Saturday, February 18, 2017

Let's Quilt It - A Valentine and Giveaway For You!

Greetings quilty friends...

I'm excited to share a Free Motion Quilting
recipe on the Moda Bake Shop today.
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We start with a little
💕 Moda Grunge & French General fabric...💕
layer with Dream Wool batting
add in my favorite Aurifil thread
and walk through the steps necessary
to free motion quilt
pebbles, echos, feathers & matchsticks
using a HOME machine!!
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So... if you need a quick gift for a friend...
Or to dress-up a table display,
Be sure to visit the Moda Bake Shop and
learn how to create and quilt
this sweet 11" mini.
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It will get YOUR creative stitches hopping!
The design and quilting is very versatile so you might consider the following
finishing options:

1.  Forget the applique and prepare a mini whole-cloth.
Quilted on Moda Muslin with Aurifil 40Wt thread - Dream Wool batting
In the sample above I used my QP Edge Template by my dear friend Linda Hrcka ~ The Quilted Pineapple and added a double-line cross hatch in the center.
Sew FUN!!!

2. Make it larger by duplicating the design for a 4 patch!!
Image via PhotoBooth for Instagram 
The hearts look fabulous oriented in either direction.
Image via PhotoBooth for Instagram 
3.  Consider adding sashing to the middle of a 4 patch... so pretty!
Image via PhotoBooth for Instagram 
 4. Or surround the blocks with setting triangles...
Image via PhotoBooth for Instagram 
Just a few of the things you can do to turn the mini into a real quilt.

Be sure to jump to the Moda Bake Shop post for the quilting details
and return here to enter:

A Kit Giveaway!

That's right!!
I've packaged up
Moda Grunge & French General fabric
and my dear friends at
tossed in the exact colors of Aurifil 40Wt and 50Wt thread that I used to make the sample.
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Moda Fabric +
4 Large Spools of Aurifil
Oh MY!!!

You will LOVE working with this fabric and thread...

To get in on the giveaway
I need a little feedback....

Leave a comment below or on the
Moda Bake Shop tutorial...
describing what you like best about it.
Is it the images, the advice, the project, learning a new Free Motion motif ?

For an extra (optional) entry -- share this blog post or the Moda Bake Shop tutorial with your friends on social media and leave a comment letting me know you did.

Need one more (optional) chance to win ?
If you're on Facebook -- be sure to "Like" Redbird Quilt Co,  Moda Bake Shop and Aurifil Thread for another optional entry.  Leave another comment here letting me know you did.

Giveaway Entries Open through Midnight EST Feb 27th
 💕  Sister Janet's Birthday!!  💕

Updated 27-Feb-2017
I've uploaded 2 YouTube videos for "Let's Quilt It... A Valentine for You!"
Click the images below for Part 1 and Part 2 respectively.

Also -- stay tuned as I've recorded a YouTube video of my stitching the sampler.
As soon as it's uploaded I'll include the direct link here.

Comedy and quilting go hand-in-hand

Thanks for your continued support!

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See my other Moda Bake Shop Recipes

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I'm booking Lectures, Trunk Shows and Workshops for 2018 & 2019
If your Shop, Group or Guild is looking for programs or workshops I would love to hear from you.


Free Motion Quilting on Home Machines
Basics ~ A Quilters Doodles ~ McTavishing
A Full Day of Feathers
Ruler & Template Work
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Wool & Needle turn Applique
Technique or Project Oriented Workshops available.

Send email inquiries to karen at redbirdquiltco dot com
or redbirdquiltco at gmail dot com


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Monday, December 5, 2016

Winners and More Winter Bliss Details

Many thanks to all that participated in the first ever Redbird Quilt Co Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale and Thank You for your continued support and encouragement.    
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I'm excited to announce 3 winners (Blog, Instagram and Facebook) of the Really Mini Redbird and Berries Wool Quilt Kits
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....Before I share the quilt kit winners I thought I'd share a few "process" pics and information about my recent "Winter Bliss" finish.   
My Version of Winter Bliss -- Original Design by Pat Sloan
Winter Bliss is a pattern by Pat Sloan and can be found in Pat's latest book
"Teach Me To Machine Quilt"
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a comprehensive and wonderfully detailed book focused on making new quilters comfortable with the process of quilting through 3 layers of fabric.
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You can read my
Book Tour Review in this post.
and 40 other Book Tour posts using this index page.
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Winter Bliss finishes appx 25" x 28" and is a wonderful addition to any winter decor.
Created with Blackbird Designs Autumn Lily cotton fabric (for Moda) on the borders and
Primitive Gatherings Muslin Flannel for the background.

