Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour: Day 1

Welcome to Our 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour!

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We’re so excited to kick off our 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour! We have five full days of quilting fun planned for you, all celebrating the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13! This new edition of 100 Blocks includes 100 new creative quilt blocks from today’s top designers. The issue will be on newsstands May 3, or you can grab a print or digital issue now from our online shop. We hope you’ll join us each day this week, May 2-6, as we dive into the issue with quilt block previews, designer inspiration and lots of great giveaways!

Let’s Preview Some Blocks:

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Vixen block designed by Erin Russek

Vixen: Our QM associate editor Erin Russek designed this appliqué cutie, and we absolutely love it. Erin used Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics to create the block.

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Polar Star block designed by Karen Ackva

Polar Star: Designed by Karen Ackva, this foundation-pieced block is shown in Kona Cotton Solids and Quilter’s Linen from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Check out our giveaway at the end of this post for details on how you can win some Kona Solids for yourself!

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Picket Posies block designed by Greg Jones

Picket Posies: This floral pieced block designed by Greg Jones is perfect for springtime. Greg made his block using Strawberry Fields fabric by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda Fabrics.

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Lovely block designed by Corey Yoder

Lovely: Who doesn’t love a pretty heart block? Corey Yoder made this pieced block using her Prairie line for Moda Fabrics along with Essex Linen from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

Today’s Featured Designers:

Follow the links below to visit each designer’s blog page to read about their individual quilt block designs featured in 100 Blocks Vol. 13 and catch giveaways on their blogs, too! Note: Please follow the instructions on each of their blog posts to be entered in their giveaways.

1. Pati Fried
2. Nancy Mahoney
3. Carol Steely
4. Debbie Martin
5. Jenifer Dick
6. Daphne Greig
7. Peg Spradlin
8. Doris Rice

Now For Our Giveaway!

Our sponsor for Day 1 of this blog tour is Robert Kaufman Fabrics. They have donated some wonderful prizes for today’s giveaway: Kona fat quarter bundles (12 pieces each)!

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Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight Tuesday, May 3 – telling us which Vol. 13 block you’ve seen so far has inspired you the most — for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 plus either a fabric bundle or a collection of other surprise goodies.

  • Four winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 and a fabric bundle
  • Two winners will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 13 as well as quilty goodies from Quiltmaker and some of our featured block designers

Winners will be chosen and notified Wednesday, May 4.

The winners of the Vol.13 Blog Tour: Day 1 prizes are Tammy Wiseman, NancyB from Many LA, Donna, Gabriella B, Lynn Tippens and Wanda. Winners have been notified by email!

See You Tomorrow for Day 2!

Come back tomorrow for more block previews, design inspiration and giveaways!

P.S. Did you know you can sign up to have all of Quiltmaker’s special issues — including 100 Blocks — delivered straight to your mailbox? Sign up for our Special Issue Auto Ship program and we’ll mail our special issues to you as they’re released. Learn more here.

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Quilting Vacation Memories

 Quilting Vacation Memories

Tricia Patterson

By Tricia Patterson, Quiltmaker Associate Editor

I’m an inspirational-based quilter. Quilting and textile art occupy my mind a lot, even when I travel. If you are like me, you take a camera on vacation and never put it down. I get inspired when I go to places and discover a potential quilt project in many of the objects, places, people or architectural designs I see.  I take long-range pictures as well as close-up detail shots. I’m so bad that my husband has learned to stop often to check if I’m still behind him because I Stop For Pictures. The photographs I take are great for capturing memories. Even so, some of the extra special ones deserve something more. A quilt! I’d like to share some of the ways I’ve turned a few of my vacation memories into a quilted memory.

Some of my vacation memory designs are very simple to create; others are more elaborate and time-consuming. With some photographs my goal is simply to replicate the subject as exact as possible in a different medium. In others, I’ve used the place as inspiration to create a piece of my own art. I’ve learned to take the time to study and think about the subject and my photographs because more often than not an idea will come to me about how I should interpret it in fabric.

