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QuiltyBox and Seamingly Accurate

QuiltyBox and Seamingly Accurate

on Oct 21, 2016 in Blog, blogging others, business, Seamingly Accurate | 0 comments

October QuiltyBox If you are a subscriber to Quilty Box, you’ll find a fantastic collection of goodies each month in your mailbox! I”m so thrilled to report that the October 2016 box includes the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide! Along with fabrics, thread, a pattern and more, this book will get you started or round out your quilty collection of supplies & gadgets. If you missed the box but want your own seam guide, you can grab it here. And if you have your box and need installation videos and super easy how-to-use videos for the seam guide watch them here or on YouTube. Find out more about Quilty Box and subscribe to their monthly boxes on their site? http://quiltybox.com/. Tell a...

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Northcott Fabrics QuiltCon 2016 Quilt Revealed

Northcott Fabrics QuiltCon 2016 Quilt Revealed

on Feb 18, 2016 in Blog, blogging others, business, Longarm Quilting Gallery, northcott fabrics | 5 comments

Northcott Fabric’s QuiltCon 2016 Quilt – Revealed Today is REVEAL DAY!!! Hooray! You know it is hard to keep a good secret. Thankfully, the designers working with Northcott to create QuiltCon 2016 booth quilts were all allowed to share sneak peeks along the way. (See the sneak peek blog posts here and here.) Let’s talk about making this quilt! I was provided the official logo font for Northcott’s NEW?fabric line ColorWorks. With that, I was able to determine the placement of the text on my quilt using this quilt as inspiration. I decided how high I wanted the letters?and had to find the center of the letters which will line up with a?vertical line on the quilt. I then traced the letters onto the quilt with this?water soluble pen. I used steps in my Texty Trapunto?style to add batting behind the lettering. You can see more in this sneak peek preview. To begin the quilting process, I first had to outline the letters on the longarm, using rulers when I could. After each letter was outlined twice, I filled in around the shape with little pebbles. The maxi-lock gold?thread I used to longarm quilt was the perfect match for the ColorWorks solid. I planned to add a chunk of pebbled words along the right side of the quilt. Pebbles turned into a few swirls every so often. Once the letters were complete, I could move to deciding what I’d quilt on the rest of the negative space. I opted for feathers. The appliqued pre-printed shapes are part of Northcott’s ColorWorks concepts collection?and were applied using the techniques from my book, Learn to Sew Easy Curves. I quilted around the circles with a looping design. Once those two areas were complete, I needed to connect the space with straight-ish lines. Hum. After stewing on the design, I think I need more feathers. I added another row of feathers, right next to the first one. When that was finished, I needed to connect the quilting designs with more straight-ish lines. After quilting the appliqued circles with monofilament thread, it is finished. Let me show you the festive backing fabric. It is on the Northcott Fabrics site here and is #20799-99.(The band...

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Scrappy Trip Along Brown Quilt

Scrappy Trip Along Brown Quilt

on Dec 1, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, quilting, SAMQG | 0 comments

The Last Scrappy Trip Along is Finished! The past couple weeks, I’ve shared the finishes of two Scrappy Trip Along quilts (Beige Quilt & Pink Quilt). This blue and brown quilt is my last of the three made in that style. Last ever? Doubt it. But certainly the last one for 2015!! Much like the last two quilts, the longarm quilting design in this project is virtually undetectable. The scraps are just soooooo busy that the quilting is really lost in the prints. I tried to create a hook type pyramid in quadrants of the larger scrappy block units. (Click the picture to enlarge it.) It worked out very well that the quilting is hard to see since my design didn’t take consideration for traveling across the quilt top. I suppose I should have tried to stop and start my quilting lines, but I didn’t. Livin’ and Learnin’ right? I do really enjoy the full-size scrappy blue and brown quilt and with a bit of washing and drying the quilt should have a prefect shrinkle to conceal any of those longarm quilting hiccups. And of course, stripe binding well within my comfort zone. If you aren?t familiar with Scrappy Trip Along, it is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. The quilt is created using a tube-based, strip-pieced method and makes up very quickly.   Tell a...

