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January 25, 2022
Checking In from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

 So how is your January stitching coming along?  This past weekend, I traded my messy desk and cluttered studio for a cabin in a snowy central Ohio state park where a friend and I hung out stitching and talking.  It was so cold we didn't even leave the cabin except to check out the geese on the river flowing past the back porch.  It was a very pleasant break!

Of course, I took more than I could reasonably expect to work on but I made sure what I did do would push a couple projects forward in a significant ...

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January 23, 2022
Fabulous Finish....Number 3 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

Fabulous Finish....Number 3


This is the 5th in a series of

Barn Lot Quilts

I was working on in 2019...



There was still a bit of machine quilting

that needed to be finished up on this one:


Can you see the rusted horse shoes 

on the fabric?



Here is a close-up view:


Horse shoes from one of 

the Cowboy's roping horses

is wrapped in the fabric and rusted with vinegar.





The images on this quilt are all about....RUST

Lots of rusty objects in the barn lot.





I tried to keep the quilting simple so it

would not ...

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January 19, 2022
Fabulous Finish.....Number 1 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

It's official....

My first Fabulous Finish for 2022



" Bird Seed "

Flying Geese and Pumpkin Seeds




I put this top together last Spring

and all that was left was the binding:


I use a 20 inch square ruler

to square up and trim off the corners...





then I trim off the sides...





All the rough edges are trimmed off

and it is ready for binding....





I cut my binding strips 2  1/4 inches



This is a lap quilt that will be used and 

washed a lot,  so I am putting the 

binding on by machine:


After the binding is ...

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January 15, 2022
Quilt From the Back – Free Motion for Beginners from Gwen's Quilts

When we talk about “quilt from the back”, most quilters think of pantographs or groovy boards. Handi Quilter sells the Quilt From the Back Kit for folks interested in quilting with pantographs. Pantographs are printed quilting designs that usually come on rolls. They are placed on the table at the back of the machine and you quilt by following along the pattern line with a laser light attached to the machine. You use the controls on the handlebars at the back. Can you see the little dot of laser light on the pattern in the photo?

HQ Amara with quilt from the back kit

But this post is ...

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Quilt From the Back – Free Motion for Beginners from Essie's Quilts

When we talk about “quilt from the back”, most quilters think of pantographs or groovy boards. Handi Quilter sells the Quilt From the Back Kit for folks interested in quilting with pantographs. Pantographs are printed quilting designs that usually come on rolls. They are placed on the table at the back of the machine and you quilt by following along the pattern line with a laser light attached to the machine. You use the controls on the handlebars at the back. Can you see the little dot of laser light on the pattern in the photo?

HQ Amara with quilt from the back kit

But this post is ...

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January 14, 2022
https://livingwaterquilter.com/post/673379794934710272 from Living Water Quilter

Hunter and Lemoyne Stars Made EasyYes, we can make our favorite quilt blocks, the hunter and lemoyne...

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January 8, 2022
Welcome New Quilters! from Essie's Quilts

Santa ordered a slew of HQ longarm quilting machines from us this year to be delivered all over the world. So I want to say, “welcome new quilters! to the Handi Quilter family.”  Families look after one another and help each other out. And that’s what Handi Quilter is all about.

Helping you finish your quilts

We do that in 3 ways.

1. Equip

We make great machines that will help you finish quilts quickly, easily, and professionally. Visit our website and clock on the machine tab to check out all the possibilities.

2. Educate

We provide the education ...

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Welcome New Quilters! from Gwen's Quilts

Santa ordered a slew of HQ longarm quilting machines from us this year to be delivered all over the world. So I want to say, “welcome new quilters! to the Handi Quilter family.”  Families look after one another and help each other out. And that’s what Handi Quilter is all about.

Helping you finish your quilts

We do that in 3 ways.

1. Equip

We make great machines that will help you finish quilts quickly, easily, and professionally. Visit our website and clock on the machine tab to check out all the possibilities.

2. Educate

We provide the education ...

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January 7, 2022
https://livingwaterquilter.com/post/672749300565131264 from Living Water Quilter

Pinwheels & Windmill Quilt DesignsAre you ready? Ready to make your quilt project list for the...

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January 6, 2022
Loaded and ready to quilt............ from Exuberant Color


The backing is pressed, the 3 layers are loaded and ready for quilting.  Maybe today it will happen.






I have been dividing the tumblers into 2 groups as I cut them. There are 2 each of most of the fabrics and 4 each of 2 fabrics.  There are 60 here and 56 waiting.  I need to make 4 more crazy pieced blocks for an even 60.  If I make 11 rows of 11 I will need one more block.  As soon as I move some of the pieces to different positions I can sew the top 5 rows together and ...

