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FMQ samples – part 6 – tutorial TWIST

FMQ samples – part 6 – tutorial TWIST

Let’s twist! This is one of my favorite grid patterns out there. I have called it TWIST. I have seen it many times on people’s quilts and I am always struck by the energy it brings to the patchwork. Even though it looks difficult, it is relatively easy to do. The pattern is stitched out … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 5 – tutorial SLINGSHOT

FMQ samples – part 5 – tutorial SLINGSHOT

I have been playing with a FMQ pattern that I have decided to name SLINGSHOT. The pattern is created by stitching a curl/spiral and then slingshotting your way out. In the tutorial above I started in the top left corner, but you could of course start in the top right. The next picture shows you what you … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 4 + tutorial

FMQ samples – part 4 + tutorial

It is time to revisit the orange peel pattern. For those of you who would like to know how to stitch the orange peel, there is a great video by Karen Miller on YouTube. She uses a square grid which is on point. In my sample in the picture above I used a regular grid (like … Continue reading

Foundation Paper Piecing Tip

Foundation Paper Piecing Tip

Sometimes a symmetrical paper pieced block, like a star, can contain awkwardly shaped pieces. I have taken up creating my own templates to be a bit more frugal with my  fabric and to be able to precisely fussy cut. Fabric here in Europe is at least twice as expensive than in the USA. We have to be … Continue reading

Honey for Christmas

Honey for Christmas

Almost a year ago I ran into a quilter’s stash in a flea market.There was some great quality cotton there, but also lots of craft fabric. I wanted to finally use some of this fabric as it is just sitting in boxes, not doing much. As I have been revisiting some of my own older patterns … Continue reading

Blogger Quilt Festival – Mini

Blogger Quilt Festival – Mini

This is my entry post for the Blogger Quilt Festival  for the Mini Category. In February I created a flower pillow that I wanted to share with you today. As the pillow is about 20 inches across I am entering it in the mini category. If it was square it would be about 80 inches … Continue reading

BLOCK-aliscious #4

May 2014…. that’s how long ago I last wrote about my  “BLOCK-aliscious” project! Okay, you all understand that sometimes blocks get shelved for a while and these ones sure have been. Receiving some new fabrics got me going on the pattern again. YAY! My quilting buddy Kim gave me BAGS of scraps! Some of went … Continue reading

Flower Pillow – TUTORIAL

Flower Pillow – TUTORIAL

Yesterday I showed you the results of my experimenting with flower pillows and the FMQ. If you have not seen my previous post, please have a look. There are some pictures there that might interest you. Today I will show you how to create your own pillows! It’s tutorial time!!!   Besides the regular quilting … Continue reading

Flower Pillow

Flower Pillow

Last time I was in my Local Quilt Shop I received a tutorial flyer for a very cute round pillow. Everytime I buy fabric there, I get one of these nice tutorials. Great stuff! (I have tried to find this tutorial online, but could not locate it.) As you can see, the tutorial has you … Continue reading

Christmas Quilt – block 1

Christmas Quilt – block 1

A few weekes ago I decided to join a QAL at Springleaf Studios. Each month we create one block. It is actually the same block each month. I didn’t have the right fabric, but I ran into a quilter’s Christmas stash at a second hand market. YAY! Once I had the fabrics I only had … Continue reading

Small quilts part 05

Small quilts part 05

Just before Christmas, I came across the Anita’s Arrowhead pattern. The block is created through a very clever cutting technique starting with the squares: one light and one dark. At the moment the pattern is still FREE to download. I really liked working with this new type of block construction. Very inspiring! The pattern starts … Continue reading

Feather wreath tutorial

Feather wreath tutorial

Have you ever tried to FMQ a feather wreath? Did you know you do not need a stencil to do one? I have taken lots of pictures to show you how. Soooo… get ready for this picture heavy post!   Before we start: – I used a Frixion pen to draw on the fabric. The … Continue reading

BLOCK-aliscious #2

BLOCK-aliscious #2

Hello hello! Last weekend I started a new project and wrote this “mission statement”: “I will be patching HST blocks on a regular basis for the next couple of months.  I will be using this schematic for the lay out of the blocks. I will be selecting the blocks randomly. I will be doing the … Continue reading

BLOCK-aliscious #1

BLOCK-aliscious #1

I started a new project…. another one….  a very cute one! I do not know if to call this new project of mine a QAL or not… I will be patching HST blocks on a regular basis for the next couple of months. Maybe you want to quilt along with me? I will be using … Continue reading

Blogaversary – 1 year!

