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January 21, 2021
Stand up and cheer! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I seemed to spend the entire day in front of the computer! Oh well - but I did get a chance to get in front of a sewing machine for a bit. I also did a wee bit of online shopping. Remember that 8-page folder thing that I'm using to organize myself? Well, I LOVE it so much, I thought it would be great to have that for my day-job classes as well. I went to Staple's website, did a quick search, and found them. They are waiting to be picked up today, as well as food for Lexi ...

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January 15, 2021
embroidering a wrapping cloth [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

embroidering a wrapping cloth

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January 10, 2021
the sewing box (after) from Charm About You


I wish there was a before, I really thought I had taken a photo some time ago but it can't be found (maybe I didn't!). Anyway the after turned out well and hope you'll enjoy this look at my sewing box.

It's a cantilever sewing box that belonged to my Nan (paternal grandmother). Sadly she passed away last year and it's taken me a while to get to a point where I felt I could sort through some of her things. Over the past few years I went to stay overnight at her house quite ...

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January 2, 2021
on the road again from Charm About You

Spider web blocks are not the fastest quilt blocks I've ever constructed and this quilt has taken me quite a while to complete. It was put away for a while but it is enjoyable seeing the pattern emerges as it grows and this was the year to get it done. I made the first few blocks as part of the Art Gallery Fabrics Quilt Block Collection Blog Tour back in 2017 and had only made 10 blocks when I pulled it out.

I got to work only to realise that I would run out of fabric. This quilt is ...

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December 16, 2020
Why Does Rebecca Need SO MUCH THREAD? And Will It Go Bad Before She Uses It Up? from Cheeky Cognoscenti

So here's how the "Firemen Heroes" charity quilt turned out the other day:

"Firemen Heroes" Pediatric Hospital Outreach Quilt

I quilted this donated top using Jessica Schick's Fantasy Flames digital pantograph, scaled to a pattern density of .92, with Glide thread top and bottom in color Lemon Ice.

Top Prior to Quilting

I always like to compare photos of what a quilt top looks like before and after quilting, don't you? With this quilt in particular, simply pieced from large rectangles, I wanted to choose a quilting pattern with curved lines to soften the "brick" effect of ...

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December 13, 2020
More Squirrels: Multiple New Christmas Quilts, the Quilt to Perpetuate the Patriarchy, and Not Nearly Enough Thread from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 Ah, if only the Squirrel of Distraction didn't bring along so many friends...

So the last time I checked in here, I was telling you how I got this "squirrel" of an idea to drop all ongoing projects to make a festive Christmasy tumbler quilt.  But then I bought a bit more Christmas fabric than was absolutely necessary...  So I cut out all of the tumblers I'd need:

6 inch Tumblers Cut Out and Ready to Sew

But then, instead of folding the leftover fabric and storing it away for another day, I grabbed my rotary cutter and ...

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December 6, 2020
Sarah’s Machine Quilting Forum II video–ends Dec. 12 from Art and Quilting in Camden

Now Registered participants ONLY can SEE it … CLEARLY!

If you were enrolled in the Virtual Quilt Festival’s second Machine Quilting Forum on Saturday, you know there were serious transmission issues with my presentation that made the video just yucky. TOTAL BUMMERS, but now TOTAL JOY! Thanks to the hard working folks in the Education Department (who should have been taking today off) you can SEE the video through December 12th. After that, like Cinderella’s pumpkin, it disappears. To access it, follow the following steps:

Registered participants ONLY can follow these instructions – 

—Go to My Schedule (be sure to ...

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November 25, 2020
Teaching at Virtual Quilt Festival, the IQF answer to COVID!!!! from Art and Quilting in Camden

I’ll be one of the five panelists in the Machine Quilting Forum on Saturday, December 5. You can still sign up! Here’s a link to the “Saturday” page. If we weren’t able to go to Houston this year, this is a spiffy alternative! There is a link at the top of the page to enroll. The price for forums, lectures and classes is astonishingly reasonable…. I’ve signed up to be a student too!

I do believe Quilts Inc, the folks that bring you the International Quilt Festival every year (except this one due to COVID) have ...

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November 21, 2020
Marching along............ from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Can you believe that it's November 21 today? Where do the days go? Where has the year gone?  I know that most of you want the year to end and hope that 2021 will bring some good news. While my life has changed, it really hasn't changed a whole lot. I'm not thrilled that our region is moving into another lockdown. I'm not sure this is the answer, but I don't have a better solution. 

And well - you know me - my glass is perpetually half full. It's my darn Dad who did that to ...

