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WIP - Instagram Mini Swap

I am thrilled to be participating in my first mini swap, #IGminiSwap. Over 500  quilters are participating! 

It is a secret swap. You know who will receive the mini quilt you are making. However, you do not know who is making your mini quilt. Once you have a partner, you learn as much as can about them through Instagram, their website or blog, and photo accounts like Flickr.

After learning my partner loves color, I designed a 24” x 24” inch star quilt. I enjoyed designing the quilt with The Electric Quilt Company’s Quilt Design Wizard.   The software, affordable at $30, prints blocks for paper piecing.

The rectangles and stars are paper pieced, a technique I learned in Carol Doak’s Mastering Foundation Paper Piecing Craftsy class.

I adjusted the pattern so I could use AccuQuilt’s Triangle in a Square die  to make the diamonds. Using the fabric cutter saves time and increases piecing accuracy.

I’m linking up with

Esther’s WOW

Lee’s WIP Wednesday

Marelize’s Anything Goes Monday

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Under The Needle


The borders are attached, the quilt is basted, and ready for free motion quilting.

I’ve decided to replicate the feather shape in the quilting. I’ve always wanted to try this technique.

To give the feathers definition I used a double layer of batting. One layer of Quilters Dream Poly and one layer of Dream Puff.

By the way, i used AccuQuilt Go! Feather die to cut the applique shapes

I’m linking up with

Marelize’s Anything Goes Monday

Lee’s WIP Wednesday

Esther’s  WOW

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Around the World Blog Hop

Thanks Esther, at ipatchandquilt, for the invitation to join the fun!  If you haven’t seen Esther’s work, be ready to be amazed!  She is fabulous quilter.

Welcome! If this is your first visit, I hope you explore beyond this post. Visit the special pages section on the right.

1) What am I working on?

I am always working a several things at once. There are at least 5 quilts that need to be quilted. The twisted log cabin, pictured below, is one. 

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A week ago I finished testing 5 different Quilters Dream battings. I will have a detailed post on that soon. Here is  a sneak peek at the visual comparison of Dream Puff and Dream Poly. The Dream Puff certainly adds dimension. 

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2) How does my work differ from others its genre?

I don’t know if it does. Others may say it is different. I know one of my biggest joys in quilting is free motion quilting. So, if there is a difference, it might be my obsession with free motion quilting.

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Here are a few samples of free motion quilting I have completed in the last few years on my domestic machine, Janome 7700 (above). Below is recent work on placemats. 

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Then I ventured into free motion quilting “ruler work”. I am really excited about the new creative possibilities with these rulers.

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3) Why do I create what I do?

Primarily, I enjoy the creative process. The bonus is that I also LOVE learning new techniques. There is always a new creative adventure ahead!  

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4) How does my creative process work?

Currently, the process is learning new textile arts and relearning basic and advanced quilting techniques. I am taking a TON of classes with Craftsy. I love Craftsy classes because you can watch them over and over. I use many of them as an online quilting textbook.

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They offer many FREE classes too! If you haven’t enrolled in a Craftsy class, give a free class a try. 

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Design It, Quilt It: Free-Form Techniques taught by Cindy Needham has given me confidence in designing and using stencils for whole cloth quilts. Above is a feathered wreath stencil by quilter Patsy Thompson. Gold and silver thread were used to create this 11x17 wall hanging.

Well, I think I covered a lot of territory. 

Thanks so much for joining us in the Around the World Blog Hop!

Dena

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Under The Needle - Swirling Feathers
The process:
Cut fused batik fabric with AccuQuilt feather die. 
Fuse Decor Bond, a stabilizer, to white background fabric.
Adhere fused appliqué to background.
Stitch raw edges of appliqué. (Photos above)
I’m applying techniques learned in Craftsy online course Art Quilting 101
To be continued…
I’m linking up with
Lee’s WIP Wednesday
Esther’s WOW

Under The Needle - Swirling Feathers

The process:

  • Cut fused batik fabric with AccuQuilt feather die
  • Fuse Decor Bond, a stabilizer, to white background fabric.
  • Adhere fused appliqué to background.
  • Stitch raw edges of appliqué. (Photos above)

I’m applying techniques learned in Craftsy online course Art Quilting 101

To be continued…

I’m linking up with

Lee’s WIP Wednesday

Esther’s WOW

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BOB, A Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift - A fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions.

 Who is BOB and what did he fundamentally change? Well, I am glad you asked!

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BOB or “Block on Board” is AccuQuilt’s unique fabric cutting die. It not only produces what AccuQuilt does best, accurately cutting up to six layers of fabric at once, but elevates the cutting system by supplying all the shapes needed to create a particular quilt block.

Welcome to the next stop in the AccuQuilt BOB Blog Hop!

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The 15 BOB dies, Bowtie, Winding Ways, Flowering Snowball, Ohio Star, Log Cabin and Blazing Star to name a few, all have the shapes needed on one die board to make the entire quilt block.

Let’s take a look at the Hunter Star BOB die.

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Using purple, green, and gray I made a few variations of the Hunter Star by changing color placement and color combinations for the star block.

If you have never seen an AccuQuilt Go! cutter in action watch this video.

        

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A great feature of AccuQuilt dies are the trimmed points. (below, right images) This makes for easy and accurate sewing of the diamonds, trapezoids, and triangles. Pressing the seams open reduces bulk. (above)

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Every Accuquilt die includes piecing instructions. For a complete step-by-step  tutorial on the Hunter Star die visit AccuQuilt’s blog.

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A two-color background with graduating color value, in this case green and purple, and the quilting motif have a modern feel.

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Playing with different color placements and combinations broadens the design possibilities. Compared to the quilt about these wall hangings/table toppers have a traditional look.

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Every die comes with a free pattern. During the BOB Blog Hop you may download AccuQuilt’s red and white Hunter Star pattern for free. Photo courtesy of Accuquilt.

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The Hunter Star cutting die is versatile and fun. I enjoyed creating fun designs and sharing them in my first blog hop. Thanks AccuQuilt for the Hunter Star die and the invitation to join in the fun! 

I am looking forward to sharing the Hunter Star quilts at Virginia Star Quilters next quilting event.

Now, hop on over to the next blogger and see how they have creatively used a BOB die.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blog Hop Schedule

August 18th – Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl GO! Flowering Snowball
August 19th – Strip QuilterGO! Ohio Star
August 20th – Freemotion by the RiverGO! Log Cabin
August 21st – A Quilting LifeGO! Dresden Plates
August 22nd – Pleasant HomeGO! Blazing Star
August 23rd – Living Water QuilterGO! Hunter Star
August 24th – Ray’s Sew CraftyGO! Double Wedding Ring
August 25th – Blue Feather Quilt StudioGO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul
August 26th – One Stitch at a TimeGO! Double Wedding Ring
August 27th – BeaquilterGO! Log Cabin
August 28th – Sew Incredibly CrazyGO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul
August 29th – Sew Fresh Quilts GO! Ohio Star

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