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New Monster Madness

New Monster Madness

on Sep 30, 2014 in Blog, pattern, quilt | 0 comments

  Just in time for Halloween.  I stitched up a sample of Monster Madness in Purple and Orange colors.   Of course, the free motion quilting really gives these monsters their personalities.  The FMQ design ideas are included in the pattern.  I cannot wait to quilt this Halloween Monster Madness quilt. Tell a...

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Seamingly Accurate Pajama Pants Waistband

Seamingly Accurate Pajama Pants Waistband

on Sep 25, 2014 in Blog, sewing, tutorial | 0 comments

Ever need to make the elastic waist band on a pair of pajama pants or shorts?  Need the top of a drawstring bag?  Check out this accurate way to make the hemmed fabric casing (for the elastic) using the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide: ps- Sorry the video gets funky at the very end, but it is still a neat trick. Tell a...

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15 Minutes of Play – Quilted

15 Minutes of Play – Quilted

on Sep 16, 2014 in Blog, quilting | 0 comments

Oh my gosh.  I love quilting. Hum… I guess after the 6th year of running a sewing/quilting blog, that might be a bit redundant. But seriously.  I was lucky enough to get to quilt my 15 Minutes of Play scrap quilt on my mom’s longarm Handi Quilter.   If you haven’t flipped through the book, 15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, I highly...

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Finished Mini Dresden Quilt

Finished Mini Dresden Quilt

on Sep 9, 2014 in Blog, commission, quilting | 4 comments

Here’s the Elspeth Baby Quilt.  Fingers and legs in the quilt photo.  Quilting has and assortment of Stripes, Crazy Worms, Pebbles and Trapunto.  The overall vertical design has three main bars, which is kinda cool because little Elspeth is the 3rd kiddo in the family. The dryer will be taking taking out those red lines in just a moment.      ...

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MORE Pet Postcards

MORE Pet Postcards

on Sep 6, 2014 in Blog, charity, SAMQG | 0 comments

Still going strong with Pet Postcards for 2014.  I used my stencil/template cat shape to draw out a fat cat, onto house insulation foam.  If you follow me on Instagram, I accidently referred to the foam as having an R-rating, which it does.  R3, to be exact.  BUT if you use “r-rated” foam to make naked cats…. well….  oops.  hahahaha....

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Mini Dresden – Quilting

Mini Dresden – Quilting

on Sep 4, 2014 in Blog, commission, quilting | 7 comments

Ooooh – I got to take my ELSPETH quilt top to my moms to use her super awesome Handi Quilter.  Normally, quilting a project this size would  have been done on my home machine, but the tension is doing something crazy. I need to take it in.  BUT can I just say, I love that HandiQuilter so much, maybe I subconciously broke the tension on my home machine so...

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Mini Dresden – Trapunto

Mini Dresden – Trapunto

on Sep 2, 2014 in Blog, commission, quilt | 0 comments

  Ok, this is the quilt layout.  I needed a design with enough white space to add in the baby’s name into the design.  I did this before on these quilts:  the Tessa Baby Quilt and the Weaver Baby Quilt.  In fact, this quilt is going to be for Tessa’s little sister, Elspeth. Neat name, right? My plan is to trapunto the letters, vertically on the...

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Mini Dresden – Applique

Mini Dresden – Applique

on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog, quilt | 0 comments

  Ok, I need a layout for the mini Dresden Modern Baby quilt design.  I made all my mini Dresden circles before I decided on a composition.  I really didn’t calculate how many circles I’d make from my two charm packs.  Turns out,  I had 7 complete circles.   Let me tell you why I wrote the name “Elspeth” on the quilt designs.  This...

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Mini Dresden – Facings

Mini Dresden – Facings

on Aug 26, 2014 in Blog, Learn To Sew Easy Curves, quilt, tutorial | 0 comments

  I’m working on my Mini Dresden quilt and I wanted to share with you how I got to the image above.  I will be appliqueing my Dresden circle shapes onto a solid white background.  I needed to prep them for machine-stitched applique. Using the techniques in Learn to Sew Easy Curves, I’ll show you how I did it. Learn to Sew Easy Curves –...

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