Photo Catchup Post – September addition

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Sorry for going dark for so long! I haven’t been up to much sewing or quilting hence the absence. Get ready for a big photo post so I can catch up. I did a little fun sew day with some Modern Quilt Guild friends a few weeks ago. We visited The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida for some inspiration. Our guild is having a design challenge based on the art we saw that day. I got some cool photos! {Read More}

Tutorial – Sea Glass Mermaid

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Download the free pattern at Craftsy I’ve been itching to post this tutorial since I finished it over the weekend! This was a fun tutorial I did for Therm-o-web demonstrating my favorite glue stick to use for ticker tape applique. My hairstylist is a huge mermaid fan and after seeing her for years I decided it was time to make something special in a mermaid theme. I hope you enjoy it! And some behind-the-scenes progress photos: And a timelapse video {Read More}

FINALLY – Finished Photos of Hopscotch Lane

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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 {Read More}

Nearing the Finish Line

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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 {Read More}

Creating Pixel Blocks Using Grid Interfacing – A Tutorial

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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 {Read More}

Finished – Corgi Fairytale Quilt

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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 {Read More}

Friday Misc. Roundup

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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 {Read More}

Another Midi Bag Finish, Shopping at Rainbows End, Meeting a Podcast Listener

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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 {Read More}

Mail Call! My first magazine publication and a quilt top finish

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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 {Read More}

63 – Interview with Modern Quilter Elizabeth Dackson

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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 {Read More}