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May 21, 2019
Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock... Deadline for Mission Impossible is 5 Days Away. Or 7 Days. Or 2 Weeks. from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Center Row of Circles Finished Yesterday
Good morning and happy Tuesday!  This needs to be short and sweet so I can get back to this graduation quilt that's under my needle.  This quilt is for a blessing ceremony at church and the official deadline for turning in the graduates' Bibles and quilts to the church office is this Sunday, May 26th.  However, I found out that the pastors and staff won't be passing around the Bibles and praying over the quilts until their staff meeting on Tuesday morning, May 28th.  And I further discovered that, in years past ...

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May 17, 2019
Making a Start: Mission Impossible is Finally Under the Longarm Needle! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I started quilting Mission Impossible last night and I'm SO EXCITED!!!  This is how it looked when I shut off the machine and called it quits for the night:

FINALLY Started Quilting Mission Impossible!
I spent four hours at the machine and got the purple background areas of four 12" blocks quilted during that time.  Since there are 48 of these blocks in the quilt, that means I have 44 hours to go -- and then I have to go back and quilt the flying geese, and then trim the quilt and bind it...  But maybe my pace will quicken ...

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May 15, 2019
Mission Impossible: Marked and Loaded, With 11 Days Left to Quilt, Label and Bind from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Mission Impossible is an appropriate name for this quilt on SO many levels.  It's a high school graduation quilt for my oldest son Lars and it's "due" to the church office in ELEVEN days (on May 26th).  I decided yesterday that I am totally okay with missing that deadline if it comes to that.  The Quillow Service at church isn't until June 9th, two weeks after that deadline, and that's the date that's more important to me.  So I'm adjusting that May 26th "deadline" to an Aspirational Goal, like how we "shoot for the ...

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May 8, 2019
OMG (One Monthly Goal) for May: Quilt and Bind Mission Impossible Graduation Quilt, Due in 20 Days from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, you guys -- I think I know how I want to quilt Lars's graduation quilt.

Quilting Plan du Jour for Mission Impossible
I was doodling different quilting options on top of the quilt top image on my iPad last night with one of my drawing apps, and this is the one I liked the best.  It's all straight line ruler work, and I'm fresh from taking longarm ruler quilting workshops with both Lisa Calle and Judi Madsen last week so even though this is a reach for me skill-wise, it *SHOULD* be doable.  

I was drawing my ...

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November 9, 2018
Curvy Corner to Corner Quilting with Rulers from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I’ve pinned a new quilt to my longarm today and decided to quilt it with simple corner to corner quilting with rulers. Learn how to quilt using the piecing and the Mini Slide ruler as a guide in this new Frame Quilting Friday tutorial:

Quick links to the tools and supplies mentioned in this quilting tutorial:

Quilting from Corner to Corner or Point to Point

This is super simple style of quilting that’s guided by the seamlines or marked points on your quilt. In this case, I’m quilting soft curving lines from corner to corner around 5-inch ...

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September 17, 2018
Let's Quilt Leaf Peepers! Echo Ditching and Block 1 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my Leaf Peeping Friends! It's been a very wet, rainy weekend, but the sun has finally come out. I'm hoping the weather will cool off and we can become real leaf peepers as the leaves begin changing colors.

Last week we finished up piecing the last leaf quilt block which means this week we get to dive into my favorite part of the process: quilting!

Click Here to find my tutorial on Echo Ditching with ruler foot quilting.

Click Here to find Sheri's tutorial on Quilting Block #1.

Yes, Sheri and I are both quilting this ...

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August 21, 2018
An Unscheduled Break from Stitchin at Home

I'm here *Waving wildly* I'm here. Wow it's been a month since my last post, I've been here just dealing with real life.
We took a much needed break and went up North to Killarney to visit our oldest son. It was a well needed time away. His place Avalon Eco Resort, is gorgeous and so peaceful.

looking across Tyson Lake at dusk

peaceful view from the deck

We went kayaking a few times. Enjoyed time with our youngest granddaughter, I had to get in lots of hugs to last until Christmas.

our northern  granddaughter, she ...

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August 10, 2018
Fun with the Slice Ruler from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Welcome to our first Frame Quilting Friday! I'm really excited to have this weekly challenge to get on the longarm and quilt something fun with you. Learning how to quilt on a longarm frame is a challenge, just like learning all types of machine quilting.

The hardest thing for me has been overcoming my perfectionist tendencies. Picky Leah tends to come out when my quilting looks messy and especially when I stitch out of the "lines." I don't remember being that obsessed with coloring in the lines as a kid, but it really bugs me when I can ...

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April 4, 2018
Adventures In Longarm Quilting Continue! Beginner Ruler Work, SID, Winding Bobbins, and Tips for Terrific Tension from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello and Happy Easter!  Despite a busy weekend full of rehearsals and multiple Easter worship services, I did manage to snatch about an hour a day for working on my Tabby Mountain quilt.  I'm almost done with the ruler work, and it's SO MUCH FUN!!!

It's the Second to Last Row of Solid Triangles!  Yay!!
I am really happy with how the straight quilted lines are enhancing my solid triangles, and it's amazing how much better I'm getting at quilting the long diagonal lines without my ruler slipping.  Each time I advance the quilt, the ...

