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September 5, 2019
Enchanted Lake from Sew Preeti Quilts

One of the quilter-bloggers I admire is Saija. Her work is bright, modern and spectacular. She also takes excellent pictures. Her Topaz captured my heart from the moment I laid eyes on it. Oh, someday I would make a quilt inspired by it.

And I did. Meet Enchanted Lake.

Enchanted Lake
Here is the story.
This is Lisa. We work together and sometimes even party together :-)

with Lisa

When Lisa mentioned that her mum was not doing well and that she was going to visit her in London, I had a thought.

Me: I want to make a quilt for ...

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August 12, 2019
Tips for Stitching in the Ditch and Walking Foot Quilting from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I have a lot of tips for you today on walking foot quilting and stitching in the ditch. Ditching may not be loads of fun, but it’s an important quilting skill to build. Learn how I get started walking foot quilting and stitch in the ditch in this video:

Click Here to find the pattern for the Crown of Scraps Quilt Block. Remember my tutorials and videos will remain online indefinitely so you can begin any time! The best part about this quilt along is you can make a sampler quilt exactly the size you need. Choose from crib ...

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July 31, 2019
Comeuppance from Sew Preeti Quilts

Last week, Paul and I went to watch the movie Men in Black.  I was underwhelmed.  As we stepped out, I sneezed.

On location


Me: AAAHHHTISHOOO...
Paul: Wow that was a big one
Me: (sniffle)
Paul: Your nasal passages are remarkably sonorous
Me: Uh huh
Paul: I am glad that was outside, otherwise they would have to fumigate the whole theater
Me (fed up with his teasing): Well, I could sneeze more daintily, but what is the point? I am already married.

That was my fitting response to his incessant teasing.
This quilt is my response to the challenges of ...

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July 8, 2019
Teaching My Kid How to Quilt – Block #8! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Today I’m teaching my son James how to quilt with Block #8! He first quilted straight lines with walking foot quilting, then switched to free motion quilting and learned just how tricky circles can be. Enjoy learning along with James:

Click Here to find the pattern for Block 8 – the Patchy Octagon. All the tutorials and patterns for this quilt along will remain online indefinitely so you can catch up and work at your own pace.

Click Here to check out the Eversewn Sparrow 20, a terrific machine for beginning sewists and quilters. James used the open toe walking ...

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June 11, 2019
Ruler Quilting with a Walking Foot? from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Today I’m doing something crazy: I’m echo ditching and ruler quilting using a walking foot! I don’t have a guide for my walking foot so using a ruler against the side helped me space out some lines and evenly space the design. See what I mean in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here to check out all the blocks shared so far in the Friendship Quilt Along.

I decided to echo ditch because echoing really makes the edges of the bear’s claw design pop. Also, if you wobble outside the ditch a little bit, no biggie! The ...

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May 22, 2019
Oasis from Sew Preeti Quilts

I have a finish.
New Finish
Glimpses of Blue

Rolled Up
But first the back story.
This was the second year that I was the Block of the Month (BOM) coordinator for my quilt guild.
The concept of the BOM is simple. I share a tutorial for a quilt block (from the internet, a classic block or something that I whip up).

Two strips 2.5" by WOF

Stitched along the length

Open Seams

Cut in half 

Sew again, press seams open

Cut in half again

Cut each half into half

Rearrange and sew

Folks make that block. Every block ...

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May 13, 2019
Walking Foot Quilting on a Scrappy Pinwheel Block from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Welcome back to another home machine quilting video for the Scrappy Pinwheel Quilt Block! We’re walking foot quilting this month’s Friendship Quilt Along block. If you missed last week’s post, click here to watch how we pieced this month’s pinwheel block.

For walking foot quilting, I set my stitch length to 1.5 mm and place my Queen Supreme Slider to the left side of my machine. You have to position the slider OFF the feed dogs because for walking foot quilting you need those feed dogs to work!

After toggling with the settings to get ...

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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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March 11, 2019
Quilting a Checkerboard Tiles Block on a Home Machine from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Our Checkerboard Tiles block is ready for quilting and after all that piecing, that’s quite an achievement! See how I am keeping the quilting design very simple with straight lines quilted on my Singer treadle machine:

Click here to find the pattern for the Checkerboard Tiles quilt block. The best thing about this Friendship Quilt Along is you can make the quilt exactly the size you need. Pick from crib, throw, twin, queen or king and make the corresponding number of blocks you need to make your quilt.

Click here to find all the Friendship Quilt Along tutorials I ...

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March 9, 2019
Slow Stitching and a Finish! from The Cozy Quilter


My Frank Lloyd Wright cross stitch picture is coming along...I have added more outlining this week in the evenings.  There is still more to do in the middle section at the bottom. I will work on that part tomorrow for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy.   My daughter has also been working on her Prague cityscape under the close supervision of Finn.


He likes to inspect her stitches and occasionally steel any thread left lying within his reach...


I quilted my "Just Sew" wall hanging over the last couple of days.



I outlined the sewing machine and did quilted circles ...

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February 2, 2019
Emerald Pillow Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I have my first finish of 2019 to share today! I actually finished it last week, but I had to travel to Phoenix, Arizona for work this week so wasn't able to blog about the pillow until now.


