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August 22, 2014
Quilt Police on the Prowl from koolkat's quilting blog

Positions Vacant: Quilt Police.  Must be expert in all fields of quiltmaking, willing to travel and critique at quilt shows and gatherings....Further training not necessary as you already know everything.  To apply: buy your copy of Australian Patchwork and Quilting Vol 24 No 1 for details in Kathy Adams's latest article.

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Quilt Police on the Prowl from Koolkat Quilting

Positions Vacant: Quilt Police.  Must be expert in all fields of quiltmaking, willing to travel and critique at quilt shows and gatherings....Further training not necessary as you already know everything.  To apply: buy your copy of Australian Patchwork and Quilting Vol 24 No 1 for details in Kathy Adams's latest article.

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April 26, 2014
Too many WIPs - Progress report from Elvispeth

I became a finisher.
Now, I have returned to my earlier self and procrastinate.
I started to piece some drunkards path blocks - I want to make two lap quilts for a couple of friends, but I'm wavering on the layouts. Here are some possibilities. I might make them mirror images, one with the dark quarter circles and the other with the light. Any ideas?

Matchy matchy
Not matchy

The start of a mirror image
I need to commit to a couple of things, one of which is to finish stuff before I start anything else. Other current WIPs are ...

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April 10, 2014
APQ Tone it Down QAL - Flimsy finish from Elvispeth


Hooray, it is done.  The top section really isn't darker than the bottom section.  I think this is just shadow from under the house.

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April 5, 2014
APQ Tone it Down quilt blocks - DONE - tick from Elvispeth

I finally became really industrious and decided to chain piece the last four blocks at once.  I should have done this from the beginning, apart from the first block.

It has been a mountain of sewing - I webbed the sub-units to make sure I didn't get them muddled - thanks Bonnie Hunter!

Here are the last four blocks.





And here they all are together.  Obviously my design wall is not high enough to fit them all on.  This isn't the final layout and I still have to make 27 more nine patches for the sashing, but its looking lovely ...

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March 29, 2014
APQ Tone it Down quilt - blocks 15 and 16 - hooray! from Elvispeth

Only four left to make!  I've started to put up some of the sashing that I originally cut up.



That blue sashing at the top right might have to go.


Even after I make the last four blocks, I've still go heaps of little nine patches to make - there's only one up so far, but it is a light at the end of the tunnel.

I think this will be a very pretty quilt.  Not sure if I should give it away or keep it for myself.

Hexagons so far for my not GMFG really quilt.  These ...

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March 26, 2014
APQ tone it down blocks 13 & 14 WIP from Elvispeth

I've snuck in a bit of sewing during the week and this WIP is for two blocks for the tone it down quilt, not for the quilt itself :-(

Block 13 has two seams left to sew. I knew this one would be problematic, as the fabric for the centre of the block is a bit light in value. I had to try and use low value fabrics that wouldn't compete with the main colour. I think it's turned out alright.

For block 14, all the little bits are sewn together, but there's still a fair bit ...

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March 23, 2014
APQ Tone it Down - blocks eleven and twelve from Elvispeth

I had a big sewing session last night and this morning.  Blocks eleven and twelve are now done - It takes about four solid hours of sewing to complete two blocks - that is with most of the pieces already cut.



Blocks so far...


I've also completed a few more flowers for my hexi quilt.  I only make these on the train, down at the dog park and at night time if I watch a bit of telly.  These hexis have one inch sides, excluding the seam allowance, and I've been sewing them together with a running stitch.  This is ...

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March 8, 2014
TGIFF flimsy from Elvispeth

I'm not sure if it counts as a finish, but the lap sized flimsy for my sister's husband is done.  Have to baste it and quilt it now.  Fred is still watching those kangaroos.


I've also started to sew together my unsuccessful low volume quilt that has no purpose.  Four seams left to sew and then I might get around to quilting it.

No progress on the APQ Tone it down QAL, as I need to finish these first.

I've crocheted another floor rug, but no pics here.

Now that I have nothing left to do ...

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March 1, 2014
APQ QAL Tone it down - blocks nine and ten! from Elvispeth

Halfway there!  (excluding the sashing and nine patch cornerstones).