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January 2, 2022
https://livingwaterquilter.com/post/672294545290133504 from Living Water Quilter

Echo Quilting, Great Beginner Technique Sometimes it is challenging to think of quilting designs for...

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December 31, 2021
A Little Border Basic from Lisa H Calle's Blog

When I first started machine quilting back in 2004, I looked all over for a mathematical way to figure out borders. Something that would work all the time on every border. Unfortunately, I could not find one. I thought I would share with you how I figure out an undulating spine that goes around the entire quilt. I have found that it is best to mark these before you load the machine on the frame.

Click here for the video of how I figure out this spine!

You can use this spine for ferns, flowers, feathers… really any ...

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December 29, 2021
The first snowfall..........and a little quillting........ from Exuberant Color





We were 40 days past our average first snow in this area and 287 days since our last snow.  I wonder what the rest of our winter will be like.  The snowflakes were huge when I took this photo.


I took this photo before lunch and it snowed for a couple more hours after that.  By evening we were up to 34 degrees and some of the snow was melting already.




I loaded this quilt on the longarm about a week ago and finally I quilted it.






The top thread is Superior Rainbows in a pale variegated color.  Since the ...

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December 25, 2021
https://livingwaterquilter.com/post/671574529915682816 from Living Water Quilter

Scrap Fabric New Year Resolution What are your 2022 scrap fabric plans? Are you resolved to not buy...

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December 18, 2021
Free Motion Quilting for Beginners – More Anything E2E Inspiration from Essie's Quilts

Last week we got inspiration from fabric and created a design for stitching an Anything E2E. I hope it got you thinking about other designs and other places to draw inspiration.

Look around

All you need to do is take a look around your environment. There are quilting motifs everywhere!

 

I love this bird shape on a little wall decor.

photo for inspiration wall decor

 

Tableware tulip

photo for inspiration bowl with painted tulip

 

Teddy

photo for inspiration teddy bear

 

Leaf found on an autumn wreath

photo for inspiration wreath detail

 

Look closely at wallpaper, carpet, tiles.  Don’t forget about books and magazines.

 

Shapes

I’m interested in the SHAPES that I can create a design with. For instance, the bird ...

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Free Motion Quilting for Beginners – More Anything E2E Inspiration from Gwen's Quilts

Last week we got inspiration from fabric and created a design for stitching an Anything E2E. I hope it got you thinking about other designs and other places to draw inspiration.

Look around

All you need to do is take a look around your environment. There are quilting motifs everywhere!

 

I love this bird shape on a little wall decor.

photo for inspiration wall decor

 

Tableware tulip

photo for inspiration bowl with painted tulip

 

Teddy

photo for inspiration teddy bear

 

Leaf found on an autumn wreath

photo for inspiration wreath detail

 

Look closely at wallpaper, carpet, tiles.  Don’t forget about books and magazines.

 

Shapes

I’m interested in the SHAPES that I can create a design with. For instance, the bird ...

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December 12, 2021
https://livingwaterquilter.com/post/670383342939684864 from Living Water Quilter

Fabric Cutting Rulers for the WINWhat are your favorite fabric cutting rulers? Do you like...

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Blanc n Noir from Quilts + Color


 This quilt was started at least 30 years ago and was finished recently.

The quilting is amazing.

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December 11, 2021
Free Motion Quilting for Beginners – Pro Tips for Anything E2E from Gwen's Quilts

As promised, I have some Pro Tips for you, so that you can get the most out of Anything E2E quilting.  This technique allows you to customize a design that is unique to each quilt.

It’s edge-to-edge, so it is fast and easy to stitch. Just choose a motif that compliments your quilt and connect repeats of that motif with  continuous flowing stitching.

One fun way to decide on a motif is to look at your fabric.

Flower Power

Maybe your fabric has a flower that you love and that might make a really cool quilting design.

fabric with a multi-color floral motif

I really ...

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Free Motion Quilting for Beginners – Pro Tips for Anything E2E from Essie's Quilts

As promised, I have some Pro Tips for you, so that you can get the most out of Anything E2E quilting.  This technique allows you to customize a design that is unique to each quilt.

It’s edge-to-edge, so it is fast and easy to stitch. Just choose a motif that compliments your quilt and connect repeats of that motif with  continuous flowing stitching.

One fun way to decide on a motif is to look at your fabric.

Flower Power

Maybe your fabric has a flower that you love and that might make a really cool quilting design.

fabric with a multi-color floral motif

I really ...

read more
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