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November 10, 2020
Love Thy... from Charm About You


neighbour X work in progress X cross stitch X Aurifloss

My current cross stitch project for the year is coming along well, there's been a little bit of unpicking but that is most often the result of late night stitching. The pattern is Love Thy Neighbour by Modern Folk Embroidery and I started stitching it as part of Jacob's Summer Stitch A Long. Summer may be nearly over but I am in no rush to finish. The original pattern is stitched in one colour but like my last finished cross stitch I enjoy making it my own and ...

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November 1, 2020
Goodbye, October 2020! Baby Quilt Update (and Happy Halloween) from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 Well, October is officially a wrap.  The trick-or-treaters have gone home and my husband, younger son, and I have set ourselves to the task of finishing off the leftover candy.  I've powered off my long arm machine for the night, even though I'm only 2/5 of the way through quilting the baby quilt that was supposed to be Part Two of my One Monthly Goal for October.  Here's what Charlie's quilt looks like so far:

My Letter Home Monogram Baby Quilt is 2/5 Quilted

I loaded this quilt on my frame upside-down, so I ...

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October 22, 2020
Designing, Ripping Out & A Video From My Mother from Where Art & Life Meet

I’ve been working away on my latest project: “Stitch Along With Ariane”, which is actually a Zoom Series that will span 8 weeks, with a weekly Zoom meet-up to discuss the past week’s lesson, and the following week’s stitches. I’m working on the background stitching while awaiting the last of my threads to arrive. I’m… Continue reading Designing, Ripping Out & A Video From My Mother

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September 11, 2020
workshop table [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

workshop table

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Friday workshop table from Karen Ann Ruane

Friday workshop table

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August 29, 2020
Winding Ways: quilt and done! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Good tools (AccuQuiltGO!), good fabric (Michael Miller Fabrics), good thread (Aurifil), good machine (Janome Continental M7), and some experience, and you can do a lot! This return to my quilty roots just makes me happy!

Over the course of the year I’ve shared progress on this quilt:

  • First, there was learning to use the AccuQuiltGO! which I blogged about here. It was a different block, but the easy applies.
  • Then there is the PIECING of CURVES: see the blogpost here or go directly to the video on my YouTube Channel here.
  • Now there is the quilting video (that covers ...

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August 1, 2020
Options: Picking My Quilting Thread from From Edge 2 Edge

There are several different theories on how to pick your thread to do the surface quilting. Do you want it to disappear, stand out a lot, stand out a little, a little of both? One thing to consider, especially with the intermediate (primary+secondary), or the complementary (opposites on the wheel) fabric colors is that you can use a grayed version of one of those colors to harmonize with the fabric but still add a little pop.

Brown is a complement color mix of red (primary) and green (secondary blue+yellow). This particular batik tends be a bit on the ...

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July 25, 2020
My Approach to Quilting A Modern Quilt from Carol Lyles Shaw

I love  the look of machine quilting on modern quilts.   I wanted to use my walking foot but still go beyond simple or even complex lines to create unique quilting lines and shapes in my modern quilts.  I wanted to break away from repeating the same shapes over and over.  I did not want to …

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My Approach to Quilting A Modern Quilt from Carol Lyles Shaw

I love  the look of machine quilting on modern quilts.   I wanted to use my walking foot but still go beyond simple or even complex lines to create unique quilting lines and shapes in my modern quilts.  I wanted to break away from repeating the same shapes over and over.  I did not want to [ ...Continue Reading ]

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July 22, 2020
Playing thread chicken from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I made excellent progress yesterday! The magazine project is almost finished, and it looks AMAZING. I'm thrilled to death with the end result, considering that I had no idea what I was getting into when I started. All that was required was trial and error, a leap of faith, and some base knowledge, and I'm golden. We do NOT spend enough time playing with our machines - the more you play, the better you'll get. PLAY EACH DAY with your sewing machine. You'll both be happier.

As I was looking at the project this morning, I know ...

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June 27, 2020
I'm Thinking About Launching a NEW Long Arm Linky Party! Would YOU Participate? from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, my lovelies!  Before I share my custom quilting progress on my Spirit Song project, I'd love it if you'd take a second to give me feedback on an idea I've been kicking around for a new linky party.

When I tried to link up my last quilting post with Karin's Ruler Work linky at The Quilt Yarn, I was disappointed to read that she has decided to discontinue hosting her link-up due to low participation levels.  Like many of you, I already participate in quite a few linky parties (One Monthly Goal, Design Wall ...

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