Saturday, January 31, 2015

Twisting Heart Tutorial

I wrote this tutorial in 2013 and it continues to be one of my most popular posts!
If you would like to read more about it or get the pattern, click here. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Strippy Batik Baskets

I finished up a couple of the cute little baskets from the pattern at AccuQuilt. This pattern is still free so grab it right. Download Strippy Catch-All Baskets that I posted about the other day.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Strippy Catch-All Basket

Strippy Catch-All Basket
If you love baskets as much as I do, you will want to download this pattern that is available from AccuQuilt right now while it is still free. Download Strippy Catch-All Basket

I can see these in lots of beautiful fabrics.....including batiks!
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Monday, December 29, 2014

Crayon Table Runner

Crayon Table Runner at Freemotion by the River
I had this little bundle of Island Batik fabrics and I decided to make them into one last project for 2014........a bright and cheerful table runner! The finished size is 16 x 38.
Continue reading here.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Easy Sleeping Bag Tutorial

Sleeping Bag Tutorial at Freemotion by the River
Two years ago I made up this cute little sleeping bag tutorial and I decided to make a couple this year and update the pattern to make it a little easier.
Continue reading here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fabric Basket Tutorial

Fabric Basket Tutorial at Freemotion by the River
Guess what I have been making the last couple of days......more fabric baskets! On the right side of my blog it shows my most popular posts and lately my basket posts from last year have been popping up a lot. I decided it was time to make a few more and try some different sizes.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Grand Illusion Part 3

My blocks are all done.....all 120 of them!

Grand Illusion part 3 all done
I'm not doing the exact colors that Bonnie Hunter has chosen for Grand Illusion but I am sure it will look great.

Continue reading here.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Country Birds

Country Birds wall hanging done in two different batiks at Freemotion by the River
I made up my Country Birds pattern again using some more beautiful batiks. These rich teal colors are part of the new Running Water group from Island Batik that I showed you here.

Continue reading here.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Fast and Easy Scrappy

9 Patch quilts by the Mississippi River at Freemotion by the River
So how do you feel about polyester batting? I have many, many old table runners and center pieces that I made using polyester batting and.....they still look great. We now use polyester threads in our quilts and don't think anything about it.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

All Patterns 99¢

Black Friday Countdown Sale!

All Patterns on sale at Freemotion by the River
If you have looked at any of my patterns and thought about getting one, this is the time!

All of my patterns are only 99¢ each through Cyber Monday. I have 13 patterns available and....2 are free, I know I always love a bargain and thought maybe you would too.

You can find all my patterns here in my Craftsy store or click on any of the patterns below to go directly to it.
99¢ cent sale on all patterns
Kitty Kitty Serenity

Log Cabin Deer Elk Pillows

Amber Logs Go Fish

Sea Mist Flower Batik Scrappy Table Runner

Modern 9 Patch River Squares

Shamrock Table Topper Skinny Runner

Sherbet Stripes Craftsy

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There are sales everywhere! I have several new quilt patterns I am working on and I couldn't pass up the great sales at AccuQuilt. I ordered several new dies that were on my Wishlist......there are many more that I want. I got the 3 x 6 Finished Flying Geese, the 2" Finished Half Square Triangle and the Triangle in a Square 4" Finished.

Flying Geese 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" AccuQuilt Die Half Square Triangle 2" Finished AccuQuilt Die Triangles in Square 4" Finished AccuQuilt die
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Flannel Rag Squares

Cutting 4 rag squares at a time with the AccuQuilt Go Baby
Last Sunday I showed you my finished quilt - Pretty in Pink that I used flannel on the back of. Well......I decided to use up the scraps right away. What I did was pull out my AccuQuilt Go Baby  and my 5 inch Rag Die and started cutting up those scraps. 
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Spinners by the River

Spinners a beautiful batik quilt at Freemotion by the River
I finished up the quilting and binding on my quilt and yesterday I took it out by the river. Thankfully there wasn't much of a breeze so I was able to get some neat pictures.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014


Drunkard's Path baby quilt at Freemotion by the River
I thought you might enjoy seeing this small quilt that I am working on using the Drunkard's Path blocks.

