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April 22, 2017
Grandpa’s Barn from Ruth Powers Blog

A small local art quilt group that I belong to recently issued a challenge to make a 12 x 12″ barn quilt in the style that we like to use. So of course mine had to be machine pieced and machine quilted using commercial prints in my signature style.

It was indeed a lucky find – that piece with the hound dog on it in compatible colors and scale!

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April 21, 2017
A Whole Cloth Baby Quilt from The Inbox jaunt

  Good Morning, Quilters! Have the singing birds been waking you up each morning? Spring is finally here! A WHOLE CLOTH BABY QUILT FOR LITTLE MISS I recently finished this baby quilt for a friend’s granddaughter. It started with lots … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Ears? from Terificreations's Weblog

      Music is so fun. Weird fact: I didn’t listen to pop music, watch mtv, or go to the movies as a teenager.  It’s a long story for another blog entirely. So now, when something fun comes up I like it and add it as a station on Pandora or find a YouTube … Continue reading What’s in Your Ears?

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Red and White Scrap Quilt Complete from Lily Patch Quilts

I am so happy to say that my DD's red and white scrap quilt is complete! I have so many projects that I would like to get done that I didn't want to delay finishing this quilt. I spent one night freemotion quilting this large quilt. 

 I thought if I did swirls it would go quicker, but it didn't. I used two layers of batting to make sure that it's going to keep DD warm since she will be going away to school soon and taking her quilt with her. We decided on a stripe print ...

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Machine quilting improv houses makes for a very pretty quilt from Quilt Social


Yesterday I showed you how I used the PFAFF Expression™ 4.2 to add some decorative stitching to my improv house block. I decided to use three of my house blocks to make a small quilt which could be used as either a wall hanging or a table runner.


Pfaff Expression™ 4.2
Pfaff Expression™ 4.2


Because my house blocks were three different sizes, I trimmed them so they would all be the same height. I added a 1″ (cut size) black border and then a 4″ striped border with black corner squares. Sew your houses together then measure the width and height ...

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Pre-Order Piece and Quilt with Precuts – My Next Book! from Christa Quilts

You guys! I wrote another book!! Piece and Quilt with Precuts will be published this August and I’m now taking pre-orders for signed copies through my site at

Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa WatsonYou can see lots of sneak peeks here on the cover!! But wait, there’s more…

Now first things first. I’m totally happy for you to purchase the book where you like. However, when you purchase it directly from me, I earn more on each book since I’m the one selling them. Also, when you order from me, you’ll be guaranteed to get them as ...

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April 20, 2017
Thinking! from Terificreations's Weblog

This words of this meme have been popping up all over the place the last few days. And I’ve seriously had to give these words consideration. Would I write a book? Well, uh. Ummm. Ehrm. Tried this. Didn’t go so well. Life got uncomfortably in the way, so fail? Not sure but at some point … Continue reading Thinking!

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Beautiful Day from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

Boy what a pretty day it was today and would of been a good day to do yard work but I had promised my mom I would come by. We had plan to do a little sewing. She hasn't done much lately because she has been tired all the time. Our plan changed while I there. Instead of sewing we just sat around and we both work on some crocheting.
She was making an afghan and I a baby blanket.  

Before I went over to my parents I went by the church to help preparing this month's Food ...

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April 19, 2017
Let’s Do Facebook Live! from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone! Happy Spring!

Ok, let’s do that!  It seems like many people I admire at one time or another have done a Facebook Live meeting.  As you can see Gracie is ready to go, sitting by my trusty computer.  Huey will probably get on board with it too, but he’s not an early adopter like Gracie is.

I was thinking weekly, but then I corrected myself.  What are you crazy?  You don’t have time for that now.  So for now, I will have it once a ...

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Creative Free Time from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Do YOU give yourself creative free time? Do you take time to play with your supplies and materials without following a plan? No? Neither do I… at least not often enough! Last week, I needed a little … Continue reading

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April 18, 2017
April Journal Quilt from Creating Chaos

Another Journal Quilt completed, this month's being inspired by the Hibiscus flowers that grew around the hotel in Maspalomas and just about everywhere else.

The flowers are formed using log cabin with half in red and half in green using fabrics I have dyed myself.   I've used two different sizes for the flowers, piecing the log cabin blocks together with pieces of the same green fabric.  I've used this idea before for a quilt I entered into the Festival of Quilts many years ago.  The judges comments included one that I hadn't done enough quilting and ...

