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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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I’m getting a sewing cabinet!

I’ve been wanting a sewing cabinet for my computerized sewing machine  ever since I got my Singer 201-2 that is built into one and realized how easy it made piecing and quilting! I have an extension table but that isn’t quite the same. The quilts get caught on the corners while I’m FMQing and it gets annoying after a while. Hubby asked me what I wanted for my birthday/anniversary and I mentioned the sewing cabinet and explained I’d been saving up for one since I found a model I liked. Here is what I decided on! The cabinet is on its way and the custom fit insert I just ordered for my machine. Arrow Bertha Sewing...
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Rainbow Insomnia – quilting finished!!

I finished the quilting on Rainbow Insomnia last night.  I was going to wait until I put the binding on to show a final photo of the result but I just couldn’t wait any longer! Here is the quilt before I quilted it: I love the light coming through the top: And now that I’m finished here it is after.  I’ll take better photos in natural light later – these are just straight out of my studio.  Hopefully you can see the detail ok.  I took a few closeup shots of the quilting. Despite the numerous flaws that I can see in this quilt I’m completely and totally in love with it. The colored parts of...
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Distractions & A Bargello Quilt Along Plan

Wednesday night, after coming home from a dinner with the hubs, I went into my sewing room and looked at The Butterfly Quilt on my sewing machine waiting for some more quilting to be done on it. I seriously am considering naming the quilt “That F*@$#ing Butterfly Quilt” because of the anxiety I develop before sitting down to quilt a section.  What was I thinking when I decided to do free motion feathers inside of the panels? Argh! Add to my frustration my other great decision to do microstippling where my feathers didn’t fit.  This quilt is gonna take a while to finish.  I need to re-think my desire to do a Wholecloth quilt. Here are...
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The Top You’re Scared to Quilt

I recently experienced that fear I think all quilters run into… you finish a top and you don’t know how you should quilt it. You stare at the top for a while. Then you have an idea as to how you’d like to quilt it but either you aren’t confident in your skills to pull off the design or you are simply just petrified to try it out in case it might look awful. What ends up happening is your top doesn’t get quilted and you continue to feel guilty that you haven’t finished that quilt yet.  I finished this top in the Spring of this year and it has languished in a drawer while I...
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27 – Needle and thread, “The Modern Garden” gets finished and I practice feathers galore!

Sketched Freeform Feathers If you missed my post on finishing “The Modern Garden” go take a look! Tons of pics. Follow me on Instagram! (Free iPhone app to share fun photos you can edit in the app).  I do lots of quilty pix along with corgi pix. The Accuquilt Go! Gets another workout thanks to Lauren. Giveaway winners are announced and packages were mailed out yesterday! (Side note: No wonder the USPS is seeing a huge drop in First Class mailings. Their people aren’t very friendly.) Work plans a Halloween table and my creative talents get put to good use! **New quilting podcasts to try out:** The Quilting Pot on Podbean – I Knit to Quilt...
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