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September 13, 2017
MQG Quilt of the Month – September 2017! from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’ve made another science quilt (shocking, I know!), and this one is the Modern Quilt Guild’s September Quilt of the Month, meaning members can download the pattern from the community site! I’m so excited to share the quilt and just a little bit about the science with you.

Molecular Test quilt by Sylvia Schaefer, inspired by gel electrophoresis/Flying Parrot Quilts |

This quilt is called Molecular Test because it is based on a test called “gel electrophoresis” (pronounced “e-lec-tro-FOR-ee-sys”). Scientists use this method to separate molecules (typically, proteins or DNA fragments) by size. Basically, the samples are placed in a gel medium and an electric current is applied, which causes ...

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Diamond Trail takes on a festive, winter look with Nordic Stitches from Carried Away Quilting

Hello quilting friends!  Two weeks ago I shared some photos of a lovely Norwegian collection I received from Fort Worth Fabric Studio:  Nordic Stitches by Wenche Wolff Hatling for Moda Fabrics. Today, I’m delighted to show you the table runner I made and announce that Fort Worth Fabric Studio is offering kits for this project! 

You may recognize this runner pattern.  It’s called Diamond Trail, and I just released it last month using another Moda collection, Sundrops by Corey Yoder. This charm pack pattern is so versatile and is definitely a top you can accomplish in a weekend ...

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July 31, 2017
modern machine quilting (book review + giveaway) from Sotak Handmade

My friend Catherine Redford is an incredible quilter. I greatly admire all the gorgeous quilting she does on her domestic machine so when she asked if I wanted to review her new book Modern Machine Quilting I was more than happy to jump at the opportunity.

The book is divided into five chapters. In the first chapter Catherine shares lots of info on fabric, batting, thread, needles, quilt basting, as well as quilting room set up.

Second chapter is all about Walking Foot Quilting and, once again, there's lots of very useful info on supplies, stitch length, tension, as ...

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July 27, 2017
Buchtip 6 Köpfe 12 Blöcke QAL - WALK von Jacquie Gering from Quiltmanufaktur

Als die Idee mit Buchtipps für unseren 6 Köpfe 12 Blöcke QAL aufkam, musste ich nicht lange nachdenken, denn ich hatte mir gerade dieses fantastische Quiltbuch von Jacquie Gering gekauft! Es heißt schlicht und einfach "WALK" und befasst sich mit dem Quilten per Walking Foot - dem Obertransportfuß. Aber eins nach dem anderen......

Ich habe im Laufe der Jahre unzählige Bücher über das Patchwork, über Quilts und Quilting angeschafft. Am liebsten sind mir die Bildbände mit den vielen historischen Quilts oder diejenigen, die sich mit Amish Quilts auseinandersetzten.

Die liegen bei mir immer irgendwo offen aufgeschlagen herum, weil ich mich zum ...

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July 15, 2017
July Quilted Block of the month part 2 from Terificreations's Weblog

Last week we focused on the “bones” also known as stitching in the ditch. When you’re working on a quilt it’s not a “have to do” rather, it’s a good thing to do. When working on something like @play the bones get stitched as these would be the ditch in a pieced quilt top. Finer … Continue reading July Quilted Block of the month part 2

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June 30, 2017
Machine Quilting Split Personality, Design #480 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Last month I was playing around with new walking foot designs and stumbled across a very simple combination - straight and curvy lines. Immediately I realized this combination would be super simple and easy to quilt. Truly it's the best Split Personality!

I created this design when I was working on Sheri Cifaldi Morrill's first Road Work quilt. I was looking for a very simple design that was more than straight lines, but not too wild and crazy which would be distracting on this simple modern quilt.

Ruler Foot machine quilting tutorial

I quilted that version using ruler foot quilting and Template #6 from ...

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June 16, 2017
Moda Modern Building Blocks Off the Frame from Pink Doxies

First Round Done

Yesterday was a challenge to get through the last pass on this Moda Modern Building Blocks. I was pretty excited to finally unpin, and evaluate its progress.

Several people have asked why I didn't quilt the whole thing in one run. I've been explaining behind the scenes, but it's because of the size of the blocks. Some are 36"!

If you look to the top right hand corner of this picture, the teal-grey-red star block has sections unquilted. Those sections laid on the sides of the block rather than the top and bottom. In ...

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June 15, 2017
A Harmonious Finish from Needle and Foot

This week I finished my Harmony quilt. I will finally be able to send it off to my nephew and his wife as their wedding gift. Doesn’t some rule of etiquette say you can give a wedding present within the first year and it is still ‘proper’? According to this post on Manners Monday of the Huffington Post, I am still within the time frame. Though really, who would refuse a wedding gift because it was late? At least I am finally giving it to them!!

You might remember I made the quilt top a long time ago. I ...

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June 5, 2017
Nesting - What's Old is New Again from A Quilting Jewel

Wow, I'm not sure I ever thought I'd finish this quilt. I made the top what seems like ages ago, but was really about 5-6 years ago. I used some very precious Tula Pink Nest fabric (3 charm squares) to make the top, which is a modified version of a Weeks Ringle/Bill Kerr pattern that I thought would be good to showcase the charm packs and the fabric without having to cut into them. 

I ended up just quilting straight lines across the quilt about 1/2" to 3/4" apart. I didn't measure how far ...

