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November 17, 2017
Cricut Maker Block of the Week Quilt: Block 9 – Mother’s Dream from Expect Moore

The final block in our Cricut Maker Block of the week! Today we’re making Block 9, the Mother’s Dream. But don’t worry, we won’t be stopping here! Next week I’ll show you how to put the blocks together with the sashing we cut in Week 1: Intro, then we’ll add borders, quilt our mini quilt, and I’ll show you how to bind and finish the quilt!

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just embroidery from Karen Ann Ruane

embroidery on lace cloth, a video.

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November 13, 2017
lace cloth for sequins from Karen Ann Ruane

new cloth, lace cloth,

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November 10, 2017
Cricut Maker Block of the Week Quilt: Block 8 – Whirligig from Expect Moore

It is time for Block 8 of our Cricut Maker Block of the Week! Just one more block, and then we will start to put the whole quilt together! WHEE! I can’t wait! I will be showing you every step of the quilting process, all the way through binding the quilt. When we finish, you will have a completed quilt that you made yourself! This week, for Blcok 8, we are making the Whirligig block! This block is different than other blocks we have done in the past, because the units that make up the block are not square ...

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adornments from Karen Ann Ruane

little embroidered adornments

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November 9, 2017
Bottle Calves....New Pasture from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



The bottle calves are growing...




Number 25 is the twin orphan calf - 8 months

The diary calf on the left is 6 months






They need more room to graze...






They enjoy sniffing and licking the camera!







Today we built an electric fence and

created a new enclosure for them...

they LOVE it!


When we turned them out into their new pasture, they ran, jumped and chased each other.

You can watch them in the videos below:




Bottle Calves Run and Jump from LuAnn Kessi on Vimeo.




Bottle Calves chasing each other from LuAnn Kessi on Vimeo.





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sequins for an embroidered seam from contemporary embroidery






This morning was all about playing, no pressure, adorning, going back to things which have languished for a while, adding a few pretty titivation's, surrounding myself with all things embroidery and basically relaxing and stitching. You should try it, I recommend it.
This piece was started in the Summer and taken on holiday with me. I haven't touched it since I got back, there have been new distractions, life, classes, domesticity but whilst I was adding sequins to this seam earlier I pretended I was back on my balcony in Spain. The sun has been shining here today ...

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five sequins on an embroidered seam from Karen Ann Ruane

embellishing with sequins, a short video

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November 4, 2017
a few French knots on paper from Karen Ann Ruane

extending a design sheet, a video

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November 3, 2017
Cricut Maker Block of the Week Quilt: Block 7 – Shoo Fly from Expect Moore

Week 7 of our Cricut Maker Block of the Week marks the halfway point of our series! We’re making our 7th block, the Shoo Fly Quilt block! And it is another variation on my favorite – the nine patch! You’ll find lots of quilt blocks are variations on four-patches and nine-patches. Once you visualize how to break down a quilt block into smaller units, the entire world of quilting opens up to you!

If you’re just jumping in, check out the entire Cricut Maker Block of the Week series so that you can start from week 1!

Cricut Maker Block of the Week - Shoo Fly Quilt Block

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November 1, 2017
Bella Skillbuilder Month 10 from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

And that’s it folks! Here is our last pattern for month 10 of the Bella Skillbuilder, the Finishing Pattern! Congrats to everyone on their finished quilts!

We have loved seeing all of your progress so far, and we have a Facebook Group for you to share photos of your blocks with other quilters.  Now who’s ready to take on the Finishing Pattern?

Bella Skillbuilder Month 10 – Finishing Pattern

For this month, you will need Fabric A and for binding, Fabric B!

Time to grab our Bella Skillbuilder Quilt Kits and press play with our friend and the Bella ...

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October 29, 2017
one bullion knot, two sequins. from Karen Ann Ruane

one bullion knot, two sequins....a video

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October 27, 2017
Cricut Maker Block of the Week Quilt: Block 6 – Hourglass Block from Expect Moore

We are on Week 6 of our Cricut Maker Block of the Week! Almost halfway through this series, and I’m so excited!! Today I’m showing you the Hourglass Block. We have made half square triangles before, and we have made a 9-patch before, so you will find that this block goes together easily.

Cricut Maker Block of the Week Quilt - Week 6, Hourglass Quilt Block

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October 25, 2017
just embroidery from Karen Ann Ruane

hand embroidery, a video

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October 21, 2017
Cricut Maker Block of the Week Quilt: Block 5 – Economy Patch from Expect Moore

Today for Week 5 of our Cricut Maker Block of the Week, we’re going to be making the Economy Patch block! And, I have a surprise for you! I’m showing you two different ways that you can make this same block! I love teaching new quilters. To me, teaching new quilters means breaking down the process of quilting into manageable steps while introducing new quilters to tips and techniques. You don’t have to know how to execute every quilting technique to be successful. But knowing about the different techniques out there will help you explore new projects ...

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October 18, 2017
Using Pinterest as Your Quilting Inspiration from Patchwork Posse

Quilting Inspiration….

There are a lot of resources out there for keeping track of inspiration and tutorials and everything else pretty!

One is Pinterest.

Today I thought I would share how I use Pinterest and how you can as well.

How to use Pinterest as your Quilting inspiration journal~

Here’s a quick review of what I cover in the video:

  • sign up for pinterest —account is free!
  • make boards that refer to a specific interest.  Don’t be afraid to break things down —like quilting- patterns, or quilting- machine quilting, or quilting- applique or sewing- bags, or sewing- pillows ...

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October 13, 2017
Cricut Maker Block of the Week Quilt: Block 4 – Broken Dishes from Expect Moore

I’m so excited to share week 4 of our Cricut Maker Block of the Week with you! Today’s quilt block is called Broken Dishes. I’ll show you step-by-step how to make this quilt block. And, if you watch the video, I’ll show you how a quick twist turns Broken dishes into a Pinwheel block! Two blocks using the same simple steps!

Cricut Maker Block of the Week: Week 4 - Broken Dishes

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October 12, 2017
added sequins from Karen Ann Ruane

adding sequins a to a page in an embroidered book.

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October 11, 2017
a hexagon pouch and an update on my cloth sample book from Karen Ann Ruane

hexagons for a pouch and a cloth book full of stitched samples.

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October 9, 2017
Pardon the long absence, it’s been a busy year from The Ardent Thread

Hello, dear readers. It’s been a while.

  • In January & February I traveled Japan. More about that coming soon
  • In March we launched our wholesale import business and showed at the San Francisco Quilt Guild Show
  • In April I wrote a bunch, then stopped because there was so much more work to do with the wholesale business
  • In May we showed at the wholesale Quilt Market in St. Louis, MO
  • In June I did a guild lecture and sashiko class at River City Quilt Guild in Sacramento, CA
  • In July… I visited my son who is working in Europe!
  • In ...

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