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November 21, 2021
Textile Inspirations 23, 24 from Virtual Quilter

Lovely, but busy.

Love the second design!

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November 18, 2021
It's Always Better To Have the Prep Work Behind You from Quilty Folk

I've been busy, busy. Trying to get lots of applique prep done over the last weekend while my daughter was away on vacation. It was waaay past time to pull out Coronacrazy and just get moving on it. While the centerpiece has been done since January, the only thing accomplished since that particular push was the foundation work for this applique border. Letting it sit around and gather dust was only making me feel guilty and even more apprehensive about how it was going to turn out.

Will have to stitch down the corners later
The thing is, the ...

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November 5, 2021
Odds and Ends from Quilty Folk

I'm slowly getting a little bit of quilting done on Bullseye Medallion. I say 'slowly', because it seems like I've been skipping every other night lately. Oh well. At least there's something happening with it even if it doesn't look like much!

Hand quilting Bullseye Medallion
It's a long story, but the short version is that I got totally distracted by a squirrel last week. It started out with a mad dash through the orphaned/abandoned blocks totes and ended up being eleven doll quilts. 

Little doll quilts
These simple little orphan quilts were gifted ...

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October 23, 2021
Clamshells 11, 12 from Virtual Quilter

I have sometimes thought I would make something using Clamshells, but thinking is a long way from actually starting. However, I have played with the shape occasionally, just to see if I could come up with something I just had to make.

I like the corners of the wide border in the second design more then the first, but more playtime is required.

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October 14, 2021
Autumn Patches 19, 20 from Virtual Quilter

Very busy, but I like the four plain squares near the centre … somewhere to rest the eyes.

Borders are a great way to make a collection of blocks made for a double bed big enough for a king size bed. I would be happy doing the applique, but would simplify the pieced one.

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October 10, 2021
Aunt Flo’s Quilt 27, 28 from Virtual Quilter

So romantic! Love it!

Love the second one too, but the first one is my favourite!

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September 17, 2021
Another Difficult Quilt Top All Wrapped Up! from Quilty Folk

Here it is! A completed quilt top for the Positive Thinking challenge over at the AHIQ blog. This prompt was introduced in June of 2020, more or less encouraging us to keep going with whatever form our creativity allowed considering the stresses of the year. Doing anything 'positive' based seemed like a reach at the time {and even later}, but turned out to be a really great idea. Most of the intention behind what I do is for a cozy, happy, comfy outcome, and it was a timely reminder to keep on trying.

Positive Thinking quilt top is done!

It ...

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September 2, 2021
One Little Decision at a Time from Quilty Folk

Lets take a meander through the latest applique work going on around here. For whatever reason, that's what has seemed the most interesting of late. Plus, there are a couple projects that really, really need the attention so they can move on to final quilt top stage!

Positive  Vibes getting the attention

The main project that has been getting my complete and almost total attention is the Positive Thinking one. It's not a super long term project as it's just barely a year old. The clamshell borders ended up being easier than I expected once in the ...

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August 29, 2021
Wattles and Waratahs 5, 6 from Virtual Quilter

The first design should be called Wattles and Gum nuts, but I liked it too much to just leave it in an unused project file, just because it doesn’t fir the file title.

The second one fits the title, and I love it.

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August 26, 2021
A Whiter Shade on Gold Quilted 19, 20 from Virtual Quilter

I opened a drawer of off-whites recently, collected for use as backgrounds … perhaps I should rethink that! Don’t think there is anything for the background though.

I have sat here for five minutes trying to decide which one I like best, now my coffee cup is empty, and I will leave it up to you to pick a favourite.

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August 24, 2021
It's Always a Pleasure to Switch Out the Old Quilt in the Hoop For a New One from Quilty Folk

This quilt has been in the hoop for longer than any other quilt in years. So very happy to see it finally come to a good finish and give me an excuse to move on to another quilt! It's an AHIQFlowers prompt where I took great liberty in the interpretation of one of those intriguing Unconventional & Unexpected scrap quilts. 