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May 29, 2017
Island Batik Goes Modern + A Giveaway! from Needle and Foot


The challenge presented to the Island Batik Ambassadors this month was to create a modern quilt. That’s it, there were no other guidelines. Talk about a blank slate! I decided to turn to my copy of Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson. There are so many fun projects in this book. For this batik challenge, I selected the Swirling Medallion quilt.

This project is quite simple. It is constructed of HST’s created with 4 1/2″ blocks. A subset of the HST’s have a triangle of black applied to a corner, improv style. (Basically a ...

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May 19, 2017
Checking In from Needle and Foot

Balance (for me) is never easy. Lately I feel I have ignored my blog slightly as I work to get my fabric shop up and running. There are a limited number of hours in the day and I find myself divided between regular life chores, sewing, writing, listing items on Etsy and shipping a few orders here and there. The other distraction for me is social media. Oh how easy it is to be sucked into it and look up 30 minutes later, wondering how to get that last 1/2 hour back. This week I have tried to stay ...

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May 8, 2017
Modern Star mini from Flying Parrot Quilts

I realized I hadn’t posted the mini quilt I made for the MQG swap, so here are a couple quick photos.
MQG Swap mini | Flying Parrot Quilts

My partner mentioned all these colors as her favorites, and while I was initially skeptical, it turned out that this combination really works! I am going to have to remember it for future quilts.

MQG swap mini detail | Flying Parrot Quilts

I forgot to take a picture of the back, but it was a cute 30s print, which my partner also mentioned as a favorite.

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March 28, 2017
A Cheerful Finish from Needle and Foot

This is quite possibly the most cheerful quilt I have made yet. The colors are so bright, just to look at it makes me smile. I hope my niece and her husband will enjoy it when they receive it. My timing couldn’t have been better as my niece went into labor early this morning and is at the hospital right now. We should hear about baby’s arrival sometime today. How exciting!

The pattern, When You Wish, by Kristy of Bonjour Quilts is adorable. Simple HST’s and five inch squares make it a breeze to assemble. I think ...

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October 14, 2016
TGIFF | Rising Stars from Georgia Girl Quilts

Last week when I was in Atlanta I was finally able to give my little sister her birthday quilt.

I used MSQC's Rising Star tutorial...again. I can't help it! This quilt comes together so quickly and has a definite WOW factor. This is the THIRD time I've made one; but I keep switching up the layout a bit. The first one I made was the mini posted directly below, which was made for a swap between all the Tennessee MQGs. Next, I made a version for my do. Good Stitches group; I'll blog about that ...

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September 30, 2016
Finished: Napoleon plus-sign quilt and some lessons learned from One Million Stitches















I finished this quilt — at long last — a few weeks ago, but for a variety of reasons wasn’t able to get photos until last Sunday. A drained battery led to a long nap, so I didn’t take these until late afternoon, catching the golden-hour light photographers love. I can see why they do. Even with my limited skills and the fact that I shot in a somewhat somnambulant state, the colors in these photos are probably the most accurate I’ve ever gotten with Lola (my Nikon D3200). I still need to work on my compositional skills, but ...

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September 22, 2016
Hexie Rebellion | Blogger's Quilt Festival, Fall, 2016 from Georgia Girl Quilts

It's that time of year again - Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side! If you have not done so yet, definitely head on over to see some beautiful quilts!

This is Hexie Rebellion.

Hexie Rebellion was inspired by A Sprinkling of Hexagons Flea Market Fancy Style”, a quilt by Ashley of Film in the Fridge. I was immediately drawn to Ashley’s use of negative space and the alternate grid work of her layout. With Hexie Rebellion, I utilized bright solids to create my two-toned half hexagons. I opted to use two sizes and straight stitch ...

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Modern Meadow Single Girl {a finished quilt!} from Material Girl Quilts

Guys, look! I have proof that I actually have been doing some sewing this summer :)  If you follow me

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September 21, 2016
‘Glass Half Full’ quilt from Veni Vidi Vicky

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe shift from blogging to instagram has been a topic discussed online for the past two years or so.

I only started this blog two summers ago and had all the intentions to keep blogging, although I’ve been on instagram longer than this blog exists. I still make a point to stage a photoshoot for all my bigger finished pieces, but I rarely write up entries any more. All the action does seem to go down on Instagram, it’s just so more convinient. And so I happen to have my hard drive full of pictures for potential blog ...

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August 27, 2016
Relief Quilting Tutorial – Thread from Needle and Foot

I really enjoyed playing with relief quilting when I made my FABRIC mini quilt a couple of weeks ago. So much so that I decided to make another one! I took plenty of pictures while making it so I could post a tutorial. I hope you will give it a try. The effect is wonderful and it is such an easy process.

This time I wanted to try stitching the word on a piece of fabric with fusible stabilizer and then building the quilt from there. It worked out wonderfully. Since I already had one mini that said FABRIC, I ...

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August 22, 2016
Then...And Now from Georgia Girl Quilts

Devoted Quilter

Leanne from @Devoted Quilter is hosting a linky party titled "Then...And Now". She's asking that we share some of our first quilts along with some of our most recent. The premise is to take a look at where our skills are now as opposed to where we started.

I made my first quilt in 2013 as a gift or my cousin's first baby. In fact, it was the first time I'd used a sewing machine since Home Ec back in the '80s!

My first quilt

I cringe when I look at this shot. To start, it ...

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