Sunday, September 20, 2015

Tutorial and Giveaway - Chickadees and Berries Gift Trio

Greetings and Welcome to
Christmas in September !!

If you've been following along on Instagram and/or Facebook you know I've been working on a surprise using the awesome Chickadees and Berries Fabric Panel by Jackie Robinson for Benartex.

I'm excited to share my creation with you today on the Bear Creek Quilting Company Blog.
The neat thing about this fabric panel and tutorial is that, with just one panel and a bit of yardage, you can make a beautiful coordinating Christmas Gift Trio that includes a wall hanging, a table runner, and a set of 4 coasters.

Share it with someone you love or keep it for yourself.  Either way - it's really charming! 

This is the wall hanging we'll be making: 
And the table runner and coasters:
As always, I had a blast free motion quilting the Trio using my Aurifil 50Wt Mako Cotton thread and including some decorative top stitching with Aurifil 12Wt Mako Cotton... Oh! The joys of having a growing stash of Aurifil thread. 
Maybe you've heard me encourage others to use panels for practicing and enhancing their free motion quilting (FMQ) skills -- this tutorial and trio is a great place to start.  It doesn't matter if you're quilting on your domestic machine or just learning a long-arm... practice makes perfect.  

A panel allows you to play and learn and grow your skills with little investment in time or money.   Also, when you're done stitching, you have a sweet gift to give to someone you love or donate to a charity organization.   It's a win-win situation.

On the Bear Creek Quilting Company blog - I share the fabric requirements and a step by step process for preparing the Christmas Gift Trio that uses this *beautiful* panel.
But, before you run off to the Bear Creek blog to see the step by step tutorial, let me share a few FMQ images and tips.  

I pieced, quilted and finished the Trio on my home machine -- a Janome Horizon (7700).

The quilting process is always the most fun for me - I love scrutinizing the fabric and thinking about where and how the piece will be used to help determine how to quilt it.   If the fabric is really busy, often the quilting details won't even be noticed -- keep that in mind when you're deciding how to quilt busy fabrics.

On this particular panel - much of the quilting design came from studying and listening to the fabric.

Enjoy these close-up images and tips:

I used Aurifil 12 Wt to avoid

Stitching in the Ditch:

 Often, before free motion quilting a pieced quilt, I will stitch the seams in the ditch to stabilize the quilt (domestic machine quilting).  With this particular piece I decided to stitch outside of the ditch with Aurifil 12 Wt thread.

Don't you just LOVE the texture and sheen the Aurifil 12Wt thread provides -- a beautiful decorative element to the overall quilting... 
Keep these things in mind when top stitching with Aurifil 12 Wt thread:
  • Use a 90/14 needle
  • Use Aurifil 50Wt thread in the bobbin
  • Take advantage of your machine Walking or Even-Feed Foot
  • Choose thread colors that complement the fabric
  • Set your stitch length higher than normal
To top stitch with 12Wt Aurifil thread, I set my Janome straight stitch to 3.0 or higher and took smaller stitches at the beginning and end to "tie-off".
It gives such a wonderful accent:
 Once done stabilizing the quilt sandwich I'm ready to begin stitching with a finer weight thread.

Aurifil 50Wt is my go-to cotton
thread for Free Motion Quilting!

On this particular piece, I LOVE the way Aurifil #5001 made the panel shimmer!!
I free motion quilted around every bird and nearly all the leaves and berries -- what great FMQ practice!
If the panel has a subject that I want to highlight with movement, I almost always use echo stitching to do this.  Echoing involves quilting around the original subject several times in even (or not so even) increments.  For the Chickadee -- it added beauty and movement.
Try it out yourself - sew much fun!
On the table runner quilting, the background in the panel fabric was perfect for stitching little mini C's or swirls.
If you were following along on my Instagram feed -- this is what I shared.
Notice how the quilt design was actually inspired by the fabric background.
It's good to let the fabric speak to you -- quiet your mind so you can hear.
 

Let's talk Free Motion Feathers:

Often when I quilt feathers I use a air or water soluble pen or a Clover Hera Marker to mark the feather spine.
With this panel the pine boughs were screaming "Quilt me with feathers!".
Never pass-up an opportunity to quilt feathers!

