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Clearing the Decks

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Angie Wilson, who many of you know as Gnome Angel. We had such a blast that at the end of the interview, I had jumped on board this year's #100days100blocks quilt-along.

And last week, I was able to combine my QAL organization with my YouTube channel, as I showed you my tips & tricks for getting ready for a QAL.

In the weeks leading up to the start date, I am excited to play with the new colouring sheets released by PreQuilt. I am having fun sneaking in time to try out my favourite colours with some outliers just to see what happens.

I reached out to PreQuilt to ask if they would do a live Q&A with me to show how it all works. And they said YES! So Today, Wednesday, June 16 6:00 pm EDT we will be on my YouTube channel together answering any of your PreQuilt questions. And if you can't make it, the recording will be on my YouTube Channel immediately after the live is over.

But behind the scenes, I have been busy getting projects finished and out of my immediate space.

There was this cute goat block I made with John McPhail of Art East Quilt Company. I decided to make it into a pillow.

There was this mini quilt made from a TMQG block lotto challenge. It happened when COVID hit last March so very few blocks were in the pot. I quilted it with beige thread shortly after I purchased my long arm. And I hated it so much I ripped it all out and tried again with a nice purple...and then played with a bit of orange at the end. It's a good reminder to test out ideas with small projects.

Then there was my lemonade quilt. I purchased this fabric to make my Stashbuster 8 quilt. I wrote my pattern, made my own jelly roll strips...and then proceeded to cut it all wrong. [sigh] So this is the quilt that I made from all the pieces. And I didn’t particularly care for it until I put the binding on. I had some taupe Essex Linen out to test it out on another project and it worked. I made it just over ½ inch wide and somehow it pulled it all together for me. And once again, all is forgiven once the binding goes on.

And I also managed to finish off this One-Block-Wonder. I started it back in November on a mini-retreat with two sewing buddies. I took the advice not to custom quilt the hexies and glad I didn’t. This variegated thread was all the magic it needed. I learned so much making this one, I will definitely be trying it again.

Next on the list is my Quilt Coat. It has turned into a multi-step project starting with an adjustment of the pattern. [sigh] But I hope it will be under my needle by the weekend.

If you missed it, I was on Quilter on Fire this month. So cool to be on the other side of the microphone. Brandie was an excellent host and another quilter I can’t wait to have a coffee with one day in person.

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Aug 05, 2021

I love, love, love your one-block-wonder quilt. Thanks for all you do. I've been practicing your instructions for several sewing tips with great success too. 😊


Sew It All Away
Sew It All Away
Jul 08, 2021

Hi Karen,

You are such an inspiration to me. I've learned so much from you! Thanks for being there. So, I just have to know what the fabric is that you used on your "One Block Wonder- Hexi's". Its so beautiful, i just have to make something with it! God bless you so much!


It could just be the colors, but I think I like your "lemonade" quilt better than Stashbuster 8. Could you give the "wrong" cutting and piecing directions?


Hi Karen. I love your quilts. That big one must have taken so much time and patience to make. It's gorgeous. I would end up just staring at all the pieces for days. 😅

Your little goat pillow is adorable. I thought for sure it would end up belonging to Mando. ☺️ Hi Mando. Keep quilting. ~ Arlene


You continue to be a inspiration for me. Hopefully I'll get my pink quilt quilted, then my daughter's quilts then... the others. Any tips for quilting a large quilt on my sewing machine? I loved the planning, cutting and patchwork though. 😁😷

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