“Quilting Curvy Feathers” in MACHINE QUILTING UNLIMITED (March/April 2013)

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Hello Friends!  Before I even saw my copy, some of you had written to me with kind words about my “Quilting Curvy Feathers” article in the latest March/April 2013 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited!  I really appreciate the positive feedback on the article.

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This is my first time ever being published in Machine Quilting Unlimited.  If you are unfamiliar with that magazine, it is an amazing publication that features works of HUGE HUGE names in machine quilting.  [I am a HUGE fan of Sandra Leichner!] Click here to subscribe.

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As I often share with you, I am just a wee fish in the vast ocean of quilting, and oftentimes swimming upstream. I am learning and experimenting like everyone else, with LOTS more to learn and experiment.  To have something featured in Machine Quilting Unlimited seems unreal to me, even after seeing the article in print.

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I say all that to encourage you to take the plunge to machine quilt — you might really enjoy yourself along the way and end up one of the HUGE HUGE names I talked about!  I also want to take the opportunity to thank you all for being my friends, sharing with me my machine quilting journey – albeit a rather wee journey!  Quilt on, my quilting friends — and hugs to you all, even if you don’t quilt.

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My 2013 lineup thus far besides “Quilting Curvy Feathers” – click on links for more information:

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World (April 2013): Monkey Around

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting (March/April 2013):  Now I know my ABC’s

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  2 Wishes, to be posted

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches, to be posted

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow, to be posted

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

Spell Check for Quilters

I was super proud of my “Breakthrough” quilt because it marked the first time I was able to free-hand feather quilting in quilting the border of a quilt on a home machine!

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I even machine embroidered the label on the hanging sleeve instead of making a separate label that I would have to spend extra time whipping it down by hand.  I was very pleased with myself!

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Until…. a student in one of my classes asked me if I was going to quit quilting after my “Breakthrough” quilt.  I was quite puzzled, but you can see for yourself here what prompted the rather strange question:

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We had a good laugh about that.  What a difference a letter makes!!!  Quilt and Quit!  Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling so smug after that little episode .  I actually thought of 1 Corinthians 10:12 “Wherefore, he that thinketh himself to stand, let him take heed lest he fall.”

At the same time, I was also wondering if they should include a spell checker program in those embroidery modules…. Meanwhile, I hope you will not quit, but you will keep quilting!

Thanks again for visiting!  I hope you have a super nice day!

Pieceful Blue

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I know some of my “Blue Monday” friends haven’t seen my Pieceful Garden quilt, so I thought I would show the quilt for this week’s Blue Monday.  The quilt was featured in the November 2008 issue of “The Quilter” magazine.  I was told that it was a contender for the cover quilt.  You may click here to view more pictures of the quilt:

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I was able to make the following pillows with the fabric scraps:

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I wish you a pieceful week!  Happy Monday!!  Thanks for stopping by.  I will chat with you again tomorrow.

p.s.  I have at one time sold the quilt kit for the quilt top.  I am down to one kit should any of you be interested in purchasing the last kit.  You may do so in my Etsy shop.

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Good day, everyone!  A quickie to show you the progress on my “Spanning Three Centuries” quilt.  So far, 6 hours have gone into the quilting:

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I wish you all a wonderful weekend!  See you next week!

Back to feather quilting

I am still waiting for fabrics to come in for my upcoming magazine quilts. That means, I have some time to work on my “Spanning Three Centuries” wholecloth quilt. One of these days, I will get it done…

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Truth be known, this is a practice quilt. I want to eventually re-do the entire quilt in some kind of silky fabric.

Alrightie, my friends, back to my sewing machine. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you next week!

“The Quilter” (November 2008)

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I received my complimentary November issue of “The Quilter” in which my “Pieceful Garden” is featured!! I set the magazine with the pages open to my quilt on the dining table:

Right after the article on the “Pieceful Garden” is Benartex advertising the VERY same fabric collection (FAMILY TREE by Pam Lindquist) I had used for the quilt. Now, how cool is that?!

The picture in the magazine shows off very nicely the free-hand feather quilting I had done on the quilt with my Bernina 640E using the Bernina Stitch Regulator. I thought you might enjoy some close-up pictures of the quilting:

Here are some pictures of the back of the quilt:

The sample quilt is currently on display at Rogers Sewing Center, my “home-sweet sewing-home”. So, if you happen to find yourself in Northwest Arkansas, do hop on in and meet the sweet people there.