Continue reading here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Amber Geese

Amber Geese from Freemotion by the River
Over the weekend I pulled out a grouping of fabrics that are perfect for fall. The colors look just like the leaves here in Iowa.
Continue reading here.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Dover Flannel Mini-Quilts

The last couple of days have been busy, busy and......I now have 3 mini-quilts finished and sent to Windham Fabrics to be used in their booth at International Quilt Market in Houston.

This has been quite the challenge!
Dover Flannel  made into mini-quilts at Freemotion by the River
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Flower Garden Tutorial and Giveaway!

Some time ago I showed you a sneak peek at this neat quilt I was working on. This collection is called Block Party and was designed by Ro Gregg for Fabri-Quilt. My quilt is called Flower Garden and is all done!

Continue reading for the tutorial and giveaway here.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Free Go Fish pattern

Go Fish pattern by the river
Go Fish sounds like a perfect name for this cute little quilt! The size is 40 x 50 and there are sweet little fish swimming all over the place. Keep reading to get your free pattern!
Continue reading here.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Orange Strings

Orange Rainbow flower at Freemotion by the River
This month the color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is orange, one of my favorite colors. I pulled out my string flower blocks and added a orange one to the collection.

Click here to continue reading and get the free pattern.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Table runner and Fitbit update

I finished up a quick table runner using some of the new Island Batik fabrics I received. I also haven't posted about my Fitbit in a while so I have a update.

Island Batik table runner at Freemotion by the River
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Island Batik Stash Builders

Island Batik Stash Builders at Freemotion by the River
I did a little shopping last week and found these beautiful Island Batik Stash Builders at Fort Worth Fabric Studio. I had never seen bundles like this and had to buy them!
Continue reading here. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Seasons Greetings Table Topper

Sometimes I can't resist playing with scraps that I should really throw away making a table topper using Seasons Greetings.
Seasons Greetings mat at Freemotion by the River
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Coffee Koozie

How would you like to make a quick and easy coffee koozie using a FREE pattern?

This has to be the fastest little project I have ever made. When Fat Quarter Shop asked if I would like to take part, my answer was yes!

Continue reading here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Flowers and Bowties

It is still hot and miserable here in Iowa and looks like it will be that way for 2 more days. I'll just stay inside and quilt, thank goodness for air-conditioning. I finished piecing this baby quilt that I showed the other day.

Flowers and Bowties quilt at Freemotion by the River
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Serenity in Orange

I know this might be hard to believe but........I made a quilt without batiks in it!!! That doesn't seem to happen too often anymore. I really like the bright colors in this one, these were the fabrics my daughter picked out last April in Galena, IL. I made her the Spicy Spiral table-runner and had some left over so......

Serenity in orange at Freemotion by the River
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Thursday, August 21, 2014


Serenity is the name of my newest pattern, it is perfect for a Christmas table topper!

Serenity wall hanging at Freemotion by the River
I actually made this pattern FOUR times already, remember the peek I gave you of the first poinsettia I appliqued and was going to outline again with yellow.....well I didn't do that but...I made another wall hanging.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BOB Blog Hop

Welcome to my day on the BOB Blog Hop! If you regularly visit my blog you might think this is a blog hop about my husband......Builder Bob......wrong. AccuQuilt has designed several dies that will make a complete block and they are known as Block on Board.
Log cabin die projects at Freemotion by the River
 Continue reading here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Design Wall

I finished paper piecing little Pelly, what do you think? Isn't he a cutie! This piece is 16 x 16 and boy were there a lot of pieces!

Janeen from Quilt Art Designs made this paper pieced quilt pattern of Pelly She has also started a new theme for blocks......birds and has this pattern for sale here.
Continue reading here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Aurifil block of the month

Aurifil BOM for August 2014
 This morning I decided to go ahead and make my block for this month's Aurifil August 2014 Designer of the month block - this month the designer is Michele Foster from Quilting Gallery.
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