Cloudy Night Sky - Best Machine Quilting
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QuiltCon

Best Machine Quilting Award {QuiltCon 2024}

My experience at QuiltCon this year was very different from any of my previous times at QuiltCon. This year, I was planning to attend on Friday and Saturday, and I was really looking forward to having time to view the show at a leisurely pace, spending time with friends and making new connections, and having time to perhaps do...

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Quilt Pattern

Cloudy Night Sky {Pattern Release}

I have been eager to make Cloudy Night Sky since I created the design and quilting plan about a year and a half ago. Now that the quilt is finally made, I am very happy to also release the Cloudy Night Sky digital pattern so that you can create you own version! Fabrics & Materials Cloudy Night Sky is a two...

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2023 Finished Quilts, Quilt Gallery

Cloudy Night Sky {Finished Quilt}

Cloudy Night Sky is finished and officially submitted for consideration to QuiltCon! I have no idea how many total hours I spent making the quilt, but I know I spent over 40 hours on the quilting alone. You probably want to see finished photographs, but I do love to share about the nerdy stuff, so first I am going...

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Cloudy Night Sky - Progress as of Monday Evening 10-23-2023
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Quilts

Cloudy Night Sky {Quilting Update 2}

I am taking a much needed break from days of working on the quilting details of Cloudy Night Sky to write this update. It's Monday evening, October 23rd, and I've just finished my 5th day of adding dense straight line quilting. If I'm lucky, I'll be done in another 4 days. Realistically, given I have an appointment to get...

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Cloudy Night Sky - First Pass Quilting Complete
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Quilts

Cloudy Night Sky {Quilting Update}

Earlier this afternoon I finished what I consider to be the "first pass" of quilting for Cloudy Night Sky. I took photos along the way, so let's take a look at how the base layer of quilting has progressed. On Monday, I was able to get the off-white quilting first pass complete. So, you might be thinking to yourself, what...

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Cloudy Night Sky - Basted
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Quilts

Cloudy Night Sky {Marked and Basted}

Last week I spent about about 2 hours (each day) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday marking out the quilting plan and basting Cloudy Night Sky. It was a lot of time for me to be on the floor, so since then I've been letting my back rest. I expect by the middle of this week (Wednesday or Thursday?),...

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Cloudy Night Sky - Ready for Chain Piecing
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Quilts

Cloudy Night Sky {Pieced Quilt Top}

After working through what thread color(s) I wanted to use to piece the Cloudy Night Sky quilt top, I was ready to start chain piecing my curve blocks for the quilt top. I loaded up my machine with 50wt Aurifil Thread in 2785 (very dark navy) and was able to sew my quarter circle and orange peel blocks fairly quickly....

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Cloudy Night Sky Thread Selection
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Quilts

Cloudy Night Sky {Piecing Thread Selection}

I am taking my time getting started piecing Cloudy Night Sky this week. I have been documenting my decision making process on Instagram, but nothing really feels "official" until I record it here on my website. So today, I'm going to share how I thought through and selected the thread I am going to use to piece my two...

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A stack of navy blue concave fabric and off white convex fabric shapes, prepped and ready to sew into blocks
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Quilts

Cloudy Night Sky {Fabric Prep}

After finally overcoming the urge to put off cutting the fabric for my next project, I'm happy to report that the worst is over and I'm ready to start piecing Cloudy Night Sky. I'm using Kona cotton in Nightfall and Snow. My 28mm rotary cutter was perfect paired with the drunkard's path templates from Jen Carlton-Bailly. The design wall doesn't look...

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