Monday, April 4, 2016

Vintage Irons

Today I'm sharing a post about vintage irons. Have you ever used one? They are usually very heavy and of course.....very, very hot so you have to be careful with them.
Vintage iron by General Mills with wings
 I didn't know those things on the sides were called wings until today!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Holiday Happenings Mini

Holiday Happening Mini Madness quilt made with batiks
Surprise, surprise!!! I made another mini madness quilt! Minis are so much fun to make!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Bargello Caravan

Caravan quilt made with Crystal Cove collection from Island Batik
All week long there has been a great blog hop going on called Planes, Trains & Automobiles featuring Island Batik Ambassadors and Island Batik's new collections.

Tuscany Sun

Quilt made with the Tuscany Sun collection from Island Batik
It is another day on the Island Batik Planes, Trains & Automobiles blog hop. Today the collection that is showcased is Tuscany Sun. I used these beautiful fabrics for a quilt that was shown at Fall Market and will be on its way home to me soon. 
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DIY Sliding Design Wall tutorial

DIY Sliding Design wall for your quilt or craft studio at Freemotion by the River
This weekend Builder Bob built my sliding design wall and I couldn't wait to put quilt blocks on it!

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Scattered in French Roast

Mini Scattered quilt made with French Raosted from Island Batik
I couldn't resist showing a few things that I have made with the beautiful French Roasted collection that will be shown today on the blogs listed below.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day and Free Patterns

Free quilt patterns and tutorials for Valentines Day
Below are some of my tutorials for quilts, table runners and projects that would be perfect for Valentine's Day! I hope you find something you like and might have missed in the past.
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Valentine Table Runner

Valentine Table Runner Tutorial for AccuQuilt made with Island Batik fabrics
Today I am guest posting on AccuQuilt's blog. Be sure and stop by and I will share a fast and easy tutorial to make this table runner. I am using batiks from Island Batik from the Lavish collection.
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Linky Tuesday

Today is Linky Tuesday
New Studio and all the lighting that makes it so much fun to work in!
Several people have asked about the lighting in my new studio, this photo was taken last night at 10 pm without a flash. I never, ever use a flash. We have a dropped ceiling with quite a few florescent lights under diffusers, some are bright white and some are cool white. You can also see some track lights on the right side of the room.....I thought that was where I would put my table and those are supposed to be right above where I would cut. I changed my mind. The older I get......the more light I want!
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mini Scattered Quilt

I had fun making a miniature Scattered quilt. This is the same quilt that is in my header.....just a little bit smaller. It is made with batiks and they are all from my "batik" scrap box.
Scattered quilt pattern redesigned as a miniature quilt in batiks is a little it is on the outside steps.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Linky Tuesday

Today is Linky Tuesday
Bernie from Needle & Foot has shared the neat quilt hack using ear plugs!! If you missed it be sure and check it out! Thanks for sharing and please grab a Featured button!
Ear plugs used for quilting

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas Dash Quilt Tutorial

Free Quilt Pattern for a Christmas Table Topper using AccuQuilt dies l
Christmas is almost here but I have another fast and easy tutorial to share with you! I'm guest posting on AccuQuilt's blog and sharing a tutorial for the place mats and a table topper.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015


Yesterday the UPS guy brought me this fun package and I couldn't wait to open it! This is the new AccuQuilt GO! QUBE Mix & Match 12" Block set. I'm going to have fun with this!
AccuQuilt GO! QUBE Mix & Match 12" Block
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Tree Table Runner Tutorial

Free quilt pattern for a Christmas Tree Table Runner l
I thought I would share a tutorial that I did several years ago for some of you who might have missed it. You can find the tutorial here. I didn't see this in the boxes with my Christmas projects.....I wonder if I gave it to my daughter.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

A New Studio

My quilt studio in 2012 and also in 2014 l
I have been keeping a secret.........I am getting a new huge quilt studio!! I have wanted one for quite some time but it just didn't work out. Last year we talked about building on but our lot is too small.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bag It Pouch

Batik Pouch
Have you ever started working on one project and then.....switch to another? That is what I did yesterday. Actually, I seem to do that quite a bit.
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Desert Path Table Runner Tutorial

Desert Path Table Runner Tutorial
Last week.....before I got sick, I made a beautiful batik table runner and liked it so much....I had to make another one! I'm still not sure which one I like the best.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Flu Bug

I had planned on having a post up with the tutorial for this little wall hanging on Monday didn't happen
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Fall Drunkard's Path Table Runner Tutorial

Fall Drunkards Path table runner
Today I am doing a guest post on AccuQuilt's blog and sharing a tutorial for this fun table runner that would be perfect for Thanksgiving.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Fast and Easy Table Topper

I thought I would share a table topper with you that I just finished. Either that is a giant candle........or a teeny tiny table topper!!! The actual size is 10" x 18".
Pinwheel table topper tutorial
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Desert Rock Blocks

Drunkards Path in Batik
I've been making all kinds of Drunkard's Path blocks with a new group of batiks from Island Batik and the AccuQuilt GO! 4" Drunkard's Path die.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

October Review

October was a busy, busy month!!!

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Trick or Treat

Closeup of quilting at Freemotion by the River
Happy Halloween and are you ready for the trick or treaters??
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Taking Classes

I just finished watching a Craftsy class by Joan Hawley called Zip It Up. I have made lots of bags but she has techniques and tips that make it unbelievably easy to make her bags. She makes it very easy to put in a zipper and......doesn't use a zipper foot!! I did learn that one of the things I don't do correctly is the pressing which gives it the professional look.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Nite Owls Blog Hop

Nite Owls Pillow Tutorial by Connie Kresin Campbell
I was tickled when asked if I would like to take part and work with a cute bundle of Nite Owls fabric by Judy Hansen. I don't know about you but.....I love owls.....especially cute ones!
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Candy Corn Tutorial

Since Halloween is almost here I thought I would share this table topper tutorial that I made a couple Halloweens back. Candy corn and scary black cats......perfect! My granddaughters love to put this out for Halloween.
Tutorial for a Candy Corn Centerpiece at Freemotion by the River
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Stash Additions

Clear Lake Iowa a little windy
The day before we came home from our trip to Minnesota, we stayed in Clear Lake, Iowa.This picture was taken along the lake. We would have loved to go out on the ferry but it was closed.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Halloween Haunts 2015

Today I am taking part in the Halloween Haunts 2015 blog hop that is hosted by Marian Pena from Seems to be Sew.
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Feathered Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope Quilted Wall Hanging outside with pumpkins
I finished up my Kaleidoscope wall hanging.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

SR Harris in Minnesota

Rayon embroidery thread
Last week we headed to Elk River, Minnesota to spend time with Builder Bob's mother and celebrate her 95th birthday with family. Everyone said to make sure we stopped at SR Harris Fabric in Burnsville, MN so of course we did.
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