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Springtime on the farm means babies!

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This spring I'm launching two new placemat patterns, Baby Jersey and Little Piglet . Aren't they adorable? I'm sure your child or grandchild would love one of these to make mealtime fun. These placemats are easy to make using fusible appliqué and simple straight line quilting. Click image to get pattern store link.                              Click image to get pattern store link.        

4 Must-Have Irons for Quilting

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In a previous post, I showed you how to make your own quilters ironing board . In this post, I’m going to talk about irons for quilting and introduce you to the four irons that I've used over the years with good results. A quilter’s ironing needs are very specific. We might need several types of irons depending on our projects, but there are so many irons on the market it can be mind-boggling choosing the right ones. Three guidelines when buying an iron for quilting: Determine your needs. Do you quilt only occasionally or is your iron going to get a full workout? Do you do patchwork, applique or both? Do your homework. Research different products. Purchase the best iron you can realistically afford. There are many good irons at different price points, so shop around if you're on a strict budget like most of us. 1. Steamfast Mini Steam Iron My  Steamfast Mini Iron  is my little workhorse. It sits beside me on my TV table ironing board when I'm doing all my piecing. It'

Sewing Machine Bookends: Cool quilting room décor

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Last weekend hubby and I took a nice drive in the country to pick up these incredible vintage sewing machine bookends for my sewing room. Aren't these the coolest things you've ever seen? I first saw similar bookends on Pinterest, so I had my eye on these for a while after seeing them on a Facebook group. I was happy the artist, Greg at Prairiepickers.com , still had the bookends when I finally texted him last week to buy them. They cost $100. I thought that was a very good deal considering all the work that went into them. The sewing machine is circa 1920s. Even the wooden bases are from an old sewing machine table. Greg told me he normally upcycles the bases of vintage sewing machines into tables. He said he's usually left with the machine when the table is finished. So, he decided to make something out of a machine because he didn't want to throw it out. The set even came with some vintage wooden spools of thread. I would love to find more of these spools

Improv Quilting: The modern scrap quilt

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One of my favourite piecing techniques is Improv. I come from a fine arts and design background so I love to go off the beaten path. I enjoy the freedom Improv provides. I believe it's quilting for the soul. There are no real rules for Improv quilting. You are basically piecing scraps together in a free-form way. The results are stunning. The textures and all the combined colours can result in a true work of art. My piece Summer Aspen below was submitted for a new wing at a local hospital. The theme for the submissions was trees. I chose the Aspen tree because I love how Aspen leaves rustle in the wind. Unfortunately, the piece wasn't chosen but I ended up with a very nice quilt for my home. SUMMER ASPEN by Monica Curry The strips I used for the tree trunks in  Summer Aspen  were cut from fabric that was printed from a  linocut  I made. I wanted each strip to look like an actual Aspen tree. I liked how this quilt turned out and it hung in my office for a coup