Quilting - 1 Week
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Quilts

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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Quilts

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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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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Bokeh Quilt Along {Assembly and Finishing}

Congratulations on sewing most (if not all) of the curves for your Bokeh quilt! It's time to finish putting the quilt tops together (note that for baby and lap size Option A, there are a few more curves to sew in the final assembly instructions, and for mini quilt Option A, your quilt top is already sewn together). If you...

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January, February, and March Blocks
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Quilts

Fussy Cut Block {Old School BOM}

Today, Missie Carpenter (Traditional Primitives) will be releasing the next block in the Old School Block of the Month series, so today I am sharing the block that I made based on Quilt Jane‘s instructions LAST month for the Fussy Cut block. I had previously decided to work with my stash of Carolyn Friedlander's prints to make these blocks, but...

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Quilt Pattern

Diffraction Quilt Pattern Release

Today I'm excited to share that the Diffraction digital quilt pattern is complete and available in the Quilting Jetgirl digital pattern shop. The Diffraction pattern includes instructions to make two versions of the baby size (40" x 40") cover quilt as well as 2 alternate baby quilts, a large lap quilt, and a queen size quilt. Inspired by an improv mini quilt I...

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Diffraction Quilt Block Tutorial
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Block Tutorials

Diffraction Block Tutorial

Note: This tutorial was originally written in partnership with OLFA and published on the OLFA craft blog, which no longer exists. I love all the angles included on the OLFA 6" x 24" Frosted Acrylic Ruler, and they inspired me to create the dramatic Diffraction Quilt Block. The Diffraction Quilt Block is created using a repeated slice and insert progression....

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Pulsar - Pieced Quilt Top
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Quilts

Pulsar – Quilting Plan Doodling

Now that quilting is my "job", I've tried a lot of different time and organization strategies to see what works for me and keeps my creative juices flowing and my work/life in a reasonable alignment (what is balance anyway?). Right now, what's working for me is this rough schedule: Monday - Friday mornings: Technical Editing + life needs (laundry,...

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Pieced Blocks
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Bokeh Quilt Along {Piecing #4}

The Bokeh blocks are pieced, so it's time to add curves! If you are opting to make the no curves option, this is a great time to catch up or focus on other projects. If you have already purchased the Bokeh Quilt Along pattern, you will receive an email today with the Piecing #4 instructions. Look for an email...

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Pulsar - Piecing
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Quilts

Pulsar Piecing and Musings on Storage

My biggest hurdle when working on a project is getting the fabrics cut. I've had my fabrics selected for Pulsar (that I shared earlier this week) for a while, but sharing my fabric pull was finally the push I needed to overcome the inertia and get everything cut out. After that, I've had a fun week of piecing. I learned...

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Pulsar Fabric Pull
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Quilts

Pulsar 2.0 Pattern Writing and Fabric Pull

Ever since I made Pulsar in December of 2019, I have intended to come back to it and write a full pattern for the design. Here is what the first quilt looked like: I snatched bits of time over the past several weeks and have finally sorted out the math for how to set the corner blocks for a range...

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Square in a Square Tutorial & Top Tips
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Block Tutorials

Square in a Square Tutorial & Top Tips

Last month I shared a tutorial and my top tips for making no-waste flying geese. Another block that I've worked with over the years that is surprisingly tricky is the square in a square block, so today I'm sharing a tutorial and my top tips in case anything I have learned is helpful. As always, if you have a...

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