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July 28, 2017
Stars, Simple and Sweet! from Quilted Joy

North Star Quilt

We show lots of complicated quilts here on the blog, but simple and sweet deserves a place too. Terry made this quilt for friends and brought it to Quilted Joy for quilting. She wanted it to show her love for this couple, pure and simple.

North Star Quilt

As you can see, Terry used a two-color color scheme – red and cream. She only used two fabrics rather than making the quilt scrappy. This has two effects – it tends to bring focus to her excellent piecing skills and it gives the quilting an opportunity to shine.

North Star Quilt

We chose the Heart Fancy pantograph for Terry ...

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Celebrating Five Years of Blogging with a New Banner!!! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! When a UFO lingers too long…giving yourself a deadline (and telling 10,000 people about it) really helps! I stitched the letters for this quilt top more than two years ago… Then I added a border six months … Continue reading

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Getting ready to quilt............ from Exuberant Color

The end of the month is near and I haven't finished anything yet this month.  I finally tackled the piecing of the back for this quilt.  I had 3 pieces of flannel that all sewn together were the right size.  I got the back loaded and the batting and top are just laying on it, not attached yet.
I got four more pairs of fabric cut for the Hunter Star.  After I cut the next four I will decide which two fabrics will make each block. 

It was starting to cool a little and the humidity was dropping yesterday ...

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Book Reviews: Walk and Free Motion Quilting 1-2-3 from Christa Quilts

So by now I hope you all know how much I love incorporating BOTH walking foot and free-motion techniques in my quilts. So I thought it would be fun to share two of my favorite books on those two techniques! Jacquie Gering’s WALK is THE definitive guide to Walking Foot Quilting, and Lori Kennedy is a whiz at showing you how to create fabulous free-motion motifs step by step.

Walk by Jacquie Gering

I ran into Jacquie at quilt market last year and we both swapped copies of our books. I love how encouraging the quilting community is, even when many of us ...

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July 27, 2017
Digital Designs from Cowtown Quilts

I haven’t said anything about this yet, because I don’t have too many digital designs out there.  But, I started digitizing designs for Intelligent Quilting.  She’s got a sale going on right now for 25% off through July 29th – that’s 2 more days.

I’ve got several themes.  Right now, they have parts of my themes; Dinner at Eight (stiletto) designs, Japanese designs, and Paper Doll designs.  You can go directly to my design page here.  Or, any time you are on my site and want to check out what’s new, I’ve provided a ...

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Collage Quilting Collaboration with Laura Coia from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Yes, it's time for a new collaboration, this time with Laura Coia, a fellow YouTube Creator and online sewing and quilting instructor! Click Here to learn more about Laura in our podcast episode from yesterday.

A few weeks ago Laura sent me this awesome quilt block filled with funky, free form appliques. She pieced and appliqued the block and shared a helpful tutorial right here.

Now it's my turn to quilt the block and add extra texture to the surface. I admit, I went a little thread crazy on this quilt as I added eight different designs in ...

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Natalie’s In Blue Quilt from Kathleen Quilts


This is Natalie’s In Blue quilt! I LOVE the colours in this one sooo much! It was such a fun quilt to work on. I ended up using three different designs for the the blocks.


The first block design I used was full of feathers. Feathers are the most fun to quilt, so I am always excited when I get to quilt them.


The next design was this circle around the star in the block. This one looks great, but was a bit of a pain to quilt </p>
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Red Dresden from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

It has been several days since I posted but I've just been really busy with everything.  I've been canning, cleaning, and quilting.  LOL!  

Here is the latest quilt top that has been quilted!   
 I still need to clip some threads on it but I think it is just beautiful!!!
 This one is a king! 
 I don't have to do the binding on this one, just the quilting.  

Yesterday was a very busy day.  Got up super early and took Hunter's friend home that had been here for a couple of days.  Then Hunter and I stopped ...

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July 26, 2017
Rust Panel from Creating Chaos

My first piece of "new work" is finished and mounted and I have to admit I am very pleased with it.

You may recall from a post last month that I have decided to work on a series of square panels inspired by a variety of sources.   This is the first one which started from the piece created as an experiment using rusting powder. 

I used a variety of different fabrics including some I dyed myself as well as commercial batiks.  Once pieced, I free machine quilted in lines inspired by the original rusted metal that was the starting point ...

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Comfort & Joy Fabric Tour: Log Cabin Tree Christmas Ensemble from quiltscapes

It's never too early to start thinking Christmas!

