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February 14, 2020
Cartwheel progress from Wendy's Quilts and More

I'm very nearly finished my Cartwheel quilt from Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Grandeur book, and I love it. I haven't put the binding on yet, but I wanted to get a photo after I finished the hand quilting.

The last stitches going in.

 I started this quilt on a rainy day in August 2018.  I remember it well, because I wasn't going to start anything new, but winter was getting me down, and the bright colours in this quilt looked so appealing. 

Foundation paper piecing the spokes in the cartwheels took a few months, but by November ...

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February 10, 2020
We are Auri-FILLED! from Sew Karen-ly Created...

We are having snow again today and I was anxious the delivery man would not arrive with the new order of Aurifil threads.  But he did!  We have restocked some of the favourites, and have added a few more items to our ever-growing inventory.
New in are small spools of 50 weight cotton Mako, in an assortment of colours.  These will take awhile to get added to the checkout, but you are welcome to email if you are looking for a colour. We may have the perfect shade! These are small spools in comparison to the larger Aurifil ones, but ...

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February 8, 2020
Hand Piecing 103 video - 8 pointed stars from Wendy's Quilts and More

Many people have asked me how I got the centre tight on the 8 pointed stars in my first video.  So, I've made a third video explaining how I did it. This video also includes more demonstrations of me stitching, and the tailors' knot.

I learnt this trick for the centres from Willyne Hammerstein when I attended her class at the Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) in Melbourne in 2018. 

This is Willyne Hammerstein's Moncarapacho quilt that was on display at AQC.  Willyne hand pieced it all and hand quilted it too.  This is hand piecing at its finest ...

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January 22, 2020
Sew Organized for 2020 from Quilting with Claire

Happy new year everyone! Wishing you only the very best as always as we begin the new year with once more the resolution to be Sew Organized! Right? This year is extremely special for me! For some reason I’ve always known that 2020 would be an exceptional year… even if it’s just because of the … Continue reading "Sew Organized for 2020"

The post Sew Organized for 2020 appeared first on Quilting With Claire.

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January 21, 2020
Aurifil 2019 LAYOUT for the Designer of the Month project from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat sloan 2019 Aurifil DOM top 3

As our Aurifil Design team is creating blocks during the year, I'm mulling over how to set them. Each year my job is to create a setting to show off the blocks. With our wonderful red and white blocks I decided to create the center unit Then I made 8 star blocks centering this super fun fabric from my collection.

Pat sloan 2019 Aurifil DOM top

The quilting will be done by the amazing Karen Miller of Redbird Quilt Co, we can't wait to see her magic! I hope you enjoy this setting, it creates a nice size lap quilt!

*** If you are missing ...

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January 17, 2020
Just One Quilt from Charm About You

Jenni Smith has created a video series for Just One Quilt. In the films quilters talk about their story; what quilting means to them, their unique process and the benefits it brings them. Each quilter is obviously different and it's a fun way to get inspired and learn more about them.

Despite what my career history might suggest and the fact that I would happily speak in front of hundreds of people, there is always part of me that gets nervous when it comes to speaking about myself. What these films show is how valuable each and every creator ...

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January 15, 2020
✱ FORTY giveaway! ✱ from Charm About You

I was absolutely spoilt at work yesterday, it's my birthday this weekend and apparently turning 40 is kind of a big deal! There were banners, thoughtful songs, beautiful flowers, cards and gifts. I'm so lucky to work with a group of such nice and kind people. I arrived home to more gorgeous flowers, from wonderful John Scott and a hamper of  really delicious Italian food from my friends at Patchfinders. I will be celebrating my milestone birthday this weekend with family and friends. I have lots of fun stuff lined up - getting my hair done, going out-out with ...

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January 13, 2020
It’s Magical! New Quilt Pattern from Fabrics 'n Flowers

A big day, it’s new pattern time! I feel like 2019 was one of my favorite years, quilt-wise, and now

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January 12, 2020
FMQ on a Featherweight with 28wt Aurifil from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

I'm psyched about Free Motion Quilting
on a Featherweight 221!
Have you tried it?
I used two of my favorite Aurifil
threads --  28wt and 50wt !
I'm sharing details on a
guest post for Aurifil's
Thread Matters 2020 - The Aurifilosopher Series

Stay tuned for my post
to be published on Friday Jan 10th.
I detail my learning adventure, tips, tricks and tools.
There's a Giveaway too!!
It's open through end of day
Monday January 13th, 2020

You'll want to click on the Rafflecopter
link at the end of the blog post and follow
the outlined ...

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December 31, 2019
Looking Back On 2019, And Ahead To 2020. from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Another over-busy, super-productive year is drawing to a close, and with it ends my 2 year tenure as an Island Batik Ambassador.  I have enjoyed my experience with Island Batik *SO* much, and am very thankful for this amazing experience, but it was time for a change.  Polly will miss receiving the bulging boxes of goodies, filled with products from sponsors Island Batik, Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, and Accuquilt. We remain ever grateful for the support of these very generous companies.
All of the projects shown below were stitched with product supplied by the above ...

