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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Aviatrix Medallion QAL: Borders 4 & 5


It's been awhile since I've posted about Aviatrix.....I lost momentum.  But, I'm back at my sewing machine again.  And I'm determined to finish this one.

Border 4 was pretty straight forward.  Cut small squares, sew them into groups of five and then sew the groups of five together to create long strips.  I added a few more neutral fabrics into the mix to add a bit more variety.



Border five consists of log cabin blocks.  I love the look of log cabin blocks.  The idea of the block is simple, but there are so many different ways to arrange the blocks.  And each variation give the quilt a different look. But log cabins are my nemesis.  You have to iron and square up each side after sewing them on.  



After all that attention, most of the blocks are just a tad lopsided.  Thank goodness for a hot steam iron.  What would us quilters do without our irons :)  




I wrestled and pleaded with the blocks and they eventually submitted.

So here it is, border five completed!  Just one more border to go.....and then done!




Till next time ..... check out all the beautiful -completed - Aviatrix quilts out on Instagarm

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Featured #battgirls (July2014)- Got Kwilts?/Richla Ramsey




I made my first quilt when I was pregnant with my first daughter 8 years ago.  I had to stop working due to complications and decided to take a beginning quilting class.  Several quilts later, I was hooked.  I did my research and decided to start my own longarm business.  Pretty funny, since I am such a tomboy and never liked to sew!  Next to playing tennis, it is now my favorite thing to do.  I have a new studio, 2 Longarms and can't wait until I get "Thelma" and "Louise" working each day.  

This spacious colorful studio is sure to inspire the creative!

Richla's Inspiration:

I am truly inspired everyday by the women and quilts that walk through my door.  I can not believe how many talented and creative women are out there. I'm just waiting for that day when a man brings me a quilt- I know they are out there. I find it amazing that I rarely work on the same quilt twice!  I LOVE what I do! My favorite thing about quilting is how the batting, thread and quilting process totally changes a piece of fabric and brings it to life. I love how my clients always light up when they see their finished quilt and how it changed.  I truly believe that Dream battings make all the difference. 


Her technique:

 I started using multiple layers of batting because I was trying to make a quilt feel like my Grandmas' quilts.  Plus, my family never used the quilts I made because they were too thin. If I could get 3 layers of Dream Wool under my hopper, my family would be very happy!  

2 layers of batting:
Dream Cotton (on top)
Dream Wool (on bottom)

 I have found that mixing the battings together on a single quilt can change the feel of the quilt and also help me manipulate shapes on a quilt and make it very dimensional. I have many clients who now ask for double layers of batting and are not afraid to mix it up!  

How to achieve this look:

If I decide to mix Cotton with Wool or Puff, I always put the cotton on the bottom.  This allows the Wool or Puff to fill in on the top. I also try to do more dense quilting around the shape I want to accent, so the Wool or Puff will fill in the open area.  The first time I did this, I was concerned because the quilt looked so puffy, but now I love working with double layers. 


2 layers of batting:
Dream Cotton (on top)
Dream Wool (on bottom)


Double layer of Dream Cotton


Keep up with Got Kwilts? Richla Ramsey:


Click HERE for her longarm class schedule.
Visit Richla's Blog for more helpful tips and inspiration.
Follow Richla on Facebook.
Email: gotkwilts@comcast.net

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How about that studio?! I don't know about you but now I have the sudden urge to clean my craft space....maybe. Don't forget to follow and find Richla for more interesting techniques and upcoming classes from the links above! Remember, you can always give us a call if you need samples or have any questions. We are always looking for the next Featured #battgirls , so submit your projects and you could be our next feature blog post! 

Happy Quilting!
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Featured #battgirls ( Late June 2014) Roslyn Atwood


Featured #battgirls-  Late June 2014
Roslyn Atwood
"Wedding Gown Quilt"

About Roslyn

No one in my family in Australia ever quilted, though the women were all very talented seamstresses and I was well schooled in dressmaking, drapes etc. learning to sew on my Mum's Singer treadle which my brother now has. I think I nearly flunked Home Ec. in 7th. grade because I had already invented my own methods! I made my first quilts in 1974, one for a niece and the other for the baby I was expecting, our youngest son, then I took a bit of a break when we lived in Germany until I began again in 1982, making a QS quilt for my parents, which I tied. When we moved to Phx. in 1986 I met a woman at church who has become my lifelong friend. Leslie is an accomplished quilter and her Mother before her, in fact when her Mom died Leslie gave me one of the two Featherweights her mother had used and I treasure it! 