Mark the feather spines:
Here's another section marked:
To begin quilting a feather I always start with a pearl or paisley at the bottom of the spine.  Now work up one side of the spine, creating "bump-back" feathers as you go and remembering to make rounded plumes as best you can.  After I've stitched one side, I use the spine to travel back to the beginning and work up the other side of the feather.
Once you get a rhythm going they are so fun!!
I don't fuss too much with perfecting feathers -- I just have fun!

Stay tuned to my YouTube Channel for an upcoming feather video -- you can subscribe here: Redbird Quilt Co. YouTube

*** Note: 10/18/15 - I've uploaded a Curled Feather Tutorial on YouTube ***
Click here for the stitched version.
Click here for the paper version
Have fun with it!!!
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On this particular piece, filling the negative space with echo quilting seemed appropriate.
On the smaller sections of the wall hanging I let the fabric speak to me.
I quilted those wispy lines that were already printed on the fabric - love it!
On the table runner -- I quilted little C's or mini swirls in the panel ends and decided to practice feathers on the Cream/Red center.  The Cream/Red Scroll fabric is beautiful and can really stand on its own.  Quilting feathers or any motif here is great practice because no-one can see your mistakes ;)
Winding down... so you've seen all sorts of detail images and read fun quilting tips -- if you still have questions about the Trio feel free to leave me a comment (include your email) and I'll be sure to get back to you...

To close and before the Giveaway details are revealed -- No quilt is complete without a photo-shoot at the lake...
We love our summertime cottage, the water, the air, the neighborhood -- and especially the view.
Table Runner
Wall Hanging
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Its a Giveaway!!!

 Now for the fun part -- the wonderful folks at Aurifil thread and the Bear Creek Quilting Company have sponsored a giveaway for one lucky winner!

How would YOU like to win a collection - that's right, 12 Spools of Aurifil 12Wt Cotton thread.  This particular designer collection was chosen by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and is called "Fresh Modern and Timeless".  The colors are amazingly beautiful and I KNOW you'll be thrilled to top stitch or hand stitch with this lovely collection of threads!
Also, you can't practice your Free Motion Quilting on this Trio unless you have the fabric.  The generous Bear Creek Quilting Company added a Chickadees and Berries Christmas Trio Fabric Kit to the giveaway mix.   Yes!  You'll win the exact kit I used to prepare the Christmas Trio - woohoo!
For a chance to enter the giveaway -- jump on over to the Bear Creek Quilting Company blog, check out the Chickadees and Berries Christmas Trio Tutorial, and leave a comment there letting them know what part of the Trio you liked best and why.

When you return here -- leave me a comment too-- any comment at all.

Please be sure I have a way to reach you - NoReply bloggers, leave an email address.
(It breaks my heart when I have a winner with no way to reach them)

The Giveaway is open through end of day Sunday, September 27th and a winner will be announced Monday evening, September 28th.

Entries are open to ALL participants - We love our International followers too!

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Have a blessed week all -- Happy Quilting!!
Karen

371 comments:

  1. Oh, Karen, they are beautiful. Your quilting is lovely and compliments the pieces beautifully. I must try the Aurifil 12wt when I need to place another order.

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  2. I thought sure that I was already following you on Instagram ... Well, I remedied that immediately. I am gathering the courage to advance to machine quilting ... and have filed away your tips. Not that I ever expect to do as well as you do. Ha!

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  3. OMG what a wonderful tuto and quilting !

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tips on the quilting process too....your feathers are divine! I checked out the Bear Creek blog and marked it....excellent go along with this. I love this fabric line and will be looking to pick this panel up to use. Thanks so much.

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  5. I follow Aurifil XXX and Bear Creek .

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  6. Your advice to use a panel to practice FMQ is excellent, and this panel would be perfect for me to practice on because I just love wild birds and winter! I appreciate your showing us your method. You've inspired me to try my hand at feathers!

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  7. Your quilting is beautiful and I love using panels.

