9.18.2014

Hourglass Quilt

Earlier this week I machine quilted this fun Hourglass quilt for Donna. The pattern is adorable. Donna asked me to machine quilt an all over pattern, I thought it would be fun to add some curves. So I chose this adorable raindrops pantograph pattern.
I love the circles. I love them so much I want to machine quilt them on one of my own quilts!
Thanks for letting me machine quilt this adorable quilt Donna!

9.17.2014

Create Handmade Gifts for All & A Give-Away!

Hey there! Today I'm super excited to introduce you to my friend Candy, and her new e-book, Create Handmade Gifts for All.


This adorable new book features 18 projects including; Bags, Christmas Ornaments, Christmas Stockings, Organization Totes, Pillows & Sew much more! This is a must have book, and it's only $9.99, what a steal!

So.... Do you want to have a chance to win that adorable messenger bag, the one featured on the cover of the book? Here's your chance!
 Each of the bloggers listed below will randomly select two names, one for the mag, one to give to Candy for the bag drawing – be sure to visit everyone for more chances to win!
Uhm.... aren't her stockings so dang cute! Seriously, how cute would those be in bright red and green to go with my "grinch" themed Christmas Tree!
To win :  leave a comment on this post, telling me your project you've ever made. I will select a winner on September 22, 2014. 
Monday, 9/8 – Susan Brubaker Knapp of Blue Moon River
Tuesday, 9/9 –  Vicki Welsh of  Field Trips in Fiber
Wednesday, 9/10 – Deborah Boschert of Deborah’s Journal
Thursday, 9/11 – Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
Monday, 9/15 – Sue Bleiweiss of Sue Bleiweiss
Tuesday, 9/16 – Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Wednesday, 9/17 – Diane Doran of Ooh! Pretty Colors
Thursday, 9/18 – Vicki Christensen of Sew Inspired
Friday, 9/19 – Candy of Candied Fabrics

9.16.2014

Custom Machine Quilting

Jane's daughter is getting married soon, so she made this adorable Jelly Roll quilt as a wedding gift. When Jane sent me this quilt she told me I could custom machine quilt it however I wanted, she just wanted something magical!
I wish I would have taken more pictures before I started the machine quilting. It's always so cool to see how with machine quilting you can really bring a quilt to life.

The picture below is a picture I shared on Instagram right after I had begun quilting. You can see a little bit of how I chose to create a sashing that wasn't really there.
By machine quilting different lines, and filling in with contrasting textures the quilt appears to have some angled piecing, when really it's all straight lines. I love that! 
Of course, because I love it so much here is a picture overload!


Thanks for letting me machine quilt your awesome quilt Jane!

Most of the techniques shown on this quilt are taught in my book, Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting.

9.15.2014

Free-Motion Quilting

Last week I spent several days machine quilting some adorable quilts for my friend Karen of Nellie's Needle. I can't share pictures of the whole quilt's yet....but I thought the machine quilting on them turned out so cute I had to share a few little peeks!
Most of the machine quilting that I did on these quilts I teach how-to in my book, Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting. I have signed copies available here.
This is the back of one of the little quilts, someone commented over on Facebook asking if this was done by a computer....nope, this was all me, free-motion quilting. :)
One last one! I love how these all turned out! 
This week I am machine quilting several quilts that I can share! So I'll have lots of eye-candy to come!
Hope your week is off to a great start!

9.10.2014

Saturday Sampler

Kathy made this adorable Saturday Sampler quilt as a block of the month through American Quilting in Orem, UT.
Kathy is actually one of my long-arm quilter friends, so when she asked me to machine quilt her quilt for her I was not only very flattered, but also a little terrified!
I was however, super duper excited to machine quilt this fun quilt. There is so much detail and a lot of room for me to play around and add a few details.
I machine quilted feathers, clams, pebbles, flowers, arcs, swirls and a few more, all of which I teach how-to quilt in my book; Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting.
I just love it! I love how it turned out!
Thanks for letting me machine quilt your adorable quilt Kathy!
For more information about this pattern, hop over to American Quilting.

9.08.2014

Penny Wool Quilt

Patti made this beautiful Penny Wool quilt. It's so beautiful, and it's always so much fun to see quilts made using wool.
To be completely honest though, quilts with wool still, after all of these years, intimidate me. Wool can be very tricky to work with on a Long-arm machine. It can be difficult to try to even move your machine around the wool, so rarely am I able to actually machine quilt on the wool. I'm not a wool expert, so I don't know if there are different weights but some seem to be thicker than others. The wool that Patti used on this quilt seemed to be a little bit thinner, so I was able to machine quilt on some of it. I really thought it was fun to see the texture that came with actually quilting on the wool.
I machine quilted a lot of feathers, pebbles and clams, really making that wool pop!
The photo below shows the wool border, the one with the feathers. I think it turned out pretty awesome. 
Thanks for letting me machine quilt your darling quilt Patti!

Make sure to check out my book; Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting.