With Leslie's encouragement I soon became addicted and learned to machine quilt on my domestic sewing machine because I was much too prolific a piecer and way too impatient for  hand quilting. Ultimately it became too difficult to manipulate large quilts on a domestic machine and I acquired my first longarm, a Gamill, in 2001. Within a year I began to quilt for others and in 2007 I sold the Gamill and purchased the A-1 Elite.  My family has been the recipients of many quilts and I make quilts for everyone I know who has a baby, a life threatening illness or just needs a quilty hug! I make Quilts of Valor for Wounded Warriors and as CO. Coordinator for Home Of The Brave Quilt Project, I make Civil War replica Soldier's quilts for the families of The fallen. I also take commission work and I am a lifetime member of Fabricaholics Anonymous, in rehab for life! My husband says I take up most of the home with my craft, but it's really not quite that bad, just one bedroom for my design studio and three quarters of our large loft for my longarm and the associated and necessary tools !


The Wedding Gown Quilt Saga



 Roslyn’s client, Andrea, gave her  the challenge to turn her mother's vintage 1960’s wedding gown and five dozen vintage handkerchiefs passed down from her mother and grandmother into a beautiful memory quilt.


Roslyn knew she needed to be extremely delicate with this gorgeous silk gown and all its tiny buttons and lace. Her meticulous planning began by deciding how much fabric could be salvaged and how to go about laundering the gown in the gentlest way. 

Her technique turned out to be a success and soon Roslyn was ready to start ironing and brainstorm how she could turn all the salvaged fabric into a quilt top!




After a long night of sewing , can you believe that Roslyn had enough energy to write about the piecing process in her BLOG? To create an even more luxurious drape, Roslyn choose to use Quilters Dream Orient. This unique blend of silk, bamboo, Botanic Tencel® and cotton is our softest batting available. It quilts like butter no matter if you are machine or hand quilting it. Read more about the advantages of Dream Orient in our Batting University blog.




In order to stabilize the handkerchiefs onto the quilt top without showing the stitches on the backing, Roslyn used the floating the top technique. Need a visual on what that means? You can see actual video footage on her blog of the process.  Once approved by Andrea, Roslyn was thrilled to start binding this beauty!  You can watch this step in another video of hers.


The finished product


We hope Roslyn will blog about Andrea's reaction when seeing the finished quilt! We will have to stay tuned...

 Keep up with Roslyn Atwood


If you would like samples of the Dream Orient or any other product, please contact us 888-268-8664. Looking for chance to become the next Featured #battgirls, click HERE for more information! Looking forward to your submissions. :)

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Guest Blogger: Nan Baker from Purrfect Spots is Wild about Bunnies!

Wild about bunnies!

Do you like bunnies? Well who doesn't like bunnies? They are so cute and soft and snuggly plus they make you think of Spring and Easter. And because I love bunnies, I designed a bunny quilt. But these are no ordinary bunnies. These adorable bunnies are the creation of the internationally famous watercolorist, Will Bullas. He has long been known in the art world for his fabulous paintings and many of them are of animals. However, Will has a wonderful sense of humor and that gives his art work a very different twist. He has received numerous awards and you can read all about him and see more of his artwork at by visiting his website.


I have known Will for almost 20 years.  I first used his designs in my needlework patterns featuring cross stitch.  Here are two of them shown in cross stitch.  "Dust Bunnies" is a favorite.
"Dust Bunnies"
Dust Bunnies was featured as a quilted wall hanging in The Quilt Pattern Magazine (March 2014).  Quilters Dream Wool was used in that quilt as well. 

"The Recruit",  in cross stitch is one of the blocks featured in the bunny quilt. No matter whether you are doing cross stitch or quilting, the bunnies are great designs.
"The Recruit"
After working with Will's images in needlework, I was delighted to be able to do a quilt adaptation. The result is my latest quilt called "Bullas Bunnies"!
"Bullas Bunnies"
Not only are the bunnies adorable with lots of personality, but the names that Will has given them are priceless. He has a wonderful sense of humor.

Starting at the top left and going across are:
 Hare Style with a bowtie. Hareball with a baseball – think Spring training. Easter Fashion  - the baby duck and chick have bunny ears. Cottontails and Cute Buns (no comment needed here). The Recruit (shown earlier in cross stitch) shows a baby duck with his bunny ears. Bunnet all decked out in her Easter Bonnet. Honeybun has a bee on his nose. Baby Talk shows cute baby chicks and a baby bunny.

The fabrics used in this quilt are by Hoffman using mostly their 1895 Watercolor Collection. Because of the painted look of the fabrics, it is just "purrfect" to use for the bunnies as it gives them a natural shading. You can add more shading if you want, but many times it is not necessary. The speciality threads that make all the cute expressions on the bunnies' faces are by Kreinik Threads. Working with the threads, you can make the long whiskers on the bunnies plus give them eyelashes and ear fuzz! I even used their iron-on ribbon to make the bee in Honeybun. 

