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Cat Walk Quilt

 Back in February I wrote a post about clamshell quilting with a walking foot.  I've always loved the clamshell design but never knew it was possible to create this design with a walking foot!  I finished up the quilting on this Cat Walk quilt and wanted to reveal the final outcome.  I got the idea for this quilting technique from Jacquie Gering's book WALK...there are so many great quilting ideas in this book (ALL with a walking foot!) and I can't wait to try some more.  To be honest, it was a bit challenging on my little machine I used to quilt it because my machine doesn't have a large throat space and you do have to twist the quilt in different directions for the gentle curves.  But I got it done, and I really love how it turned out!  This Riley Blake black and white striped binding seems to go with everything so I've been using it a lot lately...I think it creates a nice frame around the quilt. And if you haven't used Art Gallery fabrics before, they defini
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Modern Handcraft French Macaron Quilt

 I finished up my French Macaron quilt top back in March, and I finally got around to quilting it...I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!  It's such a fun, bright quilt that makes me happy every time I look at it.  This quilt actually has a special significance to me because I baked French macarons for the first time this year!  This was a passion project that I chose to do along with my sophomore Language students last semester.  My students all chose different passion projects and we had fun learning new things and blogging about our experiences.  I chose baking macarons for my project because baking really isn't my forte, and I wanted to challenge myself to create something that normally I would never consider making.  I did a lot of research beforehand because if you don't know anything about baking macarons, they are not the easiest cookie to master.  I put off baking them for the longest time because I was so nervous they wouldn't turn out, but you know what?!  The

A New Perspective on Time

 How many times have you heard people say, "There's never enough time"? Or thought it yourself? I've been thinking a lot lately about this concept of time and how consumed our world seems to be with it.  With the recent and dreaded arrival of daylight savings time, everyone, myself included, has been complaining about how we "lost" an hour...how terrible to "lose" an hour when we are already thinking we don't have enough time in the day, or week, or even year to do all the things we want or "need" to do.  I find myself feeling this way more often than I would like.  I don't have enough time to read all the books I want to read, to quilt all the projects I want to quilt, to watch all of the Netflix shows all my friends are talking about.   I was talking to a co-worker recently about my quilting projects and in conversation she made the comment that she didn't know how I found the time to do all the quilting I do.  And my immedi

"I Heart You Quilt" (Girl Version)

 This is the second "I Heart You" quilt I've made and I don't think it will be the last!  It's such a fun pattern by Then Came June .  I actually started making these blocks before I started on my son's heart quilt, and I'll admit I was struggling at first.  My heart points weren't matching perfectly and my blocks were turning out a bit wonky.  It took some practice, but with each heart I got better at matching the seams and I started to enjoy myself a lot more.  For this pink, girly quilt top, I mixed some of my favorite Heather Ross fabrics along with a few other prints from my stash.  The Trixie fabric line by Heather Ross consists of the sweetest little mice, strawberries, and ginghams.  I've been hoarding these fabrics for years and was just waiting for the right quilt to use them up.   The Trixie line reminds me of one of my favorite book series that my daughter and I have read, Heartwood Hotel by Kallie George.  It's about an animal hot

"I Heart You" Quilt (Boy Version)

 I love all of the Modern Holiday quilt patterns by  Then Came June and Pen + Paper Patterns!  One of my goals this year is to make one of each Modern Holiday quilt for each one of my kids...I have two kids, a girl and a boy.  I sometimes struggle with choosing more "boy" themed fabrics.  When selecting fabrics, I tend to go with whatever I'm drawn to...which is usually bright colors, florals, and both modern and vintage prints.  But when I quilt for other people, I try to think about what they would like as well.  When I saw Riley Blake's Wild at Heart fabric line, I knew my son would love the bears and animal tracks so that's what I picked for my boy version of the "I Heart You" quilt pattern!   The most challenging part of this quilt was getting all the heart points to match up perfectly...I got better with each heart, but they're still not perfect.  I'm still learning to embrace all the imperfections of my quilts.  I know when a quilt is fin

Clamshell Quilting with a Walking Foot

 I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something new yesterday...clamshell quilting with my walking foot!  I've been wanting to try this ever since I read about it in Jacquie Gering's book, WALK.  If you're interested in machine quilting with your home sewing machine and you haven't read this book, go order it from Amazon now!  It seriously is so inspiring!  I've been quilting with my walking foot for almost ten years now, but I've mostly only quilted using straight vertical or horizontal lines.  Until I read Jacquie's book, I honestly had no idea how many different quilting designs are possible with a walking foot.  There are so many great ideas in this book!  I'm not going to lie, this clamshell quilting wasn't exactly easy, but I did get the hang of it after several rows.  It definitely took some practice to know when and how to turn the quilt to result in curved lines with the walking foot.  I spent a whole day quilting, and still only got a

Happy Christmas Quilt Top Finish and First Ever Half Square Triangles!

 One of my goals last year was to learn to sew half square triangles.  I've been quilting on and off for 9 years, and until recently had never sewn a single half square triangle 😲...I honestly don't know why I was so scared of them.  I think partly it was just the thought of trying something new that I had never done before.  New things are always scary, but as I get older I'm realizing how silly and restrictive it is to hold on to limiting beliefs such as "It's too hard" or "I don't think I can do that." So, I knew I needed to get over this fear, and I'm so glad I did because this Happy Christmas quilt is one of my favorites that I've ever made in my 9 years of quilting.  This was another kit from  Maker Valley   It included over 100 different fabrics and was so fun to put together!  The candy cane stripe border consisting of lots of half square triangles totally makes the quilt in my opinion.   I think I made over 60 of these half squa