I used wool from my stash including Primitive Gatherings wool and a variety of others I've collected over the years.
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I followed Pat's pattern to prepare the quilt top after hand stitching the snowman to the background fabric.
Also following the pattern, I cut all of the applique pieces from wool and hand stitched them to the quilt background using my favorite Aurifil 12Wt thread
On the snowman and the holly leaves I used a blanket stitch.
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On the berries, birds, poinsettia leaves and stems I used an overhand or whip stitch.
This stitch moves along much faster than a blanket stitch and still looks beautiful.
I added a few fancy stitches to top off the poinsettia center -- that was fun!
Once the applique was stitched down I layered the quilt top with Quilters Dream - Dream Orient batting and pin basted.
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Again following Pat's amazingly detailed and thorough book, I put a new needed in my Janome 7700 and got busy quilting.
You can see my quilting setup in this post.
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I stitched around the wool applique with my trusty FMQ Echo Foot and using Aurifil 40Wt thread in the top and 50 wt in the bobbin.
This foot is so handy when stitching around wool.  
Because the foot is slightly curved it gently rides up over the edge of the wool applique, allowing you to stitch just outside of the edge. 
An open toed foot would catch on the stitches and other rounded feet would keep you from getting close to the applique.
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This foot is perfect.
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Once I outlined all the applique (per Pat's suggestion in Teach Me To Machine Quilt) I decided to top stitch border 1 using Aurifil 12 Wt thread and a walking foot. 
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I always love how that looks:
Now back to quilting... time to get the background and the snowman quilted:
 I used Aurifil 40Wt thread for most of the quilting.  It gives such beautiful texture.
Around the outside border I quilted a simple teardrop / paisley with loops.
The fabric is too busy to see much of the quilting.
When you're quilting busy fabrics though, take the opportunity to be creative with your practice as mistakes will go unseen ;)
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When I got to the corner blocks I tried out Free Motion Straight Line quilting per Pat's Book.
Simple, fun, effective...
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Done quilting, I squared up the quilt top, cut a 2" binding on the bias and attached it to the quilt top with my favorite mitered finish tutorial by Lisa Bongean for the Fat Quarter Shop.
Thank you Lisa and Kimberly.
You can see my mitered, flanged, machine binding variation of this tutorial here.
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Quilt Top Complete...
Sew much fun!
I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about the Winter Bliss prep and quilting.  It's a fun project that can be displayed for months during the winter.  I would love to see any project you create from Pat's new book -- Teach Me to Machine Quilt.
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And now for the winners of the
Really Mini Redbird and Berries Wool Kits
complete with Background Grunge Fabric, Wool Pieces, Aurifil 12Wt thread and Layout Diagram
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On Facebook the Winner is:

On Instagram the Winner is:


And on the Blog the Winner is:
 Congratulations everyone -- if you've not already sent me your addresses please do --- I can't wait to get your kits in the mail.

Many thanks again to all that participated in the Sale and Giveaway.

Happy Quilting!!

I'm booking Redbird Quilt Co. Lectures, Trunk Shows and Workshops for 2017 & 2018
If your Shop, Group or Guild is looking for programs or workshops I would love to hear from you.
Domestic Machine Quilting,  Wool & Needle turn Applique - Technique or Project oriented workshops are available.

Send email inquiries to karen at redbirdquiltco dot com
or redbirdquiltco at gmail dot com
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Have a blessed week all and many thanks for your continued support!
YOU Make my World a Happy Place!
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pat Sloan's Book Tour and Giveaway!

 Welcome fellow quilters!!

You've landed in upstate New York, USA
for one of the many stops along
A book tour you say ?
YES !!  
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Pat Sloan has done it again with a new book in her "Teach Me" series -- this one is focused on one of my favorite topics,
Machine Quilting.    
Did you know:
Pat has published 33 books in 16 years?
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Holy WOW -- See some of them here.
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For this book,
Pat invited 41 of her Quilty friends
including !! ME !!
to participate in the tour.
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If you haven't been following along, be sure to hop on over to this post and get busy!
There are projects, giveaways, tips, tricks and fun all along the way.
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Some History

I had the opportunity to meet Pat at International Quilt Market oh... ? 2 years ago.  She was hanging out in her Moda Fabrics booth -- surrounded by her amazing new fabric line and beautiful inspiring quilts and flashing her fabulous smile.

It was my first trip to Market and I was already in awe of the entire event -- but getting to meet "THE" Pat Sloan was certainly a highlight!

We had all of about 2 minutes to chat before she was whisked away to another crew of anxious followers.  

