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February 15, 2019
Banner Over Me is LoveOver the years, I have watched my sister’s... from Living Water Quilter

Banner Over Me is Love

Over the years, I have watched my sister’s love for her children in action. She, like many mothers, offer their lives in time, energy, devotion and many untold sacrifices because of love.

For the February Island Batik Ambassador challenge, I designed a banner. Have your heard or read the words, “His banner over me was love”?  A love banner is a public declaration of love.


A heritage of love flows and continues with my sister’s first granddaughter, Ariah and her parents, Amanda and Darnell. Ariah, 7 months-old, had her first Christmas in 2018 ...

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February 11, 2019
Amanda’s Fidget QuiltMaking a child-like activity quilt for my... from Living Water Quilter

Amanda’s Fidget Quilt

Making a child-like activity quilt for my 85-year-old mother, Amanda, was wonderful and emotionally difficult at the same time. Amanda, is a retired nurse, mother of five, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of four.

She has vascular dementia.


Cookie, my sister and Amanda’s full-time caregiver, requested I make our mother a fidget quilt to help ease dementia anxiety.


So, I began with Island Batik’s Crystal Ball 10-inch pre-cut  fabric stack. I’m thankful for the generosity of Island Batik, which provided the fabric as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program.


I collected buttons ...

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December 10, 2018
Fast and Easy Christmas Stocking Easy quilt projects for... from Living Water Quilter

Fast and Easy Christmas Stocking

Easy quilt projects for Christmas are on the top of “Christmas to do lists”.  June Tailor gave me a few Quilt-As-You-Go stocking so I could experiment and have fun.


The batting is pre-printed with seam guides for 2.5-inch fabric strips. The package includes step-by-step cutting and piecing instructions. Visit June Tailor’s YouTube Channel to view videos of this fun technique.


I used fabrics from Island Batik’s new Candy Cane Lane collection. Of course, I had to add some ruler quilting after the strips were quilted to the batting and backing. One pieced ...

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December 2, 2018
Quilted Cookie Sheet Hot Pad Tutorial from Stitching Through Life Blog

Make your very own practical Quilted Cookie Sheet Hot Pad for getting large items out of your oven.

Download your Quilted Cookie Sheet Hot Pad Pattern HERE
Quilted Cookie Sheet Hot Pad Pattern Page 1 Cover
Material Needed and Cutting Instructions for your Quilted Cookie Sheet Hot Pad
Quilted Cookie Sheet Hot Pad Page 2 Cut Your Fabric
Stitch your fabrics together and quilt your handles for your Cookie Sheet Hot Pad
November 27, 2018
Thanksgiving, school props, and painting (Adam's finish) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Lots going on in the Marcotte lot. Firstly, we celebrated Thanksgiving in grand fashion with two meals on Thursday. One for the parents at noon because Papa can't handle too many people. About three is his limit, so we cooked a second meal for the kids for supper. 

That also gives the boys a chance to visit with their wives' families, and they can drop in on their grandparents a few at a time. No one gets left out this way. It's lots more work, but worth the extra effort since it means making things easier for the ...

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November 26, 2018
Practical and Easy Project PouchWe always need something to... from Living Water Quilter

Practical and Easy Project Pouch

We always need something to carry our “stuff”.  Recently, a fellow Fredericksburg Modern Guild member posted a cute vinyl project pouch. She used the free pattern by Kristina Brinkerhoff.  Find the pattern here.


I had fun making the pouch with some modifications in size and design. Instead of the 2-inch pieced fabric grid in her pattern, I choose to add ruler quilting to a 15-inches square piece of fabric.


Several Spin an Echo templates were used to create the above designs. The designs are surrounded by free hand free-motion quilting.


This was also an opportunity ...

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October 29, 2018
New Feathered Leaf TemplateLeonie West, has done it again!  Have... from Living Water Quilter

New Feathered Leaf Template

Leonie West, has done it again!  Have you seen the new Westalee Design Feathered Leaf Template set? The set includes a finial with four sizes and four sizes of the feathered leaf templates.


Mixing different size templates offers results like above.  I definitely want more playtime with the new set. To see the template in action watch Leonie’s video.


Here is Feathered Leaf sampler. It showcases three sizes and another block design using the template for medallion designs.

Next up is using the templates in a quilt. Stay connected.

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September 22, 2018
Seeing StarsIsland Batik Ambassador September challenge has me... from Living Water Quilter

Seeing Stars

Island Batik Ambassador September challenge has me star struck!  LOL


The blues of Alpine Ice and yellows of Dear William collections(provided by Island Batik) are featured in the mini star quilt.


Piecing perfect star was easy with Quilt In A Day’s Triangle in a Square .


The mini star quilt is perfect for featuring my new ruler quilting design.  I like seeing a design in different setting. Above, the same design is on a wholecloth quilt and my new star panel, Starburst.


Here are before and after photos of the design in the star mini quilt. The ...

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September 6, 2018
Scrap Bin Quilted Pillow from The Cloth Parcel

Remember our Confetti Weave Quilt (still a personal favorite!)?  After trimming the half-square triangles, we saved all of the leftover small triangle pieces.  We thought we would make something really cool, since there were so many of them. After sewing them together with the same gray background from the quilt (also trimmings) into half-square triangles, […]

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June 15, 2018
Capital Quilters QUILTED exhibition from Wendy's Quilts and More

Have you heard about Capital Quilters' upcoming exhibition?  It's called QUILTED and it will be on at the brand new Lower Hutt Events Centre on 11-12 August 2018.

