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Every New Years Day, for the last 10 years, I have hosted a New Year’s Day Mystery Quilting Event and it is SO much fun!

The class project is titled Medallion Mania and (hint, hint) the quilting is mainly feathered wreaths! Generally, no hints about the quilting are given, but this time I made an exception.

This is how this Mystery Quilting Event works – when you sign up for the class you will receive the piecing instructions. Choose the class project size you want to make – this year there is a Wall quilt, Twin size quilt and Queen size quilt – piece the quilt top and have it on your quilting machine, ready for quilting on January 1, 2018. On that day, about 8 am Pacific time (usually a little earlier) the first “Part” of the QUILTING will be activated on the website. Then, about every 1-1/2 – 2 hours throughout the day, other Parts of the class will be activated. By the end of the day you will have all the Parts to the class and (maybe) have the quilting done on your own class project!

If you are busy on New Year’s Day, don’t worry, you have 60 days of 24/7 access to the online class AND at no additional charge, a DVD of the class and all printed material will be sent to you!

Here is a photo of the Wall size quilt, 60 x 60 inches, BEFORE quilting! Click on the photos for a larger view.

And here is the Queen size quilt, 96 x 96 inches, which is the quilt I am quilting in the class video.

As you can see, the piecing is super simple. But the quilting – for that you have to attend the class on New Year’s Day!

Note – the quilt blocks are 34 inches! That is a LOT of room for quilting!!!!

If you have a small throat quilting machine or you quilt with your home sewing machine, YOU can attend this class! I am showing several different ways to quilt the feathered wreaths, including using stencils and how to quilt on a smaller throat / sit down machine.

For more details on the Medallion Mania online class Click Here 

I hope to “see” you in class on New Year’s Day!!!

PS For more information about past New Year’s Day Quilting Events Click Here 

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I finished these quilts this week and they are WAY too cute!!

This quilt is a Batik Irish Chain for a baby that I quilted with feathered heart wreaths and continuous curves. The quilt is 41 x 53 inches.

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I love the colors of this quilt! And here is the back of the quilt.

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I used Soft & Bright batting, Lavender and Sand Dollar Signature, 100% cotton thread.

When I make feathered heart wreaths, there is a “process” that I use. Here are some photos to show the basics of how I quilt them. Here is the un-quilted space.

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Then I mark the spine and the inner and outer boundaries of my feathers. On this quilt I used the Mark-B-Gone, water soluble marker. You can barely see the marker, enlarge the photo to see it better. I mark just enough that I can see the lines.( If you want more information on what I use to make the heart shapes Click Here)

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Now I quilt the feathered wreath free hand, including the spine line!

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And lastly, I removed the marker with a spritz of water. Here is the finished feathered heart wreath.

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I quilted the heart wreath with the Lavender thread and the background (behind the heart) I used the Sand Dollar thread to match the fabric. I LOVE the effect! If you look closely in the expanded photo, you can see the continuous curve quilting I did in the squares.

One More Quilt! This quilt has hand embroidered squares and (again) is WAY too cute!! This quilt is 34 x 45 inches.

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Here is a close up of some of the blocks. The embroidery was VERY well done!

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I used Signature Lavender thread in the printed fabric and quilted feathers in the borders and sashings and added “detail” quilting in each block. I also used Warm & White batting.

Like I said, WAY too cute!!! And here is the back of the quilt. You can really see the quilting!

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Here is a close up of the back of the quilt.

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Needless to say, I had a lot of fun working on these quilts!

 

 

 

 

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I have been working on a couple of HUGE quilts lately and I finally have some time to post photos!

The first quilt is 106 x 106 inches and it is gorgeous!! It is the Labyrinth Quilt pattern by Debbie Maddy. My customer did a great job with the piecing.

Click on any photos for a closer view.

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The photos don’t do justice to the color of the fabrics. In real live the colors are more vibrant.

I quilted the “fabric” and didn’t put any other pattern on it.

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There were small circles or dots on the light teal fabric and I quilted pebbles on this fabric! It was slow going because the pebbles were fairly small and dense.  (click on the photo and expand the view to see the pebbles.)

Here is what a section of the pebbles looks like from the back.

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It has been a long time since I quilted pebbles like that, and it may be a while before I do them again! But they do look wonderful on this quilt!

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Here is a closer view of the center of the quilt.

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And here is a view of the back of the center of the quilt. The backing fabric is actually a very rich dark chocolate brown.