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  8. your quilting is always so lovely-you always inspire me to try thank you for the awesome giveaway

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  9. I have liked Aurifil and Bear Creek on Facebook and I have left a comment on Bear Creeks tutorial post-awesome tutorial too thanks again

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  10. Beautiful as usual, Karen. Love the quilting. Thanks so much for sharing

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  11. I am a Bear Creek Quilting follower. Thanks again

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  12. Karen, I love how you break down the quilting and make it look actually do-able! This is a darling giveaway, thank you!! :)

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  13. And I've "liked" both companies on facebook and left a little comment, too! :)

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  14. Karen you've done it again - simply beautiful! (Over on the Bear Creek site I mentioned (what I think is) the Mackenzie Childs pottery. You've got great taste!

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  15. You have once again done your amazing free-motion quilting. And the fabric panel is beyond adorable!!!!

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  16. Your quilting accents this panel so well!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  17. One more time, Karen, you've blown me away! All I can say is,"WOW!"

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  18. Oh my goodness!! Your work is spectacular!! I would love to experiment with free motion quilting and only because you have inspired me with excellent ideas!! Thanks!!

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  19. Very informative tutorial - thank you!

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  20. I like Aurifil on FB! Truth be told, it is my go-to thread for my sewing machine!!

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  21. I like Bear Creek Quilting Company on FB and also receive their emails.

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  22. Your quilting is beautiful! I especially love the quilting with the 12 wt! I am going to try that soon. Thanks!

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  23. My Janome manual is filled with notes and suggestions that you have shared so that my machine quilting can aspire to your level. Thank you for sharing so much useful information. Aurifil and your fabric selections are the best.

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  24. Very thorough tutorial to get me started! Panels are a fantastic idea as a place to begin. carolann427@aol.com

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  25. Love your tutorial -- it is very detailed!!! I love the idea of using panels to practice quilting!!! Brilliant!

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  26. Thanks for the great tutorial. I follow both you and Bear creek. What a nice giveaway. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Thank you soooo much for your Tutorial!! Special help for those of use new to FMQ! Your Trio is GORGEOUS!!!! (Thanks too, for chance to win!)

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  28. Great idea for a bird lover. I want to try quilting feathers. You made it seem easy

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  29. Sue G: As I am totally self taught, and sort of a newbie, I never realized that a thread would make such a difference! Thanks for getting me to step outside the box and try something new! sguday@shaw.ca

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  30. Love the feathers in the quilting a d the little c's. The 12wt thread looks beautiful. Love the quilting ideas and how you chose them thanks for the giveaway chnce

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  31. Great tutorial on quilting a panel. I'll have to try the Aurifil 12 thread for sure.

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  32. Love my Aurifil thread but have only tried the 50. What a great project and tutorial to try the 12's

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  33. Your quilting really makes these panels more beautiful. Really lovely work! Thank you for the tutorial and inspiration!

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  34. Your quilting is lovely — I'm crazy about feathers!

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  35. We can tell you always have fun with the quilting. Very pretty and I love that 12 weight thread too - really stands out :)

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  36. The quilting is beautiful and enhances the panel. It is also a lovely panel. Thanks for the close up shots.

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  37. I like Aurifil all over social media!

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  38. Your quilting is so beautiful. I love Aurifil but haven't tried the heavier weight for quilting--it looks great!

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  39. I follow both Aurifil and BC on FB and have "liked" them both!

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  40. Gorgeous! Thanks got the FMQ tips.

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  41. Donna G. I have never used the 12 weight thread..beautiful …need to give this a try..great instructions!
    gerken4@juno.com

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  42. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for this amazing and inspiring tutorial!

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  43. I love your Trio, and as I write on the comment There, especially the wall hanging!

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  44. I follow everybody, on every social media possible!! I'm a huge fan

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  45. Those are fabulous tutorials! Great pics and detailed instructions! Thank you!

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  46. This is very beautiful and inspirational. Last year I tried FMQ for the first time and didn't do so well. Your pictures and clear descriptions inspire me to try again. Also, I love following you on Bloglovin' and have added to my Facebook follows of the blog and companies. My FB is pretty much quilting and sewing feeds -- much better than politics and food :D

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  47. Wow! you sure brought this wonderful fabric to life with your quilting! Beautiful!

