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May 16, 2019
Conservatory Quilt Pattern from The Cloth Parcel

We are so glad to finally be able to announce that our newest quilt pattern, the Conservatory Quilt, is here!  We have put a lot of work into this pattern, and we think you will love it as much as we do.  This is the queen size, using Moda’s Bella solids for the white (we […]

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A Finished Flimsy on the Horizon from ... Cat Patches

Well, I loves me a good day of sewing, don't you? Yesterday I got started on the next barn for the Appalachian Memories quilt. I like these quilt blocks. This one is called "Hole in the Barn Door."


It was also my "pop of color" for the Photo-A-Day prompt. There was an error on the printed page I used to trace this design. It appeared the quilt block had been added as an after thought because there were lines for the board siding within the quilt block. Of course, I avoided tracing those onto the fabric, but I kind ...

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A Finished Flimsy on the Horizon from Cat Patches

Well, I loves me a good day of sewing, don't you? Yesterday I got started on the next barn for the Appalachian Memories quilt. I like these quilt blocks. This one is called "Hole in the Barn Door."


It was also my "pop of color" for the Photo-A-Day prompt. There was an error on the printed page I used to trace this design. It appeared the quilt block had been added as an after thought because there were lines for the board siding within the quilt block. Of course, I avoided tracing those onto the fabric, but I kind ...

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Making beautiful borders with your walking foot from Quilt Social

Welcome to step 4 of our series on using SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread to create a whole cloth quilt with just straight line stitching and your walking foot.

Yesterday I layered the quilt, showed you how to bring up our bobbin thread, anchor stitching, quilt a grid and pivot to change directions.

Today I’ll share some techniques for creating beautiful border designs.

Let the magic begin!

 

Create beautiful quilted borders with a few simple steps.
Create beautiful quilted borders with a few simple steps.

 

Defining quilted borders

Many pieced quilts have one or more borders applied to the interior portion of the quilt as an accent or ...

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May 15, 2019
Soggy Tuesday from ... Cat Patches

It rained much of the day yesterday. After about ten days of summer weather, it was a little bit of a relief to see the rain. Since I didn't have to water the flower pots, it gave me plenty of time for sewing. My first task was to finish off the "Stitch" sampler.


Before I could finish this, I had one more new-to-me stitch to try. This is an English Daisy stitch. It's a little like doing trapunto embroidery. I fused a little disk of flannel where I wanted to make the stitch. The pattern suggested felt for ...

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Soggy Tuesday from Cat Patches

It rained much of the day yesterday. After about ten days of summer weather, it was a little bit of a relief to see the rain. Since I didn't have to water the flower pots, it gave me plenty of time for sewing. My first task was to finish off the "Stitch" sampler.


Before I could finish this, I had one more new-to-me stitch to try. This is an English Daisy stitch. It's a little like doing trapunto embroidery. I fused a little disk of flannel where I wanted to make the stitch. The pattern suggested felt for ...

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What to know about grid quilting with a walking foot from Quilt Social

Here we are at the third step to making a wholecloth quilt using the walking foot, SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread.

Yesterday we learned how the walking foot works, prepared our machines, trimmed our fabric and marked the center design using a UNIQUE 2 in 1 marker.

Today it’s time to layer our quilts with Fairfield batting and start quilting.
I’m excited, how about you?

 

An example of a walking foot quilted grid with the spool of Gütermann spun silk thread that was used for the quilting SCHMETZ / Gütermann / Northcott / Fairfield / UNIQUE
An example of a walking foot quilted grid with the spool of Gütermann spun silk thread that was used for the quilting SCHMETZ / Gütermann / Northcott / Fairfield / UNIQUE

 

Layer and pin baste

Center the ...

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May 14, 2019
Harry Potter Quilt...Part 3 from Fabric and Memories

Well, if you have been following my blog.. I had the problem of this quilt being to short for my tall grand daughter. I struggled on how to make it longer and have it look "planned" and not just an after thought. Only one idea came to mind and I am not crazy about it.. but then I thought...my...

Click on the blog article title to continue reading this post or to browse to Fabric and Memories for more...fabric and memories!

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Easy preparation for walking foot quilting from Quilt Social

Welcome back!

Yesterday I listed the indispensable supplies required for a wholecloth quilt to make using our SCHMETZ needles andGütermann spun silk thread.

Today I’ll talk about the walking foot, preparing our machines for stitching, trimming our fabric and marking the first portion of our design using a UNIQUE 2 in 1 marker.

Let’s get started.

 

A walking foot is also know as an even feed or dual feed foot
A walking foot is also know as an even feed or dual feed foot

 

What is a walking foot and how does it work?

A walking foot, sometimes called an even feed or dual feed foot is used on our sewing ...

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May 13, 2019
5 steps to a wholecloth walking foot quilt from Quilt Social

In my previous posts Perfect pairings-needles and threads work together for successful quilting and Needles and threads for a thread painting tutorial I talked about how to choose the best needles to work with a variety of threads.