As a contributing quilter in the magazine, I was MORE than anxious to thumb through the magazine to see exactly how my quilt is being featured in the magazine. I have to say I am thoroughly impressed by Laurette Koserowski (the editor) and her staff for a job very very well done, not only in featuring my quilt in such an attractive way, but also the other quilt projects as well.

Another reason I like the “The Quilter” is because I feel like much thought is put into the presentation of each quilt project — the details and accents are simply amazing. To me, the magazine also serves as an excellent resource for quilters to get ideas on how to incorporate quilts in home decorating. My quilting friends, I hope you are planning to get your own copy — you will be inspired, I promise!

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You may click here to order the kit to construct the quilt top (includes binding).

Don’t leave without clicking here to see what you can do with the kit scraps.

UPDATE (9/11/2008) — my European Sham Pillow, made with kit scraps, is now COMPLETE!!

UPDATE (9/14/2008) — my other pillow made with kit scraps is now also COMPLETE!!

UPDATE (9/16/2008) — click here to win a pillow made with the kit scraps to match your quilt!!

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Feathers from Paper to Fabric

During my “off-season” where I don’t have any pressing deadlines, I have been dabbling in a wholecloth that seeks to reproduce a bed-sized Calamanco quilt that was made in 1800 in America by an unknown quilter, at a smaller scale.

[Calamanco (also spelled calimanco) is a sturdy glazed fabric which was popular in Britain and America during the 18th and 19th Centuries, and which gave its name to quilts made from it. The name comes from a Spanish term for worsted (long fiber wool).  The glaze (or sheen) was produced by rubbing the cloth with a stone, or by applying egg white or wax to the surface.]                                   ~from www.historyofquilts.com

Armed with only a picture of the quilt, I set out to draw the design onto a nice weight vellum sheet.  Then I came across a picture in another book with a beautiful feather border,  also by an unknown quilter in 1930.  So, I added that border to surround the Calamanco design.  Lastly, I added my own designed feather border to cap off the overall design.  Thus it is a wholecloth quilt with designs spanning three centuries.

I finally got the whole quilt top pinned — you can see the sea of pins in these snippets!

Vellum was used so that I can easily transfer the design onto the fabric using a lightbox which my mentor Barbara has graciously loaned me.  It took me 15 hours to just do the transfer!!!

I am hoping I would be able to squeeze in a few stitches on this baby before the weekend is upon us.   Of course, I will update you with the progress with pictures as I work on this quilt inch by inch!  I hope to also show you the original pictures later from the books if my camera is able to capture them nicely.

I am thankful to those who have preserved these quilts.  I only wish we had better documentations of these blessed ladies who had produced such masterpieces for us to appreciate and enjoy.  Your mind goes, “The moral story is…. ?” Oh, you mean, what is the moral story of all this?  I guess, as my quilt teacher Barbara always insists — ALWAYS ATTACH A QUILT LABEL TO A COMPLETED QUILT!

Song of Williamsburg Remix: Part 2

I completed the quilting on the “Song of Williamsburg” remix.  Here are some shots of the front of the wallhanging:

The cotton sateen fabric showcases a foil-embossed look:

The “Song of Williamsburg” Remix has yielded unexpected result, as some had told me that they actually like the back better than the front:

Honestly, I can’t decide which looks better – the front or the back.  I like the “embossed” look of the front, but also like the better contrast of the back.  So, for the first time in my quilting life, I am not going to attach a hanging sleeve or a label on the back (*gasp*) — just so that I can have a reversible wallhanging to go with the original Song of Williamsburg by the stairwell! Now, I am off to attaching the binding to finish this baby up for real!

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Just out of curiosity — what is your vote?  Front or Back?

Old World and Patriotic

In honor of America’s upcoming celebration of her independence, I thought this quilt is apt because of its colors. The center block has machine-embroidered motif with free-motion quilted background quilting:

I used a fabric that has the flavor of the “Old World patriotic look.” The sawtooth border was decided upon learning its popularity in 18-19th century pieced quilts. Perfect marriage of the two!!

Then I decided to try for the first time some free-handed feathers. I thought even if I messed up, the busy fabric would cover any unsightly quilting. But I was very pleased with the effect, and have since loved to free-hand my feathers for background quilting:

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