Dragon Quilt - Closeup
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2014 Finished Quilts, Quilts

Dragon Quilt {Completed Quilt}

As I was working on the Dragon Quilt, I knew that I wanted to free motion quilt flames, but I have never quilted that as a pattern before. Taking my own advice about preparing for free motion quilting, I spent some time on Wednesday looking for an image or pattern that I could turn into a repeating flame pattern...

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Dragon Quilt - Fabric Pull
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Dragon Quilt {WiP}

I went to my stash this weekend and pulled up a fabulously fun print that my mother-in-law found for me at a yard sale a few years ago. It is about 1.25 yards of fabric, and the print is so fun that I didn't want to really cut into it. I quickly decided it would be the "backing" for...

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5 Pointed Star
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Free Motion Quilting Tutorials

{Tutorial} Free Motion Quilting – Part I – Drawing

There are a LOT of great tutorials and resources available to help you gain confidence and learn to free motion quilt on your home machine (a long arm is not required!). I was intimidated enough by the process that I took a class from Elizabeth Hartman in order to force myself to learn. I kept reading about the techniques, but...

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Beach Themed Round Placemats
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Beach Themed Placemats

After finding a wonderful tutorial on sewing circular quilted placemats and practicing on a set, this weekend I was ready to sew the requested round placemats. Using the beach as a color pallet inspiration, I pulled this lovely bunch at my local quilt shop: Piecing the placemats was a breeze, and I quilted them with an all over loose swirl...

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Synesthetic Alphabet - Front Post-Wash
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{Friday Finish} Synesthetic Alphabet

I am really excited to be able to share the finish photos of Synesthetic Alphabet! This has truly been a collaborative effort with my husband, and the story of the creation of this quilt can be found in my previous posts. Synesthetic Alphabet - Fabric and Prep Synesthetic Alphabet - Quilting It felt really good to be able to finish up this special...

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College Rainbow Quilt
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Life, Quilts

Throwback Thursday – College Rainbow Quilt

I was leafing through some old photo albums this morning when I found a photograph of a quilt I made in college. It was the first quilt I made using my first sewing machine - a Viking / Husqvarna Freesia 415 that I used until last year. I chose to tie this quilt, and it seemed to hold up...

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Synesthetic Alphabet - Quilting Detail (Front)
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Synesthetic Alphabet – Quilting

Today I started quilting the Synesthetic Alphabet quilt, but I want to step back and talk a bit more about the piecing of the quilt top. Piecing this quilt top was another great learning experience for my husband and I. I had a plan to randomly place the letter "blocks" within each gradated background block. After I made the...

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2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop @ plum and june
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Life

Blog Hop, Week 2

Thank you so much to everyone that stopped by last week to get to know me a bit better during Week 1 of the 2014 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, sponsored by Beth @ plum and june. Today, Week 2 is kicking off, and I would like to invite you to check out all these amazing quilters if you...

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Synesthetic Alphabet - Pieced Top
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Synesthetic Alphabet WiP and Suggestions?

It has been a while since I prepped all the fabric for the very special Synesthetic Alphabet quilt I am making. The pre-cut kit was fantastic; in about a day I was able to complete the top and mostly complete the backing. I am taking a quick pause in making progress on this quilt to ask for some help. I plan...

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Round Placemats
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Weekend Challenge: Round Placemats

I was asked if I could make round placemats by a friend. My initial reaction was, ROUND?!? How the heck is the binding going to work out? I am so thankful for all the wonderful quilters who blog about their work, though, because I quickly found a wonderful tutorial on sewing circular quilted placemats. Perfection! Well, with nothing left to...

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Spaceship Tic-Tac
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Spaceship Tic-Tac {Completed Quilt}

After much frustration and time spent away from my sewing machine cooling off, I was able to finish the quilting on the Spaceship Tic-Tac baby quilt today. I had originally hoped to complete this quilt on Wednesday, but my sewing machine and I were disagreeing about that! I was able to use thread that I had on hand for the...

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Military Spec Dumb Phone
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Tech Talks

{Tech Talk} Website Design for Mobile Devices

If you have a smart phone or iPad or easy access to these devices, you might want to skip ahead in the post. However, if you are like me and still sporting a "dumb phone", then this first section might be eye opening. I consider myself pretty tech savvy, but for numerous reasons (the battery lasts a week on a single charge,...

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Yvonne - Quilting Jetgirl
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Let’s Get Acquainted – Blog Hop {6/4/2014}

Today is my day on Plum & June’s New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! I am Yvonne (aka Quilting Jetgirl). About a month and a half ago, I took a big leap and left my full time engineering job in the aerospace industry. I actually loved my job and my co-workers (hint: scroll to the bottom of the linked post if you are curious), but...

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Spaceship Tic-Tac Pieced Top
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Spaceship Tic-Tac – Piecing

My favorite part of any quilt project is piecing the top. I love seeing how a pattern comes together, and it it super fun to flip through the photos and condense time to see the top come together. Instead of having you flip though photos to get the effect, I put together a quick timelapse video. Spaceship Tic-Tac Pieceing Timelapse...

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Woven Placemats - Quilting Detail
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Woven Placemats

I had previously made myself a set of 4 placemats using this tutorial by Alissa. I wanted another quick stash busting project on Sunday afternoon, and I decided to use her tutorial as a starting point, but I modified it a bit. The biggest change is that I switched the side for the vertical inserts. I really love the woven...

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2014 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop at plum and june
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Life

2014 New Quilt Bloggers {Blog Hop}

A few weeks ago, Beth @ plum and june announced that her yearly new quilting bloggers blog hop was getting organized for 2014. I must have thought about it for *maybe* 10 seconds before I jumped in and asked to participate. Over the past several weeks, an amazing (and large!) group of new quilt bloggers have gotten to know one another...

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Solar System - Quilting Detail
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Solar System Quilt

I previously posted about the design process that I went through to start this quilt project. The quilt top came together pretty quickly; log cabins lend themselves to chain piecing so it only took me one day to get to a completed quilt top. I was sending photographs of the process to the customer along the way, too, which...

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Fly Me to the Moon
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Fly Me to the Moon – Wall Hanging

Today I was able to complete another quick project and stash buster. I wanted to work on another pattern that I had sketched up: a rocket! It went together really smoothly and I really think it is a super fun wall hanging for a child's room (or for an office... I can think of a few former co-workers who might...

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Rainbow Placemats - I Love ROYGBIV
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Set of 6 ROYGBIV Placemats

I wanted to challenge myself to complete a fast project today. And I wanted to use up materials in my stash. I am pleased to say that I was able to complete this fun set of 6 placemats in just over 5 hours, but I don't really see much of a dent in my stash (other than my batting...

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