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August 22, 2019
keith haring wholecloth quilt (in progress) from Charm About You


This month's Aurifil Artisan challenge was to make a wholecloth quilt. I was sent fabric and thread to work with and given free reign to create. There were a few ideas swimming around my head but when we went to the Keith Haring exhibition in Liverpool recently I couldn't resist doing hand quilting inspired by his designs.


This is an incredibly playfully stitched project and there are elements I absolutely love and also some lessons learned.

I was sent solid fabric in the colour Haze, Painter's Palette Solids by Paintbrush Studio. It's one of their 2019 ...

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July 30, 2019
Thread and Fabric Combinations for Machine Quilting from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Today we are going to look at thread and fabric combinations for quilting and compare using one quilting pattern. Every good quilting project begins with a doodle! (YOU doodle, right?!–If not, you might like Easy Doodles for Those Who Think They Can’t) While I haven’t had much time in my sewing room,…

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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 27, 2019
Loopy Stitchy Pie needle case from Charm About You




My sewing is often influenced by my mood - for this project I was feeling happy, a sense of modern whimsy and wanting to reach for something NEW took over. As the pattern is my own and I have made a few versions now, that bit is familiar but you can still experiment with something you've made before. The needle case can be a quick make or a nice way to incorporate a bit of patchwork or embroidery.

This is why I decided to make another and test out some 'new to me' embroidery stitches. As it's only a ...

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June 25, 2019
Thread Cabinet ~~ Richard's Finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My husband. My wonderful, loving husband. Forty years we've been husband and wife. 

He's is one put-together guy and knows oh-so-many things. Sometimes I think he just knows all the things. I have no clue how he can know or understand all these concepts and mechanics and stuff. 

He can fix a leaky pipe, cook a meal, cut down a tree, explain a football game. He can tell you how safe (or in danger) you are, how to fix just about anything mechanical, figure out interest rates, grow a garden to feed the neighbors. I've barely begun ...

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June 20, 2019
Couching: Free Motion Style Quilting from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Today, I am sharing a small couching project that I stitched for my third book (available Spring, 2020). Bad News:   this project got cut from the book. Good News:  that means I can share it with you now! What is Couching? Couching is a great quilting or embroidery technique that allows you…

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May 8, 2019
Quick Update on Aurifil Thread Kits – Get them for just $99 from Christa Quilts

Good news for those wanting to purchase my Aurifil Thread collections: I have them in stock at shop.ChristaQuilts.com for just $99 plus shipping. This includes my new Variegated Collection as well as my Piece and Quilt Collections in Colors and Neutrals. Here’s what’s included in each:

The Variegated Collection

Variegated collection by Christa Watson

Variegated collection by Christa Watson

PIECE AND QUILT NEUTRALS INCLUDE:

3660 Bubblegum
3770 Stone Washed Denim
3817 Marrakesh
3840 French Lilac
3852 Liberty
3910 Lemon Ice
4150 Crème Brule
4250 Flamingo
4650 Leaves
4652 Licorice Twist
4654 Turquoise Foam
4667 Nutty Nougat

Piece and Quilt Collection Colors

PIECE AND QUILT COLORS INCLUDE ...

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April 23, 2019
How to Cross-Stitch from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Cross-stitch is one of the oldest documented forms of needlework in existence, with pieces dating back to the middle ages (source). What is it about this form of needlework that’s survived the test of time? All those little X’s add up to something beautiful with which to adorn our homes, and the enjoyment we get from making is undeniable. We love cross-stitch for the challenge, beauty, simplicity and portability. There’s no limit on age or style when it comes to modern needlework, with patterns to suit any taste.

If you’re new to cross-stitch or just returning ...

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April 19, 2019
Longarm Quilter of the Month: Sarah Yetman from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Longarm Quilter of the Month

Some quilters love piecing, while others live for the string art that dances across the quilt. These days you can get almost any quilting pattern you can imagine added to a quilt. A skilled longarmer can add custom designs to enhance the style of the quilt, or they can use computer software to run readymade patterns in an all-over design. In our monthly series on longarm quilters, we called on Sarah Yetman, owner of Spooled Rotten Quiltsto find out more about how she got started and her process for longarm quilting. Here’s what she had to say:

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April 15, 2019
How to Determine Thread Weight Without a Label from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Today, we have a Nancy Drew style mystery, one we can all relate to—The Case of the Missing Thread Label! A few weeks ago, we discussed thread weight and how it determines the look of our machine quilting.   Read Understanding of Thread Weight. Then, we used thread weight to choose the correct…

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April 7, 2019
Tips for Mitered Quilt Binding from Carol Lyles Shaw

Like most quilters, I use a mitered edge on my quilt binding.  I’ve tried several methods for getting that angle corner correct.

