Machine Quilting Blog Hop Week 8

This week is the chapter called  U Turns in the book “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting” by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. HollyAnne, Kristin and Jen are joining me in this journey. The four of us are blogging our way through the book and each week that goes by we are practicing more and gaining confidence with each exercise. I am a long armer and the other ladies are using their domestic sewing machines. The patterns for the quilts in the book are amazing but we are focusing on the free motion quilting for the blog hop. Links to the previous weeks are on the side bar tab for the Machine Quilting Blog hop. Join the party at Instagram using hashtag #machinequiltingbloghop


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This weeks big challenge is something that takes lots of practice. Corners. How to turn them is always something longarmers need to think about because you move the machine not the quilt. Several options were given, number 1 do something else in the corner such as a spiral square and the border is ribbon candy.

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This block shows a continuous pattern with the greek keys in the green. Then the blue corners were a flow of ribbon loops. Then I became really adventurous… doing loops of e’s that transition to e’s and l’s around the corner. I also used wavy lines and added a sprial in the lower right. So doing corners can be really fun and the possibilities are endless on what to do when turning a corner! machine quilting blog hop week !

This is the block from the first week. You can see a spiral in the corner and a weird square thing in the rest of the outer block. Then the rest you can see how I turned the corner in the inner rows using the flow of the stitch used. The outer border is visible with my corner with the switchbacks.

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And here is my next attempt at hook swirls. It is coming along but not quite right. Time, it takes time. When I change direction my brain cannot translate the change… yet.

This morning’s hooked swirls are even better! 

Here is the video on how I quilted these blocks

Quilt on!


Machine Quilting Blog Hop!


This week is the chapter called Exploding Star in the book “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting” by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. HollyAnne, Kristin and Jen are joining me in this journey. The four of us are blogging our way through the book and each week that goes by we are practicing more and gaining confidence with each exercise. I am a long armer and the other ladies are using their domestic sewing machines. The patterns for the quilts in the book are amazing but we are focusing on the free motion quilting for the blog hop. Links to the previous weeks are on the side bar tab for the Machine Quilting Blog hop. Join the party at Instagram using hashtag #machinequiltingbloghop

Christa’s spirals are not something that you can do on a longarm— the continuous spiral pattern over an entire quilt. Angela’s take on this chapter is about quilting with using free motion stitches and using scale to make stitches. She talks alot about using items to keep the stitch motif to stay the same size throughout the quilt. Think of an item that would be about the size you want to make motif or stitch–penny, nickel, quarter. You can can see in the “o” block the back ground is a tight swirl. The Blue fabrics have a small paisley.

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She then talks about changing the scale for emphasis— smaller denser scale bring more emphasis. As well as  echoing and outlining areas. In this quilt, the background has a denser stitch of leaves and loops. The leaves have ruler work straight lines.


In this quilt, I used different sized stitches for each area and you can see the different areas that show more emphasis due to the density and size of the quilting stitches.

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The final quilt shows examples of most of the concepts we have talked about in this book… different sized stitches, different types of density and different stitches in different parts of the quilt.

Can you see all the different takes on some of the basic stitches? swirls, pebbling, switchbacks, lines and paisleys? Do you see the echoing and changing of scales. Enlarge the pictures to see the details.

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show notes to podcast -1980s My Generation

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From the Swatch watch, Rick Astley, the colors and the movies like Willow, Purple Rain and Ferris Bueller’s Day off the 1980s is my generation. It is being rebooted and I am not sure how I feel about it all because my birthday is this week.



I will load my 50th birthday celebration quilt of my birthstone Emeralds on the frame next week.

The disaster is the orange quilt, it will be bound orange side up. The blog hop has been awesome and I have learned so much. I hope you join us as a giveaway is coming soon!

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just can’t believe it turned out like this

Here is the true confession: right side up of my continuous curve quilt. Not my favorite, but I really learned so much more by making this ugly thing than I have in the past year of quilting.

Quilt on!


Machine Quilting Blog Hop Week 3

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The Book!

Welcome to week 3 of the blog hop. We are blogging our way through the book The Ultimate Guide to Machine quilting and three of my friends are joining me. You can go to HollyAnne , Kristin and Jen pages to read what their insights and takeaways are from the chapter. I am long arming and working from Angela’s perspective and they are using a domestic machine and from Christa’s perspective.

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Continuous Curve on my Granny Square Quilt


This week is a lesson of continuous curve.  This Means  quilting by traveling through out a block without breaking the thread. I did orange peel curves throughout the little squares in this block and did it row by row. I didn’t cut the threads and quilted an arc on three side of the square across the row of squares then worked my way back.

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Continuous curve in the triangle and a little more fmq

Here are more curves in the triangles. I then added free motion quilting around the triangle as I went.

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Christa Watson’s Improve block with continuous curve

Continuous curves in the points of the stars. Christa Watson designed this block for the Aurifil Designers of the Month last year. Here is the pattern link.

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the back of this weeks practice piece

Here is my  practice piece from this week. I did a continuous curve in the corners. A flower motif in between , a teardrop motif and then a stipple in the middle. I echoed the curve in the corners too, made a outline statement  and embellished it all with little ribbon candy and tried some pebbles. All individually are ok, not really sold on the floral motif. It is so large I had to mirror the shape when I rolled up the mini quilt. You have to learn to quit in all directions on a long arm. The take away from the chapter is that you have to practice some things over and over. I like the floral motif better when each petal overlaps  on this larger scale another takeaway from practicing. I also don’t like thread that contrasts with the fabric, that is on the other side. Next time, I may try marking some registration lines.  If you want to see how I quilted it watch the video below!

