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September 21, 2017
Visitors and Travel from I Have A Notion

Well I thought I had a post started.... about a week or so ago.... but alas... must have been snatched by that pesky computer gremlin, (which I hope has been excised by taking a very old copy of Photoshop off). I have been busy!!! Very, very busy. And I will be busy for the next week or so... and then I hope things start to settle down and I can begin a routine that has me focusing on "I Have a

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September 19, 2017
Quilt Show Recap from Needle and Foot

Last weekend my sister, Patti, and I worked at the Elk Grove Quilt Show. It was a beautiful weekend and attendance was great. I loved meeting the women from the Elk Grove guild. They were really warm and friendly. There were some issues with the wi-fi and the server had to be rebooted numerous times.  The vendor chairperson never lost her smile and was a delight to deal with. They hold a quilt show every other year and one could tell they really look forward to this event. Attention was paid to each detail and the show was wonderful.

This ...

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September 14, 2017
Quilt Connect Workshop with Linda Hrcka from Butterfly Threads

(Martha, Cheryl, Linda, moi, Terry)

Last weekend I had the thrill and honor of taking a class with the amazing Linda Hrcka of The Quilted Pineapple. She is a kind and generous as she is talented. This woman has worked hard to become an amazing long arm quilter and I was so excited to just be in the same room with her!

For those of you familiar with her, you know that her long arm quilting has been recognized with many national ribbons and titles. She teaches her techniques and process in classes. I don't have a long arm ...

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WPT Quilt Expo 2017 from Sewing and Scrapping with Susan

September 9, 2017
Alliant Energy Center
Madison, Wisconsin

Hello Blog Friends,

I've been working on some smaller projects and will share those with you next post.   This past weekend, I visited the WPT Quilt Expo in Madison.  Here are some of my favorites:

 Abstract Autumn
 Chasin' Rainbows.  I love the unusual edge.
Chasin' Rainbows Detail 
Victorian Ladies.  These blocks are all hand embroidered. 
 Vintage Farm Girl.  Totally Cute!
 A Glimpse Through the Lattice - Cattails.  

Lattice detail.  The squares (center of lattice) were fused in place.

Til next time...

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Mid-week Update from Needle and Foot

What a crazy month September has been. Horrible weather is affecting so many – hurricanes, flooding, fires – too much rain in many places and such a shortage in others. I hope you haven’t been adversely affected by all of this.  But for those who have, I am sorry for what you are enduring.  We haven’t had as much wildfire activity nearby as we usually due in late summer.  Today it is substantially cooler than it has been and I am so thankful.  Maybe fall weather is coming to our part of the state.

I wanted to share a few ...

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September 5, 2017
It’s Not Too Late to Join the Fun at MQX! from Quilted Joy

The annual MQX quilt show in Springfield, IL is only a few weeks away! Do you have plans to visit this amazing show September 27-30? There will be so many beautiful quilts on display and there are lots of amazing classes. At this year’s show I’ll be teaching 9 classes, 2 of which are hands on longarm quilting classes and 4 IQ computerized quilting classes.

Below you’ll see a list of the classes I’ll be teaching. There are only a few spots left, so you’ll want to register soon! You can sign up for any ...

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August 25, 2017
Jump on the Modern Quilting Highway in this Hands On Longarm Class! from Quilted Joy

Have you signed up for classes at MQX Midwest yet? Now that the kiddos have moved into their dorms and are starting classes my mind is a little freer to start prepping for all of my classes. Last week I told you a little about one of the hands on longarm quilting classes I’ll be teaching, the Peacock Paisley Party. Today I thought I’d share one of the other classes I’ll be teaching at MQX this year, the Express Lane to the Modern Quilting Highway!

Express Lane to the Modern Quilting Highway Hands On Free Motion Longarm Quilting Class

The Express Lane Modern Quilting Highway is a hands on class where ...

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August 22, 2017
Ovals, Hexagons & FeathersThe combination of curvy classic... from Living Water Quilter

Ovals, Hexagons & Feathers

The combination of curvy classic feathers with geometric ruler quilting creates beautiful texture and softness to this rainbow quilt. Just like the quilt design, the free motion quilting is asymmetrical and I love it?


Quilting with rulers takes time but it is worth the effort. This quilt used two nested sets by Juki, the oval and the hexagon. Plus one straight edge ruler.


The quilt was quilted with the Juki TL2200 QVP. It’s a straight stitch powerhouse made with quilters in mind. The new Juki ruler foot has good visibility so there isn’t a need ...

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August 21, 2017
After the Quilt Show from Heart Desire Creations

LKN Show (Medium)Last weekend the Lake Norman Quilt Guild had its quilt show, “Sail Into Quilting.”  I spent Wednesday with the judging and it was very interesting. I was pleased to see how positive the judges were with all the quilts, winners and non-winners alike. On Thursday we had set-up. If you have never been part of a show like this, it is very tiring. There’s a lot of physical labor that goes into it. With everyone having a positive attitude, it goes by quickly and there is much satisfaction when you see how beautiful it all looks.  Above is a ...

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Quilt Exhibit Recap from Needle and Foot

Last week I posted a little catch up on the fair, Julia’s pig Ella, and the purse I made for her.  In the comments, Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl, reminded me I hadn’t said anything about the quilts I entered in the local fair.  I had originally planned to enter three quilts and that is what I technically signed up for.  As I got the quilts out to add the hanging sleeves, I noticed that I had machine stitched the binding to the Positively Floating plus quilt. In all honesty, I can’t remember why I machine stitched that ...

