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August 22, 2019
keith haring wholecloth quilt (in progress) from Charm About You

This month's Aurifil Artisan challenge was to make a wholecloth quilt. I was sent fabric and thread to work with and given free reign to create. There were a few ideas swimming around my head but when we went to the Keith Haring exhibition in Liverpool recently I couldn't resist doing hand quilting inspired by his designs.

This is an incredibly playfully stitched project and there are elements I absolutely love and also some lessons learned.

I was sent solid fabric in the colour Haze, Painter's Palette Solids by Paintbrush Studio. It's one of their 2019 ...

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August 21, 2019
Aurifil's Whole Cloth challenge with Paintbrush Studio Fabrics from Wendy's Quilts and More

A few weeks ago Aurifil sent some of their Artisans a spool of thread and some fabric from Paintbrush Studio Fabrics Paintbox Palette.  The challenge was to use these two items to create a mini whole cloth quilt. About 20 of us took part in the challenge, and Aurifil will  blog about all of the results at the end of August.

Here's what I made:

It's a bright orange cushion / pillow that I hand quilted freehand.

The colour is actually "Goldenrod" which is one of Paintbrush Studio's Trend Palette colours for 2019. I have to admit that ...

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August 15, 2019
Lined Draw String Bags from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Every year I go away with my school friend of 40+ years. Over the past few years I have given each one of my friends a quilt. This year I have made my travel buddies some handy drawstring bags for dirty laundry or shoe storage. Using some of the 1/2 yard pieces in my Art...

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August 14, 2019
the seedling quilts book from Charm About You

The Seedling Quilts book, english paper pieces

I want to make every quilt in this book. The Seedling Quilts book is one to be savoured. I was thrilled to be asked by Jodi of Tales of Cloth to join the book tour as she has been an inspiration to me since we became blogging friends. I have always admired her sewing style, the way she combines fabrics and I LOVE her writing (so much I have actually embroidered a poem she wrote). She is endearing, interesting and very talented. 

It's no surprise then that this book is full of all that - gorgeous quilts, excellent advice, tidbits ...

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August 12, 2019
Beat The Heat from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Welcome to today's stop on Island Batik's "Beat the Heat" blog hop.  Although we can't actually help reduce the heat and humidity, we perhaps can offer some distraction by showing off the new Island Batik collections shipping to stores now.
We've had wicked heat and humidity this past month, so it was
nice to think back to January when the
first Island Batik Ambassador box arrived.

In that box were two parcels wrapped in paper marked "Surprise",
which we were to keep secret
until now.
Inside my parcels, was a collection called "Garden Party".  Designed by ...

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August 11, 2019
Portraits Quilts for Anna Maria Horner - Part 2 from Wendy's Quilts and More

This weekend I sewed the final seams on the Portraits Quilt designed by Anna Maria Horner.  Yay!!!!

I can guess what you're thinking - it's BIG! And yes, it is big.  Finished size will be 71" x 89", or 180cm x 226cm. 

The pattern for the stunning Portraits quilt is now available to purchase from shops that carry the Conservatory fabric line.  You can find a list of them here on the Free Spirit Fabrics website. This pattern combines fabrics from all three of the designers who contributed to Chapter 2 of Conservatory fabrics - Anna Maria Horner, Nathalie Lete ...

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August 9, 2019
✿ tooth fairy dresden ✿ from Charm About You

My youngest recently had her first wobbly tooth. I asked her if she wanted to help me pick fabrics out to make a tooth fairy cushion and she was very excited. Lois is very into pink and glitter and flowers. We thought about colour combinations and she said she liked the colours on her dress:

So we used that as a starting point, pulling out prints from my stash and she would give a yes or no. Once we had a few prints she got selective and basically chose every print that had a flower on it.

To let those ...

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August 7, 2019
You're Invited to a 2019 Free Motion Quilting Retreat! from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Wendy Sheppard and I are joining forces
 to bring you a fun filled 

This September we're motoring off to 
Quilt Town, USA
also known as
Hamilton, Missouri...
The hometown of JC Penny
and the celebrated location of
Missouri Star Quilting Company
and its founder,
everyone's favorite quilting friend,
Jenny Doan.
Karen w/ Jenny -- Missouri Star Academy 2019
My first opportunity to visit MSQC was the Summer of '18.
I was honored to share my passion for FMQ and Aurifil thread during the 2nd Annual Missouri Star Academy.

Visiting this little ...

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August 1, 2019
Happy Mail {Island Batik Ambassador Box #2} from Little Bunny Quilts

Twice a year it's like Christmas for Island Batik Ambassadors!

I shared my unboxing video a few days ago on our Facebook page, but here it is for those of you who may have missed it:

Here are some photos as well:

First up, my strip pack of Sand Bar, coordinating two yard cuts, and coordinating half yard cuts. These are the fabrics that I am going to be using in my August project. I'm going to be making the wall hanging size version of our Starburst pattern.

Next, a 10" stacker of Quiet Shades, coordinating two yard ...

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July 27, 2019
Inspiring Improv from Charm About You

For some people the idea of improvised piecing is scary. The thought of stitching bits of fabric together with no pattern or precise measurements can be overwhelming. Others find it liberating and exciting. Honestly I probably find myself somewhere in the middle. Improv quilts look really cool but how do you do it?! No measuring, no rulers, no real idea of how it will turn out? That might feel unnerving but it's also a LOT of fun. Letting go of expectations a bit, relaxing the rules and creating something completely unique. Truthfully in a world where there is a ...

