Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Scattered Quilt Pattern

Scattered a new quilt made with batiks from Island Batik
I have a new pattern to share with you! Do you see the river covered in ice in the background? That is because I took these pictures last January on a chilly day. The quilt went to Quilt Market and was shown in Island Batik's booth. Once I get it back I'll take some new summer photos of it.

Scattered is a beautiful quilt that makes it easy to show off lots of beautiful fabrics in your stash. It is fast and easy to make too.

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I am experimenting with a new widget that shows Instagram photos.....we'll see how this works.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

TAP Transfer Artist Paper

TAP Transfer Paper from C&T Publishing #TAPProject
I just finished up a little project using Lesley Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper. I used a photo of my friends Basset Hound and put some info about the breed behind the photo. I used Photoshop and reversed the image before printing on the TAP.

I ironed the transfer on to some Island Batik fabric. This is a new fabric that is part of the new Spring line. Use a hot, dry iron and it works great. I wasn't sure how much free-motion quilting I should do on the film so I just outlined the dog and border. It worked okay, just made a lot of noise.
Otis the dog TAP Transfer Paper from C&T Publishing #TAPProject
More info coming soon.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Piano Keys Table Runner Tutorial

Piano Keys Table Runner
Piano Keys Table Runner tutorial at Freemotion by the River
This is a tutorial that is long overdue.......but it is finally here! I love this pattern and it is hard to believe that it has taken me almost a year and a half to get the pattern written.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AccuQuilt 2015 Quilt Block Design Contest

I have entered two blocks in the AccuQuilt 2015 Quilt Block Design Contest and would love to have you vote for them. You can vote every day thru April 19th.
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I used Electric Quilt 7 to design the blocks and used Island Batik fabric. I combined piecing and applique and it will be fun to make the blocks with actual fabrics.

Click here to vote for Daisy on Strings.

Click here to vote for Crisscrossed Flowers.
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The links are supposed to be working now, if not please click here and then click VIEW ENTRIES and then do a search for Connie.  I really do appreciate you taking the time to do this!
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Orange Peel Pillow

Orange Peel Pillow at Freemotion by the River
Pillows, pillows....I really think this is my year of pillows! The colors in this one make me think of Spring.....speaking of which our weather has been beautiful the last two days and I've been out working in my yard. I was cutting some of my ornamental grasses and was sweating!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Colorful Snails

Quilt made with Full Bloom by Island Batik
I finished up a baby quilt using the beautiful Full Bloom batiks from Island Batik and the Snail's Trail die from AccuQuilt.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AccuQuilt Blog Hop

Snails Trail in the Snow at Freemotion by the River
The Mississippi river is frozen and there aren't any snails down along the shore but.....I did have my Snail's Trail quilt out there! I am so ready for winter to be over!
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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