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February 12, 2021
Get This Book by Heather Black: Design, Make, Quilt Modern from Christa Quilts

My BQF (Best Quilty Friend) Heather Black of Quiltachusetts just wrote her 2nd book, Design, Make, Quilt Modern and I enjoyed reading it from cover to cover!

Design Make Quilt Modern by Heather Black

The book includes wonderful explanations of her design process including how the quilting can affect the look of the quilt, plus so much more useful info, especially if you enjoy designing your own quilts.

As a bonus, the book also includes 4 modern quilt patterns for you to make. They are:

#1 Grounded – I love how Heather explains her reasoning on why this quilt only has borders on 3 sides. At first you ...

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February 7, 2021
Ultimate Gift list from Factotum of Arts

For Christmas, I wrote out an ultimate gift list of items, I thought I would enjoy. There is a mix of bought gifts and hand made options in the list. I tried to buy local or small shop owners or directly from the artist. I actually used this in a 12 Days of Christmas activity. I think any one of these gifts would be a great gift for someone that has interest in quilting or arts and crafts.

Printed Material/ Reference

Quilting with Liberty (Book)
Essex Fabric Color Card (Reference guide)
Half Baked Harvest Cookbook (my favorite cookbook at the ...

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January 13, 2021
Quilty Christmas Present from Wedding Dress Blue

I was so surprised to open this present at Christmas

While recovering from Covid, I had a lot of reading and resting time. Finished the entire thing.

And learned a lot.

Somehow I thought that most old quilts weren’t very big. False. There are many quilts more than 200 years old that are more than 100-inches square.

Somehow I thought that handquilting in the past was mostly utilitarian. False. Handquilting has been decorative and elaborate in patterns that rival the most adept contemporary longarm designs.

Somehow I thought that old quilts were all handmade. False. They used machines whenever ...

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August 22, 2020
Indi-go Tote from Wedding Dress Blue

This project came from the book Reinvention, which I borrowed from the local library.


I was so excited to give it a try. I still have a lot of my father’s old jeans that my mother saved for years.  And, I am happy with the results.

BUT, it was not without trial.  I don’t know about the rest of the patterns in the book, but this one had numerous errors.  The measurements were off both in cutting directions and finished sizes of components in at least 4 places.

That is too bad, because it is a great idea ...

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June 30, 2020
New Events added to BOTM post… from Seams To Be Sew

Hi Everyone, it’s been a really interesting year thus far in 2020. Things happening that I never imagined in my lifetime are happening and it brings not only great sadness but depression to many people affected by what is happening in the world today. It makes it hard to get things done but the one thing we all have in common is sewing and quilting. So, let’s pick ourselves up and start a new project. Smile even when you don’t feel like doing so, say hi, and pray for peace in the world again. June was a ...

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June 26, 2020
Love Your Creative Space Blog Tour with Lilo Bowman from Christa Quilts

Today I’m excited to tell you about a fabulous new book, from my friend Lilo Bowman.

Lilo Bowman

Lilo Bowman

Love Your Creative Space: A Visual Guide to Creating an Inspiring & Organized Studio Without Breaking the Bank is Lilo’s new title from C&T Publishing. It’s full of ideas, solutions, and creative ways to set aside and love your personal space for making.

Love Your Creative Space book

Click here to buy Love Your Creative Space on Amazon. 

So backing up a little, I first met Lilo when I was a guest on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. She’s ...

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June 6, 2020
Perfect Seams? Try a Magnetic Seam Guide from Craftcore

Magnetic seam guides are super handy tool for keeping your fabric aligned to help make perfectly straight seams.

Typically, sewing patterns mention a seam allowance that should be used for the project. Quilting patterns often use a quarter inch seam allowance while fashion projects often use three eights of an inch or maybe half an inch. Lining up these standard seam allowances with a custom sewing machine foot or the lines on the sewing machine make it fairly easy to get a consistent seam. However, if it’s a non-standard seam allowance, it may be more difficult to keep your ...

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May 25, 2020
Singer 6215C Sewing Machine Showcase from Craftcore

How to Thread the Singer 6215C Sewing Machine

According to the manual, the Singer 6215C sewing machine is from 1984, so it was one of the newest sewing machines in my vintage collection. According to the International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society, the Singer 6215 models were produced in Brazil between 1985 and 1989. It features the free arm sewing machine bed option, 8 built-in stitches, buttonholes, and a drop in bobbin.

