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June 19, 2020
Capital Quilters' Retreat from Wendy's Quilts and More

This weekend I'm going to our guild's retreat.  We're quite a big guild, so we usually have 3 retreats a year - 2 at Silverstream in Upper Hutt, and one at Home of Compassion in Island Bay, Wellington. Different groups of members are regulars at each venue.  I only go to the Home of Compassion retreat which is usually in the middle of winter.  


We arrive on Friday morning and stay for two nights, so I need to take plenty of things to keep me busy for three days.  

The last couple of years I've left my ...

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June 15, 2020
June Aurifil Designer of the Month Block and Interview from Pat Sloan's Blog

Como Photo of Block and Threads

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*** The Aurifil Project ***

Our April Aurifil Designer of the Month is from the wonderful Sandra Johnson, this is her block in Como Blue!

My post today is how I approached the block.

Go on over and read my interview for Aurifil's Designer of the Month Series!

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June 12, 2020
Catch All Caddy 2.0 from Wendy's Quilts and More

I've got another finished bag to share with you.  


This is the Catch All Caddy 2.0 from Patterns by Annie.



I gave my mum the pattern for Christmas and the fabrics for her bag (Land Art by Odile Bailloeul for Free Spirit Fabrics), shown on the left above.  



Then, after just a few days, it dawned on me that she might make one for me too, so I quilted the panels for my bag before mum went home to Auckland.  She took them with her, and when we went to Auckland a couple of weeks ago she presented ...

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May 28, 2020
Me Made May Aurifil Artisan Challenge: Blackwood Cardigan from Goer

The thread featured in this post was given to my by Aurifil.

Seven years ago, when they were small, I started making garments for my children. They were fun little projects and much faster than making and finishing a quilt. These clothes were all made out of quilting cotton, though once I made a satin skirt for a friend's daughter. Quilting cotton is easy to sew with.

For years now I've been wanting to make garments for myself. In August of 2017, I started listening to the new, weekly Love to Sew podcast. Co-hosts Helen and Caroline are ...

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May 16, 2020
Andra Tutto Bene from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Yesterday while sewing a stack of somewhat subdued colours into half-square triangles, I could hear a little voice whispering, "Pssst...you know there is a rainbow in the basket behind you."
I ignored it as long as I could, but somehow that basket ended up on my sewing table and sure enough...out spilled a rainbow...of Hoffman 1895 Bali watercolours.
The previous day, I had read a post on the Aurifil blog about a small wallhanging designed by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of  Whole Circle Studio.  The post says, "Andrà Tutto Bene (Everything Will Be Okay in English) was inspired ...

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May 15, 2020
FREE May Aurifil Designer of the Month Block from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Sardinia with props Square

*** The Aurifil Project ***

Our April Aurifil Designer of the Month is from the wonderful Sarah Ashford, this is her block in Sardinia pink!

My post today is how I approached the block.

Go on over and read my interview for Aurifil's Designer of the Month Series!

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Perfect Circles from Wendy's Quilts and More

So many people commented on my circle blocks in last week's post.



Everyone wanted to know how I got them looking so good!  Well, I followed Jen Kingwell's video on YouTube.  I've put a link to it here so you can watch it too.



Jen uses Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles and Bigger Perfect Circles.  I already had these circles in my cupboard because I use them for wool felt applique.  They last for ever and ever (as long as you don't distort them with a super hot iron).  Most quilt shops stock Perfect Circles ...

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May 1, 2020
Me Made May Garment Sewing – Aurifil Artisan May Challenge from Quilting with Claire

All right! Here’s one challenge I was sure not to take part of as an Aurifil Artisan. There was just no way I would sew a garment ever again! The whole point of quilting is to never have to sew anything else for anyone. But you know how I can’t refuse a good challenge now, … Continue reading "Me Made May Garment Sewing – Aurifil Artisan May Challenge"

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April 30, 2020
Mother's Day Thread Special from Sew Karen-ly Created...

We are just about to turn another calendar page into May, where we mark one of our favourite special days: Mother's Day. This year instead of taking our Mom out to dinner, or bringing the kids for a visit, we will fete her long distance.
Mother's Day to me is a day associated with "girly" treats - flowers, chocolates, lacy pretty things.  To that end, we will be offering special packaging and gift-wrap for all Mother's Day Aurifil thread orders. You choose the colours and weights of thread Mom loves, and we will do it up pretty (and ...

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April 24, 2020
✦ crossed orange peel cushion ✦ from Charm About You


Don't you love it when a plan comes together? Even better when you finish a project you have been meaning to work on for some time, when the initial plan you had changes and turns out better as a result. This version of my Crossed Orange Peel pattern was a challenge to myself, using slightly more difficult seam construction and it's my project for the April Aurifil Artisan challenge, which is to create a project using my favourite Aurifil thread. That is like a trick question though because I genuinely love and use all the different types of ...

