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June 22, 2021
It’s always a good thing to review!! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

I haven’t turned my machine on in a couple weeks and I am getting ready to load one of my UFO’s.

Summer Blossoms by Studio 180

Can’t wait to get started on it. So I have my quilting plan and it involves some continuous curves. I realized its been awhile since I’ve done CC so I thought I better practice. Since I needed to practice… I thought maybe I wasn’t the only one. LOL.

Here is a quick video… If I want precision… I will use a ruler to do these simple CC but in ...

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June 21, 2021
Quilting!................... from Exuberant Color


It's quilted!!  I made it easy on myself and did straight lines with the channel lock.  The stitching started getting goofy about 18" in on one row so I stopped and pulled that out.  I figured it was a piece of lint caught in the tension of the bobbin case and it was.  I cleaned it out and then finished the quilting.  I haven't taken it off the machine yet.  I'll get it trimmed today.  I think I might use the same stripe as the border for the binding.


The pink variegated thread was still on the ...

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June 20, 2021
Loading............. from Exuberant Color


Another hot humid day and not a lot of energy.  I did get the backing pressed and loaded on the longarm and put the batting on too.  Here is the whole photo of the quilt top.  It is 99" the long direction so it is filling the whole longarm rails except for about 10" on the right end.  The backing is 105" (99" + 6").  I think I have only quilted one other quilt this large so far.

My older A/C unit that we put back in the dining room window bit the dust Friday. 90 degrees and humid and ...

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June 19, 2021
Free Motion Quilting for Beginners – Putting it Together – Straight from Essie's Quilts

So, you’ve been practicing quilting those five basic shapes in all different orientations. Now it’s time to start putting it together into free motion designs, basic ones that are fun to use on quilts. We will start with straight lines.

Putting it together – Straight lines

Modern quilters love straight line quilting. So do traditional quilters. You really can’t go wrong with straight lines. Here are some super useful straight line design ideas you’ll use over and over again.

Piano Keys

Piano keys is probably the #1 most useful quilting design ever. I use it on almost ...

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Free Motion Quilting for Beginners – Putting it Together – Straight from Gwen's Quilts

So, you’ve been practicing quilting those five basic shapes in all different orientations. Now it’s time to start putting it together into free motion designs, basic ones that are fun to use on quilts. We will start with straight lines.

Putting it together – Straight lines

Modern quilters love straight line quilting. So do traditional quilters. You really can’t go wrong with straight lines. Here are some super useful straight line design ideas you’ll use over and over again.

Piano Keys

Piano keys is probably the #1 most useful quilting design ever. I use it on almost ...

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June 13, 2021
3 Radiant Star Quilts, 3 Machine Quilting OptionsWe started... from Living Water Quilter



3 Radiant Star Quilts, 3 Machine Quilting Options

We started another 3 quilt machine quilting comparison series. This time we are looking at my Radiant Star quilt.

The first machine quilting option uses free-motion and ruler quilting to create a beautiful surface design. 

WATCH

Watch the replay of Quilt Conversations LIVE! Episode 4  to learn how it was quilted with rulers to create space for  free motion quilting.

The second Radiant Star quilt is a patchwork of color.  This option looks at using the patchwork to contain free-motion quilting. This is perfect for practicing new quilting patterns.  

WATCH the replay ...

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June 7, 2021
OMG June from Urban Quilter

quilted houses and some thread choices
My #onemonthlygoal for June is to finish the quilting on my house quilt. I have quilted one of the five rows of houses and am liking how it is coming out. Each house has 2 different thread colors (one for the house and one for the roof/door) which makes it slow going. After the houses are done there is a border to be quilted. 

This top was inspired by all the cute house quilts I was seeing on social media at the end of last year and it is made entirely from my ...

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June 5, 2021
Free Motion Quilting for Beginners, Theory from Essie's Quilts

Now that you’re ready, we can delve a bit into the theory. Wait, you’re not ready? Be sure to read Part 1 and prepare to have some fun learning free motion quilting.

Theory

Theory sounds boring, right? But I’m a big believer that the more you know, the more you can do. And this is not rocket surgery or even brain science. Just a little deeper thought into what forms free motion designs.

All the designs we can ever quilt or even think of quilting are made up of 5 basic shapes.

5 Basic Shapes

Take a ...

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Free Motion Quilting for Beginners, Theory from Gwen's Quilts

Now that you’re ready, we can delve a bit into the theory. Wait, you’re not ready? Be sure to read Part 1 and prepare to have some fun learning free motion quilting.

Theory

Theory sounds boring, right? But I’m a big believer that the more you know, the more you can do. And this is not rocket surgery or even brain science. Just a little deeper thought into what forms free motion designs.

All the designs we can ever quilt or even think of quilting are made up of 5 basic shapes.

5 Basic Shapes

Take a ...

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Purple Scraps and Love Birds from The Cozy Quilter

 The Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour for June is Purple so I made two purple blocks for my project this week...one is purple (violet) and the other is magenta (red-violet).  Some of these fabrics have been in my stash for a long time and others are more recent acquisitions. 



Here are the 8 blocks I have made for this project so far. I will keep making one or two blocks a month until the end of the year and then put the top together.  I really like building a quilt this way--just a little sewing and cutting each month and ...