But one question you might ask is how did these bunnies get so fluffy? Well thanks to Quilters Dream Batting, their Dream Wool did the trick. I had never quilted with wool or a "puffy" loft, so I was a little apprehensive. I checked with the staff at Quilters Dream, told them about the quilt and what I was trying to accomplish. Their suggestion was Dream Wool. The quilt measures 46" x 63" just a little larger than a throw. I don't have a long arm machine, just a regular sewing machine so it looked like a monumental task. And with the extra "fluff" I wondered how it was going to work. (Picture 6) 

Well my worries were unfounded. Dream Wool was very easy to work with and not real bulky like I had feared. I must tell you it quilted like a dream (Oh I think that is their saying.) But it is true and if you haven't tried it, I urge you to do so. And if you have any questions their great staff will be more than happy to help you. 

I hope you like the Bullas Bunnies pattern and when you do start making those bunnies, I hope you will share pictures of your bunnies and your quilt. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let me know. I also would like to thank Quilters Dream Batting for allowing me to share my story about the bunnies on their blog.

~Nan Baker

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Aviatrix Medallion QAL: Border three . . . sorta.



This week kicked my butt.

The hardest part of this border was the half snowball block.  There are 80 of them!




Snowball blocks and I have a long, unsuccessful history together.  It took me three days to complete all the blocks for this border and I don't have it all sewn together yet.



I went slow;  Slid the speed control on my machine all the way down and settled in for a long night of sewing.
It. Took. Forever!
Thank goodness for Netflix. I watched the entire first season of Vampire Diaries while making these.

Once the half snowballs were completed the rest of the block components came together fairly quickly.  Sewing all the components together was a breeze.



Didn't even try to get all the points to match up.  Most did on their own; some were a little bit stubborn.




I think the effect is super cool.  Plus signs inside X-marks! Awesome.


I'm going to sew the whole shebang together tonight.  Just in time for next weeks border :)









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Monday, June 2, 2014

Featured #battgirls- (June 2014) 
Flourishing Palms/ Linda Hungerford


In 1976, the year of the bicentennial that’s often credited for re-popularizing quilting, Linda became a mom and started making her first quilt. She used fabrics leftover from her daughter’s homemade clothes and baby room curtains, to hand-piece and hand-quilt her first quilt which still isn’t finished. Which we can all relate! 

Fast forward to today and you’ll find that Linda has covered a lot of ground and had a lot of quilting experiences since 1976.
If you've read this magazine, most likely you've
read some of Linda's work!
From attending dozens of quilt classes, retreats, and being a successful magazine editor, the list goes on with Linda's inspiring accomplishments!  Not only has she written a beginner quilt-making book (First Time Quiltmaking, 2006 ), she is currently a freelance writer for American Quilter magazine. As the co-founder of the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild chapter and founder of the Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild, Linda keeps busy teaching classes, giving programs about modern quilting, blogging and of course, quilting!

You can visit her blog for tutorials on quilting techniques, binding methods, etc.

Linda's experience with free motion quilting:
She first began free motion quilting in 1998 and was very disappointed with her results. However, after hiring a long arm quilter one time and realizing she’d break the household budget having all her quilts quilted for her, Linda tells us why she decided she had to quilt her own quilts.

“At the time, I was quilting on a mechanical Bernina 830. That’s the one in the red case. It’s a beautiful machine, but from constant running it would overheat and then completely stop working! So it could cool down, I’d have to walk away from it for at least 20 minutes before I could quilt again.” 

To solve her problem, in 2001 she bought an electronic Bernina QE153. She justified the expense by promising herself that she would never use the services of a longarm quilter to complete her quilts.

“That promise made me the quilter I am today,” says Linda. “I haven’t yet achieved perfection, but I continue to learn and improve. As I’ve begun to enter my quilts into competitive shows,  I’m finding that the batting I choose to use makes a big difference in a quilt’s final appearance.

So what advice can an advocate of free motion quilting on a home sewing machine give to others?

“It’s a skill that anyone can learn, but it takes a lot of dedication and perseverance to do it well. I’ve seen too many quilters give up before they’ve really practiced. Those who make a commitment to it, and continue to try will get better,” says Linda, who is a testament to that determination.

Linda's Quilters Dream Batting go to:
This lovely scrappy quilt, Love Links, was gifted to Linda's nephew and his bride on their wedding day! Love Links contains more than 100 prints from her fabric stash in a  limited color palette of yellow and  green with hints of blue and orange. Linda choose Quilters Dream Poly in the thinnest (Request) loft for this refreshing quilt.

Using the Dream Poly is also ideal for show quilts! As many times as they may be folded, shipped and juggled around, this batting hardly holds creases and wrinkles. And with little to no shrinkage, you can wash and dry with no worries.



Backing is Ikea's "Britten Nummer"
Using variegated thread, Linda quilted the
bride and groom's names.





Even using our thinnest loft, you can still
achieve slight definition to your quilts.

Keep up with Linda/ Flourishing Palms

Looking forward to your submissions. :)
~The original

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