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Full Hearts Panel -- Part 4

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This week's Wednesday video is a continuation of how I quilted the background of the Full Heart panel.




If you liked this video and want to learn more free-motion quilting on your home sewing machine, enroll in my First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting Class.

Neutral Bowl of Cherries Cutie Quilt

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I recently remade my Bowl of Cherries Cutie Pattern in all neutrals for an elegant looking gift quilt.

I like to give neutral quilts as wedding gifts, so this quilt will probably find its forever home with newlyweds.
I quilted it with free-motion feathers using Lamb Tutti cotton thread in the needle and DecoBob Antique White thread in the bobbin.

I recently finished filming my First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting class and will start filming a class about Threads and Needles and Batting.  In January, though, I will begin filming a class about how to quilt free-motion feathers on your home sewing machine, including the feather pattern I used on this quilt.  Sign up for my newsletter to make sure you don't miss any announcements about these classes.
To see all of my online machine quilting classes, click HERE.

I put together a kit for this elegant Bowl of Cherries quilt.  It's a fun and easy quilt to make, and it's on SALE!

Full Hearts Panel, Part 3

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This week's Watch It Wednesday video features the Full Heart panel, available on my website.  I've shown how to stitch Filigree Feathers in the center hearts and how to outline the lines of hearts.  Join the free online class to see the first two videos.   This week, we're going to fill in some background.  Since I consider orange a "neutral" color for a background, I'm using a 50-weight bright orange variegated cotton from Tutti by WonderFil Specialty Threads.If you liked this video and want to learn more free-motion quilting on your home sewing machine, enroll in my First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting class.  But HURRY!  The "while I'm creating it" price ends on Friday, September 18, 2020.!



New Cutie Pattern -- Cobblestones!

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2020 has been, to say the least, an odd year.  I looked back to see when I last released a Cutie Pattern and it was in late 2019.  It's definitely time to release a new one, don't you think?

Obliging as I am, I present:  Cobblestones!
I decided to make this quilt using some very happy 30s reproduction fabrics:
I had a lot of fun quilting this quilt kit with ribbon candy, continuous curve, and swirls in the border.
After I quilted it, I realized that I teach all three of these techniques in my First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting class.  If you haven't purchased the class yet, do so now because the price will go up on September 16.
At the request of students, I put together a kit of my favorite 10 machine quilting threads.  I used white thread for this quilt and have bundled a cone of white Konfetti cotton thread with a cone of white DecoBob thread for the bobbin for those who use white thread as much as I do!I became a great aunt this weekend and a special little girl might rece…

Bull's Eye with Tim Burton

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Some folks love Halloween quilts.  Some folks love Christmas quilts.  This Bull's Eye Cutie Quiltcelebrates both holidays. The Nightmare Before Christmas border, wacky black and white prints, neon green background, and purple striped sashing makes this quilt kit perfect for Halloween, Christmas, and every other day of the year for some!
This quilt has worked as a sample for a year or so and is now living its best life in its forever home!

Getting in the Holiday Spirit

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It's been a long, hot summer here in New York and I tried to make myself feel a little cooler by finishing my Woodsy Noel Cutie Quilt.  My friend Tara, from Orchard Hill Quilting, designed this quilt and I'm totally obsessed with the adorableness of it.In December, I had a quilting event near my niece and nephew.  They are quite young and it was fun seeing them get excited about Christmas!  Right then, I knew that they needed this quilt while they were still young enough to love Santa.
Santa's hat needed some ribbon candy, naturally.  He needed a curly beard and rosy cheeks, too! The trees were decorated with ribbon candy as well!  (Imagine that!) For every other family member who has waited and Waited and WAITED for Aunt Debby to send her very late gifts, I need to make it known that I was early with a gift.  Once.  And it will never happen again. I made this quilt from fabric in my stash.  What fabrics would you use?

A La Mode Cutie Quilt featuring Nautical Prints

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 A La Mode Cutie Pattern is one of the quilt patterns I've made most often.*  It's as easy as pie... a la mode.  I love that it only requires Cutie Pack and 1 1/4 yards of background fabric.   There are no borders and the binding is cut from the Cutie Pack!  The frugal quilter in me LOVES THIS!I have put the kits for this quilt on sale so you can make one, too!These nautical prints from Riley Blake are completely adorable.  There are even WHALES in a few of the prints!!!  I also have Cutie Packs (16 fat eighths) of this line available in my shop.