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March 27, 2018
To-Do Tuesday: Monofilament Stitching In the Ditches With the Disco Kitties from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Quilting Away on Tabby Mountain
And now it is Tuesday.  Does anyone remember Once Upon a Time, A Long, Long Time Ago, the last time I posted weekly goals for the To-Do On Tuesday linky party?  Some of you may not be old enough to remember back that far, all the way back to March 6th when I posted the following goals that I was planning and fully expecting to finish in ONE week:
  1. I need to design and embroider a quilt label and decide whether it goes on the front of the quilt or on the back.
  2. I need ...

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March 9, 2018
Sneak Peek of New Quilting Rulers with Grace Co. from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Yep, you read that right! I'm teaming up with Grace Company to make a new set of quilting rulers!

Yes, you can quilt with this ruler too!
These are still in prototype, but I should have the official cut rulers sometime next week. I'm really excited about working with Grace Company for these because we'll finally be able to create rulers for home machines AND longarm machines. Longarms need the thicker plastic so the foot doesn't hop over the edge of the rulers.

Last year I designed a set of 10 quilting rulers for the ...

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January 22, 2018
Ruler Quilting MarathonLast December I was finally home more... from Living Water Quilter

Ruler Quilting Marathon

Last December I was finally home more than a week. So it was a good time to start learning how to use a few more templates. The Honeycomb template by Westalee Design was one.


The Honeycomb is a fun template with many possibilities.


I used the spacing gauge with each quilted rotation to help ensure the first and final rotation met and completed a uniform design.


Another template I am falling in love with is Spin an Echo # 6. Isn’t it a gorgeous design?!  Westalee Design has a Spin an Echo Sampler set that includes ...

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December 24, 2017
New Ruler Designs for a New Year In 2017 many quilters have... from Living Water Quilter

New Ruler Designs for a New Year

In 2017 many quilters have joined the free motion ruler quilting craze and are quilting with rulers on their domestic machines.  It’s becoming a central part of finishing our quilt projects. This small quilt top was completely quilted with rulers. 


For 2018, I am working on NEW designs(top) for the Westalee Design’s Sampler Set 1. The set has six templates that when the basics of the techniques are learned, the quilter will have the skills to use many of Westalee Design’s 250 plus templates. 


If you are ready to ...

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November 3, 2017
Lessons Learned from Long Arm Quilting the Cheater Cloth from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Happy Friday!  This post comes to you from the cardiology floor of the hospital, where I'm hanging out with my sweetie this weekend.  It's like a romantic bed and breakfast, except the breakfast is only for Bernie and the housekeeping staff keeps barging in at all hours of the night to draw blood and check his vitals.  He had an ICD (Implanted Cardiac Defibrillator) put in yesterday but it's not working yet, so they're holding him hostage (monitoring him) until they can try some other stuff on Monday.    

Finished Cheater Cloth Sample, After Washing
I thought ...

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October 18, 2017
...Meanwhile, Longarm Quilting Practice Continues from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Getting Better, But Not There Yet
So I've been working on that cheater cloth practice quilt some more.  It's definitely more challenging than just practicing different quilting motifs on solid fabric.  I've been experimenting with different thread types and colors, and changing up the way I quilt each printed 54-40 or Fight and Dresden Plate block.  The quilting really does change the way each one looks, so it's nice to be able to just try out different things from block to block without worrying about having to rip anything out so all the blocks can be ...

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September 27, 2017
Just Free Motioning from Stitchin at Home

When writing my last pattern 'Squared Off' you can read about it here or if you want to make one you can purchase a copy at my Craftsy store. I made a couple test blocks trying out a couple different techniques for making the block. Grabbed the rest of the scraps I was using plus, and made a couple more blocks.

four blocks make a mini
Originally I was going to add a white border but changed my mind. I wasn't feeling the border at all. I basted it and looked and looked at it trying to decide how ...

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September 25, 2017
Longarm Quilting Practice: Let's Play With Cheater Cloth! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning!  I learned SO much at my APQS New Owner training last week, and I'm anxious to get some time in my studio now to put all that information into practice.  I came home with more thread, gadgets and gizmos, and a little less fear of routine maintenance.  

Rather than loading up a real quilt top just yet, I'm going to do a few more SMALLER practice quilts, to get more familiar and comfortable with the process of loading a quilt.  I have zipper leaders on order for my 12' frame but in the meantime, I'll ...

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September 22, 2017
Curved Ruler Foot Quilting on My Hoop Quilt from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This week has been all about Hoop Quilts as I shared the podcast with Anne Marie Chany on Wednesday and now today I'm quilting my Hoop Quilt using ruler foot quilting!

I decided to challenge myself and use the curved edges of Dresden Templates #2 and #4 to create this cool design in the center of the quilt:

I love love love this effect, but it was a bit challenging to create. Watch this quilting tutorial to see how I quilted it:

Do you want to make a Hoop Quilt? Find the quilt pattern from Anne Marie Chany!

Click ...

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September 18, 2017
Westalee Design Accreditation Wow!  I had the honor of being one... from Living Water Quilter

Westalee Design Accreditation

Wow!  I had the honor of being one of five U.S. quilting teachers selected to become a Westalee Design by Sew Steady Accredited Teacher. We spent two days training with Leonie and Bill West, the creators of the Westalee Design ruler foot and template system for domestic machines.


We all met in Eugene, OR, the headquarters of Sew Steady, the U.S. manufacturer and distributor of the Westalee Design foot and ruler system.


I was excited to meet and learn from this amazing team of quilting educators. Please join me in congratulating Paula Reid, Donna McCauley ...

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