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.

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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.
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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!

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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!
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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.

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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!
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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!

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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
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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.
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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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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tinker Tote

Tinker Tote at Freemotion by the River
I couldn't resist showing you the Tinker Tote even though it isn't done. I am close though!! This is what was all over my quilt room floor yesterday while I was piecing the tote.
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Design Wall

I have a couple things I plan on working on this week. I have a very small design wall behind the door in my quilt room and.....I haven't looked at it in quite some time. Amazing what you can forget that you started!

This cute little wall hanging out of Espresso by Island Batik. just needs to get quilted. I made a larger quilt with these fabrics and you can see it here.

Island Batik Espresso wall hanging at Freemotion by the River
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Quilt as you go Patchwork Bags

I couldn't resist buying one more class! I love sales and doen't this look like a neat patchwork bag! You can find this class here.  This class is 63% off right now!
I am very tempted to buy a bundle of fabrics like these neat Kaffe Fassett fat quarter bundles that are on sale for the bag!
Kaffe Fassett
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dancing Umbrellas

I finished up this beautiful BIG table runner which is 20 x 40, much too big for my table but I'm sure it will look good on my daughter's table. Now to keep from giving it to her until Christmas!

I decided to put the little birds on a couple branches instead of on the umbrellas.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Pelly Update!

I have news on Pelly!! First off, this past weekend Builder Fisherman Bob brought home hundreds of these small, perfect Pelly size Bullheads. Doesn't this look like the perfect pelican dinner.....well it is only about 5 inches long so I think he will need several of these.

Small bullheads for Pelly
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Here are a couple FREE classes you might be interested in at Craftsy.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Dancing Umbrellas

The weather has been hot so I have been spending my time in my quilt room working on various projects. I finally finished the free motion applique and have started quilting this table runner is in batiks!

Free motion quilting table runner at Freemotion by the River
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Amber Logs

New pattern Amber Logs on sale at Craftsy! 50% off this week!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pelican Fishing

Teaching Pelly to fish....the story continues......
White Pelican youngster learning to fish at Freemotion by the River
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pelican and my first video

The young White Pelican is still here and the Mississippi river is going down. We are really tickled about that. Thanks so much for all the sweet comments and prayers that you have sent us!

I have uploaded a video which is pretty hilarious to is the first time I am feeding the pelican - link below.

Young White Pelican at Freemotion by the River
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sizzix Sale and the River

Sizzix is having a huge Independence Day sale with some dies up to 80% off. I just did a little lot of shopping and picked up 12 dies that were on sale. The dies I picked were mostly flowers but I did pick up a 2" finished half square triangle die. They are going fast! I am an affiliate for Sizzix as I enjoy using my Sizzix Big Shot for cutting fabric as well as my AccuQuilt GO!

 The first place I went was the 80% off section which was mainly eclips cartridges which I don't use.
Next I looked at the 75% off and that is where I picked up several of my dies. These will go fast.

Sizzix sale

So far it looks like we will be okay with the Mississippi flooding. Woke up this morning to see that the river had come up some. Time to move my Jeep, the water behind it is only a couple inches deep but it has now been moved to dry ground. You can't really tell by looking but our drive is probably a foot higher than the water. The projections will have the water just getting on our drive.
neighbor walking to our house
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Going to the Birds

I've been making one.....or two birds....aren't they cute!
Batik birds from AccuQuilt at Freemotion by the River
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