Pat Sloan’s Mega FUN Book Tour: TEACH ME TO MACHINE QUILT

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Hello Friends, I am SO happy to be a part of Pat Sloan’s Mega Fun Book Tour celebrating the release of Pat’s new book: Teach me to Machine Quilt!

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I always admire Pat for being so willing and ready to teach quilters.  I am excited to see that her new book deals specifically on machine quilting on a domestic machine.  You all know how I feel about domestic machine quilting. :) Pat spoke to my heart when she wrote in her book introduction about quilting our quilts is a “sweet ending” to our quilt projects!

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Pat has tackled the topic of domestic machine quilting from the very basic.  So, if you have thought about trying out quilting your own quilts on your machine, and are still hesitant, check out Pat’s book!  Reading through the book, I thought Pat has a fantastic treatment on preparing your quilts for machine quilting, among other aspects dealing with domestic machine quilting.  Pat also has videos showing the different basic quilting skills she introduces in the book.

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Pat also included a few fun projects – REAL projects, with full instructions, for you to make to practice machine quilting for yourself.

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I was inspired by Pat’s kitty quilt….

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… to make my version of of a mini kitty quilt.  Instead of applique, I traced the silhouette of a kitten on the fabric to make my quilt sandwich.  And I just fill the background with pebbles — very repetitive, but together, the pebbles make a nice visual effect.

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Sometimes it can be intimidating to a beginner machine quilter to have to try out the different techniques and motifs.  But if you just take one technique at a time, as outlined in Pat’s book, I think you will find yourself really proud of your machine quilting accomplishments a few months from now, a year from now, and many years from now!

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Here, you see my little mini quilt with the colors I used to quilt the mini.  The Aurifil Mako Cotton 50 wt remains a favorite weight of mine for domestic machine quilting.

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Seriously, you can SO do this!!!!  Pick up a copy of Pat’s book and let her teach you to machine quilt… today! :)

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GIVEAWAY:  Pat is giving away 5 copies of her book over on HER blog.
Here’s the direct link to enter the giveaway:  blog.patsloan.com/pats-mega-fun-book-tour/

HAVE FUN, Friends…. and with that, Meow!  See you next time!  And remember, machine quilting is a JOURNEY – a fun one because you will find yourself surrounded with friends who are always happy to share a tip along the way!

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Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 5 / Aurifil DOM Block #3

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Happy Friday, Friends!!!  I want to thank you all for following this first week of Island Batik’s blog hop using projects from my Creativew New Quilts & Projects book!  I hope you have enjoyed visiting the talented quilters who have put in the time and effort in giving my designs batik-y makeovers!

Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!

Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter – Adele is using the Desert Rose collection to make her version of Crossings! You have got to pop on over to see her quilt – simply gorgeous! Adele is a quilt designer herself — check out her work, and the patterns she has for sale!

Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts — Pamela gives a batik-y twist to my Flight of Colors pillows. Pam is also a Craftsy Designer, as well as Etsy Shop owner.  Do take a moment to check out her offerings!!!  And there’s a giveaway of a copy of my book!

Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting — Today featured hop project is one that is near and dear to my heart!!!  Joan made my quilt with the BUZZ – my coffee cup quilt! You simply have to head over to her blog to see her quilt.  I am tempted to reveal the colors of Joan’s quilt here, but I shall refrain!  And of course, as for the entire blog hop, a free copy of my book is given away by all the hop contributors.

TODAY!!!  Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts — Barb is a talented designer, and I am thrilled to see her version of my Birds of a Feather placemats! Barb is also a Craftsy designer.  I hope you will check out her many best-selling patterns!

Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle
Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter
Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River and KISSed Quilts 
Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine

Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree Snippets

Today’s featured hop project is my Birds of a Feather placemat – super easy and quick to make!!!  My original placemats are shown below.  The instructions include the applique and non-applique version.  This is also a great project for teaching a class on easy piecing, as well as easy machine fusible applique method.  So, quilting teachers out there… just sayin’! :)

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Barb has incorporated both Batik and quilting twists in her placemats, and that’s all the spoilers I will reveal.  Head on over to Barb’s blog to see her pretty placemats!

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Meanwhile, I am not sure if you knew Block #3 of Aurifil’s Designer of the Month program is out?  This month’s featured designer is Christa Watson.  Check out Christa’s block here.  Remember, by posting your block (any block) on Pat Sloan’s website, you will be entered in the giveaway of a box of 12 Aurifil’s large spool thread!!!

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Here are what I have so far,

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And that rounds out our week, Dear Friends!  I will be making my Block #3 this weekend.  I hope you have a most lovely weekend.  See you next week!  Hugs to you all.

Aurifil Designer of the Month 2016 Block 2 is out!

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Hi Friends, you probably remember my version of the Aurifil Designer of the Month 2016 block from last month. Here you see my block in the obligatory “snow shot” from the blizzard 2016 a few weeks ago. :)

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I am excited to share with you that Block #2 is now available!!!  Click here to find out more about the beautiful block designed by Kari Carr!

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AND — you again have another chance to win a box of big Aurifil thread spools by making a block.  Click here for the details (be sure you scroll down to the bottom of the post!).

And with that,  I hope you have a fanta-bulous day!  I have to run for now — too many things to get done, and SOOO very little time.  Hugs to you all!

p.s.  SO — are you sewing along??!!  Very nosy mind would like to know. :)