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Do you ever feel like you just don’t have the time, tools, dexterity, or aptitude to create beautiful machine pieced, appliquéd or machine quilted quilts? I can help – I’ve been there myself! I’ve also spent my 25+ year career developing techniques and strategies to make my own quilting time more productive & efficient, and […]

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Quilting Quilts Reviews

The Corner Cut 60

I’m tickled to be pattern-testing another wonderful new pattern from Jemima of Tied with a Ribbon. I can’t show the full Heat Wave quilt until the official pattern release a little bit later this spring, but I can show you some in-progress pics and a GREAT tool I’ve discovered for working with 60 degree (equilateral) […]

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Free Projects Sewing Technique Tutorials

FREE PROJECT – Fast & Fun Folded Fabric Stars

These scrap-busting stars make great holiday ornaments or decorations, and are easy enough that kids can enjoy making them, too. 😊 What You’ll Need: 3 strips of fabric for each star I used 3” x 10” strips for the larger stars and 2” x 7” strips for the smaller star. You can use 3 strips […]

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Machine Quilting Quilting Quilts

Quilting Inspiration from Nature

What inspires you? What do you think about when you choose fabrics for a sewing or quilting project? Do you find yourself drawn to certain colors, shapes, or pattern styles? I get much of my creative inspiration from nature. Some of my earliest and most enduring memories are of specific landscapes and places and the […]

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Machine Quilting Quilting Quilts Technique Tutorials

Revisiting Continuous Curve Machine Quilting

Back in June, I shared a step-by-step tutorial for Continuous Curve Machine Quilting with a Walking Foot. This quilting pattern has been a favorite of mine since I first learned it almost 30 years ago. The version I shared was (and is) a fantastic beginner-friendly starting point, but I thought you might be ready for […]

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Machine Quilting Quilting Quilts Technique Tutorials

Choosing Thread for Machine Quilting – Let’s have some fun!

How do YOU decide what thread to use when you machine quilt? Do you have a go-to favorite? Have you ever played with any other options? My go-to thread is 50wt. Aurifil cotton – the same thread that I use for piecing my quilts. It’s strong, colorfast, easy to work with, reliable, and has just […]

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Quilting Quilts Reviews

Pattern Testing the Log Cabin Toss Quilt

Why would a quilt designer like myself pattern-test another’s designer’s quilt? Because it’s FUN! AND I’m also firm believer in artists and designers supporting each other. 🙂 Jemima Flendt of Tied with a Ribbon is one of my all-time favorite Australian quilt designers. I love her fresh, modern take on traditional – and sometimes non-traditional […]

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Machine Quilting Quilting Quilts Technique Tutorials

Continuous Curve Machine Quilting with a Walking Foot

Continuous Curve (also known as Orange Peel) quilting has been around a long, long time, but its gentle curves are still one of my favorite ways to add a lovely soft texture to a quilt. It can be done by hand, with a walking foot, or with a free-motion foot; but the stitching path may […]

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Celtic Machine Quilting Quilting Quilts

Endings and Beginnings – A Personal Note

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” This quote, usually attributed to Lao Tzu, but perhaps written by someone else entirely, nonetheless speaks to me – especially given what is happening in my life right now. Journal Quilt – Tree of Life. Journal Quilting is one of the ways I process my life experiences […]

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Link Love Quilting

Quilters Supporting the People of Ukraine

Quilters have a long history of showing love and support for the people and causes they care about. As I understand it, the people of Ukraine don’t need our quilts right now, but they do need humanitarian aid. I was moved and inspired by a post from Aurifil Thread this week, showcasing free or low-cost […]

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