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  48. Your tutorial over on Bear Creek was fantastic and love your wall hanging.

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  49. I follow both Aurifil and Bear Creek on FB

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  50. Love the wall hanging, so beautiful. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  51. Where do I begin . . . I loved this post! Thanks for the tips on using 12 weight thread and for all the eye candy. I've been hesitant to try the 12 weight because the quilting, and my mistakes, would be so obvious. But you have inspired me to do it. Your work is absolutely gorgeous. can't wait to see your video. I subscribed to to your Youtube posts. Thank you Karen.

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  52. I like Aurifil and Bear Creek on Facebook. Thanks again Karen and thanks to your great sponsors!

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  53. Karen, I just admire you quilting. It is wonderful. I love how you quilted around the birds. I am a bird lover so it would be great to win. Thanks for the chance.

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  54. I do like Aurifil and Bear Creek on facebook.

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  55. Beautiful quilting! Thank you for the great tutorial!

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  56. I follow you on Bloglovin, and Bear Creek and Aurifil on FB

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  57. Your quilting is so inspiring. I plan to use that little swirl design soon. Thanks for showing the doodle for it. I'm also practicing my feathers to make the curvier.

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  58. Thanks you for the detailed tutorial! I love being able to see the stitching and the way the thread shines on this quilt!

    Sandy A
    scotty4me39 (at) yahoo :dot: com

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  59. I also follow both Aurifil and Bear Creek Quilts on Facebook.
    Sandy A
    scotty4me39 (at) yahoo :dot: com

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  60. I get your posts on FB and also get you emails.

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  61. I love your tutorials. Free Motion Quilting has always terrified me. But I love the idea of using a panel. I also follow Aurifill and Bear Creek Quilts.

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  62. Beautiful! I only wish I was half as good as you when it comes to quilting. Thanks for inspiring us.

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  63. I already follow Bear Creek on FB under Rina Mason

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  64. Such talent! Beautiful design and technique!

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  65. Beautiful! Thanks for all the details about your FMQ.

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  66. I follow Aurifil and Bear Creek Quilting.

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  67. Great giveaway
    Sushikrazy@hotmail.com

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  68. I love the way you quilted the panel. It reminds me that I have a Christmas panel of something that I bought a couple years ago. I need to find it and finish it. You have inspired me!! Thank you.

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  69. Thank you for sharing this stunning tutorial. I love chickadees and I love the work you put into this piece.

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  70. What a brilliant idea to use a panel to practice FMQ! Your quilting is stunning. Knowing that you did this on your Horizon 7700 gives me hope that I can learn this, too (on my Horizon)! I subscribed to your YouTube channel and asked to join your FB group. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and talent!

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  71. Awesome!! Even if I don't win I have a panel that I've been trying to figure out how to use in a quilt. You have inspired me to use it a wall hanging instead. Now to find the right thread colors for the FMQ practice.

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  72. You always make the most beautiful quilts. I love your quilting and those cute chickadees.

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  73. I follow Aurifil and Bear Creek on FB.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  74. What a beautiful panel. I love Chickadees!
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  75. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial...you make it look so easy! Beautiful panel! Chickadees are one of my favorite birds. If I am busy and forget to fill up my feeders, they will let me know that they are not happy. They will wait very close by and chirp like crazy while I fill them up. Sometimes I think I can feed them right out of my hand because they get so close.

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  76. I like and follow both Aurifil and Beer Creek on FB!

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  77. Your blog about your technique was great. I think I can actually practice these stitches and feel good about the results. Thanks. Looking forward to the feathers video. Beautiful work.

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  78. Karen, I absolutely love how you finished these projects. Your tutorials are so detailed and easy to follow. The addition of the top-stitching and your free-motion quilting adds the perfect finish. Thanks so much for sharing!

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  79. So very beautiful. Thanks for the tips!

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  80. I follow both Aurifil and Bear Creek Quilting Company on Facebook.

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  81. I like the Bear Creek Quilting Company on Facebook.

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  82. I love Aurifil thread and liked their Facebook page.

