April 28, 2016

Picket Fence in Minnie Mouse!

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Suzy's Quilt Patch made a second quilt from my Picket Fence pattern using Minnie Mouse fabrics!  Isn't this adorable?!?  As I see your quilts popping up on Instagram and Facebook, you're proving that Picket Fence is really a versatile pattern, looking great in many fabric collections that are too delicious to cut into small pieces!  The pattern is available in my Craftsy and Etsy shops.


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April 22, 2016

How I Plan to Improve my Walking Foot Skills

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A Facebook reader suggested I was being too critical of my quilting when I posted that I plan to take out the quilting I had done because I didn't like it.  So here's my ghastly quilting {cringe!}.  I was too literal in following the wave of the bargello, and the turns are too sharp.  Quilting with a walking foot is not new to me, but I can see I need more practice before I work on this again, or else I need a different plan.  


I noticed this morning that Craftsy is having a 50% off selected classes, so I popped on over to see if they had any walking foot quilting classes, and they did!!  Two in fact, Creative Quilting with your Walking Foot and Next Steps with your Walking Foot, both by Jacquie Gering, each at a different skill level.  So I bought Creative Quilting with your Walking Foot since it's the first in the series and started watching it today.  I've already learned about painter's tape for marking - a new thought for me.  I've always used a Hera marker which most certainly has its place, but I can certainly see where painter's tape will save time!  I plan to buy Next Steps with your Walking Foot after I practice what I learn in the first class.  

If you're interested in improving your walking foot skills, these classes {and many others} are 50% off through tomorrow.



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April 20, 2016

WIP Wednesday {Bargello Progress}

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Um, yes, I rather ♥ ♥ my Bargello quilt and can't wait to finish it for my rainbow quilt collection hanging in the hallway!  The fabric is Gelato Ombre which is very similar to Benartex Gradations.  Gotta run - this one needs finished by Friday for the link-up over at Elm Street Quilts!  I'm so thankful to be able to quilt this on my new machine with a walking foot that works like a dream!

ETA Thursday:  I began quilting my Bargello and am not pleased with how it's going, so I'm going to rip out what I've done and enter this quilt top in the link-up since quilt tops do not have to be finished to be entered.  I don't want the quilting blech to detract from the quilt design, so even though it's hard to rip out what I've done, it is the best decision.

Elm Street Quilts

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Linking to:
♥ Midweek Makers ♥ Let's Bee Social ♥ WIPs on WednesdayNeedle and Thread Thursday

April 19, 2016

Have You Been Bitten By the House Bug?

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I have!!  I built 16 houses today!  The Accuquilt 3x6 flying geese die makes these blocks a snap with no trimming required - just another reason I ♥ my Accuquilt Go!  The blocks looks the same as the Village quilt by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co, but the cutting, assembly, and size are all different!  The fabrics are Miss Kate and Hello Darling by Bonnie and Camille, plus the black dot.  I'm thinking I need more variety {read - they're not wild enough}, so I'll just make some more!

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Linking to:
♥ Midweek Makers ♥ Let's Bee Social ♥ WIPs on Wednesday ♥ Needle and Thread Thursday ♥