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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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January 21, 2019
Ruler Quilting on the Patchwork Mosaic Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s time for our second quilting adventure on the Patchwork Mosaic block and this time I’m playing with ruler quilting! Learn how I quilted a straight line design with rulers over a quarter of this block at a time in this new tutorial:

Click Here to find the Patchwork Mosaic quilt pattern! This pattern takes 14 scrappy 5-inch squares of your favorite fabrics and turns them into this super sized patchwork block. It’s a great choice for using up scraps and learning how to piece two fun units: quarter square triangles and hourglass squares.

Ruler quilting on a home machine

Last week I ...

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January 14, 2019
Quilting a Patchwork Mosaic on a Home Machine from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Our Patchwork Mosaic Quilt Block is pieced and ready for quilting! I decided to tackle this block first on my Singer treadle with some walking foot quilting, then switched to my regular Eversewn Sparrow sewing machine for some free motion and ruler foot quilting. See how this works in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here for the Patchwork Mosaic block pattern. This block uses 14 scrappy 5-inch squares to create this awesome design. It’s a great way to use up scraps from your stash or a precut square pack.

Click Here to find the piecing tutorial for this quilt block ...

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January 6, 2019
Ruling The Quilt from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

A friend intrigued me with the Ruler Foot for the domestic sewing machine.  This led me to watch a couple of classes on BluPrint (aka Craftsy) since I got a year of unlimited for Christmas.  I watched Angela Walters' class on "Point to Point" quilting and one by Amy Johnson.

This pretty much convinced me that "Yes, I do do that!"  so I found a good deal on a foot that came with an arc ruler.
It arrived today and I just had to play with it.  There was an interesting design on the package that I wanted to try ...

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December 24, 2018
Whimsical Winter Table Runner The theme for the Island Batik... from Living Water Quilter

Whimsical Winter Table Runner 

The theme for the Island Batik Ambassador December challenge is Whimsical and Wonky.  The  Island Batik supplied Alpine Ice 10-inch stack of pre-cuts is perfect for my Whimsical Winter table runner.


Two traditional quilt blocks, the Churn Dash and Snowball, are constructed with wonky and random patches. The Churn Dash has Alpine Ice trees. The Snowball blocks feature Island Batik Blender, Ravine.


Stars fill the center of the Churn Dash and  wonky snowflakes fill the Snowball blocks. The Westalee Design mini Crosshair Square, top left image, helps mark evenly spaced reference lines quickly and accurately.


The ...

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December 10, 2018
Quilt a Scrappy Star Block on Your Home Machine from The Free Motion Quilting Project

My Scrappy Star Quilt Block is basted and ready to machine quilt! I decided to keep the quilting design very simple with this first block and quilted it with a combination of walking foot quilting and ruler foot quilting. Learn how this works in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find the Scrappy Star Pattern. This quilt pattern comes with everything you need to get started on the Friendship Sampler Quilt. What size is the quilt? How much fabric will you need? Learn all this and more with Block #1!

Learn how to quilt a Scrappy Star quilt block with straight lines

I love this simple, straight-line design over this Scrappy Star ...

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December 7, 2018
Which Foot is Best for Microstippling on a Longarm? from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I’m running a quilting experiment this week as I practice quilting Microstippling on the longarm. I’m quilting this design with the three different feet from Grace’s hopping foot set to see which one works the best at Microstippling. Check out the results in this quilting tutorial:

I’m quilting on the grace Qnique 14+ / 15R and stitching on the Continuum quilting frame. I love this machine because it’s very simple to use and has been the perfect size to see if I would like quilting on a longarm frame. Click here to learn more about this ...

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November 29, 2018
Quilting to the Edge of Your Quilt from The Free Motion Quilting Project

A few months ago, I shared a tutorial on how I load my quilts on the longarm. I’ve received lots of questions about how I quilt to the bottom edge when I use Quilt Clips to secure the quilt to the frame. Learn how I handle the edges of the quilt in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here to learn more about the Grace Qnique Longarm I’m quilting on in this quilting tutorial. I love this machine because it’s very simple and reliable and helps me quilt so much faster.