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  83. Thanks for the wonderful tips...love aurifil and you quilting too,will follow your tips for sure in my next project

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  84. It's great that you can get several projects out of the one panel. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  85. I follow on BlogLovin. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com (Sew Very Sherry)

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  86. Great tutorial on the FMQ. Nice Wallhanging.

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  87. Wow, the level of detail on these projects is amazing. I aspire to create something half as good as this one day!
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  88. This is the most beautiful panel I've ever seen. And the quilting is SO amazing. I've been truly inspired by your tutorial and post. Thank you!

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  89. Another gorgeous creation and great tutorial. I love chickadees, and with your tutorial, this is going to be a wall hanging that I'be got to make and keep for myself...no giving this one away!! Fantastic job, Karen!!! Mparry1001@gmail.com

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  90. Another gorgeous creation and great tutorial. I love chickadees, and with your tutorial, this is going to be a wall hanging that I'be got to make and keep for myself...no giving this one away!! Fantastic job, Karen!!! Mparry1001@gmail.com

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  91. Beautiful quilting and great idea to break up the panel into 3 different projects! I also love the idea of using a panel as a practice piece for quilting- after piecing a quilt sometimes I'm afraid to quilt it, this would get me some practice without investing a lot of time in piecing. Thanks! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  92. awesome job you have an amazing talent.

    erin2470@hotmail.com

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  93. Thanks for the great tutorial on how to quilt this beautiful trio. I never know what to do with panels and this is a great idea.

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  94. I follow Bear Creek Quilting Company on FB and their blog.

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  95. Thank you so much for the 'mini tut'. I have been struggling with FMQ and usually just go back to meandering. The way you explained this, I am starting to understand. Just beautiful! L

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  96. I am anxious to try some of your great ideas for quilting. You make it sound so doable! Love that wall hanging. ray.joan.hanson@gmail.com

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  97. HI Karen, Wow, beautiful. Thanks for the detailed explanation of quilting the panel. Panels are a great way to practice and learn free-motion quilting designs. I already follow on Instagram. I am looking forward to following on Youtube and Facebook. Thanks for sharing you quilting knowledge with us. Dena dena@livingwaterquilter.com

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  98. Your work is beautiful, thank you for sharing. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  99. I like both Aurifil and Bear Creek Quilting on Facebook. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  100. I follow Aurifil on Facebook and Bear Creek Quilting on Facebook. Your tutorial is awesome - so well written thank you.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  101. this thread looks so awesome. I'm not all that familiar with it, would be fun to try. Thanks for the chance.....

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  102. Sorry forgot to leave my email: sewfabrics@outlook.com
    Keep up the great work! Your quilting is so great.

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  103. Thank you for such a great easy to follow tutorial - I love the wallhanging.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  104. I follow Aurifil on Facebook.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  105. Love your tutorial, but especially the tips for top stitching with 12 wt thread. Your quilting is really wonderful and I hope to incorporate some of your style in my own. Hope I win the project. I have some cross-stitched Christmas chickadees that would look perfect with it!

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  106. Thanks for the advice about needle size ane stitch length when using the heavier Aurifil thread.

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  107. I am just loving the chickadees! They are so festive and fun!

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  108. I follow both on facebook.

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  109. Thanks for the step by step tutorial, you've covered all the bases! I have only used Aurifil 12 wt once, I love the look of it. Next time I will increase my stitch length. Thanks for the giveaway! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  110. I follow both Aurifil and Bear Creek Quilting on Facebook. jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  111. I like Aurifil and Bear Creek Quilting Co. on Facebook!

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  112. Wow, just beautiful! All your bird and berry projects are projects that I want to do!

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  113. I get Bear Creek Quiltingsnewsletter and follow Aurafil on Feedly

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  114. Love Aurifil! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  115. I really, really appreciate your explanation of how you decide your quilting patterns. Thank you very, very much for sharing!
    Candace
    cimarti2@hotmail.com

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  116. This wall hanging is absolutely gorgeous. I follow Bear Creek by email. Wonderful giveaway, pick me, pick me. bettyharden@charter.net

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  117. Absolutely gorgeous quilting in wall hanging!! Would love to win this generous gift!!

