Tag: Sewing Machines

The Quilted Aria – A New Song

This little vintage machine quilt is singing a new song!

Aria ahr-ee-uh: expressive music often heard in opera – she’s a singer!

Check out this incredible fabric from RJR! It’s a Digiprint called Arcadia “Secret Garden”. It makes a fabulous focus fabric for this vintage machine quilt pattern!

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The focus fabric kit is available NOW in my Etsy Shop HERE (while supplies last). If you are familiar with my designs, you know you’ll use BOTH sides of the fabric. Use the front side for the machine and binding. Use the reverse to make stork scissors, thimble, and pennants.

As you can see above, this vibrant digital fabric has a hand-painted look of bouquets of flowers, three different birds, and a soft shadow design throughout.

Using BOTH sides of a focus fabric provides a subtle difference in value that makes your quilts sparkle (or in this case, “sing”)!

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You’ll learn how to audition both sides of your focus fabrics and your background fabrics. In summary, once you’ve learned the nuances of value, you can apply that skill to all your quilt projects.

It’s a valuable skill (see what I did there?).

First, I drew this pattern from my own little machine. Next I drew my favorite “stork” scissors and my late mother-in-law’s thimble. I enjoy using sentimental tools when stitching. As you can see, there’s something special about Aria. This pattern has a piece of my heart in it.

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Below is the original quilt and a “Tula” version, which had to be PINK (also available as a focus fabric kit)!

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See Popular Vintage Machine Quilt HERE about my opera-singer daughter.

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See the original article “Vintage Machine Quilt Pattern” HERE.

This focus fabric is also available for Merle’s Bouquet Kit – used as a modern broderie perse (cutting fused flowers from the fabric motif) to arrange the bouquet in a vintage watering can (reversed).

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“Merle’s Bouquet”

Have some florals in your stash? Pull them out and turn them over! You might be surprised! (Individual patterns also available.)

Have a great day and enjoy your quilting journey!

Where We Stitch

Whether we are finishing old projects, starting new ones, where we stitch can change our outlook.

I work from home – almost all the time. Unless I’m teaching or presenting to a guild, I’m in my basement studio…sewing, designing, blogging, or quilting. Being home a lot shouldn’t make much difference in my productivity, mood, focus or lifestyle. But, wow, is THERE a difference! For some reason, because I HAVE to stay home, everything has changed. In this case, where we stitch makes a real difference.

Today I’m going to share some inspirational friends’ sewing spaces. You’ll see a few sweet “regular” sewing spots and you’ll see some where the quilters have moved their machines for a fresh view or to be nearer to family.

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Linda’s sweet sewing spot (loving that colorful “card catalog” cabinet)!
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Merle’s new sewing spot (award-winning and published quilt on the wall). Octavia Marie was “born” April, 1940.
Mary’s sunny porch view that got us all thinking! That’s LauraLouise in the corner.

I’d love to share some outdoor sewing views, but it’s too cold and rainy here for that! Those will be coming soon, I hope! So in the meantime, here’s my beach-dreaming quilting spot (in the form of a quilt). See more about this quilt HERE.

I’d rather be quilting at the beach!

Can you relate to “where we stitch”? What’s your go-to spot? Do you have a porch, deck or view to enjoy?

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