The other quilt I have been working on is a Star Sampler quilt. This customer started making the star blocks and then built the quilt around the blocks. She had no specific quilt pattern when she started the piecing. This quilt is 94 x 116 inches!

I have the quilt hanging on my clothesline to take the photos, but I still couldn’t get the whole quilt photographed!

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I love the large borders and I quilted feathers in the outer border, but you can’t see them.

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In the green border I quilted a 4 inch Double Cable and then feathers (some of which you can see) in the inner borders.

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I kept the quilting fairly simple in the blocks. I also hope you can see the feathers in the light background behind the block.

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Here is a small portion of the back of the quilt. Here you can see the quilting in the large outer border and the cables.

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One more photo of the blocks and hopefully you can see the feather work in the light background areas.

I had WAY too much fun working on both of these quilts and both my customers were THRILLED with the quilting!

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The month of August is just about over and things have been beyond wild!

The first part of the month I was in the Midwest visiting with family and then I drove to Southern Indiana to teach longarm classes. The classes were a LOT of fun and I met some wonderful quilters. One student drove all the way from Eastern Tennessee to attend my classes.

(I am in the process of working on the details for another teaching trip to the East Coast in mid October. I can’t say too much yet, the plans are not firm yet. As soon as I can, I will post the information.)

My Mother had her knee replaced in May. Of course we had to compare scars – her knee vs my hips! And, as I promised her last year, I gave her a quilt for her surgery.

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I had the top pieced for a while – it just needed quilting. I quilted free hand feathers and swirls in the body of the quilt. In the border I quilted half circle wreaths and the “math” came out perfectly! I didn’t plan the placement of the wreaths that way, but I am glad it worked so well.

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Here is a closer view of the top border. I used Soft & Bright batting and Signature threads.

And best of all, my Mom LOVED it!!!

FWIW – I used the Longarm University 8 inch Feather Guide template set to quilt the border designs. For more details about this template set Click Here 

When I was in the Midwest, the weather here in Seattle was amazing! While I was gone my garden went crazy! (A huge Thank You to my neighbor Ellen who watered my garden while I was gone.)

My sunflowers are amazing! The zucchini are fabulous, the green beans -delicious.

Here are some photos. Click on any photo for a larger view

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This year I planted two different kinds of sunflowers. These are my “smaller” sunflowers. (Note: The top of the arbor they are against stands least 6 feet off the ground. ) These sunflowers are darker, smaller and have many more flowers on them.

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Then there is the “big” sunflower which is at least 9 feet off the ground! I am a little disappointed this year. Most of the seeds I planted of the big sunflower didn’t grow. So I have only this one big sunflower and one more that hasn’t bloomed yet. I’ll post photos of that one when it blooms.

The plants that have taken off like lightning are my “Jack-be-Little” pumpkins. When I left they were scraggly little plants. When I returned, they had nearly taken over part of the yard!

The photo below was taken yesterday and they have taken over most of the area behind the sunflowers and over my cinder block garden area.

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I forgot how much these plants spread! And there are lots of little pumpkins on them!

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Here is a close up of one of the pumpkins. (That is the garden hose next to it.) I would say that the pumpkin is about 6 inches in diameter and about 3 inches high. It won’t get much bigger.

These little pumpkins make great decorations and I will be giving them to the Grandkids in October.

They say it is going to rain over the weekend – I truly hope so! It is SO dry and in Eastern Washington the wild fires are awful! They REALLY do need the rain!

I hope your summer was wonderful and that you enjoy the last few days of summer.

I’ll post photos of pumpkins soon!

 

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On Saturday, my nephew, Jake is getting married to Lessa. Of course, Auntie Cindy had to make a quilt for the happy couple.

I pieced the top late last Spring. Below is a photo of it un-quilted.  This is a large scrap quilt, about 100 x 100 inches. I took the photo at my daughter’s house and there is a little bit of a breeze. My Grandson Nathan (at the right) and Granddaughter Mackenzie are holding the bottom of the quilt while I am taking the photos.

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On to the quilting! Here is a photo of the quilt on my machine.

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I quilted curved feathers in the light parts of the block and wavy lines in the darker parts of the block. In the light sections I used Signature 100% cotton thread, Sand Dollar, and in the darker sections I used the same Signature thread in Fawn.

Here is the completed quilt – Enlarge the photo to see all the detail of the quilting. The texture is amazing! The quilt is so large that I couldn’t get it all in the photo.