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Inspired by Messages of Hope from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat Sloan Andra Tutto Bene Quilt pic

*** Inspired by Hope  ***

I've been so inspired by the Messages of Hope that the people of Italy have been hanging on their balconies and putting in the windows... Rainbows!  This is to let their neighbors and friends know they are ok. And to give hope during this crazy pandemic.  You can see some of the banners at https://gulfnews.com/world/europe/art-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-children-in-italy-turn-to-art-to-cope-with-quarantine-1.1584259948710

My wonderful friends at Aurifil Thread are  based in Italy so my heart has been thinking of them so much the last few months.  

Aurifil asked some of us to recreate the Rainbow banners with ...

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Aurifil Thread Goodies! from Sew Karen-ly Created...

We are all keeping busy, busy: sewing masks, isolation quilts, and now...comfort quilts. The demand for quality thread is high, and we have lots of the best.  Earlier this week, we received more Aurifil collections for our online shop. (There were actually more than this, but the stack kept tipping!!)
Some were old favourites we've had before and sold out of, and others are new to us.  All are gorgeous.
Everyone loves Edyta Sitar's designs and she has curated lovely collections to coordinate with her projects.  Her "Over the Rainbow" collection says, "A colour wheel of threads ...

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April 17, 2020
You Spin Me Round from Wendy's Quilts and More

Yes, I have a finished quilt.  I'm very pleased to present "You Spin Me Round".



I'll smile each time I say the name because I love this song from 1985.  Click the button in the centre of the image and have a dance around your lounge!




Anyway, back to the quilt.  I made this quilt using the Cartwheel pattern designed by Liza Prior Lucy and published in Quilt Grandeur by Kaffe Fassett.

You can read my earlier blog posts about it here:
Nov 2018
March 2019
July 2019 - hand quilting commenced
Feb 2020

I hand quilted along the ...

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April 15, 2020
FREE Aurifil Aurifil Designer Block! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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*** The Project ***

Our April Aurifil Designer of the Month is from the super talented Carolina Asmussen.

My post today is how I approached the block.Pat Sloan Aurifil 2020 Apr block

Here is my version of Carolina's design. Go on over and read my interview for Aurifil's Designer of the Month Series!

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April 12, 2020
Happy Easter! from The Inbox jaunt

The post Happy Easter! appeared first on Lori Kennedy Quilts.

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April 4, 2020
My Kantha pouches from Wendy's Quilts and More

I finished my Kantha quilting challenge for this week.  A couple of weeks ago I told you I was experimenting with Kantha quilting for an Aurifil Artisan challenge here.

Well, I finished my panels and I turned them into Openwide pouches (pattern by Noodlehead here).




I love the easy, relaxed look of Kantha quilting, and I enjoyed making these bags.  I'm definitely going to use this technique again in the future. The joy of Kantha quilting is that you don't have to draw lines and precise - it's meant to look rustic.

Just a reminder - I used Aurifil ...

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March 22, 2020
Project QUILTING 11.6: Vibrant and Vivacious from Goer

When I heard that this week's Project QUILTING challenge was Vibrant and Vivacious I immediately thought rainbow.

Before I forget, this is your official reminder that we're nearing the end of Show Me Something Rainbow! Be sure to link up your finished rainbow projects by the end of March. There's still time to finish something up in the next nine days. :-)

I chose a rainbow of fabric in lighter and more vibrant tones. I realized as I started piecing that my wonky, irregular log cabin wasn't really very wonky, but I went with it. My strips ...

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March 17, 2020
Business as Usual! from Sew Karen-ly Created...


From reading FB posts, I see that many shops are scrambling to get their wares online so that their sales can continue. Did you know that Sew Karen-ly Created has had online ordering since 1993? Yes, you read that correctly – 1993, 27 YEARS! (Robin Hood flour didn’t go online until 1997!) I honestly believe I have the oldest, continually running quilt-related website in Canada. Originally it was just my patterns, but since then I’ve added two of my books, and a HUGE selection of my beloved Aurifil thread. (The other books I’ve worked on are available ...

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March 15, 2020
FREE March Aurifil Designer Block! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Pat Sloan Aurifil 2020 Carole  Lyles Shaw Mar block

*** The Project ***

Our March Aurifil Designer of the Month is modern quiltmaker Carole Lyles Shaw.  This is her block above done is a really cool fusible applique method.

My post today is how I approached it. Carole also has an article on her block, link is under the down load

Pat Sloan Aurifil 2020 Mar block

Here is my version of Carole's design. Go on over and read my interview for Aurifil's Designer of the Month Series!

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March 13, 2020
Kantha quilting from Wendy's Quilts and More

Have you heard of Kantha quilting?


 My online friend Shruti Dandekar says:

Kantha is one of the traditional styles of handwork popular in Eastern India - especially the state of West Bengal - and Bangladesh. It is used to either add embroidery to fabric or to quilt.

You can read more about it here in Wikipedia.


This month Aurifil have asked some of the Aurifil Artisans to experiment with Kantha quilting and Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

I've decided to use my variegated 12wt Aurifil threads on this fat quarter of Kaffe's fabric called Busy Lizzy.  I'm quilting the whole fat ...

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