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October 6, 2018
Power Lines - A Ruler Quilting WorkshopI am thrilled to share my... from Living Water Quilter



Power Lines - A Ruler Quilting Workshop

I am thrilled to share my new ruler workshop, Power Lines. The workshop features designs and techniques using ONE acrylic free-motion quilting ruler. Power Lines is a foundational ruler quilting workshop. We explore basic ruler quilting techniques, straight and curved line designs. Some of the designs learned are featured HERE.

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To make it a fun and easy one-day workshop, I’ve designed two pre-printed panels exclusively for the workshop. The 16-inch square panels are designed so you, the quilter, can apply techniques and designs learned in the workshop to a fun mini quilt that ...

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September 17, 2018
Mystery in Black and White from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I shared my version of my latest mystery quilt.

I finished up the center of the top with black setting triangles cut from some leftover quilt backing. 
I used some more leftover quilt backing to make a narrow (1.5" finished) inner border and a wider (4" finished) outer border. It measures about 56" by 68" which isn't a big quilt, but as big as I intend to go with it. This one will get set aside until I can either piece a backing or buy some. I might have something suitable around here somewhere. I haven ...

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September 10, 2018
Mystery in Black and White from Becca's Crazy Projects

Due to conflicting schedules, this is how my mystery quilt project has been languishing. This past weekend, I finally managed to get the rest of the clues. In truth, this project has been taking up two project boxes and I have new projects that want some of that project box real estate. I use the Iris 12" by 12" clear boxes for quilts, bags, and even yarn.
That meant I managed to get to work on this quilt. The directions for these blocks are written with the stitch and flip method of adding those corners. This is, in my opinion ...

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August 22, 2018
The Great Outdoors Blog Hop Wow, have you seen some of the... from Living Water Quilter



The Great Outdoors Blog Hop

Wow, have you seen some of the beautiful quilts in the Island Batik Ambassador blog hop?  I hope so!  This is the third week Ambassadors share quilts and sewing projects made with Island Batik Spring/Summer fabric collections.

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Island Batik generously provided fabric for my quilt, Corn Maze, from the Dear William Collection. Below are the half yard cuts used to make a Rep sample on the right (below), the quilt and accessories.

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An original design, Corn Maze, celebrates summer picnics and fun walks through a corn field maze. 

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There was enough fabric to ...

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August 19, 2018
festival of quilts 2018 from Charm About You

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Festival of Quilts is probably the highlight of the year for quilters in the UK. It's a chance to showcase talent and be inspired by the amazing display of quilts, an opportunity to meet up with friends and of course shop all the wonderful stalls and stands. 
I have to admit I wasn't going to attend this year. I hadn't arranged to go with anyone, I was working Friday-Sunday and I've been so busy that it seemed almost impossible to take time off.  And then there's my anxiety, no small thing but it makes it ...

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August 16, 2018
The Great Outdoors Island Batik Ambassador Blog HopYes, the... from Living Water Quilter



The Great Outdoors Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop

Yes, the Island Batik Ambassador blog hop has begun! The fun began August 6th and runs to Sept 4th. Each weekday new Island Batik fabric collections are featured in new quilt and sewing projects created by Ambassadors. PLUS enter for a chance to win fabric, patterns and more from Island Batik and each Ambassador.

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In January each ambassador received a “surprise” package of fabric from Island Batik. It contained all the fabrics of a new summer collection.

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I  received enough fabric  from the Dear William collection to make a quilt and  several ...

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August 8, 2018
A Star is Reborn, AgainHow many times do you make the same... from Living Water Quilter



A Star is Reborn, Again

How many times do you make the same quilt?  When I make the same quilt it is a way to demonstrate to how free-motion quilting can change the texture and appearance of a quilt. Certainly, fabric colors and prints have a voice in this process too.

The Radiant Star, pictured above is a HUGE departure from the first  Radiant Star, pictured below, in both fabric selection and free-motion quilting.

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As an educator, I am compelled to offer a variety of inspirational options for students to explore in whole or part. The Radiant Star pattern is ...

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my surprise discovery of a new Japanese quilter from Third Floor Quilts

Life is full of surprises, and the best surprise of all is when we get to discover a new quilter whose work we can love and dream about.

On my last visit to Japan, I met one of those quilters. Her name is Miwako Watanabe and I met her for the first time at the Quilt Time Festival in Yokohama (May 2018).

It was such a thrill to see all her quilts on display at her booth. The closer I got to these quilts, the more I loved them. I saw genius in her whimsy and colors --- as if drawings ...

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July 27, 2018
Kite Season Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Kite Season Quilt

Rumor has it that in 18th century Japan, kites were totally banned. The reason? Folks were having so much fun flying kites, they weren’t getting any work done. I have to admit, I can relate. When I get excited about a new quilt, everything else fades away. The dishes can pile up in the sink, the lawn can grow knee-high, but I’m happy as a clam in my sewing room with a stack of freshly pressed quilt blocks.

Kite Season Quilt

This week Jenny is working on a new pattern that is so cute, you may have to put your chores ...