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Character – Lots and lots of Character from Terificreations's Weblog

Today is a two quilt day, each has character. Dad Would be Honored is the first Feathered Star using Marsha McCloskey’s directions I ever made. Most of the quilt is made with dad’s ties. Dad himself was a bit of character writing rotten poetry, his preferred place behind the camera – always observing, listening. I brought … Continue reading Character – Lots and lots of Character

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Daisy Crazy-A Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Are you crazy for daisies like I am?  If so, this motif is going to bloom in your quilted garden! Daisy Crazy can be used as a single motif in the center of a block, stitched in … Continue reading

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Peacock Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner from Piece N Quilt

Emily from Pattern Jam designed this gorgeous Peacock quilt. Now, if you haven't heard of Pattern Jam before I'd highly recommend checking them out! Believe it or not this quilt is a digital panel that Emily created, and by custom machine quilting it I was able to bring this cool quilt to life.

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April 17, 2017
PIGS: String Theory – A Queen-size PIG from McCall's Quilting

I try to complete one of my PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) every month. Here it is nearly the end of April and I have only finished three. This quilt was actually the first PIG I completed in 2017 but I didn’t ever tell you about it so let me do that now.

stringtheory 300x293 PIGS: String Theory – A Queen size PIG

String Theory

String Theory was a joint project. A few months ago, Elijah, one of our adult sons, was staying with us and pretty bored during the day when both my husband and I were gone to work. He’s an artist and he likes to ...

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April Flower of the Month-The Daisy from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I hope you are feeling “fresh as a daisy” after the holiday weekend! “Daisy” is old English for “days-eye” and is the Flower of the Month for April.  It’s still a little early in Minnesota gardens for … Continue reading

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April 15, 2017
Together We Grow…A Very Special Quilt from Quilted Joy

Two and a half years ago, the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church decided to work on a project that would be inclusive in its participation yet diverse in its individual contributions.  More than sixty members of the congregation participated, learning everything from fabric dyeing to surface embellishment.  This is their very special quilt.

A stunning Wall Hanging for a local church depicting a tree featuring hand dyed fabrics and hand embroidery

Pat Sturtzel and Lori Sargent, the coordinators of the project, reserved much of one week to quilt it.  There is so much to talk about that I’m pretty sure I’ll miss something, but here goes!

A stunning Wall Hanging for a local church depicting a tree featuring hand dyed fabrics and hand embroidery

A stunning Wall Hanging for a local church depicting a tree featuring hand dyed fabrics and hand embroidery

First, Pat hand-dyed both the background for the top and the ...

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April 14, 2017
make music wherever you go ~ guitar baby quilt from Charm About You

When I saw the Fat Quarter Baby book I knew I was going to make the 'Kevin' quilt for my sister and brother in law (who loves playing guitar). At that point she wasn't even pregnant but I could have given it to them for the cat. Earlier this year, however, my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and so I had a reason to finish the quilt, which I gifted last week. Prepare to be bombarded with baby cuteness...

Starshine in Nightfall, Rhoda Ruth by Elizabeth Hartman; Lined Grids in Yarrow, Dow by Carolyn Friedlander ...

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April 13, 2017
A Snowy Walk in the Park from Quilted Joy

If your winter and spring have been like ours here in Louisville, you’ve seen the weather jump rapidly from below freezing to warm and sunny to snow flurries, sometimes all in twenty-four hours. Michelle may have had weather on her mind when she picked the fabrics for this top that she brought in for me to quilt.

Snowy Walk in the Park Quilt

This pattern’s name is “A Walk in the Park”, but Michelle decided to add the “Snowy” to the title when she realized that she was selecting white and blue fabrics, some of which look very wintry. Some of the fabrics have ...

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Machine Quilting Guide for Beginners from Patchwork Posse

Machine Quilting – yes, you can. You don’t necessarily need a long-arm quilting machine to do this.  A standard machine will work just fine.

In fact that is what I used for a very long time….and still do on occasion.

Today we’ll go over all the aspects of machine quilting – for beginners.  Whether you are quilting on your standard sewing machine or have a large machine quilter…. here are all the helpful hints and tips to hopefully get you past a few bumps and help you avoid them as well!

How to Quilt with a Sewing Machine~

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