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August 13, 2019
Ditch quilting............. from Exuberant Color

I guess this presser foot would be called a straight stitch walking foot.  The ones on my zig zag machines have the wide opening between the toes.  I love this narrow one because it zeroes in on the seam a/k/a the ditch with nowhere else for your eye to be drawn to.
The foot control on this one is so good too, no jumpy fast speeds when you are starting up, very nice and even slow speed (without a speed control switch).  I love the Las Vegas light strip that I added for extra good sight lines.

I ...

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July 27, 2019
Sewing Machine Review: Meet Goldilocks, My Bernina 475QE! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Well, she's not brand-new anymore -- I bought this machine five months ago but I wanted to sew on it for awhile before posting a review.  I LOVE this little cutie!  I brought 'Nina, my 7-year-old 750QE to the Bernina dealer to have a minor part replaced back in February, and was the first person to play with their demo B 475QE sewing machine that they had just barely unpacked and set up on the sales floor.  By the time they had finished working on my 750 I had made up my mind to purchase this one.  I've been ...

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July 14, 2019
Retreat Finish (the second one) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Before I show you my new finish, I thought I'd show you what is going on in the studio. It is not a happy sight, is it? Ahh, that's how it goes. Chances are that it's never going to embroider again. 

Not that it has embroidered any for me anyway. Firstly, it made horrible stitches. Secondly, as we discovered today, the gizmo that holds the PC card is broken. So I have hundreds of designs that I can't use. 

The news gets worse: I've invested more money in the machine than it's worth. Have ...

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June 29, 2019
20 Skills Every Sewist Learns from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Have you ever wondered what skills you've learned as you picked up sewing? It was a topic of discussion on one of the Facebook groups where I'm a member. The writer mentioned several and others chimed in. I've compiled the list of skills with a few examples of each. This list is certainly not exhaustive, but it's a great way to get started thinking about the many skills you have learned along the way.
  1. Artistry (creating and designing, use of color, fit and form)
  2. Chemistry (fiber content, treatment and care of fabrics, glues)
  3. Color theory (using ...

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June 17, 2019
Bernina University – Jax to the Max from The Quilt Quine


I had a 3 flight journey to Jacksonville, Florida from Aberdeen – Manchester – JFK New York, arriving at the hotel just before midnight. All went fairly smoothly despite my trans-Atlantic seat neighbour man-spreading, gripping the seat arms and trying to persuade me to love Jesus. Clearing passport control and customs took forever at JFK, possibly even longer than I have experienced at Paris Charles de Gaulle!

We had an early start on Monday morning at the opening launch of Bernina University. It was a huge event with hundreds of dealers and educators from Bernina of America. There was a lot of ...

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June 8, 2019
Truly Thwarted! from The Quilt Quine

There was much that did not go according to plan this week! I downloaded a pattern for a pair of dungarees/overalls from Helen’s Closet and set to making a toile to check that I had picked suitable size. I traced off the pattern a size bigger than my dress size but the fit was too small. Rather depressed by my measurements I then made a much larger size to accommodate my hip measurements but found that this time the fit was enormous. I will have to either make a size in between or work out how to adjust ...

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April 29, 2019
I Decorated my City's Quilt Shop, with City Quilts from Gefilte Quilt

I decorated my local quilt shop! We have a new/old quilt store in Pasadena, CA, thank heavens, after a seemingly infinite interval when there was none.

Quilt'n'Things Fiber Arts, which used to be in Glendale, was sold and moved to Pasadena, on upper Lincoln Ave. The fabric and yarn collection is primo. Lana Norton, the new owner, has a fabulous eye, although I'm biased because she asked me to teach a class there. Also, because two of my skyline quilts are hanging there (they won't be there much longer, since the class is over).

Hi ...

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April 2, 2019
Cotton Quilters' Sewing Room Tour from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

A quick collage of some quilts, tops and blocks, plus
one pic from the visit to my studio.
It would be difficult to have a better sewing day! That's because today we (the Cotton Quilters) toured five sewing spaces. The tour was a huge success! We all had fun. Twenty-two of us showed up and took off for Evergreen, on time. First, my studio which impressed. Rich told me to hand everyone a dust cloth as they walked in, but I served coffee instead.

One piece of furniture at Cleo's that
might go on Rich's project list ...

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March 11, 2019
Know your sewing machine from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Thanks for the comments or e-mails that you write on the blog or send to me. I still have a couple to respond to and I'll address them in an upcoming post about books! Oh yes - books. There are days when I just want to rant and rave about something, and I do try to behave most days. Some days I don't and you are all there to keep me in check! Thanks.

It's Monday and I get to go to Monday sewing today. I'm excited as it's been a couple of weeks that I ...

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November 4, 2018
Phew! from The Quilt Quine

Phew, what an incredible pace I kept up this week – I had two dedicated DIY quilters here over 3 days, using both longarm machines and 12 quilts were completed! We were so busy that I did not stop to take a single photo of their marvellous efforts. 

