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July 27, 2021
Just One Charm Pack Quilts Book Hop from Dizzy Quilts

Over the years, I've made many quilts from patterns designed by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. When Cheryl asked me if I would be willing to participate in the Book Hop organized to celebrate her latest book Just One Charm Pack Quilts, I didn't hesitate to accept!

All of the quilts in the book can be made from just one charm pack, an accent and a background fabric. The sizes ranges from baby quilts to small lap size.

The quilt I made from the book is the 9-Patch Challenge.

For my version of 9-Patch Challenge, I used ...

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July 23, 2021
More Embroidered Mixed-media Botany at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

This is the second post about my Embroidered Botany Workshop with Amanda McCavour. You can find the first post in Related links below.

Mixed-media flowers

This was actually the first day of the weekend virtual workshop. We used an assortment of mixed-media to fill in our embroidered botany piece. During the workshop I made a flower and that evening, since I was so inspired, I made a second piece - an Allium flower.

On that first day, we made our sample using FMQ on both the Sulky Solvy and Fabri-Solvy. The Sulky Solvy sticks to itself when ironed, so it's ...

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July 10, 2021
Embroidered Botany Workshop at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

A few weeks ago I took a wonderful weekend virtual workshop with Amanda McCavour - Embroidered Botany and Water Soluble Stabilizer. It was offered through the Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS), which is usually held in Ohio. 

Sculptured flower 

Amanda is a great teacher and we got to play and make many samples using FMQ on Sulky Solvy and Fabri-Solvy. Both are water soluble stabilizers that you can free motion quilt on. When you are finished, you simply rinse or soak your piece to dissolve the background, leaving your FMQ design. If you're not familiar with the product, it does ...

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July 1, 2021
Thread, Tension & Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week 337 of Free Motion Mavericks. Here is a short update of what's going on with Version 2.0.

Thread & Tension 

Whether I've wanted to or not, I've learned a lot of things making my son's Version 2.0 quilt. At the beginning it was math - the hard way, and now it's quilting with black batting, choosing the thread and making sure that my thread tension is good. 

Back and front of stitching-in-the-ditch


I was really hoping that I could use the same colour of thread for the back, but still have ...

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June 24, 2021
Fairy Tales Blog Hop from Quilting & Learning

 Thanks to much Joan for organising this blog hop, and I'm so sorry for being late to the party.

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June 18, 2021
Modular Motion - A Small Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

If I'm going to be completely honest, I've had a couple of small finishes lately because I'm procrastinating getting started on a very large project and I'm not looking forward to all the cutting it requires. Here is my latest small quilt which will probably end up on the wall of my sewing room...

The Modular Motion quilt pattern was included in Issue 31 of the Make Modern magazine and was designed by Jamie Siel. I added it to my list of projects because I really liked the modern feel of it and all that negative ...

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June 16, 2021
Planning and Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

As you may have read, I finished the quilt top for Version 2.0 of my Mother's quilt to my Son as my May One Monthly Goal (OMG). For June, my OMG is to sandwich it. I trimmed all of the threads on the back of the quilt top, pieced the back, and it's now ready to be sandwiched!

Planning the Free Motion Quilting (FMQ)

My mother made the quilt in 2000, for my son's 9th birthday. All of the hand-quilting were motifs of things in my son's life, such as nature, school, books, sports, math ...

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June 4, 2021
The Julia Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

I finished another quilt this week and I love it a lot more than I thought I would!

Here is my pink and purple Julia Quilt by Kitchen Table Quilting.

This whole quilt started with me wanting to use Kona Lingerie as my background and a purple print from my stash as the backing. When I went searching through my fat quarters, I noticed my stash of pink and purple fat quarters is really depleted. My options were therefore a little limited and in the end, I just wasn't crazy about my selections. But now that it's all ...

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May 28, 2021
New Orleans Sidewalk Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I finished another scrappy quilt! This is New Orleans Sidewalk designed by Linda Graham and published in Issue 39 of Make Modern

This took a really long time to cut and piece but it was worth the extra time - I love this quilt! But because the cutting and piecing took so long, by the time I was ready to start quilting, I really wanted it to be done so I chose to stitch a large stipple in grey thread.

