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August 7, 2019
Tips & Tricks: Machine Quilting with 28 Weight Thread from The Cloth Parcel

This lovely quilted pillow cover was made from our latest pattern, the Conservatory Quilt.  We made this quilted pillow using the new supplies we got for the Summer Cabin Pillow Tutorial, which was from our turn on the OLFA + Aurifil Slice & Stitch Challenge last week. We used our 16″ square OLFA ruler, which […]

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March 19, 2019
Quilting Knits from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, my creative friends!

Don’t you love to wear soft and comfortable knits? Well, how about quilting with them? I know it sounds challenging, but this is why I asked Lena, our beautiful teacher, to show us the basic steps of quilting knits.

Here are the fabric prints featured: Furries Cool, Etchings Nectar, and Line Markings from the magical Pine Lullaby collection.




Lena started by choosing her two favorite prints from the collection, and since the fabric is 58” to 60” wide, she just cut 52” in length from each one to make a 58” x 50” quilt ...

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March 18, 2019
Walking Foot Quilting from Quilting Solutions

I began quilting my star pillow cover with light colored thread and a fancy design.  Three hours of quilting and it looked awful.  Three more hours to pick it all out listening to a good audiobook.  OK.  Now what?  Clearly fancy, special quilting was not doing anything for the pillow cover.  Neither was the light colored thread.

TIP:  Sometimes fancy quilting is not the best way to quilt.

Fancy quilting is so beautiful on negative space.  It is stunning on a whole cloth quilt.  It doesn't work so well on fabrics with a busy design.

I threw my hands ...

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October 10, 2018
Throwback Thursday for October from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Throwback Thursday. I'm hosting this month's link-up for Sandra of mmm! Quilts.

I hope that you've got some great projects to share this month. It's so fun to see older projects that were created before you started your blog.

Beatles Wall Hanging

I made this wall hanging for my daughter many moons ago - I'm afraid that I really don't know when. I know that it was before I started free motion quilting, so before I got my jag (that's my sewing machine - the only jag I'm likely to own!).

Beatles ...

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July 29, 2018
Quilting the Teacup Candle Mat from From My Carolina Home

Finishing up the candle mat from last week, I did the quilting on my domestic machine.  Beginning the quilting, the edge was stitched all the way around.  Note that I am using a walking foot for this.

Paper Pieced Teacup at

Next, stitching in the ditch all the way around the paper pieced section.

Paper Pieced Teacup at

Then, I wanted to stitch in the ditch around the teacup and saucer.  If I start here, then I’ll have to tie off twice.

Paper Pieced Teacup at

If I start at the intersection of the cup and saucer, then I can go around both sections without stopping and starting again.

Paper Pieced Teacup at

So I ...

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December 26, 2017
Finished Quilt: Color Weave, QuiltCon Entry + Quilting Tips from Christa Quilts

Today I have another quilt finish to share! Now that I’m not inundated with too many projects and too little time (yay for balance!), I can actually blog more about quilts I’ve recently finished, and I love sharing my virtual show and tell with you!

Color Weave by Christa Watson

Color Weave was published in issue 21 of Modern Quilts Unlimited. Photo Credit MQU.

Modern Quilts Unlimited is one of my all-time favorite magazines and it’s such a thrill when my work appears in their pages. Fun fact: the editor, Laurie Baker and I met backin 2014 when she helped edit my ...

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October 5, 2017
Stuck on the Border II from Gray Barn Designs

In a previous post, I was indecisive about what border and binding to add to my kaleidoscope pillow.  Thanks for all your feedback!

Rummaging through my sewing supplies, I found a package of Wright’s Bias Tape Maxi Piping and my plan came together in a flash!  I was no longer stuck on the border!


I added a black border to my pillow and used the red bias tape maxi piping for an accent.  This piping went on quickly because I used the zipper foot attachment for my trusted Bernina.  Yikes!  Lots of batting fuzz on my fabric!


My walking ...

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September 22, 2017
In Which My Husband Sets My Oven Mitts On Fire, and I Have to Make New Ones, and Then He LAUGHS at Me! A Tutorial from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, I didn't HAVE to make new ones.  Sensible people just go to the store and BUY oven mitts.  I checked Williams Sonoma and Sur la Table, though, and neither of them had any cute, kitschy oven mitts that I could get excited about.  And yes, I DO need to feel excited about oven mitts in order to buy them.

Laughing So Hard, His Face is as Red as the Oven Mitts
Apparently my oven mitts are hysterically funny, just because the thumbs are a bit too small for Bernie's giant hands.  This is because I took too ...

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February 3, 2015
quilted! from A Dog on my Quilt

I spent a few hours this weekend machine quilting my Whirligig quilt.  I skillfully attached my walking foot and quilted away!  I quilted on either side of each seam between blocks and rows, then I quilted on either side of the units that make each whirligig.  I could do more intense quilting, but I think I like it as it is.  I think it highlights the pattern in the blocks.
Here it is quilted and with the edges trimmed:

Now, time to choose a fabric for the binding.  I think a bold color will work well on this quilt.  I ...

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January 30, 2015
The Next Steps from A Dog on my Quilt

I worked a bit on my Whirligig quilt blocks yesterday and I decided that with the sewing themed fabrics I chose, it would be great on the wall in my sewing room.  So I am keeping it on the small side.  Each block finished at 10 1/2", so I decided to leave it at 4 blocks by 4 blocks.  I may add a border, but I haven't decided yet.  I want to see the top up against my wall space first.

Today I finished sewing the blocks into 4 rows of 4 blocks across:

I've mentioned the ...

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