We’ll put this knowledge to work once again this week as I’ll be showing you how to make a whole cloth quilt using SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread.

I’m using fabric from the ColorWorks collection by Northcott.

Here we go.

 

Gather your supplies
Gather your supplies

 

Step 1 – gather your supplies

fabric

  • 2 yds cotton fabric in a solid color; this will ...

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May 11, 2019
Pansies, Poppies, and Painted Ladies from ... Cat Patches

My Fitbit logged more than 20K steps yesterday. Apparently there was a lot of walking. Just my walk with Sue logged over 14K, and so it doesn't take much more once I get home. With laundry going on, and me in my sewing room, it doesn't take long to rack up a lot of stepping.

In the sewing room, I sewed the Pansy Mosaic into a finished flimsy.


I'd forgotten about the yellow border around the outside, and so it took a little longer than expected. When the binding is sewn on, the yellow border will be ...

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Pansies, Poppies, and Painted Ladies from Cat Patches

My Fitbit logged more than 20K steps yesterday. Apparently there was a lot of walking. Just my walk with Sue logged over 14K, and so it doesn't take much more once I get home. With laundry going on, and me in my sewing room, it doesn't take long to rack up a lot of stepping.

In the sewing room, I sewed the Pansy Mosaic into a finished flimsy.


I'd forgotten about the yellow border around the outside, and so it took a little longer than expected. When the binding is sewn on, the yellow border will be ...

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May 10, 2019
Walking the adventure of walking foot quilting from Quilt Social

I’m very excited about next week’s posts! Written by quilter Julie Plotniko, you don’t want to miss her tutorial on wholecloth walking foot quilting.

The definition of a wholecloth quilt is a quilt made of a single length of extra-wide fabric. The quilting stitches themselves form the design of the quilt.

I’ve loved the look of wholecloth quilting before I ever knew the name of this technique. It’s the kind of quilting where the quilting is the star of the show, without being muffled by color and patterns. I love the texture the thread creates ...

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A Little of This and That from Quilts....etc.

I must admit sometimes it seems like I do more reading then sewing and lately I have been in a reading mood.  I ordered one book from the library on audio to see how I would like listening to a book instead of reading it and if you don’t have a good narrator it takes […]

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Pin It Weekly #276 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



Vintage-inspired Log Cabin Quilt - Diary of a Quilter - a quilt blogAre you having a good week? I pray that's an affirmative.  And I hope you have had a few minutes of pinning.

It's one of the few things that I have felt well enough to do. I can get off my feet and my hiney, kick back on the sofa, and enjoy some beautiful photos of things I really love. So that's what I've been doing. It's difficult not going into the studio, but I just don't have the stamina to be on my feet for very long. 

Of course, I've found a ...

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Remarkable Quilters Share Their Talents in the Latest UQSM Show from Quilter Chic

Inside: Fabulous quilts from 2019’s UQSM quilt show.

We have an annual quilt show in Salt Lake City, UQSM (or Utah Quilting & Sewing Marketplace.) It is a world-class show featuring machine quilting from all over the world. My name for it is My Annual I Am Not Worthy show! I bow down in humility to these amazing and talented quilters, and by the Best of Show quilt, I’m ready to lay down on the ground and worship! But more about that one later.

The quilts are much more stunning in person, but I hope you enjoy this virtual ...

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May 9, 2019
Post Retreat + Enjoying my Passions from Heart Desire Creations

After being home a week, I’ve finally made it to the computer to do a wrap up of my somewhat productive sewing at a quilt retreat I attended in South Carolina.  I began the week full steam ahead by making string blocks for a border that I cut into fours. I then paired each with a white on white square and made half square triangles.  All of my notes were at home (why oh why??) so I just made bunches!  This is the quilt top I was preparing the border blocks for:

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These are the border blocks, not yet ...

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May 8, 2019
Donation Quilt Top from Wedding Dress Blue

For the past few years, I make at least one quilt for donation to the local children’s hospital where Sparkle Jane had life-saving heart surgery when she was 12.

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This is the top for this year.  It is based on a tutorial you can find HERE.

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I sized it up and altered the colors.  Also, I cut setting triangles to size rather than trimming off squares. It does required mitered corners in the border, but they turned out better than I have done in the past.

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I love the look of the basic idea and look forward to getting ...

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May 7, 2019
Oh, just another EPP quilt finished! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

LOL ..... this quilt has been sitting on a shelf for almost 2 yrs. since the top was finished.  Just lately, a bunch of my tops have been sent out to a LAer and she is getting them done for me and I am enjoying my quilts so much more than just a top.

A close-up of the half hexagons (HH) that are made into triangles.  The size of the HH are 3-1/2" at the widest point and 1-1/2" high.  All hand pieced using the English Paper Piecing method.  To make one triangle, you need a light, medium and ...

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More Signatures from Quilts....etc.

More signatures are still coming in – thank you Deborah and Sarah – Sarah made the cutest card to go with her signature and I’m going to try to incorporate it into the quilt – it is just so cute.  And Deborah that was such a nice letter you wrote to me – I’m so […]

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