I love all the different shades of green with the Kona Ash. And the backing is a gorgeous and soft sheet ...

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May 18, 2021
Hexies galore and Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

I can't believe  it - I totally forgot that I had a post and a link up due today. I did vaguely think about it this week and then my sleep deprived brain skipped right over it. Such is life these days!

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May 3, 2021
An Out of this World Finish on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks, week 329. After making the Pinwheels and Stars blocks years ago, putting them together to make a baby quilt and then using it as my free motion quilting (FMQ) project for almost a year, it's now finished!  

Pinwheels and Stars baby quilt

It's finally over

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May 2, 2021
Week 4 of #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) from Quilting & Learning

Wow, I'm keeping up with the #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) on Instagram. It's been a long, hard week but I managed it. This is the second last week of April and I'm going to show you what I posted, from P to U!

P is for Paper

The piece is Momigami tree and was created based on a workshop with Cas Holmes through in August 2020. Momigami is Japanese for cloth made of kneaded paper.  We adapted the process by using long-fibred paper and kneading it with a little bit of oil until it become more supple ...

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April 20, 2021
Planets, Stars and More on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks, week 327. This is probably the last post on the progress of this Pinwheels and Stars baby quilt. I'm really hoping that the next post with be the big finish

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April 16, 2021
Scrappy Lattice in Blue from Dizzy Quilts

I've had the Scrappy Lattice pattern from Bonjour Quilts in my pattern stash for a while and I also had a stack of 3.5" blue squares so I got to work!

This was such a fun project to work on. The pattern has a number of sizes and you could go crazy with the colours - Bonjour Quilts has a blog post on making this pattern in the colours of the rainbow and it looks fantastic. I may have to cut up more squares from my scrap bins and make more of these quilts!

The sashing is Kona Ash ...

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April 10, 2021
My FMQ fun from I Patch and Quilt

April last year, I shared lots of quilty eye candy and tutorials based on ribbon candy and wishbone patterns. I really enjoyed stitching out the samples and creating the tutorials. Let’s do a project like this again!

I have come up with a list of patterns and tools connected to freemotion quilting (FMQ). Each word will be visualized in a quilted sample or video. All of the samples that I share will be on what I enjoy about FMQ, therefore this series is called ‘My FMQ Fun’.

I will share about three ‘words’ in each blog post. So, let ...

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April 9, 2021
Downstream Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

This week's quilt finish is my new favourite! I've always been attracted to very graphic, modern and all-solid quilt designs and this one definitely fits all of the above characteristics.

The pattern is by Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl. I'm a huge fan of Yvonne's work and this design had been on my to make list for a little while. But for some reason, I thought this would be incredibly difficult and take a long time to sew. It really didn't! The design is so clever - it's really all about colour choices and colour placement ...

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April 3, 2021
Orbiting planets and funky stars on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

I had a really fun time last evening doing some free motion quilting (FMQ) for this post. I can't wait to show you what I've been up to

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March 27, 2021
Two new tutorials! from I Patch and Quilt

Welcome back everyone!

Thank you for taking the time to read this blogpost. It has been almost a year since I last added something to this blog. All of time and energy has been diverted to my day job in teaching high school. I fully intend to slowly pick up blogging again.

I have something fun to share with you today!

Have you ever struggled with quilting a feathered wreath consistently? Did your feathers not meet up in the end, or did it all look wonky once done?

Then I have the right tutorial for you!

I have developed a ...

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March 23, 2021
Here Comes the Sun on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks, week 323. I really hope that you are all seeing signs that spring is on it's way (or fall if you are on the other side of the equator

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March 12, 2021
A Color Explosion Baby Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

Baby quilts are so much fun to make - they are usually fairly quick and don't take a lot of fabric. When I'm in the mood for a fast finish, a baby quilt is usually my go-to. 

For my latest finish, I once again looked through my collection of Bonjour Quilts patterns and chose to make Color Explosion.

The pattern calls for 16 fat quarters in cool and warm colours (8 of each). My stash of fat quarters has dwindled over the last few months and I haven't replenished it yet so my choices were somewhat limited. But ...

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