My husband and I had the opportunity to live in London for several years. The weekends were like a vacation as we tried to take in as many of the sites as we could. I took a ginormous number of pictures. While there I decided it would be fun to spend time interpreting some of the landmarks, places and people into quilts. Here are a few of the ideas I had for taking memories from photo to quilt:

Printing Photos on Whole Cloth

I wasn’t sure how this idea would work out when I thought of it; it’s almost too simple to think it would be impressive. I took several of my place photos and took them to a copy shop that could print them onto fabric. I placed the photo fabric on top of single layers of Warm & Natural® batting, Pellon® 70 Peltex® ultra-firm interfacing and black Kona® cotton for the backing. Then, I used a simple straight stitch to highlight areas on the photo.

This is one of my whole cloth prints, Palace of Westminster (Parliament and Big Ben in the Queen Elizabeth Clock Tower). I took the photo one evening from the bow of a water taxi traveling home on the River Thames after a dinner out. It was a special evening to remember. I couldn’t begin to capture this site in fabric any other way than to keep it whole.

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Interpret a Place, Person or Thing into a Wall Hanging

We saw this magnificent marble floor in the Queen’s House in Greenwich. The design was an immediate quilt maker.  I enlarged a close-up photo of the center of the floor to make a template. I painted PFD fabric with bits of silver metallic paint and used hand-dyed black fabric to create the texture of the floor tiles. I used the fusible applique technique to apply the patches of this wall hanging onto the background fabric.

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Placing Printed Photos in a Quilt Block

There are so many theme fabrics on the market today. You can find fabric to complement almost any occasion or personal interest. I found the fabric in the quilt tops below during a fabric grab at work. It immediately reminded me of our family vacations in the snowy mountains. The idea of printing photos on fabric to incorporate into a quilt block has been around for a while, but if you haven’t tried printing on fabric through your home printer, try it with some of your family memories. It’s a simple and fast idea to capture a time or place–and I can guarantee you will look at this memory quilt if it’s hanging on a wall or spread over the sofa more often than pulling out a photo book or launching files from your computer.

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The fabric frame around the photo below reminds me of some of the specialty frames you find at a local department store. It’s a great gift idea to make a frame for a special photo with theme fabric.

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When I look at my snow day quilt my mind goes back to the kids swooshing through the snow at breakneck speed, everyone on alert to help stop the little ones. I see all my family playing together, hear their screams of joy and laughter, and I smile.

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You can see more of Tricia’s travel art quilts in her book, Finding Art for Fiber: Pieces of London, available June 1st.

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T-Shirt Quilt Patterns eBook – FREE!

T-shirt quilts are family favorites and always make wonderful gifts for graduation, birthdays and other special occasions. After all, who wouldn’t love to have their collection of treasured sports jerseys, concert T-shirts and other collectible tees turned into a fun memory quilt? Our brand new free T-Shirt Quilt Patterns eBook includes three helpful articles so you can get started right away on a T-shirt quilt for someone special.

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This free eBook includes: A Different Sort of T Time, a helpful article featuring tips from associate editor Diane Harris; Quilted Memories, a twin-size pattern designed by managing editor Paula Stoddard; and T-Shirt Memories, a lap-size pattern designed by the Quiltmaker staff. Of course, making T-shirt quilts requires some special techniques due to the stretchy nature of knit fabrics, so we’ve included all the instructions, tips and tricks you need – from stabilizing the knit fabrics to machine quilting T-shirt patches.

Download your free copy of our T-Shirt Quilt Patterns eBook today to add to your personal quilt pattern library. With your free download, you’ll become a member of the Quiltmaker community – this includes Quilty News, our free biweekly e-newsletter that’s full of free quilt patterns, contests, special offers and more.

If this is your first time downloading a free Quiltmaker eBook, be sure to check out the rest of our free eBooks here. We hope you enjoy this new collection of free quilt patterns!

Happy Quilting,

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 8

Hi! Welcome to Block 8 in the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. I hope you’re finding that sewing one block every week is very doable and you’re keeping up with us!

If you need to catch up on any previous posts, check them out here. You can find quilt kits for the 100 Blocks Sampler in our online shop, as well as the digital quilt pattern.

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

This week, we’re featuring a block called Happy. It’s block #273 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks volume 3 and was designed by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson, the sisters behind Me and My Sister Designs. They design the cutest, most colorful fabric for Moda Fabrics.

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Happy, block #273 designed by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson

This block is a breeze to sew with just a square and rectangles.

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Happy, assembly diagram

Here’s our three different versions.

