a few close-ups to show the stitching.
Even though I used two layers of stabilizer under the canvas, the dense, free motion thread drawing tended to make fabric outside of the edges of the bird ...

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May 12, 2017
Christine's Kitchen QAL {Week 8} from Little Bunny Quilts

Welcome back to Week 8 of the Christine's Kitchen QAL! Now that we're done paper piecing, we're in the sprint to the finish line to finish the quilts!

It's applique week! We're making two applique blocks to add to Row #2. Here are my applique tips for this week! Click over to Craftsy for the pattern!
  • If you plan to hand applique, don't forget to add your seam allowance to the templates in this week's pattern.
  • I machine appliqued my blocks -- my stems are 1/4 inch strips (see below) and my flowers ...

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Through The Years from Quilts + Color

This is not the type of quilt I make. I made this for a contest where one had to use Thimbleberries fabric in 1999. It was a finalist but not a winner.
It measures 61 inches square. It has a traditional feel to it and I do like it.
The reason I am sharing it now is because at lunch Tuesday the subject of their fabrics came up in a conversation between Kathy Metallica Cray and myself.
She said she no longer has any of their fabrics and I know I still have a few of their buck bundles I ...

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May 2, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday: Machine Embroidery from McCall's Quilting

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by to see what some of our editors from Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting have been working on.

From Administrative Editor, Deb McDonald:

McDonald Deb 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday: Machine Embroidery

Deb McDonald

This weekend I decided to do a bit of quick and easy piecing. Every year the Quilts of Valor(R) Foundation holds a Block Drive, where they collect blocks to be sewn into quilts for veterans. It’s a great way to support this organization without the commitment of making a whole quilt.

Blocks requested this year are the Snowball and Floating Star. I went through my ...

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April 27, 2017
Speak Up, Speak Out from Art and Quilting in Camden

Emerging briefly from the production tunnel to share my latest piece which, thankfully, I CAN share despite the fact I’ve entered it in the Threads of Resistance Call for Entries (Deadline in about 2-3 days)!  As many of you who have known me for a while know, I haven’t usually been politically involved or spoken out.  This is, in part, the legacy of being a federal employee, when you were not allowed to be political (there were ways you could do it, but it was such a fuss that it was easier just to NOT).   However, the last ...

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April 16, 2017
Mystical Mermaid {Finished} from Little Bunny Quilts

Today, I'm so excited to share my FINISHED Mystical Mermaid quilt with you, as part of Island Batik's April theme of Adventurous Applique.

When last I shared, Ariel looked like this:

For the machine applique, I used Superior Threads' Fantastico in Duchess 5079 (a purple and blue variegated thread -- not an affiliate link) in a small blanket stitch around my mermaid. I will say that this is the most detailed machine applique project I have done to date -- I have done quite a bit of machine applique in other projects but I really had to slow down and ...

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April 7, 2017
Adventurous Applique -- Mystical Mermaid, Part One from Little Bunny Quilts

For April, our Island Batik Ambassador theme is Adventurous Applique!

I'm very excited to be sharing all about the my applique project. I shared the beginnings of this project all the way back at the beginning of March! This week I'll be sharing all about sewing the top and preparing my applique. Next week I'll be sharing about machine applique and quilting this project.

I used the base of our Ready, Set, Soar! pattern as my starting point and pulled some fabrics that had an "under the sea" feel. These fabrics came from the 5 inch x ...

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April 5, 2017
Lunch Box Quilts Trunk Show from Bear Patch Quilting

If you are familiar with Lunch Box Quilts, you might already have used one of their designs for machine embroidery and applique.  If not, we have a special treat for you!

Lunch Box Quilts has loaned us large collection of their samples, and we have them on display during April.  We have already been re-ordering some of the design CD's, they are just that popular!  Some of our talented Bernina employees have already used these designs for samples displayed in the Sew Center.  But this trunk show is wonderful because there are a lot of designs that we just ...

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April 4, 2017
Snowflake Applique from Quilting Momma & The Youngest

I must have a short attention span because I have to constantly switch up my projects and take on more and more and more.

My WIPs (work in progress) are getting a bit out of hand. Does anyone else have this problem? This was my latest WIP however I have motored along and got this one completed.

I love looking at Pinterest and getting new ideas and I came along a picture of a very simple snowflake design. These days I am determined to only use my stash! So I dug through my messy fabric stash drawer seeing if I ...

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April 3, 2017
How to Piece a Daisy Dresden Plate Quilt Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It's time to piece our fourth block for the Machine Quilting Block Party and this month it's a Daisy Dresden Plate!

In this quilting tutorial you'll learn how to turn the edges of the curved petal shapes, piece the twelve petals together, and machine applique the Dresden Plate to your block background. Make sure to watch the entire video tutorial to find all the tips on making this block:

Click Here to find the quilt pattern for Block #4.

The only tricky thing about this pattern is making sure your templates are printed the right size. You ...

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March 30, 2017
For trouble-free machine applique use WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins from Quilt Social


Our WonderFil journey continues! Yesterday, I demonstrated how strong the thread is in WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins by making a foundation pieced block.

Today, I’m going to continue the project and machine applique using DecoBob thread.


Ten stacks of WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins in multiple colors.
WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins


After I left you yesterday, I made more foundation pieced blocks and made some nine patch blocks, assembled the blocks together, and added a 3” border.


A red and white quilt top made of 5 nine patch blocks and 4 foundation piecing blocks. The 9 block quilt has a 3" red border. WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins.
The quilt top is ready for applique


I had a few applique ideas I wanted to try with this piece. When it came time to put my ideas into practice, sadly, none worked ...

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March 29, 2017
Eye catching machine applique with the Brother NQ900 from Quilt Social


Yesterday on QUILTsocial, I showed you how to prep and fuse your applique pieces to make the center of our cute baby quilt. Today, we get to use the Brother NQ900 to do the machine applique!


The Brother NQ900 sewing machine is set up and ready to sew.
Brother NQ900 sewing machine


Let’s select a stitch!

With 240 built-in sewing stitches, including 58 stitches that you can combine, it was hard to decide which stitch to start with!! Usually when I do machine applique, I use a blanket stitch because, let’s face it, my home sewing machine has a limited number of stitches available. But, after seeing the decorative stitches ...

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March 26, 2017

A new Machine Applique Scrappers group met Saturday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Above, Lee Anne shows us the two blocks that she worked on.
Eva, Lee Anne's granddaughter, joined in the fun.

The women brought blocks that they had made earlier.  By earlier, I mean earlier last year or several years ago.  I believe the above blocks were part of a BOM at the AW a few years ago.
Above, is Yvonne's block that she was working on.
You can better see the applique block above.  This is Lee Anne's block all finished.  How adorable ...

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March 2, 2017
Machine applique using the Brother NQ900 from Quilt Social


Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you how I quilted my table runner using the Brother NQ900 machine.


Brother NQ900 machine
Brother NQ900 machine


After finishing my table runner, I decided that I wanted to try machine applique using some of the blanket stitches on the Brother NQ900. There are several stitches that would be suitable and they can be widened or lengthened as required. Again I made some stitch samples to find the correct size and look for my project.

I was using flannel fabric and a heavy-weight thread so I changed to a size 14 top-stitch needle. For my first 5 test ...

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