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November 19, 2020
Aurifil Colour Builders 2021 from Sew Karen-ly Created...

 

As you may have read on the Aurifil blog, the Colour Builders program for 2021 has been announced, and sign-ups are now being accepted.  The Colour Builders program is a no-fuss monthly subscription service hosted by your favorite Aurifil thread dealer – that's me! – whereby you receive a curated selection of threads each month, paper-piecing and embroidery patterns using the theme and colours, AND help  out a worthy cause while building your thread stash.  It’s a win all around!


Last year the very successful program highlighted different areas of Italy;  this year will focus on a cause that falls ...

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November 13, 2020
Christmas Candy Mug Rugs from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Christmas gifting is as much about the present-ation as it is the present, and with this quick and easy scrap-busting project, you get both.  Who doesn't need a mug rug, especially when they come as sweetly packaged as these?! You can turn your mug rugs into lollipops...

...or candy treats!
As quilters, we have lots of cotton scrap fabrics lying around, and these only take 4" x WOF each of 3 different colours. Cotton strips are easy to braid, and may be joined by either the machine or by hand.  Naturally, I do mine by machine. 
The instructions below ...

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Neptune and the Mermaid from Wendy's Quilts and More

This week I've been hand quilting my Neptune and the Mermaid quilt.  I usually use a hera marker to mark my quilting lines, but this time I've used a blue washout pen because it was hard to see the marked lines on the highly patterned fabrics. 


I always use a hoop when I hand quilt, but I must have taken it off before I took the photo above.  Here it is on another section of the quilt.  

Aurifil 12wt is my favourite thread for hand quilting

I like to experiment with my quilting, so I'm going to ...

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November 10, 2020
Love Thy... from Charm About You

 

neighbour X work in progress X cross stitch X Aurifloss

My current cross stitch project for the year is coming along well, there's been a little bit of unpicking but that is most often the result of late night stitching. The pattern is Love Thy Neighbour by Modern Folk Embroidery and I started stitching it as part of Jacob's Summer Stitch A Long. Summer may be nearly over but I am in no rush to finish. The original pattern is stitched in one colour but like my last finished cross stitch I enjoy making it my own and ...

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November 1, 2020
The Pink Quilt from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Introducing my new pattern – The Pink Quilt. Well, it’s not really new but I always wanted to make my Crashing waves quilt in solids, especially pink grunge. Crashing waves was designed in 2015 and made into a kit for Frances Newcombe and my first collection, Manderley with Moda United Notions. I love this pattern...

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October 25, 2020
Holiday Shopping?? from Sew Karen-ly Created...

 I am happy to say that the commissioned banner has been delivered to its forever home, (pictures to follow) so new projects can now be begun.

With that off my plate, the first task was to clean up my sewing room, a dreaded ordeal which has not been attended to in some months.  While purging, I listened to music and newscasts, one of which was a news release from Canada Post, urging folks to start their Christmas shopping - and shipping - early, as it is anticipated most folks will be ordering online this Covid season.  The only thing worse than a ...

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October 20, 2020
Cat-oween from Samelia's Mum

Everything is black and gold 

Black and gold tonight;

Yellow pumpkins, yellow moon, 

Yellow candle-light. 


Jet-black cat with golden eyes, 

Did you see him blink? 

Black bats flying overhead 

Shadows black as ink. 


Black and gold, black and gold, 

Nothing in between, 

When the world turns black and gold, 

Then it’s Hallowe’en. 


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October 19, 2020
Change of Scenery, Change of Seasons from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Last weekend we had a beautiful drive through Nova Scotia's Wentworth Valley.  The colours were spectacular, as they always are at this time of year.
Yesterday we enjoyed more of the same on our dirt road travels over Lynn Mountain.
Known for blueberry production, the red fields on Lynn stretch in every direction as far as the eye can see.  We took a short drive down this side road to the quarry. Although we traditionally associate yellows, golds, and browns with our fall/Thanksgiving palette,  clearly red is part of the mix as well.
I have been sewing red ...

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October 16, 2020
Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along – Week 3 from From My Carolina Home

Are you caught up and ready for the next row?  This week for #AutumnJubilee2020 we do some leaves.  Note that the leaves are not the same size as either of the other rows.  I have deliberately made some variations in size for added interest in the rows.

The leaves row has five blocks with two spacers.  The blocks will finish at 9-inches.

Cutting instructions
Focus Leaf Fabric (cut five sets)
4-inch squares – 2
3-1/2-inch squares – 3
Strip 1-inch x 5-inches – 1
Background total for all five blocks
4-inch squares – 15
3-1/2-inch squares – 5
Sashing strips 9-1/2 x ...

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October 10, 2020
Glitter in Green from Wendy's Quilts and More

My Glitter quilt is finished! And it won a prize in our guild's exhibition. 






Yes, I won Best Hand Pieced and I was thrilled. Glitter is designed by Jen Kingwell from Australia.  I started my Glitter quilt in a hand piecing class with Jen Kingwell at the Christchurch Symposium in October 2017.  I did promise Jen that it would be finished by October 2019, and the top was finished by then, but I didn't start hand quilting it until January 2020.

Now it's finished, and it will look just right on our bed. I chose the greens ...

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October 9, 2020
One with Nature and Thread... a Giveaway! from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Greetings fellow quilters, I hope this post finds you safe and well.