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Happy, three different colorways

We’re excited to have Barb and Mary sewing along with us. Check out their block. As you browse their blog, you’ll notice that they are in Switzerland teaching right now—how cool is that?

And, be sure to visit the other designers sewing along with us:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

Send pictures of your blocks to editor@quiltmaker.com.

See you next week for block 9. There might even be a little giveaway involved!

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Reader Survey: May/June ’16 Issue

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Have you enjoyed our May/June ’16 issue of Quiltmaker? We love our readers and greatly value all of your feedback. We invite you to take our reader survey to let us know what you liked in this issue as well as what you’d like to see more of in future issues. Your input is important to us and helps us choose our content for future issues of Quiltmaker!

If you haven’t checked this latest issue out yet, you can browse through our online gallery here to preview the patterns or grab a print or digital edition from our online store.

A couple of our designers from this issue also wrote terrific blog posts about their designs:

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Janice Averill posted about how she designed her beautiful Whirlpools quilt.

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Pinwheel Bag

Heather Banks shared how she paired the colors for her fun Pinwheel Bag.

Be sure to visit their blogs at the links above to learn more about these designs.

Happy Quilting,

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QM Scrap Squad: Pam’s City Brights

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Pam Snow

Today’s quilt is by Pam Snow from Mesa, Arizona:

When Scrap Squad members were informed that our last quilt was to be one of our choice from the Quiltmaker archives, I was so excited. I knew exactly what I wanted to use as my focal fabric.

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I had purchased a couple of yards of Hoffman’s Skylines in October at a quilt shop in northern Arizona. I loved the colors and the design and was sure that I would find just the right quilt pattern to showcase Skylines.

Fabric on cutting table QM Scrap Squad: Pams City BrightsI searched Quiltmaker’s huge pattern library and discovered Animal Crackers from 1992. (The free pattern is available here!) The pattern was recommended for juvenile prints. However, I decided to help the Animal Crackers pattern “grow up” into an adult inspired quilt.

I searched through my scraps and selected my fabrics. I picked colors that were found in the Skylines print. I cut a large square from each fabric and some smaller pieces.

scrap fabric QM Scrap Squad: Pams City BrightsI followed the pattern instructions and cut 2″ squares from all the colors.

2 inch squares QM Scrap Squad: Pams City BrightsBefore assembling the 2″ squares into blocks, I decided to quilt the Skylines center panel.  A member of our quilt guild recently shared examples of straight line quilting and I decided to straight line quilt the center panel. After much through, I cut my batting a little larger than the finished size of the quilt. I then cut a 23″ x 23″ square from the top portion of the Skylines fabric.

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I placed the panel in the center of the batting and pinned it in place.

center placement QM Scrap Squad: Pams City BrightsI selected matching threads and sewed a sample of the line quilting.

Sample quilting 1 300x300 QM Scrap Squad: Pams City BrightsI machine basted the center panel in place on the batting and quilted straight lines.  I used five colors of quilting threads.

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When the line quilting was complete, I constructed the borders following the pattern instructions. I used the leftover Skylines fabric for the second border and a stripe from my stash for the third border.

Borders were attached to the batting and center panel using the stitch and flip method. Backing was then added and secured to the front by stitching in the ditch around the center panel and in each border seam.

I added more quilting lines on the center panel and quilted the borders. Quilting was completed on my Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000.

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I selected a purple for the binding. I called the quilt City Brights.

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I am sad to see my year on Scrap Squad come to an end. I have gained new friends and found new ways to incorporate scraps into my quilts.  Thank you to Quiltmaker and to Diane Harris for this wonderful opportunity.

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Pam Snow deserves a round of thanks and applause from Quiltmaker, too. We’ve so appreciated her contributions to Scrap Squad all year. I’ll miss her, and we all wish her well!


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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 7

Welcome back! I hope you’ve all been sewing along on your 100 Blocks Sampler. We’d love to see your blocks. Don’t forget to take a picture and email them to editor@quiltmaker.com.

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

We’re halfway through month 2. Are you keeping up? Click here to catch up on the previous sew along blog posts. Quilt kits are available for the 100 Blocks Sampler in our online shop, as well as the digital pattern.

This week’s block is Tumbler Star, block #194 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 2, designed by Benita Skinner.

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194 2 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along   Block 7This block is pretty straightforward—half-square and quarter-square triangles along with some plain patches.

