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MQG Mini Swap 2022

I participated in the Modern Quilt Guild’s annual #MQGSwap this year. I really enjoyed swapping with my partner, Valerie, at QuiltCon 2022 in Phoenix.  Participants are assigned a partner and it’s a one to one swap (you are swapping with the person making a quilt for you) where each person makes a mini quilt up to 24” square. Each participant fills out a form with likes and dislikes in terms of colors and technique. Valerie and I learned pretty quickly that we have opposite tastes in colors and technique. We both leaned into what the other likes, stretched our boundaries and stitched out some beautiful results!  Valerie provided several inspiration photos of quilts she likes. Many of the examples were improv and one particular type of quilt was shown twice. Valerie indicated she liked purples and greens and was recently into blues. I took this information and started pulling lots of fabrics from light to dark in the blue and purple range. I pulled from my scrap bins, FQs, and smaller y
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Quilt Project Tracker Document

Every quilt has a story - and if you're struggling to capture that story about each quilt you make, I've got you covered! I have a free printable Quilt Project Tracker Document!   This document is for each new project you start and includes fields for tracking project goals, fabric swatches, task completion, notes on the materials you used and what you learned from the project. Whether you're trying to store information in one easy place to make show submissions easier or you want to share this quilt's story with the recipient of the quilt, this document helps you track all the details! Click here to open and print the Quilt Project Tracker Document . ***When you click the link, please make sure to click on the arrow (in the upper right corner) to download a PDF. If you click "Open in Google Docs" you will not be able to access the document.

Unfinished Object to Finished Quilt

Today I’m the next stop on the UFOvember blog hop! Bobbie Gentili of Geeky Bobbin is hosting the 2 nd annual UFOvember to help quilters and crafters resume, rework or rehome their UFOs – or UnFinished Objects. I was super excited and honored that Bobbie asked me to join the fun for #ufovember2021 because I love Bobbie’s mission and I definitely need to take stock of my UFOs. For my turn, I selected a UFO to rework. I have about an even split of UFOs where half are patterns, so I know what the next steps are, and half are just me playing with fabric and not knowing for sure what to do next. I designed a small burst-like FPP block in the summer of 2020. I wanted to use Libs Elliott’s new Phosphor fabric, which has a great denim-like texture, for this block. There are 12 colors in the original Phosphor, so I made 12 blocks. Originally, I envisioned placing four blocks at 45 degree angles so that I could create a diamond shape with the bursts facing out. I wanted to place three of these

Colorful Quilting - In The Right Direction Baby Quilt

I recently sewed up this colorful baby-sized In The Right Direction quilt ! I love the high impact of this design plus how quickly it goes together. I used  Blossom fabric , a line from  Christopher Thompson  for  Riley Blake Designs ! Here's a breakdown of all the fabrics I used.  Background and Backing Fabric – Tone of Tone White Arrow Fabrics – Cranberry, Orange, Lemon Zest, Emerald City, Peacock, Denim, Fuchsia, Raspberry and Salmon Binding Fabric – Silver My favorite quilting motif is crosshatch, or angled grid, quilting. It adds great texture! I wanted to change things up just a little on this quilt, so I used four different thread colors for the quilting. They were four separate spools but the idea is similar to using variegated thread. I pre-marked all my quilting lines using my hera marker and ruler. A hera marker makes a crease in the fabric.  There are other ways to sew straight lines; for example, you could use the edge of the walking foot as a guide from one line to

Backpack Sew Along

Welcome to the fall 2021 Backpack Sew Along, hosted by Tina Curtis and Jessica Plunkett ! Tina and Jessica are experienced bag makers who love the thrill of making such a functional project – and installing zippers! There’s nothing to fear; we’re here to help you in making your next backpack project. This is a low key sew along – we’ve developed a four week schedule, but feel free to work at your own pace. 4 week #backpackalong  Sept. 20 – Oct. 18  Week 1 – Sept. 20  - Select pattern and fabrics Week 2 – Sept. 27 - Cut fabric and interfacing; interface according to pattern instructions Week 3 – Oct. 4 - Begin backpack construction Week 4 – Oct. 11 - Finish backpack construction Backpack Reveal on Instagram Oct. 18! We’ll share our brand new backpacks in a bag show on IG! OTHER IMPORANT NOTES:  1. The week of Sept. 13, Tina and Jessica will host an Instagram Live to discuss some basics of bag making with an emphasis on different types of fabrics to consider before kicking off

Domestic Machine Quilting My In The Right Direction Quilt

I recently finished a quilt for my niece using my In The Right Direction Quilt pattern .  She likes blues and purples, so I focused on a range of those colors for the arrows. Fabrics Used: ( starting with the upper right arrow and working clockwise ) Speckled – Witchy (Rashida Coleman-Hale) Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Sunstars – Violet (Libs Elliot) Kona Cotton Solid – Velvet Kona Cotton Solid – Regal Speckled – Navy (Rashida Coleman-Hale) Kona Cotton Solid – Riviera Speckled – Blue Ribbon (Rashida Coleman-Hale) Phosphor – Orbit (Libs Elliot) Kona Cotton Solid – Paris Blue Background Fabric – Speckled – White Gold (Rashida Coleman-Hale) Binding Fabric – Speckled Blue Ribbon (Rashida Coleman-Hale) Backing Fabric – Rainbow Butterflies (Andover Fabrics) My General Quilting Process Additionally, I decided to custom quilt each arrow. I prefer straight line walking foot quilting on my Janome 9400. Every quilt is different, but these are the general steps I take to quilt, especially when I’m going

Quilt Coat Along

Welcome to the Spring 2021 Quilt Coat Along , hosted by TinaCurtis and Jessica Plunkett ! We are excited to bring together sewists to make one of the hottest fashion trends around – Quilt Coats. We'd like to start by acknowledging that quilt coats are not a new thing, they were found all over the world being made by people of color and of all different cultures. Below are examples from the International Quilt Museum and the Public Library Quilts page. We appreciate the beauty of both of these garments and are thankful for the rich history they lend to our current mainstream trend. https://www.internationalquiltmuseum.org/quilt/20140070004 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Public Library Quilts (@publiclibraryquilts) This is a low key sew along – while we have a relaxed six week schedule to try and keep you motivated, you are welcome to work at your own pace. Here are a few key details about the sew along if you’re interested in participating!