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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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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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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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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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WIP Wednesday and Sundry

It’s been a busy week and I haven’t done much sewing or quilting. I’m taking a class at my LQS involving machine applique and thread sketching/quilting so after the first session on Saturday I went home with a ton of homework. This Saturday also kicks off 6 weeks of teaching for me so I’m gonna be pretty busy until mid-November. I got my homework done last night and now I just need to prep for my Quilting in the Hoop class that happens on Saturday. I call this the million bajillion piece wallhanging. I was seriously hating it by the time I got to the second flower. Saturday is part 2 of the class where she...
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Finish – Wedding Guest Memory Quilt

I guess this counts as my oldest UFO finish ever! One of my good corgi-owner friends got married almost three years ago and I offered to make her a quilt from fabrics her guests signed. I got the signed scraps of fabric back probably two years ago and its sat in a drawer since then waiting to be put together. Originally I was just going to do square-in-a-square but after seeing some of the guests wrote straight to the edge I realized I had to applique them all so she didn’t lose any messages. Her wedding was fall themed so this was my attempt to make it look like a tree had notes hanging from it...
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The MEGA Finishes Post – Class Samples Done!

I’m pretty sure this is some kind of world record. I work best under deadlines and this is proof. Three quilts finished this week! I’ll start with the big one. The Summer House Lone Star quilt turned out fantastic. I bound it using the lime green coordinating solid. It’s hand bound to the back. Still no label since I don’t have a proper name for it. Measures 66 x 66 finished. I’m really looking forward to teaching the class and seeing what fabrics all my students pick!  My lone star is now off my quilty bucket list. On to something new!   I redid my beginner melt and blend sampler with proper borders. I think this...
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