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  118. So much work, What a wonderful tutorial, I do already follow Bear creek as well...KKsbowsandmore@comcast.net

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  119. I love what you did with the panel. I've been searching for ideas for Christmas presents this year. I just got a mid-arm free motion machine and after seeing this--I can't wait to get started.

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  120. Beautiful quilting Karen! i will be following you for more tutorials! i need to learn how to machine quilt with confidence! Thank you! onlydiamonds[at]hotmail.com

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  121. I follow Bear Creek and Aurifil on Facebook!

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  122. Thanks for the chance, beautiful!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  123. Thanks for the very detailed instructions. I think with practice I could actually do this. I have been practicing my FMQ on panels, but feathers are still kicking my butt. Practice, practice, practice

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  124. What an amazingly beautiful project. I've never used 12 wt thread and would love to win them

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  125. I like the wall hanging the best because of the birds!

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  126. Just precious projects with this panel. Thanks for the chance to win this panel that I've admired in a few shops.

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  127. Fabulous tutorial. Your FMQing is amazing. I know. practice, practice. practice. Using Aurifil thread really is a help.

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  128. Wow, every time I come here I am just blown away by your quilting skills. Thank you so much for walking though the steps -- it is so interesting to see how it all happens, and some day I might be brave enough to try it myself! sarah@forrussia.org

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  129. I love Chickadees! Awesome projects!

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  130. Pooh so cute. I love the gold thread. Such a good choice.

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  131. Not sure if my comment posted on the other site-it did not appear! Anyway thanks for the great tutorial and the chance to win! Use m y reenainchina at yahoo.com address- I never check the google one.

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  132. Karen, Your quilting is wonderful it makes the quilt.

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  133. Thank you for the beautiful tutorial. I really love. I love the free motion stitching you used. I am just a beginner but hope to do as well some day.

    susan4cats@gmail.com

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  134. You have done a wonderful job with your tutorial including the quilting. Fabulous projects, and the fabric is so rich looking.

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  135. Wow! I love your quilting! Wonderful tutorial~ thank you!!

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  136. Karen you did a beautiful job of quilting! Thanks for sharing your work and the great tutorial.

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  137. I follow both Aurifil and Bear Creek Quilting on Facebook.

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  138. What a great tutorial, Karen! It not only shows us how to make the Trio but gives us info on how to FMQ other pieces. Thank you!

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  139. What a wonderful tutorial! I especially love the wall hanging. Thank you very much for sharing these lovely projects and for the fantastic giveaway.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  140. Karen, you are so talented and make this seem so easy, which I'm sure it's not! These are fabulous photos and tips you've shared.

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  141. This was just wonderful. Thank you so much
    Pamm
    pammreed@yahoo.com

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  142. Love the panel and your tutorial and aurafil!!!
    Holly aka scarlet3894@yahoo.com

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  143. I just lost a little bit over an hour but I gained so much knowledge and places to get more. I'm following it all. Between you, Aurifil and Bear Creek I should be able to learn most of what I need to MFQ. Your work is so inspiring. Thank you for the tutorial to. If I should win I'll wait to FMQ til next year, the panel is too pretty to start on. Thank you

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  144. Love birdies and loved your runner. Beautiful photo by the lake.

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  145. Your stitching is beautiful!! If I make one of these I'm sending it to you to FMQ!! :)
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  146. Another beautiful project! Thank you, Karen.

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  147. I LOVE the top stitching on this project, it really makes it pop. Thank you for a great giveaway.

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  148. Thank you for the tutorial. I am going to try the top stitching technique.

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  149. I just love your work and the chickadee was a perfect introduction to you and your work! I am sure I will learn a great amount from your YouTube videos and returning to your site!

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  150. What a great tutorial and pattern for the wall hanging and table runner! I am going to try the 12 wt Aurifil thread, too.
    TractorLewie@aol.com

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  151. Well I went to the other site listed and posted comment- hope it shows up.. Such a pretty panel... I think I would make this for my Mom -We both love the Chickadee birds and Love the Colors used in the panel... Very Pretty...
    wthomp@windstream.net

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  152. The 12wt threads really makes these projects "pop" and these panels can create a whole new look for any room. Such a lovely print.

