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FINALLY – Finished Photos of Hopscotch Lane

It will not stop raining in Florida for more than about 20 minutes at a time. I managed to dash outside and hang this up so I could photograph it for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Challenge and get it submitted before the deadline. I’m very excited with the way this quilt turned out! Probably one of the few times it came out just like I imagined it in my head, all the way down to the quilting.  This quilt is 100% Michael Miller fabrics and I quilted it using 40wt Aurifil thread for the teal background and used a little bit of 50wt white thread for the dresdens. I quilted this on my Pfaff Powerquilter...
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Nearing the Finish Line

I’m getting close to having Hopscotch Lane finished.  I completed the quilting portion last weekend and put the binding on a day later after I trimmed it. I assumed I’d have plenty of time this week to do the hand binding at home but several things threw a wrench in my plans so I’ll be rushing today to get that done. I really wanted to do a “finished” post for this quilt next. Oh well! Some progress pix with captions for detail:   I have a blurb in an article of the August/September issue of Quilters Newsletter on how to price a quilt for sale. Lots of other great quilters are quoted too giving sound advice...
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Creating Pixel Blocks Using Grid Interfacing – A Tutorial

Materials List: Quiltsmart Watercolor Grid Interfacing in the size of your choice. The width of the fabric strips you are using will determine the grid size. I am using 1.5″ grid since my strips are 1.5″ wide.  They have it in varying sizes: Quiltsmart 1″ Grid Quiltsmart 1.5″ Grid Quiltsmart 2″ Grid Quiltsmart 2.5″ Grid You will also need: Sharp fabric scissors (I used my Perfect Scissors for this project) Piecing thread (I used 50 wt Aurifil Cotton Mako) 90/14 Quilting Needle Purple Thang or small tool to keep fingers away from the needle Iron with steam Teflon Pressing Sheet (I use the Bear Thread Applique Pressing Sheet) Your pattern and fabric strips I recommend reading...
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Finished – Corgi Fairytale Quilt

Update: Pattern now available for purchase and instant download! After lamenting on my last podcast about not feeling like I knew where I fit in quilting this quilt came to be. I designed it on Monday afternoon (July 8th) on a post-it note, came home that night and got to work.  My local modern quilt guild had a negative space challenge and originally I hadn’t intended on entering anything. Then this design popped into my head. I had to do it. Cut the applique pieces on Monday and basted the quilt sandwich, Tuesday night I started the quilting and zig-zag around all the applique edges, Wednesday was more quilting, Thursday was labeling and binding and tonight...
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Friday Misc. Roundup

I got a little bit of machine embroidery time last night after dinner to prep for my Tampa Modern Quilt Guild sew day on Saturday. First up is a lace edged heart from Big Dreams Embroidery. This will become my flag contribution for Flags for Boston that the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is organizing. They have some suggested guidelines. I’m keeping mine simple with just the heart as the centerpiece. I wish i’d used a contrasting thread for the lace edge but oh well, what’s done is done. Isn’t the dot fabric cute? The turquoise thread was part of my May Aurifil Thread Club shipment from The Quilt Bear! It fit perfectly with the fabric. I...
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Another Midi Bag Finish, Shopping at Rainbows End, Meeting a Podcast Listener

It’s been a busy weekend and I’m working on finishing several projects I’ve had on the back burner. I’m doing class previews and decided to teach a new class that I think a lot of people will love – the Midi Bag class! I already have one sample done for the store but I wanted to make a second one with a different handle and pocket style to show people they have options. I cut into a Terrain by Kate Spain jelly roll I had collecting dust on my shelf.
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Mail Call! My first magazine publication and a quilt top finish

Well it’s been an exciting day for many reasons…. my Honda Element broke down yesterday so it was towed to the shop today. Super sad face! I’ve had my Honda for five years now and I love it so much. Now that they don’t make them anymore it always makes me nervous when it isn’t at top performance so I try to stay ahead of the curve. It got a new alternator, battery, front tires, front brake pads, rear brake pads and rotors, and the 90k maintenance stuff. Spa day! I get it back tomorrow morning. Some stuff came in the mail too. I signed up for the Quilt Bear Aurifil Thread Club where you get...
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63 – Interview with Modern Quilter Elizabeth Dackson

An interview that has been in the works for a while! This is a very fun and informative interview with modern quilter Elizabeth Dackson of “Don’t Call Me Betsy“ blog and pattern shop. Links from “Housekeeping items” section: Xero Shoes – minimalist running sandals Quilters Health Challenge on Twitter – Hashtag #QHC Zombies! Run! App and if you’re not quite a runner yet (like me) the Couch to 5k Zombies, Run App trainer My Madrona Road Challenge Quilt From Elizabeth’s Interview: Lucky Stars Block of the Month Club – $15 for the year Don’t Call Me Betsy Flickr Group The Modern Quilt Guild Elizabeth teaches classes at Inspire! Quilt Shop – Plant City, Florida Elizabeth’s sewing...
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Quilting Modern and Letting Go

My Madrona Road challenge quilt is quilted! I’m a bit rusty so I’m calling this “wonky quilting” and I’m okay with letting go a bit for this one. I think this quilt will end up on my office wall in the end and I love how free it is. You know how sometimes you look at a quilt and it just seems uptight? I like to think this quilt is the antithesis of that. It’s my first modern quilt and I love it. The leaves were raw edge appliqued down just by quilting on top of them. Easy! They’ll get raggy over time. I brushed the edges out a bit with my fingernails to get them...
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