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Free Pattern Friday – Roman Stripe

This is a fun scrappy block I stumbled across that is strip pieced and would be appropriate for beginners and experienced quilters alike. Supplies: The colored stripes are all 1-3/8″ wide by a minimum of 5″ long AND the bottom stripe is 3-7/8″ wide See full block instructions here Look at the gorgeous quilt someone made using these blocks!
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22 – Longarming, 1st Call-in Segment, New Fabric and a Rant

Update on embroidery machine search – I’m leaning towards the Brother 770D Listener call-in section Live giveaway – Keegan won my giveaway and I will send a little something to Kelly and Debbie for being my first listeners to call-in!  Kelly – please e-mail me since I don’t have your e-mail address. Listener e-mails The longarm experience (see photos below) Fabric I’ve received recently and plans with it Planning a NYC trip Photos of some recent additions to my sewing studio: Longarm Quilting Class Photos Just playing around getting used to the machine: On to the First Pantograph What it is supposed to look like (it was hard for me to do this one): econd Pantrograph...
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A Quilted Shawl – Prototype

In my last podcast I talked about designing something to submit to Moda Bake Shop and I thought I’d let you see a few photos of the first prototype for it.  I’m going to be tweaking several things to get it how I want it to look but I think my first try wasn’t too bad. Charm squares are from Garden Song by Nancy Halvorsen for Bentatex fabrics.  I used almost all of the squares from two packs.  The backing is a sheet I had as I didn’t have enough flannel in one piece to cover the back but wanted something soft. Quilted it with decorative thread and stitching after turning it inside out so I...
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Podcast Participation Giveaway!

Want a chance to win a pattern and some fabric? I’m giving away this great pattern from City and Country Quilts along with three different pieces of yardage. I believe each piece is at least half a yard if not more. Here are the rules: Call in to my podcast and either answer the prompt for this week (What is your first quilt memory?) or leave your own comment to be played on my next podcast.   Once you are done leave a comment here with your contact info so I can e-mail you if you win!  Easy peasy! Giveaway is complete – see the next call-in topic and give your two cents! You can have...
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Free Pattern Friday – Spools!

Freda’s Hive – String Spool Quilt Sewing spool blocks has been popular for a while and I’m seeing them pop up more and more.  Here are a few patterns on making these striking quilts. Freda’s Hive: String Spool Tutorial I never thought of using strings but I think it really works in a great way to evoke the whole “sewing spool” feel on each block.   The way she added a string border really works with the whole quilt.  I love her design! Sewing Spool Selvage Blocks – TallGrass Prairie Studio: make adorable spool blocks using selvage fabrics and foundation paper.  I can’t link the photo but trust me, you don’t want to miss this pattern either....
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Podcast Call-in Segment!

I’ve had the thought of doing a call-in segment in my podcast for a while and what better time to try it out than now! Here is how it will work: If you wish to be featured on the podcast in a small audio clip you can call in to my Google Voicemail number and record a message. I will then play the clips in my next podcast! If you have a question or a general comment you can leave anything you wish. I’d like to have a theme each week for folks to call in and give their opinion on or talk about their experience so here is the first theme: “What is your first...
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21 – Injuries, diagrams, pattern planning

I injured my finger! Quiltsmart products came in! Join the Missouri Star Quilting Forum and chat with other quilting gals and guys Another lap quilt finish Planning something to enter into the Moda Bake Shop Embroidery machine window shopping – I’ve been looking at Brother, Babylock and Husqvarna/Viking machines but really would prefer a stand-alone embroidery machine.  Suggestions welcome! Print free graph paper for quilt planning Here are a few photos of other things I’ve been working on:
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Tools of the Trade

This can be overwhelming!!! I think new quilters can get overwhelmed when they see all the tools, rulers, templates and such available to quilters and they have no idea what they need to get started.  It can get expensive very quickly (remember seeing how much rulers cost for the first time?) so it helps to know what is useful and what is optional.  I thought I’d make my recommended list. Obviously the tools needed for various projects are different, but for general sewing together of blocks and strips here is what I recommend.  If you have suggestions comment below! Must Haves: 60mm Rotary Cutter and extra Blades – Get something that has a guard on it...
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Free Pattern Friday – Tube Quilting!

I love this pattern and have plans to do this with the Summer House jelly roll by Lily Ashbury. I think the resulting quilt is so striking and this is something a beginner could do since you are sewing strips together and cutting! If you get jelly rolls you don’t even have to cut the strips to use.
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