Blocks 8 and 9



Ten down and ten to go

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February 26, 2014
APQ Tone it down QAL - Blocks seven and eight from Elvispeth

Whew!  I've done blocks seven and eight now, as well as finished the flimsy for my sister's husband.

Here are blocks seven and eight - I'm not sure which is which, as I am piecing two at a time, to save a bit of time.  I'm linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday.  Check out everyone's WIPs!  http://www.freshlypieced.com/2014/02/wip-wednesday-semi-wordless.html

This one's a bit the same as some others

The circle is much more prominent that the cross on this one - never mind.
All eight blocks so far
Pictures of ...

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February 18, 2014
APQ quilt along - blocks five and six from Elvispeth

Sorry about the rotten colour.  My camera likes to dull everything down, especially at night.



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January 5, 2014
» koolkat's quilting blog

We've all heard how the great blues artists have their mojo - well apparently quilters have one too, and Kathy Adams tells you what to do if you lose yours. Another of Kathy's whimsical musings in Australian Patchwork and Quilting Vol 23 no. 4 out now.

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» Koolkat Quilting

We've all heard how the great blues artists have their mojo - well apparently quilters have one too, and Kathy Adams tells you what to do if you lose yours. Another of Kathy's whimsical musings in Australian Patchwork and Quilting Vol 23 no. 4 out now.

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December 4, 2013
Tone it down QAL - APQ out today from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

American Patchwork and Quilting is out in North America today and available in digital form to the rest of the world through Zinio.


Grab your copy to join in on APQ's first ever QAL.


This is my interpretation of the block. Visit here for a list of participants who will guide you through the block construction and offer tips and tricks to help get your project on its way.



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November 21, 2013
Tone it Down QAL with American Patchwork and Quilting from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!


Look out for the new APQ magazine available from 19th November for subscribers and e-zine or hardcopy in newsagents by 3rd December. APQ are having their first quilt along (QAL) starring Moda Lissa's (aka Lissa Alexander) Low volume scrappy Burgoyne Surrounded quilt. 
Finished Size : 75 ½" x 93 ½"
Block Size : 15" x 15"
Come join 8 quilters in making this wonderful quilt as we take you on a journey via IG, FB, Pinterest Flickr and twitter, showing you our interpretations of the design, hints for piecing and many more helpful tips.

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November 20, 2013
Are you ready for a quilt-along? from Moda Lissa

Is Quiltalong one word or two? I guess it depends on if you are using a hashtag or not, right?
Other than in the social media world, I believe quilt-along should be 2 words or at least hyphened, since you need more than one person to quilt along with you. 
So here is your invitation to join in on the 
first ever 
American Patchwork and Quilting's
quilt-along.

“Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”
 You will need the February issue on newstands, December 3rd.
Also you are going to need a little ...

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August 19, 2013
Million Pillowcase Challenge from Moda Lissa

image from million pillowcase challenge
 Did you know that in the US alone there are over 
800,000 children in foster care? 
Many of these children move from place to place with 
very little 
and certainly nothing to carry their 
few belongings in. 
Just imagine if each child had a fun pillowcase.

This is one of the main reasons I have participated 
in the
 Million Pillowcase Challenge since the beginning.

Recently All People Quilt issued a challenge to vote
on your favorite

 FREE pillowcase pattern.
I guess it is fitting that the train pillowcase won. 
There seems to be an ...

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August 9, 2013
Gadget Girl hits the newstands from koolkat's quilting blog


Kathy's love affair with time-saving(?) gadgets is the theme of her latest article in Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  What has dancing to "Mustang Sally" got to do with a big fat iCloud with Kathy's name on it?  Find out in APQ Vol 22 No 11 out now in Australian newsagents.  APQ is a publication of Express Media Group.

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Gadget Girl hits the newstands from Koolkat Quilting


Kathy's love affair with time-saving(?) gadgets is the theme of her latest article in Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  What has dancing to "Mustang Sally" got to do with a big fat iCloud with Kathy's name on it?  Find out in APQ Vol 22 No 11 out now in Australian newsagents.  APQ is a publication of Express Media Group.

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