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December 28, 2019
carry around some quiet from Charm About You

This was part of my mum's Christmas present. I had this idea in my head, to combine some cross stitch and Kraft-tex to make a bookmark. This is really a very basic make but I'm pleased with how it turned out and hope it will wear well as she uses it. I know that Kraft-tex can actually feel better the more it's handled and it should still hold its shape, as it helpfully conceals the guts of the cross stitching. 
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December 23, 2019
◌ Washi Double Dresden Wreath ◌ from Charm About You

green and white dresden plate christmas fabric wreath by Charm About You

It feels wonderful to have a new version of the Double Dresden Wreath, made using the free tutorial I created a couple of years ago. The original was demonstrated on Sewing Quarter, the samples that hung in the studio stayed there, and I am so happy to now have one for our house. I made this wreath for my December project as an Aurifil Artisan, our challenge was to create a holiday themed project. Perfect for brightening any door or bare looking wall space, the wreath pattern is a merry make! 

My original plan was slightly different but this was ...

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December 17, 2019
Oh! Christmas Tree from Wendy's Quilts and More

I haven't made any Christmas quilts this year, but I'd like to show you my Oh! Christmas Tree quilt that I made back in 2016.  This quilt is a great example of how you can take your quilting lead from the design in the fabric.  See all those snowflakes in the backgroud? I hand quilted over them with Aurifil 12wt and now they stand out beautifully.

This is a wool felt applique pattern designed by Wendy Williams of Flying Fish Kits.

I loved making this quilt because I got to play with all the brightly coloured felt.

My ...

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November 25, 2019
Tool Time: Amherst Point from Sew Karen-ly Created...

This month, the Island Batik Ambassadors were divided into two camps:  one group would participate in a blog hop of quilts made from the new collections shipping to stores now, and the rest of us would make a quilt featuring our favourite tool.
Those who know me, can appreciate that this was no easy topic for this no-gadget gal.  Folks are shocked when I announce that I have, and use, just one ruler for all my work.  (It's a 6-1/2" x 24" Omnigrid ruler with markings for 30, 45, and 60 degree angles. If I need an angle ...

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November 22, 2019
Neptune and the Mermaid (and the Peacock Party) from Wendy's Quilts and More

Last month I showed you the blocks that I started in my hand piecing class at Symposium.  Well,  here they all are, finished.  I used some really fun fabrics called Neptune and the Mermaid, designed by Tokyo Milk for Free Spirit Fabrics.  I've added in some Tula Pink fabrics because they work so well with the Tokyo Milk fabrics.

That's nine big 18" blocks finished.  I can hardly believe that I hand pieced a quilt this quickly! I've really enjoyed making these blocks. I'm quickly becoming a real hand piecing convert and actually prefer it to ...

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November 14, 2019
Mini Masterpieces Book Hop Starts Today from Blossom Heart Quilts

There’s only several more days to wait until my book, Mini Masterpieces, is released, but today is the day that the book blog hop begins! It’s the 12 Days of Mini Masterpieces… because for the next twelve days, I have 24 amazing quilters sharing their makes from Mini Masterpieces.

Mini Masterpieces by Alyce Blyth

Mini Masterpieces features 12 essential quilting techniques, with a sampler block and a mini quilt for each. For the blog hop, I asked my friends to make the sampler block. Many have also gone on to turn the block into a finished project, so that’s been fun to ...

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November 8, 2019
Hip To Be Square -- Times Two {A Piece Of Blog Hop} from Little Bunny Quilts

Today is my day on the A Piece Of blog hop with Island Batik, showing off their new fabric lines, shipping to stores now!

The line of fabric I was assigned was "Little Sir, Little Miss"! This fabric line has a whopping 40 different prints!

Instead of trying to squeeze all 40 prints into a single quilt, I decided to split the prints up into two quilts! I used our fast-and-fun pattern Hip To Be Square for these quilts!

For the first quilt, I used the black and tan numbers print for the background with the neutral and warm colored ...

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November 3, 2019
a (somewhat) needed sunday stash from Charm About You

I bought fabric at Festival of Quilts and the Stitch Gathering - supporting those artists and shops I love - but there's not been much fabric shopping going on and that's mostly down to the fact that I want to be using what I have. There are plenty of times I do 'fake shopping', adding beautiful fabric to online baskets but I don't hit 'checkout' because I know that it will ultimately end up in the piles and piles of fabric I already have. The decision to buy fabric now has to be because I need it for a ...

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October 29, 2019
a piece of this & that from Charm About You

My newest A Piece of Me Pouch is a combination of this and that; a culmination of bits I have gathered, an unfinished project and a couple of new things I wanted to try. This is larger than the version in my pattern - it's very easy to make in any size you choose! - and I'll show you how I created a loop for carrying or hanging.

Always on the look out for interesting fabrics, I found this fabulous buttery soft Punched Faux Leather and as soon as I saw it, thought it would be great for stitching on ...

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October 26, 2019
Sweet Dreams, Little One... from Sew Karen-ly Created...

While most folks involved in the quilting industry are currently enjoying Quilt Market in Houston this weekend, some of us remain home...sewing! However, one of my quilts is on display there, so I am feeling anything but left out.  This is the third Quilt Market in a row that I have designed a quilt to show off a new fabric collection for Island Batik.  It's a real honour to have a design accepted by this premier fabric company.
"Sweet Dreams" photographed in an antique cradle owned by Beth Munroe, Amherst, N.S.
The collection I chose to work ...

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