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July 26, 2019
THE BOX!! from Sew Karen-ly Created...

 The much anticipated second Island Batik Ambassador has arrived, and the contents did NOT disappoint!  Twice a year, Island Batik and industry partners Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, and Accuquilt, shower their Ambassadors with a treasure box of goodies. It's like Christmas in a box, filled with 23 pounds of wonderful surprises.
First out, were 3 fabulous battings from Hobbs' Tuscany line: wool, silk, and polyester.  I am very familiar with the wool and silk battings as they are pretty much all I use, but this polyester is new to me and I look forward to trying it out.
Accuquilt, who ...

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July 24, 2019
Modabakeshop – At the seashore – Melt Block from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

It’s my day for the At the Seashore sew-along for Modabakeshop. I wanted to make a larger quilt so I designed 3 extra blocks to make a 5 x 5 block setting. Life saver – pieced Shark alarm – pieced and applique Brighton beach huts – pieced and foundation paper piecing Download the extra blocks...

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July 23, 2019
Hand quilting my Cartwheel quilt from Wendy's Quilts and More

It's winter here in New Zealand and that means that it rains a lot.  Our country doesn't get to be so green without a lot of rain.  I need something bright and cheery to work on during winter, so I decided to start hand quilting my Kaffe Fassett cartwheel quilt.

I'm following the advice in the pattern and quilting along the black lines in the background Parasols fabric.  I'm using Aurifil 12wt in black to quilt down the centre of these lines.  I don't have to mark any quilting lines - I'm just following the ...

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July 22, 2019
Color Weave Quilt Along Week 7 – Machine Quilting Random Crosshatch from Christa Quilts

How is your quilt coming along? Remember, you can work at your own pace, so please don’t every feel like you have to “catch up!” Last week I discussed making a quilting plan and stitching in the ditch to anchor your quilt. This week we will complete the Random Crosshatch quilting.

Random Crosshatch Quilting

Here’s what it looks like after I’ve stitched in the ditch in both directions and am filling in randomly spaced lines vertically. My Aurifil variegated thread adds lots of texture and I’m not stressing out too much about whether the stitches are perfectly straight or ...

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July 19, 2019
Postage Stamp Star – Vintage Series from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Visit the Fat Quarter Shop blog to read about the new block in their Vintage Series. I made two blocks using my Rosa and Ombre scraps from Moda Fabric and one of my favourite backgrounds, black cross weave. It’s an easy and fun block to make. I will be making two cushion covers with my...

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Postage Stamp Star block with Fat Quarter Shop from Carried Away Quilting

A few weeks ago, the creative folks at the Fat Quarter shop asked if I’d like to sew a project for their Classic & Vintage series, where they take a traditional block (like those found in old catalogs and vintage quilts) and give it a fresh spin in a new pattern. Well, of course I said yes and signed up to make their Postage Stamp Star block!

The block finishes at 18” square, which is a great size for a table topper or wall hanging. The piecing is simple and straightforward. I was able to sew, quilt and bind my ...

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Tree Mini Quilt {Artsy Fartsy Finish} from Little Bunny Quilts

My "artsy fartsy" project for this month is finished!

Here are the previous posts about this project:
Project Beginnings
Machine Applique
Quilting in Progress

Stepping back, I used a light aqua 50 wt. Aurifil to quilt loops in the sky area. I then trimmed the mini quilt into a rectangle.

I used a navy batik for the binding; I used a blue 28 wt Aurifil thread to do the final top stitching. I had never used the 28 wt. before and I really liked it for the binding -- it has more weight than the 40 or 50 wt. threads, but ...

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July 17, 2019
a day (off) in the life... from Charm About You

This is one of those random posts about good stuff and things I like. A little bit of what's been going on and sharing a day off + day out I had with my husband recently.

Still busy and still teaching! This beautiful vintage Jones, zig zag machine was brought to class and while we did have a bit of trouble because of the position of the needle and feed for a 1/4" seam, it did power through some piecing. A lovely machine, just look at that wooden base unit.

Also a fine vintage, my Nan turned 101 last ...

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July 13, 2019
Quilting in Progress {Artsy Fartsy} from Little Bunny Quilts

I need to come up with a better name for this project than "The July Island Batik Ambassador project using Aurifil thread to make a tree with traces of my and my husband's hands." Suggestions?

This project, whatever I might decide to call it, is now in the quilting stage. As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics and Aurifil threads to use and share with you!

I used an emerald green 50 wt. thread to quilt swirls and echos in the leaves; I used the same emerald green thread ...

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July 10, 2019
Branches and Leaves {Artsy Fartsy} from Little Bunny Quilts

Did you manage to figure out what I'm making for my Aurifil and Island Batik challenge project this month?

Which of the five backgrounds do you think I picked? What do you think I'm making?

If you guessed the top aqua and using the hands to make the trunk of a tree -- you were right!

This project is going to be all machine applique and almost no piecing! To stitch the edges of the tree, I used a gold-tan 50 wt. Aurifil thread and a blanket stitch.

I was initially hesitant about the light thread on the dark ...

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