WIP Wednesday – Adventures in Airbrushing

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My journey in airbrushing has been a frustrating one. When I first got the idea for this technique I had never airbrushed anything except makeup onto my face and I wasn’t sure how it would work out. I didn’t know much about airbrushing equipment, paint, airbrush guns or what the advantages/disadvantages are between gravity feed and siphon feed. The first air compressor I bought wasn’t suited for the job so I had to return it and get a new one. {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}

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}

Hedgehog, Pouf and Summer is here!

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I’ve been in a flurry of sewing ADD. I probably have about 5 different projects scattered around my room right now in various states of being finished. I did get a few things finished this past weekend though. This cute hedgehog is an in-the-hoop stuffed toy I decided to try because I was participating in a Plushie swap. I will say I was disappointed with the instructions provided with the file but I managed to get the toy done without {Read More}

Take the drag out of free motion quilting

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When I bought my Powerquilter I had to think about ways to help reduce drag on large quilts as I’d be working on them. I didn’t purchase the extension table leafs because I thought perhaps I had a better solution. My idea was partially inspired by Leah Day’s bungee cord rigging she uses on her domestic machine.  I didn’t want to drill into my ceiling though so I thought of a different way that would work with any table I {Read More}

Memorial Day Sew In – Photos!

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I got a new tool! The Versa Tool by Handiquilter has lots of different applications and so far I like it a lot even on my sit-down longarm. They don’t recommend using longarm rulers on domestic sewing machines since you can damage your machine (the feet on domestic machines raise too high and if you break a needle on the ruler you can really mess up your timing or something worse). But if you have a sitdown or regular longarm {Read More}

WIP Wednesday – Experimentation and Nostalgia

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I haven’t been doing a lot of sewing the past few weeks. I’m slowly getting back into the groove of things though. I did a bit of experimentation with some Pigma Paintstiks on fabric. That was interesting to play around with. The bottom of the feather I drew directly onto the fabric with the Paintstiks and towards the top I put the paint onto a stencil brush and brushed it on. I like the look at the top better – {Read More}

“Wander” – The Hot Air Balloon Quilt

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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 {Read More}

Ticker Tape Applique Quilt Finish

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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 {Read More}

Class Sample Preview and a mini update

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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 {Read More}