River Antoine Mini Quilt
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Quilts

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 Block
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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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Life

Upcoming Events

Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs is back with her 5th annual mystery quilt, called the Mosaic Mystery, kicking off on Thursday, July 4th.  This confident beginner level quilt along is completely free to join and has a relaxed pace with monthly instructions posted on the first Thursday of each month.  All quilt instructions will be posted on the Meadow...

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Scraping Cottonwood Seed Sap Off My Shoes
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Discussion

Samsara {Discussion}

Now that I am offline more often, it is interesting to rely on what I do know instead of “Googling” everything. My husband and I are realizing both that we have a deeper knowledge of natural topics than we perhaps gave ourselves credit for, and that we are heavily reliant on being able to look things up instantly. Gone...

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Sparkler Mini Quilt Sewing
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Quilts

Sparkler Mini Quilt

The first quilting project that I have been working on while traveling is making a Sparkler Mini Quilt. The Sparkler block is my block design for the 2019 Summer Sampler, and I envisioned it as a full mini quilt block. I learned in the first week of living in our space that everything needs to be done at a slightly...

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Rust Mini Quilt
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2019 Finished Quilts

Rust Mini Quilt {Design Group}

Now that I have shared my finished mini quilt with the design group that I created based on the inspiration photo of the rusting truck I shared in the Finding Design Inspiration post; I can share it here as well. After considering the inspiration photo for a few weeks, I talked it over with my husband and decided to focus...

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Sewing on an early test trip in April
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Life

Wabi-Sabi Overland Move In

My husband and I have been living full time in Wabi-Sabi Overland, our custom-built expedition vehicle, since May 11th. In the final week before setting out to travel for the summer, I fully moved my stash and sewing supplies into the habitat, and I have to admit that I was more than pleasantly surprised at the quantity I was...

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QuiltCon 2020

QuiltCon 2020 Workshop

Did you see the announcement of faculty for QuiltCon 2020 in Austin, Texas, last week? I’m excited that I have been asked back to teach another 3-hour workshop next year! As part of the crew, I can only sneak away to teach one 3-hour workshop each year. I have said in the past that I am passionate about the quilting...

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Sparkler Block for the 2019 Summer Sampler
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Sparkler Block {2019 Summer Sampler}

Were you able to pick out which block I designed in the Summer Sampler 2019? I look forward to getting to use sparklers every 4th of July, and it is such a quintessential part of summer that it was the inspiration for my 2019 Summer Sampler block design. The Sparkler block will introduce transparency topics, especially for moving around the...

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First Three Group Quilt Blocks
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Quilts

Group Quilt Blocks

The design group I am a part of is working on a group quilt. The overarching goal is to create a group quilt that is both cohesive in design while reflecting each quilter within the group. I would like to thank Painter's Palette and Hobbs for supplying fabric and batting. I had a beautifully washed, pressed, and stacked fabric bundle...

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Inspiration photograph taken by Travis Seward @travlis
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Discussion

Finding Design Inspiration

As part of a design group, I receive an inspiration photograph on roughly a bi-monthly basis and work to design and piece a block, mini quilt, or quilt based on inspiration I get from the photograph. This is very similar to the Quilt Design a Day (QDAD) Facebook group that I have discussed in the past (in case you...

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Life

2019 Aurifil Artisans

Last week, Aurifil announced their 2019 Aurifil Artisans, and I am thrilled that they are welcoming me back for another (third!) year. With over 250 applications this year, I don't envy the hard work they had to do to select the Artisans this year. It’s an amazingly talented bunch, and it is an honor to be a part of...

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Fussy Cut Mini Mini Quilt
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2019 Finished Quilts

Fussy Cut Mini Mini Quilt

I really love getting to make special quilted rewards for my Patreon supporters, and last month I had the opportunity to piece a mini mini quilt for a patron who has enjoyed watching my fussy cutting skills evolve through the Splendid Sampler 2. They also mentioned liking purple, teal, and gray. Now that the mini mini quilt has been...

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Summer Sampler 2019

For the past few summers, Lee Heinrich, Faith Jones, and Katie Blakesley have hosted a popular quilt along called the Summer Sampler. Today I am really pleased to share with you that I am a designer in the Summer Sampler 2019! Summer Sampler 2019 Designers (Top to Bottom, Left to Right) Row 1: Heather Black @Quiltachusetts, Krista Hennebury @poppyprint, Lynne Goldsworthy...

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Teaching

Vermont Quilt Festival

My newsletter subscribers have heard all about this, but I just realized I hadn't shared this exciting news on my blog: I will be teaching at the Vermont Quilt Festival in June! I will be teaching 4 classes while I am there; 3 full day workshops and one half-day workshop. For full workshop and registration details, please visit the links...

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