Planview Quilting Progress - Quilt Backing
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Planview – Listening to the Quilt

Once I had a quilting plan in mind, I was ready to get started quilting the Planview Quilt. I basted the quilt in two sessions: half before lunch and half after lunch, so it felt like it went quickly. And I am still very much an advocate of pinning the batting to the backing around the edge of the...

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Planview Quilting Plan - Upper Left Quadrant
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Planview Quilting Plan

Today, I want so share the process I went through to come up with a quilting plan for my Planview quilt. I use an app on my iPad called Procreate (I think I paid $9.99 for it) which allows me to use an Apple pen to doodle out quilting motifs. I'll explain more about how I work through the...

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Cathedral Star Block
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Cathedral Star Block {Old School BOM}

Hello and welcome to the 9th month of the Old School Block of the Month hosted by by Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams. If we haven't met before, I'm Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl. I'm a former aerospace engineer turned modern quilter, quilt designer, quilt instructor, and technical editor. In addition, I have over 90(!!) free tutorials that you may...

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Aurifil Thread for Quilting
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Planview {Pieced Quilt Top}

I get to share the Planview pieced quilt top with you today! As an engineer, I created plans to communicate how to manufacture parts that I developed. Plans are two-dimensional diagrams used to describe an object and communicate building and/or fabrication instructions. A plan view is a projection looking down on the object, like in a floor plan for a...

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August Blocks - Old School BOM
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Butter Churn Block {Old School BOM}

Before diving into quilting the group quilt this week, I set aside a bit of sewing time to make my August block for the Old School block of the month. The August block, Butter Churn, was designed by Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell. I used a dark navy print for the center. and I love that strip of metallic...

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Thread Matters 2021: Pairing Thread Weight and Needles

I just wanted to pop in and let you know that today on the Aurifil blog, I am walking through the steps to create a test quilt sandwich so that you can evaluate all the thread weights that you have on hand in combination with a variety of needle sizes. One of my favorite techniques to teach is thread...

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Transparent Building Blocks Pieced Top
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Transparent Building Blocks {Pieced Quilt Top}

It was a treat to get to sew together the quilt top for Transparent Building Blocks last week, and below I'm sharing a quick GIF that toggles back and forth between the graphic design based on the fabric pull and the pieced quilt top. I love getting to see how similar the quilt can be to the concept!   With the...

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Transparent Building Blocks Fabric Pull
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Transparent Building Blocks {Design and Fabric Pull}

Some friends are expecting their first child later this year, and I have been working with them on a design and fabric selection to make a baby quilt. They are not going to learn the gender until birth, and other than not wanting something that read as stereotypically gender related, I had pretty free reign to come up with...

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Bonus Blocks
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Love is Love Fabric Collection – Bonus Blocks

As I mentioned on Friday, the curve star blocks in the Sky Full of Stars quilt create great scraps that can easily be made into 5" finished drunkard's path bonus blocks. Each star can create 4 of the bonus blocks, so with 17 stars in the quilt top, that's a total of 68 bonus blocks. Score! I spent the weekend...

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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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May Stripey Cartwheels Blocks
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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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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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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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