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June 1, 2021
How to: Machine Quilt a Joyces Star Quilt Block from Piece N Quilt

Let's get stitching!

Beginning January 1st, 2021! A WHOLE YEAR OF STARS!


On the 1st of every month for 1 whole year Natalia will release a FREE YouTube video, teaching you step-by-step how to machine quilt a star quilt block. Natalia will also release a 2nd variation of the star quilt block on 
Patreon; you can subscribe to Patreon to gain access to those videos here. (Patreon videos are not free.)



What You Will Need
Something to quilt on. Natalia will be quilting all of her designs on a custom Year of Stars panel; you can purchase a panel ...

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2 finished.................. from Exuberant Color


On Sunday I cut batting and pressed backings to be ready for quilting yesterday.  First I quilted Hugs and Kisses with a loop de loop freehand design.



It is only 39" square so it didn't take long to quilt it.









It has a pink flannel print on the back.










Since I could use the same color thread both top and bobbin I quilted the pink zig zag next.  It is done with a large meander.




It is 39" x 47.5".  I cut binding for both quilts next and sewed them on all by machine.









The back on this ...

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May 29, 2021
Machine Quilting Pillow TalkBoy of boy, there are so many... from Living Water Quilter



Machine Quilting Pillow Talk

Boy of boy, there are so many decisions to make to machine quilt our projects. It can be daunting.

  • What machine quilting design do I use?
  • How do I stitch the design in a pleasing way?
  • What  thread color and a thread weight will I use?
  • Should the quilting be dense or light?

Let’s Make Some Decisions

We can take machine quilting and break it into manageable steps. When we concentrate on different parts of the machine quilting process it gives of freedom. With freedom comes courage. Courage to experiment and learn.

In Quilt Conversations ...

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Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners, Part 1 from Essie's Quilts

With so many new Moxie owners out there, I am going to start a series of tips on free-motion quilting for beginners. These tips will not only apply to those using movable machines on a frame, (like Moxie, Amara, Simply Sixteen, Forte, and Infinity) but also to stationary machine quilters. That means Capri and Sweet Sixteen owners, as well as domestic machine quilters, will benefit from the series as well. I hope you’ll all come along!

Getting Started

To prepare to really improve your skills will take a few steps. No worries, they are easy!

#1 – Make the commitment ...

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Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners, Part 1 from Gwen's Quilts

With so many new Moxie owners out there, I am going to start a series of tips on free-motion quilting for beginners. These tips will not only apply to those using movable machines on a frame, (like Moxie, Amara, Simply Sixteen, Forte, and Infinity) but also to stationary machine quilters. That means Capri and Sweet Sixteen owners, as well as domestic machine quilters, will benefit from the series as well. I hope you’ll all come along!

Getting Started

To prepare to really improve your skills will take a few steps. No worries, they are easy!

#1 – Make the commitment ...

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May 22, 2021
Ruler Quilting Circles - A Few Design OptionsI love quilting... from Living Water Quilter



Ruler Quilting Circles - A Few Design Options

I love quilting circles.

In the latest episode of Quilt Conversations LIVE! we talk about circles as design and function in quilts.

Are you looking for new quilting design options for your projects? Have you considered circles? If not, you should. Watch Episode 15 to learn the design potential of circles.

The LIVE! episode is now available as a replay. Learn and see the progress of quilting designs from small quilt projects like table runners to large quilts.

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Large or small, circles are easy to stitch with acrylic rulers. I use Westalee Design ...

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May 21, 2021
Hand Pieced~ But By Whom? from From the Strawberry Patch...

I had the privilege of quilting a hand-pieced beauty this past week. Oh, how I'd love to know the history of this one. How old is it? From where did it come? If you study closely, you can see the hand stitches that were lovingly placed, joining together this lively array of feedsacks and vintage fabrics. The top was purchased by a friend of a friend. She machine washed it (!!) before I received

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Hand Pieced~ But By Whom? from From the Strawberry Patch...

I had the privilege of quilting a hand-pieced beauty this past week. Oh, how I'd love to know the history of this one. How old is it? From where did it come? If you study closely, you can see the hand stitches that were lovingly placed, joining together this lively array of feedsacks and vintage fabrics. The top was purchased by a friend of a friend. She machine washed it (!!) before I received

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Thread Break Sensor from Essie's Quilts

Many Handi Quilter machines are equipped with a thread break sensor. The sensor lets you know with an audible alarm that your thread is broken. This can be especially useful to Pro-Stitcher users. The sensor will sound the alarm and in the case of Pro-Stitcher, stop the machine. I’ve had some questions lately about how it works and why it sometimes gives a false alarm. The alarm is telling me the thread is broken, but the thread is just fine. So let me explain a bit.

How the Thread Break Sensor Works

The thread break sensor is the round ...

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Thread Break Sensor from Gwen's Quilts

Many Handi Quilter machines are equipped with a thread break sensor. The sensor lets you know with an audible alarm that your thread is broken. This can be especially useful to Pro-Stitcher users. The sensor will sound the alarm and in the case of Pro-Stitcher, stop the machine. I’ve had some questions lately about how it works and why it sometimes gives a false alarm. The alarm is telling me the thread is broken, but the thread is just fine. So let me explain a bit.

How the Thread Break Sensor Works

The thread break sensor is the round ...

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