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September 11, 2017
treasure mart from Making A Lather

A weekend trip to the treasure mart, and we found this wonderful old tv set. My first memory of a tv set from when I was a little girl is one like this. boy tvs have changed in 50 years.

There were some old quilt tops to explore. The lone star diamonds were hand stitched but the setting triangles were machine pieced. odd

fun border

 This one was so sweet and handpieced. I really wanted this one, but I surely don't need it and so I talked myself into leaving it there.

This was an interesting Minnesota sewing machine ...

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September 7, 2017
Slip sliding away … from Quilting and More...

Anyone who does machine quilting on a domestic machine for any length of time knows the value of having a silicon sheet for the bed of the machine. That silicon sheet allows the quilt sandwich to slide easily, reducing drag and reducing strain on the quilter’s shoulders and arms. It’s a no-brainer. There are two […]

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August 30, 2017
Wendy #1 from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

I finally finished the first Wendy paper pieced pattern for the baby quilt.  It's been a stressful week, and I didn't get nearly as much stitching done as I expected to. 

Hubby bailed out on his 106 mile hike, several days early.  It took all day, Sunday, to finally be able to contact him, and make sure they were both ok.  No stitching done till late that night. 

Also, we have quite a lot of family in the Houston area, and, I've been trying to check on them, what with hurricane Harvey flooding the area.  Everyone is ...

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August 24, 2017
Tiger Lily #1 from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

My first grandchild is due next February.  The nursery is being decorated in Peter Pan.  The last Peter Pan fabric came out in 2009, and despite looking REALLY HARD in many places, it just isn't available.  Ok, I'm creative, so, lets look elsewhere.  Back in 2014, I'd made 2 Tinkerbell blocks (missing at the moment).   I figured if Tinkerbell was out there, then other Peter Pan characters would also be out there.  Well, not many.  After searching, I found a Peter Pan, Hook, Smee and Tic Toc the Crocodile, but, nothing else.  Where were the girls from ...

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August 9, 2017
Introducing Our Newest Blog Contributor: Martina from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, AGF friends!

So pumped to be part of this amazing creative blog and get to know everyone. My name is Martina and I just recently joined the AGF Marketing team. I’m incredibly excited to start sharing photos and talking with you all on social media.

Martina Rosenthal
Before I go ahead and tell you more about myself, I feel like I need to add a little disclaimer first. I haven’t touched a sewing machine in a really (really, really, REALLY) long time, so I am nervously anxious to see what my DIY projects will turn out to be. Phew ...

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July 25, 2017
Back From a Spa Treatment from Quilt Fabrication

My Janome 6500 - she's home from the spa!

Janome 6500 home from the spa

All clean and wrapped up, she definitely looks like she's been bathed, oiled, and massaged. Maybe she had some minor work done - though she's not telling!

Now that she's back from her 'vacation', she looks and runs fabulous! Seriously though, Ken from Ray's Sewing Center gave her all that special treatment, along with replacing a belt and a hook, thankfully minor repairs. And she sounds wonderful, like the purr a confident lioness would have. I'm sure she and I will have many, many more great years ...

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July 23, 2017
stashing and stitching from Charm About You

I have had some happy mail recently, some necessary or just because and a couple of nice surprises!

First up I needed to get some more Liberty bias tape for my Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt borders from The Weaver's Mill. The top two prints just fell into the basket.

clockwise from top left: Liberty tana lawn Tatum D and Jungle ALiberty bias tape and a selection of scraps that came with the order (love that!)

Next Spoonflower had their buy one, get one free fat quarter deal - so I did, twice. I really enjoy searching through ...

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July 17, 2017
I did a baaaad thing… from Monkey's on the Porch

I went to Goodwill.  I probably should mention that Sandra Dee is the Queen of Goodwill.  Well, really the Queen of Thrift Shopping.  She always manages to find the coolest stuff at  thrift stores.  I don’t know how she does it, but she does have a knack.

So, I rarely find anything really cool at Goodwill.  Mostly cool books and stuff for the boys.  Sometimes I find yarn.  I’ve had good luck with canning jars, too.

This time I went to Goodwill and found this:


Doesn’t it look cool?  Of course I had to take it home ...

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July 9, 2017
△ Spectrum qst quilt △ & mini quilts △ from Charm About You

I designed and made this quilt using two charm packs of Spectrum by V & Co. for a demonstration on Sewing Quarter.

 It was so fun playing with the colours and layout and I love the graphic look of the quilt.

To make the blocks I sewed two four patch blocks, put them right sides together, sewed 1/4" around all the edges and then cut diagonally both ways. It is far simpler than making lots of triangles! You can watch the demo here.

Continuing the triangle theme, I made a Floating Triangles mini, using the pattern by Katy Jones in ...

