The Inbox Jaunt Free Motion Quilting Tutorials

Daily I go drool and practice on the free motion tutorial examples on Inbox Jaunt. I think you will enjoy this site.  I have started journaling and adding some of the practice doodle to my journal. VERY good site.

On every quilt I finish on the long arm the last thing I put is the thread spool design I learned how to make here. That is kind of my signature.


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Christmas Quilt Pattern from All People Quilt

Festival of Trees pattern

Here is a beautiful free quilt pattern for us to make and enjoy during the holiday’s. I never dreamed of using yellow for the background. I am starting on this today. I will show you the process along the way.  Below you will see the link. If you all decide to make this project please send me the photo’s so I can post them here and we all can see the different fabrics and designs.

Be sure to check out other projects listed on the website.


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North To Alaska

I have not written in a while. We took a 9000 plus mile trip.  Drove to Seattle, ship to Alaska then to California for a couple of days and back across the USA to home. I will post pictures later.

I have been planning this over a year so therefore I am behind in my postings. I am back ready to start new projects.

I found this wonderful site full of free patterns.  I will be making each quilt on the site and showing you along with the pattern.  Here is my first project.

I will be starting on this in the next day or so. I will keep you posted with the progress.



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Ali In Wonderland!!!

My neighbor Ali is quite the little artist.  Can you believe someone picks up a pair of scissors goes to cutting and comes up with the cutest appliqués to go on a quilt. This is just the beginning of a new quilt artist. I am amazed at what this young woman can do. This is by no means the end. She just got started today on her Alice In Wonderland and here is the results. Now she will go back around with thread and highlight the pieces but I think you will get an idea of how some of her work is going to be.. Stunning!  Linda and I enjoy her company on Sunday so much. She has an eye for choosing fabrics. I can not wait to see this quilt finished. DSCN0254 DSCN0255 DSCN0257

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Halloween In June

Well people have Christmas in July so we are having a Halloween party in June of sorts. Today my sweet neighbor wanted to learn to quilt so she came down to our Sunday meeting.  Linda was more than glad to teach and mentor her and I was more than glad for the company and also the learning experience.

I normally do not cut, I am learning. Gary used to do all my cutting but I am trying to take some work off him and also I want to learn so I can cut when I need it. Well that means when we are sewing a lot of the time Linda is cutting handing to me to sew and now today I saw the process from the beginning to end.

I guess you wonder what is wrong no one used the long arm.. Well do not get me started *&^$#$   it is down for the count again after having a service doctor here this week I do not know what is going on but I need to find out soon we are getting behind.

Well Ali came and she loves Halloween. I believe when she gets her own home it will be decorated up 365 days of Halloween.. I love Halloween also and so does Linda so it was just a wonderful day. Ali went home with her quilt top finished. Now when my long arm machine gets well she will come back and quilt it and then we will bind it and she will have her beautiful quilt. We have gotten another person addicted to fabric and sewing. She made us both laugh “I can not believe you have a sewing machine that cuts the thread and you do not have to use scissors.”

Here is Ali’s Happy Halloween Quilt. I look forward to seeing her make many more beautiful works of art.





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We Had Another SNOW (Sew) Day

Lizzie is still down for the count. Hopefully this week the long arm doctor will travel here and get her running and ready to go.

Linda and I have been clearing up UFOs so it is not a total waste. We also have been trying some new things. Sometimes you need to just chill out and do whatever else you can find to do. During this down time I learned to cut. I can hear most of you “surely you jest.” Well hello for all these years I have been quilting my number one cutter was Little Precious. A rotary cutter never touched my hands.  I think Little Precious is tired of cutting because he sure has gotten behind in his job. Maybe he is just taking a much needed rest.

Today Linda showed me how to cut. I had some idea and have done some parts of the cutting but I never have squared up a block. She showed me a really easy way to square up the blocks. I decided I was going to work on Anita’s Arrowhead.  The creator of this is Anita Grossman Solomon. This was particular technique was featured in Quiltmaker Magazine 2011.  I am not sure of the month. I probably have it written down in the sewing studio and I will look for it when I go back to the studio.

I decided on using a beige background for my blocks. I may go ahead and change that while I have not made a lot of the blocks. I think I would like it to have a more scappy look. I do not know.. I may and I may not. You can never tell about me. One thing for sure I will just do what feels good the day I start on it.

Here are the blocks I got finished today.

DSCN0102 DSCN0103 DSCN0104 DSCN0105Do not pay attention to the purples in the background. It is not a part of the quilt. It was an actual quilt on the bed. I just placed the blocks down so I could keep up with how many I had. I think I will finish it out with this beige and these blocks are so easy I will start another one with different colors.

Linda was working  Hunter Star Quilt by Dianne Gilley. It was very easy to put the blocks together and she as really enjoying them. I was amazed at how perfectly they all matched up. I think this is going to be a really beautiful quilt but then when does Linda create a quilt that is not beautiful?

Here are her  blocks. If you look closely you will tell you have to put four small blocks together to make one big block.. then when you put two blocks together you can see how the star points are going to work out.. I really like this block. I am going to do one next maybe out of African print fabrics. This was VERY EASY. If you find this pattern at your local quilt store and want to do something very pretty and very easy I suggest either one of the quilts here today. I am going to be working all week on Anita’s Arrowhead and Linda’s homework is on her Hunter Star quilt. I was telling Precious that I was working on Anita’s Arrowhead and he said “who makes a quilt called Anita’s AIRHEAD.”  Pray for me America!  He is a character. To make it worse he was serious.

DSCN0106 DSCN0107Well I shall be working all week on my homework and Linda has homework. We hope Lizzie gets up and running real soon. She just has a tiny problem. Nothing major I hope. I think we have decided every other Sunday we are going to have a “snow day.”  We call it that because it is like work, when it snows you can not report to work. Ok Lizzie is sick so we can not long arm. Just having nice snow days and with 90 degree temps this week I may welcome some snow this winter. No as it always goes I will be fussing because how cold it is and waiting on summer, summer gets her and I am fussing how hot waiting on winter.. You know we are never satisfied are we?



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