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March 24, 2020
My Balance wall hanging is done! from The Crafty Quilter

Hi friends. I have finished my BALANCE wall hanging which portrays my 2020 Word of the Year in a creative way. I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

BALANCE Wall Hanging made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

I have been working on this, off and on, since January. It was the free motion quilting around the letters that had me stalled for a while. Once I dug my heels in, it only took me two days to finish it.

BALANCE Wall Hanging made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

I made this wall hanging to represent my Word of the Year in a way that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve been dabbling ...

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When Life Gives us Lemons.... from Val's Quilting Studio

Each morning....

...and throughout the afternoons....
I'm feeding my body with the:
Image result for benefits of lemons

When Life Give Us Lemons...

...take control of the things we can! Green tea with a twist of lemon has always been an afternoon treat...but I've been remotivated to get back to my daily juicing routine too. It feels good to be feeding my body with nutrients that will build my immune system. Along with being intentional about what I put in my body, I'm also boosting my immune system by reducing the stress of the Coronavirues impact on our daily life by limiting ...

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March 18, 2020
National Quilting Day Ideas! from Carol Lyles Shaw

National Quilting Day 2020 — Ways to Stay Connected! Most (maybe all of us) are practicing social distancing so meeting with other quilters face to face will be limited for the next few weeks.  But, that doesn’t have to mean that we need to completely isolate ourselves.  We can still connect and show each other [ ...Continue Reading ]

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March 15, 2020
Aurifil DOM March 2020 Block from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am proud to be one of the Aurifil 2020 Designers of the Month for March 2020.  Each month, a DOM designer will publish a block pattern inspired by the colors of Italy!     This post describes how I designed the block.  It also includes a link to a video tutorial showing how I actually pieced [ ...Continue Reading ]

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February 11, 2020
In The Loop from From the Strawberry Patch...

Now you can be IN THE LOOP! I've learned a new trick for burying threads while quilting that is so slick, it needs to be shared. Remember in my last post that I commented about quilting without stopping unless my bobbin ran out? Ah,yes; well, it happens! This photo, left, shows where the bobbin thread ran out and the teeny, tiny needle tracks where yours truly kept stitching before I realized

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In The Loop from From the Strawberry Patch...

Now you can be IN THE LOOP! I've learned a new trick for burying threads while quilting that is so slick, it needs to be shared. Remember in my last post that I commented about quilting without stopping unless my bobbin ran out? Ah,yes; well, it happens! This photo, left, shows where the bobbin thread ran out and the teeny, tiny needle tracks where yours truly kept stitching before I realized

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January 31, 2020
Tutorial and Charts for Setting Quilts “on point” (Diagonally) from Quilter Chic

You’ve finished that wonderful block-of-the-month from last year, and now you have a lovely set of quilt blocks. Now what do you do with them?

One way to “set” your quilt is “on point”. This is when you set your blocks on the diagonal, as you can see with my quilt, September.

September quilt from Quilt Batik! ©2012 Cheryl Brown/That Patchwork Place

The confusing part of “on point” quilts is the setting triangles and and corner triangles. This post should help with that! When constructing an “on point” quilt, you lay your blocks out on the diagonal. Then ...

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January 30, 2020
Making Lemonade from HummingBird Quilter

Calamity Strikes! I recently broke my arm. And of course it’s my right arm and I’m right handed. LOL

Since I can’t quilt one of the next best things I can do is to search the Internet for quilting topics. I came across an article from All People Quilt on organizing your stash. Of course with any thing like this, everything will not appeal to everybody. But it did have a couple of ideas that I certainly think will work for me.

Ruler Storage

The first it’s really pretty simple.

Item 21. Fill a 3-ring binder ...

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January 21, 2020
Sewing Room Organization Tips from A Quilting Life

Sewing Room Organization Tips

Note: This post was originally published in February 2019 and updated in January 2020. Hello! I’m getting ready to design my new sewing room and thought a review on Sewing Room Organization Tips might be in order for me and for some of you. I refer to some of these ideas within other post topics […]

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January 13, 2020
5 Tips for Setting Quilting Goals from A Quilting Life

5 Tips for Setting Quilting Goals

Note: this post was originally published in December of 2016 and updated in January 2019. Hello! I’m trying to stay in organization mode right now…I have an entire week without too many commitments, and I’ve been careful to set aside this week for organizing and for some “just for me” sewing! I hope you’ll enjoy […]

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January 10, 2020
10 Quilt Piecing Tips & Tricks to Improve Piecing Accuracy from A Quilting Life

