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Ambitious Quilting Here

This is the most ambitious quilting project I have done yet. I actually marked (with a water-soluble pen) a double wedding ring design on my Noteworthy quilt and I am quilting it with my Sashiko. Above is a close-up, so you can kind of see the stitches. I am pretty happy with it even though it is far from perfect.I had the idea because the patchwork design resembles a sort of geometric take on the classic double wedding ring pattern, so I thought is would be cool to superimpose that design with the quilting. It probably doesn't show up...

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Something (sew) New

I am pretty proud to show this little project,Last night I attended a class at a new local shop to learn how to make a zippered pouch. I have wanted to try making a bag but needed some guidance on zippers as well as overall 3-D sewing skills.I have lots of leftover batting scraps from quilts, so I used that instead of buying interfacing to give the bag body.the exterior fabric was quilted to the batting prior to sewing up the bag. I used my latest favorite quilting style: the wavy stitch on my sewing machine. For FMQ-challenged people...

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Memory Snack Mat

I made a mini quilt! Do not laugh at my childish skills on this one...This served two purposes: making a father's day gift for my husband and practicing my (very limited) free-motion quilting skills.Ski Utah! tea towel turned Mini QuiltMy husband has everything and so is a bit difficult to gift for. I always try to come up with something thoughtful and personal when it comes to holidays for him. I found tea towels at a local shop that featured various location themes. I could not believe they had this "ski Utah" towel!I decided it would be fun to...

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Blogger Bundle

My stash grew a bit this week because I finally gave in to temptation and bought a small bundle of fabrics from the collection "urban mod" by Art Gallery Fabrics that I have been admiring.I believe that it just might be true that having hobbies and having budgetary discipline are mutually exclusive virtues. For me, anyway.I realized that some of my other recent favorites that sneaked into my stash play well with the urban mod pieces.Have you seen the fun fabric variety bundles that some of the online shops sell that are chosen by popular bloggers? well this would...

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New Pattern: Zen Garden

I am so excited to finally share this pattern with you. I have made two versions already and it is a quick one to whip up if you need a gift, baby quilt, or just a snuggle! See all of my patterns on Craftsy. This pattern can be made with a Layer Cake for a scrappy look, or it can be made with just three fabrics for a more striking, modern look. Do you remember when I told you about making the quilt with first graders at my sons' school? The kids painted all over a piece of Kona Snow and...

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a few works-in-progress

today I started quilting my Noteworthy quilt and I cannot wait to show you when I finish.Another project is on my sewing table right now: scrapbooks!how cute it this paper? I wish it came in fabric. One thing really fun about scrapbooking is the cute paper. If you are into fabric, you could easily get into paper!Anyway, I am pretty far behind on my boys' scrapbooks and have set a goal to catch up this month.winter page for the Pirate boyThis evening I spent time remembering first lost teeth (last December), our fantastic ski trip to Colorado (kids and...

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Fabulously Finished (a top, anyway)

Good Gracious! it seems that this quilt top has taken forever to get finished, even though I did just start it in February. This is what you have seen me refer to as my Noteworthy quilt, not due to its own merits, but because I used the Moda Sweetwater "Noteworthy" collection of fabrics as my starting point.I added bits of prints from my stash, too, and I really love how the color of this looks. It reminds me of the rainbow sorbet I loved when I was a little girl.Although the design didn't quite work the way I envisioned...

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Quilt Bomb 2

what you see here is a Freedom Quilt. Quilts like this were created to give signals to slaves who were seeking freedom along the underground railroad 150 odd years ago in the United States. Each block represents a message and safe houses would display quilts to identify themselves to those needing shelter.As you can see, this "quilt" is made of paper. The third graders at my sons' school created these blocks while learning about this period in history. It is now hanging in the hallway at the school.The Patchwork Path, a quilt map to freedomisn't it fun to see...

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Mitered Corners, Tutorials

*Easy* Mitered Corner

mitered corners are fun...and attractive! I really like the look of mitered corners. I have used this method for all sorts of borders as well as piecing within a quilt (think diamonds). Sewing time has been short the last couple of weekends, but I did work on my Noteworthy quilt today, adding three of the borders. I want to show how I do the mitered corners....a really easy way! 1. To determine the length of your first set of border strips: see my border tutorials here and here (but don't cut them yet!), then multiply the width of your borders by two and add that...

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