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Curated Quilts Issue 5 Mini Quilt Submission

Curated Quilts

I finished up my submission for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt challenge. The theme is Connections/Improv and I immediately knew what I wanted to do.

Yep. I needed more hand stitching.

Curated Quilts

I created this piece the same way I’ve created several other recent hand stitched pieces. Arranging bits of fabric over a base cloth, marking lines with my hera marker, and sewing those lines with a running stitch to secure everything down. Composing an abstract piece in fabric and stitching it all securely down, with the hand stitching become an important part of the composition.

Curated Quilts

I’ve done several hand stitched pieces this way (this paintbrush holder and tote bag are recent examples ). This process allows even the smallest bits of fabric to be used. There are no seam allowances to lose. Rather than worry about them, this process celebrates raw edges. Fraying is Controlled by the hand stitched lines.

Excited to be forming a slow stitching workshop around this process for 2019, stay tuned!

Free Motion Framework by Jen Eskridge

Today, I wanted to let you know about a new book that just hit bookshelves. Free Motion Framework: Ten Wholecloth Quilt Designs by Jen Eskridge caught my interest immediately. Those that know me know I love free motion quilting and am always looking for new tricks or ways to improve. Jen is an enthusiastic teacher, and offers up quilting patterns and strategies to help build skills and create dynamic quilting designs, whether you are a long armer or free motioner. Don’t feel that you have to dive right in on a large quilt, this book has ten perfectly sized patterns to start quilting on fat quarter sized quilts. Which sounds so much more doable, right? I’m in love with the idea of tracing out the shapes and overall designs onto the fabric, then spending some time at the sewing machine filling the shapes in with all kinds of free motion motifs. Jen calls it accidentally making a whole cloth quilt, I love that.

Please check out more detailed info on Jen’s blog, as well as leave a comment to be eligible to win a copy of the book and other prizes!

Read more about Free Motion Framework


Stop by each blog listed below this week for a possible chance to win a copy of Free-Motion Framework. (International winners, outside the USA, will receive a digital copy.)

Monday | June 4

ReannaLily Designs (here!)
C & T Publishing

Tuesday | June 5

Joey’s Quilting Co
Helen Ernst Longarm Quilting
Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC The Blog

Thursday | June 7

Wise Craft Handmade

Friday | June 8

Kustom Kwilts
Living Water Quilter
Seamingly Slawson Quilts – Susan Lawson

Join me at Quiltique in Las Vegas!



I am traveling to Las Vegas in just a couple of weeks to spend a weekend with the lovely folks at Quiltique. I will be presenting a brand new lecture I call Finding the Value in Your Scraps on Friday evening, and on Saturday I will be teaching a workshop on upcycling and how to create your own quilt design (even if you are a beginner!). Here is all the info on what we’ll be doing while I’m there.

There is really nothing more inspiring than to spend time with people who love quilting (or want to love it) as much as I do. Its the best!

Currently, Quiltique has a full line of all the products I carry in their shop- including the Ruby Ruler™, printed patterns, and some of my quilts for you to see. If you are local, be sure to stop by and see these wonderful folks!

You can sign up for the lecture and/or the workshop online or by calling Quiltique directly!

#myquiltcouldlivehere Pheasant

#myquiltcouldlive here- Pheasant

Pheasant Quilt

When I was in the testing and filming phase of Dream, Learn, Quilt!, I made a quilt with very specific goal in mind. I wanted to test out the concepts from the class- make sure everything was well-covered and understandable, with visual, video, downloads, etc- plus it gave me the perfect excuse to make another quilt! READ MORE

No smoke and mirrors here (and a little about me)

I thought it was time to get new photos of myself taken. The last ones were taken by SCB for my book back in 2015, three years ago! So, I asked my friend Marlo to bring her camera to the studio and help me out. Thank goodness she has patience, I’m not an easy subject to be photographed. I make it awkward, but we got through it!


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