Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 Free-motion Quilting Challenge

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Free-motion quilted pillow challenge
I am taking part in the 2015 Free-motion Quilting Challenge that Darlene at QuiltShopGal is hosting. Option #1 was to use Molly Hanson's book. I recently reviewed Free-Motion Quilting For Beginners and Those Who Think They Can't by Molly Hanson and decided to try her paisley free-motion quilting pattern. I have a huge box of orphan blocks so I just pulled one out and added some muslin borders to make it big enough for a pillow.

It was fun to try the paisley design.......no I didn't do it in the center squares.....I had a hard enough time getting it right in the border and sometimes.....I forgot where I was going. 
I like the design but it took me longer and more thread than stippling. I definitely will try this pattern on a large quilt and do it larger.
Paisley swirls free-motion quilting
A little tip for you when making a pillow......double check that you have the right side to the inside before sewing the darn thing together.....thank goodness for my seam ripper.
Double check before sewing your pillow together
I wanted to finish the pillow with a zipper and didn't have any cream ones so I used a lavender one and made a concealed flap to hide it.
zipper tutorial coming
I planned on doing a tutorial on it but.....the photos didn't turn out too well with all the muslin so I will still have to get that done. I have a couple other pillows to show this week but just did the envelope on them.
Concealed zipper flap on pillow
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Strippy Catch All Basket

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If you love baskets as much as I do, you will want to download this pattern that is available from AccuQuilt right now while it is still free. Download Strippy Catch-All Basket

I can see these in lots of beautiful fabrics.....including batiks! Belinda from Samplings of a Blue Ribbon Girl designs many patterns for AccuQuilt including the Valentine's Day patterns I showed you last week. Grab them now while they are free.

How about this GO! Hugs and Kisses Bed Runner, it could also be used as a table runner.

AccuQuilt GO! Hugs and Kisses Bed Runner free pattern
The GO! Sweetheart wall hanging is beautiful, I think my grand-daughters would love it in their room.
AccuQuilt GO! Sweetheart Wall Hanging free pattern

Today is the final day of the Island Batik Sock Hop and Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts made not one but....two quilts for the blog hop! I hope you have visited all the blogs and entered the giveaways. Thank you Island Batik for a great blog hop!
1/12 – Island Batik 
1/13 – Susan Vassallo Quilting Arts – Topsy Turvey Log Cabin
1/14 – Freemotion by the River – 54-40 in Running Water
1/15 – Beaquilter – Hunter Star in Crimson Tide
1/16 – One Quilting Circle – Flying Geese
1/17 – Mary Mack’s Blog – Sisters Choice in Down in the Boondocks
1/18 – Happy Cottage Quilter – Nine Patch in Johnny B Goode
1/19 – Kauffman Designs – Drunkard’s Path in Downtown
1/20 – Tamarinis – Pinwheel in Saturday Night Fever
1/21 – Bejeweled Quilts – Maple Leaf in La Bamba
1/22 – Six Gables Designs – Friendship Star in Full Bloom
1/23 – Purrfect Spots – Duck and Ducklings in No Particular Place to Go
1/24 – Inchworm Fabrics – Another Star in In the Summer Time
1/25 – Sew Fresh Quilts – Stepping Stones in Cry Me a River
Go Big Electric Fabric Cutter at Accuquilt.com

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Free-Motion Quilting For Beginners

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Free-Motion Quilting For Beginners and those who think they can't
Have you been wanting to learn how to free-motion quilt or just practice some new designs? Then this is a book that I think will interest you. I reviewed Free-Motion Quilting For Beginners and Those Who Think They Can't by Molly Hanson for Martingale and was surprised at all of the neat free-motion stitches she did and also the fun projects!

