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August 11, 2019
Machine Applique Sample Finished + Another Grandma's Quilt to Rescue from Cheeky Cognoscenti

You guys -- I finished my machine appliqué project from Karen Kay Buckley's workshop last month!  Well, I finished the top, anyway.  I plan to add borders and then I need to quilt it, but still.  All the appliqué is stitched down and the stabilizer is all ripped off the back, so I'm feeling like I've accomplished something!


I Call it "Underwater Sunrise Garden With Alien Bubbles."  12 x 18
This is a project that I started in a 6-hour workshop hosted by the Charlotte Quilter's Guild.  Here's what Karen's class sample looks like:


"Circles ...

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August 3, 2019
Machine Applique Progress and Continued Long Arm Tweaking from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Testing, tinkering and troubleshooting makes for boring blog posts, which is why I haven't posted in awhile.  Last night I took a break from all of that and spent some time playing with the machine appliqué project from Karen Kay Buckley's workshop.


Leaf By Leaf, KKB Workshop Project Coming Together
I'm enjoying the prepared edge, invisible machine stitched technique and the prep time really is minimal compared to other methods I've tried.  The reason this project isn't finished yet is that I've been having so much fun (and wasting so much TIME!) digging through ...

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July 30, 2019
Stars Around the Garden July OMG Finish from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Stars Around the Garden is a big quilt but somehow I managed to finish it this month. The One Monthly Goal challenge really motivates me to finish something every month. There is no penalty if you don’t meet your goal, but it’s so nice when you do!

No wonder this was a UFO for so long. I had no idea how to quilt it. It also had a lot of parts: slab borders, pieced borders, pieced blocks and an applique center. I really wanted to just quilt and edge to edge pantograph, but in the end, decided it ...

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July 19, 2019
Tree Mini Quilt {Artsy Fartsy Finish} from Little Bunny Quilts

My "artsy fartsy" project for this month is finished!


Here are the previous posts about this project:
Project Beginnings
Machine Applique
Quilting in Progress

Stepping back, I used a light aqua 50 wt. Aurifil to quilt loops in the sky area. I then trimmed the mini quilt into a rectangle.



I used a navy batik for the binding; I used a blue 28 wt Aurifil thread to do the final top stitching. I had never used the 28 wt. before and I really liked it for the binding -- it has more weight than the 40 or 50 wt. threads, but ...

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July 14, 2019
Good Things Happen When You Join a Quilt Guild! Out-of-Print Book Miracles and Workshops With Karen Kay Buckley from Cheeky Cognoscenti

What an amazing week this has been quilt-wise, and all because I joined the Charlotte Quilters' Guild a few months ago!  On Monday, our Southside Stitchers Bee met at Christa's house, where I got lots of needleturn applique stitched down, ate a few too many homemade chocolate chip cookies, and got a tour of Christa's professional longarm quilting studio, Cotton Berry Quilts.    Christa is letting me borrow a set of Handi-Quilter Groovy Boards to try out with my longarm machine for my next charity outreach quilt, to see it that works better for me than trying to follow ...

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July 13, 2019
Quilting in Progress {Artsy Fartsy} from Little Bunny Quilts

I need to come up with a better name for this project than "The July Island Batik Ambassador project using Aurifil thread to make a tree with traces of my and my husband's hands." Suggestions?



This project, whatever I might decide to call it, is now in the quilting stage. As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics and Aurifil threads to use and share with you!

I used an emerald green 50 wt. thread to quilt swirls and echos in the leaves; I used the same emerald green thread ...

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July 11, 2019
Beginning Machine Appliqué from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Let’s talk about appliqué. If you’ve always wanted to try it out, but imagined it might be intimidating, we’ve got the tools, techniques, and tips to change your mind. Appliqué is a lot easier than it looks – and it looks pretty spectacular personalizing and decorating your quilt!

Beginning Machine Applique

Our newest class at Missouri Star is Beginning Machine Appliqué with Courtenay Hughes. In this online class, you’ll learn approachable machine appliqué tips that will build your confidence. You’ll learn:

  • Fusible appliqué techniques with two different fusible webs
  • How to layer multiple fabrics and shades to create your ...

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July 10, 2019
Branches and Leaves {Artsy Fartsy} from Little Bunny Quilts

Did you manage to figure out what I'm making for my Aurifil and Island Batik challenge project this month?


Which of the five backgrounds do you think I picked? What do you think I'm making?


If you guessed the top aqua and using the hands to make the trunk of a tree -- you were right!


This project is going to be all machine applique and almost no piecing! To stitch the edges of the tree, I used a gold-tan 50 wt. Aurifil thread and a blanket stitch.


I was initially hesitant about the light thread on the dark ...

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July 8, 2019
By Wisdom... from From the Strawberry Patch...

... a House is Built. Through perseverance a quilt is finished! I've been working on this one for twenty years, off and on (more off than on!). Last evening I finished putting in that last quilting stitch; so, it isn't truly quite finished yet, it still needs binding, but having this one off the frame sure feels good! The finished quilt, assembled as shown, measures 60" X 63". As soon as I got

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By Wisdom... from From the Strawberry Patch...

