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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Watch the blogs for the full details on our giveaway coming up!!!!

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!


Show Notes

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for the podcast

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Here is the top of the quilt that is a Quilt for Cure quilt that I am straight line quilting. It will be going to  a child who is fighting cancer and I hope it brings warmth and comfort to the child as well as the parents.


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Here is my Friendship Triangles quilt that was a great exchange. Here is a link to the Book



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Here is the progress I have made in my knitted cowl. It is a nubby cotton. Love the lightweight feel. The next picture is my drawing of feathers for the practice of eye/hand coordination. It helps me to draw these patterns out over and over.

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The Blog Hop Book!

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Show notes-Ufos, giving and a blog hop

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Block swap on my design wall to be quilted with the blog hop in May.

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Here is the book for Constellation of Stars. I think this is an out of print pattern but maybe available if you scour the internet. It was a hard pattern to do but the results are below. Can you see the issue with the missing colors in the border? Done is better than perfect sometimes.

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Book that our Blog Hop is based on , its great, get your copy today so you can jump right in!

My Creative Corner3 Facebook Group with new April Prompts can be found here

Quilts for Cure can be found here


Renee’s blog about her mission trip and how to help is here

Won’t you give?