Stone Sheep Mini Quilt
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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt: Complete!

It is my great pleasure to share with you the completed Stone Sheep Mini quilt today! I put a lot of thought and time into alternate ways of finishing this mini quilt: should I stretch it across a canvas or frame it or put it in a shadow box? After exploring all my options, I opted for a black binding...

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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt - Aurifil Threads Used
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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt: Layering & Blocking

Well, we have made it home. The tail end of our trip felt like a whirlwind; getting back into the lower 48 meant much higher population density than we had been used to all summer which made finding camp spots harder. We were also super fortunate to be able to stop and visit with friends along the way, so...

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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt: Basting
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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt: Basting & Background

After finishing the preparation for the Stone Sheep Mini quilt and writing the layout blog post, I had some time to consider how I wanted to start. Another reality about quilting while traveling this summer: when the weather is beautiful, we are outside. When it is raining, I have more ample time in the afternoons and evenings for other...

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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt Layout
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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt: Layout

Another fact of life that I have come to embrace while traveling: I have learned how to slow down. At the beginning of the trip, I voraciously worked my way through tech editing and reading (all) the books I had brought with me for the summer. Now, nearly 5 months later, I savor the time to sit and think;...

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Aurifil Thread for Stone Sheep Mini Quilt
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Stone Sheep Mini Quilt: Fabric and Thread Selection

There have been many wonderful aspects to my summer travels, but the opportunity to get to see wildlife in their natural habitat has been special and at times magical. I made the conscious decision to not spend a lot of time taking photographs of this trip. For one thing, my husband is a fabulous photographer and he often gets...

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River Antoine Mini Quilt Finish, Quill Creek, Yukon
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River Antoine Mini Quilt Finish

I decided to tackle basting the River Antoine Mini Quilt, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had enough floor space to baste it inside Wabi-Sabi Overland. The floor space is tight, as you can see. Our pull-out chest refrigerator is to the far left in the image, our kitchen is at the top of the image with...

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Life

Birthday Week Pattern Sale

Today is my paternal grandmother’s birthday, and my birthday is a bit later this week (on Thursday). Happy Birthday, Grandma! My grandmother offered to hand quilt a twin-size quilt for me to take to college. The only catch was that I had to make the quilt top. She’s the reason I started quilting, and the first quilt that I made means...

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Cozy Home, fish eye photograph of the interior of Wabi-Sabi Overland by Michael Fuchs
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Life

Travel Update

We have officially been living in Wabi-Sabi Overland for over 3 months now, and it definitely feels like home. There are a few things I occasionally want that are impossible to have in our 75-square foot environment (like a place large enough to stretch out my lower back), but there have been solutions to all those desires so far...

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Quilt Pattern

Wonder Pattern Release

Pattern release days are always exciting for me, but today I am doubly happy to share the Wonder digital quilt pattern release because I can also share a finished baby size version of the pattern made in Wonder Woman inspired colors! The baby size version of Wonder finishes at 33” x 42”. I used Northcott Colorworks Premium Solids in Tomato...

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Tire Tracks - photograph taken by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter in Costa Rica
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Tire Tracks in the 2020 Quilter’s Planner

It continues to be a huge honor for me to have a quilt pattern included in The Quilter's Planner companion magazine every year. This year, I am very excited to introduce you to Tire Tracks, a modern two-color lap quilt that I created for the 2020 Quilter's Planner (affiliate link). I made Tire Tracks using Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solids in...

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Lined Drawstring Bag and Organizer Wallet
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Sewing Project

Lined Drawstring Bags and Organizer Wallets

One of the delightful parts of my traveling this summer has been the ability to sew what I want, when I want (no deadlines!), and where I want (north of the arctic circle? No problem!). Before starting our planned 2-week drive up and down the Dalton Highway in Alaska, I found a few tutorials that were new to me...

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2020 Quilter's Planner Covers
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Life

2020 Quilter’s Planner Pre-Sales Open Today!

There are a lot of exciting changes this year with the 2020 Quilter's Planner (affiliate link) . The featured designer is Karen Lewis and there are 4 covers based on her screen printing that you can choose from. New! Customizations for 2020! The Quilter's Planner will be customizable this year! You will be able to choose: one of 4 covers...

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Mirage and Sprig {Double Pattern Release}

One of the benefits of my time traveling this summer is that I have had the opportunity to work through my backlog of patterns waiting to be released. The new patterns I get to introduce today both use 6 fat quarters and background yardage. Mirage was originally included in the 2019 Quilter's Planner companion magazine as a large lap size...

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Filler Blocks for Group Quilt
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Log Cabin Filler Blocks for Design Group Quilt

After sending off my first set of blocks for the Design Group quilt and seeing how all the blocks made related to one another, I made a few smaller blocks to use a potential filler blocks as the quilt top is assembled. I made sure to use each of the 8 colors this time, and my personal touch was to...

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River Antoine Mini Quilt
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River Antoine Mini Quilt Top {Design Group}

The design group that I participate in was given a set of 3 inspiration images to work with last month. They were all taken at the River Antoine Rum Distillery on Grenada. I was drawn to the wheel and the isosceles triangle shapes in the wheel in the top image along with the bright colors in the third image. I quickly...

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Tutorial

Making a Custom Sewing Machine Extension Table {Tutorial}

I recently purchased a Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118 sewing machine, and I knew that I would use the machine for quilting. To help balance the fact that the 118 does not have a huge throat space, I wanted to add an extension table to extend the working surface as much as possible. After looking at the available extension table...

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Quilting in Wabi-Sabi Overland
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Life

Quilting in Wabi-Sabi Overland

The Sparkler Mini Quilt was the first quilt that I needed to baste in order to quilt while traveling in Wabi-Sabi Overland. The entire habitat / living environment is 75 square feet and much of the floor space is taken up by the bed, kitchen, entry, bathroom space, and dinette. There really just isn't a very large flat surface...

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VQF Wayward Transparency Workshop
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Teaching

Vermont Quilt Festival

A week ago I was in the middle of teaching at the Vermont Quilt Festival. I had the pleasure of being invited to teach an all day Triangle Transparency workshop on Wednesday, an all day Wayward Transparency workshop on Thursday, an all day workshop on Exploring Design Constraints through Mini Mini Quilts on Friday, and a half way workshop...

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Sparkler Mini Quilt
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2019 Finished Quilts, quilt along

Sparkler {Summer Sampler 2019}

I'm pretty sure no one is surprised about the skill that I discuss in this week's Summer Sampler 2019 block that I designed: transparency. I have focused a lot in the past on evaluating fabric in a monochromatic sense. But what if you want to move around the color wheel? Before I talk about moving around the color wheel, let's...

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Quilt Pattern

Precession Pattern Release

When designers contract with magazines, part of the contractual agreement has to do with the rights to the pattern. I prefer to allow the magazine to have exclusive rights to the pattern for a period of time and to have them revert back to me so that I can release the pattern on my own as well. Today, I'm...

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