Benita is sewing along with us. You can see her block on her blog.

Be sure to also visit the other designers who are sewing along with us:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

See you next week for block 8!

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Coming Soon: 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour!

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Mark your calendars: Our 100 Blocks Volume 13 Blog Tour is happening in a couple of weeks! Join us May 2-6 for designer inspiration, giveaways and lots of quilty fun.

This newest volume of 100 Blocks features a great collection of blocks — from hearts to whimsical flowers, from spinning wheels to umbrellas, from turtles to teddy bears — from your favorite designers including Bonnie Hunter, Scott Murkin, Margie Ullery and more.

The issue hits newsstands May 3, and is available to purchase early as a print or digital issue in our online shop. We also have a new Special Issue Auto Ship program where you can sign up to have all Quiltmaker special issues delivered straight to your mailbox.

Here’s a peek at a couple of the fabulous quilt blocks:

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First Class designed by Sue Marsh

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Going Dutch designed by Kari Carr

See you May 2-6 right here on Quilty Pleasures for our 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Blog Tour!

Happy Quilting,

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Introducing QM Associate Editor Tricia Patterson

 Introducing QM Associate Editor Tricia Patterson

Tricia Patterson

Greetings! My name is Tricia Patterson. I recently joined Quiltmaker as an associate editor. I’ve worked as an instructional designer and project manager, mostly with learning and information technology organizations, for many years. My dream has always been to tie instructional design with my passion for fiber art in a job. I’m excited to be living my dream.

I grew up in Greensburg, Indiana. It was a small mid-western farm community when I was young. My first memory of fabric is not my baby binky, rather the carefully drawn knife and fork my grandma put on the end of a tea towel to teach me how to handle a sewing needle. She taught my sister and I how to embroider the towel in between spewing out loads of basket quilt blocks from her treadle sewing machine. I also remember we took scraps from her basket nearby to dress our dolls. My sewing skills grew as she guided me through many 4-H clothing projects. My grandmother planted the first seeds of passion for the touch of fabric, the splendor of many colors and an itch to stitch.

As a young woman I sewed as much as possible. I made clothes for my younger sister and brother, myself, and then for my husband and sons. My sewing projects led me to quilting during its renaissance in the mid ’70s. I completed my first hand-stitched baby quilt with the birth of my first son. I was hooked from there. When parenting started taking more time and I began working outside my home, the quilting projects became smaller in size. I discovered I could take piecing projects with me to the boys’ ball games and practices. I also learned that I could get to the satisfaction of a finished project quicker because a small wall hanging or throw didn’t take as long to complete. During that time period I learned hand stitching was an art form to treasure. Since then I’ve always had a large hand-stitch quilt in progress. My sons have blessed me with many events that deserve a quilt: graduations, leaving home for college, marriages, births, lounging on the couch to watch TV, and decorating a grandchild’s room.

I moved to Colorado, became more involved with work and migrated to making art quilts by machine. Although some are still hand-stitched I have been developing my machine stitching skills through these wall hangings. I’ve hand-dyed or printed many of the fabrics I use. I enjoy embellishing them with special beads, ribbons, yarn, buttons, and many recycled objects. I have been known to add stars cut from beer cans to the face of a wall quilt. I create thread-painted and crocheted pieces to adorn them, and some contain embroidery stitches (Thank you, Grandma.). I do follow one rule: All of my wall hangings must contain some element of traditional quilting.

I’ve always been a traditionalist at heart. I love the history that quilting brings forward to our modern day. Perhaps it’s a longing to stay connected. It makes me feel really good to know that there is something I’m doing that my grandmother also found engaging. I think that’s why, when I make a bed quilt for my family, I give them a hand-stitched one. I may use modern patterns, a twist on traditional, or a design I’ve created special for them. (I’ve shared a few of them with you below.) With a quilt I’m giving my time, a piece of my creativity, sharing something they know I endear, as well as passing on family memories that I hope they will also cherish.

I couldn’t believe my fortune to have this job come my way. I walked in on my first day of work to see quilts hanging on all the walls, over the cube sides, in the cubes, on the desks of the cubes–everywhere. You can’t beat working with people who share your passion. Quilts are in my life every day as I work on calculating yardage, writing descriptions or assembly directions. I get to see so many creative and wonderful quilt patterns and fabric choices. The best part is when the quilts for our publications arrive from their makers. The quilts are spread out; my co-workers take a break from their desks to gather around one-by-one. There is a breath of silence as we absorb and then murmurs of appreciation come: for the pattern, fabric, quilting motif, and the maker–because that’s what quilters do. It’s then that I know I’m in the best place for me.

