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January 12, 2019
‘Snowflake Fury’ from RobynsPatch

UFO #1 for 2019 Finished! This one was four large blocks left over from a quilt, just laying around waiting patiently for being put together and quilted. Joining up the blocks was the easy bit. What quilting to put on … Continue reading

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December 24, 2018
Whimsical Winter Table Runner The theme for the Island Batik... from Living Water Quilter

Whimsical Winter Table Runner 

The theme for the Island Batik Ambassador December challenge is Whimsical and Wonky.  The  Island Batik supplied Alpine Ice 10-inch stack of pre-cuts is perfect for my Whimsical Winter table runner.


Two traditional quilt blocks, the Churn Dash and Snowball, are constructed with wonky and random patches. The Churn Dash has Alpine Ice trees. The Snowball blocks feature Island Batik Blender, Ravine.


Stars fill the center of the Churn Dash and  wonky snowflakes fill the Snowball blocks. The Westalee Design mini Crosshair Square, top left image, helps mark evenly spaced reference lines quickly and accurately.


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November 26, 2018
Practical and Easy Project PouchWe always need something to... from Living Water Quilter

Practical and Easy Project Pouch

We always need something to carry our “stuff”.  Recently, a fellow Fredericksburg Modern Guild member posted a cute vinyl project pouch. She used the free pattern by Kristina Brinkerhoff.  Find the pattern here.


I had fun making the pouch with some modifications in size and design. Instead of the 2-inch pieced fabric grid in her pattern, I choose to add ruler quilting to a 15-inches square piece of fabric.


Several Spin an Echo templates were used to create the above designs. The designs are surrounded by free hand free-motion quilting.


This was also an opportunity ...

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October 29, 2018
New Feathered Leaf TemplateLeonie West, has done it again!  Have... from Living Water Quilter

New Feathered Leaf Template

Leonie West, has done it again!  Have you seen the new Westalee Design Feathered Leaf Template set? The set includes a finial with four sizes and four sizes of the feathered leaf templates.


Mixing different size templates offers results like above.  I definitely want more playtime with the new set. To see the template in action watch Leonie’s video.


Here is Feathered Leaf sampler. It showcases three sizes and another block design using the template for medallion designs.

Next up is using the templates in a quilt. Stay connected.

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October 1, 2018
Janome Ruler Kit Have you seen the Janome Ruler Work Kit?  It’s... from Living Water Quilter

Janome Ruler Kit

Have you seen the Janome Ruler Work Kit?  It’s been available for several months now. As a Westalee Design Accredited Teacher, I received a kit from Sew Steady a couple of months ago.


For less than $100, the kit includes six fun templates and a Crosshair square ruler. Plus, the kit includes pattern instructions for each ruler and a DVD tutorial for making and quilting a ruler carrying case.


I used two templates in the kit to make my Family Love banner. The Hearts of Plenty and Pointed Oval templates can be used to make unique ...

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September 15, 2018
Quilt As You Go with June TailorHave you heard about June... from Living Water Quilter

Quilt As You Go with June Tailor

Have you heard about June Tailor’s Quilt As You Go batting projects? June Tailor gave me a few of the batting projects for some playtime in my studio. So, I decided to have some quilting fun and use fabrics from a new Island Batik Fall collection.

It is a great way to use your fabric scraps and precuts. I used fabric scraps from the Dear William collection to make the mug mat. As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am given fabric by Island Batik.


Score! From my fabric stash I fussy cut ...

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August 8, 2018
A Star is Reborn, AgainHow many times do you make the same... from Living Water Quilter

A Star is Reborn, Again

How many times do you make the same quilt?  When I make the same quilt it is a way to demonstrate to how free-motion quilting can change the texture and appearance of a quilt. Certainly, fabric colors and prints have a voice in this process too.

The Radiant Star, pictured above is a HUGE departure from the first  Radiant Star, pictured below, in both fabric selection and free-motion quilting.


As an educator, I am compelled to offer a variety of inspirational options for students to explore in whole or part. The Radiant Star pattern is ...

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November 12, 2017
Small Designs Big ImpactI’ve dipped my toes into miniature ruler... from Living Water Quilter

Small Designs Big Impact

I’ve dipped my toes into miniature ruler quilting designs and it feels good!

Westalee Design has mini ruler templates that have the potential to give our quilt project impact and awesome texture. Our first inclination maybe to use it as a background fill for applique. It’s a good beginning, but let’s venture into uncharted territory. 

The sampler above includes templates from the Mini Fills Sampler Set and the Mini Baptist Fan Set.


The Mini Fill set includes 5 templates.

  • Mini Fill Zig Zag
  • Mini Fill Bricks
  • Mini Fill Clamshells
  • Mini Fill Tiles
  • Mini ...

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