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September 24, 2020
Ruler Work - from last summer from Bits and Stitches

After watching a several online longarm quilting classes, with iQuilt and Bluprint, I decided to take these vintage UFO pieces and use them as samplers.  Several of these were about using rulers to make the quilting more accurate.  These pieces weren't precious so I was free to just experiment.  I was able to use elements from all the classes on them.

They turned out better than I had anticipated.  I thought I was just playing.  A different color neon trilobal poly thread was used on each.  Size is 20" x 30".









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September 21, 2020
Machine Quilting Monday #2 from Urban Quilter

Continuing my Monday reports on testing some new-to-me machine quilt patterns with matchstick quilting. This one came from Modern Machine Quilter (p. 40) and is another walking foot pattern. The book said to quilt straight lines across the area you want to quilt using the edge of your foot for spacing then to fill in half-way between each line, then to do it again to get lines about 1/8" apart. 

Using my walking foot edge I ended up with lines 1/8" apart after only 2 passes. I like how this came out, but it was tedious to ...

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September 19, 2020
And I Quilt Personality, Dorien Keusseyan from Essie's Quilts

This week we hear from And I Quilt personality, Dorien Keusseyan. Dorien is a hockey player, a mom, and she quilts. Before COVID, Dorien led an active, busy life as an athlete and mother, but always found time for quilting.

A pandemic has a way of changing what everyday life looks like. But it didn’t change Dorian’s love of quilting and giving. She dug deep into her favorite endeavor to find a place of peace. And she found a way to comfort a friend along the way. Here’s her story:

 

My COVID escape

Quilting keeps me going ...

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And I Quilt Personality, Dorien Keusseyan from Gwen's Quilts

This week we hear from And I Quilt personality, Dorien Keusseyan. Dorien is a hockey player, a mom, and she quilts. Before COVID, Dorien led an active, busy life as an athlete and mother, but always found time for quilting.

A pandemic has a way of changing what everyday life looks like. But it didn’t change Dorian’s love of quilting and giving. She dug deep into her favorite endeavor to find a place of peace. And she found a way to comfort a friend along the way. Here’s her story:

 

My COVID escape

Quilting keeps me going ...

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September 18, 2020
More Pin Wheel Stitching, and Memories from Romany Quilting

We woke up to cold temperatures this morning, rain and strong winds.  Our Spring here is often temperamental with rather changeable weather.  It was a good morning to have a nice warming breakfast today, a nice bowl of porridge!

With the stitch in the ditch completed around the pin wheel blocks, I then decided to do some serpentine stitching along the diagonal lines.  Although there is no batting involved, I felt it was easier to use the walking foot, particularly as I had to stitch over areas where all the seams came together.

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Serpentine stitching

It’s been such fun ...

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Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks Series Starts Soon! from Christa Quilts

Since I know many of you can’t be with me in class in person this year, I thought I’d do the next best thing and try to share more of my my best quilting tips and tricks online. Over the next several weeks I’ll be blogging about many of my behind the scenes secrets for successful machine quilting. Most of these are ideas are also in my machine quilting books so you can grab a copy of each and follow along!

Machine Quilting Books by Christa Watson

My number one goal in teaching machine quilting is to help you understand how fun and ...

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September 17, 2020
Machine Quilting Monday #1 from Urban Quilter

start with curves

The first pattern I tried out was Organic Curves with Branches from Modern Machine Quilter (p. 42). This pattern uses a walking foot (which is not my typical machine quilting method) and begins with a curvy line going the long way from one edge of the quilt to the other. Then you start off parallel to the first line, the distance of your walking foot away from the first line and branch off to another edge of the quilt. I kept adding branches until I ended up with 5 distinct sections marked off this way.
Then ...

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September 14, 2020
Virtual Classes for October’s PIQF from Christa Quilts

I’m really excited to be teaching three classes for Pacific International Quilt Festival Online, coming up Oct. 14 to 17. Registration is open and I’d love to have you join me!

Here are brief descriptions. You’ll find more complete information at the links below.

1. Free Motion Improv, Thursday evening 10/15, 4–7 PST

Example of my Free Motion Improv

Liberate yourself from traditional quilting symmetry by mashing up your favorite motifs in a seemingly random way. Combine basic shapes with transitional designs and free-motion fillers to add amazing texture to the negative spaces in your ...

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September 12, 2020
Social Media Resources from Essie's Quilts

After getting multiple questions from folks, I came to realize that not everyone is aware of the rich array of social media resources available to Handi Quilter owners and those interested in Handi Quilter. So this week I’m going to let you know what’s out there and where you can find it.

YouTube

Go to https://www.YouTube.com/HandiQuilter . You will see hundreds of videos on just about every Handi Quilter topic you can think of. Click on the Subscribe button and you’ll join 42,000 other quilting enthusiasts who watch these videos. Click on the ...

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Social Media Resources from Gwen's Quilts

After getting multiple questions from folks, I came to realize that not everyone is aware of the rich array of social media resources available to Handi Quilter owners and those interested in Handi Quilter. So this week I’m going to let you know what’s out there and where you can find it.

YouTube

Go to https://www.YouTube.com/HandiQuilter . You will see hundreds of videos on just about every Handi Quilter topic you can think of. Click on the Subscribe button and you’ll join 42,000 other quilting enthusiasts who watch these videos. Click on the ...