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Scrappy Trip Along Pink Quilt

Scrappy Trip Along Pink Quilt

on Nov 24, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, quilting, SAMQG | 0 comments

The Scrappy Trip Along Pink Quilt is Finished! The Scrappy Trip Along Pink Quilt is finished. Sure, part of me wants to name it-?Scrappy Trip Along: Composition in Barbie, but lets just call it the Pink Quilt for now. It is FINISHED! After longarm quilting the beige quilt, which I shared last week on the blog, I realized that the quilting on this quilt would probably not be noticeable. I decided to abandon any ambitious wild quilting designs and opt to practice a linked circle design. See what I mean? Or actually… you don’t see… it is really hard to see the stitching at all. My friend quilted her Scrappy Trip with the same design. She placed the circles in each of her 2″ squares. Wow. It looked amazing…. but …. um, that seems like alot more work. My squares are 3″ and I decided to create the circles to span two at a time. Squint and take a closer look at the image; click on the picture to enlarge it. Ultimately, the quilt back is covered with linked 6″ circles. The backing is a complete piece of a vintage flat sheet. I’m going to file this one in the win column. It was a great quilt practice. It force me to try a few things I wouldn’t normally do: Make a holy-crap-that-is-alot-of-pink Pink Quilt Make a very controlled quilting design using the actual quilt piecing as my guide. Quilt with variegated pink thread. I was so far out of my comfort zone – I had to add a stripe binding to bring it back around. Hooray for stripe binding, right??!! If you aren’t familiar with Scrappy Trip Along, it is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. The quilt is created using a tube-based, strip-pieced method and makes up very quickly. Tell a...

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Scrappy Trip Along Beige Quilt

Scrappy Trip Along Beige Quilt

on Nov 17, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, SAMQG | 0 comments

My First Scrappy Trip Along Quilt is Quilted! I joined the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild’s Scrappy Trip Along project over the summer. You might remember me working on the quilt top and sharing some ideas on the blog in this post. This small-ish beige and blue quilt was the first project to load onto my new HandiQuilter frame. After doodling?a few designs on paper, I went with a sort of swirled hook with feathers around the swirl shape. I was so happy and so excited to give it a try…. WELL, turns out, you pretty much cannot see the quilting anywhere on the patchwork design. The only place you’ll even notice the feather/swirl is in the border. This is really good news!! I had to concentrate and really “hold it together” in the borders, right? But in the middle of the patchwork I could practice practice practice without the pressure. By the time I quilted to the final edge, the feather/swirl design was really starting to look as I envisioned. The quilt back is equally busy printed fabric, so the border really is the only place to see the quilting on the Scrappy Trip Along quilt. If you aren’t familiar with Scrappy Trip Along, it is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. The quilt is created using a tube-based, strip-pieced method and makes up very quickly. Tell a...

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A Quilted Christmas Holiday Magazine

A Quilted Christmas Holiday Magazine

on Sep 22, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, Press, quilt, quilting, Trapunto Style Quilting Designs | 1 comment

A Quilted Christmas Coming to a Store Near You! A Quilted Christmas published by Quilter’s World and Annie’s Publishing is coming soon to a store near you! This is a great collection of over 30 holiday projects. I’m honored to have my Trapunto NOEL Banner included in the mix. Make the banner with the trapunto or without. The letter templates are included in the magazine, or simply spell a different word using fonts on your computer! Solid fabrics compliment Kate Spain‘s NEW Jingle fabric line by Moda and the little ball ornaments in the banner feature the prints. Make ball ornaments or make adorable snowmen! The design is wide open for your imagination. Grab your copy at your local retailer or online at Annie’s Craft Store. *Some photos for this post have been borrowed from Annie’s Craft Store. Tell a...