I'm pretty excited to be sharing an Aurifil Thread Matters blog post today.  In these crazy stressful times I'm finding solace in nature...

This months' Amalfi Color Builders threads inspired me to stitch out a native wildflower.

Hop on over to the Thread Matters post and take a minute to be One with Nature.

While you're there -- share the post, leave a feedback comment and be sure to come back here and let me know you did. 

Finger Lakes Sunset... a view from #ourkeukahomestead
One ...

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We Built This City from Wendy's Quilts and More

What a thrill it was to see my quilt hanging in our guild's exhibition last weekend.  It really glowed in the dark exhibition space. And the rosette on it matched the colours in my quilt perfectly!





Some months ago I mentioned that I was going to repurpose my blocks from Jen Kingwell's Marshall Mystery Quilt - published in Quiltmania during 2019.  I didn't really like the layout in the magazine when the quilt was finally revealed.  I came to the conclusion that I would prefer to make two quilts with my blocks, rather than to try and use ...

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October 4, 2020
I won prizes! from Wendy's Quilts and More

I'm just writing this very brief blog post to let you know that won some awards at the Capital Quilters show this weekend.


First up is my "Glitter in Green" quilt - it won Best Hand Pieced quilt.  I was thrilled because I do love this quilt.  I'll do a proper blog post soon with ALL the details, but suffice to say it's a wonderful pattern by Jen Kingwell.


Next is my "We Built This City" quilt and it won a Merit in the Build It Up challenge, and also the Joanne Johnson Colour Award.  This quilt was ...

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October 1, 2020
Autumn Jubilee 2020 Begins!! from From My Carolina Home

Wow, it is the fifth year for Autumn Jubilee, and this is going to be the best yet! I never thought when I did this for the first time in 2016 that it would grow the way it has. But, I should have known that I am not the only one that loves Autumn!  Cooler temperatures, rich fall colors inside on quilts and tables, wearing favorite sweaters, and drives on the parkway to see the explosion of color in the trees are just a few of the delights of this season. This year, new vendors join favorite regular sponsors for ...

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September 15, 2020
September challenge: It’s In The Bag! / Πρόκληση Σεπτεμβρίου: Είναι μέσα στην τσάντα! from Mania for quilts

It was a great pleasure to see that there was the making of a bag on this semester’s schedule. We love a lot the bag making in Greece. And I love especially Annie’s Unrein patterns. When I was asked about the pattern I wanted to make, I chose this bag that actually is not a bag, but a whole suitcase. I had made this bag in the past several times, but I wanted to see the most of the materials that Annie has in her shop. Therefore I asked for this pattern, that proved to be very wise ...

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September challenge: It’s In The Bag! / Πρόκληση Σεπτεμβρίου: Είναι μέσα στην τσάντα! from Mania for Quilts

It was a great pleasure to see that there was the making of a bag on this semester’s schedule. We love a lot the bag making in Greece. And I love especially Annie’s Unrein patterns. When I was asked about the pattern I wanted to make, I chose this bag that actually is not a bag, but a whole suitcase. I had made this bag in the past several times, but I wanted to see the most of the materials that Annie has in her shop. Therefore I asked for this pattern, that proved to be very wise ...

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September 5, 2020
sewing machine cover from Charm About You

 

I have been wanting a new machine cover for a while. My previous handmade one didn't cover the sides, the room I sew in can get quite sunny and a full cover gives better protection and stops dust too. After seeing this free pattern for a Serger and Sewing Machine Cover by Closet Core Patterns, I went on the hunt for fabric. The print they used was gorgeous and canvas seemed like a good choice. Sew Hot had this Poolside by Cotton + Steel print so it jumped into my basket in a recent haul, along with some black velvet ...

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August 31, 2020
Well-Loved Ladies QAL: Supplies from Nestlings By Robin

We are only 3 days away 
from this fun and inspiring quilt along!
So Exciting!!
Last time we talked FABRICS!
If you are new to the conversation,
go read the introduction HERE
We will wait...
Some of my favorite supplies!
Ok, now that you are back, 
let's talk supplies.
I do a lot of hand applique' so
some of these are unique to 
that type of work.
I also like to design a lot
of swirly twirly designs:)

First up, bias vines.
This quilt has a lot of vine work on it.
The blue coil under the pencils is ...

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August 30, 2020
Machine Piecing the Modern Baby Clam Shells Quilt, with Help from QNM from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello, my lovelies!  My one and only weekly goal last week was to START -- just to start, not to finish, mind you! -- piecing my Modern Baby Clam Shells quilt.  I created the design in my EQ8 software in December of 2018, with a specific baby in mind whose due date was several weeks away...  Then it took me awhile to find the 9.5" acrylic clam shell templates I wanted to use (from an Australian Etsy seller who has since closed her shop).  Then I hemmed and hawed about the best way to cut out completely accurate 9.5" diameter ...

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August 26, 2020
Braiding A Mat from Sew Karen-ly Created...

 These past few months I have had two mandates in my sewing life:  use up stash, and experiment with different weights of Aurifil thread to see what each can do.  One thread in particular I've enjoyed is 28 weight, so when I decided to dig into my scraps to make a rag rug, it was my first choice to use.  My mat is not yet complete (the end is tucked under for the picture) as I am still unsure how large I'd like it to be, but I've got a good handle on the process now.

Polly ...

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