I listed this on my Q1 list for the 2019 FAL here. I'm very pleased to have this one done because it had been sitting on my sewing table since November. This is a pattern by Andrea of 3rd Story Workshop and I actually made the whole top during a workshop with Andrea but then never got the opportunity to ...

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January 26, 2019
Play day! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Yesterday was a play day. I couldn't really afford the time for a play day, but it seemed like a good idea at the time when the play day was booked.

On a serious note - if anyone is in the $25 class at the Hobby Horse TODAY, the class has been canceled (and the schedule will be adjusted to accommodate the missed class). The parking lot is a mess with ice and they're working on getting it cleared up. That gives me some free time this morning, but I'll just plug away at more sample making and ...

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January 14, 2019
Quilting a Patchwork Mosaic on a Home Machine from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Our Patchwork Mosaic Quilt Block is pieced and ready for quilting! I decided to tackle this block first on my Singer treadle with some walking foot quilting, then switched to my regular Eversewn Sparrow sewing machine for some free motion and ruler foot quilting. See how this works in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here for the Patchwork Mosaic block pattern. This block uses 14 scrappy 5-inch squares to create this awesome design. It’s a great way to use up scraps from your stash or a precut square pack.

Click Here to find the piecing tutorial for this quilt block ...

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January 9, 2019
A Finish and an Annual Review from Fret Not Yourself

Still turning tops into quilts and this is the latest. Hooray. Simple parallel lines using the walking foot always make an effective design on Coins. 


Chinese Coins XI quilt
One of my irrational fears is that the seam will fray or rip. Stitching in the ditch is one way to assuage that, plus it helps stabilize the layers when quilting on a domestic machine. Then I stitch a "presser foot" away from the seam on each side and end by halving the remaining space until it looks right.


Parallel quilting on Chinese Coins XI quilt
I planned to quilt with ...

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January 2, 2019
The First Finish of 2019 from The Cozy Quilter

Technically, this finish should have been done in 2018...but it took a little longer than I thought it would to complete this project.  I also did not have a pattern, just an idea in my head that I wanted to try, which lengthened the amount to time I spent working on it.


My friend, Cathy, and her husband are avid campers so I decided to make a camper themed sewing machine cover for her for Christmas.  I finished off the last of the hand stitching today and wrapped it up for delivery this evening...at least she received it ...

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December 18, 2018
You Belong from Sew Preeti Quilts

Stan Lee passed away on November 12, 2018.

Photo Credit - By Sidrao21 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,  https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74400062

He was remembered on NPR in this story, wherein they mentioned the anthem of the Merry Marching Marvel Society.  Since I was clueless, I had to look up the song - You belong.

You belong
(This quilt was made for a newborn baby boy. The theme was aviation and the suggested colors were red, white and blue.  When I saw this backing, it seemed like a perfect match.)

Backing - Transportation

Listen to the clip ...

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December 10, 2018
Quilt a Scrappy Star Block on Your Home Machine from The Free Motion Quilting Project

My Scrappy Star Quilt Block is basted and ready to machine quilt! I decided to keep the quilting design very simple with this first block and quilted it with a combination of walking foot quilting and ruler foot quilting. Learn how this works in this quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find the Scrappy Star Pattern. This quilt pattern comes with everything you need to get started on the Friendship Sampler Quilt. What size is the quilt? How much fabric will you need? Learn all this and more with Block #1!

Learn how to quilt a Scrappy Star quilt block with straight lines

I love this simple, straight-line design over this Scrappy Star ...

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December 4, 2018
Mixed Feelings from Sew Preeti Quilts

A Colorwash quilt is one in which the placement of colored squares mimics the color wheel with the lightest area near the center and darkest areas in the corners.

On a cloudy morning

One thing is obvious - The gradual transition from almost white (in or near the center) to almost black (at the edges/corners) is the essence of making such a quilt.

But everything else is subjective.

Colorwash Layout (almost)

The Colorwash 360 class taught by Wanda Hanson of Exuberant Color came with many organizing tips and lots of guidelines were provided but most of the actual design process ...

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December 3, 2018
Island Batik Improv Log Cabin Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

Making an improv log cabin quilt was a fun challenge.  In my newest Island Batik challenge, I combined two themes to create an improv log cabin wall hanging–here’s the tutorial showing how I did it.

Cozy Log Cabins is the first challenge theme that I used!  Log cabins are a great traditional pattern and I remember making many versions when I first learned to quilt many, many years ago.   It’s also a traditional pattern that you can easily make modern and I will show you how I did that.

The second theme is Whimsical and Wonky!  I ...

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November 19, 2018
Island Batik Star Struck Quilt Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

This month’s challenge for Island Batik is Star Struck and this is my quilt tutorial and free pattern for my modern version of a star.

I had a difficult time getting the color match on the full quilt photos! This looks a bit yellow–background fabric is actually white. See the close up of the star point below for the true colors.

The Island Batik Ambassador challenge this month was to create a Star Quilt.  I decided to take a modern approach and create an oversized wonky star using a limited color palette.  The modern design principles I played ...

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