 Log Cabin Tree Tree Skirt & Ornaments by Deonn Stott & Debbie Proctor
featuring  Comfort & Joy fabrics by Dani Mogstad for Riley Blake Designs
{{Update:  Log Cabin Tree ~ Quilted Tree Skirt & Ornament pattern is now available!
HERE for a digital copy, and HERE for the paper copy.}}

I am happy to be participating in this fun blog tour - and even happier to have collaborated with my quilting friend Debbie for this project.

When thinking of what we could make with these sweet fabrics, Debbie showed me a tree skirt her mother had ...

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Design Decision or Just Plain ‘Ole Procrastination? from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I’m working on a new banner for my sewing room! First, I stabilized around the center squares.  Next, I stitched in the ditch around all of the letters. Then it was time to tackle the borders. The … Continue reading

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July 25, 2017
Rounding up from Terificreations's Weblog

Debby Brown has this great kit for 1000 Postcards for Peace. And soon, a squaring/centering template. She’ll be at Maine Quilts this weekend in the Sanford Sewing Booth. I have a few upcoming gigs: Quilt Basket Pawling – Saturday September 16 “If the Foot Fits Use it” and will offer quilt suggestions. Dutchess Heritage Quilt Celebration … Continue reading Rounding up

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The Open Leaf with Spiral-Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Today we are going to review one of the earliest motifs offered here at The Inbox Jaunt–it is a “fan favorite”–The Open leaf with Spiral. Last week we looked at Four Secrets to Better Spirals HERE This … Continue reading

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New Zealand Native Birds from Romany Quilting

The roll of the blue dice this week brought up number 3.  I’m rather pleased as I haven’t worked on this UFO for a while.

The dice rolled three this week

So where am I up to?  I’d done quite well on this project, it seems, and this is how I left it.  All pinned up and ready to quilt.  Those cute little birds have been waiting patiently for some more attention.


Okay birds, it’s your time again.  It was a simple matter to quilt around the straight lines with my walking foot.  FMQ is a ...

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July 24, 2017
Rainy Days, Mondays and so much fun from Terificreations's Weblog

I do love rainy days, Monday’s not so much. As a day its perfectly fine, I seem to like Thursday’s better. Thursdays are fascinating, vibrant, full of life, looking forward to the weekend, still full of work yet, almost to the weekend. I’m heading into the City later this afternoon to meet a couple of … Continue reading Rainy Days, Mondays and so much fun

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The Books Are Here! Piece and Quilt with Precuts Ships Ahead of Schedule from Christa Quilts

I have some exciting news to share today! My third book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts has arrived ahead of schedule! That means that all of you who have pre-ordered my book directly from me should be getting it in the mail over the next few days.

Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa Watson

Click here to order Piece and Quilt with Precuts – and get a free bonus pattern!

Needless to say, I plan to spend all day signing and shipping them off. This is always such an exciting day!! Huge thanks to those of you who pre-ordered directly from me. Not only will you get your ...

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July 23, 2017
LFQG Summer Sewing Day from The Cozy Quilter

Today was our London Friendship Quilters Guild annual summer sewing day.  I had all of my projects, sewing machine and supplies packed up last night and ready to take out to the car this morning.  I brought along three things to sew today:

First up, I wanted to get this block quilted and made into a pillow.  I brought along some variegated thread that I thought would be perfect for the organic quilting that I had planned...I got about 2/3's done and then decided that I hated the variegated thread.

I spent the next hour and a ...

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July 22, 2017
Catherine Redford’s Machine Quilting Guide from McCall's Quilting

When a really good book comes along offering excellent instruction on how to quilt your quilts, we want you to know about it. Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford is one of those books—we give this one 5 stars! Not only is the information indispensable, you’ll find it uses a dynamic visual approach to innovative finishing techniques.

ModernMachineQuilting CatherineRedfordWorking Catherine Redfords Machine Quilting Guide

Catherine offers details on walking-foot quilting and free-motion quilting, but she also tells us how to make good quilting choices for successful outcomes, offers projects to put your new skills to use, and includes a gallery of quilts for inspiration. The ...

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A gift... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

The past few days have been a whirlwind.  LOL!  Canning and cleaning....and trying to do a little reading if I have any downtime which is very little.  LOL!  

I did quickly quilt this quilt top that a dear friend pieced.  It is a gift for a pastor and his wife.  It's their anniversary and they are renewing their vows.  :)
I know this post is really short but I am typing it the night before and scheduling it to post in the early morning....I am just tired....

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Quilted Block of the Month Part 3 from Terificreations's Weblog

“How do you get from here to there?” she asked. I promised to show her. When stitching on a pieced block, the ditch is your bestie. The ribbon candy ended at the peak, to start the next wedge there are two options: stop, tie off the thread, then restart in the next wedge. A viable … Continue reading Quilted Block of the Month Part 3

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