I decided to quilt this with overall loops to mimic the fabric with a rope print.  I teach how to quilt Edge to Edge Loops in my First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting online class.  This free-motion pattern is what I suggest to my students as a first attempt at all-over or edge-to-edge quilting, and in class I show to nestle your patterns together, keep your loops (somewhat) even, and avoid stitching over the already stitched areas. All t…

Beginning Cutie Quilt Featuring Sevilla Fabrics

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I'm so pleased that this quilt is quilted, bound, filmed, and ready to be shipped off to a family member.  She thinks it's "Cute" and "Need[s] it."  There are few perks to being related to a quilter, but first dibs on quilts is one of them.
This Beginning Cute Quilt features Sevilla fabrics from Benartex and Dublin backgrounds from Northcott.I found a new place to hang quilts to photograph because Hurricane Isaias destroyed my previous quilt space (aka "the back deck").  This is pretty, too, right?  And when we rebuild the deck, I will make sure it's photo worthy!
Kits for this quilt are in my shop as well as Sevilla Cutie Packs.I quilted the hour glass blocks with curves using rulers on my home sewing machine.Learn how to do this in my video:
In the video, I talked about:

Ruler FeetHandi Quilter Slice RulerHandi GripQuilter's 1/4" TapeGrip GlovesThis pumpkin seed design can be featured in un-pieced blocks, too!Have you ever used rulers o…

Bowl of Cherries Cutie Quilt featuring My Little Sunshine 2 Fabrics

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This quilt is even sweeter than I thought it would be!



The light showed the machine quilting, so that was great.  The fabric, however, isn't shown to its full effect.  And there was a tree shadow (darn trees!).

Cherry Guidry designed My Little Sunshine 2 fabric line and it's absolutely ADORABLE!


I have kits for the Bowl of Cherries quilt, Cutie Packs (16 fat eighth), and fat quarters of this line in my shop.

Machine quilting this quilt was so much fun!  I quilted ribbon candy in the white strip used that as the spine for elongated free-motion feathers in the rest of the block:


My sweet Handi Quilter Stitch 710 handled this quilt like a champ.



The WonderFil Konfetti thread with a DecoBob bobbin also performed without a single frustration.  I am currently running a special on this thread combination (save $5 when you buy both spools together).

I simply meandered over the bicycle border because the print was the star of the show.


I'm currently teaching free-motion quilting on…

Benartex Christmas in July Blog Hop

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I'm so excited!  Today is my day on the Benartex Christmas in July Blog Hop!!


Jim Shore has long been a staple of Christmas decorating and I wanted to show this fabric line off to its fullest.  I chose my Nearly There Cutie Pattern because its large pieces showcase the prints.


For the folks who are new to my blog/website, a Cutie Pattern always uses 16 fat eighths plus extras (borders, background, etc.).  A Cutie Pack (16 fat eighths) is an economical way to buy fabric and and Cutie Patterns are written to minimize fabric waste.

Here is the fabric that was left from making this quilt:


Even though Cutie Quilts are great for beginner/frugal quilters who want to minimize their cash outlay, they are also great for long-time quilters (like me!) who are drowning in scraps.  Cutie Quilts don't add much to my scrap piles.  Phew!

I love designing quilts, but I also love to machine quilt them!

When I baste a quilt, I know that the next step is a day or two when my "job" invol…

It's Christmas in July with Odif!

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Since I am the undisputed "Biggest Fan of 505 Basting Spray," I'm happy to be an Odif Ambassador.  Today we would like to share our ideas for using Odif to celebrate Christmas in July!

I decided to play with Odif Coating Sprays.


I am exclusively a traditional quilter.  I make design and make traditional quilt patterns and I machine quilt them.  I know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about paints.  So, in the spirit of 2020, I homeschooled myself.

I hung white fabric on cardboard and started spraying:


I was expecting a graffiti look to the paints, but the red, green and gold were very subtle on white.  I tried again on some black fabric:


Neither gave me the look I was expecting.


It wasn't WRONG, it was just UNEXPECTED.

So, throwing away my idea of what these paints would look like on fabric, I spied a gorgeous piece of Stag & Thistle fabric in my scrap pile.  I wonder what would happen if I highlighted the nests by spraying them white and then spraying a green aura around the…