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Blue Scrappy Quilt Along Quilt

Blue Scrappy Quilt Along Quilt

on Sep 8, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, SAMQG | 0 comments

Blue Scrappy Trip Along Quilt The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a Scrappy Trip Along Quilt Along project. As I mentioned in a couple previous posts, I’m not really good at the quilt along setting. Turns out, I just want to sew sew sew until I’m finished. I’m not too great at waiting for deadlines and pacing myself. Le’Sigh. The pattern is from Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville. It is a free tutorial. I changed the math, ever so slightly, so that my strips are cut at 3-1/2″ wide and my finished block is 18″. But this quilt was FUN to make. After my pink Scrappy Trip Along quilt, I decided I’d make something with much darker tones. Darker than hot pink? Well, yes. These are my browns. Yes, I realize they all have bright punchy flowers on them… but in my mind these are my brown fabrics. I pulled a pile of browns and added one single row of blues to create my diagonal effect. First, you stitch the strips into strip sets. I laid mine all out on the ironing board, but opted not to iron the sets…. just to see how it would work out. In my case, not ironing worked out fine. Hooray! The next steps involve sewing the strip sets into tubes and cutting the tubes. For me, six of these little babies would make up one quilt block. See all the pieces I cut in the background? There were little sets everywhere! Ripped a few seams, organized a few columns… Stitch the whole sha’bang back together and voila – quilt block. Turns out all the browns ended up reading like a blended quilt. I suppose that is fine by me, I just needed to decide on a layout. If you head to Instagram and use the hashtag #scrappytripalong, you’ll see loads of this style quilt and tons of ways to arrange them. Squares? Zig Zag? Around the World? Yep. That is the one I went with. Around the World. I haven’t ever made a quilt with this all-squares-square layout. (However, a similar squares-made-from-half-square-triangles is on the cover of my book, Deploy That Fabric?and pattern is included in that book.) Anywhoo, 720...

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Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge

Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge

on Sep 1, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, SAMQG | 2 comments

Each year the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild issues a President’s Sewing Challenge. For the past three years, the sewing challenge has been Pantone color related. This year we were asked to make something smaller than 36″ on any side and feature Pantone Classic?Blue: Working from my fabric stash, I decided to mix in a little Tula Pink Frog Prince fat quarter with a couple of blue solids I had on hand. Hopefully, this will match the Classic Blue Swatch. I ended up working from Nancy Zieman’s Heartbeat Table Runner tutorial to make my challenge piece. The pattern is so much easier than it looks. Chain piece a bunch of strips. Create fabric tubes from the strips. Cut the tubes in halves. Of course, that is the super short version. Her tutorial has all the measurements, pictures and step-by-step to make the runner. Good gravy, my desk is a MESS. Avert your eyes. Only look at the fabric, ok? In January, I declared 2015 The Year of the Feather. I haven’t been too vigilant, but I did add some feather-esque quilting to this project. There are lumps, but that’s ok. I’ll get there. I had convinced myself that if I “echo” around the feather shape, you’d never notice the lumps. All part of my diabolical master plan. …..I still have 4 months left in The Year of the Feather. =) The quilting really does look better from the back, though.   Why’d I use baby pink and blue batik on the back? Well, why not? It is a table runner, where you will probably never see the back of this piece. I had the fabric in my stash and figured it was just wide enough to use as a quilt back for my sewing challenge. There ya go, perfect. (ha!) I think the challenge is due at our October meeting. Tell a...

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Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt

Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt

on Aug 18, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, quilt, SAMQG | 2 comments

Pink Scrappy Trip Along Quilt Recently, I told you about my sew along/quilt along experience with the Scrappy Trip Along hosted by the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild. The pattern is by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. It is a GREAT pattern and is so easy to make. In fact, the pattern is toooooo easy. That’s right, I said it. I planned on sewing along with my quilty friends and making my quilt with the quilt along schedule. Well, I made the first one, a brown quilt, pretty fast. I had decided I’d make a much bigger quilt using red and whites from my stash. This would take me a while… right? I went to my fabric stash only to find I didn’t own very much real “red” fabric. I did, however, how a big ole pile of bright pinks. Red, pink; tomato, tomahto. Right? Ok, it looks good. I altered the original pattern to cut 3-1/2″ strips. In fact, I cut a total of 60 strips: 50 were “scrappy pink fabrics” and then 10 were the white diagonal pieces I’d need. I stitched?10 strip sets, each with 6 strips. It was at this step, I realized that pink is really really really pink. Oh man. What have I done? I decided to forge ahead. I made my 20 blocks, each one will measure 18″ when finished. Good gravy it is sooooooo pink. Here’s a little test layout to see if you can even focus on the white diagonals in that sea of Pepto. Hum. Ok. I’m not a pinky-pink girl. Most of these fabrics were purchased when I sewed for military spouses. ?Sewing using military uniforms and pink is a great combination, by the way. In this moment I was happy again. Look, when you see only the backs of the fabric, it is not nearly as in-your-face with the saturated color of all things Barbie. Welp, time to see how it is going to turn out… Time to see the whole sha’bang out on the floor… Whoa. Holy Cotton Candy, Batman! Now, how’d I do time wise? Well, the family had gone upstairs to watch a sequel and I hadn’t seen part one… So instead of ruining the...

