Sunday, February 1, 2015

January 2015 in Review

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It looks like January was a pillow month! I always enjoy making them as they are a easy project. It wasn't intentional but as I was putting the mosaic together.......I noticed almost everything was blues or grays which you usually see a lot of in January. I had to include a photos of the 4 quilts that have been mailed off.....they are all Spring colors!

I redid my blog header for February, I used to do it all the time and I think it is time to start again.

Starting at the beginning of the month:

Review of 2014
2014 quilts and projects done by Freemotion by the River
Stash Additions
Stash Additions
River Walkers and Winner
Canadian geese on the river

Grand Illusion not working
When you really don't like your quilt
Batiks in the Snow
Batiks in the snow
Lovely Drunkard
Lovely Drunkard quilt
Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts Book Review
Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts Favorite Projects from Fons & Porter
Two new scrap projects
Barbed Wire sections of the quilt at Freemotion by the River
Islanb Batik Sock Hop begins
Island Batik Sock Hop
54-40 or Fight
54-40 or Fight Batik pillows
String blocks with Applique

Applique done on string blocks using batik fabrics
Working on Island Batik Quilts
Freemotion quilting using a vintage 15-91 Singer Sewing machine
Island Batik quilts ready to mail
Labels on my quilts and ready to send to Island Batik
AccuQuilt Helpers
Grandchildren helping me cut
Free-motion Quilting for Beginners Book Review

Free-Motion Quilting For Beginners and those who think they can't

Strippy Catch All Basket
Strippy Catch All Basket from AccuQuilt
2015 Free-motion Quilting Challenge
Free-motion quilted pillow challenge
Island Batik Blog Hop winners
Island Batik Giveaway
  Feathered Heart Pillow Challenge
2015 Free-motion quilting challenge pillow
 Batik Strippy Catch All Baskets

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
Heart Twister quilt made by Andy Pfeffer using my tutorial
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

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Heart Twister quilt made by Andy Pfeffer using my tutorial
Something that always makes me very happy is when I get a email from someone saying they made a quilt or project from one of my tutorials! Andy Pfeffer doesn't have a blog and gave me permission to show her work here. This was her very first twister quilt and it is beautiful! Thank you Andy for sharing!

I wrote this tutorial in 2013 and it continues to be one of my most popular posts! If you would like to read more about it or get the pattern, click here.
Since today is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day I thought I would share this heart design again with all of you.

This is a day to celebrate all kinds of art.  Patience Brewster who is an artist, designer and illustrator inspires people with her beautiful work which you can see here. Her Christmas ornaments page is her most visited page and here is just a little sample of her unique work.
Patience Brewester

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Batik Strippy Catch All Baskets

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I finished up a couple of the cute little baskets from the pattern at AccuQuilt. This pattern is still free so grab it right. Download Strippy Catch-All Baskets that I posted about the other day.

Belinda from Samplings of a Blue Ribbon Girl designed the pattern for AccuQuilt and it is very easy it was to make!I love shopping my stash.....having that bolt of fusible fleece and plenty of batiks made it easy to start and finish this project.
Having a stash on hand
I though you might like to see how you cut off the corners of your piece.
Trim off the corners
I can't throw the corners away......I might do a little free-motion quilting on them...another day.
Corners for another project
Isn't this cute! A little basket holding some of my dies!.
Basket holding AccuQuilt dies
So........have you made one of these yet?? I would love to see it. 
Batik Strippy Baskets
Freemotion by the River is now a Island Batik Ambassador

This was the first project I made when I became a Island Batik ambassador and you know what......I still love this group of fabrics! You can read about my Island Flower wall hanging that I made using Berry Christmas by Island Batik here. I also used my AccuQuilt GO! and dies for it.
Island Flower on deck at Freemotion by the River
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Feathered Heart Pillow Challenge

Pin It Surprise, surprise......another pillow! I do love making pillows and I have a feeling I will be making lots of them this year. Poor Builder Bob just shakes his head.

I am taking part in the 2015 Free-motion Quilting Challenge that Darlene at QuiltShopGal is hosting. Option #3 which is the feathered heart design by LuAnn Kessi. You can find her tutorial here and you can see all of her beautiful quilting sketches here. Option #2 was a heart design by Frances Moore and I remember doing it in 2012 but I can't find my old post.
2015 Free-motion quilting challenge pillow
I thought LuAnn's feathered heart design was really neat and I drew the spines with my Frixion pen and then did a few of the feathers on the right side. Then I got brave and just started quilting. I don't know if you can see but.....right away I was off the lines.
Feather quilting the heart
I think I did pretty good except for the center top......I completely got lost there. I think doing white on white made it hard but.....if I had used red thread I think it would have looked pretty messy. Do you like my vintage iron? I love the weight of it and boy does it get hot!
Ironing to remove Frixion pen markings
For the background I just marked lines every inch to keep me going straight and then just did straight free-motion lines close together. Ignore the thread tied around my sewing machine.....I still haven't attached my LED light permanently.
free-motion stitching straight lines on my vintage 15-91
Here is a closer look at the background quilting. I used muslin for my pillow and Warm & Natural cotton batting. The thread was Glide and I just did a envelope back on the pillow.
Close up of background quilting on the pillow
The quilt the pillow is on is a pattern that will be available soon. I have made it in 3 different variations of colors and just love it.
2015 Free-motion quilting challenge pillow

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