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September 5, 2020
Do You See What I See? from Gwen's Quilts

New HQ Gallery Collection, Do You See What I See? by Handi Quilter National Educators

Pareidolia – noun – the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features. That’s the definition according to dictionary.com.  The Handi Quilter National Educators were issued a fun pareidolia quilting challenge. We were given a piece of ice-dyed fabric created by the fabulous hand dyer, Debra Linker. Our goal was to bring out what we “saw” in the pattern and colors of the fabric using quilting. That is how the new ...

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Do You See What I See? from Essie's Quilts

New HQ Gallery Collection, Do You See What I See? by Handi Quilter National Educators

Pareidolia – noun – the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features. That’s the definition according to dictionary.com.  The Handi Quilter National Educators were issued a fun pareidolia quilting challenge. We were given a piece of ice-dyed fabric created by the fabulous hand dyer, Debra Linker. Our goal was to bring out what we “saw” in the pattern and colors of the fabric using quilting. That is how the new ...

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August 31, 2020
Machine Quilting a Wool Applique Quilt - A Sue Spargo Pattern - With Natalia Bonner from Piece N Quilt

 Hey friends! I'm loving this cute quilt. This quilt is a Sue Spargo, incredible hand applique quilt that was made by my client Jan.



I really enjoyed custom machine quilting this fun quilt. Quilts like this make me feel like I get to just doodle and draw, with thread, all over the quilt top.



We've create a fun little YouTube video sharing a bit of my process machine quilting this quilt, and we've got a deeper look into my machine quilting over on my Patreon page.



Hope you all can find just a little bit of machine ...

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August 30, 2020
Looking for a deal? from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Well, it has taken 6 months…. and I have been down and out for the past week with fever, headache, stomachache and nausea. I am feeling better , not 100%, but better is good. I am currently awaiting the results of my Covid test and praying that it is negative. So for those of you that pray…. say a prayer. Meanwhile… business needs to go on even though it was halted this week. Those that placed orders this week… bear with me… I’m hoping to get them out this week.

So… in trying to keep things light…. I thought I ...

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August 29, 2020
Quilting For a Special Little Boy from Gwen's Quilts

Jeresther Thorpe, And I Quilt personality, Principal, Mom, and Quilter, joins us again this week with her story of quilting for a special little boy. She shared a couple of weeks ago just what quilting means to her and what she gets from quilting. Sometimes we are called to do something hard, something big, something important. Quilters have what it takes! Here is Jeresther’s story:

Quilting For a Special Little Boy

As I shared, I find healing, peace, joy, celebration, and life in quilting, which is why most of my quilting (completed quilts) are done and gifted to others ...

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Quilting For a Special Little Boy from Essie's Quilts

Jeresther Thorpe, And I Quilt personality, Principal, Mom, and Quilter, joins us again this week with her story of quilting for a special little boy. She shared a couple of weeks ago just what quilting means to her and what she gets from quilting. Sometimes we are called to do something hard, something big, something important. Quilters have what it takes! Here is Jeresther’s story:

Quilting For a Special Little Boy

As I shared, I find healing, peace, joy, celebration, and life in quilting, which is why most of my quilting (completed quilts) are done and gifted to others ...

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Winding Ways: quilt and done! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Good tools (AccuQuiltGO!), good fabric (Michael Miller Fabrics), good thread (Aurifil), good machine (Janome Continental M7), and some experience, and you can do a lot! This return to my quilty roots just makes me happy!

Over the course of the year I’ve shared progress on this quilt:

  • First, there was learning to use the AccuQuiltGO! which I blogged about here. It was a different block, but the easy applies.
  • Then there is the PIECING of CURVES: see the blogpost here or go directly to the video on my YouTube Channel here.
  • Now there is the quilting video (that covers ...

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August 24, 2020
Makers are going make from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


WOW -- I can't say enough for the inspiration I receive through the Virtual Retreats. Not only that, but I've made new friends, been able to stay connected to other friends, and keep in touch with friends that no longer live close by. While it would be great to see everyone in person, getting that group together would be impossible! I love Virtual Retreats.

I'm going to whisper this next sentence. I ALMOST like the virtual retreats to our in-person sewing days. Why? We get to visit with each other, but we don't have any of the ...

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August 22, 2020
Target Practice from Gwen's Quilts

Diane has been busy quilting away on her HQ Capri. She shared a tip on her HQ Stitch blog about target practice.

There are many times when you need to know exactly where the needle of your sewing machine is going to enter the fabric. It’s true with a domestic machine like HQ Stitch and it’s true with a longarm quilting machine. These times call for target practice!

I love sewing machines and I own more than one. On the machines I know well, I’m confident that I can get a bullseye where that needle is concerned ...

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Target Practice from Essie's Quilts

Diane has been busy quilting away on her HQ Capri. She shared a tip on her HQ Stitch blog about target practice.

There are many times when you need to know exactly where the needle of your sewing machine is going to enter the fabric. It’s true with a domestic machine like HQ Stitch and it’s true with a longarm quilting machine. These times call for target practice!

I love sewing machines and I own more than one. On the machines I know well, I’m confident that I can get a bullseye where that needle is concerned ...

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