About a year later Pat invited me to be a guest on her American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast.

Talk about completely and utterly honored.

You can read my take on it here and listen to the podcast by clicking the image below.
Fast forward about 5 months when I learned that Pat was publishing a book on Machine Quilting.!!

Oh Boy!!
I sent Pat a note to congratulate her and tell her how anxious I was to peruse and learn from her new book.  
What Machine Quilter wouldn't be?

  So I was completely honored that Pat asked me to be a part of her Mega Fun Book Tour.  

Let's get to it then....  

If you're interested in learning to Machine Quilt on your home machine this is the book for you.

It's one of the most comprehensive Machine Quilting books I've read.

How can you NOT love a book that opens with this:
Not a beginner ?
You'll still love the content AND I know you'll want to create one of Pat's beautiful projects !
I did!!

There are 5 projects focused on machine quilting with a walking foot.
Here's my favorite -- Mini Charm Star:
and 4 projects focused on free motion machine quilting.
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This applique project, Winter Bliss, just pulled at my heartstrings...
Can you see why?
I just had to make it!
Oh my goodness - sew much fun!

I decided to create with wool on a beautiful background of Primitive Gatherings Flannel Muslin.  The lovely Autumn Lily fabric by Blackbird Designs for Moda Fabrics topped off the borders.

Of course, I used Pat's (and my) favorite Aurifil 12Wt thread for hand stitching and a variety of Aurifil 40Wt for the free motion quilting.
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Aurifil cotton thread is the best!
Pat has a fabulous section on thread and thread weights in the book -- very informative and helpful.
Pat's pattern and quilting instructions were perfect.
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"Up Close and Beautiful" images of Pat's quilting are scattered throughout the book.
Pat's Winter Bliss Quilting
They helped me get past my fear of quilting on applique.
I used a few of Pat's very basic motifs in the center and some simple paisley and pebbles in the border.  My border pattern was pretty busy -- so the quilting is NOT the highlight of that section.
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What I love about "Teach Me To Machine Quilt" is that Pat recognizes and calls out the pitfalls of machine quilting.
She clearly and accurately describes ways of getting around the worst of the them -- AND - it seems like she's sitting in the room with you, guiding you all the way.
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I especially appreciate Pat's recommended 5-Step Plan for
improving your machine quilting skills.

You can do it!!  
I know you can. 
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Are you inspired??
Get a copy of Pat's book, read it cover to cover, and get going one one of Pat's fabulous projects.
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Finally

No Mega Fun Book Tour is complete without a Giveaway!
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Visit Pat's Giveaway Page and Enter
to win 1 of 5 copies of
Pat's "Teach Me to Machine Quilt" book!

Physical copies for US Residents and e-books for all others.
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While you're there, be sure to tour all the other stops.  You won't want to miss out on the other giveaways and projects.

I'm thrilled to share my day, November 30th with these talented quilters:

Kim Niedzwiecki -- www.gogokim.com/
Karen Miller -- YOU ARE HERE!!
Wendy Sheppard -- ivoryspring.wordpress.com/
Brenda M. Ratliff -- www.pinkcastleblog.com/

If you've not visited my blog before, you may want to get in this giveaway and sale before it ends on midnight November 30th!! 

Many thanks for stopping by!

Are you looking for Programs or Workshops for you Guild?
I'm booking Redbird Quilt Co. Lectures, Trunk Shows and Workshops for 2017 & 2018

If your Shop, Group or Guild is looking for programs or workshops I would love to hear from you.
Domestic Machine Quilting,  Wool & Needle turn Applique - Technique or Project oriented workshops are available.

Send email inquiries to karen at redbirdquiltco dot com
or redbirdquiltco at gmail dot com
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Time to run... a have a little shopping to do.
Have a blessed weekend all and many thanks for your continued support!
YOU Make my World a Happy Place!
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    Friday, November 25, 2016

    Giveaway & Sales, Sales, Sales!!

    Black Friday -- Cyber Monday
    So Many Sales... !!!

    I'm excited to host the first ever sale on
    my printed patterns
    and
     A Quilter's Doodle I FMQ Inspiration and Coloring book...

    Here's the deal...
     I have 2 published Wool Applique Patterns...
    and
    One Free Motion Quilting Inspiration & Coloring Book
    Buy any two items for $18* and get any 3rd item free!

    The patterns, Wooly Wren and Spring Basket, are darling little wool applique designs that I created on cotton backgrounds.

    The printed pattern comes complete with detailed instructions AND applique templates already printed on freezer paper -- making the wool applique a breeze.