AMAZING!!! 1 year… …ago I started this blog, and I am so happy I did! My life has changed for the better. Quilting and blogging have become my creative outlet to a busy fulltime teaching job as an art teacher in a high school / college. I so needed my own creative process and growth … Continue reading

Lucky Finds

I wanted to show you some of the new additions to my stash! The two fabrics on the right (orange and flower) I found in a large indoor fabric market. They are both half a meter cuts. I am so glad I found some cool orange fabric, it is so hard to find! The other … Continue reading

FMQ – Thread Issues Resolved ?!

Last Friday I reported on the thread issues I had been having with my new Aurifil polyester thread. A lot of you responded and gave advice. I so appreciate your help and tips! ( I am still amazed by the kindness in this quilting community! Thank you!!!)  I have tried them out and these are … Continue reading

Cloud Nine – Tutorial B – part 5

Goodmorning everyone! Have you recovered from all my posts yesterday? 🙂 I am trying to get this tutorial out of the way as soon as possible! I hope that at least one of my sewing machines will be fixed today so I can get back to sewing this evening. I have a commission that really … Continue reading

Cloud Nine – Tutorial B – part 4

Part 4 BLOCK 3 Let’s go on with block 3! Step 1. Remember we put the little squares of the Focus Fabric to the side? We need them now, so dig them out from all of the stuff on your sewing table! 😉 We also need the rectangles and squares from the Main Accent Fabric. … Continue reading

Cloud Nine – Tutorial B – part 3

Part 3 Welcome to the third part of this tutorial B for the Cloud Nine pattern. You can find more information on this tutorial here and here. BLOCK 2. Block 2 is very similar to block 1! They are each other’s mirror image. Let’s have a look! See? Mirror images! The steps of block 2 … Continue reading

Cloud Nine – Tutorial B – part 2

Goodmorning to you all! Another gorgeous day here!!!  Before I go and sit in the sunshine I want to give you the second part of Tutorial B. PART 2 BLOCK 1. This is block 1: Step 1. Take 1 strip WOF of the Focus Fabric (fabric number 1). Take the strip  (of at least 30″) … Continue reading

Cloud Nine – Tutorial B – part 1

Exactly one month ago I posted the first part of the “Nine Patch Construction” Tutorial for my Cloud Nine Pattern. In the next few days I will be posting the “On Point Construction” for the same Cloud Nine pattern. Please read my considerations and comparison of the two construction methods so you might pick the … Continue reading

Cloud Nine – Tutorial A – play!

Here are some more options for playing with this pattern. I have used one block in each drawing. In some of them I have changed the colour placement. So here are some “one block quilts” you could make with my tutorial A. BLOCK I: If you are interested in trying one of the lay-outs above, … Continue reading

Cloud Nine – Tutorial A – part 4 (final)

Here is the final part of Tutorial A for the Cloud Nine pattern. Tomorrow I will add a “play” part too so you can see what else is possible with the blocks. (Done!) I definitley underestimated how much time and effort goes into making a tutorial!!! I will for ever look differently at tutorials on … Continue reading

Cumulating Cumulus

I have been cumulating blocks! Some rockets to fly through the night’s sky… ( Pattern testing for Kristy of Quietplay. If you have not visited Kristy’s blog before, you definitely should! She has loads of cute Paper Piecing Patterns available in her craftsy store. Lots are for free!!! Go check them out!) … A project … Continue reading

Cloud Nine – Tutorial A – Part 3

Hello again! Here is part 3 of Tutorial A of the Cloud Nine Pattern. I unexpectedly had some free time tonight, so I am writing this up a bit sooner than I had planned on doing! Just a reminder what we working on: ( If you want to have another look at the prior posts … Continue reading

Cloud Nine – Tutorial A – Part 2

Welcome to part TWO of  Tutorial A on the Cloud Nine Pattern. If you have missed part ONE, please click here. We will start with the easy block first! Block I   Step 01. We will start in the middle of the block and work our way out. Lay out your fabric for the first … Continue reading

Cloud Nine – Tutorial A – part 1

This is the first part of the FIRST of  TWO tutorials (A and B) on the same pattern! The Cloud Nine pattern can be constructed in two ways.  I am showing you the “nine patch construction” technique first. In the near future I will show you the “on point construction” that is absolutely not scary!  … Continue reading

Clouded mind?!

In Friday’s post I showed you the pink quilt top that I had made with the “Cloud Nine” pattern. I was so overwhelmed with all of the positive feedback! You are all such great people!!! Thank you for letting me be a part of the quilting community! Yesterday morning I was answering all of your … Continue reading