10 Quilt Piecing Tips & Tricks to Improve Piecing Accuracy

Hello! Today I’m sharing 10 Quilt Piecing Tips & Tricks to Improve Piecing Accuracy. These are some of my tried and true methods for making sure my blocks turn out just the way I want them to. Many of these ideas are really simple steps that make a big difference in the end. 10 Quilt […]

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January 8, 2020
Block Heads 3 | 10 Tips for Block of the Month Projects from A Quilting Life

10 Tips for Block of the Month Quilts featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of patchwork quilt

Hello and happy Wednesday! We have just one more week until the Block Heads 3 quilt along officially begins. I’ve started sewing blocks, and I know several other designers are busy sewing away right now as well. It’s going to be an incredible quilt that you won’t want to miss out on! So, I thought […]

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January 7, 2020
Become An Awesome Quilt Tester from Carol Lyles Shaw

  In 2019,  I had a great team of testers work on my Fractured Triangles Pattern.  I felt so honored that they chose to work with me. Their feedback helped me improve several parts of the pattern. Some (but not all) pattern designers offer the opportunity to test their upcoming patterns. We value the feedback [ ...Continue Reading ]

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January 3, 2020
10 Tips for a Great Year of Quilting from A Quilting Life

10 Tips for a Great Year of Quilting featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of rotary cutter and fabric scraps

Hello and happy Friday! First, thanks so much for all of the positive support on this year’s Scraps-Along here at A Quilting Life. I’m super excited about it myself and believe we will all be able to learn from each other and stay motivated throughout the year (if you missed hearing about the scraps-along challenges […]

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December 23, 2019
Design Wall Monday - December 23, 2019 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Penny Lane shows me how to chill out. l should have written this on the first Monday of December, instead of now, but it’s here to remind us to forgive ourselves for all the things we wanted to get done and didn’t......I’m calling it “Finding Calm” Finding calm in December: (1)   Work on a project I know.  This season is not the time to learn a complicated new project.  I pull out a

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December 13, 2019
How To Make It Work When Quilt Tops Aren’t Working from Blossom Heart Quilts

What to do when your quilt rows don’t line up? When you’re working on a long-term project like Sunset Isle, where there’s an array of techniques and a variety of how many blocks per row is included, it’s not unusual to get to the end and find that your rows don’t quite all match up in length.

Perhaps it’s that seam allowances have changed over the year as you’ve grown more confident in your abilities and your accuracy has improved. Perhaps the printer settings were wrong when it came time to print templates ...

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December 12, 2019
Introducing the Spot on Dot from Expect Moore

Several months ago, I had an idea. Why can’t we magnify right on our quilting rulers? I don’t know about you, but my eyesight certainly hasn’t gotten any better the older I’ve gotten, and my eye doctor say I should expect it to continue to get worse. Since more accurate cuts lead to more precise […]

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November 6, 2019
How to line up sashing on a quilt so your blocks stay straight from The Crafty Quilter

I just finished making Cardinals, a quilt pattern by The Pattern Basket. Because this quilt had sashing around each block, it seemed like an opportune time to give you some tips on how to line up sashing so your blocks stay straight.

How to line up sashing strips so your blocks stay straight and even @ The Crafty Quilter.

Cardinals quilt made by Julie Cefalu, pattern by The Pattern Basket
Cardinals quilt made by Julie Cefalu
Pattern by The Pattern Basket

Quick refresher: Sashing refers to strips of fabric that are sewn between blocks and rows.

The first time I added sashing to a quilt, I had no idea that it mattered how they were sewn on. What could possibly go wrong? Well, if you’re not careful ...

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November 2, 2019
Dresden.....Extra Block from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I finished up the Dresden Quilt Top

last week while I was in Idaho...



Dresden Quilt Top



I have developed a "good" habit of making 

an extra block when piecing a quilt top.



I made a quick quilt sandwich with batting

and played around some on the 

extra dresden block...





All of the negative space 

behind the dresden plate

and in the pink sashing 

just screamed for....FEATHERS !






The corners and center are cross hatched...





Large feather plumes on the dresden plate

and also surrounding the dresden plate 

in the background...





I quilted this block on the Bernina Artista 200 ...

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October 17, 2019
Quilt Tools 2019 from Carol Lyles Shaw

Using the right quilt tools makes all the difference when you are quilting.  Good tools help you cut and sew more accurately and generally make the entire process more enjoyable.

And, you don’t have to spend a lot of money–just focus on a few high quality items and they will last forever.

Here are some of my favorite tools.  No affiliate links–opinions based on personal use only.

Shop Local

As always, please check with your favorite local quilt shop or local shops with online shops before going to ‘big’ retailers. Note:  there are NO buying links in ...

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