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“Wander” – The Hot Air Balloon Quilt

Saturday morning I had a burst of inspiration and decided to make a small, scrappy hot air balloon. I had no idea how I was going to use it or if it would ever be finished into a quilt. I just wanted to enjoy the process of making something unexpected out of the blue again. I pulled out some of my favorite blue and green scrap fabrics and set to work doing some machine applique.  I used my favorite turquoise 50 wt cotton Mako Aurifil thread for the balloon top and a light brown 50 wt cotton mako Aurifil thread for the basket. I was really happy with how it turned out, wonky basket and all....
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Hand Woven Bali Basket Finish

I’ve had this pattern for a month or two now and it ended up being the one quilty/sewy thing I did on my holiday break. You don’t have to use your sewing machine at all to make these and there is only a teeny bit of handsewing involved in the beginning and end of the basket. The rest is just weaving ends together and wrapping around the piping to create the basket. It was very simple to get the hang of and the pattern offered both written and photo instructions. Hand Woven Bali Basket Pattern The pattern is intended to be used with jelly roll strips so I tried it with a 1930′s solid jelly roll...
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Ticker Tape Applique Quilt Finish

This quilt is a sample for a class I’m teaching next Quarter. I love how it came together and enjoyed the process of making it so much. It would work for a large or small quilt and is perfect for using up all sorts of scraps.  I pieced, appliqued, quilted inside the white part of the blocks and did the binding with Aurifil 50 wt. mako thread. The colored areas of the block borders were done with various embroidery threads I had on hand, I wanted something really shiny to make it pop. It was quilted on my Pfaff Powerquilter 16.0 (“Anne). Bernie hopes you are enjoying your Christmas morning too!
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Class Sample Preview and a mini update

My surgery went well and I’ve been home recovering. Lots of time to sit and do quilting stuff and small projects when I’m up for it. I’ve been getting a lot done! I wanted to share a little preview of some of the things I’ll be teaching next quarter. I love this little in-the-hoop owl sewing kit from Embroidery Garden.  It doesn’t take very long to make one in the hoop and it is such a useful kit to keep all your binding supplies together. Who doesn’t like having a little stuffed owl carrying around all their hand sewing supplies? It’s just too cute.   The e-reader craze is still going strong and everyone wants a...
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Small Project Updates

Sorry I’ve been AWOL – going through some personal stuff right now and I haven’t been in a good place to blog or podcast.  I’m not sure when that will change  so I appreciate any support you can give in the meantime. I finally felt like doing some quilting earlier this week and I got a few things done and made progress on others.   I love the progress I’ve made on my ticker tape blocks. Two more and I’ll have 9 blocks to sew together for the top. I think it is going to be a fun class to teach.   Tinkerbell got a binding! It took me several days to decide what binding fabric...
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Tinkerbell Quilt progress

My Tinkerbell Quilt got a border on last week (boy I haven’t done a mitered border in a while!).  I also took the time to quilt the center and do the applique stitch before Kismet broke. Unfortunately I probably won’t bind her until I get Kismet back. I love how it’s looking so far though! Download the Tinkerbell Applique Template for free here! I quilted the center using Aurifil 50 wt. Cotton Mako on my new Pfaff Powerquilter 16.0. I also used two layers of batting to get that texture that I love so much. I also worked on prepping some ticker tape applique blocks for a class I’m teaching next quarter. Really looking forward to...
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Tutorial – Printing Directly Onto Fusible Web

I love machine applique but one of the things that I hate doing is tracing designs. They can be really time consuming to do especially if they are very intricate patterns you need to trace. The good news is there is a way to print onto fusible web using your ink-jet printer and it’s not very difficult to do. Supplies and Tools Needed: Your applique template, preferably sized to fit on a regular letter size sheet of paper. Download the Tinkerbell Star design here for free! One sheet of letter-size cardstock or medium weight paper Gluestick, lightweight spray adhesive or scotch tape Lightweight Fusible web – I used Heat and Bond Lite Scissors (paper scissors and serrated...
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Feathers, Feathers and the Butterfly Quilt

This is a UFO that’s over 2 years old and I decided to pull it out and work on the darn thing so I could get a better feel for Anne. I’ve had The Butterfly Quilt hanging in my closet for a while after I worked on the center panel.  (See my photos from 2011 on this project when I first started quilting it).  I got nervous overthinking the quilt after I quilted the center section and was seriously worried if I got back to it I’d screw it up. After practicing some feathers on Anne and a scrap sandwich I pulled it out and stuck it under the needle. This quilt has some interesting areas...
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WIP Wednesday – Bags and Such

I tried a new Quiltsmart kit ‘The Bitty Bag” (the smallest version of the Mondo and Midi bag) this weekend and really had fun with it. There are so many cute variations you can do with this kit to make the bag you want. I decided to make a foldover flap and shoulder strap but I may make another one and do it with drawstrings. This is the Mimi by Chez Moi for Moda line. The kit comes with enough pre-printed interfacing to make two bags and also includes two hooks and a button cover kit for one button.  It only takes 13 charms to make the outside of the bag! I also finished up some...
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