On the other two days it was my mission to master the basics of Qmatic, the Bernina Q24 automated system. I laid out 3 sets of instructions, watched corresponding Youtube videos, wondered why I just can’t comprehend written instructions, scrutinised Facebook Q24 group comments, made progress, and forgot how I got there ...

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October 31, 2018
No Tricks, All Treats! from Bear Patch Quilting

Hello!  We have a big holiday coming up!  Are you ready for some treats?!  
There are enough tricky things in our lives, so we are all about the treats!
Our Going-Out-of-Business Sale continues!  Yes, there are still thousands of yards of fabric for you!  You have been keeping us very busy, and we are still unpacking new fabric.  We want to keep the supply fresh!  
The #1 question we are asked is "What is your last day of business?".  
We don't really have that date set, but we will know when the time is right!  
The #2 question we ...

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September 28, 2018
Long-arm Surgery from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Ever wonder what the inside of a long-arm looks like? My Innova had a little exploratory surgery. 

First you have to find a good-looking husband with a knack for fixing things and knowledge for solving problems. 

So, there's Richard.

belts and gears in the backside

He took off all the covers except the one that hides the long-arm. Said it's just a metal rod and too much work just for a picture. Considering that I'd already knocked down his light source, I couldn't afford annoying him. 

brain and electrical on the side

rod that makes the ...

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September 3, 2018
The Best Tools: Juki from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been looking at a few of the straight stitch only machines for a while now. There are a couple that were very similar and I thought I might like for piecing and bag making. One was the Brother 1500 (series). The other was the Juki TL-2010Q.

In the end it came down to which one popped up on social media with a good sale. Another maker in a group on social media shared a Massdrop link to the Juki. It was a good price (about $120 less than Amazon) so I decided to go for it.
There was ...

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June 25, 2018
2018 Missouri TOGA from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

I drove to the Missouri TOGA this past week.  A TOGA is a Treadle On Gathering & Academy (get together for vintage sewing machine lovers & collectors).  No, we do NOT wear sheets and party like crazy college students (like in Animal House). 

The day before the TOGA started, those of us that came early drove to Mansfield, MO, where Laura Ingalls Wilders home is (the one she lived in till she died, not any of the ones from the books).  It is the home where she wrote her books. 
Laura Ingalls Wilder home
It was a fun ...

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June 23, 2018
Embroider more! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I got a new machine--a dedicated embroidery machine! I had no plan to purchase any machine, but then sometimes luck just taps you on the shoulder and has good news to boot!

What happened was that my niece bought this Janome a few years ago thinking she would add embroidery to her small tee shirt business. She changed her mind and, it turns out, she didn't like any part of the machine. She tried a couple of times, but sewing is not in her blood. Poor girl.

So I got a text asking me to help her find someone ...

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June 13, 2018
Sewing Machine Day 2018 from Camelot Fabrics

Since they first arrived in homes in the early 19th century, domestic sewing machines have changed the way we work, live and create. To mark Sewing Machine Day 2018, we asked Camelot staff & friends to tell us about their own machines. Read on to see what they shared with us! Tammy Joho Here’s a

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May 4, 2018
Answer: Pinking Machine from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Remember the little Singer machine that I bought in Paducah? Well, no one guessed correctly, so I thought I'd show you.

I made this video so you could see it in action. Oh, what fun it is!

Sorry I've been out of the loop recently. I'll explain it all later. Hopefully our life will slow down. 

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April 18, 2018
Straddling Two Worlds from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Ack! I missed another post yesterday. So far I've had to double up on one other day this month. This time my excuse was I thought I'd posted this!

I had the blog editor open, I had half written some rambly stuff and was just going to set in the photo when life interrupted me. I had to go play with James's cute hamster for a few minutes, and when I came back into the room I completely forgot what I was doing.

Then at 4 am, I woke up suddenly from deep sleep and thought, "I ...

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March 27, 2018
Bias Tape Table Runner {Finished March IBA Challenge} from Little Bunny Quilts

This month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to try a new-to-us technique using the fabrics provided in our Ambassador boxes. I chose to try out bias tape applique and I made these four blocks before I went on vacation:

I had originally thought about making a mini quilt from the blocks, but decided to add four purple squares with the blocks and made a table runner instead!

Another new thing I got to try with this project is my BRAND NEW SEWING MACHINE!

Meet Marcie, my Janome Memory Craft 6600P. As I remarked on Instagram, the only thing that ...

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March 12, 2018
Pride of the Prairie Quilt Show from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

This weekend my large quilt guild had it's bi-annual quilt show.  I love this quilt show.  It is one of the reason's that I joined the quilt guild. 

I had a booth showing off and doing demo's on some of my vintage sewing machines.  This is the 4th time I've had a booth.  No, I do not sell anything at the show, but, I do take my cards, and hand them out to people who have questions about machines. 

I took 16 machines this year.  I only take one treadle each time, since they take up ...

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