With time and practice we will see progress! Tips : on continuous curves and mirroring images go slower than you think you need to for accuracy. Picking thread that matches the background colors in the fabrics is more forgiving. Takeaway: Big blocks need to be well planned so when you advance the row you can mirror the quilting . Take pictures so you remember what you did!

And finally, if you are not feeling well, don’t try to learn new things and expect that it will be outstanding. Sometimes we should just wait a day when we are on our best thinking to try. Don’t rush and force it.

Remember the book is on sale at the publishers here, get yours to follow along!



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A three day holiday weekend was wonderful to get away, I did post about the weekend on social media see the Instagram Feed for those pictures. It started out with a leaky hot water heater that we needed to replace with the help of a friend who save the day! I was so happy to be able to leave town a bit late but make it to the dinner and hockey game with our son and his girlfriend. We went to a cool car museum and pub Saturday. And today was great time in church where our son worships and plays guitar. I really enjoyed the day and feel that I can go forward refreshed and renewed. I knitted my way through the water heater replacement and see how far I got in the picture above!

I have a quilt that I am going to finish for Quilts for Cure this week. I have no sewing machine still but I have plenty to long arm. It is still at the repair shop.  I will keep plenty busy even without a sewing machine. I really don’t need to be making more tops because I have plenty to do!

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I decided I need to get some better eye/hand coordination so I practiced drawing some feathers.  I want to get smoother on my stitching so it takes drawing to make it better and smoother.

I am limiting photos on the blog to my creative endeavors due to limited space. I hope to expand the blog by the end of the year but I don’t want to run out of space before then for photos. So… you can see the Instagram feed on the side bar for more pictures and snapshots of every day life and the daily prompt challenge.



New Ideas

When your sewing machine is broken, you have extra time if you are a quilter. I have no tops that are deadlined but I have a few things I could be working on. I want to remake a couple of quilts on a small scale for samples. Maybe, I may just go with the quilts I have because I really am not excited about remaking anything just for the sake of a photo.

Sooo I have decided to try a test for a vlog. This required some thought, figuring out my camera, how to monitor my video and edit the photo if I want. That took hours!!! Video blog a couple times a month at first  and my idea is to simultaneously record my podcast. I am going to try it out and see if it is something I can do. I think I can. I don’t want my vlog to be complicated or super long. I like simplicity and eventually maybe have some how tos or show and tell , maybe those videos will just be shorts for my facebook page on quilting. I plan to post it to You Tube, my Vicki Holloway Quilting Facebook page and here.

here is the test video:

So what other creative projects have I worked on? I made the grand daughters Easter Egg amigurumis. Some have little chicks in them. I really don’t know why my eggs are all different sizes! Ok, I am not consistent in tension and that is why I NEVER make anything in pairs like mittens or socks! I long armed two quilts since my last post and here are the backs. I have 3 customer quilts in queue and several of my own. I won’t be bored while my sewing machine is out. In fact, I have a cowl on my knitting needles that I started back up on. It is a nubby cotton and will be perfect for summer and vlogging accessories.

I am really working on being healthy with diet and exercise. I have lost a couple of pounds, been to gym more consistently. I am going to try to get outside a bit and straighten up the gardens and fairy gardens. See the poppies are coming up! We had snow last week! I am looking forward to spring and having some sunshine. And last nights bright mood did look like a Pink Moon for April. Yes, stargazing at the dark sky park will be soon for me!!!

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100 day project and quilts off the frame and dreams of the future



It has been banner week for me. I  took 3 quilts off the frame. I will show the backs of them and once they are delivered (ok one is the first row) , I will do another blog post with the front of them plus details. Just wanted you to know that I have been long arming a lot. I want to increase my long arming as part of my overall goals. I have lots of business goals for 2016 and launching ideas into 2017 that you will see as I go. I decided that there is no time like the present to move forward. The blog will change a little and the dream is that it will include a store by the new year. I am so excited and hope you will be too!

I think it amazing how much response I have from the small things to increase my business. First off, I told my friends and family I was looking for more work. They knew over the holidays I was busy but then I was caught up. I also had a friend start working at a local quilt shop and I found out that I didn’t have any more business cards there, got a couple of calls once my cards were back on the shelf. I started visiting the local shop more because I needed things. I met the new staff and started making connections with them. Small steps, and results already. My next step is to let my readers know I accept quilts in the mail. That will be my next problem to solve. And as you can see from my picture, I don’t like meetings and talking about stuff… I like to do. However, I did have one very productive meeting with a mentor in the quilting business and it was fantastic. NOW to DO IT.



The 100 day project is a concept that I heard of through local Arts Councils. They encouraged 100 days of creating your art and having a show and tell at the end of the completed project. I did that in years past and found that I do create every day. I do big projects all the time and last year I made a whole cloth quilt and Zentangled to help me achieve the goal. So in February this year I decided when the first 100 day project kicked off I didn’t want to do a big project at the end as I had many deadlines. And this year many people are making the project their own…. 100 days of health, 100 days of color etc. I loved the prompt challenge idea I had from all the photo a day challenges I do on Instagram. So I wrote the prompts and started a Facebook Group. Wow we are growing and I continue to do the prompt challenges on FB and Ig as my 100 day project. It is a 100 day project of doing funny, childlike, creative things to jump start my day. Everything I do sparks a creative Idea. Having creative people in person and online also sparks more ideas and it goes on and on.

Its been a banner week and so far an exceptional year. Stay tuned because big things are coming!

Remember the Blog hop for The Ultimate Guide to Machine quilting starts May first!

I just gotta figure out how to buy a new shirt, look a professional and be able to go to lunch and not drop red food on the white stripe !! I was at home so i washed it but seriously what are the chances!!! And never in a good spot of the shirt for food to land. Bib anyone?