I will definitely be making a few of these cute baskets! There are 15 different projects and 10 different quilting designs in the book.
Quilted baskets by Molly Hanson
This would be a neat free-motion design that uses words in it.
Free-motion design used on baskets
I have done a little bit with the bark look free-motion quilting and Molly shares several projects as she shows how to do it.
Wood grain free-motion quilting design
A laptop sleeve would be fun to make.
Free-motion quilting design of bark
I can't wait to work with this design.
Free-motion quilting design of bark
One of the best projects to practice free-motion quilting is place-mats and pot holders.
Placemat and potholder that are quilted
This is your basic stipple quilting......which is still my favorite.
Easy stipple design
Have you wanted to learn pebbling? Molly will show that technique and....you can also make these cute totes!
Cute toteMakeup pouch
Pebbling is easier than you think.
Pebble quilting
A background of free-motion paisleys is something I will be practicing on.
Paisley pillow
I can make a single one, isn't this tote a great way to practice designs!
Paisley Tote
I get lost on the overall design but the diagrams in this book should help me do it.
Paisley Free-motion quilting design
There is a pattern for a dog cushion and tips on using the design on a fabric for the quilting.
Dog bed pattern
Swirls is another great pattern to learn.
Swirls in free-motion quilting
There are two totes shown with the swirl design.
Swirl tote Swirl tote
After teaching you the fundamentals, there is a chapter on custom quilting by combining designs that is very interesting.
Custom quilting combining designs

Custom quilting combining designs
Did you know if you buy a quilt book from Martingale you also get a e-book when you order a print version. You can find Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners and Those Who Think They Can't  at: Martingale.

Some of the photography is by Martingale, and their Photographer Brent Kane

Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners: (and those who think they can't) is also available on Amazon.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AccuQuilt Helpers

Pin It My grand-daughters spent the weekend with me and I decided to bring out my new GO! BIG Electric Fabric Cutter and let them help me cut up some fabric.
GO! BIG AccuQuilt Die Cutter
They pulled out some pink and purple batiks......their favorite colors and.....I think I have them hooked on batiks!
Grandchildren helping me cut
I got out my 2 inch Multiple Half Square Triangles die and showed them how to carefully use the die cutter.
It is unbelievable just how easy it is to use the electric die cutter! You turn it on, line up your die and lightly push it in. This would be perfect for anyone that has arthritis or has trouble turning the handle on the other die cutters.
a little posing for the camera
I had the electric die cutter away from the edge of the table which meant the girls had to stretch to push the die in and this kept their fingers away from the machine.
Kids helping with the AccuQuilt GO! BIG cutter
The pieces really cut fast.....I'm surprised I even got a picture of her sitting there waiting for it to finish.
Kids helping with the AccuQuilt GO! BIG cutter
When the die comes out the back you just grab it. I am thinking about putting a stack of books behind it so the die can slide on to that. Notice the little yellow bowl.....the girls used that for the little pieces of fabric that they picked out of the die.
Removing the die from the machine
We cut up 5 fat quarters of batik and an equal amount of the neutral fabric in no time. 
GO! BIG AccuQuilt Die Cutter 2 inch HSTs
I'm not sure what I'll make with all the blocks........it might be fun to make pillows for the girls!
Batiks all cut and ready to use
This is actually the second time I have used my AccuQuilt GO! BIG electric cutter, I am working on a Valentine's Day project that I'll be sharing soon.....in fact I just might quilt it today!
Stop by Barb's blog to see what she is sharing on her Island Batik Sock Hop day and be sure to enter my giveaway!

Here’s the schedule of bloggers, blocks, and fabrics. Don’t miss a day!

1/12 – Island Batik 
1/13 – Susan Vassallo Quilting Arts – Topsy Turvey Log Cabin
1/14 – Freemotion by the River – 54-40 in Running Water
1/15 – Beaquilter – Hunter Star in Crimson Tide
1/16 – One Quilting Circle – Flying Geese
1/17 – Mary Mack’s Blog – Sisters Choice in Down in the Boondocks
1/18 – Happy Cottage Quilter – Nine Patch in Johnny B Goode
1/19 – Kauffman Designs – Drunkard’s Path in Downtown
1/20 – Tamarinis – Pinwheel in Saturday Night Fever
1/21 – Bejeweled Quilts – Maple Leaf in La Bamba
1/22 – Six Gables Designs – Friendship Star in Full Bloom
1/23 – Purrfect Spots – Duck and Ducklings in No Particular Place to Go
1/24 – Inchworm Fabrics – Another Star in In the Summer Time
1/25 – Sew Fresh Quilts – Stepping Stones in Cry Me a River

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