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August 17, 2019
Beth Hunter Class from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

My large quilt guild, Pride of the Prairie, had a blogger friend of mine speak at our guild meeting Thursday and also teach a class on Friday.  Beth Hunter of IHAN (I Have a Notion) spoke on threads and thread painting.  Her class was on thread painting.  I saw one of her blog posts about thread painting last summer, and recommended her as a speaker.  What I didn't know at the time is that Beth used to be a member of this quilt guild (before I joined). 

Since I don't free motion quilt, I knew that learning to ...

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July 22, 2019
Artsy Fartsy - Patience, The Art from Creatin' in the Sticks

The July Challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is
Artsy Fartsy.

Today is my day to show
Patience - The Art

As Island Batik Ambassadors,
we are to get fancy with the Aurifil Artsy Fartsy Challenge!
Fabric is our canvas and Aurifil thread our paint!
The challenge is to
create a one of a kind art quilt or project with 3 different weights of Aurifil thread.

Well that sounded easy enough... NOT.
It's not that using different thread weights is hard, it's coming up with an artsy idea.

I went through magazines, books, and web pages
and still ...

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July 12, 2019
Artsy Fartsy from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

The mission: Use any fabric art/non-traditional quilting/sewing/thread painting technique using 3 Aurifil thread weights. In my infinite wisdom, I chose thread painting (sigh).

About 10 years ago I took a thread painting class from Nancy Prince. She is a wonderful quilt artist.

As usual I get organized with paper plates!

I started by creating my background of land and sky and pinning it to a light weight stabilizer. I traced mountains onto Steam A Seam II to add to the country scene.

I outlined the ...

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July 9, 2019
Artsy Fartsy Self-Portrait: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Clever Chameleon Threads color board at Clever Chameleon

Another 15 seconds of Fame for the Chameleon

Last Tuesday I was battling to find Artsy Fartsy inspiration for July. I was tired from neighbourly construction noise, end of term-itis, and from madly preparing quilts for showing. Tiredness is definitely not good for creativity. Thank you to all the lovely people who reached out with sentiments of empathy.

The good news is that the kids are now on hols, the quilt show was a resounding success and the demolishing is finished. I can cope with construction noise on just one side of our house! But before any of these resolutions ...

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February 17, 2019
Step 5 – quilting, how and how much, add the finishing touch from Quilt Social

Welcome back. We’re at day five and have already accomplished so much!

All we gathered our supplies, did our cutting and preparation work, pieced and added borders then accented our Artisan Spirit Water Garden panel with both trapunto work and thread painting.

As an added benefit we’ve been putting our needle and thread knowledge to work by pairing SCHMETZ needles with a variety of Sulky and Gütermann threads for beautiful successful stitching.

For today’s fifth and final post in this series, we’ll put that knowledge to good use once again as we add the finishing touches ...

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February 14, 2019
Step 4 – thread painting for incredible lifelike detail from Quilt Social

I had a wonderful time yesterday showing you how I used basic trapunto techniques with SCHMETZ NeedlesSulky Thread and Fairfield Batting to add extra dimension our Artisan Spirit Water Garden heron panel.

Today I’ll use a variety of Sulky threads and SCHMETZ needles to accent the heron with beautiful thread painted detail.

Let’s have some fun!

What is thread painting?

Thread painting is a free motion quilting technique that involves using the machine needle and thread the way an artist would use a brush and paint. It can be used to add detail to applique and printed ...

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February 13, 2019
Step 3 – how to machine trapunto for added dimension from Quilt Social

Welcome back.

Yesterday was a busy day trimming the lovely Heron panel from the Artisan Spirit Water Garden, ironing the Sulky stabilizer in place, and using SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread to construct and attach borders to the panel.

Today I’ll use Sulky threadSCHMETZ needles and Fairfield batting to add extra dimension to our panel with easy machine trapunto.

You may remember that we used trapunto in part three of my post Say it with quilting, a designer cushion to give a raised appearance to the words and motifs.

This technique will help add extra visual depth to ...

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February 12, 2019
Step 2 – framing up a quilt panel using a patchwork border from Quilt Social

Welcome back to our continuing journey of perfect pairings for our SCHMETZ needles, Sulky and Gütermann threads.

Yesterday I listed the materials required to make a thread painted and quilted panel.

Today I’ll do some preparation work, a little bit of piecing and add borders to our beautiful Artisan Spirit Water Garden panel from Northcott.

You’ll see how the correct needle and thread make each step along the way both fun and easy.

Good preparation is the key to success when adding pieced borders to a printed panel. A tutorial on thread painting using SCHMETZ needles/ Gütermann threads / Northcott fabric
Good preparation is the key to success!

Good preparation is the key to success

I start by trimming a little bit off our panel.

I ...

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February 11, 2019
Step 1 – needles and threads for a thread painting tutorial from Quilt Social

During my previous QUILTsocial post, Perfect Pairings-needles and threads work together for successful quilting I described how to choose the best SCHMETZ needles to work with a variety of Sulky and Gütermann threads.

This week I’ll show you in 5 easy steps how to use these new skills to make a beautiful quilt from a printed panel using a variety of needles and threads.

I’m using the Heron panel from the Water Garden collection by Northcott to work with.

Let’s get started.