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I hope you can see some of the detail in this photo. Again, enlarge the photo to see the quilting detail.

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Here is the back of the quilt. The backing fabric is actually a darker burgundy color. The sun (yes, there is sun in Seattle in October!) makes the fabric look lighter. The texture is amazing!

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One more photo of the back. This is the border area so you can see the feather quilting.

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The wedding is on Saturday and today is Wednesday. I have to pack this quilt up and send it to Illinois, like right NOW!! I do my best work on a deadline!

I won’t be able to be at the wedding, but I am sending all my love and  best wishes to the bride and groom!

 

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Oh my gosh! It is September already! This summer has FLOWN by! I have been busy and I finally have some time to add to my blog.

I have been working hard all summer – I was gone for nearly a month traveling on the East Coast and the Midwest, teaching longarm quilting classes and also visiting with family. Then, when I returned home, it took me nearly four weeks to catch up with all the work and “stuff” that piled up while I was gone! Finally, I think I can breathe now, and add photos to my blog.

I just finished working on quilts pieced by Martha D, who is 91 years young! She does wonderful work and I have enjoyed quilting for her. She dropped off three quilts, which she machine embroidered.

The first quilt is embroidered Cardinals with some of the nicest Cardinal fabric I have seen in a long time.

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The quilt is 53 x 44 inches. It is wider because it was made to go across the back of a couch.

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Here is a closer view of the embroidery and the quilting. I quilted Feather Plumes in the cornerstones and the “solid” red blocks.

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She even pieced blocks for the back. This was way too much fun to quilt!

The next quilt Martha did was this Americana Quilt with embroidered eagles.

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This quilt is 47 x 72 and is a traditional block pattern I used a combination of “Fireworks” , continuous curves, feathers in the sashings and echo quilting around the eagles.

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Here is a closer look at the piecing and embroidery. The back is a busy print and you can’t see any of the quilting.

The last quilt Martha brought was this beautiful Purple Roses embroidered quit. Again, I had way too much fun quilting this quilt!

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The quilt is 51 x 51 inches. I quilted my free hand feathers and swirls with silver, high sheen polyester thread in the background. I LOVE the texture – expand the photo to see the detail.

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Here is a closer view. And look at the quilting behind the roses in the light blocks. I used white, high sheen poly thread for the quilting in these blocks.

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A lot of the time people will just stipple behind an applique. This time, I used feathers as the background quilting! The photo is a little dark – I turned off the overhead lights and did not use a flash. The texture of the quilting shows up better this way.

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Here is a photo of one more of the embroidered blocks. I love the way this looks!

I used Soft & Bright batting on all these quilts and cotton threads on the first two quilts.

I hope Martha continues quilting, because I want to continue to work with her in the future!

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March has been a busy month! I started out traveling to Dallas, TX and teaching longarm classes and then came home and have been working hard at the quilting machine!

The first quilt, pieced by Karla S, Amarillo, TX, is a beauty! The two contrasting colors make this a stunning and graphic quilt. It took me a while to figure out what to quilt on it, but, I feel that the quilting compliments the piecing.

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The fabrics are solid black, assorted beige prints and then the wonderful black and beige large scale print for the border!

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The quilt is 69 x 84 inches. I used Soft & Bright batting, Signature 100% cotton thread in Black and Baguette.

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I quilted half feathered wreaths with the Baguette thread in the side triangles and then continued the feathered wreaths into the border using the same color thread. I used the black thread for the fill in stitching. The quilting in the block is simple – I didn’t want to overwhelm the block with too much quilting.

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The backing fabric was a burgandy-ish and black mini print. The photo makes the fabric look more red. You can see the detail of the quilting in both the blocks and the border. The texture is amazing!

One more quilt to show. This quilt is a Sampler Quilt by Jane S, Kent, WA. This quilt was part of a “Round Robin” that was done with her quilt group.

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I love quilting  Sampler Quilts! I go a little “crazy” and stitch something different in each block. The piecing and the colors of the blocks tell me what to quilt! I used several colors of thread on this quilt and the batting is Warm & Natural.

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Here is a close up of two of the blocks showing the quilting. I love the swirls in the top block!

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Two more blocks showing the quilting. Also notice the feathers in the sashing.

I enjoyed working on this quilt. In fact, I may have had too much fun quilting this quilt.

Did I mention that with quilts like these, I LOVE MY JOB!!!

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