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Quilting Photography

I have been playing around with photographing my quilts lately. I am the wacky lady carrying "blankets" around and taking pictures of them in nature. Cleo enjoys chasing squirrels while we are on these outings.You see, I am upgrading all my patterns: adding size options with fabric requirements, new graphics and new pictures. I am trying to decide what kind of "look" I like. The thing is, I like outdoor pictures but I wonder if that shows the quilt best, or if it should be in its natural habitat, like on a bed or something. what do you think? Would...

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A Rainbow (quilt) is Good This Time of Year

I am joining in the fun at the Bloggers' Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side. My entry to the show is my Rainbow Goose Quilt.I was curious about bargello quilts at one point, but wanted to experiment with something different, so I made this up. The fabrics are nearly solid batiks in graduated colors and the geese blocks are machine pieced. (those really skinny ones were a wee bit tricky!)I remember making this when my son was a baby. Every time I had the strips all laid out on the floor, he would crawl right through them and play...

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Are You Craftsy?

Hey, everybody!do you know what Craftsy is? It is an online craft shop where you can take classes and purchase patterns and fabric. They have things other than quilting, too, like knitting, sewing and cake decorating, if that's what floats your boat.I like Craftsy because it provides a place for small, independent pattern designers to sell their patterns and customers can download them immediately to start sewing.You can find my pattern shop here.I just wanted to let you all know that they are having a halloween sale on classes....today only!Do you want to try a class before you buy...

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Midnight at the Oasis QAL

So You Don’t Like to Appliqué…

Have you ever seen a quilting pattern that you loved, but didn't make it because of a single element that intimidated you? For me, this is usually appliqué. I might love a sampler, or a medallion or other project, but applique usually rules it out for me. It's too bad, because it really limits me creatively to avoid a certain technique. That said, it's also important to know limitations. How many unfinished projects do we all have because we set out on something our hearts weren't really in? I was intimidated by the Midnight at the Oasis pattern (see our Quilt-Along page...

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Quilt Flashback: circa 2003

My wonky log cabin quilt. I made this quilt around 2003 (kicking myself for not labeling, but guessing based on fabrics).Funny how much I remember when I look at a quilt I made long ago. This one has a story, as usual. When I was in college in Salt Lake City, I lived with my mom. We had a tradition to road trip over to Denver every year when they had the Capitol building quilt show, or a neat exhibit at the art museum, or if we just wanted a trip.We liked Denver because of the wonderful quilt shops...

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Circle Applique (by hand), Midnight at the Oasis QAL

Oasis QAL: center medallion and Circle Applique tutorial

We have finished our center star medallion! I am in love with these bright vibrant colors. Welcome to the Midnight at the Oasis Quilt Along, hosted by Jess (the elven garden) and me. Over the past two weeks I  have written several posts about options for sewing this center block, check out the Quilt Along page for easy table of contents on all the posts and tutorials so far. I had a couple of setbacks while sewing this block, maybe you can learn from them if you are following along. First, when I drafted the triangle units for paper piecing, I...

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Hand Piecing, Midnight at the Oasis QAL

Hand Piecing Tutorial: homage to our quilting roots

I know a lot of people don't make quilts by hand anymore, but there some projects that can be done easier that way: set in seams, small pieces, triangles, or if you want something portable while waiting in the carline at the end of the school day or during soccer practice. I mentioned last week that my mom is doing the Midnight at the Oasis quilt along with me and she hand-pieces pretty often. She hand-pieced the center triangle star and demonstrated her skills for me while she was visiting. 1. start by cutting templates out of paper or plastic. Do...

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Beginning Paper Piecing, Midnight at the Oasis QAL

Basic Paper Piecing Tutorial

Are you ready to sew your medallion for our Quilt-Along?On my last post, I posted basic instructions for converting your center triangle blocks for the Midnight at the Oasis pattern into paper foundation patterns for piecing. Here I will show how I pieced the triangles using the foundations that I drafted. These techniques can be used for any basic paper or foundation pieced block.You will need to make four of the triangles pictured above to complete your center medallion block.copy and  cut out the patterns1. make four copies of the foundation patterns (above). Cut out the patterns outside the seam...

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Beginning Paper Piecing, Marcelle Medallion QAL

Medallion QAL: create your paper piecing pattern

We are one week away from our first post on the finished center medallion star! I decided to paper piece mine and one reader expressed interest in doing hers that way, too, so I wanted to write up some guidelines for adapting the pattern to paper piecing, and also show a how-to on the actual piecing.I published a tutorial on paper piecing a compass block Here, if you are interested (skip past the compass pattern specifics to the part about the piecing)Drafting your foundation pattern:1. on graph paper, draw a square that is Half the finished (no seam allowance) size...

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Flowers, Midnight at the Oasis QAL

Midnight at the Oasis: some pattern tips

Happy Tuesday! Has anyone obtained the Midnight at the Oasis pattern for our sew-along? My mom is doing it with us and has already finished the center medallion, I wanted to share just in case it got anybody excited to sew with us.... pretty great, huh? she is doing hers very scrappy with lots of bright colors and black and white. She hand-pieced the center triangle units and was kind enough to show me how she does it, so I plan to post a tutorial on hand-piecing in case that appeals to any other quilters. I am paper piecing mine, so will...

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