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August 16, 2017
FESTIVAL 2017 from That's Sew Kerry

A Brilliant Day Out.....

Did you go to Festival? This year was my 6th year! It's better than Christmas I swear it, I've started saving for next year already. We had the usual cohort of myself, Kerry Q and Aunty Gail but also the added bonus of Carrie...a festival virgin if you can believe it! We set off (not so) bright and early at our usual time of 6:30am arriving just before 9 for breakfast and a planning session of where to go and when.

Our first stop is always Alice Caroline for the £1 a ...

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August 11, 2017
Quiltworks Special Exhibit from Humble Quilts

Quiltworks did not have a First Friday (she is contemplating discontinuing- boohoo) but they have a great exhibit upstairs.  The 3rd and 4th photo down tells you about it, but I really wanted to start with my favorite of the exhibit. It is called And/Or and is part of the Urban PDX (PDX is Portland, Oregon)  exhibit.

When my kids were young and I home schooled we went to Portland frequently to see musicals, plays, museums and parks. When we took custody of my niece and 2 nephews, my daughter moved to Portland instead of San Diego so she ...

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August 10, 2017
Horses on a Quilt from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Today is the start of the annual Pets on Quilts show over at Lily Pad Quilting! Everyone is welcome to share the photos of their pets posing on quilts and pet-themed quilts, if don't happen to have any you can still enjoy the cuteness and vote for your favourites.

I don't have a pet, but I do have quilted pets - like, about 20 of them:

They were actually meant to be wild horses, but for the sake of the show we'll call it a pet-themed quilt, ok?

I have already written about it in a previous post ...

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Pets on Quilts 2017 from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

I love looking at the entries when Lilypad Quilting has her Pets on Quilts show every year, and since I made the pillow for my sister when Tyler passed away a few months ago, I decided to enter it into this year's show.

I recently blogged about this project and so I won't repeat the process, but if you'd like to see all of the photos from the making, please click here.

Tyler was my sister's sweet black lab mix pound puppy. He was such a lover! Always had a woobie and had a special way ...

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August 3, 2017
Reno Show Recap & Summer Break from Needle and Foot

Last weekend was the Truckee Meadows Quilt Guild annual show in Reno, Nevada. Needle & Foot was a vendor there – this was the second show I have done.  The first one was our local guild’s show in May. As with most things, I did a few things different this time and learned a bit more with the Reno experience.

Before we  go into all of that, I want to talk a bit about my ‘silent’ partner.  It was about February of last year when I got the idea to vend at the Grass Valley quilt show in May.  But I ...

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August 1, 2017
2017 Ohio State Fair Quilts from Gray Barn Designs

The Ohio State Fair has many beautiful quilts on exhibit and I’d like to share some of them with you.

The pattern for the quilt below is titled “Artful Album Quilts” by Jane Townswick.  Ruth Pennell, the creator of this quilt, accomplished a beautiful mix of colors in this bright album quilt.  Her applique work is something I can only hope to aspire to!


Second Place Winner – Ruth Pennell

The quilt below is called “Circle of Friends” and won a third place ribbon.  Rebecca Hamilton, creator of this quilt, used a nice mix of colors and textures.  Very ribbon ...

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Seen At The Quilt Show (Part 4) from Pine Needle Quilt Shop

We almost forgot to share a last few quilts. There's a theme to these: trees!

"Ode To The Trees" by Sarah Sharp has none of the expected green, but sparkles in a classic blue and white color combo. It's fresh and modern, yet wholly traditional at the same time.

"De Beem (Trees)" by Lindsey Neil was part of the Best of QuiltCon exhibit and is sublime in it's simplicity. One thing that can get missed in viewing quilts like this online is the small or surprise details only seen up close, like the floral binding that perfectly ...

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July 14, 2017
The Modern Side of Sisters Quilt Show from Humble Quilts

There were so many modern  and liberated style quilts at the Sisters Show so that's my focus today. Although I don't do them myself, I can appreciate them. They do make me smile.

Portland Modern Quilt Guild had an wonderful exhibit with this being one of them. I love the quote!

This quilt was made by Kristen Shields. I thought I took a photo of the complete quilt, but I can't find it now. I love the use of the reproduction and modern fabric....side by side- it's perfect! It was a log cabin challenge quilt ...

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July 13, 2017
Seen At The Quilt Show (Part 3) from Pine Needle Quilt Shop

Probably the best part of attending any quilt show is knowing that there will be wonderful colors, fabrics, patterns, and craftsmanship that will grab your attention and draw you in. The following are some of the beautiful quilts which simply begged us to stop and take notice.

Kristin liked the way "Annie's Birds" by Mary Reynolds showed off a special fabric. Mary had several quilts on display which used a focus fabric in the middle, flanked by strips that draw your eye inward:

"Eccentric Circles" by instructor Tonye B Phillips had it all! There's rich, sophisticated, colors; tiny ...

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July 12, 2017
Seen At The Quilt Show (Part 1) from Pine Needle Quilt Shop

It's been a busy week plus around here. We are blessed to get lots of visitors to our shop as quilters stop in on their way to and from the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and A Quilter's Affair classes. We're always looking for trends and listening to our customers to find out what's hot. Like last year, our Pinecone Kristin went to the show and brought back lots of ideas and inspiration to share.

Overall, the quilts were wonderfully varied, possibly leaning more towards the Modern and the innovative as opposed to strictly traditional designs ...

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