I won this item in an auction for 1 whole Canadian dollar – approximately $0.70 US.  I couldn’t resist when no one bid on it. It was described ...

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April 28, 2020
Husqvarna 1070 Sewing Machine Showcase from Craftcore

Most of the sewing machine information I’ve been sharing on this blog are more “traditional” vintage sewing machines – gorgeous, all metal machines. However, this machine has grown on me, and I’ve come to choose it out of all my machines when I’m looking to do a decorative stitch.

This is my first Husqvarna sewing machine, although I did share a Husqvarna serger with my mother when I was younger.

I purchased this machine from the thrift store for $20, and over the years, I’ve invested in a new foot pedal, new standard feet and 1/4 ...

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March 9, 2020
Quilter’s Complete Guide from Prairie Moon Quilts

If you ever only buy one quilting book in your life, this should be it!

I bought one back in the early 1990s, and the information within its covers is still as relevant today as it was back when I first bought mine. My copy has also had a lot of use — it’s pretty beat up.

So I stole a photo of it from the Iowa Quilt Museum‘s site to show you:

It’s been reprinted recently, and they have it available for sale on their site HERE. And you can get yours autographed by the authors!

It ...

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February 12, 2020
Charleston Pavement FINISHED from Wedding Dress Blue

Charleston Pavement is the first big finish for the year.  YAY!


I love the pattern and am already planning a second quilt using it.


This one (and the next one) is a wedding quilt for a colleague.  She is getting married the first week of April.


I am so pleased at how it turned out.  Thank you, Shelly, for a great design.

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February 1, 2020
New Rotary Cutter from Wedding Dress Blue

About 9 years ago I took a chance on a “different” rotary cutter:  Martinelli’s.


It has served me well and faithfully, but, after who-knows-how-many-tens-of-thousands-of-cuts, it was just worn out.  I might have been able to get a replacement kit.

DSC01748.JPGBut, then I saw the new ones—BLUE!

And, that is how I got a new rotary cutter.


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January 8, 2020
Book Review: Modern Curves and Bold Stripes from Christa Quilts

I love having talented friends and am pleased as punch when they do amazing things! Well today I want to tell you about this brad new book written by two of my friends, Heather Black and Daisy Aschehoug. It’s called Modern Curves and Bold Stripes, published by C&T publishing.

Modern Curves and BoldStripes

Click here to get a copy of Modern Curves and Bold Stripes.

The premise of the book is 15 fabulous modern designs featuring stripes and curves. Heather designed 8 of them and Daisy designed 7. And let me tell you – they are all so fab!! And one of the ...

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November 30, 2019
Charleston Pavement Quilt Top Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

I was put on “house arrest” last week as weeks of messing around with a cold-sinus infection-laryngitis-cough evolved into pneumonia.  Again.  Sometimes it is hard to be grateful for circumstances.

But, on the bright side, between resting and napping and doing nothing, I did get a lot of sewing time.  I tidied my sewing room and evaluated projects.

Over a year ago, I won the Charleston Pavement pattern from Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts.  (She is the same one who sponsors the 350 block project.) There was a handy pile of inherited scraps as a starting point.  There WERE a ...

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October 23, 2019
Pin It Weekly #295 -- A Review of Doctor Zhivago from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

First, Doctor Zhivago is dead! Oh, spoiler alert. He really does die, finally. It's a great book. No, better than great--worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize in literature--but long and difficult. And I'm a good reader. Honestly I'm not bragging, I just am, having read well over 100 books (here's a list of the ones I remember). 

Despite being a good reader, I needed two full weeks to read the book of only 560 pages. Yes, I worked on it, but I did just as much reading looking up Russian terms, history, maps. All of it ...

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September 19, 2019
Eaton’s Viking 788P Vintage Sewing Machine from Craftcore

This is the Viking 788P sewing machine.   Recently my husband was passing through Value Village when he spotted this machine in the electronics section.  He texted me immediately and told me it was a retro Viking sewing machine for $19.99.  The bobbin case, cord and foot pedal were all there.  It operated well – and did I want it?

Of course, I had to try it out.  Both of us figured it was an older Husqvarna machine.  But no!  These two Viking brands are totally unrelated. After doing some research online, I found out that Viking was the store brand ...

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