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Donna’s pastel quilt with Trellis digital design from Urban Elementz with Hobbs 80/20 batt and Superior Omni white thread

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And Judy’s shadowed squares – digital design Curly Weave by Karen Thompson with hobbs 80/20 batt and Superior Omni in light gray

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Happy Friday! :-)

Kathy’s McKenna Ryan Alaska quilt…

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And I got to play with my new sewing machine. Smooooooth and quiet. I will be happy when my table insert arrives so I can lower it into the table and try out the knee lift :-)DSCN0941

Kathy’s strip pieced panel quilt…

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Digital design Cloudy Day by Gali Design Jodi Beamish – LAVA Fireworks thread

Back to work…

Off the machine today…Janet’s patriotic quilt. Custom, freehand. Multiple Omni colors and Hobbs 80/20 batt

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In other news – After my classes with Helen Baczynski I have decided that I need to spend real time with my IQ system. It is silly to use it only for e2e work when it can do so much more. I simply haven’t taken the time to learn. Because of my quilting schedule I have let that learning and exploring go. More than once during class someone would ask “What would happen if you….?” and Helen would smile and say ” I don’t know. Let’s try it!” And that is what I need to do. Sit down with my tablet every day and play. And in that spirit I have already created two new e2e designs of my own (sort of) using components that are already installed on my table.

I think the problem was that I didn’t try to do something new until I needed it for a specific quilt. That’s too much pressure. Playing around is the key. It’s time to give myself permission to take the TIME to play. :-)

Home from MQS…tired and my brain is full. All I am good for today is sorting laundry and napping :-)

Kathy’s watercolor quilt with Anita Shackleford’s modern waves design

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Having a terrific time…my head is full of design ideas and colors…I have seen and hugged many quilty friends and quite a few blog readers!

Helen Baczinski’s classes have been great and I have one more tomorrow morning. Volunteered in Jamie Wallen’s class this morning. It was good to catch up with him…we’re such vastly different kinds of quilters. Maybe that is why we get along so well ;-)

I visited the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Grand Wood (American Gothic painting) was from here so they had a pretty lovely exhibit…

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Including his baby quilt…

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And well…a Corncob chandelier because…Iowa :-)

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So there won’t be many “on the machine today” pics this week.

Very excited! It has been several years since I have been to a big machine quilting show. I am even taking classes!

Sadly, one of my clients passed away over the weekend. Victorian Ladies was the latest top she brought me. Her talent will be missed.

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