AHIQFlowers quilt finish!

As you can quickly see when looking at the picture of the original quilt, there were no flower shapes involved in the original make. Somehow though, {to me}, the scrappy mess down on the lower right corner ...

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July 22, 2021
White Quilting 17, 18 from Virtual Quilter

The opposite of White Out, this is much nicer than looking at quilt designs during a power blackout!

(The best place I have ever been in during a power blackout was a chocolate factory! There was just enough light from the emergency lights to see what was on offer in he factory shop, and the aroma was beautiful.)

The first design for today would look better with a much narrower border … perhaps just a black binding.

I love the second one just as it is.

Well, perhaps I would change those big blobs into something with a bit more detail.

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July 2, 2021
A Spoonful of Sugar 7, 8 from Virtual Quilter

Love it.

Love this one too … they remind me of applique quilts made a century ago.

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May 22, 2021
Pieced, Patched, Pretty and Sashed 2, 3, 4 from Virtual Quilter

Every so often I stop playing with block designs, and play with sashing designs instead.

As you can see in these designs the sashing can be used as border designs too.

And then of course, you can add some blocks with some tricky bits pieced to form a frame around an applique.

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April 24, 2021
Textile Inspiration Black Out 1, 2, 3, 4 from Virtual Quilter

Sometimes our power system lets us down, sometimes because a power pole falls down, and during one a few weeks ago I was on the computer playing with virtual quilt designs, and thought that it might be worth playing with some designs with the opposite of a white out, and so Textile Inspiration Black Out file was started.

Black on white background … a bit stark for me.

Black on old gold is more my style, but might try a couple of others.

Purple on white looks better than black, though not quite a blackout!

A light and a dark of ...

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April 15, 2021
Extra Time Just to Get it Right from Quilty Folk

Do you remember the Big Kiss quilt? Over the winter I decided that it probably needed more attention and pulled it out of the finished quilt top drawers for further scrutiny. {Or maybe it wouldn't quit haunting me?} After much pondering, I finally decided to go for it. The applique that I decided on has been prepped and waiting for quite awhile, just patiently waiting their turn in the queue!

Big Kiss quilt top is finished! 

It's kind of a bold looking border, but very simple in terms of hand work. Then of course,  I made it more ...

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February 19, 2021
Five Patch Fragments OP 11, 12 from Virtual Quilter

Love it!

The second design looks almost boring after the first one.

If you are thinking about upgrading to Electric Quilt 8 now is a good time to do it.

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February 9, 2021
Sewing Borders on the Shadow Star Quilt from Fret Not Yourself

Sisters are the perfect best friend.


Unraveling on the edges of the completed borders drove me to attach the first three before finishing the fourth side. Here's the first side sewn.

First border sewn on Shadow Stars quilt top
First Vase and Vine border on Shadow Stars quilt

The next step was to sew the opposite side then to sew the third side, longer to accommodate the width of those border sides. An additional vine helps fill the space. 

Adding third Vase and Vine border to Shadow Stars quilt

But there's a small problem. Someone stretched this side when creating the sketch. {I wonder who ...

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February 2, 2021
Finally Adding Flowers from Fret Not Yourself

People overestimate what they can do in a single day and 
underestimate what they can do in their whole lives.
~unknown but possibly Bill Gates


With the vines and leaves finally sewn, it's time to sew the flowers. There have been several iterations as you can see by the "cut and paste" of the template under this border. After recopying the entire swag once, I wore out and simply cut the old flower out and taped a new version in. Why? Because the petals extended too far and ended at the edges of the border fabric. 

The flower ...

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Felicity Anderson Q’n’A 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

Come fiddly applique blocks, some equally fiddly quilting motifs based on applique blocks … with a simple filler. That’s the way I like my real quilts.

My favourite is the second one of these two.

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