Sky Full of Stars using Love is Love Fabric Collection
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2021 Finished Quilts

Love is Love Fabric Collection Sky Full of Stars {Finished Quilt}

I was really hoping that there would be a brief rain shower at the end of the day yesterday so I might get a photo of this finished quilt with a rainbow, but it just got cloudy: no rain and no rainbow. The little bit of overcast was pretty nice for taking the quilt outside for a few photographs,...

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Love is Love Fabric Collection Sky Full of Stars Quilt
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Love is Love Fabric Collection Sky Full of Stars, Piecing Part 2

I'd like to continue and expand on the conversation about change that I only very briefly touched on last Friday. There are lots of reasons we, as human beings, can be resistant to change. The amygdala, a part of our brain, interprets change as a threat and releases the hormones for fear, fight, or flight. So our initial reactions to...

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Love is Love Fabric Collection Sky Full of Stars Quilt
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Love is Love Fabric Collection Sky Full of Stars, Piecing Part 1

Without change, we are stagnant and do not grow. To transform, we have to accept and embrace change. There is so much about the process of creating a quilt that I enjoy. But nothing is quite as magical as seeing the transformation that occurs as a quilt top is pieced.   Time to sew a few more seams so we can see...

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Love is Love Pride Fabric Collection
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Love is Love Pride Fabric Collection

A few years ago, Mathew Boudreaux (whom you may likely know as Mister Domestic) reached out to see if I had the time to make something with his newest fabric collection. Unfortunately, the timing didn't work out due to some other commitments that I had. Fast forward to about a month ago, and he reached out again to see...

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May Stripey Cartwheels Blocks
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Quilts

Stripey Cartwheels Blocks {Old School BOM}

Since the April hexie block is going to take me some time to hand piece, after prepping and getting it ready for hand sewing, I went ahead and pieced the May block for the Old School block of the month sew along. The block for May is from Natalie Santini from Sew Hungry Hippie, and it's a fun two-for-one...

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April Hexie Block Preparation - Old School BOM
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Old School BOM – April Hexie Block

Once I had my sewing machine set up for quilting Pulsar, I stayed focused and only worked on finishing the quilting. That means that when I finished up the quilt, I was 2 months behind in the Old School Block of the Month sew along. Grateful to have smaller piecing projects to focus on, I started by turning my...

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Zoom Workshop Setup
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Teaching

Behind the Scenes – Zoom Workshop Setup

A few weeks ago when I was teaching workshops with the Desert Quilters of Nevada, my husband took a few photos of my while I was working. I was honestly paying so much attention to what I was doing that I had no idea he took the photographs until later. Since we are making a small 512-square foot cottage...

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Sunburst Evaluated in What a Color App
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Tips

Color Blending Color Theory

I am very excited to share this color blending color theory post with you today! It's pretty technical at the beginning, but trust me, I wrap back around to discussing how this applies to fabric selection for quilting projects. During a recent Wayward Transparency workshop that I was teaching, where quilters apply fabric selection techniques to create a transparency design,...

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Pulsar
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2021 Finished Quilts, Quilt Pattern

Pulsar Finish and Quilt Pattern Release

I am so, so excited to get to share the finished Pulsar quilt with you today! The Pulsar digital quilt pattern is also complete and available as of today in the Quilting Jetgirl digital pattern shop. Are you ready to see more photos of the finished quilt (I sure hope you said, yes)?!? A pulsar is a type of rotating...

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Quilting - 1 Week
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Pulsar {Quilting Progress}

In order to match the vision and quilting plan that I have for Pulsar, I have been consistently putting in 2-4 hour days of quilting 4-6 days of the week for 6 weeks; and it's not quite finished yet. The first week of quilting was all about changing thread colors and establishing the boundary for the radiating, pulsing star in...

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Orange Transparency Mini Mini Quilt
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2021 Finished Quilts

Orange Transparency Mini Mini Quilt

In April, an international Quilting Jetgirl patron unlocked their mini mini quilt reward. When I asked if they had any preferences, it was noted that they like my transparency designs and that their favorite color is orange. I immediately went to my bin of orange prints and started tinkering around with options based on what I had on hand. And...

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Quilt Bulk
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Tips

Domestic Sewing Machine Walking Foot Quilting – Turning and Dealing with Quilt Bulk Tip

As I was quilting Pulsar, a 72" square lap quilt, with my walking foot on my domestic sewing machine (I have a Juki TL-2200 QVP mini), I employed one of my standard tricks to cope with the quilt bulk when I reached the corner of the quilt. I decided to record a quick video to share this tip, and...

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Bokeh QAL - Mini Quilt Finish
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2021 Finished Quilts

Bokeh Quilt Along {Mini Finish}

I sewed along with the Bokeh Quilt Along and made a fun, rainbow inspired mini quilt. Today, I’m excited to get to share how it finished! Originally inspired by Create Navy Colour Me Happy Stripes by Kristy from Quiet Play, I knew that the featured curve star in the center and the binding would use that print. Unable to make...

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MQG Retrospective

In a January newsletter, the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) announced that it had opened submissions for a modern quilt exhibit at the National Quilt Museum. "The National Quilt Museum will be highlighting a selection of quilts made by MQG members over the past ten years from April 9 through July 27, 2021." I submitted a few quilts for consideration,...

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quilt along

Bokeh Quilt Along {Final Linkup}

Congratulations, we’ve reached the end of the Bokeh Quilt Along and I am really looking forward to seeing how everyone’s quilts came together! Today opens up the final linkup where you can share your finished quilt top or completely finished quilt. The linkup will be open from today through 11:59pm Pacific on May 31, 2021. By entering the linkup, you...

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Discussion

WIP versus UFO? {Discussion}

I'm really interested in getting your input today on how you differentiate between a Work in Progress (WIP) and Unfinished Object (UFO). I'll share my thoughts here in the post, and let me know how you view the difference in the comments. These community discussions usually create really rich and interesting comments, so be sure to take the time...

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Stash Fabrics - Pulsar Backing (Kona Cotton Nightfall) and Matching Aurifil Thread from Red Rock Threads
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Fabric

April Stash Acquisitions

It all started innocently enough (as most things do, right)? I needed to place an order for enough Kona Cotton Nightfall for the backing of Pulsar. I also needed to get more matching Aurifil thread, 2784 (Dark Navy) for the Nightfall for the quilting. Well, since I was shopping at Stash Fabrics for the Nightfall, I started thinking about what...

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Pin Basting Tip
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Quilts, Tips

Pulsar – Pin Basting Tip

I tested out the lap size of the soon-to-be-released Pulsar quilt pattern, which finishes at 72" square. I knew that basting a quilt this size was going to be stretch in our cozy 512 square foot (47.5 square meter) cottage, so after a few days of measuring and planning how to make it work, I was able to give...

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