Here’s a tutorial on a method that I tried a few days ago that worked out pretty well.

I cut my binding strips fairly wide–this one is 2-1/2″.  It’s a pieced binding using fabrics from the quilt top and back.   I turn and iron a 1/4 inch edge –I’ll use that when I hand sew the binding to the back.  As normal, I sew the binding strip to the front of ...

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April 4, 2019
Understanding Thread Weight from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Today I hope to provide a better understanding of thread weight.  It is an important topic as choosing the right thread can be the difference between great and disappointing results when machine quilting! Join Us on Instagram! Before we get started, I would like to invite you to join me on Instagram…

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March 25, 2019
Quilt Show: Southern Comforters Quilt Guild from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since discovering the Southern Comforters Quilt Guild, and their annual show, I try to get to it every year. It's only a short drive (about two miles) from my house to the show. Here is a summary of last year. This year was another great year.
This year they had a fun vendor hop that seemed like a great idea to me. I try to stop in at each of the vendors to see what they've brought. Working a show is so much work. I decided to join in and visit the different shops. I met some great ...

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March 21, 2019
embroidery supplies. [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

embroidery supplies.

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March 20, 2019
Longarm Quilter of the Month: Sheryl Highsmith from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Longarm Quilter of the Month

It’s not uncommon for quilters to try longarm quilting out of necessity. If you can’t quilt it on your home machine or find someone to do the work quickly, why not rent or buy a longarm machine and get to quilting? Such is the case for Sheryl Highsmith of Hedgehog Quilting. To find out more about how she got started and her process for longarm quilting, please read on!

Sheryl Highsmith, Longarm quilter

1. How long have you been longarm quilting?

I’ve been longarming for four years, and longarming as a business for just about 3.5 years.

2. What ...

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March 16, 2019
Brights on Whites from Quiltifications


I picked up two clearanced kits from Connecting Threads a few years ago and combined them to make this queen sized quilt.



The colors were just so cheerful!  The blocks and sashing were unusual and I found the whole thing enchanting.  I left off any outer border and simply extended the sashing stones around the edge for a non-standard binding.



There was so much fabric left over (one of the benefits of buying kits from Connecting Threads) that I could piece a back from it all.  Sadly, I didn't center it as well as I'd hoped, but it ...

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March 13, 2019
Ask Sassy! Quilting Questions… from The Sassy Quilter

Ask Sassy!

Today’s quilty question:

What do I try if my thread keeps breaking???

Well, first things first… Completely re-thread your machine and bobbin.

white singer sewing machine

Photo by Jonas Kakaroto on Pexels.com

If that doesn’t do the trick… Let’s look at your thread and needle!

When quilting we are generally using a 40 or 50wt cotton thread. If using a special type of thread, you may need a special needle. Otherwise, a universal needle should be fine.

Secondly…. When did you last change your needle??? This is one of the biggest things we as quilters forget to do ...

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February 28, 2019
Longarm Quilter of the Month: February from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Longarm Quilter of the Month

Some quilters love piecing, while others live for the style of stitching on the finished piece. These days you can get almost any quilting pattern you can imagine added to a quilt. A skilled longarmer can add custom designs to enhance the style of the quilt, or they can use computer software to run readymade patterns in an all-over design. In our monthly series on longarm quilters, we called on Allison Black, owner of AB Quilting Studioto find out more about how she got started and her process for longarm quilting. Here’s what she had to say:

Allison Black of AB Quilting Studio 1 ...

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February 15, 2019
stash building from Karen Ann Ruane

pom poms, threads and beads.

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February 13, 2019
threads from Karen Ann Ruane

Work on my workshop has been delayed for a couple of days.....never mind. (weather apparently...

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