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Does quilting fill your heart with joy? Or 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 […]

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Color & Value Quilting Quilts Reviews

A Quilt for Myself – Adapting the Meadowland Quilt Pattern

Like most quilters I know, I am much more likely to prioritize a quilt I am making as a gift or as a class or pattern sample than a quilt I am making purely for my own use. Do you do that, too? But last week, I gave myself the gift of a few days […]

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Free Projects Quilting Reviews Technique Tutorials

Making a 10 Minute Quilt Block

Can you make an interesting quilt block in just 10 minutes or less? And with just 3 seams? Yes! I’ve been experimenting lately with this oldie-but-goodie method that was popularized by Suzanne McNeill in her books: 10-Minute Blocks: 3-Seam Squares for Quicker Quilts: Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes or Yardage (Design Originals) Handy Technique for a […]

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Walking Foot Quilting for My Beads/Chandelier Quilt

In my last post, I shared my progress on my Beads or Chandelier quilt, along with a free pattern from Donna Jordan of Jordan Fabrics. Today, I plan to share with you how I’m machine quilting my quilt on my home sewing machine with a walking foot. I spray basted my quilt sandwich with 505 […]

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Free Projects Link Love Quilting Quilts Technique Tutorials

Link Love – The Beads or Chandelier Quilt

Free patterns are always fun, aren’t they? Well, today I have a delightful pattern recommendation to pass along to you: a pretty, on-point Beads quilt pattern by Donna Jordan from Jordan Fabrics. There’s even a video to go with the pattern! Scroll down the page to see the video. Here’s what inspired this project – […]

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Testing My Quilt Marking Tools

What should I use to mark my quilt? This seems to be one of the most commonly asked questions in the quilting community – and sometimes, one of the most controversial. The short answer is whatever gives you results that please you. But who wants to spend a lot of money on tools that may […]

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Free Projects Technique Tutorials

Making a Rope Bowl or Basket

There’s no single “right” way to make a rope bowl. In fact, if you search for tutorials online, you’ll be inundated with a wide variety of approaches. Over the years, I’ve tried quite a few different methods; the tips and techniques I’m sharing today are some of my favorites. For this project, I started with […]

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Machine Quilting Quilting Technique Tutorials

Stay Stitching is Your Friend!

I’m thrilled that so many of you are enjoying my latest FREEBIE!  But I’m finding there is one line in the printable Fabric to Finished Quilt checklist that some of you are wondering about. What is stay stitching? Why is it recommended? In this specific example, stay stitching is running a single line of stitches around the entire […]

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Easy & Elegant Echo Quilting

Machine quilting doesn’t need to be fussy, difficult, or complicated to be effective (Although over-the-top quilting can certainly be gorgeous!) One of my favorite techniques that is also super-easy and beginner-friendly is echo quilting. Echo quilting is simply choosing a seam in a pieced quilt or the edge of an appliquéd shape and stitching parallel […]

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Classes Color & Value Technique Tutorials

Evaluating Relative Values

I’m getting ready to teach my Color Gets the Credit but Value does the Work class at the AQS show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I thought it might be helpful to post a quick overview of the methods I recommend for evaluating the relative value of the fabrics in your quilt or other project. […]

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Link Love Quilting Reviews

My Favorite FREE Apps for Quilters

Do you have a favorite app on your phone or tablet? I confess that I love listening to recorded books when I’m sewing and playing word games when I’m feeling antsy, but there are two apps in particular that I thought you might enjoy, too. Even better – they’re both FREE! And they are both […]

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