Here are a few favorites of my hand-stitched quilts:

I asked my daughter-in-law Gina to send me a picture so I could share the quilt I made for her graduation from optometry school.  Note she received this quilt before she became engaged to my son. I knew then she was special. A mother’s intuition…

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I made the quilt below to celebrate the marriage of my youngest son and his wife. The choice of the Double Wedding Ring design doesn’t need an explanation. I added the Cathedral Windows to symbolize the importance of looking through the grist of daily life to remember the love you share.

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I want to share this wall hanging because it’s my first authentic art quilt and the one I’m most proud of. It took me three months to create. It’s all hand-stitched. Notice the metal stars? I call this quilt Colorado. My sons call it the shrapnel quilt. They aren’t fans of my art quilts, preferring my traditional hand-stitched bed quilts. I think that’s pretty cool because I hoped they would appreciate the historical significance of this stuff that mom is always doing.

 Introducing QM Associate Editor Tricia Patterson

 Introducing QM Associate Editor Tricia Patterson

 Introducing QM Associate Editor Tricia Patterson

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Does Your ‘Sewing Time’ Ever Go Like This?

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Lori Baker

By Lori Baker, Quiltmaker Acquisitions Editor

Today, I want to tell you a little about my current quilting projects. The editorial staff in our office puts together four magazines: Quiltmaker, Quilters Newsletter, McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts. Although many of the quilts we feature come from quiltmakers like you, those of us on staff make some of the quilts and do many of the extras; lessons and color options, that sort of thing. So much of the time, I have a project or two that I need to work on for one of the magazines. Right now, I am preparing a lesson on binding quilts for the September/October issue of McCall’s Quilting and I’m making my version of a quilt from a previous issue for I Love This Quilt in the July/August issue. I also need to make a quilt for a lesson in the August/September issue of Quilters Newsletter.

I’d like to say that I’m very organized and focused, but that would not be the truth. I often have multiple projects going at the same time. So the fact that I have three quilts to make right now doesn’t make me crazy, but I do know I need to get busy.

I promised myself that I’d be diligent this week so I could cross some of the items off of my to-do list. I went home last night and heated leftovers for dinner and threw the dishes in the dishwasher to get those chores out of the way and moved on to the fun of sewing.

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I sat down to finish quilting the wall quilt for the lesson on binding quilts.

I sat down to finish quilting the wall quilt for the lesson on binding quilts. I got about halfway around the center medallion on the first row of echo quilting and my machine started skipping stitches.

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I got about halfway around the center medallion on the first row of echo quilting and my machine started skipping stitches.

I folded that quilt up and started thinking about the next project. And it didn’t occur to me until just now that I didn’t do my usual troubleshooting steps. I didn’t rethread, check the bobbin and/or change the needle. What was I thinking? I just quit.

Next, I looked at the pretty quilt on the design wall, my quilt for I Love This Quilt. I have the blocks made and sewn together and the first border is attached. I’m ready to make the second border, which will be pieced.

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Next, I looked at the pretty quilt on the design wall, my quilt for I Love This Quilt.

But if the machine is skipping stitches, I reasoned, I didn’t want to try to make the pieced border. Again, I didn’t do any troubleshooting or testing. Often when a machine is just a little off, it will sew through two layers of fabric nicely but add that layer of batting and it won’t do as well. I’m shaking my head today and wondering where my logic and self-discipline were last night.

I have multiple machines – three modern day machines and several working “classic” machines that I could have used, but we were going to have an overnight guest and I didn’t want to be moving machines when he arrived. So I just ruled out anything involving actual sewing. Again, today I’m questioning that. Our guest wasn’t due to arrive until much later. I had plenty of time to get out a different machine and put away the one that was skipping stitches.

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In the end, I cut patches for the third quilt.

In the end, I cut patches for the third quilt. And felt satisfied with a good evening’s work … definitely not focused, but happy that I’d accomplished something measurable.

Does your sewing time ever go like that? I imagine it does for some of you anyway.

Until next time, happy quilting.

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