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Review: Free-Motion Designs for Allover Patterns

Occasionally I am contacted by C&T Publishing with an opportunity to review a book, and in return I offer to write a blog post with my honest reactions and thoughts. Today, I am sharing about Free-Motion Designs for Allover Patterns (affiliate link). The book includes over 75 designs from Natalia Bonner, Christina Cameli, Jenny Carr Kinney, Laura Lee Fritz,...

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Cocoa Leaf Medallion: Quilting Detail
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Quilting the Cocoa Leaf Medallion Quilt

I have been posting my quilting progress on my Instagram account, and I want to get anyone who does not follow me there up to speed on the quilting fun I have been having. After an initial loading error (I loaded the quilt top upside down and had a moment of horror when I thought I had pieced the border upside...

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Three Flocks - Meandering Loops Quilting Detail
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Three Flocks {Quilting Progress}

I had a very nice weekend working on the quilting of Three Flocks. This is the largest quilt that I have quilted on my home machine to date at 65" wide by 88" long, and so far it has been going just fine. It took me an hour to pin baste the layers in preparation for quilting. I love...

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2014 Finished Quilts, Quilts

Super Cute Baby Boy Quilt

I am excited to be able to reveal a quilt to you today that I made at the end of July. I was approached by a group of friends who wanted to work with me to make a baby quilt as a baby shower gift. We emailed back and forth, and to enhance the experience, we decided to go...

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Space Age Tumbling Blocks - Completed Quilt
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Space Age Tumbling Blocks {Completed Quilt}

I really loved making this quilt. The fabrics are fun, the pattern creates a really great 3D effect, and I really enjoyed quilting it. The idea to "hide" some rockets among the rest of the quilting?!? Super fun! For a recap on the history and evolution of this quilt, check out my other posts about it: Space Age Tumbling...

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Namibia Trees - Quilting Detail
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Namibia Trees {Quilting Detail}

I really loved how the quilt top for Namibia Trees turned out, and I wanted to spend more time thinking about the quilting than I normally do. Instead of an all-over quilting design, I wanted to do something a bit more around the tree panels themselves. I have never really quilted a meandering, rounded, stipple pattern, so why not start...

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Leaf / Vine FMQing Pattern
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Free Motion Quilting Tutorials

{Tutorial} Free Motion Quilting – Part II – Practice!

I want to pick back up where I left off in my Free Motion Quilting - Part I - Drawing Tutorial and mention again that I always start out working through new free motion quilting patterns by sketching and drawing on paper. I recently discussed this in my post about quilting flames on my Dragon Baby Quilt, and today...

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Orange Jade Placemat Set
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Orange, Jade, and Cocoa Custom Placemat Order

I was contacted on Friday with a request to make a custom set of 6 placemats as a wedding gift. As is typical, the couple had registered for some dishware, and I was able to use the colors of the dishes as a jumping off point for fabric selection. The dishware are orange and jade, with rich cocoa and...

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Positive Nap Quilt
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Positively Perfect Nap Quilt {Completed Quilt}

I am really excited to be able to sneak in a Friday Finish right at the end of the day! This lap or nap size quilt was a lot of fun to work on, and I like the back as much as the front. It took me 3 hours on Thursday to get the backing complete. I then took...

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Dragon Quilt - Closeup
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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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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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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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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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Color Weaving II - Quilting Detail
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Blogger’s Quilt Fest Entry – Color Weaving (Original Design)

Twice a year, Amy of Amy's Creative Side puts on Blogger's Quilt Fesitval, a wonderful linky event so quilt bloggers can share our quilts and see the work of lots of other talented quilter's in blogland. I am new to blogging and new to knowing about this festival, so I was enjoying reading about everyone's amazingly creative and beautiful quilts that have been submitted. It did...

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Color Weaving I - Completed Quilt Top
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Color Weaving I – Complete!

I just completed Color Weaving I, and it is currently getting its first wash. I am looking forward to seeing how it crinkles up! I decided to go with an all over "robot boxes" quilting pattern. I think it works pretty well with the quilt design, and I am hoping that I will work on my piecing precision enough to...

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Under the Sea - Block Detail
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Under the Sea – A Collaborative Quilt

I was able to attend QuiltCon 2013 with my mother. While there, I found some fabrics that I could not resist purchasing which turned into a baby quilt for my lovely niece, Lillie. My mother fell in love with Tula Pink's Salt Water fabric line and purchased several of those fabrics. Well, she just found a perfect use for them. My...

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2014 Finished Quilts, Life, Quilts

Week Wrap-Up

I have had a very busy week! This has been my first full week at home after resigning from my full time jet job. I was able to accomplish a lot, and for that I am very thankful. As the week is drawing to a close, I am so excited to get to see several initial projects come to completion. One of...

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Blue Spring Rain - Whipstitching
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Blue Spring Rain – Almost Done!

Sunday was a super productive day! We went for a 4 mile walk, got our veggie garden planted for the year (I am already looking forward to the delicious fresh meals from the backyard...), and I finally finished quilting Blue Spring Rain! Yay! I had to pick out another tuck or two this afternoon, but I got it done...

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