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Curvilious – Part 1 June 9, 2017

June is the month for an Island Batik quilt with curves. I have made two projects for this month’s challenge.  The first  project was inspired by a pattern by Caroline Reardon which I read about in the May / June 2017 issue of the McCall’s Quilting magazine. Caroline called it “Vino Row.” She mixed prints and batiks.


I used Island Batik stash builder fabrics (which I always wash with a Color Catcher) and scanned the pattern from the magazine and printed it out. Then I used pins (My grandmother taught me to pin perpendicular to the cutting line for stability.) to attach my pattern to the fabrics and my rotary cutter to cut several layers out at one time. (I love to save time!) The directions in the magazine are easy to follow and accurate! Yippie!



I chain piece all the bottle tops (or corks) on first.  Then press and stitch the curves.  If you have heard my talk, “10 Tips from a Rebel Quilter, you know that I do not use pins very often, and especially with curves.



The curve is so graceful that there was no pinning, no stress and no puckers! I thought the number of bottles made for a very long table runner, so I made two shorter table runners.

The binding is made from 1 1/4″ bias cut strips for the curved short ends and 1 1/4″ straight cut strips for the longer edges.

This is a very fun and easy table runner to make. I hope you will want to give it a try.


Here are the links to all the other Island Batik Ambassador’s blogs to see what curvy treasures they made with Island Batik fabrics.

Nan from Purrfect Spots Designs
Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seams to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore

Next week I will share my second project.

Happy Stitching!



Mistyfuse to Collage Quilt January 22, 2017

Last fall I attended a quilting get away in Kennebunkport, ME. I brought lots of Kaffe Fassett fabric scraps and some Mistyfuse – white and Ultraviolet. I also packed my BoNash Amazing Pressing Sheet. These are three of my favorite quilting supplies.

I started by applying the Mistyfuse to the fabric scraps with the use of my Amazing Pressing Sheet and the heat of an iron.


The next step was to trace my moose outline to the background fabric.


The fun begins! Free hand cut shapes to fill in the moose.  I decided to use hot colors and cool colors to differentiate the front of the antlers from the back.

I ironed on each antler after I was happy with the fabric choices.  Then I proceeded to collage the face and then the body.


Next I layered the backing, two layers of batting (cotton request and then wool on top) and then the top.  I secured it with a few safety pins and raw edge appliqued the pieces down with a purple thread.  I like the dark color thread.

More fun continues when I put white thread in my HandiQuilter and a pre-wound white Fil-tec size M bobbin. I didn’t plan any stitches.  I wanted to sew lots of different “doodles” in the background. I like how the shiney thread catches the light. Although this is background stitching, I didn’t want the background to disappear.  Hidden in the stitching are some moose tracks wandering through the quilt.


I self faced this quilt because I didn’t want a frame around it.

I have already done this pattern using very different fabrics.  It’s fun and easy.  I like my playful quilt so much that I made greeting cards for friends and family this past holiday season.

I’ve also added a workshop on how to collage quilt. My website will be updated and I am taking bookings for workshops starting in April.

Linda Ramrath

Inspired Layers







This Week (47) I… November 25, 2014

Filed under: A Quilter's Touch,classes,free motion quilting,guild talks,HCAT,quilt shows — inspiredlayerslinda @ 3:09 pm

…shared my quilts and a few laughs with Stafford Mill Quilters in Connecticut.



On Friday the Holliston Senior Center Quilters had lots of show and tell.  Some were working on their “Farmer’s Market” quilt with very different fabrics.  When they are all done, I will post the beautiful quilts.  I don’t think any of them will be named “Farmer’s Market” like the pattern.


I finished my quilt from the pattern, “Living a Charmed Life” by Six Gables Designs.

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I used cotton and wool batting and quilted feathers galore!

What have you created with a charm pack? I’m thinking of all the various things I’ve made with charm packs….a new television episode of “A Quilter’s Touch?” …..stay tuned.

Hope you had a wonderful week sharing your quilting.





This Week (45) I… November 10, 2014

Filed under: classes,HCAT,quilt shows — inspiredlayerslinda @ 1:24 pm

…voted on Tuesday.