... a House is Built. Through perseverance a quilt is finished! I've been working on this one for twenty years, off and on (more off than on!). Last evening I finished putting in that last quilting stitch; so, it isn't truly quite finished yet, it still needs binding, but having this one off the frame sure feels good! The finished quilt, assembled as shown, measures 60" X 63". As soon as I got

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Tracing Hands and Making Plans {Artsy Fartsy With Aurifil and Island Batik} from Little Bunny Quilts

This month our Island Batik challenge theme is Artsy Fartsy! The ambassadors have been tasked with making a project that uses at least three different weights of Aurifil thread. We are supposed to channel our inner quilt artists to create something Artsy Fartsy!


As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics and Aurifil thread to use and share with you!

My plan for this month is to make a fun mini quilt for my hallway that is art quilt-inspired. But also, it's a little on the cheesy side and I ...

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July 1, 2019
Quilt Kit Giveaway Winner from Pieced Brain

Happy July everyone! In the midst of all the preparations for the Fourth of July celebrations, let's stop to congratulate the winner of the Grace quilt kit:

1 Set of 1 Unique Number
Range: From 1 to 24
Set #1
18
What a fun quilt! Great job! I follow you via IG and Bloglovin.

Jodi, I will email you soon to get your address so I can mail the quilt kit. I know you will enjoy making it and the easy machine applique' will ensure this project does not go ...

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June 30, 2019
Take a class with me in Houston! from Art and Quilting in Camden

WOOT! The International Quilt Festival Houston catalog is starting to ship and online registration–yes, ONLINE, with instant knowing if you got into the class, goes live in July (I’ll post when it does). If you’d like to take a workshop with me, now’s your chance because I’m teaching a ton of my favorite workshops. For more detail on any of these classes, please visit the Classes/workshops page of my website and scroll down to the individual class–you’ll find a supply list PDF and sometimes links to blogposts about previous workshops sharing student ...

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June 28, 2019
BACK QUILTING AGAIN....... from The Proficient Needle

Yesterday, I finally started a new project.  It is a quilt I have made many times, but wanted to make for our granddaughter.  She will be 1 in September, and I like to make things in advance!

The pattern is from Quiltmaker No.88 Nov/Dec 2002, called Flock of Dreams.  I made the sheep blocks with a variety of green backgrounds, cutting my sheep from white fleece, and machine appliqueing each to the fabric.   DH suggested that I make one black sheep.  The one with the black hooves is also his suggestion, as he always tell the kids his ...

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June 27, 2019
Grace wall hanging Giveaway from Pieced Brain

This is my 800th post and I am celebrating by showing you a finish. Yepee! My Grace wall hanging is finally quilted and it is hanging in my family room where I see it every day. The quilting is very simple - in the ditch on the blocks (no quilting on the narrow border because I was too giddy to finish it), and stippling on the center to make the applique' pop.

This happy quilt measures 26-1/2” x 30-1/2” and the blocks on the border finish at 4". The machine applique' is super easy to do using the blanket ...

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May 31, 2019
Portraits Quilt for Anna Maria Horner - Part 1 from Wendy's Quilts and More

You may remember that I was so excited when Anna Maria Horner asked if I'd like to make her Portraits Quilt to help showcase the fabrics in Chapter 2 of Conservatory Fabrics.   You can read more about that in my earlier blog post here.

Here are some progress photos, and some tips and tricks if you'd like to make this quilt. Patterns and kits are available from shops that stock Anna Maria Horner's fabrics.

1. The central Dresden Plate block.  

I love it! This is going to make a very dramatic central block in the quilt.





I ...

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May 29, 2019
Just Add Insects from From the Strawberry Patch...

The newest porch quilt to be added to a growing collection; they're all from Kim Shaefer's Calendar Quilts and measure in at the same size; 20.5" X 28.5". This one just needs bugs. I messed up when copying the shapes onto the fusible web and forgot to reverse the images, my version is a variation on the pattern as published. Oh, well; it's an original. I finish all the raw edges so that

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Just Add Insects from From the Strawberry Patch...

The newest porch quilt to be added to a growing collection; they're all from Kim Shaefer's Calendar Quilts and measure in at the same size; 20.5" X 28.5". This one just needs bugs. I messed up when copying the shapes onto the fusible web and forgot to reverse the images, my version is a variation on the pattern as published. Oh, well; it's an original. I finish all the raw edges so that

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April 15, 2019
Q2 Finish-A-Long First Finish from 120 Blocks

Yes, I did complete something already. It was a given that this would be completed since my friend Carolyn’s birthday is within the first two weeks of this quarter. Of course, even though I’ve known this was coming, I put … Continue reading

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April 9, 2019
Vintage Quilt Repair + Mission Impossible: To-Do On Tuesday from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning!  I am astonished to report that, not only did I reach last Tuesday's weekly goal of completing half (24) of the blocks for Lars's Mission Impossible graduation quilt, but my mom and I got ALL 48 blocks done last week.  Woo-hoo!  They are all laid out on my design wall now, waiting to be sewn together.  


Mission Impossible: All Forty-Eight 12 inch Blocks Complete!

I just have a few decisions to mull first, such as:

  1. Am I going to sew these blocks into rows next, or will I sew sets of four 12" blocks together into ...

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