Author: Beth Ann

When health challenges made hand-sewing (and hand appliqué and hand-quilting) no longer physically viable for her, Beth Ann’s first instinct was dismay and discouragement. But Grandma Baldwin gave her a loving (but stern!) “No pity parties – just figure out a different way.” So Beth Ann turned to her trusty sewing machine and began devising ways to achieve the fine quality appliqué look she craved faster and easier than she ever thought possible. And a career was born! Now Beth Ann enjoys sharing her accessible “invisible” machine appliqué and creative machine quilting techniques with other quilters and fiber artists around the world.
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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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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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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Free Projects Technique Tutorials

FREE Project – Origami Drawstring Bag

I have a quick and easy photo tutorial for you today – along with some fun photographs from when Connor and I taught this project in the Kids Make It, Take It classes we used to offer through Lakeshore Sewing. Not only is this delightful, giftable little bag useful and appealing for all ages – […]

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Free Projects Link Love

Link Love – 4 FREE Projects for the Young & Young at Heart

The cold snowy weather we’ve been having lately is perfect for staying in and sewing – and if your weather as been anything like ours, you may have some kids or teens at home, too. So I’ve rounded up a short list of free projects and tutorials that my daughter Connor and I have tried […]

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Free Projects Technique Tutorials

FREE Project – Festive Holiday Coasters

Hello again, everyone! As some of you know, I went through a cancer scare this fall, and had my hands more than full with doctor visits and subsequent surgery a couple of weeks ago. But I am thrilled to report that my final biopsies came back negative & I’m getting my groove back! I have […]

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