What you’ll need

Water Garden Printed panel DP21916-44 from Northcott

This beautiful, artistic depiction ...

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November 1, 2018
Dropcloth ~~ a modern finish from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I decided about a month ago that I wanted to enter a few quilts into QuiltCon. Hopefully, the jury will accept them, but for now I just want to try. I tried last year but missed the mark, so this year I decided to try a different tactic. I'd make a quilt especially for this purpose.

To that end, I read the rules. Several times. Then I pondered and mulled and thought. And I read the rules again. I decided. One quilt would meet the requirements of the two-color challenge, and the second would shoot for the requirements of ...

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September 9, 2018
Nouveau Muses, Buckhorn Quilt Show, Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

This is called Nouveau Muses.  I had to get help spelling "nouveau" because it seems my brain is not as sharp as it was 30 years ago.

These lady panels are drop-dead-gorgeous.  If you've been hearing about the new digital prints, this is an excellent example.

They were paired with some beautiful William Morris prints for the borders & sashings & panel insets above and below the ladies.

I did some pretty quilting in the piecing, but in the panels I just did outline quilting along the printed lines. 

This used wool batting which added a perfect 3-D effect to the ...

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August 21, 2018
"Little Houses on the Hill" for the Curated Quilt Challenge from Crafty Sewing and Quilting

I found this contest on Instagram. Curated Quilts posted:
curatedquiltsCall for Entries: We are working ahead for our January issue, and would love to see your House Mini Quilts in our Mini Gallery! The palette includes pear green, peacoat blue, poppy red, ocean spray, clay brown, light gray - more details and how to submit is available at⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#curatedquiltsmini #curatedquilts⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Deadline -- August 31

I selected my fabrics.

I ironed Lite Heat and Bond to the backside of my fabric and cut them into the sizes I needed them to be for the little houses, the hill, the tree ...

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July 1, 2018
"The Barn Quilt" from Crafty Sewing and Quilting

The Barn Quilt is traveling around and is on display through September. It is currently on display at the Old Oak Inn in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin and then it will be at Timberlanes Coffee House and Gallery in Boscobel, Wisconsin during the month of August. If it gets accepted in the Madison Quilt Expo, it will be in Madison, Wisconsin for that quilt show in September.

I combined three photos to create the "Barn Quilt". It was a custom order. The barn is to represent my customer's family barn. It was from a photo she took. The photo on ...

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June 30, 2018
Whimsical Selfie Quilts by Artsy Chick Quilts from Crafty Sewing and Quilting

I took a quilt class at Blue Bar Quilts in Middleton, Wisconsin. 


I learned how to make a whimsical version of ME!

Great idea!
Great class!
Fantastic teacher - full of all sorts of important information!

Laurie Ceesay was the teacher. Artsy Chick Quilts

I quilted (thread painted) with my longarm quilting machine, my quilt, Debbie's quilt and Candy's quilt, so I thought I would share some of the before photos here.

They waited on my wall for about 2 weeks til I could fit them into my schedule for quilting (on the weekend!).

The BEFORE ...

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February 25, 2018
"Blue is the New Yellow for Me" from Crafty Sewing and Quilting

You know, I love BLUE!  

When I shared the new Project Quilting Challenge (9.4) this week, I stated: "The Quilt Challenge is Mellow Yellow. I can create a quilt with yellow fabric, but I would love to make it blue!"  

A family member sent me a message and told me in the song "Mellow Yellow" they refer to Saffron Flowers and they are blue.  Well.... I did a little research and of course, listened to the song and found out the saffron flowers are really a blueish purple and have beautiful red, yellow, and orange centers.

I really had ...

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February 5, 2018
Thread Painted Barn Quilt Made From Photos from Crafty Sewing and Quilting

I took 3 photos and created a very personal quilt for a customer.  She sent me a photo of her favorite barn. I took a photo of the cupola and bike in her yard.  She wanted a farm windmill with morning glories like the quilt I made a couple of years ago.  I combined all 3 photos to make an art quilt for her.

The 3 photos.

Click here to the link to the post about the "If I had a Barn Quilt"
I only took a few photos of the construction. Sometimes I forget to take photos.

I first ...

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February 2, 2018
We have a Winner! Actually 2 Winners - The Subtle Tree... from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Many, many thanks for all of your sweet and encouraging words about 
The Subtle Tree...
The Subtle Tree was a joy to create -- and I'm honored to share fun new projects with you.  

I look forward to seeing anything you create inspired by The Subtle Tree.
In case you missed it you can:
view the video tutorial on You Tube here.
view, print or download the Supply List & Aurifil announcement here.
read my introductory post here. 

Be sure to tag me and hastag #thesubtletree #threadmatters and #thesubtlesampler if you share a project inspired by
The Subtle Tree. 
I would ...

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January 23, 2018
World Quilt Florida from On The Go Quilting

This past Thursday I picked up a couple of ladies and off we went to the World Quilt Florida Festival.  It was held in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.   It was about an 83 mile trip one way but it was worth it.

We drove up Rt. 27 through many small towns and larger towns with that lovely main road; no interstates.  Traffic was moving and no slowdowns or accidents.  Isn’t that the ideal way to have a trip?

First I have to admit to the stupidity I started out with, just so you know that there ...

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