I'm getting excited about it already.  I'm fortunate to belong to a guild with some very talented members.  It was Capital Quilters' previous exhibition in 2014 that convinced me to join the guild.  I was amazed at the level of creativity right here in Wellington.

Here's a look at our amazing raffle quilt made by Helen Malachak and quilted by Cherie's Quilt Studio.  

Yes, one quilt - two ...

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June 8, 2018
Enhancing Skills with Free-Motion Framework Quilters are... from Living Water Quilter

Enhancing Skills with Free-Motion Framework

Quilters are learners. We want to learn new patterns, techniques and improve our skills. This is part of the creative road of quilt making.

In 2016 Jen of Reannalily Designs contacted me and asked if I would  quilt two 40 x 40 inch wholecloth quilts for her soon to be published book. I said yes to the challenge. Now, the quilts of all the contributing quilters can be seen in Jen’s new book, Free-Motion Framework.

Join the Free-Motion Framework Blog Tour!  It began on Monday June 4. It’s not too late to enter ...

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Are Pockets a Must? from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello my creative friends!!

As one famous designer once said “…. I went to fashion school for four years and then work for a very long time just to realize that all women want is pockets!" Now, don’t ask me who the designer was, but for sure she or he was completely right!



We always have pretty things, secret things, necessary things, and even forgotten things that we need to carry with us … so while designing the Puri Tote for the beautiful Flower Child collection I thought it would be a great idea to add a welt zipper pocket and ...

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June 5, 2018
Geometrical Delights: "Loved To Pieces" Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

 Hi Makers,

Happy June and hope your month is starting off on a good note! 

It's been a busy couple of weeks here, since we settled back in from Quilt Market - Portland. It was at Market that I had the pleasure of finally meeting our AGF designer "Mister Domestic" a.k.a Mathew Boudreaux who has such so much personality and incredible talent! Oh, and if you haven't heard it in his videos or in person, he definitely has a contagious laugh as well! It was at his Quilt Market booth where I got to witness his creativity ...

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May 11, 2018
Fabric Fri-yay! from Pibble Pulling Threads

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April 29, 2018
Vintage Inspired - A Remake Of Winding WaysHere is the final... from Living Water Quilter

Vintage Inspired - A Remake Of Winding Ways

Here is the final installment of the Island Batik April Challenge. My Winding Ways quilt remake includes these modern elements:

  • A diagonally bisection to emphasize the two fabric
  • An overlapping square layout of the winding ways blocks

These elements add a little tension to the curvy design of the traditional quilt block.  The fabrics, Southern Blooms and Neutral Vanilla, were provided by Island Batik.


If you missed the first and second installment, they are worth a look. They have the details of piecing the block using the AccuQuilt die, as well as ...

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April 2, 2018
Quilted Fashion from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

Happy April and hope you are all off to a great start with all your projects, this month!

If you didn't know by now, I have an immense affinity for the fashion world. From listening to fashion designers talk about a collection’s concept to learning about how a certain movement or event in history shaped what people wore at the time, I find all of it extremely fascinating and the biggest source of my inspiration. Just like history, fashion tends to repeat and of course, reinvent itself. During the 1960’s, thanks to the influence of ...

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March 14, 2018
Modern String Block Quilted Pillow from The Cloth Parcel

Recently, we’ve had a bit of a break between deadlines, so there’s been more time than usual for other little projects.  We’ve taken this time as an opportunity to sew up a couple of gifts for friends.  Today’s pillow was made for Audrey’s friend Erin, as a birthday present.Although it’s been given to someone else, […]

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December 29, 2017
2017 Quilt Finishes from Becca's Crazy Projects

I wanted to collect my finished objects for the year. I have included only quilt finishes in this post. I've only included projects I pieced and quilted.


In January I finished this quilt for a friend. It was a long trek to get it finished, but it was finished. You can learn more about this quilt in a post from January.

Hocus Pocus was a quilt I designed, pieced, and quilted in February. It was challenging but I think it turned out great. If I design another medallion quilt I will do things differently but that ...

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December 8, 2017
Cricut Maker Block of the Week Quilt: Week 12 – Quilting the Mini Quilt from Expect Moore

Getting your quilt top finished doesn’t mean you’re done with your quilt! In the quilting world, we call a finished quilt top a “flimsy.” Which isn’t derogatory at all… it just means the quilt doesn’t have the batting and backing attached to it yet… and it is still, well, flimsy! So, this week I’m going to show you how to quilt your mini quilt. Which is really one of the first times you have options in making this quilt… and you have a lot of them! There are a couple different ways you can baste ...

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December 1, 2017
Cricut Maker Block of the Week Quilt: Week 11 – Adding Borders from Expect Moore

Welcome to week 11 of the Cricut Maker Block of the Week! This week we’re going to finish the quilt top by adding the borders that we cut in Week 1: Intro. Adding the borders means that the quilt top is complete, but our quilt isn’t finished yet. Next week I’ll show you how to quilt your quilt top, and the next week I’ll show you the final step: Binding. I promised you 14 weeks of making this quilt. In week 1 I shared both the into and the first block because I knew you wouldn ...

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