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July 4, 2017
vintage brother sewing machine from Making A Lather

My husband is a very talented machine repairman. And he is more than willing to contribute to my love of vintage machines. I have never met a machine he could not coax into a useful tool. This one he even found on a curbside, abandoned and unloved. The color is not as blue as it really is in real life. It's a 1950s Japanese clone for the Singer 15 models, I believe. She is a straight stitch machine and she runs really well and fast now that she has been serviced.

Bonnie Hunter of quiltville has this machine. I ...

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June 29, 2017
What If Wednesday – The Original Plan from Quilt Paint Create

I’ve been quilting the chunky churn dash runner and it’s going slow. I free motion quilt something every three or four month, and it isn’t enough to get very adept at it. I have heard people that teach and write about free motion quilting say repeatedly that you have to practice OFTEN.
I bought my wide bed machine with the intention of quilting everything on it and using my old machine to do all my piecing. Things didn’t start out well. It took me over a year to get the tension right for free motion quilting ...

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June 14, 2017
A new UFO this week from Romany Quilting

The “roll of the dice” has been done this week – and it landed on number 4.  Which is a new project on my List of 6, “Soul Searching, designed by Kathy Doughty.  I’m doing my blocks with a little more contrast than shown in the book.


The design is similar to a Log Cabin, and this has truly been a “leader and ender” project.  The strips had been cut and pinned, and fed under the needle as I was sewing other things, just one small seam on each strip.  And it’s amazing how quickly these little strips mount ...

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June 13, 2017
Happy National Sewing Machine Day! from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Happy National Sewing Machine Day! A world without sewing machines… I don’t even want to think of it.

Picking out a sewing machine is like buying a new car. There are endless options with varying features and details, all of them will get you from A to B, but the best part is the ride. If you’re going  to log a solid 12 hours on the sewing machine, you better enjoy the ride because everyone knows that the best sewing machine is the one being used!

Which brings us to today’s subject, the Baby Lock Jazz Sewing ...

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June 8, 2017
Let's Get Organized! from Bear Patch Quilting

We are testing out some new products from Noble Notions.
These are components of storage "cubes" that can link together in a stack or be used individually.  They are designed specifically for sewing accessories.  Here's a description from their website

The Sew Stack is a modern storage system for bobbins, thread spools, tools, and machine feet .The bobbin tray holds up to 40 bobbins and the thread tray holds 16 small or medium sized spools including Aurifil, Mettler, Guttermann, Sulky, as well as many others. Our machine feet box holds up to 28 presser feet.  Add trays as needed ...

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June 4, 2017
Do you Pfaff? from Girl x Fabric

I have some very exciting news! If you follow me on instagram then you already know…but if you don’t, I BOUGHT MY VERY OWN PFAFF!  I’m so excited!

Since I started quilting,  Momma bear has graciously allowed me to use her Pfaff 2046 (and I’ve managed to break the bobbin casing twice).  I always talked with her about buying my own machine but I was undecided about what machine I wanted (I almost bought one of Janome’s Hello Kitty machines because…Hello Kitty).  But seeing how Momma bear has two Pfaff’s and all the ...

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May 19, 2017
Crazy Quilts at the Virginia Quilt Museum from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Last week, Kara and I (Teri) decided that we needed to go on one last road trip before her departure to Germany. It will surely not be our last, but we will doubtfully get much travel in before she leaves the country. Our destination was Harrisonburg, Virginia. I had told her how much I enjoyed my visit to the Virginia Quilt Museum (VQM) in the fall, and we wanted to see Debby Cooney's exhibit on appliqué (more to come on that next week), so that seemed like a good place to start. We planned to check out a few ...

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May 15, 2017
It’s Monday again from Romany Quilting

I’m home from a weekend away in the caravan – and as it’s Monday I get to roll the dice again.  What number will I get this week?.  After slaving away on my Christmas Stars and Nine Patch quilt last week, and not getting nearly enough accomplished, I was prepared to have to put it away and work on something else.  I’d decided when I first started with my dice rolling that there would be no cheating or manipulations of numbers, and the quilting angels must have been on my side this week as number 5 came up ...

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May 14, 2017
after the sewing machine from Karen Ann Ruane

embroidering lace like surfaces created on my sewing machine

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May 13, 2017
Waiting....... from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

I really have been stitching, but, now I'm 'waiting' for my new labels, so that I can finish stitching. 

I saw these Project Bags on Stitch All Things, and I've been wanting to make these for quite a while now.  I finally ordered the pattern.

I got all the pieces cut out, and the backings quilted last month (post). I prepped 10 different Project bags.  I've stitched them all together EXCEPT for the binding.  I ordered some labels, and, they were printed and shipped out quickly, BUT, the USPS isn't interested in getting them to me ...

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my sewing machine from Karen Ann Ruane

creating surfaces for embroidery

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