…edited “A Quilter’s Touch” TV show on Brian’s Quilts.  It is now available to view online via

Just click on “Programming”, “Public”, “A Quilter’s Touch”

Joyce Gilmore explains how she turned comforting a friend into a charity effort which continues today, 12 years later to comfort many.  I feel honored to be part of this effort.  Quilters are very generous people.  Sharing their time and talent seems natural to quilters.  If you would like to make a few charity quilts for this effort, please do.  You can send them to me to deliver to Joyce Gilmore of Mendon.

On Thursday I went to “The Gathering quilt show” in Manchester, New Hampshire.  I was inspired to start some new quilts.  It was fun to see quilts hanging from friends I know, and to see such beautiful quilting.  I bought another Oriental panel to quilt.  I also bought some more silk thread, d-rings and clasps for dog leashes, and unique fabric for ideas churning in my brain.  Attending quilt shows had a way of unlocking a creative spirit.  Now to tame the huge number of ideas flooding my thoughts!

On Friday I enjoyed seeing the Holliston Senior Center Quilters.  We went on a field trip a week ago, and it was exciting to see what was created as a result.  Here are a few photos of the “Show and Tell” we shared.

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Another fabulous week connecting with talented quilters!



This Week (44) I… November 4, 2014

…taped an episode of “A Quilter’s Touch” with special guest, Joyce Gilmore, who started the Brian’s quilts effort at the Milford Hospital.  Joyce shared her story of how this effort started.  In the past 12 years many small quilts have been donated to this effort.  Thankfully, still births are declining but other mothers are in need of a warm, comfy quilt for their newborns.  The nurses give the quilts to those in need.  I enjoyed sharing this time with such an inspirational quilter.  Joyce also started the Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild in Mendon, MA.  This is one of her most rewarding endeavors.

If you are inspired to help others with your quilting skills, do it.  YOu never know how many others will be inspired by your kindness.


I also had fun on a field trip to Bits and Pieces Quilt Shop in Pelham, NH.  We enjoyed a nice lunch at Dimitrious Restaurant just down route 38.

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Although a detour sent us on a longer journey home, we made it home safely. Thank you to Connie, our bus driver.

AnnMarie was the winner of Quilters Dream Green batting at the “Battings” class I taught at Emma’s Quilt Cupboard.  I brought 20 different battings to try with the Platinum 16 mid arm sewing machine.  There are so many great choices these days.

On Saturday, I was demonstrating on the Babylock Tiara mid arm sewing machine at A Notion to Quilt. A mid arm sewing machine is so much fun!  I love the small foot print and the ease of free motion quilting.  I have quilted up to a king size quilt on this machine.  My favorite thing to do is “Doodling” with this machine. Everyone got a chance to try the machine. It was a fun event!

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This week was full of quilting fun and friendship!  Thanks for a great week!



This Week (42) I… October 22, 2014

Filed under: classes,finished project,free motion quilting,guild talks,travel — inspiredlayerslinda @ 4:47 pm

…drove to Rhode Island to share my quilts and stories with the Ninigret Quilters. I stopped by the ocean and took a few photos before the talk.

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Here’s some show and tell …..

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This Week (25) I… June 23, 2014

Filed under: A Quilter's Touch,classes — inspiredlayerslinda @ 3:16 pm

…donated a quilt to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Leominster, MA.

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I also taped “A Quiter’s Touch” tv show at HCAT studios, shared quilting tips and techniques with Holliston Senior Center quilters, and painted some fabrics under the direction of Mickey Lawler.  What a fun week!

You will have to wait for pictures from the HCAT show…..

Here are some pictures from show and tell at Holliston Senior Center….

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Theresa shared her beautiful “Just Around the Curve” place mats!


Yvonne shared her challenge quilts.  The first challenge was everything from a hardware store.  The second challenge is with under garments.  She used a bra to make a suspension bridge.

The third challenge was a round robin.  We all gave her ideas of what to do next with that quilt top!



On Saturday I took a workshop with Mickey Lawler on painting fabric.  Here are a few of my amazing pieces.  It was a great day with my quilting friends from Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild and some of their friends too!  We learned to make happy and stormy skies, water, waterfall, streams, planets and shooting stars!

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Hope you had a wonderful week too!