9.05.2014

Ruffle Quilt

Earlier this week I machine quilted this adorable ruffle baby quilt for Patti!
The quilt is just so dang cute!
Patti asked me to custom machine quilt this for her, so I machine quilted flowers in the borders and blocks and then clams in all of the white areas. I love how it turned out!
In my book; Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting I teach how-to quilt those fun clams. Signed copies of our books are available here.

9.03.2014

Airplane Quilt

Colleen made this adorable baby quilt for her new grand-son! He's going to be sharing a bedroom with his big sister so she made a quilt that wouldn't be too masculine, but would just coordinate with his sisters decor. 
After Colleen made the quilt she brought it to me and asked me to add some airplane applique, I generally never piece or applique for customers, but Colleen is my S-I-L, so I made an exception to my rule.
I applique the three little airplanes and then machine quilted the quilt, hoping it would appear as if the airplanes were in the sky.
I think it turned out pretty dang cute, and with the Quilters Dream batting and the minky backing this quilt will be loved for years!

9.02.2014

National Sewing & Quilting Month - A Boxy Pouch

So....if you know me very well, you know that I love to sew and quilt. They are my sanity, my passion, my creative outlet. This sewing & quilting community has been so good to me and made me feel at home; here on the internet and as I've traveled around the United States. Thank you!

Did you know... September, along with being my birthday month is National Sewing & Quilting month, I think it's pretty fitting. ;)
My friends over at Fat Quarter Shop have decided to celebrate National Sewing & Quilting month all month long. They have issued a challenge to several bloggers, quilters and seamstresses, the challenge is to sew something out of your comfort zone. When I was issued the challenge I immediately wanted to make one of Kelly's Boxy Pouches. She's always making them and they're always so dang adorable. 

Chesney has so many markers, crayons and little gadgets that I keep thinking the Boxy Pouch would be perfect to organize her "stuff." BUT. I do not sew much other than quilts. I think I'm pretty good at sewing and quilting quilts, but the thought of making something that is more than a quilt.....well it scares the crap right out of me! Even more so, the few times I have been adventurous my mom has been there to hold my hand, to walk me through it. This time, since moving, I'm om my own. SCARY!
So, I headed to one of my local quilt shops, Quilted Works, have I mentioned there are like 9 of them super close to me now, it's a quilters paradise here. While there I picked up some interfacing, a zipper and some fun Michael Miller fabrics.
Then I came home.....and cried, just kidding, I didn't cry, but I felt like I was going to, why is this so intimidating to me?
I pulled up Kelly's Boxy Pouch tutorial, and I did it. I made a Boxy Pouch, and I only had to unpick one time, on the first step. :)
I even lined it with an adorable pink and gold metallic fabric, love it!
Thank you so much Kelly for writing a fabulous tutorial, because of you I did it....by myself, and I'm still sane!

So..in honor of National Sewing & Quilting month the Fat Quarter Shop girls have created an adorable free Color My Heart Quilt Pattern, the pattern is available here
Make sure to check out all of the other quilters and seamstresses that have joined this challenge! 
You should join the challenge too, and then share your pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #fqschallenge

Sherri of A Quilting Life



Charise of Charise Creates

Lucy of Charm About You



Rachel of Family Ever After

Anne Marie of Generation X Quilters

Marni of Haberdashery Fun

Melissa of Happy Quilting


Elizabeth of In the Boon Docks

Jana of Jana Machado

Lynne of Lily's Quilts

Maureen of Made by Marzipan

Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs

Melanie of I Heart Stitching

Kaye of Miss Print


Natalia of Piece N' Quilt

Denise of Pieced Brain

Stephanie of Quarter Incher

Jane of Quilt Jane

Heather and Megan of Quilt Story

Cheryl of Quilter Chic

Michele of Quilting Gallery

Allison of Quilting Mumma


Leslie of Seasoned Homemaker


Liz of Sew4Home


Sara of Sew Sweetness

Leanne of She Can Quilt

Vickie of Spun Sugar Quilts


Tonya of The Crafty Mummy



Erin of Why Not Sew?

Hope you all have a great week!!!!! I'm feeling like I can conquer the world, now that I made a boxy pouch! :)

8.29.2014

Aviatrix Medallion Quilt

Gwen made this fabulous version of the popular Avitrix Medallion quilt!
I'm not much of a scrappy quilt person, but Gwen did a such a fabulous job with the prints on this quilt I'd love to keep it for myself!
Gwen sent me this quilt and asked me to custom machine quilt it for her. She gave me free range to quilt it as I pleased. I decided to go with a lot of ruler work, straight line quilting. I really wanted to keep the crisp, clean look.  I really love how it turned out!
I did machine quilt a few curves, in the first two borders, I thought they could handle curves without taking away from the rest of the quilt. And, of course...I had to take a lot of pictures!




Thanks for letting me machine quilt this beautiful quilt Gwen!

Pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman, you can find pattern details over on her blog.
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