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July 24, 2018
Bingo Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

The Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild is having a bingo event again this year. What is Quilt Bingo? Well, it is an event where you play bingo and the big prizes are quilts made by the guild. For a list of the kinds of prizes one might win at Quilt Bingo you should check out this great post, complete with links to free quilt blocks, bag patterns, and other quilty goodness.

I volunteered to quilt one of the quilts. I didn't make any of the blocks. They were made by members of the guild.
I quilted it with swirls and ...

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July 11, 2018
Short, Sharp, and Snippy from Becca's Crazy Projects

Yesterday my two copies Short, Sharp, and Snippy, more cutting edge quilt humor by Megan Dougherty showed up on my doorstep. If you don't know what quilt humor is, I recommend you check out Megan's website The Bitchy Stitcher. Sometimes irreverent, sometimes saucy, always my favorite quilt humorist.

I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it will be on my nightstand for bedtime reading. 
I love it when I get to add another signed book to my growing collection of quilt titles. This one will go well with Megan's first book Quilting Is ...

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June 16, 2018
Modern Quilt Challenge - Taffy CandyThis was a super fun project... from Living Water Quilter



Modern Quilt Challenge - Taffy Candy

This was a super fun project from beginning to end. I designed Taffy Candy for the June Island Batik Ambassador challenge. The fun pink, red and black fabrics were generously provided by Island Batik.

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The bold reds against the black fabric is striking. The black fabric is called Snowflake and the color name is called Gun Metal. It’s part of the Winter collection Alpine Ice.

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Using Hobbs Heirloom Black batting makes a difference. I also used black thread for piecing.

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Straight line quilting is perfect for a clean modern look. First, the quilt  sandwich ...

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June 6, 2018
Carpenter's Star from Becca's Crazy Projects

This Carpenter's Star quilt was a great stash busting project.

I put this under Sew My Stash 2018 because Other than the backing fabric, I didn't buy anything to finish this project.
I pulled out all the quilting books (links at the bottom of the post) to try to figure out what to do with the quilting.
In the end it didn't end up being fancy quilting, but I think it is effective. Swirls are my favorite!
This is the back of the quilt so you can see the details of the quilting on the center star ...

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June 1, 2018
AGF Sewing Stories Winner! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

Happy last day of May!

What an incredible month this has been with Quilt Market - Portland 2018 being our main focus in the midst of everything else. In case you missed it, we switched it up this year and did something a little different at Quilt Market by hosting "AGF Sewing Stories." This whole idea revolved around inviting shop owners to come over to our booth and share their "sewing journey" of how they got into the sewing industry. The winner with the "most inspiring" story would receive an EXCITING PRIZE of 12 AGF Color Master Boxes. We ...

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

***This blog appears at www.geekquilter.com***

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April 12, 2018
Creative Women's League Podcast from Charm About You


Surround yourself with good people. Whenever possible I like to read / watch / listen to positive people. There is grounded, honest and real talk to be found, which I gain confidence and inspiration from. 
I've been following the Creative Women's League on instagram since it started. Kate is genuine and enthusiastic, and the network she's developed is so awesome. With two episodes a week, the Creative Women's League podcast is packed full of motivation and encouragement. I was thrilled (and also nervous) to be on this week's show.


We chat about some of my random life ...

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April 10, 2018
So… You wanna buy a long arm quilting machine? from Pibble Pulling Threads

***Blog post appears at www.geekquilter.com***

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March 30, 2018
Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018 - March from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is the March installment of the Get It Done UFO Challenge 2018.

The challenge this month is for Number 9. My number nine is On Ringo Lake. It was a risk putting it on the Challenge list, but otherwise I may never finish it. 
I've been working on it between other projects. I pieced all the blocks. This shows them laid out without sashing. 
I finished all the sashing early in the month. Time to get to the assembly.
On point blocks are a challenge. On point, with sashings is even more challenging. I sure hope all those ...

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March 25, 2018
Winding Ways - Modern VintageI have a head start on the Island... from Living Water Quilter



Winding Ways - Modern Vintage

I have a head start on the Island Batik Ambassador challenge for April. Vintage is the challenge inspiration. As an Ambassador the fabrics featured were given to me by Island Batik.

One of the two fabric is from Southern Blooms, a fabric collection by Kathy Engle for Ebony Love - LoveBug Studios.

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It is paired with a Island Batik neutral, vanilla.

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Before cutting the Island Batik fabric I tested my curve piecing skills using the AccuQuilt Go die, Winding Ways. It’s important to follow the seams pressing instructions included with the die.

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The piecing isn’t ...

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March 19, 2018
On Ringo Lake from Becca's Crazy Projects

It's been a while since the last update on my On Ringo Lake mystery quilt.

It was chosen as the Get it Done UFO Challenge quilt for March, so I've been trying to get it as close to done as possible before the end of March. I finished all the sashing units and then had to make a decision on how I was going to orient them in the quilt.
Since I changed up almost half of the blocks to make true alternate blocks, and changed the colors, there was room for some play. I decided to use ...

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