Click Here to find the Ruler Kit I ...

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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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October 12, 2018
Longarm Ruler Quilting on a Baby Quilt from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Last week I unfolded a quilt I’d started quilting on my home machine and moved it to my longarm frame. Lots of drama ensued as the quilt didn’t go on the frame very straight, but I eventually managed to baste it into submission. Click Here to watch that video.This week my goal was to quilt the entire center of the quilt, continuing the ruler foot quilting design I’d established. Check out how things went in this new longarm quilting tutorial:

I really love how this turned out! It ...

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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.


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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October 1, 2018
Janome Ruler Kit Have you seen the Janome Ruler Work Kit?  It’s... from Living Water Quilter

Janome Ruler Kit

Have you seen the Janome Ruler Work Kit?  It’s been available for several months now. As a Westalee Design Accredited Teacher, I received a kit from Sew Steady a couple of months ago.


For less than $100, the kit includes six fun templates and a Crosshair square ruler. Plus, the kit includes pattern instructions for each ruler and a DVD tutorial for making and quilting a ruler carrying case.


I used two templates in the kit to make my Family Love banner. The Hearts of Plenty and Pointed Oval templates can be used to make unique ...

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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 7, 2018
ABCs of Ruler Quilting, A Design WorkshopFinally!  It’s been a... from Living Water Quilter

ABCs of Ruler Quilting, A Design Workshop

Finally!  It’s been a year from conception to completion for my first pre-printed panel design. Starburst is a 16-inch by 16-inch panel designed with ruler quilting in mind.


Starburst is the canvas for my new workshop, ABCs of Quilting, A Design Workshop. Quilters learn design techniques using the Westalee Design Crosshair square, 12″ Arc, Sampler Set 1, and Circles on Quilts templates.


In the ABCs of Ruler Quilting, A Design Workshop learn how to combine templates for multi-layered designs.

Plus learn new ways of using rulers to make designs for quilt blocks ...

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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.


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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July 19, 2018
Dahlia Dreams and the process of learning from Sew Sunshine

'Dahlia Dream"
approx 30"x 31"
freezer paper pieced, applique 
This dahlia was an ordeal. Several years ago I came across this pattern made with freezer paper.  The colors are chosen the freezer paper pattern pieces are drawn and cut out by hand, ironed to the strips of fabric and then you sew the whole thing together without seeing the front. yep.....

Soooo much paper must be taken off. Lots of missed points were revealed. I didn't remember this being an issue the last time I made one. It didn't want to lay flat either so I had ...

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July 13, 2018
How to Quilt Crazy Curves from The Free Motion Quilting Project

We're nearing the end of the Walking Foot Quilt Along and have only a handful of designs left to quilt together. I've been adding a little extra quilting goodness to these quilting tutorials to teach you a bit about my new obsession: ruler foot quilting!

Click Here to find the new Basic Ruler Quilting Kit which comes with my three new rulers: Slice, Mini Slide, and Super Slide made by Grace Company!

I know it might seem confusing how ruler foot quilting and walking foot quilting are different seeing as I mostly quilted in the same direction - pushing ...

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July 6, 2018
How to Quilt Crazy Ziggie from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I have a fun new quilting tutorial for you today! Come learn how to quilt Crazy Ziggie with both walking foot and ruler foot quilting!

Click Here to find this quilting tutorial.

We're stitching it up a notch with the last few walking foot quilting designs from the book Explore Walking Foot Quilting. I'm editing the videos and adding a bit more quilting to show you how to stitch these designs with different types of machine quilting.

I think it's easy to get stuck in a rut and stick with one type of quilting as a default ...

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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.


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.


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


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

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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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