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September 29, 2016
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 108 - Colour on the Back from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

Green is probably the main colour on the back of the quilt I am piecing together at the moment.  I had to put up a more colourful picture this week.  The light isn't good enough for pictures of the front.  The neutrals would be all washed out.  With a bit of luck, it might be finished next week...

The piece at the bottom is the peacocks FMQ sample which features as the background for the linky button below - it is finally finding its way into a quilt!

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Here goes for week 108...

The project in Week 107 that caught ...

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September 28, 2016
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 107 - Bit by Bit... from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

Still working on attaching the sample pieces, using my favourite Quilt As You Go method.  I am testing a slight change in the method, but need to attach a few more pieces before I can be sure it is consistently better. 

This latest piece I have joined has got a few artistic tucks.  Not ideal, but I'm not going to fret over them.  Sewing has had to take a slide down my list of priorities over the summer, but I am hoping to get back into the groove over the next month or so.

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Here goes for week 107 ...

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September 15, 2016
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 106 - Turning Neutral from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

Unusually restrained colours - I don't usually go for neutrals, but when I laid out all my practice pieces out together last week I rather liked the effect, and now I have joined the first two pieces, I think this project might start growing on me.

The dinky pale brown check blends in really well.  It's a shame that I haven't got enough for the binding.  Or have I?  I shall find out soon enough.

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Here goes for week 106...

The project in Week 105 that caught my eye was Olena's amazing magnolias.  The colours are beautiful ...

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September 14, 2016
Quilt As You Go - Connecting Sunshine Blocks from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This month we've pieced and quilted our 9th block for the Machine Quilting Block Party which means three rows of the Sunshine Surprise quilt can be connected together Quilt-As-You-Go style! I love seeing the blocks come together and how beautiful this quilt is looking now:

Beautiful Sunshine Surprise Sampler Quilt where you learn how to piece and quilt the blocks step by step.

The binding cutting sizes and specific instructions on this Quilt As You Go connection method can be found in the Block #9 Quilt Pattern. Click Here to find the pattern at

Now let's learn how to connect these blocks together in this new video:

Learn how to Quilt As You Go and bind quilted blocks together with help from Leah Day
The trickiest part of this connection method ...

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September 1, 2016
New Star Crossed Block for September from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It's September 1st which means we have a new block pattern for the Machine Quilting Block Party! This month we're going to piece and quilt this beautiful Star Crossed quilt block:

Star Crossed Quilt Block by Leah Day

Click Here to find the pattern for $4.99 at

This month we're also going to start trimming and connecting our blocks together so the quilt will be easy to finish by the end of the year. I've included a tip video plus binding instructions in this month's block pattern.

Have you fallen behind on the Machine Quilting Block Party? I'd ...

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August 31, 2016
Sneak Peek for Block #9! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Are you ready for a new block for the Machine Quilting Block Party? The pattern for Block #9 will be coming out tomorrow so here's a little sneak peek!

Yep, we're going to be quilting some pretty circles this month! Click Here to find all the block patterns published so far.

 This month we'll also begin putting the blocks together Quilt-As-You-Go style with binding strips that look great on the front and back of the quilt. After creating Block #9, you'll be able to connect three rows of the quilt together so your Sunshine Surprise quilt ...

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August 15, 2016
Quilt as you Go from Joy of Quilting

For all of you who want to know how I put together my Sampler Quilt Blocks.  

It's a Quilt as you go method which I show in the video below.

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August 14, 2016
How Do You Make Do? from The Snarky Quilter

While I submitted “OK MAKE DO” as a sketch for my master class I know it’s not really good material for that class. It’s too clunky and down home with all the scraps. I’m making it as a quilt as … Continue reading

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August 3, 2016
Forest Floor – wall hanging / play mat from Veni Vidi Vicky

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis project takes me back to the roots (how fitting!) of my quilting journey.

Before I owned a sewing machine I would sew little projects by hand. One of my favourite things to make were bird mobiles (after a free bird pattern that was since taken down – here‘s the full story on it). I added small leaves to the mobiles to add a little interest – and this is when I did my first (hand) quilting stitches – a crease across the middle of the little sandwiched leaves.

When Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost asked me to stitch up ...

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June 23, 2016
A little progress from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Has been made on grandson's quilt.  Just loving the look of it and it is gobbling up lots of the scraps and stash.  I also bought some new fabric (Shock, Horror!)  but it got cut up and straight into the basket of strips for this quilt.  Love that. Bradley's favourite colour is green just like his Nana, so I have lots of lovely leftovers that can go into this quilt.

Just loved the city scape and the dot was a great match.  I actually bought solely because I loved them and then discovered they fitted well into this ...

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June 11, 2016
A QAYG Moment from Quilt Paint Create

I finished quilting the tumblers using a QAYG method.

tumblers-quiltedI don’t know that I’d do it this way again. I used something similar to a stitch and flip method, but with really big sections instead of rows. The quilt was a little bulky by the time I got to the end.

I didn’t feel confident with the basting because I didn’t have a surface large enough to spread out the quilt. It all turned out fine though. I used an idea I saw on YouTube and rolled the quilt onto a foam pool noodle. It kept ...

