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transferring templates from machine applique to hand

Making Machine Applique Patterns Suitable For N...

Almost all of my machine applique patterns can be easily adjusted for needle turn applique due to the way I present my patterns. Today, I want to share with you...

Making Machine Applique Patterns Suitable For N...

Almost all of my machine applique patterns can be easily adjusted for needle turn applique due to the way I present my patterns. Today, I want to share with you...

try our quilter's word search puzzle for fun

Quilters Word Search

I decided to make a quilter's word search. I hid 30 quilting words in a grid and once complete, it reveals a message. Have some quilty puzzle fun!

Quilters Word Search

I decided to make a quilter's word search. I hid 30 quilting words in a grid and once complete, it reveals a message. Have some quilty puzzle fun!

62nd Flower Block - Hollyhock

62nd Flower Block - Hollyhock

For mother's day this year, I decided to design a new flower block. This will be my 62nd. 

62nd Flower Block - Hollyhock

For mother's day this year, I decided to design a new flower block. This will be my 62nd. 

playing with feather quilting on your home sewing machine

Feather Quilting

Today I was playing with feather quilting and I have to admit I love how the feathers pop when you echo quilt around it. Get 15% off this workshop!

Feather Quilting

Today I was playing with feather quilting and I have to admit I love how the feathers pop when you echo quilt around it. Get 15% off this workshop!

creating a gift from stash scraps

What To Do With Pre-cut 2-1/2" Squares

A nice way to create a gift from your stash - ideal to get a young one (or any age) motivated to begin quilting!

What To Do With Pre-cut 2-1/2" Squares

A nice way to create a gift from your stash - ideal to get a young one (or any age) motivated to begin quilting!

tips and tricks for Entwined Star block and quilt

Another Star block - tips to help you

I do hope these tips are useful for you when constructing the beautiful Entwined Star quilt and other quilts that use triangles and squares.

Another Star block - tips to help you

I do hope these tips are useful for you when constructing the beautiful Entwined Star quilt and other quilts that use triangles and squares.

nine patch blocks in progress

A WIP Waiting To Be Finished

Any idea what I'm going to be making with all these nine-patches? Will I add some applique as I am so accustomed to do?

A WIP Waiting To Be Finished

Any idea what I'm going to be making with all these nine-patches? Will I add some applique as I am so accustomed to do?

comparing two African Daisy flower blocks - original and simplified

Arctotis Block Continued

Do you have a favorite color for this Arctotis (African Daisy) applique block? Would you use the simplified version or the original to make this?

Arctotis Block Continued

Do you have a favorite color for this Arctotis (African Daisy) applique block? Would you use the simplified version or the original to make this?

creating an Arctotis (African Daisy) flower block

Arctotis Flower Block

Creating an African Daisy block (Arctotis) was a lot of fun, but there was one difficult part. Can you guess what that was?

Arctotis Flower Block

Creating an African Daisy block (Arctotis) was a lot of fun, but there was one difficult part. Can you guess what that was?

Bargello in Spring - the first of a series of colorful season quilts

Bargello in Spring

It all began when I was having issues with the internet one day and couldn't get online to do my usual work, I thought.... "oh well, how about pulling some...

Bargello in Spring

It all began when I was having issues with the internet one day and couldn't get online to do my usual work, I thought.... "oh well, how about pulling some...

quilt blocks can be more than a quilt

Applique Animals

That has to be the most awesome gift you could make for a new born baby and it comes free with Zoo Friends.

Applique Animals

That has to be the most awesome gift you could make for a new born baby and it comes free with Zoo Friends.

a thank you for the yellow rose creative embroidery quilt

Free-motion Thread Play

I made this project for a friend's birthday so it made the process even more enjoyable, but not as much as the appreciative look on his face as he opened...

Free-motion Thread Play

I made this project for a friend's birthday so it made the process even more enjoyable, but not as much as the appreciative look on his face as he opened...

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