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  153. Love your tutorial ,the stitches really made the panels pop right out..

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  154. Just fantastic thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  155. I commented on Bear Creek Quilting Company's blog. This is a beautiful set, your quilting is gorgeous!!!! rosesabeyatyahoodotcom

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  156. I like both and commented.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  157. I enjoyed your close-ups of your quilting on the panel. With the explanations of thread you used and why. Wonderful work.
    tracinecharest at gmail dot com

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  158. Your tutorial is fantastic. I follow both Bear Creek and Aurifil and would love to try some 12 wt threads on that beautifull panel!

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  159. I follow Aurifil threads on facebook! rosesabeyatyahoodotcom

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  160. I follow Bear Creek Quilting on FaceBook rosesabeyatyahoodotcom

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  161. what a great tutorial you did on the Chickadees and Berries trio... Just the perfect gift to make for my Mother In Law and of course I would have to make one for me as well. Thanks again

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  162. I am a follower of Aurifil and Bear Creek on FB

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  163. Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern and for the chance to win it!

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  164. Great tutorial and thank you for the chance to win!

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  165. Chickadees are my favorite bird. The panel is great and so is the quilting. I've never tried Aurifil but will give it a try.

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  166. I've been following Aurifil. I just went and liked Bear Creek Quilts on Facebook and am now following them.

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  167. Thanks for sharing the details of your fmq on this piece and how you decided to do it. That for me is the hardest part, but I plan to start listening to the fabric. Thanks! cdahlgren at live dot com

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  168. I've been following Aurifil. I just went and liked Bear Creek Quilts on Facebook and am now following them.

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  169. Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern and for the chance to win it!

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  170. Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern and for the chance to win it!

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  171. Such beautiful table runner, coasters and wall hanging! The tutorial is excellent. Thanks so much! Chickadees are my favorite birds!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  172. This is a beautiful Christmas project and the detailed photos and instructions are great! Barb at bjkaupathunteldotnet

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  173. I follow Bear Creek Quilting Co and Aurifil on facebook: Nicole Sender.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  174. I love this project and all your awesome tips!
    ramona_murray(at)comcast(dot)net

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  175. I follow Aurifil and Bear Creek Quilting on Facebook and email.
    ramona_murray(at)comcast(dot)net

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  176. Karen, I think the 3 projects you created and prepared such a wonderful tutorial for are absolutely breathtaking. Your free motion quilting is so precise and enhances these fabric pieces with such brilliance. Thank you so much for sharing these projects and the opportunity to win these great give away prizes. I will be looking over your other posts and sites. Have a wonderful creative day! brend_ack@yahoo.com

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  177. Thank you for the awesome giveaway. I would love to try the thread and this fabric is gorgeous.

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  178. First thank you for the awesome giveaway! I absolutely love the chickadee fabric and panel!!! Your quilting is fabulous and as I do, you use Aurifil thread and would love to make one of the projects that you made using them. I already follow Bear Creek, Aurifil and Redbird Quilt Co. Canbesweet@aol.com

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  179. I absolutely love the free motion quilting on both items! I so appreciate as a newbie quilter taking the time to explain everything you did and what you used!!! I'm very thankful for the quilting community!!

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  180. Thanks for the opportunity to win the chickadee fabric and panel. Your quilting is just amazing. Thanks for the great tutorial on doing the quilting.

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  181. The quilting is beautiful ! Love it !

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  182. Following Aurifil and Bear Creek on Facebook ! Thanks !

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  183. Beautiful Quilting - Love Aurifil threads!

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  184. wonderful quilting; great tutorial! pjrquilter at msn dot com

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  185. Follow Aurifil on Facebook too. pjrquilter at msn dot com

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  186. Totally beautiful, the quilting is exquisite.

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  187. I already follow Bear Creek and Aurifil.

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  188. I did go on Facebook and liked Auriful and Bear Creek Quilting Company. Thank you for the give away and for your spectacular project tutorials! brend_ack@yahoo.com

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