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June 1, 2016
Shirt Stripe Boxes - we have a finish! from Art Escapes

Back in 2012 I started making blocks for Kaffe Fassett's Shirt Stripe Boxes quilt from his book Passionate Patchwork, using recycled shirt fabric. You can see the original blog post here

Gradually over the next few years a few more blocks were made here & there as the mood struck until eventually at last in 2014 all the blocks were finally done
Then they just sat there,with the backing fabric squares also cut out all ready waiting to be quilted.  I planned to construct this using the Quilt As You Go method with some plain royal blue sashing
Then ...

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May 13, 2016
Tutorial - Simplest Zippered Pouch from Sew Preeti Quilts

Meg sent me an email, asking me how I made my zippered pouches.  Here is to you, Meg.
My simple instructions for the simplest zippered pouch.

Lots of pictures with captions explaining the step-by-step process.

Simple Zippered Pouch
Starting Panel - 11" by 6.5"

Matching Strips - 2.5" wide, placed on the sides

Stitched using a 1/4" seam
Trim the completed top - panel + side strips to 12.5" by 11".
Switch to a walking foot.

Layer the top panel, with batting and backing.  Use basting spray to keep them from shifting.


Now, you can quilt it to ...

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May 5, 2016
oh the things you can quilt! from block-a-day

old towel

block for centre

adding the strips

reusing the binding

watching with interest



in the light



in the shadow

So Penny Pakkun hasn’t really grasped the concept of closing her mouth after having a big slurpy drink of water.  She looks up at us – a delighted underbitey grin on her funny little face – and water trickles all over the floor.  Sigh.

Obviously, the water bowl needed it’s own little quilted bath mat.  Easy peasy and sooo much lovely colourful fun to make.

I dug an old towel out of the caravan that had mysteriously grown holes.  Trimmed off the holey bits.  Centred a little orphaned block I found in a fabric box.  Hunted out some strips and ...

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April 29, 2016
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 91 - Back to an Old Project from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

High time to use the experimental panels I quilted a couple of years ago - they have been lurking in the sewing room for far too long, so I have decided to join them together and make a small lap quilt.  This photo shows the panel with bindweed and leaves and berries, together with strips cut ready to use for the joining.  The patterned fabric in the foreground will be used on the back, and the front will probably just have plain colours. 

This is as far as I have got.  Sewing has ground to a bit of a halt recently ...

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April 8, 2016
WHOOMP There IT Is! #26 - Because It's Been a Busy Week... from A Quilted Passion

...this post is short and sweet.

I made these adorable patchwork qayg zippered pouches this week.

Thanks for the fun tutorial Svetlana!

How's that for short and sweet? =)

Now it's time for the linky party!
A Quilted Passion
Thank the Host
Everyone likes to hear "thank you" and know their effort is appreciated.
Spread the Love
The more love you give, the more you get. Pick a number (mine is 5) and commit to visiting and commenting on that many link-ups. Let them know where you're visiting from and ask them to visit you. (This works well for me!)
Direct ...

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April 6, 2016
qayg patchwork mat from Sotak Handmade

I had no plans for sewing today. In fact, I specifically planned this to be a day devoted to catching up on my housework and cleaning everything in sight. Yes, I do get ridiculous and totally unrealistic ideas like that on a regular basis :).

I didn't manage to stay away from my sewing machine for long, though. In fact, after just a bit of sweeping I suddenly noticed how messy the floor around our kittie's food bowls gets. Which, of course, meant I needed to make a mat for them asap.

So much more fun than cleaning, don ...

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March 27, 2016
A JOURNEYS END from That's Sew Kerry

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Almost a year ago I started out on an epic journey, the journey of my first commission!!(whhaaatt?? someone wants me to make them a quilt, for money??) I was rather apprehensive as up until now I had only ever made things that I wanted to, blocks or patterns that appealed to me in colours and fabrics that called to me. Most of them end up as presents for other people, but still if you're going to spend hours on something its got to spark your interest right?
Suddenly to be faced with a very specific ...

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March 1, 2016
Clothes Pegs from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

Ever versatile clothes pegs have come to my rescue in the past few days.  I have assembled a large quilt using the Quilt As You Go method, making full use of pegs when attaching large heavy sections.  I put pegs at the edge when doing the second line of stitching to the top binding, and for extra firmness put a line of curved safety pins a couple of inches in from the edge to keep the quilted panels from shifting.

Managing the weight of the work was then a whole lot easier when using the machine.

Later on, when all ...

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February 22, 2016
Quilt as You Go or Free Motion Quilt Table Runner from The Quilt Journal

This week I’m linking up with Alyce over at Blossom Heart quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday. I had a few finishes , but thought this free motion quilted table runner in asian fabric was appropriate in light of Alyce moving home to Australia after her time in Japan. This table runner pattern is an oldie … Continue reading Quilt as You Go or Free Motion Quilt Table Runner

The post Quilt as You Go or Free Motion Quilt Table Runner appeared first on The Quilt Journal.

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