    A Quilter's Doodle is a bound book containing 20 of my hand drawn FMQ Inspired Doodles -- it's printed on heavyweight perforated paper.   I've shared many of the doodles online -- you can peruse them using the #aquiltersdoodles hashtag on Social Media.

    The fun part ---
    You decide what 2 items you would like to purchase AND any 3rd item is free*!!


    You can order through my website
    -- OR --
    order by leaving your email address, shipping zip code and 3 item details in a comment below.

    Mix and match as you like.

    *I will use the most cost-effective shipping possible, add shipping to the total, and send a PayPal invoice to the email specified.

    Learn More

    Spring Basket was my first ever paid pattern -- I created it and started teaching it locally in 2014. It was originally made available as a PDF download from my Craftsy Store.  
    Spring Basket Wool on Cotton - 16 wide x 11 tall
    You can read more about Spring Basket it in this blog post.

    Wooly Wren was my 2nd pattern -- and is only available in a printed version.    I've never done a formal introduction for Wooly Wren but you can read a little more about it in this blog post.
    Wooly Wren - Wool on Cotton - 11" x 13"
    A Quilter's Doodles I" was introduced earlier this year and is only available in printed format.  The booklet contains 20 of my hand drawn black and white doodles -- perfect to color or for some Free Motion Quilting Inspiration!!
    I know you'll LOVE the content.
    Here's a sample of one of the pages that were colored by my daughter-in-law -- isn't it fabulous ?

    This is one of my favorite doodles in the book:

    You can read more about "A Quilter's Doodles I" in this blog post  or on this web page.

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    It's a great sale and I appreciate your support.

    Here are a few other Sales you Just Can't Miss!!

    Aurifil Thread

     OH MY GOODNESS !
    I've never seen such a low price on Aurifil 40 & 50Wt thread...
    Spools AND Cones for an amazing price.
    Click either image below:


    Need a Creative Class?
    All Online classes are $17.99 through end of day Monday!
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    100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
    Sewing, Quilting, Photography, Baking, Needlework, on and on and on...
    Check it out at this link:

    Quilting on your Home Machine?

    The Gidget II table that I use to do all my Free Motion Quilting on my Janome 7700 (or Bernina 240) is available at an amazing price right now !
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    See my setup in this blog post.
    Use my affiliate link below for the great bargain and I'll get a small commission.
    I use mine at home and on the road -- I love it.


    Also, although I'll be writing more about this awesome beginner FMQ book next week, I just had to share the unbeatable price on Amazon right now!!

    Yes -- Pat Sloan's BRAND NEW
      Teach Me to Machine Quilt
    book is one of the best beginner Quilting books I've read.

    You can read a bit about it and order it online using the link below.
     Be sure to check in next week though when I have a formal review of the book, share some sweet projects, and have a giveaway too....



    Giveaway Time:

    I recently taught the "Really Mini Redbird and Berries" in Wool to a wonderful Guild in South Carolina - The York County Quilters Guild
    You can read more about my trip here.
    For that trip I prepared kits for the Guild to use...
    AND
    I intentionally prepared a few kits to share!!

    To Enter the Giveaway:

    Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite thing about quilting...
    Is it piecing, quilting, applique, gifting... ?
    I would love to know.

    For extra chances to win -- share the giveaway with a friend.
    Share on as many mediums as you like -- you can Blog, Tweet, Facebook or Instagram post...
    Whatever you like...
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    Be sure to leave a new comment each time you share -- and you'll get an extra entry!
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    Giveaway is open internationally through end of day November 30th.

    A USA winner receive the kit AND Workshop materials to make the pattern.

    A winner outside of the states will receive a PDF copy of one of my patterns.

    If you want to download the original (full size) Redbird and Berries, you can do that here.
    It's Free!!

    I'm booking Redbird Quilt Co. Lectures, Trunk Shows and Workshops for 2017 & 2018
    If your Shop, Group or Guild is looking for programs or workshops I would love to hear from you.
    Domestic Machine Quilting,  Wool & Needle turn Applique - Technique or Project oriented workshops are available.

    Send email inquiries to karen at redbirdquiltco dot com
    or redbirdquiltco at gmail dot com
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    Time to run... a have a little shopping to do.
    Have a blessed weekend all and many thanks for your continued support!
    YOU Make my World a Happy Place!
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    Follow me on social media:
    Redbird Quilt Co. on FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitterYouTube
    Facebook my FMQ Frenzy Community Group


    Note:  The FTC requires that I tell you.... I occasionally use affiliate links on my blog and website.  I may be compensated for purchases made using the links.  Rest assured I will only share sales and promotions for products I know and love myself.  Many thanks for your support of my very small business.