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Two for Teal Mug Rug Swap

Two for Teal Mug Rug Swap

on Aug 11, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, charity, swap | 0 comments

Two for Teal / Teal Mini Swap Maybe you’ve heard of Two for Teal? This year it has a new name – the Teal Mini Swap. This is a fundraising, quilty-initiative developed by my friend Beth at Eva Paige Quilt Designs. Each year she organizes a swap via Facebook Group page. This year you can make a mug rug or a mini quilt up to 18″ square. You pay a small fee to join the swap, get a partner, make your creation, mail it, and swap. The fee goes directly to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Pretty neat, right? There is a whole FAQ page for the event, so you can find out all the details and time frames. This year the event sponsor is Blank Quilting Corporation.     Tell a...

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Knit Tights ala The Crafty Gemini

Knit Tights ala The Crafty Gemini

on Jun 2, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, sewing | 0 comments

Knit Tights ala The Crafty Gemini Vanessa, of the Crafty Gemini, said “You can never have enough tights.” and my 14yo agrees. With that simply quip, I watched her excellent tutorial and set out to create more tights based on a pair my 14yo already owned. I have a serious amount of grey jersey knit fabric. Let me tell you why: Thrift Store!! I bought this giant grey jersey flat sheet with the intent of making a maxi dress or maxi skirt. Sure, it was bedding, but at the end of the day it was still a super soft jersey knit. I think I might have paid $5-$7 for the huge sheet. I heart thrift stores! If you cannot find a jersey flat sheet at the thrift, you can always grab jersey knit sheets here. Vanessa?walks you through all the steps on her video. I sorta skipped a step though… I didn’t trace it onto paper first. As it turns you, you should totally do that! No worries. I’ll do that for the next pair. Instead, I just grabbed a ruler and rotary cutter and set forth to cut out a piece 5/8″ larger than the folded tights. That worked out. Back in college, I made my brother about 25-30 pair of shorts from various woven cottons and flannels. Do you guys remember “jams” from the 80’s? We’ll we were rockin’ those well into the 90’s. I can whip up a pair of shorts, pj pants or… as it turns out… leggings in no time at all. Fun fact. The serger made the construction even faster and is perfect for stitching knits. Vanessa uses a great technique for the waistband. I had actually never tried this technique before, but I can tell you, it will be my go-to from now on. Holy smokes it was super fast, super easy AND I didn’t have to look for safety pins or create a waist band casing to hold the elastic. Her method is the bomb! The elastic is serged (or zigzag stitched) to the fabric’s cut edge at the waist.   Fold down and zigzag it into place. Very cool. Last step should be the leg hems. Those are also zigzag’d....

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Craftsy Pattern Fabric Kits

Craftsy Pattern Fabric Kits

on May 21, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, business, quilt | 0 comments

Craftsy to cross-promote fabric kits: Craftsy is rolling out a “test” on fabric kits for FREE patterns. I have a couple freebie download patterns that slip in and out of the Top 20 Free Quilt Patterns (Plus Quilt and Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes). Since they are Craftsy-popular patterns, they were selected to run the test program. Oh my gosh! I’m loving the fat quarter bundle in this digital mock-up of the Plus Quilt. The bundle is?Cotton +?Steel Fat Quarter Bundle, Playful by Melody Miller.You’ll have all the fabric you need (12 fat quarters are required) for the quilt top and binding, right there on one screen. It is a pretty neat set-up. Go Craftsy, Go! You’ll probably start to see the cross-promotion on more patterns as the program grows.   Tell a...

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